Paul Charbonneau, Chief Paramedic at Frontenac Paramedic Services, announced his retirement in front of Frontenac County Council on Wednesday February 20.
“I’m very proud of what I have accomplished in my career and especially my time here at Frontenac Paramedic Services serving the citizens of the County of Frontenac and the City of Kingston,” said Chief Charbonneau.
"Chief Charbonneau is going to be greatly missed. He’s has been an inspiration to his team and is well respected in the paramedic community," said Frontenac County Warden Ron Higgins. “I’ve come to know the Chief as someone who lives and breathes his profession and truly cares about the patients and paramedics," Higgins said.
Chief Charbonneau joined FPS in September 2004 as Chief Paramedic and immediately oversaw the transitioning of Kingston Regional Ambulance (Hotel Dieu Hospital), Parham Ambulance and Wolfe Island Volunteer Ambulance Association into FPS.
His paramedic career spans 44 years, beginning as a paramedic with the Department of Ambulance Services in Toronto in March 1975. He managed paramedic services in James Bay and Nipigon and oversaw the amalgamation of 10 rural services into one region of Superior North EMS.
“I’ve worked with Chief Charbonneau during my five years at the County and in that period he’s been an innovative and passionate leader overseeing the construction of new bases at Robertsville, Sydenham and Wolfe Island,” said Frontenac County CAO Kelly Pender. “He also led the introduction of power stretchers into the service and he is a strong advocate for the mental wellbeing of his paramedics,” Pender said, adding that Chief Charbonneau also introduced Collaborative Culture of Safety -sometimes known as Just Culture- to the County of Frontenac.
Chief Carbonneau has held positions with the Ontario Paramedic Association and the Paramedic Association of Canada – Benevolent Society. He is the Past President of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC).
Chief Carbonneau is the recipient of the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal recognizing 40 years of service, the OAPC Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer Commendation and the OAPC President’s Award of Excellence.
About Frontenac Paramedic Services
Frontenac Paramedic Services operates seven paramedic stations to service a population of nearly 150,000 people in the Townships of North, Central, South Frontenac and the Frontenac Islands and the City of Kingston. FPS responds to approximately 22,000 calls for service each year.
Paul Younge likes to collect things — farming related things to be specific.
Younge’s collections were front and centre at the Bedford Historical Society’s annual open house Saturday in Glendower Hall, where the society’s archives are also located.
Younge is something of an archivist himself. Amongst the display of horse collars, butter churns, milk cans and other implements (including an ‘egg crate’ with the words “Humpty Dumpty” printed on the side), he was displaying an impressive collection of farm-related publications.
“This issue of Farmer’s Advocate turned 102 yesterday,” he said, pointing out the publication date.
One of his favourite collections is of Hoard’s Dairyman, which for a number of issues in 1959 and 1960 ran comparisons of how things were done many years ago.
“It shows you all the changes in 75 years,” he said. “It shows pictures of what things were like in 1885 and compares that to 1960.
“For example, milk was delivered by wagons and then by tucks.”
He describes his collection as “some bottles, some tins and examples of pioneer farming — and a variety of newspapers.”
He said he grew up on a small farm and so these things interest him.
“I have various collections of you-name-it,” he said. “It’s only limited by space and capital.
“I had it in me as a child to collect and then nine years ago I got back into it.”
While his main collecting passion is farm paraphernalia, it’s not his only avenue.
“Last year, I was here with collectable tins,” he said. “Next year, it will probably be something else.”
As The Crow Flies, Teilhard Frost’s first solo offering, is, if nothing else, an excellent history lesson.
A 14-song CD, it’s a consistent mix of banjo, fiddle and harmonica tunes, with some vocals and even a couple of a cappella tunes mixed in.
Like he did with Sheesham, Lotus and ’Son, Frost draws deep into yesteryear for inspiration and material, displaying both reverence and modern virtuosity for these pieces that might otherwise fade into history.
“It’s getting where I want it,” he says. “This album is similar to Sheesham and Lotus but a little higher up the mountain I think.”
Frost was raised on Manitoulin Island where he spent a lot of time with older fiddlers. He now calls Wolfe Island home.
But it’s clear those early roots took deep and now his love of Appalachian folk music is shining through.
His No. 1 instrument is probably the fiddle, and there are three offerings of minor key jiggy-reely music that maritimers will appreciate.
There’s even an old Henry Whitter blues tune, Raincrow Bill, that Frost claims was the first blues harmonica recording in 1923.
But what you may find surprising is Frost’s approach to the banjo. When Earl Scruggs made the banjo a mainstay of bluegrass country, many people tended to forget just how far back the drum-faced strings go.
Frost not only reminisces musically, but also adds a modern touch in his approach. Often, he adds five and six-note transitions and fills where most banjo players would use no more than three.
Indeed, arguably the best tune on the album, Walk in the Parlour is an excellent artist’s interpretation that is very much aided by whatever recording techniques were used (live off the floor, most likely, as there is very little overdubbing on this CD).
Sonically, the banjo strings ring out with incredible bell-like tones (at least they did on the reviewers Bose bluetooth system). The only beef about this one was it was too short.
Again, the whole album is consistent in both approach and sound quality that aficionados of the Appalachian sound, and those who look for something different, will appreciate.
By the way, in case you missed it (spoiler alert), there’s a little in-joke on a couple of tunes where Frost credits Sheesham Crow as a second musician.
Sheesham Crow is Frost’s alter ego with Sheesham, Lotus and ’Son. Gee, do you suppose that’s where the “Crow” in As The Crow Flies comes from?
After 12 years of touring with the critically acclaimed Sheesham, Lotus and ’Son, including last year’s trek around the British Isles and Holland, Teilhard Frost is taking some time to explore life as a solo artist.
He was in Maberly Saturday night with frequent collaborator Tom Power for the Maberly Quarterly, with caller Sarah VanNorstrand.
He has a new solo album, As The Crow Flies (to be reviewed in next week’s paper), which is a nod to his Sheesham Crow persona.
“The music is similar to Sheesham and Lotus but a little higher up the mountain,” he said. “There’s some a cappella, some banjo tunes, some rare and endangered tunes but mostly it’s just me off the floor.”
Frost said that before Sheesham and Lotus happened, his plan was to be a solo act. But it did happen and they did seven albums together.
Last year, Lotus Wight (Sam Allison) put out a solo album and now it’s Frost’s turn.
“My plan was always to be a single but now that it’s happening, it’s a little nervous not having other guys in the band,” he said. “But on the plus side, as a solo performer, there’s more freedom to do art and there’s also more freedom on the road.
“I can sleep in the ditch if I need to.”
As The Crow Flies is available at “CD Baby and anywhere everybody usually looks for music” or you can order it at www.tfrostmusic.com.
He didn’t rule out a Sheesham and Lotus reunion in the future though.
And speaking of bands getting back together, Power said The Dardanelles will be back in the studio shortly with a likely tour to follow.
“Just last week we rented a cabin in Wakefield, Que.,” he said. “We’ll have a new album in the fall and will be doing festivals like the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.”
And speaking of Newfoundland, Power credited his connections on The Rock for helping the Dardanelles get started in Ontario.
“Frank and Sandra (White, owners of The Crossing Pub in Sharbot Lake) are Newfoundlanders and when we first started, we could always get a reliable gig at The Crossing,” Power said. “That helped a lot.”
Power spends a lot of time in Toronto these days because of his gig as host of CBC Radio’s “q” but this isn’t his first collaboration with Frost at the Maberly Quarterly.
“I like to play dances, I like to play with Teilhard and this gets me out of the city,” he said.
Members of the Maberly Fair Board were in the Town of Perth Court on Monday morning (January 21st) for the fifth appearance by Bonnie Palmer, the former Treasurer of the Fair, on charges of fraud over $5,000.
They had been told that Palmer, who was represented by legal counsel on the four previous court dates but had not appeared in person, would be in attendance and would plead guilty on a plea arranged between her lawyers and the Crown.
Fair Board members had been told that they would have an opportunity to deliver an impact statement before sentencing in the case.
The court convened at 9:30 but Palmer’s lawyer, who had several cases on the docket, was not in attendance. He arrived after the morning break, and told the Judge that Ms. Palmer and the Crown have not settled on a dollar figure for restitution.
The Judge has asked for the negotiation to be completed by January 28th, and the return date in court is February 4th for a plea to be entered or trial date to be set.
Members of the Fair Board expressed frustration at the further delay. Multiple sources have pegged the board’s losses, in the matter, at over $25,000.
Palmer was the Treasurer of the Fair until early in 2018. She also provided catering services for the Fair dinner on at least one occasion.
The Fair takes place on the 4th Saturday in August, and has run continually since 1882. It is set for August 24 in 2019
What comes up when you hear China these days?
Dictatorship, authoritarianism, human rights violations, censorship?
On a CBC radio episode of the Current in December, host Anna Maria Tremonti interviewed 3 people during a half-hour segment on the recent escalating tension following the Huawei CFO's arrest.
The first guest was Chinese exile Poet Sun Xuwei. She asserted, “China is bullying Canada because China is a dictatorship, a state terrorist, and not a normal country.” Conservative Party MP Erin O'Toole was next. He said China is running a “state retaliatory detention” against Canada in arresting a young Canadian teacher. He suggested that a travel advisory to China should be called. The third person interviewed was former ambassador to China David Mulroney, a conservative. He said China is a “surveillance state,” praised the US Secretary of State's recent criticism of China and called for a more joint effort among western nations against China's “extreme and aggressive behaviour.” He indicated a lot of young western people living in China should watch their backs because China has so many measures to use to terrorize them. This is the same Mulroney who, just a few days ago, said Canada should treat Trump's words as background noise when Trump politicized the Huawei CFO's arrest.
Should China treat Trump's numerous threats against itself as background noise?
No, it shouldn't, nor can it.
Western countries have waged several wars against China. I am not referring to the two World Wars, during which many western nations were also the victims. I am not referring to the Korean War and Vietnamese War in which China was also involved directly or indirectly as these two wars were part of a broader scheme by the Western world to constrain communism's expansion and undermine the new Communist China.
China was the primary target of Western invasions historically, primarily because of its huge wealth. China's economy was the largest in the world in the beginning of the1800s.The British empire launched the First Opium Wars between 1839 and 1842, which saw Hong Kong ceded to the British. Between 1856 and 1860, the British, French and Americans launched the second Opium War, with the participation of many other Western nations. Then in 1900, Britain, France, the US, Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Japan, and Russia, dubbed the eight-nation Alliance, invaded and occupied Beijing, ransacking the Forbidden City, and looting the Old Summer Palace before burning it down to cover up their plundering. Can you imagine if the Louvre was ransacked and burned down? The difference is, the Old Summer Palace was much bigger and richer, and it took 4,000 troops and 3 days of active burning to destroy it.
The wars imposed on China resulted in significant loss in Chinese treasury in the form of war compensation to western nations, significant land sovereignty loss, and nationwide long-term opium addiction, which was eradicated only after the communists took power. And today, many stolen Chinese treasures are still held in museums in western countries, and numerous more are lost in private collections.
The wars may be over, but the memory lives on, especially with the new threats from the US following the economic rise of China.
The rise of China has relied on the hard work, perseverance and intelligence of the Chinese people. For the western companies which brought knowledge and jobs to China, it was business, not charity that motivated them.
The view that the media and the politicians have been almost universally portraying recently is one of China as the bad guy, and the US and Canada as the moral superior. The claims of China stealing and cheating on a national scale are more rhetoric than proven fact and aim to discredit China and its people more than bring about justice.
Unfortunately this rhetoric is getting louder each day with assertions of such things as “spyware” and “state-sponsored hacking” schemes by China against Western nations.
This anti-China rhetoric will undoubtly lead to anti-Chinese sentiment.
In December, a friend of mine, who has been a supporter of our farm since its start, visited me to give us a Christmas gift. We talked about politics and the rising tension between Canada and China. I mentioned my concern to her. Will I suffer consequences just for being Chinese?
I'm a small farmer in a predominantly white county in eastern Ontario, but I was born into a peasant family in China and came to Canada for university almost two decades ago. I have never felt racial discrimination against me personally. Canadians are kind and accepting. But shifts have occurred and can occur again.
And in the world of Trump, who succeeds from chaos, and thrives on the downfall of others, Canada is a pawn in a US-waged war against China, whether it is willing or not.
X.B. Shen is a farmer and writer living in South Frontenac.
Edna Webb was quite young when she gave birth to Jennie, her first child, at home on Little Franklin Lake near Perth Road on December 6, 1918. WWI had just ended, and horse power still ruled on the roads.
The Webb’s - George, Edna and baby Jennie, soon moved to Ida Hill, at the Washburn Road in the southeastern corner of Storrington Township, in what would become South Frontenac 80 years later.
At the age of 82 Jennie was one of the recipients of the second annual South Frontenac Volunteers of the Year Awards in June of 2000. The award recognised her decades long commitment to the Women’s Institute, 4H club, the United Church and numerous other community efforts. The other winners that year included Mel Fleming from Bedford, Percy Snider from Loughborough and John McDougall, Portland.
A lot happened to Jennie Webb between 1918 and 2000, and a lot more has happened since.
As she reflected last week on the occasion of her 100th Birthday at Fairmount Home, with her eldest daughters Nadine and Linda at her side, a picture of a life of family, hard work, faith, and a love of the rural, farming life, emerged.
Jennie Webb grew up at Ida Hill, where she attended elementary school at the Ida Hill School. She was not an only child for long, as 6 younger brothers arrived in succession. Her father George worked for the telephone company as the service was being built out in the region, and was an active beekeeper. After leaving Bell, he had as many as 250 hives on his own property and the properties of many neighbours around the countryside. Jennie’s mother Edna was a midwife.
When Jenny was 15, a family from Desert Lake, near Verona, bought the farm across the road from the Webbs. John Abraham was the eldest son of that family. He was about 22. With his sister, he walked the family’s stock of cattle over from Desert Lake to Ida Hill in one long day.
There must have been a first glance, a first time when 22-year old John Cousineau and 15 year, Jennie Webb saw each other soon after the Cousineau family arrived at Ida Hill. That first impression is still alive in Jennie. It comes out when she looks at some of the family photos she keeps by her side, a sign of her enduring love for her John Abraham.
Two years after meeting, Jennie and John were married. When John passed ten years ago, at the age of 97, they had been married for 72 years.
Jennie and John purchased their own farm on the Battersea Road, and moved there in 1942. They have four daughters, Nadine, Linda, Shirley and Marilyn. They ran a Holstein Dairy Farm, and raised chickens for meat and eggs on the farm.
It took John ten years to build a new brick house for the family on the property, since he was running the farm while building the house, and they moved into the new house in the 1950’s.
In those days, there were four hotels in nearby Battersea. At the Cousineau farm, they would raise 500 chicks at a time. Calls would in from one of the hotels for 3 or 4 dozen broilers for the next day, and Jennie and John were pretty experienced and efficient at preparing chickens. It took them 7 minutes to kill, dry pluck and prepare a chicken for delivery. They would bring up the chickens in the morning, for serving that evening in the dining room. Local food was a way of life back then.
Jennie lived in the house until January of last year, when a month after her 99th birthday, mobility issues, hearing and vision loss had progressed to the point where it became necessary to move to Fairmount Home. The farm is still operating, as a cow-calf operation now, in the hands of one of Jennie’s grandsons, one of many family members who continue to live nearby, and her house has been sold, to her great grandson.
Jennie’s daughter Linda lives across the road, Nadine is in Inverary, and Shirley lives nearby as well. Marilyn lives in Guelph, but has a summer cottage in Verona. Jennie has 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren, with another one on the way. Just as they visited at the farmhouse often, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren drop by Fairmount Home on a regular basis.
The changes that have taken place in the world during Jennie’s lifetime are unprecedented in human history. She has bridged the era of horse and carriage and driverless cars.
It is a tribute to her lifetime of hard work and devotion to community and family that the rural values she grew up with are still alive in her, and in her family as well.
Watching helplessly as a child slips into frigid water under a broken ice shelf is a parent’s worst nightmare.
Speaking in Sydenham on a Sunday on Sunday, (November 25), Rob Pasch talked about the device he has invented to counter the danger of open water in winter.
“It’s not about money, it’s about safety,” he said about about his illuminated buoy that can prevent accidents and keep a person afloat or guide them to safety if they fall in.
A cottage owner on Knowlton Lake, Rob thought of the product when he couldn’t buy one.
“I was looking to purchase something like that for myself and there was nothing available on the market so I made it,” he explained. “It’s a device that’s quite unique in its own right. It saves lives and mitigates a property owner’s liability. From here to Florida, there is nothing that will safeguard people from open water systems.”
Called the RescueBubblerBuoy ™ , the product was officially launched Nov. 1.
The three main features are: • a bright blue LED light that shines from dusk to dawn • the ability to hold the weight of someone who has fallen into the water • a tether which can be used by people to pull themselves to shore or safety
“For the sake of $500, this mitigates the potential of a lawsuit and can save lives,” says the 66-year-old father of three.
Originally from Holland, Rob moved to Canada in 1969. He works as a travelling orthodontic associate for five dental clinics in the Greater Toronto Area.
“I came to Canada when I was 17,” said the Queen’s University Alumnus, and University of Toronto Graduate.
“I’m an individual who enjoys the chosen path in life,” he said when asked to describe himself. “I enjoy providing opportunities to my children and grandchildren because I know what it’s like to not be supported. Hopefully I’m able to do that for them which stems from my childhood days.”
Clearly passionate about the health and wellbeing of others, Rob’s device is insured, approved by the Canadian Coast Guard and pending a patent.
“It’s different. There’s nothing like it on the market,” he said. “I’m proud of it. It’s definitely a product that has a need.”
According to Rob, many people are concerned about the increasing number of de-icers on the lakes which are used to prevent ice build-up around docks, boathouses and other
structures. The de-icers create open water which is often not visible to fast moving snowmobilers, despite warnings such as signs and possibly lights.
“They don’t know if there is a de-icer there or not,” says Rob. Citing section 263 of the Canadian Criminal Code, Rob says it is the property owner’s responsibility (or the person who creates the open water) to alert people to the hazard.
“If people don’t see the opening, they could potentially fall in,” he said. “The RescueBubblerBuoy ™ gives you an indication of something you want to be aware of.
“The mindset is changing now,” he said Rob. “It used to be that the fall was levied against the person falling in, now it’s the other way around. What has the property owner done to safeguard against potential injuries. It’s a different mindset now.”
“I thought the RescueBubblerBuoy would be useful. People need that stuff.”
Being this year’s recipient of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s (OFSAA) Leadership in School Sport Award wasn’t something Sydenham High School’s Leslie Lawlor was expecting.
“I was surprised,” she said. “But I’m really grateful and appreciative.”
The award came at the opening banquet for this year’s OFSAA AA Boys Volleyball Championship, which Sydenham hosted.
The award is presented annually at each OFSAA Championship to a teacher-coach who has made a significant contribution to their educational athletic program. The recipient exemplifies the values of fair play and good sportsmanship, while promoting enjoyment, personal growth and educational achievement through school sport.
Lawlor was a student at Sydenham High school, representing them at OFSAA track and filed and cross country.
She went to Queen’s University where she played five years on the women’s soccer team.
She’s been at SHS for more than 22 years, teaching primarily phys. ed. but also students with special needs and English. Before SHS, she taught at KCVI and the old Sharbot Lake High School.
As a coach, she guides the cross country team in the fall and then in the spring, she coaches both the Boy’s Senior Soccer team and is Head Coach of the Track and Field Team — a team that regularly features more than 80 athletes.
“I have known Leslie personally for over a decade and have come to know the amazing rapport and mutual respect she has earned with the students at our school,” said fellow teacher-coach Mark Richards. “I have seen first hand how Leslie has truly made each of her athlete’s lives better in many areas.”
Art Dunham is a committed environmentalist and volunteer on Big Clear Lake, which borders the hamlet of Arden. He has been involved with the Big Clear Lake Association, Scouts, the Frontenac Environmental Partnership, and Friends of Arden.
His other life has been in IT. He worked for Nortel when the company was a giant in the telecommunications industry in Canada, and eventually was working with Avaya, which had purchased Nortel’s remaining assets in 2009 after Nortel’s spectacular failure and demise. Art kept working at Avaya until he was downsized out of job in 2013.
“At age 53, I wasn’t ready to retire. As part of my volunteer work, I had developed software that helped me do the associated day-to-day tasks easier and faster. I knew other volunteers running similar associations were facing the same challenges and would benefit from these solutions as well. It was time to give back to the community and help others, as well as generate some extra income to bridge the gap until my regular retirement age. Those were the incentives that led to the creation of Vital Volunteers Inc. later that same year,” he said of his decision to combine two of his passions, lake association work and communications technology.
Vital Volunteers has been developed for lake Associations and other not-for-profit groups that deal with a similar set of problems: communicating with association members, collecting fees, maintaining financial records in a timely manner, and promoting events.
“We help those tireless volunteers running the executive of community-based associations, societies, clubs and not-for-profit with cloud based solutions for member management, communication, events, online payments, and more. This makes them more efficient and effective, freeing up their volunteers to focus on their organization’s mission, rather than updating spreadsheets for member contact information, donations, dues etc. Our solutions also help to make information more readily available via the Cloud, as well as enhancing direct communication to an organization’s members. Getting these administrative type tasks done, without burning out your volunteers, is vital for any community-based organization,” he said.
Over the last five years, Vital Volunteers has been fine tuning its service offerings based on Dunham’s experience with the Big Clear Lake Association and other clients
“Our solutions continue to evolve, and our customers love it,” he said. “Before they used several different 3rd party software packages and now they can just use ours. Additionally, we have been able to deliver custom solutions to their individual problems that go beyond administrative boundaries such as BioBlitz tracking, interactive lake buoy mapping, revenue generating Business Directory and online community hall rentals.”
Vital Volunteers was recently recognised for its innovative approach to communications by the WISE 50 over 50 annual awards program. WISE, which stands for Wisdom-Initiative-Skills-Experience is a website and awards program that was developed by Wendy Mayhew, a senior’s entrepreneurship researcher and promoter.
The 50 over 50 awards program recognises innovators in what it calls the “newest and fastest growing segment of entrepreneurship, led by people over the age of 50.” The program is now two years old, and has been steadily increasing its profile.
“Winning this award gives me a boost by showing me that others see the value in what I am doing. I can use it as another tool in marketing my service to lake associations and other groups who are looking to make it easier to manage their operations and recruit members and volunteers,” he said.
For info about Vital Volunteers, go to vitalvlunteers.ca