A tiny item snuck through this week’s city council meeting in Cornwall. I love how council defers tough issues to city management for assessment and reports. Usually it’s done so with the tacit goal of management coming back with justification with council’s desire.
So is this concept of reducing city council about power? Right now there are 10 city councilors and the mayor. There is a pretty diverse group of councilors. You have conservative types like Dennis Carr, Glen Grant, Elaine MacDonald; Liberal or Socially conscious ones like Kim Baird, Bernadette Clement, Andre Rivette, and Mary Anne Hug, and then you get some middle of the roaders like Syd Gardiner and Denis Thibault, and of course Mark MacDonald belongs to his very own group. 🙂
When you watch council each meeting and see how differing agendas and positions meet, clash, and come to terms on issues it’s interesting.
By reducing council by even two members it can dramatically impact what happens in this city and right now Cornwall is at a very special time. It’s the beginning of the post Domtar era and the stones laid down now are going to really establish the foundations of what this city is to become in the future.
I personally hope that council remains unchanged. Sadly, I don’t think this is in the cards unless citizens of Cornwall really make it happen. I think that unless people want to see a consolidation of power in Cornwall we need to even consider expanding council. Click any of the links below to contact your city councilors and call or email them and tell them what you want them to do to make Cornwall a better place.
- Bob Kilger, Mayor
- Kim Baird, Councillor
- Denis Carr, Councillor
- Bernadette Clément, Councillor
- Syd Gardiner, Councillor
- Glen Grant, Councillor
- Mary Ann Hug, Councillor
- Elaine MacDonald, Councillor
- Mark MacDonald, Councillor
- André Rivette, Councillor
- Denis Thibault, Councillor
There are many new residents in Cornwall and I think a lot of people hope to see this city grow. Let’s grow Cornwall right, and make this city a showpiece for Ontario and Canada.
Let’s create a place that attracts people instead of fretting about our young people not wanting to stay, and let’s build a Cornwall that’s known more for its achievements and successes instead of cigarette smuggling; and the disability and pension capital of Ontario; and the control of a few groups who would hold Cornwall back to keep their grip on things rather than let it blossom.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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