General Interest

Neonics impact aquatic ecosystems

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:18  |  Published in General Interest
Neonics are pesticides that are coated onto many seeds sown on Ontario farms. During sowing, a lot of the neonics gets into the atmosphere as dust and a lot more gets into the soil. Some that gets into the soil is carried down into the groundwater and out into streams by rainwater. Neonicotinoids (neonics) have been shown by UK and US research to affect much more than just honey bees. In addition, the "facts" in commonly circulated 'fact sheets', such as for imidacloprid, stretch some points to make the neonics seem harmless. One fact sheet states that imidacloprid quickly breaks down in soil and water but the actual number of days for its breakdown in soils varies from 28¬–1250 days. In November 2016, Health Canada…
The iconic dam at Bolingbroke that created Bobs Lake is going to be rebuilt. Careful consideration has been made in scheduling this complex, in-water construction, due to timing challenges associated with fish spawning, and both high and low water periods. Due to these challenges, the optimal month to begin construction is in early July. Although, earlier or later starting dates are possible, a July start minimizes the possibility of the project running into a more challenging spring season. As the design process is still ongoing, a summer 2017 construction start was not possible and therefore July 2018 is the new target. Due to poor quality rock at the current dam site, it is anticipated that the new dam will be located approximately 40m upstream. Additionally,…
The summer season is the best selling season for beer, and among craft brewers (of which there are now a staggering 218 in Ontario) beer is now very much a seasonally focussed beverage. and brewers are putting out some classic summer beers these days.. Session Ales (and lagers) – Session ales are a version of India Pale (IPA) or American Pale Ales that are low in alcohol. While an IPA can easily run between 6% to 10% alcohol, and pack a bitter full bodied punch while doing it, Session IPA’s are much, much, lighter, usually at 4.5% or lower. They are brewed so that the tangy citrusy aspect of the hops takes precedence over bitterness. Among the larger craft brewers, such as Muskoka (Detour) and…

Canada Day Around the Region

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 July 2017 13:49  |  Published in General Interest
Don Bates drove the Official Pace Car of Canada Day at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith.   Franny & Beebs, hosts of the popular YouTube/Facebook phenomenon In the Breezeway, showed up all the way from Cobourg to be in the parade and headline the show at Oso Beach.   Patriotic Flag Wavers signing O Canada, on top of the lookout between Palmerston and Canonto Lakes in North Frontenac!   Preparing the cookie decorating table (Sunbury)   Although rain put the damper on half of Maberly’s Pie in the Sky event, Anne Thomlison, Mary Lou Pospisil, Sue Munro and Marlene Ambler presided over the sale featuring “at least 100” (Photos - Craig Bakay and Wilma Kenny)

Summer Highlights

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:18  |  Published in General Interest
Canada Day was busy, but it was only the first in a series of summer weekends full of events. Here is a run down of some of the highlights. Sydenham TriathlonSunday July 9th, the 8th annual Sydenham Triathlon/Duathlon runs at the Point. The broad based event includes an Olympic distance triathlon, and a host of other events including only cydling and only running events. For further information go to somersault.ca/eventsydenhamtridu.htm. Lakes and TrailsBack in Sydenham, on Saturday July 15th the first ever Lakes and Trails Festival is set to run from 10am to 1:45pm. The festival is described by organizers as a “community celebration of our many natural and historical assets” and it features a bike around the lake; a cycle skills course; paddling on…

Parkinson Canada – combating isolation and fostering hope

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 June 2017 11:48  |  Published in General Interest
Pat Evans lives in the village of Portland in North Leeds. She has Parkinson's disease and is an advocate for services and patient support groups in North Leeds and Lanark, and now Frontenac, Counties. She is one of the organisers of a SuperWalk fund raising event in Perth this coming September. A volunteer with Parkinson Canada, she is reaching out to residents of Frontenac County because she has learned since moving to Portland a number of years ago Parkinson sufferers in rural communities face the challenge of isolation as they struggle with the disease. “When I moved to Portland from Toronto I found there were main advantages to living in the country. Clean air, a better pace of life, and more, but access to services…

Food Policy Council for KFL&A seeking new members

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 June 2017 10:35  |  Published in General Interest
The Food Policy Council for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington is seeking up to four individuals to join the Council. “The Food Policy Council (FPC) for KFL&A is working to create a healthy, food-secure region with sustainable local agriculture and equitable access to adequate, healthy food,” says Susan Belyea, co-chair of the FPC. “We are eager to welcome new Council members who are passionate about creating a healthier food system through policy,” says Nan Hudson, FPC co-chair.  “People who are able to commit to the time it requires to review and develop good food policy are invited to apply now, to join the council in September, 2017.” The Council’s work is guided by the KFL&A Food Charter which envisions a secure and sustainable food…
This past winter and spring has seen a rash of ATV and Snowmobile fatalities in Ontario, including an ATV death in North Frontenac whereby the causation was deemed alcohol related. That day, the OPP laid numerous charges for failure to wear a helmet etc. We saw a spike in Snowmobile drownings across the province this past year. At my property (Marble Lake Lodge), I regularly observe ATVers with kids under 10 years old, riding without helmets, intoxicated, and without plates or insurance. Same for sledders, even while the OFSC's Snowmobile trails were closed due to unsafe trail and ice conditions, we observed numerous trail riders breaking the law and trespassing on closed trails. Last summer, with a Tornado Earning issued by Environment Canada one afternoon,…

Wolfe Island Garden Party set for this weekend

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:41  |  Published in General Interest
The Wolfe Island Garden Party is a three day event that will feature music on Thursday and Friday Nights (June 15 and 16) and a day of open houses at farms and arts studios on the island and  much more music, food and local beer on Saturday (June 17). The event has more or less developed into this form after Janette Hasse approach local musician and producer Chris Brown about a fund raising benefit. Hasse has been working with the students at Marysville Public School on  a community garden project at the Wolfe Island Medical Centre, which she is planning to expand to the grounds of the new senior’s building that is being constructed nearby and build a greenhouse. Chris Brown has been producing music…

OPP Raising Concerns About Boating Safety

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:30  |  Published in General Interest
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have already investigated three boating fatalities this spring, with the same contributing factors being reported as in previous years. Two of the three fatal incidents involved capsized canoes. During the third mishap, the vessel sank. Alcohol/drug consumption was involved in two of the incidents. Only one of the three deceased was wearing a life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD) at the time. One victim was a passenger.     These details are all too common in OPP-investigated boating incidents from year to year. Last year (2016), 16 vessel operators and seven (7) passengers were killed in 19 boating incidents on OPP-patrolled waterways. Nine (9) of the incidents involved a capsized vessel. Six (6) victims fell overboard. Alcohol consumption was a…

Seniors softball seems to be gaining in popularity in north country

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:28  |  Published in General Interest
Remember when you were a kid, before school started, at recess, lunch hour, whenever you weren’t in class but were still required to be on the school grounds. Chances are, if there was no snow on the ground, every diamond on the property would be in use. In many Southern Ontario school grounds, the game was called ‘scrub.’ Call it what you will, softball, lob-ball, slo-pitch, whatever, the image of a ball glove slung over a bicycle’s handlebars was common. When school let out for the summer, the game continued, often on open fields, with bases defined by dragging your heel in the dirt to delineate a less-than-perfect square. Often, rules were set by stomping home plate, as in ‘no lead-offs’ and/or ‘call your field’…

Special edition for Canada Day

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:32  |  Published in General Interest
The Frontenac News publishes a Canada Day edition each year to help publicise all the events that take place on and around Canada Day in the various communities we serve in our paper and online versions. It is our way to kick off the summer season. The summer of ‘17 is shaping up to be extra busy since it is the summer of Canada 150 and in our June 29th edition, as well as on Frontenac-Live.ca we are featuring a comprehensive guide of events on July 1st and throughout the summer season. We are reaching out to groups, organisations and businesses who are planning events this summer so they can be included in this edition through our normal means, but it is hard to get…

Phrag, Turtles and Other Things

Written by  |  Wednesday, 31 May 2017 14:14  |  Published in General Interest
Phragmites (say 'frag-might-ees') or European Common Reed is that huge plant with the flag of seeds on top that you are seeing more and more along roads in our area. It was probably imported from Eurasia mid-1800's in straw packing materials and first seen growing in Canada in Nova Scotia in 1910. For about 40 years it was unremarkable. But lately its spread is truly remarkable. It is so common in southern Ontario that locals call it simply "phrag". Predictions are that the great marsh (over 3000 hectares or 7500 acres) at Long Point on Lake Erie will be completely taken over by Phragmites in about five years. Elimination of a marsh by phrag happens because the reed grows so densely and its stalks are…

Bags and berms are no solution

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:55  |  Published in General Interest
Recently, a flood victim said "the walls I have built are not strong enough – I will make them stronger and bigger" He summarized the widespread philosophy that pops up with every flood. Hold it back with walls of sandbags and keep it in its proper channel with berms. An engineering prescription for floods. Stewardship of the watershed is a better, cheaper and longer-lasting prescription. Instead of 'here is the water—fight it', ask 'where does the water come from? How can the flood peak be prevented before it threatens us?' Water that comes as rain and meltwater does not just run down our rivers. Rain is water that evaporated from the earth into the atmosphere. When it falls back to earth, it can be absorbed…
As numerous motorcyclists and off-road vehicle enthusiasts plan to hit roads and trails during the Victoria Day weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is pointing out trends that can make these seasonal drivers vulnerable to fatal collisions. According to OPP traffic data, a significant number of motorcyclists continue to be killed in collisions that are no fault of their own. In 2016, 10 of the 28 motorcycle drivers killed on OPP-patrolled roads were reportedly not at fault in the crashes that claimed their lives. The previous year painted an even grimmer picture for safe motorcycle drivers, with more than half (14) of the 27 who died in road crashes in 2015 reportedly being not at fault. In contrast, OPP data reveals a significant number of…
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