Is the Freeholder Getting a Bump up In Ads from City Hall? Hugo Rodrigues Limp Closed Door Meeting OP ED

JamieGilcigTCCORNWALL Ontario –  It’s been interesting since Hugo Rodrigues was brought into Cornwall to lead the Freeholder.  It really has.  He’s no dummy, but his Machiavellian gobbleyspin might fool some; but not those that have followed politics.

Hugo still has yet to ask the Kilger council the money question regarding the Chem Tanks.

Now he’s trying to take the high ground on In Camera meetings, but the reality is that he and the Freeholder historically have given council massive free passes on in camera and other issues.

In the last four years it was CFN that blew the doors wide open on scandal after scandal.

The Freeholder might have beat us to the punch in filing the complaint with Mr. Fournier regarding the last mayhem over the Water Front committee meeting, but Mr. Rodrigues never fully explained what happened to his readers, and that’s not reporting news.  That’s withholding the truth from the public.

Mayor Kilger in the last debate scoffed at video.  Video tells the truth (as long as it’s not been edited to not do so) and at that meeting it was clear that there was a lot of game playing going on that led to that in camera meeting.

Hugo is a very sensitive soul; maybe too sensitive.  When challenged he’s quick to retort about not being told how to run his newsroom; but the bottom  line is that Journalists have an obligation to tell the truth.  The more and stronger those truths; the higher our integrity, although it may lead to less ad sales.

We’ll be paying attention to these things as we have in the past. While we don’t want to see a closed-meeting investigator in Cornwall, we’ll be keeping that contact information close by.

The biggest question is what the Freeholder was doing all that time before?  Surely if the Freeholder had joined CFN in reporting some of the mayhem that the Kilger council had done during the last four years there might have been less of it occurring?

CFN has no staff at the moment.  A few occasional helpers, usually on a voluntary basis.  The Freeholder is part of a National chain and has a full newsroom.  Why did it miss so much over the last few years while taking their pound of flesh from ratepayers?

For what it’s worth I hope that Hugo means well and that the Freeholder does hold council accountable.  It may mean they lose ad dollars doing it; but if the truth could get rid of Bob Kilger and some of his scoundrels, more of the truth can finish the job of cleaning up City Hall.

What are your thoughts Cornwall?  You can post your comments below.

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  1. The Freeholder and Hugo knows who butters their bread. CFN doesn’t care who butters the bread. The Freeholder also has bosses higher up to answer to. CFN does not have any higher up bosses to answer to. Which uncovered most of the wrongdoings in Cornwall? CFN. So the Freeholder and Hugo have to decide do they want to just report news or do they want to be journalists and start uncovering wrongdoings, etc. in the city.

  2. I consider S F to be an accomplice to the many conflicts of interest by not reporting & hiding the truths. More of the truth can finish the job of cleaning up City Hall

  3. Both Hugger and Mary Bray hit the nail on the head. CFN has nobody to answer to whereas the toilet papers of record SF and SN are connected to big corporations. All those who say the news on the TV and radio are like actors and a lot of them know the truth but they cannot tell you the truth because their licences and jobs would disappear. Jamie your CFN is the only paper that told the people the truth and so far some of the dead wood have been thrown out but there is a lot more housecleaning to be done more than what most people think. Jamie you have the best paper in Cornwall and around the town and that is the truth. It was a big thank you to you for all the hard work that you put in. The new mayor has to be open with the people and I hope that under his leadership that better things happen and that your paper improves for the better. You deserve the better after all what you have exposed and you have the rats on the run.

  4. Hugo almost got it when he wrote that Cornwall City Council used bad judgement when they illegally (and for personal gain by the way) called closed meetings… well the bad judgement they used Hugo, was that they thought they could get away with it… because the drowning CORUS and S-F would as usual swallow their greedy/needy tongues and taxpayers would be none the wiser.

    Well there is not a doubt in the minds of the craven crooks that lost their seats on council, that it is because of the Cornwall Free News that they were exposed, dumped, humiliated, and kicked to the curb.

    CFN may not be pretty but JG’s diligence and guts have paid off handsomely for the citizens of Cornwall.

    I can’t resist commenting on Kevin “Humpty Dumpty” Hargreaves gracing the front page of Hugo’s rag… dressed like it’s laundry day while representing the local Chamber of Commerce to the Chamber’s Provincial CEO.

    Wow!! Kevin, given the sartorial advice you were handing out to municipal candidates a month ago one can only laugh in your general direction.

  5. Oh Simon this is a good one. I don’t read the toilet papers of record – SF and SN but you sure painted a good picture of Hargraves who was poking fun at Jamie. I never wish or make fun of those who are very sick but I hope that they all get something that will tear them all apart for their mighty bad deeds. Everyone of them are mighty jealous of Jamie and that is the truth. Jamie is who he is whether you see him in a funny T-shirt, a hockey shirt or a suit. The rest are all a bunch of liars, cheats and cut throats. There is a great deal to clean up besides the dump inside of Cornwall but the stink just lingers on even after defeat.

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