Will You Sign our Petition to Have CFN Rebut City Slur Against US at Council? PETITION

Will You Sign our Petition to Have CFN Rebut City Slur Against US at Council?  PETITION

A review of local news websites show that only two allow anonymous posts: the Standard-Freeholder and the Cornwall Free News. Both sites have some moderation of comments, but a review of activity over the past several months have led staff to concur with the generalized assessment of the practice by the American Journalism Review: “Comment sections are often packed with profanity, and vicious personal attacks.”

jg2CFN – That dear viewers of CFN is what the City of Cornwall issued as a report and was endorsed by City Council and the Mayor.

Normally CFN is advocating for citizens or causes.   Today we’re advocating to fight a lie against us written in a city report that they have refused to allow us to rebut.  We’re asking our viewers to support us back by signing our online petition below.

Can you imagine as a local company reading something purposely presented to the public that was clearly a bold lie?

Anyone of the over 53,000 Unique visitors per month that visit CFN can tell you about the quality of our content, especially our viewer comments.

In today’s world CBC has f  bombs on its radio show.

But that is exactly what the city of Cornwall has done to CFN as they used this policy to institute a boycott that is not only from the City; but has extended to agencies connected to the city; some of which depend on the city for monies such as our Library, Hospital, Museum, Art Gallery, and Tourism agency all of which refuse to advertise on the largest media outlet in their city.  In fact many of these agencies refuse to even have sit down meetings.

We have now asked the city to allow CFN to appear before council to challenge their statement above seven times.   The CFIB asked the mayor and city twice; all times we have been refused to repudiate the statement by the city in the same spot that they smeared us.

CFN has always had fully pre-moderated comments.   We have always had a process where people can post their complaint if so or ask for moderation.

Oddly enough the City of Cornwall not a single time wrote in asking for any correction or removal of a comment and that’s with over 35,000 comments on CFN in four years.

Nor has CFN ever had to print a retraction.

Irony?  The quote used has to date not been found in the American Journalism Review.  

Mayor Kilger wrote released the following about his policy;

Dear Editor, 

I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify City Council’s recent decision regarding the establishment of an advertising policy. 

There have been some misguided suggestions that this is an attempt to censor public discussion. This is simply not the case. The City of Cornwall enjoys a positive working relationship with the media, and it is one that we value and respect. Members of City Council and City Administration always make themselves available to the media and the public. 

The City is also open and receptive to feedback and constructive criticism from members of the public. We welcome public input because it helps us to better understand residents’ concerns and priorities surrounding municipal matters. 

The motion debated and passed by Council dealt solely with advertising and was strictly about the City of Cornwall’s right to choose where to advertise. City staff believe that advertising on web sites or publications with offensive content undermines the positive values of the City of Cornwall brand. This includes websites or publications outside of Cornwall. These guidelines have always been followed as an ‘unwritten rule’ – the Council report simply examined the issue in an open and transparent manner. 

The City has not asked the media to do anything. In fact, local journalists already follow their own professional guidelines regarding what is acceptable commentary, and local media organizations already enact varying policies to remove what is perceived to be offensive commentary. The City of Cornwall’s advertising guidelines simply mirror the same generally accepted guidelines in place in most media organizations.


Mayor Bob Kilger

Here is the chart that the City released for 2011.  In spite of being low man on the totem poll of major media we sent the city the most web traffic for 2011 of any listed below.   We also sent them the most in 2012 from old archived ads even though we’re being boycotted!   The city has refused to issue a similar chart for 2012 in spite of repeated requests.

So we’ve decided to ask you, our amazing viewers to come to our aid and sign our online petition asking the city to grant CFN the same amount of time to rebut the slur made against CFN and our community.

The Freeholder responded to this policy by limiting comments on their site (they only moderate post comment as they have key word filters for pre comments) and in fact in many stories simply do not allow any public comments.

We need more accountability and transparency in this world; especially by our paid elected officials and staff.

The City of Cornwall can choose to advertise where it wishes; but they do not have the right to slur any business nor to impact other businesses choice of where to advertise; nor allegedly threaten businesses that do.

We the undersigned request that CFN be given time to speak to Council as soon as possible to rebut its Advertising Policy Statement

This petition is now closed.

End date: Jul 03, 2014

Signatures collected: 141

Signature goal: 250

141 signatures

Latest Signatures
141 Sylvie Brunet Ottawa Jul 15, 2013
140 Michel Ouimet Alexandria Jul 14, 2013
139 Dave Murray Cornwall Jul 14, 2013
138 Kevin Rivette Cornwall Jul 14, 2013
137 James Borer Lunenburg Jul 10, 2013
136 Julie Cameron Timmins Jul 09, 2013
135 Stéphane Groulx Ottawa Jul 08, 2013
134 Owen Mekitarian Cornwall Jul 07, 2013
133 Don Craig South Dundas SDG Jul 07, 2013
132 Ron Poirier Cornwall Jul 06, 2013
131 Bobby Liebrecht Cornwall Jul 05, 2013
130 Debora Liebrecht cornwall Jul 05, 2013
129 Mary Anne Pankhurst S. Glengarry Jul 04, 2013
128 Ronald Bubar Fredericton Jul 03, 2013
127 Clayton Arcand Cornwall Jul 03, 2013
126 Stacey Watters Cornwall Jul 03, 2013
125 richard tremblay cornwall Jul 02, 2013
124 wayne hawthorne Picture Butte Jul 02, 2013
123 Furtz A. Bootbomb Dog Patch Jul 01, 2013
122 rebecca gallinger cornwall Jul 01, 2013
121 Phil Miller Cornwall Jun 30, 2013
120 Jen Samler Cornwall Jun 29, 2013
119 Chris Samler Cornwall Jun 29, 2013
118 Stephanie Taillon Cornwall Jun 29, 2013
117 Ken Moran Cornwall Jun 29, 2013
116 Leanne Morin Montreal Jun 29, 2013
115 Denis Godin Ottaw Jun 29, 2013
114 Radica Godin Ottawa Jun 29, 2013
113 tammy armstrong green valley Jun 29, 2013
112 Brian Weir Alexandria Jun 29, 2013
111 Charles Wilkins Keswick Jun 28, 2013
110 Heather Wilkins Keswick Jun 28, 2013
109 Allan Walker Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
108 Mark Walker Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
107 Elizabeth Lederhose St.Calixte Jun 28, 2013
106 Tim Williams Moncton Jun 28, 2013
105 John Elkin Ottawa Jun 28, 2013
104 Robert Birks Orleans Jun 28, 2013
103 David Granger Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
102 Clifford Parmeter ottawa Jun 28, 2013
101 Brian McNicholl cornwall Jun 28, 2013
100 Lou Israel toronto Jun 28, 2013
99 Rev. Moran McMahon Orleans Jun 28, 2013
98 E. Armstrong Jun 28, 2013
97 Marjorie Hurley Ottawa Jun 28, 2013
96 Kathy Kashuba Red Deer Jun 28, 2013
95 melanie primeau cornwall Jun 28, 2013
94 Kristine Picken Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
93 Barry Jackson St. Lazare Jun 28, 2013
92 Donald Leaman Salisbury Jun 28, 2013
91 Jurgen Vollrath Embrun Jun 28, 2013
90 Douglas McBurney Ottawa Jun 28, 2013
89 george clarkin ottawa Jun 28, 2013
88 Susan Terriah Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
87 Anthony Silvestro Ottawa Jun 28, 2013
86 Dorothy Fuhrman Kelowna Jun 28, 2013
85 Joy Dykeman Jun 28, 2013
84 Kim McConnell Fournier Jun 28, 2013
83 Darlene Walsh Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
82 Shawn Anderson Lower Coverdale Jun 28, 2013
81 melba green Miskooseepi First Nation Jun 28, 2013
80 Karen Harris Elmsdale Jun 28, 2013
79 Keith Berube Ottawa Jun 28, 2013
78 R W Ottawa Jun 28, 2013
77 Ken Davies Long Sault Jun 28, 2013
76 Carol Pawley Penticton Jun 28, 2013
75 Kenneth T. Tellis Mississauga Jun 28, 2013
74 Maxine Holloway Ottawa Jun 28, 2013
73 Colonel James Brown (retired) MONTREAL Jun 28, 2013
72 Michael Laplante Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
71 Sylvain Lefebvre Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
70 Brent Coffey Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
69 Linda Beaudin Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
68 Tammy Fortier Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
67 Mark A. MacDonald Cornwall Jun 28, 2013
64 Louise Kingdon Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
63 alain duval Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
62 Barry Trudell Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
61 Melissa Jarvo Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
60 Sharon Parisien Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
59 Gary Freeman Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
58 Michael Clifton toronto Jun 27, 2013
57 Jack White Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
56 Leslie O’Shaughnessy Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
55 Bob Noble Ingleside Jun 27, 2013
54 ronda Dickie Jun 27, 2013
53 Helene A Lynch Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
52 Richard Lynch Cornwall Jun 27, 2013
51 Debbie Cameron Long Sault Jun 27, 2013
50 Richard Komorowski Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
49 J Malyon Jun 26, 2013
48 hugh mcphail cornwall Jun 26, 2013
47 Cody Lapierre Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
46 Larry Shannon St-Pie Jun 26, 2013
45 Rebecca Lascelle Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
44 D Locey Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
43 Henrietta Flapjack Lansdowne Jun 26, 2013
42 Jeff Lalonde cornwall Jun 26, 2013
41 Christopher Fry Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
40 al benson Jun 26, 2013
39 Steven McIntosh North Gower Jun 26, 2013
38 Colleen McIntosh North Gower Jun 26, 2013
37 Gerald Wood Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
36 Cory Cameron Timmins Jun 26, 2013
35 David MacDonald Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
34 William E. Beattie Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
33 Joy Ann El-Khouri Ottawa Jun 26, 2013
32 mary bray cornwall Jun 26, 2013
31 Christopher Cameron long sault Jun 26, 2013
30 Reg Coffey Ingleside Jun 26, 2013
28 Laszlo Szekely cornwall Jun 26, 2013
27 Amy Karelse Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
26 Rosvita Lauterbach Merrickville Jun 26, 2013
25 David Oldham Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
24 Dayle Whitney Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
23 Michael Iwachniuk Carleton Place Jun 26, 2013
22 Charles Branchaud Long Sault Jun 26, 2013
21 Laurie Branchaud Long Sault Jun 26, 2013
20 Myke Wilder Montreal Jun 26, 2013
19 ron couchman cornwall Jun 26, 2013
18 Michele Fish Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
17 Angie Boisvenue cornwall Jun 26, 2013
16 Alison Dallas Finch Jun 26, 2013
15 Curry Dallas Finch Jun 26, 2013
14 Clifford Stork Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
13 Jennifer B Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
12 Kelly Ward-MacDonald Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
11 liz leduc cornwall Jun 26, 2013
10 Gary Davies Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
9 Jamie Gilcig Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
8 Helene Paquin Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
7 Gord Fletcher Jun 26, 2013
6 Darcy Donnelly Fournier Jun 26, 2013
5 Rev. Thomas J. Newton Lunenburg Jun 26, 2013
4 Kimberly Mccourt Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
3 Stanley Stork Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
2 Gary Samler Cornwall Jun 26, 2013
1 shelley boisvenue cornwall Jun 26, 2013

The nature of the Mayor and City’s actions have hampered CFN’s growth and potentially its survival.    It hurts economic and cultural development of our community.   But mostly it reinforces the message that Cornwall Ontario is not a good place to start a small business and that’s not what this City is about.

Local businesses should not be afraid to advertise on the largest media outlet in the city for fear of financial retaliation by City Officials elected or not.

Thank you,

Jamie Gilcig – Editor –  The Cornwall Free News

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Admin: Seven cops showed up when the Mayor took offense to your milk t-shirt. How many cops will be on standby should you say something he takes offense to when or if these asshats give you chance to share your side of this issue at council?



Darcy Neal
Darcy Neal

Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are our natural self-granted rights but governing agencies from the local municipalities to provincial and federal level keep encroaching upon our rights. Individuals, associations and organizations are free to protect their hearing / seeing from our speaking and writings but they don’t have the right to cut our tongues out or steal our pencils. Politically correct censorship is violent aggression against our personal liberties (Rights & Freedoms). Our self-granted self-defense right includes our public right to demand that our accusers of harm present proof of their claims. False accusations creates victims who… Read more »

David Oldham
David Oldham

What I find offensive is censorship without merit. If only opinions and comments that did not offend anyone were to be shared there likely would be nothing of much substance to be read. I FIND THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION OFFENSIVE. OOPS can I say that or will the new morality squad show up at my door. Please give me a break !

Do not give an inch on this issue of nonsense.


Did anyone happen to see this?:


Seems like we need Russel Brand to come to Canada as well and perhaps shake up some media sites and perhaps even our city council… I would love to see his opinion on what is going on in the city here. I’m sure if he were to stay for even a month or 2, possibly even less, that he’d have a whole lot to say about here..


A 10-th grade dropout cannot write something like this….
I cancelled SF and they charged me $20 termination fee! Hum…hum….


You’re a hypocrite Jamie


I second that I do find the present administration not only offensive but extremely offensive and I too wish that Russell Brand were here as well. I have seen him before but I don’t watch TV only my family does but I have seen him on the net. I agree with one of my very favorite people Gerald Celente about the press being called “presstitutes” and that is exactly what “SF – the toilet paper of record” is and has nothing there to read except pure garbage. Jamie I wish you all the very best and you know that and… Read more »

George Gordon
George Gordon

Sounds to me like you better put Mr Moak on a retainer .
BTW . are use 5 for 5 or 4 -1 Thanks Jamie .

Mary Anne Pankhurst

Jamie, I’m all for seeing your company’s right (or any company’s right) to thrive in Cornwall. And it’s clear yours has been given significant barriers to succeed….Sad, because a good deal of the issues CFN has tackled would never be covered (without PR spin) elsewhere. I’ve been brutally honest with you about the things I like about CFN and the things I don’t like…as I have been and will continue to be with other local and national media. So let’s say you have your 4 minutes with the city, and it says: Thanks but we’re not changing our position. What… Read more »


Dear Mayor Kilger:

You are No longer speaker of the house!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any Journalist worthy of the name would laugh when reading your statement about comment sections. Welcome to the real “NEW” media where people can complain about your clear abuse of the system without facing the huge legal and political power you control…

Colleen McIntosh

Hi Jamie,

Steven and I support you and the Cornwall Free News, petition signed:)


Reason #1 why I read CFN…Even a PUSS like crarsh gets to speak his mind..no matter how small it is.


Jamie (admin) if it were not for you the people of Cornwall would still be asleep and being kicked around and robbed of their money. People don’t realize how long that all this has been going on and it is about time that people stand up for themselves and do something to make changes for the better. There is not enough thank you’s to give to you and all I can say is a big thank you for all what you do.

george gordon
george gordon

Oh well $40,000 sounds like a good start . Of our money that won’t fall from the sky.. Odds are you gotta win one .You have not dropped that one have you?
Not gonna answer the 5 for 5 or 4 to 1 .Second request !! you put it up, let us know how it went ? How many days now?
Thanks anxiously waiting to hear .


Hi Jamie, I am all for freedom of the press and media. As Lowel green often says to the numbskulls who call to insult and critisize his program, “If you don’t like me or what I say, flip the off switch”. Personally I don’t like when subscribers resort to profanities, particulalry F bombs, it says something about the persons character. However I know that you do caution such persons and indeed if the profanities persist and continue, you do not allow them to post. Keep up the good work, always respecting peoples freedom of expression as long as they don’t… Read more »



P.S. I gave up Standard Freeholder years ago and any confidence in Mr. Kilger when he was an M.P. I’ll say no more even though we do have the freedom here.



CBC and other journalistic stations are corporations and they all go by the same policy where they “sanitize” the news before you get it. Nothing is real – you get what they want you to hear and that goes for all of them who are corporate owned. If a journalist knows the real truth and tells the people the real truth then they lose their job as well as their licence. In order to get the truth or part of it then you have to go to alternative means but you also have to back up what you say so… Read more »

George Gordon
George Gordon

No problem I can complain about the city eating up our 3 million. I just rather for your troubles that you should get some of it .You work for it and deserve it . BTW don’t change the subject, if you were wrong on the 5 for 5 say or so is it 4 to 1 now or not . It may not matter to you much ,but to me and other readers it shows through on your other reports on the complacency of your articles that create for your great following on CFN. We don’t follow you because you… Read more »


Jaime,. I admit I am not in touch with the local Cornwall issues. But I will support you, and anyone, to have freedom of expression, long denied and suppressed by the racist francophones in my home province. Voted, liked, shared.
“Presstitutes”!!! PRICELESS!!!


What offensive content is he talking about? Maybe you should call him Bad Butt Bob.. Not Bad A** Bob. Man, that letter reaks of favoritism toward newspapers that report them in a good light all the time. So Jamey we all shall not type offensive content in the future (all say it after me….) and by that promise the city should take some of my tax money that I have to pay to the taxman and give it to CFN for some advertising that will get some readership!!!!! Good luck with that one CFN but my prayers are with you!


Jamie you are the only one that tells it like it is about what is really going on in Cornwall. Many people are reading you but do not speak up and I wish that they all would speak up instead of just those of us who do. I would love to hear from others who left Cornwall and never to come back because of their experiences living there. I haven’t seen Lou come on very often and I wish that he would. Welcome Lou. Presstitute is a good word to describe the journalists who work for the mainstream “lamestream” news.… Read more »

Richard tremblay
Richard tremblay

Just read the blue part of the article. Jaime you do moderate and you do a good job. Maybe one slanderous will get through but they are rare.


This petition is one week old now and I was hoping that in a town of 46,000 people enough people would have the gonads to show support or at least have 500 in the first few days and a 1000 sign in the first week. Only 125 CFN supporters standing up for freedom and democracy to me is disgusting and SAD.This just shows me that people here do not really give a crap in what really goes on here and the asshats at 360 Pitt along with the influence of their rich clique friends can do whatever they want. So… Read more »

Hungry for the Truth....
Hungry for the Truth....

Gary W. Samler July 3, 2013 at 11:13 am It is my experience that in this community many of it’s citizens are rattled by any type of controversy especially when asked to take a stand. It has nothing to do with having “the gonads to show support.” Let me give you an example. CFN asked for names in order to emphasize it’s position on a policy that is discriminatory in nature. I agree with CFN’ s position. But fear is sometimes a greater motivator than democratic rights. This request for support comes on the heels of article that informed it’s… Read more »

Mary Anne Pankhurst

I will sign your petition, Jamie. I don’t think it will improve your chances of being heard but I do believe your paper deserves its chance to thrive without unfair interference. Besides, you’re an honest and courageous person with good values.


I sat down for a while today and thought about how Cornwall aka Fossoli was like in past years. With all our neighbors telling us that if you want to make a business in Cornwall it is mighty hard to do and almost next to impossible because the “clique” has to approve. Jamie a person who has the newspaper has the power of the pen and they are scared to death of you and those words are powerful of “scared to death” because you can bring them all down like a house of cards if there was truly a real… Read more »



Make a formal Access to Information request for the 2012 media contracting figures. It costs $5. They are required to provide this information to you by legislation. Make sure you request a softcopy or they might bill you for paper (only city of cornwall does this – if they don’t like you). Put a reminder in your calendar to send a new request each new fiscal year.