Author Archives: Ross Sutherland

About Ross Sutherland

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

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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Water, Fire and Earth

Shoreline Tree Cutting Bylaw? In the last few years clear cutting shorelines in the Township has caused considerable public concern.  The land adjacent to Dog lake was cleared before the Shield Shores Condominium development proposal was introduced.  And, last winter … Continue reading

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Open-air Burning Bylaw

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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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