LTE Mary Anne Pankhurst on Freeholder White Wash In City Elder Abuse Whistleblowers Legal Fee Story

LTE Mary Anne Pankhurst on Freeholder White Wash In City Elder Abuse Whistleblowers Legal Fee Story
Whistleblower Diane Shay
Whistleblower Diane Shay

The welcome return of sunshine should have buoyed my mood yesterday but the front page of the Freeholder (Friday, June 14) has left a big cloud.

 

The greyness starts at the top of the page, where the headline trumpets the close to $200K the city has spent, in part, going through the process of being found guilty of serious abuses.

 

Specifically, the complex and anxiety-producing case that involved not only the abuse of a person in longterm care, but also the abuse of the healthcare worker who suffered (at the hands of the city) when she rightfully and dutifully attempted to protect the victim.

 

Yet, the headline speaks of money being spent because of some “complaints.”  Complaints.  It’s the word that disturbs me.  It makes it sound as though Diane Shay (and Rob Hickley) are merely complainers instead of professionals motivated by what they believe is the right thing to do.  Rights supported by law.

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Not only, but the story gives page one prominence to now quite useless detail that Shay’s original statement of facts were found to be “unsubstantiated.”  And readers have to turn fully to page two, the second last paragraph, to find out city hall managers did indeed act illegally.

 

Similarly, the bottom half of the front page is devoted to a photo of jubilant back-to-work employees posing on the playground equipment of Heart of the Family daycare  – arms raised in triumph – after the Children’s Aid Society rightfully investigated serious issues of child endangerment and sexualized behaviours.

 

It’s the mood of the photo that disturbs me.  Imagine a similar photo of Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin celebrating on the front steps of parliament – Woo-hoo, despite the investigation, we’re still at it!!!

 

Something is wrong.  Incidentally, today is world elder abuse day.  Think about it in the bright light of day.

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cornwalllaughter
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Great story…….$200000 spent for nothing when true professional could have dealt with it internally at no cost to the tax payers, yet cowards covered things up to the point of where we are today. What about the $200000 plus given to the man who started this Mr. Fitzpatrick? what about Ms. Derouchier and her almost $150000? what about Menaugh and his $300000 add in the rest Ms. Adams did not tell?? How dare the city say it was just $200000 and how dare a counselor (Ms. MacDonald) go on record to say it was money well spent? This is what… Read more »
garywsamler
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cornwalllaughter’s post says it all. The truth here cannot be told any better. The freeloader’s take on this story was not the only media coverage to miss the boat on the real issue here as the coverage by Bill Kingston and Jesse Tieman at the Cornwall Daily Groaner. com was just as pathetic lacking the hidden truth of the matter in every way. Bob’s spokesperson Elaine MacDonald saying that taxpayers should NOT be upset at the costs as they were justified and money well spent as taxes were increased over 2% this year. REALLY??? Elaine, in my opinion, is such… Read more »
jules
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I said it before here in CFN that it isn’t just Bare Ass and his so called council alone who are guilty of all the crimes going on. Cornwall laughter sure said it best indeed. The crimes go on behind the scenes from people that you do not see every day from the managers down to the lowest positions. Bare Ass, Fitzy and the rest doing what they did – honest to God I say thank God that my parents were not put in a seniors home. Thank God that they died in a hospital. I would never want to… Read more »
Sick of Stupidity
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Shame on all involved. Shame on Bob Kilger and every single person who sat around the table with him and did absolutely nothing but spend taxpayer money to protect image. How protected is you images now you bunch of %#$#^#^#%

mariah
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Maybe we should hold back our tax dollars being it is being wasted left & right & telling us its the best….are you starting to wake up yet!

pizoli
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What an absolutely perfect breakdown of the Freeholder’s article and the lack of importance they put on the truth and the outcomes as to why we paid for these legal fees in the first place. Well done! It is evident that these two individuals, Ms. Shay and Mr. Hickley, are anything but complainers. I do believe that if we have never experienced harassment, bullying, or vindictive behaviour, it may be difficult for us to fully realize how far these professional, dedicated employees had to be pushed to arrive at this point. According to the timelines, it seems evident that for… Read more »
Leave the dedicated and loyal employees alone!!!!
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Leave the dedicated and loyal employees alone!!!!

Ms. Shay and Mr. Hickley are not complainers, they are caring people that have morals, beliefs and know the laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. They have enough experience to know the difference. They have had to follow protocol for years now and their experience led them to putting an end to this huge cluster mess at their workplace.

This could have been dealt with in a much more professional manner and cheaper as fas as the city hall got involved….SHAME on them.

Advice to council of the City of Corp.
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Advice to council of the City of Corp.
Hey council, do something different, help the community by stopping crimes, that are within your own organization, stop it now, before something else bigger happens again and a much bigger cost will be dropped on the Corp of the City of Cornwall, then what, you will be on council for free, or will the corp go bankrupt???? Don’t let the employees, that are breaking the laws, brown-nosers get away with this kind of bs/crap. This day and age not acceptable, for owners, partners, to slip, zero tolerant should be in effect, there is no excuse for this kind happening, don’t… Read more »
Miss Steak
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Great article Mary Anne! It seems that we are constantly hearing the same thing over and over again as to how bumbling and stupidity reign at city hall, especially from a number of counsellors who keep popping up and making themselves look very silly indeed. Ms MacDonald keeps burning herself with her “factual lies”. Also the Sf’s article was written very smugly by writing something on the front page and making the reader turn to the second page to read the truth. What fools they think we are. I felt the same way you did.

jules
Guest
Yes Mrs. Shay along with Mr. Hickley are two people with good conscious and very good morals. I salute these two people and I salute Perry Dunlop even though this man is not with us I give this man all the credit for bringing things forward from the beginning – not about elder abuse but about child abuse and the Catholic church. There are many people out there who know a lot about what goes on and went on and are afraid to come forward. I know that many are afraid and many may have evidence but after what happened… Read more »
Newsworthy
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Mr. Sampler and the rest of the comments echo my own thoughts. Shame on Elaine for backing this Mayor. That goes double for Ms. Clement, I’m very disapointed that they along with the rest of the gang have sold out Diane Shay and Robin Hickley, where are their values and morals with regard for our community and our elderly? I’ve heard it from several family members and employees at the Lodge that “palliative care” is alive and well, pardon the pun. They state that within days of visisting their loved ones, they notice that some residents have died, sometimes suddenly,… Read more »
Stevie Wonder
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What hppened in/at Oc Transpo in 1999 could happen here in the city organization also.

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