OPP Killaloe news as of Mar.4

During the week of February 25, 2019 to March 3, 2019 there were 90 calls for service, including the Whitney Detachment. There were eight motor vehicle collisions, three were animal related. There were four domestic disputes, and one domestic dispute resulting in criminal code charges. Domestic Assault Charge On Wednesday …

Hockey legend Ted Lindsay dies

Renfrew-born Ted Lindsay, recognized as being one of the greatest hockey players of all time, passed away today at the age of 93. Lindsay played in a total of 1,068 NHL games between 1944 and 1965, fourteen seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and three with the Chicago Black Hawks. …

Bitesize news as of Mar. 3

This is the first in a weekly summary of news items with a local flavour that may have escaped you.   First, everybody’s favourite topic – The Weather The Weather Network forecasts that Ontario weather in March will be more typical of January, describing it as a “ferocious finish to …

International Women’s Day events in Renfrew County

Various organizations in Renfrew County will host events during the coming week to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Current lists a few worth adding to your diary: Saturday Mar. 2  7:30 p.m.      Celebrating Women concert Pembroke Symphony Orchestra (PSO) conducted by Mehdi Javanfar PSO performs a unique repertoire, showcasing …

Yakabuski releases details of proposed major healthcare reforms

On 26 February John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, released a statement detailing the Ontario government’s proposed reforms to the healthcare system. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long Term Care, had announced the reforms earlier that day, stating: The people of Ontario deserve a connected health care …

Sneak peek at Pirates of Penzance

This weekend’s production of the Gilbert & Sullivan much-loved comic opera Pirates of Penzance by Seat of Wisdom College’s (SWC) Don Bosco Drama Club looks set to delight audiences. The Current got a sneak preview at last night’s dress rehearsal at the Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) in Barry’s Bay. Shown …

Council has second thoughts about development charges

At the Council in Committee Finance & Admin meeting (CiC) held on February 7 both the Acting Treasurer and the CAO/Clerk recommended that Council revisit the issue of raising revenue by bringing back development charges. At the time Council did not agree to accept the CAO’s recommendation. Click HERE for The …

Mayor’s Appreciation Award goes to Wilno Heritage Society

At the Madawaska Valley Council meeting of February 19, Mayor Kim Love awarded the 2018 Mayor’s Appreciation Award to the Wilno Heritage Society. In her address, Mayor Love gave a brief history of the Wilno Heritage Society since its inception in 1998 to commemorate and celebrate Canada’s unique Polish Kashub cultural …

Art workshops focus on mental health

Planting Seeds, a new art project funded by the Ontario Arts Council, will encourage conversations about mental health in the community. The Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre (Rainbow Valley CHC) and the Community Resource Centre (Killaloe) (CRC) will host three community art workshops …

Syrian family experiences Valley winter

Ayman Alshhadat (above) had to don some unfamiliar items of clothing on his arrival in the Valley – a toque and scarf – as he experiences his first winter here. These are accessories he had little use for in his native Syria. The Current previously reported how Alshhadat, his wife and …

Sale of ski hill completed

Updated Feb. 17 2019: After publication of the article below, we received the following information from the new owner’s representative in Toronto: Unfortunately it will not be a commercial ski operation. I am sorry to let you know that. But the owner is very respectful about the local sentiment and will keep …

Valley business profile: TRO Social Media Agency

Valley business owner Travis Richards grew up in Barry’s Bay and graduated from Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS). His business, Travis Richards Office (TRO), is a social media agency that provides marketing support to small business owners. He said established businesses sometimes get “stuck” and fail to consider new …

Syrian refugee family now in Canada

Some members of Madawaska Valley Friends of New Canadians (MVFONC) travelled to Ottawa airport to meet the Alshhadat family arriving on Valentine’s Day from Jordan. Ayman Alshhadat, his wife Marah and their children (Imad 5 years, Sedrat 3 years, Mays 1 year) were at last reunited with members of Ayman’s …