CFN -The problem with the municipal act in Ontario is that it’s literally toothless. EXPLOSIVE LINK
Nineteen cities and towns met in secret over 15 months, more engaged in questionable conduct and a few even obstructed investigation by Ombudsman Andre Marin.
“Some (municipal councils) are shockingly secretive, suspicious and resentful of the very idea they can be investigated,” the provincial watchdog wrote.
It’s not just a Cornwall issue and it’s something that really expensive legal help can guide guilty, nasty, and uncaring politicians through; after all it’s generally the public that pays the bills and they usually forget before the next election, right?
In what looks like some bad Japanese theatre that’s been in the works for nearly a year there is at least one very expensive lawyer in the house. Who is paying for Will McDowell? Is it the Mayor himself, (highly doubtful) or the taxpayer? Is Mr. McDowell representing the city, the mayor, or some or all of council? Again, the city is refusing to answer.
The kernel of this goes back before last April when we covered the sleazy mash of mishkabible that the city vomited up when they corrupted our policy regarding change of office. LINK Prior to this sham that was passed by the Kilger posse of councilors if the mayor was hit by a bus or caught getting his son a firefighting gig for example, and had to leave office, the runner up in the election would take his spot if they still qualified.
But the Kilger regime changed all that even though they just change it on a few years before.
It now allows:
Fill the vacancy by appointing a person who has consented to accept the office if appointed..
Isn’t that kinda creepy? Kind of like an episode of the Twilight zone. They mayor goes poof and council gets to pick someone from space to become mayor, or perhaps Mayor Kilger himself?
For example if the Mayor declares conflict of interest or is officially outed for conflict of interest and is Rob Ford’ed by a citizen or group of citizens as long as he’s not disqualified by a judge, council could then appoint him back to his seat.
I had the pleasure of talking to Clayton Ruby Saturday afternoon. Mr. Ruby is one of Canada’s most famous and expensive lawyer and the man who took Rob Ford down. Mr. Ruby said that while he did the Ford case “Pro Bono” it would cost over $400,000 for him to file such a case here in Cornwall. Now that’s almost like talking Project Truth kind of money, and all because the Municipal Act is toothless. When I suggested that $400K was a lot of money he asked me how much I thought Will McDowell would be receiving?
Good question Mr. Ruby!
conflict of interestnoun
1.the circumstance of a public officeholder, business executive, or the like, whose personal interests might benefitfrom his or her official actions or influence: The senatorplaced his stocks in trust to avoid possible conflict of interest.
2.the circumstance of a person who finds that one of his orher activities, interests, etc.,can be advanced only at the expense of another of them.Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com
We are living in a city and province where Whistle Blowers, besides going through the drama that Whistle Blowers go through, have to risk their families nest eggs to issue suit (instead of their Union or the city footing the bill) and where a city is held captive by a group of corrupt politicians, liars, and yes women blinded by their own greed for higher office such as Councilor Bernadette Clement who decided that it served the tax payers of Cornwall, who pay her Councilor stipend, by flying off to Kathleen Wynne’s Queen’s Park party last week instead of being at the in camera meeting with the three lawyers. A stand was even set up for her which she confirmed to this scribbler, but she said that she couldn’t find a good place to call from.
Btw, does that mean that you did not attend yesterday’s conflict of interest meeting via telephone conference?
I certainly did plan to attend the meeting by teleconference call but I was unable to secure a private location in order to participate in the meeting in a timely manner.
The only Conflict of Interest our city should have is which method to rid ourselves of politicians that refuse to serve the voters. If mayor Kilger has a decent bone in his body he should resign today and spare the city thousands of dollars in legal fees, and that group of councilors that sold their souls to him should resign as well as they have a distinct aroma of corruption around them, right councilors MacDonald, Carr, Thibault, and Clement?
Remember Pat Finnerty from the last election? He finished dead last with over 1000 votes, but listen to his words, at least after his story. Cornwall hasn’t changed since 1956 according to Pat. And he quotes a Cher song!
We need change in this city. We need change in a big way.
It’s time to end the cover up and scandals.
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