Cornwall, ON – The Concerned Citizens Coalition will be holding another public meeting on Monday February 4, starting at 6:30 pm, at the McConnell Manor. The purpose of the meeting will be to further the cause of making sure the General Hospital be used for the benefit of seniors in this area.
“This issue will affect all of us sooner or later,” stated Mark A. MacDonald. “There is a long list of social benefits this building has to offer in regards to long term care, wheel-chair accessible housing, doctor’s offices, affordable housing for seniors and, the list goes on and on.”
“It’s time to put politics aside and work together or we run the risk of losing this opportunity,” stated MacDonald. “All politicians are especially invited to join us and as well, Councillor Rivette has agreed to be our guest speaker.”
Josh Welsh and Emily Ladoucer-MacDonald, Grade 12 students from St. Lawrence High School and community activists, issued a joint statement commenting that “Health care involves all of us, we are happy to join this cause. This is an opportunity for us to learn first-hand, rather than just reading about it in school.”
“We are talking about a community building listed at $2 million, and probably worth a bundle more, that already belongs to us,” stated MacDonald. “There are probably 15 to 20 government offices that pay rent in Cornwall, and they could benefit from having a permanent home.”
This sale requires final approval from the Minister of Health and that has not happened. This building is still very much in play and our seniors deserve all the help we can give them. “It’s important to get the youth involved in things such as this at an early age. Especially when it will impact you as you get older,” stated Josh Welsh.