CORNWALL Ontario – Flags were not lowered today in Cornwall Ontario after the death of Cpl Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa.
Communities across Canada had lowered theirs including in nearby South Stormont.
CFN spoke to Cornwall Clerk Helen Finn this afternoon.
She said that the city was now going to lower the flag as it followed what the Federal government is doing. She cited a policy CL.05-02
The policy states under Half-Staffing
Flags are flown at half-staff as a sign of mourning and the “Flags at Half Staff” shall be implemented upon mourning those identified within the policy.
Mayor Kilger has not issued a statement as of press time. He was at the Legion today having a photo op for the upcoming Red Poppy campaign. He has yet to make a statement about his friend former Liberal MPP Jim Brownell being part of a face book hate group that defaced the poppy while using a profile picture in his honorary Lt. Colonel Uniform of the Glens.
The policy notes that it’s the office of the Clerk that shall be responsible for enforcement of the policy.
Mayor Bryan McGillis of South Stormont commented to CFN:
“We had a moment of silence at Wednesdays council meeting and lowered our flag in honour of Cpl Cirillo. I’m still in shock over this senseless shooting. I know this sort of thing has happened around the world, but for it to happen here in Canada brings it home. We offer our prayers and thoughts to his family and all of our Canadian Armed Forces.”
CFN offers its own condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the friends, family, and all of our Military after this sad and tragic loss of life.
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