The Current’s municipal election coverage

Message from the Publisher: With the announcement on Wednesday by Councillor Carl Bromwich, followed minutes later by that of Mayor Kim Love, that both are seeking re-election, it is true to say that the campaign season for the October municipal elections has now begun. The Current has today published an …

First to declare: an interview with Carl Bromwich

Editor’s note: Councillor Carl Bromwich is seeking re-election in the forthcoming municipal elections. The following is an interview that he gave to Mark Woermke for The Current.   On Wednesday June 20, Carl Bromwich, municipal councillor for the Township of Madawaska Valley, was the first person to register as  a candidate …

Parking mishap puts paid to pocket park pergola

Photo: Mark Woermke A large delivery van attempting to drive on the lane between Talk O’ The Town and V&S Stedmans in Barry’s Bay knocked down the pergola in the pocket park on Opeongo Line.  The mishap occurred at about 3:15 p.m. today. The park had been constructed in recent …

St. Casimir’s Church, Round Lake

Photo: Submitted The first Catholic Church at Round Lake, not counting the one at Tramore, was in operation by 1925 and was named St. Bronislawa. It was built on land donated by Stephen and Josephine Laginski in 1922. However, this small church was replaced by a much-needed larger one that …

Clips from MV Council meeting June 18

The Current reports selected items from the Township of Madawaska Valley Regular Council meeting on June 18. Mayor’s address Mayor Kim Love said the municipality had now returned to the CAO/Clerk organizational structure. This structure enables the CAO/Clerk to make certain decisions without the involvement of Council, a process which …

There will be an Artisan Festival after all

Community volunteers headed by Kelly Klinck working in partnership with Madawaska Valley CAO Sue Klatt are putting in place last minute plans to hold an Artisan Festival on Saturday July 14 at the Barry’s Bay Railway Station. Prospects for the 34th annual event looked dim this year due to Township …

Countdown to new era at SFMH begins

Photo:  Submitted Editor’s note:  St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) and Renfrew Victoria Hospital (RVH), two of the six partners mentioned in the article Six partners in Eastern Ontario joining forces to implement EHR (Click HERE to read), have issued the following press release to coincide with being one year from implementation. …

Planting the seed of rural family medicine

Medical students at Community Week lunch with their preceptors at the Ash Grove. Photos: Melissa Botz For many years now, there’s been a need for more rural physicians. To help promote this type of family practice, first year medical students from both Queens University and Ottawa University participate in Community …

Porch Views: remembering Hassie

Photo: Jim Haskins, Principal of MVDHS doing what he loved as Producer/Director of South Pacific. If you mentioned extracurricular activities and positive high school experiences to folks in, and from, the Madawaska Valley, many, – at least those who attended MVDHS from 1967-1981 – would think of one man: Jim Haskins …

Castaway Culture: on my desert island

Sharon Taylor with some rental canoes When I was first asked to write about what items of culture I would need on a desert island – items that would sustain me – I thought I would have a hard time picking out those items. Then I realized that culture for …

Former councillors tell all

Representing your neighbours as a municipal official is a big responsibility so it’s useful to check out former councillors’ personal experience when you consider running for office. The Current spoke with past members of municipal councils, both in Madawaska Valley and elsewhere in Renfrew County, to get a flavour of …

Right to grow own cannabis under threat?

Photo: Shane Rounce on unsplash.com Opinion While Ontarians were preoccupied with electing a new government yesterday, Bill C-45 went before the Senate. The Bill, which contains the Government’s proposal to legalize the use of recreational cannabis, was passed by the Senate but with numerous amendments. Perhaps the most controversial of …