CFN – In this article, I would like to shine some light on some possibly forgotten hot topics from the recent past! These ideas have either been forgotten or simply have gone off the radar in recent discussions. If any members of the community would like to add to this conversation than please do so in the Cornwall Free News comments section below.
Arts and Culture Facility
During the 2010 election, Arts and Culture seemed to have finally immerged as the front runner for discussions. It seemed as if we were on the verge of beginning to look at developing an area of our community that was vibrant but lacked support from most levels of government and most other community action groups.
Many in the S.D. & G. community where rightfully pushing for an arts and culture centre to be built here in Cornwall which would help showcase and develop our local talent while centralizing the areas faculties under one roof.
As of today, many meetings where held and several groups formed but still, to this date, nothing of worth has been discussed after the initial meetings took place. No future plans have been announced nor any commitment or public input sought since the initial meetings!
It would seem that the initial meetings were just to appease the public and true support for this venture was not truly on the front burner. This seems to be a political move to go through the motions and hope people will forget about it for now!!!
Leslie O’Shaugnessy – Resignation Details
Leslie O’Shaughnessy resigned from council on April 10th, 2012 and although speculation and his clear opinions and complaints led us to believe that he was leaving office due to the number of scandals and number of closed door meetings taking place at Cornwall City Hall it was never exactly confirmed!
We were all told that more information would be released in the near future clarifying his resignation. To this date nothing has been said and maybe it’s better off that way but for whom???????
Transparency has been a highly discussed topic recently in politics but what really is Political Transparency? According to Wikipedia it is: Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability. To simply describe how I termed it, as a business student, would be to perform actions in such a way that they are clearly seen and known while leaving the option and ability for anyone to verify your results or actions……..even simpler would be counting someone’s change in front of them is clear example of transparency! Not by counting it behind the counter and then throwing it in a bag that cannot be opened or seen!
How did the Cornwall Standard Freeholder allow Claude McIntosh’s article trashing Andre Rivette to get published and printed? Did Claude vouch for the claims because his son gave him the information (who is a City Cop) or was it because the Mayor wanted it printed because Andre was giving him a hard time and has walked out of several closed door meetings; including one that was proven by Stephen Fournier to have disregarded the Municipal Act. Bob Kilger chaired the meeting and was directly responsible for not keeping the closed door meeting on track!
Cornwall Ribfest was amazing and kudo’s to those who provided and reminded Cornwall of what type of festival we all love! Local music, good food and lots of things to do with the kids!
Also I visited Mont-Tremblant and saw David Usher (lead singer of the band Moist)perform live for FREE in front of about 5,000 people. His act was amazing and better than anything at lift-off which I am positive didn’t cost $100,000 plus as Lift-off organizers claimed to have paid or have unwisely over paid for each headliner!
Seeing this inspires me to help support Ribfest or another festival! The more festivals the better in my opinion!
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