One minute City Council is facing a $650,000 budget deficit and then the next minute we have a $127,000 surplus!
Did the City Managers and Council show fiscal restraint and did they make necessary cuts to ensure the budget was met?
Actually, NAV Canada won a battle that saw the city hit with an additional $700,000 cost / reduction in revenues! So what happened to produce a surplus? The province forgave the city of $1,600,000 set to be repaid for social services. Now do the math $700,000 + $650,000 = $1,350,000 (a huge deficit). So were council and the budgeting committee lucky or efficient?
The fatal flaw in all of this was the decision to appoint only part of council to the budget steering committee! All of council use to sit on this committee, as they should, and most of the current council and mayor thought that not all were needed! However, we have seen that newly elected members and those not sitting on the committee are unaware of the proceedings and thus causes problems due to a lack of awareness when other matters are discussed at council!
A permanent change to include all of Council on the Budget Steering Committee would prove wise!
After hearing the horrible news of Teleperformance’s expected closure I couldn’t help but feel like I was experiencing a horrible case of Déjà-Vu!
What startled me was the response to the closure. It seems some of those at City Hall can’t seem to perform basic math skills!
A short list of recent business closures or Major Job Losses over last 4 years:
Satisfied Brakes – 125 Job Losses
Star Tek – 398 Job Losses
Teleperformance – 120 Job Losses
Government Cuts – 50 Job Losses
Total Job Losses – 693 Job losses
A short list of recent business openings or Major Jobs Created over the last two terms of Council:
Matrix Logistics (Shoppers) – 120 Job Hirings
11 Points Distribution (Target) – 350 Job Hirings – projected
Total Job Hirings – 470 Job losses
These totals only worsen if we consider Domtar’s losses of 910 to SCM’s approximately 800 hires!
So please all of you at City Hall stop trying to say that the opening of these distribution centres will replace our job losses!!! Officially there is no more room nor has there ever been for future job losses!
Our Welfare or Ontario Works recipients and ODSP recipients continue to rise drastically as you turn a blind eye to obvious economic issues which you need to be addressed and not dismissed publicly in an effort to ensure the public that you are aware of our current economic climate and working towards bettering the situation.
False Recognition or Phony Representation
Jamie (Admin) beat me to the punch but did anyone else catch this epic and new trend that Economic Development has been using.
So here is the deal, Cornwall Pays for ads to promote several building initiatives in an effort to attract new investors!!!! Nothing wrong with this and it is a good idea!!! The bad idea and total WTF was when the same people made a media release stating that Cornwall was being recognized for its construction! It sounded like we won an award or are being applauded for the great work……….but wait a minute it was a paid $5,000 dollar advertisement more commonly known as an advertorial!
What’s next? Create your own award and then present it to yourself? Silly Rabbit Tricks are for Kids!
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