CFN – A group of esteemed local citizens will be appearing before Cornwall Ontario city council, hat in hand, asking for the City to kick in $50,000 to help research the concept of having a University in Cornwall Ontario on Monday night.
I hope that our council, especially during this budget phase, and in times when they are being asked to not raise taxes while talking about a raise from 3-5% reject this group soundly.
Universities are fine things and Cornwall does need more University educated citizens. Heck we need more college and high school educated citizens; but surely we need fiscal restraint over vanity projects for those that have made their fortunes off of the backs of the residents of this community?
If Mr. Gerry Benson needs a legacy project surely the he or the Benson organization can scratch a cheque even with the lay offs that they’ve had and are coming, no?
There’s some murkiness too as there’s a group behind this; but if some of those people are also elected officials it gets fuzzy no? And surely this group which includes the Kanebs can afford the $50K seed money? And how do you participate in the Cornwall Action Group or whatever Mr. Benson and friends are calling it that calls for a zero tax increase to our already over taxed residents and businesses, and then show up at council asking for cash?
Distance learning is the buzz word now. We don’t really need stone walls and desks. We need affordable internet and some financial support for people to be able to access some of the organizations offering University online. And of course we need the jobs locally that those grads can fill otherwise all we’d be is a feeder system to other cities.
Sometimes the ideas of yesterday really don’t fit into today’s reality. Ask any blacksmith you happen to see (nothing against Smithies).
I can understand as Mr. Benson and some of his clique enter their twilight years that they want to create legacies. It’s a noble thing and not unique, but let these fine people do so on their own coin and leave the poor taxpayers of Cornwall Ontario and the Counties off the hook.
It also should be interesting how many of council step back and do not vote for this proposal. While the ultra precise definition of Conflict of Interest targets pecuniary interest I think the optics of current employees or those with relationships with groups of members of the presenting group would surely preclude a council member from voting.
If they create something noble I’m sure the public will support it.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – CFN
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