So, with the opening weekend of Provincial championships completed at the Frontenac Community Arena,...
A group consisting of Matt Rennie, Sarah Harmer and Meela Melnik-Proud presented South Frontenac Cou...
North Frontenac Township is recruiting for it fire department. “We have banners up in the mun...
The trio of fiddler Shane Cook, bassist Joe Phillips, and guitar/mandolin player Joey Wright backed singer songwriter Alison Lupton on a tour last year. That gave them an opportunity to jam together during the down time on the tour. They kept in touch afterwards and decided to put on a few shows this spring. Since both Cook and Phillips live in London and Wright lives in Elphin, they booked a couple of shows in Guelph and London, then came to Snow Road on Thursday night, followed by shows in Cobourg and Trenton. The Snow Road Hall was over capacity for the show last week, and the trio did not disappoint. They played mostly tunes that each of them had written but in a style that was built around the interplay between the three instruments. Because all three of them have a lot of facility on their instruments and enjoyed listening to and reacting to each other, it was a treat for the audience to listen and see where they were going. The show was pretty relaxed since the players were intent on having fun and playing, rather than replicating the sound on an album. The styles ranged from Bill Munro style bluegrass, Brazilian samba, Romany jazz, Texas swing, and more. Both Joey Wright and Joe Phillips sang on a few of their own tunes as well. Near the end of the concert, Shane Cook also admitted something that some of us have suspected for years. He cut his teeth in the fiddle contests in Eastern Ontario, and knows the Ottawa Valley and other fiddle tune repertoire well. As he was about to play a tune that he said all the fiddlers at the Pembroke contest played, he said we would all find it familiar as well. Then he paused, and said “all fiddle tunes are the same anyway”. “Aha” I said, and a bunch of the fiddlers in the audience glared in my direction. Hopefully this mini-tour of three talented adventurers in music will result in some more shows down the line or even a recording. It would be nice to listen in again.
A zoning change to allow for a four-season residence on Norcan Lake could have far-reaching ramifications as more and more rural residents are converting cottages to use as retirement residences. The property rezoned at last Friday’s regular meeting of North Frontenac Council was a 11.3 hectare parcel with 184 metres of waterfront which had been zoned only for seasonal and open space. But judging from the size of the gallery crowd at mandatory public meeting, there was a lot interest in the topic. “If you want properties in that area to be zoned for permanent residences, you have to make a request in writing,” said Clerk/Planning advisor Tara Mieske. “The contract planner is looking at re-writing the zoning bylaw on that.” “I see it as a blanket problem for the entire Township,” said Coun. Gerry Martin. “A lot of people are living here permanently now.” “We should probably look at the entire subdivision,” said Mieske. “Under the building code, when you go from seasonal to permanent, there are different standards,” said planner Megan Rueckwald. “And some people only want three-season dwellings because it can affect insurance and building costs,” said Mieske. “It’s pretty hard to differentiate whether people are just coming up in winter or living there,” said Mayor Ron Higgins. “But this is a perfect opportunity (revising the Zoning Bylaw) to make all the zonings permanent.” • • • Drones can do many things ranging from GIS mapping to dropping a life preserver to someone who’s gone through the ice, Brian Leahey, dep. Chief of paramedic services for Renfrew County told Council. “With attachments, it can be a surveillance unit, aerial sniffer, night vision,” he said. “It often means we can see what’s going on without having to send somebody out on the ice and with night vision, we can find victims of car crashes who’ve been thrown from the vehicle more readily.” However, there is one big downside to the new technology — cost. The unit Leahey brought to show Council cost in excess of $20,000 and prices just go up from there. “It would probably mean they’d have to be bought at the County level because of cost,” said Coun. John Inglis. And, Leahey conceded that there are those who feel aerial drones are an infringement on personal privacy but Dep. Mayor Fred Perry had a potential solution for that. “My wife isn’t a big fan of drones,” Leahey said. “And they can be quite intrusive in the wrong hands.” “Buy her a shotgun,” said Perry. • • • Mayor Ron Higgins was in Sharbot Lake last week for a meeting on the possibility of making Hwy 7 four lanes from Peterborough to Carleton Place and was concerned about a couple of potential costs. “We don’t want to be responsible for turning lanes at 41 and 509,” he said. “And 41-506-509 was mentioned as a potential detour while construction takes place and we can’t afford to upgrade those roads.” • • • In Mayor Ron Higgins’ update from County Council, it was revealed that there are dollars available to expand Fairmount Home but he had another idea. “Why not expand to a separate campus,” he said. “There is talk of the County sharing office space with Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and if that happens, we should be pushing to have more seniors residences in the north — at least in Sharbot Lake.” “I agree,” said Dep. Mayor Fred Perry. “We should have more spaces further away from Kingston.”
Other than a few “minor administrative issues,” North Frontenac Township’s waste disposal sites are in good shape, Cabium Inc.’s David Bucholtz told Council at its regular meeting in Plevna last Friday. “Aesthetically, they look fantastic,” he said. “The Township does a great job.” Cabium is contracted to the Township to collect the required groundwater, surface water and landfill gas samples, complete updated topographic surveys, collect operational information and summarize its findings in an annual report to the Ministry of the Environment. The Township operates four active landfills (506, Kashwakamak, Mississippi and Plevna) as well as two transfer sites (Ompah and Cloyne). It is also responsible for two closed sites (Ferleigh and Gull Lake) as well as the Ardoch site, which is temporarily closed but still has 30,000 cubic metres of capacity left. Perhaps the best news is that overall, the municipality is predicted to have 38 years of capacity left (134,525 cubic metres). But that didn’t seem all that comforting to some councilors. “That’s wonderful, but we are driving towards a cliff,” said Coun. John Inglis. “Can other municipalities apply to dump their garbage in our sites?” asked Coun. Gerry Martin. “Not that I’m aware of,” said Bucholtz. “But we are engaged with the County and all four Townships to look at creative possibilities. “The diversion of organics for bio-gas is one and everybody wants to know about incineration.” “There’s an opportunity to make money here,” said Dep. Mayor Fred Perry. “All cruise ships have them.” “There are two municipalities using incineration that we’re aware of,” said Bucholtz. “But to do that you need assets and training to keep it going. “But with the Waste-Free Ontario Act, there are opportunities for organics and bio-fuels and the possibilities to sell cap and trade credits.”
Hannah Barron is a researcher with EarthRoots, which is a “grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the protection of Ontario's wilderness, wildlife and watersheds, through research, education and action.” according to the description on its web site She runs an Earthroots project called Wolves Ontario, which is dedicated to raising public awareness of the status of the current status of the wolf population in Ontario, advocating for better policies that govern wolves, and achieving meaningful protection for wolves and wolf habitat. The focus of her efforts recently has been in identifying the range and population density of the Eastern Wolf, which has recently been re-named the Algonquin Wolf. According to Barron, and her view is supported by researchers affiliated with Trent University, there are about 500 Algonquin Wolves, most of them living within or near Frontenac Park, where they are protected from hunting and trapping. Barron made a presentation recently to the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Frontenac Park. In it, she talked about three species, the gray wolf, the Eastern/Algonquin Wolf (which is genetically identical to the Red Wolf – which is the subject of a recovery effort in North Carolina) and the Eastern Coyote. In Ontario, Gray Wolves, whose territory is generally north and west of Algonquin Park, are doing well. Coyotes, located south of the park and throughout eastern and southern Ontario, are also plentiful, but the Eastern Wolf is in peril and has been for some time. As Barron explained in a subsequent phone interview with the News, “it could be that the numbers of Eastern Wolves has been about 500 for quite some time, decades even.” But whether the Eastern Wolf population is steady or on the decline, that number makes them vulnerable. An outbreak of mange, a decline in the beaver, deer or moose populations or a difficult weather season or two could reduce the population to the point of no return. And the Eastern Wolf is also important for the genetic health of the other wild canids in Ontario and Eastern North America. “Grey wolves will mate with Eastern Wolves, and Eastern Wolves will mate with Coyotes, but Grey Wolves will not mate with Coyotes,” Barron said, pointing out as well that Coyotes and dogs will mate as well. Hybridization of wolves, Coyotes, and dogs has been going on for a long time, and this makes the science complicated. It is not possible to distinguish between a Coyote and an Eastern Wolf by looking at them, listening to them yip or howl, or by their paw print. While wolves are much larger than Coyote, hybridization has blurred those lines over the years. It requires a DNA sample to determine the difference, according to Barron. She spends much of her time these days in the field, mostly to the east and south of Algonquin Park, looking for wolf tracks, and gathering hair and scat samples where they are fresh to send off to the lab at Trent for DNA sequencing, the goal being to determine the concentration of Eastern/Algonquin Wolves outside of the park. This work is taking place in the context of the development of a provincially mandated recovery strategy for the wolves. In 2016 the Algonquin Wolf was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act by the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO). At the same time the wolf was given the new name Algonquin Wolf, and defned as a “hybrid group that collectively represents a genetically discrete cluster with morphological characteristics” in COSSARO’s words. The term Algonquin Wolf used in order to “differentiate it from other populations that have been labeled Eastern Wolf” by COSSARO. The ‘Threatened’ designation under the Endangered Species Act triggers a responsibility on the part of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Ontario to develop a recovery strategy. The strategy was prepared and released on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for a commentary period, before being adopted. Among the measures that are called for in the strategy is a ban on hunting and trapping all canids, wolves or coyotes, not just in and around Algonquin park, as has been the case since 2001, but all the way east to the border with Quebec and west to Georgian Bay. The territory roughly corresponds with a region that is considered moose country, and, according to Hannah Barron, there is good reason to ban trapping canids in moose country if you want to encourage he Algonquin Wolf population to a) remain healthy and b) refrain from hybridizing further with the Easter Coyote population. “Coyotes do very well in populated areas and around roads,” said Barron. “They do not tend to get run over and they use road as easy travel routes. The Algonquin Wolves do not do as well at all. But, since they are bigger, they will hunt moose, and Coyotes don’t. It is only in moose country, where there are fewer roads, that the wolves have a competitive advantage.” Barron’s view, which is supported by research from Trent University, is contradicted by the trapping community. Not only do they see a ban on trapping Wolves and Coyotes those zones (which are north of the Frontenac News readership area) as a threat to their livelihood as trappers, they consider the science that justifies the ban as dubious at best. The Ontario Fur Managers Association submitted a position paper during the commentary period for the strategy. The Association’s President is a trapper from Central Frontenac, Willis Deline, who is also a member of the Frontenac Trapper’s Association. In Deline’s view, and that of the association, the first question is about the existence of the Eastern or Algonquin Wolf in the first place. They argue that there are only two species, Wolves and Coyotes, and the Algonquin Wolf is merely a hybrid of the two. Their position is supported by research sponsored from Princeton University, which published a study of the wolf/coyote genomes in July of 2016 in “Science Advances”. The results of the study were the subject of an article in Science by Virginia Morelli. The “study of the complete genomes of 28 canids reveals that despite differences in body size and behavior, North American gray wolves and coyotes are far more closely related than previously believed, and only recently split into two lineages. Furthermore, the endangered red and eastern wolves are not unique lineages with distinct evolutionary histories, but relatively recent hybrids of gray wolves and coyotes,” Morelli wrote. The author of Princeton study, Bridgett Vanholdt challenges the notion of genetic purity in the first place and still thinks the Eastern (Algonquin) and Red Wolves should be protected. In Willis Deline’s view, and that of his colleagues, the population in and artoud the park as well as the population further south where the Frontenac Trapper’s Association have their lines, are hybrid populations. “The Coyotes that we see are nothing like what we saw before. They can weigh 50 and 70 pounds, and they are often in packs now,” he said, “this is a sign of hybridization.” As Deline points out, Coyote pelts are now one of the few pelts that are marketable, and in his position with the Fur Manager Association, he has his members interests to think about. But, he argues, the real opposition from the trapping community to the ban on hunting is based not only on the reality of the existence of the Algonquin Wolf, but also on the implications of a ban on the balance between the wolf, moose, beaver and deer population in the region. “The history, on the ground, shows that sustainable trapping of Coyotes and Wolves does not lead to a decrease in the population although the packs are disrupted. But you also have to think about what ha[[ens when you stop hunting and trapping the top predator but keep huting and trapping the prey species” he said. Deline also pointed out that the Trapper’s are a source of information that has not been tapped. “No one asked us to work with them, to collect DNA samples so we can all be working from better science,” he said. That is all changing, now. The Fur Managers Association and Trappers Council’s across the region will be sending samples to the Trent lab from now on, in the hope that a clearer picture will emerge about the relationship between coyotes and wolves in the entire region. Last week, in response to all the submissions they have received, the Ministry of Natural Resource took the decision to delay implementation of the Algonquin Wolf Recovery Strategy for 18 months. “Additional time is required to prepare the recovery strategy for Algonquin Wolf due to the complexity of the issue,” said the Ministry in its posting about the decision in what may have been an under-statement
Laura Stewart didn’t know what to expect when she decided to organize a craft/bake sale. She’d never done this before. “I did it because we haven’t had one in awhile,” she said. “Maybe it’s something Sharbot Lake needed. “At least it would get some of the artists and creative people out and in the winter it’s nice to get out of the house.” Stewart and hubby Kirk Chabot moved here just over a year ago. Chabot has ingratiated himself into the Lions Club and the Legion. Stewart works at Mike Dean’s. “I love the community,” she said. “I love how it comes together. “The Farmers Market is great in the summer but there isn’t as much going on in the winter.” She noticed that “people are always talking” in the store and to a certain extent, it’s a gathering place where you run into friends and neighbours and get caught up. “And Kirk loves to bake, so we thought . . .” So, she started to advertise on Facebook for vendors and craftspeople and such. “It went really smoothly,” she said. “I could have had at least 20 more vendors but there’s only so much space. “We didn’t jury it but we did have to say no to some people because we didn’t want doubles.” “I made 10 dozen butter tarts, 10 dozen lemon/cherry tarts and 10 dozen banana breads,” Chabot said. “I didn’t know how many to make.” It seemed to work out. There was a steady stream of visitors and at times, it was so crowded that getting through took awhile. Of course, there were a lot of people standing around visiting, but that was kind of the point too. They took donations for the Food Bank too. Stewart said she doesn’t know if this was a one-off or there will be more. But this one seemed to go over well. “I think craft shows are something you can’t have every month,” she said. “But we’ll talk about that. “I work every other weekend, so we’d have to work around that.”
Rumours circulating on social media that the Piccadilly and/or Henderson sub-stations are to be closed are “absolutely not true,” Fire Chief Greg Robinson said at the Central Frontenac Council meeting Tuesday night. “We’ve been getting some calls because of posts on Facebook stating that because the trucks have been removed, the stations are being closed,” Robinson said. “While the trucks are not in the stations, they have both been sent to repair similar malfunctions and will be back in their respective substations once those repairs have been made. “There are, nor have there been, any plans to close either or both of the stations.” And for those residents worried that their insurance coverage would be changed, Robinson said neither of the substations has had any affect on insurance rates as far as he’s aware. “The trucks being gone wouldn’t have an affect because unless there’s some insurance policy I’m unaware of, even those buildings don’t have any affect on insurance rates,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether the trucks are there or not.” According to Dwelling Protection Grade, the only fire stations in Central Frontenac that affect insurance rates due to proximity are Sharbot Lake and Mountain Grove (DPG rating 3B) and Parham and Arden (DPG rating 4). Central Frontenac Council brought back an old resolution at its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon in Oso Hall and changed it. The resolution was in support of banning the trapping of ‘Algonquin wolves’ outside of Algonquin Park but following a presentation from Willis Deline, OFMF president, Council rescinded its support and will send a letter to the appropriate authorities stating such. Deline made the case that genetic evidence suggesting there is a separate species of wolf in this area, ie the Algonquin wolf, simply isn’t strong enough. Council approved a chain-link fence to separate the ball field and the fire training area in Mountain Grove. Facilities coordinator Shawn Merriman told Council that if they approved the fencing now, the Township would be able to apply for a grant that could reduce the $25,000 cost by one third. “One third now is better than no thirds later,” Merriman said. In a cutting manner, Councillor Cindy Kelsey grilled Public Works Manager Brad Thake on Henderson Road. “Have you driven the Henderson Road lately . . . and when are you going to fix it?” Kelsey said. Taken somewhat aback, Thake said that his department was aware of the “bad stretch” Kelsey was referring to and that they were doing what they could to mitigate a lot of roads in the Township. Thake has gone on record at previous meetings outlining the unusual thaw-freeze cycle this year and how it’s putting unexpected strains on his department and resources. Planning servicesCouncil passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with Frontenac County for planning services.
The Retired Women teachers of Ontario (R.W.T.O.) Kingston Branch gathered at Parham United Church for their regular meeting. Members were delighted to welcome our past president, Bonnie Greavett. Bev Ritchie displayed albums containing pictures, newspaper clippings, letters, etc. which helped to trace the history of the branch over the years. Corrine Howes reported that Trudi Bain has passed away. Trudi was a long time member of R.W.T.O who held offices at the local and provincial level. Betty Jeanne Kippen announced that the Provincial Office had provided $300 to each branch to be used for recognition or retention of members. After many suggestions members allocated $100 to the Limestone Food Sharing Project and $100 to the Limestone Learning Foundation. The Cora Bailey Award recipient from our Branch this eyar is was Carolyn Pitt. Her pin in recognition of this award was presented at our meeting Joelle Hubner-McLean talked about her writing experiences and the release of her new book "Corvus and Me’. Kathryn Derby introduced Jim Reynolds and Carol Rogers as our speakers, Information that was both entertaining and informative regarding the Frontenac County Museum was presented. Fundraising continued with draws made from donated items on the the draw table as well as sale of donated books. Submitted by Kathleen Goodfellow.
It was a very festive atmosphere at the Frontenac Community Arena this past weekend, and it wasn’t just because St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday. While there was a bit of green, the dominant colour was orange as the Frontenac Flyers minor hockey organization had three teams (Atoms, Peewees and Bantams) in the Ontario CC Championship finals. (The Novices narrowly missed the finals, losing out in the semis and the Midgets made the playoffs but bowed out in the first round.) It’s been a long time since there’s been this much excitement at the old arena (which turned 52 this year). If you look around the arena, most of the boys’ banners are from the early ’90s, when a strong core of players advanced through the ranks piling up championship after championship. “That was the (Coach Jack) Deline Dynasty,” said former South Frontenac Mayor Phil Leonard. “There was some great hockey played here in those days.” Leonard conceded that it’s tough for rural organizations to hold on to their talented players as the best ones often get recruited to higher level organizations such as Napanee and Kingston. “And you can’t blame them for wanting to move up,” said Leonard. But for this year at least, the arena was rocking and that was music to Leonard’s ears. “This is why we worked so hard to raise the matching funds for Wintario grants back then,” he said. “So our kids would have a place to play and achieve the results we knew they could.” And when Leonard says “our kids,” he means the entire area, not just those he might be related to. “I do have some cousins participating,” he said. “But that’s not really why I’m here. “I love watching this — I’m really enjoying it.” And Leonard wasn’t the only mayor at the arena with a big smile on his face. Current South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal was in the middle of the crowd, complete with a Flyers jersey. Vandewal said he didn’t get to play hockey as a kid (although he’s currently an in-demand defenceman in the over-60 circuit), but he’s having a blast watching these kids. “I don’t have a relative playing but I’m on the edge of my seat every game,” Vandewal said. “I’m in on every play.” And he was too. Don’t sit next to the mayor unless you’re prepared for twitching shoulders, elbows and legs when the action intensifies. And just for the record, the crowds on both days were standing room around the boards and if you were late getting there (or even in time but not real early), you were parking somewhere along Boundary Road.
“Anybody here watch the TV series The Hoarders? — It’s not like that,” said HomeBaseHousing prevention diversion case manager Cassy Gogo said at a Seniors and Law enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) lunch gathering at the Verona Free Methodist Church last week. But there is a diagnosable condition that affects perhaps as high as two to three percent of the population. According to the American Psychiatric Association, hoarding disorder is: • Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value • The accumulation of items clutter the living areas, causing them to be unusable • The hoarding causes significant distress to the person and their ability to function normally. “It’s a fear to part with things,” she said. She said hoarding is a compulsive disorder, which can often result from trying to hold on to parents’ belongings or those of other family members. “It’s different from collecting, or people who are just messy and don’t like to clean,” she said. She said one key indicator that there could be a problem is if a bed is littered with stuff such that it no longer functions as a bed. There are several real dangers associated with the disorder, she said including the risk of disease. “In some cases of excessive accumulation, there is the danger of a pile collapsing, which can be a real problem if you live alone and it collapses on you,” she said. “There’s also a fire risk, and/or the risk of firefighters not being able to reach you in time if they have to clear a path through stuff.” Social isolation can also be a problem as can the affect hoarding can have on neighbours. “Usually you find out from complaints, especially if it spills out into the yard,” she said. Gogo said that in the U.S., estimates are that two to three percent of the population suffers from some form of the affliction. In Kingston and the Frontenacs, there aren’t really any hard statistics and Gogo admits that the U.S. figures are likely higher than our area. “But, I know of about 50 cases from talking to other case workers and for every one we know about, there’s probably a dozen we don’t know about.” Now here comes the rub. While they’re willing to help, the City only budgets $5,000 per year for their program. “It costs $528 to fill a truck and haul it away,” she said. “It takes usually about four truck loads. “So, we can help only about two or three people per year.” Still, they do help some but Gogo is adamant that they only help willing participants. “We use the three-box rule,” she said. “There are boxes for keep, give away and throw out. “But, we make sure the person sees absolutely everything that goes out to ensure things like important papers (taxes, etc) and family keepsakes (photos, etc) are kept.” She said family and friends don’t have to address situations on their own and encouraged people to reach out to various agencies. Sometimes fire departments can help. In order to get agency help, a person doesn’t have to be on disability benefits but does have to have a diagnosed disability, she said. The hoarding presentation will be held again on March 23 in the Storrington Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including a hot lunch (free). The next S.A.L.T. topic will be emergency preparedness at the Golden Links Hall in Harrowsmith May 11 and May 25.
Catherine Oxenford-Grant has been the minister for the congregation of Trinity United Church in Verona since January. She came to Verona from Westport, where she had been the full time student minister for two years. The opportunity to work on a part-time basis appealed to her, and she welcomed the appointment. She will be ordained as a United Church Minister in Napanee at the end of April, and at the end of June the congregation will have the option of engaging her on a long term basis. But she has not spent a lot of time thinking about all that since taking on the challenge of ministering to the Harrowsmith-Verona Pastoral Charge. She has been too busy enjoying what she describes as a “really good fit” between herself and the congregation. “I think they are what I need right now and I am what they need” she says of the relationship. “This particular church has just gone through an amalgamation with her sister church, St. Paul’s in Harrowsmith. There is a lot of grieving and change to cope with. That is something I’ve had training to help out with, through my studies in spiritual and pastoral care. “There is a tremendous sense of loss for many from Harrowsmith. They have memories that are tied in to the very stones of a church where they were baptized, where they were married, where funerals for their loved ones were held, where they went to have fellowship and live their life with God. These aren’t easy things to lose,” she said. Some of the Harrowsmith people have come to Trinity for services, some of them with reluctance, and some have drifted away. Oxenford-Grant spends about half of the 20 hours a week that she works at Trinity preparing for and officiating at services, and half on parish matters. That includes phoning people who she may never have met, but has been told are hurting about the amalgamation and might appreciate hearing from her. “It does help that I am new here, I think, but I am following in some very fine footsteps who have served the Harrowsmith-Verona Pastoral Charge, my mentor the Reverend Dr. John Young, Rev. Lynda Price and Rev. Patsy Henry, who are all friends.” For ‘Pastor Cat’, as she is called by some of her parishioners, one of the best parts of her new job has been the people in the church. “They are wonderful people, absolutely wonderful people, and I believe I have their respect and their affection. We feel like it is a tremendous fit. What people at Trinity are most appreciative of is energy, humour, theological and pastoral understanding, and a really worshipful service.” She has taken an interesting path to ordination. Although her entire career has been with the United Church, becoming a minister was never something she expected to do. Her first career was spent in music. She graduated from the Royal Conservatory, and became a singer, pianist, organist and as choir master at two large churches in Ottawa and Brockville for 30 years. She seemed to have found her niche. Then, as she describes it in a YouTube video, she literally received a message from God about her future, and knew it was time to step away from music and towards ordained ministry. She took her Master of Divinity at Queen’s and began the path to ordination with the United Church, all leading to this posting and beyond. Nowadays her musical involvement is limited to singing in the choir under director Stanley Stinchcombe and with the Brockville Community Choir in her home town of Brockville. “My hope is that I will be able to spend several years at Trinity United,” she said. The feeling seems to be mutual. In a press release formally announcing her arrival in Verona, Ruth Barker, a member of the Trinity United Committee of Stewards wrote “Trinity United Church is a community asset and is proud to out-love any adversity. Every year the church becomes a more vibrant symbol of the strength and courage of good people and now to continue our growth and dedication into the future of this community, we are honoured to welcome our new Minister Catherine Oxenford-Grant. Our Spiritual awakening could not be better served.” After ordination next month, Minister Cat Oxenford-Grant seems to have a pretty optimistic future lined up.
A group consisting of Matt Rennie, Sarah Harmer and Meela Melnik-Proud presented South Frontenac Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham with a power-point presentation that they said shows Magenta Waterfront Development Corp is not adhering to environmental conditions imposed by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on its condominium development on Loughborough Lake’s Johnston Point. “We were under the impression that it was a no-cut zone other than some small trails to the water,” said Rennie, while showing slides of some shoreline where work had clearly been done. “The OMB decision (PL150246) states that ‘the area within 30 metres of the high water mark of a water body or wetland shall be maintained in a natural state for soil and vegetation.’ “We’ve noticed a lot of extra cutting and wanted to make sure we weren’t misinterpreting something.” Harmer presented a legal opinion that she said was paid for by Melnik-Proud that concluded the property should remain zoned rural because there is no confirmation from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests that the ecological features are functions of the site are being protected, specifically with respect to species at risk. To that end Magenta has applied for a Benefit Permit (a document saying that the end results will achieve an overall benefit to the species). The legal opinion from David R. Donnelly said such a permit should be denied. That opinion was shared by former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gordon Miller in the form of a letter which was also part of the presentation. The delegation asked Council to return to the OMB to see if it believes the conditions it set are being met. Coun. Ross Sutherland was sympathetic but felt the presentation might better be given to Frontenac County Council as it was the body who was party to the OMB hearing. “I think a bit of context is important,” Sutherland said. “When we were involved with the County on this, the tradeoff we received was more severe (environmental) restrictions in exchange for an extra lot for the developer. “To see this is concerning but I think the County is the party responsible for bringing it to the OMB’s attention.” Shared planning Council passed a resolution approving an agreement with Frontenac County on shared planning services. There are no new net costs for South Frontenac, said CAO Wayne Orr. Coun. John McDougall had some concerns however. “I’m always a little nervous about harmonizing policies,” McDougall said. “It’s not good democracy (and) with four municipalities, you’re going to have differences.” Coun. Ron Sleeth agreed. “The wants and needs of this municipality are different than the other three,” Sleeth said. Orr said nothing really changes for South Frontenac as the Township still does its own developmental planning and isn’t charged for that under the agreement. It is charged for things like looking over new Official Plans and Zoning bylaws under the agreement. However, what Orr didn’t say is that when the Province was the approval authority for Official Plans, it didn’t charge to look them over. “The only thing I’m nervous about is that the other three townships can get out of the agreement after three years when they actually have to start paying their share,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. South Frontenac Rides Scott Gordon, chair of the Township’s South Frontenac Rides committee gave Council an update on the committee’s activities. Highlights included an Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program grant for $80,882 to be used for cycling paths and infrastructure, bicycle racks created by Sydenham High School’s welding students, repair stations along trails, a map of trails which is now on the County’s Frontenac Maps website, workshops and the Lakes and Trails festival last year. “We’re actively planning an expansion of the festival for this year,” he said. Gordon also thanked Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth saying that much of their work wouldn’t have been possible with his support and assistance and Coun. Ross Sutherland for being an active member and advocate for the committee. Accomodation study Coun. John McDougall had nothing but praise for the County’s accommodation study and advocated for its adoption as part of South Frontenac’s overall economic development policy. “People really do go to the four different Townships for completely different reasons,” McDougall said. McDougall also gave notice of a resolution for the next Council meeting to “establish an Economic Strategy Committee to consider the three-year recommendations and opportunities outlined in the MDB Insight Accommodation Review and Strategy for Growth Study and report back to Council by May 1 with recommended priority actions and activities.” Granny suites Planner Lindsay Mills told Council that even though the Official Plan was rejected by the OMB, they should consider going ahead with a revised plan that includes the changes the OMB did not reject including a zoning for “granny suites.” “Many people wouldn’t have to go through zoning changes like they do now,” he said.
Lisa Hirvi, the Administrator of Fairmount Home, presented the broad outline of the strategic planning exercise that Fairmount staff has undertaken to a meeting of Frontenac County Council last week. Fairmount Home, a 128 bed long term care facility, is located on the same property as the Frontenac County Offices in Glenburnie, in rural Kingston. The Home is owned and operated by Frontenac County. It is not only the largest and most valuable physical asset of Frontenac County, it is also one of the two largest services that the county offers. Upper tier municipalities in Ontario, such as Frontenac County, are required to operate or participate in funding a long term care facility and Fairmount satisfies that requirement for Frontenac County. Although access to long term care facilities is not effected by municipal borders, residents of the southeastern portion of Frontenac County have made Fairmount their home of choice, as it is for many residents of Kingston and other municipalities in the region. Over ten years ago, Fairmount made a commitment to the Gentlecare philosophy, which the Home defines in the following way on their web page: “resident-focused care which empowers residents to make as many choices as possible. Staff knows each resident and responds to their social as well as psychological and physical needs. They put the resident first before the task at hand and acknowledge that risk is a normal part of life. Most importantly, they treat the residents as they would wish to be treated.” The new Strategic Plan reasserts the commitment to Gentlecare, listing it as the key means of accomplishing the #1 goal identified in the Strat Plan: “to provide quality care and meet the diverse and unique needs of our residents”. The other goals that were identified in the plan include: being the preferred place to work and volunteer in the local health care sector; expanding engagement with broader community and system partners, and; ensuring Fairmount operates efficiently while striving for continuous improvement. Among the key goals identified in the plan is to identify the generational needs of staff and incorporate flexibility. “This is something we have had to do recently,” Hirvi pointed out, “as the Administrator and Director of Care positions have turned over. We will deal with other challenges as we move forward, and making sure we are a good place to work is important in enabling us to recruit people.” In receiving the report, one of the members of Frontenac County Council asked about the necessity to promote and market Fairmount, given that the home already has a long waiting list and has had one for years. “We need to maintain and enhance our contacts with the community and with our funders, in the interest of patients. Fairmount is a community asset, we need to have a public profile,” Hirvi said. After Hirvi’s presentation was received and the plan was adopted, Frontenac County Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender informed Council that the Province of Ontario had just put out a “Request for Expression of Interest” in creating new long term care beds. Although Councilors expressed concern over potential increases in costs, Pender pointed out that if Fairmount were 50% larger, certain administration costs would not go up, leading to efficiencies and relative cost savings. “With 172 beds there is still only one Administrator, one Director of Care, one food service,” Pender said. By responding to the call, the county would not be making any commitment. “It will be up to council to decide whether to go ahead with anything, Pender said, also pointing out that the debenture for the most recent expansion of Fairmount will be paid off in 2022. “We could build without having to make any change in our budget if it only meant continuing with a new debenture after 2022,” Pender said. Council instructed Pender to prepare a submission to the Request for Expressions of Interest.
Frontenac County representatives and farmers came together Thursday February 15 at the Verona Lions' Hall for a potluck and brainstorming session. The brainstorm centred around developing the local food economy with the perennial questions coming to the fore: How do we address the lack of connectedness between producers and consumers? How can we develop better road signage and online directories to get the message out? How do the idea of buying local food and an awareness of opportunities to do so become ingrained in consumers' minds so that local food can grow? Fifteen years ago, egg signs at the ends of laneways were virtually the only evidence that farm goods were available direct to consumers. Around this time, a campaign was created under the logo, “Eat from Kingston's Countryside.” “Feast of Fields,” a series of events where guests were treated to fine dining with food from local farms, prepared by local chefs, were organized and well received; people were meeting farmers and having experiences on farms. They began signing up for beef and chicken orders, and visiting farm gates as a means of connecting further with these newly discovered farms and their quality goods. Among the vanguards of this push for local food awareness and increased economic viability were Andrea Cumpson of Sonset Farms, Kim Perry of Perry Farm and Food Less Traveled, and Sharon Freeman of Freeman Farms, who attended Thursday's meeting. Thanks to their efforts, local food made great leaps in the last decade. The downside has been that such initiatives take time and energy, and risk wearing out already-overworked farmers. The county is looking at ways to bolster the work of the farming community so that the local food economy can gain momentum and farmers can focus more on production. As Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development, explained, a committee is set to be struck, that would see people involved in the local food economy first identify what the main issues are around supply, ease of access and branding. The next step would be to decide how the committee's findings could fit into the county's workplan. From there it is a question of how much the producer does to further its market access and how much a larger body such as a county government is needed to ensure businesses can thrive. The meeting, with an attendance nearing 20, came on the heels of Smith's Falls' Three Rivers' Food Hub announcing that it is discontinuing the distribution component of its operations. This had been a much-celebrated step forward in local food infrastructure in the region, and its loss is a reminder that local food distribution is still in its infancy. A few possibilities for the coming year were floated late in the meeting: a re-emergence of Feast of Fields and Open Farm Days (a series of organized farm visits) which the County could help promote. Attendees also pondered looking into web-based programs along the lines of Good Eggs, a San Francisco-based site that acts as a grocery service for local producers and eaters.
At their meeting this week (Mayu 21) Frontenac County is being asked to initiate expropriation proceedings to deal with three properties on the former K&P rail line. The owners of the three properties, one of which is located south of Oconto Road in South Frontenac, and two are located in Central Frontenac closer to Sharbot Lake. The owner of the properties have rebuffed attempts by the county to negotiate a land purchase of the former railway corridor. The county has secured most of the privately held sections of the rail/trail line, and has completed construction at the north and south ends of the final section of trail between Tichborne and Sharbot Lake, but these outstanding pieces, along with the challenges posed by some of swampier sections that the trail passes through, are a challenge to be met as the trail is overdue for completion. In a report to council, staff explained why they are seeking to use legal means after attempting a less confrontational approach. “The County's efforts to purchase three sections of privately owned lands at market value for the purpose of connecting the Frontenac K&P Trail have been unsuccessful and staff have determined that it is now necessary and in the public interest to apply for approval to expropriate these private lands. The purpose of acquiring these three parcels of land is to link two sections of the Frontenac K&P Trail and thereby ensure its continued longterm viability as a public trail within the Frontenac County Trail System in accordance with the County of Frontenac Trails Master Plan,” said he rport, which was co-authored by Janette Amini (Manager of Legislative Services) and Kevin Farrell (Manager of Continuous Improvement/GIS)
The OPP are reminding the public that it is tax time again, which often means an increase of C RA (Canada Revenue Office) tax frauds. The OPP are reminding the public of the following: The CRA communicates with customers by mail. The CRA does not collect money by way of emails, text messages, phone calls, using money service businesses or by pre-paid debit/credit cards. The CRA do not call and threaten to put people in jail. Fraudsters tend to be aggressive in their behaviour on the phone, and they often create a sense of urgency which may cause the victim to not verify the story. Fraudsters use fear to intimidate victims into paying fake bills. The OPP are reminding the public to not provide any personal information. To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to hang up, check and verify the information with CRA by calling a trusted phone number in which you have found and not the number provided by the caller. Police are advising to only call your local police if y ou are a victim of a fraud, otherwise you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) and file a report with the CAFC by calling 1-888-495-8501 (Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST) or by using their online reporting tool at www.antifraudcentre.ca or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm
It has been years since the Kaladar Hotel closed down, and for quite a long time before it closed, it was a struggle to remain open in a changing tourist region. It has also been a few years since the Ministry of Transportation purchased the property with the intention of tearing down the hotel and using the adjacent land as part of a planned redesign of the Hwy7/Hwy. 41 junction. The highway work is still pending, but this week the building was demolished. The storied history of the Kaladar Hotel will be the subject of a meeting of the Cloyne and District Historical Society on May 19 at the Barrie Hall in Cloyne, starting at 1pm.
Things were just a little bit different at the regular Addington Highlands Council meeting meeting in Flinton this week. First of all, Council was missing Reeve Henry Hogg and Dep. Reeve Helen Yanch. So, at the insistence of Coun. Kirby Thompson and Bill Cox, Coun. Tony Fritsch took the chair. “I’ve done it before, it’s good experience,” Cox to Fritsch. Then, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer Christine Reed had some news. “We’re finding ourselves in a little bit of a new situation for us,” she said. “Normally, our building department has operated at a loss. “But in 2017, we made some changes to policies and became more pro-active with building permits.” The bottom line is that the building department took in $156,000 in revenues, she said. After expenses, that left $54,748 to go into a new building department reserve. “Of course, that can only be used by the building department,” she said. Guido’s on the moveStephanie Morrisett, who operated Guido’s Gourmet Grub, a chip wagon at the Shell station for several years, came to Council to ask if business licence fees could be waved or reduced. “I had to move from the Shell and then the Kaladar Community Centre asked if I could set up there,” she said. “I have five employees and I know the Community Centre could use the rent.” Morrisett originally asked if the $1,200 zoning change application fee could be reduced or waived. But CAO/Clerk-Treasurer Christine Reed said that it was likely the zoning wouldn’t have to be changed other than having add a site-specific change to allow the chip truck. However, Reed wanted to check with the solicitor to ensure anything they intended to do wasn’t contrary to the Municipal Act. Morrisett said she’d already contacted the MTO to make sure she’d be well back of the 40 feet from the roadway requirement. Morrisett said she’s looking at opening at the beginning of May or “the long weekend at the latest.” Sand supplies Roads/bridges supervisor Brett Reavie told Council that while winter operations are continuing, they should have enough sand on hand. “It could be touch and go but we can get more if we need it,” he said. Reavie also received Council’s permission to remove some toppled trees in Kaladar Park. “There are some toppled trees there that are really leaning,” he said. “One neighbour offered to cut them down but because they’re on our property, I think the Township should be the ones to cut them down. “Toppled trees don’t typically last long and this is a good time to take them down when the ground’s still frozen because we won’t damage the park.” Contaminated propertiesCouncil voted to support the City of Cornwall’s resolution calling on the Ontario government to implement reforms that would encourage the remediation of abandoned contaminated properties. “Our municipality has been stuck with contaminated properties before,” said Coun. Tony Fritsch. “You never know.” “When people read all this in the paper, they’ll think we actually got something done today,” said Coun. Bill Cox.
The residents and staff of Pine Meadow Nursing Home had their very own Winter Olympics Competition. The teams consisted of staff and residents divided into teams of White Pines, Scotch Pines, Red Pines and Jack Pines! Over the two weeks, while cheering on Canada, they too were competing in similar games of curling, hockey as well as various other singing competitions and word scrambles. Complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the residents had fun waving their flags, representing their teams and of course accepting their medals. Each ceremony began with the singing of our National Anthem which brought those who could to their feet and the room beamed with patriotism. Extra special awards were given to those who showed most team spirit, most competitive and best out of the hack and so on. It was a fun change of pace and great to see the team work between staff and residents!