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Friday, February 26, 2021

Hospital names new VP, chief nursing executive

The Deep River and District Hospital has announced the appointment of a new vice president of clinical services and chief nursing executive (CNE). Tabitha Kearney will take on the executive role for the hospital, the Four Seasons Lodge, and the North Renfrew Family Health Team, effective April 2021. Kearney holds a...

NRT nominated for four awards in provincial competition

For the fifth time in the past seven years, the North Renfrew Times will take home multiple awards in Ontario's “Better Newspapers Competition.” The contest is sponsored each year by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA). Award finalists are announced each year in February, with first, second and third place awards...

Province delays March Break

Renfrew County students will still get a spring break - it will just be a month later than normal. Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Thursday that the province will delay March Break this year until the week of April 12-16. Lecce said it is "critical" that the province continues to...

County allowed to re-open Wednesday

Renfrew County will be one of just three regions across Ontario to re-open Wednesday. Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that the province will extend its shutdown and "stay at home" orders in most of Ontario's public health regions, except three - Renfrew County and District, Hastings and Prince Edward County,...

“My bills didn’t stop”: Second lockdown taking toll

by Vance Gutzman You could say Agatha Lussier and Madelaine Madigan are a microcosm of the plight facing so many businesses across Ontario right now, as they’re struggling to come to grips with the definition of the word “essential.” And just plain struggling. Lussier is the owner of Figaro’s Hair Stylists, a...

Snowmobile destroyed in trail fire

The Deep River Fire Department, as well as police, responded quickly to the report of a snowmobile on fire early Saturday afternoon. The snowmobile was about 500 feet in on the trail off Highway 17 near Wylie Road at around 1:30 pm Saturday. Although there were no injuries the snowmobile appeared...

Local man discovers new family ties

by Vance Gutzman At a time when families are finding it hard to keep in touch with each other, due to the global pandemic, Rob Riopelle has found new family ties in the most unusual of places. The Deep River man learned in recent months that he has an extended family...

“Good news” as health unit begins vaccine roll-out

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit says it has "good news" for area residents as it has successfully begun its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for "priority populations." In a statement late Friday afternoon, the health unit said that with its health care partners, it has successfully completed five COVID-19 vaccination...

Laurentian Hills still looking at possible boat launch

by Vance Gutzman Laurentian Hills council appears to still retain interest in developing a municipal boat launch along the Ottawa River. Council was in receipt of correspondence at last week’s meeting from Robert Gervais, who lives off Lau-Ren Road, asking about recreational opportunities in the municipality, and the need for a...

Local municipalities get infrastructure funding

The municipalities of North Renfrew will receive more than $240,000 this year in formula-based infrastructure funding from the province of Ontario. Deep River will receive the lion's share of the funding at $141,110. Laurentian Hills will get $50,158 while the townships of Head, Clara, Maria will receive $50,000, the minimum under...

Man faces firearms charges

A 34-year-old Pembroke man faces several firearms charges after an investigation going back to last September. Police say the Crime Unit of the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began investigating after a man with a gunshot wound attended the emergency department at the Pembroke...

Health unit reports second COVID death

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is reporting that a second person has died of COVID-19 in the county region. The health unit announced Thursday that the county has seen 297 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began last March. A total of 290 people have recovered. The county...

Snowmobile stolen in Head, Clara, Maria

The Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the theft of a blue 2000 Yamaha SRX 700 snowmobile from Head, Clara, Maria townships. Police say the snowmobile was parked along Bissett Creek Road near the entrance to Algonquin Park when it was stolen between 10...

County students head back to school Monday

Renfrew County students will be heading back to the classroom Monday morning. Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced late Wednesday afternoon that on the advice from the province's chief medical officer of health, the government is allowing seven public health units and over 100,000 students to return to class on...

Province declares state of emergency, issues “stay at home” order

Ontario residents will be expected to stay home except for "essential trips" beginning Thursday. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday that the province is declaring a second "state of emergency" and issuing a "stay at home" order in response to rising cases of COVID-19. "The latest modelling data shows that Ontario...