Happier days in Cornwall for me in that pic.
I used to really enjoy Cornwall Ontario, but sadly the bad guys (and girls) can make things less enjoyable for all of us.
I got a lot of work done over the holiday break as regular CFN viewers are noticing by the new site design.
It was necessitated after a series of hacks trying to bring down the site over the last two months. We literally had to rebuild CFN from the ground up.
You can’t really avoid hacking, but I sure hope the hackers initials aren’t PB as there is a very large hosting company that isn’t very fond of hackers.
After four years of a boycott I guess the bad guys decided to try harder to bring down the areas most read media.
I get called a lot of stuff in Cornwall. It’s part of the turf when you’re a public figure. When you uncover factual scandals as we did involving former City Councilor Robert Brock Frost.
You should have heard what the media person from PETA said when she saw that pic! And of course Mr. Frost by now should know that stating a truth isn’t spreading a rumor. Running to the police and Justice of the Peace making false statements are actually. Sending out press releases making false statements go way past rumor mongering as well, but we’ll let the courts sort that one out, and others.
In what should be my last year as majority owner and editor of CFN I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished, and have resolved to enjoy this year as much as is possible considering the silly City Hall led boycott of this newspaper, and some of the utterly illegal and hateful acts that have been perpetuated and continue to occur.
The mirror shall keep shining, but honestly most of these people aren’t worth my time, nor yours. Frankly it’s amazing at how some of them have what little illusionary power they have? I guess there is some value to partisan politics after all?
I lost some great friends this year. That happens as we get older. We start to sense our own mortality, and at the end most of this puffle isn’t worth the energy. As my late dear friend Howard Perry used to say.
In 100 years none of this will matter.
Howard was a wise man, and a good man. A flawed one too, but some of those flaws made him shine.
This year we’re going to start to branch away from Cornwall. I’m hoping to focus on the few, sadly, rare, positives in this community, but who wants to beat their head on a rock? Most active political people know who the bad guys are.
The year started with a kids rink being destroyed. Summer saw kids being bullied by City Hall into not selling worms or lemonade, and it ended with not only a city councilor insulting, and embarrassing the community by reading a magazine of his employer during a televised presentation to Council, but saw his direct supervisor write an editorial giggling about it like a schoolyard bully.
Like many of you I prefer the half full rather than half empty glass. Pointing out the ills of this community may not seem like it, but the only way to make things better is to acknowledge a problem. Just ask anyone that’s been to a 12 Step meeting.
I have never seen as much hate as I have in this community. It’s mostly led by ignorance, but it truly embraces itself, and sadly those that aren’t of that ilk, which is the majority, cower which only allows it to grow. For example, by estimate South Stormont Council has spent over double the actual cost of the South Stormont News claim for its broken media contract than the actual claim itself. Politicians love spending the taxpayer’s money.
It’s going to be a challenge to steer through the toxic soup of the gifted special class of Cornwall that does it’s best to keep our community impoverished, and keeping our population under 50,000, but I think I’m up to the challenge.
2015 saw the loss of Lift Off and Winterfest. 2016 may see the loss of Ribfest, Aultsville Theature, and sadly the city’s 33 year old public art gallery, TAG Cornwall.
If one has to travel to Brockville, Ottawa, Kingston, or Montreal six or so times per month to have any cultural life does it make sense to live in the area? Or move to the area? Or open a business in the area?
I have hope though. After all I chose Cornwall over Brockville, which my ex-wife preferred. I chose to start an online newspaper (even though the city council and lawyers started a rumor that we were a blog) in Cornwall when so many told me I was crazy because of the poor economy and low literacy rate. I chose to stay in Cornwall when my now ex-wife asked if I was coming after she took a job back in Vancouver where she was from. She hated Cornwall with a passion.
No, I’ve given, I’ve invested, and I’ve made a positive impact during these last about to be 7 years at CFN, but I’m 51, and frankly I’m not sure I want to give another 7 in this climate. It’s time for someone else to deal with the monsters.
No, staying on the high road around Cornwall can be hard, but it’s my resolution for 2016. Like they say if you wrestle with pigs you only get dirty.
When I was in 12 Step myself one of the things they talk about is “An Attitude of Gratitude”. So many of us have so much and take it for granted. I don’t want to ever do that again, even for a moment. Life is very precious and mostly are those around us that deserve our love and support.
So here’s to a kinder and more productive 2016 to all! We can make this community a better place, but it will only happen if we’re inclusive and truly work together.
Did you make any resolutions this year? You can post your comments below.