As council fiddles and sells the community’s future with its shady Harbor Front deal with the Feds and Akwesasne Metro has announced that it will be shutting its doors in a few months. About 75 people will lose their jobs, about a third of those full time employment where it’s becoming more difficult to find steady full time work. Cornwall will also lose one of its finest grocers.
Cornwall Square still hasn’t replaced its anchor grocery store and the entire mall’s future is being talked about with one person stating that security staff fear that they will be losing their jobs soon and rumor mongering that the reason the escalators have not been fixed have been due to costs.
While many have pointed fingers at the impact of Wal Mart selling groceries in its new store, the reality is that the economy in Cornwall has been spiraling since the closure of Domtar, and crack down on illegal cigarette sales. Cornwall in fact apparently had to give Corporate Welfare for Wal Mart to open its new store when many communities have opposed such stores opening.
For ever small opening large employers like Star Tek have left town.
It clearly points to a lack of Economic Development from City Hall under Mark Boileau and Bob Peters. In fact Giant Tiger is opening its spanking new distribution centre down the road instead of in our own Industrial Park in spite of rumblings about Cornwall being a “hub”.
The “closed shop” mentality and inability to draw business to the community due to abusive permit processes and boycotts of local businesses seem to be scaring people from investing in our community. The backwards “Old Boy” practices and abuse also retard natural business growth which clearly shows in the Moneysense magazine yearly rankings of communities across Canada.
An utterly useless Chamber of Commerce that most likely won’t change until the retirement of Lezlie Strasser and Mike Metcalfe, a moribund Team Cornwall that doesn’t even do the little it did under former President Gilles Latour who has been charged for fraud, including ripping off his own mom, and one scandal after another such as the attacks on kids selling worms last Summer.
The big question is if the residents of Cornwall and the area will demand more of its local government while taxes keep rising and the economy keeps shrinking?
Now we’ll have to travel to Casselman or Quebec to get some of the great offerings that Metro had in town.
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