Cornwall Ontario – One wonders what Cornwall CAO Maureen Adams has to hide by not sending releases to the largest newspaper in the city? From excerpts published in other media it certainly doesn’t look highly important? In fact striking CUPE workers and organizers seemed incensed at the nature of the city’s release while chanting GEOFF CLARKE SUCKS in front of City Hall.
Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy is off until the 22nd which is odd knowing that the strike was mandated this week?
The City apparently asked the union to take back it’s last offer for vote which was rejected. CFN has not had a copy of this offer, but would love to see it. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pickets were set up in front of City Hall, the Police Station and public library.
The city has stated that services will be closed or impacted. In fact one person said the strike released had more info than the city normally shares which they thought terribly ironic. Even more ironic is that CUPE members and the Labour movement in Cornwall played a large role in electing many on this council.
CUPE officials in Toronto complained about our lack of support and coverage which was odd as CFN has always been kind to city workers and unionized workers while CUPE has never once bought an ad or any services on CFN nor have any of our amazing viewers who have made donations even stated that they were CUPE members.
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City Hall will remain open during a strike and a number of services will continue to be provided, including burial permits and death registrations, lotteries and lottery licences, marriage licences and weddings.
Water/Sewer & property tax bill payments will continue to be processed.
Social & Housing Services
The main Social & Housing Services office, at the Justice Building (340 Pitt Street, third floor reception only) will remain open. The Winchester Satellite office will be closed.
If you are applying for Home Child Care or the Child Care Fee Subsidy, you will be required to come to the office to complete an application and provide the supporting documentation regarding that request.
The Richelieu Day Care Centre will be closed during the strike, and alternate arrangements will be made for families using the centre.
For further information, please call 613-933-6282 ext. 3310
Ontario Works applications will continue to be processed. Applicants can apply online at https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/apply_online.aspx or by calling the number below.
Ontario Works cheques will continue to be processed and mailed out. Some necessary benefits may be processed.
For further information, please call 613-933-6282 ext. 3205
For Ontario Renovates, Social Housing (Registry) & Rent Supplement Program Applications, please call 613-933-6282 ext. 3315, and your name will be placed on a call list.
If you are applying for the Homelessness Prevention Program, you will be required to come to the office to complete an application and provide the supporting documentation required.
Cornwall Public Library
The library will be open to the public with reduced service hours for lending and returning items, information services, and public computer access. E-services via the library website will be available. All library programs, exam proctoring and room bookings will be cancelled. The book return will be closed. No library fines will be charged. Information: 613-932-4796 email@example.com
Building Permits & By-Law
The Building and By-Law Division will operate at a reduced level. This may result in extended building permit review periods & impede the ability to conduct site inspections within desired timelines.
By-law operations will be limited to some Traffic and Parking By-law enforcement. For serious matters such as dog bites, please contact the Cornwall Community Police Service at 613-933-5000.
Enforcement of By-laws relating to fences, signs, business licensing, animal control, property standards, yard maintenance, noise and vacant buildings will resume once labour actions have ceased. For service, please call 613-930-2787 ext. 2310 and response will be based on available resources.
The Planning Department will continue to operate but at a reduced level. This may result in longer response times for zoning applications, minor variances and other Planning-related services.
The Aquatic Centre and outdoor pools will be closed to the public in the event of a strike. The outdoor splash pads will remain in operation as per usual.
Benson Centre and Civic Complex
The Benson Centre and Cornwall Civic Complex will remain open for events that have already been scheduled.
Some programs may not be available as planned. If there is a cancellation, notice will be provided as soon as possible.
In the event of a strike, the use of the walking track inside the Cornwall Civic Complex will be restricted to weekdays between the hours of 9 am – 3 pm.
Summer Playground Program
The City’s Summer Playground Program in neighbourhood parks may be stopped in the event of a strike.
Construction projects of a priority and/or health and safety nature will continue.
However, some other planned projects may be postponed.
Other services, including watermain repairs and pothole maintenance, will continue on a priority basis.
For municipal works emergencies, please call 613-932-5354.
Residents with service requests can contact the City of Cornwall in a variety of ways: