Re - Help after fire

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:13  |  Published in Letters
On October 19 we lost our house to a fire and although it was devastating we were reminded that there are so many good people in this world and how wonderful it is to live in a small community. Some people that we would like to send a HUGE thank-you to are our wonderful fire department and the surrounding fire departments that came to assist. We are so glad to know that the 2 firemen that got injured are o.k. Also to the wonderful strangers who were at the house first. They not only ensured that there was no one in the house but helped with our dogs and held me while I cried. Sorry for the wet shoulders. You know who you are. Angels…

Thank you Meals on Wheels

Written by  |  Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:12  |  Published in Letters
We are so fortunate to live in a community where neighbours, friends and even strangers care for the less fortunate among us and help make life a lot easier for the elderly who are not as mobile or energetic as they once were. We are in that Elderly group and we really appreciate the service provided by the Meals on Wheels program. We want to express our sincere thanks ans appreciation to all those who coordinate the program; those who prepare the healthy and bountiful meals, and particularly those friendly volunteers who deliver piping hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday in all kinds of inclement weather. We thank everyone and wish you a merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018.   Francis Dowdall and…

Re - CF Septic plan

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:20  |  Published in Letters
I am at a loss to understand the thinking of some of our councillors. At the meeting on October 24th regarding the septic inspection issue all of them stated at the time of their introduction to the audience that they were in favour of the proposal. Then they all, except 2 and the mayor, proceeded to speak against the proposal after which they defeated it. Now, according to your newspaper Councillor Dewey had presented a new proposal which seriously weakens the valid principles of the one defeated on the 24th. This one has been accepted as being little better than no proposal at all. In the new plan non RW properties are not obliged to submit evidence of properly operating systems for 10 years. The…

NFLT Canada 150

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:20  |  Published in Letters
NFLT Canada 150 As a tribute to the community ,during 150 celebration, I am collecting and compiling a list of the names of every person that has been involved with our Little Theatre productions from 1979 to present. I have over six hundred names. The names will become part of the archives for the 40th anniversary. They will be also available at our show this weekend. Please send me your names to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have been involved in any capacity with NFLT. Craig Godfrey

Re- Denbigh ambulance

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:13  |  Published in Letters
As a retired registered nurse living in Denbigh, I am writing to tell how important it is to keep the Denbigh ambulance. Working in intensive care as I did. We were instructed by the Doctors the importance of “Door to needle”. That is this -person with Myocardial Infarction (MI) “Heart Attack” was to have an injection of either PPA (“Clotbuster”) or of Streptokinase within minutes of coming through the ER door otherwise, survival, and survival with good life expectancy was severely jeopardized or annihilated. No ambulance in Denbigh? Add up the time for another ambulance to come here and then go to Renfrew Hospital hours but not minutes. Perhaps those councillors as mentioned in the Sept. 21 edition of your paper need to attend a…

Letter re – septics

Written by  |  Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:12  |  Published in Letters
While applauding the well intentioned efforts of Terry Kennedy and John Duchene with respect to the septic systems inspection proposal, it would be simplistic and unfair to brand the decision by Central Frontenac Council as a shirking of responsibility.For almost three decades beginning with the downloading of government services under the Mike Harris provincial government, added to cutbacks by the Federal Liberals and Conservatives, municipalities have struggled to foot the bill for things previously funded from provincial and federal sources. This situation was never sustainable. So when a proposal such as mandatory inspection is advocated, Coun. Brent Cameron is right to ask the question, who is going to pay for this? Septic systems are but one of many environmental issues which affect the council. Our…

Building accessibility in Frontenac County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 16:00  |  Published in Letters
Access and accessibility are important principles in our world today. A real part of open society, they matter to everyone because we all need to know, to speak, to participate. They also matter very much to families with small children, seniors, and people with disabilities.Large stores and public services have provided effective access for decades because it just makes sense. Around the world many countries and industries work to include populations facing mobility barriers. It’s in this spirit that Canada and its many jurisdictions have recognized and promoted accessibility for more than a decade. This year, once again, Frontenac County’s Accessibility Advisory Committee is recognizing good service to the community with its Celebration of Accessibility Access Awards. Dating from 2013, the awards recognize past or…

Two notes from last week - no High Speed Train and Capsule Comments

Written by  |  Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:58  |  Published in Letters
In response to Ken Fisher’s letter in last week’s paper, Via Rail is planning a “designated passenger track” through the Quebec City- Windsor corridor, NOT a high speed train through Sharbot Lake. If you Google “Via Rail designated track” you will find correct information and the reasoning behind this plan. There’s a big difference between these two ideas. Make sure you are opposing (or supporting) the correct one. And I’m pleased to see the return of the pharmacy’s Capsule Comments. Thank you, Matthew, for taking up the torch. And thank you, Jocelyn, for years of helpful advice.

Reid lives in passive abstraction

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 October 2017 13:02  |  Published in Letters
Another mailing from MP Scott Reid reveals that he lives in passive abstraction. In September he wrote about electoral reform, a theme he has maintained since his university days. In October, he reports on his constituency referenda – base solely on who responds to him. Great at asking interesting questions, but what does Scott Reid actually do? The really big question of leadership in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston should address our social and economic future. Many of our municipalities experience a loss of population. A few are wildly expanding. Via Rail has announced the construction of a high-speed rail corridor with stations in Sharbot Lake and Smith Falls. This will happen. When will our riding elect practical leadership that will bring our voices to the decision-making table in…

Water Is Liquid Gold

Written by  |  Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:58  |  Published in Letters
I felt a need to respond and share information surrounding the issue of septic system failure and the treatment of our water, or, as I prefer to refer to it as, liquid gold. Droughts that we have been experiencing of late (climate wierding generally) and the near-global trend of having to drill deeper and deeper for water gives reason to initiate different perspectives and strategies for opting out of water-based sanitation systems. Why? The technology pollutes—even from the outset, in newly installed systems. Why are we wasting and abusing our potable, sweet, drinking, water to flush our 'wastes' away? Tell me where this magical place "away" is anyways. Dilution--which is what is occuring with toilets, septic systems and centralised sewage/drinking water systems— is not the…

Re – “It is time to leave the monarchy behind”

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:25  |  Published in Letters
I am so disappointed to see you falling for the uninformed, populist notion that the monarchy is irrelevant to modern democracy in Canada (“Time to leave the monarchy behind”, Oct. 5.) Dismissing the Governor General’s role as merely ceremonial is an all too common view, but it is a serious mistake: it actually puts our constitutional democracy at risk. This risk was demonstrated with frightening clarity in December of 2008, when then Governor General Michaelle Jean let herself be hoodwinked into suspending the recently-elected Parliament, preventing it from performing what my father, the late constitutional expert Eugene Forsey, affirmed as the House of Commons’ “most essential function” – deciding who forms the government. Ms. Jean failed to understand and carry out her constitutional duty to…

Re - septic systems

Written by  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017 16:12  |  Published in Letters
In the early 80’s, the Township of Oso applied to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for a thorough inspection of all the wells and septic systems within the hamlet of Sharbot Lake. The survey confirmed that many systems were contaminating neighbouring wells and sometimes their own. Consequently, in ’84 and ‘85, with the help of a generous grant from the Ministry (75%, total over $900,000) almost every household made improvements to their well and/or septic system. According to MOH people at the time, we probably averted a serious problem. However, that was nearly 35 years ago!! Somebody needs to make sure that these systems are properly maintained. Since this is essentially a health concern, I suggest that this problem be addressed by the Ministry of…

Re – Planning and Ardoch Lake

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:37  |  Published in Letters
I respectfully disagree with reporter Jeff Green's editorial assertion that "the role of local township officials is to work with developers in order to make sure that any proposal that makes it to the stage where it will face public scrutiny it is in a state where a path forward for approving it is there." This is not a transparent or ethical role for any public official. While public officials should cooperate with all parties, including developers and affected taxpayers, at all--and particularly early--stages of planning, the encouragement--or worse--requirement for, government officials in comfy planning collusions with developers to ensure a plan toward plan approval even before the plan is made public should sound alarm bells in every home, court, legislature or other body where…

Re: Septic failure in Central Frontenac

Written by  |  Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:33  |  Published in Letters
I would just like to add to Craig Bakay's article 'Just how big of a problem is septic system failure in Central Frontenac?' Some of the more hysterical views of the proponents of mandatory septic inspection, would have us believe that we are one faulty septic system away from massive poisoning of our aquifers. I addressed this concern with Jeremy Neven, the Township's former Chief Building Officer, and he was unable to point to a single instance where this had happened in the Township. The best he could come up with was a contamination many years ago in the village of Sydenham. Sydenham has a couple of feet of soil, barely covering permeable limestone. We have swamps and lakes sitting on granite. My point being…

Re - Denbigh ambulance

Written by  |  Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:07  |  Published in Letters
My family has had a cottage on Skootamatta Lake in Addington Highlands since 1922. The Provincial Government set up an ambulance station at Denbigh originally, with responsibility now downloaded to L&A Council. AH is the most northern/remote, least populated, most economically challenged, with the longest current ambulance wait times- albeit the most beautiful part, of L&A. Many of the seasonal population have converted to permanent status. This is a positive continuing trend to normalized year round revenue to the community service providers, and the tax base of the Township (permit and enhanced building value revenue). Redundancy in ambulance service is critical to the well being of all permanent residents of AH and other area Townships. Closure of the Denbigh Station would be a major blow…

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