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…

Re: Mystery History Tour

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:49  |  Published in Letters
On Saturday, May 5th, I attended the CMCA “Mystery History Tour” at Clar-Mill Hall in Plevna where I was handed a First Class K and P boarding pass for a “hamlet to hamlet” tour that included beautiful and informative displays of historic photographs and documentation on this rugged northern region of Frontenac Count: log barns and early settlers; fishing lodges and hunting camps; homesteads and general stores; area mining and logging activity. There was even a miniature train display chugging along with the help of a vintage steam engine! With lunch and goodies served up at the “Trout Lake Hotel Train Stop”, the atmosphere was relaxed and homey. Gary Giller and Jim MacPherson, dressed up in their CF Railway Heritage Society train gear, entertained the…

Re - espropriations for K&P Traill

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:48  |  Published in Letters
Ralph Waldo Emerson said "The cheat, bully and malefactor we see everywhere is the government" and that is more true today than ever. Case in point is the abuse of power for illegal activity, in this case, the attack on the property rights of people who are suffering this outrage courtesy of the system in using tax dollars to impose financial hardship on innocent people whose land is being expropriated. I always thought expropriation was limited to essential, serious and necessary utilization as in land for highways, intersections, etc.  Yet one wonders how a county can focus their illegal and arbitrary powers on seizing land for a trivial trail which certainly is a frivolous entity that is not only not a necessity, but certainly would…

Letter Re E-cars

Written by  |  Wednesday, 02 May 2018 12:10  |  Published in Letters
An interesting article about an E-car; but I wonder how many of these concerned citizens would buy these cars if the over taxed tax payer was not subsidizing them to the tune of $12000 to$14000. There are many people who can not afford to pay the subsidized value for their own cars. Cheers, Bernie Hughes.

Re - Johnston's Point

Written by  |  Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:28  |  Published in Letters
Dear Warden Higgins and Frontenac County Councillors. Your response to the motion from South Frontenac Council concerning possible violations of the Conditions of Approval for the Johnson’s Point development ignored the motion’s request asking for an “investigation of a possible violation of the Conditions of Approval for the Johnson’s Point development”. As the mover the motion, that request was also the explicit intent of the motion. The motion did not ask Frontenac Council to re-write, or appeal, the Conditions of Approval, only to fulfill its obligation to ensure that the Conditions, enacted be the Ontario Municipal Board and supported by the County, are met for the development to proceed. For some reason the legal opinion cited in the motion passed by County Council, argued that…

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