Afghanistan and Cornwall’s rumour mill

March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm (News, Politics) (, , )

  • I’ve been following a couple of high-profile trials lately.
    Accused Kevin Gregson awaits his fate in Ottawa, as a jury deliberates whether not he’s guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a police officer in 2009. Gregson has admitted to stabbing the constable, but maintained he didn’t mean to kill the man.
    Terri-Lynn McClintic is testifying today in the trial of her former boyfriend, Michael Rafferty, who is charged in the death of Tori Stafford in 2009. McClintic has already been convicted of murder in the case, but Rafferty has pled not-guilty.
  • There’s crazy stuff going on in Afghanistan.
    Ever since a Koran was accidently burned on a NATO base, the country has been extremely volatile. It doesn’t help that a U.S. soldier killed more than a dozen villagers on Sunday; there’s already been retaliation against local officials. The Taliban and Afghan forces are both understandably angry, and emotions are running high on all sides. Some are calling for an early withdrawal of troops, but the U.S. has maintained its position that it will remain in the country until 2014.
  • The drama of Cornwall city hall never ceases.

    Andre Rivette

    Last week, Coun. Andre Rivette filed a formal complaint over a closed-door council meeting, continuing to add to the picture of a fractured group of councillors. Coun. Syd Gardiner is stepping away from some of his commitments as he tries to improve his health; Coun. Leslie O’Shaughnessy also recently gave up some of his committee appointments, though his reasons are less clear. The newest elected officials are not finding the job to be quite what they expected – they’ve dealt with legal hassles, watched their mayor battle cancer, fired their human resources manager, and who knows what else. I told one of them I don’t envy his position at all right now … especially since I keep hearing that there’s more coming soon.
    It’s not just councillors facing challenges though: city staff have been under fire lately as well. A former mayoral candidate has filed a complaint over the last election, claiming the clerk was a biased returning officer due to her affiliations with his rival. Then in the last few days, a story has been swirling about the CAO getting his car stuck in the parking lot of the soccer fields. Sounds embarrassing, sure, but it’s ridiculous how an incident like that so quickly becomes an attack on character or conspiracy theory. But then, I like to believe the best about people over the wild rumours.
    If you’re looking for a refresher on recent goings-on at 340 Pitt Street, check out my timeline of events here.

  • It’s not news, but I thought I’d let you know that my Lytro camera should be shipping out in the next two weeks. I can’t wait!
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