And it’s Begun – My thoughts on our new Mayor and Council in Cornwall Ontario by Jamie Gilcig – DEC 1, 2014

And it’s Begun – My thoughts on our new Mayor and Council in Cornwall Ontario by Jamie Gilcig – DEC 1, 2014

jg2CORNWALL Ontario – Politicians have a funny trait of saying one thing and doing another.  Many in Ontario for example were shocked and bewildered when former Premier Mike Harris actually kept some of his campaign promises.

New Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy took the chain of command tonight.  There’s a lot of interesting catch phrases and buzz words being bandied about.

It was a sad and sombre occasion at the Civic Complex.   The event wasn’t really advertised.  The room had a hollow feel to it with mostly families and hanger ons attending.

MP Lauzon took a pass as did Grand Chief Mike Mitchell.  Mostly what was missing were most of those that ran for office.  There was no Glen Grant, no Bob Kilger, Syd Gardiner, Denis Carr, Denis Thibault.   There was no sense of a community  coming together.

For a community that seemed to want change it felt like a hollow victory and the buzz is that many feel that not much will change.   Watching how some of the councilors worked the room certainly didn’t feel like much had changed.

Many key community leaders passed on this event.  Many in the community are still stunned that such change occurred.

Mayor O’Shaughnessy was quoted as saying;

I repeatedly heard (during my campaign) the City of Cornwall was really operated by the old boys’ club.

Let me I assure you, if an old boys’ club existed yesterday, it is gone as of today.

The trick isn’t to replace one group of old boys(and girls)  with another.    Will Council and Cornwall under Leslie really treat everyone fairly?   Will it truly be more open?   We’ll know real soon.  There are some historical injustices that this council will be faced with.   There are promises that were made by many elected during the election such as rescinding salary raises and towing the line on taxes.  Will Brock Frost really donate all of his council salary for all of this term to charity?

There already seem to be some lines drawing and while there is no clear block supporting our new mayor such as Bob Kilger had, it should be interesting to see how this new council navigates some very very choppy waters especially once the pull and press of interested parties gets into high gear.

The proof will be in the actions of our elected officials.   Tonight was a time for snappy phrases and sugar coated idealism.   Tuesday it’s showtime and the real action begins.

One sign will be to see who is on the Lay committee and ultimately who is appointed to which committees.  Will we see new faces?   Will old corrupt bullies like Glen Grant be allowed to be on a City of Cornwall committee after what happened at the WFC?

One could be jaded.   This writer prefers the glass to be half full.   Of course the other half is loaded in the squirt gun and ready for use 🙂

What do you think Cornwall?  Will things be different this term or just another facet of the same mayhem?  You can post your comments below.

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jules
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Jamie did you check the dump site where Bare Ass and his gang might be? An old boys club is exactly how Cornwall was run for many many years and if Leslie can pull a miracle out of a hat by making all the changes my hat is off to him. It isn’t just Leslie it is the so called elites of the town the ones who rip off the people and are rich because of what they do and pretend to be so holy. As far as taxes are concerned Leslie might get to see a cupboard that is… Read more »
mary bray
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My thoughts are that all the committee members need to be re-accessed by mayor & council.I think that they know which ones have to go in order to bring fresh air. While council itself got a cleaning, I think that return council members will be more noticed for their change or not.Voters will be watching for the next 4 years to see if any more house cleaning needs to be done. The one thing I,m having trouble with is why did not CFN which has the highest amount of readers get an add to announce this event.

Jason
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“of saying one thing and doing another”….

it’s because people are not independent enough to accept reality and have to be coddled like a child. People don;t realize that to have a “leader”, you need followers. People need not be followers, but they are… and until they grow up, they will be treated like children.

mary bray
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CFN viewers knew what was going on because of your great detective work on conflicts of interest,that is why we now have a new mayor & many new councilors, they risk a lot by keeping up this boycott…just saying, if CFN did it once ,CFN can do it again

Hugger1
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Admin said “MP Lauzon took a pass as did Grand Chief Mike Mitchell. Mostly what was missing were most of those that ran for office. There was no Glen Grant, no Bob Kilger, Syd Gardiner, Denis Carr, Denis Thibault. There was no sense of a community coming together.”

To me last night was not about Grant, Kilger, Gardiner, Carr and Thibault. Last night was about Cornwall starting to move on from its past. Having any of those there would have defeated the purpose of the evening….installing a new mayor and council.

Hugger1
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Yes, solidarity is important. However having Grant, Kilger, Gardiner, Carr or Thibault show up last night would have shown, IMHO, disrespect to the new council. Last night was about moving forward, not reliving the past.

Hopefully Glen Grant is smart and does NOT want to be on any committees. Having him on any committees, IMHO, would be a massive mistake.

jules
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{MODERATED} time to stop using the term “Bare Ass” Jules.

Thanks

jules
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Jamie I have him pegged for what he is and too much fun using that name.

JaneDoe
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I am sure things will loosen up. After all last night was their first meeting together. Give them time and please let’s try to keep an open mind and not expect miracles. While Mr Kilger was not a fan of mine he is sick with cancer and I really think respect for him is fair. Let go of the past and hatred of him

Jane Doe
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I hear you Jamie I hav tried talking to many people in this community to say one good thing about you and your online paper.. I keep trying to tell folks read all of the articles I think you will see you are wrong and they say he writes lies etc etc. I know from the time I have been reading your online paper your articles all make sense and many of the comments seem credible so while not an answer to your question why is there so much animosity towards you and your paper. Very upsetting to say the… Read more »
jules
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Jamie you are right. When I keep saying that you are a good man I mean that to the fullest extent and that is the truth. Jane Doe wonders why people do not like you and I can answer part of why they don’t like Jamie. Cornwall is a very small and backward mentality among a lot of the people and they haven’t lived anywhere else to make comparisons. Cornwall is a place where if you are not one of them (born and raised) then you do not belong. That happened to that young actor now in Hollywood who was… Read more »
jules
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Jamie I wanted to add one more thing here and that is I would not wish cancer on anybody not even the people that I detest. I am in tears just now thinking about my own parents what they went through. It is a mighty rare thing that I ever saw my mom cry in her life and only a few times since her life was mighty hard. Back in 1966 she found out that she had breast cancer and spotted it on her own and went to her doctor and then surgery and cobalt radiation at the Civic Hospital… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Time to Remove the Advertising City Hall and Other Advertising Boycott of any and all Media’s incl. CFN aand a note on pay raises. 1) Kudos to Jamie but we need to be somewhat more realistic here. Yes, his input in large measure asserted issues important to the voters. Mr. Frost, whom I initially supported on Facebook and on this media was elected (hey, maybe I had influence to a minor measure of those who voted for him). I initially take people at face value, giving full credit where I in his case saw fit. Was I fooled? Perhaps. While… Read more »