Cornwall Ontario — This statement (by Mark A MacDonald and Josh Welsh) is being issued to address the rumour that a group of local doctors have bought the General Hospital. As far as we know, this is not true. Our understanding is that we have until June 3rd to meet our conditions.
The final say regarding the future use of the hospital belongs to the Minister of Health. We have notified her that there is a “Community Proposal” (conditional offer) being brought forward. We want the building to be used for LTC, wheelchair accessible housing and affordable housing for seniors. The building must be used for the common good and social benefit of the community, similar to one in Barrie Ontario.
When the Premier was in town a few weeks back she was informed of the pending sale and she was also made aware of the June 3rd deadline.
A recent presentation to Council made it clear that we are asking for technical and administrative support from the City. We are not asking for any money. The CAO has informed us that Council will be voting on the issue at the meeting of May 13th. We are expecting a positive response from Council.
The real work will start the morning of May 14th. We will convene a meeting of the local task force for approval as well as an interim board of directors for the not for profit corporation. The last step will require the permission of the Minister of Health.
In closing, our offer is still very much in play and we are anxiously awaiting the next meeting of Council.
-Mark A. MacDonald and Josh Welsh