• The Problem with Wild Parsnip


  • The end of the Shawville Pontiac Juniors

  • No swimming at Tim Horton Voyageurs Camp or using the waterslides at the beach

  • OPP Renfrew Looking for a thief

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The Problem with Wild Parsnip

Wild Parsnip has been a problem in the Ottawa Valley for the past few years. Last week the Equity reported Wild and Cow Parsnip being spotted in Portage Du Fort and now Renfrew County is trying to address the same problem. According to Jason Davis, the weed seems to have spread all over Eastern Ontario

If you notice the weed in your yard, there are ways to remove it without risking your health. Jason Davis explains:

If you do get the sap on your skin, you are advised to rinse it off immediately and keep it out of the sun for the next few days as UV Rays set off the reaction.


A hot weather health warning has been issued for Renfrew County. The move comes after Environment Canada forecasting temperatures to reach highs near 30 degrees or hotter with humidity. In a release, Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Maureen Carew says extreme heat and humidity increases the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The health unit also says older people, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, disabilities or circulation problems will be effect the most by the heat. Officials encourage you to drink plenty of fluids, avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors 

The end of the Shawville Pontiac Juniors

It's now official, the Shawville Pontiac Juniors are no more.

The team was forced to leave the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League at the end of the 2014-2015 season.

The team, which has tried to find another League to join, suffered a second setback when the new Central Canada Hockey League Junior A Tier 2 refused to let expansion teams join for this season. 

No swimming at Tim Horton Voyageurs Camp or using the waterslides at the beach

With todays’ sweltering temperatures felling like 40 degrees Celsius with the humidity, the Ministry of the environment has prohibited access to the water slides or the beach at Tim Horton Voyageurs Camp due to bacteria.

The result of analysis of 27 July 2015 samples showed that this beach bathing waters were not complying with the Department's bacteriological quality standers. As a result, the population must refrain from using this beach for bathing purposes until it is deemed safe by the Ministry. 

OPP Renfrew Looking for a thief

The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) needs assistance from the public to identify a suspect in two thefts in the Town of Arnprior on Monday July 20.  Between 9 and 11AM, a male entered the employee only area of the Home Hardware store and stole a wallet from a female employee’s purse. 

The same date, the suspect attended the Antrim Truck Stop.  He tampered with a locked door and stole a quantity of cash from an office. 

Federal Election Debate Tomorrow at Esprit Rafting

The 42nd Canadian General Election will be held October 19 and several debates have been organized between the heads of the different parties, the first has been organized by Maclean's magazine on August 6.

In Pontiac, the first local debate will take place tomorrow at Esprit Rafting. This will be a great opportunity for the people to hear the different arguments of the candidates of the major parties and also have a beer with the local candidates. Owner Jim Coffee explains;

Residents will be able to interact with the candidates from 6 PM and the debate will start at 8:00 pm. 

A new Show is coming to the Pontiac in August

Bridge to the Past is a collection of real life stories exploring the history of Wakefield. One of the Stars of the show, actor and musician Dylan Phillips explains:

According to the Wakefield Theater Website, the show is “Seven stories inspired by research gathered by Wakefield and area residents last fall, these stories now form the frame work for “the bridge” to the past, dramatized in skits and eight songs.”  The show will Premier in Wakefield august 5th and end on august 31st at St. Michael’s High School as a Back to School performance. In between those performances, they will be playing numerous venues across the region, visiting Cantley, Danford Lake, Chelsea, and many more locations like Otter Lake on August 8th at the RA Hall and Bristol on August 12th at the Coronation Hall. The greatest part of this event is that it’s all free, the only hurtle will be the weather as some of the performances are outdoors.


Matthew Schoenfeldt of Golden Lake won't be legally hunting anytime soon. He has been handed a $4,000 fine, had his hunting license suspended for another five years and had to give up all his hunting equipment. The case was heard in Pembroke court last week. Court was told Schoenfeldt was already serving a seven year license suspension issued in 2012 when he was found hunting deer in Wilberforce Township south of Pembroke last January. Court ordered that he serve out the first licence suspension first before the new suspension takes effect. That means, Schoenfeldt is barred from hunting until June 18th, 2024.     

Vandalism in Fort-Coulonge; not as rare of an event as one would hope

The recent vandalism at Centennial Park in Fort-Coulonge has attracted a varied reaction on social media, not surprising considering this is not an isolated event.

Fort-Coulonge Mayor, Raymond Durocher, suspects that  these acts of vandalism are the work of a group of organized culprits.

He added that the tables that were damaged will not be replaced this year.

Certain measures have been implemented to address the problem with some neighbors monitoring the park. Unfortunately, with all that organized there is still a small minority who chooses to vandal:

Mr. Durocher also supports several activities organized for the youth in the municipality but it has not stopped the problem. Surveillance cameras could be installed at the Centennial Park. 


The Cobden beach is one less area you can go to cool down this week. According to the township of Whitewater Region's facebook page, the beach is closed due to high levels of bacteria in the water. The water has been deemed unsafe for swimming, according to the Medical Officer of Health. There is no timeline for when the beach is expected to be reopened.