Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaugnessy finally came out of hiding and spoke with the CBC regarding Wormgate. He blames Social Media and at the end suggested misinformation. Oddly enough he spoke with CBC instead of local media.
The mayor has refused to grant an interview to CFN since his election even though it was CFN viewers that kept the flicker of his political career alive and put him in office.
He was quite happy to do an episode of Seaway Radio regarding the Municipal act and corruption though back in 2014.
In his interview below with CBC he shows a clear disconnect as he did with the Vincent family Ice Rink. Clearly Mayor O’Shaughnessy doesn’t appear to remember that he is here to serve the public and not vice versa. Hiding behind interpretations of by laws does not grow a community.
He cites a change to Garage Sales in Cornwall, but was there really a reason to limit people to two per year? Was that in Cornwall’s best interest? Did he consult with the public?
He has also stayed silent during one of the hottest Summer’s while Cornwall Housing has implemented restrictions on the use of window air conditioners putting people’s health and safety at risk.
And now Wormgate which has the parents of two boys ready to go to court to defy the threat of $240 per day fines for their kids selling worms in their front yard from a Coleman cooler!
The public, here in Cornwall and right across Canada, have shown clear support for the Cadieux boys so the question would be why is the Mayor digging in?
There’s nothing wrong with amending or creating new by laws if a situation warrants it, especially if you’re going to interpret certain by laws so stringently. One might even argue that it’s the Mayor and council’s job to do so.
Here is Mayor O’Shaughnessy’s CBC Interview:
In the interview he laments the city getting a black eye for following the wishes of the people in implementing the by law which clearly isn’t the case regarding Wormgate as the public has loudly spoken that they want the boys to be able to sell their worms in peace.
“What we have here is a case where Social media has sunk its teeth, um, into an issue, based on incorrect information that they take as gospel”
What incorrect information? CFN, which exposed the incident posted the citation from the city and presented the clear facts which other media have covered as well. What information is incorrect? As for Social Media, I know the mayor is a senior, but in 2015 if you want to be in politics you better be fully aware of Social Media and its double edge.
“The mayor doesn’t agree that the bylaw needs rewriting.
“The fact that the population of the city of Cornwall is 47,000 and you would change a bylaw for one person, to me, is asinine,” he said, adding that the incident has become a “black eye” for the city for enforcing a bylaw “that is strictly following the wishes of the people.”
“You are allowed to [sell worms] in the confines of your home, with no signage,” he said. “In other words, if people want to pick up worms, they knock on your door, you hand them the worms, they hand you the money, they leave. “
The reason Cornwall hovers at 47,000 people is because its elected officials hide from issues like this and consistently fail at resolving challenges in the community as they have with Wormgate, Cornwall Housing’s air conditioner rule, and most sinesterly the Vincent Family Ice Rink which may have led to the loss of employment for Mrs. Vincent who will not discuss the matter.
Cornwall has many issues like this that can help a city like ours grow of you choose correctly and show leadership.
Why not have a Seasonal By law which allows for signage of a certain dimension? Who would that hurt?
When I spoke with Councilor Towndale I offered my draft of a new by law but sadly it was not accepted.
Now we see the Mayor shoot down Towndale’s idea in the CBC interview.
47,000 people should not have to wait for one day every four years to have their voice impact on their elected officials.
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