CFN has always innovated and led the way in viewer comments in our community. The Standard Freeholder has nuked their comments section, but CFN has evolved and has a very clear policy.
Our most popular commentator has been “Jules”. She’s had 2,963 comments approved as a viewer, and probably as many not approved because she can be a bit…
When she doesn’t post for a few days we get viewers asking if she’s ok due to her health issues. Jules is a former Cornwallite who settled into Ottawa with her family. Personally I think she misses Cornwall. She’s over the top and wacky, but if you filter and translate her message what Jules seems to be trying to see, you just might see pain in someone that for whatever reason simply doesn’t feel comfortable in the city she was born and grew up in. And after all, if anything Jules herself is a microcosm of what people of Cornwall are really like, or at least those of her generation.
As a former Montrealer myself I can get that. The city I grew up in during the 60’s and 70’s is no more. Language issues, politics, and evolution simply have forever changed my former home town in a similar manner to what’s happened to Jules.
For over two years now I’ve asked Jules to do a sit down interview on camera, especially as some members of a local social media hate group have suggested that I am in fact Jules, which I very clearly am not.
CFN’s viewer policy is very clear now and has evolved to the point where people can safely post their comments with their favorite online newspaper in the community. Jules is one of about a dozen or so viewers whose id’s were grand fathered when we made the change as you now have to post your first and last name to post. Viewers like Jules registered their info with us and cannot post certain types of comments because they are anonymous.
However these anonymous ids become characters all unto themselves. They are known by their id’s.
Like her, love her, hate her, or simply not care, Jules has become more identifiable to thousands of CFN viewers than the Mayor of our City. That’s says something about the speed of online media in 2016.
Without further adieu here is part one of our email interview with Jules who still fears divulging her real name or posting a photo of herself. Sad that she fears simply because some might not like her opinions.
1) How did you come by the name Jules? There have been people that say I’m actually using a fake id and that there is no Jules.
I came by the name of Jules because one girl that I went to high school with at St. Michael’s Academy (now it is where Nick Kaneb made an old folks home) and she was nicknamed “big Jule” and her dad was very prominent in Cornwall and is now deceased.
I just grabbed that name and ran with it even on other sites and not just your site Jamie. Jamie many people need their heads examined if they think that you are me. All people have to do is go on about.com quilting and ask some people if they remember jules1003 and Jamie doesn’t quilt. Gee I have a lot of quilts to make. I may also be remembered from about.com frugal site as well by certain people. People come and go but those who have been there a long time might remember me who knows but I used the same name.
2) Are you really from Cornwall? What part did you grow up in and can you talk about your life there much?
Yes I sure am from Cornwall and I grew up in the centre of the town not far from the north end. I grew up and went to school with some of the posters. I remember Claudette MacIntosh and I knew her former last name which wasn’t MacIntosh but I won’t mention it here so as she too can keep her privacy.
I grew up with Roland Rivette (brother of the councellor including the many brothers and sisters and with the Boudrias family among so many others. We all went to St. Paul’s elementary school which is now St. Mathew’s alternative school. St. Paul’s school was Ecole St. Paul which was a French Catholic elementary school. I can name numerous people but I did go to CCVS with Mr. Parisien and his wife Sharon for a short while before going to St. Mike’s Academy as well as Ecole Secondaire St. Laurent (the old St. Lawrence High School which is now La Citadelle).
As a child life was pretty good in Cornwall and I enjoyed skating sometimes even though I was never good at it especially today it is the impossible dream and had to give that up. I like to ride my bike back then and play with dolls, etc. like any child. I used to make slides with dad and skating rink in the back yard. I had a kind of happy childhood since I was alone after having two much older sisters than myself who were 16 and 20 years my senior. I grew up with parents who went through the Great Depression of the 30’s era and I was their accident. Yes I am from Cornwall no wonder I am wacky – too much smoke from the smoke stacks. LOL LOL..
3) Why did your family move away from Cornwall?
My immediate family (husband and kids as well as myself) moved from Cornwall to Ottawa for better opportunities in jobs and education. I have a nephew who left Cornwall and got himself a good job quite a number of years ago here in Ottawa. Cornwall is for certain people only. I have a few family members left in Cornwall. Mom and dad did not leave Cornwall at all and stayed and died down there.
4) A lot of people say you hate Cornwall and bash it a lot. Is that true and why do you write some of the things about Cornwall that you do?
I hate the way people have stayed behind and never advanced themselves and never changed Cornwall for the better and were too comfortable in their ways. I don’t like what happened in Cornwall at all and see it as a literal graveyard and this is the truth. If you saw Cornwall in past years you would be shocked to compare life today and life back then – like apples and oranges no comparison.
Cornwall is very dirty and that will not be erased and if ever it would take hundreds of years to do so. Too many people remained uneducated except for a certain few. I write down what is wrong with Cornwall to show them where things are wrong and I want people to wake up and look around themselves and learn to improve where they went wrong and stop being bumps on the log and get out there at the town hall meetings and voice your opinions and concerns and change things around.
The likes of LEZ nor BOB or any other will do anything unless you help to steer them in the right direction. Cornwall’s taxes are unbelievable and if they think that things are bad now let them wait and see what is yet to come. The sheeple have their mouths open like they have been frightened over something and yes they are frightened and don’t know their rights and don’t know how to take them.
5) How did you find CFN and why do you post so much there?
I found CFN by going through the “toilet paper of record – the Freeloader” where I used to read and post using the name “jules” and I have always posted a lot of things everywhere Jamie and I like your paper since it is the best in that cursed polluted dump of a town. LOL LOL. ROLF! There were people on the Freeloader (posters that is) and they spoke briefly about you and nothing bad everything good and when I went on CFN I saw a good editor and a good person.
6) What would be the most surprising thing about you that people might not realize?
I don’t know what is surprising about me Jamie. I am who I am and I like to laugh and people who know me well know that about me. I am a friendly person but a lot of times I do get angry especially at people who should be more intelligent than what they are and who develop a “Pollyanna” attitude when there are none. I don’t paint a bed of roses where there are none to be painted.
Jamie I hope that this is what you wanted and keep on sending them along. I can’t help laughing about all of this. My husband said that the people of Cornwall have a good heart but they are way behind and he said sometimes it is a good quality and I don’t know what good quality. I am teased every day by him about Cornwall.