A Chill in the Morning After Election Night – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – May 3, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

A Chill in the Morning After Election Night – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – May 3, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – Well the Canadian people have spoken.   This morning we wake up to a Harper majority government with the Conservatives picking up 167 of 308 seats in Parliament.   It’s pretty clear. We can talk about the politics of spin.  We can talk about corruption.  We can talk about dirty tricks, but […]

Osama Bin Laden Announced Dead & Canada Votes for its next PM – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Announced Dead & Canada Votes for its next PM – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig  – May 2, 2011

Cornwall ON – May Day, May 1st has been associated with organized labour for an awfully long time.    During WW2 the Nazi’s tried to make it their day to pull from the Communists who were for so long synonymous with organized labour around the world. On May 1st the US announced that it had […]

The Cornwall Free News Endorses for the 2011 Federal Election…Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 29, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

The Cornwall Free News Endorses for the 2011 Federal Election…Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 29, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – The Twitterverse pounds you with news if you follow enough scribblers and news sites.  It’s like a rush of heroin without the …..heroin.   It’s a busy Manhattan street or the rush of the London tube. Just a cacophony of messages; most of them sales pitches and spins. This has been a […]

Nanos-Land and the New Media by Jamie Labonte – April 24, 2011

Nanos-Land and the New Media by Jamie Labonte – April 24, 2011

South Stormont, ON – There are many major players in the current political battle and most are well known. . There is Stephen Harper, the would-be benevolent patriarch, Michael Ignatieff , the “David” to Harper’s “Goliath” fighting insurmountable polling numbers, Jack Layton, the underdog that makes bold speaches and gestures with no fear of reprisal and of course Gilles Duceppe, […]

So I’m still undecided on who to vote for on May 2 in the upcoming Canadian Federal Election…EDITORIAL by Jamie Gilcig – April 24, 2011

So I’m still undecided on who to vote for on May 2 in the upcoming Canadian Federal Election…EDITORIAL by Jamie Gilcig – April 24, 2011

Cornwall ON – So it’s one week to show time for Canada and all of our futures.    It’s been the most anti-climactic and non-focused election I’ve lived through to date. The Harper game plan is like a Jacques Martin hockey plan; get a lead and hide and hold onto it.  I can’t argue that, […]

Andre Rivette Lone Councilor to Balk at Unsecured Interest Free Loan to Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off 2011

Andre Rivette Lone Councilor to Balk at Unsecured Interest Free Loan to Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off 2011

Cornwall ON – Today Cornwall City Council granted a discombobulated Lift Off team an unsecured short term interest free loan of $30,000. One councilor voted against it, Andre Rivettte.  Kudos to him. As a small business owner and home owner I’m shocked and stunned.   Is City Hall really in the banking business now? Can […]

Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off 2011 Springing a Leak – Goes to City Hall to ask for $30K Loan – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 20, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off 2011 Springing a Leak – Goes to City Hall to ask for $30K Loan – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 20, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – The Lift Off Festival is going to City Council today; hat in hand, looking for $30K in loans.   It’s going to put some interesting pressure on council, but in the end I’d be sadly disappointed if these dollars are advanced.  There is no financial device that makes sense to such a loan; especially […]

Bridging the Issues in SD&SG Federal Election Campaign by Jamie Gilcig – April 9, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Bridging the Issues in SD&SG Federal Election Campaign by Jamie Gilcig – April 9, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – Joseph Goebbels is considered a great propagandist and one of  the tenets he practiced, not invented as many think, is that if you tell a lie often enough it starts to become the truth. The Ottawa Citizen managed to get all four of our Federal Candidates to sit down for a debate […]

Greens Still Not at Federal Debate Table – Why? Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 5, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Greens Still Not at Federal Debate Table – Why?  Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 5, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – I hate going to court personally.   I really do feel that most times it’s the guilty that are protected more than the victims.   Today Green Party leader Elizabeth May lost her bid to use the courts to force the Media Consortium to allow her to debate the other mostly Federal […]

1984 Happening in China? Is Canada Next? Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, Writers, Human Right’s Lawyers, and Bloggers Detained Over Jasmine Revolution – April 4, 2011

1984 Happening in China?  Is Canada Next?  Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, Writers, Human Right’s Lawyers, and Bloggers Detained Over Jasmine Revolution – April 4, 2011

Cornwall ON – In George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 it was forbidden to write.  Having pen & paper and using them could be punishable by death.   The book’s first chapter starts in April which makes it ironic to read about Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and activist who has just been arrested by Chinese officials […]

Happy April Fools Day! Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 1, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Happy April Fools Day!  Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – April 1, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – I was going to write an April Fools story this morning.   Usually I come out with one claiming that I’ve become a Conservative and embrace our local MP Guy Lauzon. Then I started to think about what’s going on around me a bit.  Upcoming elections, Japan, death, destruction, recession, athletes foot, […]

Canada’s Democracy In Jeopardy – Conservative Partisan Politics Get Nasty Nationally and in SD&SG Ontario – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 30, 2011

Canada’s Democracy In Jeopardy – Conservative Partisan Politics Get Nasty Nationally and in SD&SG Ontario – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 30, 2011

Cornwall ON – They say that Politics is a blood sport, but this election seems to be amping up much more so than the usual. As I sift through emails and phone calls today I’m hearing a lot of chatter about the Green Party.   While I’m sure Elizabeth May would rather get buzz on […]

Of Attack Ads and Coalitions – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 27, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Of Attack Ads and Coalitions – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 27, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – The bell has been rung and the horses have left the gate.  All across Canada the daggers are being aimed. It’s beyond partisan politics as well.   The reality is that attack ads really do work.  Good attack ads work really well. Here is one of the most successful attack ads I’ve […]

Dear Jack Layton – Please Don’t Fail Canada – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 23, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Dear Jack Layton –  Please Don’t Fail Canada – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 23, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – Dear Jack Layton.    First off I want to thank you.   As a newbie online newspaper you chose to give me an interview when many other Canadian Politicians snubbed moi, and for that I’ll be grateful. It was also an opportunity to see you in a much different light and learn […]

Muammar Gaddafi Vows to Fight to End in Libya – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 20, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Muammar Gaddafi Vows to Fight to End in Libya – Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 20, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – As I watch events unfold in Libya it’s like watching the movie Scarface.    Oliver Stone wrote the script which was directed by Brian DiPalma and in which Al Pacino will probably be more remembered than for his role in The Godfather. Lines like “Say Hello to my Little Friend” have been […]

The Fukushima Blues – Special to the Cornwall Free News by Roy Berger – March 17, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

The Fukushima Blues – Special to the Cornwall Free News by Roy Berger – March 17, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – You asked me for an editorial on the nuclear thing. You know what. I’ve tried a few pages. I am way too angry and mad to write something I can live with. My contempt for Parliament, the Kremlin and The White House is a burden. We got here because we can’t learn […]

Do Massive Ad Dollars Spent by Harper Government Tilt the Media? Editorial by Jamie Gilcig – March 10, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Do Massive Ad Dollars Spent by Harper Government Tilt the Media?  Editorial by Jamie Gilcig  – March 10, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – As election rhetoric heats up we are being flooded by ads on TV for Canada’s Economic Action Plan.   Like most propaganda it’s pushing a lot of buttons, but is there any substance to this plan? For most Canadians the answer is a resounding no.   Sure, here in my community, Cornwall […]

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