Are the public really being misled as committee members like Pat Clarke would have you think? In February 2010 Councilor Denis Thibault presented a plan to the Waterfront Committee of that term. Present were Chair Lee Cassidy, Vice-Chair Gerald Flaherty, Raymond Audette, Sandy Cameron, Pat Clarke, the guy in the video above who was so bemused at people’s misunderstanding, Adelard David, current Vice-Chair Guy Menard, and Councilors Grant and Gardiner for a presentation by current member; Councilor Denis Thibault.
Councilor Thibault had a cunning plan. He crafted and presented something called: “The Landings” Cornwall Riverfront Development Corporation.
That plan would lead to 2000 waterfront units in Cornwall Ontario.
Greenspace, ball diamonds, the RCAF Wing; are they really sitting idle?
And who would choose those people?
Are you feeling ill yet?
Sound familiar? Were we media really misleading the public? What was all that drama from some members of the committee about the use of the word “Condo”?
Why fret over the suggestion of condo’s when this plan called for the creation of 2,000 residences or condos?
Comment on the report from Council Thibault via the round table of committee members had quotes like this in the minutes:
Presentation by Councilor Thibault was done well and timing is impeccable.
Pat Clarke, the gentleman protesting above in the video:
Also in agreement with Councilor Thibault and felt that the City should take ownership of the lands in order to ensure that they don’t lose control of these lands.
In agreement with presentation made by Councilor Thibault. The City shouldgive authority to go ahead with the not-for-profit Corporation, sooner than later.
As a matter of fact; Kevin Lajoie, before he was rewarded by the city for his favorable reports in the Free Holder wrote about this in the February 25th edition:
“It’s moving forward instead of bitching and whining about how bad we got it,” Thibault said.
Thibault said he had the support of the majority of his council colleagues to move ahead with the idea, and he’s also gotten a lot of positive comments from various business people.
Is this support?
Councilor Rivette was on last term’s council as well. Does this sound like support?
So why has councilor Thibault been pushing so hard for this? It certainly looks like he’s the engine behind this development. Why the subterfuge and lack of clarity with the public?
What we have is the architect of this plan, as a lay committee member putting himself on the Waterfront committee to jam through development in Lamoureux Park and eventually along all of our waterfront lands.
Maybe that’s the best way to go? Maybe we’d benefit more by having 2,000 condos on our waterfront. While I’m sure many including myself would like to know more and discuss this further it feels dirty and sleazy to see this jammed through in this manner.
You get one chance to develop the waterfront if you are actually going to do that and the people of Cornwall should have a right to have a say in that via election or ballot question.
In the meanwhile the time for lies and shadow moves should end. This waterfront committee has really impeached itself as a group and in its leadership in more ways than one. Was there any reason to hide their true intent of their presentation to the public; of starting the process for full development of our waterfront from Brookdale to Race Street as Ed Lumley spoke out against?
I’ll leave you with words from Chair Lee Cassidy who spoke at the last waterfront committee meeting and who was present for Councilor Thibault’s presentation in February of 2010.
UPDATED 2:30 PM June 24, 2011
From the Waterfront Committee meetings:
WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
JANUARY 20, 20111
Councillor Glen Grant:
The land could be used as a park and the lands around it could be developed for condos, which would complement the park. Plan does not have to be exactly as the Consultants have submitted. The final plan will have to be approved by Council. We don’t have to spend to the top of the range as suggested by the Consultants. If condos or other types of structures are built by a private developer, could we get some funds from the developers as they are responsible to have a certain amount of parkland when they build?
Stephen Alexander clarified that up to 5% is calculated for parkland dedication when a new development is created. You can also take cash-in-lieu if there is not enough land around the project to satisfy this criterion.
Consultants could have provided more designs and more ideas. Development with a boardwalk. No amenities – have to go to the mall. Have enough parking. Purpose of a park is so people get out and exercise. Look into reopening the canal. Need hotel and restaurant near marina. Need more options. Should develop Lamoureux Park instead.
Councillor Denis Thibault:
Like most of the comments heard tonight. Not in favour of spending to the top of the suggested option for green space and a park. Need to have more options than those presented. Took a tour with a person of the area between Civic Complex and Marina and this person was talking about a company such as Minto building a hotel with underground parking at the marina level. It could also have shops. It could also have an area for seniors to view the waterfront. Prefer to look at all opportunities before making a recommendation. Need to develop Lamoureux Park.
What do you think dear viewers of the Cornwall Free News? Was this all rumor or was the committee simply trying to spin and hide? Should Councilor Thibault have to resign? Should chair Lee Cassidy resign because when you watch the video above and look at this document it certainly shows a gross deception. Should the committee be shut down?
Councilor Thibault had not responded to our request for comment as of press time.
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