Frontenac Litter Festival

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:51  |  Published in Letters
From what I keep reading in the papers, Frontenac County is keen to market itself to visitors from outside our borders.  The separate townships are coming up with tourism hooks based on geographic features that define them, like cat-tails, dark skies or limestone outcroppings.   However,  what everyone has so far overlooked is the ubiquity of ditch litter.  I'd like to propose a Frontenac Litter Festival, where we can market the area based on the colourful accumulation of roadside waste products.  We can invite visitors to come in early spring to enjoy the colours before the grass covers it up for another year.  The reds of the Tim Hortons cups are really vibrant now, as are the yellows of McDonalds.  There are also the variety…

Re – smoking

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:50  |  Published in Letters
I suffer from chronic sinusitis caused by environmental pollution including the chief villain, second hand smoke. I have never smoked myself. When I am in contact with second hand smoke, my condition is exacerbated and I am smothered, nauseated, and if the concentration is heavy, I have severe headaches. Smokers affect my physical health, yet if I react in any way to them, I am considered the rude one. This past weekend, I was part of the NFLT production at GREC. You would think this would be a safe haven as there are large signs prohibiting smoking anywhere on school property. Prior to the play and during intermission we were in the second floor music room with the windows open for some air. Due to…

Re – Desert Lake Family Resort

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:48  |  Published in Letters
I'm worried about our Mayor. At the last Council meeting the Desert Lake Family Resort was given permission to extend a number of its musical presentations beyond the normal bylaw hours. Desert Lake residents - and I am one, are not happy about that. However, my worry about the Mayor has to do with his memory. He stated that he was unaware of any problems regarding the resort over the years. He's no spring chicken and neither am I. So I write things down to help me remember. The Mayor, happily, has a bureaucracy to write things down for him in the form of agenda minutes from both Council and Committee meetings. Over the past ten years or so the Mayor and Council (and the…

Re electoral reform

Written by  |  Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:47  |  Published in Letters
I appreciate your continuing coverage of the electoral reform issue, including your February outline of MP Scott Reid’s sensible comments, and last week’s story about the idea of “weighting” votes in Parliament rather than incorporating proportionality into the actual electoral system. On the surface, the notion of “weighted” votes might seem attractive, but once the MPs were elected, it would be a nightmare in Parliament itself. Not only would it be a perpetual fountain of confusion and discord, with some MPs having many times the voting clout of others, but it would undermine the whole basis of parliamentary democracy. As my father, the late Senator Eugene Forsey regularly pointed out, “Parliament is not just a voting place, it is also, pre-eminently, essentially, a talking place…

Re – NF survey

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:40  |  Published in Letters
I wanted to personally thank you and your reporter Craig for the excellent job covering my presentation before North Frontenac Council . It is a shame that regular communication between our elected officials and residents is almost non-existent. The Mayor’s last message is only found on their website dated June 2016. The township in its entirety is so small in terms of numbers there is no excuse when you consider: Only 5,000 registered voters. Only 940 actual year round homes. Only 2381 Cottages. In the last election just over 300 votes in a single ward was sufficient to win the seat for one of the councillors. My personal survey garnered 85 responses which was a terrific return on the few emailed surveys I sent using…

Re – Editorial

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:38  |  Published in Letters
Let me start by saying that I am one of those types of Canadians who will tell you that smoking marajuana is not good for you. It is especially harmful to younger people with developing brains and perceptions. Regardless, let me also say that comparing the usefulness of pot to common garden variety vegetables and herbs is absolutely rediculous and grossly irresponsible. There is no comparison. One is a psychotropic, mind altering drug, the other is food. Give your head a shake my friend. To add to the discussion of the underlying issue, I would like to point out that the real criminals of this world will continue to find alternative illegal methods of earning a profit should marajuana become legal. I am of the…

Re – Editorial

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:35  |  Published in Letters
I agree with you 100%! Four plant limit is totally impractical since marijuana plants that grow the buds that have THC and can be used for smoking or baking, have to be female! If you grow the plants from normal seeds, you are likely to get 50% male and 50% female plants, so half of your plants will need to be discarded. You don't want the male plants since they will pollinate the female plants, and you will get lots of unwanted seeds. As soon as you can identify the males, they need to be evicted from your garden. When you grow only female plants, you will still get some seeds, which you can plant the following year. One other way to get only female…

Re - Septic Debate

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 12:23  |  Published in Letters
Jeff Green stated "A mandatory inspection system has to treat  everyone in the same way." This mantra has slowed action on septic re-inspection but its basis is questionable. Focusing the debate on waterfront properties alone could enable more effective action. Equality of treatment can be applied to any definable group not just all taxpayers. MPAC as just one example has defined waterfront properties as a treatable group. Waterfront properties would provide the greatest benefit toward the primary objective of guarding against nutrient flow into lakes and rivers and the owners of those properties are likely to support such action.

The Lab Rats of Lanark County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017 12:21  |  Published in Letters
Imagine a giant chemical experiment taking place in our county.  Where we are the subjects -- and the scientific method is non-existent.  "Wow!"  you say.  "Will we get any mind-altering experiences from this?"  No.  But you will get lots of dead roadside vegetation.  And the future effects are unclear, but worrisome."Impossible!"  you exclaim.  Well, let's review the evidence, using the scientific method we learned in school to outline how Lanark County have conducted their own "experiment". First, the question:  Why is wild parsnip a problem, and how should we respond?  Wild parsnip can cause a nasty rash if its sap gets on your skin.  The remedy? Avoid sunlight on your skin until you wash off the sap. Once you can identify this metre-tall plant with…

SLPOA proposal re septics

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:23  |  Published in Letters
I am a former president of the Sharbot Lake Property Owners’ Association (SLPOA), former Environment Director with that organization, one-time member of a committee set up by Council to consider economic development options for Central Frontenac, and a former member of the Septic Re-Inspection (SRI) Committee. This letter is a call for Council to unanimously reconfirm its support for the SRI recommendations. At the 2012 annual general meeting of the SLPOA when a mandatory septic re-inspection program was endorsed there was one dissenting vote: mine. I was not very popular at that meeting. My reasons included many of those listed by Craig Bakay in his recent editorial. What Mr. Bakay fails to see is that the SRI, by listening to what people were saying and…

re - Addington Highlands Waste management

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:19  |  Published in Letters
In response to the article in the March 23 edition (Heading to New Gate @ Kaladar waste site- Addington Highlands Council) In the article it referred to the attendance of a resident at the council meeting. That person was, and is, me. Yes I did say I would like to buy compostable bags at Walmart; perhaps the word compostable was not clearly heard. Also I could choose a more compatible size, as the large “dump bags” are too large, forcing me to use 2 bags for one bag’s worth of garbage. Not only for the weight, but also for the price. Thirdly the compostable bags compost themselves, adding a lessening of residue in the dump. I do believe this is what the objective is? As…

Re - septic inspections

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:22  |  Published in Letters
The Sharbot Lake Property Owners’ Association (SLPOA) has been under a mandate from its members for the past 8+ years to push Central Frontenac (CF) Council to establish a form of mandatory septic system re-inspection. SLPOA was very pleased to see Council accept the recommendations of the CF Septic Working Group and agree to implement the program starting in 2017. While the recommendations were not as strong as some had hoped, it was a definite step forward toward ensuring that the quality of our water, both in the lakes and rivers of CF and in the water table, would no longer be affected by faulty septic systems. It was with shock and dismay and great disappointment that we hear that Councilor Riddell has submitted a…

A big thanks from 2 Arden residents

Written by  |  Wednesday, 29 March 2017 15:20  |  Published in Letters
Throughout most of 2016 and all of 2017 the Northern Frontenac Community Services have sponsored the Community Paramedicine Wellness Program.  On Tuesday March 21, while in attendance for the monthly diners luncheon,  my husband Lorne went for his monthly check. During his checkup it was determined that his heart was suffering from onset A Fib and a very irregular rapid heart beat. He was advised to see his physician immediately, which he did, and in turn was set to Kingston General Hospital, where he received excellent care.   Much has been said about grant and sponsored programs for rural seniors and whether or not they have an impact or are necessary.  Lorne is seen by his Doctor on a regular basis and has always received…

An integrity Commissioner or a Sanctions’ Hit Man?

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:20  |  Published in Letters
The NEWS reported that North Frontenac’s Council had sanctioned Councilor Vernon Hermer for openly opposing one of their decisions and publicly criticizing the process they had or had not followed to reach it.   The News also reported that Mayor Ron Higgins was recommending the appointment of an Integrity Commissioner. Other Municipalities are hiring Integrity Commissioners.  But in their realm the word Integrity is supposed to demonstrate transparent, accountable and ethical governance.  Not in North Frontenac.  Most sensitive issues that taxpayers would expect require some sort of open attention and moral governance become shrouded with a cloak of suspicion and mystery.  Township participants go into hiding behind the code of conduct, in-camera meetings, forbidden public participation, gag orders, denial, bullying, sanctions, secrecy, and silence. The Mayor…

re septic reinspection

Written by  |  Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:18  |  Published in Letters
I wish to provide my input in regards to septic inspections and the cost of complying with the regulations. If you enjoy the privilege of owning a car, you are the one who pays the car insurance, comply for safety regulations and do your own repairs. If you can't afford to meet the rules then you park your car and you don't drive. No one is expected to help pay your bills for you. When you build a house, you must comply with building regs. There are no funds available to help you. If your well goes dry or gets contaminated, this expense is solely the homeowners responsibility, why should septic systems be any different? Should the course of action be that the township inspect…

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