Statement from Jamie Gilcig Editor of The Cornwall Free News (CFN) Regarding Criminal Charges Laid February 10, 2014

Statement from Jamie Gilcig Editor of The Cornwall Free News (CFN) Regarding Criminal Charges Laid February 10, 2014
Cornwall Police Chief Dan Parkinson
Cornwall Police Chief Dan Parkinson

CORNWALL Ontario – I not a big fans of muzzles.    My legal counsel of course has me muzzled right now.    Today by now many of you have read the extremely zealous recounting in other media and the Police blotter regarding a charge laid against myself yesterday here in Cornwall.

I can’t tell you emotionally at the moment what it felt like to be in the bowels of a jail for the very first time in my life.    Well I probably can, but again, being muzzled I will have to wait until I’m given the green light.

These charges will be vigorously defended and I have zero doubt that the truth, and what really happened will rule the day.    I do have faith in the system; but more importantly I have faith that this experience will expose some real truths about our system and maybe, possibly maybe, lead to some positive changes.

I also can’t believe how much support I’ve already had.  It’s kinda awesome when people that don’t like CFN tell me that it can’t be true.



Cornwall, ON – Jamie Gilcig, 49 of Cornwall was arrested on February 10, 2014 and charged with criminal harassment and threats to life. It is alleged that the man repeatedly contacted a 31-year-old man by way of phone calls and e-mails despite having been warned not to. On February 9th, 2014 the man also threatened to kill the 31-year-old man during one of the calls. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. On February 10th, 2013 the man attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and later released to appear in court on March 20th, 2014.

And to the person who suggested that this is somehow a political smear; well, you never know?   Again, the truth will come out soon and then it’ll be interesting to see how people react?

In the meanwhile it’s business as usual here at CFN.  And   can you really believe Seaway News & Standard Free Holder calling me a local website owner instead of the Editor of the most read newspaper in Cornwall?   🙂

Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News

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52 Responses to "Statement from Jamie Gilcig Editor of The Cornwall Free News (CFN) Regarding Criminal Charges Laid February 10, 2014"

  1. dongolics   February 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    “Media website operator arrested” This is a setup? At the end, it is just a matter of time for them finding something to put you and the CFN on the side line. Sad news for Cornwall….

  2. Furtz   February 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Those are pretty serious charges. Could be a life-changer if doesn’t go well in court.
    Good luck.

  3. john rothwell   February 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    definitely a smear by toes we’ve tread upon, we’ve got someones face in a knot with the policy bashing they’re getting. i know the sound of those doors when they clang shut, a sound that will resonate through my mind the rest of my life. hang tough Jamie, we’re here for you, i hope your day is held in open court so we, as your supporters may attend. fight the good fight

  4. admin   February 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Well John it’d be nice to see a strong show of public support – maybe a rally in front of City Hall or the Police station? What do you think the odds of that happening in Cornwall are?

  5. Jane G.   February 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Obviously he didn’t do it. He will be able to show his cell phone (does anyone even have a housephone anymore?????) bill, which shows every single number called from a particular number. The police should spend their time investigating the ip address that used that “bluff your number” site and charge them accordingly, plus charge them for waste of resources just to show anyone else who attempts such idiocity in the future that thier childish behaviour will indeed be held accountable for.
    So sick of the ignorance.

  6. Hailey Brown   February 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    any evidence of the threats or is it only one persons word against another? That doesn’t stand up nor can it…

  7. jules   February 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Jamie it is IMPOSSIBLE that this is you. In no way can you Jamie Gilcig do something bad to others. During the few years that I have been reading your paper and seeing you on the net there is absolutely no way in heaven that you could do harm to other people. You are a very gentle soul and anybody who loves dogs the way you do and takes the upmost care is not a person who does wrong to other people. I can smell a rat somewhere coming from City Hall or somewhere like that. Our Jamie of CFN is not that kind of person whether an election or not. You are the best and I don’t say those words lightly unless I had my spidy senses telling me what kind of a person you are. Anybody who did this is going to face jail and it sure isn’t that. There is such a thing as “VOICE PRINTS” and I don’t know if Cornwall’s Barney Fife PD has that kind of thing since they are behind the times. If the person had a recording then the voice print which has to do with the waves of the voice which is like a finger print. At least that can be tested here in Ottawa or TO but Dodge is way behind the times like the latest the 1800’s. Jamie you are the best and in no way are you guilty. You wouldn’t harm a fly. Get yourself a good lawyer and get this rolling. You are innocent 100% and beyond that. You take the best care of yourself and I am always rooting for you.

  8. jules   February 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Even a house phone can be traced. Everything today is computerized whether a house phone that is plugged into the wall or a cell phone – the cops can trace everything even ten or more years ago every call can be traced. Voice prints is how they can tell if it is our Jamie or someone else. Anybody can use a phone but it is in the voice prints that is like a finger print and this is done in the big cities to be examined. Jamie you are innocent all the way. Get a good lawyer even from Ottawa which is better and you can get the guilty person and throw them in the clink for a mighty long time.

  9. jules   February 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I never look at the dirty, filthy toilet paper of record and I will break my promise for once and go and look at the dirty lying story that they printed about you. I stand up for you Jamie and I am so angry that I would like to tear the person that did this piece by piece. I am going to look at the dirty toilet paper of record for this one time to see the dirty filth that they print over a mighty good and decent man. I told you that I will not return to Cornwall ever to live and I stand by what I say. All the very best in the world to you Jamie and I mean those words.

  10. jules   February 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I just read that little piece of s— in the toilet paper of record SF and it doesn’t give the name of this 31 year old that you were supposed to have threatened. All this is some sort of a set up and are very sick. I told you Jamie and I keep my word and that is that I would never set foot to live in Cornwall ever again and I mean that fully right through and through me. There are plenty like myself who have had bad experiences living there along with what I knew of others what they went through. Excuse all my blogs because I am mighty angry at what I read. We hate to even go down there on a visit. We can’t wait to high tail out of there as fast as we could. I am mighty embarrassed about Cornwall and that is the whole truth. I only miss the past like well over 50 years ago but after that it went to hell in a handbasket. The good people are long gone. Only a very few are left and I pity the good people who are stuck down there.

  11. fern   February 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    If you did this you are guilty if not you are being set up I BELEIVE YOU ARE BEING SET UP.YOU SAID I do have faith in the system…ALL YOU NEED NOW IS A GOOD HONEST LAWYER.THE BIG BOYS WANT TO SHOW YOU THEY RUN THIS CITY…I WISH YOU THE BEST

  12. Julie Bilotta   February 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Thank god for Lawrence GREENSPON at times like this! I know how you probably feel right about now but the people who matter, the ones who care and know you best will stand behind you during an un doubtfully unpleasant time. It’s just a hiccup in the road. Stay strong 🙂

  13. fern   February 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Media website operator is what they said about you.NOT TO WORRY THEY WILL BE ALL Media website operators SOON,YOU WERE THE FIRST.THATS A COMPLIMENT….LOL LOL

  14. Hailey Brown   February 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I just looked at the Freeholder and it would appear no posting is allowed

  15. fern   February 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    hailey brown its free press [not in the real world ]

  16. marc   February 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Well Jamie. As i have said before they will take you down.I for one minute do not believe you have threaten anyone.Sorry if you think our justice system is fair.You sir are very wrong they are all in bed together.Oh the first thing thell do is offer you a plea bargin that will be hard to resist and like every other lawyer in this city he or she will try there best to get you to except it.Its not about anymore if you are innocent of these charges but about how much thell have to spend because you wouldn,t except there plea bargain.You will find out as you go through this process that i,m right.There never will be any fair justice in this city. Even at the end of all this when the crown drops the charges just before trial, and you have won in our great court.look at your bank account, then see if you have won.Goodluck and be prepared for a long process.

  17. Peter Jenkin   February 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Sorry Julie
    Lawrence the lawyer offered to represent me once…no thanks
    He was only offering because it was a very high profile case and he wanted the publicity
    I needed a lawyer who was looking out for me and thank goodness i found one.

  18. 420   February 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    BS. You mentioned he was getting ornery. What a twirp!

  19. claudette MacIntosh   February 11, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    There is never suppose to be any comment section open under court stories at the Freeholder
    Because they are trying to run a big newspaper with about three reporters..sometimes..the comment section is left open…then a guy like Furtz posts…then they close it
    I have always used my real name on Cornwall Free News and know my truth is protected by my God
    Hope they don’t raid CFN for information
    Not as crazy as you think as the RCMP took files from the Standard Freeholder many years ago so they could try Chief Mike Mitchell for crossing the border without paying taxes
    Instead of sending their own officers to watch and record the protest at the old Canadian Customs building they took the easy way out and went after the Freeholder files.

  20. Melman   February 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    A defense fund has been set up already…lets Save the Free News

    Jamie Gilcig Legal Defense Fund
    38days left$0raised of $1,000 goal
    – See more at:

  21. Furtz   February 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    That’s pretty funny Claudette. Never knew I had that much power.
    God bless.

  22. Claudette MacIntosh   February 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Just reporting the facts Furtz
    You posted this under the freeholder story then they closed it down
    am i wrong??

    Media website operator arrested | Cornwall Standard Freeholder

    Furtz • 7 hours ago

    Even Jeesus quit reading this rag months ago.

  23. Furtz   February 11, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Claudette, I can’t help it if they have no sense of humour at the Freeholder. Even the preacher was in on it.
    Although I’d like to take credit for shutting down the comments, I think they realized after a few hours that they accidentally left them open when they posted the story.

  24. Claudette MacIntosh   February 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Mr Furtz
    I fully understand
    Didn’t mean to put all the blame on you
    Freeholder is constantly doing this…I now see there were SEVEN
    comments washed away
    No hard feelings ..i pray
    Sweet baby jesus would want it that way

  25. jules   February 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    The toilet paper of record SF is operated by a bunch of “prestitutes” aka “the dinosaur media” and nobody is buying or reading their garbage. Jamie these jerks are all mighty jealous of your accomplishments and you have accomplished a great deal more in your five years in Cornwall then they have in all their lifetimes. You are more than qualified to be mayor or anything that you set your mind to. Not one of them can hold a candle to you – they are all washed up. There is no justice in Cornwall and only JUST US and I have said that enough times to make people try and open their eyes that are wide shut to the truth. The whole entire thing is one big scam after another down in Cornwall and I couldn’t take it anymore and I came back to civilization. The town is run by a bunch of “deadbeats” who think that they are something but they are only dirt under my shoes. I have absolutely no respect at all whatsoever for any of them. Hardly anybody is buying any newspaper nowadays and those who buy Cornwall’s toilet paper of record usually has another use for it other than news because it has no news. All that it is good for is to line the bird cage, train your puppy, use as mulch in your garden and maybe help clean windows and not even enough of their garbage paper for that. The printing is being done in Brockville and no longer in Cornwall so can you picture how many jobs are lost. Cornwall is so mighty polluted that it is enough for anybody to become mighty sick.

  26. jules   February 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    I read the article again and about threatening e-mails that can be traced easily by the IP address. If the guy whoever did these stupid things (making it up or whatever) would be traced even if he did it through the library or an internet café. Every machine is numbered and traced and who was issued that particular machine at that particular time. You can trace me very easily Jamie I am right here in Ottawa and I am not leaving. The same is true even with the old home phones MA BELL has the tracking of every phone call that we make and to whom. The same is true in the US and nobody can hide that since those corporations are in bed with the feds. Cell phones the same thing every move that we make is tracked and there is nowhere to run. The culprit(s) will be apprehended sooner than we all think. Keep mum Jamie but write things down to consult with your legal counsel. This is quite an issue to deal with and yes jail is demeaning especially to good people like yourself. Keep on plugging and you got them all where they belong at the bottom of the heap. Take good care of yourself and things should go well for you. You have to know what to do.

  27. Joseph LaRose   February 11, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    I have been to a few council meetings since I moved back here in 2010. I was curious as to see if anybody from my youth actually evolved from stealing from neighbors, to stealing from taxpayers, ( Council ). Lo and behold, nobody that I recognize. lol. Anyways, I was at the meeting on the famous evening when Jamie was asked to remove his T-Shirt…That alone showed me how minuscule Bob and family are. I also attended another meeting where I was sitting next to Mr. O’Shaunnesy, I hope I spelled that correctly. His look of disgust matched mine as we both sat there wondering, why the hell are we even here. Well, we were there to see how bad council is ran. I have been to 5 meetings, and lasted at the most maybe 15 minutes. I have known Jamie professionally and personally for over 2 yrs. To see some of the remarks posted up here, is immature to say the least. I stand behind Jamie, he is the only Media/reporter/journalist that brings you the news about corruption in this city. To me, this smells like a black ops operation against Jamie. Being a border town/city with limited options for real news that is not controlled like the Free-Holder, or the Seaway News, CFN is doing a great job of exposing much here. The city controls both papers, if they were to pull their advertising dollars out of both publications, free-holder would be the first to fold, then the seaway news would downsize, and then follow the free-holder. Then what do you have left? CFN Publishing printed material is a dying industry as it is..You go Jamie…

  28. Debbie Cameron   February 12, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    I am proud to call you a friend and I am thankful for all you have done & try to do to help Cornwall. I am not at all surprised at this “set-up” happening to you. The clique will go to any length to get you out of here and stop spreading the truth. I stand behind you, stay strong!!!!

  29. admin   February 12, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    Thanks Debbie. I’m honoured by the support that I have seen on Social Media and from people that have contacted me directly. Believe me it gives me strength to move through this ordeal that nobody should ever have to go through.

  30. mary bray   February 12, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    The clique are at it again,I,m behind you Jamie,you are innocent & that could have been established right from the getgo if only police had done their homework & checked your phone,but they had their orders.I remember several years back when many left & joined the OPP to keep their integrity intact when my hero Perry Dunlop went through hell.They want to silence you but I enjoy only reading CFN the largest Cornwall newspaper Maybe a rally is in order

  31. admin   February 12, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Hi Mary, something is in order for sure. It’s frustrating waiting for the truth to filter out.

  32. james hollingsworth   February 12, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    a set up, i would not doubt that at all.i know they way some of these worms operate. having sat on the glen walter and area chamber of commerce as pres and vice pres for a number of years ,i would see it all the time. they can’t fight fair, they fight dirty. so chin up ,keep fighting the good fight and it will all come out in the wash. we got your six

  33. cory cameron   February 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM


    Why don’t you just move? I say this with the utmost concern and respect. The attitudes/feelings/motivations of the power brokers in that town will never change. It’s really too bad that good people suffer immensely in that dirty town by the river. And this says nothing of the underemployed, unemployed and welfare recipients (in other words, the masses) that would rather take a apathy stance towards the way they’re governed.

    I don’t mean to lecture you; but I would like to ask you if this is all really worth it at the end of the day?

  34. admin   February 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Cory this is my home. I have roots here. I have friends here and I have family in Montreal. If I ever do move it certainly won’t be because of punks and crooks. And believe it or not a lot of people would be upset if I left or sold CFN. We’ve already seen bad guys like Chris Savard leave, Paul Fitzpatrick forced into retirement in scandal. One dragon at a time.

  35. Michael Clifton   February 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    You have shown a will to bring improvement to the community. You have my best wishes at this time.

  36. Hugger1   February 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM


    @ Joseph LaRose ….I highly doubt if the city were to pull their advertising from the Standard-Freeholder that it would fold. One half-page ad every two weeks and the planning / by-law ads is hardly major income for Sun Media.

    @ Jules….the Standard-Freeholder hasn’t been printed in Cornwall in a few years. If memory serves me correctly it is printed in Laval. Sun Media prints a lot of their publications out of town. Even the Ottawa Sun isn’t printed in Ottawa.

  37. Gilles   February 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Jamie! Now you know why I don’t trust the Powers to be in this shit hole of a city! With all the damming information I have given you on Environmental Issues Concerning this City. I would never put myself out there! The Powers To Be would MUZZLE me and throw me to the dogs. Good Luck!!

  38. admin   February 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Gilles you are talking about two very separate types of instance. I still hope that you step forward and grant us an interview as what you have brought forward is a very important issue.

  39. jules   February 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Jamie, Mrs. Bray and everyone I haven’t slept all night because of this dirty, low life scam that was done to Jamie and it is only the very low class who would pull off such a scam and it is they who are the clique THE EVIL ARCHY who would do such a horrible act. I am in tears thinking about Officer Perry Dunlop and yes he was ostracized by the clique and I can tell you that he was a mighty good man and a mighty good family man and if Perry and his wife would be reading this I would tell them about them being a wonderful couple and wonderful parents. I sure do not want anything to happen to our Jamie either and believe me Jamie what they did to Perry Dunlop who was a former cop they can do even more to you since Perry being a cop knew all about them and how to protect himself. Perry was thrown into the jail here in Ottawa and when he left he was not shaven and they even stole his shoes and it was his wife Helen who borrowed some shoes or slippers for her husband to leave the jail. There are plenty of mighty good people in Cornwall and they are literally stuck down there when they buy a house. I would never make that mistake ever again. I left that town to never look back. When I go down for a visit it is like a haunted place to be and I get out as fast as possible. It has been some months since I went down and the further I push it back the better it is. One day I may not even go down at all and one time it took me three years to go down even when my parents were alive. Jamie stay well and those people are mighty dangerous and I don’t say that lightly.

  40. jules   February 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Just one more thing just now Jamie to let everyone know not to forget that Bare Ass’s brother in law is a sergeant in the Barney Fife PD and I don’t need to put anymore words down for all of you to know what is happening. His name is Sergeant Snyder and there was a story that was written about him and Bare Ass. I will let you all do the research just like I did to find the story on the net.

  41. Joseph LaRose   February 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    TC Media acquires Sun Media’s community papers in Quebec

    Montreal, December 5, 2013 – TC Media, a division of TC Transcontinental, and Sun Media Corporation, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media, announce that they have signed a final agreement under which the 74 Sun Media community papers and associated web properties in Quebec will be acquired by TC Media for an amount of $75 million. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, but is subject to regulatory approval from, among others, the Competition Bureau. During the period in which this transaction is being reviewed, the two companies will remain independent and will continue their normal operations. Sun Media will thus continue to publish the community papers covered by the agreement.

    Quebecor = T.C=Seaway News= Free-Holder. This yrs city budget for advertising is $284,050. And you can bet most of that goes to the just mentioned companies. ..

  42. admin   February 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Yes Mr. Larose and Ms Maureen Adams has refused our multiple requests of a breakdown of the budget.

  43. admin   February 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Yes Jules. Mr. Snider was the officer in charge at the rally when Ian Bowering struck my camera which struck me. He refused to charge Mr. Bowering.

  44. Jane Doe   February 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Admin: Is the breakdown of the budget not for everyone to know?? I believe it is in some places….Also Admin I am sorry this has happened to you and wish you the best of luck for a good outcome…

  45. jules   February 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Jamie (Admin) are you now starting to get all what I mean. Each one of the clique protect each other and Perry Dunlop was ostracized by his own Barney Fife PD and he was a mighty good man like yourself. Both of you fine gentlemen are the finest souls that walked the planet and that is so very true. I could see that something was very wrong with this Bowering fellow at Lamoureux Park and I don’t know him personally but I could tell that he is part of the clique or takes orders from them. You know the story of Sgt Snyder and Bare Ass about the woman here in Ottawa. I don’t need to say more but you know about it and so do many others. All what goes on in Cornwall is somebody related to someone else and it is a clique and full of corruption to the core. Most of us could never ever go back there to live ever again. When I told my family about this they were shocked. I had to go and lay down for a while since my nerves brought me back to the days of Mr. Perry Dunlop and all the hell that went on down there. I am going to keep my prayers going for you and hope that you gain strength from it but it isn’t enough because I know the mentality there and would never go back there again. Even people that my children went to school with have all left Cornwall for good.

  46. Gilles   February 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Jules mentioned B Snyder. NOW THERE’S A SLICK FELLOW!!!!!!!

  47. Devon   February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Bill McNeil poked fun at you this morning during his commentary on 101.9. Any comment Jamie?

  48. CaptainCornwall   February 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

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  49. admin   February 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    I don’t listen to the station and have not heard it Devon. What did he say?

  50. Devon   February 13, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    ..more of a fun spoof ..not really in good taste, but not vendictive..played out reminiscent of what is happening in todays Cornwall news…maybe I’m wrong..I’ll let others comment and keep my mouth shut. I do miss Jamie Carr…felt he and Dan had some chemistry. Sorry, second about to start..Go Canada!

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