Is Burning Money Better Than Facing the Truth by Jamie Gilcig – Elaine MacDonald Heart of the Family

Is Burning Money Better Than Facing the Truth by Jamie Gilcig – Elaine MacDonald Heart of the Family

jg2CFN – So you have a crisis occur in your organization.    Most times you can never avoid taking a elaineBUDGEhit of some sort; but as they say;  “The Difference between Winners and Losers is how you deal with adversity.”

Elaine MacDonald radio quote.

Now this quote if you listen really carefully you just might here Councilor MacDonald’s nose growing as she spouts off the most incredulous pile of hamster poo ever uttered by a politician.

Honey chile here’s how you do it.  You find out there’s an issue not only at Glen Stor Dun Lodge, but that there may be an issue between the very manager and your CAO.

You take a timeout.  Get some info, maybe bring in an independent investigator.   Maybe ask both Donna and Fitzy to take some paid leave; make a public announcement that gets ahead of the crisis as embarrassing at was and also gives city staff and those with info the ability to step forward in a timely manner.

That’s good governing.  That’s being accountable and transparent.   That’s putting the PUBLIC’s interest first which is exactly what you signed in your oath of office.

Retired CAO  & Clerk Paul Fitzpatrick & Denise Labelle Gelinas with Mayor Kilger on Election night.
Retired CAO & Clerk Paul Fitzpatrick & Denise Labelle Gelinas with Mayor Kilger on Election night.

Sadly that wasn’t done.  In fact the exact opposite was done.  And once you start covering up dirt you dig your own grave.   And what Ms MacDonald and her team have done is exactly what she claims they aren’t doing which is throwing millions of tax dollars hoping to cover up one scandal upon the next all because the Kilger regime not only failed the taxpayers and didn’t do the right thing; but did the wrong and is too far in to admit it.

wandaMoving to The Heart of the Family daycare scandal it’s boggling what to think.   The Ministry shuts down the school for a litany of  alleged  violations going to the length to state that director Christina Stephenson can’t be on the property while children are present.

The school stays mum.  No statements, nada.  There are police, CAS, and Ministry investigations; allegations that all it is are complaints from disgruntled former staff.

How is the public to know tails from mouths in a school that charges up to $200 per week for care, much of which is subsidized by public dollars including a sizable contribution from the city for their start up?

Don’t the public have some rights and interests to be protected especially by authorities?

The list of conditions to be met for opening posted was extensive yet the Daycare was open in less than two weeks.

When CFN asked the police for info we were stonewalled with a media cop telling us that the investigation was still ongoing.   However current employees stated to CFN that lists of staff provided to police were incomplete and that some staff were minding children privately while the school was closed.   Again, surely the police should have an honus to work with media to some degree?

CAS?  When we queried them they sent an email response which they fed to all media at the same time.

The Children’s Aid Society of SDG completed an investigation of the allegations against the Heart of the Family day care. We provided our report to the concerned parties including the Ministry of Education. The Children’s Aid Society does not make the decision to suspend or reopen a day care centre. Under the Day Nurseries Act, the Ministry of Education can suspend a child care centre’s licence if there is a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the children, until the daycare addresses those concerns.  It is the decision of the Ministry of Education to re-open a child care centre when it determines that its concerns have been addressed.  The Children’s Aid Society of SDG remains committed to supporting and strengthening the well-being of the children and families of our community.

Rachel Daigneault
Executive Director

Um, that’s kind of a non answer and tossing the buck to the Ministry so we went there next.

Hi Jamie, as discussed, you’re looking for information about the Heart of the Family daycare. I can tell you that the suspension has been lifted. The daycare can let people know when they will be accepting children again.  

 

The ministry suspended the daycare licence of the Heart of the Family Childcare Centre on May 31, as concerns were raised about the health and safety of the children at the daycare. Under the Day Nurseries Act, the ministry can suspend a child care centre’s licence if there is a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the children, until the daycare addresses those concerns.

 

The ministry has been working with the centre to resolve the concerns. Actions have included training for all staff by qualified professionals, and revisions to the centre’s policies and practices. The ministry removed the suspension of the Heart of the Family Child Care Centre license on the evening of June 12th. The ministry will conduct ongoing monitoring.

 

Thanks

 

Gary Wheeler

Ministry of Education

I responded with some very basic questions;

Hi Gary,

 
Is Chris Stephenson still the director?  According to the notice on the door she was not to be there while children were present?
 
Has the Ministry finished its investigation?  Have there been any penalties?   Is your investigation closed?
 
Are any HOTF staff that were working there prior to May 31 not returning based on Ministry standards or requirements?
 
Has HOTF been fined or penalized?
 
Does HOTF have to abide by any special license or conditions at the moment.  IE were the cleared of all issues?  
 
Were any issues noted on the door on May 31st substantiated and if so which?
 
Thanks,
 
Jamie
These are questions that clearly serve the public interest and the ones we are asked daily.

Hi Jamie, the ministry’s responses to your questions are below.

 

Q: Are any HOTF staff that were working there prior to May 31 not returning based on Ministry standards or requirements?

Q: Is Chris Stephenson still the director?  According to the notice on the door she was not to be there while children were present?

Staffing inquiries should be referred to the employer, the Heart of the Family.

 

Q: Has the Ministry finished its investigation? Have there been any penalties? Is your investigation closed?

The ministry continues to monitor compliance with licensing requirements at the Heart of the Family. 

 

Q: Has HOTF been fined or penalized?

No. The ministry’s objective is to bring about compliance with legislative and policy requirements.

 

Q: Does HOTF have to abide by any special license or conditions at the moment.  IE were the cleared of all issues?  

Were any issues noted on the door on May 31st substantiated and if so which?

The directions included in the Notice posted on the door, which address the safety and welfare of the children were complied with by the Heart of the Family. This included training for all staff by qualified professionals, and revisions to the centre’s policies and practices. The ministry removed the suspension of the Heart of the Family Child Care Centre licence on the evening of June 12th.

 

 

Regards

 

Gary

Again these are tax paid services that are there to protect….the public.      There are a metric ton of questions that have not been answered.

For example.

Was Heart of the Family shut down on May 31 over unsubstantiated claims and an innocent victim?  Were they wronged by a few disgruntled employees like the mysterious Chelsea Raso who refused to return calls to CFN?

If that was the case was that why the school was reopened so quickly with a few quick CPR type courses and a paint job?

Why have an undercover drug cop in charge of an investigation?   Why not?   Why would the facility be able to reopen before a police investigation was done?    Why not bring in the OPP or other outside agency to investigate as they are connections between individuals at the Cornwall Police force and the school and affiliated church?

If Heart of the Family has been wronged they should be fully vindicated. If they’ve done something wrong they should be equally convicted.

The odd decision is the “Cone of Silence” around the whole environment and the strange and odd behavior of many staff and supporters of the school.     The profanity filled circling of the wagons in relation to media inquiries surely only trigger more questions and suspicions by professional media?  IE, those not just whitewashing with press releases and actually asking questions?

There does seem to be a cultural lack of understanding in how to deal with contentious community issues going back to Project Truth that surely have taught the community that handling things properly is far less expensive than simply burning money?

Or maybe the lesson was that burning money is far better to facing the truth.

Are these the lessons we want to teach our children?

Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News

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Darcy Neal
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Why is there even a Day Nurseries Act? Should we have a Night Parent Act? Why should government control and regulate all people’s thinking and actions? That’s right, we are ruled by the Nanny State. The Nanny State is responsible for its nurseries.

Reg Coffey
Guest

Elaine talks like it is a team building exercise. It’s not her money so what does she care. Oops, we were wrong, no big deal.

little dipper
Guest

rights, you want rights, you don’t have no stinking rights

garywsamler
Member

No money here to support the Coalition in buying the Cornwall General for the benefit of the seniors and the community but lots of money for misdeeds of the Mayor and former CAO. Shame!!

jules
Guest
Gary Samler it is like giving up the ship when the people do not want to change and work hard for change then nothing will ever happen. Someone quoted that in the blogs and that is so mighty true indeed. Some councellors – one I can say – is André Rivette and the other one was Leslie O’Shaughnessey who said to himself the hell with that and left – nobody in their right frame of mind will take such garbage and dish it out to the public when they have a conscience. The people are brain dead to put up… Read more »
tnpreacher555
Member

Don’t you know Admin, it is now guilty until you come up with enough money to prove your innocence! That’s the new law of the land. See how it works well in Cornwall.

Isa 59:14-15 “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment”.

garywsamler
Member
Jules- In Oct 2010, I ran for Council as an unknown candidate in the last election. I was even the first endorsement of CFN. Alone I stood in front of the Chamber of Commerce on Cogeco Tv asking the voters for change to improve Cornwall and what could happen if the same Mayor and council were reelected. Unfortunately, election night came and passed and nobody here voted other than Kilger’s sunshine clique friends and the rest is history/misery. I still believe that there is a strong hope for Cornwall and that’s why I stand up against the corrupt villians here… Read more »
jules
Guest

Pastor Newton you are absolutely right in the quote from the Bible. The Bible is the absolute truth from God Himself. I salute you for your quotes which I love. Thank you for them. Yes that is also mighty true indeed and there is a great deal that people do not know and when it happens they will be in terrible shock and won’t know where to turn. Thank you again.

pizoli
Guest
Where on earth does one start. Councillor MacDonald, money well spent to protect the City’s reputation as a good manager–you’re kidding, right? Everyone’s good reputation is contingent on being respected. Do you and the rest of Council truly believe that your actions and reactions to the multiple events that have taken place, and the known treatment of the people involved warrants our respect. Shake your head. I was speaking to a good friend today who referenced Forrest Gump and I thought, OMG, how fitting. Stupid is as stupid does. You don’t believe that these monies are exorbitant and yet with… Read more »
jules
Guest

Mr. Samler there is a word that describes the people of Cornwall and elsewhere very well and it is called: “Stockholm Syndrome” look it up. It is about people who cling to their captors. Read about it on the net. It will explain things to you and to Jamie and everyone. I have heard of this term used quite often.

Nugget
Guest

There it is again Jules. The “Conspiracy Theorist” believer that you are!

Friend
Guest

The tax money well spent from Councillor MacDonald perspective is to prototect Council Reputation and for no other reason. It is they who have damaged this beautiful Cities reputation and they appear to be willing to continue doing so. At this point they have gotten in so deep defending a man they clearly understood had illegal harassed a nurse for doing her job, but chose to unanamously accept the Judith Allen report they knew was inaccurateand incomplete to say the least.

Curious
Guest

Does anyone know who was let go from the staff upon reopening this daycare? How many kids returned? Anyone have any real info to share? Can’t believe how shady this whole situation is.

Karen
Guest
The whole things smells of a cover up. I say this because HOTF has had complaints from staff since it opened. What they do is fire the staff members if they are within their 3month probation period and then threaten to sue them to ensure the ex-employee will not tell anyone. It’s that or the ECE teacher quits out of frustration and disgust. I know because it happened to me. I spoke up and they fired me and threatened to sue me. I complained to the ministry and nothing happened. It took the ministry almost a whole week to even… Read more »
JUSTICE WILL COME
Guest

Elaine Mac Donald =
Your comments stating the City is a good Manager and a Responsible Agent .
Elaine your Lying to us and to yourself /an attempt to cover up .
You go on to say Costs aren’t exorbitant and money well spent to
Protect the City’s Reputation . What Reputation ? Might I remind you it’s this council that have been Hell Bent on ruining our City’s Reputation with no end in sight . You and the rest of City Council
including Mayor Kilger don’t deserve to be elected to another term

J.stuart
Guest
Right on Karen! I hope the city counsellors are paying attention to comments like this. There have been many valid points brought up on this website since this story broke from former staff and parents. Hopefully this will not fall on deaf ears. And in reality this is an easy fix for the city compared to their other problems. All that needs to happen is for the Stephenson’s and their board of directors to be removed. I am assuming with the $200,000 start up money that the HOTF received from the city, the city must have say about the property… Read more »
Miss Steak
Guest

I cannot believe a word that comes out of that woman’s mouth. Every time she says something, she means the opposite, I guess. She is totally undependable and unreliable. If you need her to back you, she never follows through. Now, this is a true cousellor. Who is she there for, if not the people that elected her?
What a disappointment.

Karen
Guest
I feel the dust settling, people are starting to forget a bit, they are thinking maybe it all wasn’t such a big deal. Don’t let them forget. If you know the DNA and you are experienced in the childcare field and you were at HOTF, you should know how bad things have been. If you know something that can help keep these children safe you have a duty to report it. I know many are afraid of the Admin and Board of HOTF because of the intimidation and threats of legal action but this is where you have to dig… Read more »
jules
Guest
If any of you have been to the Civic Complex lately there is a sign on the back door as you go out where the economic development and the washrooms and former restaurant are located (above the doors) is a big sign reading “you don’t have to be rich to live in Cornwall” and I laughed so much to read that sign. With the high taxes on the go, Fitzy and others depleting the tiny town and the high priced lawyers of Bare Ass OMG what a joke. They think that everyone is that stupid to believe everything that they… Read more »
DENNIS JACIW
Guest

Sad that people still take their kids here. Biggest losers of all!

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