What can you say when someone runs on a campaign against City Hall corruption featuring a Whistle blower at his campaign opening and essentially turns his back on her after getting elected?
Why that’s almost like stabbing the person that got you elected or having to find a judge to give you a free pass while not declaring their own Conflict of Interest.
That’s the crazy kind of political mayhem that sadly is still going on in 2015.
Many Cornwallites thought that the wholesale change of dumping Bob Kilger and half of Council would have a positive impact, but not only is it back to norm at City Hall, (get it, norm? ) but the bigger question is whether City Hall is spending more on legal bills than on the value of some of the cases they are dealing with?
While this scribbler can personally attest to the dragged out process over the Kilger T Shirt lawsuit we’re patiently waiting to get to court with as the delays and adjournments keep mounting, Whistle Blower Diane Shay has issued another press release after the City racked up more dollars on the public purse.
CAO Norm Levac and Council were asked if they’d like to comment regarding the press release issued by Ms Shay with no reply as of press time.
On November 23, 2015 Lynne Watt of Gowling LLP went before Council to receive direction on my lawsuit. It is important to note that Council and only Council gives direction and are not given direction by their legal representatives as they may wish us to believe.
They have had so many opportunities to do the right thing over the past year but unfortunately have once again chosen to continue to take a stand to cover up elder abuse, retaliation and the abuse of power. There appears that there are no limits to the tactics or taxpayer dollars that they are willing to use to protect themselves. They have consistently hidden behind legal advice to claim deniability and reduce their accountability and responsibility.
There are Ministry of Health & Long Term documents confirming the elder abuse in 2008, there are the 2011 court documents from the Ministry charges confirming the retaliation in 2008 based on the facts. The current Mayor (Leslie O’Shaughnessy) made public statements in 2011 and 2012 confirming the he believed that he was lied to by administration and that he had investigated and became aware that the retaliation/harassment was still going on in 2012. Council is a democratically elected body and should be able to make a straight forward decision given the law and mountain of facts available at this point.
“What has been done to her by intimidation. This case needs to go to court and it should not be done at her expense.” “The Truth has to be known.” Leslie O’Shaughnessy.
You know, we teach our children to stand up to bullies in the schoolyard and I am simply standing up to bullies in the workplace in hopes that this case can help provide stronger legislation/policies for vulnerable individuals of all ages and those taking a stand to protect them. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health identifies the issues Whistleblowers are exposed to with Workplace Bullying as;
- Isolating someone socially,
- undermining or deliberately impeding a person work,
- removing areas of responsibility without cause,
- withholding information or purposely giving false information,
- Under working creating an atmosphere of uselessness,
- yelling or using profanity
- unwarranted (or underserved) punishment
- belittling a person’s opinion
- criticizing a person persistently and constantly
- blocking application for leave, promotion or training
- making jokes that are “obviously offensive” by spoken word or email
- intruding on a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stacking
- spreading malicious rumors, gossip, innuendos that are not true
I have always believed in the power of the legal system but this case and many others just like it have changed my view of the world forever. It is moments like this that define us, regardless if you are the nurse trying to protect an abused resident by following the law or those trying to cover it up.
At the end of the day we are either part of the problem or part of the solution and this City Council has now made their position crystal clear. My stand remains the same, to find a solution to this very serious problem within the City of Cornwall. I may have been the first to file a formal Whistleblower complaint but I certainly was not the last which just makes me more determinated to change the internal Whistleblower Policies and hopefully impact legislation so both vulnerable seniors and their caregivers regardless of their role receive full protection under the law.
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To watch the video above one has to ask the simply question about what has changed in Mayor O’Shaughnessy’s position? How hypocritical can you possibly get?
The city furnished us with their legal bills for the last several years. The City’s legal bill nearly doubled the yearly amount to $167, 880 in 2015 over 2012 or 2013. What triggered that doubling? (Number does not include arbitration or adjuster/legal amounts spent)
Mayor O’Shaunghnessy has been near silent over this issue, and as Ms Shay points out it is council that gives direction and not legal counsel who after all are paid very well by the hour.
Nobody likes to be held accountable for their wrongs, but surely one must ask how one goes from the video above to running up legal bills to avoid resolving an issue that someone speaks so passionately to while running for office?
To see more of the O’Shaughnessy videos click this LINK.
Do you know what they do to whistle blowers in Cornwall?
Those were Mayor O’Shaughnessy’s own words. What would you call him now that he’s mayor?
And for those of you that are still confused by the Boycott from City Hall of this newspaper this video answers many of those questions and not only how things worked under Bob Kilger’s mandate, but also under Mayor O’Shaughnessy’s. As he complained at the beginning of his opening about the writings of Todd Lihou and Claude McIntosh, who now sits on his council, there was only one media outlet that defended him when he resigned.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Is Mayor O’Shaughnessy the right choice for Hypocrite of the Year in Cornwall?
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