CFN just celebrated our 60,000th viewer comment. With the Standard Freeholder and other media not allowing viewer comments it’s something we’re very proud of.
One of our most voluminous commentator is Jules, who is a former Cornwallite who lives in Ottawa, but still is quite passionate about her former home town even if her comments are many times critical.
She’s become popular, and while camera and phone shy agreed to answer questions via email. To see the first part of her interview CLICK HERE.
And now for part two!
1) What would it take for you and your family to move back to Cornwall?
Jamie that is a funny question but of course most are for me. It would take a literal miracle from God or maybe Satan to move back to Cornwall. Honestly Jamie there are no jobs, nor opportunities in Cornwall. My daughter just finished Medical Administrative Secretary a week ago and very few jobs available in Ottawa so can you imagine the position that Cornwall is into. My daughter’s overall average was 96% and is waiting for her diploma and took it at a private college in downtown Ottawa.
People are coming out of universities with degrees and flipping burgers at MacDonald’s and such places because of no work. My daughter goes back to being cashier on Sunday and will work 16 hours for the week and that differs. One of the managers was happy to see her back along with the rest of her co-workers.
2) If you’re so unhappy about what’s happened in Cornwall why complain so much about it? Do you hate or love Cornwall?
Jamie I am trying to wake up the people of Cornwall and show them where things are wrong in Cornwall. It isn’t a hate but in a lot of ways a shame. You are from Montréal the city that my husband would have loved to live in more than Ottawa but fate made him choose Ottawa.
3) What do you hear from people in Ottawa when you say you’re from Cornwall?
I remember when I first started in the Federal Government in the Revenue Dept. and I was at Billings Bridge in the tower and there was this girl who was working as a term and she and her boyfriend would literally laugh at everything about Cornwall and make fun of it. This girl was from a good enough family from Sandy Hill.
There is a former teacher who sometimes goes to the park where we walk and he laughs and pokes fun at Cornwall and says who wants to go to that polluted place and there is nothing there and he is from Timmins Ontario originally.
There was also this woman Lise who lives in Alfred Ontario and she would poke fun at Cornwall about the same things that the other people would do but she went overboard and was hell to work with her.
4) Who was your favorite mayor of Cornwall?
Jamie my very favorite mayor of Cornwall was your relative Mayor Horowitz and he used to make picnics during the summer for the people of Cornwall. Cornwall was a lot smaller then and my parents and much older sisters remember him very well and spoke very favorably of him.
As I grew older I saw the corruption of the mayors of Cornwall and they were all there for their own pockets and interests unlike Mayor Horowitz. Cornwall was a much better and prosperous town under Mayor Horowitz. Mayor Horowitz was a man that people liked very much.
Today it is a revolving door of mayors and council and nothing gets done. Today’s mayor and council is laughable – they don’t know anything at all. LEZ plastered problems of the skating rink fiasco and about kids selling lemonade and worms all over the media throughout Canada and that made Cornwall more of a laughing stock than ever before.
5) What’s your best memory of Cornwall?
My best memory of Cornwall – gee I am stuck on that one. Oh I do remember that in Cornwall Christmas time was great and we could hear the songs of Bing Crosby and others over the loud speaker signing Christmas songs when I was outside with the neighbor kids building forts and an ice rink in the back yard as well as the front yard.
I had a life that my children did not have here in Ottawa growing up. My kids were stuck in these towers high in the sky and I would take them out to the library for reading and crafts to get them out of the apartment and to go and play in the parks. Cornwall had a lot more to offer back in the 50’s and 60’s era and that is the entire truth Jamie.
6) When you lived here in Cornwall what were your favorite places to shop or eat out at?
My husband and I liked to eat at the King George Hotel where Nick Kaneb had a restaurant at the front and that has been torn down since it all burned some years ago. We never spent much eating out but every Sunday after church we would go to the King George for a meal. Nick was a very good manager and his parents were from Lebanon and Nick would speak Arabic with a heavy accent like an English person who would speak French. Nick was a great man and my husband and I as well as my parents had great respect for Nick Kaneb.
My husband would have his shoes repaired at Mr. Esper’s shoe repair which was on Pitt Street attached to the book store and I would shop for books at that store way back when. It was Mr. Kyte who had that book store. I knew Morna Kyte and Morna also worked at the pool store run by the Bedard’s. I worked with Morna at Westburne Hussey in Cornwall. I shopped for clothes at Viau store and some others around. I remember buying from the Abagov family on Montreal Road and they were great people Jamie and they lived in Riverdale.
Trying to remember way back sure brings back some good memories.