Letter to the Editor – Harry Valentine on Kilger Council & Management’s High Character – Oct 25, 2014

LTE UAt a recent presentation of Cornwall mayoral candidates, one candidate (O’Shaughnessy) advised the audience that administration had not followed council’s directives.

The incumbent mayor replied that administration people were of high character . . .  and he said that at a time when the public is reading news media reports about how City of Cornwall senior administration personnel treated nurse Diane Shay and nurse Julie Johnston who committed the crime of following the letter of the law as spelled out in Bill 168.

How do citizens reconcile the incumbent mayor’s assertion that attests to the fine character of city administrators while at the same time we have public access to the outcome of a court case involving Cornwall administration personnel that tells us a different story ???

It is a matter of public record that the Ministry of Health laid charges against City of Cornwall as a direct result of the behaviour of certain members of Cornwall senior administration. One administrator actually refused to appear in court to give evidence . . . . . such behaviour certainly says plenty about somebody’s high character.
Some of O’Shaughnessy’s remarks about city administration pertain to the period when the Ministry of Health was dealing with some city of Cornwall senior administration people. The question begs to be asked as to whether they were of high character during that period ?? Or were they of high character only in some aspects of their behaviour ??
Bob n Fitzy May 14 2012And by what standards does the incumbent mayor judge people’s character when an Ontario government ministry lays charges and requires their presence to answer in court ?? Is it an act of high character for a municipal administrator not to appear in court and not to testify when required to do so ?? How is is possible for municipal administrators of high character to be engage in behaviour that results in the city being charged under the whistle blower protection act ?? How was it possible for administration to engage in such behaviour without the elected council knowing about it ?? It seems that then councillor O’Shaughnessy may have known that something involving City of Cornwall administration was amiss.
What about the rest of the elected council ?? What action has the elected council taken to reduce the chance of repeat such behaviour by senior administration ?? Or will it happen again ??
When a former manager of Ottawa City Transit (OC Transpo) spent a little too much money to improve his office accommodations, council and senior administration terminated the manager. A former manager of the city owned nursing home would likely cost city taxpayers even more money . . . and it took action by an Ontario ministry and NOT by City of Cornwall, to encourage that manager to resign.

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  1. Harry you ask “by what standards does the incumbent mayor judge people’s character…?”. and my question back is…based on what has transpired who is he to judge anyone’s character? As to the rest of council, although someone was obviously quite determined to restrict information when council became informed all of them as far as I can ascertain became conveniently mute. There is no backbone around the horseshoe Harry and we should be disgusted and wanting to vote them out. I cannot see how we could possibly not be better off as a community with these 11 questionable individuals off the payroll.

  2. I am literally ashamed of how Cornwall is run and there is nothing but complete and total corruption to the bone and in order to make changes there has to be new people and not anything in common with Bare Ass at all whatsoever. If Cornwall doesn’t change soon it is finished. The entire country knows about Cornwall as well as the US and beyond.

  3. It’s election day. So, get out there, do your civic duty and vote. But please be careful. Do NOT return any of Bob Kilger and his council of fools to office. Please do not vote for Bob Kilger and / or his “yes” men / women or clique members; who in my opinion are: Denis Carr, Bernadette Clément, Syd Gardiner, Glen Grant, Elaine MacDonald and David Murphy (someone needs to explain to Elaine MacDonald and David Murpht what conflict of interest is). As well, think hard before voting for any new “yes” men / women or clique members; who in my opinion are: Alyssa Blais (an Elaine MacDonald clone / protege), Pat Clarke, Brock Frost (bought the River Kings to further his political career. He has too many issues to deal with. Do we really need him on council?), Carilyne Hébert (another Elaine MacDonald clone / protege), Rony Macarone, Claude E. McIntosh, Mike O’Neil, Denis Sabourin, Guy St-Jean and Justin Towndale.

  4. Hugger I agree all the way with you on this one. People get Bare Ass out as fast as you can and like Hugger said no yes men and no clique. Here in Ottawa I know nobody and I will not make a mistake of putting in names that I don’t know at all and never heard before. Ottawa is a big city and Jim Watson has done a pretty good job but I won’t vote for him because there is quite a huge connection (Jamie knows about that one) between Bare Ass and Jim Watson’s assistant. NO TANKS.

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