Communities in Bloom winter baskets

Communities in Bloom (CiB) volunteers filled Madawaska Valley Township  Yard 2 garage with winter baskets on November 22. They scheduled just one morning to produce enough baskets not only for the downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) catchment area in Barry’s Bay but also for Railway Station Park and Zurakowski Park. …

MV Council Clips from Nov. 19 meeting

Members of the Madawaska Valley 2014-18 Council attended their final Regular Council meeting of their term on November 19. Third Reading passed of By-Law 2018-108: Little Bark Bay Subdivision Agreement CAO Suzanne Klatt and Planning Officer Silas Lorbetskie reported on the progress of this development. Klatt told Council that certain …

Have lessons been learned from Borutski’s crimes?

OPINION On November 20 2018 the provincial government issued a media release entitled Ontario Working to Stop Violence Against Women and Support Survivors. It announced that it is investing $11.5 million this year to better support frontline shelter workers serving women and children and delivering counselling programs across the province. Minister …

Yakabuski announces consultation to improve moose management

The Ontario government today announced a consultation designed to make the moose draw fairer, more accessible and simpler for hunters by updating its approach to managing moose. Over the next two years, the government intends to work with an advisory committee, which will review how tag quotas are developed, how …

Bosco students take proposals to MV Council

Photos by April Lundy and Bethany Kluke Grade 7 and 8 Geography students from St. John Bosco School attended Madawaska Valley Council to witness municipal government in action on November 19. Their teacher, Ms. Jordan Norris, explained that their presence at the Council meeting was the result of a class …

The Food Bank needs your help this winter

Madawaska Valley Food Bank is looking for help to ensure its clients don’t go hungry this winter. Food Bank volunteers told The Current about the generosity of Valley residents in the past and what initiatives are planned for the next several weeks. One of these events has already taken place: the …

Local interest in Green Burial

Green Burial Ottawa Valley held an Information Session in Killaloe on Thursday, November 15.  They are an informal group (at present) and are working to make Green Burial available to residents of the Ottawa Valley. Green Burial is an environmentally sensitive option to standard burial practice or cremation.  In Green Burial, …

Pot shop regulations announced

On November 14 Ontario published an outline of its regulations for the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores. Key dates are December 17, 2018 which is when the application process will commence and April 1, 2019 the date when licensed stores will be open for business. The government has …

One hundred years after Armistice Day 1918

Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406 celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day with a series of moving ceremonies, all well attended by members of the local community who came together to remember those who served. While the morning’s Remembrance Day proceedings were conducted inside the Legion Hall, a Colour Guard …

Yakabuski accuses NDP of ‘drive-by smear’

On November 14, iPolitics reported conflict of interest allegations against former Transportation Minister John Yakabuski whose sister, Marlene Yakabuski, is President of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association. Click HERE to read the iPolitics article. This abstract from iPolitics was produced by The Current.

A memorable November 11

On Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., close to 100 members of the community attended the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406 in Barry’s Bay and left 90 minutes later having experienced the very personal and private side of war. The Opeongo Reader’s Theatre, (pictured above) under the capable direction of Barry …

County unveils new mental health initiative

At the Annual General Meeting of the Renfrew County Law Clinic held in Pembroke on October 30 2018 members heard a presentation by Greg Lubimiv about the new Renfrew County Mental Health and Addiction Plan. Lubimiv is Executive Director of the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families (logo pictured above) which is …