Author Archives: Ross Sutherland

About Ross Sutherland

nurse, researcher, public health care activist, councillor South Frontenac Township

Decomposing Organics and Planning

Organic Waste Disposal South Frontenac’s waste and recycling contracts are up for renewal in 2020. One of the issues is what should be done with organic waste. Organics waste, as any other waste, fills up our landfills, but it also … Continue reading

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Water Treatment Plant Leaks

Eight years ago, pin point leaks started in some of Sydenham water treatment plant’s pipes. During that time Council dealt with matter in closed meetings. An investigation by the Integrity Commission found that the public should have been notified that … Continue reading

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Province Asking for Input on Waste Reduction

The Ontario Ministry of  Environment, Conservation and Parks has issued a discussion paper on waster and litter in Ontario.  They are taking comments until April 20.  It considers a wide variety of issues including,  litter in parks, producer responsibility, organic … Continue reading

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Baby Steps Forward

Community Support Increased The Township passed its 2019 budget, 2019 Budget Package – February 19 2019 , with a nominal 2% increase in property taxes. Twenty thousand dollars was added to community grants with the understanding that it would include support to … Continue reading

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Priority Water treatment, Transparency and Engagement

A Peek Through Murky Waters Council should provide more public information on many items it discusses behind closed doors:  this is the finding of an investigation into Council’s use of closed meetings. In most cases Council should tell the public … Continue reading

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Investigator’s Report on South Frontenac Council’s Secrecy

Last summer I made a request for “…. an investigation of the decision ….. to keep the fact that …[information on the details of the problem that are not yet public]… at Sydenham’s Municipal water facility from the public.  The … Continue reading

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Politeness and Politics

Happy New year to you, your family and friends.  I am looking forward to working with the new Council in 2019 for a more open, inclusive, compassionate and sustainable community. South Frontenac Code of Conduct With politics becoming ever more … Continue reading

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