Cornwall Ontario – Another cronyism hiring in Cornwall Ontario. As in many smaller cities it’s really hard to get a reasonably good, non minimum wage job, never mind an actual “Career”.
In a perfect world of course people would be hired based on merit, especially when dealing with the public purse, but Cornwall takes cronyism, and nepotism to new levels.
We had the Rob Hickley whistleblowing case where the former Deputy Fire Chief, who essentially was forced out of his job after relating issues about the hiring of the Mayor’s son as a firefighter amidst allegations of Conflict of Interest.
Mr. Hickley was treated brutally by the city.
Another case, was Graham Greer getting the marketing gig at Aultsville Theatre. Who was on their board at the time, and who helped get the grant for Mr. Greer’s salary? Mr. Thibault again!
There are many examples of what appears optically at the very least, to be an utter abuse of the taxpayer to promote cronyism or political support. Recently former editor of the Seaway News, Todd Lihou, got his gig with Heart of the City, again via a grant. Mr. Lihou’s wife works for….Denis Thibault and the Eastern Ontario Training Board.
When I spoke with Mr. Thibault and asked for his assistance in getting a one year grant for our public art gallery for a local university student majoring in Art he laughed and refused. Again, the EOTB isn’t a private concern, but a publicly funded organization.
The Art Gallery closed its doors after 36 years because of actions like this.
And now we have a sitting Cornwall City Councilor, Carilyne Hebert, no stranger to Conflict of Interest herself, getting a plum new gig with… the Eastern Ontario Training Board.
This writer only found out after being forwarded the screencap by a CFN viewer as they have been rejected for many such gigs over people that clearly didn’t have their qualifications. If this was an isolated example of course we wouldn’t be writing about it, but sadly it isn’t.
I personally know of at least have a dozen people that have moved from this city in the last 36 months because they simply gave up on trying to get a reasonably good job feeling that cronyism and nepotism ruled the day.
Is this illegal? Probably not, but again, it’s awfully hard to attract good people and build a community when the optics of this type of thing become word on the street.
Is Chad Kilger a bad fireman? No. I’ve seen him in action and I’m sure he’s a credit to the service, but then again so most likely were the more qualified candidates when he applied that are now serving in other communities.
Is Carilyne Hebert some drooling person with strange handicaps and really tacky tattoos? No. She’s bright and deserves equal opportunity with others to compete to better her life. She may have really poor judgement and be petty and ignorant politically, but we all deserve the chance to make a living.
And as long as people like Denis Thibault are allowed to run tax supported organizations like the Eastern Ontario Training Board as a fiefdom for political favors it will be hard for this community to move forward in this writer’s opinion.
Just looking at their board it looks like a retirement home for leftover Liberals like Pat Finucan and Poppy Desecration supporting former MPP Jim Brownell.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.