NEWS – March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018 at 11:55 am  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments

The municipality of Mississippi mills is looking to provide more information to local property owners about proposed changes to the town’s community official plan and are currently scheduling appointments for one-on-one discussions on Fridays between April 6th and May 18thth – from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Mississippi Mills Director of Planning will be available to answer questions – and one on one or small group appointments will be scheduled in 30-minute time slots.   To book an appointment you can contact Roxanne Sweeney, Building and Planning Clerk at 613-256-2064 ext. 260 or by email at The meetings will be held at the Municipal Officelocated at 3131 Old Perth Road, in Almonte.  For more information on the Community Official Plan, please visit the municipal website at

And the numbers are in from the OPP’s most recent week-long Distracted Driving Campaign.

The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment wrapped up its campaign on March 18th and over the course of the campaign officers kept a keen eye out for motorists who were using a cell phone while behind the wheel. A total of 48 motorists were charged with using a hand-held electronic device while driving and two drivers were charged with careless driving which was distraction related.  In the Renfrew Detachment area officers laid 43 charges during the seven-day campaign.  And the Killaloe detachment reports 4 charges of Driving with a Handheld Device along with 1 Careless Diving Charge.   Although the campaign has ended police remind drivers to continue to practice safe driving habits, and never drive distracted. If you feel you must use your phone while driving, it must be hands free. Use Bluetooth   –     Distracted and inattentive driving is the leading cause of death on OPP patrolled roads in Ontario.. As s the Easter Long Weekend approaches officers will be taking part in the OPP’s Easter Long Weekend Spring Seat Belt Campaign which runs from March 30 to April 2, 2018. Seat belts save lives. So, Buckle Up!

And the ‘Grandparent Scam’ is back on the radar and making the rounds once again. The OPP report that on March 14th a resident reported that they had been defrauded of more than $4,000 by someone claiming to be their grandson, who said he was in an ‘at fault’ collision with injuries. The imposter said they needed money to pay for the other person’s medical expenses and called a total of three times within a week  Police remind you if you get contacted by someone claiming to know you and they ask for help, check to confirm that it’s legitimate by asking questions that would be hard for an impostor to answer correctly. Also, contact the person who they claim to be directly. If you can’t reach the person, contact someone else – and don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s the real person you know.  If you are a victim of fraud, call your local police. If you suspect a potential fraudster or scam you can call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online at

Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations … and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life on March 27th there is a clinic at the Renfrew Legion from 1 to 7 p.m. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting … or 1-888-2-DONATE.


In the CCHL playoffs last night … the Carleton Place Canadians are back on top of their series with the Rockland Nationals after a 4-2 win. Geoff Kitt … Justin Cmunt,  Travis Broughman and Zachary Tupker scored for Carleton Place who now leads the series 2 games to 1. Michael Leach was in goal for the Canadians and he turned aside 23 shots for the win. Game 4 of this series goes tonight in Rockland at 7:30.

And still with the CCHL … the Pembroke Lumber Kings need a win tonight against the Ottawa Junior Senators or their season will be over. Tonight’s game is in Ottawa at the Jim Durrell Arena at 7:30. Ottawa leads the best-of-seven series 3 games to 1.

The Perth Blue Wings lead their semifinal series with Casselman 2 games to 1 and the Ottawa Canadians are up 1-0 on the Carleton Place Junior Canadians. Perth is on the road tonight for game 4 of their series while Carleton Place hosts Ottawa on Friday night for Game 2.

Lesley Galbraith
Producer, Valley Heritage Radio

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