CORNWALL Ontario – Last night was odd and funny. Cornwall City Council debated a new committee to hash out a Code of Conduct.
There is the municipal act, the Council and CAO covenant (a joke document that the Mayor said isn’t even implemented) , and just plain common sense, but this council wants a new
play rule book.
So let’s examine a few key things as I share that politicians make rule books not so much as guides to follow, but apparently as tools to circumvent.
The person that put the motion forward was Brock Frost. For disclosure purposes I should state that Councilor Frost is being sued by myself for defamation based on his press release that he would destroy CFN and that I made sexual advances upon his person at a sales meeting. What he neglected to mention in the second statement was that he bought an ad at said meeting.
Frost also stated to police and a JP that I showed up at council to “beat him up” and that after the meeting, which he was escorted out by police, four cars showed up at his home in Long Sault (Frost isn’t a Cornwall resident) and he claimed one was my own. Both the police complaint and JP compliant were tossed.
Frost also filed a lawsuit against myself, never served it, and now has to pay legal costs.
He also is being sued by Darren Madden over the Cornwall River King fiasco.
Would you want to buy a car from this man never mind have him anywhere near writing the rules of conduct of council?
I have filed two official complaints with City Hall and Council over his conduct, but the city has refused to respond to date. Do they really need a COC when they have a clear harassment policy which they appear that they are refusing to implement against him?
The City also is being sued over the T Shirt incident where former Mayor Bob Kilger didn’t like a t shirt I was wearing. He addressed me directly that I either had to leave or cover the shirt. This being Canada and we having a Charter of Rights and Freedoms I commented back to Bob who hit the Panic Button flooding the council chamber with seven police officers in 46 seconds.
There’s no real defense to that one. Not a single council member nor Mr. Kilger has ever apologized to date and I was physically dragged out of council even though having done nothing wrong. Using the panic button also put myself and the occupants of the room in danger.
The City to date has spent more on legal bills for that case than we offered to settle for. The trial will probably push the legal bill over the actual amount sued for. No wonder they have no money to support the public art gallery this year.
The Chem tanks? Do we really expect anyone involved in that fiasco to have the skill set to create a real Code of Conduct? And of course last year’s Waterfront Committee where the former mayor and long serving political stooge Glen Grant violated the municipal act of which they were convicted at great cost to the city for creating an instant closed meeting to have this media outlet removed after amending previous minutes to remove CFN as media attending. Irony. Grant was allowed to be an a city committee this year. I was refused a single seat after applying to be on six.
And the Mayor, and councilors Elaine MacDonald and Carilyne Hebert’s Conflict of Interest over the Benson Flight School/ University
/ giving cash to consultant buddies. Where not only did the Mayor verbalize his being in conflict, but actually talked Councilor Hebert into changing her mind after she at first did declare her conflict. Councilor MacDonald actually motioned to give the cash to the Benson group after they failed their first phase wasting thousands of public dollars and not delivering a consult on a University.
Sometimes when you’re on the dark side of the law and clearly not terribly interested in serving the public good, public being all of the citizens and not just those you work for or are affiliated with, it just makes sense to dimmer down and do your dirty deeds.
Hypocritical documents simply will be something you will be ridiculed for. Even dumb people eventually can connect the stink and where it emanates from.
Actions do speak louder than words and there are those on this council whose actions or lack thereof become more clear each and every day.
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