Are City Council Using Ad Dollars as Weapon of Control in Cornwall Ontario by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 2, 2015

Are City Council Using Ad Dollars as  Weapon of Control in Cornwall Ontario by Jamie Gilcig – MARCH 2, 2015

council 2015CFN – Is your council using ad dollars as a tool to control media in Cornwall?   It’s a valid question.    For three years now City Council and its tentacles have boycotted this newspaper.  CFN has the largest audience in the city and are the only media outlet to consistently (if at all) publish real live raw numbers.

The City in 2014 refused to disclose how much they spent with The Freeholder and its parent company and the Seaway News and its parent company.

That could be why you didn’t see a headline story about Gilles Latour allegedly ripping off his own mom or the nature of coverage of the Chem Tanks.

This is where it gets blurry and fuzzy and it becomes hard to see the lines.

Since this election only 4 out of 11 elected officials in Cornwall have responded professionally to CFN.   While some may have issues with me personally, like Councilor Brock Frost making wild allegations about me making a pass at him and worse, there simply is no reason for Council to not answer questions related to issues like the budget.

They are paid by tax dollars and the public has a right to have answers to questions.    Is this the Kilger mess all over again?  Shouldn’t any company have the right to compete equally for any service or product and be based on merit and value?  In this case we have a larger audience and clearly offer more bang for the dollar than either the Seaway News or Freeholder.

Here are a list of questions that were sent to the Mayor and Council over the last few months.

February 28th

Hi Everyone,

If you can spare a few moments via phone this afternoon or Sunday we are doing a piece on the budget and seeking feedback and comment.
CFN is the largest newspaper in your community and our viewers would like some answers to some questions.
Please email a time that we can discuss budget issues.
Thanks,
Jamie
February 8th

Hi  Everyone,

I am working on a budget piece for the largest newspaper in your city, yes, CFN.
If any of you are available via phone or on camera for today, Sunday, or Monday, please email back or you can phone me at 1 855 444 1133
Cheers and thanks
January 5th

Hi,

Do any of you have a comment for publication after the black eye our city received by your giving the orders to send city trucks to the Vincent Family today?
I’m doing a major piece tomorrow.   If any of you wish to have that comment published I would need it before 10 AM please.
Thanks,
December 19th, 2014

Hi Mayor O’Shaughnessy, Council, and Norm,

I’m hoping that the City of Cornwall and you individually will be greeting our audience with your Christmas Wishes!
We will be running special Christmas features next week.
Would the City purchase a full page greeting which can include messages from all of you as well as any from staff on CFN?  We are offering this at a 50% discount of our regular full page rate of $399+HST –   $199+HST.
If any of you would wish to have any individual banner greetings we will only be charging you $49+HST.
For those of you wish who purchase an ad we can arrange for you to do a video Christmas greeting as well at no additional charge!
If at least 10 of the elected officials purchase an ad we will donate 50% to a local charity.
Merry Christmas to all and here’s hoping to a much more productive and happy 2015!
Good health!
Jamie
These are not necessarily sit down on camera interviews.   Simple polite statements are all that are needed for some of them.
Carilyne Hebert, David Murphy, and Bernadette Clement have not responded to a single query to date this year.
A few others have replied at least once.   A few other more often.
This comes down to what could feel like fiscal extortion?    If a media outlet isn’t friendly no ads nor professional responses to key issues like the budget.  It also gives a very unfair advantage if certain info is leaked to certain outlets or not given to all.
Is this how you build a city and community?  Is this the reflection of top down how our community works?
It’s your call CFN viewers.   You can post your comments below and to reach your council here is the link to the city page with their contact info.    LINK

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