BREAKING – RCAF WING in Cornwall Ontario To be Torn Down for Condos? PETITION Jan 25, 2014

BREAKING – RCAF WING in Cornwall Ontario To be Torn Down for Condos?  PETITION Jan 25, 2014

RCAF WINGCornwall Ontario – While eyes have been focused on the No Tanks protest and the new ugly low level bridge replacing our majestic high level one it looks like a sad prediction may be ringing true.

Documents discovered by CFN are triggering questions about the RCAF Wing on Water Street.  It’s lease was up last Spring and contrary to assurances that it’d be renewed  it has not been to date.

Likewise, it’s on Federal Land like the controversial Kaneb Oil Tank property which was remediated at tax payer expense only to see the Federal Government via Transport Canada grant a ten year lease to Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc.   And that begs the question if that parcel of land also could be leased out to private interests without consultation with the public, Akwesasne, or passing muster environmentally.

Could this lead to condos on our waterfront without due process when the public to date has clearly rejected such proposals?    And could this be connected to discussion that the mayor and CAO are having with the Federal Government regarding disposal of Crown lands along Cornwall Ontario’s waterfront?

S Alexander CouncilCFN viewed an email from Stephen Alexander to the Air Force Wing representative and that reply to Cornwall Council.   That document showed a clear desire by the Waterfront Land Committee (in charge of acquisition and led by Councilor Denis Thibault) who’s been missing in action throughout all of the tank controversy.

We have not received any response to requests from more info from any of the parties as of print time and will be updating as we gain more information.

RCAFA 300x250 2013-08-26What do you think Cornwall?  Should this heritage site be bulldozed and turned into condos without any due process?  You can post your comments below.

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We the undersigned ask that the RCAF Wing in Cornwall Ontario Be Given A Ten Year Lease on its property immediately.


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john rothwell
john rothwell

Whats next? Our homes must be on federal land too then, are we going to sit back and let the feds and city council do this? The destruction of a meeting place for people who have lost close friends and family through their effort to protect that which we hold most dearly? Our freedom? We must not let this happen, i will fight the good fight, we must stop the feds and our council before the city allows the feds to open that door to take over every parcel of land in Ontario. This is not just Cornwall’s fight anymore.… Read more »

Dave Windsor
Dave Windsor

RCAFA Wing Should Be Declared a Historical Site The RCAF should long ago have been declared a ‘Historical’ site, thus not allowing it to be changed in any significant way. This site with its view has long been used as a PUBLIC venue and serves for many city needs including the Waterfront Committee meetings and weekly entertainment and dinner site. What would happen to their plane as well. This whole site is an extremely picturesque venue in itself for International Tourism through it’s RCAFA heritage along. I cry foul if this site becomes a private use only site. Might s… Read more »


No absolutely not. You leave that RCAF Wing up there and it belongs to the veterans. Leave them alone. Go and build on Water Street – take down the old arena and take down the old CJSS and buy out the dumps along that stretch and build there to your heart’s content. Build only the kind of condos that Mr. John Markell built which are in good taste. Leave the park alone and leave the RCAF alone as well.

William E Beattie

The Waterfront Land Acquisition Committee should hang their heads in shame over this one. My dad served
in the 1st WW in the RFC Royal Flying Corp and served this country in the Canadian Army in WW 2 . Air Force Veterans returning home after WW 2 managed to acquire that Historic Home and build the addition onto it , any attempt to take it away now clearly shows disrespect for them and for those who gave their lives defending our freedom .


A great shame on the Waterfront Committee and you all hang your heads down in shame and resign. That waterfront should not be touched at all by your grubby hands. The people who fought and many died for what we have today and that airplane means a lot to many people. There are plenty of us everywhere who will fight to keep it the way it is. Hands off the entire waterfront. You take down the old Si Miller arena that is falling apart and the old radio station and properties that many landlords would be happy to sell it… Read more »


Well I guess I’ll be running in the next election after all. It’s about time this city had someone with the gumption to stand up and tell the sellouts on our waterfront committee(s), and on council, the mayor himself, and our fart catching MP… that they are dicks.

And, if and when this report is confirmed, I will do just that and put my name to it as well.

Dianne Ruffo
Dianne Ruffo

I’m with Mr. Beattie. My dad too, served our country in the second world war and was always happy to have the wing to go to and hang out with other veterans. Do not touch the waterfront. It is beautiful as it is and everything is not about the almighty dollar. Some things, you can’t put a price tag on. You really should be ashamed of yourselves for even thinking such a selfish narrow minded thought. We are the people and we have spoken. Let’s see who is listening.

Dave Windsor
Dave Windsor

The façade of the RCFA Lamoureaux park site is part and parcel on the face of many tourist pamphlets in our past. The RCAFA Wing is indeed the spirit and face of Cornwall itself to most who use it and have seen it, including our tourists, I would venture to say. A pristine picture in itself, an artists dream painting with geese and water lawns and trees in its wake. You can’t get better than this. The RCAFA Wing id the heart and soul and yeas, the spirit and saintly home rendering history like no other building in Cornwall. The… Read more »


Our veterans being assaulted yet again. Lets stand up for them like they did for us.

Dave Windsor
Dave Windsor

As we can read here and elsewhere, the citizens enjoy, desire and relish the RCAFA as it is. I do not see that a Condo project is part of the suggestion here, yet with a lease that’s run out, I do see a call for help to assure it is rewritten. Perhaps this is a ploy to have a rush of memberships, but if the ship is indeed slipping away, why would we want to join at this time? That being said, the support of the Wing is unparalleled to any thing else going on in this great park region.… Read more »

W.R. Parisien
W.R. Parisien

Here we go again ! Surely Jamie, the Feds would not pull the same ridiculous stunt as they did with the tanks ? Is anyone on Council, going to give us a factual time-line ? When was this discussed, by which group, the motions that were made, by whom & who represented the City at these meetings with the Feds ? I’m really hoping that this is just one big “cluster —- ! But for those of us that truly love our Waterfront, one does not have to be a historian to remember, the attempts that were made, not that… Read more »


Damn right Robert…We will stand up for our vets. The only place that should be bulldozed is CITY HALL with all the narrow minded idiots sitting behind their desk pretending they know what is or is not going on.
Who in their right mind would even want condos in this area? Oh! Bobbies clique, that’s who.
We, the people of Cornwall MUST NOT let this happen.


I wonder if they realize that, by federal law, if this building goes on the selling block , it is offered to the nearest federal entity, which just happens to be the Mohawks of Akwesasne. And with that it could be preserved and maintained indefinitely.

William E Beattie
William E Beattie

2014 being an election year I do hope that the taxpayers in our town get the message of whats going on here. Mayor Bob Kilger has been talking with Akwesasne over a possible partnership with them to acquire Federal Harbor front land without City Council’s approval which is required and even if that did come about the Trillium Lease would not be settled $$$ WR it sure is one big cluster—– but feel the whole mess unless proven otherwise leads to our City Hall group . I would suggest to City Council that they Stand up and get the true… Read more »


Jamie someone mentioned a good idea. Take a bulldozer and park it in front of city hall and a good thing is to bulldoze everyone inside along with the building and we could be rid of them all and put the clique inside as well and you would have me there celebrating the wonderful event. This is a real dictatorship. Since Bare Ass and that lunatic Guy Lauzon is in nothing will be accomplished. We cannot turn our face around since you never know what kind of nonsense that they are up to. There is quite a connection between the… Read more »


In regard to the new low level bridge / high level bridge perhaps if the federal gov’t had maintained the high level one there wouldn’t have been a need to replace it. But a decision was made 14 years that the high level bridge would be replaced. It was probably at that time the decision was made to do just essential maintenance. Take a look at the south channel bridge (U.S. side) and compare it to the north channel. The south channel bridge has been maintained properly, the north channel bridge was not Now in regards to the RCAF Wing… Read more »


The lease at the RCAF should be renewed and renewed for good. I have no relatives who have been in the armed forces but I respect the veterans for all they have done and there are not enough thanks to go around and the little bit is to let them keep their club. When we are in Cornwall that is the first place we like to go and walk is around that beautiful park of Lamoureux along with the other parks. There should be no buildings of any sort on the river. Water is the most precious commodity besides oil… Read more »


I sort of agree with you in regard to buildings on the river. However in other cities, Brockville for example, there are condos, etc. on the waterfront. I think if it is done smartly, perhaps the way the Renaissance Group wants to do it it can look nice, not crowded and bring in additional tax dollars for the city. Putting them in the Cotton Mills district is the way to go. But I say no to any new buildings between the civic complex and the bridge. I have a feeling we will see something, hopefully nothing to do with industry,… Read more »

Dave Windsor
Dave Windsor

Jules said  ‘January 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm Jamie someone mentioned a good idea. Take a bulldozer and park it in front of city hall and a good thing is to bulldoze everyone inside along with the building and we could be rid of them all and put the clique inside as well and you would have me there celebrating the wonderful event. This is a real dictatorship. Since Bare Ass and that lunatic Guy Lauzon is in nothing will be accomplished.’ Now Jules, I understand your anger over a lot of issues here in Cornwall. I just have… Read more »


You are right Mr. Windsor but just a very wishful thought on my part. LOL LOL. Something sure does have to be done with Bare Ass and his gang before they do anymore damage and they have absolutely no vision at all. It isn’t just anybody who can lead a town in the right direction and those clowns are destroying the beauty of the town. Hugger 1 I totally agree with you about those condos and they should be built in the old Cotton Mill area as well as Water Street and other places where housing is coming apart at… Read more »


@ Dave Windsor. One has to maintain a sense of humour and tolerance when reading the comments on this site. Jules might be a bit off the wall at times, but no more so than a lot of us, except for me, of course.

Dave Windsor
Dave Windsor

Thanks for your come back guys, of course I understand. Further to that my fear is some or our current councillors after spending 8 years kissing you know what, not accomplishing ‘THEIR’ goals will still have the gall to expect us to allow them yet another term to again sit on their hiny, shoot more B.S, than ever, give the impression that they know ‘ALL’ so they should be able to give the direction for how things are done by the newly elected councillors. Forgive MY sense of humor, but that seems somewhat retarded to me. If we re-elect this… Read more »


A bit off the wall at times???? LOL LOL. I am a lot off the wall more so than what I type. I have a lot of laughs at this end of the machine. What I said about the bulldozer reminded me of that wacky doctor on MASH the one that they nicknamed Ferrit Face. This doctor got hold of one of those Sherman tanks and rode on the tents and the people running in different directions to avoid getting run over. I am laughing like crazy thinking about that episode and would be funny to see all the rats… Read more »


Jamie, Will you publish the email ? not asking you to name names but publishing the email to show this is 100% real would go along way!

adèle h
adèle h

I respect the RCAF building for what it is now, but do any of you actually know what it was before it become that? The actual history of the building and what it was used for?! It was the home of the superintendent of the seaway. you know that.. (my grand-parent’s and great grand-parent’s lived in that home) The St. Lawrence Seaway project was considered one of the major engineering feats of the twentieth century. First conceived as a hydro project, the Seaway project served the twofold purpose of providing much needed hydro resources and deepening the water levels in… Read more »


Hugger1…I hear they are moving the smoke stacks to Kilger’s house so he has a place to blow out his hot air! Oh SORRY! That’s one to his house and one to his secret place in Ottawa.LOL…Yes, concrete does fail just like the Mayor has done to the citizens of Cornwall.


I remember the St. Lawrence Seaway going up all too well and I was a child back in the 50’s era. I long so much for those good days to be here now. That old house would be considered a historical house and should not come down at all to build “condoms” LOL LOL I do have a good name for them. Do you know that a house like that costs tons of money here in Ottawa. You don’t take down history but instead you preserve it and I can’t see any other good use than to let the vets… Read more »


Cornwall Hockey I love what you said. You hit the nail on the head. Thanks.

Monique Taylor
Monique Taylor

I cannot believe what is happening, Why do we have a representative of the party in government telling us all the good things he is doing for us, and look what has been going on lately, the tanks on the river side and now condo being built in our park. Where is Mr. Lauzon, funny we have not eared a word from him on both count. Actually we know who the boss is and we can also see that his member of parliament does not count for much, otherwise maybe Mr, Lauzon would have been able to tell us something… Read more »


Monique….. condos are not being built on the waterfront in the forseeable future. Jamie just suggested that as a possibility if the lease for the RCAF wing is not renewed. As for contacting every councillor that helps, but we are dealing with the federal gov’t and any time youi deal with them it takes time, red tape is so much fun.