NEWS – August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018 at 11:55 am  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is warning the public that there may be contaminated marijuana circulating in the area. Health officials have received reports that some people have had seizures after using weed in the Renfrew area and they suspect the cannabis has been mixed with other chemicals or street drugs. They want to remind the public that using weed for recreational purposes remains illegal … and the best way to avoid any dangers associated with marijuana use is to simply abstain. If you have any questions, or are looking for more information you can call the health unit and ask to speak to a nurse or you can visit

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is advising residents that despite some significant isolated storms over the last couple of weeks, the watershed continues to remain in a Level 1 Minor Drought status under the Ontario Low Water Response Program. There was minimal short-term impact during the recent thunderstorms and the conditions quickly returned to what they were. Levels and flows continue to be below normal for this time of the year. AND the long-range forecast is indicating that the remainder of August, September and November will be warmer and drier than normal. October is expected to be much cooler than normal with average precipitation conditions according to the Authority.  As well, water conservation is recommended for everyone within the Mississippi and Carp River watersheds … and residents on private wells inside the City of Ottawa boundary. Some municipalities may have invoked water restrictions, so check your municipality’s website for water restriction bylaws. For more water conservation tips visit

Arnprior and Renfrew OPP officers investigated 14 domestic disputes during the past week with one male charged with uttering threats. If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship, police want you to know that help is available. You can contact Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support, advice or the safety of a shelter … at 1-800-267-4930. The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County is also available 24/7 for information and support … at 1-800-663-3060. You could also attend the emergency department of any Renfrew County hospital and ask to speak to a member of the Assault Response Team. In emergencies you should call 9-1-1.

Police would like to remind residents that should they receive a phone call from someone who says they are a son, daughter or grandchild and in need of an immediate money transfer … that it is likely a scam. They remind you to confirm with other family members that your loved one is not in need. Be aware that the scammers will often pressure you to go and purchase large amounts of gift cards or wire money electronically to them. This is known as the “Grandparent Scam.” In some cases, the fraudsters will have a second caller contact you and represent themselves as a lawyer and also request money. Police also remind residents never to give out any of your personal or banking information to anyone over the phone.


Rainout and cancelled games from earlier in the season are being played in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League this week as the regular season continues to wind down. Tomorrow night … Kars is in Kemptville … while on Wednesday night … there are two double headers in Manotick. Kars hosts Quyon for a pair and Carp hosts Kemptville … then the Micksburg Twins. On Thursday … Micksburg is in Quyon to face the Flyers.

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