Cornwall Ontario Branding Problem? Facebook Meme Page Heckling City Goes Viral 1500 + Likes in 2 Days

Cornwall Ontario  Branding Problem?   Facebook Meme Page Heckling City Goes Viral 1500 + Likes in 2 Days

Cornwall SPRING 2012CFN – Ah the irony.  I get invited to check out this Facebook page that essentially is a celebration of all that’s not as good about Cornwall Ontario.   LINK

Yes it’s kinda high school.  And yes some of it’s funny.   For those viewers that don’t know Cornwall Ontario is a kinda unusual kinda of place.  It has immense potential and already has achieved some good.

1006349_511400548942564_535577669_nYes it’s a bit xenophobic and yes a bit of a closed shop; but the utter irony is that the locals trash it and view it more poorly than we latecomers to the party.

cornwall transitI contacted the page owner who stated;

My goal was to raise awareness for the ongoing visible problems in a community that could be striving.

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“I myself, am a member of the Cornwall community, my memes hackle a lot of things that I played a relative part in myself for example, I have memes about Citadelle High School yet I was once a student there, I joke about the facts of the working man not making enough in this town yet I work in this town and I joke a lot about Cornwall Transit yet I ride the bus to work 6 days a week.

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My goal is for the city to improve these things and Memes grab attention, the Bold text, the sharp pictures. When you look at a meme, it’s fast, you read the title, you look at the picture, read from top to bottom, look at the picture again and then you laugh. All this happens in 1 and a half seconds. Teens and adults like myself all enjoy memes for that reason, it’s quick hilarity. If this is the manner in which is the most ideal for raising awareness of the surrounding problems in our community, then I will continue to create these memes.”

Asked about offending people with the memes:

I can understand why someone could find it offensive, I go on about Teen pregnancy, Parents who have teens that are pregnant or teens that have had a child could easily find those memes offensive, HOWEVER they know better than anyone else that they are offended not only by me but the fact that it is a problem in our community. Every time you read one of my memes, you can say “Its funny, cause it’s true”. In no way am i trying to offend, I am addressing the problems using Memes and Hilarity as my vehicle

CFN last year tried to have a three month contest where the public would write in letters about what was amazing about Cornwall with the top 100 as voted by the public would win local shopping prizes.

That effort was attacked by the City with the mayor even suggesting that it would be a “security” issue to have a link on the city’s website and facebook  page to the contest.   The Chamber of Commerce and Team Cornwall also refused to participate in a three month campaign on the most read newspaper in the city to cherish what’s best of our fair town.

As a matter of fact at the time people suggested we have a contest about how bad Cornwall is and now with this facebook page it looks like that would have been more popular?

Insanity, I know.    So reading through this meme page and seeing over 1,500 people like the page in less than two days I decided to throw this out to you the public to post what you really think of our fair city by your comments below.

So please have it .  Post the good and bad that you feel about your city.

And if you’re like me and want to make Cornwall a better place to live, work, and play please come out to our first Town Hall meeting on Sunday October 27th from 1-4 PM.   It’s free admission with live entertainment; community and political speakers, and tables for vendors, organizations, and artists.

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34 Comments on "Cornwall Ontario Branding Problem? Facebook Meme Page Heckling City Goes Viral 1500 + Likes in 2 Days"

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mary
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Liberals have totally destroyed Cornwall,we need to get rid of their corruption before we can hope to rebuild

David Oldham
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In the early 70’s the wizards of the day sitting around the horseshoe at city hall decided that two independent studies paid for by the taxpayers of Cornwall were out to left field. The decision was therefore made to close off Pitt St. and go ahead with a pedestrian mall. Well surprise, surprise that did not work out to well ! That legacy has unfortunately continued during my residency here in this potentially great community. Around the same time council produced a forecast that predicted that the population of Cornwall would reach 100,000 by the year 2000. Unfortunately they were… Read more »
Michael Clifton
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I have stated previously in the pages of this publication my fond memories of Cornwall and best wishes for the future of the community. However, it must be said that many have left for good because of the abuse they suffered at the hands of Cornwall’s power brokers. The old “you’ll never make it in this town” treatment has been laid on too many people that went on to success elsewhere.
I can tell you as part of the Cornwall diaspora – there is definitely an image problem.

stellabystarlight
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RIDICULOUS AND ABSURD TO SAY THE LEAST.

This “meme” is supposed to BRING AWARENESS and supposed to be Funny?? OH OK……more like negativity.

With that type of mentality this city will never change.

Lisa
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I have never seen a city with this much potential fail so miserably over and over again. We have the potential to be amazing. Our location could not be any more perfect! An hour from Ottawa and Montreal! 15 minutes for the US. The st. Lawrence river? WOW could we have a gorgeous waterfront. We *could* have it all. This facebook page nails it though. Cornwall fails over and over again. Why? I have no idea. The people itself maybe? It’s at the point where it’s ridiculous and what else can we do but laugh? How crappy do you have… Read more »
Lynn Reynolds
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I moved to Cornwall in 2009. While there are amazing people in Cornwall, my experiences in Cornwall have been…. negative. I find it to be a place of discrimination, bad practice and corruption. The more serious issues to improve Cornwall are neglected or ignored.

Sick of Stupidity
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@Stella
Do you not pay attention to previous posts? It was common knowledge that Bobblehead Kilger, Council and the minions that are running this town did NOT want to promote Cornwall because they didn’t come up with the idea that Jamie had! Get with the program before you flap those lips…

Until we have fresh blood running the show here in town it will continue to be a lost dream.

WonderingMan
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I agree with Stella…how is this person helping the situation. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. His goal is to be clever…not “…to bring awareness..” for some noble goal…he’s just a smartass. I also wonder about everyone saying we’re failing. How are we failing? Who says a community must constantly grow? Our population has been the same since my birth some 45 years ago…so? It’s not like the town has gone bankrupt and closed up shop. We’re sustaining. I don’t purporte to have any solutions…I just question if there really is a problem…live and… Read more »
Dennis jaciw
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I absolutely love the Facebook Memes page about cornwall. They tell it like it is, just the same as Cornwall Free News. Keep up the great work.

stellabystarlight
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@Wondering Man absolutely right!!!

Why dwell on the negative aspects? Every city has their own problems to deal with, Cornwall is no different.

However, ridiculing, put downs and dwelling on negativity won’t change a thing. Actually, what is does is highlights our weaknesses as a community and doesn’t encourage growth.

@SOS……..nobody said we did not need change. What was said is that negativity does not help a city grow. Before you flap your lips, read the posts.

Joseph Francis
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This city is like quicksand. Hard to get out. Hard to live in it. You just keep sliding downward with it. So many issues and seemingly no vision. This city needs a serious youth Injection in politics because what’s being done is doing little and the same people are always running the show. The local government is more worried about their public perception than they are about their duties to represent the city and because of that Cornwall is a warehouse town with little opportunity so young workers are leaving or being pigeonholed into positions with no future. It’s no… Read more »
Smith
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Lynn Reynolds is right.

Nepotism, nepotism everywhere.
Even here at the Cornwall Free News!

Melor
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Agree 100% Dennis jaciw!!!!! It is what it is.

Smith
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Kinship is not exclusive to relatives.

Driving the Karma Bus
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Driving the Karma Bus

If we could get the right people running Cornwall, perhaps one day people in Ottawa or Montreal would say “we are only 1 hour from Cornwall”!

420
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Wait till the Cornwall cops get tasers

jules
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Jamie I stayed up to look for the name that I was looking for Mr. Pat Finnerty about how Cornwall’s population hasn’t changed since 1956 and what he said about Cornwall is absolutely true. http://cornwallfreenews.com/2013/02/conflict- I was trying to think of this dear man’s name in my seniors brain that ceases sometimes and allas I found it. This man is or was a councelman and he has lived in Cornwall from 1956 – I was 5 years old when he came to Cornwall so he knows it mighty well. I love this dear man he made me laugh. I am… Read more »
James
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Don’t we all make fun of Cornwall in some form or fashion? Why is this any different? If you can’t poke fun at the city you live in to lighten your day, then you are entirely way too serious! Yes, we live in a city with problems. Yes, this facebook page brings these problems to the fore front. We all see these problems, and deal with these problems every day. Why not get a chuckle from them? It’s better than sitting there, making snide comments or stewing in hatred. Lighten up, people. It’s life. None of us are getting out… Read more »
madamepatate
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Its a pheasant culture almost stone age.

jules
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Jamie I love that hippo pulling that wagon. Cornwall Transit indeed. I remember when my husband and I decided to leave the car at home and take the bus instead after many years of not getting on Cornwall Transit. It was so funny when we asked the driver how long it would take for another bus to come and when he said 1/2 hour we just said to the driver “you’ve got to be kidding” so we walked the entire distance to home. I love what Mr. Joseph Francis said and he is absolutely right in his description. Honest to… Read more »
jules
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In order to affect change people have to look at themselves in the mirror and only you people in Cornwall can make that happen. Many people sit down and let the crooks run it all and the same crooks come in year after year after year. All this clique is what is destroying Cornwall and yes it is getting worse, much worse. It takes ordinary people to make the right changes and not these rich crooks who are hanging on to the clique and taking bribes. If ordinary people do not take charge then nothing good will ever happen except… Read more »
reality check
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II have often see that question about Cornwall’s population and I have given it a lot of thought from time to time and it very well might just be correlated with education you see here in Cornwall if you have graduated in the last 15 or 20 years and even if your parents enrolled you in a French immersion curriculum and you went on to university and got a higher education you realize there no chance of promotion or securing a job here as your French credentials are almost totally useless. So most of the English speaking young adults who… Read more »
Eric
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I find the population never changes caption funny but sad. Not sure of the age ranges for this stat. but 18.4% (3,145) listing single parent families is only a bit out of line for Ontario or Canada.

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/as-sa/fogs-spg/Facts-cma-eng.cfm?LANG=Eng&GK=CMA&GC=501

Besides the above statistic above the average, Cornwall is ahead of Ontario’s average with 98.8% being able to speak English.

Dave Windsor
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Cornwall GROW UP Cornwall will grow and expand in spite of the common downplay of verbiage some espouse. It will grow and expand with or without the guidance of council. People will come and go especially grow with seniors coming home from a life of building their equities in larger environments with much higher incomes and properties than Cornwall has been able to match. We need to take advantage of this influx as much as possible. Thanks to recent developments like Riverside Terrace and the newer executive style apartments on the former Courtaulds property. Funny how people here think these… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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One more GREAT AND WONDERFUL THING TO ADD…….CORNWALL AIRPORT……expansion plans are still on the table.

So you see folks, our future is flying high. Be part of it.

Dave Windsor
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Use or OUR Sports Paths: I mentioned earlier the term ‘recreational paths’. Of course one would recognise this as inferring the paved walkways throughout, around and beyond the city limits. To now MOST people were of the understanding that these were ‘BIKEpaths’….I reject this anymore. Despite everywhere in the country where this reference is more common, I believe we should start and recommend a more relevant term. The ‘bike’ inference gives OWNERSHIP to bikers. In fact, too much ownership…..witness the number of speedsters that cavalierly wipe by walkers…even or ore so startling little children……no warning of a ‘bell’…no sound out… Read more »
jules
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Mr. Dave Windsor is right about the beautiful parks and bike trails and even here in Ottawa at the park that we go to there are many who are very inconsiderate who race bikes and don’t care for people who walk like ourselves for instance. My husband gets all huffy about how they behave so that is everywhere. People should be respectful towards others and yes biking is a good exercise but be respectful. You don’t know when you have to stop all of a sudden for whatever reason and that is the truth. People who are ordinary do not… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Regarding Summerstown Airport response, Jamie and Jules…. We need the airport to open more doors to business executive in and out of our Cornwall and regional area. Executives, particularly the banker types and CEO’s looking us over do not have the time to spent 3 or 4 hours on a commute Our MP, with respect and others have been short sighted regarding this very important issue. Build it, expand it for Lear and other fast jets and you will see more growth and expansions in the following 5 years than we’ve seen in the last 20. That is the bottom… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Regarding the disappointing council vote Monday night…… I feel miffed by councils unfortunate vote last evening on both the expansion of our water supply into South Stormont territory. I can understand the tax concerns, however the lack of insight would be the consumer driven influx these extra business’s can and would surely bring. To add to that the Airport extension is long, long overdue and short sighted. Massena airport does not and will not service us as well with fast, in and out commutes from across the country by executive who simply do not have the time for a four… Read more »
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