Letters

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…

Re - Wintergreen

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:44  |  Published in Letters
In his article on Wintergreen’s seminar concerning electricity options, Craig Bakay quotes Angela Bischoff as saying natural gas is a better option than nuclear. Having discussed this with Angela, I wish to clarify her position. Craig drew this conclusion, not from her interview, but from a slide in her presentation that claims natural gas generation would be better (i.e. cheaper, safer) than extending Pickering nuclear station for another decade. By no means is this preferable to phasing out both nuclear and natural gas generation with renewables and demand-side management. Over the next decade, methane emissions contribute more to global warming than CO2 and Ontario’s natural gas comes with upstream methane emissions which, according to analysis of satellite data, may contribute half the rise in global…

Re K&P request

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:42  |  Published in Letters
Your article, "K&P request rejected by County" 14/09/17 requires clarification. I would ask CEO Kelly Pender if their refusal to look after the fence requiring attention is at all in reference to the responsibility of the "trail" that requires them to look after such. I want to know if his take on this comes from legal documents, a court decision, or provisions that I see have been adopted for the "trail" in the agreement, to look after fences and gates for property owners whose land abuts the trail. I think it nonsense that he dispenses unfounded opinions without legal backing, that the fences are the responsibility of the landowner, when my memory recalls that the opposite was true. If there is a legal precedent here,…

Re - Editorial on Sir John A. Macdonald

Written by  |  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:39  |  Published in Letters
In regards to your editorial in your September 7, 2017 edition on Sir John A. MacDonald:First of all, a minor correction – the organization that called for the removal of Sir John A’s name is the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) not the Elementary School Teachers Association of Ontario as you stated. This Federation represents over 70,000 Elementary Teachers and Early Childhood Educators across Ontario, mostly in the public school system. As a member of this organization, I am sorry to say that this motion, passed at our Annual Meeting, feels more like a symbolic gesture than a proactive policy to improve the lives of our First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) peoples in this country. The resources that it will take to make…

Letter re 150 women, 150 stories, 150 words

Written by  |  Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:04  |  Published in Letters
Kudos to Dianne Lake and her cohorts for their imagination, ingenuity, time, effort and their “stick-to-it-iveness” in producing 150 Women – Their Stories as a Canada 150 project. It is a most interesting read, bringing back lots of memories and connections, definitely a Coffee Table book. Jean and Carl Pritchard
 

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