The top news story of 2018

Seaway News - - OPINION - Claude McIn­tosh Mac’s Mus­ings ED­I­TO­[email protected]

A drum roll please as we take the cov­ers off the top lo­cal news story in the year that just ex­pired - 2018.

It’s a slam dunk.

The hands-down win­ner is the elec­tion of vet­eran city coun­cil­lor Ber­nadette Cle­ment who ran away with the Oct. 22 may­oral race, col­lect­ing more votes than the other three con­tenders com­bined. It ranks as one of the most lop­sided may­oral vic­to­ries in lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal his­tory.

Not only did the en­er­getic le­gal clinic lawyer, a Mon­trealer who has adopted Corn­wall as her home, be­come the first fe­male to claim the Corn­wall may­oral chain of of­fice, but she be­came the first black fe­male mayor in On­tario, per­haps the coun­try.

She isn’t the first made-in-Corn­wall trail­blazer. There are two note­wor­thy Corn­wal­lites who made po­lit­i­cal his­tory when it comes to break­ing down bar­ri­ers.

In 1930 Corn­wall vot­ers broke down a huge bar­rier when they elected Ro­ma­nian-born im­mi­grant Aaron Horovitz as Canada’s first Jewish mayor. He served a to­tal of 18 years as mayor, longer than any other lo­cal head of coun­cil.

Horovitz and his brother Louis came to Canada in 1910 with lit­tle more than a suit­case and a dream. A year after get­ting off a boat they were in Corn­wall set­ting up shop in an old build­ing which be­came home to the Prince Cloth­ing Co. It started with a few sewing ma­chines and 25 em­ploy­ees.

In 1955, Nathan Phillips, who grew up in Corn­wall after his fam­ily moved here from Brockville when he was an in­fant, be­came Toronto’s first Jewish mayor. In fact, Phillips be­came Toronto’s first non-Protes­tant/ Orange Lodge mayor, a string that dated back to the late 1800s.

Phillips, who spent years on Toronto city coun­cil, served as Toronto mayor un­til 1962., when he re­tired. Toronto hon­oured Phillips by nam­ing the new city hall and square after him: Nathan Phillips Square which serves as a fo­cal point for Canada’s largest city.

On his first day in of­fice, New Year’s Day, Phillips wrote his mother back in Corn­wall, telling her that it was hard for him to be­lieve that he, a Jew from a small town, was sit­ting in the Toronto mayor’s of­fice.

Things we may or may not be wit­ness to in 2019:

You won’t see city lawyer Sean Adams putting his busy le­gal prac­tice on hold to join the Martin Short/Steve Martin com­edy tour.

Adams and his son, Nick, trav­elled to Ot­tawa in Oc­to­ber to take in the sold-out show at TD Place.

The se­nior Adams had no idea he would end up part of the show.

Be­fore the comics launched into their Three Ami­gos! rou­tine, they de­cided that in the ab­sence of movie side­kick Chevy Chase, they needed to re­cruit some­body from the au­di­ence as the third amigo.

As luck would have it, Adams, sit­ting in the back row of the floor seats, got the call to join the duo on stage with 10,000 peo­ple tak­ing it in.

Learn­ing the lines was not a prob­lem. He had just one word.

The comics slapped a huge som­brero, sim­i­lar to the ones the ac­tors wore in the movie, on Adams’ head and told that when the per­form­ers sang“We are the ...”he was to break in with a solo burst of “Ami­gos!” The rou­tine was re­peated three or four times.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Adams who fig­ures he was on stage with the comics for about 10 min­utes. “My son was con­vinced that it was staged. It wasn’t.”

De­spite his stage “suc­cess”, Adams plans on stick­ing with his day job.

* The fi­nal chap­ter in the NDP’s Que­bec hon­ey­moon will be writ­ten in the Oc­to­ber fed­eral elec­tion.

* The Ford gov­ern­ment will do what pre­vi­ous provin­cial gov­ern­ments have done when it comes to com­plaints from mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties visa-vie the ar­bi­tra­tion sys­tem: Noth­ing.

* The Na­tional En­quirer will run a cover story claim­ing that Don­ald Trump un­der­went surgery to shorten his nose. It’s called acute Pinoc­chioitis.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ***** Vi­tal sta­tis­tics re­leased by city hall on Jan. 2, 1957 showed that the prover­bial stork made fewer vis­its to the Ho­tel Dieu Hos­pi­tal and Corn­wall Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

The num­ber of births in 1956 to­talled 922, down from a record 955 in 1955. Mar­riages also de­clined to 249 from 292, all but a hand­ful were church wed­dings, while the num­ber of deaths dropped to 209 from 292. Most funer­als were held in churches.

ALSO THIS WEEK IN 1957 - In the tra­di­tional mayor’s New Year’s Day ad­dress on CKSF Ra­dio, newly-elected Corn­wall mayor Emile Me­nard, who had de­feated long-time city mayor Aaron Horovitz, said the city was writ­ing a new page in its his­tory. It was the first elec­tion for the en­larged city which had an­nexed chunks of Corn­wall Town­ship, ex­pand­ing from one square mile to 32 square miles and a pop­u­la­tion leap to 36,000 from 17,030. The out­go­ing mayor pledged his full co-op­er­a­tion dur­ing the tran­si­tion . ... The first baby born in the new year was a baby boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Em­manuel Seguin of 807 Guy St. It was the cou­ple’s fifth child . ... The lo­cal Bell Tele­phone of­fice said Dec. 31 set a call record. The day ended with 123,000 calls . ... A Moose Creek man was sen­tenced to five months in jail for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of stolen goods . ... A city man was given a three-month jail sen­tence for steal­ing a pair of shoes val­ued at $7 from a Pitt Street store. The man asked for le­niency be­cause he was in­tox­i­cated at the time of the theft . ... A 20-year-old city res­i­dent was sent to prison for two years after he pleaded guilty to rob­bery with vi­o­lence. Court was told the man ripped a purse from a woman, break­ing her shoul­der. The purse con­tained $200 which was not re­cov­ered . ... James Hick­man be­came the first pres­i­dent of the Long Sault Cham­ber of Com­merce. It was pre­vi­ously known as the Mille Roches-Moulinette Cham­ber of Com­merce . ... The city was pre­par­ing for the ar­rival of 20 Hun­gar­ian free­dom fighters who had fled their home­land dur­ing the rev­o­lu­tion.

TRIVIA AN­SWER The first pas­tor of Na­tiv­ity Parish was Fa­ther J. J. Kelly, an Ir­ish­man. He was flu­ent in both French and English. While the church was be­ing built, the cor­ner­stone was laid in 1887, Fa­ther Kelly had a small wooden chapel con­structed to serve the fledg­ling con­gre­ga­tion.

TRIVIA This wife of an MPP served on Corn­wall city coun­cil.

ONE LAST THING “You know your chil­dren are grow­ing up when they stop ask­ing you where they came from and stop telling your where they are go­ing.” - P. J. O’Rourke

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