Frontenac County

Keeping nature near – an invitation to two public events

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:15  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington is hosting two free public events in October about land conservation in this region. “We are lucky to live in a part of Ontario where we still have a chance to get the right balance between human use and habitat conservation,” says Dr. Kate Laird, chair of the group’s mapping committee. “We are developing maps that identify priorities for land stewardship and conservation activities here.” The public meetings will give people a chance to see the maps, talk to naturalists with knowledge about plants and animals, and hear a presentation. In Roblin, on Monday evening October 23rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Mark Stabb from the Nature Conservancy of Canada will be speaking on grassland and…

Local Greens nomination meeting

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:10  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The local Greens have set Thursday, October 26 for their candidate nomination meeting for next year’s provincial election, for the riding of Lanark-Frontenac- Kingston. The meeting, which takes the theme: “You can send a message to the Liberals without voting Conservative”, will be held at McMartin House in Perth, starts at 7 pm. (McMartin House is on the north-east corner of Gore and Harvey streets, Perth.) The local riding has been changed by Elections Ontario since the 2014 provincial election, losing Napanee and area and adding the Mississippi Mills area. The riding of Lanark-Frontenac- Kingston, now comprises the towns of Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Perth, and Smiths Falls, and the townships of Beckwith, Central Frontenac, Drummond- North Elmsley, Lanark Highlands, Montague, North Frontenac, South Frontenac…

Assault charges deferred until November 20

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:56  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
First Appearances Mallory Kehoe, 27, is charged with theft of a vehicle and four counts of driving while under suspension. She will return on November 20th and is seeking legal aide. She is currently in custody in Ottawa on other charges that will be dealt with before the November Sharbot Lake date. Marion Vanalstine, 59, Sherri Wylie, 44, and Devin Kennedy, 27 are each facing a charge of production of an illegal substance. They will return on November 20. Ongoing The lawyer for Jeremy Pershaw, 34, is facing a charge of operating a vehicle while disqualified from doing so, a charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle, and two charges of failing to comply with court ordered conditions. His lawyer appeared before the court, but…

The real Bat Man returns to Little Cataraqui Creek

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:54  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
To some, they’re creepy, to others they are cute. Regardless of your opinions on the matter, bats play an essential role in the ecosystem and are also vastly misunderstood. Back by popular demand, bat expert Matt Saunders, aka The Real Bat Man, will help enlighten, educate and demystify folks about these flying rodents as part of a special presentation at the Outdoor Centre at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 pm. His one-hour presentation is suitable for ages seven and up and participants will have a chance to build a bat house of their own after the talk (bring a hammer) or take it home. Kits will be sold for $20 each (while supplies last). Seating is limited for this…
It was a test of endurance.Sitting in her home in Battersea one-week after completing a 200-mile relay race from Sarotoga Springs to Lake Placid, Melonee Dowdall smiles at her accomplishment."The hardest part was the heat and elevation," said the 46-year-old brunette about the Ragnar Relay Race in New York State last month that left her sore, hungry and tired. "I'm not good in the heat. It really affects me."A member of a 12-person team of Canadians called the Crazy Canuckleheads, Dowdall trained for 14 weeks down the quiet backroads of South Frontenac Township. Runners were expected to run three times (legs) over the duration of the race which lasted two full days and nights. Many ran on little to no sleep over steep terrain and…

Trillium grant for Highlands Waters Metis Council

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:56  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Highland Waters Métis Community Council is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to gather traditional knowledge about the Métis culture and way of life in its community. The council will work to collect this knowledge from Métis elders, traditional knowledge holders, Michif speakers, harvesters, and artists through written survey questions, oral interviews, audio/ video recordings and document research. From their office near Northbrook, the council and its skeleton staff oversee a territory that extends southeast to Smiths Falls and to the 401 just north of Kingston and west to the edge of the Kawartha Lakes region.“The territory is large and hard to cover,” said Candace Lloyd, Secretary/Treasurer of the council. Handling membership issues is one of the…

Bee-harming Pesticides Found in North American Honey

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:46  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
October 5, 2017 (Ottawa) New research, published in Science on October 5th, found widespread contamination of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides in honey around the world. Friends of the Earth Canada CEO, Beatrice Olivastri, said, “The discovery of a cocktail of bee-harming pesticides in honey samples across North America, Europe and Asia reinforces the need for a complete and permanent ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.” Olivastri went on to say, “The study also highlights the importance of knowing what pesticides are being used when and where and end up making their way into the food we eat.” Canada does not require pesticide use reporting though the European Union and the United States do. Friends of the Earth believes pesticide users should be required to report time and location…

Knowledge Circles – a radical idea, people getting together to talk

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:44  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
We live in an age of social media, mass communications and cell phones buzzing with content 24 hours a day. The Land Between is attempting to bring landowners, hunters, loggers, hikers, anyone who has a love for and stake in the land they live, work, or play in to get together in person to talk about what is happening to the land around us. Knowledge Circles are being held this month in four locations in the region covered by The Land Between, a charitable organisation devoted to the well-being of a large region of Eastern Ontario that is located in between the rich farmland of the St. Lawrence Basin and the granite of the Canadian Shield. (see below) Knowledge Circle events are being held over…

Vital Signs report focuses on aging

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 20:02  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Community Foundation of Kingston and Area (CFKA) marked the release of its annual Vital Signs report by hosting a kickoff on Monday morning (October 2) event at the Kingston Seniors Centre, which is located at a converted school on Francis Avenue (near Portsmouth) in Kingston. The location of the release in a building where seniors participate in recreational programming day in and day out fit the theme of the presentations well. The report itself points out that the local region is ahead of the national curve in terms of aging. As of the most recent census there are more Canadians over 65 than there are children. Twenty per cent of Kingston residents are over 65 and that figure is projected to increase to 30%…

MacIsaac and Wedden rock the hall in Dacre

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:58  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Fiddler Jessica Wedden and her guitar player, Reilly Donnelly, are taking Southern Ontario by storm! They opened last Saturday night for three time Juno Award winner Ashley MacIsaac, originally of Nova Scotia, along with an appearance by Change of Step, a step dance group also from Nova Scotia and Ontario. The event was located at the DACA Community Centre in Dacre for the Festival of Small Halls Ontario. The Festival of Small Halls places Canadian musicians in small venues across Eastern Ontario. It is organized by the Team Behind Bluesfest.To start off the evening, Jessica and Reilly opened with Celtic fiddle tunes. Jessica also did some step dancing and trick fiddling. Of course, for Ashley's set, he played some nice slow tunes and picked up…

The Orionids, Panstarrs, and the moon at its apogee

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:53  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
This month has a great meteor shower – the Orionids. The peak occurs just before dawn on the 21st of October and more than 20 meteors an hour can be expected.. The bonus for this year’s maximum is that the sky will be Moon free! The frequency of meteors slowly ramps up from early October and after the peak, decreases until it ends in early November. Essentially, the Orionids can be seen through most of this month. The Orionids are debris left behind by Halley’s Comet as it makes its periodic trips around the Sun and as the Earth passes through the orbit of Halley every year, we see the flashes and trails of this debris burning up in the atmosphere as meteors. If you…

Frontenac County updates interactive mapping sites

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:45  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Enhanced tools work across all platforms County of Frontenac GIS (geographic information system) staff successfully migrated all County mapping features to the most up to date standards over the weekend. Labelled Frontenac Maps 2.0, all maps available to the public at www.frontenacmaps. ca, and all applications used by the County and its four member municipalities, have much greater zoom and search capabilities and provide enhanced access to endusers with disabilities. Frontenac Maps 2.0 is fully compatible across all devices and has two sets of imagery available (2008 and 2014). The upgrade replaces the system that was put in place in December of 2010. In the past weeks County GIS staff have visited all four Townships and provided training in advance of the upgrade. Many staff…

Trillium grant to gather traditional knowledge about regional Metis Culture

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:44  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Highland Waters Métis Community Council is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to gather traditional knowledge about the Métis culture and way of life in its community. The council will work to collect this knowledge from Métis elders, traditional knowledge holders, Michif speakers, harvesters, and artists through written survey questions, oral interviews, audio/ video recordings and document research. From their office near Northbrook, the council and its skeleton staff oversee a territory that extends southeast to Smiths Falls and to the 401 just north of Kingston and west to the edge of the Kawartha Lakes region.“The territory is large and hard to cover,” said Candace Lloyd, Secretary/Treasurer of the council. Handling membership issues is one of the…

A Community's Common Future – Grassy Narrows

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:43  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
During the economic boom times of the 1960's and 70's our "resource-based economy" put a pulp mill at full capacity in Dryden in Northwest Ontario. Income from forest harvest was welcome. So were day-jobs in the woods and in the pulp mill. Dryden welcomed them and so did Queens Park. The interactions of the economy, the social structure and the environment were not realized. There were no safeguards. For almost ten years, the pulp mill processed the fibre from our provincial resource base. In the 1960's mercury was used as a fungicide in pulp processing. To any costs of treating their wastes and thus increase their profits, the mill dumped about 9 tonnes of mercury into the English and Wabigoon River system. Now pulp processing…

Displayed in a human zoo

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:41  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The true story of how eight Inuit from Labrador were enticed to travel to Europe in 1880 to become part of a “cultural exhibit,” or human zoo, is nothing short of remarkable. Researcher France Rivet has brought this tragic tale to life in her book entitled In The Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab, based on the diary of one of the Inuit men and extensive other sources. Europe’s fascination with global exploration in the 19th century was fueled by traveling zoos established by men like Carl Hagenbeck, a German merchant who captured animals in nearly every continent for exhibition. To highlight the relationships between these exotic animals and human societies, scouts were sent around the world looking for examples of rare cultures. It is estimated that some 35,000…
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