CORNWALL Ontario – Sometimes in life you make a mistake. Sometimes you can even be right and make a mistake.
I don’t think too many are disputing the by laws of the City of Cornwall; but an awful lot of folks will be disputing the interpretation and application of those laws by supporting the Vincent family and their charming ice rink on Monaco Crescent in Cornwall (Yes other media outlet, that’s how you spell Monaco).
This writer feels that the Vincent family should be invited to the next Council meeting to sign the city book and be honoured for their contribution to the city. I know other people have family and community rinks, and others volunteer on city rinks, but to stand up to the utter ridiculousness of this situation surely deserves a nod in this day of cow towing to petty bureaucratic officials and strange neighbors with City Hall pull.
The rally, organized by supporters of the rink takes place at 1 PM at 6 Monaco Crescent. Bring some extra hot cocoa!
There have been a few facebook pages created for the event and of course you can still sign our petition and vote in our poll.
This has been one of the rare times that this community in its own funky way has pulled together. Yes there have been some notable exceptions, mostly from the old Kilger clique, but for the most part people have put aside most of their pettiness and worked together as can be noted by our goal of 1,000 signatures in our petition before Christmas being smashed in spite of other media not sharing it or seeing many community leaders sign it.
Frankly it’s time for calmer saner minds to prevail and for Mayor O’Shaughnessy and his council to do the right thing even if it means eating a little humble pie. (Which it does after the National embarrassment their actions have caused)
We don’t need replacement stakes or a replacement wall. We need to have a withdrawal of the work order and an investigation into the complaint, the by law, the interpretation of the by law, and exploration of this situation which should take us through the end of this winter. Also an appeal to the Committee of Adjustment should be in order and also result in enough time to finish the season. (Which I’m surprised nobody has mentioned previously)
I hope this rink is here to stay and will be back in the exact same spot next year, and for years after.
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