Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy Wins CFN’s 2015 Hypocrite of the Year Award

Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy Wins CFN’s 2015 Hypocrite of the Year Award

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.

Diane Shay RNJ picThere 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;

  1. Isolating someone socially,
  2. intimidation,
  3. undermining or deliberately impeding a person work,
  4. removing areas of responsibility without cause,
  5. withholding information or purposely giving false information,
  6. Under working creating an atmosphere of uselessness,
  7. yelling or using profanity
  8. unwarranted (or underserved) punishment
  9. belittling a person’s opinion
  10. criticizing a person persistently and constantly
  11. blocking application for leave, promotion or training
  12. making jokes that are “obviously offensive” by spoken word or email
  13. intruding on a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stacking
  14. 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.

Take care,

Diane Shay

We printed this unedited.

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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mary bray
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One time mayor for sure,what a big time loser & disappointment,total opposite of his promises

Hugger1
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With Brock Frost a close second.

jules
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I don’t think that Lez will get in again as mayor and has done more damage than to rectify the matters. Diane Shay has gone through hell and back along with Rob Hickley and others and Lez has just turned his back on them the same way that BOB has done. The only difference between BOB and Lez is that BOB had a more professional bunch as his council than Lez has. The corruption is still going on. Nothing has been solved at all and it will not be solved until the public takes to the streets and demand that… Read more »
Hugger1
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Jules….too long to read. Make them shorter or break them up into paragraphs.

In regard to snow clearing there are city / provincial standards that all municipalities must abide by. So, a city cannot just decide not to plow or reduce plowing.

jules
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Hugger I rattled on but I am mad as hell at seeing the incompetent {MODERATEED} that Lez turned out to be. This turned out to be a mighty big disappointement and what is the use of throwing BOB out to the garbage heap and putting in another incompetent and liar. About snow shovelling I read that there will be well over 100 city employees in Ottawa laid off and that it will affect snow shovelling. I think that there is already 100 laid off and much more to come in 2016. Ottawa has LRT being constructed and that is taking… Read more »
jules
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Late this afternoon I read the toilet papers of record and saw the article about Diane Shay and the city wasn’t going to compensate her. Lez should literally resign because he ran on a lie – gee what other person that we all know who ran on a lie – your very famous world renouned Brock Frost. We now have two Brock Frosts here – two liars. Resign Lez, Resign.

David Oldham
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Sad to think that Brock might have made a better mayor than the one we are saddled with. As for council, well the electorate is never wrong. The people of Cornwall voted and got what the majority wanted. Thank your neighbour. friends and relatives and if you didn’t vote you have no voice. Maybe next election we will get it right.

DAN BLOCKER
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Very good article Mr. Editor, outlining Mayor Les’, winning of the prestigious “CFN HYPOCRITE OF THE YEAR AWARD” ! There, was never a doubt as to who would carry this dubious honor into 2016 ! It should be noted that CFN bestowed this accolade with still a month, left in the calendar year ! Pretty bold move ? As Mary Bray stated in her comments, to which I agree, he is a disappointment which will last only one term & has not dealt with the Diane Shay situation, in any way shape or form ! (IMO) We didn’t elect you… Read more »
Hugger1
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Rattled is being polite. Ottawa LRT!! A good idea? Nope. Ottawa doesn’t need it. This comes down to Jim Watson wanting a legacy. I just wish the city of Cornwall would settle with Dainne Shay. It’s the right thing to do. ANd the sooner the better (and less expensive). Jules if politicians resigned every time they lied after getting elected after campaigning we wouldn’t have any politicians. Not that that is a bad thing. left. I tend to agree with David Oldham. We can thank the people who didn’t vote Seems to happen a lot.
Pastor Tom Newton
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In stead of allowing a politician to resign (like Dalton), after exposure on an ethic violation(s) – lying, stealing, incompetence, payoffs, mismanagement of tax payer’s money, etc. the following should happen: 1. tar and feathering, 2. a providential wide ban on them holding office ever again. “Run them out of Dodge…”. and yes, all moneys mismanaged, that ends up missing, or unaccounted for has to be paid back in full, and that with interest! All government pensions, retirements earnings, etc. – taken to pay back money misappropriated. “When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the… Read more »
jules
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I sure do agree with you Pastor and it is so mighty hard to find a good person to be mayor or council. The entire bunch on Cornwall’s council and mayor reminds me of the Monte Python and the Holy Grail – they are all idiots and don’t know how to run things except into the ground. You throw one out and more crazies come forward. If these wackoes were made to pay back we would have an honest government at all levels instead of a chaotic mess of corruption and lies. If politicians had to pay back the enormous… Read more »
Hugger1
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That’s not the law now PTN. SO….

Furtz
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Newton, you left out burning them alive for eternity in a fiery lake!
You’re slipping up there, Bud.

Furtz
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We have a little weasel for a mayor in the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands that we’d happily donate to Cornwall if you’d take him.

jules
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Furtz it would be easier to burn them at the stake and let us see them all go up in smoke. We can take marshmallows and weiners and have a nice picnic.

David Oldham
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Canadians for some bizarre reason think that there is no way to get rid of a bad politician barring the next election. Canadians for the most part do not seem to understand democracy. Canadians apparently identify more with socialism and fascism (Pierre Elliott Trudeau). Canadians vocalize displeasure with the U.S.A. and the concept of “Americanization” however we could benefit from their grasp of democracy in my opinion. Dalton would have been removed from office and charged for crimes perpetuated against the taxpayer if we truly understood democracy as our neighbours to the south do. However we are Canadians we don’t… Read more »
David Oldham
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The previous leadership bears enormous responsibility for Cornwall’s plight and the current mayor and slate of councilors are merrily continuing what seems to be Cornwall tradition. Another expensive study concerning a matter that has been repeatedly (according to recent statements by Denis Carr) bantered about. Eleven elected representatives that either cannot make intelligent informed decisions or choose to pass the buck. What do they do for us besides waste our resources? University feasibility studies (when we already have local access to Ottawa U and others) whistleblower fiascos (Diane Shay et al) storage tanks as a result of poor planning, attention… Read more »
David Oldham
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Hey Furtz (talking about sheep) rejoice in the fact that you live outside of Cornwall otherwise the wool would be pulled not only over you eyes but you would be in over you neck.

Pastor Tom Newton
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Jules – you are way out of line here. No joke at all. Do a Google search for “Smithfield, London” and educate yourself on the bloody history of the Roman Catholic/Church of England, to their practices of burning “them at the stake and let us see them all go up in smoke”. Many true Christians stood for the truth of the Bible, and paid for it with their precious blood. The Bible calls for fair justice for all, not cruel, tyrannical governments controlled by apostate churches. We are guilty as most politicians are for voting them in, and allowing them… Read more »
Furtz
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We need legislation passed in Canada that would enable David Oldham to remove (and punish} any elected politician who doesn’t meet with his approval.

JOE FRIDAY
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With all incompetence, no leadership or should I say lack of (same thing lol) & the biggest “lulu” of late, in having economic development issue their investigative report on the fiasco, cover-up, regarding the beloved chemical tanks ! Reminds me of the ol tale, of the fox looking after the hen house ? I would imagine, that a few sitting Councilors are sitting back grinning like a Cheshire cat, at the fumbling & bumbling of Mayor Les ? Counc. Dave “Benson” Murphy, has been running for the big job for years, what about Counc. Justin “lil Don” Towndale, would no… Read more »
jules
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Jamie every time I think about what Cornwall did to you with false statementgs and actions beyond belief I am pushed further and further away from that crazy, wacky, illiterate, keester kissing bunch of cliques and I can go on and on and on like the Eveready batteries. The way things are managed in Cornwall is managed into the pit of hell. You would never believe how I roar with laughter at this end and at the same time I just want to punch the living hell out of that dirty bunch including the BFPD and all the people who… Read more »
jules
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Jamie I don’t know where to post this but I went on the Freeloader and spotted the man from Cornwall Island Antoine Deslormier is dead at age of 67. The CSBA treated this man horribly when he was trying to get to the hospital for treatment. This is another black eye for Cornwall for not allowing this man to go to the hospital. At least they could have accompanied him to the hospital or get him an ambulance. Holy Toledo Cornwall has more black eyes against it than any other community.

Hugger1
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Black eye for Cornwall? No. Black eye for CBSA? Yes. There is a very big difference between Cornwall and the CBSA.

Marc L
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What do you expect from councillors with not enought education to even try to make informed dicissions.We have to pay councillors and mayors more money so we can get well educated people running this city,the old saying coun,ldn.t be any more right YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

jules
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Cornwall doesn’t have a leader – all Lez did was stick himself on top of a photocopier and changed the face and body but his lunatic ideas stem from BOB. The council table is filled with lunacy and you cannot get any crazier than that. The fox guarding the hen house for sure. Now that the horse ran out of the stable they are even trying to put humpty dumpty back together again when he is smashed to pieces. Lez cannot lead a horse to water let alone a town.

jules
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Pastor when I was in school many many long years ago I learned about the French Revolution about the kind of a civil strife between Catholics and Protestants in France and the Protestants were the Hugonots. I guess the same thing happened in England as well and many came over as refugees just like we see the Syrian people today. Nothing has changed where religion is concerned. Syrians who are Islamic and Sunni are in as much danger as Christians because ISIS is a fanatical religion if you want to call it a religion. Many people in Europe were burned… Read more »
jules
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If you all take a good hard look at the situation that Cornwall is in with no jobs and no prospects and the entire system is run by the clique and it is they who decide who can make a business in Cornwall or not and what kind of a business. Many people have gone to Cornwall in past years wanting to set up shop and were rejected and one was General Motors and Nick Kaneb turned it down and it became Massena’s gem. Nick Kaneb was a well educated man and had a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the… Read more »
Hugger1
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Yes unions killed jobs. But let’s be clear on something. They killed more than just jobs in Cornwall, they’ve killed jobs across Canada and the U.S.A. The cost of living in Canada is much greater than the U.S., or Mexico. I’ll agree most of the jobs available in Cornwall are not the greatest. But when you don’t have a job any job is better than no job. Changing a city’s culture is not easy. Yeap, all us country bumpkins in Cornwall have to get educated or we won’t amount to anything. I agree to a point. But the retired portion… Read more »
Hugger1
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I didn’t put all the blame on the unions. There are so many factors involved in why economies get tanked.

jules
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Hugger we sure do pay mighty high taxes in Canada and that is for sure. Now that the US has Obamacare the taxes are getting higher. Califormia is like living in Vancouver B.C. which is a place for the very rich and not for the ordinary people. People are leaving California for Texas for work and a little less in the cost of housing, etc. TPP is going to shock all of us – wait until it is ratified. The big corporations and banksters are the cause of all of our problems and things are going to get worse.
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