Open Mike by Mike Bedard – Cornwall Ontario City Council Budget Shortfall, Advertising Ban Hypocrisy & Time for Change

Open Mike by Mike Bedard – Cornwall Ontario City Council Budget Shortfall, Advertising Ban Hypocrisy & Time for Change

CFN – Advertising Ban a policy not followed!

City Council created a policy which ensured that the city’s advertising dollars would not be spent with any company that allows anonymous posts or comments!

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To this date however the largest amount of spending with media and advertising sites is with the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.
The Cornwall Standard-Freeholder has anonymous comments in its point of view section, just above the letter to the editors, and still allows anonymous posts on-line!

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Who is responsible for such a shameful display of ignorance?  Not only is the policy set forth not being adhered to but it should never have been created in the first place!

Mayors Personal Expenses should be looked at closer!

The mayor is back to health which is good for the City. With all of City Halls mishaps and gigantic blusters this term coming to light no one else could do damage control like the old referee!
A concerned citizen asked about this:  Mayor Kilger has spent a lot of his budget early in to the year and I am sure he will surpass the budget set forth but some statements about his spending don’t add up (pardon the pun)!

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When discussing the Mayors spending our CFO (Chief Financial Officer) said this:  Financial services manager Maureen Adams added that the mayor sits on numerous boards – such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario – that requires extra travel and costs.
The concerned citizen asked me “Does AMO not cover expenses?”  Which I do not know but I hope not or we have a serious problem!  If AMO does and the mayor is double dipping then all credibility would be lost!

Mayor Kilger on right of About to be Former CAO Paul $1.4M Man Fitzpatrick

Either way it does not matter!  Bob Kilger would have had to hand in a nomination form and volunteered to be part of this board he was not required to be on any AMO committee!  Since when does the mayor and for that matter any councilor get to spend City Tax Dollars on whatever he wants?  Mr. Kilger you volunteered so you pay the costs out of your salary!

$650,000 Shortfall should be taken more seriously!

Our highly respected CFO dropped a bomb shell on City Councilors this week!  Informing them that we are $650,000 over budget!  Although it only amounts to less then 1% of the budget it should still be taken seriously!


Mr. Denis Thibault’s – WTF of the year came during this meeting.  When he stated the following:

“This is less than 1% of our overall budget (of $155 million),” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, this is nothing and it’ll be dealt with.”

I have been watching every council meeting and I will say Mr. Thibault is one the most level headed Councilors.  However, Mrs. Adams has it right.

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Mrs. Adams mentioned to Council that she will be sending a memo out to all departments requesting any possible cuts to ensure we end the year on or closer to budget the current – $650,000.

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Should that not have been the first thing on everyone’s mind and since when does City Council have a carte-blanche to do whatever they please with our money?  I would hope our tax dollars and the concern for how our money is being spent is taken more seriously or is it this elderly group simply does not care anymore and has grown tired?

In Summary

We are over budget!  This could have been averted if Law suits, expenses and our Council/Mayor were on top of things!  Council and the Mayor is out of touch with our societies trends and lack the foresight needed to make proper decisions due to their long tenures which reinforces, in their minds, their beliefs!

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Time for a Change!

Thank You,
Mike Bedard

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6 Comments on "Open Mike by Mike Bedard – Cornwall Ontario City Council Budget Shortfall, Advertising Ban Hypocrisy & Time for Change"

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amicus
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Very interesting article. I like the recommendation/conclusion at the end: Those striving to be earnest need to consciously distance themselves from the deluded and the hypocrites, perhaps by introducing an explicit social cost to being either. We may be wrong to prefer those who are earnestly misguided to those who are consciously phoney. Outright hypocrites can be exposed and confronted. But self-deluding beliefs can wrap themselves around uncomfortable facts with a slipperiness that is both more treacherous and less easily noticed. “…If I had to choose I would rather live in a world of hypocrites than in a world of… Read more »
jules
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Good article. Too many people are really asleep and delusional indeed. I have been saying that for many years. People expect that the politicians will solve all our problems but that is not so at all. We the people are supposed to be the government. We get the government that we deserve and when we look at ourselves as a bunch of lazy, want everything fast and a bunch of gluttens then we will not get a good representation. Yes it sure is time for a change indeed. People have to awaken from their deep slumber and get active in… Read more »
jules
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One more thing that I wanted to say. We don’t need to use our real names to make our point. A lot of us prefer to be anonymous and my e-mail is very valid and I use my computer from home which is registered with Rogers. I see that Thibault is taking his nap on the job – no wonder the town is in debt when we have to pay people like that who sleep instead of doing some good for the community. If my daughter did that on the job she would be fired and so would I have… Read more »
Believe Me
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Jules = You got that Thibault guy figured out correctly & yes he should go ASAP . When it comes to Integrity he falls short & he apparently is blind to the principal re Conflict of Interest .

jules
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“Believe Me” it didn’t take me long to have Thibault figured out at just a few times looking at him. At first I said to myself give the man a break and see who he really is about. Well I did just that I gave him a break and I studied his character and believe me I didn’t like what I saw. Thibault is the first one on my list to ditch out. Cornwall needs drastic changes in council. Someone wrote in Jamie’s column from Cambridge, Ontario about them having some of the similar problems and like she said get… Read more »
jules
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The more I look at Thibault the more I see a big crook and foxy enough to steal from the people while he sleeps. LOL LOL. You are all paying big money to keep these crooks in office. Wake up folks. If you think that your taxes are high now just give it a little time and when you get your tax bill pray to God before opening the bill that you don’t have a heart attack when you see it. You will all be paying big time for sure. You have to pay for “Fitzies” enormous pensions when you… Read more »
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