Bruce Donig parlayed some big headlines complaining about the situation at the Fire Department in Cornwall into a Deputy Fire Chief gig.
Now with a little help from the President of the Labour Union, who happens to sit on council, an Ottawa real estate convicted criminal, who also happens to sit on council, a councilor who said she would take a leave of absence to run for MP, but stuck around to grab an extra months salary, and some very silly rookie councilors Cornwall is now saddled with four new hires in a term that council clearly was looking for fiscal solutions to a zooming budget nightmare.
The vote, which was recorded:
A recorded vote on this matter resulted as follows:
Votes For = 6
Bernadette Clément, Councillor
Brock Frost, Councillor
Carilyne Hébert, Councillor
Elaine MacDonald, Councillor
Claude E. McIntosh, Councillor
Justin Towndale, Councillor
Votes Opposed = 5
Leslie O’Shaughnessy, Mayor
Maurice Dupelle, Councillor
Mark A. MacDonald, Councillor
David Murphy, Councillor
André Rivette, Councillor
From an earlier Freeholder story:
Meanwhile, the fire department has been painted with a thick financial brush in comparison to other municipal services over many years, but actual service has declined, claim Crites and colleague Bruce Donig, the firefighters’ district vice-president.
“Compared to 10 years ago, (service) has gone down,” Donig said.
Someone at city hall’s solution was to make Donig DFC and hire the very four firefighters that were contested during the budget process.
Clearly the experienced councilors, and David Murphy sided on the road of caution including former fire fighter Mark A MacDonald.
The cost of training, salary, and benefits could exceed $400,000 per year.
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