CFN – By far one of the hottest local news stories has been the now linguistic firestorm created by a Letter to the Editor by Dr. Dany Tombler regarding the Bilingual nursing policy at the Cornwall Community Hospital.
The Hospital; that is refusing to contact with The Cornwall Free News and did not advertise its notices with us over this firestorm has a policy that many feel is not fair to nurses and staff that do not pass a written test; again a test that the hospital has refused to post publicly.
Nurses have been contacting us for over a year with complaints of being passed over for promotion.
After Dr. Tombler’s letter Mayor Bryan McGillis and the council of South Stormont responded by passing a motion in South Stormont.
Whereas council has become aware of the Cornwall Community Hospital’s employment policy requirement for seeking registered nurses for full- time, part-time and casual positions to be bilingual (English/French) ..And whereas it appears that members of our local communities have been denied an opportunity to apply for this professional position ( s) due to this particular requirement only, and whereas council is of the opinion that factors such as skill, ability, qualifications, and experience, etc. are also essentials to nursing care..Now therefore council of the Township of South Stormont urges the Cornwall Community Hospital to review its policy and provide reassurance to the region that this is not the case.Therefore, until such time that council receives this reassurance, South Stormont withhold’s all donations to the hospital..And furthermore this motion be circulated to the lower tier municipalities of SD&G, United Counties of SD&G, and the City of Cornwall for their support.Motion carried – unanimous – All council present