Re - Fractured Homeland

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:28  |  Published in Letters
I’ve recently finished reading an excellent book, “Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario”, by Bonita Lawrence. It is an eye-opening and moving account that clarifies the outrageousness of Canada's long and ongoing history of "divide and conquer," exemplified today in government land claims policies. The book brings together documentary research and local voices to highlight the complex dilemmas faced by our Algonquin neighbours – "status" and "non-status" – in the Ottawa River watershed. Indigenous rights and the need for reconciliation have finally gained broad public attention, as they should. Locally, however, there has been very little news about the Algonquin land claim or about the Algonquin communities in our area, both those involved in the claim and those who are not. Until…

Re - Clearview use in Lanark County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:27  |  Published in Letters
Our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Paula Stewart, has recently said her role is to educate municipalities on the possible human health risk of spraying Dow Chemical’s Clearview poison to manage Wild Parsnip. I think she has it backwards. If there is risk in a vegetable she should start there. She should be able to quantify the risk and give us a range of options to protect ourselves. Unfortunately there is no documentation on the impact of parsnip because Health Units and hospitals keeps no such records. She needs to push for better record keeping so we can respond to reality, not anecdotes. In her presentation to Councillors she says that parsnip burns can be easily avoided by washing after contact with the sap, but how…

Re – road crews and fire service

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:27  |  Published in Letters
I was very impressed with the road crews with the ice/snow storm that we had. They take the safety on the road very seriously. I greatly appreciate the job done and the hours put in. I have to come understand at the next council meeting the two substation are going to be discussed. I have heard many stories as to what could be happening. You all know where I stand on this issue. I feel very passionate that both substation are there for a reason. You have the very south end of the township. And the very north end of the township. No one can belittle the need to have a quick response in an emergency. They might not be equipped to fight a fire.…

Bull Lake resident upset of neighbours gazebo

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:27  |  Published in Letters
I am writing to communicate my frustration as a property owner on Bull Lake, Central Frontenac. I have been trying to get some action on property violations in our bay from the Township. I have officially complained to the building inspectors both Jeremy Nevin and now Shawn Merriman about illegal building and complete disregard for regulations at the Rommen property. My original complaint in summer of 2016 to Mr. Nevin did in fact result in a visit from the building inspector and subsequent charges being laid. I received the direct feedback from Mr. Nevin that he had laid charges for 2 building infractions. One was on the structure half completed just a few meters from the waterfront (estimate roughly 5 meters away so virtually directly…

Re - Legion Taking Stock

Written by  |  Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:29  |  Published in Letters
In last week’s News, Craig Bakay had an article about a workshop aimed at rejuvenating the Sharbot Lake Legion. It was a very nice article and I, for one, appreciate the publicity it gives the Legion. However, I may have misled Craig with respect to our mission and membership. It’s true that Legion membership is both declining and changing in nature. Everyone is getting older and there is a lot of competition for the time and energy of younger people who might fill the ranks. Also, there are fewer and fewer veterans in the new members who do join. Fewer veterans means that the sacrifice of those who went before was not in vain. While changing membership may change the focus of our energies, it…

Thank You to the Save The Prison Farms Group

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:49  |  Published in Letters
When the prison farms were closed in 2010 my daughters were 5 and 8 years old. For half their lives the Save the Prison Farm Group has been a rich source of leadership and learning opportunities for my children. The story of these local activists is not just a tale of grassroots activism, it is a message of hope and inspiration for the world. The news that the federal government will reinstate the prison farm programs at Joyceville and Collins Bay has inspired me and lifted my spirits. As a mother, I am always seeking out strong role models for my children. As an elementary school teacher, I try hard to help students learn new skills and become productive and positive members of society. I…

Re Prison Farms

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in Letters
Thank you for last week’s article about the recent developments on the prison farm front. This decade-long saga touches on so many related issues, local and national – among them, the value of farming, the importance of prisoner rehabilitation, and the functioning of our democracy. The fact that, at the moment, Corrections Canada is not planning to send our cows back to prison does feel like a slap in the face to so many of us, especially the area farmers and other members of the Pen Farm Herd Co-op who have kept a core of the prize-winning herd going for almost a decade. The Advisory Panel had put forward a well-thought-out and documented proposal for a modest dairy operation with the milk being processed into…

Re - Frontenac News Wolves

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:46  |  Published in Letters
Media reports should clarify a complex issue not add to the confusion. The header "Protecting a species that may not exist – Algonquin Wolves" attempts to add a confusing bias before the article begins.   Statements that the Eastern Wolf has been re-named the "Frontenac Wolf" and that most of them live "within or near Frontenac Park" are important errors when the issue being addressed has a basis in geography.   Such errors make the reader wonder whether they stemmed from the reporter or the cited authority. Hannah Barron is not a researcher in the sense of scientific or biological research. She was a Masters graduate student at Trent University with a history of brief jobs including 6 months as manager of the Eastern Wolf…

Re - Fire truck at Pic

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:45  |  Published in Letters
I am a resident of Central Frontenac. We are one of the communities that is affected by the substation that have their truck out of service. Much to my surprise the truck has not moved out of the garage and gone for any service. I have made attempts to email Greg Robinson re this matter. I see in the, No truth to Facebook rumors article. Much to my surprise our truck went for service. There must be a decoy in the garage. I started the posts on Facebook to make the residents affected by this aware the response time will be greater. Public knowledge is needed when emergency services are changed. I feel the residents deserve this and as a township it should be made…

Public School Funding Inequality

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:54  |  Published in Letters
There is an article in the Toronto Star this morning regarding the inequality of fundraising for public schools across Ontario. I heard recently that the Land o Lakes elementary school had a bingo fundraiser at which only 40 people or so attended.  It made me wonder if all the schools in our area are meeting their outside fundraising goals. If not maybe attention to the question in your paper could entice some readers to give top up donations to help out. Given the age of many of the people in Central Frontenac, for example, most of these people would have little contact with the school community and are unaware of the need for funding donations.

Flooding ABC's

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:54  |  Published in Letters
Lanark County recently brought in an expert on how to fight flooding with organized forces of trained volunteers. Technical tricks for fighting the floodwaters once they have threatened your home. That is too late. We need to understand that floodwaters are rain and snowmelt that has run off the land too quickly. Flooding happens because the water was not kept on the land long enough. To fight the increasingly common severe storms and unpredictable melting, we need to understand that floodwaters come from the whole area that drains into a river or creek. We call that area the watershed and the conditions on the watershed control what happens downstream. The condition of the watershed is the root cause of the flooding of your home. If…

Re: Central Frontenac Budget Article

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:32  |  Published in Letters
The article on Central Frontenac budget was misleading in the costs of heating/ electricity for halls. Piccadilly Hall showed $8500.00 and the lowest. However, they didn't mention that includes the cost of heating the fire hall next door for at least 6 fall/winter months to keep the water in the fire truck from freezing as they are on the same meter. If it was only Piccadilly Hall, the cost should be covered by the income of $1250.00. I don't think any of the other halls include a fire hall but I may be wrong as the cost of operating Mountain Grove Hall is high. Just venting! Sharon Snyder

Re – Reader supported news

Written by  |  Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:06  |  Published in Letters
I commend you for your initiative in reaching out to your ardent readers. My wife is a HUGE supporter of yours and is giving the equivalent of the cost of a subscription. I hope you can also make your seasonal readers aware of your initiative in the spring. We come to our second home most weekends through the winter, and are not seasonal residents, so we get to read The Frontenac News all year round. I trust Canada Post doesn’t consider your newspaper a flyer because we’re about to ask them not to put flyers in our postal box because they stop putting your newspaper in the box if it gets full after a couple of weeks.Which leads me to the thought that by becoming…

Re: Reader-Supported News

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 February 2018 13:08  |  Published in Letters
Re: Reader-Supported News Part of the fallout of the Trump victory in the US and the rise of populism globally has been articles, interviews, essays and books about the future of democracy and our individual freedoms. One such publication is a thin little book called "On Tyranny- Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" by Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale University. Lesson Number 2 is entitled "Defend Institutions". He says "We tend to assume that institutions will automatically maintain themselves against even the most direct attacks. This was the very mistake that some German Jews made about Hitler and the Nazis after they had formed a government....It took less than a year for the new Nazi order to consolidate. By the end of…

Food policy Council on new workplace legislation

Written by  |  Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:10  |  Published in Letters
I am writing as Chair of the Food Policy Council for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, an independent body consisting of a diverse group of people who live or work in KFL&A area. The Council’s mandate is to work towards the KFL&A's Food Charter's purpose of creating a secure and sustainable food system for our region. We believe that in order to best way to ensure food security for all in KFL&A we must build a system in which everyone has the money they need to be able to access healthy food. To that end, we support the new minimum wage legislation in Ontario, as well as other reforms to workplace legislation. I am attaching the letter we wrote to the provincial Standing Committee on…

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