As I sit here on September 29th I’m gazing back at the bigger picture of what’s going on here in Cornwall. It’s election time. I know we’re covering it as much as we can on CFN; and people are hungry for information as our traffic is going through the roof; but reading the Standard Freeholder there isn’t much if anything about the election.
Most of, if not all the weekend stories were about sports. The Seaway News looks like they limit their coverage to Editor Lihou trashing myself or limited rah rah stories for people he worked with or connected to the Bob Peter’s clique at City Hall?
I phoned three area companies to get quotes for election signs and only one called back with a quote nearly ten times the price if I order them online.
Only one media outlet sent me an election ad offering. I emailed Rick Shaver looking for prices and my email wasn’t returned.
I contacted a sales rep at the Freeholder and was able to purchase some ads, but it looked like the prime ad spaces were offered to a certain mayor first. Corus Radio hasn’t returned missives or contacted me as well.
The Seeker’s sent me a questionnaire nearly copying what we’d already sent out to candidates. It’s not the first time we’ve been mimicked; but with their owner’s hubby in a facebook group that boycott’s my business, and after contacting Ms Lucio without a professional response, I will let things lay there as their audience is tiny. Le Journal’s Francis Racine did an early interview, but I live downtown and have never received a single copy of the paper in my three years on Amelia Street.
As far as editorially speaking I have asked to issue content with the Freeholder and have been refused once. At one conference I was interviewed only to have an editor kill the story. I have had two email queries; one by a sports writer. So far I haven’t read anything from either info request online or in print. The Seaway News had a student send me some questions and is refusing to give me equal space for the tripe that they’ve published from Lihou. Corus radio hasn’t responded to my request to go on air and talk about some issues.
I had an email arrive today that was cc’d to Leslie O’Shaughnessy.
Good afternoon,I am definetly for electing a new mayor, but I had no idea who else was running until I went to this website!Thank you
An information package describing the scheduled Chamber All Candidates forum has been sent to all those standing for the 2014 municipal election. Subsequent to the electronic delivery of the documents, one of the candidates has responded with two messages:
- A) A candidate is asking the Chamber for a definition of ‘APPROPRIATE’ as outlined in the Candidate Guidelines (document attached) and the message contains a veiled suggestion with respect to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- B) That same candidate is asking for a copy of the agreement form issued for the 2010 municipal election.
With respect to B, there was no need for such a document leading to the 2010 debate. The 2014 guidelines and agreement form were prepared and disseminated as part of the Chamber’s due-diligence.
Directors will recall at a earlier Board meeting that no Director or member of the Executive Committee were prepared to Chair the event. Further, I was specifically directed that under no circumstances was I to put the Chamber and its Board in a position such that it would be sued. In light of Board’s stance, and in light of the possibility, unfounded or not, of a Charter of Rights challenge, I am not prepared to move forward with this event.
As you read this we will be passing the 74,000 unique visitor monthly mark on CFN, a new record for us; the newspaper you’re reading and which I’m a majority shareholder of. We’ve also tried to organize a video debate as we had in previous elections and enough of the candidates didn’t respond to our email request that we may cancel it. And our debates end up on you tube where candidates can use the clips to promote their campaigns at no charge. They didn’t simply refuse to participate; but didn’t respond respectfully as though CFN is one person when over 50% of our city read CFN at least once during September to date.
They say you get the government you deserve, but in this case I think I’ll give the people of Cornwall a pass and not blame them. This election is being influenced and gamed in my opinion and it’s pretty clear who’s dealing from the bottom of the deck.
If you want change Cornwall you have your chance. It’s not going to be easy; but we can do it if we pull together.
Remember on October 27th a vote for Gilcig is a vote for lower taxes, fighting corruption, and cleaning up City Hall, and a distinct focus on growing our city and making it more inclusive and attractive. It’s time to get us over the 50,000 mark in population!
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