CFN – Cornwall Ontario City Council’s concept to fool the public into thinking that it’d finally grew some population by simply changing their signs to accommodate area population was rejected by the Province. Led by one of their most disconnected councilors, Syd Gardiner, the concept was to just add in areas; maybe why not Ottawa or Kingston to really amp up our numbers?
There are reasons why Cornwall’s population has not grown. Some of them are shared by other Eastern Ontario communities, but some come simply to the way business is conducted from the top down in this city.
For example this newspaper. We created CFN with almost no resources in 2009. Somehow we have managed to be the most read media in this market which features some of the biggest National and regional media chains in Canada.
That’s no easy feat; yet Syd will stand in the local tourism office and make sure we get no advertising revenue from them. Likewise council implementing a boycott across the board of CFN. A boycott that not only has hurt this company, but most likely about to cause the cancellation of our online TV station; Seaway TV.
Do they really think that people don’t realize that or see it locally and outside of our fair city? Restaurants needing 18 months to get open because of permit issues while that of someone close to council gets to open their doors in a few scant weeks? Do they really think people don’t hear about that?
Local building supply centres complain about business being down because residents can’t get permits to do renovations while the city hires new inspectors to hand out tickets to those that didn’t get a permit to do their renovations?
Spending nearly $2 million dollars covering up the escapades of “executive leave” CAO Paul Fitzpatrick; spending more money on legal bills to monitor CFN than they did marketing with us (the kicker is that from old archived ads we’ve sent more traffic to the city than the media they actually pay for!) is it no wonder that they have no money to get a proper permit office that can actually service the demand in Cornwall in a reasonable and fair time?
Holding up advancement of City Staff because they won’t play ball like their predecessor to the point that a retirement is delayed?
Trying to sell Little League ball diamonds and city parks to developers without being upfront with the public?
Factors like these cause “BUZZ” and places can get reputations.
No, Syd, if you want Cornwall to grow it’s time to look in the mirror and realize that you sir and your cronies are the problem. Same with the Chamber of Commerce who just cancelled the Fall Home show.
Cornwall has all the ingredients to grow and blossom. It has a gorgeous stretch of river, plenty of space, some good infrastructure; some great people.
What it’s missing is good leadership and management. It’s too cozy; too small town at the top for a city of nearly 50,000 people and a budget of nearly $150,000,000 which is why many of these behaviors occur in the first place.
Power, money, control. It’s time the people of Cornwall took that back from a very corrupt, arrogant, and wicked minority that simply are not smart enough to know how to play the game.
It’s up to people to pull together and work together. I guarantee you that when that starts to happen in this city you’ll see the population rise very very quickly.
Jamie Gilcig – Your humble editor of the Cornwall Free News
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