Taxes Up 2.88% Mayor Bob Kilger “Our residents are getting good value for their tax dollars with this budget” REPORT CARD

Taxes Up 2.88% Mayor Bob Kilger “Our residents are getting good value for their tax dollars with this budget”  REPORT CARD

Cornwall SPRING b 2012CFN – Taking a break from his time in Ottawa Mayor Bob Kilger visited Cornwall to announce that his 2.88 tax increase is a good value for taxpayers.

With most of this tax increase going towards litigation, investigations, and settlements many Cornwall residents are scratching themselves wondering where that good value exactly is?

With that we have decided to issue our Yearly Report card for the Mayor, Council, and key managers at City Hall.

Samson PortGerry Samson hasn’t finished a first year as he was the lucky guy to step into Leslie O’Shaughnessy’s seat after Mr. O’Shaughnessy was fed up being lied to and a lack of accountability and transparency at City Hall.

Gerry is the most confusing and entertaining of our city councilors.

As one councilor stated to this scribbler, they weren’t sure if it was good if Gerry agreed or disagreed.   Mr. Samson is known for championing a point and then voting against it, or vice versa, or simply switching topics.    Facts are never essential to Gerry’s positions.  GRADE   D-

leslie jan 2012Leslie O’Shaugnessy:   The good councilor finally was fed up with the hijinks of the Kilger council.

The long time Political vet cracked under the weirdness and recently, after nearly a year, released some of the reasons for his resignation.

While he gets points for integrity, we had to deduct some for resigning and not championing the public and outing more of the circus at council.   GRADE   B-

Dupelle Jan 2012Maurice Dupelle:   The rookie gets marks for having the cojones to actually stand up to Mayor Kilger in open council over the 100 Letter link request.

Mr. Dupelle is one of the most committed councilors on a council that probably should be committed.

Is one of the few councilors with a slim chance of being re-elected next term if the entire council isn’t impeached before.  GRADE B

david murphyDavid Murphy:   Not much of an original thinker.

Great at sound bites.    The earnestness bit is wearing thin though as people expect that those that they vote in to lead  actually lead.    Has not initiated any initiatives and seems to enjoy riding the waves and jumping into safe positions and try and hide from controversy.  Mr. Murphy has shared visions of higher office, but sadly lacks back bone and seems far too much in the pockets of those he serves.   GRADE C-

Thibault WFDenis Thibault:  Has had a rough year, caught lying, thrown under the bus on the Waterfront Condo Consultation.  His unswerving loyalty to Mayor Kilger places him in the drain with the Mayor.   His total immaturity sadly mars his legacy.

Bad poker player that simply has not been able to right his ship after looking bad.  The end of a shadowy career behind the scenes.  GRADE D

CarrBUDGEDenis Carr:  The other half of Double D, Councilor Carr smiles while the city crumbles financially.  His role with Heart of the City impeaches many of his policies.

A great guy to talk to even if he’s trying to kill your business though and hard to not like at a personal level.   Said to be the key councilor to watch when it comes to Mayor Kilger.  When Councilor Carr flees the Kilger ship you know the Mayor’s game is up.   Has run out of swimming pools to close.   Credit though as taxes would probably be up 3.88% instead of 2.88%  if not for his voice.   GRADE C-

elaine syd guyElaine MacDonald:  The conflict of interest Queen of Cornwall.   Councilor MacDonald stumped for funding for Agape in the budget meetings while actually admitting she’s on their board violating the Declaration of Office (2. I have not received and will not receive any payment or reward, or promise thereof, for the exercise of this office in a biased, corrupt or in any other improper manner.)   This petty bully is one of the worst of this council.   She’s like a dog with a bone in her mouth that holds grudges that are beyond the pale, and will put her petty agendas and hatreds far ahead of her position of serving the public.   GRADE F

Syd Anti BullyingSyd Gardiner:   Potty Mouth Syd’s best before date is long overdue.

His attempt to rip up peaceful protester signs in the council chamber doorway and refusal to apologize is nearly as bad as his unswerving fealty to Mayor Kilger.

While the police might have used their discretionary powers to not charge him for “Bending” signs the public clearly has convicted Syd Vicious for his arrogance and ignorance.  GRADE F

Andre Rivette:   Councilor Rivette has had a rough year.  Has consistRivette Mag MAY 30 2012ently championed for taxpayers and the elderly.

Fighting health issues while trying to stand up for the public.   Gang attacked in closed council over granting CFN an on camera interview over former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick’s actions led to a public swell in support  for the veteran councilor.

He is the only councilor that has stated to date that he isn’t going to run again ironically when the public has said they’d still support him.  GRADE B+

Glen Grant 2012Glen Grant:  One of the most confusing councilors to grade.

Probably the best at following council rules and advocating for constituents yet failing to make key decisions or going all the way.

Still has the potential to help sift through the Kilger scandals if he chooses to.   The question is why he hasn’t yet?

GRADE C

Bernie Boo BooBernadette Clement:  The veneer is running thin as is the Teacher’s Pet act.  Mayor Kilger usually stages things so that Ms Clement speaks last at council on issues even if she really has no position.  Constantly thanking management for reports or people for speaking.   Still gives off the impression that she’s using council as a jump pad to just about any other political position.  After getting stomped by MP Guy Lauzon in the last election is now stumping hard to be the provincial Liberal candidate under new Premier Kathleen Wynne.  Biggest failure was her silence over Beavergate even though she was on the board of the St. Lawrence River Institute.  Her only displayed political tactic is hiding so far.  Of all the councilors, she being a lawyer, the Conflict of Issue scandal when fully exposed will probably end Ms Clement’s political career.    GRADE C-

Mayor Bob Kilger of Cornwall  Ontario.   In conflict or too much fiber?

Mayor Kilger:     Rife with Conflict of Interest while blowing through thousands if not millions of tax payer dollars protecting his “good friend” Paul Fitzpatrick.  Corrupted; spends more time out of Cornwall than in.  A horrendous attendance record for committees he’s on.   The typical caricature of an ignorant and arrogant bully politician.   His hitting the panic button in council over a seated writer shows his impotency and lack of ability to deal with simple issues without calling in for “muscle”.   For a man who once told this scribbler that the hardest thing for any politician is their loyalty between their political party and their constituents he seems to have forgotten his own answer.   Was actually more effective as mayor while on sick leave.   An actual pool exists to see if he can finish his term.   GRADE :  Impeached.

cao paul fitzpatrickFormer CAO Paul Fitzpatrick:   Fitzy’s antics which were protected so far by Mayor Kilger and his cabal of Councilors has led to the largest embarrassment in city history.

Most political people have always been taught to not defecate where they eat.

Sadly Mr. Fitzpatrick seems to have been playing caddy to Ed Lumley the day that lesson was passed out.  Grade:  Derouchied!

Norm's the guyCAO Norm Levac:  Many people let out a breath when Norm was put in office hoping that he’d at least stabilize things if not clean house.

Sadly as some people thought the Mayor is using the well liked city manager’s good reputation to help hide his scandals putting Norm in a very difficult position that he has crumbled under so far.  There’s hope though as Mr. Levac did admit to the protest signs being in the Mayor’s office.  GRADE C-

Bob "Vienna Sausage" Peters

Mark Boileau & Bob Peters Economic Development:  A drive down Pitt Street or Montreal Road shows that the Communities in Boom and Moneysense reports were not wrong.

Team Cornwall yearly parties pimping two year old projects as current growth may be swallowed by certain media; but the public and outside investors are not fooled as easily.

Mr. Boileau & Peters have failed to attract real business to Cornwall in spite of having extremely low cost developed industrial land.   They also have built a defacto propaganda machine that spits out fairy tales that only a tight clique really buy.  One tourism attraction recently asked why a particular person was featured in Cornwall living twice after their business and some others never get any love?

In particular the ED team seem to run their own little kingdom bestowing accolades and city money on those that are under their thumbs while doing little to nothing to help small business in Cornwall; never mind attract new business.    The greatest ambassadors are happy successful people and the business climate in Cornwall has a long way to go to becoming a true tool of attraction especially when businesses have to wait nearly two years to get their doors open.  GRADE C-

The good news is that there’s room for opportunity in Cornwall.   Bad report cards should always be inspiration to improve.      Certainly a cleaning of the house needs to be done as well as some earnest looking at how things are done at City Hall and perhaps some changing of the guard to move our city forward.

Council has been alleged to have spent more time in camera than in open council and many times seems more concerned with killing animals and hiding than leading and growing.    Surely there are more important issues for them to be debating than Beavers, Pigeons, Geese, and Dogs?

Over all grade for Cornwall Council and Management:   C-

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39 Comments on "Taxes Up 2.88% Mayor Bob Kilger “Our residents are getting good value for their tax dollars with this budget” REPORT CARD"

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Jason
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2.88% tax increase. Damn city council lost its balls and caved to the tune of 560k to outside agencies… why are we giving away money to outside agencies if we can’t finance the basics? Here is an interesting analogy… the heart pumps blood to itself first. before the rest of the body. Meditate on that you f[censored] politicians.

Jason
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I had to comment again… this really pisses me off…
I think council has a responsibility to see that its own operations are financed properly before they go and give out money to groups… damn man… really? C’mon council… tell this groups to have a f’ing bake sale or something.

Simon
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Jamie,

Suggest a 10 person slate for council and maybe a mayor.

Try it.

Pretty slim pickin’s eh?

Eric
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A couple of those do get funding from Trillium Foundation (Ontario Taxpayers) as well. Aultsville Theatre 7/1/2011 $72,200 over two years to hire a coordinator who will help to build the organization’s capacity particularly in the areas of fundraising, marketing, and communications. Revenues from fundraising, sponsorships and ticket sales will increase, and communications with the community will improve. Centre culturel du conseil de vie française de Cornwall $53,600 over one year to strengthen the organization’s capacity to deliver programs and services to the Francophone community of Cornwall through fundraising, increased visibility, program development, volunteer engagement and long-term sustainability planning. Grant… Read more »
Smith
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I really cannot understand how anyone can object to .3% of the total budget being used for outside agencies that improve the quality of life in the city. I really hate to imagine the city that Jason and Jamie are envisioning… If you object to funding these groups, I am interested to hear your thoughts on the Glen Stor Dun Lodge, the public library and our parks and recreation services. Please let us know. Also lets hear your thoughts on the expenses to be incurred on the Cornwall General Hospital project by the Concerned Citizens Coalition. It cannot be zero… Read more »
Jason
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Ok… Public Library: It’s time to move forward. Brick and mortar Libraries are dated. It would be cheaper long term to give every man, woman and child in Cornwall a KOBO or Kindle ( which would give them access to 1 million titles for free) and simply provide a small office to teach those how to use it. My future city would not have a big clunky building with dusty book shelves. It would be a smaller public venue, with wifi, comfy chairs, docks to sync your tablet and to borrow books. Glen Stor Dun Lodge: The city needs to… Read more »
jules
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Jason you are one of the young people of today who don’t give a hoot about your elders and believe me you and all those who think that way are going to pay a mighty hefty price for that. I bet that you don’t give a hoot about your parents and grandparents and believe me the hardships of life are coming mighty soon and you will be screeming your lungs out to find that you have nothing left. It is the elderly who have gone through the Great Depression of the 30’s era, who have gone through WWII, Korean War… Read more »
Smith
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Admin – Are you suggesting that the outside agencies who received money are not running clean and smoothly? I understand your concerns about burning money to gain influence, but it just seems like speculation and not fact. I am not sure how the SD&G Historical Society is involved in what you are saying is taking place. Jason Interesting ideas… You believe that the city should only provide the basic infrastructure and allow private enterprise to provide the rest, yet you suggest that the city build a publicly funded gym? There is at least six privately owned gyms in Cornwall, why… Read more »
jules
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I would like to see Jason live in the US and some other countries where you pay thousands of dollars a year on health insurance and you don’t get any better care than what we do here in Canada. In fact if you do not have the big money you die at the door. I was listening to an alternative show earlier and they said that in the US the Obama care is cutting on the elderly for health care. You have to give over your house and your car and anything you have to keep afloat. Times are mighty… Read more »
Jason
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@ Jules… why does the whole have to take care of the few? My grandmother, worked hard her whole life, budgeted well and invested the rest… today, when as a family we were no longer to care for her, she had enough in savings to provide a great quality of life for herself at St. Joseph’s Villa. It is not the responsibility of government to ensure you are cared for in your old age. That thinking is what got us in this mess in the first place. What did you eat today? Did you exercise today? Does your grocery basket… Read more »
stellabystarlight
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Jamie….if I may, I would like to share a few thoughts on your comment about health and taxes and the lack of interest. First of all, health and taxes, are controlled by Gov. No matter where people live we all face the same dilemma, it’s not just a local problem. We could protest, scream, complain all we want the bottom line is, basically, it is beyond our control……it is what it is. It really doesn’t matter who is calling the shots, in the end we come to find out, Gov. is all the same no matter who is in charge.… Read more »
stellabystarlight
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Jason……wow!!! You should be proud!!!

Actually, you are right. It’s become a world of entitlement which is scary.

Smith
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Jason lives in a world that lacks orphans, the disadvantaged and the mentally unwell… or believes that private enterprise will provide for those who cannot provide for themselves.

Open your eyes to realty. Do you not agree with Jamie when he says in the article “A society is only as strong as its weakest links?”

Your grandmother is a resident at a christian continuing care centre, she must be repulsed by your views. Do you also wear the T?

jules
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Jason maybe your grandmother was one of the very lucky few who had a good job in her lifetime and was able to save her money for her old age. That isn’t so true for the majority of people – that is for the minority. In the US which is a capatalist country or maybe was since they have become more socialist lately and will continue to do so the people are losing their jobs, cities are going bankrupt, people living in tents and trailors and many cannot afford the rents which are sky high. There are no jobs. Today… Read more »
jules
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Jason there is nothing like sitting down with a good book from the library and reading it without a computer screen which makes me sick. I look at certain things on the machine but I cannot sit here all day and stare at the computer – it wears me down to nothing. We all feel like that in my household and I know that many feel that way as well. Jason when you get up in years you will remember what I said. When you are 35 years old the years will pass you by very quickly. I first said… Read more »
cornwallhockey
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Man…Doesn’t take long for people to go off track. Although it’s important issues you all speak about, we should all stay close to the story. I believe Jamie’s question above should be answered first. Come on Cornwall let’s grade the corrupt people that think they can run a corporation. Other then Rivette and Dupelle my grade to the rest is F.I.T. (F—–G IMPEACH THEM)
Have a great day!!!

Joe knows
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Stella, people of this Province and country will not stop speaking out about language until the Federal and Provincial Governments gets the message from the Majority to stop spending our money on the policy of official Bilingualism. We are heading in an economic crisis and the Feds plan to spend another 1.1.Billion dollars in the french push. Mean while our Municipal Infrastucture, health Care and Homes for our Seniors are in need of many dollars. Most Politicians will not speak up because of their own self interests and pockets. It’s just the beginning Stella. The people will one day wake… Read more »
One Against City Bulliers
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One Against City Bulliers

You can’t afford to give to outside before taking care of inside. Kilger’s bunch have done nothing but waste money on high priced lawyers and golden handshakes. The people of Cornwall can’t afford to sit back and pretend things are ok while their throats are being slit with higher tax rates to continue wasteful spending within.

Feret
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Shades of Republican Mutt Romney and his 47 per cent comment that cost him being elected Pres of USA As Stella not to BRIGHT
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stellabystarlight
“Actually, you are right. It’s become a world of entitlement which is scary.”
stella…your ranking….minus 2 for burying your head in the sand and ignoring all the injustice in your town.
sin cer ly
Feret

Jason
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@ Jules “Jason we are going into something of an economic depression that has never been seen before – much different to the 30′s era. This is something that is involving the entire world and not good at all. The entire world’s economy is coming down and those with jobs are losing them. ” Oh Jules… if you listen to media and the news, I guess one could come to the conclusion that the world is doomed, but with a little more awareness, you would see that even in a depression people make money… you just have to learn the… Read more »
David Oldham
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@ Jules Very often you talk from your heart but your statements lack substance or facts. You state that health care in the United States of America costs thousands of dollars per year. Do you have any idea of how much it costs per person here in Canada? Based on your comments I believe you would be in for a shock if you did. Do you have any idea how many billions of dollars each year are paid out by our provincial governments to American health facilities for services received by Canadians? Do you actually understand how poorly run our… Read more »
jules
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Jason speaking about investing you saw what happened in Cyprus well that is only the beginning and even our own finance minister is thinking along the same lines. Not only that I heard that the 401K’s are in trouble of being bilked along with other investments. Don’t tell me about investment it is all a scam – something like what “one of Cornwall’s favorite sons” did to many people but classified as legal when the government steals from the people and Willie is sitting behind bars in a prison in San Francisco. Jason you haven’t lived and this depression is… Read more »
David Oldham
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ADMIN really ? I think you were just trying to be kind. I scored them a solid “D” as an overall grade and I thought I was generous. Really 2.88% is not good in the current economic climate by any stretch of the imagination. It is not responsible and delivers no show of commitment or consideration to an already overburdened taxpayer. This could have been, should have been a statement of restraint and focus for the future of Cornwall, it was not. Council took the path of least resistance, the easy route if you will, and has in my opinion… Read more »
David Oldham
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@ADMIN

Thank you. Good to be back !

David Oldham
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@JULES

The Grapes of Wrath an absolute slam dunk classic that everyone would benefit from reading.

Sadly, at the rate that taxes are increasing here in good Cornwall I will likely have to burn my copy to keep warm next winter.

Perhaps Bob will release his autobiography and I could harness the potential methane radiating from each page.

If Bob resigned shortly he could perhaps release it in time for
Christmas.

Would this be proof that there is a god ?

Pierre
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Insinuations, suspicions and suppositions are good to feed the imagination but not good enough to judge and condemn people… Don’t you think, Admin?

David Oldham
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@ADMIN

Did you factor in the retention pay that they are ENTITLED to ?

What about the taxpayers contributions to the legal community via our elected representatives ?

Did I miss you mentioning the handouts of our tax dollars to the AGAPE centre et al ?

You are right about the raises this year but I would refute your claim that buying votes isn’t easy. Present council and leadership seems to have had little difficulty and seemingly no second thoughts of increasing our burden. What moxy !

David Oldham
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@ADMIN

Do you mean like a Jekyll and Hyde thing ?

Pierre
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@ David Oldham
I can agree that Peter and I are as different as Jekyll and Hyde in character.
So, why do you think, Admin would say that it’s time to “prune some of the trolls” (meaning me, I suppose).
Could it be that he can’t accept his ideas being questioned/ challanged or, is it simply that he doesn’t like mine.
Remember that he said that nobody ever got “pruned” for expressing an idea… never ever ever.

David Oldham
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@PIERRE When comments made are superfluous and foreign to the topic of discussion or debate or a step further and inflammatory than a media moderator acting responsibly should limit or censor comments made. This does not violate freedom of speech laws because it is in fact either upholding limitations placed on free speech in Canada or more likely or usually simply editing contributors who display an inability to remain on topic (troll). My observations regarding ADMIN and moderation has been that even where a topic has given birth to additional subtopics restrictions have been primarily focused on decorum. I would… Read more »
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