Author Archives: Ross Sutherland

About Ross Sutherland

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

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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Much Ado About Talking

Community Consultation Councillor Ruttan and I held a community town hall in Perth Road village. The discussion among the 30 residents who attended was lively, respectful and wide ranging. I want to thank those who attended. Your input is necessary … Continue reading

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High Speed Internet Access Plans

On January 29, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the organization tasked with bringing high speed internet access to Eastern Ontario, updated Frontenac County Council on the next steps. Click here to view their presentation: EORN Presentation

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February 8 Town Hall Meeting Report

On February 8, 2020, Councillor Ruttan and I held a Town Hall in Perth Road Village to discuss any municipal issue of concern to residents. About 30 people attended and there was a lively discussion that filled the two hours. … Continue reading

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Protecting the Public: Septic Development

Septic System Inspections The staff’s next-three-years work plan, accepted by Council, includes “develop cost effective approach to septic concerns.” South Frontenac residents have had a longstanding concern about contamination from septic systems. These concerns have been heightened by blue-green algae … Continue reading

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