CFN – A report was written this past week by our Economic Development team. I’ve always thought that term a bit odd for Mr. Peters and Boileau as they certainly have not done anything to help develop CFN.
I’ve been told that the first ad we had from the city was just to get us out of their office. We had to fight for every bit of advertising CFN has ever had from the city.
That’s life and reality. However this report is consistent of a certain manner of handling things at City Hall.
Citizens elect a mayor and council to represent them. They in turn hire people to run the city which of course is essentially a large corporation.
Recently Cornwall has been in the press over two labour issues; one regarding Diane Shay and one regarding Mary Anne Pilon.
The handling of those cases have now cost the city an awful lot of money. Costs taxpayers an awful lot of money. But these are only the cases that hit the media. What about the ones that get buried? What about the secret deal with Ms Shay? Non disclosure agreements are not things that should be the standard for any city.
If Project Truth did anything it showed that the public doesn’t have an appetite for all of these back alley deals that cost the city millions. Heck, because of one single letter an awful lot of money was spent on the Benson Centre as an EA (environmental assessment) costs an awful lot more than an ESA. (environmental site assessment)
I doubt that Mr. Paul Fitzpatrick’s contract is as iron clad as Mr. Menagh’s who was thrown under the bus a bit in this story written by certain people at city hall’s favorite drinking buddy Claude McIntosh. LINK
The city hall manager, front and centre in both cases, is Human Resources Manager Robert Menagh.
Right or wrong, he is being perceived in some quarters as city hall’s attack dog.
No question that he is a skilled contract negotiator, but there are some questions about his approach to the human resources side of the job.
See that’s how the media works. But all attack dogs are on leashes and who holds that leash is ultimately the one that should be responsible.
In the report hastily written up after we appealed to council last week after city management decided on their own policy of not advertising online with sites with anonymous comments the mayor and council were asked if it was city council and the mayor or city management that made policy in Cornwall.
The result was this report set to be tabled at council Monday night.
A review of local news websites show that only two allow anonymous posts: the Standard-Freeholderand the Cornwall Free News. Both sites have some moderation of comments, but a review of activity over the past several months have led staff to concur with the generalized assessment of the practice by the American Journalism Review: “Comment sections are often packed with profanity, and vicious personal attacks.”
The report also suggests we aren’t moderated when Mr. Peter’s knows that we pre-moderate all posts on our site. Again, is there some reason to smear CFN in this manner?
You see Mr. Peter’s didn’t need council’s approval to not advertise with us; but this constant stream of heavy handed bullying reared its ugly head. Mr. Menagh btw, had nothing to do with this report. However Mr. Fitzpatrick’s signature is on it.
There’s an old adage about if you really want to know where the flow of something emanates from you follow the money. You follow the decisions.
Those all lead to Mr. Paul Fitzpatrick. And that ladies and gentleman is a huge problem in many people’s opinion for the city of Cornwall. Back alley decisions never making public. Hours spent in council debating $800 line items while thousands go down the drain.
Again, from what I’ve heard “Fitzy’s” contract is easier to break than Mr. Menagh who probably deserves better than the maligning he’s received in the media.
It’s time to say the Emperor is naked. It’s time to shine some lights at what’s going on. It’s time for people to stand up and say something’s wrong and point their fingers.
If you remotely feel this way I encourage you to attend city council in Cornwall Monday night at 7 PM. Corner of 4th and Pitt Street.
I know I’ll be there and to reach city council and contact them to share how you feel here is the link to the council page. LINK
Thanks to all for the support we’ve received from you our most valued viewers since our first story went live.
We’ll be updating from City council Monday night.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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