Cornwall Ontario – How many cities facing record tax hikes burn through $15K making a vanity video for a fire chief that union sources allege spends too much time at his out of town home instead of serving and protecting the taxpayers of Cornwall Ontario?
Economic Development poobah Bob Peters seems to be sending wads of cash to his homies like Kevin Lamoureux of KAV Productions.
While the video seems to be pitched as some home made Karaoke effort by Fire Chief Pierre Voisine, it’s in fact costing thousands of dollars paid for by the City of Cornwall.
With five credits to Mr. Lamoureux and his company alone, and his rates being as expensive as Montreal or Ottawa production houses, estimates of his own services run from $15-20K. Roy Nichol, one of the regions finest music men when not drumming for legendary band April Wine also isn’t easy on the pocketbook. According to social media posts other videos are planned, again at taxpayer expense.
Maureen Adams did not respond to queries as to how much has been spent on these so called educational videos nor how much has been donated to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs since 2015 when Voisine become a Chief for the first time.
He was given their prestigious Professional Fire Chief of the Year Award which usually go to long time experienced professional fire chiefs such as Daniel Brazeau in 2015 who was the chief at the Lac Megantic disaster.
Oddly enough Chief Voisine is in fact the treasurer of the Association. You really can’t make up this stuff.
Ironically enough as well it doesn’t appear that Chief Voisine remotely qualifies by the standards listed on the CAFC website. (The CAFC did not respond to multiple email queries)
Eligibility and how to get nominated
All nominees must be active chiefs in full-time career or volunteer positions with the fire services in Canada. Those individuals who have recently retired will also be considered.
In order to be considered, candidates must have made outstanding contributions to the betterment of their community and of the fire services industry over several years in areas such as safety, sustainable community program development, education, community service or policy development.
Candidates must have achieved, through their innovation and initiative on a particular project or program, positive and measurable improvement of significant and enduring benefit to the fire services industry and their community.
With over 3600 fire services across Canada, for a near rookie chief to earn this award surely is a slap in the face to many long serving firefighters?
In fact allegations are that in the recent Poirier Furniture fire the chief was already at home near Ottawa, that the fire was undermanned which led to more damage and a larger fire than would normally be expected. An investigation is ongoing with the rubble still in place.
So for those with limited comprehension skills, we have a near rookie fire chief, getting a prestigious award usually limited for life long fire chiefs of merit, who happens to be the organizations treasurer, about the same time as a very expensive vanity video shot by friends of a City officer is released.
Only in Cornwall?
With just 15,000 or so plays on youtube the city may have spent over $1 per view. While fire prevention is very important surely there are better ways to achieve this than vanity videos for plump bald fire chiefs, while pumping cash to friends of city hall, no? With record tax hikes and two terms with a tax levy rising nearly 20% per at what point to you cut the cash flow off for projects such as this?
And with so many professional and highly trained firefighters on staff surely some more photogenic than Chief Voisine would be more appropriate?
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Was this abuse of the public purse? Should Bob Peters and Chief Voisine repay the city for this abuse? You can post your comments below.