“How Many Pessamists Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?” Jason Setnyk from Cornwall Labour Council Municipal Debate – VIDEO – Cornwall Ontario – October 6, 2010

“How Many Pessamists Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?”  Jason Setnyk from Cornwall Labour Council Municipal Debate – VIDEO – Cornwall Ontario – October 6, 2010

Cornwall ON – Jason Setnyk, who is running for city council of Cornwall Ontario asked the crowd, rhetorically of course, “How many pessimists does it take to screw in a light bulb?”  Of course the answer is zero as pessimists change nothing.

It’s that spirit and zest that’s added some life to the debates so far into the election season.    There are eighteen days left in the campaign and the two major debates are done and over.

Final Statements from Andre Rivette, Gary Samler, Gerald Samson, Jason Setnyk, and Denis Thibault

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxrV6t5DRqw

Now all that’s left is stumping; door knocking; some advertising and hope as the new candidates such as Jason, Gary Samler, Maurice Dupelle, Todd Bennett, Madeleine Lebrun, Patricia Lalonde, and Pat Finnerty await to see if they join some of the incumbents around the city council table on October 26th.

Final Statement – Jim Marshall, David Murphy, Leslie O’Shaugnessy, & Claude Poirier

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG6wBckXRyY

It’s so sad that the public isn’t exposed to more about the candidates.  We’re being asked to “Hire” the people that will make the final decisions on how $150 Million plus dollars per year are spent in the city of Cornwall Ontario and what do we really know about any of them?   Two minute statements are not really enough.

The coverage and advertising for most of the candidates has been minimal in this race; many don’t have websites.  We will continue to try and get as much from the candidates as we can information wise.  Hopefully some of them will offer different statements rather than the same ones from event to event.

Final Statements Mary Ann Hug, Patricia Lalonde, Madeleine Lebrun, & Elaine Macdonald

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAdcNzzWAsU

It was odd that the Labour Council gave its endorsements prior to the debate as some of the those not endorsed definately sounded much more Norma Rae than some of those nominated.  Officials from the Labour Council explained about their questionaire process and timing, but it did feel odd as shared by some of the candidates with us prior to the debate.

Final Statements – Dupelle, Gardiner, Grant

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhl4PXaKDiQ

Final Statements from Bedard, Bennett, Carr

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug2LJKzOAnI

As the silliness was separated from the substance certain councilors showed that they had the mettle to make decisions involving vast sums of money.

Denis Carr and Denis Thibault have proven themselves in council.   Their records speak for themselves.   Surprisingly Mike Bedard showed focus and direction and is one of the few running with real business experience.    Todd Bennett also showed an understanding of the financials involved with running a city.

Some voters don’t realize that the city hires full time managers and staff to come up with solutions, reasons, and the nitty gritty of running a city.     Decisions are brought to council for wisdom, judgement, direction, and yes vision.   It’s not really about who’s nice or who worked with your aunt’s uncle’s cousin that used to work the night shift at that place that went out of business in the 70’s.

There are real life and death financial decisions that impact everyone that lives in Cornwall and even those living around who use our services and facilities.

The Question period of the crowd was a bit difficult for Nicole Spahich. Neither English nor French are  her mother tongue?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atdfIejhvm0

Councilor Syd Gardner asked the Mayoralty candidates about being positive from the floor.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VyckutWBLw

“Hope = Prolonged Disappointment”  Councilor Mark MacDonald

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFx0NPAbAng

STORY STILL BEING UPDATED

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17 Comments on "“How Many Pessamists Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?” Jason Setnyk from Cornwall Labour Council Municipal Debate – VIDEO – Cornwall Ontario – October 6, 2010"

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CrackerJim
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Forgive me for being brisk, and not near enough to the microphone. ****************************************************************************************************** The problem of our disappearing children… We don’t have the things that other locations offer, like schools, jobs, a wider range of cultural and liesure persuits (…walk down Pitt Street on a Sunday afternoon, and good luck finding a coffee shop to sit down and have a chat) They don’t want to bring their kids back only to see them, leave as well And as cruel as it is, they don’t like the mentality of an “establishment”: – that would still be content with the “smell of… Read more »
smee
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How many optimists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
None, because they’re sure the light will come back on once it’s ready

Either way we loose Thanx Jason. But on the optimistic side Conrwall remains the same.

Matt
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Why is Jason Setnyk on the front page? He was horrible during the debate! Is he related to someone working for the Cornwall Free News? There was only one or two Councillors that had the audience cheer and yet they were hardly mentioned. I guess that’s why Jason is never shown live because he hasn’t said anything impressive yet, until his planned one, liner to finish the night….which was really cheesy and ridiculous! 6 incumbents and 4 challengers would fit the bill for me! Heres my list (in alphabetical order only): -Michael Bedard -Bernadette Clement -Denis Carr -Maurice Dupelle -Glen… Read more »
Matt
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Mayor T.B.D!

So far, Mark has said more about the future less about the past which is what I want to here! Not, the I’m a father, born…, was…, etc.

How about this is where we are and this is were we need to go!

vin
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Ah… Bob… “Not me. I’ll never do it.” Of course you won’t do anything about it (as you’ve proved to us). If people are working “oh so much” over time and still aren’t able to get the job done properly, don’t you think there IS a problem that should be taken care of Bob? Mark’s comment could be taken negatively, but it in this case, it really wasn’t. And as for the other one, she doesn’t know if she’s coming or going! I agree, we should be looking ahead, looking back on what has been done isn’t important, of course… Read more »
smee
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Bob $119 Million for the Cornwall Community hospital.. How much over budget is the project at this time? Though the hospital is a good idea is spending that much money on a building riddled with cut backs a wise choice? If Despatie continues it will make a great old age home or better yet palliative care unit. That is if you can hit the province for more money. As it stands now it is nothing more then sugar coating a pile of crap. Yes the building is nice but what is inside? How much ligic is there is a facility… Read more »
Grimalot
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Hey smee, I agree with a lot of what you say above!! And just to add to that, the service Canada call center, with 177 employees or whatever, wasn’t that apparently “Lauzon” that brought that in? What did Kilger have to do with that other than some talks perhaps? One thing for sure, Kilger and Lauzon seem to like to take credit for other peoples work!

smee
Guest

Thanx Grimalot
How many local people were hired in that call center, how many strictly anglophones were hired as well.
It is government and I would think anybody already a member of CUPE would be given first chance to work here.

Grimalot
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I guess Matt likes some of the same status quo and people to vote themselves a 38% raise.. some nice picks there Matt.. I’m surprised you didn’t add Syd to that list too..

CrackerJim
Member
Quite a compilation “smee” thank you. These situations are conveniently put aside, as politicians trumpet that a project is $600,000 under budget (the real news story would be, how is it that budgeters were so far off the mark). And in the case of a $55,000,000 water sewage plant, what is there to trumpet? It only highlights the skewed priorities of the Corporation of Cornwall; that is to pay $2,000,000 to a shady developer for a polluted piece of land and $30,000,000 on top of that for an arena …all before we decide to quit using the St. Lawrence as… Read more »
Cornwall Harry
Member

This is why we need a new city council. Let the citizens speak!

Matt
Guest

Grimalot, Syd was extremely rude to follow citizens telling them “to back to sleep!” in the middle of he campaign debate hosted by the labour council and only says what he has done in the past! He has an unrealistic vision of an airport that I think will do little for a community that must develop other areas first and i believe the other candidates could get the job done better than he could….plain and simple!

Grimalot
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Not only rude to some there Matt.. but Andre Rivette, Syd Gardener, and I believe Glen Grant, all wanted to vote themselves a 38% raise.. I don’t know where they learn business from, but, If I go and take a job somewhere, I take it for what is offered. If I tell my boss, that hey, Ill work harder if you give me more money, what do you think that boss would do? or should do I should say? I can tell you easily, that the ethical thing for that boss to do would be to fire me, because I… Read more »
Cornwall Harry
Member

“How many pessimists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” Where City Council were concerned it would take one council member up on the table to hold the lightbulb and the nine others could rotate the table. Let’s clean house!

Buddy
Guest

Has anyone noticed that zero candidates are making an effort to speak to the 18-24 year old first generation voters? That use to be called contempt. It’s probably fear though.

smee
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Jim Most true planners and can be right on the mark, costs are not rocket science. Yes some do what they can to earn a little more for nothing but in some cases it is the unnecessary evil. I have been involved in a few capital projects myself. The problem lays a little deeper then budget and accounting, it is always management. The $600,000 you mentioned was probably due to cut backs which will cost us an additional $2,000,000 later on. If not the plant or building will be riddled with maintenance issues such as rusting components as in the… Read more »
Stan
Member

Bravo Matt, you speaka you piece.

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