Frontenac County

Eligible voters is not the number of permanent residents in a township

Written by  |  Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:53  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
We know you’re probably all wondering just how many eligible voters there are in Frontenac County municipal elections this year. One quirk of living in cottage country is that often there are a lot more eligible voters than there are permanent residents and Frontenac County is no exception to this rule. For example, in North Frontenac Township, the population according to the 2016 census is 1,898. However, because there are an awful lot of seasonal residents, there are actually 5,984 eligible voters. This twist here is that all of the Council positions and all but one school board position were filled by acclamation. So, no matter how many eligible voters there are, unless you’re an Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board or a French…

Perfect day for outdoor Warden’s reception

Written by  |  Monday, 24 September 2018 15:35  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County Warden Ron Higgins probably wouldn’t be offended if somebody said he tends to go about things a little differently from most politicians. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Higgins decided to hold his first Warden’s Reception outdoors, at Fernleigh Lodge on Kashwakamak Lake Saturday. Also new to Wardens’ receptions was the inclusion of area business offering everything from local maple syrup to chocolates and boat tours of the lake. Of course what wasn’t new was the Warden’s speech and Higgins used the opportunity to point out some of the highlights of his tenure in the position. After thanking everyone involved including his wife, Wendy, Higgins said: “Recently our Council confirmed continuation of our strategic priorities which were initially set by the…

Frontenac County Council politicians vote themselves a 27% wage increase

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:53  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Rejecting a consultants report which called for their wages to more than double in order to keep up wiht wages in other Counties, Frontenac County Council raised the pay for members of Council from $9,400 to $11,900 for the new council, which takes office on December 1st. The wage for the County warden, which is currently $22,900, will go to $28,900, also a 26% increase. The Deputy Warden will receive $14,280. These increases will be topped up by cost of living (COLA) increases based on the consumer price index. The consultant  report called for a 4-year phased in increase in compensation for members of the council.It recommended that the  salary for a member of council  jump from the current $9,400 to $19,400 by 2022, the…

Fury Family Fun Day features equipment swap, sock sizing, barbecue

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:47  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac Fury hockey organization president Lynn Newton welcomed the public to the Frontenac Community Arena Sunday for a get-together that featured sizing for hoodies and socks, an equipment swap, skate sharpening and an opportunity to meet new teammates and bench staff. “It’s also an opportunity to ask questions for everybody new to the organization,” she said. The Frontenac Fury Girls Hockey Association will field 10 teams this year including the First Shift program for those new to hockey, as well as five house league and three competitive teams (peewee, bantam and midget). “From atom to midget, our membership has quadrupled in the last five years,” she said. “They all drank the Kool-Aid.” She said more than 150 children have gone through the Fury and Frontenac…

Landlord information sessions

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:45  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Landlords in Frontenac County are encouraged to register to attend one of five rural landlord information sessions during the week of September 17-21. The purpose of the sessions is two-fold: One goal is to bring attention to the services provided by the Housing and Homelessness Collaborative that supports vulnerable families in Frontenac County stay sustainably housed. Workers based in Frontenac County will work with landlords and tenants with limited funding, referrals to other community services, and more. A second purpose is to hear from landlords in Frontenac County. As the program coordinator, Amanda Pantrey puts is, “There may be innovative ideas that landlords want to see. We will have municipal staff on hand for most of the sessions and together we can brainstorm ideas together…

#HikeCRCA Challenge Returns for 2018 With New Category

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:31  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The first incarnation of the #HikeCRCA Challenge was such a roaring success with area residents and visitors last fall that the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has decided to bring it back for 2018. This is an opportunity for individuals, groups, or families to spend some quality time together in nature, exploring the various trails at CRCA-owned conservation areas, and possibly win some great prizes. The #HikeCRCA Challenge runs from 8am Sept. 1 to 8pm on Oct. 31, and features a simple, three-step process: First, hike the designated challenge trail at each of our conservation areas and at least one designated section of the CRCA-owned Cataraqui Trail and find the special challenge sign with the #HikeCRCA logo. To find the challenge trails, visit the website…

T & A’s Condiment Company

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:29  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Tracey Jarvis-Craig loves hot sauces. Not only does she use hot sauce on just about everything, from breakfast to dinner, and likely on late night snacks as well, she likes to use different sauces with different dishes. That interest started her on a quest to make her own hot sauces. When friends and neighbours tasted her sauces, they asked if she could make some for them, and said they would buy her sauces if she was willing to sell. That’s when T&A’s Condiment Company came to be. Almost two years ago Tracey and her wife, Anne Craig, decided to get into the sauce and condiment business. That’s where the business got its name. In addition to the tomato-based hot sauces that they make, there are…

A few changes as nominations close in municipal campaign

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:28  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
This is the final version of an article originally written on July 24, reflecting the status as of the close of nominations on July 27 Phil Archambault, an Inverary resident who ran for the Liberal Party in the 2016 Federal election, finishing second to long time Conservative MP Scott Reid, is making the move to municipal politics. “I think it is time for a change,” Archambault said moments after submitting his nomination papers on Tuesday afternoon (July 23) There are now three candidates for Mayor of South Frontenac, incumbent Ron Vandewal, and current Loughborough Councilor Mark Schjerning. In other locations,there is less of a contest. In Addington Highlands (AH), there is  a single contested position, that of Reeve. Alice Madigan has jumped into the race…
It might seem like an elaborate sleight of hand manoeuvre, but Frontenac County Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender is asking members of Frontenac County Council to consider setting up a county roads system, on paper only. And the payoff could be some heavy virtual paper money, as much as $5.7 million in grant money, every second year. Over time, the Federal and Provincial governments have developed different funding programs aimed at helping cash strapped municipalities pay for expensive infrastructure maintenance and upgrades on roads, bridges and other assets. The source of funding that has been available for this for the last 10 years is the Federal Gas Tax program, which provides $840,000 each year that is split among the townships on the basis of the…

Local green energy co-op faces new Ford reality

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:05  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Until late last week, The Wintergreen Energy Co-op (WGC) had thirteen 250 kilowatt solar energy projects ready to proceed in South and Central Frontenac and rural Kingston under the Feed-in-Tariff (5) program. Not anymore. The WGC projects are among the 758 green energy projects that were cancelled this week by the new Ontario government. WGC President David Hahn said on Tuesday that the solar projects had been waiting for the final go ahead from Ontario’s Independent Electricity Service Operator (IESO), which was to come in the form a Notice to Proceed (NTP). “My understanding is that all of the projects waiting for the NTP have been cancelled,” he said when contacted at his farm on Canoe Lake Road, “which would include our projects”. Hahn said…

Working with landlords to prevent homelessness

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:04  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Landlords in Frontenac County are encouraged to connect with Amanda Pantrey, new Rural Housing Liaison Worker, to find out about the incentives and perks that come with working with the rural Housing and Homelessness Collaborative Team, based out of Southern Frontenac Community Services in Sydenham. The Housing and Homelessness program in the County of Frontenac aims to serve high-needs, low-income families in need of assistance to secure and maintain safe, appropriate, and affordable housing. Landlords are a key partner in the success of the program, and in return for working with the Collaborative Team, landlords gain access to supports and incentives. “There are benefits for rural landlords to work with the Collaborative Team,” says Pantrey. “First, landlords will have an advantage because their units will…

Few contested positions in municipal campaign

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:34  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
There is only one race for Mayor thus far in Frontenac County, and races in only a single district in North, South and Central Frontenac as the deadline for nominations nears. In North Frontenac, Mayor Ron Higgins is running for re-election, and incumbent Fred Perry is the only candidate for the two ward 1 (Barrie) positions. Gerry Martin and Vernon Hermer are both running again in ward 2 (Clarendon-Miller). In ward 3 (Palmerston) Fred Fowler is challenging the two incumbents, John Inglis and Denis Bedard. In Central Frontenac, Mayor Frances Smith is uncontested thus far. Incumbent Tom Dewey is running in ward 1 (Kennebec) as is Isaac Hale. In ward 2 (Olden) only incumbent Victor Heese is running, and in ward 3 only incumbent Bill…

Fire ban update

Written by  |  Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:42  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Total ban in Addington Highlands, North Frontenac, Lananrk Highlands - campfires only in Central and South Frontenac by Jeff Green The weather has been and will continue to be hot and dry, and this is the case throughout the region. But fire permitting and the imposition of fire bans is overseen at the township level, so people might need a municipal overlay on their GPS if they want to know whether they can light a match. Here is an overview as of Tuesday morning, July 10, at 11:30 am In South Frontenac there is a Level 1 burn ban on. Camping and cooking fires are permitted under a Level 1 burn ban, however fireworks, open air burning and incinerators fires are not permitted. In Central…

Canada Day 2018 - Photos

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 July 2018 12:23  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Canada Day summer kickoff weekend was enjoyed by revellers across the region. Tricyclists in Sydenham   Canadaliens wearing their antennae in Sharbot Lake   Royal Canadian Regiment vets hitting the water in Ottawa on their way down the Rideau Canal to Kingston. They will be in South Frontenac at the Upper and Lower Brewera Locks this weekend.   Canada Day was a great day on the water for 8-year-old Reid Webb; he caught himself a nice 5lb bass, right here locally, from his secret spot on Sydenham Lake. As you can see, Reid is all smiles at his Canada Day catch. If you see Reid, perhaps he might give you some fishing tips. What a great way to make memories during Family Fishing week,…
The K&P Trail may be suffering from the curse of the K&P railroad. The old Kick and Push, as it was not always affectionately called back in the day, was originally intended to run between Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River, from Kingston to Pembroke, K to P. However, costs were high and the money ran out, leaving a K&P that ran only from K to C, Kingston to Calabogie. Now, long after the K&P shut down, a trail being constructed on its track bed, which will bring the Cataraqui trail and Frontenac County into the Trans Canada Trail network, finds itself stalled at kilometre 64.5, of its intended 77 kilometre length, just about a kilometre north of the Bradshaw Road in Central Frontenac. There…
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