Cornwall Ontario – Oddly enough our fire and police services are refusing to answer basic questions and information to this newspaper.
Questions like how many calls for service the police had from last Friday to Sunday. Where other services voluntarily release that to media, our police service, led by Chief Dan Parkinson, refuses to answer simple questions.
It’s not like the force doesn’t have the answer. The CCPS has a media officer as well, Cst Dan Cloutier, who when asked the question first referred me to the chief.
Do we really pay a media officer to run things through the chief?
Cornwall’s police budget of around $18M simply is bloated. Sadly with the Labour President on Council and other butt kissers and vote panderers like Bernie Clement the public has no defense to runaway and far too often, unjustified costs.
Most crime numbers are down across the province. In this community, with its stagnant or declining population numbers, we also see an anomaly of having a higher and growing percentage of seniors. Are these old folks listening to Abba or going on expensive crime sprees? The numbers released in the CCPS police blotter clearly show less crime, and the force doesn’t seem to be investing in the real big crime areas like White Collar crime and fraud.
With Marijuana legislation coming the expectations are that police costs will be dropping instead of prosecuting pointless cases.
In other words, if you follow the money, there is no reason to sustain budget levels as they are for the CCPS, nevermind raise them.
But those are fighting words for our Chief and some of the over paid senior staff riding out towards retirement.
For those of you not familiar with our chief here is an example of how he rolls. This newspaper has been chipping away at an exhaustive investigation of the CCPS budget, especially as the Chief clearly is refusing to give out basic information, and early estimates are that taxpayers are spending about 33% more than they need and nearly 60% more than per capita policing in SD&G where our police chief and many of the force are quite happy to live.
Of course for any real change to happen it would take political leadership and sadly that sorely lacking in this community at this time.
That will take real change at the next election and years to fix, but $5-6m per year taken from that budget would help fill up capital reserves pretty darn fast before we get more sinkholes as our roads are becoming way too much like Quebec ones.
The fire service is nearly as bad a hot mess. Essentially council took the squeaky wheel and made him chief. Under Pierre Voisine this newspaper has only received one release via another city department. There are allegations that the Fire Service is spending wads of cash training in certain areas which are not directly in their mandate while not focusing on some that are.
Mr. Voisine as a matter of fact neglected to send his latest release release from the fire department to this outlet, the largest in Cornwall. Is safety not important? Isn’t the purpose of a release to reach to most residents possible?
For immediate release
Cornwall Fire Services begins administering Naloxone for Opioid overdoses
Starting this week, Cornwall Fire Services (CFS) will be delivering Naloxone Hydrochloride via nasal spray to victims of Opioid overdoses on response calls under the medical delegation of Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).
This new approach is in response to the growing epidemic of Opioid use and abuse involving both prescription and illicit forms of the potent narcotics.
“The Cornwall Fire Service will provide this crucial Opioid overdose treatment before it becomes a major issue in Eastern Ontario,” said Firefighter Eric Richer, CFS Medical Response Team Lead.
“All of our firefighters have received the proper training and providing this service will ensure that citizens get the care they need in a timely manner, supplementing the services that already provided by Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services,” added Fire Chief Pierre Voisine.
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Cornwall of course, because of its older run down housing stock in the East end and a higher senior population sees a much higher share of fires than other comparable communities, but the question comes simply to that if the force refuses to be transparent and accountable how does it justify its yearly budget?
There truly seems to be a group of managers and leaders at City Hall that seem to have completely forgotten that they in fact do not work in the private sector, and that they cash they are spending is in fact the public’s money.
Clearly many realize how much they spend as they choose to not live in Cornwall and pay taxes on some of the wastage that they create. Very few city managers actually live in the City. Our CAO, the person at the top of the food chain lives in South Stormont. How do you feel struggling with your tax and water bills knowing that Sunshine List salaries are being pumped out of the city?
With rumblings of a 6-10% tax hike in an election year it’s starting to look like there aren’t many, if any candidates of this council at all worthy of re-election in this wasted term of bloated taxes, bad image management, corruption and non economic development.
When your commercial and industrial losses and MPAC appeals result in potential 1-3% tax increases alone you’re in trouble, and do any of these elected officials or key management foster potential solutions, especially when you have councilors like Elaine Macdonald claiming that taxes are good?
Of course things could be worse and we could be busy building roundabouts in our community…..
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