CORNWALL Ontario – Cornwall’s waterfront is in play. The Chem tank situation is the Canary in the Coal mine and now our Mayor is at play with the Federal government. Akwesasne is involved is well.
What should be alarming to the public is that this is all being conducted behind closed doors in an election year?
Does Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger have a mandate to do this from the public? Was this part of his election platform? Was there a public consultation?
Nope. Can he do it legally? Maybe. But it’s morally wrong for him to be participating in secret meetings over our waterfront lands at this point of his term especially as he’s refusing to put his name on the dotted line for re-election.
The Chem tanks in my opinion has been a game since the first story appeared in other media with faux surprise issued by all concerned.
It was CFN that shared the info from Transport Canada that the city knew via Economic Development in February and Spring 2013 of the project.
Why did ED not put it in any of their monthly reports to council and why if council truly was upset did they not ask that exact question through the mayor in open council?
Again, we in the media and taxpayers can’t do much if council is not open, transparent, and public regarding issues like this.
The city issues this recently:
City officials participate in meeting to discuss port divestiture
Officials from the City of Cornwall met with officials from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Transport Canada on Friday, February 28th to discuss the divestiture of the Port of Cornwall.
Earlier this week, Cornwall City Council agreed to file a joint letter of intent with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to begin negotiations with Transport Canada on the divestiture of the Port of Cornwall. Transport Canada received the documents during today’s meeting for their signature. Meetings will be established in the near future to initiate the formal divestiture talks.
Meanwhile, City Council held a special in-camera meeting on Thursday, February 27th to receive an update on the situation surrounding the storage tanks development site in the harbour area of Cornwall. Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Guy Lauzon and Transport Canada representative Doug Smith, Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister of Transport, were also in attendance.
I asked the city for a copy of that joint letter from the city as well as the MCA. The MCA did not respond and Norm Levac replied, but we still do not have that letter.
Remember this is a waterway that in meetings last year said we could not have a beach in Cornwall due to threats of disturbing sediment. Now it’s ok to have tankers side up next to the Legion Ball Diamonds?
For the city of Cornwall to acquire Federal waterfront property in Cornwall is something that needs proper public consultation and proper environmental studies done. If the City of Cornwall ends up with lands that need expensive clean up who’ll foot the bill? Certainly not Bob Kilger or his council of rubber stampers.
It’s enough of this secrecy. It’s time for some answers and it’s time for council to step up to the plate and fulfill their Declaration’s of office and defend the rights of we taxpayers.
Of course we still are in the dark on many issues. Does anyone really expect Grand Chief Mitchell and the MCA to give up on land claims so that Cornwall can have some harbour properties? I mean why would you negotiate that even, if you thought they already were yours? Again, silence from the MCA is not helping get to the truth of what’s happening.
And that’s something we in Cornwall and our neighbors in Akwesasne need more of; the Truth.
The people of Cornwall and Akwesasne have clearly spoken and they don’t want the Chem tanks, yet according to media reports it was Mayor Kilger that asked Grand Chief Mitchell to stop their request for a review that led to the continuation of construction.
We have one shot to develop our waterfront here in Cornwall. Corruption should not hold back our community. And no deals should be made until the next election when a new mayor and council have a clear mandate from the people of Cornwall.