“The world will not be destroyed by evil but by those who watch without doing anything” Albert Einstein.
Well it’s that time again to renew councils contracts through our election process. When one is hired to do a specific job and fails miserably should they get their contracts extended another four years? This question will be answered by the taxpayers, but lets review the last four years.
Attached is the video of current Mayor, Lesley O’Shaughnessy’s campaign promises with the rest of council jumping on the band wagon. As a direct result Mayor Kilger tried to settle my lawsuit weeks before the election.
Once elected this strategy had served its purpose and was never discussed again. It seemed to be a challenge to even review the workplace harassment and violence policy which is a annual legislative requirement. Mayor O’Shaughnessy sent me a copy of the policy which was dated 2016. Given that the Mayor was viewed as a whistle-blower by Ms. Allen you would think he would been more proactive. They are certainly good at talking the talk but walking the walk is a whole other issue.
In 2014, when my back was against a wall, city managers, coworkers and a lot of people in general turned their backs on me because I dared to speak up for an elderly abuse victim.
I was later briefly elated that a potential city mayor (Cornwall’s current mayor) had my back. He used mine and others stories/ struggles to get elected. Once elected he did a complete 180. I not only went to the bottom of his agenda, he and council were quick to dismiss my case only months after the election by trying to get it thrown out of court.
Bernadette Clement, who sat on the GSDL Board met with a whistle-blower to discuss her complaints related to resident care. During this meeting Ms. Clement pointed at the whistle-blower wanting to discredit Ms. Derouchie. Although council as a whole may not have been aware of my issue since Mr. Fitzpatrick had not informed them of the Ministry charges, but Ms. Clement should have been well aware in her role. Human Rights have never been high on council agenda as history can attest to.
There was also the Rob Hickley story, a deputy chief who just wanted to follow the recruiting protocol and for this he was retaliated against. Once more Mayor Kilger and Paul Fitzpatrick throwing their weight around, destroying peoples lives and careers without a second thought.
Unfortunately retaliation can come in all forms, as with Jamie Gilcig, for addressing council on issues of accountability and transparency related to a conflict of Interest with three councillors (O’Shaughnessy, Hebert and E. MacDonald) who voted to provide funding for the Benson University Steering Committee which all three sat on.
In 2016 Norm Levac, a man I greatly respected, developed a Code of Conduct for elected officials and local boards but the only copy is on the City website which does not appear to have council approval since it isn’t signed or dated.
Regardless, this policy will only be enforced if it is convenient much like the Whistle-blower, Harassment policy and legislative requirements. They are above the law and they know it with tax dollars providing their means.
I write this solely for the purpose of warning voters, be very weary of public officials and those who aspire to become one. Take their words with a grain of salt and look at their past actions. Actions such as, where did they work, volunteer, and what charities have they given their own money to. These actions will define them and speak louder than words could ever do.
Although many of these people are gone with lucrative severance packages unfortunately the culture is alive and well still at City Hall in Cornwall.
Accountability, transparency and integrity is what taxpayers voted for and deserve. To imply that this council embodies these beliefs is paramount to calling all Whistle-blowers liars.
At the end of the day council can be part of the problem or part of the solution. Historically they have failed.