New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 by Jamie Gilcig Staying on the High Road

New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 by Jamie Gilcig Staying on the High Road

Happier days in Cornwall for me in that pic.

I used to really enjoy Cornwall Ontario, but sadly the bad guys (and girls) can make things less enjoyable for all of us.

I got a lot of work done over the holiday break as regular CFN viewers are noticing by the new site design.

It was necessitated after a series of hacks trying to bring down the site over the last two months. We literally had to rebuild CFN from the ground up.

You can’t really avoid hacking, but I sure hope the hackers initials aren’t PB as there is a very large hosting company that isn’t very fond of hackers.

After four years of a boycott I guess the bad guys decided to try harder to bring down the areas most read media.

I get called a lot of stuff in Cornwall. It’s part of the turf when you’re a public figure. When you uncover factual scandals as we did involving former City Councilor Robert Brock Frost.

Brock Frost Slapping a Pig FACEBOOK dec 28 2015

You should have heard what the media person from PETA said when she saw that pic!   And of course Mr. Frost by now should know that stating a truth isn’t spreading a rumor.  Running to the police and Justice of the Peace making false statements are actually.   Sending out press releases making false statements go way past rumor mongering as well, but we’ll let the courts sort that one out, and others.

In what should be my last year as majority owner and editor of CFN I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished, and have resolved to enjoy this year as much as is possible considering the silly City Hall led boycott of this newspaper, and some of the utterly illegal and hateful acts that have been perpetuated and continue to occur.

The mirror shall keep shining, but honestly most of these people aren’t worth my time, nor yours.  Frankly it’s amazing at how some of them have what little illusionary power they have?   I guess there is some value to partisan politics after all?

I lost some great friends this year.  That happens as we get older.   We start to sense our own mortality, and at the end most of this puffle isn’t worth the energy.   As my late dear friend Howard Perry used to say.

In 100 years none of this will matter.

Howard was a wise man, and a good man.  A flawed one too, but some of those flaws made him shine.

This year we’re going to start to branch away from Cornwall.  I’m hoping to focus on the few, sadly, rare, positives in this community, but who wants to beat their head on a rock?   Most active political people know who the bad guys are.

The year started with a kids rink being destroyed.  Summer saw kids being bullied by City Hall into not selling worms or lemonade, and it ended with not only a city councilor insulting, and embarrassing the community by reading a magazine of his employer during a televised presentation to Council, but saw his direct supervisor write an editorial giggling about it like a schoolyard bully.

half full glass

Like many of you I prefer the half full rather than half empty glass.    Pointing out the ills of this community may not seem like it, but the only way to make things better is to acknowledge a problem.  Just ask anyone that’s been to a 12 Step meeting.

I have never seen as much hate as I have in this community.   It’s mostly led by ignorance, but it truly embraces itself, and sadly those that aren’t of that ilk, which is the majority,  cower which only allows it to grow.     For example, by estimate South Stormont Council has spent over double the actual cost of the South Stormont News claim for its broken media contract than the actual claim itself.    Politicians love spending the taxpayer’s money.

It’s going to be a challenge to steer through the toxic soup of the gifted special class of Cornwall that does it’s best to keep our community impoverished, and keeping our population under 50,000, but I think I’m up to the challenge.

2015 saw the loss of Lift Off and Winterfest.   2016 may see the loss of Ribfest, Aultsville Theature, and sadly the city’s 33 year old public art gallery, TAG Cornwall.

If one has to travel to Brockville, Ottawa, Kingston, or Montreal six or so times per month to have any cultural life does it make sense to live in the area?  Or move to the area?   Or open a business in the area?

I have hope though.  After all I chose Cornwall over Brockville, which my ex-wife preferred.    I chose to start an online newspaper (even though the city council and lawyers started a rumor that we were a blog) in Cornwall when so many told me I was crazy because of the poor economy and low literacy rate.    I chose to stay in Cornwall when my now ex-wife asked if I was coming after she took a job back in Vancouver where she was from.    She hated Cornwall with a passion.

No, I’ve given, I’ve invested, and I’ve made a positive impact during these last about to be 7 years at CFN, but I’m 51, and frankly I’m not sure I want to give another 7 in this climate.  It’s time for someone else to deal with the monsters.

No, staying on the high road around Cornwall can be hard, but it’s my resolution for 2016.  Like they say if you wrestle with pigs you only get dirty.

When I was in 12 Step myself one of the things they talk about is “An Attitude of Gratitude”.   So many of us have so much and take it for granted.    I don’t want to ever do that again, even for a moment.    Life is very precious and mostly are those around us that deserve our love and support.

So here’s to a kinder and more productive 2016 to all!     We can make this community a better place, but it will only happen if we’re inclusive and truly work together.

Did you make any resolutions this year?  You can post your comments below.





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Stanley Lalonde
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You are the man, well said.

Furtz
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I resolve to not move to Brockville or Cornwall or any other town in 2016.
I also resolve to have a beer with Jamie before next winter.

Furtz
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Maybe we could get Jules and the preacher to join us for a good chin-wag and some beers. I’d gladly pay the bill.

Furtz
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Sounds like a plan, Jamie. If you can get Jules and Newton on board, I’ll try to get Tammy Hart and Bob Noble to attend as well.
We should shoot for early/mid July if that’s good for you.

jules
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Jamie and Furtz I am one that speaks my mind and Jamie knows that very well from my posts and Jamie your friend Howard was absolutely right in what he said and he told you good advice. I will honestly tell both of you that you are two fine men and that I have so many good laughs about Furtz that I just roar with laughter like a lion. Yesterday evening I had two glasses of Irish Cream and I haven’t been able to sleep. That kept me up for some reason. I never make New Year’s resolutions because they… Read more »
Steve
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There are a lot of good people in Cornwall. It’s unfortunate that they prefer to keep a low profile.

David Oldham
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Careful Steve if that gets out people will want to move here.

mary bray
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My husband & I are always amazed at how many people here in Kingston originate from Cornwall.We left to be closer to family & medical treatments as my husband has passed 9 years of being a stage 4 prostate cancer,possibly being the longest living patient.We heard one oncologist tell us that 8 years was the longest that he had heard. There are 5 of us from Cornwall on my street alone,that have left mostly for jobs.Sad however, that Cornwall is stuck in the dark ages & can not dig itself out,mainly because they refuse to change the game players that… Read more »
Hugger1
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Cornwall may not be right for some, orhers love it. The same can be said about any city, town, etc.

Furtz
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Kingston is about the most “liberal” town/city in eastern Ontario. Not without it’s problems, but probably one of the best places to live apart from the boonies.

jules
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Mary said everything perfectly and yes many people even here in Ottawa are from Cornwall and have left because there is nothing down there for any young people in jobs nor any kind of life. Yes there are some good people down in Cornwall and that is true but are so mighty scared to stand up to those who are stomping on them and nobody wants to live such a life. The clique is the “cancer” to Cornwall besides the Big Ben Dump along with so much pollution and there is absolutely nothing to turn to at all. All the… Read more »
jules
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When the sheeple of Cornwall refuse to change then they will remain in the dark age. When I see Jamie leaving TAG because the town will not help support TAG this is an outrage and this is only one instance. When Jamie went to Cornwall with his wife they couldn’t even volunteer their services – what kind of a town is that to live in. Jamie isn’t the only one – not the first nor the last to be treated like that. I have heard stories from people being ostracized in Cornwall because they were not Canadian and some were… Read more »
Hugger1
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Oh, yes we’re all just shaking in our boots. What will they do to us next? Seriously?? This gets tiring reading it so often.

As for Jamie leaving TAG he has not said why he is leaving. It is his business. Please do not assume unless you know for a fact what you say is true. As for population counts they go up and own for every city / town. So, whatever…..

Hugger1.
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Thanks for the clarification Jamie. Different media outlets run different stories…..isn’t it fun?

Hugger1.
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Agreed. Agendas…..do they have any? If you catch my drift.

jules
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Jamie when I read Cornwall’s garbage papers “the toilet papers of record” they made it sound like you quit so as TAG can get the funding. I came on CFN after reading that trash that the writers of those failed papers published and took it seriously. I am happy to hear that you will stay on and CFN is the very best in that backward town called Cornwall. Yes many want you out because they are all failures and you outdo everyone of them. Not one can hold a candle to you. Jamie you would outdo all of them in… Read more »
mary bray
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Furtz, Kingston is still a great place to live despite the fact that it is mostly liberal,no city is perfect

jules
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Jamie I came across Pat Finnerty’s write up about his passing and such a very good man and he told the truth. I played the video that you made of this sweet man and he spoke the entire truth. Pat will be well remembered in my memory. I never knew the man personally but you can tell that he was intelligent and logical. No Cornwall hasn’t grown at all and the same population since 1956. LOL LOL. ROLF! How mighty true indeed. The same goes for the mentality of the town – it remained behind and has not gone ahead… Read more »
Furtz
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Mary, it must be hell living amongst all those devil-worshiping liberals. How do you do it?

jules
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I always thought that Kingston was Conservative. That is a new one for me. Here in Ottawa it is way too liberal and all we get in the mail is liberal garbage that I toss in the trash – David McGuilty. As if we didn’t have enough trouble with his brother – too many McGuilties to deal with here in my riding.

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