CORNWALL Ontario – That’s Todd Lihou, editor of The Seaway News which is owned by TC Media (Transcontinental). It used to be known as The Shoppers News or Shopping News and is a free weekly hand out.
Mr. Lihou was hired after a meeting occurred where Rick Shaver, former part owner asked me to sell CFN to TC and come on board as editor.
Mr. Shaver hired Mr. Lihou and after Claude McIntosh drew a third lawsuit in less than three years to the Standard Freeholder he joined up with Adam Brazeau being rescued to form a sorta dream team to try and get the Seaway News to pass us in viewership. So far that’s not quite worked out…
The Seaway News is the largest piggie in the City’s local advertising trough. For example Denis Thibault, a city Councilor, gives the Seaway News a ton of advertising and has a column on the paper. Mr. Thibault’s assistant is….Mr. Lihou’s wife. I know…you draw your own conclusions. Mr. Thibault was also the architect of the city’s boycott of CFN which had more to do with restraint of trade than any faux pas of CFN. Mr. Thibault and Mrs. Lihou were both on a facebook group dedicated to boycotting CFN that was taken down by Facebook for Hate Symbols and Harassment.
But that’s a tangent.
Mr. McIntosh and Mr. Lihou have taken several swipes at me over the last year. That’s part of the game. I even enjoy their feeble limp wristed slaps. I really enjoy counter punching, especially when I use facts as opposed to Mr. McIntosh who seems less than gifted when it comes to writing a fact filled attack.
However now that I’m also a candidate for mayor it’s quite another thing. Mr. McIntosh’s column this week is in full praise of Mayor Kilger who Mr. McIntosh is calling for a three peat. Right now the odds are greater of Mr. Kilger ending up with a criminal record than I myself after a political smear charge a few weeks ago which the Seaway News trumpeted loudly with Mr. Shaver and just about every staff member sharing on social media.
Mr. McIntosh devotes extensive space to singing the praises of our current mayor who doesn’t even have the testicular fortitude to announce he’s running while still
trying to do favours maneuvering some waterfront land deals. There are certain principles, rules, traditions of having equal space for candidates. For example all of our ad prices for the elections are the same for everyone including myself on CFN.
We have started to organize some video debates. Invites were sent out to all declared candidates even though I think some of them are total skanks. It’s not what I think that counts, and I own this media outlet; but what’s fair, decent, and legal. Because the media has a responsibility to be fair and not put out false news or hide the truth. We really do!
Mr. McIntosh referred to me as a ” no-chance-in-hades” challenger. So far I am the only declared candidate for mayor. I paid my money on the barrel head. I have put out my first pillar of my candidacy which our weak and cowardly mayor Bob Kilger countered in the Standard Freeholder while refusing a challenge to debate in March over the Future of our City.
If Bob Kilger wants to run; let him put his name forward and let’s run; but is he so weak and feeble at this point that he needs the Seaway News to pimp for him and run coverage? Isn’t that like holding me down and then having a boxing match? Is that fair? Is that how Transcontinental Media and CAO Francois Olivier roll?
Again, follow the money. The media in Cornwall that the city feeds the most money to while refusing to divulge how much of the near $300K budget is attacking the Mayor’s only opposition to date. Is that not corruption in your opinion? It kinda is in mine.
Politics is a blood sport. It’s rough. People get hurt; but if you can’t take a punch you shouldn’t throw one. Has Bob Kilger become so old, frail, corrupt and feeble that he needs Claude McIntosh to fight his battles for him?
The only people that should decide who will be mayor of Cornwall should be the voters. And they should have equal access to those who have the courage to sign up and put their names forward. That includes all debates and events; and yes, equal access in all media.
And we in the media have a responsibility to be fair to all that run no matter whether we support them or not.
And if you don’t agree with that, or believe in that, perhaps China or Russia would be more to your liking as a home? For me I believe in Canada. I believe in Democracy, and I honour the will of the people.
PS! Loved your shot at Elaine MacDonald not standing up for Socchi Olympics and Gay Rights.
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