Protesters picket over sign-gate


Man on lam found A 40-year-old man of Kanawake, Que- bec, was arrested onMarch 11 under the strength of outstanding warrants after missing a January court date in connec- tion with a violent incident 16 months ago. It is alleged that on Nov. 18, 2011, the man engaged in an altercation with his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend when he assault- ed her, threatened her and choked her. It is also alleged that in January 2012, he continuously harassed his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend and uttered threats and that he failed to attend court on Jan. 11 this year. He was located in Montreal, Que. and turned over to members of the Cornwall Community Police Service Community Patrol Division. He was held in custody until court the following day. His name was not released as it would identify the victim in this incident. Probation warrant Davis Craig, 22 of Cornwall was arrested on March 12 under the strength of an outstanding probation office warrant. It is alleged that he failed to comply with his probation conditions being to re- port to the probation officer, pay restitu- tion, complete community service hours and notify any change of address. He was located and released to appear in court on April 11. Silver and meds The Cornwall Community Police Service is investigating a break and enter that occurred on March 11 at a Lawrence Av- enue residence. The suspects gained entry and re- moved prescription medications and a sterling silver teapot. Anyone with information regarding this break and enter is urged to contact the Cornwall police at 613-932-2110 or Crime Stoppers at 613-937-8477.


A handful of city residents upset with their treatment during a city council meeting Feb. 25 were back protesting in front of city hall Monday morning. About 12 people, upset that protest signs were damaged and seized by city hall for five days late last month, brought their signs back to city hall to protest their treat- ment by city hall and Cornwall police. “Had it been a wallet, had it been a jacket, would it have taken that long?” questioned protester Chris Cameron. The signs were taken by Councillor Syd Gardiner Feb. 25, who protesters say tried to tear them and when he couldn’t, bent them into two. The signs were finally found and handed over to police five days later after The Journal queried Norm Levac , the city’s chief administrative officer, of their where- abouts. Gardiner has denied he damaged the signs. He told The Journal he bent the signs so they could fit in the lunch room at city hall. He said he did not know what hap- pened to them afterwards. Cornwall police, after a week-long investi- gation, exonerated Gardiner after conclud- ing the obviously bent signs were not dam- aged.

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Protesters carry picket signs in front of city hall Monday morning protesting the damaging of protesters’ signs and their disappearance for five days after a Cornwall city council meeting Feb. 25.

But Cameron insists the signs were bent and the protesters did not get the justice they deserve under the law. “They’re bent. The law was bent,” he said. “We should have had our signs that night.” The police only got involved in the sign fiasco after Cameron’s wife, Debbie, called city police headquarters from city hall to complain about incident after seven police officers on hand to remove Cornwall Free News reporter Jamie Gilcig from the council chambers refused to act. Gilcig was removed by Mayor Bob Kilger for wearing a T-shirt – a picture of Kilger a public statement released at noon Mon- day. “During my tenure on city council, I can show that I was lied to, that I had been mis- lead on various issues, and that information that was pertinent to the decision-making process was wilfully withheld,” says former councillor in a scathing indictment of city hall. O’Shaughnessy resigned out of frustra- tion with the lack of information made available to him during numerous closed sessions of council, many of which were

on a milk carton – which he deemed was offensive. The Ontario Municipal Act gives the mayor the authority to evict anyone from the council chambers from improper conduct, but no mention is made about of- fensive attire and what the threshold is of offensiveness. Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger took no issue with the protest in front of city hall.“It’s free- dom of expression,” he told The Journal in a brief interview. “People have gathered to- gether to convey a concern.” He added that “everything was peaceful” and that “everything went well”. held to discuss a whistle-blower retaliation case against the city in 2011. He had promised when he resigned he would eventually release a more detailed explanation of why he resigned from coun- cil when work initiated during an in camera session was complete. The work he refers to is believed to be an investigation by lawyer Judith Allen into potential misconduct at city hall, particular- ly revolving around the Diane Shay whistle- blower case. Please see “O’SHAUGHNESSY”: Page 5

Former councillor says he was “lied to” and “misled” by city GREG KIELEC GREG.KIELEC@EAP.ON.CA

A Cornwall city councillor who resigned in April 2012 says that he was “lied to” and “misled” during his tenure on the munici- pally elected council. “The simple answer to the question of why I resigned is that I felt that I could no longer be accountable for the decisions that were being made during closed door meetings. Without accountability there cannot be transparency,” says Leslie O’Shaughnessy in

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