“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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