Bernadette Clement Wants You to Cut Your Grass & Pick Up Your Dog Poop! New Committee and Bylaws

Bernadette Clement Wants You to Cut Your Grass & Pick Up Your Dog Poop! New Committee and Bylaws

Bernie Boo BooCFN – Cornwall is a pretty little city compared to many of its size, but in spite of taxes going up 2.88 percent this year and all of the scandals at city hall connected to the Kilger council and its covering up of mess after mess the city has decided to stick its nose into citizens business instead of cleaning up their own dirty back yard first.

Ms Clement, Councilor Dupelle lead a new property standards committee that are expecting to set standards and drive by laws about how high your lawn can grow, and other standards; maybe how much dog poop can be on your yard or how many children’s toys…

While being a good neighbor is important, and not being a distraction to a community is also important this new committee feels a bit too much like Big Brother, or in this case Little Sister running amok, poking through our yards and homes and as Ms Maureen Adams was quoted in another media outlet regarding remedies; to ” take possession of a property and perhaps sell it.”

And how to enforce such future  by laws when Cornwall has difficulty enforcing its current bylaws?   Are we going to have selective bylaw enforcement?

Yes, the issue of boarded up building can be an issue, but seriously, are there more than a dozen such homes in this city of 46,000 people where developers complain that it’s hard to find city lots to purchase to develop because all the big tracts of land have been bought up?

No, this scribbler thinks that Ms Clement and Councilor Dupelle should better answer why they stayed Mum to the public about the Glen Stor Dun Lodge letters for over three years?  Or Why they have remained silent over the costs for the two legal Whistleblowing court cases, or why Mr. Fitzpatrick, our former CAO was given a settlement instead of the city filing their own suit against him.  Or sitting silent while a family of beavers were killed while sitting on the board of the River Institute.   Insanity!   Do Ms Clement or Councilor Dupelle, or any of the other committee members professional landscapers or gardeners?  Do we really want people pointing fingers and sending over inspectors about our back yards and homes?   Does Cornwall need Fema Camps next?

Silence does not equal innocence.   And creating punitive gut reaction committees and bylaws is not a band aid for community building or leadership.

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25 Comments on "Bernadette Clement Wants You to Cut Your Grass & Pick Up Your Dog Poop! New Committee and Bylaws"

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Anon
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Oh, big city tactics like in Toronto, Ottawa for one. Some districts in these bigger cities even try to tell you what color you are allowed to paint your homes/garage/fence… Gotta make this border town look good right? I can agree with keeping yards to a relatively good level of maintenance, but this is probably just another cash grab. Whatever the city can charge for eh? Clean up council first and set an example for everyone before trying to nail the lowly peons with more taxes or fines to pay off litigation.. Especially if wanting to become an MPP! I… Read more »
Sick of Stupidity
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There is more grass and “poop” at Cornwall City Hall than we can handle already! Can they not find anything better to work on….holy hell!!!!! I’d be embarrassed to say I’m on that committee.

Maybe this weekend I’ll head down to Pitt and Second with my paint brush for touch-ups.

What a flippin laugh and a half!!!!!!

Stan
Member

I think its a French thing! After all, in Quebec they have their Language Police and Bernadette et al would like their own versions here in Cornwall, i.e., Grass Police, Dog Poop Police, etc.,etc.

jules
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This is one time that I agree with Her Majesty Queen Bernadette Clément. YEA! She makes a lot of sense on this one. When we lived in Cornwall aka Follilli all we saw was dog feces all over the sidewalks and paths and not just geese poop but dog poop and I noticed that on the few last times that we were in Cornwall at Lamoureux Park and it was in the back as you go into the building – it was all part of Cornwall’s welcoming committee. Yes City Hall has to clean up their act and I agree… Read more »
Councillor Andre Rivette
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Councillor Andre Rivette
Jamie, your comments in regards to the Property Standards Committee functions are incorrect. I can tell you I received many complaints every year in regards to rundown properties being used to store everything from old vehicles to old lumber stored in residential areas. This committee is long overdue and I commend Councillors Clement and Dupelle for volunteering to head up this committee with employees of the by-law division. This committee will work with homeowners or businesses and will advise them of grants that could be available to help do the necessary repairs to their properties. No property owner should be… Read more »
jules
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I wholeheartedly agree with André and yes Jamie you do have a good paper and I don’t say that lightly. I see properties neglected a lot like long grass, garbage thrown all over, properties used like a junk yard and I can go on and on. I see things right here in Ottawa that would make you very upset at times. I have seen so much in Cornwall. I used to own a house in Cornwall – I had two of them but not at the same time. On a street that I lived on it was considered as one… Read more »
jules
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Jamie I just one to add one more thing here ok. People complain about my long rants but I can say something about others with putting down the French people and I don’t like that at all. Québec is Québec and the peanut gallery has absolutely no idea what is really going on and Canada is not the Canada that I grew up in but completely different and they call it a conspiracy and all well Jamie it is a conspiracy but a conspiracy fact. I love the French people and it is a huge insult to go against these… Read more »
Councillor Andre Rivette
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Councillor Andre Rivette

Yes, 50,000 unique visitors in a month is something to be proud of !!!

CONGRATULATION !!

OneWhoCares
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Thumbs up to Councillors Clement and Dupelle for taking interest in our City regarding property by-law standards. Some properties resemble toxic dump sites with wood being piled along fences and stewn over complete back areas of back yards. This is something we might expect in a country setting but not within our city. Photos have been documented to prove this has and does take place within our city. Perhaps the property by-law standards will also take immediate action to have signs that threaten death by gun viokence also removed from city front windows. This is a disgrace not a joke… Read more »
8thstoccupant
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the change in cornwall from winter bleak to spring flowers and summer green is oustanding. bylaws intended to keep property tidy encourage others too as well. nothing here smacks of big brother.

OneWhoCares
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Seeing our community in bloom is truly outstanding due to the fact that so many Cornwall residents take absolute pride in maintaing clean and tidy properties which can be admired by all and even by strangers who visit our community. Unfortunatley not all properties are kept this way and many have old carts that belong to stores tossed in back yards along with other various debris. It is time for this neglect to end. This is a disgrace. People should pick up after their pets. It is called having respect for others in your neighbourhood! Debris, wood and other items… Read more »
A CONCERNED TAXPAYER
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Andre Rivette = You say Coun Clement and Dupelle are to head up this new committee of Council with employees of the By- Law division some division Andre you go on to say that they will work with home owners or business advising them of grants etc. The head of the By-Law dept. is a capable man what he requested is more staff for that dept. which was quite correct . Council came up with this dumb idea of yet another committee . Most persons should realize that if it wasn’t for our City spending in excess of 2 million… Read more »
FRUSTRATED!
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I am a member of this new committee!
A frustrated taxpayer who is trying to clean up this messy city. I am NOT a city employee but a volunteer and you sure have your facts all wrong about what we are trying to do here. You can critize us all you want but at least I’m trying to do something about it.

A bit of support from the community would do a great deal for this thankless job I have chosen to take on!

A CONCERNED TAXPAYER
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FRUSTRATED You state that your a volunteer and that it is a thankless job that you have chosen to take on . I find it unusual in that you just volunteered & even at the get go your frustrated & expecting support from the community clearly indicating that your not fully convinced of your own position . There are big problems here no question about that however : Forming yet another Committee of Council is not the answer . We already have By- Laws / but they are not being properly enforced / WHY? one good reason Short Staff ,… Read more »
FRUSTRATED!
Guest

Not convinced of my position? I have tried for over a year to fight city hall about problems you have described so well.
Frustrated, I volunteered to be the voice of the community which I am part of. Hopefully I can fix my problems along the way. My other option was to move out of Cornwall! And yes, I expect your support, I think I deserve it!

Pseudonym….try to think for a moment …..retaliation!!!

FRUSTRATED!
Guest

Retaliation from the offenders of property standards by-laws I have been complaining about!
Do try to put the picture together based on my comments!

Reg Coffey
Member

An anonymous volunteer by-law enforcement person who has their own agenda, hmmm, would you describe that as a community vigilante?

jules
Guest

Frustrated you have my deepest sympathies for what you are about to go through.

FRUSTRATED!
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Wow… this site is full of experts in problem management, enough to discourage anyone from doing the right thing! I guess with your negativity it’s no wonder this city looks the way it does. Hmmm…you must all enjoy the messy city and want to preserve it!

I will not be returning to this site for more abuse!

jules
Guest

Frustrated Jamie is right do not run for council – the pressure would be too much for you to bear. I just got a terrible shock to see that Fitzy is back but something to do with the college. OMG thank God that I left – I couldn’t handle the shock.

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