11th Councilor – A Wake Outside of the Chem Tanks in Cornwall Ontario – Press Conference at City Hall 2 PM Thursday Feb 20, 2014

11th Councilor – A Wake Outside of the Chem Tanks in Cornwall Ontario – Press Conference at City Hall 2 PM Thursday Feb 20, 2014

jg2CORNWALL Ontario – Humility can be a great lesson.   What we are learning today as Transport Canada and the Federal government allowed Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. to pour concrete and finish their Chemical tanks on our waterfront is that when you don’t work together you lose.

In this case our community loses.   It’s a very very clear picture.   You have city management at Economic Development either not sharing crucial info with council in a timely fashion or they did share and it was hushed up.

When it did go public petty politics ruled the day with Chamber of Commerce not issuing its press release to the largest, most read newspaper in the city because of past petty politics with their utterly incompetent director and board members.

When we started our online petition did the community pull together?  Nope, instead three others were started.

Did the Mayor, MP, MPP and other leaders condemn the tanks loudly and clearly?  Nope.

When there was a rally did the community pull together and walk two blocks to send a clear message?   Nope.  In fact the event was sabotaged by the very man whose name has been synonymous with it, Chuck Charlebois who made a point of saying that he was not going by issuing a press release to area media even though he showed up and led the march on the day of the event.

It’s been suggested the only reason there was a delay was because of Akwesasne.  According to an unreliable media source, the seaway news, Mayor Kilger has thrown Akwesasne under the bus and stated that because the Grand Chief pulled their review process down to facilitate talks about the City acquiring land that the tank construction could start again.   Akwesasne has not issued a statement although this scribbler has zero doubts that the only reason construction stopped was because of Akwesasne thus further indicting the weakness and inability of Mayor Kilger to have any impact as a leader.

This is not to point fingers.   The exercise here is to show a snapshot of what the “powers that be” saw while this was going down, and it was a weak and petty community divided that offered no real strength or opposition.

When I suggested to some that we get a group together and bring in legal ammo and get an injunction people lost their legs.

I knew our City Hall would not protect Cornwall in this case based on their cover up of the facts and Mayor Kilger’s first comments; that the tanks wouldn’t stick out of the ground much.   How do you say you  knew nothing and come up with that gem?

This morning one of the council hopefuls has called for a peaceful rally in front of the site for one hour.    I think it’s called “A Wake” in other places.   Most of those that attend are the real reason why the concrete is setting.

Our choice is to learn from our mistakes and grow or to keep repeating them.   As for me?  I will keep defending my community as best I can.  It’s part of why I will be at City Hall today at 2 PM and be having a press conference where  I will be making two statements regarding my own, and our fair city’s future.

It’s sad that so many here in Cornwall hide from the truth rather than face it; that so many live in fear and lies instead of as our police chief Dan Parkinson likes to say; the Sunshine.

Today is an opportunity for change and for the people of Cornwall to start to work together for that change.   If given that chance I think I can help, and if we truly want a better Cornwall it’s within our grasp come November.

See you at City Hall

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39 Comments on "11th Councilor – A Wake Outside of the Chem Tanks in Cornwall Ontario – Press Conference at City Hall 2 PM Thursday Feb 20, 2014"

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gerry
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Jamie, I will be at city hall 2PM this afternoon to support your efforts.
Something really needs to be done to wake up the residents of Cornwall and stir the pot at city hall.

tnpreacher555
Member

“Did the Mayor, MP, MPP and other leaders condemn the tanks loudly and clearly? Nope”.

A nice deviation to keep the citizens of Cornwall eyes off the real issues.

hailey Brown
Member

How many people showed up? I would suspect not many as it is the time when most people are working

garywsamler
Member

I WILL BE THERE THIS AFTERNOON FOR SUPPORT TO END THIS INSANITY.

tnpreacher555
Member

The real issues – stay focus on the Mayor, the counsel, and the election. I can understand that the tanks could become a “cause” for change, but it has been a good news grabber, while the Cornwall budget proceedings has had some coverage. It is like Mr. Hudak talking to the media about “a right to work province” while he says nothing about all the millions mishandled by the Liberals, and why we are in such a mess.

Max Score
Guest

Waiting for Harper government and local gong show bunch to support the people and to do what is right is like waiting for the Hartford Whalers to come back to the NHL and win the Stanley Cup. It ain’t happenin’ I think we need the Pussy Riot girls to come show us how action is done.

jules
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You never know that maybe Bare Ass was paid to turn the other cheek.

FERN
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WE LOST THIS FIGHT BUT NOT THE WAR JAMIE KEEP IT UP. THE FALL ELECTION ,,,,,,,IS THE TRUE WAY IF CORNWALL…WANTS A CHANGE

Furtz
Member

@ Max Score. I can picture Julian Fantino wielding the bull-whip.

420
Guest

Don’t take the Grants money like the rest of them.

Dave Windsor
Guest
Our city of Cornwall has suffered the Stockholm Syndrome for the last 60 years…….always accepted the negative direction’s of our city hall. Now, finally, some tangible changes are evolving on Brockdale that is for sure. But the real problem until now was the protectionism of their networks while not allowing 401 ‘lights, camera, action; activity identifications along this route much like so many other cities from here to Windsor. First, set up plans to move city hall away from the downtown core….like up on the North side of the 401. WHY you say, what ABOUT, WHAT ABOUT, WHAT ABOUT……..the excuses… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Well citizens CORNWALL…..what ‘other’ media support will he get as well as his own? What do you have to offer him as an idea man and a progressive politician. What ‘other’ roadblocks will find there way in his campaign….selfie shirts, charges, law suits. Do you think he will handle things differently? Plus or minus. He certainly is a driven man. I wouldn’t be write him off or demean him…hear him out just like you would any other candidate. We owe him the same treatment.

Max Score
Guest

Furtz: Mr Fantino is too busy screwing our veterans for his boss but if leather and whips are his thing I could see that too.

jules
Guest
Mr. Windsor you sure do have a good idea but one downfall is that it would increase the tax base even worse than what it is just now and Cornwall has a great deal to clean up first before that building can go up. I agree that the present City Hall is an eye sore and mighty archaic but there are things that have to come first. If the people themselves do not change I guarantee you all (and you know that I do not say things that I do not mean) that nothing will change in Cornwall at all.… Read more »
Hugger1
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Jules; Not everyone agrees with your opinion of Cornwall. I, for one, enjoy living here. Every city has its quirks and you learn to deal with them or move on. I lived in Ottawa for 49 years before I decided I had had enough. When I got married we moved to a town between Ottawa and Cornwall. And just before I retired we moved to Cornwall. And that was the best move I ever made. When I was living in Ottawa I was getting tired of the big city mentality and hassles. I find Cornwall is just the right size… Read more »
jules
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Hugger I have lived in both Cornwall and Ottawa and I was born and raised in Cornwall all my life. I left Cornwall in the mid 70’s and was lured to Ottawa by a girl from Cornwall who left since there was nothing down there at all and that was when Cornwall was more alive. Today Cornwall is like a grave yard and that is the honest truth. The mentality of Cornwall is unbearable and so many of my friends and family have said the very same things. I just learned from my son that a family member is leaving… Read more »
Hugger1
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Jules;

I guess we both have our reasons for being where we are now. You like Ottawa, I don’t. I like Cornwall, you don’t. I guess we’ve learned what is best for each of us. To me Ottawa is a nice city….to visit. I will never live there again. For me it has too many hassles and I don’t like it’s big city mentality. I guess we agree to disagree.

Dave Windsor
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Hugger, your comments were refreshing. Thank you. I too have come to know Cornwall and have come to appreciate it. I too see possibilities for growth. Some discussion in recent past has been about an outdoor swimming beach area. Seems a number look towards the canal to service that and other functions. I do dream a lot about divergent approaches such as trying to ‘change’ the linkages transfixing far too much effort towards Lamoreaux and our two failing downtowns. There is an old clique….If we keep doing what we’ve always done, we’ll get what we’ve always got’. So what if… Read more »
Michael Clifton
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@Hugger1

There is danger in referring to Jamie’s targets as “Cornwall”. They have been: people, concepts, cliques and clubs, but I don’t believe he’s ever targeted the city itself.

I perceive his gestures to be those of a person who loves where he lives. Is it not natural to wish to improve the city when you are a committed resident? If he had a history of silent complaisance I figure he’d be a lame choice. He even displayed the humility to admit he backed the wrong choice in the last city election.

Michael Clifton
Guest

@Hugger!
Please ignore my last comment. I was distracted and thought you had directed your comments at Admin..

It’s nice to hear that some commentors are happy in Cornwall – of course it fits some people’s needs. After all, it’s not a refugee camp!

Reg Coffey
Member

@ Dave Windsor, while your appreciation of Cornwall is admirable I don’t think that the people in Rosedale Terrace or St. Andrews share your enthusiasm. There is a reason why people choose to live and work outside of Cornwall’s boundaries. Simply expanding Cornwall’s tax base is not going to solve the current governance issues. Now if South Stormont were to absorb Cornwall and the OPP were to take over policing…..I’ll leave that up to your imagination.

jules
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Mr. Dave Windsor of all the time I have been following what you have written you have had good ideas for Cornwall and that is the truth. You have even written about Sarnia with a city hall that is something to attract business there which is true. A former neighbor of my parents went on a visit there and she liked it very much but instead went back to live in Toronto. Cornwall ends at Cornwall Centre Road and that is Cornwall’s limits. If you were to include St. Andrews, Rosedale Terrace and all the rest you would see your… Read more »
jules
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I for one wanted “mom and pop stores” and someone mentioned to me that the downfall is that their children do not want to take over the business and they do move on. That is the truth indeed. Here in Ottawa there are many mom and pop businesses along Bank Street and in malls and many are young people who are well educated and no job out there. These people have picked up ideas from the US like NYC, LA and elsewhere and want to improve Ottawa and they do just that. Our immigrants have been an asset (a great… Read more »
Hugger1
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I cannot believe this but for once I agree with Jules. Yes, Nepean was debt free until it was amalgamated with Ottawa thanks to Mike Harris. Nepean has never been the same since. St. Andrews West and Rosedale would never accept being amalgamated into Cornwall. Their taxes would skyrocket as they would have to pay the same as Cornwall residents, but yet be without some of the services. (see areas outside of Ottawa that pay Ottawa taxes but do not receive the same level of services (i.e. buses, water, sewer, etc.) I for one am also in favour of mom… Read more »
Jane Doe
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||If Others towns would amalgamate with Cornwall would they be under Cornwall Electric or Hydro One… If under Cornwall Electric that might be enough for them to consider amalgamation…

Hugger1
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In regards to amalgamation and hydro if they are currently under Hydro One they would remain under Hydro One UNLESS Cornwall Electric would be willing to buy the area to service it. When I lived in Orleans and Gloucester was amalgamated into Ottawa we were with Hydro One. We were told the only way for us to move to Hydro Ottawa was if Hydro Ottawa bought the entire area from Hydro One which never happened. Apparently it is very expensive for one hydro utility to buy an area from another hydro utility. Hydro One doesn’t give areas up easily. And… Read more »
Hugger1
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In regard to policing I don’t know if the OPP would be the best option. Most communities with OPP coverage have seen policing costs skyrocket due to the raises the officers have received. In Cornwall overages can be covered in the overall city budget.

jules
Guest

For quite some time now OPP was being considered to replace the Barney Fife PD. I have been hearing about that for some time now. If the areas surrounding Cornwall do not want to amalgamate there will be quite a battle. It won’t do any good to amalgamate anyway because the taxes will skyrocket and most people do not want to belong to Cornwall and that is the reason why they moved out.

jules
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Mr. Dave Windsor has a lot of good ideas and I remember young Korey Kennedy who was a counsellor in Cornwall not too long ago if all of you remember him. He was at La Citadelle with my daughter and my daughter could hardly believe someone so young and inexperienced as Korey being a counsellor. Well young Korey was going to Ottawa U at the time and was an educated young man and people laughed at him. He had some very good ideas as well but Cornwall could not afford to put them through. Some people are looking at Sarnia… Read more »
jules
Guest
I have a question this time and this must be a first but what I want to know is that in the past Cornwall had two electric companies and one was Cornwall Electric and I can’t remember the name of the other one that was under Hydro. The Riverdale area of Cornwall was under Hydro and the rest of Cornwall dealt with Cornwall Electric and I was wondering if it is still like that or has it changed? This did exist in past years and I have not kept up with any of this in a mighty long time.
jules
Guest
Jamie if you were to make an amalgamation then you might consider bringing in the likes of Long Sault, Ingleside and Morrisburg as well. OUCH MY EARS I can just hear the people of those towns cursing every dirty word at me saying NO WAY JOSE. LOL LOL. These people are without bus service but they have beautiful towns and I don’t think that they want to ruin it by coming on board with Cornwall. To be honest Jamie the taxes would skyrocket. The OPP gets higher salaries than Cornwall’s Barney Fife PD and that is the truth. So many… Read more »
Hugger1
Guest

Amalgamation will never happen, after it went so well in Ottawa and Toronto (NOT).Taxes soared after the forced amalgamations of Ottawa and Toronto. I think the provincial government learned their lesson when those two amalgamations were total busts. Higher taxes for the outlying areas and no new services.And given that the areas proposed for amalgamation are happy where they are it won’t happen.

Hugger1
Guest
The OPP will NEVER take over policing in Cornwall. Like Jules said they receive higher wages than the CCPS. And they have an item in their contract we wouldn’t like…..they are to be the highest paid police in Ontario. If another police service passes them in salary it is rectified in the next contract. If it were to happen much wouldn’t change as the officers from the CCPS would simply be transferred to the OPP. That’s how it’s been handled with other cities / towns that have disbanded their police services. The officers would love it as their salary would… Read more »
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