CORNWALL Ontario – So are things improving when it comes to bullying in the Cornwall area? Another Pink Shirt day passed. It was the usual blah blah rah rah.
Monday night about 20 or so of our firefighters showed up at City Council. Some might consider that a form of intimidation or bullying of our council.
The budget issue is hot and the incendiary escalation of fire and police budgets are something everyone should be concerned about.
Sadly the only real way to to address this issue will result in either job losses or finding solutions to stemming the cost that most communities simply cannot afford.
Nobody expects the Firefighter Association to give up a single penny or right because it’s their job to improve the lot of their members, but at the same time it’s the job of council to do the right thing for taxpayers and not just cave in to threats of not getting re-elected and the impact of unions.
The $100,000 question is how to resolve this at some point without wounding too many people’s feelings.
CFN will be conducting an investigation into firefighting across Canada and Upstate NY and look at what different communities are doing. If you want to contribute any information you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bullying hasn’t changed much in Cornwall this year. I can tell you that this newspaper is still being systemically being bullied.
The City, the United Counties, our MP and MPP practice fiscal bullying. They refuse to advertise in this newspaper, the largest in this city and riding because they don’t like what they print. Other agencies and businesses follow suit for fear of reprisals. One agency in recent memory had its pooh bah fired because they would not get their funding until that person was released. This is the community we live in today, in 2015.
What’s really interesting is public perceptions.
A lot of people think of bullying as a bad party putting the beats on a clear victim; usually found bloodied and battered whimpering in a corner. That’s the norm. Sometimes, in rare instances, a bully is stood up to and they end up being the ones whimpering in a corner.
Bullies hate looking bad. They hate losing chiefly because successful bullies are empowered by their posse, sometimes even made up of their actual victims!
So when a bully is stood up to they lose face, but they lose support and that can create chaos and the end of their reign.
It’s crazy, but bullies will sometimes freak out and that lashing out can create some very funky perceptions.
And sometimes bullies will call those that stand up to them bullies. And that’s even crazier.
And that ladies and gentlemen is what this writer has experienced a lot of this year.
I have had to endure false police charges stemming from a bullying incident. When I stood up to that bully I ended up with police charges that even though we’ve proven I never committed are still hanging over my head. Not only that, the failed bully tried to get me to breach those charges by saying things about myself on social media that if I had responded would have had me in clear breach. Imagine having to stay silent while those you cared about were being smeared just to try and get you arrested?
I just stood up to a bully in court. Thankfully for my amazing and talented legal representation in Para Legal James Moak they were defeated. Mr. Moak is undefeated in representing myself and CFN during this period of systemic bullying.
And now I’m facing bullying from the UCDSB who are pressing their lawsuit regarding my sharing my opinion that their Principal, by not having Swastikas removed in a reasonable and timely fashion from CCVS, is a racist. That’s going to be a tough one. I’ve been told that legally speaking it’s going to be a major challenge.
The irony of our legal system is that there is very little true justice available unless you can afford it. Small Claims courts only resolve dollar issues. To resolve anything else you have to go to Superior Court which is highly expensive and fiscally dangerous.
I actually will have to represent myself in the Swastika lawsuit which in many opinions will negatively prejudice my case. To me this is systemic bullying as the school board has pressed hard to have me apologize and remove the content. This is the sort of behavior you’d expect of Russia in the Putin era; not a country like Canada.
To me Bullying is the use of force, either physical or otherwise to implement what a party wants. It’s not a vote. It’s not a discussion. It’s just rolling over people and hurting anyone that gets in the way.
And it will take more than wearing Pink T Shirts to change things. It will take an actual hunger and desire combined with people willing to stand up to the bullies whether they be greasy hoods with sticks or well coiffed lawyers who beat you with legal gobbeldy gook.
Have you been bullied? Are you being bullied? You can post your comments below.