Cornwall city government and admistration are leading the community without a moral compass.
For all the talk of modernity and progress, Cornwall’s governance and administration are embarrassing relics of a time when secrecy, backroom deals, and favouritism for family and friends were the rule.
The first practical step for the City of Cornwall is to establish and adopt a written code of ethics, and a clearly defined policy on openness and accountability — documents framed by the community at large.
Cornwall needs to lay a foundation for trust between the community and government — a clearly written document that sets out the community’s expectations of government and administration, and the rules and prohibitions within which those bodies must work.
It is not a new or untried tool — it does not need to be reinvented — many organizations, corporate, public and private make such binding guides and regulations an integral part of their operation.
(Take a lesson from other communities; the community of Kitchener, Ontario for instance: http://www.kitchener.ca/en/
It’s certain that any cost we incur will be less than the millions of dollars that the City of Cornwall now lays out in settlements and legal fees because of our current sorry state.
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