Author Archives: Ross Sutherland

About Ross Sutherland

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

Boats to Budgets

Buck Lake Boat Ramp The redevelopment of the Buck Lake boat ramp was discussed at the September public services meeting.  The Public Services department would like to start making detailed plans for the project but wanted clarity on whether the … Continue reading

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Burning permit Coming to South Frontenac?

In August the Fire Chief proposed a permitting system for open air burning South Frontenac Township. This is his presentation to Council:  

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The More it Changes: The More it Stays the Same

COVID use Exposes Development Pressures Many residents have commented on the increased number of local residents and visitors on the township’s trails and lakes. And it may go higher. BlogTO has identified the Frontenac’s as one of “Five Cottage Getaways … Continue reading

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Comments on Accessing Johnson’s Point Benefit Permit

At the September 1 council meeting I presented a motion to gain access to the benefit permit for species at risk on Johnson’s Point. Obtaining that permit was one of the conditions the  developer had to fulfill to complete the … Continue reading

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Core Services Hit Market Wall

Sometimes the most important developments, like significant cost increases in snow plowing, and garbage and recycling collection, happen under the cover of a pandemic and a hot summer. Last month was one of those times. Garbage and Recycling The last … Continue reading

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Then Pestilence, Drought and Still Speeding

In June Council stated back to a full schedule of meetings with numerous important projects moving forward and nature continued to make 2020 a memorable year. Now Pestilence Gypsy moth caterpillars are stripping trees in many areas of South Frontenac. … Continue reading

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COVID, Climate, Communications

Communications: Broadband Internet Initiatives The pandemic has highlighted that good internet access is both an essential service and in significant parts of south Frontenac of poor-quality.  A recent report from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) summarizes recent federal … Continue reading

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Community Questions on COVID-19 and Township Responses

Last Week the Township asked community members to submit any questions they have about the Township’s State of Emergency and COVID-19.  The following are answers to a representative selection of the questions from the May 5 Council meeting agenda. Thank … Continue reading

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Not Helpless with a Heart of Gold

A few people in South Frontenac are now infected with COVID 19 through community spread: at least one is seriously ill. We wish them speedy recoveries. Now is the time to take physical separation seriously, wash hands and stay at … Continue reading

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South Frontenac COVID-19 Response: Updates to Service Delivery – March 20, 2020 Media Release

While our offices and facilities remain closed to the public, most municipal services will continue to be delivered and public communications via telephone and email remain in place during regular business hours. In addition to these closures, please note the … Continue reading

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