Frontenac County

Council trims 2018 draft county budget, just a hair

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:22  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
If 2018 Frontenac County budget were a head of hair, and county council a barber, no one would notice the haircut that was administered last week. The draft budget set the requisition to the Frontenac Townships at $9.775 million and after a snip of $12,400 dollars the final budget trims that figure to $9.763 million. Either way the number rounds off to $9.8 million. In percentage terms the requisition increase now sits at 4.4%, down from 4.5%. Each of the four townships will combine their share of county costs with the amount that they are charged by the Ministry of Education. The County levy in 2017 was $9.35 million. When they met last week, (November 5) some members of Council had greater ambitions for cuts,…
Budget article update - Wednesday 6:00 pm (At their meeting today, Frontenac County Council considered proposals which would have brought their 2018 budget levy down by up to $150,000, but in the end only managed to make the most superficial of cuts to the document. But pity the poor foster kids! A 6,000 expenditure to support a scholarship program for foster children in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, was cut from the budget. The impact of the cut was to lower the budget levy by 0.06%. The only other change to the budget that was made by council was to remove another $6,400 from taxation by cutting almost half of the budget for a parking lot restoration project at the county offiuce/Fairmount Home complex. All…

The Tree of Hope

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:58  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Tree of Hope – one of the oldest holiday appeals in Southeastern Ontario – begins in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington November 20. The campaign is expected to help 900 kids with toys, food, clothing and other items.The Tree of Hope is the annual Holiday appeal of Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington – a 123 year old Children’s Aid Society. The Agency has been running holiday appeals every December for most of its existence. This year, the campaign will feature two “official” permanent Trees of Hope – young evergreen trees planted outside at the Agency’s 817 Division Street office in Kingston and 99 Advance Avenue office in Napanee. Both will be dedicated in special public evening ceremonies – Saturday, November…

A Canadian Sailor Remembers The Cuban Missile Crisis

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:46  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
In October of 1962, a U.S. U-2 flight photographed a construction site at San Cristobal in western Cuba. The CIA’s Photographic Interpretation Center identified Soviet made SS-4 intermediate range missiles on the site, the kind of missiles the U.S.S.R. used to deliver nuclear warheads.On Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. EDT, U.S. President John F. Kennedy went on nationwide television announcing the discovery of the missiles, as well as “quarantine” of all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba. Since the quarantine was to take place in international waters, Kennedy needed the approval of the Organization of American States and before the speech, Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was briefed by a U.S. delegation. According to Wikipedia, Diefenbaker was “supportive of the U.S. position.”While no Canadian…

Logan Murray in Tamworth

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:44  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
On November 18th Logan Murray returns to the Tamworth Legion Hall to perform a night of original songs with his band The Handsome Liars. Murray took over the Tamworth Legion last fall, throwing a party to celebrate the release of his most recent record 'Ninety Five Acres' and packed the place with folks looking to boogie. It was a great night of music and a real medley of genres as Murray and his bands jumped from song to song touching on the blues, rock and roll, and folk. 'Ninety Five Acres' is a collection of 10 original songs that Murray wrote and recorded at his home studio in Elm Tree. The tunes reflect Murray's unique character and often manifest as humorous and original observations of…
As part of a province-wide speaking tour, individuals representing the Labrador Land Protectors – a group who are trying to stop the threat posed to a number of Indigenous nations by a massive hydro project at Muskrat Falls, Labrador – will speak at a free public presentation on Wednesday, November 22 at St. Paul’s United Church, 25 Gore Street West, at 7 pm. Organized by the Ontario Muskrat Solidarity Committee and supported locally by Lanark Neighbours for Truth and Reconciliation, the evening will discuss the issues surrounding the $12.7 billion project, which is backed by over $9 billion in federal loan guarantees even though it has doubled from its original price, and will likely cost even more if completed. A significant concern is whether the…

Fraud investigation leads to charges for an Ottawa couple

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:16  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
(NORTH FRONTENAC TOWNSHIP, ON) - On October 31st, 2017, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Frontenac/ Sharbot Lake charged an Ottawa couple with fraud. The investigation revealed that from August 2013 to March 2016, the couple defrauded victims of nearly $100 000.00 in total. Gipse Julio Ricardo VILLAS, age 67 commonly known as Guilio VILLAS and his wife Jessica Louise VILLAS, age 41both of Ottawa ON, have been charged with 2 counts each of Fraud Over $5 000.00.The couple committed the frauds by utilizing alleged political connections to influence, engage and establish trust with t he victims. The VILLAS' would pose as persons with positions of high authority in order to defraud victims of large amounts of cash.The VILLAS' were released on a Promise to Appear to…

A new program to help sustain lake health in The Land Between!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:52  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Land Between charity in partnership with Watersheds Canada (makers of the Love your Lake program) are piloting the new Blue Lake ecolabel program for Cottage Country! It is poised to be the gold standard in lake stewardship. The Land Between has spent 7 years in developing and testing a new interactive database that combines water quality data, with fisheries information, and shoreline development data. This new database can also accommodate Love Your Lake data and other data sets and it is able to receive and instantly process new data entered from lake stewards, landowners, anglers and biologists. The database can already assess trends, highlight issues, and also be used for research. For example, we have been able to test and highlight shifts in lake…

What’s Up in the Night Sky? November 2017

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:49  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
I am endlessly fascinated by Black Holes! The idea that the supernova death of a massive star collapsing in on its self can have enough gravity to stop anything, including light, from leaving it is truly astounding. Actually a small amount of radiation, called Hawking radiation escapes. When the Universe reaches a point where no more matter is being sucked into Black Holes, this radiation will cause the dissipation and real disappearance of Black Holes. Of course, this will take an almost infinite length of time and is a subject on its own for a future column. Effectively we cannot see a Black Hole. Matter from the star is compressed into an incredibly tiny space by its own gravity. Einstein describes in his theories that…

EQAO results for LDSB students remain below provincial average

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:47  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
In response to the release of the provincial Education Quality and Education Test results, the communications department of the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) might score well, above the provincial average, if they were being tested for creative writing skills.The headline on the LDSB release that accompanied the province wide release of results, which took place in late September, was the following: EQAO results show achievement in some levels continuing to improve. While it is true that results for Special Needs students in the board improved, the other result that was touted, a narrow improvement in grade 6 reading and writing scores, is diminished when you look at the comparative data in the tables at the bottom of the release.In every single category, Limestone’s results…

NFLT Celebrates Where We Live

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:45  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
You might remember about 25 Years ago, in the early days of the North Frontenac Little Theatre, a production called “Fontenoma” was presented at the high school to much acclaim. It was a motley collection of locally written skits and songs. Those attending that show might remember Zeke from Zealand, The Ladies’ Committee, The Gift Shoppe and more. Now in 2017, to help celebrate Canada 150 some of these songs and skits, updated for the times, will be reprised in this fall’s production, renamed Sunshine Sketches of Our Little Towns. Aspects of life in Frontenac County; the histories of logging and the railway, cottaging, snowmobiling, local foods, duck hunting season and more are celebrated. Central to the show is a short play The Wedding, written…

Council adds 1% to budget for new projects

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:20  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
4% increase likely in Frontenac County budget – offset by 1% in growth Frontenac County Council said yes to most of the requests for funding it received as part of its 2018 budget deliberations. Fortunately for Frontenac County ratepayers, a lot of the requests came from service areas that are shared with the City of Kingston. For example, the cost of a new 11pm -7am Personal Support Worker Shift at Fairmount Home, a 1.4 FSE (Full time staff equivalent) is $91,147 with benefits, but Frontenac County ratepayers will only pay $29,167 and City of Kingston ratepayers will cover the rest because of a cost sharing agreement for the home. Similarly, a Human Resources generalist position that is being created will cost $87,815 for salary and…

Payne to wear the green again

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:13  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
The local Greens have named Anita Payne as the Green Party of Ontario (GPO) candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston (LFK) in next year’s Ontario election. Payne, who lives in Tay Valley Township, was the Green candidate in the same riding in the most recent Federal election in October, 2015. She is a retired science teacher who has been active in environmental advocacy for many years, most recently with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The local riding has been changed by Elections Ontario since the 2014 provincial election in order to match the Federal riding. Lennox and Addington County is no longer part of the riding. Payne, who has always been easy to identify on the campaign trail because she always wears at least one article of green clothing,…

Seniors care topic of discussion in community

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:52  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Who cares for the caregiver? That question and more will be answered this November in a presentation by a committee designed to improve the quality of life for seniors in Frontenac County. “Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) is a community initiative the OPP brought forward,” explains Roop Sandhu, Community Safety Officer for Frontenac OPP. “The committee meets every month. Every second month, we hold a seniors safety event.” According to Const. Sandhu, SALT picks the topic & speaker and provides a free lunch and short presentation on senior’s safety. The presentations range in topics and are held in different locations across the region. They are purposefully kept to a manageable 20-30 minutes. “We float around,” confirms the Community Safety Officer. “A lot of people…

Referendum a nod to Reid’s reform Party roots

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:36  |  Published in FRONTENAC COUNTY
Scott Reid is one a very few active politicians in Canada who were active in Preston Mannings Reform Party. The Reform Party became the Canadian Alliance and eventually the Conservative Party of Canada under Stephen Harper. But back in the Reform days ideas about reforming democracy were a major part of the party program, and were one of the attractions for the Ontario based Reid to join the party and begin working in Preston Manning’s office. Among the ideas taken on by the party were a commitment to direct democracy to deal with what are sometimes called “moral” issues such as abortion, same sex marriage, and assisted dying. The legalization of marijuana was one of the issues on the Reform party list for a direct…

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