Seniors Leaving Cornwall Too – Cost of Living Corruption Lack of Culture Cited 080718

Seniors Leaving Cornwall Too –  Cost of Living Corruption Lack of Culture Cited 080718

Cornwall Ontario –  So I was chatting with a friend who’s nearly 80 and she’s planning to sell her home and leave Cornwall.   She shared a few more of her friends were leaving too.

Another friend in her 40’s shared that she’s moving to Ottawa and then shares that she has about a half dozen friends leaving.

A young family on social media excitedly share how they’re moving to Oshawa.   Think about that.  How bad is Cornwall when you get excited about Oshawa?

So I started to make notes of people leaving and sadly stopped as I reached the forty mark.

That’s a lot of people, even anecdotally for a city the size of Cornwall.

The biggest issues shared when I queried people were the facts that the culture and population of Cornwall simply weren’t really accepting,  and that there was not enough going on.

Locals seem to be the worst at trashing Cornwall with many heading out of Cornwall to shop or even go out for a night.  With Montreal, Ottawa, and the US border so close it’s easy to get out of town.

Since the loss of the Lift Off Balloon event the city has been sliding down the slope faster than other communities in the region.   All one has to do is look at the deflated Real Estate market to also see indicators of the problems plaguing Cornwall.

Once source shared that factors in the Amazon and Giant Tiger distribution centres not coming to Cornwall, which is supposed to be a distribution capital, are the poor interactions with city management and a lack of people in the employment pool, especially if you have to have no criminal records like most DC jobs.   The pay of most DC jobs also isn’t enough to attract people to move to Cornwall.

Young people have already been leaving as there are no real good jobs available other than in government services for the most part and many of them require bilingualism.  For example how many Quebecers work for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit?

What happens essentially is that people don’t want to bang their head’s against Cornwall Ontario’s corruption.   One person shared that she applied for two jobs locally and that the person hired clearly had been a cronyism situation as they clearly had no qualifications for the position.

One cited Lori Greer as an example who parlayed some clique love into a gig at the Agape Centre which resulted in getting the gig running the United Way (total clique board) which failed to reach its funding goals under her watch and was embarrassed by its Italian Night fundraiser, to now having a great job with the Cornwall Police Service which will include benefits and pension.  That sadly is typical of Cornwall political machine.

To someone with qualifications watching from the outside and facing little to no job options that’s usually enough to want to move.

Another cited the Chad Kilger hiring by the fire service which the person alleged resulted in qualified candidates taking jobs with out of town services thus losing talent locally in favor of a son of the mayor at the time.

With Cornwall Hydro now charging more for 1000kw of power than Hydro One the city lost its advantage there too thanks to the Ed Lumley inspired plan to sell its own power company to Enbridge over 25 years ago.  Enbridge then flipped it for a tidy profit to Fortis who essentially are selling Quebec power to Cornwall residents for nearly THREE TIMES what residents in Quebec pay for the exact same power.   The cash and control of its own power far has exceeded the paltry amount the city earned from the sale.

The tax levy has gone up nearly 20% each of the last two terms of council and the weak offering this term clearly shows no hope for improvement.  In fact it should get worse due to infrastructure needs and wasteful spending under CAO Maureen Adams.

One source close to City Hall said that it’d be a miracle if the tax hike for this year was under 5%.

The city has also just initiated what could be a foolhardy and extremely expensive lawsuit with MPAC over its evaluations which   have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

CAO Maureen Adams is also refusing to provide how much cash she’s pumping into BLG, the high priced Ottawa law firm the city uses and clearly council doesn’t have an appetite to ask that question either which shadow purchasing old banks and spending consulting fees with plans to spend $6M to renovate it into an art centre.

Clearly the wheels have fallen off.

Are there solutions?   Yes, but clearly the political will to do so isn’t there with people choosing to move rather than deal with the corruption, ignorance, and insanity of the way this city is being run.

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Hugger1

I can’t even start. People move all the time. And if anyone thought we had a shot at the Amazon DC they need to have their heads examined. It’s a fact of life; people move from cities and towns all the time for different reasons. The reasons given here could be used to varying degrees for any other city or town in Canada.

Click, click, click. I guess it works, eh?

‘Nuff said.

Hugger1
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Hugger1

No I didn’t mix up the DC and HQ2. If Walmart can’t fill their jobs how could Amazon expect to fill 1,000+ jobs in a city of about 47,000? Or over 2% of the population. People may have thought we had a shot at the DC but if you look at what was required and what could be delivered did we have a realistic shot? No!!

Luckyred
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Luckyred

i heard walmart logistics didn,t want these other logistic centres because they would lose a lot of there workers.

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Tweed has a small, specialized labour force compared to an Amazon DC. We could discuss this until the cows fly over the moon. Two different views that are not wrong, just different perspectives of how we see it.

Hugger1
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Hugger1

I’d love to if I had access to the same resources. I can only say what I can find.

I went through both of their websites and could find no info on the size of their workforce.

Lassie
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Lassie

She’s a town in decline for sure; what with all the Saudi students at Nav Canada leaving Cornwall, and that on the heels of all the Chinese chopper pilot students that left last spring when their course went belly up.

It’s the kinda stuff ya don’t read about in “Choose Cornwall” (i.e. the Clique/Peters vanity rag published by a town that’s on it’s last spin ’round the drain).

Mrs.B
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Mrs.B

My family and I moved out of Cornwall 13 years ago. We will never move back. We move to PG, BC where we have made a new life. My children have grown now and have many more options to a better life. In Cornwall, we could not give them the comforts of life, as could not get decent wages for being certified tradeperson. We struggled to put food on the table and pay rent. We needed to break the cycle.

Richard Emerton
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Richard Emerton

If Cornwall is such a bad place to live maybe you should pack your bags and leave as well. You would be doing Cornwall a huge favor.

Simon
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Simon

Cornwall is a great place as is, if…
– you have a municipal, provincial or federal government job
– you have a nice pension from the above
– you are content with living in your cozy enclave and blind to the rest of the community
– you can afford to travel to Ottawa, Montreal, etc, for the real amenities
– you don’t give a rat’s ass about the next generation
– you won’t miss your kids

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Royal Lepage report says 40% of Ontario boomers are willing to move to a new city / location. Lots of interesting tidbits in the report and it sheds light on the article written by Admin yesterday.

https://www.royallepage.ca/en/realestate/news/more-than-1-4-million-boomers-across-canada-expect-to-buy-a-home-in-the-next-five-years/

Heather Bazinet
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Heather Bazinet

I too want to leave Cornwall . Am a senior @ age 57. Been back to Cornwall in 2006. Still find hard to fit into its chosen culture. I did live here previously from 1983-1991. A Sneaky Petes worker. 1990-1991 was a college student for Nursing Assistance. Left college before finishing last month of it. Me and my son moved to Ingleside. Cornwall when we moved in 2006 my son disliked it. He moved.

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Trying to follow some comments is like trying to catch the dry end of a wet willie.

Mr. T
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Mr. T

What would you recommend newcomers to do in order to help integrate better?

Marc ganuion
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Marc ganuion

My wife and I moved to cornwall 5yrs ago from the uk, and have regreted it, it’s unfriendly,low class people with no manners, jobs are low paid and any good jobs are given To family and friends over qualified people, were hoping to move next year to Brockville and I can’t wait,

John Smith
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John Smith

Cornwall it’s self isn’t a bad place! It the people that live there, high crime and drug abuse, the bearded woman are overweight, toothless and covered in tattoos, the men are not much different sporting a ponytail and can hardly string a sentence together, my advice is, if you can avoid and you won’t be disappointed,

Hugger1
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Hugger1

There’s one of my pet peeves….painting everyone with the same wide brush.

ARRGGGHHHH!!!!!

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Sad, but true.

John Smith
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John Smith

Yes I moved to cornwall 5yrs ago, and have regreted it, the people are unfriendly and low class, extremely racist, cornwall is the sexual assault capital of Canada, its rated number 1 with a 158%, jobs are all low paying, any better paying jobs are given to families and friends, new comers are not welcome, drugs and crime are high,
And I have also seen signs of interbreading,