LTE: Jim Marshall of Cornwall Ontario OPEN LETTER TO City Council Over Cornwall General Hospital

LTE: Jim Marshall of Cornwall Ontario OPEN LETTER TO City Council Over Cornwall General Hospital

Members of Cornwall City Council,


I write to you as a member of the Cornwall community.


You are no doubt aware of the Concerned Citizens Coalition – a group of local residents initiating action to acquire the soon to be decommissioned Cornwall GeneralHospital.


This group envisages the renovation and retrofit of the old Cornwall General, to create a state-of-the-art retirement / long term care / assisted living facility, which would also incorporate commercial, office, clinic and community space.


There is no question of the need for increased senior facilities, or the financial viability of such a community encompassing project; demographics clearly show the demand, and the success of similar projects clearly shows the economic feasibility.


I invite you to acquaint yourself with one particular model of success;the Victoria Village project in Barrie Ontario.


I recently visited this site, and found a mix of residential, commercial, business, and community operations that is a going concern. The construction of Victoria Villagewas a boon to the local economy and workforce, and the completed project has become a thriving microcosm of community; a self-sustaining financial success, and a sought after location for residents and commercial tenants.


A grassroots organisation has sprung up in our own community of Cornwall, to achieve a similar great work. What is needed now is the will and commitment of our civic leaders to facilitate their work.


I ask you to please throw your weight behind this movement, and not be diverted by less worthy or less likely projects competing for your attention.




James Marshall

Cornwall, ON

Cornwall Free News

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4 Comments on "LTE: Jim Marshall of Cornwall Ontario OPEN LETTER TO City Council Over Cornwall General Hospital"

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I would encourage your leaders to have adequate info prior to their next appearance before council. Mr. MacDonald did nothing but beat around the bush when asked straight forward questions about the possibility of mould or asbestos, and the cost that would no doubt go along with any issues of that respect. He was unsure of regulations pertaining to room size for long-term care or the costs of changing layouts. He didn’t even know if Victoria Village was a hospital before the retro-fit. The idea is great in theory. I’m just wondering how deep this pit will be. Maybe 2M… Read more »
I was watching (check the Cogeco tape) and Mr. MacDonald stated clearly that it had been the Victoria Hospital, only a slight error, since it was apparently the old Royal Victoria Hospital. It was Mr. Kilger who was neither aware of the hospital nor the Victoria Village project, although it has been in the news for a couple of weeks here and the Journal de Cornwall, and even the Standard-Freeholder if you can believe (just not the Ottawa papers maybe). Mr. MacDonald did a pretty fair job compared to the lack of awareness of the issues on the part of… Read more »
I said it before that Big Ben is dangerous and is leaking and I think that it was Mr. Marshall who spotted that as well. Asbestos and mold is very dangerous. Asbestos has been used in old houses and old buildings in past years. This is something that contractors are going to have to take out of the old buildings – the old General Hospital and I think that they do have such a thing as their insulation. As for mold that can be cleaned up and get a good ventilation system on the go to prevent such a thing… Read more »
The mayor “Bare Ass” is brain dead and doesn’t know what is going on around him. Council doesn’t know what is going on since they too are brain dead and are just about ready for one of those old age homes from the looks of them. We need to get those places ready to place them all soon. The problem is that these people who run Cornwall do not know what is going on so how is the rest of the people going to know the real news. Most people do not buy that “toilet paper of record – SF”… Read more »