Frontenac County

Ruttan to chair Limestone Board of Trustees in 2019.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Suzanne Ruttan has been the South Frontenac Township trustee to the Limestone District School Board since 2010. She has served as the Board Vice Chair for the past three years, and when the new Board was sworn to office last night in Kingston, she assumed the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees for 2019. “We held elections for officers and committee appointments at a working meeting last week,” she said when interviewed on Tuesday, and I put my name forward and ended up being the only candidate. There was an election for Vice-Chair and the position ended up going to Laurie French, another veteran trustee who represents Napanee. Ruttan and French are two of only three returning members on the 9-member board, the…

Rotary Cash Calendar

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:08  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Local Rotary Clubs from Kingston, Napanee and Frontenac are selling the 2019 Rotary Cash Calendars this month. The $20 calendars are similar to other calendars in featuring scenes from Kingston and Frontenac County (many of the photos in the calendar are the work of Inverary-based photographer Joe Furtado) Purchasers of the calendars are also eligible for daily draws throughout the year, each of which carries a cash prize, ranging from $25 on regular days, to $500 on special holidays. There are a total of $15,000 in cash prizes available, and no more than 3750 calendars are sold. Rotary has deep roots in Frontenac County. It is one of the founding organisations behind the RKY Camp on Eagle Lake in Parham, (RKY stands for Rotary/Kiwanis/YMCA) and…

Frontenac County’s Best Landlord Award –$200 prizes at stake

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:08  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac County’s Best Landlord Award seeks to champion landlords who strive to break conventional standards and provide their tenants with the best service possible. We are looking for local landlords that go above and beyond to provide safe and affordable housing for the individuals and families in these communities. The winning landlord and the tenant that nominated them will each receive a $200 gift card. Nominations for this award close December 20th, 2018. “We are looking for good landlords, we know they are out there – we have had the good fortune to work with them throughout the Housing and Homelessness System. But we need to know who else is out there that fits into this category of being a good landlord,” says Amanda Pantrey,…

Frontenac Rentals – taking advantage of the growing accommodation market

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:07  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Allan Zahara has been living on 14 Island Lake for a number of years, and for most of that time he has been working in the e-learning sector in healthcare. “It has meant heading off to Toronto from time to time, and maintaining a professional profile outside of where I live. My goal now is to live and work in South Frontenac and Frontenac County, and that’s what got me into the accommodations field,” he said, in an interview from Sharbot Lake in early November. Zahara has been developing his new company, Frontenacrentals.com, for a couple of years. “I saw that there is a lot of potential for waterfront property owners to take advantage of the global market for the lifestyle that some of us…

Frontenac welcomes new Community Safety Officer

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:28  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
For many, police officers are modern day heroes. To be a good police officer means performing a job that is difficult, dangerous and idealistic.. It is also incredibly rewarding. Speaking from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment in Hartington, Const. Curtis Dick was happy to talk his job as the new Community Safety Officer (CSO) for Frontenac County. Tall and confident, the ambitious father of three assumed the role from Const. Roop Sandhu on July 2. He has been with the police force for almost 22 years, most of which with special operations. “I’m enjoying it immensely,” he says with a smile when asked about his work to make the community & police department closer and stronger. “There’s a lot of great organizations in the…

Homelessness survey in Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:27  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Back in April, staff from the City of Kingston oversaw two distinct processes which were designed to provide a snap shot of the scope of the homelessness reality in the City of Kingston and in Frontenac County. In Kingston, City staff worked with the United Way, who oversaw a one-night Point in Time (PiC) of homeless Kingstonians. They counted people in shelters and in locations where homeless people tend to sleep, using all the skills of the social service workers and others who work in the field, to come up with as much information about numbers of people and other details. “Obviously,” said Ruth Noordegraaf, Manager-Housing and Childcare “you can’t go around Frontenac County in one night looking for homeless people, so we used a…

Ruttan returns, but change may be afoot at Limestone

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:31  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Frontenac County trustees are set to become part of the old guard on the board of trustees for the Limestone District School Board come December 12th. Suzanne Ruttan easily held off the challenge from Roger Curtis, receiving 3659 votes to 1672 for Curtis, to return to the board for a third term representing the schools in South Frontenac (Harrowsmith, Prince Charles, Loughborough, Perth Road and Sydenham High School). In Central and North Frontenac Karen McGregor was acclaimed to a second term representing the students at Land O’Lakes, Clarendon Central, North Addington EC and Granite Ridge EC. Roger Curtis was part of a connected group of candidates who campaigned under the banner of #TRUSTee. While he lost out to Ruttan, the group did well in…

Mayors all return, but half of county council will be new

Written by  |  Thursday, 01 November 2018 11:30  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Three of the four Frontenac County Mayors were acclaimed back into office for a new term (Dennis Doyle – Frontenac Islands – 3rd term, Frances Smith, Central Frontenac – 2nd term, and Ron Higgins – North Frontenac – 2nd term) and the fourth, South Frontenac’s Ron Vandewal won re-election for a second term. They will form the bedrock of the council, but in all likelihood they will be joined by four new members. Natalie Nossal, the 2nd Frontenac Islands rep on the council, did not seek re-election. She will most likely be replaced on county council by Bruce Higgs. Higgs received the most votes in ward 1 (Howe Island) this time around. In Frontenac Islands, the top vote getting councillor from the ward where the…
Voting is now complete and the results are in for South and Central Frontenac, Addington Highlands and Tay Valley See below South Frontenac Mayor Ron Vandewal -- 3237 Mark Schjerning - 2164 Phil Archambault 1274 Portland District Doug Morey - 579 Brad Barbeau - 495 Bruno Albano - 222 Tom Bruce - 528 Ray Leonard - 1156 Loughborough District Fran Willes - 1,075 Ross Sutherland -1,647 Farrah Soaft - 275 Randy Ruttan - 1,075 Limestone DSB Suzanne Ruttan - 3,659 Roger Curtis - 1672 Central Frontenac  Hinchinbrooke Nicki Gowdy - 362 Philip Smith - 315 Brent Cameron 328 Olden Victor Heese 267 Dan Cunningham 175 Bill Everett 171 Elwyn Burke 190 Kennebec Tom Dewey 410 Cindy Kelsey 404 Isaac Hale 289 Addington Highlands Reeve Henry…

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…
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