Do you believe everything you read? CCH Accreditation & Whatever Happened to Nurse Darlene Walsh?

Do you believe everything you read?  CCH Accreditation & Whatever Happened to Nurse Darlene Walsh?

CFN – In this world many things are printed or said as statements of fact.   Not all are true.  Not all that are not true are false.  It can get  confusing which is why one of the roles of we media is help ask certain questions and investigate certain statements.

Of course being human we are prone to failure occasionally as well…

Recently the Cornwall Community Hospital put out the following release:

Hospital Receives Banner Accreditation Results


The Accreditation Decision Committee has awarded Cornwall Community Hospital with Exemplary Standing under the Qmentum accreditation program. The Exemplary Standing is the highest ranking possible and is awarded to a select few hospitals in the nation.   In a letter of acknowledgment, Ms. Suzanne Larocque, Chair of the committee, wrote, “this is a milestone to be celebrated, and we congratulate you and your team for your commitment to providing safe, high quality health services.”


Accreditation Canada conducted their on-site survey of CCH from September 16 to 19, 2012. Following this review, a final decision by Accreditation Canada was decided within ten business days.


Accreditation is a comprehensive review of hospital practices to ensure quality health care. Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit organization designed to assess health care institutions to help improve the services they provide to their patients and clients based on standards of excellence. At the final debriefing meeting, Micheline Ulrich, Team Lead of the Accreditation Review Surveyors, was impressed that the employees at CCH put the patient first and she recognized the high energy of the staff while going through the transitional phases of construction. Overall CCH met 1,372 of the 1,402 applicable standards – or 98% of the necessary requirements!


As an award for recognition of success, the hospital was given a commemorative plaque and an official banner. The eye-catching, 10 foot tall banner will be on full display outside both the Second Street and the McConnell Street Site for all to see.  

Now on the surface this is an amazing accomplishment worthy of much praise.    Of course this is a press release constructed by the hospital and regurgitated like baby pabulum by media outlets that essentially depend on some advertising dollars from the hospital which has a fairly large budget for placing notices and advertisements of all sorts.

Sometimes it’s the easiest path; simply publishing a press release.  It certain is no crime.  But sometimes there’s a bigger picture.

For example this video interview we shot with a CCH Nurse.

If you’ve listened to this interview you can see that she’s commenting on the accreditation process.     After this interview was released I was requested to show up at the hospital by the nurse as she was being called onto the carpet for her statement.

Helen Periard & Jeanette Despatie

LINK   That incident resulted in my being escorted by police after VP Alan Grieg essentially abused the legal process and caused a major disturbance and embarrassment for the Hospital; one which Janet Despatie & Helene Periard are playing Ostrich on.

Sadly we could not reach the nurse as she’s gone incommunicado.   We have not had a statement from her since the day of the incident at CCH.   Sources at the hospital say that she’s hasn’t been seen in quite awhile and we are hoping that she has not been fired or suspended as what she said in the interview certainly should not warrant such barbarity?   Essentially her voice has been silenced and if you look at the picture and release above at what seems to be a most fortuitous time for CCH management.

But that bring us back to truths and statements and whether you can take them as 100% accurate.  Sometimes people can be tricky and you have to read between the lines, but of course one shouldn’t need a Masters degree in English to clearly understand a press release.

We live in a world filled with gag orders.  Whistle blowers sometimes suffer more than the crimes they are whistle blowing on.    And sometimes thousands of dollars are spent in legal fees and keeping the truth from the public.  Is that how tax payers dollars should be spent?  For example in the city of Cornwall Ontario the person in charge of whistle blowing was none other than…

..disgraced CAO on executive leave (whatever that is?) and under investigation, Paul Fitzpatrick.   How on earth is someone supposed to whistle blow at City Hall when the person in charge needed to have the big whistle blown on himself? (as opposed to the cover up in play supported by the mayor and certain key councilors?)

Nobody really reads happy press releases.   They’re usually filler.    But sometimes it’s important to read a statement and ask as in this case which is true?  What is said in the release?  What the nurse said in her video comment?  Or is there truth in both?

We’ll leave that up to you to mull over and chew on.

In the meanwhile we hope that the nurse is ok, and that one day we get to know what happened to her.

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It is of upmost importance that the whole gang at City Hall (the ole boyz club) be erased and start from the beginning. No more of giving jobs to certain people and they make a huge boondoggle of a mess that costs taxpayers big money and puts the town in debt. All the nonsense has to stop. Fitzy does a real mess and goes off pretending to be sick and enjoys life in the sun down south. None of this should be going on. When you take on a job like that you have to face the heat and if… Read more »

Wow!
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Wow!

What a fuXXXXX load of bullshit from the hospital? It is downright embarrassing that people in the city who volunteer are such a bunch of liars. How can the number one discriminatory employer in the city, except maybe the city, celebrate being accredited by some bullshit organization. It means nothing. I see you in that picture Mrs. Periard. You were a great teacher to many kids. You used to seem like a nice person, but your do-nothing pro-french antics have you losing respect in this great city . Perkins and his troll daughter are worse with their French Riviera dreams… Read more »

Soc
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Soc

as everyone at CFN must surely agree, the CCH is a great community hospital!! And if your news competitors prefer pablum and paybacks to something readers can chew on, so be it. as far as the nurse’s interview goes, she was NOT acting as a whistle blower. Patients may have been in hallways but their health and safety were not compromised. No patient suffered abuse, and every hospital has this issue. accreditation Canada is certainly aware of the numerous challenges hospitals face and the dramas that go on among staff. What the nurse said was NOTHING that could hurt the… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

Nursing has to be one of the most stressful jobs there is. The person has to be caring, loving, undertsanding and compassionate…..all the time. They are not allowed off days and when they have those off days, it can’t be noticeable to the patients. Even on the best of days, for many of us, that happy and strong demeanor is difficult to maintain. Jamie……..I would be shocked to death if they let Darlene go. I do believe she may be on leave and needs alone time to digest what transpired, which I feel would be a wise decision on her… Read more »

Edudyorlik
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Have to admit, all i know about this story and this area is what i have read on this site, having been drawn here over the actions of the Mayor RE: the French issue. That being said, it sure seems VERY odd that NO ONE, not even local residents or friends in the area, can at the very minimum say, “Darleen is OK and at home resting” OR “Darleen is on leave,” or whatever. NOTHING at all ?? Seriously ?

bigfellow
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As I have said, previously, it’s not the fault of those pretty young HR ladies shown above, they are just doing their job. I believe, the commitee members of the hospital, I bet, are french, never the lest, they should be relieved from their position with the hospital for allowing such disgraceful attitude towards thier workers and towards thier own language. The hospital is there, for the sick people, not for the sick language. In a few years from now,we won’t have worry about wether you speak english or french or any other language, more than likely you will not… Read more »

luckyred
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luckyred

Seems everytime someone with power or a respected proffession or some organisation in this city takes any heat what so ever,there promoted or accredited or what ever makes them look good.Many should be fired instead of promoted.So many cases of abuse of powers in this city and nobody gets fired.To the people who run the ccH please stop trying to fool the people of this city many of us no what happens at our hospital.

Lolochuck
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Lolochuck

Hmmm! First, the accreditation team does NOT have included on their fancy checklist… “CCH do you bully staff?” “Do you discriminate?” “Do you hire based on language instead of merit?” “Do you serve people in hallways and cover things up just months before our visit?” “Do you support your community by hiring local (includes contractors, nurses etc)?” …I could go on and on but I have better things to do. Ask yourself this….why are nurses standing up and continuing on with these issues? Why are some risking their jobs to do so? Why are so many taking the blood, sweat… Read more »

Lolochuck
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Lolochuck

….and one more thing. I too would really like to know what has happened to Darlene Walsh. After her dealings with CCH management there has been no word from her. Probably very safe to assume she has been bullied and a gag order applied. No doubt they will drag this out and make her stay in hiding until the world forgets about Darlene and her story. Well we won’t!!!!! We also won’t forget about the bullying behaviour of Mr. Grieg. Give CCH a few more days….they willl do something again to get their new banner all muddy!!!!!!

p walsh
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p walsh

every one take a break dar will be at work tomorrow

Debbie Cameron
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Debbie Cameron

FYI: This PROTEST is for Heather Villeneuve, yet another victim of poor leadership @ CCH. & Darlene ALL of LFA is concerned about your well being-stay strong! Language Fairness for All Protest WHEN: Wednesday November 7th, 2012 3 to 5 pm WHERE: In front of the Cornwall Community Hospital WHY: English is the working language of Canada, and much of the world. A grasp of ALL other languages should be considered an asset, but not mandatory. People are equal, but languages are not. PROTEST FOR YOUR RIGHTS! MISSION: Fair hiring practices for ALL Canadians through representation by population. BRING: A… Read more »

Ed
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Ed

Ha! Is this a family act now?

jules
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jules

When I was working with the federal government I worked with two registered nurses who quit that job that is how hard and stressful it was. Just a few hours ago my husband was talking to me about a case here in Ottawa that happened in an apartment building in the west end where one man entered the unit of another tenant and went on a stabbing rampage and she (the victim) managed to take the knife away from him and stabbed him back in return. The woman went to tenants doors banging on the doors to call the police… Read more »

Dot Fuhrman
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Dot Fuhrman

How is it possible for Quebec to pass French language protective laws like Bill 22, Bill 178 and the racists Bill 101 ? They have been dilligent and successful in resurrecting their dying ,13 ranked language of the world while we are doing nothing to protect English the number one language in the world here in English speaking Canada. Over the past 40 years I have witnessed competent English speaking people in all professions who have been rejected from employment because English is not enough. The small majority are sucessful because the majority can’t visualize the real motive behind these… Read more »

Richard tremblay
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Richard tremblay

¨People are equal, but languages are not.¨ What the heck does that mean ? That doesn’t make any sense, does that mean it’s ok to discriminate on the basis of language ? Does that mean that because the english language has a 76 % majority, they get to dictate what happens to all the other minorities. Allot of people chose not to speak up on how ridiculous this is. Jean Lecompte did, and what he got at the meeting when he was handing out papers, two hens yelling at him and most not even reading his proof they just tore… Read more »

Marcus
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Marcus

I’ve work at the hospital years ago and the accreditated is just a big joke.the hospital are informed that they’re going to be accreditate weeks before. That’s where they clean up the hospital. Hide all the bad thinks . Put their white gloves on. Make sure that the staff are advice so they can put up a big show. And when they’re gone everything back to normal.

Touchez!
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Touchez!

I guess hard work…dedication and simple caring for our fellow man needs no recognition here! if they earned it ,,they earned it..!!. some people hate to see a success story!! there is no hospital or place of employment anywhere in the world that does not have some kind of trouble or money problem…it is our only hospita and this accreditation can only help acquire more funds and more medical professionnals..

Touchez!
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Touchez!

do what you have to admin but the accredation speaks for itself…everyone at one time or another had jobs that were not suitable for whatever reasons and still respected the workers and employers..despite political ideas.. Cornwall Community Hospital is our only hospital…….it needs care too..If I`d have my druthers i`d ruther they left both hospitals to employ twice as many but that is past… private industry is still an option for anyone who disputes a place of work

concerned citizen 2
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concerned citizen 2

Richard tremblay
November 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

“People are equal, but languages are not.¨ What the heck does that mean ?”

Simply put;

English is the working language of our country & the world.
All other second languages should be considered an asset, not mandatory.

Even separatist Pauline Marlois agrees with this!

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/national/Quebec+minister+says+bilingualism+shouldnt+requirement+province/7465430/story.html

A Concerned Taxpayer
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A Concerned Taxpayer

Wow= Your comment re Roy Perkins & his idea would have ruined our waterfront no question about it . Hold on & watch as there will be much more coming up on that issue shortly .

John Macdonald
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John Macdonald

English is the working language of Canada? I’m one of those who has some issues with how bilingualism is implemented but it is factually incorrect to state English is the working language of Canada.

concerned citizen 2
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concerned citizen 2

WOW said,

“Allan Wilson needs to get some balls and stand up for the english. Come on Allan, do something”

Right on buddy, you are so insightful!!!

The English are sometimes our worst enemy, so afraid to be called a B*G*T or R*C*I*T…Stand up for what is fair Allan, think about your kids! What future do they have in our fair city-I’m sure they wouldn’t get an A- on the French testing!!!!

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

MAJORITY MEANS NOTHING EXCEPT AT ELECTIONS!!! I can’t believe the bashing and negative comments towards the CCH. Unbelievable……our only hospital and they are being put down and kicked around like they are the scum of the earth. What is even more disgusting is the LFA encouraging people not to donate. Hoping when you guys need an MRI that you go elsewhere. For those who never worked a day in their life or who haven’t a clue about accreditation…..this may help you understand. No matter where one works, before accreditation takes place or upper management visit, staff and local management clean… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

Debbie…..I hate to burst your bubble, but I think it’s time you come out of your fantasy world and face reality. Canada has two official languages FRENCH and english. With 260,000 more immigrants coming to Canada in 2013, you may be the minority sooner then what you think **smile** You guys claim english is the universal language……..oh ok. When living in NYC for six months at a time on several occasions…..I wouldn’t bet on that one. When one is out shopping and not a soul is speaking english…it kind of gives one a weird feeling of not belonging…….this could happen… Read more »

highlander
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highlander

stellabystarlight November 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

” What is even more disgusting is the LFA encouraging people not to donate.”

Once again slander Stella /propaganda

LFA has never said this all was said was “if you do not donate call and tell them why?”

Call your bluff yet again Stella -prove you statement!
Stella yet again:
” You say the english are afraid of being called bigots or racists……LOL OMG the french have been called that for a year now…”

No Stella but a few French are bigots yourself included.

highlander
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highlander

stellabystarlight November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Thinking of joining the BIG RALLY Nov 7th, yep we must stand up and stand together if we want to rule this country. I can’t believe how little pride your group has.

Once again try to belittle the group as in your last statement.
Stella I wouldn’t want to see your bigoted,racist personality there ,we don’t like people who judge others on culture,religion or race you would be a bad example in any group.

jules
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jules

Stella: What you said about NYC is already happening in Canada. I live in Ottawa and a vast amount of people are foreigners and I hear many different languages spoken. NYC has always been a “melting pot” but now it is even more so than ever. English is the “universal business language” and no matter what country it may be English is the principal language of business. Other languages are used as well – yes I won’t deny that but English is the main one. If you see the air traffic controllers and the pilots the language used is English… Read more »

Touchez!
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Touchez!

The silence of the real majority says it all eh? Stellabystarlight…?? finally 2 positives this past week for our hospital… let Cornwall and area enjoy those accomplishments and thank you to everyone who make our healthcare a going concern for ALL patients… it by no way means the work is done but it means more can be achieved with positives like accreditation….someone ,somewhere must actually like Cornwall .:-)

Bill
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Bill

Cornwall hospital knew of weeks that they where going to be inspected ,I worked at a food plant we where informed that a health inspector would be comming an we even new the day he would come, Of course very thing was washed an disinfected an just shiny clean, You wonder why we have so many recalls on meat products contaminated meat of all kinds, They know when the inspector is comming an do a big clean up,after he is gone its the same dirty floors an walls what ever,Someone knows someone in the government that works for the Health… Read more »

highlander
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highlander

I have friends who work in Ottawa ICU trust me like Dr.Pine of Cornwall,CCH DOES NOT have a good reputation .
Looked at as a backwoods hospital .
Many now will go out of their way to go to Winchester hospital,much friendlier,and attract good Doctors.

You can have the best equipment but doesn’t mean you have the best management.
Ask why Cornwall doesn’t attract good Doctors or Can’t keep them?

Debbie Cameron
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Debbie Cameron

stellabystarlight November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm said “Debbie…..I hate to burst your bubble, but I think it’s time you come out of your fantasy world and face reality. Canada has two official languages FRENCH and english.” Yes, Stella I am well aware of that, even though I never had any voice in that decision, nor did any other Canadian! The point is about unfair hiring practices at CCH & other FLSA sanctioned institutions. French Language should not trump education & experience! This a dangerous practice & it puts patients at risk. CCH is an English functioning hospital & English… Read more »

edudyorlik
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edudyorlik

Someone said, “When one is out shopping and not a soul is speaking english…it kind of gives one a weird feeling of not belonging…….this could happen in Canada also.”
It IS happening in Canada. All i seem to keep hearing is French. And i’m not referring to “in Quebec.”

Bill
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Bill

Someone got tipped that the health inspector was comming thats why the big clean up for the last 3 weeks or more, Inspection is nothing but a farce when they know your comming , Cornwall hospital knew well ahead of time,

Richard tremblay
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Richard tremblay

Debra, this isn’t putting patients at risk. All the employees are fully qualified. Just because I am fluently bilingual does not mean I don’t deserve fluently french frontline staff and nurse at my hospital.

Cory Cameron
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Cory Cameron

All English get out while you can. For what will those in power do when you can no longer work and support yourselves – even when minimum wage jobs cannot be had due to the kids of French people taking even those remaining jobs? I don’t want to see a ‘Final Solution’ for those large amounts of English people who can’t secure work. And imagine when the minority then has to support the majority of Canadians? What then? We’ll be a burden to them. They already have the support of state apparatus. Look at Quebec with it’s state sponsored terrorist… Read more »

Lolochuck
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Lolochuck

Holy crap I know edudyorlik! Even shopping in Massena New York there are a lot of French shoppers. Hmmm, not sure how they are coping as they don’t cowtow to them over there!!!! Speak English or get lost!

Dukers1
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Dukers1

It is my understanding that MADAME Periard got her job as an appointment through her husbands networking with the city. Influence peddling matters, but what about CEO cerdentials,,,,what ‘ticket did she have over what a head hunted would have required for such a position………similar to a phony accreditation? Time to take her golden parachute handshake I think because the fan has spread far and wide since her ‘appointment” wink, wink. There was an old saying and maybe its still around..something like ‘People who can’t find a real job become teachers. No offense intended. We love our ‘teachers’ and are thankful… Read more »

Rosie
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Rosie

Touchez! said ” it is our only hospital and this accreditation can only help acquire more funds ” I say great, if that is the case, more respectable way of acquiring funds as opposed to the way it is being done under the designation of the FLSA.

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

Debbie says “I do what I do for the better of my hospital” Hmmm, weren’t you the one on a radio station telling people to call the hospital and tell them why they are NOT donating…….is that not a leading comment? It seems to me if you were looking out for our hospital, you would be on the radio station telling people why they should be donating. IS PICKETING IN FRONT OF OUR HOSPITAL A SIGN OF SUPPORT? Like I said……come out of your fantasy world woman. You can fool some of the people some of the time……. galganov…….you don’t… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

yorlik…..if all you hear is french in your country, time to learn french I guess.

Had I been transfered to the USA permanently…..I would have learned the most spoken language which is Spanish…**s**

supports-bilingualism
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supports-bilingualism

I really do not know where some of you folks get your info.. last I read and heard on TV that Canada has two official languages and is considered a bilingual country.. I do not know what some of you are smoking but after being in Ottawa a few days this week is is very apparent that it is indeed a bilingual city as well as many others… What happens is Qc will not happen forever.. Wait and see even the poppy that Mme Marois disfigured got straightened out.. as will the rest of her silly laws.. I still say… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

supports bilingualism…..I don’t think the g, the savior of the universe, was ALMOST ushered out of Quebec……he was USHERED out.

Cory Cameron
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Cory Cameron

Hey Dukers1,

Yup, the saying was thus: “Those who can do do and those who can’t, teach!”

All the best,

C.

Mariah
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Mariah

LFA supports the hospital always have but the poor management has to go for it to thrive & live up to its potential

highlander
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highlander

supports-bilingualism November 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

“after being in Ottawa a few days this week is is very apparent that it is indeed a bilingual city as well as many others…”

Ottawa is yet to be bilingual its only 17% there ,what you seeing is the invasion daily of the 49,000 Quebec workers into ottawa.

Just an illusion supports like yourself ,very few of you but you tend to make the most noise ,you know like the banging pots students hear me ,hear me ,it will soon be the majority hear us roar.

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

Again galganov………….MAJORITY MEANS NOTHING EXCEPT AT ELECTIONS. So what, you are the majority…big deal. Your majority status didn’t do much for you when you ran for elections. DID IT? Trust me on this one…….many know you for what and who you really are…….the majority are not impressed by you or your gang and that you can take to the bank with the funds you get from the LFA **smile** Right Mariah……now tell me when Debbie is telling people over the radio to call the hospital and let them know why they are not donating…..is that not a leading statement? Why… Read more »

Simon
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Simon

Good work by the Cornwall Free News in exposing the fakery and fraud that is perpetrated by our hospitals; trying to impress their masters and cover their arses instead of serving the public better.

The same scam goes on in the school system, when students are taken out of class and coached on how to write and pass the EQAO and OSSLT tests by being given almost identical (and even the real) questions and answers ahead of testing.

**The EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) tests.

Simon
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Simon

As for donations to the hospital… And as for donations to the CCH… How much of your donation goes to rascals at Pomerleau and the Christian Labour Association of Canada — a fine pair of operators that have skirted hiring the unionized workers of our community? And of course, the hospital isn’t afraid of taking money from the likes of former Cornwall businessperson William Wise, an admitted fraud and Ponzi operator that “donated” over $25,000 scammed dollars to the hospital (not so hard when it’s not yours). And, just about the same amount from another mysterious Cornwall businessperson that court… Read more »