Roy McMurtry, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga, and the ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

March 28th, 2010  

It’s time I handed this Blog over to others and let you hear their Voices.

Today, our guest “speaker” is author, Tom Urbaniak, quotes from his book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga (Paperback).

I have to thank Mr. Urbaniak for handing me an important puzzle piece in my understanding of Roy McMurtry, co-author of the Roots of Youth Violence – About the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence.

Mainly, how Municipalities avoided the authentic scrutiny into their role in the Roots of Youth Violence.

Roy McMurtry —I get that part now!

As always, there’s video, followed by the transcript.

ROY MCMURTRY ROY MCMURTRY from the book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga. Trade Paperback Tom Urbaniak

Video: ROY MCMURTRY and Roots of Youth Violence: Report filed from the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre Jail (10:37 min)

Quotes from:  Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga (Paperback)
by Tom Urbaniak (Author)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

REPORT FILED INSIDE CAR AT THE ROY MCMURTRY YOUTH CENTRE (aka JAIL) MARCH 27, 2010

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

MUSIC: Dire Straits “You and Your Friend”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (March 27, 2010):

I got the perfect thing to do right now.

I’m going to read from Tom Urbaniak’s book —about Roy McMurtry.

But I’m going to orient the car —two Canada geese here. YO DUDES!

Right here. There we go.

Wonder if I can find it… ah yeah, here we go.

Roy McMurtry.

“Other important people were soon there too, including Ontario solicitor general (and attorney general) Roy McMurtry, the provincial minister responsible for emergency planning. He was the chair of meetings of the central control group. The public saw some of McMurtry, but it saw McCallion more. On one level, this was to be expected. When a crisis is centred on one city, the political head of that city is called into prominence. But McCallion not hesitate to seize opportunities to take charge, and to be seen doing it. She knew better than to meddle in technical or specialized decision-making, remembers then fire chief Gord Bentley. But when it came to articulating the interests of the city, she was front and centre. Once, after conferencing with various senior officials in a trailer, McCallion had apparently seated herself closest to the door. Following the conference she stepped out to address the waiting media hordes. But she stepped out only a little. The other bigwigs had to remain half inside, peering over the mayor’s shoulder.

It’s one of the things where I’d said and this is just intuitive and sort of observational, where I said that McCallion has incredible influence in [sic] Provincial level.

In other words, it’s likely that the Ontario Ombudsman hasn’t got the range of authority that he does because of —McCallion wouldn’t want it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

We know that the Mississauga Councillors were satisfied that their input was not needed at the command post. On Monday, most of them showed up there ‘and agreed

quote:

that the mayor was the only person needed at the command post representing city interests.’

[DIP TO WHITE]

And then there’s stuff about some injuries including McCallion twisted —famous twisted ankle. Talking about the third day. I’m scanning cuz what I’m really talking about here is McMurtry.

And one of the things that I had mentioned, you know, that Curling, being Minister of Municipal Affairs is one of the reasons why the McMurtry/Curling Report completely avoids the issue of municipalities and certainly avoids any kind of, let’s call it, authentic, legitimate review of the roles of municipalities. Using only public documents.

[DIP TO WHITE]

But for good fortune to rebound on a leader it must be seized, Machiavelli reminds us.

No kidding. You want to talk about Machiavelli. So.

—for good fortune to rebound on a leader it must be seized, Machiavelli reminds us. McCallion had seized it. She was the very image of resolute determination, of decisiveness, of a spirited advocate for her city.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So what they’re saying is that the Mississauga Train Derailment was probably the best PR that McCallion ever had.

It did take some posturing. There exist transcripts of the Central Control Group meetings held after the third day. They show McMurtry taking a consensus-building approach. They show McCallion determined that the coordinating group be kept small, with others brought in as needed.

There’s that control again of how a group is going to work. Which I’ve seen and documented myself.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Solicitor General and Attorney General Roy McMurtry. Now you’d think that he’d be the one making the noises. Oh no no.

She was determined as well that the people would not hear overly-optimistic promises, but was also making it clear that she would be the main conduit between the decision-makers and the people. ‘I as mayor’ was a typical phrase.

“I as mayor.”

She even referred to the others in the room as her advisers.

And here’s the part that tells me all I need to know.

Had it not been for McMurtry’s unassuming manner, a personality clash might have occurred.

McMurtry’s “unassuming manner”.

So you’ve got someone who allowed himself to be outmaneuvered during the Mississauga Train Derailment.

This “unassuming manner”. Maybe that’s kind of code-word for he was scared shitless of McCallion? Who knows?

But those are the authors of the Roots of Youth Violence. A former Minister of Municipal Affairs and a —what’s it called? “Unassuming manner” Roy McMurtry, who allowed McCallion to be the main conduit between the decision-makers” of which he was Numero Uno and the people of Ontario —oh, and Mississauga.

Now you know I kind of stopped reading after this because at this point, I’m only about on page 105.

This is about all I’ve read so far. Haven’t read the rest of this. Going to be quite the joy read.

But just reading this part? Oh MAN! It was like, vindication! And

[DIP TO WHITE]

to show how —everybody’s scared of her.

And I remember, it’s a few months back saying how, what it says about our Ontario politicians. And especially the (air quotes) males in Ontario —our male politicians.

I said THEY GOT NOT BALLS!

How can they let a little old lady so [censored] them. That they’re so scared.

Of course, I remember Donald Barber in the 2006 Municipal Election saying to the people in the audience, vote as if she were a man not a woman.

[CLOCK WIPE]

DONALD BARBER 2006 Mayoral Candidate (November 1, 2006):

So please get out and vote and judge her as you would a man and not just a little old lady. (vigorous protests, jeers, howls etc from the crowd)

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (March 27, 2010):

And he got groans and a couple of boos and everything else. But Barber was right!

You know, I don’t think —I don’t think she had, had McCallion been a male that she would’ve lasted as long!

But it’s just that if you’re a man and you look to be dumping on McCallion, you look to be beatin’ up on a little old lady!

And in the meantime (laughs) she’s (laughs louder) —I mean, it’s fantastic!

It’s —it’s not just that there’s this perversion of municipal government in Mississauga, but also the terror, the terrorist in her that terrorizes the Provincial politicians.

And allow me this.

Even in 1982 when former mayor Ron Searle emerged to oppose her after the Divisional Court found that she had controlled a debate despite a conflict of interest, McCallion took 71 per cent of the vote.

Again (laughs) because people vote with their wallets. Let’s face it. That’s Nando Iannicca’s observation.

Since then she has released no campaign platform, and since 1991 she has mounted no campaign whatsoever. ‘Her Town, Her Rules’ is the title of one magazine article about McCallion; it summarizes well the prevailing perception in Mississauga.

Her Town. Her Rules.

And not just Mississauga:

Quote.

‘The truth is she’s the only person in the province that scares the bejesus out of me,’ mused former premier David Peterson. He is not alone.

This book.

[DIP TO WHITE]

—it’s like this, all this perfect stuff has come together and it was a signal to me, “You can stop now. You can stop. Start going to your videotapes, pulling out what the Councillors and the Mayor have said. It’s time now for your own words —pulling that back and letting the politicians and the Staff talk.”

And that’s such a relief!

[DIP TO WHITE]

Let’s drive through the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre —and his unassuming manner!

[MUSIC: Dire Straits “You and Your Friend”]

Huge parking lot.

I have found! I feel like Kunta Kinte, you know, in Roots. I have found the Roots of Youth Violence!

[SUPERIMPOSED IMAGE: Brampton “Peace to Our Streets” November 25, 2008]

PASTOR ANDREW KING Seventh Day Adventist Church Etobicoke:

On all the panels I sit on? First question’s asked is “Where are the young people? We’re talking about them but they’re not with us.”

Young people are very frustrated because there’s a lot of panels.

Oh, there’s reports that are written about how much money we’re going to spend!

And they’re very frustrated with the system right now.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And speaking of no balls, I almost forgot!

Video: Dalton McGuinty in “Getting To The Roots Of Youth Violence” (2:23 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

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Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report (March 26, 2010) –and how it matches MISSISSAUGAWATCH graffiti (preliminary) findings

March 27th, 2010  

UPDATE: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Just want to provide a quick update on the “Peel Regional Police – 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report -Memo dated March 11, 2010 that was presented at yesterday’s Peel Police Services Board meeting. First, I need to make this quick because I’d rather work up the actual video of the Hate/Crime Bias presentation. That’s what the next Blog entry will be about.

Just quickly, the observations and comments I made in the two videos I’d posted onto YouTube prior to the Police Services Board meeting turned out to be accurate.

Just last week, I got Freedom of Information results back from Peel Police. I’d requested any data on graffiti incidents for July and August 2009. As I said in my March 25th videos, viewing the Peel Police graffiti samples came as a surprise —that while I did recognize some tags, there was surprisingly little overlap in the graffiti that Peel Police had documented those two months and the kind that I’ve been researching!

I’ve said this before and will repeat it here. What I love about a Peel Police report is the rich DATA. It is PERCENTAGES, GRAPHS, TRENDS. It is ANALYSIS. Bottomline it’s SCIENCE. “SCIENCE.” meaning, that I can replicate Peel Police findings. I should be able to confirm the accuracy/validity of their percentages, graphs and analysis just by walking in their footsteps. This I will do to fill in the gap in my own research —the gap of July/August 2009. So on Monday I will file Freedom of Information on Peel Police’s 2009 Hate/Bias graffiti-material.

Just want to say that several things stuck out in the 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report. I’ll simply list them because as I said, I’m poised to do a more detailed Blog this weekend.

Something else. Man, it’s a good thing that portions of the report and the graffiti that Peel Police provided through Freedom of Information didn’t jive with what I was seeing. I went back to the July/August incident reports and realized that I’d only received City of Mississauga graffiti and none from Brampton. Of course I know why. I didn’t ask! While the Peel Police report mentions that the 95 Hate/Bias incidents were fairly evenly distributed throughout Peel, I find City of Brampton graffiti “different” from that of City of Mississauga and I’m wondering if Peel Police notice that too. And what it means!

Anyway…

Let me show you Hate/Bias graffiti that I photographed again yesterday right after the Peel Police Services Board meeting. City of Brampton —swastikas, as well as “gay” references at this site.

First photographed December 9, 2009 (above) —and after the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). Given how many other Hate/Bias graffiti that I’ve photographed/videotaped back in April/May 2009 that were still up there in the Fall 2009, Hate/Bias graffiti is tolerated by Peel residents! After all, the majority goes unreported. I mean what else can you conclude?

CITY OF BRAMPTON SWASTIKAS GRAFFITI (COMPARATIVE first photographed December 9, 2009 and March 26, 2010) GRAFFITI, HATE CRIME, FASCIST SYMBOLS, NAZI

It was a beautiful day and after confirming the continued existence of graffiti at our Brampton study sites, we headed for Toronto and photographed “JESUS LOVES YOU” graffiti.

Clearly a message of Love.

Or is it?….

GRAFFITI TORONTO "JESUS LOVES YOU" photographed March 26, 2010

Next.

Regarding the two graffiti video reports that I posted to YouTube prior to the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). I know I’d said that I would provide transcripts of both so that we-all can see how closely my preliminary findings matched Peel Police. Sorry. I don’t have that luxury of time. At least not for the next while.

Today I MUST file another video report. Likely two-three hours long, believe it or not. A kind of mega-debriefing session of sorts. And rather than being a “talking-head”, I’m driving around Brampton and Mississauga, the audio is me talking (testifying, actually) while the video portion will document the “habitat” of the “creatures” that I’m studying.

That’s it.

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A REPEAT OF YESTERDAY’S BLOG FYI

Needed to post this prior to tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting and their Hate Crime/Graffiti Report.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THESE VIDEOS IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:09 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min
NOTE: I caught a break. YouTube records Part 2 uploaded on March 25, 2010 even though it’s 1:24 am March 26, 2010 Mississauga time.

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Also offering Flickr graffiti pics at:

GRAFFITI RESEARCH (Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, (and for comparative purposes, Maui, Hawaii)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA STREETSVILLE  GUN DETAIL 090501

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MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT Parts 1 and 2 For the Record: posted PRIOR to Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report

March 26th, 2010  

Needed to post this prior to tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting and their Hate Crime/Graffiti Report.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THESE VIDEOS IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:09 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON  GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min
NOTE: I caught a break. YouTube records Part 2 uploaded on March 25, 2010 even though it’s 1:24 am March 26, 2010 Mississauga time.

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Also offering Flickr graffiti pics at:

GRAFFITI RESEARCH (Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, (and for comparative purposes, Maui, Hawaii)


UPDATE Saturday, March 27, 2010. I’ve provided a follow-up to this draft Blog. So for those genuinely interested in Brampton/Mississauga graffiti and what that “Voice” is telling you, you really should be read these two Blogs together.

So. Please click here to read Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report (March 26, 2010) –and how it matches MISSISSAUGAWATCH graffiti (preliminary) findings”

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA STREETSVILLE  GUN DETAIL 090501

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Mississauga Minutes don’t record Hazel McCallion’s Contracts Comments –even when the Audit Chair expects them “in the record”

March 19th, 2010  

In our March 17, 2010 Blog, What the MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY investigators will be up against… When Minutes Don’t Matter, I detailed how the minutes summarizing my February 3, 2010 deputation before General Committee were manicured to minimize the concerns that I’d raised on a number of issues pertaining to City of Mississauga Staff non-compliance to policies, procedures, guidelines and legislation.

I’d be prepared to bet that 90% of those attending the December 3rd “Friends of Hazel” Rally wouldn’t see anything wrong with minutes glossing over citizen input —provided it wasn’t theirs.

Today, we present special video. It’s the best way that I know to demonstrate that even Audit Committee meeting minutes are manicured and no one escapes from having their voices CUT TO MUTE.

This time that voice is Hazel McCallion’s.

THE SEPTEMBER 24, 2007 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES SHOW NO RECORD OF HAZEL MCCALLION TALKING LET ALONE GIVING THIS WARNING.

What follows is video of the September 24, 2007 Audit Committee meeting. While the minutes show McCallion as “Present”, video confirms that the Mayor did not arrive until 9:55 or 45 minutes after the one-hour meeting began.

But once there, Mayor McCallion sure had some important things to say about the report on the Capital Maintenance Contracts Audit – Facilities & Property Management Division. To her credit, Madame Mayor minced no words, calling it “a very bad report. One of the worst that I think I’ve ever seen.”

As we know, contracts blow up at the City in subsequent years. A group of sub-contractors got stiffed for tens of thousands in 2009-2010 because Facilities and Property Management did not do due diligence. Given all that’s happened at the City, that the Mayor’s warnings regarding contracts were not recorded into the Audit Committee minutes weighs heavy now.

Especially when there’s a Judicial Inquiry in the wings that is set to explore how the Enersource contract got mysteriously changed.

To be clear, the minutes of the September 24, 2007 Audit Committee meeting record Hazel McCallion as being silent throughout the meeting. There is zero mention of her making any comment let alone something as vital as:

Let me draw your attention to one thing in this report that bothers me more than anything. Because that’s what happened in Toronto. Staff changed contracts.

And that’s what happened here. Now it isn’t big, I assume. But the point is that Staff thinks that they can change a contract. I mean that is serious. Because it happened in Toronto and that was a big one.

If it can happen in a small one it can also happen in a big one in Mississauga. And that really—

The one that bothers me most is a change of contracts.

The City creates manicured minutes that don’t reflect Reality. That minimize, indeed mask problems. Elected officials approve those minutes. Chronic.

That’s why I say that Staff are beyond the control of elected officials. And it’s why I believe that this Staff, (who McCallion herself observes, “thinks that they can change a contract”) are fully capable of changing an Enersource contract.

Jes’ sayin’.

Video: Hazel McCallion “The one that bothers me most is a change of contracts” –not recorded in minutes (5:54 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEE  September 24, 2007


MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Last, does our Auditor have any comments? Kevin?

KEVIN TRAVERS, KPMG EXTERNAL AUDITOR:

No, I don’t have any comments on any of these reports.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

No?

KEVIN TRAVERS, KPMG EXTERNAL AUDITOR:

—well written, and certainly identify the objectives very well upfront too. And I like the way of style the reports were written, but I have no further comments.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

OK.

Mayor McCallion, just to [inaudible] here that we have finished the two reports. And any questions —I know now, any questions on the Capital Maintenance Report.

Ken has left and Raj but if you want to go ahead and make your comments, at least they can be —you know, so we can get them in the record.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

I apologize for being late. I had a speaking engagement in Oakville.

I have real concerns about this report, I have to tell you. I don’t think I want to go over all the questions but, it certainly doesn’t represent our philosophy of running the City like a business. I would say I have a number of questions.

It’s a very bad report. One of the worst that I think I’ve ever seen.

So I have real concerns about it. I just can’t believe some of the things that are not done. I don’t know if you folks asked questions.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

We did. And I’ve had —looking at your notes they’re identifying all the same issues.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

I just say extremely disappointed in the report.

[SEVERAL PEOPLE TALKING AT ONCE]

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR MAJA PRENTICE:

There has been the suggestion for Janice to go over these issues up [sic] with both Works and Community Services as well to ensure that the proper process is in place not just in Facilities and Property Management but through the other areas of—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

[inaudible] I want to meet with Janice on it —I just, I don’t want to go over the questions. I think you can see that I marked the—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Yeah, and we did raise all of the issues that I think you’ve got marked there —we did raise and the one thing, Madame Mayor that was pointed out in the presentation is that for fourteen recommendations in this report, thirteen of them have now already been implemented.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Yeah—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

So all of those issues that we raised concerns about and you’re raising concerns about —they’re very serious concerns have been addressed and have been dealt with.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

They shouldn’t have existed.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

They shouldn’t have been existing.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

That is my concern. It’s not a good report.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

And that was why as you recall, when we did the Works Capital Maintenance, we had put a lot of these safeguards already into place there.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Yes.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

And this is why I said to Janice that I was kind of surprised that this Department wasn’t implementing what had already been done in the previous department.

So to make sure that all of this gets put into the other Departments that deal with Capital Maintenance as well.

So, not to do another audit on them. Just make sure that they’re following these recommendations.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Well, yuh, I mean the fourteen, fourteen recommendations covers [sic] our concerns.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

And I just hope that they’re not only implemented, but that you will follow them up to make sure that they continue to be implemented but there’s laxity—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

There’s laxity somewhere in the operation.  I—

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER JANICE BAKER:

There’s a new manager in that area today. I mean that’s one of the— you know that was not, it was not as a result of the audit, but I think in my view, we’ve got somebody in managing in that area today who would be far more effective in looking at those kinds of processes.

So I think that’s something, an asset that we have that we haven’t necessarily had.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Do you have any other questions on those reports?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

No, no.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Just that one, OK?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

No, just that I was hoping to get into my comments on that.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Yeah, because we would’ve kept Staff here.

OK, the last item then is the date of the next meeting which is November 26th, 9 AM, here. All right. And maybe if we know how many Staff we’re gonna need [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Let me draw your attention to one thing in this report that bothers me more than anything.

Because that’s what happened in Toronto. Staff changed contracts.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

uh-huh.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

And that’s what happened here.

Now it isn’t big, I assume. But the

[VIDEO SWITCHES TO LOWER QUALITY BACK-UP CAMERA]

point is that Staff thinks that they can change a contract. I mean that is serious. Because it happened in Toronto and that was a big one.

If it can happen in a small one it can also happen in a big one in Mississauga. And that really—

The one that bothers me most is a change of contracts.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

OK. We’re then adjourned.

[GENERAL NOISE OF ADJOURNMENT]

[CLOCKWIPE TO AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING, November 26, 2007]

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

—meeting to order. Are there any declarations of direct or indirect pecuniary interest? Seeing none [inaudible].

We’ll go right to Matters to be Considered because the presentations are [inaudible].

Minutes of the last Audit Committee meeting, on September 24th. Councillor Carlson—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

Move it.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

—any changes or vote for them? Yes, I guess that’s receipt. Approval, right. I always forget whether it’s approval or receipt.

So they are approved.

Item 2 is, we have two final audit reports…

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

THE SEPTEMBER 24, 2007 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES SHOW NO RECORD OF HAZEL MCCALLION TALKING LET ALONE GIVING THIS WARNING.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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City of Mississauga 1996 Records Retention By-Law “In most legal situations, keeping electronic records for a longer period of time than that scheduled for paper records will not be to the City’s advantage.”

March 14th, 2010  

Today we will examine the March 12, 2010 testimony regarding the record-keeping at the City of Mississauga Mayor’s Office.

We will take testimony provided by Mayor Hazel McCallion’s executive secretary, Carol Horvat and compare it to City documents secured through Freedom of Information as well as comments made by City of Mississauga Freedom of Information coordinator Barbara McEwan during an April 11, 2007 deputation I made in front of Mississauga Council meeting (complete with video).

The salient point. City of Mississauga 1996 Records Retention By-Law “In most legal situations, keeping electronic records for a longer period of time than that scheduled for paper records will not be to the City’s advantage.”

Giddiyap!

BY-LAW 537-96 RETENTION AND DISPOSITION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS (esp EMAILS)

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS RETENTION BY-LAW 1996 TO 2003 WORD CHANGING CONCEALMENT

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City of Mississauga Records Retention (Destruction) By-Law 1996 version wording

D. RETENTION AND DISPOSITION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS

As a general rule, retention periods of electronic records should be the same as retention periods of their paper counterparts.

At least from a legal perspective, retention periods of electronic records should never be longer than the retention period of their paper counterparts. When paper records containing legal evidence is disposed of at the end of their scheduled life cycle, their electronic counterparts should be disposed of at the same time, since electronic records can also be subject of discovery and seizure and used as evidence in legal proceedings. In most legal situations, keeping electronic records for a longer period of time than that scheduled for paper records will not be to the City’s advantage.

In 2003, City of Mississauga Records Retention (Destruction) By-Law 1996 Section D changed to:

D. RETENTION AND DISPOSITION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS

Appraisal of electronic records for retention scheduling purposed is a complex and multi-faceted task which require the collaboration of Corporate Records, Information Technology, and the Operation Department. Appraisal criteria must include: the purposes and use of the system, the operational needs of the department(s) generating the system, legal retention requirements, and identification of any other systems that may provide input to or extract information from the system being appraised.

This video is an excellent summary of the practices at the City of Mississauga regarding electronic records. Former Freedom of Information coordinator, Barbara McEwan explains City policy. We also provide a transcript.

Video: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS RETENTION (DESTRUCTION) BY-LAW (for the JUDICIAL INQUIRY) (April 11, 2007)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

Thank you Ursula. Are there any questions from Council members? Seeing none, I’m not sure whether Barbara McEwan can answer any of Ursula’s questions this morning. I think she raised a number of points. If not I think it’d be appropriate if you took the time to sit down and meet with Ursula to see if you can answer some of the questions and address her concern but, I’ll give you the opportunity, Barbara if you wish—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH comments into camera (April 11, 2007 Council):

Could I just add one thing about that?

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

Very briefly.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH comments into camera (April 11, 2007 Council):

Yeah.  I went to City Clerk, spoke to Ms. Greer. Then I was sent to Internal Audit, spoke to Ms Eng, Sally Eng. Then I went to Legal Services, spoke to them.

Then I went to —I even talk-spoke to the Director of Information and Technology.

None of them could adequately explain the implications of this By-Law.

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

And I’m suggesting that the appropriate person is our Freedom of Information coordinator, which is Barbara McKewan, and that’s why I suggested that it would be appropriate to meet with her. But go ahead, Barbara.

DEPUTY CLERK, BARBARA MCEWAN (April 11, 2007 Council):

Madam Acting Mayor, through you, I’d be very pleased to meet to review all the background terms —how the By-Law amendments were brought forward. But in terms of the points that were raised this morning, I just want to confirm a few details.

Ms. Keuper-Bennett has correctly noted that email is a record and we recognize it as such in our Records Retention By-Law.

I guess the constraints that we operate under here at the City of Mississauga is that our email is an electronic system and we don’t really have a document management system that allows us to manage the retention of the email records electronically.

In other words, the emails are stored in the system but we don’t have an easy sort of way of taking each email as it’s dealt with and indexing it and applying the correct retention that we are required to do under the Records Retention By-Law.

So the alternative to that, which is practised by most corporations —I mean public and private sector organizations are dealing with this all the time. Our policy at the City of Mississauga is that, if we do receive an email and it is related to the business transaction of the City, it does qualify as a “record” and our Policy states that the email is printed and it is placed in the appropriate file.

And that way we can manage that record effectively in accordance with the retention periods that are in our By-Laws.

So in effect, we are not destroying records, we’re actually taking a pragmatic approach to managing the electronic mail by making sure that a hardcopy is retained and placed in the appropriate file.

Now the amendments that are in the By-Law that refer to retention for 30 days and 90 days and so forth, this refers to the tapes that we have —the backup tapes that we have. And really it’s in terms of a sort of a transitional management.

But the records are kept there depending on when the weekly backup is done.

But as I said, the practice at the City, which is why we practise, is that if it’s related to the business of the City, the email is printed, is placed in a file and we can manage it effectively in terms of retention.

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

Okay, thank you, I think there’s probably much more to what Ms. McEwan had to say this morning and once again, if you’ll contact her, Ursula, and meet with her to see whether you concerns can be addressed.

Next we have….

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It all comes down to what a pair of eyeballs regards as a “record”.

City business print it out, delete email.

Not City business, delete email.

So.

“Let’s go for lunch today at 1:00 pm. I’ll meet you at the elevator.”
Staff are instructed that this is a NON-RECORD and  DELETE

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS DESTRUCTION POLICY RECORD vs NON-RECORD

And now you’re ready to read Hazel McCallion’s executive secretary’s testimony regarding emails and records —cut-and-paste from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry website

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  4                 MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY
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  7
  8
  9  Before:        Associate Chief Mr. Justice J. Douglas
 10                 Cunningham
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 14
 15
 16
 17
 18
 19  HELD AT:
 20                    Provincial Offence Court
 21                       Mississauga, Ontario
 22                         March 12, 2010
 23
 24                       Pages 1 to 36
 24                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Would
 25  you swear the Witness, please.

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  1                 THE COURT CLERK:   Can you please state
  2  your name and spell it for the record, please?
  3                 THE COURT CLERK:   Can you please state
  4  your name and spell it for the record, please?
  5                 MS. CAROL HORVAT:   It's Carol Horvat; C-
  6  A-R-O-L, H-O-R-V, as in Victor, A-T.
  7                 THE COURT CLERK:   Okay, do you wish to
  8  swear or affirm?
  9                 MS. CAROL HORVAT:   I wish to swear,
 10  please.
 11
 12                    CAROL HORVAT, Sworn
 13
 14                 MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:   Now, as we're
 15  about to hear the first evidence in this Inquiry, we
 16  should file the terms of reference as Exhibit 1.
 17                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Exhibit
 18  1, terms of reference.  Thank you.
 19
 20  --- EXHIBIT NO. 1:         Terms of reference
 21
 22                 MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:   And we'll make
 23  Exhibit 2 certain documents which Mr. Horvat has with her
 24  to assist in giving her evidence on.
 25

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  1  --- EXHIBIT NO. 2:         Carol Horvat's documents
  2
  3                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
  4  you.  You have copies of these, Ms. Horvat, or do you?
  5                 THE WITNESS:    Yes, Commissioner, I do.
  6                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:    All
  7  right.  Thank you.
  8
  9  EXAMINATION-IN-CHIEF BY MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:
 10                 Q:   Now, Ms. Horvat, I take it, in fact,
 11  that there is quite an elaborate process of -- of dealing
 12  with correspondence and other documents that come into
 13  the Mayor's office and with retaining those documents.
 14                 A:   Yes, there is.
 15                 Q:   All right.  Now just -- I want to get
 16  some background from you.  You have been with the Mayor's
 17  office since what date?
 18                 A:   March 20th, 1990, so it will be
 19  twenty (20) years this month --
 20                 Q:   All right.
 21                 A:   -- that I've been with her.
 22                 Q:   And before that, you worked in the
 23  planning department?
 24                 A:   Yes, for about two (2) or three (3)
 25  years.

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  1                 Q:   And you are now the Mayor's executive
  2  assistant?
  3                 A:   Yes,
  4                 Q:   Since what date?
  5                 A:   Approximately 2003 I became her
  6  executive assistant.
  7                 Q:   Right.  Now we're going to be talking
  8  about the present system of dealing with correspondence
  9  and other documents in the Mayor's office, but I wanted
 10  to take you back to 2000, because, of course, in 2000
 11  there's the Enersource transaction that's of interest to
 12  this Inquiry.
 13                 What was the -- the computer system in use
 14  in 2000?
 15                 A:   The computer system is relatively
 16  similar to what it is today; it's just a different
 17  technology.  It was simply a -- I recall it being a
 18  WordPerfect document.  It looked very much like what it
 19  looks today; it just wasn't as sophisticated, if you
 20  will.  But the same kind of information was collected and
 21  registered as it is today, and the physicality of the
 22  document resembled what it resembles today.
 23                 Q:   So if we were looking for the Mayor's
 24  agendas from the -- the period 1999 and 2000, would we
 25  have access to those?

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  1                 A:   Yes, they're available
  2  electronically.
  3                 Q:   In what format?
  4                 A:   In WordPerfect still.
  5                 Q:   All right.  And with respect to e-
  6  mails on the Enersource issue, would we have access to
  7  those from 1999 or 2000?
  8                 A:   I would have to check on that.  Any
  9  files on Enersource have been turned over to our City
 10  legal division, which I understand are turning them over
 11  to you --
 12                 Q:   Right.
 13                 A:   -- so that hard copy of any e-mails
 14  that would have been printed at that time would be
 15  contained in those files.
 16                 Q:   What was the practice in relation to
 17  printing e-mails, going back to 2000?
 18                 A:   Generally speaking, the practice in
 19  our office with regard to e-mails has always been that
 20  they are printed, a hard copy is made and registered, and
 21  then the e-mail's deleted.
 22                 Q:   Right.  What -- when you say
 23  "registered," what do you mean?
 24                 A:   Through the mail log system that you
 25  have in the -- the package here.  So, each individual e-

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  1  mail is registered, it's given a number, it's recorded as
  2  to who the e-mail is from, the subject matter of the e-
  3  mail --
  4                 Q:   Right.
  5                 A:   -- the file number, the suggested
  6  action to be taken on that item, and then all e-mails at
  7  the end of the day are given to the Mayor for review; not
  8  just e-mails, but all mail in general that comes in.
  9                 Q:   All right.  Let's just find in the
 10  package what we're talking about.  Do you want to turn up
 11  the example for the -- of the registry process.
 12                 A:   That would be tab 1, I believe.
 13                 Q:   Okay.  So here we've got a couple of
 14  invitations that -- that have come in for the Mayor to be
 15  the keynote speaker at something.  So what happens when
 16  this comes in?
 17                 A:   So what happens in this pa -- using
 18  this as an example, what would happen is this would be
 19  something that would be printed.  It would either be an
 20  e-mail or a piece of actual mail.  It would have come
 21  into the office, been date stamped, given a registry
 22  number, which you'll see on the far left, which, in this
 23  case, is one two six zero (1260).
 24                 Q:   Right.
 25                 A:   That is then physically written on

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  1  the item.  The person's name would have been under the
  2  origin, where it's now been redacted.
  3                 Q:   Mm-hm.
  4                 A:   The subject matter, as you can see,
  5  it was an invitation to the Mayor to be a keynote speaker
  6  at an event.  Then the suggested action is asking the
  7  Mayor whether she wishes to do this, and if so, we can
  8  look at some dates, because in this particular case they
  9  had not given us specific dates; they left it open to the
 10  Mayor.
 11                 What then happens is all of the items for
 12  the day get put into a folder.  The Mayor physically
 13  reads -- personally reads all the mail that comes into
 14  her office.  She would then review that and then return
 15  it either the same day to us or the next business day.
 16                 Q:   Well, that's -- I wanted to ask you
 17  that.  Does she take a big stack of this stuff home and -
 18  - and look at it during the evening, or does she have
 19  time during the day to do it?
 20                 A:   That solely depends on her schedule
 21  for any given day.  If she happens to be in the office
 22  the entire day, then she does try to make an effort to do
 23  it before she leaves so as not to have to bring work
 24  home.  But if, for some reason, her day is an early one,
 25  in terms her official meetings in the office, let's say

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  1  end at noon, and the rest of the afternoon is made up of
  2  external events such as groundbreakings, what have you,
  3  she -- or I would, rather, bring the work home to her.
  4                 Q:   Right.  Now, for 2000, this -- this
  5  registry system, do we still have access to this?
  6                 A:   Yes.  It would be available in
  7  electronic format.
  8                 Q:   Right.  Now, there's some
  9  documentation going back to 2000 and going forward that
 10  you have on floppy disks; what is that?
 11                 A:   That would be from 1999 to
 12  approximately 2004.  We have all of the mail logs, which
 13  is what you see before you, on floppy disks, prior to us
 14  going to the new system, which happened in 2005/2006.
 15                 Q:   Right.  And those have been turned
 16  over to the City now?
 17                 A:   Yes.  I was asked to search through
 18  all of the floppy disks.  I was given a list of key words
 19  to look for.  Any instances where those words appeared on
 20  those documents, that sheet was printed out -- it's quite
 21  a large stack -- and it was turned over to our legal
 22  division.
 23                 Q:   Right.  And -- and what's the volume
 24  of that?  How big is the stack?
 25                 A:   Quite a bit.  It's legal size sheets

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  1  of paper, and I would say it's probably about two (2)
  2  inches thick.
  3                 Q:   All right.  And when -- when was that
  4  turned over?
  5                 A:   Two days ago, I believe.
  6                 Q:   Okay.  Now, going now to the present
  7  system, how does the Mayor create her schedule now?
  8                 A:   It's very similar to how it was
  9  always done.  It's still a WordPerfect document.  So, if
 10  I can use an example, an invitation would come in --
 11                 Q:   Yeah.
 12                 A:   -- it would go to this -- so it's
 13  date stamped.  It's given to the Mayor's scheduler.
 14                 Q:   Right.
 15                 A:   At the end of the day, all of the
 16  invitations that came in that day would be placed in a
 17  blue folder marked "Invitation File."  It's then given to
 18  the Mayor for her personal review.  She decides what
 19  meetings she goes to and what she doesn't go to, because
 20  either she's unavailable or what have you.  Then that
 21  folder of invitations is returned back to the scheduler -
 22  -
 23                 Q:   Right.
 24                 A:   -- to then undertake the necessary
 25  direction given by the Mayor.

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  1                 Q:   Right.  And the Mayor gives that
  2  direction in what form?
  3                 A:   She gives it in handwritten form.
  4                 Q:   Right.
  5                 A:   Just --
  6                 Q:   Now, let's deal with correspondence
  7  and, specifically, let's deal with electronic mail.  If
  8  someone wanted to write to the Mayor about -- yeah, let's
  9  say, in 2009, someone wanted to write to the Mayor about
 10  the WCD proposed transaction, or about the transaction
 11  with OMERS.  An e-mail comes into the Mayor's office.
 12                 First of all, does the Mayor herself have
 13  a computer?
 14                 A:   No, she does not.
 15                 Q:   All right.  What happens to that e-
 16  mail?
 17                 A:   It's received by myself because I
 18  have proxy to the Mayor's e-mail account.  I print the e-
 19  mail, and then once again it's put in the daily mail log
 20  folder for her review.
 21                 Q:   It's put in her daily folder for her
 22  review.
 23                 A:   Mm-hm.
 24                 Q:   And then, at the end of the day, what
 25  becomes of all of those e-mails?

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  1                 A:   Well, along with the actual physical
  2  items being given to the Mayor is the spread sheet that I
  3  previously referred to.
  4                 Q:   Mm-hm.
  5                 A:   On there would be her handwritten
  6  direction on each individual item as to what direction
  7  she wanted undertaken.  That folder then comes back to
  8  me.  I undertake the direction on the items that pertain
  9  to my particular role in the office.
 10                 Q:   Right.
 11                 A:   Then it's distributed to other people
 12  in the office.  For instance, if one of the directions
 13  was to set up a meeting, that item would then be
 14  physically given to the Mayor's scheduler to set the
 15  meeting up.
 16                 Q:   And all of this e-mail is retained in
 17  daily files, is that right?
 18                 A:   Yes, they are placed in subject
 19  files.
 20                 Q:   Placed in subject files.  Now --
 21  well, let's ask this question:  Are the Mayor's
 22  handwritten notations also preserved, or just the -- the
 23  -- the source document?
 24                 A:   What happens is, when we get the mail
 25  log sheet back from the Mayor, at either the end of the

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  1  day or the next day, a record is made of her handwritten
  2  comments on the computer, so that there's an electronic
  3  record of her comments.  We then keep these sheets that
  4  are the physical hard copies of those log sheets for a
  5  period of a year, and then they're thrown out because
  6  there's no need to keep them.  We have an electronic
  7  version.
  8                 Q:   Right.  So the ones for -- for late
  9  2009 would still be available, then?
 10                 A:   The actual sheets or the items?
 11                 Q:   The sheets.
 12                 A:   No, because it would -- they're only
 13  kept for a year.
 14                 Q:   But it's not a year since, for
 15  example, October 2009, so we would still have those.
 16  Within one year we'll have --
 17                 A:   No.  At the end of every calendar
 18  year --
 19                 Q:   Oh, okay.  I have --
 20                 A:   Sorry.  I should be more specific.
 21  At the end of every calendar year -- like in December
 22  generally of every year, before the new files are
 23  created, in order to make space, they would have been
 24  thrown out, on or around December.  It could be sometimes
 25  January.  It depends on how, you know, busy we are.

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  1                 Q:   All right.  Now, with respect to
  2  correspondence or e-mails that the Mayor sends out, how
  3  are those dealt with?
  4                 A:   They're dealt with in two (2) ways.
  5  First of all, we maintain monthly records of every memo
  6  the Mayor sends out.
  7                 Q:   Mm-hm.
  8                 A:   So let's just say we're talking about
  9  2010; for the month of January, there would be a separate
 10  file folder with a hard copy of every memo that the Mayor
 11  sent out that month.
 12                 Q:   Right.
 13                 A:   A duplicate of that memo would then
 14  be also placed in the subject file.
 15                 Q:   Right.
 16                 A:   And the same goes with external
 17  correspondence.  Any letters or e-mails the Mayor sends
 18  out, a hard copy is placed in a reading file, and then
 19  the original is placed in the subject file.
 20                 Q:   Right.  Now, let me ask you this that
 21  -- we're all sort of possessed of, or possessed by our
 22  Blackberries.  We seem to communicate most of the time
 23  with other lawyers and so on by Blackberry.  The Mayor, I
 24  take it, doesn't have a Blackberry.
 25                 A:   She owns a Blackberry.  She has been

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  1  issued one by the corporation, but she --
  2                 Q:   Does she use it?
  3                 A:   Extremely rarely.
  4                 Q:   All right.  If you want to get hold
  5  of the Mayor -- someone writes to the Mayor with a really
  6  urgent matter by e-mail or Blackberry message -- how do
  7  you get hold of the Mayor?
  8                 A:   I would phone her or I would go into
  9  her office if she was in.
 10                 Q:   So she has a cellular phone, I take
 11  it?
 12                 A:   Yes, issued by the City.
 13                 Q:   Right.  And those records are
 14  maintained by somebody, the records of her cellular phone
 15  traffic?
 16                 A:   Yes.  We receive a bill monthly from
 17  the carrier which goes to our accounts payable
 18  department.  They then send the bill down to the Mayor's
 19  office in the inter-office mail.  The Mayor initials the
 20  bill, which in fact authorizes payment.  The bill is then
 21  initialled by our City manager and is returned to the
 22  accounts payable department for processing and payment.
 23                 Q:   Now, this isn't a concern of the
 24  Inquiry, but does she just initial payment for the whole
 25  bill, or does she break out her personal calls, or how's

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  1  that done?
  2                 A:   No, she just initials the whole bill.
  3                 Q:   All right.  Now, just so we're clear
  4  about this, what has the Mayor's office turned over to
  5  the City to date?
  6                 A:   We've turned over many things.  We've
  7  turned over, as I indicated previously, all of the mail
  8  logs from 1999 to 2004 approximately, that mentioned the
  9  key words we were asked to search for.
 10                 Q:   Mm-hm.
 11                 A:   We have turned over phone calls that
 12  we currently maintain electronically on the system, again
 13  citing the specific words we were asked to choose.
 14                 Q:   Mm-hm.
 15                 A:   We have turned over all of our files
 16  pertaining to Enersource that have been in storage, so
 17  we're probably going back eight (8) to ten (10) years.
 18  So those have physically been turned over.  We have also
 19  turned over all of our Enersource files for the years
 20  2009 and '10, because they were physically located at the
 21  time in our office.
 22                 Q:   Enersource or WCD?
 23                 A:   Enersource.
 24                 Q:   All right.
 25                 A:   Anything to do with WCD would have

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  1  been put in the Enersource file, because we use subject
  2  files.
  3                 We also have turned over all working
  4  papers from both myself and the Mayor pertaining to
  5  anything to do with Enersource.
  6                 Q:   All right.  If -- if we're looking
  7  for the resolution of the action between WCD, which is
  8  the company that either is or isn't owned by Peter
  9  McCallion and OMERS, if we're looking for anything having
 10  to do with that, what files would we find it in, do you
 11  think?
 12                 A:   Most likely those would be in the
 13  Enersource files, because our -- our entire history of --
 14  at least since I've been there in the Mayor's office --
 15  has always been subject driven.  So anything relating to
 16  a subject, regardless of who it's from, would be placed
 17  in a subject file.
 18                 Q:   Now, is there a Sheridan College
 19  file?
 20                 A:   Yes.
 21                 Q:   Right.  Having to do with the
 22  proposed -- well, not the proposed -- the new campus
 23  that's going in in the centre of Mississauga; there's a
 24  file --
 25                 A:   We've had a --

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  1                 Q:   -- for that purpose?
  2                 A:   We've had a Sheridan College file for
  3  many years, not specifically for that purpose.  We've
  4  always just had a Sheridan College file.
  5                 Q:   All right.  Now do you know whether
  6  the 2009 Sheridan College files have been turned over to
  7  the City?
  8                 A:   No, because I was not requested to do
  9  so.
 10                 Q:   All right.  Well, I might as well
 11  make that request now, I think.
 12                 A:   Of course.
 13                 Q:   And I take -- my friend to my right
 14  here and I can take it up offline as it were.
 15                 And have you been given any instruction by
 16  the Mayor with respect to cooperation with the Inquiry?
 17                 A:   She has asked me, as always, to be
 18  fully cooperative.
 19                 Q:   All right.  Now, I want to ask this
 20  question:  Given some of the media the last day, has the
 21  Mayor ever given you an instruction to shred anything or
 22  to destroy any document?
 23                 A:   No, she would never do something like
 24  that.  I, on my own, I will acknowledge, have, on
 25  occasion, had to shred something, but it's pertaining,

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  1  you know, with our office.  And if you want, I can give
  2  you an example of that.
  3                 Just within the last couple of days we
  4  were given new confidential phone directories from our
  5  Communications Division on the instruction that we
  6  destroy the old ones.
  7                 Q:   Right.
  8                 A:   And, also, I'm ver --
  9                 Q:   And -- and when -- you've given me an
 10  example, as well, of -- of when you destroy documents in
 11  the ordinary course at the end of a year --
 12                 A:   Mm-hm.
 13                 Q:   -- for example?
 14                 A:   But those aren't shredded.  They're
 15  just simply placed in a recycling bin and thrown out.
 16  They're not shredded.
 17                 Q:   Right.  And since the Inquiry was
 18  announced, has any instruction been given to you to
 19  destroy any documents which had anything to do with the
 20  Inquiry?
 21                 A:   No.
 22                 Q:   All right.  Just a moment.
 23
 24                       (BRIEF PAUSE)
 25

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  1                 Q:   If you know, and you might not, why
  2  is the -- the WCD land transaction and the Sheridan
  3  College land transaction -- we'll deal with first half of
  4  my question.  Why is the WCD transaction placed in the
  5  Enersource file?
  6                 A:   I can only -- I -- my response to you
  7  previously was I can only assume that it would be because
  8  it has come to pass that it was related.
  9                 Q:   Related in the sense that they're
 10  both subject of -- of the Inquiry.
 11                 A:   Right.
 12                 Q:   But without looking, you don't know
 13  whether one was -- was a --
 14                 A:   No, I would have to look through the
 15  files.
 16                 Q:   Okay, just so my question's clear and
 17  your answer's clear; you don't know without looking
 18  whether the WCD documents, in fact, would be in the
 19  Enersource file.
 20                 A:   Right.
 21                 Q:   All right.  Fair enough.  Thank you.
 22  Those are my questions for you.
 23                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
 24  you.  Ms. Wynne, do you have any questions?
 25                 Ms. Kristjanson...?

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  1                 MS. FREYA KRISTJANSON:   No, thank you.
  2                 MS. TRACY WYNNE:   No, Mr. Commissioner,
  3  no, thank you.
  4                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
  5  you.
  6                 MS. FREYA KRISTJANSON:   Oh, actually, I
  7  did remember one (1) question, sorry.
  8                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   All
  9  right.
 10
 11  CROSS-EXAMINATION BY FREYA KRISTJANSON:
 12                 Q:   I did want to clarify.  Ms. Horvat,
 13  you stated that you've been working with the Mayor for
 14  approximately twenty (20) years.
 15                 A:   Yes.
 16                 Q:   Who are you employed by?
 17                 A:   I'm employed by the Corporation and
 18  the City of Mississauga.
 19                 Q:   So you are not directly or personally
 20  employed by the Mayor's political staff?
 21                 A:   No, the Mayor does not have any
 22  political staff.
 23                 Q:   Thank you.

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS DESTRUCTION WEEK APRIL 23-27 2007.

Citizen reporter/activist requests (and receives) permission to videotape Mississauga Judicial Inquiry

March 13th, 2010  

Well, Donald Barber won a victory for citizen-journalism on Friday, March 12, 2010 when he stood up before the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry and requested to be allowed to videotape the proceedings.

A small BIG victory for Alternate Media.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion's secretary, Carol Horvat (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry March 12, 2010) PHOTO: DON BARBER

So what follows is a cut-and-paste of the exchange (from the March 12, 2010 transcript provided at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry website)

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  4                 MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY
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  9  Before:        Associate Chief Mr. Justice J. Douglas
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 20                    Provincial Offence Court
 21                       Mississauga, Ontario
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  1                        APPEARANCES
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  3  William McDowell                  )Commission Counsel
  4  Naomi Loewith                     )
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  6  Freya Kristjanson                 )For Mayor Hazel McCallion
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  8  Brian Gover      (np)            ) For Peter McCallion
  9  Lusia Ritacca    (np)            )
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 11  Clifford Lax, Q.C. (np)           )For City of Mississauga
 12  Tracy Wynne                       )
 13  James Renihan                     )
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 15  Michael Barrack                  )For OMERS
 16  John Finnigan  (np)               )
 17  James Roks     (np)               )
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 19  Alan Mark (np)                    )For Enersource
 20  Kelly Friedman   (np)            )
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 22  Don Jack         (np)            ) For 157 Square One
 23  Adam Goodman     (np)            )
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  5  CAROL HORVAT, Sworn
  6   Examination-in-chief by Mr. William McDowell              16
  7   Cross-Examination by Ms. Freya Kristjanson                33
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  3  1              Terms of reference                         15
  4  2              Carol Horvat's documents                   16
  5  3              Affidavit of Sean Acheampong               34
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  1  --- Upon commencing at 10:06 a.m.
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  3                 THE COURT CLERK:   All rise.  Please be
  4  seated.
  5                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Good
  6  morning.  Mr. McDowell, I know, before we begin the
  7  matter that brings us here today, there are some
  8  preliminary issues that we should probably discuss.
  9                 MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:   Right.  Yes,
 10  Commissioner, the first one is the presence of various
 11  media in the room.  For the information of counsel and
 12  anyone spectating, we will have a media room set up when
 13  the hearings proper begin; we just don't have that set up
 14  yet.  And once we have that established, we will have a
 15  single source medial feed which goes into the next room
 16  and maybe carried on -- on television.  So in other
 17  words, we'll have one (1) camera, and then the other
 18  media will watch in that room.  We have two (2) cameras
 19  now because we haven't yet made that arrangement.
 20                 Now, it was drawn to our attention that
 21  last day, unbeknownst to us, there was someone taking
 22  video in the courtroom which was then place on a blog on
 23  the internet, and whatever the merits -- or demerits of
 24  doing that are, we hadn't realized that.  And it has not
 25  been the ordinary practice of inquiries to allow anyone

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  1  who wants to to come in with a camera and take either
  2  still photos or video.  In fact, there's been a practice
  3  of -- of recognizing accredited media.
  4                 So this morning we have Mr. Don Barber in
  5  court.  He's been very candid with us that he intends to
  6  film the proceedings, or video the proceedings, and/or
  7  take still photos.  And I've raised the concern with him
  8  that I expect that you would want to follow the ordinary
  9  practice, which is to recognize accredited media.  He has
 10  indicated that he doesn't agree with that approach, and
 11  I've told him that if he wishes to address you briefly,
 12  he could do that.
 13                 Mr. Barber...?
 14                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Mr.
 15  Barber, good morning.
 16                 MR. DON BARBER:   Good morning, Sir.  I've
 17  been a citizen reporter for a number of years; I have a
 18  website, The Democratic Reporter.  I've been reporting on
 19  a number of things.  It's not really a blog site.  And
 20  it's -- I always put it up on YouTube.
 21                 I was using a little tiny camera, this one
 22  right here, to do the video, and I was doing it rather
 23  openingly out there, and the court reporter even noted it
 24  halfway through, and so I was, you know, not hiding
 25  anything of any nature.

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  1                 As the -- the attorney did mention, that
  2  there is no media site set up at this point in time, and
  3  as far as I know there's no complaint as to regards to
  4  what or how it was posted, altered, or anything like
  5  that, so it's an accurate record.
  6                 I would raise some questions in regards to
  7  accredited media.  In this day and age, what exactly is
  8  that supposed to mean, and what are -- why would you go
  9  with a so-called accredited media?  Like, why -- why are
 10  they going to be given these privileges and other people
 11  who are in the community and serving the community's
 12  interest are not going to be allowed equal opportunity?
 13  I'm not here to create a fuss or cause a disturbance; I
 14  didn't last time.
 15                 And also, as a person who has been
 16  inspired by your words last time, in regards to the
 17  fairness of funding to parties before the courts and
 18  whatnot, I too have -- following a similar path with my
 19  particular circumstances with the City of Mississauga and
 20  the Region of Peel.
 21                 So, I would ask for the opportunity to
 22  discreetly make occasional picture, do some video with
 23  the small camera which doesn't cause any disturbance, and
 24  generally record the -- the proceedings for reporting
 25  purposes and my own efforts at trying to seek funding

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  1  from the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel.
  2                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
  3  you.
  4                 Mr. McDowell...?
  5                 MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:   Well, Mr. Barber
  6  is right, that the distinction between the traditional
  7  media and ordinary citizens, or bloggers, is becoming
  8  blurred, and the Supreme Court of Canada in the Grant v.
  9  Torstar case recently addressed that, but nothing in that
 10  decision or any other authority -- authority of which I'm
 11  aware addresses the issue of whether the distinction has
 12  been completely obliterated.  It may have been blurred
 13  for liability purposes, but I say that you're still
 14  entitled to -- to say that you will treat accredited
 15  media differently than anyone who happens to come into a
 16  courtroom with a camera.
 17                 And I am respectful of the notion of
 18  citizen journalism, but it cannot be that we face the
 19  prospect of having ten (10) cameras in the courtroom,
 20  because it would be difficult to say yes to Mr. Barber
 21  and no to anyone else who -- who approached you on the
 22  same footing.
 23                 So there -- there may well be an issue
 24  there, but for -- for the present purposes, I think you
 25  should resolve it by not permitting Mr. Barber to take

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  1  images.
  2                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
  3  you.  Any other counsel wish to speak to this matter?
  4
  5                       (BRIEF PAUSE)
  6
  7                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Mr.
  8  Barber, what is it that -- I didn't frankly notice you at
  9  all the last time we were here.  I gather you were here,
 10  but I -- I -- I didn't notice you.  What -- what is it
 11  that you wish to do today?
 12                 MR. DON BARBER:   Well, yesterday I was
 13  asked to come here because Ursula Kent-Bennett -- the
 14  name would be familiar to you; she is -- was called by
 15  the Commission --
 16                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Yes.
 17                 MR. DON BARBER:   -- to present evidence -
 18  - because she could not be here, or be there, and she --
 19  I don't see her in the audience today either -- she asked
 20  me to come here and make a record of what was going on so
 21  that she could attend to her ailing parents.  And I'm
 22  prepared to do the same thing for her again today.
 23                 I was right over there in the corner, and
 24  I moved over the lectern and put my hat down and then put
 25  the camera on top of it.  And, as you noted, I was not

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  1  disturbing anybody or making any particular presentation
  2  that would interfere with the court's activities.
  3                 As regards to anybody coming up here and
  4  taking pictures, I'm -- I am in a bit of a different
  5  class.  Yes, things are getting a little bit blurred, but
  6  I do have a history of years of -- as a citizen reporter,
  7  not as a blogger, per se, and I would ask that there be
  8  this discretion granted to people, and I do share it with
  9  Ursula, and she has been, as far as I know, making a
 10  meaningful contribution to this committee.
 11                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   And
 12  that would involve, I take it, taping the proceeding, is
 13  that right?
 14                 MR. DON BARBER:   Taping.  I have a little
 15  video taper.  This thing here can make images like --
 16  have you seen what was on YouTube?
 17                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   No.
 18  No.
 19                 MR. DON BARBER:   Okay.  She actually did
 20  the edited -- editing on that, and there's two (2) items
 21  up there.  And so --
 22                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Well --
 23                 MR. DON BARBER:   I have a camera over
 24  there just to make the occasional still picture.
 25                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Yes.

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  1  All right.  Well --
  2                 MR. DON BARBER:   Non-flash.
  3                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:    Pardon
  4  me?
  5                 MR. DON BARBER:   Non-flash.
  6                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:    Non-
  7  flash, all right.  Well, thank you, Mr. Barber.  Have a
  8  seat.
  9                 As the Inquiry Commissioner, it is clearly
 10  within my power to set out the terms of media coverage so
 11  that witnesses, counsel, the media, and, of course, the
 12  public are -- fully understand the expectations.
 13                 Before we begin the evidentiary stage of
 14  this Inquiry, I intend to formulate some terms of
 15  reference, with respect to media coverage, which will be
 16  posted on the commission website.
 17                 It has been traditionally the practice
 18  only to permit accredited media representatives to record
 19  the proceedings, subject, of course, to the terms that I
 20  will be setting out, and, usually, no other forms or
 21  means of recording, or re-broadcasting, or photography,
 22  are permitted beyond those set out in the terms that I
 23  expect I will be establishing very soon.
 24                 I'm going to take your submissions under
 25  advisement, Mr. Barber.  It is Barber, is it?

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  1                 MR. DON BARBER:   Yes.
  2                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Mr.
  3  Barber.  And when I'm formulating the terms of reference
  4  for the evidentiary portion of the Inquiry, I will take
  5  into account the submissions you have made, but I think
  6  for the purposes of today I'm going to permit you to do
  7  as you did the last time.  That doesn't guarantee you
  8  that that will continue, but I will certainly consider
  9  what you have said today when I formulate the terms with
 10  respect to media coverage.
 11                 MR. DON BARBER:   Thank you very much,
 12  Sir.
I too intend on making a submission to Commissioner Cunningham regarding the need to allow citizen-bloggers to videotape the proceedings.

Signed,
The (Bottomline, Traditional Media is failing us!) Mississauga Muse

PEEL POLICE FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR CONSTABLE ARTEM JAMES OCHAKOVSKY #3382 (March 9, 2010) video and photos

March 9th, 2010  

PEEL POLICE FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR CONSTABLE ARTEM JAMES OCHAKOVSKY #3382 (March 9, 2010)

Video: PEEL POLICE FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR CONSTABLE ARTEM JAMES OCHAKOVSKY #3382 (March 9, 2010)

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

PEEL POLICE FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR CONSTABLE ARTEM JAMES OCHAKOVSKY #3382 (March 9, 2010) RCMP ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE

Video: PEEL POLICE FUNERAL PROCESSION. RCMP PAY TRIBUTE TO CONSTABLE ARTEM JAMES OCHAKOVSKY (March 9, 2010)

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

Video: ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE and TORONTO POLICE SERVICES pay tribute to PEEL POLICE CONSTABLE (March 9, 2010)

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

TORONTO POLICE SERVICES pay tribute Peel Constable Artem James Ochakovsky #3382

TORONTO POLICE SERVICES pay tribute Peel Constable Artem James Ochakovsky #3382

Too bad the weather didn’t cooperate. It was sunny and warmed with promise of Spring.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE FUNERAL PROCESSION. PEEL POLICE pay tribute to their friend and colleague Peel Constable Artem James Ochakovsky #3382

HAZEL MCCALLION HOARDS EMAIL STASH ON COUNCILLORS –yet FEW DOCUMENTS FOR JUDICIAL INQUIRY? (video)

March 8th, 2010  

Yes, Hazel McCallion apparently hoards an impressive stash of emails on her Councillors but looks to be falling “surprisingly” short providing documents to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. (Who’d have thunk it?)

So. Time for a video duet of sorts —our first Barber/Bennett production.

A BIG BROTHER spoof that weaves Donald Barber’s video of the March 4, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry proceedings with MISSISSAUGAWATCH video of the February 3, 2010 Mississauga General Committee meeting showing Mayor Hazel McCallion at her Big Sister best as she talks about BIG BROTHER surveillance.

And, of course, the video transcript.

TRUST  QUALITY  EXCELLENCE!  Giddy-yup!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION’S HOARDS EMAIL STASH ON COUNCILLORS –yet FEW DOCUMENTS FOR JUDICIAL INQUIRY? (2:28 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

In my opinion, you don’t have to worry about monitoring if you’re doing the right thing. If the Staff of the City is following the Policy, the policies of the City, then they shouldn’t have to worry about it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH comments into camera (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

That’s riiiiight…

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

And that applies to Council as well. If we’re using the equipment as we should then we won’t have to worry.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I have a pile of emails —written stuff, that would make your hair curl. Emails between Councillors etc.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

There has been an issue which has arisen concerning the practice followed by the Mayor’s office in the retention of documents.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I have a pile of emails —written stuff, that would make your hair curl. Emails between Councillors etc.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

—we have a concern in that we received correspondence on the 26th of February which indicated that, in a number of areas, the Mayor really doesn’t retain documents.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I just want to comment. I’d assume, Councillor Parrish, you have a copy of the emails that you’ve sent to me.

Oh.

I just want to ask you, have you kept a copy of the emails that you’ve sent to me? No?

Well, I have copies of them.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

—that with respect to electronic correspondence, letters FAX and emails,

“Once emails are printed off they are deleted from the system. They aren’t archived. The Mayor doesn’t use email. All email sent to the Mayor’s email account are opened and read by the Mayor’s executive assistant and are given to the Mayor either directly or through daily mail log. The Mayor’s office does not keep electronic copies of any emails or responses.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I have a pile of emails —written stuff, that would make your hair curl. Emails between Councillors etc.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

Hard copies of general mail items are kept for a couple of years in storage and then destroyed.

So, I am not immediately critical of that but what I do say is that it’s a little bit surprising to us as Commissioner Counsel and that we are proposing to have some evidence on that issue.

CROSSFADE/LOGO

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The (plot sickens) Mississauga Muse

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA "RECORDS ACTION WEEK" (aka: DELETE THOUSANDS OF "OBSOLETE" RECORDS)

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE: “This morning it is with deep sadness that I announce the on-duty death of Constable Artem James Otchakovski of 21 Division, G-Platoon” –Police Chief Metcalf

March 3rd, 2010  

Peel Regional Police Constable Artem (James) Otchakovski, 36  March 3, 2010

Peel Police – MEDIA INVITE – PRESS CONFERENCE Officer Succumbs to Injuries as a result of Collision

March 2, 2010

Brampton – Peel Regional Police will be hosting a press conference to update the media, regarding the passing of an officer who was critically injured in a collision.

On Monday, March 1, 2010, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a marked Peel Regional Police cruiser was involved in a collision with another vehicle in the intersection of Airport Road and Steeles Avenue East. Chief Mike Metcalf will be addressing the media on the loss of this officer.

This is video of Peel Police Chief Metcalf’s tragic announcement followed by the video transcript.

PEEL POLICE CHIEF MIKE METCALF, "We have suffered a great loss” March 3, 2010

Video: PEEL POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE “Officer Succumbs to Injuries as a result of Collision” March 3, 2010 (3:30 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

PEEL POLICE SPOKESPERSON:

Thank you ladies and gentlemen.

Chief Metcalf is present today to speak about the loss of one of our officers in a tragic motor vehicle collision that occurred on Monday, March 1st. Please remember that the incident is still under investigation and that as a result, Chief Metcalf will be restricted as to what he can actually say about  those circumstances. Chief?

PEEL POLICE CHIEF MIKE METCALF:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for coming. I have with me on the podium, the Chairman of our Police Services Board, Mr. Emil Kolb and to his right is Mr. Jim Murray, our Vice Chair.

We have suffered a great loss.

This morning it is with deep sadness that I announce the on-duty death of Constable Artem James Otchakovski of 21 Division, G-Platoon. And I have also have Superintendent Steve Wollaston, the Divisional Commander —21 Division.

Constable Otchakovski passed away at 9 o’clock last night, surrounded by his family and his colleagues. He is survived by his wife, Erin and three-year-old son.

Constable Otchakovski joined Peel Regional Police in 2008. He was assigned to 21 Division at that time.

On Monday, March 1st at approximately 11 pm, Constable Otchakovski, on his way to assist another officer in a non-emergency situation, was involved in a motor vehicle collision at Steeles Avenue, east of Airport Road.

Other officers attended the scene. Fire and Emergency personnel also attended. James was then transported to Brampton Civic Hospital before being transferred to Sunnybrook

Investigation into the accident is conducted by our Major Collision Bureau and I can’t comment on the investigation at this time.

Our chaplain, along with peer support staff, members of the chief’s management group and the Peel Regional Police Association have been with James’s family and platoon colleagues since the accident, and we will continue to offer support.

The coming days will be difficult for us. We prepare to pay tribute to a fine young officer who cared for his family and served his community with pride. The loss of one of our own is a tragedy that affects all of us, but we can rely on the strength of our entire police family and the community to cope with the grief.

We have many support services in place to help our officers and civilian support staff cope with what has happened.

The many men and women of the Peel Regional Police, as they deal with this tragedy, will continue to serve the citizens of Peel as we always do, and I ask that you keep James’ family, friends and colleagues in your prayers.

And I’ll answer any questions…

TRANSCRIPT ENDS

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS flags half-mast  March 3, 2010

UPDATE THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2010 8:35 pm. Peel Regional Police left the following on Facebook.

To members of Peel Regional Police
Shane Roach March 4 at 5:50pm Reply

Funeral:

The Police Funeral for Constable Artem “James” Ochakovsky will be held as follows:

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga [map]

Visitation:

Where: Turner and Porter Funeral Home

2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga [map]

When: Monday, March 8, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 8, 2010
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

On Monday, March 1, 2010, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Constable Artem “James” OCHAKOVSKY, while operating a marked police cruiser, was involved in a two-vehicle collision in the intersection of Airport Road and Steeles Avenue East. Constable OCHAKOVSKY was taken to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with critical injuries, where, despite the hospital staff’s best efforts, he succumbed to his injuries.

Constable Artem “James” OCHAKOVSKY was a two-year veteran of Peel Regional Police. He had been assigned to the Uniform Bureau at 21 Division, where he operated in a patrol function in the City of Brampton. He is survived by his wife and 3 year-old son.

A trust fund in support of Constable Ochakovsky’s family has been established with TD Canada Trust. Donations can be made at any TD Canada Trust branch. Cheque or direct deposits should be made out to “In Trust for the Family of James Ochakovsky”. The account number is: 0159-6529108.

For funeral related inquires please contact us at (905) 453-2121, ext. #4033 or at 1-888-660-6068. If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

And from the Peel Regional Police website

Condolence Information

Those who wish to express their condolences to the family and friends of Constable Artem “James” Ochakovsky #3382 can do so by e-mail at condolences@peelpolice.ca

A book of condolences will also be available at the following Peel Police facilities;

11 Division – located at 3030 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga

12 Division – located at 4600 Dixie Road, Mississauga

21 Division – located at 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton

22 Division – located at 7750 Hurontario Street, Brampton

Airport Division – located at 2951 Convair Drive, Mississauga

Emil V. Kolb Centre for Police Excellence – located at 180 Derry Road, Mississauga