MISSISSAUGA NEW YEAR’S EVE 2009 (thanks to all our Emergency personnel)

December 31st, 2009  

Yes, thanks to all of them. One problem. I couldn’t find a single Mississauga fire truck. Not a ONE! Which of course is actually a good thing.

So here are a few photos of New Year’s Eve 2009, in the order they pics were taken.

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT DODGE CHARGERS "301" AND "302" CARS (NEW YEAR'S EVE 2009)

If you look at the right sides of both these police package Mississauga Transit Enforcement Dodge Chargers, you’ll see that I strung a holiday sparkly-lei to their right spotlight. (The “302” car is my personal favourite).

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT BUSES AT SOUTH COMMON MALL (NEW YEAR'S EVE 2009)

Mississauga Transit buses at South Common Mall. Mississauga Transit’s white buses with their orange smiles are just beautiful. Every. Last. One.

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DODGE CHARGER, NEW YEAR'S EVE 2009

Our Peelers seemed to be everywhere tonight. I noticed “Handsome” in my mirror and hoped it’d be caught on a red so I could take a photo. This pic is a point-and-hope. Note, this Dodge Charger sports the Peel Police old trim.

PEEL REGIONAL AMBULANCE SERVICES (CREDIT VALLEY HOSPITAL) NEW YEAR'S EVE

This Peel Regional Ambulance was parked outside Credit Valley Hospital this evening.

There’s only fifteen minutes left to 2009….

And I’ll leave you with my favourite New Year’s Eve pic —Da Boyz (below).

What else?…

Oh yeah. If anyone knows of someone who’s selling a police package white Dodge Charger….

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT DODGE CHARGERS "301" AND "302" CARS (NEW YEAR'S EVE 2009)

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“Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.” MISSISSAUGAWATCH deputation to MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL

November 26th, 2009  

We’re up for air and back online.

Only purpose for this Blog is to document, for the record, a video that MISSISSAUGAWATCH showed at yesterday’s Mississauga Council meeting to oppose Mississauga Council hiring an Integrity Commissioner. MISSISSAUGAWATCH made it clear to Mississauga Council that “Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers.”

"ONTARIANS NEED THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN LOOKING INTO MUNICIPALITIES. FULL INVESTIGATIVE POWERS." MISSISSAUGAWATCH to MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL, NOVEMBER 25, 2009

Our good friend (and sometimes colleague), citizen-activist Donald Barber also called for Mississauga Council to determine how the Ontario Ombudsman might play the (invited) role of Integrity Commissioner for the City until such time as the Province Gets Real and expands the Ombudsman’s Office jurisdiction into the MUSH sector ([M] of MUSH is “Municipalities).

So here is the video we showed —video weaving clips of the December 6, 2006 Bill 130 Standing Committee Queen’s Park deliberations with “The Mississauga Muse” inside Council Chambers, four years later —on November 11, 2009.

Followed by the transcript.

Video: “INVITE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN IN AS YOUR INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER” MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL URGED” (5:51 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Video taped at Queen’s Park regarding Bill 130 Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act Standing Deliberations,  December 6, 2006.

It includes debate between Brad Duguid, (Liberal) MPP, Scarborough Centre, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Ernie Hardeman (PC) MPP Oxford.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

Mr. Duguid: —this is in keeping with some of the recommendations that came forward from the Ombudsman in discussing the need that these duties be carried out in an independent manner. And that’s what this particular motion is designed to do. It clarifies that the ombudsman is to function in an independent manner.

The Chair: Very good. Any speakers to this? Mr. Hardeman?

Mr. Hardeman: I guess I say it in a kind of negative way but, it seems to me from the government’s side  —saying it doesn’t make it so. And from having an amendment that says we’re changing nothing about how it’s done but the Ombudsman says we should have an independent ombudsman or investigator —to just put that in and say they should be independent — unless it gives some direction of what independence means, I don’t know how anyone would take comfort from this being sure it’s going to be  independent.

If it still allows that independent person, that’s doing it now independently, to be an employee of council, I don’t know how the public could see that as independence.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: I really would like to think that most citizens aren’t stupid enough to accept an Integrity Commissioner that a municipality itself decides to hire. I mean there are 440 municipalities in Ontario. Some of them have to be corrupt!

And you’re gonna somehow say that we’re going to deal with this corruption by hiring our own Integrity Commissioner? What?!

Mr. Hardeman: Of course because of the whole nature of the bill, there will be no avenue for the public to be involved in whether it’s independent or not, because the very fact that the individual is appointed prohibits that person from going to the Ontario Ombudsman to ask for an independent review.

So, [inaudible] just saying it, to me, just doesn’t cut it.

There needs to be more direction as to how independent they must be, that they must be appointed separately from council, that it can’t be, as was suggested on a very negative note by the Ombudsman, it can’t be just hiring a lawyer who’s — no disrespect to lawyers — who is in fact, obligated to work for the people who hire them.

So obviously, an independent investigation by a lawyer hired is not going to suffice for the public—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And here’s something else. If these people had done a minimum amount of homework, as far as checking the Code of Conduct and complaints system that they have passed in April 2008—if they have looked into that, and had examined what’s been happening since that one was implemented, they’d realize how important it is to get substantial complaints away from municipalities and into the Provincial realm.

Mr. Duguid: —There are a variety of interpretations to the wording in this motion that could provide some degree of difficulty for municipalities down the road, and we’d rather not complicate that. We have confidence that municipalities will — in fact, when we had AMO before us during the hearings, Mr. Reycraft made it very, very clear municipalities are not going to appoint somebody as an ombudsman who is not independent, and would not get an employee of the company, or of the corporation or the city or town or village or region to do that.

But there are issues in terms of definitions of “employee” that I think we’d rather not get into.

Mr. Hardeman: I recognize that the president of AMO, on behalf of all the member municipalities of AMO, was making a presentation and suggested that he would never, nor would any municipality, do anything that would be contrary to the best interests of the people who were being impacted by their decisions.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And then the other thing about this report, it doesn’t deal with prior problems and any complaint —you’re only allowed six months.

Most people don’t know how badly they’ve been screwed over —for years! It took me about two years to figure out about Freedom of Information!

Mr. Hardeman: At the same time, I think, if you’re going to have a third party review for decisions that they make, I think the public would expect that third party review to be by an impartial third party. I think if we don’t do something like this, we’re going to have the old adage about “You can’t fight city hall” is going to be true, because the judge is going to be somebody at city hall, and I don’t think that’s an appropriate way.

So I think this is one that should be passed, and I do request a recorded vote on it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Most people don’t have the resources that I have here or the time that it’s taken me to really understand why you can’t have an Integrity Commissioner. You need —Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.

They need help. You need something else, because everything else is just —pretense. Absolute pretense.

End slide: “saying it doesn’t make it so” Ernie Hardeman (PC) MPP Oxford, December 6, 2006.

NOTE: This video transcript differs from the official Hansard records and I have no idea why.

Signed,

The (Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.) Mississauga Muse

"MISSISSAUGA CITIZEN-ACTIVIST" "DONALD BARBER" "CALLS UPON MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL TO INVITE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN IN AS INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER"

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CAROLYN PARRISH VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: “This Inquiry is about things that have been going on —murky things that have been going on around our city for quite some time.”

November 8th, 2009  

Yesterday, we posted video of Councillor Carolyn Parrish’s explanation as to why Mississauga needs a Judicial Inquiry.

By way of introduction to today’s Blog, I will simply repeat what I wrote yesterday. The reader can regard this as my official position on the Judicial Inquiry. Yesterday I wrote:

I’ve filed two years and $2,100 worth of Freedom of Information on City of Mississauga Corporate Security. If the rest of the City of Mississauga is as corrupt and unaccountable as their Security operation, this judicial inquiry is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overdue!

There you have it.

And now, the video, followed by the transcript.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH: JUDICIAL INQUIRY WILL LOOK INTO “MURKY” DEALS AROUND THE CITY (10:04 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

NOTE:  Councillor Parrish really did say “one hundred million” and the City Solicitor also did say “ten million”. Next, regarding OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retiredment System) Councillor Parrish really did say, “They gave us ten percent of Enersource” —this is clearly in error and can’t be what she meant to say based on the rest of her comments.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Councillor Parrish.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

Yes, Mr. Chairman, and I know you’re all going to want to boo. So if you just be patient and wait til I finish speaking and then boo maybe we’ll get through this a little more quickly.

First of all I’d like to tell you, and get on the record that there’s a procedural problem here in that the judicial review was passed four weeks ago. So what Councillor Mullin has done is defer the Terms of Reference. She hasn’t asked us to reverse that decision yet. So the procedure to do that is quite different and we’ll have to discuss it.

Secondly I would like to ask the lawyer, the City’s lawyer, if in fact we can get to a 100-million dollars in your wildest dreams and secondly, can a judge order us to pay the costs of the witnesses that come before the judicial review.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Through the City Solicitor.

CITY SOLICITOR MARY ELLEN BENCH:

In my report, I set out the reasons for why I’ve estimated the costs the way that I have. I don’t think the costs are going to  be anywhere near the range of  10-million dollars. They could definitely go higher than what I’ve estimated because as I’ve said in the report, there are a number of variables depending  on what the investigation turns up and how the Commissioner decides to handle those matters.

In terms of the Third Parties or Corporations or outside parties, the Commissioner does not have jurisdiction to provide funding and I set that out on page 11 of my report. In terms of who has Party status and who can participate fully in the Inquiry, if the Inquiry is held, that is a matter that will be determined by the Commissioner.

The Commissioner establishes the rules for a Judicial Inquiry —Council does not. So they will determine the rules. They will determine the Parties. They make —may make  recommendations on funding if they think it’s appropriate. But they do not have any jurisdiction to make that decision.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

Thank you. And another comment I would like to make is, with the exception of Mr. Shipp who took a direct shot at me, and I will discuss it with you later because I want you  to know what you said about me is not true.

I agree with everything that was  said today about Hazel McCallion. This Inquiry is not about Hazel McCallion. This Inquiry—no—

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Let her finish please.

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

You’ve had your opportunity.

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order.

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order!

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order. Please proceed.

[Protests, jeers from audience die down]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

This Inquiry is about things that have been going on —murky things that have been going on around our city for quite some time.

And if you want to talk about money and you want to talk about OMERS, the first thing that was discovered after I was elected, through a very laborious process that cost us over a million dollars, was the Enersource agreement that was signed in 2000 was altered two days before it was signed on direction from the lawyers from OMERS and accepted by then City Manager.

It was altered to give Veto Power —one hundred percent Veto Power to our ten percent partner.

Now you need to understand, that’s OMERS.  They came in. They gave us [sic] ten percent of Enersource and they took one hundred percent control.

They have excuses for doing it but the main excuse was that we have a Put agreement, which is too complex to get in to. If it was a good excuse, why didn’t they bring it to the Councillors of the day in 2000 and say this is why we need this little veto in here. This is why we have to be able to veto one hundred percent of your decisions. You’re ninety percent, we’re ten percent. We have a good reason but you know what? We’re not going to tell you what it is. We’re gonna send a letter from OMERS to the City Manager of the day and to our Lawyer of the day and say, “Just slip that in.”

So that when we were looking into selling Hydro, which we subsequently decided not to, cost us one-hundred-fifty/two-hundred thousand dollars to find that little mistake. And the clock has been ticking ever since.

So OMERS, who sent us a threatening letter last night, saying, “We’ve just spent nine months trying to re-negotiate that deal because we know we shafted you, we’re going to draw the re-negotiation out of the ballpark. We’re taking it back. We don’t like what you’re doing with the Judicial Review. We don’t like being named in it. And by the way, we want you to pay for our lawyers for the last nine months while we were trying to figure out how to fix the mistake that was done without the knowledge of your Councillors or your Mayor!”

The City Manager of the day slipped the papers to her, said go ahead and sign them [inaudible word] the same as the ones Council looked at.

So Number One, I want to look at OMERS, I’m sorry. We’ve have a few deals with those guys.

Secondly, we tried to buy a piece of land to build Sheridan College here in City Centre.  What was discovered was affidavits were sent through the courts where certain persons involved in World Class Development said you have to pay us off. We’ve put in two-point-three-million dollars that we’re not going to get back. So we’re going to take you to court, hold this whole thing up and Sheridan won’t get built because they have to get built by 2011 just like the other infrastructure money.

So if we have to go to court and fight with these guys, W. [sic] World Class Development, Sheridan won’t get built!

So what do we do? World Class Development does all these affidavits, tells us about off-site meetings, tells us this, tells us that. And they say, “But you know what, for a cash settlement from OMERS we’ll withdraw our objection.” In my world, that’s blackmail.

So I want those guys looked at. Because they affect our city and they affect the prices we pay. If OMERS paid them three million to go away, I’m sure we paid them three million more than we should have for that land.

So that’s what I want to look at and that’s what we all wanted to look at.

Mayor McCallion’s Conflict of Interest is a small technicality that is absolutely irrelevant to me.

[Murmurs, groans from audience]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

What is relevant, what is relevant, is the fact that six days after the minutes of the meeting was [sic] taken care of, somebody in this building changed those minutes. And we’ve never had an explanation.

The other thing you need to know, ‘cuz we’ve asked the City Manager in-camera, you know when you Blackberry each other in business —you guys are all in business, you all have those little Blackberrys, this City monitors our PIN to PIN conversations.

That was admitted by the City Manager that the City has the technology to do that…

[MISSISSAUGAWATCH turns video camera to video surveillance camera over Councillor Parrish’s left shoulder.]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

So somebody can find out who instructed the minutes to be changed or go into the minutes and change them. To me that’s an issue!

I’m sure you’d like to know that your minutes, when you read them from a meeting are honest, nobody has the ability to change them, and we’ve never had an explanation as to why they were changed.

So when you look at the Terms of Reference of this, it was a lengthy conversation by all the members of Council —and I didn’t give them something in their drinking water, and I didn’t promise them jobs or Heaven, or anything else.

I merely looked into this because I’m a bit of a ferret and I follow Hazel’s instructions which are “Do Your Homework” and when you keep doing your homework and you keep finding problems that you can’t answer or solve —the rest of your colleagues say, “Hey, we got to look at this.”

Now if there’s a way of doing the Terms of Reference that Hazel McCallion’s Conflict of Interest is taken out of it, I have no problem with that because she’s admitted she had a Conflict of Interest.

I want to find out how the minutes got changed, I want to find out why OMERS took what they paid World Class Development to go away. I want to know what other deals have been going on at the City Centre like that. I want to know why we’ve spent a year-and-a-half trying to fix a deal that was signed by the Mayor without her knowledge or Council’s knowledge slipping in a huge Veto Power in there for a little ten percent partner!

My colleague, Nando, has often said, if that is acceptable in business, he’s going to buy ten percent of every one of your houses—

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

(whispers) And tell you what to do.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

—and then tell you what to do with them. When you can live in them. Who can live in them with you. He’s In Charge.

So please get it out of your heads that I— and by the way I was told by Hazel McCallion when she announced six weeks ago or whenever that she was running again, I was the only one who sent her a note congratulating her. I want her to run again!

[Laughter, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

No, I’m sorry…

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order. Order.

[Laughter, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

But I also want this judicial review to clear the air.

And I’m also surprised at how little faith you have in the Mayor when you all keep talking about this thing growing like a giant mushroom cloud.

If it’s a little Conflict of Interest, it’ll be over in ten minutes.

If it’s OMERS it might take longer.

If it’s people in this building snooping on all our PINs and changing minutes—might take a little longer. But these are the things that we want to look at.

[MISSISSAUGAWATCH BATTERY CHANGE —SPECIAL THANKS TO ROGERS CABLE 10 BROADCAST for remaining 17 seconds]

And if there’s a way in the Terms of Reference and I’m going to ask our lawyer, if we can take Hazel McCallion’s Conflict of Interest out of it at that meeting on May 21st, I’d be happy to do so. Could I, through you, ask our lawyer?”

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Through the Solicitor.

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

Please note that video ends because YouTube allows a maximum of 10 minutes per video and this video is exactly 10:04 including the MISSISSAUGAWATCH logo.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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MISSISSAUGA Conflict of Interest Judicial Inquiry VIDEO TRANSCRIPT COMPILATION-1: IN THEIR OWN WORDS, Councillors Corbasson, Dale, Carlson, Iannicca

November 6th, 2009  

At the October 28, 2009 Council meeting, despite blistering opposition from the “Our Hazel Can Do No Wrong” crowd, seven City of Mississauga Councillors voted for a judicial inquiry into the inner “murky” workings of the Trust, Quality, Excellence people.

While the traditional media have taken considerable interest of late, the reader/viewer is limited to reporters’ version of events which in some cases are as ghastly and non-researched as what is churned out by the “Our Hazel Can Do No Wrong” crowd.

Again, to repeat, I’ve been filing Freedom of Information on City of Mississauga Corporate Security conduct, operations and adherence to policies. If there are similar WThuh?! open cesspools like I’ve dredged up with $2,100 worth of Freedom of Information, this judicial inquiry was long overdue.

So MISSISSAUGAWATCH will turn today’s Blog over to a compilation of video transcripts of four Councillors as they explained why they voted for a judicial inquiry.

These transcripts appear in the order presented in previous Blogs: Councillor Carmen Corbasson (Ward 1), Councillor Frank Dale (Ward 4), Councillor George Carlson (Ward 11) and Councillor Nando Iannicca (Ward 7).

The reader who knows a thing or two about Mississauga will notice Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Ward 6) is not among these four and not addressed at all so far.  That’s because Councillor Parrish’s October 28, 2009 comments were extensive and will need more time to work up in video as well as provide transcripts.

The next Blog (and possibly a second) will deal exclusively with Councillor Parrish’s October 28, 2009 comments.

As I’ve said in my previous Blogs, all video and transcripts will be submitted to the Mississauga City Clerk for inclusion in the October 28, 2009 minutes because frankly, I do not want Future Mississauga 30-40 years from now to read only the Corporation’s side of the story (aka manicured minutes). (As a historical record it can’t get better than video and the transcript).

Here we go.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

IN HER OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor and I will be brief. Um, let me first say that this isn’t an easy time for any of us around this table just like it’s not an easy time for you. I don’t think we take comfort in any of the decisions we’ve had to make of late. But notwithstanding, we are elected to make some tough decisions and I think that’s the type of comment you’re gonna hear around this table today.

I am not at all overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up, Councillor Prentice. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t more.

And I’ll tell you why I’m surprised because we all know Madam Mayor is loved, admired and respected. And I for one moment am not going to take away that from her. For me, she has been a role model in many many ways. We both started here in the City in 1978 and I’ve learned an awful lot from her.

I— my biggest difficulty is, and I hope you can understand and appreciate that when we have in-camera sessions, we are privy to certain comments and information that the general public is not.

For me, the in-camera session on the judicial inquiry opened up more questions than it answered.

I— that Madam Mayor didn’t declare one Conflict of Interest for a 17-minute or a 17-second, whatever it was, I have no problem with that.

I do have a problem that official government documents got changed with no satisfactory explanation.

I do have difficulty that any member of Council, doesn’t matter if it’s Madam Mayor, or me, or anyone else, can have off-site meetings, with a landowner, who has an interest in the City of Mississauga, that is going to financially benefit a member of any one of our families.

That may not be against the Conflict of Interest Act. But in my opinion, I would hope, and it’s my understanding that a judicial inquiry can —and most probably would, depending on their findings —make some very strong recommendations to have either the Conflict of Interest Act or the Municipal Act changed.

That’s simply put, Ladies and Gentlemen, for me —I’m not going to speak, I’ll let the others speak for themselves.

This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.

But I would like to see this City in particular, and certainly Madam Mayor come out with credibility, integrity and that we all maintain our dignity.

I do thank you for coming out today, Ladies and Gentlemen and I will turn it back to the Acting Mayor.

Video: Councillor Carmen Corbasson  (3:50 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor. I certainly just wanted to make a point, that I want to be clear as a member of Council that I always examine the facts that are before me and weigh them in any decisions that I make as the Councillor. And taking into, of course, the consideration, uh, taking into consideration, the best interests of this great city as well as the community in which I represent.

And I stand behind the position that that I took with respect to the inquiry primarily for the same reasons that Councillor Corbasson eloquently described.

And I do want to make it clear that this was not personal to the Mayor. This was just based on the facts that was presented before us and the recommendations that were before us by outside legal counsel —and reviewing that, and examining that, made that decision. And I stand by, and will support the recommendations that are before us today, with respect to the terms of reference.

I want to be clear though that the decision I make, the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain.

Jeer from audience

I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

Video: Councillor Frank Dale (1:58 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

Thank you very much Mr. Acting Mayor. I appreciate the opportunity just to say a few words that may be a slightly different tone than some of the other comments made. I think it’s sad in a way that it’s looked as a win-lose here today.

This was a process because we really, as a governing body, find ourselves vexed by the issues we’re reading about here today. And they haven’t just started dogging us yesterday at noon. This has been going on for some years.

And we’ve spent a considerable amount of money trying in our own way to get to the bottom of many of these issues. And in my opinion, I don’t think we’ve been all that successful. And it continues to hang over Council .

And when you read of the divisions on Council, you’re mostly talking about Enersource and the issues associated with OMERS and partnerships. So to me, I’m delighted that the motion is to delete Madam Mayor from that minor Conflict of Interest, which she’s already said she accepts responsibility. That is a nothing-issue as far as this inquiry is concerned

And as far as I’m concerned, Explanation Accepted. Forgotten about. That part is a Big Zero to me.

So because it’s so obvious from the heartfelt response from the folks here today that this appears to be a first-class witch hunt —must be Hallowe’en, we’re too much into the witch stuff, that we need— This helps to de-focus that and gets us on the other issues which I’m afraid the media find a lot less interesting than going after dear old Hazel.

The kind of stuff about governance and ownership and shares puts most people to sleep. I have to agree with you. But, it’s Big Bucks and we have never properly settled that issue. And I don’t know how to do it other than this.

But I think another point of view as well too, the fact that we’re going to a judge, that speaks volumes to me as a Canadian. I love that we have a country where we can go to an impartial judiciary and say look, we’ve played with the damn thing for two years and we’re not lawyers, judges.

And as I said to one resident today, if there was anything going on here, I would not want this group, much as I love them all, to be sitting in judgment of me. This is a non-starter —reat group of people to work with but, this is not a court of law.

So I think sometimes when you’re stuck, you’re stuck and you’ve got to get some help from somebody. And for me, that’s all this is about and the speculation about politics and who’s the Mayor—

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’ a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor.

So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor. I’ve known her —I’m trying to think when I first met Hazel, I think I was probably three years old or something. I have no interest in any vexatious action against her.

But by golly, I don’t know what else to do. I guess you could hire a consultant —we’ve done all of the consultants. We’ve done, we’ve asked for outside lawyers and asked for —we need someone who can come in and sort out the stuff and say, here’s what you need to do and what/where you went wrong, if we did go wrong. And here’s how you can improve it for the future.

That’s all I’m voting for and if that’s bad, I guess that’s bad but that’s all I can say about it and I appreciate the opportunity, Mr. Chair

Video: Councillor George Carlson (3:53 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

And if you don’t mind, as Chair, I would like to speak if someone would so move.

[Someone does]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you, I—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH into camera:

Here he goes.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

—have an obligation to my consitituents and I’ll be very very brief but I think Councillor Carmen (Corbasson) hit on the fundamental point that we’re all grappling with. This is not a fun day for us. This is a heart-wrenching decision.

The reason that I was one of the proponents of the Inquiry —the reason I stand by it emphatically needs all of ten seconds to explain.

Number One, I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know where this is going.

I do know that minutes have been altered —there some other things have gone on that I cannot explain to my taxpayers and I owe them an explanation.

Point Number Two, the Lady of Justice is blind for a reason. It matters not who she judges over —whether that’s your Mayor, whether that’s my brother, whether that’s the local parish priest. And I have to hold that close to my thoughts as well.

I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you, I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar manner.

It is not a city that I would want to live in. I’ve never conducted my affairs in that manner.

I’m shocked that anyone in the audience or anyone in this city would put the cost of such an exercise ahead of having to ensure you have Integrity and Accountability in your political system.

[Jeers and protests from the audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

I beg your pardon.

And so to conclude, at the end of the day, I was not elected for my love of the Mayor. I was elected to do the right thing.

This, as difficult as it is on an emotional level —I want you to hear from me directly, from many of you that I’ve known for a long time, on an ethical, moral, and the-right-thing level, this is one of the easiest decisions that I’ve ever had to make though I’ve never regretted a decision more.

With that I now turn to the motions before me, I need the assistance of the Clerk to make sure…

Video: Councillor George Carlson (2:23 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

MISSISSAUGA CONFLICT OF INTEREST JUDICIAL INQUIRY RECORDED VOTE, October 28, 2009

Again, Councillor Parrish’s comments are on-deck and for historical reasons, transcripts and video of the Councillors who opposed the judicial inquiry will also be recorded here for posterity.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

LINKS TO PREVIOUS BLOGS of the October 28, 2009 CONFLICT OF INTEREST/JUDICIAL INQUIRY meeting

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Carmen Corbasson, “This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that”

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Frank Dale, “I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.” November 4, 2009

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor George Carlson, “I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. November 4th, 2009

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Nando Iannicca, “I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar manner. It is not a city that I would want to live in.”

Best quotes for people to Get It.

“This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.”

—Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I want to be clear though that the decision I make, the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain. (Jeer from audience) I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’ a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor. So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

And I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you, I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar matter. It is not a city that I would want to live in.

—Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

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November 5th, 2009  

[The BACKGROUND (all in dark blue font) is a repeat from previous blogs. You may just want to scroll down directly to the video and transcript.]

BACKGROUND

The October 28, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting will always be remembered as the Judicial Inquiry Meeting.

Facing blistering criticism from angry Hazel McCallion supporters and even dire threats of defeat from “When-Our-Hazel-Dies-I-Want-Her-Here-In-This-Hall” Mega-builder Harold Shipp, seven Councillors held their ground —and put their political futures directly on the line.

HERE COMES THE SUN

In his October 31, 2009 article, Mississauga melee gets ugly, Toronto Sun, columnist Ted Woloshyn telegraphs the 2010 pro-McCallion strategy.

He writes:

So expect Hurricane Hazel, who’s facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.

To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year’s election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor.

The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga’s council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.

An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?

I suspect an endorsement from Mississauga Mega-builder Harold Shipp is worth a mega-ton as well. Not to mention a mega-ton of lawn signs!

Having researched City of Mississauga governance (videotaping, Freedom of Information etc) and documenting “citizen input” over the years, this is the Picture…

The vast majority of Mississaugans do not know what’s going on. Second, of those who don’t know what’s going on, I’ve concluded that sadly, few would care if a judicial inquiry confirmed widespread malfeasance and corruption. Voters clearly vote with their wallets and wallets don’t care about ethical governments.

During his deputation in support of a judicial inquiry, Donald Barber stated:

“I’m not here to discuss anything about Hazel. We all know that, you know, even if she was dead and buried, her name was on the ballot sheet, she’d be elected  That’s fine.”

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

I’d go so far as to say that even if headlines confirmed that she routinely stuffs cats and political opponents into a wood-chipper, Mississaugans would re-elect Hazel McCallion. Such is the Pathology of MYTHissauga.

Over the next while, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will post videos of the October 28, 2009 Council meeting onto YouTube for posterity. Regardless of who is speaking, all videos will begin the same way —with Harold Shipp and his $$$threat$$$ of political oblivion to any Councillor who’d stand up during a recorded vote in support of a judicial inquiry.

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors. Councillor Nando Iannicca responds

So. First video of  Ward 7 Councillor Nando Iannicca and why he supported the judicial review, followed by a transcript from the video. All transcripts will be sent to the City Clerk for inclusion into the Council minutes for this meeting.

We begin.

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP:

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..

DIP TO BLACK (to signify later in the meeting).

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

And if you don’t mind, as Chair, I would like to speak if someone would so move.

[Someone does]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you, I—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH into camera:

Here he goes.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

—have an obligation to my consitituents and I’ll be very very brief but I think Councillor Carmen (Corbasson) hit on the fundamental point that we’re all grappling with. This is not a fun day for us. This is a heart-wrenching decision.

The reason that I was one of the proponents of the Inquiry —the reason I stand by it emphatically needs all of ten seconds to explain.

Number One, I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know where this is going.

I do know that minutes have been altered —there some other things have gone on that I cannot explain to my taxpayers and I owe them an explanation.

Point Number Two, the Lady of Justice is blind for a reason. It matters not who she judges over  —whether that’s your Mayor, whether that’s my brother, whether that’s the local parish priest. And I have to hold that close to my thoughts as well.

I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you,  I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar manner.

It is not a city that I would want to live in. I’ve never conducted my affairs in that manner.

I’m shocked that anyone in the audience or anyone in this city would put the cost of such an exercise ahead of having to ensure you have Integrity and Accountability in your political system.

[Jeers and protests from the audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

I beg your pardon.

And so to conclude, at the end of the day, I was not elected for my love of the Mayor. I was elected to do the right thing.

This, as difficult as it is on an emotional level —I want you to hear from me directly, from many of you that I’ve known for a long time, on an ethical, moral, and the-right-thing level, this is one of the easiest decisions that I’ve ever had to make though I’ve never regretted a decision more.

With that I now turn to the motions before me, I need the assistance of the Clerk to make sure…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

MISSISSAUGA CONFLICT OF INTEREST JUDICIAL INQUIRY RECORDED VOTE, October 28, 2009

Signed,

The (I am so proud of these Councillors) Mississauga Muse

LINKS TO PREVIOUS BLOGS of the October 28, 2009 CONFLICT OF INTEREST/JUDICIAL INQUIRY meeting

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Carmen Corbasson, “This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that”

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Frank Dale, “I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.” November 4, 2009

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor George Carlson, “I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all.  November 4th, 2009

Best quotes for people to Get It.

“This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.”

—Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I want to be clear though that the decision I make, the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain. (Jeer from audience) I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’ a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor. So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

And I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you,  I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar matter. It is not a city that I would want to live in.

—Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

MISSISSAUGA CONFLICT OF INTEREST JUDICIAL INQUIRY: HAROLD SHIPP (AGAINST) DONALD BARBER (FOR)

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MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor George Carlson, “I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all.”

November 4th, 2009  

[The BACKGROUND (all in dark blue font) is a repeat from previous blogs. You may just want to scroll down directly to the video and transcript.]

BACKGROUND

The October 28, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting will always be remembered as the Judicial Inquiry Meeting.

Facing blistering criticism from angry Hazel McCallion supporters and even dire threats of defeat from “When-Our-Hazel-Dies-I-Want-Her-Here-In-This-Hall” Mega-builder Harold Shipp, seven Councillors held their ground —and put their political futures directly on the line.

HERE COMES THE SUN

In his October 31, 2009 article, Mississauga melee gets ugly, Toronto Sun, columnist Ted Woloshyn telegraphs the 2010 pro-McCallion strategy.

He writes:

So expect Hurricane Hazel, who’s facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.

To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year’s election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor.

The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga’s council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.

An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?

I suspect an endorsement from Mississauga Mega-builder Harold Shipp is worth a mega-ton as well. Not to mention a mega-ton of lawn signs!

Having researched City of Mississauga governance (videotaping, Freedom of Information etc) and documenting “citizen input” over the years, this is the Picture…

The vast majority of Mississaugans do not know what’s going on. Second, of those who don’t know what’s going on, I’ve concluded that sadly, few would care if a judicial inquiry confirmed widespread malfeasance and corruption. Voters clearly vote with their wallets and wallets don’t care about ethical governments.

During his deputation in support of a judicial inquiry, Donald Barber stated:

“I’m not here to discuss anything about Hazel. We all know that, you know, even if she was dead and buried, her name was on the ballot sheet, she’d be elected  That’s fine.”

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

I’d go so far as to say that even if headlines confirmed that she routinely stuffs cats and political opponents into a wood-chipper, Mississaugans would re-elect Hazel McCallion. Such is the Pathology of MYTHissauga.

Over the next while, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will post videos of the October 28, 2009 Council meeting onto YouTube for posterity. Regardless of who is speaking, all videos will begin the same way —with Harold Shipp and his $$$threat$$$ of political oblivion to any Councillor who’d stand up during a recorded vote in support of a judicial inquiry.

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors. Councillor George Carlson responds (3:53 min)

So. First video of  Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson and why he supported the judicial review, followed by a transcript from the video. All transcripts will be sent to the City Clerk for inclusion into the Council minutes for this meeting.

We begin.

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP:

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..

DIP TO BLACK (to signify later in the meeting).

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Councillor Carlson.

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

Thank you very much Mr. Acting Mayor. I appreciate the opportunity just to say a few words that may be a slightly different tone than some of the other comments made. I think it’s sad in a way that it’s looked as a win-lose here today.

This was a process because we really, as a governing body, find ourselves vexed by the issues we’re reading about here today. And they haven’t just started dogging us yesterday at noon. This has been going on for some years.

And we’ve spent a considerable amount of money trying in our own way to get to the bottom of many of these issues. And in my opinion, I don’t think we’ve been all that successful. And it continues to hang over Council .

And when you read of the divisions on Council, you’re mostly talking about Enersource and the issues associated with OMERS and partnerships. So to me, I’m delighted that the motion is to delete Madam Mayor from that minor Conflict of Interest, which she’s already said she accepts responsibility. That is a nothing-issue as far as this inquiry is concerned

And as far as I’m concerned, Explanation Accepted. Forgotten about. That part is a Big Zero to me.

So because it’s so obvious from the heartfelt response from the folks here today that this appears to be a first-class witch hunt —must be Hallowe’en, we’re too much into the witch stuff, that we need—  This helps to de-focus that and gets us on the other issues which I’m afraid the media find a lot less interesting than going after dear old Hazel.

The kind of stuff about governance and ownership and shares puts most people to sleep. I have to agree with you. But, it’s Big Bucks and we have never properly settled that issue. And I don’t know how to do it other than this.

But I think another point of view as well too, the fact that we’re going to a judge, that speaks volumes to me as a Canadian. I love that we have a country where we  can go to an impartial judiciary and say look, we’ve played with the damn thing for two years and we’re not lawyers, judges.

And as I said to one resident today, if there was anything going on here, I would not want this group, much as I love them all, to be sitting in judgment of me. This is a non-starter —reat group of people to work with but, this is not a court of law.

So I think sometimes when you’re stuck, you’re stuck and you’ve got to get some help from somebody. And for me, that’s all this is about and the speculation about politics and who’s the Mayor—

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’  a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor.

So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still  have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor. I’ve known her —I’m trying to think when I first met Hazel, I think I was probably three years old or something. I have no interest in any vexatious action against her.

But by golly, I don’t know what else to do. I guess you could hire a consultant —we’ve done all of the consultants. We’ve done, we’ve asked for outside lawyers and asked for —we need someone who can come in and sort out the stuff and say, here’s what you need to do and what/where you went wrong, if we did go wrong. And here’s how you can improve it for the future.

That’s all I’m voting for and if that’s bad, I guess that’s bad but that’s all I can say about it and I appreciate the opportunity, Mr. Chair

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you. Councillor Mullin…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

“This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.”

—Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I want to be clear though that the decision I make, the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain. (Jeer from audience) I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

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November 4th, 2009  

[The BACKGROUND (all in dark blue font) is a repeat from a previous blog. You may just want to scroll down directly to the video and transcript.]

BACKGROUND

The October 28, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting will always be remembered as the Judicial Inquiry Meeting.

Facing blistering criticism from angry Hazel McCallion supporters and even dire threats of defeat from “When-Our-Hazel-Dies-I-Want-Her-Here-In-This-Hall” Mega-builder Harold Shipp, seven Councillors held their ground —and put their political futures directly on the line.

HERE COMES THE SUN

In his October 31, 2009 article, Mississauga melee gets ugly, Toronto Sun, columnist Ted Woloshyn telegraphs the 2010 pro-McCallion strategy.

He writes:

So expect Hurricane Hazel, who’s facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.

To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year’s election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor.

The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga’s council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.

An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?

I suspect an endorsement from Mississauga Mega-builder Harold Shipp is worth a mega-ton as well. Not to mention a mega-ton of lawn signs!

Having researched City of Mississauga governance (videotaping, Freedom of Information etc) and documenting “citizen input” over the years, this is the Picture…

The vast majority of Mississaugans do not know what’s going on. Second, of those who don’t know what’s going on, I’ve concluded that sadly, few would care if a judicial inquiry confirmed widespread malfeasance and corruption. Voters clearly vote with their wallets and wallets don’t care about ethical governments.

During his deputation in support of a judicial inquiry, Donald Barber stated:

“I’m not here to discuss anything about Hazel. We all know that, you know, even if she was dead and buried, her name was on the ballot sheet, she’d be elected  That’s fine.”

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

I’d go so far as to say that even if headlines confirmed that she routinely stuffs cats and political opponents into a wood-chipper, Mississaugans would re-elect Hazel McCallion. Such is the Pathology of MYTHissauga.

Over the next while, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will post videos of the October 28, 2009 Council meeting onto YouTube for posterity. Regardless of who is speaking, all videos will begin the same way —with Harold Shipp and his $$$threat$$$ of political oblivion to any Councillor who’d stand up during a recorded vote in support of a judicial inquiry.

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors. Councillor Frank Dale responds (1:58 min)

So. First video of  Ward 4 Councillor Frank Dale and why he supported the judicial review, followed by a transcript from the video. All transcripts will be sent to the City Clerk for inclusion into the Council minutes for this meeting.

We begin.

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP:

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..

DIP TO BLACK (to signify later in the meeting).

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor. I certainly just wanted to make a point, that I want to be clear as a member of Council that I always examine the facts that are before me and weigh them in any decisions that I make as the Councillor. And taking into, of course, the consideration, uh, taking into consideration, the best interests of this great city as well as the community in which I represent.

And I stand behind the position that that I took with respect to the inquiry primarily for the same reasons that Councillor Corbasson eloquently described.

And I do want to make it clear that this was not personal to the Mayor. This was just based on the facts that was presented before us and the recommendations that were before us by outside legal counsel —and reviewing that, and examining that, made that decision. And I stand by, and will support the recommendations that are before us today, with respect to the terms of reference.

I want to be clear though that the decision I  make,  the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain.

Jeer from audience

I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you Councillor Dale. Councillor Saito…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

For serious students of municipal governance, there’s a timely article in the November/December 2009 issue of the Municpal Monitor.  Written by Gregory J. Levine, (Lawyer, Southampton and London, Ontario), you can find “Ethics in Municipal Government: The Law in Ontario” online at:

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/MCTS0609/index.php#/6

Signed,

The (“Big Brother has his hand firmly planted in our back pocket – government revenues his lifeline; unaccountability his refuge.” —Andre Marin, Ontario Ombudsman, June 27, 2007) Mississauga Muse

“This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.”

—Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

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MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Carmen Corbasson, “This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that”

November 3rd, 2009  

BACKGROUND:

The October 28, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting will always be remembered as the Judicial Inquiry Meeting.

Facing blistering criticism from angry Hazel McCallion supporters and even dire threats of defeat from “When-Our-Hazel-Dies-I-Want-Her-Here-In-This-Hall” Mega-builder Harold Shipp, seven Councillors held their ground —and put their political futures directly on the line.

HERE COMES THE SUN

In his October 31, 2009 article, Mississauga melee gets ugly, Toronto Sun, columnist Ted Woloshyn telegraphs the 2010 pro-McCallion strategy.

He writes:

So expect Hurricane Hazel, who’s facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.

To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year’s election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor.

The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga’s council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.

An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?

I suspect an endorsement from Mississauga Mega-builder Harold Shipp is worth a mega-ton as well. Not to mention a mega-ton of lawn signs!

Having researched City of Mississauga governance (videotaping, Freedom of Information etc) and documenting “citizen input” over the years, this is the Picture…

The vast majority of Mississaugans do not know what’s going on. Second, of those who don’t know what’s going on, I’ve concluded that sadly, few would care if a judicial inquiry confirmed widespread malfeasance and corruption. Voters clearly vote with their wallets and wallets don’t care about ethical governments.

During his deputation in support of a judicial inquiry, Donald Barber stated:

“I’m not here to discuss anything about Hazel. We all know that, you know, even if she was dead and buried, her name was on the ballot sheet, she’d be elected  That’s fine.”

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

I’d go so far as to say that even if headlines confirmed that she routinely stuffs cats and political opponents into a wood-chipper, Mississaugans would re-elect Hazel McCallion. Such is the Pathology of MYTHissauga.

Over the next while, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will post videos of the October 28, 2009 Council meeting onto YouTube for posterity. Regardless of who is speaking, all videos will begin the same way —with Harold Shipp and his $$$threat$$$ of political oblivion to any Councillor who’d stand up during a recorded vote in support of a judicial inquiry.

So. First video on tap, is Ward 1 Councillor Carmen Corbasson and why she supported the judicial review, followed by a transcript from the video (minus my whisperings into camera). All transcripts will be sent to the City Clerk for inclusion into the Council minutes for this meeting.

We begin.

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors.
Councillor Carmen Corbasson responds” (3:50 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP:

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..

DIP TO BLACK (to signify later in the meeting).

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Councillor Corbasson…

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor and I will be brief. Um, let me first say that this isn’t an easy time for any of us around this table just like it’s not an easy time for you. I don’t think we take comfort in any of the decisions we’ve had to make of late. But notwithstanding, we are elected to make some tough decisions and I think that’s the type of comment you’re gonna hear around this table today.

I am not at all overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up, Councillor Prentice. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t more.

And I’ll tell you why I’m surprised because we all know Madam Mayor is loved, admired and respected. And I for one moment am not going to take away that from her. For me, she has been a role model in many many ways. We both started here in the City in 1978 and I’ve learned an awful lot from her.

I—  my biggest difficulty is, and I hope you can understand and appreciate that when we have in-camera sessions, we are privy to certain comments and information that the general public is not.

For me, the in-camera session on the judicial inquiry opened up more questions than it answered.

I— that Madam Mayor didn’t declare one Conflict of Interest for a 17-minute or a  17-second, whatever it was, I have no problem with that.

I do have a problem that official government documents got changed with no satisfactory explanation.

I do have difficulty that any member of Council, doesn’t matter if it’s Madam Mayor, or me, or anyone else, can have off-site meetings, with a landowner, who has an interest in the City of Mississauga, that is going to financially benefit a member of any one of our families.

That may not be against the Conflict of Interest Act. But in my opinion, I would hope, and it’s my understanding that a judicial inquiry can —and most probably would, depending on their findings —make some very strong recommendations to have either the Conflict of Interest Act or the Municipal Act changed.

That’s simply put, Ladies and Gentlemen, for me —I’m not going to speak, I’ll let the others speak for themselves.

This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it  ten million? I don’t know.

But I would like to see this City in particular, and certainly Madam Mayor come out with credibility, integrity and that we all maintain our dignity.

I do thank you for coming out today, Ladies and Gentlemen and I will turn it back to the Acting Mayor.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

Here’s a fact. Throughout its 30-year history, there has never been anything resembling legitimate oversight of City of Mississauga conduct and operations, let alone independent external scrutiny.  Don’t believe? I’m only too happy to hand over three years’ worth of video of Audit Committee meetings (and almost two years worth of Freedom of Information!)

Councillor Corbasson summarized our MISSISSAUGAWATCH research goal in her own justifications for a judicial inquiry. She said:

“— it’s my understanding that a judicial inquiry can —and most probably would, depending on their findings —make some very strong recommendations to have either the Conflict of Interest Act or the Municipal Act changed.”

That’s our goal here too at MISSISSAUGAWATCH! We must change the Municipal Act (Yes. Really).

And we hope to use City of Mississauga Corporate Security’s conduct and operations as “Poster Boy” for precisely why citizens need the Province to grant the Ontario Ombudsman full investigative authority into Municipalities.

There’s every reason to suspect that some (perhaps even many) municipal governments harbour institutional bullies —with Zero Conscience.

Freedom of Information has revealed City of Mississauga  “public servants” with Zero Conscience. And residents should have “Zero Tolerance” for that!

CHANGING PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE GOVERNANCE

Councillor Corbasson cares not just about Mississauga. Clearly, her support of a judicial review proves that she has her sights set for improving Government throughout Ontario.

Signed,

The (Changes to the Muncipal Act…  can’t happen soon enough) Mississauga Muse

SHERI-LYNN RUFFO (SLR) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY NOVEMBER 14, 2008 BAN OCCURRENCE NARRATIVE OF 9/10, 15/16 AND 16/17 YEAR OLD FEMALES (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library)

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AL GOSLING DESERVES THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATING the Toronto Community Housing Corporation

October 18th, 2009  

On  September 19, 2009 the Toronto Star carried the article, Al Gosling is now homeless at 82.  Written by City Columnist Joe Fiorito , we learned how the Toronto Community Housing Corporation evicted the 82-year old and he’d been without a place to live since June.

Quote:

“He said, ‘I came home one day. They’d changed the locks. When I couldn’t get in, I looked around for a place to stay. I found a place under the stairway.'”

Since September 19th, Torstar’s Joe Fiorito detailed Al Gosling’s plight in a series of articles.

We read that Gosling got sick. Gosling got hospitalized. Gosling got worse.

We read how Gosling died over Thanksgiving.

COURTESY TORONTO STAR: Al Gosling is seen Sept. 17, 2009 after his eviction from community housing.

And then the Toronto Star carried this October 15, 2009 editorial.

Al Gosling’s tragic end

Published On Thu Oct 15 2009

They were too late. On finding himself locked out, Gosling had lived for a week in a stairwell of the building that held his old apartment. He was then taken to a homeless shelter, became gravely ill, and ended up at Toronto General Hospital, where he died of an infection over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Officials at the Toronto Community Housing Corp. eventually sorted out Gosling’s status, found a new place for him, and issued a statement saying: “We hope he is able to come home soon.”

The final months of Al Gosling’s life were grim – full of hardships made all the more difficult because they were so unnecessary. The 82-year-old was evicted from his subsidized bachelor apartment in June after failing to keep up with paperwork verifying his low-income status. He never made it back.

See that reference to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation?

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation first drew my attention back in November 2008 as part of the McMurtry/Curling Review of the Roots of Youth Violence Report.

The McMurtry/Curling Report record consultations with the following Toronto Community Housing employees in Volume 3: Community Perspectives Report Section 2: Neighbourhood Insight Sessions — Appendix: Participant List page 101.

Toronto Community Housing (Orton Park), Property Manager
Toronto Community Housing, Community Worker
Toronto Community Housing, Head of Security
Toronto Community Housing, Health Promotion Officer
Toronto Community Housing, Manager
Toronto Community Housing, Recreation Coordinator

Of course my interest was in their Security operations.

This morning I decided to check out the Toronto Community Housing Corporation website just for a surf-around.

Get this.

On October 9, 2009 while 82-year old Al Gosling, the former tenant that they kicked out into the streets was in hospital on life support, the  Toronto Community Housing Corporation trumpeted this Brag-release onto their website:

Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010

October 9, 2009
Top 100 Employer 2010 award

On October 8, 2009, Toronto Community Housing was publicly recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2010. Maclean’s magazine This is the second year in a row that we have been recognized for our commitment to a safe and healthy workplace.

This award reaffirms that we continue to be on the right track to attract and retain the quality people we need to help continue building great neighbourhoods. But our work is not done. Through the tireless efforts of the Healthy Workplace and the Joint Health and Safety teams, we continue to improve the health and well-being of our staff each and every day.

Well, their employees sure are superbly taken care of…

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation website continues (a direct cut-and-paste):

Here are some of the benefits that were part of the reason why Toronto Community Housing was selected at a Top 100 Employer for 2010:

How often has MISSISSAUGAWATCH  been saying that the interests, comfort and convenience of municipal employees come first, last and everything in-between?

For the record the fact  that the  Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010 press release was posted October 9, 2009  while Al Gosling was on life support fighting an infection even surpasses the obscene callousness that I’ve documented at City of Mississauga to date.

And check out the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s latest press release:

Toronto Community Housing announces independent review of tenant death

October 13, 2009

Acting CEO Keiko Nakamura expresses sadness at death of tenant, announces independent third-party review of the organization’s response and broader factors that put vulnerable tenancies at risk.

See that reference to “independent third-party review”? Time to read more… interspersed with my commentary:

Toronto Community Housing Acting CEO Keiko Nakamura today responded to the death of tenant Al Gosling.

“It is with great sadness that Toronto Community Housing has learned about the death of Al Gosling. Mr. Gosling had a home to return to at Toronto Community Housing, and we regret he wasn’t able to come home. On behalf of Toronto Community Housing, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Mr. Gosling’s family and friends for this loss,” Nakamura said.

Nakamura announced that the organization will hold an independent third-party review of the organization’s response and the broader factors that can put vulnerable tenancies in jeopardy.

If Nakamura is really serious, why isn’t she immediately inviting the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office to conduct that independent third-party review into Al Gosling’s death?

The press release continues:

“Social housing plays a crucial role, providing quality housing for low- and moderate-income households and creating conditions that maximize resiliency and reduce risk. For that reason, it is absolutely crucial that the public have confidence in the integrity of the system and have confidence in housing providers like us,” Nakamura said.

Nakamura’s “it is absolutely crucial that the public have confidence in the integrity of the system” is standard public sector “we care” noise.

“Toronto Community Housing is an open, transparent organization. We have made a commitment to review this sad situation to ensure this organization is doing everything it can to make every tenancy a successful tenancy, especially for vulnerable tenants. It is my hope that the independent, third-party review will shed a light on the response to Mr. Gosling’s situation as well as the broader policy, legislative and regulatory factors that need to be considered,” she said.

And if the Toronto Community Housing Corporation is as open, transparent and committed to make every tenancy as successful tenancy, they’ll have the circumstances surrounding Al Gosling’s death investigated by the Ontario Ombudsman.

The leader of the review will be announced in the near future

Either way, that’ll be one of the books…

When you read the October 16, 2009 article, “Fiorito: Coroner to investigate Al Gosling’s sad death” you soon realize it isn’t just Al Gosling.  Joe Fiorito lists more Toronto Community Housing Corporation victims of neglect and despair.

He writes:

Now let me take the long view of such sadness: It is sad that Janos Buda died in his TCHC apartment and was not found for six months. It is sad that Dirty George lived for years in filth before he also died.

It is sad that no one helped that poor woman who, for months, wandered the halls of her apartment building covered in her own waste. It is sad that the woman whose apartment was flooded with several inches of raw sewage did not get immediate help. And yes, it is sad that Lorraine Misurka was handed a notice of eviction not long before Al died.

Finally, it is enduringly sad that many TCHC buildings are falling apart, and many of those buildings are infested with bedbugs, rats, roaches and mice.

Yes, but on the bright side, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation employees are flourishing two years in a row as Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010!

Al Gosling deserves the Ontario Ombudsman

So I sent off an email to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation cc’d to Toronto Star’s Joe Fiorito. I reproduce it here for the record.

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
Subject: Toronto Community Housing announces independent review of tenant death
To: Jeffrey.ferrier@torontohousing.ca
Cc: jfiorito@thestar.ca, mississauga_watch@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009, 8:21 AM

Hi there,First of all, congratulations for your October 9, 2009 press release, Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010, –your second win in a row, as you (quote) “continue to improve the health and well-being of our staff each and every day.”

I’m writing about your October 13, 2009 press release, Toronto Community Housing announces independent review of tenant death It states that Toronto Community Housing “will hold an independent third-party review of the organization’s response and the broader factors that can put vulnerable tenancies in jeopardy.”

The press release then goes on to state that, “Toronto Community Housing is an open, transparent organization. We have made a commitment to review this sad situation to ensure this organization is doing everything it can to make every tenancy a successful tenancy, especially for vulnerable tenants.”

It even quotes Acting CEO Keiko Nakamura as saying “It is my hope that the independent, third-party review will shed a light on the response to Mr. Gosling’s situation as well as the broader policy, legislative and regulatory factors that need to be considered.”

It’s quite the let-down then that the press release ends with the statement, “The leader of the review will be announced in the near future”.

I’m thoroughly disappointed not to read what to me is the obvious. Something like, “To demonstrate our commitment to openness and transparency we’ve invited the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate and shed a light on the response to Mr. Gosling’s situation as well as the broader policy, legislative and regulatory factors that need to be considered.”

Al Gosling deserves the Ontario Ombudsman and I’ve confirmed that Mr. Marin’s team of SORT investigators respond to requests/invitations for independent, third-party review by MUSH sector agencies.

Best wishes,

Ursula Bennett
The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Signed,
The (GIVE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN FULL INVESTIGATIVE AUTHORITY INTO THE MUSH SECTOR!) Mississauga Muse

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Are increases in Youth bans and arrests a natural consequence of “Zero Tolerance” Policies?

October 14th, 2009  

Let’s get right into it.

What follows is a transcript of a deputation I gave to City of Mississauga Council this morning. Called “On Matters of INsecurity”, it was an attempt to correct statements made by Councillor Pat Saito at the September 30, 2009 Council meeting.

She and it seems all City of Mississauga elected officials believe that “various steps” are taken by City of Mississauga security guards before youth are banned from City Property, As Councillor Saito put it, “a ban is not an instant step. Usually. There are other steps that have been taken before that happens in many cases.”

My deputation made it clear that for youth and minors there are no “various steps” prior to banning. And that Mississauga City security guards arrest youth (12 and up) immediately should they return to Property during a ban. After all, Director of City Security Ken Owen insists, Zero Tolerance is the hallmark of Zero Tolerance policies.

In short I reminded Mayor and Councillors of some of the youth-toxic consequences in the “Zero Tolerance” Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy that Council passed unanimously in December 2006.

So, here’s video of today’s “Zero Tolerance” deputation followed by my speech notes.

Video: ABOUT BIG BROTHER: On Matters of INsecurity, “ZERO TOLERANCE” (7:13 sec)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

I will be handing this speech note to the City Clerk’s office for inclusion in the October 14, 2009 Council meeting minutes. Please know that footnote [1] does not appear in the original presented at Council. But now will.

DEPUTATION: a matter of INsecurity

First of all, thanks Madam Mayor for inviting me to meet with you on August 31st regarding City of Mississauga Corporate Security’s practices of banning and arresting youth and minors while on City property. I apologize that I wasn’t able to attend.

You see, back in July I emailed a list of questions to Commissioner Breault that I needed answering prior to our meeting and there seems to be a bit of a hold up. [1]

Today I want to address something that Councillor Saito said during the last Council meeting (and that the September 30, 2009 Council minutes failed to record).

Regarding making details of youth banned and arrested from City facilities public information, the Council minutes correctly state:

Councillor Pat Saito asked if staff could look at making the information public on Bans at Arenas and Public Places. She enquired if staff could post the information on the site without violating the Freedom of Information Act, particularly the reason for the ban, the type of incidents and what the City is doing about it. She felt that the information could be posted monthly or bi-monthly. Councillor Pat Saito provided direction that a report be brought back on her request.

All true. But the minutes fail to mention what I believe is the most important thing that Councillor Saito said.

(This is a transcript from video)

Quote:

… I think it’s important that our residents are made aware of these incidents and they’re made aware of the various steps that are taken, because a ban is not an instant step. Usually.

There are other steps that have been taken before that happens in many cases.

Frankly I’m surprised that any City of Mississauga elected official would somehow think that various steps are taken before youth and minors are banned from City property. Whatever would give you that idea?

I’m here to tell you that $2,100 worth of Freedom of Information suggests that nothing can be further from the truth.

Regarding Councillor Saito’s belief that “the various steps are taken, because a ban is not an instant step usually”, back in December 2006 Council passed the Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy.

Well, just a reminder what the Policy says about bans:

“The City of Mississauga will take appropriate disciplinary action when incidents of vandalism, violence or bullying occur in City facilities. Such action may include the immediate banning of the patron from the facility.”

Security Special Occurrence Reports secured through Freedom of Information confirm “immediate banning” not just of kids as young as 9/10 from three facilities at once (Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library) but also immediate “Zero Tolerance” arrests of kids should they return during their ban.

Freedom of Information has confirmed the arrest right here of a 12/13 year old who returned to the skate plaza two hours after being banned from there.

Fact is, the Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy makes it clear that anyone returning during a ban “will be” arrested. Zero Tolerance. Instant step.

The only way to escape arrest under the Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy, should you return during a ban, is to be under 12 years of age.

Now Councillor Saito, you stated that you weren’t going to get specific about what youth information you want generated. I believe you should be specific.

You need to be aware of the “non-robust” nature of that database (and “non-robust” is how the City described that database, not us).

The Security database is wonky, about as flexible as a cinder block and has spit out spurious, unreliable reports when accommodating our Freedom of Information requests.

The database does however have enormous value in its raw data –that is, its historical information. It does after all contain stats on almost three years of worth of bans, fines, trespass and arrests issued by your security guards to hundreds of people –many of them youth and minors.

Essentially, embedded in that raw data just waiting for extracting is a unique social history of the City of Mississauga –testimony of what happens when Security guards are granted the power to ban (and this is a direct quote)

“at their own discretion, and/or effect a trespass arrest if required. This is done at the time of an incident and is necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee.“

That database therefore is invaluable for Roots of Youth violence research.

Next. Related topic.

I need to address Councillor Iannicca’s kindness that he extended to me back in June. How he said he believed that I was sincere, had done my homework but just wasn’t sure of The Ask.

Sir, tomorrow I have to go into Toronto to file yet another appeal with the Information and Privacy Commissioner because the City has blocked total access to City Security’s records of bans, trespass and arrests –the very records that Councillor Saito requested be made public just fourteen days ago.

The Ask, Councillor Iannicca?…

I’ve taken the liberty of preparing a list of specific queries for that database that I believe Council should see.

My husband and I are pursuing our request for the database through appeal to the Privacy Commissioner, but we recognize that for the present, the reporting requested by Councillor Saito and approved by motion of Council is currently the only means of extracting meaningful information.

I therefore ask that these queries be included in any reporting requested by Council. Thank you for your consideration.

[1] In fairness, Commissioner Breault reminded me that I had pulled the original set of (21) questions and then re-submitted them and that I had given her a meeting date of January. True. But what I didn’t make properly clear to her was that I set January on the assumption that I’d get the Mississauga Corporate Security database and my answers by the end of October to get time to prepare..not going to happen.)

And for the record, this is The Ask that I handed to Council.

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REPORTS/QUERIES NEEDED:

Record of all Youth bans, trespass and arrests from all City facilities/Property including Transit terminals and routes from January 1, 2006 to current: (fields to include Date, Time, Year of Birth, Gender, Anonymized Identifier (to replace name), First three letters of Postal Code or if missing, City, Banning Period, Primary Ban File Key, Secondary File Key, Facility 1, Facility 2, Facility 3, Facility Group, Security Guard Witness, Security Guard “Writer”, SOR Group and “To” (Shift Supervisor name).

Where there is an arrest, fields to include:

Violent
Weapons
Arrested
Resisted
Fled
Level of Force Used
Name of Peel Regional Police officer.

Database should be able to present these data (including all fields) at the click of a mouse organized by:

Age
Gender
First three letters of Postal code (or if not recorded City)
Facility 1 (aka Facility where Ban originated)
Security Guard “Writer”
Security Guard witness
Shift Supervisor.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES? WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS?

FLUSH THE KNOB-GUARDS!
HUMANS DESERVE SPECIAL CONSTABLES EXCLUSIVELY UNDER PEEL REGIONAL POLICE!

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ON: HAZEL MCCALLION FACES JUDICIAL REVIEW –COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA’S “WELL, THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” SPEECH

October 1st, 2009  

Recall in this morning’s Blog that I made reference to the Toronto Star article,  Mayor McCallion faces judge’s audit For us to have turned a blind eye to this and said, `Trust us, it’s nothing’ well, this is Mississauga; it’s not Vaughan.”

As promised, here’s Councillor Nando Iannicca’s “For us to have turned a blind eye to this and said, `Well, this is Mississauga; it’s not Vaughan” speech.

First the video,

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION FACES JUDICIAL REVIEW “THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” (3:26 sec)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

and the TRANSCRIPT.

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

Uh, Councillor Parrish, I follow on your heels. I take some exception to some of the comments that have been made as well. I think it’s shameful and I think you’re all raising a red herring.

But be that as it may, as the mover of the motion I really believe that we have no choice whatsoever.

Now that the documents have [sic] made public I’m very pleased on behalf of my constituents –and Councillor Prentice, clearly I have different constituents than you have. But on behalf of my constituents, two weeks ago when it was brought up, I’m happy to  make it a matter of public record that it was I that moved the motion and say, “Let’s not be quick to judgment. Let’s go ask these questions and  have this analysis come back.”

That happened today –and in-camera. And I want to take a moment to speak to you with something in regards to in-camera.

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you all of any of this but when I speak to my constituents and they ask “What’s your role? What’s the most important thing you do?” I say to them, by far, the greatest privilege you give me is when you allow me by virtue of this office to  go in-camera and make a decision.

Because you have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not accountable to anyone. The minutes aren’t transcripted [inaudible —properly?].

And under The Act, so much of what we do is done in-camera. So if one is so willing, it’s a great time to sweep things under the rug.

But what we did as a responsible Council and I might add, agree to it unanimously, we said, “Let’s go get more information. Let’s get the facts. The facts came back and contrary to what you’re being told, the documents are all going to be made public.

One of the things I read was this simple.

“No member of Council other than Mayor McCallion contravened Section 5 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act with respect to his or her involvement with matters related to WC [inaudible] Property period full stop.

What I am not going to do, unlike other members of Council is say “Okay, so she may not have—  but it’s minor, let’s sweep it under the rug.

[a councillor takes exception]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I’m sorry, I have the floor.

[a Councillor takes exception]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I beg your, well, it’s pretty simple to me. For anybody not to take that to its logical conclusion and say we’ve asked the questions, here’s what’s come back, I think in moving the motion, all we can do in fairness to the Mayor —and understand some of my staff are named. Understand that other members of Council are named, but most important of all, when I go grab a cup of coffee at the Orchard Restaurant, I hear what people are saying.

And for us to have turned a blind eye to this and said [sic] “We know what’s going on. No need to let you know. We don’t have to make a- Trust us, it’s nothing.

Well, this is Mississauga. It’s not Vaughan.

And the highest level of obligation that I have to constituents, they had better know the integrity of this place is the most important thing to me. So on behalf of them, on behalf of my council colleagues including the Mayor, on behalf of my senior staff, on behalf of all of our employees I’ve said in moving the motion, we’re gonna come clean, let some other party review it and let that course unfold as it may.

To do anything other than that in my opinion, in moving the motion makes you unworthy of public office.

[MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers “Yes!” into the camera]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

Thank you Madam Chair, and as I’ve said I’ll support—

[Councillor Katie Mahoney interrupts]

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

That’s my thought, Thank you.

VIDEO CAMERA  STAYS ON COUNCILLOR IANNICCA

Councillor Eve Adams (Acting Mayor)

Thank you Councillor Iannicca. I’m also been told by the City Manager that the document is being posted online imminently.

City Manager Janice Baker

Yes, it should be operational—

Councillor Eve Adams (Acting Mayor)

Thank you. Councillor Prentice

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Signed,

The (I don’t agree with that part about “On behalf of my senior staff, on behalf of all of our employees”, they’d prefer it swept under the already very lumpy Mississauga rug)  Mississauga Muse


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HAZEL MCCALLION (CONFLICT OF INTEREST) THE MAY 21, 2008 VIDEO AND THE ACTUAL MINUTES

October 1st, 2009  

It’s all over the papers, you don’t need to read more of the same here. Just let me give you this one.

TORONTO STAR: Mayor McCallion faces judge’s audit For us to have turned a blind eye to this and said, `Trust us, it’s nothing’ – well, this is Mississauga; it’s not Vaughan

As readers know, I videotape all City of Mississauga Audit, General Committee and Council meetings. I even have a back-up audio recorder going inside that “sacred chamber”.

Checking my May 21, 2008 video… CONFIRMED. Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion failed to declare a Conflict of Interest —and stumbled on the words “direct or indirect pecuniary interest”.

Here’s the video followed by the  transcript.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION CONFLICT OF INTEREST: FAILURE TO DECLARE AUDIO MAY 21, 2008 (1:21 sec)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING MAY 21, 2008

Mayor Hazel McCallion: (rings bell)

I’d like to call to order a meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga for Wednesday, May 21st. I would ask that you join with  —join with me in the Lord’s Prayer, if you wish to do so.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Welcome to our meeting this morning. On a cold morning. I  don’t know when the weather’s going to warm up.

Ah, disclosures of direct or direct [sic] ind— uh, pecuniary interest.

Minutes of previous Council meeting, May the 7th. Motion? Mover and a seconder.

[someone moved it]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Okay, Seconder, Councillor Saito.

Any errors or omissions. Yes.

Councillor Frank Dale:

[inaudible, possibly “Could”] it be noted that I was at other municipal business.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Oh, very good, could you make a note of that, Madam City Clerk.

All in favour? Any opposed? Carried.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

There you have it. Failed to disclose Conflict of Interest regarding her son’s $14.4 million land deal.

And you know who can say whether the Mayor simply forgot and it was an honest oversight.

But here’s the killer. You’d expect the minutes to show that Mayor McCallion failed to disclose direct or indirect pecuniary interest.Like that there’d be a blank.  But no, those May 21, 2008 Council minutes show in two places (pages 2 and 26) that she declared!

A reminder that one of our main themes here at MISSISSAUGAWATCH is how the City of Mississauga’s manicures messages. I’ve already mentioned how minutes  routinely leave important stuff out (which I’m forced to conclude is a way to maintain the MYTH of  MYTHissauga. Keep it positive. Minimize the Bad —or fail to mention it altogether (and yes, I’ve documented lots of examples and some major beauts let me tell you. And I’ve the video to match!).

But it never occurred to me to be on the  look out for stuff put IN to minutes! That is, attempts to minimize damage (aka making the Corporation of the City of Mississauga look good) being ADDED! I feel I dropped the ball on this one considering that back in January 2008 I rode that Enersource “How did that clause get into the contract?!” kerfuffle all the way to the beach.

When I wrote my previous Blog, “Hazel McCallion “failed to declare verbally a conflict of interest over son’s $14M land deal” (Toronto Star). MISSISSAUGAWATCH says, “But wait! There’s MORE video!”” my desktop computer croaked. I was unable to scan/work images. Now I can so here are pics of the actual May 21 2008 minutes so you can watch the video on YouTube and check out the May 21, 2008 minutes for yourself.

Page 2, Item 2 in the actual May 21, 2008 Council minutes show:

2. DISCLOSURES OF DIRECT OR INDIRECT PECUNIARY INTEREST

Mayor Hazel McCallion declared Conflict of Interest with respect to the Unfinished
Business matter by virtue of her son being involved with the World Class
Development application.

HAZEL MCCALLION CONFLICT OF INTEREST: MINUTES  SESSION 10  THE COUNCIL OF  THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA  WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008 Page 2

(Click here for larger image of page 2 of the May 21, 2008 minutes)

And page 26, there’s also fabrication under  Item 9: UNFINISHED BUSINESS. (for anyone who’s miffed at my use of the word “fabrication” look up “fabricate” in the dictionary).

9. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

UB-1 Removal of the “H” Holding symbol – World Class Developments Limited
(Agreement of Purchase and Sale) 4225 Living Arts Drive, 4200 Duke of
York Boulevard and 285 Prince of Wales Drive, H-0Z 07/004 W4, Ward 4

Correspondence dated April 29, 2008 from Barry Lyon Consultants Ltd., with
respect to the removal of the “H” Holding symbol – World Class Developments
Limited (Agreement of Purchase and Sale) 4225 Living Arts Drive, 4200 Duke of
York Boulevard and 285 Prince of Wales Drive.

A Special Council meeting was held on April 30, 2008 with respect to the above
matter and since WCD was unable to fulfill the approval requirements in time for
the Special Council meeting, the matter was deferred to May 21, 2008.
Mayor Hazel McCallion declared Conflict of Interest with respect to the above
Corporate Report by virtue of her son being involved with the World Class
Development application.

Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, and Planning & Building advised that the applicant
was still working on the application and requested that it be deferred again.

Deferred
H-0Z 07/004 W4

NOTE THAT I AM WORKING ON THE VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT OF COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA’S “THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” SPEECH AT YESTERDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING AND IT WILL BE ONLINE TODAY AS A NEW BLOG.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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TURNER PARK “COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009” HAMILTON SKATEBOARDING pics and YouTube video

September 21st, 2009  

Hamilton Police’s “COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009” was a blast! I tell you, WOW, there were wonderful moments when I forgot I was in Canada!

City of Hamilton’s Turner Skate Park is one beautiful, challenging slab of concrete. Best of all, Turner houses the best bowl of the three “urban” skate parks that I’m currently researching.

(An aside… I suspect that it’s possible that a Brampton Ching skater might hit upon this Blog and wonder when I’ll post video of their kick-ass skate park and take-no-prisoners skaters to YouTube.  It’s coming. I just need to make one more trip to B-Town for “continuity” shots.)

To summarize the “COP SHOP SKATE JAM” at the Hammer, here’s my colour commentary as I videotaped a very little guy patiently waiting his turn to drop into the bowl and sk8. He appears in the video at the 2:34 minute mark.

"COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009" Turner Park, Hamilton

TURNER PARK “COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009” HAMILTON SKATEBOARDING

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

This is the youngest skateboarder that we’ve documented so far here at Hamilton Skate Park.

It’s been a good day so far. And what I mean by good day is that the kids have had a lot of fun, great interaction with the police and on top of it, no one as far as I know, has gotten injured, which I think is even more important.

OH GEE, nice try!

Now this little kid is going to drop in. And watch the drop in right down there. Oh! So that’s what it means by dropping in… Oh. OK. (admiring laughter)

OK. Let’s just see what the little guy’s up to…

And we got one of the big boys here.

And watch —these (little) guys have trouble getting up. They crawl up and they got a lot of guts.

Video: TURNER PARK “COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009” HAMILTON SKATEBOARDING (4:44 sec)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

And just for an idea of what people missed who weren’t there…

"COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009" Turner Park, Hamilton

"COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009" Turner Park, Hamilton

"COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009" Turner Park, Hamilton

"COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009" Turner Park, Hamilton

Signed,

The (Oh! And thanks for the hot dog!) Mississauga Muse

"COP SHOP SKATE JAM 2009" Turner Park, Hamilton

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HEY TORONTO STAR! FOR LAUGHS, TODAY I DROPPED DOWN 80 BUCKS AND NOW THIS (ALMOST) 60 YEAR OLD FEMALE IS A SECURITY GUARD TOO!

September 19th, 2009  

YAY TORONTO STAR! GOOD ON YA!

FOR LAUGHS, THE (59 YEAR, 11 MONTH, 19 DAY OLD MISSISSAUGA MUSE, WWW.MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA IS NOW A SECURITY GUARD TOO!

Everyone read the Toronto Star front page?!

Star investigation: Fake diplomas, false promises

$80 and I’m a security guard

For $160, the Star’s Brett Popplewell became a licensed security guard and private investigator — two jobs he has no idea how to perform

Sep 18, 2009 04:30 AM

Comments on this story (151)

Brett Popplewell
Staff Reporter

I drop by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services with a passport photo in hand. I complete an application form to be a security guard at a cost of $80. The clerk asks if I’d also like my private investigator’s licence. I ask what’s the catch? They say another $80.

“No training?” I ask.

“Just $80.”

80 bucks and just like that you can get a Security Guard license?!  I tell you that explains City of Mississauga Corporate Security Misstapo knobs and knobettes!

So I left this comment at Torstar.

you know, for fun? I’m going to buy a security guard licence!

Really.

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Not to be outdone, another Toronto Star reader committed to dropping down 80 and outranking me.

I’m Going for the P.I. Badge

Mississaugawatch is going to buy a security guard licence. I’m going to go for the Private Investigator one myself. I grew up wanting to be Mike Hammer, Philip Marlowe, and Sam Spade. I might just pay the $240.00 and be all three.

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Now I could’ve bought a Private Investigator’s license for my 80-bucks but I figured a Security Guard license would have more “legs” (aka: Giggles).

So I grabbed an old never-used passport photo, hopped on a GO Train, headed for 777 Bay Street, 3rd Floor, and dropped down 80-bucks. Now get this, I’m female and just three weeks shy of my 60th birthday yet it took the guy at the desk just 3 minutes and 33 seconds to process me and that included him being the guarantor of my photo!

HAHAHAHAAHAAHAH!

I videotaped the entire thing and bet your boots in less than two weeks, I’ll have a Security Guard card! I can’t WAIT!

COURTESY TORONTO STAR: Star reporter Brett Popplewell obtained a security guard licence for $160 with no training and no experience.

HAHAHAHAAHAAHAH!

When I was filling out the application form, I entertained that just for a lark I would try and talk my 86-year old father into buying an Ontario Security Guard licence too. And that got me thinking…

Ontarians! Fo’ fun! Let’s try and set the Guiness Book of Records for the oldest person to buy a Private Security Guard license!

Also I’m claiming the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services record as the quickest Ontario Security Guard application-processing at 3 minutes 33 seconds!

Anyway, this is to the Toronto Star.

I LOVE YOU TORSTAR!

That out of the way regular readers know the routine by now.

Video of me buying my Ontario Security Guard license and then the transcript. Note the voice of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services processor was turned into a chipmunk-voice for Privacy reasons.

Video: HEY TORONTO STAR! NOW I’M A SECURITY GUARD TOO! (3:43 sec)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[NOTE: The errors I made filling in the form were not on purpose. I really am that flaky.]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (hands over Canadian Citizenship papers and waits)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

[inaudible] take your driver’s licence, ok?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Yeah, that’s ok.

(re-folds Canadian Citizenship paper and puts inside wallet)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Thank you.

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

I’m not sure where to fill out the part about whethjer you want to be a Private Investigator or a Security Guard. Is it on the front page you fill it out or where?

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

You filled it out for Security Guard.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Did I? OK, I did it.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Yuh.

(pause)

This is the first time you’re applying for a Security Guard license?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Yup.

(longer pause)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Just change your Date of Birth to today’s date?

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Oh, I got contact lenses in. Do I just scritch —scratch it out?

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Yes, please.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

I got contact lenses so I can’t see very well—

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Oh, I see.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

—when I’m writing. I can see well the other time.

(pause and hands application form back.)

Sorry about that.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

No problem.

Thank you.

(pause…)

“I’m just signing for your guarantor.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

OK, Great.

(long pause)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

[inaudible]

“What happens now is it takes our office five business days to process the application.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

OK.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

And, if it’s approved and issued, we’re gonna mail it out. It usually takes three to five business days.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

OK. Great.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

And, if it’s approved and issued, we’re gonna mail it out. It usually takes three to five business days.”Now within the first week –five business days, we go over the application. We also do a criminal background check.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

That’s not a problem.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

OK, good. So if anything comes up, we’ll give you a call. But if you don’t hear from us next week, you’ll [receive your license..].”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Fantastic.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Any questions or anything?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

uh… (pauses to think…) No.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

[inaudible]

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Have a great day.

VIDEO CAMERA TURNED OFF

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The (Like I said, a Root of Youth Violence) Mississauga Muse

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH (guest Blogger) “A graffiti artist” writes about the adrenalin-lure of graffiti

September 14th, 2009  

This is a followup to our August 22nd, 2009, Blog, “(Email) conversation with a graffiti artist –”REAL graffiti” vs permission walls”

I ended that Blog with:

Then I asked him about the Toronto graffiti  “TOFU tagger” and I can’t wait for his response…

Well today “A graffiti artist” responded.

Rather than bury his writing as an update or a comment, I thought I’d give his reply the prominence it deserves. That is —a Blog in its own right.

I believe what “A graffiti artist” has to say is both important and relevant —especially in light of me conducting a graffiti survey in downtown Hamilton only yesterday. Also his comments regarding graffiti’s relationship to hip-hop are timely as well

“A graffiti artist” clearly disagrees with me about Toronto’s “TOFU tagger”. Readers will recall that I don’t feel that the tag “TOFU” has anything to do with soybean but rather is an acronym for “Toronto F*** You”.  T.O.F.U.  (Only the “TOFU tagger” knows for sure)

So this is a cut-and-paste from an email I received today. The only difference between what follows and his original Flickr email is the cleaning up of a few typos.

We begin.

From: A graffiti artist (note: not his real alias)

Subject: Re: Something else.

Hi,

It’s been a while, I finally got some free time to send you a couple replies.

I think its great that you are studying graffiti and exposing it to others who might not get the chance themselves to see it first hand. One thing I can say is that yes you are definitely studying another culture, I would say a sub-culture. People don’t really understand what graffiti is and why people do it.

Everyone does graffiti for their own personal reasons, some do it for fame, some do it because they enjoy destroying things and some people do it for the love of the art. Some even do it as a drug to get high off the adrenalin. Climbing a highway sign in the middle of the night can definitely get your adrenalin going but it’s not something you can count on, you will always be trying to top the high you had last time and eventually it will backfire. The real reason behind why graffiti writers paint walls is because they are looking for a voice. They are looking to make some kind of impact in society with what little power they have.

It started out as one of the 4 elements of hip-hop. When I say hip-hop I mean the hip-hop culture started in the late 70’s not the rap music you hear on MTV. That’s commercialized rap made to make money. The 4 elements of hip-hop were break-dancing, emceeing, DJing and graffiti. A lot of it is still alive today but not in the mainstream, real hip-hop music is underground and you would never hear it on the radio or tv.

This was their way of expressing themselves and they created an entire subculture that still lives today worldwide. Graffiti today has a lot less meaning, and most people do it to get their name up and get respect in the community. Just like that tofu guy you pointed out to me. People want to give it more meaning than it really has, tofu is just another graffiti writer, who chose a clever name that people would question. He writes in plain lettering so the average person can read it but it has no special meaning to it, he’s just putting his name up for respect and recognition. The regular citizens think there is something behind this and want to make it into something it’s not for their own enjoyment. It makes the story more interesting.

Anyways, I need to get going, I’ll try and send you something more meaningful later, but right now all I can say is keep up the great work, I really like the photography and artwork as well!

Without civil disobedience and graffiti in our streets, the world would be a very lifeless boring place to live.

Here’s something for your research… one of the most legendary pieces of graffiti was recently removed by L.A. authorities. I’ll send you some interesting links, in some of the pictures you can guage how large this pieces is, if you look closely at the letter “B” you can see the artists sitting down. A city that can’t afford to pay its teachers, but they spent millions of dollars removing artwork from a sewer drainage that no one can even see! Unbelievable!

animalnewyork.com/2009/09/sabers-la-river-painting-gets-rolled-over/

la.metblogs.com/2009/09/04/sabers-world-famous/

Take care for now.,

Here is a photo of the LA River graffiti that “A graffiti artist” was referring to. Now it’s all one massive white patch.

Description and image courtesy of graffiti.org

Saber did this amazing piece on the LA River. It took him a year and a half to complete. It was done with rollers, and you can see it from the air. It is one of the two largest illegal roller pieces ever done (that we know of) “.

Art Crimes: Los Angeles 33 - Saber  This image and artwork © copyright 1998 Saber.

(Click here for larger image)

You know people, I can’t begin to tell you how much more clearly I see the world once I decided to dig out my own news and let mainstream Traditional Media fall by the wayside. I haven’t turned on the television in weeks (give me the REAL of YouTube). As for newspapers, gah!

I know what “A graffiti artist” means by the adrenalin…

I find that I have an addiction to “I wonder if”…  Researching sea turtles. Researching humans. Same three words. “I wonder if”…

“I wonder if”…

Signed,

The (I wonder if this is real…) Mississauga Muse

GRAFFITI HAMILTON "BLOODZ TURF" September 14, 2009

GRAFFITI "BLOODZ TURF" September 14, 2009

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Videos: Inside Peel Regional Police (11 Division) Young Offenders’ Jail Cells –and Hamilton Graffiti Update

September 14th, 2009  

Well, it was quite the weekend. Went to the Peel Police 11 Division Open House and then paid a return visit to Chinguacousy Skateboard Park. I love Chinguacousy Sk8park.

Today, I conducted a graffiti survey in Hamilton and got one major surprise. I don’t know when but someone went through Hamilton’s downtown core and took major action on the graffiti there. Gosh, most of the graffiti that I’d documented back in June is gone. Erased or totally painted over!

The transformation was so complete that it took me several passes to finally locate exactly where this picture was taken back on May 31st. That door and surroundings were completely free of tags and blight.

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE POSES BESIDE AN IRONIC ANTI-GRAFFITI POSTER INSIDE A CITY OF HAMILTON BUS SHELTER (PANORAMIC SHOT) 090531

And it wasn’t just one or two streets. Even major graffiti sites behind buildings have been obliterated. It made getting around difficult for me because in all prior visits, I’d used unique graffiti for navigation —not street names! But still, that’s one impressive clean-up effort!

Don’t get me wrong. once you gravitate to the Beasley Park area, and work its cramped side streets, there’s still plenty of “photo-ops”. More about that in later Blogs.

At yesterday’s 11 Division Open House, a Peeler graffiti-specialist was absolutely generous with his time. He taught me how to recognize gang tags. So imagine following a park wooden fenced walkway and you see your normal “F***” this and “F***” that’s and then you recognize the very symbols your Peeler told you about.

GRAFFITI, HAMILTON (September 13, 2009)

Take your pics. Get out fast —but with dignity.

By far, the most interesting thing I did this weekend was spend quality pondering-time in jail. First a brief visit inside a jail cell for female Young Offenders and then about 20 minutes inside the males’ holding cell. (It took me a long time to decipher and document all the graffiti scratched into the glass —plus file a video report.)

So here we are. Two videos today complete with transcripts. The first, Peel Regional Police 11 Division’s tiny female jail cell, followed by video of the males’ cell.

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

This is September the 12th, 2009. I’m here at Peel Regional [Police] 11 Division. Shooting down on the floor to protect people’s privacy. And what I’ve got here is I’ve asked and received permission to videotape. This is where the Under-18’s… I think it’s Under 18.. Excuse me, Officer? What is this again —the Under-what-age?

PEEL POLICE OFFICER

Ah, Young Offenders [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Young Offenders 18 and under [Ed. ERROR. Young Offenders are Under-18] and this would be female. And this would be their holding cells so to speak. And this is what they get. And what we’ll do is just go here and kind of step… these look like 6-inch tiles. But 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then you got the can.

And there’s where you wash your hands. Although I suspect there’s soap there.And this is what you get to sleep on.

So the actual room you have is 1, 2, 3 steps. And I don’t think I have to tell you that…wow.

Let’s see what we got up here. Light bulb. I’ll tell you something. There’s no way I could fit and try to escape from there.

I wonder if they give you a metal cup that you could bang across here.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION 1:40 min

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVSION (MALE) 090912

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

[Sitting inside the male jail cell with video surveillance camera over right shoulder] It’s not quite what I expected. [looks around]

Uh, I guess, I guess it’s something that I needed to see based on the research that I’ve been doing about City [of Mississauga] Security and how they would call in an arrest. And of course that involves Peel Regional Police.

So you’ve got uh, my concern of course, is that ah, there’s no accountability mechanisms in place for City [of Mississauga] Security and then they’re handed over to Peel Regional Police…

And these are the male cells.

We’ve got a video surveillance camera there [inaudible] We’re gonna go here a bit. A place to take a p*** and a dump. And two beds. So I guess if there’s more than that you got a problem.

And what’s interesting is you get the graffiti and the scratching here. OK. Now I can finally —took me a long time to figure out what this says. This right here. OK, even though there’s a video surveillance camera right there somebody (laughs) managed to scrawl in a complaint in glass that reads, “NO TOILET PAPER”. Finally figured out now.

So there’s a complaint there, etched in glass that there was no toilet paper… is that true?

[camera swings over and around the toilet…] There’s gotta be toilet paper.

[Reaches into a toilet-paper sized hole with no toilet paper in it] I suspect it’s there…

Tell ya, if you want to know the truth in society, there it is. NO TOILET PAPER However, there is a video surveillance camera.

I mean it’s bare.  And it’s, I mean you don’t expect posters up. A jail is supposed to be a place where you have nothing to do but to contemplate how you got in there. And the video surveillance camera… at least you know that the video surveillance camera right here, try pointing to it, yah, right here. Um, that is a Peel Police video surveillance camera and you’ve got Police Services manning that thing instead of Mississauga Corporate Security that have no accountability mechanisms in place.

Trust me. This is what Freedom of Information has confirmed. And that’s what I got a problem with.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 3:12 min

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Signed,

The (Warning to Youth. There’s no INTERNET access in Jail!) Mississauga Muse

Time to lighten things up a bit!

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DODGE CHARGERS (11 DIVISION) CARTOON September 12, 2009

UPDATE: Monday, September 14, 2009. 9:06 am. The video PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 was replaced because I forgot to dampen the audio of a rather crude word regarding the jail cell’s  toilet arrangements. Also, a viewer hated the original enough to give it a 1 out of 5. He/she may wish to go back and click on the 1 again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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SKATEBOARD SUNDAY preliminary report: Turner skatepark (Hamilton), Chinguacousy skatepark (Brampton) and Iceland skatepark (Mississauga)

September 7th, 2009  

Yesterday as part of a MISSISSAUGAWATCH Skateboard Sunday survey, I visited three major “flagship” municipal skateboard facilities, Turner in Hamilton, Chinguacousy in Brampton, and Iceland, Mississauga. The Sunday before (August 30, 2009) we wrapped up our summer’s observation of Maui’s three skateboard parks.

We’ve already reported on the Maui skateboard scene in previous Blogs and especially in “MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)”.

Once back in Mississauga, it became clear that it would be absurd to now compare the Maui Three with the skateparks we’d been observing and reporting on back in May and June. For example, while observing Beasley Park in City of Hamilton, we were not aware that the new $500,000 Turner Skatepark had opened. (Plus back in May/June I preferred neighbourhood skate plazas to observing a larger City-wide facility.)

No more. The Maui Three forced me to turn my attention to local Flagship Parks.

Yesterday, as part of back-to-back Skateboard Sundays, I first visited Turner Skatepark in Hamilton. (I’d been tipped to the existence of this new facility by a commenter here.)

I ran a quick check of City of Hamilton Council’s decisions as to how Turner Skatepark got located where it did, and surfed a tour of what Google Maps suggested was an affluent surrounding neighbourhood (it was).

TURNER SKATEPARK CITY OF HAMILTON

By far the most surprising thing about Turner Skatepark came from a conversation with one of several parents sitting around watching their kids skateboarding. This mother enthused about how the skatepark was right next to the police station (and I mean right-next-right-next).

I responded that such close presence of police must make parents feel comfortable letting their kids skate there.

Her response was, “Oh no, I’d never leave him here by himself!”

That made Turner Skatepark the most fascinating park in our 6-facility study.

After Turner, I traced out the Upper James route that a kid living around Beasley Skatepark would have to take to reach the flagship Turner. There were only three kids skateboarding that day at Beasley and only one had an actual skateboard. A pervert waxed poetic into my video camera about the number and quality of his testicles while three other suspicious characters were sitting on a park bench watching me videotape graffiti.

Now with two months of Maui skatepark observation behind me, I see Beasley Skatepark for what it is. One ramp. One small depression for a “bowl” and some concrete to smear a board across —that’s Beasley.

BEASLEY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF HAMILTON) 090906

Two small girls were on swings unsupervised and I was reminded of the Turner Park mother’s comment, “Oh no, I’d never leave him here by himself!”… Hamilton: A Tale of Two Cities.

I then set off for Chinguacousy Park, City of Brampton. I heard more F-words in my observation time there than at all Maui skateboard parks the months of July and August combined, plus Turner that morning. Not a good start…

However, Chinguacousy surprised me the most of the three local skateparks I visited yesterday. And surprised me in a good way.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) panoramic shot 090906

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Chinguacousy reminded me of Kahalui’s Keopuolani Skatepark.  More about all this in later Blog entries.

It was getting deep into afternoon and I reluctantly headed for Iceland in Mississauga. I say “reluctantly” because 1: I have the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database printout of all the bans and arrests issued at that City Property, plus 2: I’d visited the skatepark there on several other occasions.

ICELAND SKATEPARK (CITY OF MISSISSAUGA) 090906

On this visit, there were perhaps 20 boys, with about an even split of bikes and boarders. Being just fresh from Chinguacousy, I found Iceland the bore. I videotaped a bit, narrating into the camera and then once I was done, a parent supervising his two kids talked me up.

“You mentioned a skatepark in Brampton?”

“Yeah, Chinguacousy. I just came from there.”

I mentioned Chinguacousy’s attributes (like that it was in a park and not beside the 403) and then provided directions. He gathered his two kids and B-lined it for B-Town.

I saw Chinguacousy as a cool mix between Maui’s Keopuolani and Kalama skateboard parks.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) TRUE TO THE SPORT 090906

Even a Chinguacousy conversation between a kid and a BMXer reminded me of the New York Times article “The End of Falling” in memory of Skateboard pioneer, Andy Kessler.

The BMXer rested his bike on a ramp ledge.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) close-up BMX BIKE 090906

The kid asked, “How did you get so good?”

“I fall down a lot,” and he sped away.

Having observed all six skateparks now, I’m confident in rating them as if I were a Middle School kid committed to skateboarding. But I recognize that what this almost-60 year old white female might look for isn’t the same thing as a real skateboarder (or for that matter a male!).

For me, the Skatepark Rankings were based on architecture, respect and supervision. Did the parks have the kind of ramps and bowls to attract the serious big-boy skaters? Was there a culture of respect among the park users?  If two parks’ architecture and respect rated equal then the ranking came down to a skatepark’s supervision.

I hope you’ll agree that a skatepark where kids are respectful of others and is unsupervised, is infinitely preferable to a supervised park. Unsupervised means it’s the kids’ skatepark where they are free to be respectful, inclusive and solve inevitable conflicts —on their own.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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New York Times and Toronto Star REMEMBRANCE: Skateboarding pioneer, Andy Kessler (48) dies of wasp sting

August 23rd, 2009  

I had meant to post this a week ago. Andy Kessler…

The thing  is that for readers to understand the importance of skateboarding pioneer Andy Kessler, you have to know something about the skateboarding culture. Far too many of us see skateboarders as thugs-on-wheels.

And when we see graffiti and tags, we make an immediate connection to skateboarders.

I can tell you this from my summer research here on Maiui. Real skateboarders have the same contempt for the “thugs-on-wheels” as real graffiti artists have for taggers.

Real skateboarders are athletes and like top tier surfers, they’re Alpha-Male-fearless-crazy. (Expect skateboarding to become an Olympic sport.)

While I began my study of skateboarders and skateboard parks in Mississauga —and then Hamilton, it took quality time at Maui, Hawaii’s three skateboard parks for me to GET it. Get real skateboarding.

I didn’t know who Andy Kessler was until I read his Obituary in the Toronto Star. He was a skateboarding pioneer, died at age 48 from a wasp sting.  I can’t emphasize enough that to understand real skateboarding, you have to know that the first skateboarders were surfers.

Thought I’d share a portion of this Blog commemorating Kessler —“The End of Falling”, from the New York Times first.

What’s interesting is Bret Anthony Johnston’s comparison between the East Coast skateboarders and the West Coast ones (“gritty, dirty, and beautiful, the shadow-version of the breezy West Coast surf-style”).

That’s the same difference that I’ve observed this summer between the Mississauga/Hamilton skaters vs those at the three skateboard parks in Maui, Hawaii.

Excerpt from the New York Times Blog, “Happy Days, The Pursuit of What Matters in Troubled Times”

Image Courtesy of the New York Times

Andy Kessler, West 30th Street, Manhattan, 2005. Image courtesty of the New York Times

Andy Kessler, West 30th Street, Manhattan, 2005.  Ivory Serra

The End of Falling

August 13, 2009, 11:15 pm

By Bret Anthony Johnston

I’ve been skateboarding seriously for more than 20 years, and while I never met Andy Kessler, I know his life story. Most skaters over the age of 25 do. Born in Greece and raised on West 71st Street in Manhattan, Kessler started skateboarding when he was 11. This was in the 1970s, a time when skateboarding was so alien to New York City that he had to mail-order his gear from California. Significance-wise, think: Prometheus and fire. When other kids saw Kessler carving around the Upper West Side on his board — which would’ve been three inches wide with metal wheels — they followed, and just like that, the East Coast skate scene was born. It was gritty, dirty, and beautiful, the shadow-version of the breezy West Coast surf-style.

And now, with special thanks to the Toronto Star.

COURTESY THE TORONTO STAR:

REMEMBRANCE

TheStar.com | Obituary |

Andy Kessler, 48: Skateboarding pioneer

Aug 15, 2009 04:30 AM

DANIEL DALE
STAFF REPORTER

The next time some punk skateboarder cuts you off on a downtown sidewalk, curse Andy Kessler.

California’s skateboarding pioneers were surfers, kids who rode in empty backyard swimming pools when they couldn’t ride the waves.

YOUNG SK8RZ, STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII

Because there were fewer pools in New York, young rebels there were forced to pioneer city skating. In the late 1970s, a group of a few dozen teenagers turned the features of the urban landscape – stairs, poles, flower planters – into obstacles to be challenged and conquered.

“It was about making that action happen with your imagination,” J.J. Veronis, one of those rebels, told The East Hampton Star. “And Andy was king.”

Kessler, born in Greece in 1961 and raised in New York, was the unofficial leader of the Soul Artists of Zoo York, the city’s first skateboard crew. The Upper West Side was their laboratory – and their fishbowl. When they began skating, they had to order their gear by mail from California; in large part because of their rolling advertisements for the sport, New York developed its own burgeoning scene.

Kessler received his first skateboard from his mother at age 10. Like most Zoo Yorkers, he dabbled in graffiti and drugs as a teenager. After the crew disbanded in the 1980s, he became an addict. But he recovered. He then helped take skateboarding off city streets.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0043

Despite his dedication to street skateboarding, Kessler long advocated the creation of a haven where New York’s skaters could ride unbothered. In the mid-1990s, his lobbying persuaded the municipal government to build its first public skate park. The city hired him as lead designer, and he eked out a living creating several more.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0027

Kessler continued skating into his 40s. While young skaters tended to be unaware of his contribution, an ignorance that sometimes bothered him, the older ones never forgot. In 2005, dozens helped raise thousands of dollars for his medical care when he broke his femur in a wipeout.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0044

Though he could be unpleasant – “Some days you caught him and he was a jerk, some days you’d sit and talk for hours,” skate-park builder Tim Vander told ESPN – he was widely beloved.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0037

Kessler died Tuesday of a heart attack following an allergic reaction to a wasp sting at a cottage on Long Island.

He was 48.

This pic is dedicated to Andy Kessler. I’m sure he’d know what the kid on his back and under his skateboard is doing. But up until my husband and I witnessed it, we wouldn’t have been able to guess.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0043

Signed,

The (Special mahalo nui loa to the skaters at Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii) Mississauga Muse

“Often, especially when Kessler was nurturing what would become the East Coast scene, the kids who gravitated toward skateboarding were misfits and malcontents, the shy outcasts who’d been intimidated and sullied by the complex pressures of social interaction. Skateboarding gave them an identity and voice, and Kessler, by example, gave them the confidence to declare themselves to society.”

“This is who he was and how he’ll be remembered, as a man who understood the abiding and cathartic power of resilience. You don’t give in. You take every run —on the ramp, with recovery, at City Hall.”

Bret Anthony Johnston from “The End of Falling” New York Times Blog, “Happy Days, The Pursuit of What Matters in Troubled Times”

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PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD TRANSCRIPT (Implications?) MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

August 20th, 2009  

For reasons that one day I’ll be able to relate, I need to share this YouTube video and accompanying transcript for the record today.

The video shows me at Mississauga Council’s June 24, 2009 Public Question Period. If you know just how much Councillor Nando Iannicca helped me during the previous Council meeting and General Committee meeting and then helped me again on the 24th, you’ll understand why I say that Mississauga youth and minors are indebted to him. As am I.

MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Important: The video is an excerpt of my June 24, 2009 Mississauga Council Public Question Period appearance, and begins after I’d been up there for 4:46 minutes, as does the transcript.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

[time 4:46 min]

A draft of the Policy stated this about Trespass:

“Where a ban has been issued against an individual and the individual fails to comply with the ban, the individual may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

That’s what the draft looks like.

Among other things, Freedom of Information secured two emails –the first is Mr. Owen’s January 17, 2005 email where he takes exception to the draft’s qualifier “may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

And you have one of those documents in your possession right now. But I’ll read what he specifically refers to.

[Time: 5:28]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Ursula, I think that we have to come to some conclusion on this issue because I’m at a loss for what you’re referring to or trying to get to. I don’t want to minimize what you’re trying to get to.

I’m going to suggest with the Staff and the Mayor and the City Manager and outline to us exactly what your concerns are. Because I think it’s unfair to Council to have this thing brought to our attention and we’re at a loss to respond. I am, as Mayor.

So I don’t think —I think this issue is getting a little bit out of hand and we’ve got to come to some conclusion on it.

So I’m going to suggest, with Council’s approval, that the Mayor meet with, and the Staff and the City Manager, meet with you, and sit down and go over your concerns and try to find out what you’re after and what we can do about it.

Because I think that’s the only way we can get to the bottom of —and try to help you with getting the answers that you want, you’ve indicated. And we’re not getting it here in your presentation to General Committee or Council.

So I would suggest that Council agrees with that —that that happen.

Councillor Iannicca?…

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I’d be happy to so move. You may recall that we last dealt with it, I asked that it go back to Committee —we spent some time on it. Even with all of that I think we were still trying to fight with understanding the data, the implications, what this in terms—

Madam Mayor, I agree with you entirely. because through to Ursula, I’m still trying to understand at the end of the day what the Ask Is.

So —I think that you’re genuine in your pursuit. I think it relates to violence under reporting of statistics and it means that we may not be getting the outputs from the system that we should.

I think we all respect all of that. But we’re not clear on The Ask.

We referred it back to Committee hoping that we’d get there. I think it’s raised more questions for you. I respect that. But Madam Mayor, I think that your suggestion is a very, very good one (and it’s good of you to make the time) to sit down, to maybe clarify some of the data.

But then when it comes back, I just want to be clear what The Ask is. What it is you’d like us to do to make the system better, because we share in that with you because I think you’re well-intentioned as the Mayor said, in that regard.

So Madam Mayor, I’d be happy to move that suggestion and thank you for it at the appropriate —and you’ll nail down the data and then bring back to us what it is that you’d like us to do to improve on this. I think that’s very helpful.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Councillor Prentice?…

Councillor Maja Prentice:

[inaudible and passes…]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

‘kay.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Um, one thing. When you receive something for information, do you have to receive it? Or can you defer [sic] back?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

We can refer it back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Can I request then that Report 9 ”Requests for Additional Information Security Incidents” not be received for report then?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

But can be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Refer it back? Because I would really like the youth/minor statistics in there? Please?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

The whole matter will be referred –we’ll sit down with you and go over what your concerns are, information you’re seeking, what you want us to do, what you feel Council should be doing in this regard –directions to Staff etc. It will all be looked at. And that’s the only way will get to some consensus,–conclusion of the matter. ok?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Yes. And I have just one unusual request. I’m not sure if you can accommodate, but I’d really like an electronic copy of the Mississauga Corporate Security database be handed over to Mississauga’s community partner, Peel Regional Police? Until such time as I can convince—

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Well that will be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Referred? Okay.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

All, everything will be ref—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

I tried. Thank you. (walks away)

[Total time: 9:25 minutes]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Thank you

(pause. Sound of papers shuffling)

Corporate Reports?…

VIDEO ENDS.

A meeting with Mayor McCallion was set up for August 31st. I replied that I would not be in Canada that day. I also informed the Mississauga Mayor that before meeting with her I still had to do my “homework” —and that I was still waiting on questions that I was invited to send to City Staff back in June about City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) and its dATaBAsE.

It’s now August 20th (two months later) and I’ve still to get the necessary answers from “appropriate” Staff that I need for a meeting with the Mayor.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY MANAGER, JAMIE HILLIS (JANUARY 28, 2005 EMAIL ON BANS/TRESPASS/ARRESTS OF MISSISSAUGA'S CITIZENS/YOUTH)

“Corporate Security will continue the common practise to issue a banning notice at their own discretion, and/or effect a trespass arrest if required. This is done at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee. Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws.”

—Email: Jamie Hillis  2005/01/28 3:50:48 pm (secured through Freedom of Information)

SHERI-LYNN RUFFO (SLR) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY NOVEMBER 14, 2008 BAN OF 9/10 GIRL (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library) DETAIL

IMAGE DETAIL:  City of Mississauga Corporate Security “Special Occurrence Report” secured through Freedom of Information, showing ban of a 9/10 year old girl for 30 days from Mississauga Civic Centre, Central Library and Living Arts Centre. (MISSISSAUGAWATCH has confirmed that two 15/16 year old females were banned 30 days from just the Civic Centre for “Drugs”. Bottomline, less punishment than the 9/10 year old got handed “at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee”.

FACT: There are plenty of Mississauga parents/guardians who haven’t a clue that their kid has received a ban from Mississauga’s City parks, facilities and properties —until their kid returns during their ban and “will be” arrested.

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ALL PEEL YOUTH CHARTERS FROM CITY OF MISSISSAUGA FACILITIES

August 7th, 2009  

This Blog is dedicated to the 9/10 year old girl who was banned for 30 days from three major City of Mississauga facilities at once (Mississauga Civic Centre, Mississauga Central Library and Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre). The ban, by City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards, was for “Disturbance”. It was issued on November 14, 2008, the same day that Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling released their  Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report. Meanwhile, documents reveal that not much earlier that year (May 9, 2008) two 15/16 year old girls were banned for 30 days from just one facility, the Mississauga Civic Centre, for “Drugs”.  Parents/Guardians were not advised in either case —the only consistency found in these bans.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is currently researching Brampton, Mississauga and Peel municipal governance through Freedom of Information (FOI) on many fronts.  Every query, every FOI filed —indeed every tangent we take, relates to Youth and ultimately what we believe to be a Major Root of Youth Violence, municipalities themselves.

Today we post a transcript of the October 25, 2007 endorsement of the Peel Youth Charter by Peel Regional Council.

The Peel Youth Charter was presented with much ceremony and even former Ontario Premier William G. Davis was there to smile for the Photo Op.

Below is video of Larry Zacher’s presentation of the Peel Youth Charter followed by the transcript: vital, historical, Youth Violence related-material that must be posted now.

Please know that when I was videotaping this, I was not aware that Charter-presenter, Larry Zacher, Executive Director of Safe City Brampton is spouse of City of Brampton Councillor, Gael Miles, who is also Chair of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network. Apparently neither of them thought this was worth mentioning.

To  begin, Google Video uploaded January 5, 2008.

PEEL YOUTH CHARTER endorsed by PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL (Oct 25 2007) – 08:09 min

Please click here to go directly to the clip on Google Video

TRANSCRIPT of Google Video, “PEEL YOUTH CHARTER endorsed by PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL (Oct 25 2007)” (Please advise of any errors in the transcript, thanks)

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

“Good morning, Chairman Kolb and Members of Council.

I have mixed emotions here this morning. I’m very proud to be presenting the Peel Youth Charter but also very intimidated to be following the Honourable William Davis. (laughter)

It’s a hard act to follow before but now that’s he’s bringing children up to his presentations (more laughter) what do you think, Valerie? (more laughter)

I would like to introduce Judge Valerie-Arnold, the Trustee from Brampton in Dufferin-Peel –oh! In the Peel District! -and also a member of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee.

Thank you for having us here today.

First, I would like to congratulate the Honourable William Davis and the Success by Six Committee for the work that they’ve done when creating the Children’s Charter.

The absolute best thing we can do to Youth is provide seamless care for our children, from the day they’re born right though til they become responsible adults.

So it’s very timely that they are here with the Children’s Charter and we’re here with the Peel Youth Charter.

Council supported the development of this document by establishing the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee. I guess it was about January 06 and in the following spring we held a Youth Forum because we wanted to get input from the Community.

We had over a hundred and forty agencies represented as well as quite a few young people themselves, came, and we had a full day –it was one of those days where [sic] you’re pretty drained at the end of it, and looking at what are the issues facing Youth, where do we need to go and how can we tackle this as a Community (inaudible).

The outcome of that was the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy, which was published in September of last year –very comprehensive document, a very innovative document, that is probably one of the first that comprehensive an approach anywhere in North America.

I know that for a fact we recently had the World Health Organization in Brampton designating us as an international safe community and one of the programs and one of the issues that they were very very impressed with was the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy and seeing that it was very cutting edge and a very important program for our region.

Out of this Strategy, we’re currently, since it was published in September, we’ve established four working groups that are working comprised of people from all walks of life and all communities and all neighbourhoods in the Region of Peel.

Those working groups are focusing on Youth activities and Youth support and just as importantly, Family support, Community development –these all good ideas take money and resources to put into place, and Educational policies. And they have been working for the last year and a half and will continue to work and develop approaches and programs and strategies as we go forward.

The second very important outcome to come out of the Youth forum and out of the Strategy is the Peel Youth Charter. With that mounted, it’s a big document, I think that some of you have seen it, many of you have seen it and it sets out really how to accomplish two things.

The first is that it’s a statement from all of us that we value Youth and the skills and the energy and everything they bring to our community

And the second part is a –it’s a commitment from all of us to provide a safe and supportive environment for our young people and to do our utmost best to provide Safety initiatives for them and to ensure that they have the opportunities for education, future employment opportunities, that they have a good quality of life in our region and that they have access to the resources and activities they need to develop into happy, healthy, responsible adults.

The Charter has been signed by community leaders throughout the Region and includes the Mayors –Chairman Kolb has already signed it, the Police Chiefs, the Heads of the School Boards, the Community agencies.

We’ve also very strategically left a blank line in there because as we go forward, we want every business, every community agency, every organization that can contribute to Youth to sign on there and become a partner in this.

And by signing it, it’s not just saying, “Hey this is a great thing to hang on the wall”, it is a commitment to do what we can in those key areas –whether it’s Education, Jobs, Safety, any of those areas to support our young people.

So this week our committee has been visiting community leaders, media, going everywhere, presenting the Charter. I’m proud to say also this week the Charters are about to be going up in every school in the Region of Peel.

They’re going up in libraries, recreation centers and wherever other public [sic] –public buildings.

One of the things we’re asking today, Chairman Kolb, is that the Region endorse these Charters going out in Regional buildings, police stations and again where people will see them and wherever we have an organization that can contribute to this Charter.

At this time I would like to ask Chairman Kolb, and he mentioned that there are a number of Regional Councillors who sit on the Peel Violence [sic] Prevention Committee… Councillor Gael Miles, Councillor Katie Mahoney and Councillor Pat Saito and –sorry?

Councillor Gael Miles or Sue McFadden (unsure which) : That’s ok.

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

So if you can join us at the front, we’ll present —as well, Trustee Tony da Silva, from the Duffeirn-Peel Catholic District Board is here.

(Everyone goes to the front. Mississauga News, Ron Lenyk takes photo. Video ends.)

FACT:  Freedom of Information has confirmed that (at least at the City of Mississauga), the Peel Youth Charter is merely, “Hey this is a great thing to hang on the wall”.

OPINION: As a result, all Peel Youth Charters should be removed from City of Mississauga facilities and properties, ASAP.

To review the Peel Youth Charter, [underlined emphasis mine]


PEEL YOUTH CHARTER (signed March 29, 2007)


We believe that young people are valuable members of the Region of Peel. Young people bring a unique, diverse set of ideas, perspectives and skills, and make a valuable and significant contribution to our community. They deserve the same respect, dignity and human rights as all members of the community.

We believe all Peel youth have the right to:

These rights will apply without discrimination or prejudice to all youth in Peel.

By signing this charter we are committed to use our best efforts to ensure the safety, health, education and future employment of Peel’s youth.

Signed by: (left to right on the original Charter)

Susan Fennell (Mayor-Brampton), Marolyn Morrison (Mayor-Caledon), Hazel McCallion (Mayor-Mississauga) Emil Kolb (Chair Region of Peel), Janet McDougald (Chair Peel District School Board), Bruno Iannicca (Chair, Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board), Andy Karski (Inspector Caledon OPP), Mike Metcalf, (Chief, Peel Regional Police), Jim Bird (Vice-President Brampton Safe City Association), Katie Mahoney (Mississauga Crime Prevention Association), Shelley White, (CEO, United Way)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

WILLIAM G DAVIS AT THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE PEEL YOUTH CHARTER BY PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL OCTOBER 25, 2007

William G. Davis at the endorsement of the Peel Youth Charter (Peel Regional Council) October 25, 2007

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MISSISSAUGA PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD: MISSISSAUGAWATCH says HAZEL MCCALLION IS RIGHT!

August 5th, 2009  

Forget what the newspapers say. Forget what anyone says. Here’s the only thing that matters.

What Hazel McCallion says!  …And I’m willing to believe her!

MAYOR MCCALLION’S TAKE-HOME BOTTOMLINE MESSAGE ON PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD

Regarding changes to Public Question Period…

TRANSCRIPT from Rogers Cable 10 TV, Mississauga Council Meeting August 5, 2009:

“We’ve dealt with this as a Mayor all these years–I look at it as an improvement in the administration of the business of the City. It really is.

I think today we need to look at efficiency and improvement of the administration of the business. This is one item that I think is going to do that. You know what? In my opinion citizens that are really sincere and dedicated, are going to benefit from this system in a major way. They’re going to see it’s dealing with their questions more professionally in more depth and with more facts and data to answer the question. And I believe we have to do that, and this is the way, in my opinion, it can be done much better than it has in the past.”

UPDATE AUGUST 5, 2009, 22:59  Hawaiian Standard Time. Special thanks to Rogers Cable 10 for providing the webcast of today’s City of Mississauga Council meeting. What follows is the video match for the transcipt above. For the public record.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION MAKES PROMISE ABOUT PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD (August 5, 2009)  54 sec.

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Signed,

The “sincere and dedicated” Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGA MUSE, MISSISSAUGAWATCH "Conducting Administrative, Oversight & Ombudsman Investigations" GARETH JONES

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)

July 7th, 2009  

Over the weekend, MISSISSAUGAWATCH visited StoneWave Skateboard Park in Paia, as well as Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Kalahui’s Keopuolani Skateboard Park (Maui, Hawaii).

Having conducted “Skateboard Sundays” at various City of Mississauga skateboard plazas as well as City of Hamilton’s Beasley Park, we were immediately struck by the huge difference between Mississauga/Hamilton skateboard facilities and those on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Fact is, Maui sk8rz would find both Hamilton’s Beasley Park and Mississauga’s Iceland, pretty “lame”.

As for MISSISSAUGAWATCH, both my husband and I were gob-smacked by the huge difference in skill levels between our local skateboarders and the Maui breed. And we’re talking even the youngest keiki (kids).

It quickly became clear to us that the more challenging the skatepark, the more skilled and daring the kids. And MY what accomplished, dedicated skaters! Get this. At Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei, we witnessed one 13-14 year old skateboarding with his left arm in a cast! We were enthralled.

We thought we’d share what Maui/US skateboarders were doing during their Independence Day weekend holiday.

First, here are some photos of StoneWave Sk8 Park, Paia, Maui.

STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, MAUI, HAWAII

The stone waves form deep bowls at beautiful StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

The stone waves form deep bowls at StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii, July 5, 2009

There was surprisingly little talking during our two and a half hour observation period. Skateboarders were intent on skateboarding.

Not once did we hear a swear word of any kind.

YOUNG SKATEBOARDERS AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Young skateboarders observe and learn from elders. The most daring sk8rz —referred to as “crazy” are the most admired.

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This young man was by no means the smallest skateboarder. He brought his little brother!

ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG SKATEBOARDER POISED TO DROP AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

For fun, we encourage you to watch our video of this small young skateboarder and his little brother co-exist peacefully and respectfully among the Paia Sk8 Big Boyz.

SKATEBOARDING MAUI, PAIA STONEWAVE SKATE PARK  (1:47 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Yesterday, we visited Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Holy Jumpin’! WHAT A FACILITY!

The Ramps! The sheer drops! (and yes, The Graffiti!)

HIGHEST RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Kids in all sizes came and went and again, very little talking. They had important skills to practise and practise and practise.

RAMPS AT KIDS AND KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And kids barely in their teens took up the challenge of The Intermediate Ramps

YOUNG MAN DRAGS SCOOTER UP AN INTERMEDIATE RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

scooting over them grabbing the highest air they could as a friend measured just how high! Crazy!

YOUNG MAN FLIES A SCOOTER OVER A RAMP WHILE A FRIEND MEASURES HOW MUCH AIR HE GRABBED AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

We were delighted to spot our first girl. This is the only girl we saw skateboarding at any of the three Maui sk8 facilities we are currently observing.

FIRST SK8R GIRL WE'VE SEEN AT ANY FACILITY HERE AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And then we visited what we immediately proclaimed the “tamer” Keopuolani Skateboard Park in Kahalui, Maui.

While this skate park featured the highest ramp we’ve seen anywhere (one and a half story with a measuring stick to mark jumps higher), certainly none of the skateboarders (all in their late teens) that we observed went anywhere near it.  We found Keopuolani quite a letdown.

For one thing, unlike the Paia and Kihei skate parks, Keopuolani has the unfortunate feature of not being right by the beach. Surrounded by buildings and constant reminders of almost-urban sprawl, the Keopuolani/Kahalui  site reminds us somewhat of Mississauga with palm trees. (Yes, we know. We’re jaded.)

We have to give credit to the Kahalui graffiti types though. They sprayed the challenge, “Try grind dis brah” (Try and grind your board along this post, brother) into the concrete and then…

KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

sprayed the outline of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if he wasn”t successful in “grind dis brah”.

*SPLAT*!

Graffiti: Sprayed outline (police style) of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if they weren't successful negotiating a challenging maneuver. KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Photo Credits:  Peter Bennett  ( Kalama Skateboard Park, Kihei and Keopuolani Skatepark, Kahalui )

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH VIDEOTAPES 4TH OF JULY, 2009 FIREWORKS from LAHAINA POLICE/FIRE STATIONS in MAUI, HAWAII

July 5th, 2009  

 

Our last Blog was about CANADA DAY 2009 fireworks from Mississauga Civic Centre and featured video from  images captured from the webcam located at Mississauga’s Central Library.

Today’s Blog deals with  INDEPENDENCE DAY.  We share this video of  the 4th of July 2009  Lahaina  fireworks celebration as viewed atop the hill beside the Lahaina Police and Fire Department  stations,  at the Lahaina Civic Centre complex.

We dedicate this video to Maui Emergency Services and especially the Maui Fire Department who came out and rescued us in two separate summers while we were night kayaking even though we didn’t need rescue! And to the crew of that rescue helicopter who showed up on another night way back when, aimed the lights at us, frothed up the water something fierce likely because of us night kayaking too.

It’s great to know that if we really did get into trouble night kayaking that Maui Emergency Services has our backs!

So here’s the video showing the Lahaina fireworks, a Lahaina Fire Department truck leaving for a call and also a Maui Police cruiser heading out as well.  Mahalo Nui Loa for all you do!

FIREWORKS 4TH OF JULY, 2009 from LAHAINA POLICE/FIRE STATIONS in MAUI, HAWAII” (2:36 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Signed,

The (To Peel Emergency Services, thanks for all you do as well) Mississauga Muse

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS, viewed from Lahaina Police/Fire stations, Lahaina Maui, Hawaii

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Video: features Mississauga Council’s announcement of the St. Joseph Secondary School lockdown and –After the Storm

June 18th, 2009  

I’m thoroughly spent. Bare bones blog today.

Just going to rely on a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words (and presumably a YouTube video is worth a Million).

So. Here’s video of yesterday’s Mississauga Council announcement (delivered by Councillor Carolyn Parrish) of the St. Joseph Secondary School stabbing incident and lockdown. The rest of the video shows the calm after the storm. Anyone expecting video of police arriving with sirens blaring and lights flashing followed by ambulances will be disappointed.

I stayed for the entire General Committee meeting and so showed up at the school well after our Peelers had restored calm.

I’ll also re-run video of the October 30, 2008 Peel Regional Council announcement of the lockdown at Lincoln Alexander Secondary as well.

Followed by video of me asking Roots of Youth Violence co-author, Dr. Alvin Curling whether the Roots of Youth Violence authors had researched their report using Freedom of Information (Answer: No).

For the record.

LOCKDOWN LIFTED: St. Joseph Secondary School calm restored (features City Council’s announcement)  3:27 min

UPDATE: June 18, 2009. The original video was replaced for the sake of brevity (seems some people didn’t like the extra 90 seconds worth of police cruisers).

(Please click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

MALTON HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN: MESSAGE TO PEEL POLITICIANS 4:36 min

(Please click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

“ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author, DR. ALVIN CURLING interviewed by MISSISSAUGAWATCH (4:40 min)

(Please click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

That’s it.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

UNACCOUNTABLE ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A major Root of Youth Violence

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Bob Dechert and Hazel McCallion field question, “ACCOUNTABILITY? WHERE?” at Safe City Mississauga town hall meeting

June 14th, 2009  

[UPDATE: June 15, 2009. I’ve just been advised of an error in yesterday’s Blog. I’d used “Progressive Conservative” instead of “Conservative” when referring to Mississauga-Erindale MP Bob Dechert. This means I’ll have to rework the video which made reference to “P.C.” and post the corrected version. So please be patient as I make this fix. Thanks also to the reader who pointed out that I spelled “ostensibly” as “bstensibly”. Apologies especially  to Mr. Dechert for referring to his party as “Progressive”. Now only yesterday’s Blog.]

On  June 11, 2009, the former Mississauga Crime Prevention Assocation, aka Safe City Mississauga, hosted a town hall meeting at Ruth Thompson Middle School to assure the assembled that “The federal government has been working tirelessly in the fight against violent crime”.

Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Rob Nicholson was there as special guest and believe me, there was a lot of toughness going on.

According to the Mississauga News article “Tories tough on crime, residents told”, about 60 people turned out to hear Nicholson outline “his government’s commitment to cracking down on crime.”

I was one of those 60 people and I blew my chance to ask the Justice Minister my question which was basically, “Where do you get off getting tough on youth when you don’t get tough on provincial and municipal governments ostensively there to serve them?” But alas… it was not meant to be.

However, I did get to ask a similar question that both Mississauga-Erindale MP Bob Dechert (Conservative) and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion responded to but predictably didn’t answer as in answer-answer.

Here is the video of that exchange, followed by the  transcript.

Bob Dechert and Hazel McCallion field question, “ACCOUNTABILITY? WHERE?” (3:35 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

TRANSCRIPT.

Brad Butt (Chair: Safe City Mississauga):

Okay, we’ll go to our final question. Ursula, you got a question over here to end us up?

The Mississauga Muse (Witness: MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

Yeah, just regarding Youth programs, I’m just wondering when funding and money is given to various Youth programs (and it really doesn’t matter whether it’s Peel or anywhere else, I’m talking about any municipality specifically in Ontario). I’m interested, what kinds of Accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure that there’s effectiveness in the program.

I know that Peel Regional Police had a summit back in 1994 –94 I think it was. And their first recommendation was to ensure that there was Accountability in place for various programs, for cost-effectiveness and everywhere else.

It still isn’t happening!

And I’m just wondering if there’s going to be any kind of effort on the part of the Federal government to kind of make the Provincial government more accountable, who then might turn the screws on the municipal government? Thank you.

Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale MP (Conservative):

Thanks for the question, Ursula. I think the question as to —how do we monitor the programs, the Federal programs at the Federal level for things like at-risk Youth programs to make sure that they’re effective.

The Federal government doesn’t hold the Provincial government accountable or audit their functions but I know that they

The Mississauga Muse (Witness: MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

I know  i—

Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale MP (Conservative):

But we certainly do and Julius can tell you that the programs that his centre operates, there is a separate function of the Department of Safety and Security and other departments that fund the programs at his centre and on an annual basis. They measure effectiveness of the program that his centre and all these centres are delivering to ensure that they are reaching their goals.

Their goals set [sic] for them when they apply for funding and then there is an audit department of that ministry that at the end of the year audits to see if they’ve met their goals. And if they don’t meet their goals they don’t get continued funding for the next year. And they’re told, you know, what they need to do to improve to meet their goals and objectives.

I’m pretty sure that the same thing happens at the Provincial level and I’m sure (turns to Hazel McCallion) Mayor, the same thing happens at the municipal level as well.

(To Mayor McCallion) I don’t know if you want to say something about that provided it’s short.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

At the local level, our Staff [inaudible] applications for grants very thoroughly. It has to meet certain criteria.  And especially they have to have audited statements of their finances. And if they don’t meet, as you say, Bob, they don’t meet the criteria that we set down, then the next year they don’t get the grant. Simple as that.

It’s a very detailed analysis that’s done on every application. It’s done by the Staff and you know, they don’t monitor the program all year round but when they come back to the application the next year, then they got to show proof how they spent the money. Was it spent the way —the purpose for which it was granted? And we ask for audited statements.

TRANSCRIPT ENDS.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH and a www.connect2endviolence.ca billboard (Britannia Rd, Mississauga)

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ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE: MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL FAILS YOUTH: IN 12 SECONDS!

June 3rd, 2009  

Today’s Blog and video is dedicated to Youth —especially those deemed “at-risk” by the institutions ostensibly there to serve them.

FACT: Today Mississauga Council rubber-stamped the Corporate Report Requests for Additional Information Security Incidents at City Facilities prepared by Jamie Hillis, Manager, Security and Operations and signed by Brenda R. Breault, Commissioner of Corporate Services in 12 seconds. Not a single question from either Mayor Hazel McCallion or any of the Councillors present.

FACT:  Despite the McMurtry/Curling Report on the Roots of Youth Violence and the Peel Youth Charter hanging at all City facilities, the word “youth” is not mentioned once in the report.

Here is the video complete with transcript.

ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE: MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL FAILS YOUTH: IN 12 SECONDS!

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

TRANSCRIPT: This won’t take long. (For timing, the first second is counted when Councillor Parrish utters the first syllable of “Requests”)

Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Chair):

—Eight. All those in favour? Any opposed? Carried

Requests for Additional Information Security Incidents at City Facilities. Councillor Corbasson moves it. Any questions? All those in faovur? Any opposed? Carried.

Rubber-stamped in 12 seconds…

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI PROPHECY...

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“TAGGIN’ A LIFE” –MISSISSAUGAWATCH “BLUE MUSE” EXPLORES GRAFFITI (WARNING! COARSE LANGUAGE ADVISORY!)

May 29th, 2009  

This is a new MISSISSAUGAWATCH feature called  “BLUE MUSE”

Today’s Blog is certain to offend.

It contains photos of Mississauga-based graffiti that are also certain to offend. The pics were selected to offend. The  (BLUE) Mississauga Muse even scribbled a poem (blank verse) laced with the F-word —expressly to offend!

This Blog is dedicated to fellow “scrotes” (aka worthless scumbags) and is called “TAGGIN A LIFE” You’ve been sufficiently warned.

(If you’re still interested in accessing today’s “BLUE MUSE” Blog, just click on the blue box with the + sign.

WARNING! Offensive content, click to view

TAGGIN A LIFE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

Fuck’n had it —FUCK the LIES.

I’m a fuck’n open wound!

As fuck’n bullshit as LIES are,

Their PRETEND is fuck’n worse.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA LAKEVIEW DETAIL 090521

Pretend to fuck’n listen.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL during PUBLIC WORKS DAY 090523

Pretend to fuck’n understand.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE WOLFEDALE 090523

Even pretend to fuck’n care.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

They can’t fuck’n fool me!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

HIGH TIL I DIE!

Make my

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE BRIDGE 090527

NOISE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE HANSON 090527

NOISE!

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI (area: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL) 090416

NOISE!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA POLICE RELATED 090524

FUCK 50!

PEEL POLICE and YOUTH MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE HURONTARIO BRIDGE 090527

I need it fuck’n REAL!

Signed,

SCROTE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI PROPHECY COOKSVILLE HANSON 090527

“The revolution will not be televised”…  At least let’s hope not on (*SNORK*) ROGERS CABLE 10…

This concludes the MISSISSAUGAWATCH feature,“BLUE MUSE”

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: MAJOR ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

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MISSISSAUGA FIRE DEPARTMENT AUTO EXTRICATION DEMONSTRATION –and THE REAL THING 24 HOURS LATER (Dedicated to Missy Finestkind Garry W. Morden)

May 29th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Today’s Blog, all images and video is dedicated to our finestkind Mississauga Fire Chief Garry W. Morden because this is the Team he built.

It was quite the weekend. Saturday was  the City of Mississauga’s 8th annual Family Fun Day Event —the wind-up celebration to the 2009 National Public Works Week.

Like last year, the highlight for many who attended was watching the Mississauga Fire Department’s Auto Extrication team do its Best in the World thing. (And yes, this really is a Mississauga Best in the World.)

But here’s the weird part.

The very next day, yesterday, I was driving west on Dundas and I saw an orgy of flashing lights at the Dixie Road intersection. As I pulled closer I saw our Missy Firefighters begin to extricate someone from an automobile —by which I mean they were really doing a number on the car door.

Today, I worked up a video showing both the Mississauga Fire Department’s Auto Extrication team demonstrate their skills at the Civic Centre and their real life rescue yesterday. Our finestkind Missy Fire Chief Morden would be so proud.

So. Here are pics from Saturday’s Auto Extrication team demo.

Best in the World Mississauga Fire Department Auto Extrication Team member sets up for demonstration May 23, 2009

Best in the World Mississauga Fire Department Auto Extrication Team demonstration at Mississauga Civic Centre May 23, 2009

Best in the World Mississauga Fire Department Auto Extrication Team does a major number on a Buick Regal that died a hero. May 23, 2009

And here they are doing the real thing yesterday at the intersection of Dundas and Dixe Road.

MISSISSAUGA FIRE DEPARTMENT AUTO EXTRICATION DEMONSTRATION —and THE REAL THING 24 HOURS LATER

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Best in the World Mississauga Fire Department Auto Extrication Team performs a real-life auto extrication rescue. May 24, 2009

Best in the World Mississauga Fire Department Auto Extrication Team plus two Mississauga Fire Trucks at Dundas and Dixie Road. May 24, 2009

Emergency Services Partner, Peel Regional Police officer assists Mississauga Fire Department and Peel Ambulance Services May 24, 2009

Signed,

The (I’ve watched this video five times already. We are just so lucky in Peel!) Mississauga Muse

PLEASE NOTE: This Blog was originally published on “25 May, 2009 @ 20:28 by The Mississauga Muse”.  It was then published again on “May 29, 2009 @ 0:42” in order for it to appear in a Google Search.

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT security guards (AKA: “MISSY ENFS”) win over class after class of Grade 2’s

May 21st, 2009  

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT "POLICE PACKAGE" DODGE CHARGER "301" CAR and VEST

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT SECURITY GUARD (AKA: "MISSY ENF") WORKING HIS SHIFT

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT SECURITY GUARD (AKA: "MISSY ENF") HELPS GRADE 2 GIRL INTO SAFETY VEST.

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT SECURITY GUARDS (AKA: "MISSY ENFS") HELP GRADE 2'S INTO VEST AND CAR

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT SECURITY GUARDS (AKA: "MISSY ENF") DEMONSTRATES USE OF HANDCUFFS

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MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT SECURITY GUARDS (AKA: "MISSY ENFS") ANSWER GRADE 2 KIDS' QUESTIONS.

RESPECT

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT VOLUNTEER DEMONSTRATES USE OF FARE BOX

Signed,

The (and they’re doin’ it all again tomorrow) Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT ENFORCEMENT "POLICE PACKAGE" DODGE CHARGER "301" CAR and MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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“A lot of things in here were dealt with years ago and it’s a complete disregard for policy.” Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion confirms MISSISSAUGAWATCH Freedom of Information findings regarding City staff

May 20th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Today’s just a continuation from my last Blog.

Again, have to admit that it was uplifting to (finally) hear Mayor Hazel McCallion despair to the degree that she did about her City staff’s failure to follow City policies.

Ahhhhhhhhhh to hear McCallion observe that, “There seems to be a complete disregard for policy —following policy…” (Sweet.)

And then, after Commissioner of Corporate Services’ Brenda Breault’s lame, “There have been significant improvements,” McCallion having none of it and countering with, “A lot of things in here were dealt with years ago and it’s a complete disregard for policy… following policy, in my opinion”, all I can say is, “Welcome to my World!”

So. Read it now.  The May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting “HAZEL MCCALLION: on City Staff’s “complete disregard” for Policies” YouTube transcript (below).

HAZEL MCCALLION: on City Staff’s “complete disregard” for Policies   (10:06 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

May 11, 2009 Audit Committee transcript.

Capital Projects Contract Auditor:

During the course of the audit, we worked with management so that there’s no surprises at the end of the audit. We don’t just simply give a final report and say “Surprise, these are observations we’ve made and concerns that we have”.

We sit down with management as we go through the audit and say exactly what our concerns are so that they have time to address them.  And as you can see by the end of June of this year approximately seven recommendations will be completed. And also that formal evaluation criteria will be completed by mid-2010.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

On that point.. on that point, there was a procedure set up years ago for vendor [inaudible]. Did you find any trace of it?

Capital Projects Contract Auditor:

It’s just an informal vendor performance review right now. It’s not, there’s no formal process in there—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

There was a policy established. Every vendor, especially on major contracts, like when we had bad experience —and we have had some bad experience, there was a policy established years ago that the vendor would be categorized. And in fact some would be cut off from future contracts.

Capital Projects Contract Auditor:

That’s not in there.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Did you find a trace of it?

Capital Projects Contract Auditor:

No, it’s not in there.

Mississauga Councillor Pat Mullin:

The answer’s no.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

It was set up. I  can tell you.

Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson:

I remember the discussion.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

(turns to Councillor Corbasson) Do you remember?

Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson:

I remember the discussion.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Some of you who’ve been around long will remember. It was set up. So obviously it got lost in the shuffle somewhere. Cuz we ran into some bad examples. And that’s when we set up the policy. That’s years ago. That’s not —ten years ago, would I be right? At least. So what happened to it?

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

There is some mention of a purchasing By-law where we would be able to —or the purchasing agent has the authority to,  prevent the bidder from bidding in future contracts. But we have not been able to find any detailed processes relating to what you’re talking about.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

OK.

Mississauga Councillor Pat Mullin:

[inaudible] that we should look into, I guess for the future. Because I remember the discussion.

[inaudible  —several speakers at once]:

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

I’m getting a little frustrated as Mayor as we set up policies and then they’re not followed. And that’s what bothers me. I was in the business —in the private sector and we had millions of dollars in contracts. And it’s been something I’ve been promoting  —is control of contracts. And that policy was set up because we ran into one vendor who were [sic] behind two millions dollars, I remember.

Anyway.

So now we’re going to set up one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

If we set one up, it better be followed. That is the key. No use setting it up if it’s not going to be followed. You know, I don’t know why there’s such a disregard for policy.

Capital Projects Contract Auditor:

Just to conclude. Working with Facilities and Property Management, we’ve had a good rapport with them and I just want to thank Ken—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

The guy that did the renovations at the . I hope he never sees another contract. Am I right?

Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson:

And the one at the [inaudible]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

And the one at the [inaudible]

Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson:

That was a bad one.

Capital Projects Contract Auditor:

And I’ll be honest with you that’s—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Now that was a bad one.

Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson:

I think that’s when it was raised.

Capital Projects Contract Auditor:

[inaudible] of this audit, Madam Mayor they, ah,  that contractor again, there was no formal evaluation for those contracts. And that’s why we recommended that that be formalized and documented.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

There was even an evaluation form used many years ago because of our bad experience with contractors and we’d see their name pop up again being awarded a contract.

Mississauga Councillor Pat Mullin:

Any other questions on this?  Councillor Corbasson.

Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson:

Again, I’ll raise the issue that I raised under the external audit. I don’t expect an answer today but I think that this is probably the appropriate forum to bring a report back to. I’m surprised that it wouldn’t be caught through audits in the past —notwithstanding how do we get to twelve years of not charging utilities. And of course now we’re going to try and play catch up. And I’d like some answers how we got  to where we are today and what we put in place to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

I know there’s more besides the two in my ward. Plus staff did confirm that. I didn’t go into the details but there are others that have fallen through the cracks so to speak. So I’d like a report to come back to audit.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Well, I’m not happy with the report, I can tell you. I’m not happy with the contents of the report. There seems to be a complete disregard for policy —following policy.

[reading] “There is no  [inaudible]  to evaluate vendor performance.” There was. Not followed. In my opinion.

And then it goes on. I mean there’s so many things in this report -that indicates-

[reading] “The contract could receive double credit for the deposit and is eventually refunded by the region.” I mean [inaudible] This is not a good report on the management of the finances of contracts, I’m sorry. It is a very poor report. Very poor performance.

And we’ve dealt with contracts over the years. It’s been one of the —one of the things that the Audit Committee  —cuz we’re issuing contracts for millions of dollars. And here we have one guy approving  —[inaudible]  is that?  Where’s the one where there’s one person has been given authority —or has assumed authority.

Sales taxes. We don’t know where we’re going on sales taxes. You know I read this report  —very discouraging, I have to tell you as Mayor, of the control of contracts.

It’s hard to determine whether [inaudible] came out at the top or came out way at here: [reading]  “In general there’s segregation of duties in the processing of approval of payments.” We dealt with that years ago.  That there should be a process of approval of payments  —not one individual given, well [inaudible] [reading] “Project Manager is the only one involved in clarifying, processing and approving payments for cash allowance and [inaudble]”

That’s one that you looked at.  How many more that you didn’t look at has [sic] the same arrangement, I don’t know.

I’m very disappointed, I have to tell you. This is not a good report. And boy there needs to be some tough action taken to implement financial control, I have to tell you. It’s just not a good report.

Commissioner of Corporate Services, Brenda Breault

Just a clarification on [inaudible] Madam Mayor, that is being highlighted in here that the staff have to take action on. But some of the things that have been identified have been corrected [inaudible]. There have been some significant improvements since the whole audit process has begun.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

When?

Commissioner of Corporate Services, Brenda Breault

2007, they started—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Yeah!—

Commissioner of Corporate Services, Brenda Breault

Now these projects began before some of the corrections and improvements have been made in our project management processes. I have staff now from our financial services group who are going in and taking a look at the projects as well in the interim —[inaudible] interim audit to ensure that they have a project manual in place now. And that things are being followed and that the proper documentation and authorization and all the rest is occurring.

These projects, two of the three, started before we got all these pieces in place before we got all these improvements that they’ve been working on over the last couple of years in place.

The most recent project, which was the Vic Johnston, was completed after we’ve made all these improvements —and certainly it was much better managed. You can speak to Internal Audit on that —that we have made significant improvement in how we are handling our processes.

That’s not to say that there’s not still work to be done, there is. I mean taxes tend to be a complicated area where many of our operating departments are not clear on when, you know PST vs GST and what’s refundable. And we’re working on that as well as the whole legislation is going to change on that when we go to a harmonized tax.

So that will impact how we apply tax as well. But we are still working on that and I wouldn’t want to give you the impression that things have not gotten significantly better since some of the shortfalls you’ve seen in these projects which will impact audit in this report. Because it’s not the case. There have been significant improvements.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Brenda. That is now.

A lot of these items that are in here were dealt with years ago. The Policy. The corrections. The advice, etc at Audit Committees. So if any improvements have been made, it’s only recently. And that to me doesn’t answer my question.

A lot of things in here were dealt with years ago and it’s a complete disregard for policy.  Following policy, in my opinion.

Why would anybody on a major contract be the one signing officer to approve all payments and all credits and everything? Not acceptable. And that has been in place for years and years.

You know there’s audit reports  —I have a stack of them like this [gestures] and I’m going to go through, when I have time, to point out that many of the things in here were dealt with years ago. Dealt with years ago. And are not being followed.

Long long pause….

TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The (Now imagine a “complete disregard” for policies pertaining to treatment of citizens and youth) Mississauga Muse

HAZEL MCCALLION (maybe) finally getting it about her Employees' "TRUST, QUALITY, EXCELLENCE"

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“THERE SEEMS TO BE A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR POLICY.” (Hazel McCallion –May 11, 2009 Audit Committee)

May 17th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

INSTITUTIONS NON-COMPLIANCE TO POLICIES, GUIDELINES AND BY-LAWS: A MAJOR ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

As some readers know, I’ve been observing/videotaping Mississauga Council since June 2006, researching all manner of its Corporate practices and malpractices through Freedom of Information since February 2007.

I’ve acquired a vast stash of video/photos (hard-drives bursting and backed up left, right and centre) as well as agendas, minutes and other City documents.   I’d love to continue research but by necessity, I’ve got to curtail my data collection process and turn to reporting what I’ve uncovered about the City of Mississauga style of municipal governance.

My research focus revolved primarily around Corporate Policies pertaining to treatment of citizens, and youth in particular.

Since alerting Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion back in December 2006 to deliberate staff non-compliance/violations of numerous City policies, procedures, and guidelines (as well as provincial legislation), I’ve met with repeated refusal to admit that any problem exists. Rather, I got repeated assurances that the City’s “dedicated, professional” staff  “conducted appropriate investigations” and took the “appropriate steps”.

Until Monday.

After almost three years of being alerted, Hazel McCallion finally admits that "There seems to be a complete disregard for policy" by City of Mississauga employees.

That was the day the Mississauga Mayor finally acknowledged that audits confirmed major problems with staff (ie:  the City’s Facilities and Property Management) following policies —and to McCallion’s credit, she was honest enough to admit that staff’s “complete disregard for policy” might be only the tip of the policy iceberg.

Yep. And I can name a few violated policies that Mayor McCallion hasn’t even investigated yet—but I have, through Freedom of Information:

and ironically, (approved at the March 13, 2008 Audit Committee meeting)

Yep. Haven’t even bothered reporting on the last three policy violations. After all, no one believed me on violations of the first ones —or no one gave a s***. (I  suspect the latter.)

We’ll see if there’s a change in Corporate Ethical Behaviour as a result of McCallion’s policies “discovery” this week. (I suspect there won’t be.) Still. Have to admit that a certain smug feeling washed over me on Monday.

I heard McCallion ponder the same question that I once had, “I don’t know why there’s such a disregard for policy.”

APRIL 17, 2006 VIOLENCE/VANDALISM POLICY THAT MISSISSAUGA CITY STAFF DISREGARD/VIOLATE

I’ll be reporting on staff violations of policies and procedures. And I shall take my “‘duty to report” seriously over the next few months.

Now in 2009, with revelations from Freedom of Information and direct observation of meetings, I have the answer even if Hazel McCallion doesn’t.  Believe it or not but I know why City of Mississauga staff have “such a disregard for policy.”

Part of the answer is right here  in this video of a portion of the March 17, 2008 (yes, 2008)  Audit Committee meeting. A transcript follows.

MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEE (regarding oversight, followup and assessment) March 17, 2008 (3:48 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

March 17, 2008 Audit Committee transcript.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

I remember asking —because you know, for us to have a real handle on what’s happening, as the effectiveness of auditing, which I think is the best thing since sliced bread that’s internal auditing. I was always very pleased when we brought it in a number of years ago.

It’s not only auditing but it’s also looking at systems —improving them. I think that this is one of the key committees of the City, I have to tell you.

We learn a lot as well as Councillors and Mayor as to how the City operates and the challenges, etc. So it’s a key committee.

But we need to know that if you audited this department in 2006 maybe, definitely 2007 and now 2008 and we’re finding that the same things haven’t been done —we want to know about it. In other words, are the recommendations that are made, have not been followed through then we can say well why not?

You know, this is the opportunity as members of Council.

I’m sure that there will be explanations for it but the point is we have the opportunity to raise the question on it. And so you will do that when you go through the check —we’ve done the check. We certainly did that the Transit coin room. We’ve done it once the years I’ve been —ever since we’ve had an auditing committee, I think we’ve been doing it every year. Because it is handling a lot of money and there’s always —there’s always been problems.

Always been problems in approvals and control of the room where the money goes and all that. I mean we got to watch that like a hawk. Right?

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

And we have the [inaudible] of doing that, actually. We’re working on the coin room again.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Yup, there you are.

Janice Baker, City Manager

Well, we’d always bring forward —Sally will bring forward as part of every Audit report if there are Audit recommendations—

[inaudible  —several speakers at once]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

—what was recommended in 2007 and what we found in 2008 and whether 2007 has been—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

—one of our standard objectives is to follow on Audit recommendations made in the past—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Yeah oh—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

And report on the status. On top of that every year in the October/November meeting we bring forward the status of all outstanding recommendations to the Audit Committee—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Good. Excellent

Janice Baker, City Manager

Plus Sally reports to me twice a year as well—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

—quarterly…

Janice Baker, City Manager

—quarterly on the out [sic] so I have, actually have the March report here that shows the progress being made on all Audit recommendations. So there is follow up on all Audit Recommendations.

LATER ON (at 9:45 am) IN THE SAME MARCH 17, 2008 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING transcript

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

By the way, congratulations to the Audit Committee staff. They’re doing a great job. We really appreciate all the work you do. And the way in which you work so well with department heads and the department heads that work so well with you.

Because auditing sometimes can cause a lot of controversy but as I see from the report —the many reports,  that there’s really cooperation between the Auditing Committee and the department heads and I’m hoping that’s extremely important.

Janice Baker, City Manager

And that’s in large part due to Sally’s approach. I mean, it’s not that she backs off on anything but you know she’s certainly, I think willing to sit down and discuss issues and come to a resolution on it… so…

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

From my perspective I think if we’re trying to get things better, the confrontational approach is not going to work, it’s just going to get worse. So that’s the way we —but we do call a spade a spade every time. In a nice way.

Signed,

The (how nice…) Mississauga Muse

PAT CRAIGMILE ON THE VIOLENCE/VANDALISM POLICY THAT MISSISSAUGA CITY STAFF DISREGARD/VIOLATE, DECEMBER 13, 2006

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