Frontenac County

South Frontenac gains more people than the City of Kingston, census shows

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:24  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
One of the initial insights that analysts looking at the 2016 census data that was released this week was that urban areas are seeing population growth and rural areas are seeing a decline. But the fastest growing areas are not the downtown cores or suburban areas in major cities, but the communities that are located further out in the countryside, While Kingston is very small by urban standards (too small to be properly considered an urban area), and it saw paltry growth between 2011 and 2016 (0.4%), the pattern of greater growth in the surrounding region did hold true. Not only did South Frontenac do better in percentage terms, (2.9% as compared to the 0.4% for Kingston) in people terms it even out-flanked the City.…

Frontenac Community Arena receives $30,000 Ontario 150 grant

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:47  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Frontenac Community Arena Receives an Ontario150 Community Capital Program Grant The Frontenac Community Arena (FCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $30,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant. These funds will help fund the capital costs of replacing the Arena’s 30-year-old dehumidification system with a new, more energy-efficient Desiccant system. “Our community arenas act as a hub where people come together to share and grow; the Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant is providing for improvements at Frontenac Community Arena will help secure the continued enjoyment and enhance the benefits of this much-loved facility,” said Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these grants will help non-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous…

Lacrosse Program Gaining Momentum

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:38  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, lacrosse may be an up and coming sport activity for youth in Frontenac County. The grant was from the Ontario Sports and Recreation Community fund to promote aboriginal activities like lacrosse and snowshoeing for two years. Northern Frontenac Community Services Corporation youth coordinator James Kelly has been running a six-week program at Land O’Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove for youths 10-13 after a similar program in Harrowsmith and so far, so good. “We’ve really just got started with this,” Kelly said. “We had about 25 kids in Harrowsmith and about eight here in Mountain Grove. “We’re planning another six-week run in Harrowsmith after spring break.” Kelly himself, although an avid athlete, didn’t…

Steady as She Goes at Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:14  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It was not exactly a barn burner of a meeting when Frontenac County Council held their monthly meeting last Wednesday (January 18). Council received a presentation from Mark Segsworth, who sits at a planning table with industry, municipal and provincial officials that is looking to develop a new waste diversion system for Ontario. The goal is to achieve 80% diversion rates from landfill in Ontario by 2050. Currently, even relatively successful diversion programs in rural areas, such as the one in North Frontenac, have reached the peak of their success. North Frontenac diverts over 50% of consumer waste when calculated by volume. However, when calculated by weight, the way provincial bodies do, the diversion rate is much lower. “The only way to attain these goals…

Canada 150 at Fairmount Home

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:46  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Fairmount Home will offer residents a unique way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston (CFKA). 20 - 30 residents at the home will enroll in an arts program called History Through Expression. The program involves hand drum making, drumming, indigenous singing, seated dancing, and storytelling. It will run 14 weeks starting in March and will culminate in a performance at Fairmount Home on June 30. “We are so grateful to receive this CFKA grant, which will fund 3 aboriginal teachers, an arts educator, a dance teacher plus drum-making supplies,” said Lisa Hirvi, administrator at Fairmout Home. “The program will offer rich and meaningful activities for our residents, honour indigenous traditions and celebrate Canada’s…

New ED Manager Takes Off After Just a Couple of Weeks on the Job

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:39  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
By the time Richard Allen was introduced as the new Manager of Economic Development at the December Meeting of Frontenac County Council, the news of his hiring was already out. Members of the county Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) had already been informed of the hiring. As well, Allen had made a splash the day before by walking into Kingston City Hall and announcing two years into his mandate as a member of City Council that he was resigning his council seat in order to take on the job for Frontenac County. He said later that one of the attractions of the job were the regular hours. The job fits the stage of life he has reached, as he has recently become a father for…

K&P Trail completion date slips past Canada 150

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:00  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
It was a goal that fit nicely into a narrative. The K&P trail linking the Trans Canada Trail segments between Sharbot Lake and the Cataraqui Trail to ensure Frontenac County is part of the national trail network was to be complete by Canada Day 2017. A photo-op at the Trail head located at the exact location where the funeral car carrying Canada’s first prime minister switched onto the K&P line, for its trip to his adopted home town of Kingston as thousands looked on, would be the centre-piece of Canada Day celebrations in Frontenac County. It’s not going to happen. The complicated final 12 kilometres of trail, which are located on lands that were sold off to the owners of abutting lands before the rest…

Richard Allen new ED Officer at Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:26  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
On Monday Richard Allen, the councillor for Countryside Ward of the City of Kingston, marched into City Hall and informed his colleagues that he was resigning effective immediately. The next day he reported for work as Economic Development Officer to the administrative offices of Frontenac County, which are located across the road from his home near Glenburnie. Before running for Council in Kingston, Allen served as a Director for the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) He has worked at the Queen’s University Smith School of Business, and earlier as a project co-ordinator with Katimavik. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal. As a member of Kingston City Council, he showed an interest in Frontenac County and was the only…

CFKA Announces Grants for City, County Charities

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:50  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area (CFKA) granted $189,363 to regional charities for 24 innovative projects to enhance the quality of life in Kingston and Frontenac County on Wednesday (December 14).   Gayle Barr, the Community Grants Committee Chair, pointed out that the grants range from smaller, practical grants with immediate benefits to the community, to  larger program grants aimed at changing how we think, such as a $25,328 grant for Youth Diversion’s Addiction Literacy Program. The grants include a number that will directly benefit residents of Frontenac County. Among these are two grants to the Grace Centre in Sydenham, the home base of Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS). One of these is the Good Graces Cafe start up, an $8,110 grant to start…

Frontenac County set to increase its levy by 4%

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 November 2016 15:48  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
“When we look at projected change in requisition it looks like we are heading towards increases.” That was the somewhat grim assessment of future budget pressures that will be facing Frontenac County over the next few years by County Treasurer Marian VanBruinessen as Council completed their work on the 2017 budget. Earlier in the meeting, which took place last Wednesday morning (November 23) Council trimmed $51,200 in special projects, leaving Frontenac ratepayers with a collective bill of $9.37 million for 2017, an increase of $372,216 (4.15%) over 2016. Based on VanBruinessen's analysis, the increase is offset by 1% in growth due to new construction in recent years, leaving a net 3.15% impact on ratepayers. Council cut a proposed $35,000 one time grant to the Frontenac…

Frontenac County draft budget calls for a 3.72% increase in levy

Written by  |  Friday, 25 November 2016 13:42  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
As members of Frontenac County Council sit down this week to consider the 2017 county budget, they will be facing a document that includes an increase of $333,635.60 in the amount of money to be levied to ratepayers for county programs in 2017. As Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender said in the report accompanying the budget document, staff worked towards building a budget that kept the increase to within the 1.5% inflation rate for 2016, but found it difficult given a number of factors. One that he mentioned in particular was a $111,000 increase in the base budget for Frontenac Paramedic Services. “This increase results from salary and benefit costs,” he said, “the additional reserve transfer re the [new] stretchers and the ongoing phase in…

Public Library and Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Written by  |  Friday, 25 November 2016 13:33  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2202 are jointly announcing a tentative agreement on the union's 2016 employment contract. Minutes of settlement were signed by officials of both the Library and CUPE on Thursday afternoon.  No details of the deal are being released pending ratification by the Board and by CUPE members. "This tentative agreement was reached after positive and productive discussions between the Library and CUPE," said Shelagh Quigley, Director of Human Resources and the Library Board’s lead on union negotiations. "We feel it reflects the needs of our staff and the Library as a whole." "We feel it was a good negotiation and hopefully our members are pleased," said Lori O’Connor, President of CUPE Local…
Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release 2016-11-21 Last year (2015), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated 65 road collisions in which a drug-impaired driver was found to be the primary cause of the crash. So far this year (2016), the same factor was behind 59 such collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. Tragically, 35 people have died so far this year in alcohol/drug-related crashes, which has the total number of road deaths in this causal category over the last ten years nearing the 650 mark. With its annual Festive “Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere” (R.I.D.E.) campaign getting underway this week, the OPP is determined to dispel the myth that driving while high on drugs cannot be detected by police and is a safe alternative to driving…

Frontenac County to hire a new ED Officer after all

Written by  |  Wednesday, 16 November 2016 22:17  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
At a special meeting on November 2, members of Frontenac County Council listened to a 20 minute presentation from Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Pender and Manager of Planning and  Development Services Joe Gallivan about the merits of hiring a new Economic Development Officer to replace the retiring Anne-Marie Young. The meeting, which was devoted to only that topic, came about as the result of a notice of motion at the previous meeting by North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins.Higgins notice of motion asked that the =hiring process for the position be frozen until council has time to consider contracting outthe service. Rather than put off the hiring, Pender suggested the special meeting to settle the matter. In their presentations, Pender and Gallivan outlined some of the goals…

Frontenac Seniors Expo in Sydenham and Sharbot Lake this month

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 November 2016 21:48  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
One-stop event on aging well for seniors, their families and caregivers November 18 and 19 The County of Frontenac is organizing the Frontenac Seniors Expo, a one-stop event on aging well for seniors, their families and caregivers, on November 18 and 19 in Sydenham and Sharbot Lake. The Frontenac Seniors Expo takes place at the Grace Centre in Sydenham on Friday November 18 between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and at the St. James Major Church in Sharbot Lake on Saturday November 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p..m. Admission is free with lunch provided. Keynote speaker is Rhonda Lovell of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health.“The County is pleased to support a plan for age-friendly communities in Frontenac so that residents…

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