CFN – Could you imagine a city in North America refusing to post an entry link to a three month campaign by the largest media outlet in their city about why their city is awesome on their own Facebook page and websites?
A frustrated Maurice Dupelle & Andre Rivette watched Mayor Kilger and his shrinking group of council support defer such a motion at council.
Mayor Kilger cited Security issues.
Councilor Gardiner, on the war path, complaining about being called the 15th most corrupt politician was again spouting fiction. First off I think Syd finished 11th on the poll and it sounds like he was complaining more about not finishing higher. This is the same Syd Gardiner that also defamed CFN by publicly in Council stating that we only endorsed Municipal candidates that purchased ads on CFN while attacking those that did not; something clearly untrue as our coverage is all still available to be perused. Btw Syd, we took that poll down after a week, but the Free Holder, who you apparently don’t find offensive still have all of the contents up on their web version as of this morning. LINK
The utter audacity of abuse of the truth by many on council was stunning. We asked the city via new CAO Norm Levac who folded like a feather house to the corrupt and dishonest Mayor Kilger, to place a link to our campaign on the city’s web presences only to be asked for a meeting with Norm and Mark Boileau of Economic Development; a meeting that lasted nearly three hours.
CFN was asked to write up a proposal surprisingly which we did while asking as a gesture of good faith that they place the links. Three weeks went by sabotaging our official opening before Mr. Levac came back citing the city’s December 2011 boycott of CFN essentially stating we were offensive and inflammatory.
Of course the same day that Norm sent us his missive the Standard Free Holder printed a letter of retraction for their columnist calling two prominent Cornwallites, including the employer of Councilor Clement, JERKS, over statements made at the Waterfront Public consultation. Nary a single word was ever leveled at the Freeholder about being offensive or inflammatory.
Nor was statement by council made when the same Free Holder writer did an inaccurate hatchet job on Councilor Rivette that resulted in a second apology. When asked if he was the leak to his good friend Claude McIntosh in council the mayor fled his chamber. How can those acts not be offensive and the SF garner thousands of dollars of advertising vs CFN or other media?
Councilor Grant asked what the benefit of allowing the City to post the CFN campaign on their web presences. Are you shaking your head too?
Councilor Carr mentioned A Fresh Start. There is no fresh start needed. His definition, which seems to sound like extortion, where he stated clearly that CFN should back edit stories removing content such as the political cartoon above before the city would do business with. That’s bullying. That’s trying to intimidate the media to button under City Hall. That goes against the principles of journalism and while some other well paid media outlets in the city of Cornwall may have cow towed to this sort of behaviour that impeaches their ability to report or function as journalists. As a matter of fact the busy typing of keys at the media table all but stopped during this portion of council, as though it wasn’t happening. Nor will you read about this or many other subjects that the city may consider “offensive” on their pages which could be why CFN is so much more read by the public. Would the good councilor suggest that the Free Holder go back and remove all the comment he finds offensive too? Nope.
Councilor Elaine MacDonald sunk to her new personal low suggesting that CFN is not a newspaper! She sure thought it was when she called us near midnight one night to support her and her cohorts occupying of MP Guy Lauzon’s office, ( LINK )which we did in spite of her hostility towards CFN. Earlier in the night this buffoonish hypocrite, who did not show up to a single meeting of the Citizen’s Coalition to save the Cornwall General hospital praised the group.
Because of Councilor’s Dupelle catching Council off guard the bad guys moved for a deferral. With a four four tie Mayor Kilger voted to allow the deferral fully knowing that the campaign has started with a fresh official roll out date of March 1st. The mayor kept going back to the Advertising policy of the city again clearly showing his personal disdain towards CFN and ignoring the 41,000 + Unique visitors in January to CFN and the betterment of his own city. Not surprising for a politician that sleeps most nights in Ottawa with Mayor Jim Watson’s executive assistant.
Perhaps Mayor Kilger’s pettiness could be related to the official complaint against
lack of Economic Development’s Bob Peter’s over Mr. Peter’s working on Mayor Kilger’s Election campaign via office hours for the City, and for paying for election expenses via Gilles Latour’s chequing account instead of the Kilger campaign accounts.
Now that’s offensive.
Offensive is a mayor and council that gave former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick a 14% raise knowing about the allegations about his relationship with former Glen Stor Dun Lodge manager Donna Derouchie; something the Judith Allen investigation has cost the city thousands of dollars in resources while never reaching the public.
Offensive is a mayor who hides “Fitzy’s” actions and the council that propped up the cover up of multiple scandals.
Offensive is paying out $300K to Robert Menagh releasing him without cause.
Offensive is the Diane Shay case which still hasn’t been resolved.
Offensive is the city refusing to state how much money they’ve spent on settlements on other cases while raising taxes in Cornwall, a city with more than the average amount of people on fixed incomes.
Offensive was moving Beaver traps next to a lodge wiping out a beaver family in a nature park after we requested a 90 day moratorium on trapping. Something since instituted after a group from BC paid to have devices installed in Guindon Park. All this while one of the councilors silently sat on the River Institute’s board!
Councilor Bernadette Clement stated that she was very sad about the divisiveness as she stated she’d support the deferral. For a woman with larger political aspirations, running for MP and now canoodling with Premier Wynne before what’s expected to be a Spring election, she phoned this scribbler over the weekend. For her to suggest a deferral on such a basic question about helping promote this city for three months shows that her allegiance is not to the people of Cornwall or anyone that would vote for her, but to people like Mayor Kilger.
No, there is no need for a Fresh Start. There is a need for integrity; something that this council as a whole seems to not have much of. The ills of our city surely lie comfortably at their feet. Which is why it should be very interesting to see how many of these folks will be reelected and even if some of them finish their terms.
The video above shows a complete and utter disconnection with reality. It shows the lengths that some very thin skinned elected officials will sink to in trying to destroy a local company that has succeeded on so many levels. It shows the lengths that some will sink to to protect their cronies and buddies on the public dime, and it shows that this council is not fit to govern and manage a budget of over $140 million dollars as our new tax increase shows.
Whenever anyone in entrusted with public dollars their decisions have to solely be about what’s best for the tax payers; not their own petty dreams of aristocracy and abuse.
What a sad day for the City of Cornwall to have witnessed such behaviour. This city deserves better.
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