CFN – Richard Currier and Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart seem to have an agenda. The pair seem to keep popping up together and mayhem seems to follow them.
Today the Seaway News printed a story nailing South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis.
In the piece, which spells his name “Brian”, information from an alleged confidential document from Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze is disclosed.
Mr. Stewart first slurred Mayor McGillis over the event in a letter to the editor published by the Standard Freeholder.
The letter was discredited after Mr. Stewart was interviewed by CFN.
According to the report as per the Seaway News story Mr. Swayze called out Mr. Stewart for initiating the incident which was very different than the Letter published by the Freeholder (which has never been retracted or apologized for to date)
In addition to spelling the Mayor’s name wrong and not speaking to him prior to publishing the story it quotes several sections alleged to be of the report written by Mr. Swayze, but it doesn’t have quotes around the quote “The incident blew up into a yelling match between the two, which included some cursing.”
Neither Mr. Stewart, Mayor McGillis, or other witnesses interviewed by CFN ever suggested “Yelling” or a “Yelling Match”.
CFN also confirmed that it was Mr. Currier that delivered Mr. Stewart to the OPP to file a complaint against CFN after our interview which was not accepted by the police. Mr. Stewart admitted to not actually writing the letter in our interview as well although he did not state who wrote it for him. We do know that Ms Hart and Mr. Currier sat down with Mr. Stewart immediately after the incident, and it’s been speculated that they instigated Mr. Stewart to write the complaint.
And how does an 80 year old fork lift repairmen even know what an integrity commissioner is or how to contact him? How many people would spend $125 to file a complaint over an alleged issue like this? Did Mr. Stewart pay the $125 or did Mr. Currier and his wife as they did for the court fees of another party recently accused of defamation? Also, in our interview Mr. Stewart stated he’s not computer literate. Was it Mr. Currier or his wife that digitized the letter from Mr. Swayze that now has been distributed electronically?
Mr. Currier also has initiated a petition to have the township end its advertising with the South Stormont News, a new newspaper in print and online owned by the majority owner of CFN. The new newspaper is a corporation based in South Stormont; not a Quebec owned media conglomerate.
The Deputy Mayor has also attempted to file a restraining order against Jamie Gilcig, editor of CFN, for coverage on her.
Does this video look like she’s fearful?
In her disclosure to police she cites emails sent to her requesting comment after she herself released confidential information to the public and also filed false statements about South Stormont News asking for loans or start up grants which was not only false, but led to her being fined four weeks salary by Integrity Commissioner Swayze.
The big question today is why would the Seaway News publish this story and misspell Mayor McGillis’ name? Why would they do so without contacting him first. The Seaway News in fact just published a letter to the editor by Mr. Currier slagging the South Stormont News and threatening election bells for the Mayor and Council. Mr. Currier didn’t mention in his letter that he himself is running for council. Surely that’s relevant? And why would the Seaway News even print such a letter which was a clear attack against The South Stormont News?
Maybe, just maybe, the township might save $1,100.00 by not printing the bulletin in the Seaway News? Surely Mr. Currier, if he’s really that concerned with saving money for taxpayers would be happier to see larger savings?
Rick Shaver and Todd Lihou were asked for comment Wednesday June 18th, but have not responded to questions prior to publication of this story.