CFN – That’s our corrupt mayor of Cornwall Ontario Bob Kilger. He’s had a lucky week. Instead of dealing with his conflict of interest issues like his being on the Benson University hit on Council for cold cash and others by a gutless act of hitting the panic button, costing the city a few thousand dollars in policing, and gosh knows what down the road in legal fees, he violated my charter rights and had me dragged out of council by seven police officers for having a t shirt with the image below.
It’s like we live in China, or the US! Can you imagine? What’s been most disturbing from the drama is that not a single major media outlet has picked up this story. Even the tiny ones here in Cornwall have snubbed the story. The Seaway News printed a near blind item about a man causing a disturbance.
Today Cheryl Brink of the Free Holder wrote a bit on this story refusing to type the name Cornwall Free News or CFN in the story. Nor did she mention the protesters at the start of the meeting or that councilor Syd “Vicious” Gardiner destroyed the protesters signs!
Police have yet to charge Gardiner nor say that they wont even though multiple complaints have been sworn out as Mr. Gardiner tore up signs right in the chamber door way snarling while doing it. None of the remaining signs have turned as of press time. And of course the gutless editor at the Freeholder is not allowing comments on their story; nor did they contact me for my side of the incident or quote any witnesses from the crowd.
All we know is that high priced super lawyer Will McDowell was in council last week. The city is refusing to say why or who is paying his travel fees and time, or for that matter how long he’s been on the clock.
There are two high profile whistle blowing cases that we know of against the city; one of which if rumors are true involves the mayor’s involvement with the hiring process of his son on the fire department which if true would be not only a conflict of interest, but something that has been hidden for months from the public by the mayor and council with their series of in camera meetings.
As a matter of fact it almost feels like Cornwall Council under Mayor Kilger has spent more time in camera than in open session this past few months.
There are so many questions that new Clerk Helen Finn and the City are refusing to answer. Simple ones like the global sum that they have paid out in settlements and litigation during Kilger’s reign; how much money went back and forth between Kilger bag man Gilles Latour and the Mayor’s campaign (Latour paid for advertising for the mayor’s campaign with his own cheque). There are more, such as the two series of envelopes delivered to council and why according to reports that it took an in camera confrontation for the mayor to admit that they had been with held from council; but each question is met with silence or questions back instead of simple clear answers.
Answers to questions that the public are asking and should be met.
It’s almost as though City Hall has become a Fortress around our corrupted Mayor.
CFN has endured a barrage of abuse since Monday’s council meeting, but we’ve had a bigger barrage of support including a wonderful chain on Facebook from some students from the St. Lawrence College Journalism class.
I know that while some lawyering will be going on over the next while I can say that I will be back with my t shirt next council meeting. From what I’ve read and heard there will be an awful lot more people wearing them too. Will the mayor have police evict us all?
And will council sit in silence and allow this corruption to continue; especially Councilor Bernadette Clement who seems dead set on being the Provincial candidate for new Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne if there’s an election in the Spring, and as a lawyer herself, even if she’s not representing the city should know right from wrong; justice from injustice. Is this how she represents the voters of this city and area? That just might be why she finished so badly in her failed attempt against incumbent Guy Lauzon in the last Federal election?
What do you say Cornwall and the world? You can post your comments below and you can watch me dragged out of Council by 7 police in the video below.
As you can see in the video they first try and invoke Trespass; then they brought out a paper to me citing section 241.2 of the Municipal act about the power to expel from council regarding improper conduct. I was sitting in my chair and only responded to the mayor singling me out and demanding I change my shirt. I never left my seat nor used profanity. A very odd interpretation and now according to the Free Holder story Ms Brink is puking up some goo fed to her citing something under the Public Works act as the reason for me being yanked out. Corus radio topped that by simply making a radio parody suggesting that this writer was a fat guy that milks his own bosom. Now that’s coverage!
Frankly this is a Charter of Rights violation that occurred in an open council meeting in a public place. It was an abuse of power by an abusive politician who seems more skilled at covering up scandals such as Project Truth (Mayor Kilger was MP during that period) than governing. Many feel that Mayor Kilger owes the people of Cornwall an apology, an apology to the police for abusing the Panic button, and myself personally for being such an utter thin skinned coward.
Will Mayor Kilger be held accountable for his actions including his conflict of interest issues? Will Councilor Gardiner be charged for Mischief and damaging personal property. And will both do the right thing and resign and stop costing taxpayer’s money that they just can’t afford?
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