Safe City Mississauga/Mississauga Crime Prevention Association: Inventing Successes since ?…

January 31st, 2010  

[This is a follow-up to our January 28th Blog  “Mississauga Council deputation: MISSISSAUGAWATCH *OPPOSES* $199,627 Corporate Grant (upped to $318,075.00) for Safe City Mississauga to “celebrate” (invent) their Successes.”]

On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, I went before Mississauga Council to oppose Safe City Mississauga receiving a Corporate Grant of $199,627. Even before I had my chance to get “up there”, Mississauga Council actually rubber-stamped approval of upping the amount of taxpayers’ money to $318,075.00.

And it’s worse than that.

I’d drafted my deputation script so that the 1994 Peel Police Services Board recommendation that “A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness” was repeated eight times in 12 minutes 52 seconds in the hopes that Mississauga Council would Get It.

Fact is, I suspect Mayor and Councillors Got It  —just Avoided It.

Here’s the exchange featuring Mississauga Councillor George Carlson commenting on a Safe City Mississauga that he’s never filed Freedom of Information on. And note, I did not suggest hiring police officers to drive around the roads but rather youth-friendly youth-expert Peel Police youth-advocates. Huge diff.

Video: “SAFE CITY MISSISSAUGA LACKS “A process of accountability and evaluation” says MISSISSAUGAWATCH (4:01 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

“A process of accountability should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost effectiveness.” –Peel Police Services Board 1994.

There’s one other quote I need to share in closing and I found it visionary.

The words of Larry Zacher, Safe City Brampton, at the October 25, 2007 Peel Regional Council meeting. (This is a video freeze-frame.)

He said:

“The absolute best thing we can do in the community is to provide seamless care for our children from the day they’re born til the time they become responsible adults.”

“seamless care” That’s Perfection!

And I hate to end on a Negative but Freedom of Information confirms that “seamless care” is no more out the starting gate than a “process of accountability and evaluation built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness”.

And in my opinion that is the tragic gap and I submit that it’s also a contributing Root of Youth Violence. I don’t have any answers. It’s kind of a moot presentation right now¹ But I’m just satisfied that I got it into the records today.

Thank you, Council.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH (Acting Chair):

Would you stay in place Ursula, we may have some questions. Councillor Carlson.

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

More of a comment, Madam Chair and I appreciate Ursula taking the time today to do the math for us and of course it’s pretty straight forward to figure out how many police officers you could add at a hundred thousand per.

But I like to think of Safe City and other organizations as a group of people who put a community face on law enforcement with a focus on prevention. As well as an opportunity for average citizens to become involved.

The police department, being for lack of a better term, being a quasi-military organization doesn’t really welcome a lot of people wandering through the building —their volunteers and so on. They need an auxiliary if you will, of volunteers within the community to come out and speak with the [inaudible] students and involve them in a non-confrontational non-enforcement basis.

So I see them as partners and to say we could buy three or four more officers is quite true but I think you’re buying a lot more at something in the neighbourhood, I think at two dollars per house if my math is correct.

I think of a couple of seminars just lately in Streetsville area where we didn’t really require more surveillance but the residents needed more help in trying to prevent crime in a neighbourhood and so on.

So it’s a little bit different angle and much like most prevention programs, they seem to be the first to get cut. There’s always money for treatment but never seems to be very much money for prevention. So I’m quite happy that the balance is there. In fact, overall, I think it’s a little bit light in terms of the work that they do and the value they add for that three hundred thousand so —although [turns to Safe City Mississauga Executive Board Members] I’m not suggesting you ask for more money this year.

But I think it’s a nice balance. It provides police with more of a community face to look after these kinds of issues so I don’t see it as Either Or but I certainly think that that request —and I didn’t speak earlier on your request. I supported it whole-heartedly and I think, you know, if we need to add more officers, we should do that with the Peel Police Budget to do that if that’s necessary.

And I know that through the closing of Community Stations, we’ve added, I think 17 officers back on the road. So I think it’s a pretty good balance and I’m prepared to continue to support the good work of Safe City —and other organizations that have the same sort of principles.

Thank you.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH (Acting Chair):

Seeing no more questions, thank you Ursula and we’ll go to….

VIDEO SWITCHES TO ENDORSEMENT OF PEEL YOUTH CHARTER
(October 25, 2007 Peel Regional Council)

LARRY ZACHER (Safe City Brampton):

“The absolute best thing we can do in the community is to provide seamless care for our children from the day they’re born til the time they become responsible adults. So it’s very timely that they’re here with the Children’s Charter and we’re here with the Peel Youth Charter…”

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

What’s Absolute Gold about this video is that it crystallizes to Perfection two Roots of Youth Violence.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON avoids ACCOUNTABILITY-ISSUE raised regarding SAFE CITY MISSISSAUGA (January 27, 2010)

POLITICIANS’

1. REFUSAL TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT’S REALLY WRONG (ie:  a 1994 Peel Police recommendation that a “process of accountability and evaluation built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness” still hasn’t been begun for Safe City programs as of 2010.

and

2. NOT A SINGLE COUNCILLOR ASKED ME A QUESTION (or disputed my assertions that (quote) “’seamless care’ is no more out the starting gate than a “process of accountability and evaluation built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness”.

SAFE CITY BRAMPTON PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL, LARRY ZACHER, "The absolute best thing we can do in the community is to provide seamless care for our children from the day they're born til the time they become responsible adults."

A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness.” –Peel Police Services Board 1994.

Signed,

The (Inventing Your Successes: it can only get worse) Mississauga Muse

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(Dedicated to Ashley Smith) TO ASHLEY. AS PROMISED.

January 30th, 2010  

In our January 12, 2010 Blog,“Special thanks to the Fifth Estate and CBC. Plus reader comments on Ashley Smith’s “nightmarish place” we shared a report by the CBC that stated:

CBC has obtained dramatic footage showing New Brunswick teenager Ashley Smith, who died in prison in 2007, being pepper sprayed and about to be jolted with a Taser in her cell during the almost four-year period prior to her death.

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

I was so outraged watching the video that I wrote:

Can promise this. When I find the time, I’m aiming my car for Kitchener, Ontario —hopefully before this month is over. I’m going to park on the shoulder of Homer Watson Boulevard directly opposite the Grand Valley Institution for Women.

I’m going to set up a tripod and select self-timer on my camera. Then facing Ashley Smith’s “nightmarish place”, I will raise my arms  skyward and stab both my middle fingers towards her tormentors.

And dedicate that photo to Ashley!

I’ve already got the Directions!

That’s why today’s Blog is called “TO ASHLEY. AS PROMISED”

My only regret is that I only had two arms and two middle fingers.

TO ASHLEY. AS PROMISED (dedicated to Ashley Smith)

Signed,

The (actually there wasn’t a shoulder on Homer Watson Boulevard) Mississauga Muse

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH presents official non-campaign video and slogan “SICK OF THE LIES”

January 13th, 2010  

Ah yes. It’s Wednesday, January 13, 2010. First day for 2010 when I see “them” again. Full day of videotaping (batteries charged for all cameras and recording devices) General Committee and Budget afterwards. Back at it.

To set the tone, here’s the official MISSISSAUGAWATCH non-campaign video. For those who can’t view YouTube, we’ve provided a transcript. The video consists of quick cuts between June 6, 2007 and January 4, 2010.

Well, …it’s time to head out.

“SICK OF THE LIES”

Video: “Citizen-Blogger, “The Mississauga Muse” runs for Mayor (Episode 7: “PUBLIC TRUST”) (1:45 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

(VIDEOTAPED ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AS MISSISSAUGAWATCH FILES FOR MAYOR)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) —filling out City of Mississauga candidacy form:

Nominated for the office of —MAYOR. There it is. Mayor. (giggles) OK, that’s it. I’m done.

ELECTION PROJECT MANAGER PINA MANCUSO: 

Do you solemnly swear this information to be true?

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

Oh absolutely. OK.

ELECTION PROJECT MANAGER PINA MANCUSO: 

You’re all done. Congratulations!

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

Thank you.

(SPEAKING INTO CAMERA AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK…)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

I guess I’m a one-issue candidate and that is simply, I’m sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER JANICE BAKER:

Trust, Quality and Excellence.

When we talk about Trust, I think we’re really talking about the relationship that we have with our citizens and the relationship we have with our employees. When we look at dealing with the public, we have to be accountable—

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER JANICE BAKER:

When we talk about our employees, a trusting relationship with the organization, with managers and supervisors, is critical to employee well-being, to be productive, happy employees that will do the job that will enable us to deliver on the Public Trust.

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA VALLEYS COMMUNITY CENTRE MANAGER DONNA-LYNN ROSA:

I think that it’s imperative if  we’re going to enhance the Trust of the Public that we continue to have a transparent operation.

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA VALLEYS COMMUNITY CENTRE MANAGER DONNA-LYNN ROSA:

The public can’t be second-guessing what we do. They have to know that what we’re doing, we’re doing it for them and we’re doing it in an open way.

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES! The lies that our governments are able to shovel our way with impunity. With impunity.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The (“SICK OF THE LIES”) Mississauga Muse

UPDATE January 13, 2010 3:30 pm. This morning, I wrote, “Full day of videotaping (batteries charged for all cameras and recording devices) General Committee and Budget afterwards.” Arrived at Council and too bad that I forgot to pack those charged batteries for my cameras!…

Mississauga Corporate flag worn by The Mississauga Muse at sunset

Under the spreading chestnut tree. I sold you and you sold me. There lie they, and here lie we. Under the spreading chestnut tree.

He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

all quotes, George Orwell

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“The Mississauga Muse” (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) ru– hobbles for Mayor –and concedes DEFEAT the Next Day!

January 5th, 2010  

Yesterday, January 4, 2010, I, The Mississauga Muse waited outside the door of the City Clerk’s Office so that I could be the first candidate to register. I did so at 8:35. It was a tough decision striking a match to 200-bucks and Hobble for Mayor —but what the heck.

Special thanks to our good friend and sometimes colleague, Donald Barber for taking this photo of the losing candidate.

Citizen-Blogger, "The Mississauga Muse" ru- hobbles for Mayor (and strikes match to 200-bucks)

Next, I videotaped the sign-up and swear-in and the flushing of 200-bucks on my Visa —plus provided two video clips of why I’m keepin’ on keepin’ on.

With this Blog, I raise a single defiant finger in almost-unwavering defiant salute to the despicable, hypocritical MYTHissauga Mister Hydes who —well, HIDE!

On the bright side, fortunately I have almost ten entire months to work on my concession speech!

Video: “The Mississauga Muse” (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) ru… –hobbles for MAYOR. (10:17 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Signed,

The (200-bucks = 40 Freedom of Information requests out the window….) Mississauga Muse

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2009 MISSISSAUGA VIDEOS: MISSISSAUGAWATCH Shatters the MYTH behind the City of MYTHississauga

January 1st, 2010  

JANUARY 2009 video INSIGHT INTO THE BRANDING (AND FLUFFING) OF MYTHISSAUGA

Last Blog you saw the pics: The first being, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion hugging and congratulating Michael Nobrega fellow Director of the Enersource Board after their successful Enersource public meeting and Cable 10 broadcast. Nobrega is president and chief executive of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) —10% partner with 100% veto power (yes. really!).

Here’s the video uploaded to YouTube on January 25, 2009 of Mississauga Inc and McCallion-Nobrega in action.

Video: GEORGE ORWELL MEETS MISSISSAUGA ENERSOURCE (4:27 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

FEBRUARY 2009 (Uploaded February 10, 2009)

Video of youth/Police interaction on the TTC. Bitter February and the youth was wearing a thin T-shirt —complete with holes.

Video: HOMELESS YOUTH and TORONTO POLICE/SPECIAL CONSTABLES at TTC SUBWAY (Queen St station) 090205 (2:28 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

MARCH 2009 (Uploaded March 12, 2009) FROM THE THIS IS FRIKKIN’ SO-TYPICAL DEPARTMENT

MISSISSAUGAWATCH asks Dr. Alvin Curling if the authors of the Roots of Youth Violence Report had filed any Freedom of Information as part of their research. Nope.

Video: “ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author, DR. ALVIN CURLING interviewed by MISSISSAUGAWATCH (4:40 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

APRIL 2009 (Uploaded April 17, 2009)

HAZEL MCCALLION SAVES MISSISSAUGA’S SHERIDAN LIBRARY (4:16 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

MAY 2009 (Uploaded May 17, 2009) PUT A *STAR* BESIDE THIS ONE!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION: on City Staff’s “complete disregard” for Policies (10:06 min)

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

JUNE 2009 (Uploaded June 5, 2009) MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL SETS A NEW RUBBER-STAMP RECORD!

Video: ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE: MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL FAILS YOUTH: IN 12 SECONDS! (1:00 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

JULY 2009 (Uploaded July 4, 2009)

Video: SKATEBOARDING MAUI, PAIA STONEWAVE SKATE PARK (1:48 min)

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AUGUST 2009 (Uploaded August 5, 2009) NOW HERE’S A PROMISE THAT NEVER DREW ITS FIRST BREATH!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION MAKES PROMISE ABOUT PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD (0:54 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

SEPTEMBER 2009 (Uploaded September 10, 2009)

Video: Poor and Invisible in Toronto. Through a (Tim Hortons coffee shop) Window 6:22)

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OCTOBER 2009 (Uploaded October 2, 2009) NOT ONLY WON’T THIS HAPPEN BUT EXPECT RIGOROUS COVER UP

Video: ‘MAKE MISSISSAUGA YOUTH BANS PUBLIC INFORMATION” says COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (3:07 min)

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NOVEMBER 2009 (Uploaded November 1, 2009) WHEREIN WE WITNESSED WHO REALLY RUNS MYTHISSAUGA

Video: “Mega-Builder” Harold Shipp $$$threatens$$$ Seven Mississauga Councillors with $$$DEFEAT$$$ (1:04 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

DECEMBER 2009 (Uploaded December 15, 2009)

Video: MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY: Citizen-Blogger MISSISSAUGAWATCH requests limited standing (8:09 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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