I answer some Questions & clear some Cornwall Ontario Air, and look to the future by Jamie Gilcig – March 20, 2013

I answer some Questions & clear some Cornwall Ontario Air, and look to the future by Jamie Gilcig – March 20, 2013

Jamie GilcigCFN – So with all the political and media intrigue here in Cornwall the last while I thought I’d clear up a few things and catch up on reality with some of our dear viewers that pose a lot of questions to moi.

“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is an run if you think it’s so easy to be a politician?”

Well first off I’ve been asked.  More than once. I was actually considering it last election but the media scene here turned me off.  I felt that I wouldn’t be treated fairly by the other local media and sadly time has proven me right on that count.

If you look at the pathetically biased manner in which the Free Holder, Seaway News, and Corus have handled “news” here in Cornwall the last while it gives one a pause for concern.

To be honest I don’t think I’d personally have the patience to sit through meeting after meeting without being honest with people and the reality is that people don’t really want honest politicians, do we?  We do want smarter ones though than the ones we currently have in Cornwall who have obviously never heard the phrase “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

“It’s so easy to criticize.  Where are your answers?”

I applied to be on five committees last election.   In spite of Councilor Thibault suggesting not enough people were stepping forward it was deemed by him and the Lay Committee which included councilors Carr and Grant that I be disqualified as I was media.

I can tell you that if I were to run for office in Cornwall I’d campaign to make sure there was an open period of council for the public to ask a question or make a statement.  I’d campaign to move us back to an Alderman system where councilors represent sections of Cornwall.  Having ten councilors as we have now is a waste and as almost all of them never seem to have answers and run to management or consultants what is the point?

I’d campaign to have Cornwall support a micro business incubator.   Without small business communities are doomed.

I’d champion negotiating with the province and federal governments to help fund a pilot project to have Cornwall Transit not charge for bus service.   In a community like Cornwall that impact could be huge helping those that can least afford it be mobile; help business locally; save the environment and have less empty buses running.


Why do you hate Cornwall so much?”

That one is personally painful because I choose to live in Cornwall.  I’m not born here.  I can live in many places, and have given and will continue to try to give to my community.    But this, like other communities isn’t perfect and there’s a small clique that control things from City Hall to local charities and even larger organizations.   That CLIQUE truly needs to be smashed and broken for our community to grow and thrive.    We really need to be a community of inclusion and not be afraid of people who we didn’t go to school or church with.

We need to stand up to the bullies and make the cowards know their place which isn’t at the top of the feeding chain.   When I chat with a business about doing a feature story on them they are afraid of retaliation that’s why we’re at the bottom of the Communities in Bloom report every year.

“You’re just an angry blogger!”

A fave of the city hall crowd.  I have zero anger in me related to these situations.  I’m surprised, saddened, occasionally frustrated, but angry?  Nope.  This is a business.  CFN is now in the top 5 online independent newspapers in all of Canada.  Calling us a blog simply shows a lack of understanding of media.   It’s like calling Huffpo a blog.

“You’re a shit disturber!”

Nope.  Not at all.   Did I force a certain former CAO to become embroiled with the GSDL Manager?   Did I force the Lift Off team to not answer questions about their mysterious finances?   Did I tell Gilles Latour to go psycho at the Brownell retirement event?   Did I tell Mayor Kilger to hit the panic button?

I have not initiated or attacked a single person or organization in our four year history.   I have hit back on occasion.  I have stood up for people without a voice.  I have stood up for and to Beavers.   I have pushed back and will continue to push back if people try and attack.    Is that shit disturbing?  Methinks not.

“You’re a Socialist Lefty Pinko!”

Actually I’m a Canadian and a proud one.    After experiencing and learning a lot; especially locally since starting CFN I have chosen to be hyper non-partisan.   I think think Partisan Politics destroy the fabric of a country and community.     I think Partisan Politics also silence very strong voices and we need more, not less, if we are truly to make our society more productive and accountable.  The status quo is not working.

That said I personally tend to be more of a Social Conservative.  I don’t like wasting tax payer dollars and I do like making sure that we have basic needs covered.

I am now issue centric and will support a given candidate or party based on issues only.

As we watch a dying, ineffective and farcical Kilger regime impeach itself many are asking about the future.  We need strong voices to step out of the shadows and start preparing to fill those roles whether in the next election or before.  Not hand chosen air heads that have slept with one of the councilors or whose financial livelihood is become to them.

I personally think that if Mayor Kilger is finally forced to step down for Conflict of interest it would mean that all of our council should have to do the same as they have not only been aware to varying degrees of what’s been happening but have taken an active role in covering it up.

That impeaches them and any decisions made while they have been in power.

But that’s for the lawyers to sort out eventually.

Hope to see you Monday night at the protest in front of City Hall before the 7 PM Council meeting.

Jamie Gilcig – Editor  – CFN

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