What will a Ford cabinet look like?
The last provincial cabinet minister to represent a riding that included Cornwall was Fern Guindon, labour minister in the Bill Davis government.
The odds are that when Doug Ford unveils his cabinet, Guindon will still be the last Cornwallbased MPP to serve in cabinet.
There isn’t much chance of Stormont-dundasSouth Glengarry MPP Jim Mcdonell making the cut.
First of all, he hasn’t expressed much interest in serving in cabinet. Second, even if he did he is up against some stiff competition for the two or three cabinet positions that will go to Eastern Ontario. There is a boatload of top talent from this neck of the province.
Long- time MPP Steve Clarke ( LeedsGrenville-thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes) will be named to cabinet. So will Nepean MPP Lisa Mcleod. A strong contender for cabinet is newcomer Merrilee Fullerton, a retired doctor who will represent Kanata-carleton. She could be considered for the health portfolio, while another newcomer, Amanda Simard, Glengarry-prescottRussell might be a good fit for the francophone affairs slot. Then there is veteran RenfrewNipissing-pembroke MPP John Yakabuski who won big again, this time finishing 25,288 votes ahead of his nearest rival. Randy Hillier, Lanark-frontenac-kingston MPP, might be too much of a loose cannon for cabinet.
One thing this cabinet won’t have is an attorney-general who once marched with a sign that said, “F.... the Cops”.
**************** How can a country as great as the United States, a country with so much talent, get it so wrong when it comes to electing a president? In addressing in the House of Commons, President John F. Kennedy said of his country and Canada, “Let what nature has joined together let no man put asunder.” Well, Donald Trump is giving it his best shot. A few things Trump might not be aware of as he attacks this country: Canada was in the First and Second World Wars before the United States; while he was dodging the draft (four times) so he wouldn’t have to serve in Vietnam, 30,000 Canadians volunteered to fight with American forces, 134 died in combat; Canada was America’s most reliable partner in Afganistan; it was a Canadian diplomat ( Ken Taylor) who smuggled six Americans out of Iran in 1980; and Canada took in 30,000 Americans when 239 flights were forced to land in this country during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. And talk about a trade imbalance, parts of Florida would have to shut down if Canadians stopped going there during the winter.
THIS AND THAT After telling anyone who would listen, and the results show that the message fell on a lot of deaf ears, that Doug Ford was unfit to govern Ontario, Kathleen Wynne’s first go in life as a backbencher was to send out a Mayday call plea to premier-elect Ford asking for mercy when it comes to party status for the decimated Liberals who came up one seat short of official party status. Ford will think about it. ... Mike Harris is back. That’s junior not senior. The younger was elected in Kitchener-conestoga. ... Brockville Mayor David Henderson got a swift kick in the teeth from voters in Leeds-grenvilleThousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. He turned in his Progressive Conservative membership card to run for the Liberals. He finished third, 23,453 votes behind incumbent Steve Clarke.
HERE AND THERE What a difference a few decades make. When first wave of baby boomers was streaming into the system, schools couldn’t be built fast enough. There was even a shortage of teachers. These days, because of a declining birthrate, local school boards have more classroom space than students. Far cry from the 1960s at Cornwall Collegiate when the basement cadet rifle range had to be used as a make-shift classroom.
SEEN AND HEARD Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz was captain of the Regina Pats team that played in the 1980 Memorial Cup tournament which the Cornwall Royals won. ... Former city councillor Glen Grant still mulling a potential run for mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election. At least three former councillors expected to make a council bid. ... Bought a Fitbit. It does everything but talk. A long way from the days of having to remember to wind a watch every day to keep it ticking. ... Remember when we turned first to the comics. These days, for those of us still reading newspapers, it is the obituaries before moving on to the crossword/sudoku puzzles. ... Any kid who hung around the old Water Street Arena knew Mac Sloan, who died last week at age 89. Mac worked at the place for what seemed like forever. A kind soul, Mac was a walking encyclopedia when it came to everything and anything that happened at the old barn during his long tenure.
with their money, but with their time.
Each item could be bid on with volunteer hours. Bidders could spend those hours with any non-profit charity organization of their choosing, but there were a few on hand at the event if they were looking for a place to start.
The Canadian Cancer Society, Priest Mill Arts Centre, the White Knucklerz, Maison Baldwin House, Bereaved Families, Habitat for Humanity and the SD&G County Library were all on site to tell guests about the benefits of volunteering and the difference their volunteer hours could make for their organizations.
The Canadian Cancer Society for example runs programs like Wheels of Hope, which helps to get cancer patients to appointments and their Wig Salon, which helps match cancer patients with quality wigs. Both of these programs would not be possible without the help of volunteers.
“For the inaugural Cornwall Timeraiserx, we had an amazing turnout and raised 770 volunteer hours for local organizations,” said organizer Kelly Bergeron. “We celebrated local visual artists, dance, and song and were so lucky to have an incredible location partner at Cailuan Gallery downtown. Thank you to everyone who supported this, including Seaway News. Having a vibrant arts community is what allowed this to be a success.”