Thoughts on this 2014 Cornwall Ontario Election and the New Council by Jamie Gilcig

Thoughts on this 2014 Cornwall Ontario Election and the New Council by Jamie Gilcig

Jamie as Citizen KaneCORNWALL Ontario – Yesterday my inbox was full.  My phone kept ringing and I nearly lost my voice.

Hi Jamie

I believe you made this happen.
You have made a huge, positive influence against incredible odds. 
You have helped to change the culture in Cornwall in a positive way.
I will  savor this one blessing of small positive change in my old hometown.
Regards, XXXXXX
This last term of council frankly was one that should have involved the police.  A lot of good people were hurt including myself and CFN.  We have hung on by a thread through a brutal Kilger council led boycott that includes false police charges which I believe lead to Queen’s Park.   A production order proving I never made any of the declared phone calls has now been around for nearly six months without my charges being dropped.
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This election was tainted with the same corruption as this last term of council as well.   It was ugly, brutal, and dishonest.  If the Seaway News were a member of the Press Council I’m sure editor Todd Lihou would be sanctioned.   The Seaway News not only refused to interview me as a candidate during the campaign, they also refused to sell me an ad and actively trashed myself and my campaign.
Cogeco  gave me less air time than the other candidates including their manager refusing to allow me to speak with Todd & Chuck on election night.  It was nice to see the former Cheryl Brink back on the job; she too had no questions for me even though she was in the election room most of the night.
problem media in Cornwall
These people in this picture should not be working in media and that includes Bill Kingston who runs a news site now that links news stories only from the Seaway News and Standard Freeholder both of whom have less readers than we do and who we frequently scoop.   He also links to their opinion pieces.
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And that folks is why in spite of all of the corruption and burying of the message this election the results showed that the truth can’t be buried; at least not totally.
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The desired effect of having a lower voter turnout in Cornwall happened, but Mayor Bob Kilger and some of his most loyal supporters, chiefly Glen Grant, followed him down in flames.
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Clearly the people of Cornwall decided enough was enough when it came to scandals and corruption.   Removing Syd Gardiner, Glen Grant, and Denis Carr was huge.  Even with the skull duggery of Elaine MacDonald and her Labour Council we today have hope for a better future.
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Was it perfect?  Not at all.  Cornwall still has huge issues to face.   The secret Kilger Waterfront negotiations, will Leslie and his new council open up an investigation to what really happened with the Chem tanks and hold Economic Development responsible?
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I was asked by a key O’Shaughnessy supporter what I was hoping for.  Of course an end to this City Boycott of CFN; but what I wanted most was simply for our viewers to be respected.  Sadly people like Bernadette Clement, David Murphy, and Carilyne Hebert don’t understand media relations and how we tick and how even if you don’t like a journalist or outlet  that it’s always the viewers that count, and that one day you might not be able to rely on corruption or Union support to be elected.   Just ask Glen.
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This quote is from the report written by Bob Peters that led to the boycott by the city.
A review of local news websites show that only two allow anonymous posts: the Standard-Freeholder and the Cornwall Free News. Both sites have some moderation of comments, but a review of activity over the past several months have led staff to concur with the generalized assessment of the practice by the American Journalism Review: “Comment sections are often packed with profanity, and vicious personal attacks.”
Clearly CFN is not often “PACKED” with profanity or vicious personal attacks and clearly the Seaway News, as few comments as they allow online, do allow anonymous posts.    And that quote from the AJR has never been found to date.
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CFN actually has the most stringent rules in effect that prevent much of what people really get upset about when it comes to anonymous comments.  If you don’t believe me you can see trolls complaining about them on the Standard Freeholder frequently.
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City Hall has refused us on multiple occasions to have our moment in open council to rebut a clear lie that was issued by staff.  There have been many other lies and as most know “Lies travel much faster than the truth.”
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This council has a chance to right many wrongs from what has been done at tax payer expense to this community and this newspaper to Whistle Blower Diane Shay.     There is a real chance to effect healing and move forward and help build Cornwall.    The question is will Mayor Elect Mr. O’Shaughnessy and his council take that road or will it be business as usual in Cornwall?
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Clearly there is a lot of work that needs to be done if we are to move forward.   The first test was sent out yesterday to the new council with no reply as of this story.
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The people of Cornwall have spoken and they clearly wanted change.  That’s a good thing and something we all should be proud of.  Now the question is will we truly see that change?
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The answer lies in the words, deeds, and actions of 11 elected officials and the policies and directions that they tender to staff and agencies connected to City Hall.     CFN has withstood a strange term of political weirdness.  We’ve seen a lot of dragons slain.   We will remain vigilant and reflect the news which clearly you the public appreciate by the amount of clicks you make including nearly 50,000 page views  according to google analyticator the day of the election.
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What do you think Cornwall?  Will Mr. O’Shaughnessy and his new council change the game in our city?  You can post your comments below.
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One Who Cares
Guest

Furtz, it is a pleasure to meet you by name, if that is your real name?

Furtz
Member

Thanks for clearing that up Linda. I’ve been reading your writings on the subject for years in many newspapers, and was under the impression that you wanted all wood burning banned everywhere. I agree that nobody should be forced to breath the smoke from someone else’s home heating wood stove. At the same time, I don’t think the occasional back-yard weenie-roast fire should be considered health threat.

Hugger1
Guest

While I agree that people /organizations should apologize, I’m not holding my breath waiting for any.

Hugger1
Guest

I don’t agree with the full list the Admin suggested that should apologize.

Hugger1
Guest

For those hoping to see Dr. Paul relieved of his duties I wouldn’t hold your breath.He probably has an iron clad contract. And it would not be up to the city to decide.

One Who Cares
Guest
You are welcome Furtz. All wood burning/biomass burning is harmful to our health and the environment. Naturally when living in a rural/country setting one would expect that wood heating would be used but when living in close proximity to others it is not healthy, environmentally friendly or green. I am aware you have followed my writings and welcome this opportunity to discuss this issue with you. Furtz many also think as you do that the backyard fire pit will not hurt anyone, but one must take into consideration that Woodsmoke cannot be contained, thus it is a nuisance and a… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest

Hugger, Dr. Paul, the Mayor, some council and others do owe many an apology!

We could be holding our breath as you say for a long time, I agree.

Hugger1
Guest

How about we give the new mayor and council a grace period before we jump down their throats? Four of them have never served on council. They have a lot to learn in a short period of time and then they have to get down to running the city.

Hugger1
Guest

How about we let them take their seats before we pass judgement? Passing judgement before they’ve been sworn in is unfair.

One Who Cares
Guest

Let’s hope that some of the negative image of the past council/mayor does not reflect on the hopeful positive image of the future.

One Who Cares
Guest
What has transpired in this community should frighten people when you take into consideration that this is how the Cornwall Mayor and the Health Unit treat seriously ill seniors!! If this does not awaken a community, then nothing will. Since this Public Health information concerns everyone and their right to breathe healthy air, people should be alerted to the fact that many on council stood silent while this neglect continued and every appeal and attempt in seeking protection was denied by those who ruled the city. This is the legacy this mayor now leaves the City that already has suffered… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
Admin has made an enormous difference/change in the culture of this community as he continues to open doors to freedom to the many who have been harmed and or neglected by this present mayor and the issues regarding the EOHU, Dr. Paul. No person in this community should ever have been put through what many have already been over these past years. For anyone in doubt, and by now people should not be, documentation from the EOHU, Dr. Paul, where Dr. Paul does state that Woodsmoke is a concern in our community, will be made available to Admin upon request,… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
If there are any Lawyers, in any community, reading the posts made by Linda Baker Beaudin,( One Who Cares) Founder Air Is Precious, please contact me at the following e-mail address as soon as possible regarding this issue. airisprecious@gmail.com For any person in this community suffering from their neighbour’s toxic woodsmoke pollution, please contact me at the same e-mail address. People in this community are in desperate need of help and support! Court cases against wood burners have been won in Ontario and Quebec. Thank you again to Admin/CFN for helping us come forward to address this issue of gross… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
Among the many known and widely recognized career/journalist and screen writing/novel talents/skills of Mr. Gilcig, one he will always be respected for and recognized by will be that while in our City he became the Canadian *Voice of the Victims*. Without Mr. Gilcig as our voice and supporter never would the many toxic issues that happened in our community have been made public. The talent and genuine kindness of Mr. Gilcig who has shared his newspaper so graciously with us, allowed us a forum to discuss our issues in a manner no other newspaper would have done, has become known… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
If Cornwall residents begin to become informed about Woodsmoke Pollution,combined with the years of dedicated efforts of Air Is Precious, Founder Linda Baker Beaudin, we must also extend praise locally and Nationally once again to CFN and administration for making known to the Cornwall Public what our own EOHU, Dr. Paul failed to do. City residents continue on a daily basis being exposed to this deadly form of airborne pollution while mayor Kilger and Dr. Paul, EOHU still refuse help/support and have not as of today provided public education to all city residents about the danger of Residential Wood burning… Read more »
Hugger1
Guest

Good to see that all the election signs have finally been removed. 2½ days late, but I guess better late than never. There were signs still up yesterday for a successful council candidate who, I guess, had too much on his plate to drive around and remove them.

Furtz
Member

And we thought Jules was long-winded.
Note to Linda: People seldom read posts that are more than four or five lines.

jules
Guest

Believe me Furtz I have seen plenty of long winded posts and I read them since I am interested in learning different ideas. I have never complained at all about long winded posts. We are trying to get our message across and you cannot do that in a couple of sentences – I sure can’t. LOL LOL. ROLF!

One Who Cares
Guest
@ Furtz You would be surprised at how many do read them! When you are telling the truth about an issue/subject more people are interested than you would ever believe and when it involves our health and the toxic air we breathe many people are interested. Not usually the burners though as they are busy cording wood piles and setting fire to things and polluting urban community air. Hope this is short enough for you unless you want it pared down to a few lines, short and sweet! Not going to happen! My advice is, why bother commenting if you… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest

@ Furtz, I will keep this pared down for you.

Share that comment with the sick people who were being smoked out of their homes by Woodsmoke and who met with Dr. Paul in 2013. I doubt if they would be impressed or appreciate your lack of sensitivity regarding the woodsmoke emissions that engulf their homes on a daily basis. Now if all the wood burners would move out to the boonies where you live, we would have clean healthy air to breathe instead of toxic woodsmoke polluted air in our urban neighbourhoods.

Hugger1...
Guest

Sometimes it takes more than a few lines to get a point across. When that happens I quick read the comments.

One Who Cares
Guest

@ Hugger. I agree! If anyone is not interested, don’t read them. It is not complicated.

A quick read is better than no read as long as you gain some knowledge from it and become informed about how this toxic woodburning issue makes people seriously ill.

One Who Cares
Guest

@ Furtz I don’t think Jules is an activist fighting for the rights of sick people in Canada.

One Who Cares
Guest
@ Furtz As I type this our neighbourhood reeks of toxic woodsmoke emissions! It stinks! Woodsmoke is a toxic trespass harming others on the street and yes, it is a nuisance/Public Health Hazard. The yard of the burners resembles a bush camp that belongs in the boonies not in a civilized urban setting where our homes are on top of the others! 70% of a burner’s toxic woodsmoke emissions enter the homes of surrounding neighbours! If Dr. Paul did his job, people would know these facts! If mayor kilger did his job, people would be protected from these deadly, toxic… Read more »
jules
Guest

One more thing Linda is that some people do have a wood burning furnace and I worked with a man here in Ottawa who burned wood to heat his house and this is a big city. My neighbors have wood burning fireplaces in the townhouses and single homes and we don’t complain about it at all but it isn’t constant and only when the weather gets cold. Most work and are not home to burn on a constant basis.

Furtz
Member

Not to be disrespectful, Linda, but have you ever considered moving out of the city to get away from the pollution and other irritants that come with city life? You have been going on for years about the misery of living with your neighbors wood stoves. I highly recommend moving to the boonies if city life and the poor air quality are making your life unbearable.

jules
Guest
Linda the people of Cornwall did not try to complain or chase away Domtar nor Courthaulds who polluted Cornwall so badly that both industries made me quite sick. These industries outdid any woodstove or fireplace smell any day. The St. Lawrence River is heavily polluted and your best is to complain about Big Ben in the middle of town that leaches into the St. Lawrence River – you have to walk a lot like we did and see the leakage. A Mr. Jim Marshall saw that happen and reported that some time ago. I am more concerned about that than… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
The same level of ignorance regarding the toxic issue of cigarette smoke was embraced by people who once said “no one will stop me from smoking” take a look around because ignorance evolved into education and by-laws, bans and new policies were adopted/implemented and enforced and now schools, parks, restaurants, hospitals, sports fields, outdoor patio areas and many other venues are SMOKE-FREE! Thankfully millions of lives have been saved. The same is now happening with both Recreational and Residential Woodsmoke pollution regarding Education, by-laws, bans and prohibition and yes, enforcement. Millions of lives will be saved. It is known, across… Read more »
Hugger1
Guest

Maybe Domtar and Courthaulds weren’t chased away because they provided employment. And back when Domtar and Courthaulds started here the effects of these industries were not known.

One Who Cares
Guest
They did provide employment as you mentioned Hugger. People also smoked at that time also because then many were not aware of the negative impact of cigarette smoke. Since then people have also become not only educated about issues such as cigarette smoke but also all other environmental pollutants and Woodsmoke pollution. Education regarding cigarette smoke has made people aware and that is why people quit smoking, to save their health, life and the lives of their loved ones who breathed the deadly second-hand smoke. There is no safe level of smoke to breathe. That has been established and the… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest

Jules obviously missed a few things because people did speak out regarding the pollution from Domtar!

As far as Big Gen we are more than aware of that issue as so many others are.

Obviously, Jules is not an activist or she would have known these facts. Hopefully she will become informed maybe at her Ottawa location Library. There are many, many books on the subject written and peer reviewed by the experts who have been published for years.

Woodsmoke kills Jules. Do become informed!

Furtz
Member

@ Linda. There’s an article on the Freeholder website about wood burning that you might enjoy.

jules
Guest
Linda I don’t know how many times that I wrote this to you and Jamie didn’t post it. I had a bad experience with wood smoke since we had a wood burning stove in our rec room when we owned our house in Cornwall. My husband and I were watching TV and I fell asleep on the sofa in the rec room. There had to be a down draft from the woodstove and my husband had me wake up and go upstairs. I didn’t know how to turn off the TV since I was very disoriented because of the smoke… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest

Oh Furtz…….the man certainly needs some education regarding the environment. But then again, anything to make a few sales eh! Even at the cost of health/the healthcare system and the environment.

Again it reflects the mindset of many in the community, not all, but certainly some.

Thanks for the update but a friend who also had their life harmed by their neighbour’s wood burning habits brought it to my attention!

I do appreciate your concern though. There is hope yet for this city, maybe.

David Oldham
Guest

Gasoline fumes are classed as extremely harmful. This being the case why dwell on the extremely small number of urban wood burners when there are much bigger fish to fry? Should we not be jumping on the bandwagon to ban the internal combustion engine (gasoline version) and build more bike lanes and charging stations?

One Who Cares
Guest
@ David If you, Jules and Furtz find this toxic issue of Woodsmoke Pollution in our urban communities amusing, please know you are doing so at the expense of others who are sick, suffering and being made ill on a daily basis from breathing others unnecessary Woodsmoke pollution in our city and cities in other communities. Your attitude further supports the need for immediate education regarding this issue. The people I support locally and other places do not share the same thoughts you do since their lives have been negatively impacted from breathing the toxic cancer causing compounds found in… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
@Oldham since court cases have already been won regarding the toxic assault of another in the courts of law in Ontario and Quebec, this serious issue of doing harm to another is not tolerated by the courts and the court cases won were because of the physical and other suffering endured by these families as wood burners smoked people out of their homes, harming their health and their quality of life. Now as mentioned, for some this issue appears to provide entertainment but the courts are not in agreement with you or anyone else when it comes to the toxic… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
Thank you again to Admin and CFN for so generously providing this forum where the City residents can further discuss the toxic issue of Woodsmoke Pollution, our health, the air we breathe and our fragile environment. Since Dr. Paul has failed the Community residents who have been seeking for years Public Health education and since Woodsmoke is a known Public Health Hazard, we appreciate the time given this important issue by Mr. Gilcig’s newspaper. This lengthy information section would not be allowed or supported by another newspaper. Thus, we appreciate the time CFN has given us. Dr. Paul had made… Read more »
Furtz
Guest

Just scrolling through the comments on this thread alone, I think Linda is setting a record for long-winded repetitive posts on CFN. Do you keeps stats on that sort of thing Jamie?

jules
Guest
Jamie you mean that Furtz and I can have our little conversations together? LOL LOL. ROLF! Furtz is a very intelligent person and is a professional engineer and I think that Furtz can offer plenty of good comments. Well I am part of the wacky conversation at times. At times Jules? Well lots of times. Someone has to keep everyone awake and laughing. I may as well be the monkey of the paper. I can tell you honestly Linda that Jamie has many topics that go into his paper that the “toilet papers of record – SF and SN” do… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
@ Furtz, you are showing such disrespect for sick people in this community who have been made ill by their neighbour’s Woodsmoke. I guess you can’t help yourself though. Some people never do understand how ill people are made by breathing these toxic cancer causing chemicals from woodsmoke and you appear to be one of those people. It is rather like talking to a two year old who needs repetition to understand things, but a two year old has an excuse at least! Since toxic woodsmoke pollution does harm children, many parents are very concerned and do want change, education… Read more »
jules
Guest

Jamie heaven help you if I did a column for your paper. I am laughing myself to pieces here my dear man. My English is for the pits and I sure don’t put good sentences together as well as your writers do so please if you want to keep your paper leave me off the columns. I will just blog and that is all I will do. Your writers as well as yourself do an excellent job.

jules
Guest
Jamie could you post this one in reply to Linda please, pretty please I am almost on my knees begging. Linda my daughter who is now 35 years old was born at the former Grace Hospital here in Ottawa under the good care of Dr. John Beggs. She was born with a hole in her right lung and Dr. Whillans who was her pediatrician at the time went to the Children’s Hospital where she was sent by ambulance and inserted a tube in her lung. I have the picture here and it is heart breaking to look at. She was… Read more »
One Who Cares
Guest
@ Furtz I will leave you with this final thought. Perhaps you can find some other cancer patient, Asthma, COPD, Cardiac or respiratory patient to mock or to make fun of their organizations. Since Cornwall has many cancer patients and Cardiac patients I somehow doubt how much your input would be welcome or appreciated but again I feel that you just can’t help yourself and thus the continued put down of others who have worked very hard, for years in this community in Activist roles, and many other areas with people who truly do care about the health and well… Read more »
Hugger1
Guest

The wood smoke and other health issues are not unique to Cornwall.

Furtz
Member

Sorry Linda. It’s just that when someone keeps repeating the same thing over and over often enough, people simply tune out and the cause gets lost. You must know that after all these years.
Jules. You and the preacher and I should get together for a jolly good game of euchre. I bet the fur would be flying and charges would be laid. ROLF ROLF LOL etc.

jules
Guest
LOL LOL. ROLF! Furtz you are a riot. I have never played cards except for the basic crazy eights and yes between you, the preacher and I the fur would sure fly. The preacher would have us up in sin and sent to hell to burn for a lifetime. LOL LOL. Getting serious or kind of I do rant a lot but I am trying to get my point across and so is Linda. I was educated in the French language and I am ARF and ARF and that fur flies for sure. LOL LOL. My English is horrible and… Read more »