Cornwall Not Buying Local Again – GSDL Pharmacy RFP May Impact Medical Arts Jobs

Cornwall Not Buying Local Again – GSDL Pharmacy RFP May Impact Medical Arts Jobs

The buck stops at the Mayor as he is the leader.   Council dictates policy which in a perfect world is enacted by management.   Then again sometimes management dictates to a weak and ignorant council lacking vision, leadership, and direction.

For the second term in a row Council has given the contract for Pharmacy services at its Long Term Care facility, Glen Stor Dun Lodge to a service provider that is not based in Cornwall nor has many local employees.  In other words, over a half million dollars is pumped out of the community instead of into the community.

The cost to the city either way?  Pretty much zero as the province writes the cheques and residents may in fact have to pay higher costs for services and products not covered by the province.

Medical Arts Pharmacy is a locally owned firm that has facilities and services most pharmacies do not.    It has been a long standing family firm that is one of, if not, the largest non government employers in the community with many of the positions, including one held by the mayor’s own daughter, paying well compared to other local gigs.

Does any of that make any sense?   While a promotional video, much of the ground covered is very relative to the service offered by a local company via a distant one with no real local presence.

 UPDATED
We’re adding some info from the city document that will be presented to council for approval at the September 14th meeting.
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As you can see there is no factor for local impact to the economy and community.
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We now know who should be held accountable and responsible for the decision which was also approved by the CAO Norm Levac.

 

Medical Arts also was hit on by almost every charity for support over the years.  Agape’s orchard?  That had a large contribution from Medical Arts, Senior’s Hockey, Safe Grad, EMS, Year Book Ads, and a very long list historically.
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Can they keep investing in equipment, services, grow jobs and contribute as much to the community when this sort of decision is made?  What does the company awarded the RFP actually contribute to the Community?
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When it comes to value does it make sense to award a contract to a company that sends in a pharmacist from out of town to service residents or have a full service local facility?
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The contract was given to the outside company under the Paul Fitzpatrick Donna Derouchie scandal.  Does it make sense to have renewed?

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The bigger issue is our local economy.   While all businesses need to be treated fairly, RFP’s and tenders have to reflect a direct value to the community, IE jobs, keeping dollars local.
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It also sends a message at best that this council doesn’t care about local business which is already under extreme pressure while taxes are going up, and at worst leads to gossip and innuendo about how some services are being awarded and why.
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What do you think dear CFN viewers?   Should the city be giving more credence to the local impact of contracts awarded?

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You can post your comments below.

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We did not contact any of the RFP candidates before publication of this story.   They are all welcome to post a comment if they wish.

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17 Comments on "Cornwall Not Buying Local Again – GSDL Pharmacy RFP May Impact Medical Arts Jobs"

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Miss Steak
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Omg, another missed opportunity from our wonderful city council. Doesn’t anyone on that council have any interest in seeing local businesses grow and keeping jobs in our community?
Your points are so valid. Medical Arts supports so many organizations and gets no support from our city? Where’s the fairness? I wonder if this out of town organization will support anything in our city.
Way to go council!

Hugger1
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Local companies should be given points for being local. Going for the lower cost is sort of okay. But nothing beats buying local. Local means faster service and when you’re dealing with people’s health and / or medications time is of the essence. But I did see that the Medical Arts Pharmacy was the only local pharmacy to bid. PJC, Fullerton Drug Stores, Shoppers Drug Mart, Medical Pharmacies and Pitt St Pharmacy did not submit a proposal. Does that say something? Perhaps the profit margin is too low on LTC facility pharmaceutical services.

jules
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LOL LOL. More disappearing from Cornwall. What else is new in Cornwall that is all you hear about.

jerry
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How many points for big bribes?

Hugger1
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More disappearing?? Nope. It’s been out of Cornwall for at least five years now. It would be nice if it returned to a Cornwall pharmacy.

jules
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I am sitting here asking myself if Medical Arts does the trimming over the loss of revenue where will all these people go for work? One of my son’s former girlfriends who is from Cornwall but lives in Ottawa took the pharmacy assistant program at Algonquin College and at the time that I knew about her there was no work in that area right here in Ottawa and she had to do a job that was way beneath her level. I have seen a pharmacist (two or three – the ones with their PHD’s) work only part time and commuted… Read more »
jules
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Take a very good look at the picture on Pitt Street and compare it to other towns the size of Cornwall and even bigger and see all the things that are missing. If only we cold see all the store fronts that are empty and show the empty lots of Domtar, Courthaulds, etc. Cornwall is a mighty depressed town and there was more liveliment back in the 30’s Great Depression. Something is mighty wrong somewhere when there is absolutely no vision at all and instead of going forwards the place went back more than one hundred years. The street looks… Read more »
Pete Walbee
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Maybe political contributions going to Les O’Shaughnessy and some councillors from this out of town provider.used to be a time when it was tendered.

Hugger1
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Pete Walbee….it was tendered, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued and only six pharmacies responded. The city then short-listed it to two pharmacies, Classic Care Pharmacy and Medical Arts Pharmacy. Site visits were performed on the two pharmacies and Medical Arts Pharmacy came out on the short end of the stick.

Hugger1
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But I guess that doesn’t matter now, as the contract wasn’t passed by council.

David Oldham
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No growth in population in over 50 years. A history of backing white elephants. Demand growing for seniors and services diminishing. A continuing legacy of controversy and dysfunction. People divided in purpose and uninspired leadership. When council fails to rally behind local business what message does that send to businesses thinking of establishing themselves in Cornwall? Helping others is honourable. Helping ourselves first to be in a better position to help others is simply common sense. Where is the leadership? Perhaps rather than vote in another round of inept idiots we should contract our representation to an outside firm that… Read more »
Hugger1
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David Oldham….the contract was NOT awarded to the firm from Nepean. City staff are going to see how the proposal can be worded so local firms have a leg up on contracts awarded by the city.

If we want to “contract out” our city councilor positions we could bring in Doug Ford.

jules
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I must have laughed myself to sleep yesterday and named Lez as “Boss Hogg” since he is totally incompetent and got in on lies. There has been so much incompetence down through the years and Lez “Boss Hogg” sure shows it. He borrows $47K and more to pay someone from Ottawa to do work for Cornwall and where are the engineers in Cornwall are there not any. Lez goes on CFRA and spills the beans about “Wormgate” and about “Skategate” and cannot handle the little problems how is he going to handle serious things that come up. People have no… Read more »
David Oldham
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Hugger1 what would the point of the exercise be if all we did was make a lateral move?

Pete Walbee
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Much like last year when the city employed security guards making just 25 cents above minimum wage were all terminated because they signed union cards. Their reason for signing union cards wasn’t about anything else except to end bullying and embarrassment by 2 city managers. The city council voted to support the termination of the 7 casual employees including supported by Elaine MacDonald who is suppose to be uionn supporter. They tendered the security contract to a private company and the city lied by saying they’d save money. HEY, tell me what company takes on a contract without a billing… Read more »
Pete Walbee
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The word embarrassment should be harassment my mistake.

Hugger1
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Doug and his family would provide comic relief for the citizens of Cornwall.

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