Hurricane Hart Downsized to Tropical Storm In Spin LTE To Free Holder

tammy parkway HSCFN –   Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart is trying to rephrase some of the statements she’s made in earlier documents and releases.  Ms Hart harps on transparency and accountability.  She bleats about saving money for taxpayers so let’s take a closer look and see how transparent and accountable she really is being with the public.

Here is the excerpt from what was just published:

In regards to my recent statement (“Council battles over spending dispute,” Page A1, March 19, 2014), I wish to clarify a couple of issues.

Please know I completely understood council agreed to advertise in The South Stormont News (SSN) during the first budget meeting on Jan. 21, 2014.

My point has always been (and what I have been trying to express), is that at no time during the final draft budget on March 5, 2014 was it clearly understood by me that the expenditure of $10,600 for The South Stormont News was solely for advertising.

There are no signed agreements of any kind, no information in front of me describing an ad of any sort for advertising in this newspaper. Had the Mayor and council members disclosed this point at that time, I would have suggested that we vote to support funding for the SSN after we can establish its existence.

Unfortunately now this issue has snowballed and taken on a life of its own. This is just another example of why transparency is so important and needs to be adhered to by everyone. I do hope that Council will reconsider supporting The South Stormont News and vote to use taxpayers` money for badly needed infrastructure instead.

I would like to add one thing; I answer to the taxpayer not the integrity commissioner, the mayor or council. The voting public will have the opportunity to judge my integrity in the October election. I look forward to it.

Once again, I am all in favour of supporting local business and anyone who is thinking about establishing a business in South Stormont I welcome it.

Tammy A. Hart

Deputy Mayor of South Stormont

Here are her words from the leaked memo.

During the March 5th 2014 South Stormont budget meeting; Mayor Bryan McGillis, Councillor’s Cindy Woods, Richard Waldroff and Barry Brownlee voted to award The Cornwall Free News $10,600.00 of financial assistance towards the cost to establish a private newsletter called the South Stormont News; within the Township of South Stormont.

Is she being honest in her letter above?   Ms Hart clearly was given the information of the proposal as was all of her council.  She sat through the presentation.   At no time was any other request made than that the township advertise in a new newspaper.

From the same memo:

What, if any, are the terms of this “Loan” of $10,600.00 to repay the taxpayers; or are the funds considered an “Agreement” in terms that “The Cornwall Free News” will agree to establish a small business within the parameters of the Township of South Stormont and to provide employment for “X” number of people;

Again, nobody at any meeting or in any document mentioned the term “loan”.    Likewise how do you get from financial assistance to loan in the same document?   And the amount?   Where did Ms Hart get that if not the amount of advertising involved if you took the township bulletin and discounted it by the amount we discounted in the email.

Is there a reason to show a business plan to sell an ad?   In five years we’ve never had to provide one, and we’ve had some very large clients?

How much has Ms Hart cost the township with regards to the integrity commissioner for issues she’s been found guilty as charged?  How much further simply because she won’t put the community first and admit her wrongs and resign?

How much has she cost businesses in South Stormont in regards to possible delays to the Health Clinic in Ingleside, and The South Stormont News which had been slated to start in December, but was delayed because of Ms Hart’s attacks in front and behind the scenes?   How many other cases are there that haven’t been published yet?

South Stormont just put out a budget with a zero tax raise; that in spite of its Deputy Mayor.  Perhaps taxes would have gone down without the lost productivity and costs attributed with dealing on issues she has caused.

Her first response to the Council’s condemnation of her actions was to release another document in the Seaway News.

“I would like to offer my prospective on the situation in South Stormont regarding the $10,600 awarded to a new newspaper.”

Going back up to her new statement in the Freeholder, if she was aware that it was an ad buy why state the above in the Seaway News?

Is this being accountable to her council and ratepayers?   There is one very very clear message coming from Ms Hart, and that’s she’s put her personal feelings  ahead of the community.

Her further actions such as sending two OPP cars to my home at night over a polite email (with no charges or warnings) clearly show a pettiness and hatred not acceptable as a serving official.

Ms Hart is not an innocent victim.   She is not the target of some witch hunt.  This isn’t simply a dispute between two parties as some of her supporters have spun.   She is a person that clearly has raised the ire of her own council and community and is being held accountable for her actions which I’m sure will also be held before the courts as well shortly.

As her council jointly stated:

We are taken aback to think a member of Council would mislead the residents of South Stormont in this fashion. This attempt to discredit the reputations of your elected officials and total breach of trust against fellow members of Council is disgraceful.

I’m not sure if Ms Hart is simply getting bad advice or simply has poor judgement? Frankly as a business person at this point I don’t really care.

What I do see is a party that keeps trying to hold her community back, and frankly that’s sad, and that’s the record that she will be running with again possibly.

In the meanwhile Ms Hart let’s stay transparent and accountable, on all issues, and let’s spin the truth and not lies as your memo clearly did.

Let’s stay on point and tell the truth.

Jim Moak


  1. In her LTE Tammy Hart says “Please know I completely understood council agreed to advertise in The South Stormont News (SSN) during the first budget meeting on Jan. 21, 2014.

    My point has always been (and what I have been trying to express), is that at no time during the final draft budget on March 5, 2014 was it clearly understood by me that the expenditure of $10,600 for The South Stormont News was solely for advertising.”

    Now which is it? Did you know the money was for advertising or not? It can’t be both; either you understood it was for advertising or ,didn’t understand it wasn’t for advertising..

    At another point she says “I would like to add one thing; I answer to the taxpayer not the integrity commissioner, the mayor or council. The voting public will have the opportunity to judge my integrity in the October election. I look forward to it.”

    You may think you don’t answer to the integrity commissioner, the mayor or council but when it is determined that you broke the rules then you do answer to integrity commissioner, the mayor and council. And if she is looking forward to the election I think she may be in for a surprise, unless the taxpayers in South Stormont are foolish enough to elected this loose cannon.

    Requesting a business plan for the newspaper you’re planning on advertising in?? That’s a new one to me.

  2. Most people get into politics out of a sense of duty and a desire to contribute to society. I do believe that.
    Sadly, a small percentage get into politics to satisfy their craving for attention. In Ms. Hart, we see a classic example of the latter. That’s been painfully clear for a few years.

  3. I’m sorry, but there is something seriously wrong with Tammy Hart. I did not refer to Hart in her elected capacity because she does not deserve the respect given for that position, or for any other position as a elected official. I followed this issue from the start, and Hart changed her story so many times she looks like a total fool. She first stated nothing was mentioned by council or municipal staff to advertise with South stormont News. A Motion was passed on December 11th that clearly stated only to advertise. Hart said to the public that 10,600 was start up money for a private business and then at the bottom of the same letter it was a loan by the Township South Stormont. Now she is saying she clearly knew the expenditure was for advertising only which the rest of her council tried to explain to Hart from day one.Yes this issue has snowballed and you (Hart) are the one who made the snowballs for that hate group on Face book called X files which Kevin Dockery started. Maybe Dockery should get a real job and stop harrassing people on this site. I also read other Hurtful comments by Bob Nobble, Steven Hehir and others that are in my opinion are likely going to be sued for slander and defamatory statements. We are trying to teach our children not to bully and harrass people on the net and we have adults doing it, not to mention a public official Tammy Hart saying thanks to these people and she loves this X FILES site. What kind of an example are they showing our children? It’s sad and disgraceful.

  4. @ Ted. Yup. That Facebook page is pretty nasty. Like a bunch of unsupervised bullies in a schoolyard.

  5. What is clear to me is that “Tammy”, I refuse to call her Ms Hart, she doesn’t deserve the respect, thinks the constituents she represents are on a much different, lower, intellectual level than herself. Given how not smart that woman is – that’s really scary. However – the fact that she can write that LTE, and actually expect people to believe it, tells me that she believes the citizens of the greater Cornwall area to have an average IQ level in the low double digits – with hers being in the high double digits. I’m not being harsh – if you simply read everything she’s written it is nonsensical doublespeak that could result in the lay person questioning integrity of the mayor and council. It’s disgusting but I firmly believe the citizens of Cornwall are smarter than “Tammy” gives them credit for. They see right through her and they don’t want her representing them anymore. They want you to resign, “Tammy”, and I suggest you do before you embarrass yourself and look forward to a landslide loss at the next election.

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  7. Another thing Mary and furtz, Hart was also was opposed to a new medical clinic in Ingleside. At the meeting the Doctor and the Consultant clearly stated to council in their presentation that if council did not support them and the project manager (CIBS) they were not interested going forward with the project, It would of died right there.
    Also the pharmacist also said that he would relocate to another area as well if the project failed. Hart wanted to jepordize all of the above important services in South Stormont so that some other contractor might get to manage the project which would amount to about 8 percent of the job. All the other subcontractors jobs will be tendered out. Some communities would do anything to get one doctor and we are so lucky to have the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic right here in South Stormont. We all hope she does resign soon.

  8. Ted. As I said, it’s all about Ms. Hart and her need for attention. As for Dockery and his friends, well, they don’t seems to have much to do. Let’s hope they aren’t raising kids.

  9. A chance visit to the Dorkey blog revealed a perfect case for the overhaul of community college offerings — presuming that’s where dork attended a class or two in journalism (night school surely).

    What an embarrassing little group of contributors (if indeed they’re not all Dorkey pseudonyms).

    Almost all members were joined-up by “friends”, and a quick note sent to some “members” of this little knot of fleas, reveals that they were shanghaied, and unaware of Dorkey’s little tantrum page. And at least one Tim Horton’s manager is more than a a little miffed.

  10. I checked out Dorkey’s sandbox a few days ago. One clown was surmising that Furtz is Jamie!
    As Jules would say…LOL LOL ROLF!!

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    Furtz they’ve been wrong about quite a few things which the courts and law enforcement I’m sure will enlighten some of them regarding…

  12. If you are serious about going after Dockery, retain a real lawyer.

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    Furtz our legal rep is undefeated in cases he’s repped for CFN. The instance I wouldn’t use Mr. Moak’s services locally would be if the case was for more than $25K or outside of his jurisdiction. People shouldn’t look down on Paralegals anymore than they’d not want to be looked at by a Nurse Practitioner instead of a Dr.

  14. I read Mr. Moak’s letter to Dockery that you posted here a few days ago.
    Get a lawyer.

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