CFN – I was hoping to not write about Cornwall politics this weekend. I saw Gatsby last night. Interesting. The review will be up shortly.
But oh my. I woke up this morning and it looks like I’m being called a Pinhead and a blogger! Such are the barbs of life one must endure. Of course if I really am a pinhead why on earth would the great and mighty McIntosh write about moi? Are true Pinheads really worth writing about? Isn’t he the one that has had to have two retractions and apologies published in the past year? I haven’t.
This has been a strange week in Cornwall Ontario politically. Sunday Mayor Bob Kilger hit the panic button and declared a State of Emergency in Cornwall to assist the flood victims of Kashechewan
While formally just a paper tiger to grab some cash from the Feds (our mayor was the former MP) he decided to turn it into a PR event showing up at the Airport and making some press with the highest paid media in the region from city tax dollars. (no conflict there!)
The thing is that the NAV CAN facility was used before and if the rumblings coming from staff and the public are true the reason the flood victims vacated in four days had more to do with people from a “DRY” community being put up in a fine facility with a bar resulting in a chaos filled frat house four day party than anything else.
There was no word of support for the flood victims or maybe asking NAV to shut the bar down for the period that the flood victims were there even ?
No, instead another press release was issued without even stating that the State of Emergency has been lifted. We have tried emailing and phoning CAO Norm Levac and Emergency Information Officer Bob Peters, but no replies have been issued until Friday night when the Mayor’s favorite speechwriter, Claude McIntosh, hunkered down and took his latest shot at yours truly.
Wacky Claude; never one to focus too hard on facts had some gems like; link
Cornwall joined Thunder Bay in accepting the residents who left with the clothes on their backs and what could be stuffed in a suitcase.
Um, isn’t that what most people take when they leave for a short trip? Not to make light of the suffering of the flood victims, but should they have taken their furniture too?
But it was the willingness of the community to get involved that made it possible, and that started with Mayor Bob Kilger declaring a state of emergency, which opened the doors for the relocation of the homeless residents.
Really? As if Mayor Kilger played a role in the decision to come to NAV? Or if he didn’t want them that they wouldn’t? NAV is struggling to survive and Federally paid filled rooms with hungry people to feed is not a bad thing for them…unless they start urinating in hallways and destroying stuff on power drinking binges…
And, true to form, one internet pinhead managed to put a twisted, negative spin on the mayor’s declaration, claiming a panicky chief magistrate ran for the panic button in chicken little fashion sans any thought of what it cost local taxpayers.
See, the public isn’t dumb my senior colleague. Why on earth would someone call the most read newspaper in this city an internet pinhead? Over 1/3 of Cornwall clicked on CFN at least once in April. Can the paper you work for claim the same? Could that be why the Free Holder is on the brink of being folded and just stretching out the Ottawa Sun with an occasional extra Cornwall story?
See there’s a real difference between criticizing a story or what’s said (Claude’s sensitive and many times comments are off in his column) and trying to fool the public. I was talking to a friend in LA and he was laughing how the mayor and his drinking buddy Claude like to call me a “Blogger” as though it’s a slur and Claude is somehow special because he writes for a newspaper in a dying medium, print. LINK
And now for Claude’s biggest Porkie!
Anybody who knows Bob Kilger knows he is a cool customer not easily riled.
Bob hit a panic button and triggered seven police officers to enter his chamber because of a t shirt he couldn’t see.
Bob fled his own council chamber when I politely asked him if he was Claude McIntosh’s leak when the scribbler wrote about the two finalists for the CAO position. In full view of the media and his confreres as well.
Do those actions sound like those of a cool customer or petty bully who can’t stand on his own without a ring of people there to support him?
Is it cool when one of our clients is allegedly threatened that if they don’t pull their ads with CFN that they won’t get their patio permit and that the mayor himself was on the inspection tour? Or that the mayor is sitting in on real estate deals?
I think the Seaway News got it right this week. As much as a light weight as Todd Lihou is their cartoon hit the mark mightily and they deserve kudos for publishing it.
As for Claude, wasn’t he the guy that said his other good friend Paul Fitzpatrick was bulletproof and that this “Blogger” was just making stuff up the same day that Fitzy hit the “Executive leave” button?
And for the biggest joke of the week the City at council debated whether to have a Strategic Planning exercise. Something even Denis Thibault had problems trying to pass off. Midway through a term they decide this? A bunch of wily veteran politicians? Can you say someone’s trying to pull the cord on the parachute below the deck?
All but two of the current crop of councilors are experienced; some having near twenty years in as a councilor. If they don’t know right from wrong at this point do they really need to spend $20K to not learn more?
May 24th is drawing close. If the judge grants Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley a victory and the City pays for his legal fees this most likely will be the end for the most dysfunctional and corrupt council Cornwall Ontario has ever seen. If not we’ve heard that a group of citizens has been waiting to help fund the legal bill.
After all is not what Mayor Bob Kilger practicing not Gangsterism ala Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt? LINK And with the Conference Board of Canada stating the obvious, that Cornwall between 2005-2012 has spun its wheels and not grown what does Bob Kilger have to show for his being mayor other than padding the wallets of far too many lawyers while jacking up taxes?
And they call me a pin head? You can post your comment below or vote in any of our Kilger Council polls.
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