Cornwall Ontario – Some people are friendlier and more considerate than others. Some make good neighbors, and then there seems to be one Natalie B Trottier, a lawyer with Federal Crown Tilton T Donihee, the local law firm that purchased Diane Lahaie’s old practice after she became a judge.
Where this story began is a bit fuzzy, but there is already a lawsuit active after Ms Trottier attacked her neighbors very rare Black Walnut Tree, causing damage while allegedly trying to have it removed from her neighbors property.
I guess some lawyers may be better at the law than writing letters….or they may be not. I can’t imagine anyone ever being hurt or wounded by a single acorn falling, but then I’m not a doctor or lawyer. For now the tree has been damaged, and may not survive.
Cornwall lawyer Andre Bourgon will be facing Ms Trottier over that particular issue.
For Geraldine Fitzpatrick, who’s lived in the house her deceased husband built over 30 years ago, Ms Trottier building a house just within a few feet of her property line has been a nightmare. First the attack on her beloved Black Walnut tree, and now the reality that Ms. Trottier’s house was allowed to be built by the township so close to her home that it’s now causing flooding and damage to her foundation.
In the picture at the top of this story she’s standing in nearly six inches of rain water that is seeping into her foundation. The drain spouts from the Trottier home clearly aimed at hers.
The day I attended the stairs from Ms Trottier’s new house were touching the rope and pegs(under water in the top pic) used to demark the property line!
As you can see from the photo above the new house had some room on the lot rather than dwarf the older home.
When I reached out to Ms Trottier to offer her a chance to answer some questions or issue a statement (standard practice for real journalists) she took a Rob Ford strategy and contacted the OPP. A Cst Sean Amelotte, who’s on the Sunshine List, attended Ms Fitzpatrick demanding to know why she was talking to this writer. When Ms Fitzpatrick stated that she’d called me because I was a journalist with this newspaper he allegedly stated that I wasn’t a journalist and implied that what she was doing was criminal harassment.
Not sure what they are teaching in Police courses now, but this seems very outside of the box. Frankly it seems like an officer in uniform intimidating someone that pays his salary, and defaming a working journalist who’s written and published over 10,000 pieces in less than ten years.
For Ms Fitzpatrick, who worked for CAS for decades with numerous letters of recommendation and accolades it was a slap in the face. She’s met with a bewildering lack of support in her opinion from the township who have refused to take action and allowed the building in the manner which it’d been done to occur. She shared with this writer that she’s asked them to come to see the flooding repeatedly and what’s going on, but to no avail.
She’s also filed a complaint with the law society which resulted in a letter arriving just before Ms Trottier filed her complaint with the OPP which resulted in Cst Amelotte’s visit.
Did the OPP become a police force for hire? This reminds me of when South Stormont Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart had two OPP cruisers visit me here in Cornwall because she too didn’t appreciate media scrutiny when she was clearly over the line.
The letter from LSUC clearly did not clear Ms Trottier of wrongdoing rather citing potential legal action and their role, as opposed to the complaints filed by same Ms Hart and her friends against Paralegal Jim Moak that resulted in a Conspiracy Lawsuit award to Mr. Moak against the South Stormont Deputy Mayor, Ruth Currier, and Bob Noble.
For Ms Fitzpatrick her battle is only beginning and as a retiree she’s actually considering leaving her home of over 30 years because it’s draining to have to fight against lawyers, OPP, a seemingly uncaring township, and the court system. Can you believe the nightmare of having to leave your home because of this abuse?
Which begs the question as to why these entities are allowing this to happen to any resident? Is South Glengarry that corrupt a place to live? Do the OPP bully for politicians and legal friends systemically? Does the township nod zoning and permits to “friends in high places” while zapping wedding tents?
Sadly it looks like the court system may have to sort out this injustice, but having been to a few rodeos locally the odds of Geraldine Fitzpatrick being made whole in this might be a daunting challenge. As challenging as holding Natalie Trottier, or any of those involved in fuzzy line crossings accountable.
The bottom line is why the township allowed Ms Trottier’s house to be built so closer to Ms Fitzpatrick’s? Why allow it to be built higher so as to cause water damage? Why haven’t they taken prompt action after being contacted repeatedly by Ms Fitzpatrick? Why Cst Amelotte felt the need to give her grief for talking to this journalist and intimidating her after Ms Trottier contacted the OPP?
It should be interesting to see which, if any, of those questions get answered eventually…
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Editor’s note. We have updated this story to correct the tree variety.