CFN – When you sit behind this desk and sift through documents it’s
sometimes challenging to decide what information to print.
Of course there are legal and liability questions at all times, but there are also moral and personal factors.
When CFN first received this document I personally could not believe what I was reading.
Legal Issues prevent me from printing all of it or revealing its author who was not consulted. This letter was delivered by a complete other party that was indirectly involved.
What is most frightening about the contents of this letter is that the mayor’s own mother resides at Glen Stor Dun Lodge! Think about that….
This is the letter that has led to the scandals eventually becoming public about the Kilger council. If Mayor Kilger, Council, and City management had respected their Declarations of office and acted professionally over $3 million dollars in legal bills, settlements and costs, would not have to have been spent. More importantly lives would not have been hurt and possibly even lost all because of the arrogance and ignorance of a very corrupt mayor who as he’s been quoted before is where “THE BUCK STOPS.”
Several years ago a letter was delivered to city council. 11 sealed letters actually, one for each councilor and the mayor. They never made it to council.
A second round was sent, and only after a councilor allegedly asked during an in camera session of council why they had not received the letter did the mayor allegedly apologize to council and did council receive the letter of which excerpts are below.
And thus began a witch hunt that still continues today. Many staff have since left GSDL, chiefly the Manager Mrs. Donna Derouchie who it has been suggested was given her position at the lodge due to her relationship with former Cornwall CAO Paul Fitzpatrick.
Instead of investigating the contents of this letter which would have been a responsible initiative to protect not only the residents of Glen Stor Dun Lodge it also would be an attempt to protect staff and in the end the city as it’s very very hard to replace good staff.
One of the things Cornwall is amazing at is having people not want to leave. There have been many nurses and healthcare staff that don’t run off to higher paying pastures and spend full careers here unless they are under extreme stress or abuse.
Frankly is there any position like being a nurse that you couldn’t get a new job lickity split?
CFN would like to add that complaints under the current director of GSDL have rapidly diminished although there was yet another issue over an antiquated electric control panel that was only agreed to be changed after Councilor Rivette went public with the story of the Mayor and council voting against changing. Our story on that led to the Mayor ditching the meeting where council voted to overturn the earlier negative decision.
We have transcribed the letter as there are markings on it that could identify the source(s) These are only a few excerpts from the document that runs many pages long.
This letter is to address the chronic concerns disclosed by residents, families, and staff regarding Donna Derouchie and the city’s dereliction…
Morale at the lodge is toxic. She insists that it starts from everyone who is beneath her….
Mrs. Derouchie ignores staff when she sees them in the hallway, she won’t greet them with a hello, she won’t even smile….
She is heard yelling at the managers from her office. She constricts their roles and in turn yells at them for not doing their job.
Sticking to a strict budget means the resident’s food isn’t optimal. Fruit juices made from powder which tastes and looks funny…..
Many things are compromised at the resident’s expense, including linen. A chronic problem for years.
Staff are directed to change a brief when it is 80% wet. 80% wet can mean that someone is sitting in 50% of urine all day. Staff have been directed to reuse a clean brief after their baths.
Another demoralizing tactic is the progressive discipline plan related to sick time. Staff are called in if they absent more than 4 days in a year.
XXXX XXXXXX was more worried about coming to work than dying. XXX died two weeks after XXX last shift. Mrs. Derouchie wouldn’t even lower the flag. It took a third party to initiate lowering the flag.
To hear her say that staff are “whiners”, “idiots”, and “ninnies” etc is unacceptable.
Did you know that residents are doing without medications during the weekend?
To avoid any conflicts of interest,one would hope that someone who is independent and impartial would investigate. A thorough investigation including interviewing ex-staff members(long term employees who left because they had had enough) staff, residents, and families….
I remain anonymous as the system has already failed the residents but will continue to advocate for human decency and respect.
While some of the issues at Glen Stor Dun Lodge have been dealt with the culture of management of the City of Cornwall is under the spotlight now.
Should any city worker have to endure what anyone that has simply done their proper jobs by bringing issues to their management; have to endure what some of the victims of this regime have?
It also sheds some light to political ramifications at the provincial level in the Cornwall General Hospital sale that as the mayor has stated, he is “not married to.”
Should the city of Cornwall and Mayor Kilger be allowed to bleed taxpayers simply to cover up scandal after scandal?
What this letter shows if true is that if Mayor Kilger and his good friend Mr. Fitzpatrick had taken their responsibilities seriously and acted responsible very little of the damage and splash would have occurred
And if city management and council had held Messrs Kilger and Fitzpatrick accountable would we be where we are today?
While Mayor Kilger and/or Mr. Fitzpatrick may have withheld the original letters we know at one point all ten councilors of that day, Denis Carr, Denis Thibault, Elaine MacDonald, Bernadette Clement, Syd Gardiner, David Murphy, Maurice Dupelle, Leslie O’Shaughnessy, and Andre Rivette received it, and while this is not an indictment of all or any of them individually surely the endless decisions made behind closed doors have had dramatic ramifications.
The Rob Hickley’s and Diane Shay’s have been victimized once. Should they and other staff be further victimized by not being supported by the City of Cornwall when they step forward? At the court hearing Friday the room was full. Is it time for people to start contacting their council and mayor and asking for answers?
Is it time for them to show up at council Monday May 27th at 7 PM?
Is it time for the Provincial Government to investigate Mayor Kilger and his Council? If Premier Wynne can comment about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford simply allegedly hitting some crack surely this would take priority or do only Conservative Mayors deserve such scrutiny?
It’s your call Cornwall. Are you happy with the status quo? You can post your comments below.
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