South Stormont Township Council Meeting – Demands CCH Written Response Over Bilingual Nurse Protest – by Reg Coffey, April 12, 2012

CFN – Tonight the Township of South Stormont had a regular council meeting. It was another typical South Stormont meeting where the different department reported the previous month’s activities. The OPP described incidents in which they were called out in March; the Fire Department gave a report on their responses; Public Works, Building/Development, Finance and Administration reports were all presented, discussed and accepted by Council.

The well run meeting covered all the usual mundane details of running a Township. Water, sewage and garbage disposal matters were covered, a site plan for a communication tower was discussed and zoning issues and subdivision concerns made the agenda. Even a $1,000 donation from the CN Volunteer Grant Program to acknowledge Volunteer Firefighter and full time CN employee Brain Meerburg was mentioned by Fire Chief Roger Desjardins during his report.

There were no protests, no petitions and almost no media present. There were no speeches from councillors, no one has resigned and none of the councillors have filed a complaint with the Provincial government….. Pretty boring, huh.

However, one interesting item did come up in new business. The council passed a resolution to formally request a written response from the CCH within 60 days concerning what actions they will be taking to resolve their current contentious hiring practises.

It will be interesting to see if and how the hospital responds…

6 Responses to "South Stormont Township Council Meeting – Demands CCH Written Response Over Bilingual Nurse Protest – by Reg Coffey, April 12, 2012"

  1. Eric   April 12, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Sounds like they should be giving lessons to other councils as keepers of the taxpayer funds.

    I would imagine the hospital, like most politicans, just hope the outlash would be over with so they can return to SNAFU. I don’t get the impression though that taxpayers are ready to give up just yet, even less so on the anniversary week of Vimy.

    Good for Cornwall Free News, South Stormont, the Camerons and the (expanding ?) silent majority.

  2. Dave Windsor   April 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    For what it is worth, here is my take on the CCH replying favorably to the SD&G Council………..NOTA.period.
    The FLSA should be disbanded forthwith but ‘for what it is worth, our Ontario government allowed a negative vote of 55/125 to go forward accepting this regressive department and are too weak kneed to recind it.
    I recently coined a note in the Freeholder about the bilingual issue suggesting Quebec will have to accept bilingualism, knowing that hell will freeze over for that to happen. No doubt when Priemier Charest moves out of office this whole mess will blow up again…example, french only in la bell prov.
    So don’t hold your breath with CCH, it ain’t gonna happen friends.

  3. Eric   April 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Does anyone have a Lawyer in the family? It would appear that the House did not have a quorum to pass the French Language Services Act……..

    Adjournment for lack of quorum

    (b) If at any time after Prayers the Speaker’s attention is directed to the apparent lack of a quorum, the Speaker shall, upon determining that a quorum is not present, cause the bells to be rung until a quorum is present and, in any case, for no longer than five minutes. If a quorum is not present after the expiration of five minutes, the Speaker shall adjourn the House without question put until the next Sessional day. The matter under consideration prior to the adjournment is deemed to be adjourned to a future Sessional day.

  4. Not a lawyer   April 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Does somebody have to bring this to the Speaker’s attention for him to take action or does he have an obligation to determine it himself? I would think it’s his obligation; otherwise, the laws they vote for are illegal for lack of lawmakers’ representation.

    We should submit a formal request to annul the FLSA. I am sure people would donate for this cause if needed.

  5. Lolochuck   April 13, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Thank you South Stormont. If CCH even responds, I expect it will be a lot of mumbo jumbo jargon……just like Periard’s words at the last meeting. Playing with words is not going to prevent discrimination. “Working with the Union” etc is not enough! Union reps tell us they didn’t even know that there was an issue!

  6. Eric   April 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Looks like a quorum in the Ontario Legislature is less than 50% many of us would think there is. It only take 12 MPP’s to make decisions for the entire province. That is not right!

    Quorum

    11. (a) The presence of at least 12 members of the House, including the Speaker, is necessary to constitute a meeting of the House for the exercise of its powers.

    Adjournment for lack of quorum

    (b) If at any time after Prayers the Speaker’s attention is directed to the apparent lack of a quorum, the Speaker shall, upon determining that a quorum is not present, cause the bells to be rung until a quorum is present and, in any case, for no longer than five minutes. If a quorum is not present after the expiration of five minutes, the Speaker shall adjourn the House without question put until the next Sessional day. The matter under consideration prior to the adjournment is deemed to be adjourned to a future Sessional day.

    Same

    (c) When the House is meeting as a Committee, if the Chair’s attention is directed to the apparent lack of a quorum, the Chair shall proceed as provided in clause (b); however, if after making a count, there is still not a quorum, the Chair shall report the matter to the Speaker, who shall repeat the same procedure. If on the Speaker’s count a quorum is present, the House shall again resolve itself into a Committee, otherwise the Speaker shall adjourn the House until the next Sessional day.

    Same

    (d) Whenever the Speaker adjourns the House for want of a quorum, the names of the members then present shall be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.

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