Does Cornwall Ontario Need Ten City Councilors? Waterfront subterfuge? Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – May 22, 2012

Does Cornwall Ontario Need Ten City Councilors? Waterfront subterfuge?  Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – May 22, 2012

CFN – This term of City Council here in Cornwall has shown the holes in the council system.   In a time when the City of Ottawa even is considering dropping from 24 councilors it’s starting to make a lot of sense.   LINK

We have ten councilors currently.   There is no ward system in Cornwall so representation isn’t an issue although it probably should.

Recently we have had Beavergate and the Bilingual nurse protest.  Both issues councilors sat on their hands.

We have Councilor Thibault busy chopping up and planning the waterfront with some developers and a few stooges on the Waterfront Committee.

Here we have a video regarding the committee allegedly trying to force Stephen Alexander, one of the most competent managers in Cornwall off of the Waterfront committee.  Watch Mr. Menard spin  🙂  Libel chill from a committee member, many questions, not a lot of answers .  Interesting video if you care about Cornwall’s waterfront.

We have councilor Carr with his Heart of the City initiative.    HOC does some good in Cornwall, but surely some of the bluster about conflict of interest has some merit?  Should Mr. Carr have to make a decision about whether he wants to run Heart of the City or be on Council when Cornwall has a policy that does not allow city workers to be on Council?

Councilor Grant is busy leading many of the committees, but from there it spins downward with most councilors participating on many committees, but not really having much of an impact in moving the city forward.

As a matter of fact council at the moment is starting to go partisan with Conservative members smelling blood in the water of long former Liberal MP Bob Kilger who is fighting off scandal after scandal while sitting as mayor and dealing with health issues.

Murmurs at city hall of a putsch to land Councilor David “Mellow Yellow” Murphy into the mayor’s seat have many following Cornwall politics cringing.

Voting at council has shown this year to be done by bloc or clique; especially during the issues surrounding the CAO Paul Fitzpatrick and the alleged wrongful termination of HR manager Robert Menagh.

So the question is why have ten councilors?   If the city is going to be run as it’s been run this term of council why have more than two or three?

Where are the issues that councilors should be leading?  With Councilor O’Shaughnessy quitting in disgust; the gang bang of councilor Rivette who has been very quiet since his complaint has stood up after sitting for a video interview with CFN;  councilors MacDonald, Dupelle, and even Queen Bernadette Clement have been all but silent on issues impacting the city, are having that many councilors just dead wood and a waste of tax dollars?

Add in refusals of council to allow citizens to present to council and it seems a very shady version of Democracy being practiced in Cornwall Ontario…

What do these councilors stand for?

What do you think Cornwallites?  You can post your comments below.

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A person from Welland Ontario once mentioned to me that Cornwall and Welland are considered sister cities, or comparators, in terms of population, number of households, demographics, industry, etc. I believe Welland has 6 councillors. Just a point of interest.

Also quite the little warning growl at the end of that videotape:
” …take the info as it is presented and reflect it without twisting it…otherwise it will be the first and last time…”

Mark A. MacDonald


With regard to the question (at 5:10 on the Guy Menard video) in reference to the waterfront, “where can one go to get a coffee, beverage or a meal, (his answer) nowhere”, is not correct.

The RCAFA WIng 424 is open to the public and often holds special events that showcase the sacrifice that some brave men and women have made to keep us safe.

I would have thought that the Waterfront Committee would have known this already.


Here in Ottawa the taxes are enormous and our mayor Jim Watson is looking for savings wherever he can. Cornwall is literally stealing from the people. Why on God’s earth does Cornwall need 10 councellors for a tiny population of 45K or less. All that mostly exists in Cornwall are seniors and a lot of them are living in LA LA land not knowing what is going on and how they are being screwed to the hilt in taxes, etc. etc. etc. Here in Ottawa we are close to a million people and more with people in the surrounding areas… Read more »


There is something that I wanted to add to this. You had the former police club at one time and my husband went there with a friend of his and said that it was a nice place to eat and meet up with friends. We have always gone through that park and I saw the old building it was in and yes that would be a nice place for a restaurant BUT I want all of you to consider all about what I am going to tell you. How many people can afford to eat out and in a nice… Read more »


We had lots of places for people to get a bite to eat. The first was Morty’s, then changed to the Blue Room, then to something else, then to a greek restaurant, then to Don Cherry’s. Guess what they all went bankrupt except Morty’s cause he sold at he right time. At least three closed while the Royals played a few nights a week in town. The place is still there filled with city files.

David James
David James

Not exactly on topic but re Ms Brink:

On her Observations of a newsjunkie Blog she has deleted all negative comments and left up one that is somewhat positive on May 14th City Hall blog..not NEWS
Real Journalist like Marie Colvin die reporting the truth from Syria and this lady
from the city daily, who doesn’t hide her religious feelings, does this!


Wow. Wasn’t that the restaurant that is in the Civic Complex. I remember that place and went there twice and yes it was under different hands. That was a nice place but if a place is not loaded with people then the business will not survive. Here in Ottawa we have a million people or near it and restaurants come and go. We know a man who wanted to open one and so many of us who know him said no to him because none have stayed very long. What do you think would happen in minuscule Cornwall? If a… Read more »


Loser city, loser council. We get what we deserve.