G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE” (The Black Bloc… certainly had their say!)

June 27th, 2010  

The Black Bloc… certainly had their say!

YouTube Video, G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE”…” 4:34 min

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

G20 TORONTO GRAFFITI "CLASS WAR ALL AROUND"

G20 TORONTO GRAFFITI “CLASS WAR ALL AROUND”

G20 GRAFFITI "FUCK THE BANKS" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “FUCK THE BANKS” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "PEOPLE OVER PROFIT" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “PEOPLE OVER PROFIT” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "CULTURE OF DEATH" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “CULTURE OF DEATH” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "FUCK CORP.  GREED!" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “FUCK CORP. GREED!” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "BOMB THE BANKS" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)
G20 GRAFFITI “BOMB THE BANKS” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "MAKE THE RICH PAY" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “MAKE THE RICH PAY” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

UPDATE  Monday, June 28, 2010. Someone just subscribed to me over at YouTube. When that happens I always check out their channel to see if I want to subscribe back. Found this and several other videos. He shot this video on the front line that was approaching the front lines of police. The video has the subtitle, “Mississauga Truth Movement”. He now has a new subscriber.

You really need to watch this video of what I suspect was the Saturday night protest.  A Mississauga youth on the front lines! Please click here to see all of Mississauga Truth Movement’s channel

YouTube Video, G20 Queen West “Horse Shit!” ” 2:56 min

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

UPDATE  June 29, 2010  Photo from CTV of the graffiti clean up. Yesterday afternoon I returned to Bay and King to see how long it took Toronto to remove the graffiti that I had documented. All gone save ghost images. Except the graffiti on the Bank of Montreal windows. Couldn’t document their removal. No windows!

A Toronto city worker spreads a cleaning solution over a sidewalk spray-painted with 'class war' along Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Sunday, June 27, 2010, following riots the night before during the G20 Summit. (AP / Carolyn Kaster)

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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G20 Toronto videos. Police cars set on fire and TRASHED at Bay and King –plus G20 graffiti “CLASS WAR ALL AROUND”

June 27th, 2010  

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto Video Eyewitness: Before the Storm –Police prep the Riot Gear ” 4:13 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto (PART 1) Video Eyewitness: Police cars set on fire then TRASHED at Bay and King ” 9:42 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto (PART 2) Video Eyewitness: Police cars set on fire at Bay and King ” 6:24 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto (PART 3) Police cars burn at Bay and King –Crowd cleared for Fire Department (6:26 min)

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

YouTube Video, G20 TORONTO: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN RIOT GEAR ” 0:55 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto. YouTube-generation air guitarist poses for souvenir photo with police-in-riot-gear ” 0:55 min

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

And (no surprise) plenty of graffiti made its debut. “FUCK THE BANKS”, “BOMB THE BANKS”, “CLASS WAR ALL AROUND”, “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…

G20 GRAFFITI "CLASS WAR ALL AROUND"

Signed,

The (Loved the air guitarist) Mississauga Muse

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM A (perceptive) YOUTH THROUGH YOUTUBE

UPDATE: June 27, 2010. A reader complained that I had turned over the Blog too quickly today and that the videos have disappeared. She suggested that I dedicate a page to hold all G20 videos. So this is it.  What’s interesting is while this G20 graffiti video went up several hours later than any of the others, this one now has the most hits —and comments.

YouTube Video, G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE”…” 4:34 min

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

UPDATE Monday, June 28, 2010. Someone just subscribed to me over at YouTube. When that happens I always check out their channel to see if I want to subscribe back. Found this and several other videos. He shot this video on the front line that was approaching the front lines of police. The video has the subtitle, “Mississauga Truth Movement”. He now has a new subscriber.

You really need to watch this video of what I suspect was the Saturday night protest. A Mississauga youth on the front lines! Please click here to see all of Mississauga Truth Movement’s channel

YouTube Video, G20 Queen West “Horse Shit!” ” 2:56 min

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Mississauga graffiti wall removed –and graffiti artists/taggers adapt new strategy

June 22nd, 2010  

It’s funny how things work out…

I can’t even count the number of Peel Youth Violence Prevention Working Group and Steering Committee meetings I’ve sat in on since their inaugural March 2007. Then there was observing four (bogus) Mississauga Youth Plan meetings. And sitting in on Peel Regional Council meetings when the Peel Youth Charter or youth issues were on the agenda. And myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy but the adults talked. And talked. And talked.

But the very youth that the politicians and bureaucraPs were entrusted to help just never showed. Indeed, in the case of the City of Mississauga, steps were taken to ensure that “bad youth” had better think twice if they wanted their say. You know, the two percent youth that Hazel McCallion does not consider “good youth”.  The “two percent” youth that our public institutions loathe.

As readers know I began studying Brampton/Mississauga graffiti back in April 2009. Since then I’ve compiled hundreds of photographs and many hours of videotape. I will never post the majority of the material because I know the images can be used as evidence against a graffer or tagger should he ever get caught.

Researching graffiti absolutely catapulted my understanding of the “bad youth” that our public institutions prefer didn’t exist.

Oh, but what a researcher can learn from graffiti and tags! You get this new way of seeing —and you’re richer for it.

I find myself touring Mississauga examining walls and fences and surfaces, thinking, “Now there’s prime real estate for a tag. I wonder why there isn’t one…” Best of all this study of graffiti has taught me to see the City as no middle class muddler can hope to. With such clarity! Graffiti is Real!

I’ve learned a lot about graffiti through the simple act of documenting it. But the true insights into the world of the graffer/tagger come through direct email via YouTube. What I feel blessed about is that graffers took a chance to contact me. To tip me off to graffiti locations.  To explain the symbols, the language. But mostly to teach me the psychology of their sub-culture  —the adrenalin rush of a successful night out with their  graffiti crew.

Which brings us to…

Last week one of our graffiti study sites was obliterated. Some grafs at this location had “08” for dates suggesting they had been up for almost two years. Why the Big Erase now? I suspect it’s got to do with MUNICIPAL ELECTION TIME.  Either way —gone.

As of today we’re starting a new tradition. Whenever one of our graffiti study sites goes down, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will document its demise for the record. We’ll also “resurrect” BEFORE pics/video of what the graffiti and tags had looked like. That way these youth graffiti-voices aren’t completely lost.

So. Here’s the video. Followed by transcript.

YouTube Video, “MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED: Comparative (Before Erase. May 27, 2009. After Erase. June 19, 2010)” 3:11 min

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at our study site after graffiti was removed June 19, 2010):

It is June the 19th, 2010  and this is the —what’s left of the graffiti wall here at the past the .

I had documented the graffiti here. It’s been erased. Gone. As has a lot of the material at the front. And what’s interesting is, this week —say Monday/Tuesday, Councillor Nando Iannicca sent out a Councillor’s Report that had a rather prominent little column on graffiti.

And, gosh, it wasn’t two days after that I noticed the graffiti that had been here for a long, long time had been erased.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Photos and video clips of  what the graffiti looked like back on May 27, 2009.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) 090527

Click here for a larger (1024 x 395) version.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) "HIGH TIL I DIE" 090527

Click here for a larger (768 x 1024) version.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) 090527

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And two Before and Afters.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED location undisclosed (comparison) "HACR" (Before April 13 2010. After June 19 2010.)

Click here for a larger (1024 x 618) version.

And of course…

"MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED location undisclosed (comparison) Before May 27 2009. Then April 14 2010. And after removal June 19 2010.
Click here for a larger (640 x 960) version.

Funny. The May 2009 footage represents the first record I have of MIOH/MYOH and I only discovered that during the preparation of this video! Note too the few additions between May 2009 and April 2010. That means both HACR and MYOH got nailed at this site!

I can tell you this. Removal in no way discouraged them. On the same day I discovered this graffiti site removed, I noticed HACR and MYOH in several new locations. It’s very very clear that they learned a lesson though —and adapted accordingly!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "After a graffiti wall was removed in June 2010, Mississauga graffiti artists, HACR and MYOH quickly adapt and implement a new strategy"

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry sheds light into Enersource, Borealis, OMERS, a sneaked-in veto clause –and David O’Brien

June 18th, 2010  

We present the video, complete with transcript.

YouTube Video, “Mississauga Judicial Inquiry shines light on ENERSOURCE’s Public Pretend, Pretend, Pretend…” (5:11 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Music: Chicken Dance

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Yup, okay, come forward quickly, if you wouldn’t mind. They’re going to close the TV off at eleven o’clock so—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Perfect.

There’s one, like really pressing question that I have. It has to do with that famous contract and the change and everything else. And it has to do with Accountability.

And my question is, where is the former City Manager, David O’Brien? Why wasn’t he here? Why have Mississaugans have to be dependent on He-Said/She-Said and everyone else’s memory?

Did David O’Brien ever offer to come in here and clear things up?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

No. He didn’t offer, nor was he invited.

[CROSS ZOOM TO MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY LOGO]

Music: I Don’t Remember by Peter Gabriel

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Can we have Mr. O’Brien sworn, please.

COURT CLERK,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

—the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you, God?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

I do.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010 ):

Mr. O’Brien, you became the City Manager at Mississauga in 1995?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

That’s correct.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010 ):

Now, just back up before then. Where were you before you were City Manager at Mississauga or what were you before?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010 ):

I started my career in 1974 in the City of Sudbury, my home town. I started working as the Mayor’s executive assistant, as a matter of fact. In 1981, became the City Manager of Sudbury. In 1983, I went to become the Chief Administrative Officer of the region of Ottawa/Carleton. In 1987, I became the City Manager of the City of Gloucester in Ottawa when it was still a region.

And in 1989, I became the City Manager of the City of Ottawa. And then in 1995, I came to be the City Manager of the City of Mississauga.
So my — my — thirty (30) years of my career were spil — spent in the municipal public service.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

— before I answer I should just make a broad statement. I haven’t been involved in this process for some ten (10) years, so I’ve —

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010 ):

No, understood.

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

— my memory is not going to be as good as it would be on something that I might have done last week, at the best.

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Did David O’Brien ever offer to come in here and clear things up?

[CROSS ZOOM]

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

I’m sorry, Mr. McDowell, I don’t re — I don’t recall who that buyer was.

[PUSH SLIDE]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Um, do you remember this memo?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

I — I don’t. I — it was one of the memos that you gave me in our — one of our interviews. I don’t remember it up until that point in time.

[PUSH SLIDE]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

–I take it it follows that you don’t remember the system that — that you set up?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

I — I don’t. I can assure you if Hazel McCallion asked me to set up a system, I did it. I just don’t remember it.

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Did David O’Brien ever offer to come in here and clear things up?

[CROSS ZOOM]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

You don’t have any recollection at this point, of having worked with staff to set up a system?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

No.

[PUSH SLIDE]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

And how often would you be in discussions with Mr. Nobrega?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Oh, I can’t remember specifically how often, but as we got near the end it would have been a couple of times a week, I’d say, easily.

[PUSH SLIDE]

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Yes, I do recall discussing this with Mr. Nobrega.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

All right, when?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Um. Around this time. I can’t pinpoint the day, but I remember him talking to me about that,

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Did David O’Brien ever offer to come in here and clear things up?

[CROSS ZOOM]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

In person or on the phone?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

I –I can’t recall.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

And would you have had this document, or a version of this document, in front of you when you’re talking to him?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

I can’t recall.

[PUSH SLIDE]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Now, do you remember whether the sequence went that you asked Mr. Nobrega — or Mr. Nobrega — that you spoke about this, and then you said to Mr. Houston, I have spoken and this is fine? Or did Mr. Houston tell you about this, and then you circled back with Mr. Nobrega?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

I — I don’t recall, but I assume for– if I can do that, what would have happened is Mr. Nobrega and I would have discussed it, and I would have said to Mr. Houston, This is a proposal from Borealis, OMERS, what do you think?

[PUSH SLIDE]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

And do you recall the discussion with Mr. Houston?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

No, I don’t. I’m sorry.

[PUSH SLIDE]

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

You — let’s just be clear about this. Do you recall asking him about the legal impediment, or is this just something that you would have done?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

This is something I would have done. As I said I — earlier, I — I assume that I would have done that — that — because that’s what I normally would have done.

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Did David O’Brien ever offer to come in here and clear things up?

[CROSS ZOOM]

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

–then as the 905 — 905 proposal didn’t work, and it didn’t work for — for — for a — a good reason, and a crazy reason.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Okay. The good reason is Bill 100 then becomes less attractive, I take it?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Right.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Okay. The crazy reason?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

There’s no way any Mayor of Mississauga is going to let Hazel McCallion run their utility.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Sorry. Any Mayor of a — another municipality?

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

Right, right.

MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL,  (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

All right.

MR. DAVID O’BRIEN (Former City Manager, former CEO Toronto Hydro, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, May 27, 2010):

So, that was the struggle, and I’m sorry to put it as bluntly as that, but that’s actually what the position was.

[CLOCK WIPE]

Music: Chicken Dance

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Did David O’Brien ever offer to come in here and clear things up?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

No. He didn’t offer, nor was he invited.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Enersource Pretend Public Meeting, January 22, 2009):

Okay, thank you, that’s one thing I wanted to know. And just to be clear, Borealis….

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

To be fair to all those involved, and especially to Mr. O’Brien, we present a link to Mississauga Judicial Inquiry – May 27 2010  coverage of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, before Justice J. Douglas Cunningham, Commissioner. Testimony: David O’Brien, former City Manager and first President and C.E.O. of Enersource.

And here’s a link to the May 27, 2010 court transcripts.

And to be fair once again, Mr. David O’Brien did admit responsibility (and I’ll simply cut-and-paste from the court transcript.

16                 Q:   If that's the concern, once the Put
 17  expires why is there justification for nevertheless
 18  having the language?
 19                 A:   I don't think that language should
 20  have stayed after the Put expired.
 21                 Q:   Right.
 22                 A:   I -- and I know it did stay and that
 23  was an oversight.
 24                 Q:   That was an oversight?
 25                 A:   Yeah.

474

  1                 Q:   And just to follow on, the time at
  2  which the City has leverage on that issue of the duration
  3  of two point one five (2.15) is at the beginning of the
  4  deal?
  5                 A:   I -- I'm sorry, would you repeat
  6  that.
  7                 Q:   The time when you've got leverage
  8  with the other party to the deal is before you conclude
  9  the deal?
 10                 A:   Yes, yes.
 11                 Q:   Right.  Because you can walk, just as
 12  Borealis can walk?
 13                 A:   Yes.
 14                 Q:   Right.  Now, I'm reluctant to ask
 15  this question, but when you say it's an oversight, whose
 16  oversight is it?
 17                 A:   Well, I was the city manager, I was
 18  the guy responsible for the negotiations, I have to take
 19  the ultimate responsibility.
 20                 Q:   Fair.
 21                 A:   But I could rely on -- on legal
 22  advice.
 23                 Q:   Okay.
 24                 A:   Okay?
 25                 Q:   No, no.  Fair enough.

475

  1                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Just so
  2  I understand, Mr. O'Brien, what you're saying is that
  3  once the Put expired, that provision giving Borealis, in
  4  the agreement, that vote, that should have been changed?
  5                 THE WITNESS:   I believe so, Your Honour.
  6                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   There's
  7  nothing in the agreement that said that that would happen
  8  when the Put expired?
  9                 THE WITNESS:   No, and that's the problem.
 10  I -- I agree that it should prob -- there probably should
 11  have been language in the agreement that said when the
 12  Put expired that supermajority or the --
 13                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:
 14  Supermajority.
 15                 THE WITNESS:   -- should -- should have
 16  changed.
 17                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   But
 18  there was no language in the agreement that said that?
 19                 THE WITNESS:   No, there wasn't.
 20                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   So, is
 21  that the oversight you're talking about?
 22                 THE WITNESS:   Yes.
 23                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   All
 24  right.
 25

THAT’S what Mississaugans should have gotten to see and hear back in that public “information” meeting of January 22, 2009.

And THAT’S why I call our city MYTHissauga. Seems the only way for anyone to get Truth out of a city employee is either to file Freedom of Information or better yet, call a Judicial Inquiry!

And I thought I should add this from a May 2000 Audit Committee meeting. In “Audit Recommendations” May 11, 2000 it states, “The Strategic Alliance Agreement, which governs the recapitalization of Hydro Mississauga, Mississauga Wiresco or Mississauga Retailco (as the case may be) on terms and conditions acceptable to the parties not later than July 1, 2000. Staff continue to work towards the completion of the agreement by the aforementioned deadline.”

In "Audit Recommendations" May 11, 2000 it states, "The Strategic Alliance Agreement, which governs the recapitalization of Hydro Mississauga, Mississauga Wiresco or Mississauga Retailco (as the case may be) on terms and conditions acceptable to the parties not later than July 1, 2000. Staff continue to work towards the completion of the agreement by the aforementioned deadline."

Now admittedly this had to do with streetlighting. But even back in May it’s clear that the Strategic Alliance was being “negotiated”.  And in all those months, it takes until December 4th for a “veto clause” to surface?

 21  So, on December the 4th, when you
 22  found out from Mr. Houston that he had received this
 23  blackline letter inserting or suggesting a negative veto,

That’s the other recurrent theme here at MISSISSAUGAWATCH. The number of times that the City (and I suspect many municipalities) wait until the busy Christmas shopping season to “get things done”.

Ho Ho Ho. Like I said, “dark comedy”…

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

P.S. Many thanks to the reader who noticed one huge error I made on the date of David O’Brien’s testimony. I had incorrectly referred to it as “June 27, 2009”. Yes, both month and year wrong, believe it or not. Rather it was May 27, 2010.

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

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Mississauga employees DUCT TAPINGS/SPANKINGS = “stern warning, letter of reprimand”. For us? “A MATTER FOR THE POLICE”

June 10th, 2010  

City of Mississauga employees —duct tapings, spankings and Human Resources gives “stern warning, letter of reprimand”?…

In today’s Blog we pull no punches. We make full use of the F-word. If you have problems seeing all four letters of it (appearing once), enjoy your day and we encourage you to return next blog.

Video: Mississauga employees DUCT TAPE? “stern warning, letter of reprimand” For us? “MATTER FOR  POLICE” (5:52 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

I’d like to know what would happen to me if I were caught by City Security standing over two people who were duct taped and lying on the ground lying face-to-face. And I’d like to know what the consequences would be to that. Through you, Madam Mayor, to the Commissioner of Community Services.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

Ah, City Manager, you— If you’re asking if duct taping or whatever it’s called, hazing etc is acceptable, according to the Policy of the City it is not acceptable. Okay? Anyway.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

Uh, Madam Mayor, you know, again, it’s difficult to respond to hypotheticals but, you know, these issues would matters for the police.

[REWIND REPEAT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

I’d like to know what would happen to me if I were caught by City Security standing over two people who were duct taped and lying on the ground lying face-to-face. And I’d like to know what the consequences would be to that.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

—you know, these issues would matters for the police.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010 prior to appearance Public Question Period):

City employees seem to be under the Respectful Workplace Policy. But if you or I or a kid were caught on City Property standing there in front of two people who were duct taped together lying side by side, this (“Zero Tolerance”) Policy would apply to us. And—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

I guess Staff go under the Respectful Workplace Policy but certainly if I were engaged in that kind of conduct, the Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy would apply. And I would be at the minimum be given thirty days.

And I’m just wondering why Staff, why this Policy wasn’t used instead of the Respectful Workplace Policy. Because specifically here, you investigated and there was apparently a stern warning, letter of reprimand, whereas what tends to happen with citizens —and again I do the research, right? Citizens, right away, there is no Option One that I can see. We get straight to Option Two. And we get banned for 30 days.

And that’s for things like loitering, skateboarding and I’m just wondering why the difference in the sort of the Two Rules, or two Policies, one applied to employees and this one applied, by the way, to 9-10 year old girls —immediately banned. And I just want to see what justification there might be for that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010 prior to appearance Public Question Period):

Here’s the reality. You take a look at that and the number of youth that are banned for 30 days for skateboarding, for loitering and —even arrested.

That’s how these people deal with youth and minors as young as well, as young as nine are banned immediately without parents being notified. Right here in the Mississauga Civic Centre. And they’re not just banned from this one place, they are banned from three facilities at once. The Civic Centre, the Living Arts Centre and Central Library.

But do these guys tell you that?

NO!

In the meantime you get City employees engaging in spankings, kinkfests, duct taping people up, putting them in a truck and sending them through the washbay, what happens? Frikkin’ letter of reprimand!

So City Staff, number one, they have this gentle Respectful Workplace Policy. You get a “stern warning”. You get a letter of reprimand. Life goes on.

In the meantime, you get youth and minors, what happens? They don’t have advocates! They don’t have a union to talk about them. There’s also, the City of Mississauga has something like three different stages to protect employees’ rights.

What does a kid have? A kid whose caught? Immediate banning, that’s it! There’s nothing else.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

Next question.

CBC RADIO CANADA (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

[inaudible] Radio Canada. I’m just wondering, as I understand it, the base of the decision to review the disciplinary measures that were taken against the supervisor were based on public response and the Council response.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010 prior to appearance Public Question Period):

You want to know the Root of Youth Violence?! It is HYPOCRISY like this! It is hypocrisy and evil like this because the kids I talk to say, “FUCK the System. That’s what’s happening all the time.”

[CROSS ZOOM to MUSIC]

–email from a youth received through YouTube

…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is
youth violence this is why there are guns on the
street and drugs in the hands of children the youth
are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT
there is no way to fix it because the people higher
up are sitting nice in their big leather chairs,
driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when
some people in this world have to work hard to get
by and even by doing so they get nothing, and after
they realize how hard they have to work to get by
they break down and no longer want to live life
being part of the system because they realize that
living life by the rules of the system gets you no
where because it is CORRUPT!


While City of Mississauga employees enjoy all manner of grievance/complaints procedures and protections, citizens, youth and minors received Registered Letters denying them the opportunity to complain

To read more, check out what Google serves up when you search for “Mississauga duct tape Council”

UPDATE: June 11, 2010. Ever wonder why if the City were truly taking Alex Juani’s complaint seriously that City of Mississauga Corporate Security and one of their 300-plus video surveillance cameras weren’t called in covertly?

Canadian Security Magazine (January 2007) says this about City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

With a history of suspicion around security, there’s one issue Hillis really feels strongly about standing his ground on and that is not providing video surveillance footage of employees to human resources unless it is part of a planned investigation.

“If they are stealing time, no we don’t; anything to do with time or labour — nothing like that. It has to be done officially as part of an investigation.

That raises a vital question. Was City Security (and video surveillance) requested by Human Resources to be officially part of an investigation? Or did City Staff go immediately to hiring an independent

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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