Letters

Re- parking in Sharbot Lake.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:28  |  Published in Letters
On a recent return to my hometown, Sharbot Lake, I was struck by the traffic in what I used to refer to as "uptown." Cars lined both sides of the street from the old Catholic Church to the top of the hill on Elizabeth Street. Upon commenting to a friend however, I learned that most of the vehicles were owned by employees of the various businesses in the immediate area. I find this rather bizarre, given that the village is so dependent on tourists who would struggle to find a parking space. I also learned that a free parking area at the old fire hall, less than a city block away, was available for uptown employees. The lot was vacant when I drove by. City…

Sharbot Lake - 2038

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:26  |  Published in Letters
Perhaps surprisingly, we have over 120 business within 10 km. of our village. Over the past decade, we have seen businesses essential to Sharbot Lake’s life and well-being change hands and grow. Examples are numerous: The Crossing, Mike Dean’s Superfood Store, Seeds Accounting, Robinson’s Asset Management, Pharmacare, Gray’s Grocery & Bakery, Goodfellows Flowers, Rockhill B&B, Sharbot Lake Dental Clinic, The Amazing Dollar Store and Ireton Fendly Law Office. Their services, number of employees and their payrolls are rock-bottom essential to our life in Sharbot Lake. Home Hardware, RBC, Bob’s PetroCan, Ram’s Esso, 1010 Lawn & Garden, Robinson Excavating, Sharbot Lake Marina, Conboy’s Maple Syrup, Maples Restaurant, the real estate companies and many others have continued as they have for years. Then there are many new…

Re - Dark Sky Preserve and Campground proposal

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 July 2018 13:25  |  Published in Letters
The Dark Sky Preserve outside Plevna on Highway 506 is a great local commercial and economic asset for the community, providing wonderful viewing for professionals and tourist novices alike. Of course, great care and careful planning are required to ensure local development which protects the local environment, minimizes light pollution, and which maximizes the Dark Sky Preserve’s esthetics and economic potential for the community, as well as its value to budding astronomers. While there may be need for increased accommodations for Dark Sky viewers and other tourists, the proposal by the North Frontenac Economic Development Task Force to facilitate a campground immediately west and adjacent to the Preserve may have unintended, undesirable impacts. With campgrounds come cars, RVs, boats, campfires, traffic and other noise and…

Re Poor Roads in North Frontenac

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in Letters
North Frontenac has some of the nicest scenic motorcycle roads in Ontario, but the roads at the west end of the county are in in such disrepair that they have become unsafe for a two-wheel vehicle. Roads like Harlowe Road, Meyers Cave Road, Kashwakamak Road, and last but not least, Henderson Road (one of the most beautiful canopy-covered twisting roads in Canada), are only matched by the road into Gatlinburg or the tree-covered road near Traverse City.  I believe the roads in the west end of our township gets twice the traffic as the rest of the county, and our representatives are neglecting are roads. We don't all drive trucks and four-wheelers, and someday someone might get seriously hurt. The cost of maintenance alone on…

New Ford government energy policy complaint

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in Letters
The good news is that despite a record-setting heat wave, our energy consumption is well below the last major, but shorter, heat wave 10 years ago. Despite increased population, programs to reduce energy use have had a significant effect. The bad news is, on virtually the same day that reduced energy figures became available, the new conservative government cancelled the programs that have helped reduce energy use. The lower energy consumption saves money, reduces the likelihood of brown/black-outs, and reduces carbon pollution. Besides the convenience of keeping the lights on, our lower energy use means we do not need more nuclear and gas-powered electric facilities. The savings here are immense. After 40 years, we are still paying off the last nuclear plant constructions. New or…

New Ford government pharmacare complaint

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:32  |  Published in Letters
Supporters of the new Ford government in Ontario and the abandoned majority who voted against the Conservatives would do well to be wary of the recent move by Health Minister, Christine Elliott, to cut free prescriptions for the wealthy. While this move may gratify those who naively celebrate it as an egalitarian and populist gesture designed to "soak the rich" (including those who have private health insurance), ostensibly in order for tax dollars to be redirected towards the poor, the subtext of all this is that Elliott's move is a cynical first step in a projected assault on universal health care. The wealthy already enjoy substantial tax write-offs for their private medical and dental plans, courtesy of constant lobbying and political donations directed at federal and…

Saving turtles

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:10  |  Published in Letters
Recently, while travelling on the Flinton Road, I swerved to miss a little hump of a turtle on the road. I stopped and checked her out and was horrified to see that she was very badly injured. 25% of her shell had been shattered into half a dozen fragments and there was bright red flesh clearly visible. I checked for signs of life and was relieved to see her eyes wide open. She deserved a chance. My husband & I and our three dogs set off to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre's Trauma Hospital, close to Peterborough. She was given pain meds and put into a bin containing other injured turtles. We couldn't help noticing that the emergency phone was constantly in use responding to…

Imaginative floats for Canada Day Parades wanted.

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:10  |  Published in Letters
In discussion with our Sydenham Parade Marshal, John Trousdale, he agrees that we need more home-constructed floats. Each year, parade-watchers have lined our streets in celebration, and they deserve to be entertained. This year, Captain Canada plans to be a part of the Sydenham and Harrowsmith parades, and issues this challenge to organizations and individuals: Build and enter a float using a theme or subject of your choice. Captain Canada is a mythical super citizen who combats injustice and champions the downtrodden and disadvantaged. The Captain Canada Float offers a salute to the thousands of really true super citizens in our neighborhoods, and in our Canada, i.e. our community volunteers. Celebrate Canada Day!   Dave Linton

Chief's truck

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 June 2018 13:46  |  Published in Letters
I am becoming very concerned for the wellbeing of many in our community. We have had an amazing volunteer firefighting team in all Central Frontenac districts. There have been men and woman devoted to being there when called upon. Now I hear there are many leaving because of political differences/bullshit. The frustration I have witnessed when speaking with them is overwhelming. This is a volunteer position, yet the demands have cost the loss of many good firefighters. They have been with Central Frontenac Fire and Rescue for years with the passion to make things better. What is going on? I have received two different mailouts from our township looking for volunteers. I have lived here for 36 years and never once received one. We have…

Re - Child Centre staff

Written by  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:43  |  Published in Letters
I am writing today because I cannot contain my sadness and displeasure about the unfair treatment of the dedicated ladies who have facilitated our beloved programs at the Child Centre. It wasn't easy moving to a new community and starting a family here, but the care, advice, and services we received from the amazing staff at the Child Centre over the past nine years or more have been invaluable. Jan, Marcie, Penny and Melissa made us feel welcome and their counsel and support while our son was an infant, toddler, pre-schooler and beyond has been incredibly helpful as we found our footing in the community and have grown as a family. Events such as the annual RFCS family BBQ, Heritage Festival Winter play activities and…

Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club Financial Problems

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:05  |  Published in Letters
I believe the answer to the high cost of fireworks on Canada Day is quite simple. Now is the time for Harrowsmith to come together with Verona and Sydenham and alternate years to create one spectacular display. If the financial responsibility is too great for our hamlet on its own, share the burden. Times are changing and we need to be flexible in our thinking.The other programs provided by the S&A club are too essential to risk dollars on 15 minutes of fireworks. The Harrowsmith Beautification Committee has taken over the flower planters, small benches in the village, flags, seasonal displays, and some other exciting things to come. What do you think? Drive a little to save a lot. Brenda CrawfordMember of Harrowsmith Beautification Committee

Attention Ontario Liberals, and Greens too - even disconcerted Torys

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:05  |  Published in Letters
For as long as I can remember, the Liberals have asked NDP voters for their help in defeating the Tories, and many of us have complied, ensuring that Liberal governments be formed. Now is the time for Liberals, in Ontario, to return the favour, to step up and lend their vote to the NDP. I ask that Green voters and any disconcerted Conservatives, please strongly consider doing the same. This opportunity to work together to block a Ford government should not be missed. Martina Field

Re North Frontenac Housing

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:04  |  Published in Letters
It seems so shortsighted and even arrogant that Frontenac County would reject, seemingly out-of-hand, North Frontenac’s proposal to use available housing funds to explore, develop and implement aging in place strategies for local community residents in lieu of traditional brick and mortar warehousing approaches for the aged. The newspaper account of the county’s decision leaves readers to conclude, hopefully erroneously, that the county’s rejection was based solely on the opinions of a few County officials without benefit of advice and counsel from academic, economic and other aging experts. It also appears that Frontenac County officials involved in the rejection made no plausible recommendations for addressing the unique needs and financial constraints identified by North Frontenac officials. The result reflects just another example of remote, arbitrary…

Canada Day at Centennial Park

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:04  |  Published in Letters
I am willing to bet a lot of you think that all local Canada Day Celebrations are organized, funded and run by the Township of South Frontenac. Well, I just wanted to clear the air regarding who does what, at least in Harrowsmith. The Canada Day Celebration at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith is totally organized, run and partially funded though the efforts of a volunteer community organization known as the Harrowsmith and District Social and Athletic Club. This little club, along with countless community volunteers, make this free event a huge success every year. This event would not be possible without the many donations collected from local businesses, service clubs and individuals within our community. We thank all who donate for their continued support each…

Re – Theft in Arden

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:49  |  Published in Letters
Two planting barrels have now been stolen from their locations in Arden: one on the Arden Road about half a mile south of Hwy 7, the other at Willett Lane near Gallery on the Bay. These barrels, courtesy of Villages Beautiful, are from funds raised at Festival of Trees and are filled with lovely flowers during the summer, and with greenery and decorations during the winter months. The barrels help to beautify Arden and are a source of pride in our village. Just because the barrels aren't on private property doesn't mean they are up for grabs. These barrels are costly, and it would be a shame to have to stop the plantings because someone sees it as his/her right to confiscate the containers. Whoever…
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