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Natsis Granted Bail

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 11/27/2015 2:19:00 PM

Pembroke dentist Christy Natsis has been granted bail as she waits to appeal a guilty verdict.  Natsis was found guilty back in May of dangerous and impaired driving causing the death of Brian Casey.  The father of three was killed in a collision that happened in March of 2011 just outside of Arnprior.  Just over 2 weeks ago, Natsis was sentenced to 5 years in jail.  She also received a 4 year driving ban and a DNA order.  Natsis has a new team of lawyers in Toronto as she challenges the ruling.  They filed a notice of appeal earlier this week claiming that Judge Neil Kozloff allowed questionable testimony by the OPP to be heard in court.   Natsis will still need to complete a 40 day sentence for breaching bail conditions. It's expected she will be released before Christmas. A date has not yet been set for the appeal.

MP Cheryl Gallant Joins Shadow Cabinet

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 11/26/2015 7:37:00 AM

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant will be a part of the Conservative governments Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. Gallant has been named critic for Regional Development for Northern Ontario.  Gallant says that as the Critic for FedNor in the 37th Parliament, she was recognized for the work she did previously in that role. Gallant also says, "The Nipissing section of our Riding comes under the mandate of FEDNor. When I was first elected, as an effective critic in Opposition, I brought programing and funding. Until I advocated on behalf of my Nipissing constituents, they had been ignored and neglected. With the Trudeau government promising to run successive deficits, in the past rural communities have been the first to suffer. I promise to fight hard on behalf of my constituents and the neglected people of Northern Ontario." 

John Yakabuski Introduces Energy Referendum Act

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 11/26/2015 7:09:00 AM

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Legaslative Assembly yesterday.  If passed into law, the Energy Referendum Act, would require a local government to hold a referendum before a large-scale renewable energy project could proceed within that municipality’s borders. Under the proposed law, if a local municipality voted yes to a project, then those developments would be allowed to continue along the process as they do so today. If a local municipality voted no, then the proposed project may not be able to proceed.  Yakabuski says, given the substantial impact these large-scale renewable energy projects can have on local property values, tourism, wildlife populations, and even the landscape, creates a situation where the stakes are very high as to whether or not these projects go ahead.

Christy Natsis Appealing Her Conviction

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 11/26/2015 5:51:00 AM

Pembroke dentist Christy Natsis is appealing her conviction.   Natsis was found guilty back in May of  dangerous and impaired driving causing the death of Bryan Casey. The father of three was killed in the collison that happened in March of 2011 just outside of Arnprior.  2 weeks ago, Natsis was sentenced to 5 years in jail. She also received a 4 year driving ban and a DNA order.  Natsis has a new team of lawyers in Toronto.  They filed a notice of appeal this week claiming that  Judge Neil Kozloff allowed questionable testimony by the OPP to be heard in court. Natsis is expected to be in a Toronto court on Friday asking that she be granted bail while her appeal is heard.

RCDSB, OSSTF Early Childhood Educators Reach Tentative Agreement

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 11/21/2015 7:19:00 AM

The Renfrew County District School Board and OSSTF Early Childhood Educators have reached a Tentative Agreement.

The agreement must be voted on and ratified by both parties on or before December 3rd. No details have been released about the agreement.

MP Cheryl Gallant Seeks Answers About Refugees

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 11/19/2015 6:04:00 AM

Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke… MP Cheryl Gallant is looking for answers on how our area will be impacted by Justin Trudeau's plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of this year. Gallant issued a release yesterday saying residents have valid questions about safety and security.  While rumors have run rampant on social media about the possibilty of refugees being brought to this area, no announcements have been made. gallant issued the following media release on November 18th...

For Immediate Release       November 18th, 2015

MP Cheryl Gallant Seeks Answers for Local Residents about Refugees  


Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant is seeking answers for local residents on how they will be impacted by the Trudeau plan that could bring 100,000 Syrian economic migrants and refugees to Canada, starting with the promise to bring 25,000 to Canada by the end of this year. 


“The first thing I am doing to ...

Major Fire On Crandall Street In Pembroke

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 11/18/2015 5:23:00 AM

The Pembroke Fire Dept. responded to a code 5 structure fire on Crandall St. in the City of Pembroke just after 10 last night. The building is a 46 Unit condominium style 3 storey building.  When the fire crew arrived, flames and smoke were visible exiting the roof of the building and windows and a major portion of the building was involved in the fire. Crews were able to contain the blaze to one wing of the building, however other portions of the building sustained water and smoke damage.  All residents of the building were evacuated safely and assisted by Red Cross at a victim reception centre opened at Jeanne Lajoie School. At this time all residents have found temporary housing with help from the Red Cross. The Ontario Fire Marshal has been contacted and will be sending an investigator.
Pembroke Fire fighters are still on scene and will remain ...

Petawawa group launches Social Inclusion Project

Posted By: Brian Burton · 11/17/2015 7:17:00 AM

A group of local community members is taking steps toward making Petawawa a safe and welcoming community where everyone is accepted. Bullying Awareness Week (November 15-21) is the perfect time to publicly launch the initiative. Bullying is an issue for the entire community – it occurs in the workplace, playground, bus, school and neighbourhoods. The Petawawa Inclusion Project is a holistic community approach focused on increasing social inclusion of all citizens of Petawawa and area.

Members of The Petawawa Inclusion Project made a presentation to Petawawa Town Council to officially launch the initiative at their meeting on November 16. The project is made possible through funding from The Renfrew County United Way and the efforts of a steering committee made up of citizens and co-chaired by Mayor Bob Sweet and Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director of The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families.

The group celebrated World Kindness Day on Friday November ...

Three Teenagers Hospitalized After Serious Collision.

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 11/15/2015 2:09:00 PM
The Renfrew Detachment of the OPP believes speeding contributed to a single vehicle collision that sent three teenagers to hospital, 2 of them are suffering from critical injuries. 
Officers responded to a call about a single vehicle collision on Lynch Road near the intersection of Stone Road int he Township of Admaston Bromley Friday night at 9:43.
The investigation shows the collision involved a 2001 Honda driven by a 19 year old male. There were two male passengers in the car, a 16 and 17 year old. 
All three were taken to hospital by paramedics, one with minor injuries, two with critcal injuries.  The collision caused extensive damage to the car.  Speeding is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

Fatal Accident Closes Scheel Drive For Several Hours Saturday

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 11/15/2015 2:03:00 PM

A single vehicle collision on Scheel Drive at the intersection of McLean Drive, in McNab Braeside, closed the road for several hours Saturday. 

57 year old Kevin McMillian suffered a medical emergency while driving causing his Forf F350 to go off the road and into the ditch around 4:40 in the afternoon. 

McMillian was pronounced dead at the scene and Renfrew OPP say the collision did not cause his death.