Essentially CUPE 234 employees seeking full time status had to take extensive aptitude testing for such roles as raking leaves in the park and city maintenance. Of course that’s not a crime or something that might not even be bad, but Mr. Fitzpatrick is not an elected official and setting policy is usually the role of council.
Is it really necessary to spend over $100 per applicant for jobs such as garden work and entry level positions? Does this truly help avoid favoritism or level the playing field?
They debate and consult before deciding to inflict the city with prohibitive costs which in this situation could amount to nearly $1,000,000.00 (Mr. Fitzpatrick has not shared any numbers as of print time and still hasn’t shared if he repaid the city for using a municipal truck to pull his car out of a snow bank earlier this year.)
Councilor Andre Rivette was out raged at council Monday night and incredulously council voted to support and back date the new policy instead of sanctioning the CAO for acting out of turn. The actual new policy wasn’t the issue so much as the arbitrarily manner in which it was implemented. As council takes the heat for the budget and cost to taxpayers across the line any new policy should be debated and decided by council.
There are two separate unedited clips in this video separated by a CFN promo.
Councilors Rivette, Dupelle, and Murphy voted against rubber stamping the CAO’s chicanery. Of course when you discover something like this the question that begs asking is how many more Ghost Policies are buried in the city’s $150M or so budget?
And of course while councilors Clement, Carr, MacDonald, Gardiner, Samson, and Thibault might not have any issue with nearly a million dollars being spent of tax dollars without their approving first would voters who showed support for said councilors?
And in tribute to our CAO here’s some Britney Spears!
What do you think Cornwallites? Has the CAO crossed the line and are the councilors that back dated this completely off their meds and out to lunch? You can post your comment below.
And if you as a tax payer wish to ask the CAO about this his email is email@example.com – councilors can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or by individually using the first initial and last name @cornwall.ca such as email@example.com
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