Author Archives: Ross Sutherland

About Ross Sutherland

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

Things Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

Fire Hall Energy Update Council agreed to place a 10 KWH solar power plant on the roof of the new Battersea Road fire hall.  This will be the first renewable energy installation on South Frontenac Township property.   Council also agreed … Continue reading

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Communal Problems: Moths, Climate and Drinking Water

Communal Services Proposal Frontenac County consultants have made a proposal on how to increase collective, or communal, water and sewage services within the County.  It was item 5.a on the May 4 Township Council agenda. While no binding motions were … Continue reading

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Building Pressures

Development Pressures Even during a pandemic there is strong and increasing development pressures in South Frontenac. In the first months of 2021 the construction value of building permits was $5.3 million, 86 permits, significantly higher than the previous high of … Continue reading

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High Speed Internet: Boom and Bust

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the organization charged with improving high-speed internet in our area, announced a significant expansion to high- speed cell coverage. Like most initiatives, it has good and bad elements. The ‘boom’ part is that more … Continue reading

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Hazardous Speeding, Community Relief and Water Systems

Speeding The OPP presented to the Public Works Committee on road safety, with a focus on speeding. Their emphasis, which were supported by the committee and will be the basis of a report to Council, was increased education. Education has … Continue reading

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Budget 2021: the Good, the Gravel and the Fiber

The 2021 Budget At the start of the 2021 budget process Council agreed that a reasonable tax increase would be 2% and all the discussions and recommendations respected that goal.    Some new initiatives, like a climate change fund, a … Continue reading

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2021 Township Budget and Gravel Road Traffic Counts

Gravel Road Traffic Counts 2021 South Frontenac Township Budget

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Budgets, Bother and Byways

36.6-Million Dollar Budget Proposal A 36.6-million-dollar draft 2021 budget has been presented to Council. The budget identifies the real priorities of the Township, what it is prepared to pay for; and, it directly impacts all residents both through services delivered, … Continue reading

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Putting Out Fires

Public Consultation Last month, Council defeated a motion to defer the Open-Air Burning Permit Bylaw to allow for more public consultation. The proposal for a permitting system was presented, in general terms, to Council in the summer. The “meat and … Continue reading

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South Frontenac’s Garbage Proposal Would Increase Inequality

A proposal coming to South Frontenac Council on November 17 would make families buy all their bag tags.  Currently South Frontenac gives families 50 tags a year at no cost to the property owner.   The new garbage proposal will … Continue reading

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