CFN – Monday night was a delegation attend City Council. Twenty five or so citizens and activists who are upset with City Council’s actions in Beavergate to day in this city of 46,000 in Ontario. (PREVIOUS STORY)
At issue is the Conibear Kill trapping in a city owned nature trail; Guindon park. When a 90 day moratorium on Kill Trapping was requested the city moved a trap to the Beaver lodge all but wiping out the family just about the time that CAO Paul Fitzpatrick returned from Sick Leave. Some are stating that it’s his heavy handed punitive style that gave the order to move the Conibear KILL TRAP to the beaver’s lodge. One insider even mocking that the CAO was the city expert on beaver….
The City also refused to allow Rebecca Sorrell and her protesters to speak before council. A group from BC( The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals) offered at their own expense to educate and implement options besides kill trapping which the city as of this writing as refused to even consider never mind accept.
Protesters attend Council
With over 1,000 signatures and comments in a little over a week it’s almost as boggling as having a City Councilor sit on an Conservation Authority’s board of directors and say nothing as Councilor Bernadette Clement has. The St. Lawrence River Institute for Environmental Sciences has still to comment to CFN about her continuing on their board in light of Beavergate.
Further irony is that Dr. Brian Hickey spoke with CFN while we researched our earlier stories!
Rebecca Sorrell and Supporters Speak Out!
Ms Sorrell has her petition online and in stores that will carry it in the area. She’s to attend a meeting with some government officials and OPG on Wednesday, but the silence of Council Monday night really struck a nerve.
Cornwall Ontario Council seems to refuse to allow delegations to present at council with contentious issues. The standard operating procedure seems to be to smile and ignore an issue until it goes away while secretly moving behind the scenes….not very transparent or accountable. Surely the people of Cornwall Ontario deserve better?
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