CORNWALL Ontario – This is going to be a very very scary exercise. After two years of boycott from City Hall that has spread to other areas of government we are going to ask the public to support us by signing the petition below.
When you create a petition there’s always the chance that nobody will sign it and you’ll look….bad.
CFN has endured two basic boycotts. The first one triggered by our MP and his supporters and then the second from City Hall which leads to Queens Park.
(please note that you might not see your signature right away or until your cache is cleared)
CFN has never had a single Federal ad or public notification nor a single Ontario ad or notice.
Same for agencies like CAS, the Cornwall Hospital, Police Force, St. Lawrence Parks, Upper Canada Village, and other agencies.
While we did have ads from the City until December 31, 2011 they were always wrestled to minor dollars due to Bob Peters and friends in spite of us performing better than our local competition. We should never live in a place where a business will call up and say that Bob Peters told them to buy an ad so they’ll buy one.
In 2011 we were number one. In 2012 we were still number one from old archived ads even though the city was boycotting us.
In 2013 the city alone spent nearly $300K in advertising. Actually in our market different levels of government and related agencies spent the most ad dollars over any other segment. These are public dollars, yours and mine.
While there are always considerations for relationships there should be a goal of spending our money wisely and getting the best value. CFN has been number one in this market for over two years now. I’m willing to open our numbers and compare with any other local media outlet.
Yet not a single ad from most levels.
We therefore are asking the public to speak and speak loudly. Please sign our petition and please share this and encourage others to do so. It might not have a direct impact. It might not get many signatures even; but we need to make the statement and break the boycott so that any business in Ontario can be treated on merit and not by cronyism and corruption; especially on this day when our Ontario Government is spouting about being there for small business. If only for how CFN has been treated by the McGuinty and Wynne governments alone they should be branded hypocrites on that count.
And no media outlet should ever be punished for telling the truth.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News