CORNWALL 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