The overload of Internet voting during Monday night’s election prompted five Ottawa Valley municipalities to extend the deadline 24 hours to ensure voters could properly cast their ballot. Well … the results are in … and in Renfrew … Don Eady has been re-elected as mayor. And along with Deputy Mayor Peter Emon who was acclaimed … Renfrew council will include Mike Coulas … Andrew Evans … Sandi Heins … Arlene Jamieson … and Tom Sidney. Elsewhere … Michael Moore is the mayor of Whitewater … defeating Hal Johnson by a little more than 250 votes. Michael Lemay is back as mayor of Pembroke … Bob Sweet will once again be the head of Petawawa council … and Steve Bennett has been elected mayor of Laurentian Valley.
OPP have charged a motorist after a traffic stop for speeding – led to several other charges on White Lake Road last Saturday, October 20th. Reports say that at approximately 1:30 pm an OPP officer stopped a motorist for speeding on the White Lake Road and as a result….it was found that the driver was operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device – when he was required to have one. The officer also found that the driver was in possession of alcohol and cannabis both readily available. Charged is David MARTIN aged 24 of Arnprior – he was issued a summons to appear in court in Renfrew on November 16th.
Speaking of marijuana … one week ago, since it became legal here in Canada – the Ontario Provincial Police want to ensure the public that as a safety-sensitive workplace…..all OPP members must report to work “fit for duty”. They say that a member is fit for duty when they are in a physical, mental and emotional state that allows the individual to perform assigned duties competently and in a manner that does not compromise or threaten the safety or health of that individual or others, the environment, or OPP property. Subsequently, all members must show up without limitations resulting from, all drugs (including cannabis, over-the-counter and prescription medication) and/or alcohol. If a member has accommodation needs, the OPP will continue to review such accommodation requests in accordance with the Ontario Public Service’s Disability Accommodation Policy and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Maintaining a drug- and alcohol-free workplace is crucial to ensuring that our environment, members and the families and communities that depend on them, remain safe.
The following roads will be closed to all traffic until this Friday. Highway 60, Hall Avenue and the County Road 52 intersection. Also closed until Friday is Raglan Street South from Prince Avenue East to Hall Avenue and Hall Avenue from Plaunt Street South to Raglan Street South. The town says that there will be detours and flagging operations in effect. Why are they closing the roads? It’s part of the Highway 60 – Downtown reconstruction project to allow paving from Opeongo Road to Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Of note…Barnett Boulevard will remain open during this closure. If you have any questions please call the Town of Renfrew Department of Development & Works at (613) 432-8166.
Police are reporting that a boat trailer was stolen from a storage yard on Summerside Lane in McNab Braeside Township back on October 10. The boat trailer, a 2010 Hoosier (Pontoon Trailer) was black and had Ontario Licence F1507W. Police say that it was stolen between September 27 and October 10. Police continue to investigate……If you have any information on this theft … you are asked to contact the Renfrew OPP … or Crime Stoppers.AND IN SPORTS …
Two old rivals lock horns tonight on the ice as the Renfrew Timberwolves head down Highway 17 to Arnprior to face the Packers. Arnprior sits in second place in the Richardson Division one point behind Perth while the Timberwolves are playing .500-hockey … at 6-6-and-1 … and are in fifth spot. Puck drop tonight at the Nick Smith Centre is set for 7:30.
AND … a reminder to make sure to stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for Rink Wrap … our hockey talk show. Hosts Geoff Patterson and his special co-host tonight … Scott Conroy … will bring you up to speed on everything happening on rinks around the Valley and beyond. The show begins right after the 5 o’clock news and runs until 6 p.m. Tonight the guests will be former Pembroke Lumber King Matthew Boudens (bow-dens) and current Ottawa 67’s sniper Ty Felhaber.