It’s very rare that this Cornwall Council does the right thing. That’s why it was pleasantly odd to see them do exactly that over the Glen Stor Dun Lodge Pharmacy RFP as I wrote about it after that fateful Monday evening. LINK
In that piece I posted this question:
Monday night’s meeting can be the beginning of something great or it could have just been bad theatre.
There was no theatre Monday night. Elaine MacDonald, who championed the original rejection of Maureen Adams and crews recommendation put out the motion to rescind their decision and Carilyne Hebert’s tiny paw immediately shot up to second it. Claude Macintosh was given that honour instead, but it was a unanimous vote with no discussion.
Nada, not a word. Not a peep. Is it any wonder why most of this council will be making our Christmas 100 Most Vile list of those that are key reasons why Cornwall’s population is still under 50,000?
Elaine cited legal mumbo jumbo so I spoke with a few lawyers and they were wondering why Medical Arts Pharmacy hadn’t themselves brought out their own legal guns as they probably would have a much stronger legal case against the City than if council had taken action. After all this would mean ten years of not servicing the lodge which is a huge cash loss for not only the three owners, but the company which is responsible for those that work there and of course the patients and community.
Frankly it was Medical Arts that allowed this farce to occur. They did not appear at any of the council meetings. Remember all those firemen that silently showed up to show where they stood? Where were the Medical Arts people.
We’ll never know what was said in camera, but legal reps have a responsibility to communicate all sides of a situation. Does anyone really believe that the city would be liable if council rejected a recommendation? That would mean that council is essentially powerless?
If I were Medical Arts I’d be filing a Freedom of Information request and demanding everything related to the scoring of the RFP since apparently council didn’t.
What it comes down to is accountability, and integrity, something that seems missing from this process?
The optics are horrible, as horrible as Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy announcing Councilor Brock Frost’s Medical leave as the council bleats about his vacation to Eastern block states. I mean, really, who goes there for vacation? Discount medical procedures, sex change operations, and cocaine deals, yes, but vacation?
This council has again embarrassed itself. One politico was giggling and wishing for former politicians back, but I think it’s more about not enough being cleaned out during the last election.
This process was a snapshot of the dysfunction and corruption of our community from the government down. Reading media stories you can also see who’s pandering for city cash and who isn’t. Media can be corrupted too after all.
The bottom line is that six members of council did the right thing and reversed themselves with not a single word of discussion.
Not a peep.
Think about that dear CFN viewers. Scary, huh?
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