February will be the tenth anniversary of this newspaper. That’s a long time and a lot of hard work.
Sadly, CFN never became the creative fount of positivity I envisioned when I started this venture in February of 2009. You can’t do creative marketing for people that aren’t creative as I discovered in a chat with Andre Pommier before Bob Peters told him to stop advertising.
I was warned. I was told that Cornwall was corrupt, uneducated, impoverished, and lacking culture.
I thought I could make a difference and I did in many ways. A lot of nasty dragons have been defeated. A lot of bad guys (and girls) have left town. A few even ended up in jail. We saved beavers even if the flow through devices were ripped out eventually in Guindon Parc by mysterious parties….
At the end it’s been an adventure and like all adventures there are good parts and bad. There are cliffhangers, and there are times the hero gets to kiss the girl and not get herpes.
As I’ve always said if I ever left Cornwall it wouldn’t be because of bullies like Roy Perkins, David #metoo Murphy, Ed Lumley(an alleged wife beater as a bonus) Gilles Latour (now in the pokey) Bob Peters, Denis Thibault, Peter Gault, Rick Shaver, Guy Lauzon, Jim Brownell, Hugo Rodrigues, Chris Savard(run out of town after a few scandals) Traci Trottier, Maureen Adams, Jennifer Burke, Brian Snyder, and our future mayor Bernadette Clement, Elaine MacDonald and their Pink Posse…there are so many more, many sneakily who work in the shadows. (Tammy Hart gets bonus points even if she’s in South Stormont)
The irony is these impotent bullies are enabled by the likes of Randy Sauve, Dwight Dugas, Tracy Champagne, Kathy Coffey, Neil MacMillan, John Towndrow, and far too many to name and frankly who aren’t worthy of naming, circling around hoping for a few crumbs or billboards.
Life is short. Talent is an awesome thing and those of us with some have to cherish that gift and use it wisely.
Cornwall Ontario isn’t the greatest place to invest. It’s not the place to go if you seek attention either ( I always laughed at that lame accusation, I mean, honestly, who would come to Cornwall to get famous?) and sadly it’s shown that it’s not a place to raise a family or build a business. It’s not that you can’t, but it’s like hoping to live to 100 by smoking 3 packs of ciggies per day.
Like the toons in Who’s Afraid of Roger Rabbit the town will be Big Boxed over. It already has in a small way when you contrast the mediocrity of Brookdale with the ghostly strip that is Pitt Street.
It’s a town of cowards who enable the even more mediocre bullies that rule it so inefficiently that what could be a gold mine is routinely overlooked by so many. It’s essentially a government services town where if you aren’t working for CAS, CCH, CCPS, CFS, EOHU, or any other government agency or school board, your income is pretty darn well below the provincial average. And that means towing the line…or else!
It also has more self hatred than any place I’ve ever lived and I’ve lived in a few. If you want to hear this poor city rundown talk to a local, especially if they’ve moved away as I have far too often recently.
I’ve seen a lot of good people leave in the last 18 months with more moving in the next 12.
With all this there still are pebbles of goodness, even if they are meek and dimly lit.
Ten years of investment in a community is enough in my opinion. It’s time to give someone else a chance.
There have been many in this town that have judged yours truly; like the very special person who chastised me for not graduating University and when I clicked on their facebook profile, they were studying to get their GED.
While ten years have flown by without me judging others there clearly is plenty to judge and the verdict for most wouldn’t be pretty…but that will come out in Dirty Town Under a Crooked Bridge which will be finished in February.
What the new owners will understand, what so many in Cornwall don’t, is that it’s always the audience that counts, not the writer, publisher, editor, or bottle washer. It’s always about the viewers and it drives many of the “clique” nuts, even as they themselves read our pages, that so many read CFN inside and outside Cornwall Ontario.
Do you want the chance to own this awesome newspaper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org if and have the cash to back it up or dial 855 444 1133. 2017 TRAFFIC NUMBERS & REACH LINK
No low ballers please 🙂
Here’s to an awesome next ten years!