Open Mike by Mike Bedard – Canada Day & Freedom of Speech in Cornwall Ontario – July 3, 2012

Open Mike by Mike Bedard –   Canada Day & Freedom of Speech in Cornwall Ontario – July 3, 2012

CFN – Shhhh!  Do as we say and you will be much happier!  Despite what you may of heard (generally, the truth) that’s not quite true!
Sound familiar or have you ever felt like this is what is expected of you or how things truly are in society?  Well in Cornwall, Ontario not only is it commonly felt but also well practiced!

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Here a few examples of how FREEDOM of SPEECH is Dead in Cornwall!

Advertising Ban

New York State wants to ban anonymous on-line posts but most say it’s unconstitutional and is against every US citizens right to Free Speech.

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Some states, such as Florida, Montana, Oregon and Texas, have even protected anonymous online speech under shield laws, which are usually reserved for reporters and their anonymous sources.

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Cornwall City Council passed an advertising ban and has chosen not to advertise on web-sites that let people make anonymous comments.  At first you may think, well they can decide to do whatever they want with their advertising dollars…….but wait a minute………..it isn’t “THEIR” money!   They have decided to block us from free speech with our money!  Plus, they still spend a lot of money with the Standard-Freeholder (who allows anonymity) but not with the Cornwall Free News.  I believe this bylaw was truly created to hide from the public that the mayor, administration and council just didn’t want to support the Cornwall Free News but were too cowardly to say just that and in the process created one the most unethical bylaws ever created by the City of Cornwall.

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“The Egos at City Hall have crushed and are dragging whatever it can into the crypt with them and their dying ideals.”

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The report clearly misrepresents what is true.  In the background information it states that the huffington post, which is clearly for anonymous posts, was against such comments but yet their journalists are clearly taking the side stance that it impedes on our Freedom of Speech!

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Although most of us have all of our personal information readily available via social media, etc. Some of us (City Employees) feel as if they would be fired for insubordination if they used their real names and feel comfortable protecting their identity to bring or way-in on issues and topics!

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The old days of face to face meetings, type writers and snail mail are monuments to those stuck in the past.  Interesting Fact, the U.S. Republicans and Democrats are in full campaign mode and those likely to ban same sex marriage and birth control also are the demographic that use a rotary phone, do not have the internet and still use snail mail.

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Interesting Point, this last paragraph sounds like I just described three quarters of Cornwall City Council!

Transparency

We have had one Councilor resign, fired our human resources manager without cause (costing us $300,000) and our CAO has taken and early retirement!  Most of this due to law suits from mistreating staff!  But ….. Shhhh!  Do as we say and you will be much happier!  Despite what you may of heard (generally, the truth) that’s not quite true!

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Our transparency issues aren’t all about lawsuits either!  This is from another article from the editor posted here ONLY on the Cornwall Free News:

For 2009, the latest year for which the data were compiled, Cornwall, with only 13 points out of a possible 36, ranks among the 10 least transparent cities in Canada. For six of the eleven indicators that help to determine the degree of transparency, Cornwall received 0 points. To convince you even more, compare Cornwall and Maple Ridge (BC) financial reports, available on the site.
If you are not yet convinced of the opacity of the municipal management of our city, try to find the results of the Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP) on the city’s web site. This program, established some ten years ago by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, requires municipalities to assess the cost of the delivery of services and publish the results not later than the following September 30. Until 2008 the City of Cornwall published these results on its web site in a clear and comprehensible manner that allowed comparing the results both with previous years and with other cities. This way one could learn that in 2007 the cost of the police services per capita was $339.18 and in 2008 it had increased to $356.32 per person. One could also find that it was much higher than in other similar cities. For the years 2009 and 2010, the presentation of the data is so complicated and confusing that it is difficult to find the precise cost and even more difficult to make comparisons. Was the council aware of these changes, and if so, why did they accept them? Do they want to hide the costs from the taxpayers? In any case, this is not an example of transparency!

Kudos

To the Canada Day staff for all of their hard work to put on such a wonderful display for our children.  I would love to see Canada Day expand here in Cornwall to include events such as lift-off…..but for free!  Either way the fireworks were great last year and this year as well!

WTF

OK, the Cornwall Standard Freeholder Editor really needs to up his game!   One article reads that we should be happy that Bob Kilger is doing better and that it shouldn’t alarm anyone that Mayor Kilger is spending more money on personal expenses then all of council combined.  Yet, several weeks before Claude McIntosh is praising the Mayor for not missing a beat even though he is sick!

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So, which one is it?  Was he sick and not performing his duties due to his condition or did he never miss a beat!  It can’t be both……He was clearly sick but did his best, which was admirable, and has now spent more than he should catching up………there was that so hard to say!

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Thank You,
Mike Bedard

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10 Comments on "Open Mike by Mike Bedard – Canada Day & Freedom of Speech in Cornwall Ontario – July 3, 2012"

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Jesse
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I’m not defending the Freeholder, which is full of way too much right-wing junk, but the irony of you complaining about the Freeholder’s editor in your barely intelligible screed is delicious.

Barrie Brown
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I didn’t follow how an advertising ban in Ontario is related to the Democrats and New York State. I found the post difficult to read. Is English your second language?

Simon
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Again with the crazy all over the place rant… citing the constitution of the United States? And as for those dinosaurs stuck in the past — “as you may of [sic] heard” — they’re still soldiering on. They’re still spelling and applying grammar in a fashion that transmits a clear message… but I digress. The City of Cornwall fully supports anonymous commenting on-line. The city’s Waterfront (Development) Committee survey may be filled out anonymously, and as many times as you care — preferably over and over again, and probably in favour of development and the committee’s agenda. And as for… Read more »
simon
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It was just meant as a gentle tap, to remind the columnist that being stuck in the present or even the future isn’t any better than harping about being stuck in the past.

Darcy Neal
Member

Becoming aware that territorial governing entities always impose and enforce their Rule of Law by force be it by coercion or denial of beneficiary offerings is the nature of the state. Individuals seek freedom of speech to voice concerns regarding questionable governing activities. But then territorial governing entities seek invasion of privacy and the silencing of active liberty seekers such as freedom of expression educationalist. We will only be silenced If we permit them to silence us. Your silence is your consent to be silenced.

Mike Bedard
Member
Re: Simon, The City of Cornwall does not support annonynous comments on-line. The fact that the Water Front Committtee has allowed annonymous comments only shows that administration and council made the bylaw to ban advertising on media sites who allow annonymous comments; strictly to cause hardship on the Cornwall Free News. The Water Front Committee clearly saw the advantage and the potential in allowing annonymous posts. Why doesn’t council? Answer, they don’t know they are just doing what they are told to by administration and don’t want to make waves. Re:Jesse and Barrie Brown. – Your welcome, Please continue enjoying… Read more »
les habitants
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Mike ,you put in the hours… are you the young fella who ran for council last election…thinking we`ll see your hat in that ring again ! mistakes just remind us we`re human ehMike? I like to read your articles .Opinions are always subject to personal experiences and interpretation… keep at it!!!

simon
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If the columnist isn’t going to get a big person to help write, then at least get a big person to help read. “The City of Cornwall fully supports anonymous commenting on-line. “… this is a tongue-in-cheek statement. The statement is meant to highlight the hypocrisy of castigating the on-line Cornwall Free News for accepting “anonymous” comments, yet encouraging “annonymous” responses to the on-line waterfront Committee survey. The next scandal may well be the report from City Hall with regard to that on-line Waterfront Development questionnaire. By allowing anonymous posts, City Hall is enabling persons to post over and over… Read more »
Mike Bedard
Member
Re: Simon, Thank You for continously enlighting me. You are a “Giant” and a true gentleman/women. Please continue to discuss my articles and my horrible grammar with humour. I guess if you don’t understand what I represent or am trying to do then I guess you never will. Don’t bang your head too hard up against the wall on my account. I enjoy your opinions especially the repeated accusastion of focusing too much on the present and future. Please allow me to explain why I continously write in this manner. My idea is that all municipalities, like businesses, must always… Read more »
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