Whistleblower Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley Goes One on One with CFN – HD VIDEO – June 3, 2013

Whistleblower Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley Goes One on One with CFN – HD VIDEO – June 3, 2013

rob hickley interviewCFN – Rob Hickley is a very stressed out man.   The weight of being a Whistleblower has impacted his health.    After much deliberation he decided to grant an exclusive video interview to CFN.

Please note that CFN did something we rarely do.  We have a short break in the video as it was becoming emotional for our Deputy Fire Chief.   All there is a pause between video with no editing otherwise.

While Mr. Hickley could not discuss details of his case against the city and Mayor Bob Kilger; CFN felt that hopefully some of the motivational and emotional answers from Mr. Hickley could help the public understand the enormity of what it takes to be a Whistleblower; especially in Cornwall Ontario where he and Diane Shay have paid huge prices and the ordeal that’s impacted their lives.

Said the Deputy Fire Chief;

It’s like Texas Hold em.  You get to decide if you’re all in.   So far I’m all in.

The case levels heavy charges of conflict of interest at Mayor Kilger.  LINK

The next hearing in his quest to get the City of Cornwall to cover his legal expenses is June 16th here in Cornwall Ontario.  CFN will be there.

Premier Wynne’s office has refused to comment on the ongoing issues with the Kilger Council with her rep stating it’s because of ongoing litigation.    However Ms Wynne found time to comment on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s issues over allegations of the Mayor’s use of Crack cocaine.

What do you think Cornwall?  You can post your comments below.

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jules
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Mr. Hickley I would like you to think long and hard about what Perry Dunlop went through and he was ostracized by his peers and by a lot of people in Cornwall. Stress can be mighty damaging to one’s health as well as finances. I was born and raised in Cornwall and after all the years all I have seen was jobs given to certain people and the rest left out but I can see it even more under Kilger. It is all a clique and not a good system to live under. I hope that you do get financial… Read more »
mariah
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Here is hoping that Judge Johnson will be on your side to ease your financial burden reducing your stress for having done the right thing, I admire you thus far as I also still do for Perry Dunlop who paid a high price but the city scoundrels were hounding him & out to destroy him. A whole box of Video,s went missing of well known city males in homosexual acts,I,ll bet that SF was chastised for revealing that info,stay strong many are behind you & wishing you well along with Ms Shay

Diddlyscwat
Guest
Empathy, always for such an uphill battle, but one that needs to take place. Managements, administrators in their arrogant ivory tower mentalities have always attempted a divide and conquer method to belittle any complaint as ‘your the only one’, who do you think you are challenging ‘our’ or ‘my’ decision have always been in their favor. Experience tells me though that unless their has been collusion to deceive, to over rule, to allow nepotism, the open concepts, transparent in every way, knowing the power of a union a riotous electorate or other strengths in law will assure repeat ‘offenses’ against… Read more »
Diddlyscwat
Guest

Yes, Mariah, and the City Judge who hid them from an RCMP search is now incapacitated, if not dead. He got away with it and allowed his friends, probation officer and other high level business men to go free at Perry Dunlop’s and abused citizens expense.

I truly believe a number of high level citizens still in circulation are aware today.

It is quit a problem to take on an established hierarchy of a fraternal club.

Christopher Cameron
Guest
WOW,I was emotionally moved by this video. I would like to thank Mr. Hickley for standing up for what is right even against such surmountable City political pressure . I understand somewhat what its like to fight the political pressures when one fights for what is right when the political system fails its citizens. I have much empathy as well as praise for you to “put it on the line” your profession as well as your reputation. George Orwell wrote “In a time of universal deceit -telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. I stand with you Sir and strongly… Read more »
cornwalllaughter
Guest

Hey Kilger and Fitzpatrick, are you proud of yourselves? you pathetic pieces of trash. Kilger be a man for once and explain why the city won’t pay Hickley’s legal fees yet you make sure yours are?

Your the scum bag of scum bags and here is hoping you get yours and the people of Cornwall get ours. Hey Chad, {MODERATED} and give up this job that was not given to someone who truly deserved it, oh yes, your last name is Kilger. Good luck Mr. Hickley we all support you sir.

hailey Brown
Member

what does it matter what Rob Ford did in the past? I think Wynne is only chasing ford’s past because he will push her political buttons.

Has anyone ever heard or seen any evidence, speculation and conspiracy aside, of Rob Fired being a bad mayor?

Debbie Cameron
Guest
Mr.Hickley, thanks for sharing your deepest feelings with all of us. Your situation is indeed extremely stressful & draining, but knowing many in our community support you may be of some comfort. To speak out & go against what society deems is the norm is unique in this day & age of apathetic, self-serving people. To speak out takes courage & determination & will absolutely change your life…You will loss some people in your life, yet you will gain friendships with strong ties. I empathize with your situation as my husband & I have traveled a similar lonely road. We… Read more »
Dave Windsor
Guest

Rob Ford for Ontario Provincial Premier…..Hey, look, he has single handedly said NO to 1 Billion in expenditures in Toronto…WHY you might ask….well how about because it would mean raising taxes. Go figure, what a novel idea. Rob could choose any party he wanted…or go as an independent. He would get 60% votes out of Toronto alone…most of the Northern votes and the rest would be a shoo-in for him. Rob Ford…just says NO. Win, win.

David Oldham
Guest
Thank you for the video, very humanizing to say the least. The deputy fire chief states the playing field is not level and I believe that most would agree with that statement. The irony of it all is that Rob Hickley as a whistle blower is standing up for what is simply right and in doing so is attempting to further the cause of the community at large while the city uses the communities money to stifle truth and justice. I ask could anything be more convoluted ? As for Premier Wynne’s typical and predictable conflicting statement which she knows… Read more »
David Oldham
Guest

Just an after thought with regards to true justice.

I would like to see, if Mr. Hickley prevails in his case, the Mayor and council members pay the entire legal cost themselves (personally) because they sure as hell were not representing myself or in my opinion this community.

Fred George
Guest
I don’t live in Cornwall although I did grow up there and remember the Dunlop incident and all that followed. There is power in numbers Cornwall citizens. Get involved behind this man. Support him by letting your city council know how you feel. Get organized and get loud. Take back that which is yours…the integrity of your city. Set up a fund so this man and his wife are not risking their retirement savings to defend the integrity of your town. There is safety in numbers. If Mr. Hickley stands alone on this, there is a significant chance the stress… Read more »
A CONCERNED TAXPAYER
Guest
Bob Hickley- I have never had the pleasure of meeting you Sir but what I have read and heard you say on CFN you have my backing all the way Kilger and Fitzpatrick & many on city Council have with the assistance of TAX Payers $$$ cost the City a Pile of MONEY as you very well know. And it continues / A level playing field is obviously not in there best interest . You certainly seem to have the goods on them and I sure hope you are able to continue in an effort to seek JUSTICE . Further… Read more »
dongolics
Guest

Share the video on your Facebook, Tweeter, and Blog!

David Oldham
Guest

ADMIN is the June 16th court date open to all who would like to attend?

jules
Guest
Mr. Hickley stay very strong and cool like and you will win over those scum bags of Kilger, Fitzy and all the rest. You must not have stress in your life at all. I know very well what stress is and what it can lead to. I want all the people of Cornwall and surrounding areas to stick up to Mr. Hickley and the nurse who are exposing the wrongdoings in Cornwall. I would like to see all of you at city hall and throw the bums out of office and do not wait until there is an election. Support… Read more »
jules
Guest
I want to say one more thing here Mr. Hickley is that Jamie is one hell of a good man indeed and I know that. The people of Cornwall don’t know that they have the very best journalist there is in their town. Don’t let those scum bags get on your nerves and you are not far from retirement and you can live anywhere and the people of Cornwall must stand up for you and help with your legal fees. Be strong those are all scum bags that I deficate on. I can tell you that I would never live… Read more »
ebm
Guest

Jamie, this was an excellent interview! Very well done and important.

EBrown, CEO, Whistlewatch.org
Guest
My sincere thanks to Chief Hickley. You are a man of high ethical conduct for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing. Your case is typical of what happens to a person who speaks truth to power. It is a well known legal strategy to harm the truth teller verses holding management accountable. The people of Cornwall must applaud whistleblowers. Tax payer waste is the single greatest concern of every citizen. The go along to get along group who look the other way when human rights are obliterated can no longer be tolerated. Government employees have duties to the people. Fire the… Read more »
EBrown, CEO, Whistlewatch.org
Guest

I also want to thank Jamie for the interview. Freedom of the press is vital. Keep up the good work Jamie!

hailey Brown
Member

An observation and recommendation.

With all the publicity we now have regarding public disclosure regarding corruption or wrong doing, would it not be prudent to address Mr Hickley as an honest civil servant or a informant?

Whistle Blower sounds so unprofessional and lacking in credibility.

is there any input on council now attempting to counter suit Cornwall free news for their legal fees on the suit against council claiming the CFN lost clients as a result of Jamie’s being removed from council chambers?

cornwalllaughter
Guest
Many who work within the city know full well what Rob Hickley is stating is true fact without a doubt. The problem is, people are still afraid to speak up and you can see why (Shay and Hickley). You think its easy working for a city who runs corrupt? starting from the Mayor and Council? I can tell you first hand they really do look out for themselves and family/friends first and foremost. Everyone on council could have done the right thing and spoke up for what was right, not one did, not one and anyone who says they would… Read more »
pizoli
Guest

Mr. Hickley, great interview! It humanizes the ugliness of what a whistleblower endures at the hands of those who can so easily draw from the taxpayers pocket without even a care just to demoralize and attempt to break them. Without a doubt, disgusting and nauseating. Cornwall, if you don’t see them (All of Council) for what they are–there’s even a lawyer in the mix–then you truly deserve what you get. In my heart, I truly believe that we are smarter than they are giving us credit for. SPEAK OUT!!

pizoli
Guest

On the aside, did you know that the City interviewed (4) out of 27 applicants for the position of Fire Chief. Mr. Hickley and Mr. McCullough (golf buddie) were among the chosen. However, golf buddie had none of the qualifications required while another fire department employee had all but one and didn’t get an interview. This is flipping unbelievable! Could the “thanks for all your snitching” be in place? NOT AGAIN!

cornwallhockey
Guest

GREAT story Jamie. First I would like to say to Mr. Hickley…Stand Strong and be proud of what you have done for the citizens of Cornwall. I, along with the rest of the honest people in this city need to stand strong with you.
Mr. Hickley has served this community well as a firefighter and now is the time to support him 100% so we can rid the corrupted individuals that have overtaken our great city.
To all who have written great comments supporting what he has done, I give you a standing ovation!

Fred
Guest
Now THAT’s what I’m talking about Cornwall!! Way to go! Love the comments that indicate you are going to fill that courtroom on June 16th. Go see for yourself what Mr. Hickley has to endure on behalf of the citizens he serves. Get behind this man (and Ms. Shay too) and take down corruption one pillar at a time. You will see as one falls another weakens. Like dominos, they are not going to fall on their own, you have to be involved. YOU are the taxpayer, the client, the employer. Let them know you are not going to stand… Read more »
John MacDonald
Guest

Jamie……On June 4th David Oldham directed a question to you asking if the June 16th court date for Rob is open to the public. Your response what that the proceedings were open.

Could you please confirm the court date, as June 16th falls on a Sunday.

John MacDonald
Niagara Falls, On

PJ Robertson
Member

Forthright and moving interview. Two honest-to-God professionals reminding us what a commitment to decency and public service really means. Very restoring in these times of widespread contempt and abuse of power. Well done to both!

(Agree with hailey brown: there ought to be a more dignified term to describe one who calls attention to an injustice. Where are you, Shakespeare, when we need you?)

Reg Coffey
Member

How about a quote from George Orwell:

“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

What we are seeing is an honesty revolution not whistle blowing.

PJ Robertson
Member

So, how about “truthteller” rather than “whistleblower”? Sounds positive and powerful.

EBrown, CEO, Whistlewatch.org
Guest
Whistleblowers don’t need a label change. To suggest this misses the historical import and buys into the concept that whistleblowers are not accepted as important contributors of social change. The name whistleblower has its roots in police officers blowing the whistle to notify the public of danger or wrongdoing and to seek the assistance of others. As a society today, we live with whistles blowing to notify us of public that an ambulance or police car en route to an accident, a weather alerts us to seek shelter, a child has been kidnapped, a smoke or carbon monoxide can save… Read more »
Highlander
Guest
Mr.Hickey and Dianne Shay thank you for speaking up and representing the interests of the public . You have and continue to do service to your community by speaking up against behavior that is not in the public’s interest ,unfortunately there has been a price to pay for this. Why is the messenger the one that pays for speaking up? Not to diminish those great acts of accountability of Mr. Hickley and Dianne Shay ,but adding these examples may give more scope to our societal problems Dr.Tombler was another whistle blower with regards to Hospital discriminatory hiring practices -well the… Read more »
PJ Robertson
Member

@ EBrown, CEO, Whistlewatch.org

Excellent defence of whistleblower. Thank you. I’m in.

A CONCERNED TAXPAYER
Guest

Fitzpatrick & City Council / Dept Morale over hiring FIRE CHIEF ?
Perhaps someone could refresh my memory or shed some light on
what I seem to remember as a big problem with Fire Dept Morale .
Was it not Fitzpatrick who arranged to promote to Fire Chief a man who had no experience whatsoever in Fire Fighting ?
If this is true what a stupid move that Fitzpatrick & our City council made at that time .

Diddlyscwatt
Guest
Violating e public expectations, like a rape, has been a damning, long lasting hurtful to our entire city. These misrepresentations of professionals is reprehensible, abose of power and authority. In other words, the activities ‘sounded’ but totally ignored by the very people we have until now looked up to, has been downright fraudulent of character expectations from them. As well as this and other court cases, WE WILL CLEAR HOUSE AT THE VOTING BOOTH, regardless of any court decisions. This council and city management (involved) should be caned and personally FINED, yet our fear is that they will only have… Read more »
jules
Guest
Voting these corrupted scum bags out is not enough – people can’t wait until then and it is the same damn scum bags year after year after year …. and it just keeps on going like the bunny rabbit that advertises for the batteries. These scum bags of Kilger, Fitzy and all the rest have to be taken out now and I don’t give a rat’s behind if another municipality has to take over Cornwall’s administration – something has to happen. This has gone on long enough throughout the years and a good man like Officer Perry Dunlop was ostracized.… Read more »
Grace Haden
Guest
there is not a thing I disagree with I am a whistle-blower as well in New Zealand on an issue of serious corruption . I was taken to court as well denied a defense and I am now 7 1/2 years into it. you have to over come the fear , they use fear to immobolise you , I lost the fear after they tore my family to bits.. once you lose your family you have nothing more to lose . It has cost me well over $300,000 cannot get it out into the news . I blog I have… Read more »
jules
Guest
I just saw on yahoo news where they are going to put Laval under the province and that is exactly what I said many times here and I don’t think that Jamie posted it. Cornwall aka Fossoli has to be put under the province or some other city to manage it since it is the same corruption year after year after year and nothing changes. When people are not educated nor capable to take over and lead then Cornwall has to go under another jurisdiction. Cornwall has a great deal of corruption from past to present and much worse off… Read more »
Diddlysquatt
Guest

Hey Jules, you have POINT. Some WANT TO MAKE CORNWALL A BI-LINGUAL CITY SO HOW ABOUT UNDER THE Jurisdiction of ‘PROVINCE OF MONTREAL’?

By that time all the sins will be legally buried under the Mafioso cement pillars and monuments. We’d start with a clean house.

Surely Ontario would be happy to see us go. They haven’t given a rats ass about this corner of the province anyway. The ONLY Ontario they know is the GTA.

jules
Guest
Diddlysquat you said it all right. Cornwall was forgotten and I blame the provincial government for that and the federal but the provincial the most. As for being part of Montreal I don’t think so. My husband read in his paper of a man from his country living in Montreal and had a terrible time with the Mafia and he was leaving for France with his Canadian wife and they had a business in Montreal but couldn’t take it any longer. I sure wouldn’t recommend Montreal. Not only that but I read a while ago where some Jewish shops have… Read more »
Diddlysquatt
Guest

Jules, sounds like the better dog you know here, is the one to stay with.

The Arab/Muslims have been spreading the flames world wide. I wouldn’t get involved with any of them either.

Tolerance of the intolerant has proven a laxidazical(?) approach that gives way to expansion of undesirable activities.

Sounds like the best is for each of us to do the best we can with where we are and to fight our own nemesis.

Is there any way we can build a support committee?
Guest
Is there any way we can build a support committee?

Hey Cornwall, Enough is enough. There has to be a support committee formed for these people, that is the least that can be done…..Releave stress and share stories and public beware. How can this committee be formed and what to call it? What is your input, Jamie, please share your opinion, are you in?

Gail Boileau/Bertrand
Guest
Gail Boileau/Bertrand
Robin, I was in Cornwall this weekend & my brother Steve was telling me what has been going on. Lynn sent me the links to some of the videos CFN and different papers with stories about what’s happening. I watched the interview with tears in my eyes cuz I could see the stress in your face and eyes. Robin it was very hard to watch but I am so proud of you. Your entire life you’ve been known as the guy that did the right thing no matter what. I pray that you are able to keep up the fight… Read more »
Gail Boileau/Bertrand
Guest
Gail Boileau/Bertrand
Rob, I was in Cornwall this past weekend & my brother Steve was telling me what has been going on in Cornwall & then Lynn sent me the links to some of the videos & stories. It was very hard to watch the video Robin cuz I could see the stress in your face and eyes but through the tears as I watched you fight to keep yourself together I was so proud of you. That’s the Robin I remember fight to do the right thing no matter how hard it is. I pray you have the stamina physically, mentally… Read more »
jules
Guest

Admin is there any news yet about Rob’s court date that is supposed to come up soon? That dear man is going through a lot of hell. Like the poster Gail said that you can see it in his face and too much stress. I hope that this dear man will be ok. There is so much that one can handle.

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