LTE – Mike Bedard is not Happy With Cornwall City Council Performance & More – January 16, 2013

LTE – Mike Bedard is not Happy With Cornwall City Council Performance & More – January 16, 2013
Mike Bedard
Mike Bedard

Cornwall Council Losing Support

Cornwall City Council could NOT do a better job of losing support from those in the community.  City Council has done a wonderful job of letting down so many in the community and this year’s budgeting process is no better!
Here is a short list of those who may feel slighted and/or left wanting more from our current Council and Mayor:

  • Cornwall Community Hospital – We need an MRI machine and due to the large funding initiatives brought forward for the construction and renovation of the Hospital the community could not afford to give anymore.  If council would have seen that the community was going to be affected by the recession and that the government was going to soon reduce transfer payments then it could have easily have afforded to support the hospital further by donating to ensure Cornwall gets an MRI machine!   I love the Benson Centre but it blows my mind to see how much we spend on a hockey arena vs. health care!   …But then again nothing surprises me with this council!   This council has the potential to perform anywhere in between Amazing and WTF……unfortunately I find myself saying WTF far too often!

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  • Language Fairness for All – Although I fully agreed with supporting the hospital and not for withdrawing or holding on to funds.  Council could have communicated better and tried to find common ground and have supported both sides of the debate instead of one!   Politically speaking these are very difficult times but nothing is impossible if believe and strive to achieve the goal!  Sometimes getting involved behind the scenes and bringing two sides together is easier than you would have thought!   However, staying neutral and doing nothing may reduce risk and work but you will be never become great unless you work harder than everyone else!

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  • Cornwall Free News – after creating a special bylaw stating that it would not advertise with any on-line media firm who allows anonymous post; Cornwall continued to spend money with all its current media outlets but one (The Cornwall Free News); who allowed anonymous post!  Why?

 

Only one logical reason would explain this action, the Cornwall Free News had placed articles and posted questions that highlighted or made the community aware of certain things the Mayor and Council wanted to hide behind closed doors!

 

  • The General Public – Council Andre Rivette won a small battle vs. the rest of council and more importantly the Mayor by proving that the Mayor was out of line when he allowed councillors to attack him personally in a closed door meeting!  The general public where angered and unfortunately not a single councillor other than Mr. Rivette even addressed the public.

 

Why, in an effort to remain transparent, where council and the clerk not informing the public of closed door meetings?  Is this not mandatory or at least shouldn’t it be if you truly want to be transparent?  Was this intentional and more importantly why?  Should you be ostracized for asking these questions?

 

Why didn’t anyone on council make an attempt to respond – ex. “Council (I) would like to thank you for attending but unfortunately we cannot discuss any details at this time.  We (I) would like to ensure you that we (I) are acting accordingly and cannot answer any direct questions to protect the integrity and relationships with all of those involved!  When council has further information we will provide you with as much detail as possible!”……………………………Oh, wait I forgot!  You would have to care and put some effort forward to do something as frugal as a proper media release!   Wait don’t we pay someone to do this?  Why are we paying someone to respond for our elected municipal councillors?  Do they not get paid to perform as a politician?  Can we cut costs by eliminating the position?

 

  • Leslie O’Shaughnessy – Resigned after he could NOT deal with all of the scrutiny involved with so many closed door meetings……….or so we think!  We were promised a reason from Leslie a long time ago but to this day Mr. O’Shaughnessy has not released anything!   I respect his decision to step away from such a regressive council but he must realize his supporters deserve answers!  Good Luck Leslie and I hope eliminating the work load and stresses of the position have improved your quality of life!

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  • The Cornwall Community Action Group – Was formed by a leadership of Gerry Benson, Sandy Cameron, Dr. Michel Dubuc, Roy Perkins and a few others.   The group claims that City Council has burdened the community with high taxes and claims that our community would benefit from a tax freeze or reduction in the tax levy.  Currently we are going to see a big tax increase and despite the advertised tax rates we are paying more than the 2.9% advertise!  A few years ago our average assessed home was near the $100,000 mark and now we sit around $160,000!

 

Due to increased assessments and continuous tax rate increases, the burden to the tax payer constantly rises unless the tax rate is decreased!  Please do not be confused by this since it is very simple!  Your assessed value of your home times the tax rate gives us your property taxes (not including education, water and other taxes)!   If your house assessment continues to rise and the tax rate did not change (or saw a 0% rise – this is what would be advertised) you would still pay more in taxes!

 

Ex. 2010 – $100,000 (assessed home value) x .018 (Tax Rate) – $1,800

2011 – $120,000 (assessed home value) x .018 (Tax Rate) – $2,160

2012 – $140,000 (assessed home value) x .018 (Tax Rate) – $2,520

In a perfect world council would maintain and look for savings by holding division managers to tight budgets and ensure the community is not over burdened with taxes!  Ensure our Seniors and less fortunate do not need to visit the AGAPE or use Ontario Works as frequently and continuously work to reduce the number of people on assistance by ensuring our quality of life and employment is better than any other community!

South Stormont vs. South Glengarry

Congratulations to South Glengarry for showing true brilliance!  If there is no problem present then there is no need to address a negative and (for lack of a better term) useless proposal!

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Although, South Stormont had a different amendment they still didn’t catch such a clearly stated point in South Glengarry!  Due to Robert’s Rules of Order you cannot reaffirm a current position and also negative positions such as “Not Mandate” are clearly out of order!

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Here is why:  You cannot reaffirm a bylaw or position.  What if it loses?  Then you have a motion with no solution.   A motion must be to make a change!  Furthermore, it cannot bind future councils therefore cannot state what people cannot support!  For example a sign bylaw can state dimensions and can state what languages it must be written in but cannot say that no future council can ever change the bylaw.  Also, if there is no bylaw stating which language must be written on signs then you are FREE to do as you please!
Mr. Galganov wasted supporter’s money by not properly preparing nor presenting a suitable motion to council……………………..but really the only people upset with this:

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1) The Hospital Protesting Language Activist and

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2) Everyone else because we are sick of hearing this small group complain about Quebec and other counties!!!!!   Stick to our current issues and trying to provide valid solutions to improve our community!

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Change the things you feel are wrong by going to those communities and stop wasting tax payers dollars by tying up our Council’s who obviously have more important things to do after coming out of a recession and staring a potential new one in the face!

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Thank You,
Mike Bedard

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edudyorlik
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@Tim Re: January 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm POST
Tim wrote, “”Quebec making a clear decision to stay in Canada”..eh? At what price, admin? Giving the exorbitant price English Canada pays Quebec to stay in, it is not worth it. Let’s divorce amicably. It is possible now because BOTH sides desire it.
Touchez to you … Well said… AND VERY TRUE…

edudyorlik
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@admin January 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm admin wrote, “I believe that Quebecers do not want to leave Canada. I also believe Canadians don’t want Quebec to go. Quebecers have to stand up to the Separatists and say enough.” – With all due respect sir, OF COURSE THEY DON’T WANT TO LEAVE Canada !!!! As a parasite, would you want to leave an entity / host that coddles your ever desire and hands you billions of dollars a year to not only promote your own insane agenda within the “province” of Quebec but then gives you billions more to help… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ ed

Speaking English in quebec is more than atrocity, it borders on being illegal, not to mention, if you have a sick child, you better speak french or they decide to let the child die

Not dramatics here, but recorded fact, this you cannot deny

Tim
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Tim

Ed, the West would rather separate themselves than continue the charade of keeping extortionist Quebec in Canada. I’d rather keep the West and kick Quebec out.

Cory Cameron
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Cory Cameron

Jamie, I agree with you that I’d like to see Quebec remain in Canada as well. It’s nice to think that we’re all Canadians and everything will work out in the end. But I have to agree with Edudyorlik, Tim, peter and others as to their arguments. Let’s look at the language issue. Why haven’t the people of Quebec spoken out against these laws that restrict the use of a language? How can the Quebec population tolerate language police? Do they not understand the restrictions of freedoms being placed on not only a Non-Francophone minority but even their own Freedom… Read more »

Ed
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Ed

@ Peter. I won’t deny that a paramedic in Quebec might have spoken to an English person in French. I’m sure it happens almost every day. And I’m willing to bet that paramedics all over the “rest of Canada” regularly speak to Francophones and everybody else in English.
I can’t make sense of your last comment…
Are you saying that paramedics in Quebec let children of Anglophone parents die? Is that what you meant to say? Do they just toss them into a snowbank and drive away?

peter
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peter

@ Ed No, what I am saying is that a para -medic made a political statement, in a potentially life or death situtation. Tell me ed, if the the worst happened, and the child died, what would you have said then ? As for the rest of canada, if an instance had occurred, as it does, sometimes, a para- medic, would not SAY words to the efect here we speak English, if he or she did, then they would be fired on the spot and you know it. I can name you many hospitals that have french and mandarin and… Read more »

Ed
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Ed

@ Tim. I’m assuming that to you, the West is Alberta?
I agree that there are some rural pockets in Alberta where semi-literate bozos who have never been east of Saskatchewan want to boot Quebec out of Canada. They want to boot Ontario out too. These same knuckle-draggers hate BCers almost as much.

peter
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peter

@ admin Did I read you correctly when you say that canadians have to have an official dialog? What quebec wants from canada is obvious by the laws they have passed. They want EVERYTHING FROM CANADA MONETARIALY, and give NOTHING back in return. Are you kidding me with that statement you made ? Look what they have done the last 50+ years. They have their own immigration system. they have quebec embassies and a quebec house representating quebec ONLY in many , many countires thoughtout the world. We pay for these buildings by the way, are you happy about that?… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ Ed I can tell you people in Saskatchewan, ( saskatoon ) formers quebeckers ( they lived on provost St lachine) very well educated that feel quebec should go. This is a following here I have friends in calgary well educated and former quebeckers, from ville Lasalle, ville Emard and Montreal nord . tha feel quebec should go. ed, I could go on and on, so what you are saying is NOT isolated or confined to the illiterate, or unedcuated. I lived in 13 canadian cities from coast to coast. I hAVE DONE EXTENSIVE BUSINESS WITH MANY OF THESE PROFESSIONALS… Read more »

Ed
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Ed

Wow, Peter! We live on different planets. No point to continuing this BS.
Anybody know where Mr. Galganov will be holding his next gong-show?

Edudyorlik
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Re: what admin wrote to Cory (and whomever) on January 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm “Cory (and whomever) for me it’s simple. Canadians need to have an official dialog. There has to be some form of consensus as to what Canada wants from Quebec and Quebec wants from Canada. Until you get to that point what exactly are you arguing about? IF you achieve those goals and there is no rapprochement then it’s time to consider more drastic action. Some of this talk is like having sex without foreplay… I HAVE TO agree with you admin. Your solid voice of… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

“Canadians need to have an official dialog. There has to be some form of consensus as to what Canada wants from Quebec and Quebec wants from Canada”, said admin.

We already had “official dialog” several times – Meech Lake and Charlottetown. We already know what Quebec wants: “distinct society” entrenched in the Constitution (which “means dick”, as Mulroney put it), sovereignty association (do as they want but Canada paying the bills). CANADIANS SAID NO, merci beaucoup.

Tim
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Tim

Admin, Canadians would not even come close at what took place at Meech Lake and Charlottetown.

peter
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peter

@ admin

then why did you use the term official dialog?

peter
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peter

@ ed

When people present facts to you, and have them backed up, why do you dismiss these as conjecture?

if you can provide anything that contradicts what I have stated, please feel free to put that on the table,

But back up what you say.

You come to a gun fight, not with a knife, but with a rubber knife to boot and you look very, very, silly, and I am being kind.

Tim
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Tim

edudyorlic, loved your reply to Ed: “You can jump up and down and stand on your head all day long telling me how this country has two official languages and all i will tell you is that’s fine and nice but this country is NOT officially BILINGUAL. ”

Indeed. Demographically, Canada is not bilingual, official or otherwise.

Ed
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Ed

Hey Peter, I used to live on Duff Court just north of Provost around ’69. Strange thing though… It didn’t turn my brain into mush! Sadly, some of your friends weren’t so lucky.

Kathy
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Kathy

Ed, I have it on a good authority:

Quebec headed for independence, Ignatieff tells U.K. radio

Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Quebec+headed+independence+Ignatieff+tells+radio/6505080/story.html#ixzz2IZBal0nW

Kathy
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Kathy

@Ed Brian Purdy is a Queen’s Counsel who spent more than 30 years working in criminal law. He is a retired general counsel with the federal Department of Justice, and lives in Calgary. This is what he has to say about Canada separating from Quebec: 7Up ruling proof it’s time to let Quebec go Brian Purdy, Calgary Herald Published: Friday, July 22, 2011 “I’m not the only person who thinks Canada would be a better country without Quebec…It is now 252 years after the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and for all of those years, Canada has suffered from… Read more »

Highlander
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Highlander

Ed January 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm @ Tim. Apart from a few rednecks in rural Alberta and BC, and maybe you, who exactly wants wants to boot Quebec out of Canada? Got any numbers? There he goes again insulting others -Jamie where is his short leash .This ones sputters insults and attempts top antagonize people for PLEASURE HE ADMITTED THAT. You must remember most people here ED?FURTZ have been discriminated against ,so you take pleasyre in antagonizing people who have been discriminated against ?yet you call them rednecks? Wow you must have a small member or low self esteem… Read more »

Highlander
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Highlander

Ed January 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm @ Tim. Apart from a few rednecks in rural Alberta and BC, and maybe you, who exactly wants wants to boot Quebec out of Canada? Got any numbers? There he goes again insulting others -Jamie where is his short leash .This ones sputters insults and attempts top antagonize people for PLEASURE HE ADMITTED THAT. You must remember most people here ED?FURTZ have been discriminated against ,so you take pleasure in antagonizing people who have been discriminated against ?yet you call them rednecks? Wow you must have a small member or low self esteem… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ ed

If nothing you are consistent. Faced with facts you duck, or mock or evade,

but NEVER EVER DEAL HEAD ON WITH WHAT OTHERS PRESENT YOU WITH : FACTS

peter
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peter

@ admin

I hope you are not going the route ed, and ducking questions posed to you

Highlander
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Highlander

Tim January 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm West would rather separate themselves than continue the charade of keeping extortionist Quebec in Canada. I’d rather keep the West and kick Quebec out. Well lets put it this way if you had roommates one is self sufficient ,yet the other sponges off all the others ,now you need to remove a roommate which one would you choose? Ed January 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm “I agree that there are some rural pockets in Alberta where semi-literate bozos who have never been east of Saskatchewan want to boot Quebec out of Canada. They… Read more »

Edudyorlik
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Lol hahahahahah LOL hahahahah 🙂 ROTFL hahahahaha LOL hahahahahahaha Oh highlander… Got me with that oine hahahahah LOL hahahahah.. – Highlander wrote to Ed, “Wow you must have a small member ” Hahahahahah.. LOL ha.. tee hee hee ahhh hah uhmm err uhmm ah hem… ok … uhmmm hahahahahaha LOL hahahahahan LOL… ah hem ok i’m OK… Uhm under control.. hahah.. uhmm ….. under control OK… ah hem… hahahahaha.. uhmm errr ah hem… i hahahahah… bet cha he’s even got a HUGE FORD truck too hahahahahaha LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA .. , &% *(&&^ )()*&

Cory Cameron
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Cory Cameron

Hey everyone, @ Jamie, you wrote: “Cory (and whomever) for me it’s simple. Canadians need to have an official dialog. There has to be some form of consensus as to what Canada wants from Quebec and Quebec wants from Canada. Until you get to that point what exactly are you arguing about? IF you achieve those goals and there is no rapprochement then it’s time to consider more drastic action. Some of this talk is like having sex without foreplay…” Jamie you mentioned in your last post directed to me and everyone that a ‘dialogue’ needs to take place about… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ Kathy,

Well said and thank for substanicating what many here already know.

it is a pity that Admin and ED are in the camp of canad will never separate.

makes you wonder if they have been away from reality for a long, long time.

spera
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spera

I would love to have a canadian referendum on wheather quebec separates or not, in a heartbeat. the problem, is that regardless of what canadian political party is in power, that the french MP`S from quebec would do all in their power to stop it. Right now, the know they have it both ways. Why would they upset that applecart gatineau and the surrounding area has the feds as their major employer. quebec gets tons and tons of money from the canadian taxpayer in the form of transfers and grants. franco ontarian groups get the same via the provinical government.… Read more »

hailey Brown
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hailey Brown

Wow I thought Mike put a letter in about how Cornwall was run and yet again we run amok on French language issues.

Yes they are part of what is wrong with Cornwall but only a small part of the problem.

I think this whole series of replies shows exactly what is wrong in Cornwall. People are easily duped and or led astray which allows people like our council and various members of boards, hospital board, Cornwall housing board, all slip things by us.

It’s kind of scary actually

spera
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spera

@ Cory Lets be brutally honest here. It is next to impossible to move politicans , unless they wanted to be moved. I have witnessed from all across canada this issue being kicked around for 50 years. Anytime, any high profile figure, brings up bilingualism, politicans run for cover ( similar to the 5 lettters you wrote cory) They wouldn`t touch this with a ten foot pole Why, because they are INTIMIDATED BY quebec and quebec politicans. Afraid there might be a backlash from the french. Big, deal, they already crap on the English anyway, and probably have no respect… Read more »

edudyorlik
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@spera RE: January 21, 2013 at 8:40 am POST to Cory. – Spara wrote, “At every chance, every function, every barbaque and the like, hit them as hard as you can, and don`t be gentle.” – This is a good point spara and often times you may not realize it but those around, who you may think are not paying attention, REALLY ARE. And when they see someone else standing up they notice. They then bring that experience with them and they themselves MAY turn out to be role models for others around them. Similar to this inspiring story here…… Read more »

spera
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spera

@ edudyorlik Good for you. Another story. i was playing golf, the day after the quebec election. I was paired with a francophone, who I knew vaguely. He mentioned that I must be happy that marois won only a minority. I said no, I wasn’t happy. He said, oh you mean that Chearest lost. I said no, because marois didn’t win a majority. He was stunned, and said why would I want marois to win a majority ?. I said because with a majority, she had a better chance of taking quebec out of Canada. He said, what do you… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

peter wrote: Speaking English in quebec is more than atrocity, it borders on being illegal, not to mention, if you have a sick child, you better speak french or they decide to let the child die peter I have unilingual friends that live in Montreal, with good paying jobs and have no problems whatsoever because they are english…..ca-vas? peter also wrote: if you have a sick child, you better speak french or they decide to let the child die For God sakes…..how ridiculous and exagerated can these posts get…LOL So…..I am sitting here reading the blogs of the last few… Read more »

Ed
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Ed

@ edudyorlik. You forgot the part where the bus driver spat in your face.
@ spera. You say “The ed`s of the world are non -starters”. That’s hilarious! If the majority of Canadians wanted to break up the country, politicians would be all over it like dogs on bones. You guys might be loud proud and strident, but your numbers are obviously miniscule.

Highlander
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Highlander

stellabystarlight
January 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

“Change your attitude, have a credible and professional person present your claims and stop the hatred towards Quebec and it’s people.”

Stop the hatred and propaganda directed at the English people Stella.

Ed
January 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

“@ edudyorlik. You forgot the part where the bus driver spat in your face.”

The difference is that ED/FURTZ your story was fabricated(an out right lie) one of many deceptions -his story was not.

Edudyorlik
Guest

No Ed, the bus driver was NOT YOU. but come to think of it. That does sound like the type of thing the French do to those they disagree with. Nothing like being fine upstanding citizens that demand everyone else be ACCOMMODATING to them while they do everything but to everyone else. What a crew…

Ed
Member
Ed

You are correct Edudyorlik. Last time I drove a bus was in Winnipeg about forty years ago.
Do you guys recall the Quebec flag-stomping demo at the Brockville train station back around 1990? It put Brockville on the map for a while, and really inflamed the separatist cause in Quebec at the time. Maybe you should consider a Cross-Canada flag-stomping tour this summer. It would be a really cheap and effective way to p!ss off Quebecers and get some attention for your cause. Just brain-storming for you.
Fight On!

Cory Cameron
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Cory Cameron

Thanks for the ideas Jamie, spera, and anyone else I forgot.

So, for the town hall meeting, we had South Stormont. Anyone interested in Cornwall?

peter
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peter

@ ED If that’s all it takes to get quebec out, I’ll gladly stomp on their flag. I notice ed/frutz, that you purposely forgot to mention the stomping of the canadian Flag has been a mainstay of separatists since 1959 As recenly as just after the P.Q.( your party ed) got in, there was a Canadian flag stomped on by your ilk at montreal city hall. as a matter of fact, perhaps you and stella attended. you know ed, if we really don’t have the support you claim, why are we drawing so much attention from you, stella and peirre.… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ ed/frtuz/ stella

Do you people ever, EVER,change your script lines.

Same old, same old, same old, Blah, blah ,blah

I ve always said :

THE EMPTIEST CANNONS MAKES THE LOUDEST NOISES

It would be refreshing, if once you backed up anything that even resembles a factual statement, with substanicated proof.

You are the in ‘THE RANTERS HALL OF FAME ‘ OR SHOULD I SAY SHAME.

Ed
Member
Ed

@ Peter. You say “If that’s all it takes to get quebec out, I’ll gladly stomp on their flag.” Well, go for it Peter. Surely your well organized freedom-fighters can stage a flag-stomping tour to get your message out there. Yous guys are brilliant! Just a thought though… yous should set the flags on fire before stomping on them. Makes for better visuals on the TV news. Yous might want to have fire extinguishers on hand, but that’s a detail that can be worked out later.

stellabystarlight
Guest
stellabystarlight

peter wrote….It would be refreshing, if once you backed up anything that even resembles a factual statement, with substanicated proof.

Common sense doesn’t need back up or proof to any claims….it speaks for itself….

Nor do personal opinions need backing up or proof….got that?

So please….quit repeating the same thing over and over again…..**smile**

OPINIONS NEED NO BACKING UP OR PROOF……GOT THAT?

Highlander
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Highlander

stellabystarlight January 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm “Common sense doesn’t need back up or proof to any claims….it speaks for itself….” “Nor do personal opinions need backing up or proof….got that?” OMG too funny LMAOFD -this coming from the poster that admits she never ,ever looks anything up or backs up her statement with proof . So of course IALMAO ,OMG its too funny this one has not the intellect to do a little research and relies on PROPAGANDA ,you know Stella its alright cause your world(french ethnocentric Quebec) is even excepting of ENGLISH HATERS LIKE YOU ,in fact its… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ So to you stella, well it is my opinion that white is black and black is white, its my opinion, so it must be right. As for common sense, if you had any, you would be agreeing with us. AS for a fact: Well, stella, by definition, a Fact is something that can be PROVEN TRUE But don’t let that little tidbit of info stop you, Rant on with your opinions, and try to pass those gems of misinformation off as FACTS. Rant on, rant on rant on . i believe that you are a person who likes to… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ stella

what kind of unilingual friends do you have in quebec ?

Are they unilingual french?

OR

Are they unilingual English?

stella, do you ever proof read your posts?