CFN – As we pass the three month mark of the Cornwall Ontario Community Hospital Bilingual Nurse protest Chris Cameron and his team dropped off their petition of over 3,000 signatures to SD&G MPP Jim McDonell at his office in Cornwall.
The MPP and I had some one on one chat time:
Mr. Cameron and the nurses present were frustrated that things weren’t happening and they weren’t feeling the love hoping that Mr. McDonell would advocate for them and take their petition to Queen’s Park.
The MPP suggested that union contracts could not be reopened and that as each of the three major unions deals came up for negotiation that positive movement could occur.
Chris Cameron Presents Petition to MPP
Tonight in South Stormont, council debates what to do with the $30,000 promised to the hospital. The buzz was that the monies may be moved to the Winchester Hospital which many South Stormont residents actually prefer to the CCH.
I caught South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis before council this afternoon and he had the following to say:
Council is still considering what to do with the funds ($30,000) I haven’t seen any indications to my satisfaction from Madame Periard of a difference in the policy regarding the hiring of nurses at the hospital…
The buzz is that South Stormont can sit on the $30K, donate it still to CCH, Winchester, or even the local Hospice.
What do you think patients of the area? Do you support the nurses protest? Should CCH lighten up their linguistic requirements and allow more unilingual nurses to not only gain employment, but advancement at the Cornwall Hospital?
Is this a language war or is this about fairness and retaining our youth with good jobs that many are locally educated for?
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