Cornwall Ontario PLUMMETS in Moneysense Magazine Top Cities to Live in Canada Report – March 20, 2012

$1.4 Million Dollar Man - Cornwall Ontario CAO Paul Fitzpatrick

CFN –  Cornwall Ontario PLUNGED from 90th to 167th on the Moneysense Magazine annual Top Cities to Live in Canada list for 2012.   This in addition to it’s abysmal ranking in the CFIB Communities in Boom report on Small Business.

The good thing about being in the toilet on lists like this is that there is a huge opportunity to move forwards.   If Cornwall can PLUMMET 77 rankings out of 190 in one year surely it can rise that amount or more?

But that would take strong leadership and management.    It would require leaders that don’t require assistance in writing a simple letter or email to communicate with their voters unlike Mayor Bob Kilger and President of the Chamber of Commerce Rick Shaver who never most likely would be seen on the TV Show Jeopardy or even “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader.”

And before Ricky and Bobby go running to have a joint release sent out here is the methodology used by the report.

Right now Cornwall is a city that is overburdened tax wise.   Where for example a home in nearby Orleans Ontario valued at $434K  has a yearly tax bill of $4332 a house valued at $194K in Cornwall is paying $3552.  The same valuation in Orleans would be $1940!

Imagine what happens if housing prices rise in Cornwall?

For a city to move forward it really does need to start at the top and work its way down.  Small business needs to be able to have opportunities to thrive as opposed to be run out of town and attacked in the shadows while cliques and “Old Boy” cronyism run amok.

So where did Cornwall fall in the rankings between 2011 and 2012?

Here are the categories:

Weather  2011   53   2012  62

Affordable Housing 2011   25   2012 38

Household Income 2011 168  2012  176

Discretionary Income 2011 129  2012 133

New Cars on Road 2011 116  2012  122.

Job Prospects 2011 76  2012 NA

Population Growth 2011 108  2012 141

Access to Health Care 2011 136  2012 NA

Low Crime Rate 2011 129  2012  148

Walk Bike to Work 2011 67  2012 70

Doctors per 1,00 0   2011 NA  2012 156

Jobless Rate 2011 NA  2012 180

Culture 2011  NA   2012 121

In not a single category did Cornwall Ontario improve from 2011 to 2012.  Again, a true opportunity to improve!

What these type of reports show is that the status quo in Cornwall Ontario is not working.    That the leaders of this city; the Bob Kilgers, the Gilles Latours, the Bob Peters, the City Council and Chamber of Commerce, and other agencies are failing the community.

The high rate of taxes is alienating most businesses and people to move here.  A city that no longer has inter-city bus travel within its boudaries and VIA Rail has all but abandoned.

Where nearby Brockville Ontario is attracting Zoomers, Cornwall is attracting Seniors in the last stages of their lives where traditionally the contribute less resources to a community and suck up more resources while our youth are fleeing for jobs and life as close as Ottawa which ranked number 1 on the list and Kingston that ranked number 3.

Our youth don’t have to head to the Western provinces.  They still get to visit home more often.

What will it take to reverse these numbers?    Simply a strong and honest look in the mirror and the reality that things have to change for the better.

That perhaps a city shouldn’t be spending thousands of dollars monitoring an organically grown small business with a huge legal firm and instead should focus on supporting growth in the community.   Imagine taking those resources and putting them in more support for the permits department so that small businesses could open sooner and be better supported?

People need to be more open in Cornwall at the top levels down.  They need to truly embrace and give people a chance to build things here because when that really happens it attracts and not detracts from a community.

And that ladies and gentlemen is where Cornwall Ontario stands now.   It’s time to grow  It’s time to heal, and it’s time for everyone to work together.

To see the full 2012 Moneysense Magazine list of the best places to live in Canada CLICK HERE.

You can post your comments below.

Cornwall Free News


  1. Wow! You have quite an axe to grind against city council! You should run for

  2. Author

    Nope. I have no axe to grind. I like most of council and have written wonderful things about most of them. The only issue I have is that I am being refused to repudiate a lie that stated we were full of profanity published in a city report no matter how much they spin it.

  3. Wow!!! Great article, all based on actual numbers not “rumors”. I would love to hear the City of Cornwall’s response to this article. I hope this article along with others will surface come election time to remind people that the same Council and Mayor running, offering the same promises are out of there element. You should ask the City what went wrong and why the number are so low. Although you might get another letter in the mail from there lawyers. Maybe there trying to break there record of 1.4 million spent by inexperience.

  4. Jamie: Where did you get your figures on the taxes and house evaluations in other cities ? thanks in advance..

  5. Author

    From specific homes.

  6. I really hate being negative about this subject but unfortunately ….I don’t think this surprises anyone!
    I personally would have been shocked to see us move up above 90!

    We do have some create opportunities that I will be writing about as soon as I am done confirming a few leads but again I am not surprised ……….are you?

  7. sorry ….we do have some great not create opportunities…lol!

  8. funny how it goes, the Cities in the Top 5 are beaming and promoting and Cornwall officials are really skeptical. Correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t our City leaders content with last year’s ranking that in essence used the same methodoligy? Can’t have it both ways. Let’s learn and move on improving

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