Cornwall Mayoral Debate focusing on health and wellness to be held in Cornwall on October 9th from 6-8pm

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Hugo Rodrigues

CFN –  The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area’s and the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre are excited to announce a mayoral candidates debate on the topic of Health and Wellness in Cornwall on the evening of October 9th , 2014 from 6-8pm at Seaway Valley Community Health Centre at 353 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON, K6J 3R1.

As part of the Provincial Health and Wellness week, the debate will focus on the candidate’s points of view about the growing concern surrounding health and wellness in Cornwall and explore the programs and solutions they intend to implement should they be given the opportunity. The Social Development Council of Cornwall and area and the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre believe all community members have the right to know our potential leaders position on important issues like health and wellness. It is our hope that this debate will bridge the information gap between our leaders and community members.

The event will moderated by Hugo Rodrigues, the new managing editor for the Standard Freeholder, the debate will ask the candidates to answer several questions about Health and Wellness in our community and how the intend to improve these situations.

All community members are invited and encouraged to attend this event; there is no prior registration required. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask the candidates questions. If you would like to ask those questions, we would like you to e-mail us with your question ahead of time. With the election taking place on October 27th 2014 , we intend for this debate to be a resource to help inform voters in our community.

If you have any questions about the event please do not hesitate to contact:

Alex de Wit, Executive Director, Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area
(613) 930-0211 |


  1. How about we forget putting fluoride in our tap water — livers, kidneys, and the St Lawrence to boot — and instead put that money to a dedicated funding to have the Eastern Ontario Health Unit monitor the dental condition of Cornwall children. Maybe commence a program that provides proper checkups (right in school)as soon as kids start, with follow ups at least to grade 6.

    Having a program like that in an educational environment might help make the importance of dental health known.

    Andin that educational vein, maybe find some money somewhere to educate the public and professionals about a clean culture… starting with health or personal care workers that track in and out of Tim’s or McDonalds (even WalMart) in their scrubs — tracking germs, viruses and crap into and out of their establishments.

  2. My very first question Where is Waldo
    oops sorry I meant Dr. Paul Roumeliotis of Health Unit
    They continue to run “safety tips” column in the Standard shattering like its sunny outside wear sun screen.
    EOHU War on Drugs has left so many area seniors(in terrible pain) desperate to find doctors willing to prescribe narcotic pain relievers.They trot out all the horror stories of oxy-contin abuse while total Ignoring people who’s lives have been changed in a GOOD way by these drugs

  3. There are credible organisations like Mail Order Marijuana (MOM) that are Canadian and found on the web… It’s cheaper than the pharmacy (prescription is $700 dollars while the equivalent in cookies is $200); it’s cheaper even than the street and it’s clean (from medical growers). And the cookies and brownies are delicious.

    Why put chemical pharmaceuticals into your body, and later into the river? Why encourage an industry that is killing and addicting our kids? Oxy-contin and the like are cash cows for businesses and doctors, and deadly to our community.

    Time to recognize weed as a common herb, that doesn’t kill, doesn’t addict, and treats pain safely. Enough of the demonizing… just legalize it with controlled sales and put the criminals that sell it to our children out of business.

  4. Hi all,

    I was the city’s Occupational Health Nurse for 20 years and promoting Wellness which was difficult given the culture. Even when I found programs which had no cost they would be denied by Mr. Fitzpatrick. They also eliminated Health & Safety position. Since past actions reflect future action. I leave it to taxpayers to decide if this is the leadership they want.

    Take care,

    Diane Shay

  5. Lassie….doesn’t kill?? Yeap, okay. Ask the relatives of people killed by drivers high on marijuana about that. doesn’t addict?? Again, yeap okay. Then why do people need their marijuana fix??

  6. Got any credible stats to back that up, Hugger?

  7. Lassie ask the Ottawa PD about marijuana and people who use it are behind the wheel of a car and tons of accidents here in Ottawa each day. The cops even had it mentioned lately that people are driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol as well as texting on that stupid idiot phone of theirs which causes accidents.

    As for health and wellness marijuana is no answer at all. Eat right like good fruits and vegetables with a little meat and fish and poultry and live in a healthy environment. Drugs and alcohol kill and that is the truth. As you all have read Diane Shay pointed certain things out and Paul Fitzpatrick refused. Don’t vote for anybody that has anything to do with Bare Ass or you all will pay the price for that boondoggle of a mess.

  8. Jules, you’re talking about driving, not imbibing — two different activities that nobody is suggesting is prudent.

    Now you mentioned texting, …totally legal, but not behind the wheel, because it kills (more people than marijuana).

    But has anyone thought about criminalizing texting… nope.

    So let’s focus not on the herb and the reckless behaviour of jackasses. Focus on the benefits to people with chronic pain which a healthy diet isn’t going to address.

    And for that matter there are the patients who can’t eat because of medication and treatment — but a little marijuana and they’re chowing down your “good fruits and vegetables with a little meat and fish and poultry” in no time.

  9. Stats to back up people being killed by people being high on marijuana? Just ask any police service. If it doesn’t addict why are so many people always trying to get it?

    Jules, I agree with your last comments.

  10. Politicians who continue to demonize Medical Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

  11. Are you serious Hugger? That would be like asking any religious outfit if there is a god. Can you cite some credible stats?

  12. Furtz, yes I am very serious. Or how about autopsy results?

  13. You aren’t making any sense, Hugger. You are making a claim without any credible evidence. Opinions are not facts. And autopsy results can only provide an indication as to whether someone has ingested cannabis within the last several weeks. The can’t provide proof of cannabis impairment. You know that.

  14. Distracted drivers (cell phones) killed more people on Canadian roads than drunk drivers this past year. The only study on marijuana and driving that I have read suggests that those under the influence tend to be much more cautious and often under the speed limit. There appears to be no hard data on the number of deaths caused on our highways to date. Regardless, I personally do not see a place for any of these three categories behind the wheel of vehicle of any description. Taxi’s make way to much sense for those partaking.

  15. Obviously, driving under the influence of any mind altering drug is dangerous. And driving while texting or fiddling with a cellphone is deadly. It ain’t rocket science.

  16. Furtz it seems that you are portraying yourself as an atheist and mocking those that have belief in something greater than themselves. This would by default suggest that you are an evolutionist. While there is evidence for micro evolution there is to date no proof for the theory of macro evolution. To reject one belief as unproven for a different unproven belief seems not only pointless but hypocritical to defend. Why not drop the matter and stop the tiresome bullying of persons that have an opinion different from your own?

  17. Agreed David Oldham…none of the three (drunk, under the influence of marijuana or texting) should be driving. But getting them off the road is a problem as they think they drive okay. Nice to see Furtz agrees.

  18. That’s quite the assumption you make about me David. I am, in fact, a devout Pastafarian. I have been touched by The Noodly Appendage of the ONLY true god…The Flying Spaghetti Monster! I have been saved! How about you?

  19. Furtz I may well be already to far gone to be saved, but I have lived life so far on my own terms and it has been a hell of a ride and continues to be. I have never had time to be bored or the patience to be angry for more than a nano second at a time. I laugh a lot and I suspect that you do as well. Best wishes only, thought I saw a target on your back but then my vision has changed since I passed 40.

  20. David, I don’t give a rat’s petuti what anybody believes. All I object to is people claiming to know “The Truth” and declaring that those who don’t subscribe to their particular beliefs will rightfully burn in hell for eternity. That makes me a bully?

  21. Don’t all us older folks have targets on our backs?

  22. Furtz I am aware that Pastafarianism is a recognized religion in the U.S.A. Not so in Canada. Do you wear the religious head covering, the colander?

  23. Pastafarianism is the fastest growing religion in the western world! I do indeed wear a plastic colander most of the time, and a stainless steel one for formal affairs. Unfortunately, no colanders are DOT approved for motorcycle riding, so that’s the only time I don’t wear one. 🙂

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