Election night has come and gone but some municipalities are still not sure who has been voted to sit around the council table for the next four years. Shortly after the polls closed last night at 8 o’clock a joint press release was issued that voting would be extended an additional 24 hours for the Town of Renfrew … the City of Pembroke, the Town of Petawawa and the townships of Laurentian Valley and Whitewater Region. If you live in any of these municipalities and you are to phone by phone or Internet … you have until 8 o’clock this evening and if you are to vote by the traditional paper ballot polls opened at 10 this morning and will also be open until 8 tonight. The reason for the 24-hour delay? A huge surge of Internet traffic last night wasn’t allowing everyone to properly cast a ballot.
Still with Election night the following have been elected to head of council in other municipalities throughout our listening area: Walter Stack is the new mayor in Arnprior … Dave Bennett has been elected mayor of Horton Township …Kim Love has been elected as mayor for Madawaska Valley and Tom Peckett will return for a second term at the head of McNab-Braeside Council. Brian Hunt is the new mayor of Greater Madawaska … Doug Black is now mayor of Carleton Place … and Christa Lower was elected the first female mayor in Mississippi Mills. In Lanark Highlands … Peter McLaren is the township’s new mayor. In North Algona Wilberforce … James Brose is the new mayor … while Sheldon Keller will be back as head of council in Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan. And … in West Carleton … Eli El-Chantiry (elle-shan-teerey) was re-elected to his council seat.
The Renfrew OPP are working hard to gather information regarding two break and enters last week. Police reports say that on Monday October 15th around 6 pm a resident of Mary Street in Arnprior returned home and discovered a break in had occurred – entry was gained through a glass door that was smashed. The report says that Items were moved and the home searched by the suspect, but it wasn’t immediately known if anything was stolen. A suspect has been identified and charges are pending against the suspect. On Tuesday October 16th – in another break and enter, the homeowner on River Road in McNab Braeside Township found their home broken into – however, the home was vacant for some time, so it is not known when the break in occurred. According to police, nothing was stolen. Police are continuing to investigate.
On Friday October 19th, just before 7am, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP began receiving reports of a black bear roaming in an east end neighborhood of Pembroke. Police responded along with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Pembroke Fire Department. After leading authorities around east end streets for a short period of time the bear eventually climbed a tree. He was quickly tranquilized by the MNR due to safety concerns for the densely populated area including a nearby elementary school and courthouse. Responders caught the adult male bear in a tarp and it was successfully relocated by the MNR. The public is reminded that black bears that come into a populated area – aren’t always a threat to public safety. However, if you think that a black bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behavior – then call 911 immediately!
The OPP are the first responder in the Upper Ottawa Valley for any emergency situation. At the request of the police, the MNR will respond to emergency situations to assist. For Non-Emergency Encounters – say a bear is just roaming or checking garbage cans….or, is in a tree and poses no immediate threat…then you can call the toll-free Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327. This line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from April 1 until Nov. 30. Trained staff can provide advice to you about black bear behaviour, how to avoid human-bear conflicts, and how to remove attractants from your property.
AND IN SPORTS …
The national Jr A rankings are in for this week and the Carleton Place Canadians are holding steady in the national top-20. Last week, the Canadians sat at #16 … and this week, thanks to three of a possible four points … the hang onto their ranking. There are two other CCHL team among the top teams in Canada as the Brockville Braves remain at #2 and the Hawkesbury Hawks jump four spots this week … to check in at #5.