CFN – Since new Clerk Helen Finn has been hired it seems that the City has a bunker mentality when it comes to answering questions and providing info to the public.
We have asked a series of questions which usually come back with questions instead of simple answers.
For example we asked the city via Ms Finn a very very simple question; one that many have asked us.
Can you give me a global amount spent by the City of Cornwall,
during Mayor Kilger's time as mayor, on settlements and legal costs
attributed to them with city employees or former employees please.
Please note I am not asking for names or how many employees, just dollars.
Now I ask, is this question unclear to you dear viewers? Could the answer, which should be a nominal amount. IE a number, be of any personal issue or security issue?
This was our clerk’s answer to the the public via CFN.
We have looked into your request and the answer will be complex and there is likely to be confidential information within it. Therefore, if you would like to pursue this, please make an official Freedom of information request stating what you would like, over what period, and submit a cheque for $5, as per the Act..
Helen Finn, LLB in law, Quebec,
City Clerk / Greffière
Clerk’s Department / Département du Greffe
The Corporation of the City of Cornwall
360, rue Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON, K6J 3P9
(613) 930-2787 ext 2537 Phone
(613) 932-8145 Fax
That translates to no, I won’t answer your question unless you force me too, and by making you ask for a Freedom of Information request it delays us having to even remotely answer this very important public question.
The Kilger Council just raised taxes 2.88% which is huge in that we’ve seen similar tax increases recently and services are not improving; roads are not better paved; and Cornwall is losing jobs, not gaining them.
So answering basic questions should be something this city clerk can do. Did she ask Super Lawyer Will McDowell or David Sherriff-Scott for her answer? Are they the we? I’d send Clerk Finn another note, but those $5 FOI requests add up…