Where are the Community Leaders in Cornwall Ontario on the Eve of Chem Tanks Becoming Our Reality by Jamie Gilcig

jg2Cornwall Ontario –  Chem tanks on our waterfront.   It’s been a hot story this past month here in Cornwall Ontario; but what it really highlights, what it really is about is our community; Cornwall Ontario.

What it shows is a clear lack of genuine leadership.  It shows a corrupt underbelly and hive like mentality.  It shows a group of people in pyramid fashion; each somehow dependent on their lot on the direction of those at the pointy top.

Of course that rarely works out except for those at the top, and usually only until the bottom gets fed up and topples them.

Everyone in Cornwall seems to be against the Chemical storage tanks that have been constructed on the site of the Kaneb’s former oil tanks.   Either against or indifferent.   The only person I have yet to hear a comment on against the tanks is our Mayor Bob Kilger whose first statement was that they wouldn’t be that high and mostly buried under ground all the while most likely falsely claiming that he knew nothing of them until December 2013 even though this media outlet clearly showed that he knew in November at a Waterfront Committee meeting he was in attendance at and in this scribblers gut probably as early as February 2013.

Now that’s fine.  Our mayor’s many sins have been exposed and as former Councilor O’Shaughnessy complained Mayor Kilger isn’t the truth’s best friend.

But this is a city of over 45,000 people.  There are ten councilors and city management.  Where have their voices been?

Councilor Clement, a working lawyer by day, seems far more concerned over the mayor not wearing a hat in the video above than our waterfront having chemical tanks just down the road from her office.  She’s also on the board of the River Institute.  Where are their voice or are they worried about funding?  They should be the first ones screaming about this potential danger to the St. Lawrence.

Elaine MacDonald; the long time NDP champion of the area and her team of “dippers” have said nary a word or organized any real push back and you’d think for political points alone they’d do or say something?    The local Liberals the same.

MP Guy Lauzon still doesn’t seem to know much.     Elaine Kennedy?  Well she voiced up at a meeting with some good info; but what about her Green friends?

The Chamber of Commerce?  Well they refuse to work with CFN; the only locally owned media corporation and other than a few nice press releases haven’t done much either.

Chuck NO TANKSChuck Charlebois means well and I certainly have no doubt of his clear good intentions for our waterfront; but at his stage of life with his relationship with the mayor I am not so sure he’s reacting to this clear menace to our city’s future than he would have in his prime.

Mark MacDonald is shooting some videos and creating some conversation.   He’s also the only person I’ve heard of in Cornwall that has talked about taking some action.

Our neighbors in Akwesasne?   Well they have a claim on the lands and finally made a statement, and may be the only thing that has temporarily stopped construction; but where has the Grand Chief been in this picture and why hasn’t Akwesasne got a legal injunction to stop construction?

At the end of the day this issue may be a huge election issue especially if the tanks are greased in as is starting to appear will happen.   Or even worse as Chuck Charlebois suggested the people of Cornwall will have to foot the bill to kill the lease and remove the tanks.    And if that happens then we all should be very very upset and angry, and we should remember that not only in October during the Municipal elections; but in the next Federal one as well because this is after all a riding that gave its support to Mr. Harper and Mr. Lauzon and putting chemical tanks in front of luxury condos certainly is not a normal way of returning a favour or showing respect.

As they say;

We get the government we deserve.

It’s not too late.   We can show the Federal Government, and our Mayor that Cornwall does care and that we really really really don’t want Chem tanks on our waterfront.   We also don’t like a city withholding information from its duly elected council and the citizens of Cornwall, and that we need clear answers as to why if the city knew in February 2013 of this project that we the people didn’t know; because there wouldn’t be tanks and construction to pay for at any level if we had known “BEFORE” construction started.

Where are our leaders?  Where are our voices?  Who cares for our city, and who will step up and defend what we all clearly wish for our waterfront?

These are the questions dear viewers and only you have the answers….

Jamie Gilcig – Editor – CFN

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  1. Stoning? Stoning? Burnings to good for them!

  2. Mr Jamie
    Hope you don’t get in trouble during the protest rally
    Think I read somewhere that MP Guy Lauzon felt he could ban
    you from his POLITICAL Office
    That man only seems to repeat what his PM tells him
    Like to also point out that the Federal Gov has now built a huge new Border Guard
    station on lands that I used to feel were part of Lamoureux Park
    No way are these temp buildings

  3. Jamie : Just across the street from the Tank Farm ( under Construction ) sits one of Cornwall’s Historic old Cotton Mills that is now used as a Steel Plate Shop and that Company has been constructing tanks on our
    waterfront over a period of the past 2 years . When completed large barges, and once an ocean going ship came into the port and picked these tanks up supposedly they were going to the East Coast .
    The Question is /// Who was not aware of that fact ? The City of Cornwall ? Akwesasne ? The owner of that business building tanks on our waterfront I suggest must have had a Lease to operate there, and the fact remains that Cornwall was a working Port which unfortunately doesn’t help our current

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    If Mr. Lauzon really cares about his riding and constituents then he will be there Saturday and state that he will do his best to support what they clearly wish and stop the tanks. Sometimes you have to put your personal issues aside and do what’s best for your home. Cornwall is my home.

  5. It would be very surprising indeed, to hear the voice any civic leader whose head is as far up their “erse” as that of our Mayor or Member of Parliament.

  6. Hey Willie
    For pointing out the security issue we expect you to buy the coffee at the protest rally
    Computer Security AR US

  7. There is an old saying “follow the money” and see who has to gain from this besides the federal government. Something mighty sneaky is going on because otherwise all this would have made the headlines of the “toilet paper of record – SF” and the write up would have been front page and huge for people to see. When things are hidden then you know something is very wrong.

    We were just talking about that around our table saying who is going to buy condos and homes with all this going on. My daughter was telling us that those loft apartments are a popular thing in the big cities where the old industries used to exist but she said that she wouldn’t buy such a thing because of chemicals from the past that lurk in those places.

  8. If something were to happen to those tanks in Cornwall do you think that Bare Ass and his clique would care at all about any of you? Just give this some good thought and I bet that in your heart you know that very well that what I am telling you is the truth. All Bare Ass cares about is himself, his sons in high paying jobs and the hell with the rest. It is long overdo that people in Cornwall and area wake up and know what is going on. It is all up to you what happens to Cornwall and to the area around and it isn’t Bare Ass since he lives a lot here in Ottawa and God knows where else. You have to live in your community and if you care deeply for it you will fight tooth and nail to keep it in good shape. I just saw something without going into it just now that Target in the US isn’t going to give any health coverage to their part time employees and is going to do some lay offs. I told you all to get ready and I wasn’t joking with any of you and I come out with the truth. Times are going to get worse than what they are now. We haven’t seen anything yet and I guarantee it.

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    Yes, I posted to him on fb 🙂

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