Fear and Loathing in Cornwall Ontario. Is it our Culture? by Jamie Gilcig – March 2, 2013

JamieGilcigCFN –   I used to be a member of Team Cornwall.   Great name.  Great concept, a tragic loss of opportunity for our community that essentially seems to be a rah rah excuse for the president, Gilles Latour, who doesn’t even live in Cornwall, or coach hockey in Cornwall, to go to Sens games, and hang around with athletes when he’s not hanging around with former broadcaster Max Keeping.

No, this column isn’t about Gilles or why I won’t be a member again of that group until they clean house.  It’s about what sadly far too many people brand the culture of Cornwall Ontario to be; that of Fear and Ignorance.

Do I believe that?  Well I don’t deep down, but an awful lot of people are trying to make me look wrong this week.

As many of you know I was yanked out of our City Council meeting for wearing a t shirt with the mayor’s picture on a milk carton by seven police officers that arrived according to another media outlet in less than one minute of the mayor hitting his panic button.

The mayor, Bob Kilger, a self described non techie and high school drop out, is nearly 70.   Now that’s not a crime.   But if you are not hip to the world and how things have changed since the 70’s, especially with the speed of information and the internet, that can lead to issues.

Not everyone acts well in the face of adversity.   Some people when they are afraid do odd things….like hit panic buttons….or boycott local businesses.      Gossip is a huge factor in the life blood of smaller communities.  While Cornwall is a city of over 46,000 people in many ways it’s still the same small Mill town where if you stepped out of line you lost your job and not so long ago if you wanted a Federal or City Job you had to be “vetted” by the man in charge.  You either were in or you were out.

While many here in Cornwall talk about the “old boy’s club” it really is the Little boys (and girls) club.  It’s shrinking.  There even was a news story out a year or so ago with one Joey Gault’s picture talking about how the Cornwall Club’s membership had shrank.   That building btw, is now owned by Kilger bagman Gilles Latour.

And that’s when things get crazy in a town like Cornwall.  Everything is so circular and interconnected that when the hive feels a threat  it’s almost as though the whole town has to strike out and hit that panic button.

When we first broke our Lift Off story simply asking questions as to where the money went we were attacked,and  even though founder Chris Savard was run out of our city CFN has still been branded the villain.

When we were forced to issue suit against Traci Trottier for breaching her no compete clause, which she lost, we were again punished by the clique.  Her message to us:

 Also – if you want to get down to it…you won’t look very good sueing a single mother of two who’s ex-husband has mere months to live with ALS. Former OPP – lots of connections – not sure who would even want to work for you. Also keep in mind that I am extremely good friends with the Savards, the Pommiers, the Kilgers, boat with the Sabourins…shall I continue?? Come after me if you wish but at the end of the day – no one will win.

See how things interconnect.   Now some would suggest we were wrong for protecting our interest.   Our radio station was new.  We had the Chamber president, Scott Armstrong,  who would be let go from Corus radio at about the same time as Ms Trottier, telling people that our station was pirate and he’d get us shut down.   We had just sold a bunch of ads for her new show, and even though she had a clear 90 day no compete clause to avoid this exact situation she chose to jump ship.

Instead of Traci being vilified for hurting a local company and jumping to an American one;    gossip, gossip, gossip, and somehow we were the villains.  Her vindictiveness even leading her to the point of making false accusations to the police and trying to have me arrested not once, but twice!  If I wasn’t lucky enough both times to be in crowded places I would have been charged and had to spend thousands of dollars defending myself.

The Cornwall police finally cautioned her, and warned her to keep away from me which for the most part she has thank goodness.

In the end she was right, nobody won; mostly the community lost.   Traci is no longer employable in radio.    Seaway Radio has been off the air for over a year in spite of some of the amazing interviews and shows we did with over 30,000 listens!   Chris Savard, I guess liking CFN so much, dumped Cornwall Square’s ads with us and started Our Home Town before leaving his home town.    The Pommiers, Sabourins, and Kilger, via the City; all have stopped advertising on CFN, and not because we don’t deliver eyeballs as Mr. Sabourin himself had a testimonial banner on our newspaper for over a year and the city has admitted that CFN, from old archived banners from 2011,  still provided more web traffic to the Choose Cornwall website for all of 2012, than the advertisers they were paying.

Fear and Ignorance.  It’s bad enough in itself, but when it creeps into the upper levels of a culture and society?   It’s not just the bullies,but those that give them their false power by their fear and silence.

Cornwall is not a bad place or city.   It is an uneducated one in many ways.  It’s technically backwards in many ways, but it’s a city in transition.  While Kingston had Queen’s University; Cornwall had textile mills and chemical plants.  But how on earth will we ever attract the entrepreneurs and talent to help with that transition if we kill every new thing that isn’t part of the hive?  Will distribution jobs attract the builders of a community alone?

The air in Cornwall is probably cleaner than Kingston’s now.   While there are feeble attempts and chatter about bringing higher education, arts and culture to Cornwall those have to be viewed as seeds of hope; like CFN has been.  After all, we have grown and thrived in many ways in our four years.  We’ve changed Cornwall and change can scare the ignorant; to the point of striking out and trying to maim and kill like a frightened animal that’s cornered.

Reading columns in other media this week and seeing some of the comments was frankly sad and embarrassing.   Some of the people who wrote such things I’m not sure should be allowed to walk around without supervision?

I can tell them one thing.  People that seek and want attention do not choose to live in Cornwall.  Honestly!    One major media outlet when querying me about the council meeting story even joked that Cornwall is not the center of the universe.

So dear viewer of CFN, and to those 70-75% of you who look from outside Cornwall and wonder how we survive some of these circus antics, it ain’t easy 🙂

But again, I’m an optimist.  I see change happening.  I see some of the bogeymen and bullies being beaten down and slithering back into the shadows or fleeing to the comfort of honey haired maidens in far off places, and it gives me strength.  The Emperor’s really are not wearing any clothes.

These past few weeks, before the council meeting,  CFN had 5 clients bullied away.  Excuses from lost catering, to threats of not getting permits if their ads stayed up on CFN were enough for these businesses if the buzz is to be believed.  I heard from business owners that stated clearly that they wanted to advertise with us, but were afraid of repercussions.  None of those that cancelled their ads cited a lack of results or complaint.

Not a good way to grow a community.   But this week I saw some people stand up to some of the bullies, and again that gives me strength and hope.

And one of the biggest things I love about this city is that it has the chance, as it evolves and comes out of its cocoon, to blossom into something very very special, but that can only happen if we as a city stand up to fear and ignorance; stand up to the bullies, and take control of our city and build strong new foundations, one brick and block at a time.

I and CFN hope to be there shining the light on some of those great steps forward, and helping lead our great city forward.

j

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49 Responses to "Fear and Loathing in Cornwall Ontario. Is it our Culture? by Jamie Gilcig – March 2, 2013"

  1. mary bray   March 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Great story Jamie….again! We have to support you to keep good reporting in Cornwall or else we will be kept out in the dark once more about all those deals made in secret,closed door meetings,conflicts of interest by council members’ & darn right corruption!!! Bravo & hang tough! Please everyone come out to this Monday,s council meeting to show support for CFN

  2. Wow!   March 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Could a few of those who left been awarded Chamber of Commerce awards as a result (or is it the reverse). Weenies.

  3. David Oldham   March 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Although you and I may not always agree, on this piece we are united.
    “…false power by their fear and silence.” speaks volumes of not only why Cornwall has the image it does but provides the answer for the way out of the darkness, the means to escape our past.
    I too am an optimist, I see the tide changing, I love my adopted city and have faith that this community will break their fear, silence and APATHY to speak out LOUDLY for the benefit of all.
    TO THE FUTURE JAMIE !

  4. cornwalllaughter   March 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I still have a huge issue with {MODERATED} Gilles Latour who for some reason thinks he is well above anyone who has done a fantastic job trying to promote Cornwall in a positive way.

    This past week the Chamber gave out bogus bonus awards to certain people, (Cliques) Latour being one of them. How on earth can Team Cornwall sponsor the “Ambassador of the Year” award, chaired by this trash and this trash walk away with the award?

    This is Latour’s quote on his web page and also heavily promoted by another piece of trash Bob Peters, Latour’s best bud. “There are so many people that act as goodwill ambassadors without realizing it,” said Gilles Latour, Chair of Team Cornwall. “I think this award fits in very nicely with the spirit of recognizing excellence within our community.”

    In other words, he is stating and I quote. “Even though people may fit this award in which I am sponsoring, none of you are better then I so I am keeping it. What about being a real man and saying thanks but no thanks and give it to someone who truly deserved it, this is proof he is no real man.

    There he is, front cover with his new found friend Max Keeping and Latour’s wife on Team Cornwall’s web site rubbing his ingnorance in the face of people who actually deserved it. I wonder if his wife really knows the scum bag this guy really is, you see Gilles people have actual emails and text messages you sent with sexual comments of what you’d like to do.

    Its disgusting, disrespectful of you to prance your face around town like you are the king.

  5. Jennifer   March 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Strength, hope and optimism are all good things Jamie…

  6. admin   March 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Sadly though David Flowers Cornwall just pulled its ads with CFN.

  7. admin   March 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Moustache Joes, Pommiers, Medical Arts, all won awards and all pulled their ads with us Wow!

  8. stellabystarlight   March 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    One attracts bees with honey.

    That being said, people especially business people do not want to be part nor to they want to support those who come across as being controversial and challenging. There are ways to get one’s point across, share their views and opinions without the putdowns and personnal attacks. What does it serve? All it does is creates negativity and division among it’s citizens.

    It doesn’t mean we turn a blind eye to everything…..absolutely not. In a democratic society, we make changes happen come election time. These are the men and women the majority has elected……….so be it.

  9. SoThick   March 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Great message Jamie. Excellent explanation…

    It’s unfortunate for the businesses that have pulled their ads with CFN. Marketing is all about repetitiveness, and the more times you see an ad, the more times it becomes embedded in the brain.

    You have belittled the mayor. The Mayor should have just ignored your T-shirt and not made a circus out of the Council Meeting.

    I hope that you continue to cover these meetings and continue to do your work. Even without a t-shirt, you will continue to get under his skin, so just be yourself…

  10. Also Frustrated   March 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I moved here from a major City a few years back, and wanted to get involved with the community. When I saw practices that were not working I would suggest things like perhaps the person running the show was not the right person for the job, or why don’t we try this instead of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result and the response was that of terror and fear. “OH no you can’t do that that person has friends in high places”
    I just shook my head and walked away, now 7 years later, I am so disgusted with the way everyone walks around afraid to upset someone else and willing to see things fail rather than rock the boat I am seriously looking at leaving this “Town” I call it a town as it is not mature enough yet to deserve to be called a City.

  11. Soc   March 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    everybody gets punished when a gang controls everything. you’re the first to challenge it. you’ve accomplished a lot, Jamie. gang can’t take that away

  12. jules   March 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Pommiers and Medical Arts are all part of the “clique” and you wrote an excellent article Jamie and you told the truth. The people of Cornwall are afraid to venture and that is their problem. When the people of Cornwall see others from other cities and towns they become intimidated. You are lucky that you were able to make a business in Cornwall. I know of a man in Cornwall who had a very hard time to make a business and if it were not someone that he knew in Toronto he would not have been able to open his business.

    My husband asked me about Tracy Trottier and I told him only that she did some bad things but didn’t know much about what happened. He told me that she was good on radio and I said yes that she was good but was not a nice person and that is all I knew.

    The people of Cornwall (as a general rule) do not leave and it is known as “inbreeding” and they know no other life other than the one they grew up with.

    Max Keeping is hanging out at the Senators games. He used to hang out at a place called “Molly Maguires” that was on Rideau Street. Maybe old Kilger will be going to beg him for something and I won’t open my mouth on this one – I am laughing to hard for what I know. LOL LOL.

    As for bad air when we first moved back to Ottawa I was going up in the elevator after getting my mail from downstairs. I rode up with one of my neighbors and I had a hard time to breathe and that was in the summer months. We moved here in the winter. She told me that Ottawa has smog and lots of car fumes and it is the reason why I couldn’t breathe. I used to be affected by the smokestacks in Cornwall by the industries but when car fumes and smog happen it is just as bad or almost.

  13. jules   March 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Jamie it is Kilger and his sign destroyer “the bully” who are doing this to you. Kilger and his “clique” threaten those people and this is what is going on down there.

    Jamie ask yourself why I left with my family. If we did not leave my children would never have had a future of any sort. The best thing that we did was to leave and believe me it was not easy but it was something that had to be done. We knew of this “clique” going on for years and there were many very good business people who left and I liked and admired them very much. They all knew and we delt with them even before I was born.

    As long as the people have this horrible mentality Cornwall will never change one iota and I said that before so many times and I mean what I say. You are the best Jamie and they are not used to being exposed but are sweeping everything under the rug. Just like my husband said that they don’t want to be known and will do anything to hide their dirty actions. “By their fruits yee shall know them.”

  14. admin   March 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Stella doesn’t one attract bees with nectar? Isn’t honey what bees make?

  15. Gary W. Samler   March 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I love Cornwall and I love this story The Good the bad and the ugly all in the day of life in Cornwall. I HATE Bullies, always have and cannot understand why at this time with anti Bullying campaigns going on all over the country I hear that people (and businesses) still bow down to their bullying antics rather than to stand up proud against them and say this IS WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.The fear-mongering has to stop now. I shop local and always have and supported local businesses but if they let the bullying carry on I will stop supporting them and let them know that CFN is not the real enemy in this town. If I was awarded then threatened by the clique when trying to run a business locally I would tell them to stick their award up their butts and run to let other REAL media know what is really going on in Cornwall. CFN FAN MAFIA- Unite against these bullys now for a better Cornwall tomorrow.

  16. BIG MAC   March 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Surely this can’t be the same Stella that accused somebody of being a thief that drove a local business to ruin….
    You (stella)gleefully put enough detail in that story to ruin that person but went crying like a baby when somebody “stole” your online handle…roll reversal you old “honey pot”

  17. Maxville Manor   March 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Maybe if Harry at Med Arts had spent as much time on customer service as in “hosting” another ribbon cutting…I would still be a customer.

  18. stellabystarlight   March 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Jamie, figuratively speaking one reaps what they sow….

  19. Lum Dome   March 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Please everybody..as Freeholder is too gutless to have a comment section under Mac “retraction” McIntosh columns…write your replies under their main news stories to get the message out…

    They seem afraid of the truth…or in reporting…that the Mayor of YOUR city..needed to push a PANIC button..reserved for ” INTRUDERS” to get SEVEN police officers to remove ONE t-shirted guy.

    Great pro writer- Seaway handout editor- Toad Lihou..he once wrote a freeholder article about drinking with a local business man, when they were younger…the day the story came out..the guy was almost in tears. TOAD, never made it out of Cornwall along with pal Big MAC. Mr coffee break, claims he worked with a lot of great writers…yup..most of them were smart enough to leave Cornwall..Mac and Toad stayed behind…or were LEFT behind..on purpose.

  20. jules   March 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I just thought about something kind of funny at least for me. Can you imagine people going over to Freeman’s and buying those T-shirts with the mayor on the milk carton. LOL LOL. That would be good advertisement for sure.

    Oh here is another brainstorm if any of you people go to the Sens game wear that T-shirt here in Ottawa please. LOL LOL. If you have other ideas to spread the word go to it. Jamie needs all the help he can get. LOL LOL.

    Cornwall is like what you see on “BOSS HOGG” and such programs and even “PEYTON PLACE” and such programs – Cornwall comes out in them all. It is backward. The “so called elites” are the problem with Cornwall and I can guarantee to all of you that it will never change as long as you all stay behind. It is completely corrupted. It has names like Cornhole and others. If any of you have children encourage them to go elsewhere when they grow up and not be stagnant in a place of no future.

  21. bigfellow   March 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Can you imagine if there where 1000 cornwallites carrying a private property placard like the ones that were torn up and T’shirts to the next city council meeting. Wonder how many police officers there would be there?
    I believe “Chiefy” would be breaking his overtime account.
    Do you think that these over-privilege council and mayor would get the message?
    Personally, I don’t think they know how to think,but that’s only my opinion and I am allowed that.

  22. jules   March 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    “big fellow” I love that idea for sure. LOL LOL. ROLF! An excellent idea. Wear it to your local hockey games as well – that would surely turn heads for sure. If only I were a fly that can be on the walls or buzzing around the stadium – with people hearing me roar with laughter. LOL LOL.

  23. Sick of Stupidity   March 3, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Well everyone, we know what we have to do…make arrangements now so that we can be at the next city council meeting March 25th at 6:30 pm outside with signs (heavy non-bendable gauge steel preferred). We need to support Jamie and this is one time we can take an important stand against bullying!!!! Bring your friends and family. This is serious stuff and a perfect opportunity to show them enough is enough.

  24. Reg Coffey   March 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Cornwall very much believes in a “shoot the messenger” approach. The power elite have used the traditional media to hide all their dirty little tricks and feed the general population “Valium News”.

    Instead of having to explain all the laws suits, increased taxation and general vandalism of, not just protesters’ signs, but of small business rights, they attack the media outlets who actually are doing their job.

    Ignorance is bliss, but don’t complain when your taxes go up or a city councilor decides to destroy your property.

  25. Dukers 1   March 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Only a few support this anti-establishment group think. Premise is right on but methodology being used IS causing a major backlash.

    Witness this in the lost advertising. All is interconnected folks. I’m with the criticism or at least the motive to criticize however people are sensitive to change, especially radicle change.

    Save it for election time. Remember, things can and likely will backfire if you become too radicle here. Let it go for now.

    The whole bottom line is to draw in advertising but what is happening is a bad taste in the eyes of our own business’s by their withdrawal of ads.

    Jamie has gone too far. How can you possibly expect support for you 100 letter campaign from council while spitting in their faces. IMPOSSIBLE and quite frankly STUPID.

  26. admin   March 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Dukers I did not spit in council’s face. I take quite a bit of offense at that. Remember it was two councilors that lobbied council to simply have a link. Please get your chronology correct, and if you’re going to make statements like that please back them up via facts. I wore a shirt with the mayor on a milk carton. That’s Disney clean. I was directly addressed by the mayor. I did not initiate a discussion, but I sure as heck responded when having the opportunity.

    I’m not the problem with this town baby!

  27. Dukers 1   March 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Well, not wanting to get into a spitting problem with such and artistic company as Disney, I relent. The ‘spit’ is inference actually to the shirt itself as being a shot at the mayor on his turf.

    I recall years ago it was over a Kory Kennedy tie. No direct spit was intended…only as a symbol about how the mayor and council ‘felt’ about it as unfortunately the advertisers that changed their minds.

    Jamie, I’m not the problem here either, only a messenger that saw a situation differently than yourself.

    Your notes on ‘Fear of Loathing in Cornwall’ are an excellent summation of the skullduggery we as a community have put up with far too long.

    Jamie, I get it. Simply put, I do not agree with all your methods simply because I believe these ‘extra’s’ are hurting your drive to convince the J.Q. Public.

    Regards.

  28. admin   March 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Dukers here’s the deal. When I wore the bare ass bob shirt previously our mayor ran tail right out of his council chamber. Of course that night I asked him if he was the leak for his buddy Claude McIntosh’s latest piece regarding the two CAO finalists.

    That was the t shirt he thought I was wearing Monday night. There were huge snow showers Monday night. Nary a drop of the wet stuff on any of the seven police that were there in less than one minute.

    The T shirt was no offensive. Any professional politician such as Bob Kilger was thought to be should simply of sucked it up for the gentle criticism that it was.

    For him to break decorum and address me directly in a council that does not allow the public to speak to the chair was wrong. For him to hit the panic button was equally wrong. After all he could have excused himself for a moment and called the police on his cell phone or stepped into his office through the door.

    No, he hit the panic button and in having me removed by seven police officers violated my charter rights and freedom of the press.

    That’s where we are today. As for Gardiner, I think it’d be a sorry message to send to the public if he’s isn’t charged with Mischief under $5K.

  29. cornwalllaughter   March 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    6 police officers to many, proof we have too many on the payroll, time to cut back, no wonder the budget is so inflated, wasteful resources laying around waiting for panic buttons to go off.

  30. Reg Coffey   March 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Cornwall is a community that has been brainwashed to not stand up for their rights and to always back away from confrontation with the authorities whether they be the police or the city council. It make us uncomfortable to see someone doing it. I know, I feel it too. I was brought up in Cornwall.

    What Jamie does is stand up for the rights of all citizens of Cornwall. He does not cower when the Mayor speaks or quietly fades into the background when the police show up. Jamie does what a journalist is supposed to do. He questions authority and even challenges authority to justify their actions.

    Even if that makes you feel uncomfortable, you should be grateful to Jamie for standing up to the municipal bullies. If CFN survives then it is possible that some day the Cornwall taxpayers will take back control of the city from the cliques and cronies.

  31. Stacey   March 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Thanks Jamie for standing up for us!
    You are a great reporter and CFN is an asset to cornwall media for those who dont think so good or bad peaple are talking and that`s good . The difference between a good reporter and a great reporter is.The good one prints what they are told.And the great one prints the truth.

  32. PJ Robertson   March 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Clearly bullying is a growth business in Canada these days. And the root cause is in Ottawa. So, here’s a thought, Jamie: Raise the bar and train CFN’s sights on the bully actions and tactics of the Harper government. Canadians everywhere will thank and support you.

  33. admin   March 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    PJ if I’ve learned anything in four years is that you have to attack things at their roots. And right now the roots are here in Cornwall starting with our Mayor and the portion of his council that are protecting his cover up(s).

  34. jules   March 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Reg Coffey said it best here. I stand up for Jamie whether he wears a clown outfit, that Bare Assed Bob t-shirt, Bob’s mug shot on the milk carton, byllie Syd Gardner t-shirt or whatever Jamie comes up with is fine with me.

    It is about time that all of you people in Cornwall stand up for yourselves as well. Jamie is showing you how to do it and I noticed that the BARNEY FIFE PD wanted so much to laugh and one of the cops took himself away from the camera smiling and wanted so much to laugh. There was one with the beard that looked stunned – who knows what he was smoking. The woman on there was useless as can be. Seven people for little Jamie with a t-shirt depicting “bed bouncer Bob” and all that expense to the public. It is like the BARNEY FIFE PD was in the building and not at their office or they have a tunnel underground like a groundhog.

    I loved to look at young Korey Kennedy and my daughter was shocked to have heard that he was a councellor at his young age. My daughter went to school with young Korey at La Citadelle. Young Korey didn’t behave any worse than what “Sheila Sheila Get Me The Tequila” Copps did when that Conservative man from the east coast got on her nerves jumping over desks. LOL LOL. At least young Korey was a very young person compared to a “so called mature woman.”

    You have to stand up for yourself or nobody else would. My daughter had problems in school with bullying and she used to come home crying when we lived in Ottawa. The same thing happened in Cornwall. My daughter has always been very sensitive right up till today. I was bullied as well and I toughted up.

    Yes there is bullying here in Ottawa in the Federal Government with Harper’s government and folks the way you change things is that it has to be changed at the local level (like towns like Cornwall and the big cities). You then get rid of bullies like Harper who spends our money like a drunken sailor.

  35. jules   March 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    There was nothing offensive on any t-shirt that Jamie wore in councel and if I were the mayor I would have laughed at that one. You all know me for laughing and it is healthy. Bob knows that he is corrupt and a bully and feels that he can push everyone around and it is about time that the people of Cornwall stand up for themselves and stop taking all the BS that is being pushed down your throats.

    Jamie is acting the way journalists do and that is something that the people in Cornwall are not used to. You are all used to being spoon fed, and news that is sanitized before you get it. You are not getting the real news and the news in Cornwall is a real joke. That newspaper that you call a newspaper SF (Cornwall’s toilet paper of record) has absolutely nothing in it for news – there is nothing in it and only good to line your birdcage, train your puppy, and cleaning windows. That is all folks that the SF is any good for.

    Jamie is a breath of fresh air for Cornwall and he is trying his very best to tell you the truth about what is going on and how to stand up for yourselves. Don’t be afraid of those goons. Goons I am talking about Kilger and his clique. Stand up for yourselves and it is about time. You need to get rid of Kilger and his clique and council with the exception of André Rivette and maybe Maurice Dupelle. Put in a good leader as mayor like Mark MacDonald and this man deserves the job – he is a good man.

  36. Dave Windsor   March 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Seems you have a calling and a following Jamie.

    Keep up the challenges.

    You just may be onto something here that’s for sure.

    Those among us, and at times it may be me, that are use to conformity over confrontation have initial difficulty with changes in our ‘society’, our culture, that disrupt the status quo. Indeed the bullies, cheats and liars have had the control wheel. Seems via their bully pulpits they get to play us ‘their tunes’.

    Heck, even the police fire departments and service clubs unwittingly fall for their malarkey and unfortunately the advertisers do to.

    As elected officials some members of offices may ‘feel’ they are ‘IN CHARGE’ of everything so ‘take charge’ they do. This becomes manic and starts at the top. As we all know, shit runs down hill and the Trojans get bully-wacked. Proof in the putting is how the ‘whistle-blower’s’ have been mistreated.

    Alright Jamie, your turn to turn it up a notch if you have a mind to. Just remember, though you have a media calling, you were not the one elected but now appointed as in the movie ‘Standing Tall’, it’s your turn to whack em’.

    Some messages are confusing Jamie, but my ‘other’ friend now understands better. Hope you do too.

    One, to this point, would be hard pressed to see what you have been showing to us for months now it would seem.

  37. admin   March 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Dave I’m not a martyr for a cause. I can tell you that while I get human nature that if things are going to change it’s going to take more than one journalist. I can’t tell you what it feels like to have your business threatened; something I’ve worked hard at and put in over 20,000 hours in four years. It’s time for the community to start supporting CFN and the work done by Greg at The Journal. It’s time for people to look at the facts instead of the lies.

    You just can’t hide from the truth forever. IF CFN is destroyed by the clique and I’m turned into another Perry Dunlop will Cornwall be any better? Has what we’ve reported on been proven false? Will the mayor be in less conflict? Will there be less corruption?

    No, it’s time for the silent majority to step up as difficult as that may be. Your 2.88% tax hike should be reason enough.

  38. puzzled   March 3, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    looking to get gift certificate to a local restaurant as a gift. is truffles advertising with u still? i read that mustache joes caved and i want to support a business that advertises on cfn

  39. admin   March 4, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Hi Puzzled. Sorry, Truffles dropped their ad with CFN. Dimitri’s is still a client though.

  40. Anon   March 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I “was” going to buy my engagement and wedding ring at Pommiers, Gordons Jewellers it is instead..

  41. jules   March 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I would never go back to Pommier Jewllers and I said it in the section of the mayor on the milk jug just a while ago. I have never been to Truffles and won’t go there either. My husband was very disappointed in Pommier Jewellers some years ago and would never go back.

    I don’t know who this Sabourin is and I don’t know who Licky is and kept in the dark about all this crap.

    Kingston got bigger and it has one of the best universities in Canada and the population is more educated. Brockville has a more educated people than Cornwall by long shots and Cornwall has always stayed behind. A woman that I went to school with has her parents who are retired in Brockville and they used to live in Cornwall – the father was a professional engineer. Cornwall lost many good people and will lose many more to come. All young people will not put up with all the BS going around nor to kill anyone’s behind to get a job.

    Speaking about jobs if you wanted a job in the mills you had to kill one’s behind. Well I never was one to kiss anyone’s behind or anything and I always fought for myself. I never wanted to be like my parents or eldest sister to be walked on and I fought hard all throughout my life. I had to and I left Cornwall because I couldn’t take that anymore. I feel for the people down there but they have to wake up and it is about time that they do just that just like I did and many others did as well.

    If you all don’t wake up then Cornwall will be only a graveyard and that I guarantee. I was looking for the name of Wyatt Earp’s town back in Arizona in the 1800’s and I remembered it afterall “Tombstone” and that is what Cornwall become a Tombstone and nothing more unless each and every person who lives there gets up and changes things for the better. Jamie is doing an excellent job to help put all of you on the right track. The Dunlops knew fully well what was going on and it was hard to see that good family go but when their lives were being threatened to extinction they had no other recourse but to leave and they left the furthest they could possibly go and they are good people indeed. Many left Cornwall before that and left for better lives for their children. It is about time that the rest of you stand up and support Jamie in every way you can because Jamie has the courage to step up.

    Jamie can only do so much but it takes all of you to come forward and put those bullies in their place and send them packing and on the railroad as well.

  42. jules   March 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    If something ever happened where Jamie would be out of business I would not bat one iota of any news in Cornwall whatsoever and I give you my word. I have not touched “the toilet paper of record” in a mighty long time on line or any other.

    If Jamie were gone Cornwall would become a great deal worse off and I can tell you that because it is true. People are awakening about Cornwall and not just little Cornwall or cities and towns in the surrounding area but the entire country knows that Cornwall is corrupt to the hilt.

    For those of you who live across Canada and are from Cornwall remember this there is nothing left except what you are reading here in Jamie’s columns. Even Korey Kennedy is no longer around – anybody who is intelligent and has self respect left and is leaving and will not bend to such insanity. There are many small places to go that are not cowing down to such garbage. There are many good places to retire. I had to laugh one day when I was walking at the back of the Civic Complex and we went inside and nobody was there – completely empty – a real graveyard. Well at the top on the door that leads back to the outdoors it was written in big letters “You don’t have to be rich to live in Cornwall” well I had such a mighty good laugh about that and said to my family “yes Cornwall keep up the fraud, and corruption and you would have to be rich to live in Cornwall to put up with the high taxes for what – a polluted town even the ground water and soil”.

    There are only two people who stood up for the people in Cornwall and one was Perry Dunlop – check it out on youtube.com for those of you who are living out of Cornwall and the other is Jamie Gilcig. These are two people who should receive awards. Mr. Dunlop received an award from the State of Texas but what about Canada – this man isn’t an American but a Canadian and his country has shunned him – what kind of a law is this. It makes me ashamed to be called a Canadian when I see these things happen. Cornwall is finished and Kilger and his clique don’t want anyone to know about the dirty, filthy, underhanded dealings going on in Cornwall. Some call it Cornhole but it is also called with an S——-.

  43. Tema   March 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    I always look forward to reading your columns. U have your finger on the pulse Jamie. Keep up the good work.

  44. One Against City Bulliers   March 5, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    @ jules

    Perfectly stated jules! This city is a place where the laws only work in favor of the corrupt bullies.

    God bless Perry Dunlop and Jamie Gilcig. They both are true heroes for putting it on the line and trying to save this town. Funny thing is neither of them think of themselves that way. They just really care a heck of a lot. Unfortunately, the s~~~ has to be exposed first and boy is Cornwall stinking again!

    People continue to speak up.

  45. One Against City Bulliers   March 5, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    @ Anon

    Good going Anon. Businesses that are high profile supporters of the clique must be now overlooked for the smaller and more honest type business people here in town that have yet to be tarnished and bullied!

  46. jules   March 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    “One Against City Bulliers” the shit has to stink again in order to solve a lot of the problems. I was looking into things on London Ontario and there is a well known mayor down there Fontana I don’t know if he is still mayor but he was up for fraud and was with the Federal Government as well. London exposed him for what he was. The people of Cornwall are living in a “little cocoon” and are afraid of people and want to be looked after. Well that doesn’t work at all. Real journalists are like Jamie and he is showing you how it is done. Not only journalists but real public do not put up with being shoved around for no apparent reason by the BARNEY FIFE PD, city officials of any level or anybody. You are supposed to be free and not some prisoner.

    Jamie spent his life in big cities and is not afraid to venture and that is how to be. You learn a lot when you don’t live in a cocoon. Kilger and his click are nothing to look at nor to respect in any way. I treat them all with contempt.

    I will not shop anymore in Cornwall until all this “human garbage” that follows Kilger and his clique have gone. I miss the good people in Cornwall and when you see my insults this is not for the good people but for the bad ones who follow the head mule to the S— Pile.

    You have to have a lot of self esteem in you all and think something of yourselves. Nobody is going to give you that – it comes from within. Every time I would look at Perry Dunlop on video it broke my heart and to see the girls cry and they were little when they lived in Cornwall and had to go to the far end of the country with their lives. This goes to show all of you the guilt that some had and they committed suicide because they couldn’t face what they did. The good people pay the price for the bad. It is about time that the good people of Cornwall stand up for themselves and have the courage to do so. If these things are not remedied it will continue. The sex abuse is not new – it went on long before my day and involving a great deal more people than those that were mentioned. The stink and cover up runs much deeper than you think.

  47. jules   March 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    There was a case here in Ottawa where a man in my area of town but near Billings Bridge – I am further south of that – anyway he was a boyscout leader since the early 50’s. This man was elderly when caught and a trial was held. The man either died or went to jail – I was living in Cornwall with my family when this case came up. Ottawa did not hide all like Cornwall. The city even had his house torn down. Now all the old houses in that area are mostly gone and condos and old age high rises are built in their place.

    When things like that happen here in Ottawa the people come very furious with full force and will not put up with that at all. It is about time that the people of Cornwall take a stand up for themselves. Jamie is trying his best to show all of you how to stand up and I don’t give a hoot who it is. Nobody is above the law – they only think they are. God is above everyone and one day all these people are going to answer to Him.

  48. jules   March 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Jamie you can have all the universities and college educated people and they can still be dumbfounded. If people are not willing to open their eyes and ears over what is happening and willing to do something about it then nothing will be done. God gave us eyes to see and ears to hear but people do not use them.

    Companies will not open up in Cornwall or any town like Cornwall unless the people change their ways. Jamie you can talk till the cows come home but if the people are not willing to make that change then what.

    There is a saying: When the student is willing to learn, the teacher appears or something along that line.

    People have to be willing to make drastic changes in Cornwall and the surrounding towns. The surrounding towns are affected by these bullies as well and they all must go.

    Kilger and his bullies will keep on bullying the people until the people stand up and won’t take it anymore. Kilger isn’t any better than anybody else. I look at him like a piece of garbage and all the rest. I have no respect or anything good to say about him and people like him.

    I had a good laugh yesterday. In my mail box I get a lot of junk mail and I bring it for recycling. In it was “our favorite Liberal in Ontario to attack – yes folks Dalton McGuinty” and something about Ottawa South where I live. I didn’t read anything and just stuck it in the recycling bin. The McGuinties live in this riding and have been since their father was alive. They grew up in this area. That recycling bin on each floor would have been full of those papers knowing how people feel. LOL LOL.

    You must do the same with SF “Cornwall’s toilet paper of record” and support Jamie instead.

  49. Kilger is an A**HOLE   March 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    The truth will be exposed about this crook that we call a mayor. Kilger, you should very soon think about resigning from your post. You are nothing but a corrupt A**!! Get out of this town and do us all a favour!! Bring your {MODERATED} mistress with you!!

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