CFN – The problem when politics mix into hiring of people is that the remedies are rarely ever the right ones. Alyssa Blais is a smart and lovely woman. I worked with her while she was at the Cornwall Business Development Centre and she really shined there.
Then before you could say “Holy Gilles Latour” she was lunching with City Hall’s favorite son at Moons and taking over the well paid gig running our city’s largest food bank.
How and why did she get that gig? We’ll never know for sure; but at the end of the day a food bank needs the good will of the public to survive.
Ms Blais emailed me yesterday demanding to see the video above and saying that she should have approval. We have released this unedited and raw and uncut.
Cornwall is a very giving city. It cares; but its people also have acute senses of smell; maybe from the generations of pulp mills; and while many live in fear of the city hall cliques of power; most don’t, and can smell and see what goes on.
Here’s how it works. You take a humble person and give them a job that’s probably over their heads. They owe a debt to those that put them there artificially. That debt is paid for by unwavering support to those that gave them the gig. It becomes some strange Stepford Wives bee hive with nothing really verbalized or put in writing; but again if you defy your master you lose your gig.
Its amazing to count out potentially how many of these Stepford Workers there are across charities and agencies in Cornwall and the impact they have supporting the city hall cliques.
Ms Blais confirmed that she’s going to be asking the city for over $50K as a cash grant. The last time Agape went to City Hall they pulled in about $200K from taxpayers.
Food banks are terribly important, but are they something that should be run in this manner? Maybe if someone more qualified for this position was hired there might not be a need for this cash infusion?
Maybe instead of having Mr. Latour or Mr. Peters friend at A Channel send in the cameras for Alyssa and company a more qualified director could outreach deeper and more broadly into a very giving and caring community? I know of at least one other media outlet that complained that they were never contacted about Agape’s needs in spite of seeing the report on Ottawa television and one insider at Agape said straight out they went to Ottawa because they knew they’d get more results….
Maybe it’s time for City Hall to stop using NGO’s as tentacles to their web of control over the community?
In Cornwall if you’re a city worker; even a cleaner at Glen Stor Dun Lodge, you cannot hold elected office. Maybe it’s time to say that if you’re part of an agency that does business with the city or gets city funding that you can’t hold office as well?
Does it make sense to have Denis Carr have his gig at Heart of the City and then vote on sensitive issues that could be related to HOC matters? Or have Elaine MacDonald be president of the local Labour Council and then be part of a committee to replace the CAO?
Ms Blais seems focused on using her position at the Agape to enter the world of politics with a run for council. Seeing how she’s changed since taking over Agape will she be her own person; her own woman, or simply be serving her masters? Is that the message we want to send out to the women of our community?
We do need more women to be involved in politics and become candidates. The big question is why so few do in Cornwall?
And if we truly want equality then we have to hold women to the same terms of accountability as men.
And we need a total clean up of the Agape centre from board to staff so that most of the money spent there goes into those that need it instead of friends of Gilles Latour and City Hall. Do food banks really need to hire event coordinators? I mean it almost makes sense to sell the Agape building and take those proceeds plus those of the staff costs and create a fund to up those that need it most in the communities fixed incomes with food vouchers from local stores?
We need a well run Agape centre to help those in our community that need it most. Not to be a stepping stone for political dreaming sycophants. And we need agencies that get their funding from the community to be totally transparent and accountable.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor
The Cornwall Free News
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