Cornwall ON – City Council is a huge responsibility. Essentially part time jobs are given to people in the community to make decisions about how tax dollars are spent.
Tonight in Cornwall Ontario, like many communities, Arts and Culture are being discussed. Cornwall is making overtures to evolve the role of Arts and Culture in the community; ultimately to help evolve Tourism, visitors, and for people and business to move to this exciting and growing city along the St. Lawrence River.
A presentation was made by a small committee that seems to have City Council blessings; Mr. Graham Greer, a musician of some fame and success, Ms. Keitha Fisher who had a cooking show on community TV, and Mr. Todd Bennett who ran for City Council himself.
Definitions of conflict of interest on the Web:
a situation in which a public official’s decisions are influenced by the official’s personal interests
Which brings us to Councilor Andre Rivette who elected to stand up and speak during their presentation to council to bring up another Cultural group which his son is an executive of. Now there’s nothing wrong with having more than one group. It’s wonderful actually. I hear there may be as many as six groups in this riding alone!
But surely a city councilor making an impact speech in council with a presentation to council of the nature he made surely rings of something that should be addressed and not repeated? Even without his son being a member of another group was it fair dinkum for Mr. Rivette to be bringing in other groups during a presentation?
If you saw the councilor’s statement please post your comments below?