City council – May 28

May 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm (News, Politics) (, )

It was another long one last night as council gathered without its leader. Bob Kilger is currently on vacation, so Glen Grant was filling in as acting mayor for the meeting.

There was some heated discussion around the possibility of a casino here – not a new topic but it arose again after Cornwall was left out of provincial gaming zones. In fact, the city was left off a map of eastern Ontario altogether. Councillors Denis Carr  and David Murphy were livid over the omission, and convinced their colleagues to send a “strongly-worded” letter to the province in protest. Council also opted to participate in a “request for information” process with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, which would essentially be an application for inclusion in future gaming zones. That has to happen, along with the lifting of a moratorium on new casinos and a few other things, before the city has any avenue at all to pursue potentially setting up a gaming centre here.

Council also …

  • approved changes to the outside agencies grant application policy. Now groups will have to provide financial statements, a long-term forecast, a mid-year report, and proof of their efforts to find funding elsewhere.
  • heard a presentation from Rebecca Sorrell, head of the Save the Beavers group. Council won’t take any immediate action on the issue; they are waiting for a full report from staff, who are in turn waiting to meet with a B.C.-based organization who has offered free alternatives to the trapping that has been going on in Guindon Park for the last 25 years.
  • are asking administration to look at the feasibility of a pedestrian crossing of some kind across Sydney Street between the Cornwall Square and Horovitz Park.
  • stamped their approval on a contract with the owner of a Quebec hockey team to use the civic complex arena, with no discussion whatsoever. I’m sure prior debate was held behind closed doors. So that’s that. Officials will be in town on Thursday to unveil the team’s colours and name.

The next meeting is on June 11.

In non-council news, StatsCan released some more data today, showing that the region’s senior population continues to grow, while the number of children and teens is still decreasing. A positive note though – the demographic of 20 to 30-year-olds was actually up compared to 2006.

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