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Dianne Lake, Darelen Conbioy and Sue Monroe of the Sharbot Lake United Church dressed got into the spirit of the Frontenac Heritage Festival by dressing up last year. Costume Friday is back this year, among other famliar and new events.

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by Craig Bakay verything is falling into place” for the 11th annual Frontenac Heritage Festival this weekend, says organizer Janet Gutowski. It looks like even the weather will be cooperating with partly sunny skies and temperatures around 0 degrees forecast. “For the past two years, we’ve hit the coldest weekend of the year,” Gutowski said. “Even to the point of having to reschedule the Polar Bear Plunge.” And speaking of the Plunge, it’s back on Sunday at noon where costumed plungers will jump into the frozen Sharbot Lake down at the marina to raise funds for Community Living, Connections Adult Learning Centre and the Central Frontenac Volunteer Firefighters. Things get underway Friday afternoon as Gutowski, town crier Paddy O’Connor, Debbie and Doug Lovegrove will be going around to various businesses and organizations dressed in period costume to award prizes. Those prizes, along with those for the snow sculpture contest will be awarded at the opening ceremonies at the Granite Ridge Educational Centre at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by the Limestone North Young Choristers. Then, at 7 p.m., things move upstairs at GREC for Frontenac’s Got Talent, the annual variety show (admission is a donation to the food bank). “(Variety show producer) Rob Moore’s enthusiasm for the variety show is amazing and there will be plenty of ‘variety,’” Gutowski said. Things really get going on Saturday, with a variety of events all with heritage themes including Bavarian Curling in Tichborne with the Kingston Area Ice Stock Club (noon-2 p.m.), an open house at Peter Bell’s restored 19th Century log home on Fall River Road (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Lion’s breakfast at Oso Hall followed by an open mike, a ‘romp & stomp’ at the Child Centre with kids events, the caboose in Sharbot Lake will be open, a host of events at the Community Centre in Arden


including the popular fur-traders camp reenactment, wolf creek carvings, displays by the Kennebec Trappers Association and Historical Society, the Arden Potters Empty Bowls Project, horse-drawn wagon rides and finally the chilli cook-off at the Legion. On Sunday, there’s the aforementioned Plunge, followed by chili on a bun at the Sharbot Lake Legion and the popular Tryon Farm visit on Wagarville Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is at the Parham Fire Station with a free shuttle every 20 minutes. There’s also a movie for kids at Oso Hall at 1:30 p.m., The Good Dinosaur. Sunday evening wraps up with a performance by Harry Manx at The Crossing Pub in Sharbot Lake. On Monday, there’s the annual Heritage Walk/Run at 1 p.m. Register at Oso Hall. And something else that will be running on Saturday that Gutowski’s really looking forward to is quilt displays. Participation and interest was such that they had to arrange four venues to accommodate all the quilts. “It will be at the Sharbot Lake United Church, the Sharbot Lake Anglican Church, the Arden United Church and the Masonic Hall in Sharbot Lake,” Gutowski said. “I think with this being the 150th Anniversary year for Canada, there’s been a lot

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embers of Central Frontenac Council huddled with Treasurer Michael McGovern after their regular council meeting late on Tuesday afternoon to go over the last few departmental budgets in search of some savings. Before they started, McGovern presented them with an amended budget that included enough cuts to bring the total tax rate increase down from 6.2%, which is where it was a week ago, to 5.1%. The tax rate for township purposes, had dropped from an increase of 7.9% to 6.3%. (see note below) In order to bring the rate down, McGovern was recommending cuts of $56,000 from budget lines in the waste disposal budget, $15,000 from spending on the asset management program, $14,000 from grants for recreation, $25,000 from salaries, $10,000 from the culvert replacement program, and a number of smaller cuts. In total, the budget Council was looking at this week was over $230,000 lower than the one they were working from a week ago. Mayor Frances Smith had set the target of a 4% increase after the previous meeting, a tall order considering all of the major departmental budgets have already been combed through, leaving only development services, cemeteries and the swim program for Council to go through this week. Updated budget numbers as the result of Tuesday evening’s deliberation can be found at (budget note – Central Frontenac collects taxes for their own spending and transfer obligations, but also collects money that goes to Frontenac County and the Ministry of Education. The township amount is the largest (70.5%) compared to Frontenac County (14.2%) and The Ministry of Education (15.3%) This year, the amount being charged by Frontenac County to Central Frontenac

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ne of the initial insights that analysts looking at the 2016 census data that was released this week was that urban areas are seeing population growth and rural areas are seeing a decline. But the fastest growing areas are not the downtown cores or suburban areas in major cities, but the communities that are located further out in the countryside, While Kingston is very small by urban standards and it saw paltry growth between 2011 and 2016 (0.4%), the pattern of greater growth in the surrounding region did hold true. Not only did South Frontenac do better in percentage terms, (2.9% as compared to the 0.4% for Kingston) in people terms it even out-flanked the City. There are 533 more South Frontenac residents than there were in 2011, and only 435 more residents in the City of Kingston. Loyalist Township, which encroaches on the western edge of urban Kingston, saw more growth yet. 4.6% in percentage terms, 756 more people. The permanent resident population in South Frontenac is 18,646, up from 18,113. As a whole, Frontenac County saw an increase of only 1.1%, 287 more residents people, because of population declines in Central Frontenac and Frontenac Islands and very modest growth in North Frontenac In Central Frontenac the population has dropped by 183 to 4,373 in 2016 from 4,556 in 2011 (-4%). North Frontenac is up by 41, (+2.2%) from 1,857 in 2011 to 1,898 in 2016. In Frontenac Islands the population has dropped by 104 to 1,760 from 1,864 in 2011 (-5.6%) Kingston and Frontenac County are pared together as census division, and in that division the population is up by 0.5%, an increase of 722 souls. Addington Highlands saw a decline in population as well. There were 2,373 permanent residents on census day in 2016, down from 2,516 in 2011 (-7.7%). The information in the census report will be used by municipalities as they plan for the future. The results, except perhaps in North Frontenac, are not surprising. Even in North Frontenac the numbers are so small that they would be highly influenced by any error either in the 2011 or 2016 count and might not indicate a trend of any kind. South Frontenac has been concerned in recent years with managing growth and the other Frontenac Townships and Addington Highlands have been trying to retain the existing population and encourage growth where possible. On the whole, the census numbers indicate those concerns will still be with us over the next 5-10 years. Given the data, reactions from Frontenac County mayors was just about what you’d expect.“I’m a little surprised,” said Central’s Mayor Frances Smith. “I have to wonder how well the census is done and how many people get missed. “For example, there are a lot of new homes on back roads.” Smith noted that there were 26 building permits issued last year. “I’ve got a gut feeling that we’ll get back as many people as we lost and things will balance out.” Central’s population went from 4,556 people in 2011 to 4,556 in 2016, a 4 per cent drop. In North Frontenac, the population grew to 1,898 from 1,857, an increase of 2.2 per cent but it’s a much smaller sample size and represents only 41 people. Still North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins wasn’t complaining.

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ayne Kimberly, 61, was set to plead guilty on at least one of four charges he has been facing for several months at Monday’s monthly court date in Sharbot Lake. He was facing a charge of failure to comply with a probation order, failure or refusal to provide a breath sample, operating a vehicle while impaired, and public mischief. “My lawyer had a resolution meeting, and he told me he had arranged for a 45 day sentence, to be served on weekends. I was hoping to begin this weekend,” Kimberly told Judge Griffen, “but when I talked to his secretary this morning she said he was snowed in.” Snowed in, who is your lawyer,” asked the judge. “Scully, he lives in Bath.” “And he was snowed in? I came from Napanee this morning and here I am. Snowed in. Well, Wayne, if the arrangement has been made maybe we can get this done anyway” The Crown counsel said she was not aware of any deal

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New MVCA regulations to have little impact, planner says Planner Reid Shepherd presented a report to Council on the implications of a proposal by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) to begin regulating development near all designated wetlands in the Mississippi River watershed. The MVCA is one of three conservation authorities that have responsibility for parts of Central Frontenac. The other two, Quinte and Rideau Valley, already regulate wetlands. As well, as Shepherd pointed out, Central Frontenac already has its rules in its own official plan about setbacks from designated wetlands, so the impact of a new role for the MVCA “will likely be small” he said. “Most of the development in Central Frontenac is on the shores of lakes,” he said, pointing out that “for the six years encompassing 2011–2016, only 10 applications were submitted for development within 30 metres of wetlands throughout Central Frontenac, and only 2 applications were filed within the boundaries of the MVCA.”

being finalised in the case. “Maybe we can phone him and find out,” said the Judge. A phone call was not sufficient to sort out the details. “You’ll have to come back on March 6. Sorry about that.” The case was deferred until March 6, unless it snows and Mr. Scully is unable to obtain a shovel by then. Warrant with discretion Alison Potter, 39, did not appear in court for the second time in 4 scheduled appearances on charges of production of marijuana, possession of an illegal substance, and un-authorised possession of a firearm. Judge Griffen ordered that another warrant with discretion be issued. She will be contacted and informed she must appear on March 6. “If she is not here on March 6, there will be a warrant without discretion and she will be arrested,” he said. Ongoing Nicholas Holmes, 31, is facing 6 driving related charges: driving while impaired, driving with blood alcohol over 80 mg/100ml of blood, operating a vehicle while disqualified,

driving without a permit, breaching the snow vehicle act, and failing to provide a notice of change of ownership. His case was deferred until March 6 so his lawyer can receive and respond to the disclosure package. Dylan Vinkle, 19, charged with sexual assault, will return on April 10. First appearance Reinhold Zuther, 61, facing an assault charge, will return on March 6. Youth matter A 16 year old male entered a guilty on a charge of assault and a charge of uttering a death threat. The offence was committed against another male who was accused by the perpetrator of cyber-bullying a relative. He received a conditional discharge, one year’s probation, and must write a letter of apology to the victim. “If you do what you need to do over the next year, this will turn into an absolute discharge and will disappear from your record,” said Judge Griffen. “Good luck.”

For planning purposes, wetlands must be over 1 hectare in size and must be fed by and drain into another water body. Councillor Bill Macdonald, who is the Central Frontenac representative on the MVCA Board, said that “other townships, including our neighbours in Tay Valley and North Frontenac, have passed resolutions opposing this, but really the MVCA is just doing what every other Conservation Authority already does, and the implications for Central Frontenac are very minimal if there are any at all.” In the end the township received Shepherd’s report for information. No resolution opposing the change was passed, or even contemplated. (Note – Mayor Frances Smith informed Council that Reid Shepherd will be leaving Frontenac County to take a job in Ottawa for a consulting firm. Shepherd has been working as community planner for Frontenac County and has been doing much of the work in Central Frontenac as part of a contract the township has with Frontenac County for planning services.) Culvert replacement and sand stockpiles under pressure Interim Public Works Manager Mike Richardson reported that the work on replacing a culvert on 4th Lake Road has been hampered by the weather and other complications. He is hopeful the plan for replacement will not need to be changed or that any delays will occur, and said he would know more by the end of the week. The sand stockpiles have been depleted due to the amount of freezing of rain that has occurred, culminating in a large freezing rain event on February 7 and 8. Richardson said the

next three weeks will tell if more sand needs to be sourced. Waste amnesty dates approved Richardson recommended and council approved that the waste amnesty (1 trailer load per household per year) should take place within the regular waste hours throughout the summer, rather than during a small waste amnesty window. The waste amnesty program this year will extend from May 13 to September 10. Strategic plan After an eight month process, Council approved the first Strategic Plan for Central Frontenac. The plan includes 6 focus areas: asset management; environmental services; good governance & effective administration; health, recreation, culture & lifestyle; infrastructure; and the protection and health of the natural environment. Cemetery benches in Mountain Grove John Purdon, appearing on behalf of Judy Gray, asked for township to approve spending of up to $9,000 for 3 granite benches, one for each of the cemeteries in Mountain Grove. The money for the benches has been raised in Mountain Grove during annual cemetery services in the summer. As Purdon pointed out, “this is a budget matter but it does not involve tax dollars as we have raised all the money, and we have almost $10,000 put aside.” Council approved the plan as presented.

Frontenac Heritage Festival February 17-20, 2017

OPENING NIGHT Friday Feb. 17

Festival Opening - 6:30pm at Granite Ridge Education Centre - The town crier, dignitaries, first nations and Limestone North Young Choristers will be on hand. Variety Show - Granite Ridge E.C., 7:00-9:00 pm. Enjoy some of Frontenac County’s most talented performers. Watch as they battle to see who will be crowned the winner of “Frontenac’s Got Talent”. Admission - Freewill offering to North Frontenac Food Bank Concession Available.*** Snow Sculpture Challenge: Monday Feb. 6 - Thurs. Feb. 16. Group Challenge or Family Challenge. Build at Railway Heritage Park or your home or business. Group Challenge Prize: Heritage Trophy and bragging rights Family Challenge Prizes: 1st $25, 2nd $15, 3rd $10. In each category 0-5 yrs, 6-10 yrs, 11-16 yrs, 17yrs and up. Photos will be taken, with judging on Friday Feb 17. Winners announced at GREC Friday evening. To enter call Community Living North Frontenac. 613-279-2120. Good luck to all.


Sat. Feb. 18, 10am - 4pm Community Centre

Kennebec Trappers Association - President Wilf Deline will have displays of early fur trapping and equipment. Kennebec Historical Society Display Fur-Traders Camp Re-Enactment - displays of heritage tools and materials by Mike Procter, Bob Miller & Ray Fletcher. See and experience heritage life such as cooking, axe throwing, camping. Taste Bannock. Wolf Creek Carvings - Chain saw wood carving demonstrated by Robin DeRuchie. Arden Potters - will sponsor The Empty Bowls Project in the Community Centre. Beautiful handcrafted pottery bowls of soup and chilli will be sold with proceeds going to the Food Bank.

Games & More - Arden Volunteer Fire-Fighters Assoc. will supervise an open fire pit with marshmallows for the children from 10am-4pm. There will also be rink net shooting & other ice games for the children, hamburgers & Hot Dogs. Horse Drawn Wagon Rides - Glen Matson & Sons Construction wil be hosting this event from 10 am - 2 pm at Kennebec Hall. Weather permitting. Community Quilt Display - Part of our Canada 150 Celebration a display of beautiful quilts, vintage hats and more. Presented by Helen Hoogstein & friends at Arden United Church from 11am-2pm The Arden Royal Canadian Legion - Will be hosting a CHILLI COOK OFF & dinner at 6 p.m. $10 pp includes dessert. Prize awarded for best chilli.

SHARBOT LAKE Saturday Feb. 18

Breakfast at Soldiers Memorial Hall - 8am-11am. Hosted by Sharbot Lake & District Lions. Menu: Sausages, scrambled eggs, pancakes, toast, juice, coffee, tea. Adults: $7, Ages 6-12: $3, Kids under 6 eat Free. In Support of the District 3 Rink Project. Open Mic at Soldiers Memorial Hall 1-5pm. Hosted by District 3 Rec. Committee. Licensed event. Bring an instrument, sing or listen. Free admission for entertainers,$5.00 for audience. Chilli on a Bun will be available for sale. Proceeds to recreation projects. Community Quilt Display 11am-3pm Part of our Canada 150 Celebration. Quilts tell our stories from traditional to modern. Visit them in 3 beautiful heritage buildings. Talk to experienced quilters. See a quilting bee at work. Sites: United Church, Anglican Church, and Masonic Hall C.F. Railway Heritage Society - Caboose will be open on Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm in Railway Park, Elizabeth St. Children’s Romp & Stomp - at the Child Centre 11am2pm. Outdoor activities including: Snow Shoe Obstacle Course, Ice Curling, and Snow Taffy. Indoor activities include Healthy Kids

Water Games and a Fundraiser $5 soup lunch.. Events sponsored by the Community Sports and Recreation Funds and the Healthy Foundation of Greater Kingston. Fall River Road Pioneer Log Home - Saturday Only Open House 11am-3pm - Visit a mid 19th century restored log home on a hosted tour. Well known for his love of all things antique Peter Bell has furnished a log house which was dismantled, moved and reassembled on his property at 1371 Fall River Rd. (2 km south of #7). Weather permitting you will park near the Trans Canada Trail and be taxied to the property by a horse drawn wagon. Wagon leaves the railway crossing every 30 min.


Saturday Feb.18

Bavarian Curling - 12-2 pm Tichborne Rink. A winter sport similar to curling, members of the Kingston Area Ice Stock Club will be at the rink demonstrating the fun and ease of this sport. Come try it out!

SHARBOT LAKE Sunday Feb. 19th

Polar Bear Plunge - Noon at Sharbot Lake Marina - Costumed plungers brave the frigid waters of Sharbot Lake to raise money for The Treasure Trunk, Community Living North Frontenac, Connections Adult Learning Centre and the Central Frontenac Volunteer firefighters. Chilli on a Bun - Sharbot Lake Legion Br. 425 Cannon Rd. come up to the Legion immediately following the Polar Plunge to warm yourself up. Enjoy the fellowship of others with some tasty Chilli. $5.00 Family Movie at Soldiers Memorial Hall 1:30pm. For kids 12 and under. “The Good Dinosaur”. Admission $2.50 All kids must have adult supervision Hosted by District 3 Recreation Committee. Sharbot Lake Inn & The Crossing Pub Welcomes Harry Manx to the Pub, Harry creates his own unique style blends of blues, folk, and Hindustani music. Call 613-279-2198 to book your tickets.

Parham Sunday Feb. 19

Farming Heritage, Tryon Farm - Wagarville Rd. Ever wondered what goes on at a real working farm? Come out and explore life in a rural setting. Meet the people, animals and equipment that is used to run a successful agricultural business. Take a tour, feed the animals and sit by the bonfire. Join us from 11am-3pm *Parking at the Wagarville fire station with free shuttle to the property every 20 minutes. Weather permitting bring your ice skates along for skating at the farm.

SHARBOT LAKE Monday February 20“‘

Heritage Walk/Run - 1 pm. Entrance Fee: $10/person or $20/family. Register 12pm Soldiers Memorial Hall. Walk/ Run the 2k, 5k, and 10k distances through-out Sharbot Lake Village. Proceeds to Oso Rec. Committee for Outdoor Rink Project. Trophies given to top finishers by St. Lawrence College Employment Centre, Sharbot Lake, District 3 Recreation,, and the F.H.F. Call Rudy for details at 613-279-2761.

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SHS student recovering from burns to face and neck

by Catherine Reynolds ohnathan Ferreira is lucky to be alive. Standing in his room in the burn unit at Sick Kids Hospital four days after he was engulfed in flames, the 15-year-old from Sydenham talks with a mature somberness about the accident on Feb. 8 that nearly took his life. Gone is the fun-loving teenager with the big smile who friends call Johnny. In his place is a young man recovering from a brief mishandling of a heat source and can of gasoline on a cold Canadian night. Covered in second degree burns on his face and third degree burns on his neck, his skin appears raw and painful. He wears gloves to apply Vaseline to the sores that doctors say will heal with time. Small spots of blood dot the sheets where he sleeps. “I’m okay,” he replies softly when asked about his health. “It’s a little iffy sometimes, but overall, I’m not too bad.”


Census - continued from page 1 “It’s modest growth but it’s much better than being stagnant or no growth at all so I’m happy,” said Higgins. “We’ll continue to focus on community growth.” South Frontenac grew by 2.9 per cent, but that number represents 533 people (18,646 people in 2016 as opposed to 18,113 in 2011). And Mayor Ron Vandewal took a, shall we say ‘philosophical,’ approach. “We don’t know how to run garbage, we don’t know how to run a Council but in spite of all the bad things we’re doing, people still want to move here,” Vandewal said. “Actually, we knew the growth was coming and I’m happy. “But when I look at the number of houses being built, I thought it would be higher but I guess there are fewer people per household these days.” Vandewal acknowledged a lot of South’s population commutes to Kingston for work and that there is considerable demand for single lots, especially from Sydenham south. “There is going to be more development pressure and along with growth comes greater demand for services,” he said. “The thing that’s going to slow up development is water (front) but there’s opposition to development plans in Hartington and Inverary.

At his side since he was flownSINCE to 1970 Sick Kids from Kingston General Hospital, Johnny’s parents nod from a corner of the room to confirm the validity of his statement. Looking tired from their constant vigil, John admits, “It was awful. “He looks like much better now, compared to those first 48 hours.” “The nightmares are hard (though),” adds Tina, Johnny’s mother. “He wakes up and he thinks he’s on fire.” Her words trail after her and leave a silent echo in the room that reinforce the extent of the damage above and below her son’s skin. Out of immediate danger, Johnny’s treatment scheduled for the next day is the removal of dead skin on his face and neck. As luck would have it, good clothing and work boots protected the rest of his body when flames consumed him. Grateful the burns aren’t worse, his parents say he could be discharged later in the week

“But at the end of the day, we have a jewel here.” Joe Gallivan, county planner and also the planner for North and Central agrees that it’s not surprising South experienced growth, especially because it already has 70 per cent of the County’s population and a 2014 growth management study predicted such growth. But, he said, he expects there to be even more demand in the future and managing that demand will be challenging. “Because Kingston has a hard urban growth boundary and most of the developable land south of the 401 is in a few hands, of course there will be more demand in South Frontenac,” Gallivan said. “In particular, South will have to look at the whole issue of settlement areas and how to deal with growth in them.


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• The demonstration, participation line dancing event at the Sharbot Lake Legion last Friday night was so successful that there is some consideration in redoing the event again this summer. All of the instructors were given a warm welcome and the guest dancers seemed to have a great time. Lots of laughter and great tunes. • Congratulations to the winners of the Arden Legion Ladies Dart tournament and a special thanks is extended to Jeannet MacPherson and Tammy Shelly for setting up the event. • I hope everyone’s weekend plans involve attending Arden’s events both at the Community Centre and Kennebec Lake. Visit the Community Centre and see displays from the Historical Society and the Trappers, have a Wagon Ride with Dwayne Matson of G.E. Matson & Sons, watch the Frontenac Blades hurl tomahawks and knives and maybe try your luck throwing, join the Firefighters for their BBQ, open fire pit and games on the ice, watch the Wolfe Creek chainsaw carver and visit Joanne Pickett and her pals for the Empty Bowl project. Skip over to Kennebec Lake and join the gang snow shoeing, ice fishing or just be part of the fellowship that takes place on the Lake. Bring your skates and play a little hockey then enjoy some Chili and Hot Chocolate. A small free will donation would be appreciated to cover the costs. The new feature this year is Fireworks at approximately 7 pm. The Arden Legion will host their Annual Chili Contest again this year. Hang around and have dinner at the Legion at 5 pm. The Chili contest winner will be announced at dinner. • Arden is hoping that it will not be another snowy Tuesday on February 21. Last month we missed out on the NFCS’s diners program and we hope that this month we can enjoy Alison’s roast pork dinner, with all of the fixings. If you haven’t signed up for the lunch please give me a call and I’ll let the caterer know you will be coming.

The Paramedics should be joining us again this month. • Arden, Youth Darts are selling Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits, fundraising for their St. Catherine’s trip to play in the Provincial Shoot. Please see the bartender at the Legion or for more information get in touch with Dawn Tryon.

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• Has your family made plans for Monday, February 20th, which is Family Day? Not yet you say! Well then, go on over to the Barrie Community Hall in Cloyne and enjoy a bowl of soup and crackers together. The Cloyne & District Historical Society invites you and yours to come at 12 noon for a delicious bowl of soup! Have a listen to the guest speaker Glenn Davison, former teacher and principal of many schools in the area, talk about schools of the past. Refreshments will be served later. Everyone is welcome. • The Community Choir hosted by the Land O’ Lakes Emmanuel United Church meets every Monday at 7:00 p.m. If you “Google” the benefits of singing, you can see there are many, including this one: “group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins.” What a great way to start off your week! The evening usually goes until 8:30ish. • Practice your singing on Mondays to be ready to sing to your favourite songs at the Lions and Legion sponsored 50’s & 60’s & Beyond Dance coming up on Saturday, February 25th! Beginning at 6:00p.m. you will enjoy a chicken and rib feast. The music and dancing begins at 7:00p.m. The cost is $20. If you go to the Land O’ Lakes Lions page on Facebook, you can even request a song for the evening! The tickets are going fast, so do not hesitate to get yours! I have mine! For tickets and more information contact Debbie at 613-3368502 or

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• Family Fun Day is happening this Saturday, February 18th, 11am to 2pm at Heritage Park! There will be games, crafts, a bonfire, skating and more. A healthy lunch will be served and water will be on tap to help keep you running all day long, courtesy of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge! Contact Gail at 613 333 2224. • Want to buy wholesale veggies and fruit? Place your order for a Good Food Box! Order day is Wednesday, March 1st, 1-4pm at Vennachar Free Methodist Church. At the same time there will be a Milk Bag Work Bee, turning milk bags into mats! Contact Angela 613 333 1901. • This weekend is Homecoming Weekend at the New Apostolic Church, 17th to the 19th. Friday evening head to the gym for Youth & Family Night, with badminton, basketball, and volleyball. Saturday morning there will be a combined Men’s Breakfast at the Vennachar Free Methodist parsonage at 9am. Saturday evening is the Road to Glory Concert with guest Dave Young at 7pm, with donations to the Community Food Bank gratefully accepted. Sunday morn-

ing there will be a special service at 10:30am, followed by a social. Contact Rev. Robert Sprague robertjsprague@gmail. com or visit the New Apostolic Church Denbigh Facebook page for all the details. • Family Games Night at Vennachar Free Methodist Church, is Friday, February 24th, 7pm. Bring along your favourite game and finger food. Contact Laurie 613 479 2673. • There will be another Family Snowshoeing event on Saturday, February 25th, 9:30 to 11am at Fritsch’s Farm. Contact Tony or Gail 613 333 2224 (leave message).

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• The Bedford Heritage Society is holding their yearly Open House event at Glendower Hall on February 25th from 10am – 3pm. Find out about historical facts of this area and discover arts, crafts, antiques and genealogy displayed by local artisans. This is a great event for the entire family! • Harrowsmith • The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs are sponsoring a Turkey dinner at the Golden Links Hall, February 19 from 4:30-6pm. Cost is $13 per person. Call 372-2410 for information. • Words to live by: The road to success is always under construction. Have a great week. • Henderson News • Area happenings included a romantic visit by cupid to Pine Meadow Nursing Home bearing flowers and candy grams for the residents. Les Grey asked to be remembered to area friends as he is now living at Village Green Nursing Home in Selby. Howard Gibbs reports warm weather in Myrtle Beach. At home, our snow tan is coming along well, as we pretend to be sunbathing in Florida. Soon we’ll get a “maple syrup tan” from all the action coming in the maple bush. • Henderson United met with the Rev. Eric Barr to plan their coming year and the first event happens Sunday March 5, when the church opens for weekly worship after a winter break. Wed. April 12 will feature a pork meal supper with “yummy in the tummy food”. This hardworking group has many other events coming up, including a summer yard sale, several lunches and breakfasts. So stay tuned and build up an appetite. Like any rural church, they face challenges including repair and maintenance of the original, over 100 year old windows in a wood frame and on-going increasing hydro costs. Many generous folks continue to respond with thanks to all who help out in so many ways with the “little white church on the corner.”



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• What a wonderful potluck supper the guys put together on Wednesday evening on “Men’s Night to Cook”. Beautiful blue tablecloths, with centrepieces made by Robert Quigley all decorated with chocolate hearts, candy kisses and heartshaped lollipops. A group of men set it all up. A wonderful variety of food from shrimp to meatballs and everything in between, plus a lovely table of desserts. Don – your lemon pie was almost as good as Karen’s. Birthday people were Greg Bulloch and sweet little Carrie Webster. 38 people attended. Alice Gilchrist donated a door prize that was won by Joelle McLean. Thanks Alice. Thank you to Bev for picking up us old gals (the community Golden Girls). Next potluck supper is March 8th and the theme is “Asian”. Bring your favourite dish or try out a new one. • Don’t forget the next breakfast at Snow Road Snowmobile Club on Feb 18th, 8 to 11a.m. and don’t forget to come out tonight (February 16th) to the Community Centre to hear 18year old Henry Norwood. You will not be disappointed. A light lunch is served. Tickets at the door are $12 or $10 in advance. Call Joelle at 613-278-0958. • Bev and Murray Elliott were host and hostess at coffee break on Friday morning. Lots of goodies and coffee. A smaller crowd but just as much visiting, laughing and just a good time. • Come on out to the “Ride for Dad” fight against prostate cancer at the Snow Road Snowmobile Club on Saturday, February 25th. Registration from 8am to 10am. Lunch along the route and a spaghetti dinner and prize giving at 4:00p.m. • SMILE: Trust in God, but lock your door.


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• Mountain Grove • Happy birthday to Danny Meeks, Dorothy Gray, Doreen Warren, Ron Ruttan, Pastor Ken Walton, Landon Gibbs, Dianna Kirkpatrick, Charlene Tadson, Stacey Barr, Carrie Webster, Barbara Cowdy, Peggy Green, Chris MacDonald, Amanda Nason, JoAnne Abrams, Connie Howes, Kayson Antoine, Rick Steele, Elsie Asseltine, Stacey Barr, Lesley Merrigan, and Heather Hughes. • On Friday, February 10th a spaghetti dinner was served by the Grade 7&8’s at Land O’ Lakes Public School, a fundraiser for the seniors trip. In spite of the blowing snow, many came to support these students. • “Family Day in the Frontenacs” starts February 20th, 11am-3pm at the Frontenac Community Arena. All events are free with free BBQ and drinks for all. • We were sad to learn of the passing of Lori-Lee (Gilmore) daughter of Velma and Norman McIntosh. Sympathy to the families of Erlene Asseltine, wife of Cecil Asseltine, who passed away. Also sympathy to the families of Gordon Moore and Floyd Reynolds (brother of Wihelmine Card) • The 11th annual Frontenac Heritage Festival begins February 17-20th. Arden Potters sponsors the “Empty Bowls Project” in the Arden Community Hall, 10am-4pm on February 18th. Bowls of soup and chili will be sold with proceeds going to the food bank. • Last Sunday Sarah Hale was welcomed to the United Church in Mountain Grove. A union service will be on February 26th, at 10am, followed by the annual Pastoral charge meeting. • Many people brought tickets to the Chinese dinner and auction on Saturday, February 11th at Oso Hall in Sharbot Lake, sponsored by district 4 recreational committee. Proceeds go towards Tichborne rink project. • Thanks to everyone that came to the “Open Mic” in Arden on February 11th, performed and brought lunch. • Words of Wisdom: “Life is like baking a pie. Everything you put in it determines what it will be.”

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he goals of Bill 151, The Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 are a “wonderful, noble objective but there are significant problems with blue box funding,” South Frontenac Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth told Council at its regular meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham. Segsworth is a rare rural representative on the Ontario Waste Management Association board. “I wouldn’t say I’m that active (on the board) as it’s mostly City of Toronto and big waste company representatives,” he said. But while the idea of having absolutely no waste and 100 per cent recycling is admirable, there are many roadblocks that must be solved before it could ever become reality, he said. “For one thing, it’s time we let producers be 100 per cent responsible for the products they produce,” he said. “My fridge was only 13 years old when it needed replacing and people said ‘wow, you got 13 years out of it.’ “That thinking has to change.” And manufacturers are responsible for 50 per cent of blue box recycling programs, but don’t often make that goal. Segsworth said that has to be closer to 100 per cent for zero waste to have a chance. “We’ve all heard the arguments for less packaging,” he said. “When is that going to take place.” And it’s one thing to ban organics from land fills, but, he said: “it would be great, we wouldn’t have garbage if we eliminated the organics but where is that going to go? “I don’t think anybody has it figured out.” He said the City of Vancouver has a private firm doing its blue box program but doesn’t see that as an option for rural municipalities because of volume. However, he does see changes coming whatever they might be and as such has recommended Council try to extend its contract with existing waste contractors for three years (in order to buy some time) rather than negotiate new seven year contracts which they might end up having to pay for but not using. And too, it might mean that the existing contractors would be in a situation where they bought equipment that wouldn’t be needed. “That’s the kind of challenges we face,” he said. One thing Segsworth would like to see is waste management becoming a County wide contract. “I’m led to believe that everybody believes zero waste is a good idea,” he said. “But a lot of it is coming out of the GTA, especially the demand to recycle organics. “We need a solution that works in rural areas.” In the meantime, Segsworth said that for organic waste: “We sell backyard composters for $33 each and that price hasn’t changed in years.”

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Protests against closure of Yarker Public School A

ger the bus ride.,” said Gail Knowles, on of the protestors Students from Yarker and Selby achieve the highest standardized test scores, #1 and #2 respectively, of all the schools in the Limestone board. “The board has proposed that students from Yarker be sent to Odessa Public School where the test scores are #39th. This means more than half the Odessa students failed to meet provincial standards. Since the board rarely mentions scholastic achievement it would appear that school closures have more to do with balancing the financial books than anything else,” Knowles added. According to Knowles, the provincial funding model has serious flaws, giving school boards money to build new schools

rally of about 30 people of all ages was held on Wednesday, February 8 in front of the Limestone District School Board offices on Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston. It was a protest against the board’s proposal to close all the public schools in Stone Mills Township and the school Selby, starting with the Yarker Family School. The Yarker Family School educates children from 3 years 8 months in Junior Kindergarten up to 8-9 years old in Grade 3. “Closing this school would increase bus ride times for our youngest students to more than an hour each way. The possibility of being bullying and witnessing inappropriate behaviour by these very young children goes up the lon-

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but providing only limited funds to maintain schools that are already here. “The are forcing students from their a rural school where they learn well, feel safe, and are fully supported by their parents, and sending them away from their home community to a large penitentiary sized school doesn’t seem to work certainly when the standardized test scores are compared.” she said. Supporters of the Yarker School aqnd other schools slate for closure in the near future are encouraged to express their opinion about possible school closures by writing to the Minister of Education and elected representatives.

North’s Official Plan open house by Craig Bakay D

espite freezing rain Saturday morning, a full house turned out in Ompah to discuss proposed changes to North Frontenac Township’s Official Plan. Many of those in attendance were from lake associations and there was one proposed change they were all glad to hear — larger minimum lot sizes and setbacks — even if the proposed changes don’t go as far as some would like. Many of the comments were like this from Jim Holton, past-president of the Canonto Lake Association. “We’ve been arguing for larger lots for years,” Holton said. “Water quality is not just about phosphorus.” “Our available lakefront properties are getting scarce,” said Mayor Ron Higgins. “For example, Mazinaw Lake is at capacity. “But I think the (County) private roads study will be good for us (and) we’re creating a best-in-class Official Plan here.” Higgins said he’s pleased with some of the proposed changes that should encourage more affordable housing. Planner Joe Gallivan said the proposed 250-ft frontage and 2-acre lot size with a 100-ft setback (up from 1 acre and 150-ft frontage) is “a good start” even though it’s smaller than the 1-hectare (2.2 acres) and 300-foot frontage required in South and Central Frontenac. “It’s protecting the lake better than it is now,” Gallivan said. “(But), there’s more to it than just lot size. “There are things like is there room for septic, how big can

Robin Hutcheon, chair of the group called Rural Schools Matter, holds her sign outside the Limestone District School Board offices on Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston on November 8, 2017. She, along with about 30 others, are protesting the possible closure of all of the public schools in Stone Mills Township and the school in Selby.

a boat house be, how big can a bunkie be?” Gallivan is also including changes that will better accommodate the ‘live/work’ building where residents can set up a business in their home and sections to encourage smaller homes. “There are now 350-square-foot homes that cost $60,000,” he said. “When I retire, that’s what I want to have.” Gallivan said they’re also working on communal septic and water systems which would require smaller lot sizes to work efficiently. He said after all the feedback has been considered, he expects to have a plan ready for adoption by the end of the summer. “Council seems to like the plan so far,” he said.

Land O’ Lakes Real Estate Mayor Ron Higgins and planner Joe Gallivan fielded numerous questions about the Official Plan at an open house in Ompah. Photo/Craig Bakay

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lied together in a fundraising campaign to get new play structures in the one-and-only park in Battersea,” said Pantrey, 24. “With little changed over the last 25 years, the park is in great need of a retro-fit. The space is home to countless games on the baseball field, hours of old-fashioned outdoor fun with the family and the annual Battersea Pumpkin Festival. It has earned a facelift.” Gordon and Pantrey are spearheading fundraising activities in the community. They hope to raise $15,000 with the help of residents and businesses. This amount will double when it is matched by the township. “We’re hoping to exceed that amount (of $15,000),” says Pantrey optimistically. Young and passionate, the community activist says the campaign goal will be attainable because new and improved equipment will contribute to the health & wellness of the village; a benefit for everyone. “It’s for fun and stimulation,” says Pantrey about her goal to replace the outdated equipment at the park. “A big part of being a kid is to play outside.” The friends are using the 6th Annual Hockey Day in Battersea to launch the playground fundraising campaign.. They hope to raise $3,000 at the event. “It’s a classic Canadian Day,” says Gordon about the event that falls on Hockey Day in

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ortland Community Church in Hartington is continuing its musical fundraising ways and 2017 began last Friday night with a concert featuring Bill White & Friends. “We’re having fundraisers to pay for the steel roof which was put on some time ago,” said fundraising chair Judy Reynolds. “We had a very generous person put up the money and we have to raise a percentage each year. “We’ve had ‘open mikes’ in the past but we’ve decided to go with bigger names this year and give them some gas money. “This is the first one this year.” The second one scheduled is March 3 with Mark and Sharon Alton, Ruth Gordon,

The Singing Pastor Vernon Scott and Linda Slater-King. “Then it’s Country Church in April with The Old Hymns and Don Edmunds,” she said. “So there’ll be no fundraiser that month.” “We are planning fundraisers for May and June. “We’re trying to keep this little church hopping.” There’s also a fundraiser in the works to help Matthew and Sonary McCullough to help with their continuing work helping young girls and boys who have been victims of the sex slave trade in Cambodia. “You can follow our activities through our Facebook page,” Reynolds said.

Canada. Provided with a jersey, lunch and rib buffet dinner, players can register for only $30 by calling 613-353-1102. Bystanders can purchase lunch and draw tickets at the event. Anxious to replace the playground structures, Pantrey says with a smile, “They’ve been there since I was a kid. They’re ready to be replaced.”

To learn more about the campaign, please contact Amanda Pantrey at 613-353-6653. To make a donation, go to Go Fund Me and search for Battersea Playground Revitalization. For people who prefer to donate in person, general donations will be accepted for the playground equipment campaign at Hockey Day in Battersea. Tax receipts will be issued for every donation over $20.


FAMILY DAY 2017 CHANGES TO GARBAGE PICKUP ONLY those residents with regular garbage pickup on Monday, February 20th will be affected. Monday’s garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, February 21st. The pickup days for both garbage and recycling for all other residents remain the same. Loughborough WDS will be closed on February 20th.

WINTER HOURS-HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DEPOT The next dates the depot will be open are February 23 and March 9 from 3pm – 7pm. Open dates will be published monthly in this banner. Please remember that accepted items are hazardous materials, small electronics and bale wrap only. A full listing of accepted materials may be found on our website under Living Here/Solid Waste/Recycling/Household Hazardous Waste.

GET 2017 DOG TAGS NOW – FEE INCREASES SOON! Year 2017 Dog Tags are available at $15.00 each until February 28, 2017 after that date the fee increases to $30.00. Kennel Licenses must be purchased at the Municipal Office (4432 George St) at a cost of $125.00 until February 28, after which the fee will increase to $150.00 per license. See our website for other locations to purchase dog tags.

TOWN HALL UPCOMING MEETINGS Council Meeting – Tues, February 21, 2017 Committee of the Whole – Tues, March 14, 2017 Committee of Adjustment – Thurs, March 9, 2017

COMMUNITY PROJECT GRANTS Submissions for the Community Project Grant Program are now being accepted. Not for profit community organizations including charitable organizations and unincorporated groups who meet the project guidelines can apply until March 31st. For more information and to access the related forms, visit our website at

CAREERS – SUMMER STUDENT POSITIONS The Township of South Frontenac is accepting applications for summer positions in the following departments: Public Works, Recreation, Planning, and Administration. For more details on these positions and for instructions on submitting applications see the website under Town Hall/Careers.

INVITATIONS TO TENDER • PR-2017-01 – Parks & Facilities, Fire Halls and Cemeteries – Grass Cutting • PW-2017-05 – 2017 Crack Sealing Program • PW-2017-06 – 2017-2019 Dust Suppression Program Sealed submissions must be received by 1:00 pm on February 22, 2017, Attention: Wayne Orr, CAO, 4432 George St, Sydenham ON, K0H 2T0. Official forms detailing the general specifications and requirements may be downloaded from the BIDDINGO.COM. website or picked up from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm at the Public Works Department, 2490 Keeley Rd, Sydenham Road.

THINGS TO DO FAMILY DAY IN THE FRONTENAC’S Join us on Monday, February 20, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Frontenac Community Arena 4299 Arena Boundary Road, Godfrey. This is a free event that includes skating, wagon rides, games, obstacle course, snow shoe races, a fire for keeping warm and BBQ for all. Sponsored by the KFLA Health Kids Community Challenge.

FRONTENAC COMMUNITY ARENA – FREE PUBLIC SKATING Public skating is now free at the Frontenac Community Arena thanks to the sponsorship of the KFL&A Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Join us on Wednesday’s from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 2:20 pm. and during the March Break 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday to Friday. For more information call 613-374-2177 or see the website

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News & Public Notices NEW COUNCILLOR NAMED FOR PORTLAND DISTRICT Brad Barbeau was appointed as Portland District Councillor at the January 17, 2017 Council meeting. Mr. Barbeau will officially take the “Oath of Office” on January 24, 2017. South Frontenac Council looks forward to working with Brad as he begins his role in municipal government.

VACANCY – SOUTH FRONTENAC POLICE SERVICES BOARD Do you want to get involved in your community? A vacancy exists for a Provincial Appointee to the South Frontenac Police Services Board.  Interested persons are to apply directly to the Province at For more details on the role and the Board see ”News and Public Notices” on the township website or contact Wayne Orr at  The Provincial recruitment process can take some time, so if you do apply you are encouraged to let us know so that we can try to help speed up the process.

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Surprised, Reid still takes the long view on electoral reform by Jef Green ver his long career as an MP, Scott Reid has seen a lot. As a student of, and advocate for electoral reform he has also seen how the interest of parties in power affect their attitudes to changes in electoral systems. But, he admitted freely in a phone interview this week that he was surprised when the Liberal government abandoned their commitment to bring in electoral reform two weeks ago. “I did not see that coming. I did not anticipate they would walk away from it in that way. I thought they were going to take a different route,” he said. “Part of the reason it surprised me was the vehemence with which the Prime Minister insisted there was no way he was going to back down from his promise.” Reid, who first began studying electoral reform when he was a staff member of the old reform party in 1996 and has been involved in debates around the development of a new electoral system for Canada ever since, said that he did not expect the Liberals would be able to bring in a new system for the next election as promised. He said he thought they would “wait a length of time, and then say we just can’t get there before the next election, and put it off for study in some fashion. I did not think they would abandon it.” In anticipation of a delay, he had been talking to people and beginning to work on making sure that if a citizen’s assembly was constituted to develop a new system, that it would be done right in order to allow partici-


pation on a broad level and would lead to a detailed proposal. Unlike the Reform Party, The Conservative Party that he represents as MP for LanarkFrontenac-Kingston takes the position that they will not pursue electoral reform if in power. But they do support the position Reid has pushed for many years, that only by being accepted through a national referendum can any new system be viable for Canada. To those that say electoral reform cannot pass in a referendum Reid says that 5 referenda on reform have taken place in different parts of Canada since 2000 and 2 have passed. “Those aren’t bad odds,” he said, “and I just don’t agree with those that say people cannot be trusted to make decisions on complex proposals.” This puts him at odds with Fair Vote Canada, a group that lobbies for electoral reform but is adamant that a referendum is not the way to bring it about. Reid believes that if a system is designed that fits the needs of Canada, and it is put out in a straightforward manner to a fair vote, it can pass in a referendum and would be good for the country. The parliamentary committee, which he cochaired with NDP MP Nathan Cullen last year, asked the government to develop a system that would attain a defined level of proportionality and would then be put to a national vote. He believes that any new system worth pursuing must make the electoral system a more proportional system than the current one.

SOCIAL NOTES BIRTHDAY Mrs. Bertha Fillion-Baker (a long-time Sydenham resident)

Congratulations MOM on your 100th Birthday! February 21st Lots of Love from your family.

BIRTH Allison

Tom and Colleen Allison are delighted to announce the safe arrival of our fourth grandson, Xavier Gregory Douglas Allison, born September 20th, 2016. He is the second son for Douglas and Melanie Allison and the fourth grandchild for Denis and Ginette Rivet.

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“While the Liberal members of that committee did not sign off on our final report, it was not because they disagreed with proportionality. They disagreed with the timing we proposed, which was to get it done in time for the next election. They were not opposed to proportional representation, in principle, as Mr. Trudeau now says he is.” On February 9th, Prime Minister Trudeau said “proportional representation, in any form, would be bad for Canada” which seemed like a complete about-face from the position he took during the 2015 election and kept to until two weeks ago. In studying Justin Trudeau’s statements about reform over the years, Reid says he now thinks Trudeau may have been opposed to reform all along, noting comments made in 2014 and at other times. “I’m starting to think that he never supported it, which makes his election promise and everything he said over the last 18 months somewhat suspect.” Still, Reid does not believe that the project of electoral reform is dead. “It was never put to a vote in Canada before 2000, but it has come up again and again over the last 15 years, and it never goes

PUBLIC NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of North Frontenac proposes to enact a By-law to stop up, close and sell part of the 66’ shore road allowances as set out and described as follows: ALL THAT PART of the Shore Road Allowance around Mississagagon Lake lying adjacent to Part of Lots 7 and 8, Concession 9, geographic Township of Barrie, Township of North Frontenac, County of Frontenac being Part 1 on Registered Plan 13R-12102 (Lafontaine & Hodson); ALL THAT PART of the Shore Road Allowance around Big Gull Lake lying adjacent to Lot 9, Registered Plan No. 1325, geographic Township of Barrie, Township of North Frontenac, County of Frontenac, being Part 1 on Registered Plan 13R-21401 (LaBarge); ALL THAT PART of the Shore Road Allowance around Big Gull Lake lying adjacent to Lot 10, Registered Plan No. 1325, geographic Township of Barrie, Township of North Frontenac, County of Frontenac, being Part 2 on Registered Plan 13R-21401 (LaBarge) The proposed By-law will come before the said Council for consideration at its regular meeting at the Clar Mill Fire Hall, Upstairs Meeting Room, 6648 Road 506, Plevna, Ontario, on the 24th day of February, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., and at that time, the Council will hear in person, any person who claims that his land will be prejudicially affected and who applies to be heard. Dated this 30th day of January, 2017. Tara Mieske Clerk/Planning Manager Township of North Frontenac 6648 Road 506 Plevna, ON K0H 2M0 Tel: (613) 479-2231 or 1-800-234-3953 Fax: (613) 479-2352 Email:

away completely.” He noted that in Prince Edward Island, the next election, slated for October 7, 2019 will include a referendum pitting two options against each other. After twenty years working on the issue, seventeen of them as an MP representing a party that is lukewarm to the idea at best, Scott Reid spent eight months last year travelling the country with a committee of MP’s who were committed to bringing about a change. He then saw the idea tossed aside like a dirty rag two weeks ago. Yet he still thinks the idea of electoral reform and proportional representation is alive in Canada. But it may be as hard to predict when that will happen as it was to predict the Liberal complete about-face on the matter that happened two weeks ago. A series of rallies took place across the country last Saturday opposing the Liberal government’s change of policy.

TOWNSHIP OF ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS PUBLIC NOTICE 2017 Budget The Township Council will hold its inaugural Budget meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at #222 Hwy #28, Denbigh, ON. Notice of further budget meetings will be posted, from time to time, on the Township web page at Ratepayers are welcome to attend all budget meetings. The 2017 budget will be adopted at the regular Council meeting to be held on May 1, 2017 in the Council Chambers, #72 Edward St., Flinton, ON Further information may be obtained by calling (613) 336-2286 or emailing to:

PUBLIC COUNCIL MEETING RE: 2017 BUDGET TAKE NOTICE THAT Council of the Corporation of the Township of North Frontenac will hold a Public Meeting on February 24, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., at the Clar-Mill Fire Hall, 6648 Road 506, Plevna, Ontario; PURPOSE AND EFFECT: To consider adoption of the Budget By-law that will set the estimates for the sums required to be collected from Property Taxation during the year 2017; and to provide for the adoption of Tax Rates. Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25 as amended. AND THAT interested parties may contact the undersigned for information or a copy of the proposed 2017 Budget at no cost to any member of the public upon request. Dated this 16th day of February, 2017. Kelly Watkins Treasurer Township of North Frontenac 613-479-2231 Ext. 223

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Arena Receives an Ontario150 Community Capital Program Grant The Frontenac Community Arena (FCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $30,000 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant. These funds will help fund the capital costs of replacing the Arena’s 30-year-old dehumidification system with a new, more energy-efficient Desiccant system. “Our community arenas act as a hub where people come together to share and grow; the Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant is providing for improvements at Frontenac Community Arena will help secure the continued enjoyment and enhance the benefits of this much-loved facility,” said Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these grants will help non-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities to renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. The one-time, Ontario150 Community Capital Program has been designed to help honour Ontario’s past, showcase the pres-

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Northern Happenings NORTHERN HAPPENINGS listings are free for community groups, and will be published for two weeks. Donations to offset the costs of publication would be appreciated. Other listings are paid or are taken from paid ads elsewhere in the paper. The News makes every effort to be accurate but events should be independently verified by readers. Thursday February 16 VERONA – DIABETES EDUCATION GROUP, 9am to 12pm, Medical Centre upstairs. Info: Anne MacDonald 613-544-3400 ext. 3589 Friday, Saturday, Sunday Feb 17-20 FRONTENAC HERITAGE FESTIVAL - a celebration of our local culture past and present. Join us for activities like a variety show, skating, snow shoeing, heritage displays, pioneer camp, a polar bear plunge, a walk/run, breakfast, and more. More detail at www. See ad on Page 2. Friday February 17 HARLOWE HALL – OLE TYME FIDDLERS 7:30 pm. Prizes, lunch, $6 non-members, all welcome players, dancers, listeners and newcomers SHARBOT LAKE LEGION SUPPER, 5:30 pm – Swiss Steak, $12 Saturday February 18 ARDEN – KENNEBEC HALL and Kennebec Lake boat launch – activities as part of Frontenac Heritage Festival – all day. TICHBORNE RINK – ICE STOCK demonstration 11am, part of the Frontenac Heritage Festival SYDENHAM LEGION – DANCE with “Swinging Doors” 8 pm – midnight. $10 4376 William St. Info 613-376-6808 VENNACHAR FREE METHODIST CHURCH – Men’s breakfast 9 am. Info Rob 613-333-1901 DENBIGH – NEW APOSTOLIC CHURCH – Concert with “Road to Glory” with guest Dave Young. Admission – food bank donation. 7 pm. Info 613-333-9777 DENBIGH – FAMILY FUN DAY at Heritage Park, 11 am – 2 pm. Games, crafts, bonfire (with smores) skating, snow shoeing, free refreshments. Snow sculpture contest – contact Gail at 613-333-2224 to register for contest. Sponsored by Healthy Kids

February 9, 2017

Community Challenge MABERLY – HAM AND BEAN supper: 4:30 to 6:30pm - $10 adults, 6-12, $5, under 6 free. Euchre beforehand 4:30 – 4:30, $3. SHARBOT LAKE – OSO HALL “All you Can Eat breakfast” 8am -11am 7$ adults Sponsored by Sharbot Lake District Lions Club SNOW ROAD SNOWMOBILE CLUB Breakfast 8 11 AM at Clubhouse, 1106 Gemmills Road SHARBOT LAKE – OPEN MIC - Local musicians gather to share a tune and dance - $5 admission, Oso Hall, Licensed event- Chili & Bun for sale ARDEN – KENNEBEC LAKE winter fun day. 11 am – 3pm, boat launch at bridge on Henderson Road. Skating, hockey, ice fishing, fireworks, campfire, and more. Refreshments. Info visit ARDEN LEGION – CHILI COOK-OFF and dinner. $10. 6 pm. Prizes for best chili PLEVNA – JACK’S JAM Clar-Mill Hall, 1-5:30 pm. Pot luck to follow. All welcome. Sunday February 19 ELBOW LAKE EEC – EXPLORE IT workshop – “photos, music, videos and social media” 1500 Hewlett Packard Lane, Perth Road, 1-3 pm. $15. Info Carolyn 613-353-7968. Also on Tuesday, Feb.21 at 1 and 7pm SYDENHAM HOLINESS CHURCH – Hymn sing with Mark, Sharon and Ruth 4384 Amelia Street, 6:30pm, free will offering. HARROWSMITH - TURKEY DINNER at Golden Links Hall, 4416 Colebrook Rd. 4:30 to 6 pm. $13 per person. Info – 372-2410 presented by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs BEDFORD OPEN MIC & JAM, 1-5pm, 1381 Westport Rd, audience $2; entertainers free; refreshments avail; info: Judy 374-2317, Wilhelmine 374-2614. SHARBOT LAKE MOVIE matinee: The Good Dinosaur - Oso Hall, 1:30 pm. Snacks available $2.50/ PP or $10 family – pres. District 3 Rec. SHARBOT LAKE LEGION Chili and garlic bread lunch after polar plunge. $5. All welcome SHARBOT LAKE UNITED CHURCH offers a Heri-

tage Quilt worship service at 10am. Quilts on display- themed worship, special music - Sara Lake. Info 279-2245 PARHAM UNITED CHURCH offers a Heritage Quilt worship service at 11:30 AM. Bring a quilt to show and share, wear period costumes (optional), features Explorers quilt Info Sara 279-2245 Monday February 20 FAMILY DAY IN THE FRONTENACS North Frontenac Arena, 11 am - 3 pm, Ice skating, snow shoe races, wagon rides, obstacle course, etc. Free event, free BBQ. Sponsored by Healthy Kids Community Challenge and South Frontenac Township. CLOYNE AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL Society monthly meeting. Lunch at noon (Soup and crackers). Glenn Davison, former teacher and Principal locally, will talk about schools of the past. Refreshments follow. All welcome. GLEN TAY PUBLIC SCHOOL – Pond hockey, 1-3 pm. plus free skate SHARBOT LAKE HERITAGE WALK/RUN & Family Relay: Registration at Noon. Race starts at 1pm: 2KM, 5KM, 10KM Info - Rudy 613-279-2761 Tuesday February 21 KENNEBEC DINERS, noon, Arden community hall, roast pork - for those 50+, $12, reservations required: 613-279-3151 CLOYNE – FRIENDS OF BON ECHO annual planning meeting and potluck, Barrie Hall, Lunch at 12 noon, meeting at 1:15. RSVP by Feb 17 to Beth at 613-336-0830 Wednesday February 22 ELGINBURG – “SHOULD YOUR TREES be worried” a presentation by Limestone Chapter of Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) Speakers include Dave Sexsmith (Pres. of OWA) Steve Pitt, Tom Snowman and Steven Moore. 7 pm. Elginburg United Church Hall, 2170 Unity Road in Elginburg. Info - 613-373-9334 PLEVNA – CLARENDON CENTRAL Public School Chili night and silent auction. $5 pp, 5-6:30 pm. Sample Mr. D.’s famous chili. Friday February 24 GLENBURNIE UNITED CHURCH - Frontenac 4-H Association Rally Night: 7 pm 1028 Unity Road. An opportunity to learn about the 4-H program and the

clubs being offered in 2017. info - call Ann at 613372-2974 SHARBOT LAKE LEGION SUPPER, 5:30 pm – Roast Pork, $12 VENNACHAR – FAMILY GAMES NIGHT, Free Methodist Church, bring games and finger food. Info – Laurie 613-479-2673 Saturday February 25 GODFREY – BEDFORD HISTORICAL Research Centre open house, 10am to 3pm. Several sources of history and displays. Glendower Hall – 1381 Westport Road. BIG GULL LAKE - TRAPPERS Council Fishing Derby, great prizes; random draw from all tickets: info 613-336-8359;; proceeds to conservation projects SHARBOT LAKE SNOW DRAGS - 8-10 Tech & Registration Races start at 10:30 at 1084 Elizabeth Street. Races at Government Dock. Pending 18” of Ice. Refreshments and awards to follow at the Oso Hall SNOW ROAD SNOWMOBILE CLUB “Ride For Dad” - Fighting Prostate Cancer - Registration 8 AM to 10 AM at Clubhouse, 1106 Gemmills Road NORTHBROOK – LIONS 50’S & 60’s & Beyond Dance. 6 pm - chicken ‘n rib supper, 7pm - dance. $20 pp. Info: Debbie, 336-8502 DENBIGH – FAMILY SNOWSHOEING at Fritsch farm. 9:30 – 11am. Info – Tony or Gail 613-479-2224 Monday February 27 PARHAM DINERS, noon, United Church hall, for those 50+. $12, reservations requ’d: 613-279-3151 SHARBOT LAKE – FOOT CARE CLINIC, Senior’s Centre, appointment: 613-279-3151 FREE DIGITAL DROP-IN CENTRES, use or try-out Wi-Fi, computers, printers, smart phones, digital cameras; ipads and other tablets; digital coaches available to provide advice, brief training and to help solve minor problems. ARDEN – every Thursday 1:00-3:30pm, community hall. GODFREY - 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month, 10am-12 noon, Godfrey Social Club. NORTHBROOK - 1st & 3rd Mondays of month (except December), 1:30-3:30pm, Land O’Lakes Community Services’ board room. PARHAM - 1st Friday of the month, 1-4pm, IOOF Hall. SHARBOT LAKE, 3rd Thursday 2-4pm at Public Library; every Monday 1:30-3:30pm Cardinal Cafe.

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Letters to the editor RE- NF Council shrinkage

Oh, dear, here we go again. That old notion of a smaller municipal council is being trotted out once more in North Frontenac. Well, a five-member Council was a bad idea in 2013, and it’s a bad idea now. The new proposal is slightly different, but the arguments against it are just as valid now as they were then. Cutting the number of councillors from seven down to five would reduce both the effectiveness and the responsiveness of our local government. Good government requires a critical mass and a diversity of perspectives. Having fewer voices at the council table would limit the range of ideas and the scope of dialogue and debate on the many issues townships have to deal with. And consider the highly probable scenario where one or more councilors are absent from one or more meetings. The proposal would also reduce the access that we as citizens and residents have to our most immediate level of government. Moreover, with only two wards, one of them would inevitably end up with a majority of the five votes, leaving people in the other ward largely disenfranchised. Members of Council already carry a considerable workload, with masses of material to review for every meeting, and additional work on committees, the County, and various organizations. Reducing the number of councillors would make that workload even heavier. The work would still have to be done and paid for, whether by extra staff or extra hours for the remaining councillors, canceling out any supposed cost savings (which in any case would be minimal). It might also be harder to get qualified candidates willing to run for election. In order for our municipal government to work effectively, we need a dynamic balance of perspectives from the various different communities scattered across our large territory. We already did all the amalgamating we can afford and still have local democracy. Instead of whittling it down even further, we might consider adding a third councillor for Ward 1 to help address the concern about population balance. This is a fundamental question, not a minor matter to be mentioned in a few paragraphs in the middle of a township report.

As citizens, we must make it clear that reducing our representation and access to local government is unacceptable. A council of seven or eight provides the critical mass we need – let’s keep it.

Down The Garden Path. Oh, Mr. Trudeau, how could you!


o you didn’t get your Alternative Vote system. I agree, it would have helped to ensure Liberal victories. You would be in the middle between the ‘godless communists’ on the left and the ‘fascist capitalists’ on the right. But, to quote the Rolling Stones, “you don’t always get what you want.” It seemed like if I can’t have it my way, then no one gets to play - a grade school hissy fit. The Prime Minister also canceled his election promise of electoral reform mainly because there was no consensus. Liberals, meaning Trudeau, want the alternative ballot, the NDP and Green Parties want proportional representation, and the Conservatives want a referendum. Is is not the Prime Ministers role to find consensus and compromise? Clearly, he doesn’t want to share polices or power with other political parties. Real life doesn’t work that way. Why should the government be any different? As part of Canada’s history, in 1999, Steven Harper and Tom Flanagan, his campaign manager, penned an essay praising Proportional Representation when it looked like they were not going to win a majority. As soon as a chance for a majority appeared, the Conservatives forgot about electoral reform. Why should your government be any different from the Harperman Conservatives? From all this two things have come out, we now know the Prime Minister believes the electoral system is designed by the politicians for the politicians, and not for the Canadian voters. And through your election rhetoric, electoral reform promise, the electoral reform committee, the town hall meetings, and the nation wide survey you lead so many Canadians down the garden path. No one likes to be lead there! Norm Hart

Re - Electoral Reform


id I wish/hope to see a different electoral system than First Past The Post? You bet your socks I did! Am I disappointed that will not be the case for the next election, yes, very. The real question I should have asked and answered however, is, “Was I surprised at the seeming turn around to explore different options?” That would be a no. In April of 2005 I was visiting family in British Columbia. All over were large highway signs promoting electoral reform options in the May referendum. I was excited. I was so pleased to see a jurisdiction actually addressing the discrepancy of First Past The Post and doing something about it. The question in that referendum was heavily defeated 60% to 40%. How very naive I was then, and apparently am now. Next time you are out and about the village ask those you meet, “Do you wish to see a change in our voting system?” Not, ‘ is Trudeau a turn-coat, dishonest votegrabber’, just ‘Do you want another system?’ I think you will hear the answer is no. When asked and surveyed in much larger numbers and over a wider geographical area, the majority of ordinary Canadians said no. Not the political junkies or the academics, just ordinary people like you and me. It is not what I wanted to hear personally, but I can live with the decision to not try to force a change at great expense at a fragile time in North America. Sorry Mr. Editor, you and I almost always agree about these sorts of issues. Not this time my friend. Maybe I’m getting old. Edie Cairns

Going Backwards in SF


n a short sighted decision, the South Frontenac (SF) Council approved the budget of 2017 and simultaneously undermined one of the major tenets of the SF Waste Management Bylaw 20050098: '... The Township of South Frontenac deems it desirable to collect revenues for waste management services in an equitable fash-

ion based on use rather than through the imposition of special rates or an increase in municipal taxes. Previously, residents had paid a solid waste (user) fee of $120 per dwelling unit. Now, the fee will no longer reflect the number of dwelling units per property, but simply the assessed value of the property the higher the assessed value the more you pay, whether you produce a lot of garbage or none. The cost is no longer equitable. This change was not the result of a professional re-assessment of the status of waste management in SF and how well we were attaining the SF 50% waste diversion goal. No staff coordination was apparent. The Manager of Public Works, and members of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), seemed to have had little involvement with the Treasurer's proposal, even though he is responsible for solid waste management. No one knows the actual cost of the recycling or garbage curb service. The Public Works Manager referred me to the Treasurer who maintained that it would take too much time to do these calculations. How can you manage a service if you don’t know the cost? At the Jan 17th Council Meeting, the Treasurer elaborated that the budget could suddenly be achieved with only a 2% rate hike, versus the 2.2% that had been briefed since mid—November. Meanwhile, she warned of dire consequences to the budget by reinstating solid waste fees of any amount. The Mayor brushed aside the residents’ concerns. Vacant properties will pay for garbage, although they do not produce any. Multidwelling properties, which will produce more garbage, will pay less. ln a system based solely on assessed property values,the cost you pay bears no relation to the garbage you produce. SF was in good company with the over 200 communities who follow a strategy of waste reduction through fees. Now it is going backwards. John Lesperance

FORM 6 Municipal Act, 2001


FORM 6 Municipal Act, 2001

Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Municipal Office, 72 EDWARD STREET, P.O. BOX 89, FLINTON, ONTARIO K0H 1P0.


The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office, 72 EDWARD STREET, P.O. BOX 89, FLINTON, ONTARIO K0H 1P0.

SALE OF LAND BY PUBLIC TENDER NOTICE Re: AMENDED DATE. Please note that the tender deadline and opening date has been changed from March 1, 2017 to March 8, 2017 for the following notice. Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Municipal Office, 72 EDWARD STREET, P.O. BOX 89, FLINTON, ONTARIO K0H 1P0. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office, 72 EDWARD STREET, P.O. BOX 89, FLINTON, ONTARIO K0H 1P0. Description of Lands: ROLL NO. 1134040010354000000, PIN 45029-0066 (LT), PT LT 21 CON 9 TOWNSHIP OF DENBIGH, AS IN LA210873; S/T EXECUTION 08-0000007, IF ENFORCEABLE; ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS Minimum Tender Amount: $ 3,335.31

Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of money order or bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality (or board) and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount. Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to, existing interest in favour of the crown, environmental concerns or any other matters relating to the land(s) to be sold. Any existing Federal or Provincial Crown liens or executions will remain on title and may become the responsibility of the potential purchaser. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and the relevant land transfer tax. The Municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. Note: H.S.T. may be payable by successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: Mrs. Christine Reed, Clerk-Treasurer The Corporation of the Township of Addington Highlands 72 Edward Street, P.O. Box 89, Flinton, ON K0H 1P0 Telephone (613) 336-2286 Fax (613) 336-2847

Description of Lands: ROLL NO. 1134010030578200000, PIN 45042-0156 (LT), PT LT 30 CON 7 KALADAR PT 1 29R5099; ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS, Minimum Tender Amount: $ 3,765.80 ROLL NO. 1134010020306120000, PIN 45042-0087 (LT), PT LT 27 CON 5 KALADAR PT 10, 11 & 12 29R6300 S/T LA239359; ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS Minimum Tender Amount: $ 8,101.05 ROLL NO. 1134010040615000000, PIN 45044-0122 (R), NORTHWEST QUARTER OF LT 22 CON 8 GEOGRAPHICAL TOWNSHIP OF KALADAR, NOW TOWNSHIP OF ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS; COUNTY OF LENNOX AND ADDINGTON Minimum Tender Amount: $ 6,910.61

Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of money order or bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality (or board) and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount. Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to, existing interest in favour of the crown, environmental concerns or any other matters relating to the land(s) to be sold. Any existing Federal or Provincial Crown liens or executions will remain on title and may become the responsibility of the potential purchaser. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and the relevant land transfer tax. The Municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. Note: H.S.T. may be payable by successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: Mrs. Christine Reed, Clerk-Treasurer The Corporation of the Township of Addington Highlands 72 Edward Street, P.O. Box 89 Flinton, ON K0H 1P0 Telephone (613) 336-2286 Fax (613) 336-2847



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oun. John McDougall wanted to know why South Frontenac wasn’t fully compliant with the Province’s Minimum Maintenance Standards for Retro-Reflectivity and signage and so he filed a notice of motion for a report on the subject. After Tuesday night’s regular Council meeting in Sydenham, he’s still waiting.Council passed a motion to refer the matter to the public works committee for further discussion. “I don’t understand why it sits and we don’t do anything,” McDougall said. “Looking at compliance issues, we should at least have a plan.” Coun. Alan Revill sort of put the matter into perspective, however. “I’m struggling to support this not because I think we shouldn’t comply but because I also believe we should have some sense of priorities,” Revill said. “In all our public works issues, I’m not sure this is the highest priority.” Coun. Ross Sutherland agreed with Revill. “I’m tending to agree with Coun. Revill,” Sutherland said. “We do have some compliance issues and we need to have

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a plan. “(But) the ditching’s much better than it was and lights are going up . . .” Coun. Mark Schjerning also agreed with Revill, pointing out that compliance with all regulations is a challenge for all aspects of municipal service, including his own field, paramedics. “The issue was raised very early in the term and we have yet to get a report,” he said. “(But) full regulatory compliance is a very lofty goal but (still) we need to work towards it.”

Family Day - continued from page 1 support of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and part of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Strategy. “At last year’s event we launched the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.” “This year as part of the ‘Water Does Wonders’ theme we are excited to show off a water bottle filling station installed at the Arena,” says Warden Ron Vandewal, one of the three Community Champions for the KFL&A Region Healthy Kids Community Challenge. For more information contact Tim Laprade at 613-453-7554.


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