It’s official: the new MV council

The Township of Madawaska Valley has now released the official results of the municipal election. Incumbent Mayor Kim Love has been re-elected, along with incumbent Councillors Carl Bromwich and Ernie Peplinski. MV voters also returned former mayor Dave Shulist to council, giving him the most votes of any of the councillor …

Province will launch consultations for a new tourism strategy

Crooked Slide Park  photo: Sharon Gardiner Ontario will consult with tourism operators and tourists to build a new tourism strategy to maximize the economic impact of Ontario’s $34 billion tourism industry, and unlock its limitless potential. Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made the announcement today in Windsor, …

Dark Times Choir welcomes all

Photo: Linda Barlett Last year during the dark months of winter, a group of people gathered in the back room of the CRC’s North Street Community Centre in Killaloe to sing. Choirmaster and local musician Schroeder Nordholt directed the choir, which included seasoned singers as well as novices. As Nordholt …

Peplinski asked to explain “truth twisters” ad

In the October 17 2018 edition of the Valley Gazette, Councillor Ernie Peplinski published an advertisement headed “Beware of the truth twisters.” It reproduced and endorsed several of the comments published in previous Valley Gazette editorials concerning “fake news” and “blogs.” As was the case with the Gazette articles, his …

Election humour

As we approach election day, The Current offers readers a little light relief from campaign rhetoric. Enjoy this selection of political quips.   I offer my opponents a bargain: If they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. Adlai Stevenson   Why pay money …

Adopt-A-Road fall clean-up

Photo: Wendy Wolak Once Thanksgiving weekend is over, the fall tidying gets into full swing for cottagers and year-round residents alike. This month members of Carson Trout Lepine & Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG) participated in an autumn clean-up in the Valley. Shown above from left: Al Best, Danielle Paul, Roger Paul, Doug …

Transparency needed in the Rosien affair

Image: Shutterstock Editorial In The Current’s report on the conclusion of Jack Rosien’s claim against the Township, we said “questions remain.” Some of those are apparent from The Current’s summary of the history including what motivated Council to meet behind closed doors on April 3 2017 and decide not to …

The Current answers Margaret Maika’s question

In our report on last week’s All Candidates Meeting, we referred to a question asked by Margaret Maika about the legal claim by the previous Integrity Commissioner. During the question itself and the response by Mayor Love, comments were made about possible breaches of confidentiality, and questioning both Rosien’s and …

Firefighter certification requirement reversed by Province

Madawaska Valley Fire Department members Earl Dombroskie (L), David Afelskie, Shawn Dombroskie, Fire Chief Corwin Quade. During the October 11 All Candidates Meeting, Mayor Kim Love said that the Ontario government had recently reversed its decision regarding firefighter certification. Love had presented a briefing document to the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, …

Fund-raising update from Madawaska Valley students

Photo: Julia Beggs The Students Activities Council (SAC) at Madawaska Valley District High School and Sherwood School organized a Terry Fox walk for both schools this fall. Our walk took place on September 27 and all students got out of their classes before lunch to participate. The high school raised …

Update on Pot Shop Poll

Since The Current posted this Poll on September 16, there have been almost 900 visits to the poll. Yet, less than half of those visits resulted in votes. Perhaps we should have added an option for “Undecided.” Readers may be interested to learn that the Pot Shop Poll result, based …

Council’s asset management investigated by The Current

Opinion               … completing the file on Ohio Road is a priority for this Council. Message sent to Township’s lawyer – March 2017 Arguably the most important duty of a council is its responsibility for ensuring effective management of its municipality’s assets. Of all assets, those that can give rise to …