Mississauga’s Dowling House, home of Streetsville’s first mayor severely damaged “might have been a deliberate act”

August 29th, 2010  

From the Mississauga News:

Frank Dowling, who died in 1998, was born and raised in the bricked farmhouse, located at 2285 Britannia Rd. W. He’s renowned for being elected Streetsville’s first mayor when the village became a town in 1962.

Today it’s yet another Mississauga heritage house teetering on the brink.

We videotaped Sanford Farm’s destruction to construction.

We videotaped the demolition of the Gray House.

Sadly we present a new video —this time documenting the gaping hole in the heritage house of the first mayor of Streetsville (followed by the transcript).

Video: Mississauga’s Dowling Heritage House: severely damaged “might have been a deliberate act” (5:56 min)

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

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (videotaping in the parking lot of the Streetsville’s Dowling House, August 27, 2010):

It is Friday, August 27, 2010 and last Monday I was here looking at this car here, a white Dodge Charger. And we pulled up just to the other side of this truck and noticed this house.

And I thought, unh, looks like it’s slated for demolition, right? And I thought yet another piece of Mississauga —old Mississauga is gone.

And then yesterday, or the day before, in the Mississauga News, it was reported that this house isn’t just any old house, it is the house of the former mayor of Streetsville.

And on top of it, it wasn’t set for demolition, it was purposely destroyed, or well, I guess they’re hedging their bets and just calling it “apparently” done on purpose.

And what I’m doing now is I want to document this because you just never know when someone else is going to purposely back into it again and completely demolish it.

I was there for the Gray House. I documented Sanford properties being developed. And I thought, well, I might as well be here and take a look.

It was the house of a former mayor of Streetsville —I think sold in 1947 [sic. it was actually 1946]

Not sure too much about the details.

But it looks like first they used wood. This is kind of old construction for sure.

But you’re looking —we’re losing so much of the old Mississauga. In fact this would be even before there was a Mississauga!

And I think what we’ll do, until such time as we’re told to go away, we’ll just do a walk-around.

A mayor’s house.

SOMEONE ON SITE DOTH APPROACH:

Hi, Hello! Where are you from?

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (leaving the parking lot of the Streetsville’s Dowling House, August 27, 2010):

But anyway, over there was the white Dodge Charger that I really liked. Right in there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There’s that Dodge Charger that I was interested in. But it doesn’t have all the features that I want. So. Anyway, we’re safely out. See what? “WARNING”.

[CROSS FADE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (videotaping to the north of the Streetsville’s Dowling House, August 27, 2010):

And I’ve worked my way around the back. And there it is right there. There’s [sic] many ways of looking at a house. This is with High Definition. I have a much more powerful camera —it’s not as good quality but it’s got a 70 zoom.

It’s rather non-descript. Again that’s the back where the sales office is.

But it seems to be that somebody did not want that house. Probably interfered with their development scheme over here.

And behind, there’s all kinds of activity here too. And I’m not getting out of the car in case somebody comes. I can make a fast getaway this way.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (videotaping to the east of the Streetsville’s Dowling House, August 27, 2010):

Now I had just been videotaping over on that side and noticed that there was a Mississauga Fire Department here. So I’ve just pulled in and now I get a much better look at the building from this side.

And let’s just do one more. Cuz again, you never know when this thing’s gonna go down in the middle of the night.  In fact that looks like a plan right there. So this the other —this’d be the eastern face of the house.

We’ve managed to get the southern face, the northern face I videotaped from over here. And there it is.

So. House of a former mayor.  Of Streetsville.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (videotaping across the street to the south of the Streetsville’s Dowling House, August 27, 2010):

Okay I was in the back of this parking lot. Now I’m over here on this side.

I should just point out, see that? That was the white Dodge Charger that I went to visit and have a look at on Monday.

Little did I know that that house in the background of that white Dodge Charger was going to be in the News as the house of the former mayor of Streetsville, circa early 1900’s.

Look at that gaping hole, huh?

Yeah. They won’t find those people.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Anyway, that’s it.

Kind of tragic, actually. Losing so much. As somebody said, the Sanford House, the Gray House —now this.

Well, you know the old saying. If you caught this guy, he’d only say, “I’m doing what’s best for the City of Mississauga.”

Turning camera off.

Related article by the Mississauga News (including video)

Heritage home damaged Joe Chin Aug 26, 2010

Related videos

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(Click here to go directly to the clip on Google Video)

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Mississauga Graffiti High Definition video-report: “The (‘eye-popping’) Cathedral”

August 21st, 2010  

As already reported, I’ve been researching Brampton/Mississauga graffiti since April 19, 2009. Why? Please see our May 13th, 2010 blog, GRAFFITI AND TAGGING IN MISSISSAUGA: INTRODUCING “HACR” (RESTRICTED CONTENT) for a full explanation.

Just over a week ago, a YouTuber tipped me off to the most remarkable graffiti site I’ve ever seen. He told me to prepare for some “eye-popping” graffiti and even that descriptor didn’t prepare me for the —WOW!

I made my first visit on August 12, 2010 and it took all of five minutes experiencing the Feel and I named the place, The Cathedral. This “Cathedral” is so big, its graffiti so extensive, that I couldn’t document everything in just one trip. I returned the next day.

A week passed and then yesterday, I returned with a High Definition camera.

Believe it or not, there were some rather dramatic changes between August 13th and yesterday. I guess with the weekend in between, da graffers had been back at it… Quite the surprise!

That’s enough of an intro. Time to let the videos do the talking. As always, the videos and then the transcripts. And warning, some will find images documented to be offensive.

Video: MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI-CATHEDRAL Part 1: The Privilege of Discovery (3:46 min)

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

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

It is Thursday, August the 12th, 2010 and I’m here following up on a tip. About some really amazing graffiti. And oh my god, it’s all over! It’s all over the place.

And I got the tip through YouTube —there’s somebody coming with their dog so I have to give them privacy. And I was told that I’d have to promise not to harm anything.

Guy with dog (“The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

How you doin’?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

Hi.

And, it’s a privilege seeing this. And I also know just looking at the richness —I mean, I can’t explain it. It’s, it’s incredible!

[DIP TO WHITE]

And the thing is, how do you even go and document something that extends from here, all the way along —to there. And looks like there’s something else over there as well.

(sighs)

Well it’s very clear that I have to be here, come again, and make a day of this.

Look at this, isn’t that a beautiful little C. raptor or something.

“Eye-popping graffiti”, that’s what I was told would be here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look at this. I mean… I feel like it’s discovering a cave with artists like—

And that’s what this is to me, it’s Art, it’s -it’s Voices, it’s —look at this.

Ya. There’s “The Doors”. And somebody who looks like they’ve been listening to The Doors all right.

If you see me shooting down it’s to try to protect the location.

[DIP TO WHITE]

See this? Isn’t this amazing, look at this, watch. You go like this, you go all the way this way, look at this! And you know, in here? Then it’s three-deep. It’s over there.

All of this I get to document. And to document it because you never know when authorities will come and delete all this. Because there is evidence here —I’m assuming that the white patching is done by authorities and not by graffiti artists who want a new canvas, I’m not sure.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look at this.

Like imagine how much more interesting this is than a sterile bridge.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And the question is this, what’s behind those columns on this side? Beautiful.

Turning camera off.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (second trip to “The Cathedral”, August 13, 2010 teaser):

Well I made through the other side as my pants reveal and this is what the other side looks like. It’s amazing.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS. SEE PART 2]

Video: MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI-CATHEDRAL Part 2: DON’T TELL ME THAT GRAFFITI ISN’T ART! (3:44 min)

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

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (second trip to “The Cathedral”, August 13, 2010):

It is Friday, August the 13th, 2010 and I’ve once again returned to the site that I was tipped off to yesterday, graffiti site here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

What I want to do today is see what’s across —over there. So the first thing I’ve got to do is figure out the logistics. So I’m going to do a little bit of exploring but that area, I want to see what’s over there.

Turning camera off.

Well I made through the other side as my pants reveal and this is what the other side looks like. It’s amazing. And now I get to see what the other side that I never got to see —is over here. And it’s remarkable, gonna take me a long time to document.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Just for orientation, before, I was on the opposite side of that wall and I came through this way.

So it was a delight to see “MYOH” also on this side. That’s one of his more elaborate pieces of work. And what’s really interesting is over here, I wonder if I can make this out here. You get the name “MYOH”, “QUEZ” —there’s “HACR”. Likely the OGC graffiti crew. There it is.

And I just want to also point out some things here and along this wall. And just to document further, along here, here —and it starts going into darker recesses.

I mean it’s extensive, huh.

I wonder what it’s like at night. Say with a full moon. I know when you talk to Maui surfers, their favourite time for surfing is, believe it or not, at night, under a full moon. And I wonder what this place must look like at night.

It’s almost cathedral-like. Look at it. And it’s definitely, a night place.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Look what I just found. “MYOH”. And a reminder that he’s got one, a way over on that side —here. He’s got another one right there and one on this opposite wall. So he’s really prominent here. That’s beautiful.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have to say it’s worth coming and looking at every part of this, every square inch. Look what I found. Skeletal fish. But also this. A spray can in their brand of choice. Right there. I’m not going to move it either. I promised that I wasn’t going to touch anything.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I don’t expect this to come out, but take a look at that. Painting of an eye. And then it kind of goes quite nicely into this.

Don’t anybody say that graffiti isn’t Art.

Turning camera off.

STILL PHOTOS
[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And then we get to Trip Three. HIGH DEFINITION.

Video: Mississauga Graffiti HIGH DEFINITION “The Cathedral” Report (9:11 min)

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

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

It is Friday, August the 20th, 2010. We’re back at the Cathedrals —with one difference and that is that this time I have a High Definition camera.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I just want to make sure that I’m documenting every thing I did the other day, but this time in High Definition. And again, it’s just to do this stuff justice. ‘Cuz you never know when the authorities are going to come and erase this.

Just to give you an idea about this, again it goes all the way down here. Along—fortunately this, look at that. I mean, that’s “MYOH” and look what it looks like. It’s almost like —that’s why I said this is such a remarkable place to be, probably at night. And the “MYOH” because it’s in silver, right here looks like it’s sort of shining.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have a friend who’s also interested in graffiti and documenting it, documenting the material over here.

And I’m so glad now that I’ve got the High Definition camera just to show you this. And that must be really something to see if you come here at night. Specially on a full moon. And I’d also mentioned there’s the “MYOH” here. Just shining in the darkness.

And there’s the reason why I call this “The Cathedral”. Take a look. Isn’t this something?

And, I’ll tell you something else that’s different since the last time I was here. That. Right there. It used to just say, “IT’S TIME”. And someone added “TO GET LAID” and added a kind of smiley face there —an emoticon.

Again, the effect of sunlight. Like that. And here’s what the “MYOH” looks like when sunlight is on it. So you can get this kind of effect here. And clearly there’s going to be a photograph taken of the “MYOH”. It’s difficult sometimes getting these things in.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Funny, he had the same reaction that I did. Which is, you first are against graffiti and then once you really start documenting it, then you realize that there’s some remarkable artists. And even if there isn’t just art, maybe if it’s just tagging and stuff like that [“FAG”]  —that’s important to document too.

That and where’s the swastika I found here? Where is it? Oh yeah. Right there. And right there. Because you want to document the occurrences.

Look at this. Look what’s just in the water.

[CROSS ZOOM]

Let’s see if I can make this shot. The Cathedrals. I’m calling this the West Side. “MYOH”.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look what I found. A very very old can. Rusted. And I’m just wondering whether that wasn’t the can used to paint that “KTC” ‘cuz there’s no way that was sprayed. Huh.

[DIP TO WHITE]

It is Friday, August the 20th, 2010 and we’re now on the other side which I call the East Side of the Cathedral. And what I’m doing is going to be documenting this —look at the size of that— with a High Definition camera. And also document any changes since the last time I was here. Which was just three of four days ago [sic. actually it was seven/eight days ago.]

And that’s been confirmed, as has, I’m now going to call this the fourth swastika. Remember how I said that swastikas are of interest to me? So, that makes four. And gosh, it would be awful if I didn’t notice that just a few days ago.

[CLOCK WIPE REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (re-view of first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010 confirms I didn’t notice the prominent swastika the first time!)

It is Thursday, August the 12th, 2010 and I’m here following up on a tip. About some really amazing graffiti. And oh my god, it’s all over!

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

And just documenting. There’s the “OGC” group mentioned the other day. This looks like it might have been painted over. Not sure. We know at least from this thing up here, at least some thing has been surviving since 2008.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So much for my hope to be, for a photograph of me standing besides, “IT’S TIME”. I certainly can’t stand beside that now. But that’s okay. That’s the nature of graffiti. It changes. Boy does it change.

He’s still doing that.

This is a more extensive —site, graffiti site —the largest one that I had documented previous to this was on the Island of Maui, in Kahalui-side. But this —when I asked my friend the first time he saw it, I let him come in here first. I said, what do you think?

And his reaction was, “It’s a good start…”

[DIP TO WHITE]

This for orientation. Here’s where we are. And to point out, I pointed that out last time and I certainly remember “NIRVANA” over here. But this, behind it, I think is new. And it’s quite typical, I think of the way a lot of graffiti artists feel. And that is, it says, “I will never stop. The edge is near.”

But look. Look how far up that guy had to be. Had to maneuver around that one to go there.

That’s one of the things that I say about the graffiti artists that —how, the kind of risk-takers that they are. I mean think about it, look. There it is. And look at what would happen if you miss-stepped. Those are unforgiving rocks.

And yet someone’s been compelled to go that far to say, here’s my message, look how far up I can write it.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

First of all remember, you can take a half-decent photograph with that camera.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Oh, I know I’ve already done it.  Like I did a photograph of that—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

“I will never stop. I edge is near.” But what’s interesting is, just imagine what risk-taking it takes and I don’t remember that—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah. I was thinking about that. How the hell, you know, like—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

He’d have to negoti—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I can see how he can get onto these without too much trouble.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Yeah.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Getting around that pillar to get up there? That’s taking a —I can see how you do it. I wouldn’t do it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

No, and just look, I mean it’s unforgiving. Look at —it’s not like, you know, you’re falling into ten feet of water. That’s rocks and—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Oh, you fall down there and if you’re not dead, you’re gonna be very badly hurt.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Oh yeah. And yet they do that! And you know what that is? It’s just sayin’, look what I can do.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah, oh yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

And not only look what I can do, I know, the edge is near. But I’m going to do it anyway! It’s just fascinating.

Are you sure you’ve documented everything?

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I don’t know, no, definitely not.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Definitely not, yeah, I know.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I’m sure I haven’t documented everything. Absolutely not a chance.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Yeah. Well, you know, always come back.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been studying/documenting graffiti since April 19, 2009 as part of our research into the Roots of Youth Violence.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI, "IT'S TIME TO GET LAID". LOCATION: THE CATHEDRAL" COMPARATIVE (AUGUST 13, 2010 and AUGUST 20, 2010)

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LIVE Tweets from this week’s Mississauga Judicial Inquiry: a compilation

August 18th, 2010  

As always your absolute best source is the Inquiry’s website itself. Here are the links to Transcripts, Exhibits. Hearings Schedule and to:

Live and archived webcasts of the Inquiry Rogers TV

For today’s Blog, I’ve decided to share all my live Tweets from this week’s Judicial Inquiry hearings. Note. Any errors/typos are the result of my contact lenses not seeing my Android screen all that well and I’m keeping them original.

LIVE TWEETS FROM MONDAY’S MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY

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Tweeting LIVE from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. OMERS. CEO,Michael Nobrega now on stand. Monday, August 16, 2010 10:08:18 AM via twidroid

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Michael Nobrega says that Michael Kitt responsible for dealing with World Class Developments. Monday, August 16, 2010 10:13:04 AM via twidroid

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Nobrega email “our interest in. Mississauga is mainly Sq 1; we have only10% interest in Enersource” (will do) what is best interest of Sq 1″ Monday, August 16, 2010 11:57:52 AM via twidroid

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Evidence shows that OMERS CEO, Michael Nobrega showed zero concern about being told Peter McCallion involved. Yet AIMCo was VERY pro-active. Monday, August 16, 2010 12:18:44 PM via twidroid

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Clearly AIMCo has a higher ethical standard regarding conflict of interest than OMERS. OMERS has no current policy?! Holy Jumpin’. Monday, August 16, 2010 12:30:06 PM via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Michael Nobrega called Peter McCallion “not a person of interest to me.” Monday, August 16, 2010 12:51:04 PM via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Nobrega back up. Clifford Lax questioning him. Monday, August 16, 2010 2:18:22 PM via twidroid

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Clifford Lax asks Michael Nobrega why another highly regarded pension fund expresses “unfavourable optics” re Peter McCallion yet OMERS not. Monday, August 16, 2010 3:12:06 PM via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Nobrega continues refrain “Peter McCallion is not a person of interest to me”…. Monday, August 16, 2010 3:22:22 PM via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. OMERS’ Nobrega excellent on stand until very end. Then does a wobble and FTTTtttttttttttt. Monday, August 16, 2010 3:52:28 PM via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Mr. Jack (lawyer for AIMCo co-owner) now questioning Nobrega. Monday, August 16, 2010 4:00:55 PM via twidroid

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Mr Jack establishes that Nobrega/OMERS did not inform AIMCo about negotiations. Or consulted at any time. Monday, August 16, 2010 4:03:20 PM via twidroid

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WOW! Is there EVER a HUGE difference in ethics between AIMCo and.OMERS! Monday, August 16, 2010 4:15:35 PM via twidroid

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It’s clear ethical (conflict of interest) standards are higher in Alberta/AIMCo than Ontario/OMERS! Monday, August 16, 2010 4:19:09 PM via twidroid

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HOLLLLLLLLYYYYY! Mayor’s lawyer absolutely SHOVELLING sweetheart questions!!! WOW! Monday, August 16, 2010 4:51:05 PM via twidroid

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Mayor’s lawyer absolutely alien to me! I mean her questions could fool average person but sure hope Justice Cunningham isn’t! Monday, August 16, 2010 4:55:33 PM via twidroid

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Bizarre… turns out there IS a positive to the (2008) recession! It scuttled Peter McCallion’s. hotel “vision” as a “/isionary”. Monday, August 16, 2010 5:01:00 PM via twidroid

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HOLY *CRAP*! McCallion’s lawyer just asked Michael Nobrega if hewere “a fan of Accountability”! And he said, yes! HAHAHAHAhaahaahaahaaaaaa Monday, August 16, 2010 5:18:10 PM via twidroid

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McDowell comes up after Mayor’s lawyer and says to Nobrega, “I know that questioning was particularly vicious” . Talk about understatement! Monday, August 16, 2010 5:24:10 PM via twidroid

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OMERS lawyer now up flinging sweetheart questions. Monday, August 16, 2010 5:26:06 PM via twidroid

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Nobrega “not a fan of litigation”. But said he believesin accountability. Mississaugans would never know truthof this STINK otherwise.. Monday, August 16, 2010 5:28:46 PM via twidroid


LIVE TWEETS FROM TUESDAY’S MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY

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Tweeting LIVE from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Proceedings begin shortly. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:27:23 AM via twidroid

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Leo Couprie now on the stand. Said Peter McCallion approached him in 2006 to invest $750,000 to”tie up the land” (at City Centre). Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:43:55 AM via twidroid

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Leo Couprie testified that only three were at the signing. Mayor, MrCouprie and Peter McCallion. Vs five as Peter McCallion testified. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:51:09 AM via twidroid

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Leo Couprie confirms that Hazel McCallion didn’t read the Declaration of Trust. Mayor’s signature just an “autograph” . (WOW!) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:57:18 AM via twidroid

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There is no document that terminates original declaration of trust signed/witnessed by the Mayor Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:04:16 AM via twidroid

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Peter McCallion is behind $10,000 (three month’s rent) Leo Couprie confirms. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:09:25 AM via twidroid

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Leo Couprie says he’s given up the hope of getting his additional $750,000 back. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:13:12 AM via twidroid

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Peter McCallion told Leo Couprie not to discuss deal hotel idea with the Mayor. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:15:06 AM via twidroid

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Peter McCallion’s rent on his former house is $4254.48 a month. He owes Leo Couprie about $200,000 in total right now Tweeting from Inquiry Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:30:54 AM via twidroid

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Clifford Lax suggests that declaration of trust effectively hid Peter McCallion as principle. Hid his involvement… Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:37:18 AM via twidroid

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Peter McCallion’s lawyer now up. Tweeting LIVE ffrom Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:51:03 AM via twidroid

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Leo Couprie confirms Peter McCallion was his “best friend”. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:52:38 AM via twidroid

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Leo Coupie confirms he had no idea what Hazel McCallion knew when signing declaration of trust. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:00:31 AM via twidroid

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Irony, Leo Couprie now interrogated by his “best friend”s lawyer… Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:02:59 AM via twidroid

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Leo Couprie confirms that his “best friend”Peter McCallion wouldn’t volunteer information. He’d have to ask. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:06:02 AM via twidroid

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If I’m interpreting things right, World Class Developments was nothing but multiple layers of loans!… Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:12:09 AM via twidroid

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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry in recess. Ya gotta wonder how many other stink-deals have been orchestrated inside municipalities in Canada!.. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:25:34 AM via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Session now resumes. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:42:30 AM via twidroid

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Peter McCallion was to have 16 shares of World Class Developments if deal closed with OMERS. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:46:58 AM via twidroid

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Mayor’s lawyer re-affirms that the Mayor did not read the declaration of trust that she signed. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:50:35 AM via twidroid

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Leo Couprie claims being son of Mayor a DISADVANTAGE because of “scrutiny” (ie press). [“scrutiny”?! HAHAHAHAAHahahahaah ] Tuesday, August 17, 2010 11:55:49 AM via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Tony Dicicco now on stand. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:00:50 PM via twidroid

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Peter McCallion’s lawyer asking questions of TonyDicicco. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:03:39 PM via twidroid

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Tony Dicicco confirms he’s “huge admirer” and”good friend” of Mayor Hazel McCallion. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:07:24 PM via twidroid

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Apologies on spelling. It is Tony DeCicco, not “DiCicco” Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:10:46 PM via twidroid

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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry interrupted by citizen-journalist, Donald Barber found audio-recording proceedings… Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:29:40 PM via twidroid

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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry now in session. TonyDeCicco back on stand. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:12:50 PM via twidroid

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Mississauga Judical Inquiry resumes. Tony DeCicco back on stand. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:33:15 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco FAXed the Put and Call agreement (Exhibit 629) to the Mayor’s office. Also sent voice mail with specifics re: WCD. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:41:19 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco researched for a 4-Star “destination” vs 4-Star hotel. Only operator prepared to try hotel was Gupta. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:57:29 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco said Mayor didn’t want 4-star hotel but FIVE STAR! Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:00:15 PM via twidroid

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At their first meeting, Tony DeCicco said he was unable to get any kind of dialogue going with OMERS’s Michael Kitt Disagreem’t from GetGo Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:08:25 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco noticed City staff nervous about Peter McCallion. DeCicco felt optics bad & asked Peter not to go to any more meetings. Did any Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:11:54 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco adds his voice saying he felt involvement of Peter McCallion was a concern. “Optics were bad”. Peter continued attending meeti Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:17:49 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco one bright BRIGHT businessman! Highly organized, HUGE knowledge/experience. Highly credible to boot… Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:21:17 PM via twidroid

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Oops! Tony DeCicco just gave out two back-to-back “I don’t remember”s on voice-mails to Mayor… Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:27:21 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco sent Peter McCallion to talk to OMERSs’ Michael Kitt. (since his first meeting went so. badly) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 4:09:24 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco admits “I put the Mayor in an awkward situation” . Asked how he felt now realizing this now… Sadly says “Not good”. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 4:16:00 PM via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco did not know that Mayor McCallion sent David O’Brien to meet with him. DeCicco didn’t know O’Brien’s relationship to Mayor. Tuesday, August 17, 2010 4:27:28 PM via twidroid


LIVE TWEETS FROM WEDNESDAY’S MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY

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Documents show that Tony DeCicco phoned Mayor and OMERS top brass, Michael Nobrega and Michael Kitt move to “consider it done.” about 9 hours ago via twidroid

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Email Jan 8, 2009 to Tony DeCicco showing a potential buyer for the land VALUCORP.”purchaser can move forward quickly if a deal is reached.” about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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Document 619. (Sept2009)TonyDeCicco wanted the court files sealed. “I’m a private person” and don’t want anything in public. about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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McDowell presses DeCicco. Why is it “awkward”? (Reasons) Peter’s involvement and the Mayor having to intervene. about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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Court reconvened. Our guy, Clifford Lax now up. Shows another document with $27 mil price tag for South Block. Prep’d to settle for $25 mil about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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New exhibit created by forenic investigators to show who gets paid what in the $4 million settlement. DeCicco got $2.2million. about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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Peter McCallion not paid in the settlement. Why? Tony DeCicco’s legal advice. about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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Lax now pressing about details regarding “aggressive” $100,000,000 lawsuit. about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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Lax asks why sue for $100,000,000 when couldn’t get $25 mil when testing the.buyer-waters. “Can’t get $100 mil on your best day” says Lax. about 8 hours ago via twidroid

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Exhibit 341. Lyons letter promised $220,000. DeCicco said he “cut the check” then changed his mind. Didn’t pay. about 7 hours ago via twidroid

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CLIFFORD LAX *ROCKS*!                                                                         about 7 hours ago via twidroid

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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry now resumes. Clifford Lax still up questioning Tony DeCicco. about 6 hours ago via twidroid

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Re PeterMcCallion everywhere even after he was”out” “Why was he here?” Asks Clifford Lax toTony DeCicco. about 6 hours ago via twidroid

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Clifford Lax introduces concept of “hip pocket” agreement. Lax suggests “hip pocket” split from Management Agreement to hide Easy-Out. about 6 hours ago via twidroid

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THE SHIT HAS HIT THE PROVERBIAL FAN AT THE MISSISSAUGA JUDICAL INQUIRY. OVER FERTILIZER! Court recessed.(The plot sickens…) about 5 hours ago via twidroid

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Tweeting LIVE from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Court back in session. about 5 hours ago via twidroid

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CLIFFORD LAX *ROCKS*1                                                                         about 5 hours ago via twidroid

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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. WOW! Ontario citizens have GOT to wonder how many other shady land deals fester in Ontario municipalities. about 5 hours ago via twidroid

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It was Tony DeCicco’s decision 2 include Hazel McCallion name in the lawsuit affidavits. Tweeting LIVE from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry about 5 hours ago via twidroid

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Tony DeCicco confirms he has different recollections of the settlement meeting than David O’Brien and Peter McCallion. about 5 hours ago via twidroid

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Mr. Jacks of AIMCo now up, askiing about Barber House dinner. Tony DeCicco disputes Kitt’s version of involvement of Peter McCallion discuss about 5 hours ago via twidroid

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Mayor’s lawyer disputes that Tony DeCicco is “good friend” of the Mayor. Brampton and Vaughan also has Mayor’s Gala. REPEAT Gotta wonder… about 4 hours ago via twidroid

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Mayor’s lawyer now showing Mayor’s Gala spread sheets. (Has anyone ever audited the Mayor’s Charity?) … about 4 hours ago via twidroid

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Interesting! Vaughan keeps getting mentioned… (Tweeting LIVE from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry) about 4 hours ago via twidroid

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It’s clear that Hazel McCallion will go with”I had no clue that Peter was a principal” for her defense. (Plus “best interests of the City”) about 4 hours ago via twidroid

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To DeCicco, “Would it surprise you if the Mayor did not know that Peter McCallion was” -a principal. Tony Decicco, “No”. (but it SHOCKS me!) about 4 hours ago via twidroid

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CRIPES! Can you see it? A five-star hotel (when no one believed in a four) beside the existing Living Artts white elephant! about 4 hours ago via twidroid

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Commissioner Cunningham asking deep questions. Ie: Peter McCallion wanted out? Why did he still go to meetings? What did he do?! about 3 hours ago via twidroid

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LAST. FROM THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS WEBSITE…  Judicial inquiry coverage

Below is our coverage of the judicial inquiry to date.

Mayor signed loan agreement
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/861983–mayor-signed-loan-agreement

Mayor kept calling: Nobrega
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/861875–mayor-kept-calling-nobrega

Help son’s company: Mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/861460–help-son-s-company-mayor

Witnesses announced
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/860960–next-week-s-witnesses-announced

Inquiry: Myth and facts
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/860441–inquiry-myths-and-facts

Inquiry report unlikely before vote
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/859008–inquiry-report-unlikely-before-vote

Obvious bias
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/858990–obvious-bias

No worries about Hazel: O’Brien
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/859808–no-worries-about-hazel-o-brien

One opinion counts
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/857139–one-opinion-counts

Kudos
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/857136–kudos

O’Brien engineered $4-million buyout
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/859620–o-brien-engineered-4-million-buyout

Mayor was ‘in a conflict situation’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858706–mayor-was-in-a-conflict-situation

WCD bid skirted usual fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858489–wcd-bid-skirted-usual-fees

Minutes not altered: witness
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858318–minutes-not-altered-witness
Consultant didn’t deal with McCallions
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858089–consultant-denies-dealings-with-mccallions

Inquiry resumes next week
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/857352–inquiry-resumes-next-week

City may sue mayor’s son for $150,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856831–city-may-sue-mayor-s-son-for-150-000

Council okays $250,000 more for mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856578–council-okays-250-000-more-for-mayor

What price truth?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/855846–what-price-truth

Mayor should step down
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/855844–mayor-should-step-down

McCallions’ inquiry tab could top $500,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855622–mccallions-inquiry-tab-could-top-500-000

Mayor not helped by son’s testimony
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855587–mayor-not-helped-by-son-s-testimony

McCallion should pay: Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855047–mccallion-should-pay-parrish

‘I did nothing wrong’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854557–i-did-nothing-wrong

Firm thought McCallion was a real estate agent, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854348–firm-thought-mccallion-was-a-real-estate-agent-inquiry-told

City wasn’t fleeced in land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854255–city-wasn-t-fleeced-in-land-deal

Son misled mayor, lawyer suggests
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853946–son-misled-mayor-lawyer-suggests

McCallion sticks up for mom
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853823–mccallion-sticks-up-for-mom

McCallion’s memory tested
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853442–mccallion-s-memory-tested

Mayor pushed her son’s project
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853143–mayor-pushed-her-son-s-project

Mayor’s son on the hot seat
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853105–mayor-s-son-on-the-hot-seat

Not a principal: McCallion
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852904–not-a-principal-mccallion

McCallion co-signed loan
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852871–mccallion-co-signed-loan

Mayor an ’emissary’ for son’s company: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852774–mayor-an-emissary-for-son-s-company-lawyer

O’Brien was also involved in Sheridan deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852668–o-brien-was-also-involved-in-sheridan-deal

Lawyers prepare for battle at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852401–lawyers-prepare-for-battle-at-inquiry

Hazel vouched for son’s partner
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852375–hazel-vouched-for-son-s-partner

Mayor’s son to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852244–mayor-s-son-to-testify

OMERS denies inflating land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/848667–omers-denies-inflating-land-deal

Code needed at City
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/847289–code-needed-at-city

Company received $4M payout
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/847088–company-received-4m-payout

City seeks public review of ethics code
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846865–city-seeks-public-review-of-ethics-code

Company received $4M pay-out over hotel deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846702–company-received-4m-pay-out-over-hotel-deal

Voters will decide
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/845495–voters-will-decide

Process can’t be muzzled
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/845494–process-can-t-be-muzzled

Mayor pushed deal, Inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845386–mayor-pushed-deal-inquiry-told

Mayor linked to meeting
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845348–mayor-linked-to-meeting

Mayor pushed for hotel in City Centre
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845305–mayor-pushed-for-hotel-in-city-centre

Judge shoots down mayor’s request
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844957–judge-shoots-down-mayor-s-request

Was it legal?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/844106–was-it-legal

Mayor cries foul at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844048–mayor-cries-foul-at-inquiry

Inquiry hits another roadblock
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/842350–inquiry-hits-another-roadblock

Questions remain
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/841093–questions-remain

Inquiry costs now expected to hit $5 million
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/840203–inquiry-costs-now-expected-to-hit-5-million

Inquiry may hurt Enersource: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/839993–inquiry-may-hurt-enersource-lawyer

‘I am not stepping down’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838087–i-am-not-stepping-down

Inquiry’s second phase begins in July
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838006–inquiry-s-second-phase-begins-in-july

‘I forget‚’ doesn’t cut it
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/837377–i-forget-doesn-t-cut-it

Council told of veto: Mahoney
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833782–council-told-of-veto-mahoney

Mahoney set to testify at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833374–mahoney-set-to-testify-at-inquiry

Mahoney called to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/832789–mahoney-called-to-testify

Councillor asks for fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831724–councillor-asks-for-fees

Mayor’s legal fees capped
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831432–mayor-s-legal-fees-capped

Inquiry costs climb
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/830589–inquiry-costs-climb

Lawyers want more to represent mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/829779–lawyers-want-more-to-represent-mayor

McCallion calls out Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/828112–mccallion-calls-out-parrish

Mayor denies knowing of veto
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/827766–mayor-denies-knowing-of-veto

Deal negotiated improperly, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/826715–deal-negotiated-improperly-inquiry-hears

Mayor on stand tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823922–mayor-on-stand-tomorrow

Enersource deal ‘terrific’ for Mississauga
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823722–enersource-deal-terrific-for-mississauga

Enersource deal nixed by inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823414–enersource-deal-nixed-by-inquiry

We’ll all pay a share
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/822510–we-ll-all-pay-a-share

Former City manager vague in details
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/822193–former-city-manager-vague-in-details

Councillors should have known about veto, deal maker says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821795–councillors-should-have-known-about-veto-deal-maker-says

Files stay sealed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821442–files-stay-sealed

City set to approve full funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821229–city-set-to-approve-full-funding-for-mayor-s-son

City key to OMERS, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821186–city-key-to-omers-inquiry-told

No common sense
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/821055–no-common-sense

High stakes drama
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/821054–high-stakes-drama

Enersource powers ‘changed’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820981–enersource-powers-changed

Hydro deal took years to probe, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820827–hydro-deal-took-years-to-probe-inquiry-hears

Judicial inquiry starts today
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820606–judicial-inquiry-starts-today

Inquiry starts tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820581–inquiry-starts-tomorrow

Mayor to testify June 2
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818995–mayor-to-testify-june-2

Councillors consider code of ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818976–councillors-consider-code-of-ethics

Council code of conduct on agenda
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818368–council-code-of-conduct-on-agenda

More money for Mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817504–more-money-for-mayor-s-son

Commissioner to rule on funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817197–commissioner-to-rule-on-funding-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry costs at $1.5M and rising
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/815604–inquiry-costs-at-1-5m-and-rising

Lawyer wrong about campaign, mayor says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/812946–lawyer-wrong-about-campaign-mayor-says

Inquiry schedule released
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808796–inquiry-schedule-released

Inquiry will hurt campaign: Lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808205–inquiry-will-hurt-campaign-lawyer

The News makes motion at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808197–the-news-makes-motion-at-inquiry

Keep inquiry open
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/806192–keep-inquiry-open

No go for ‘citizen journalists’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/806075–no-go-for-citizen-journalists

The News wants affidavit made public
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/805668–the-news-wants-affidavit-made-public

Split decision for citizen journalists
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/805386–split-decision-for-citizen-journalists

Council nixes legal fees for councillors
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/801673–council-nixes-legal-fees-for-councillors

‘Layers’ of land deal probed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/704572–layers-of-land-deal-probed

Inquiry to hear from ‘citizen journalists’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/661747–inquiry-to-hear-from-citizen-journalists

Judicial inquiry costs continue to grow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/658728–judicial-inquiry-costs-continue-to-grow

Mayor submits documents
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/650744–mayor-submits-documents

Someone should pay
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/650294–someone-should-pay

Mayor’s record-keeping under scrutiny
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/650221–mayor-s-record-keeping-under-scrutiny

Cut off the cash
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/647500–cut-off-the-cash

Inquiry searches for paper trail
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/627010–inquiry-searches-for-paper-trail

City ‘targeting’ mayor’s son?
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/626648–city-targeting-mayor-s-son

No apologies
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/625718–no-apologies

Mayor’s son to ask for more public money
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/625569–mayor-s-son-to-ask-for-more-public-money

Delay sparks speculation
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/625357–delay-sparks-speculation

Councillors rethinking legal fees for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/621333–councillors-rethinking-legal-fees-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry to begin May 17
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/620801–inquiry-to-begin-may-17

Taxpayers shoulder Mayor’s legal bill
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/607170–taxpayers-shoulder-mayor-s-legal-bill

Stand up and vote

http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/603522–stand-up-and-vote

Costs mounting at judicial inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/507888–costs-mounting-at-judicial-inquiry

Inquiry probe ‘going well’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/412749–inquiry-probe-going-well

Ground broken for college campus
http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/244665–ground-broken-for-college-campus

City asked to foot legal bills

http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/244243–city-asked-to-foot-legal-bills

Judicial inquiry begins
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/230647–judicial-inquiry-begins

Judicial inquiry gets underway
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/230043–judicial-inquiry-gets-underway

Hundreds back mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/219491–hundreds-back-mayor

McCallion accused of negotiating commissions
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/218099–mccallion-accused-of-negotiating-commissions

Duty bound
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/217940–duty-bound

Matter of priorities
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/217379–matter-of-priorities

‘Support Hazel’ rally planned
http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/217336–support-hazel-rally-planned

Optics over ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/216653–optics-over-ethics

Don’t ease up
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/216174–don-t-ease-up

Stay on point
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/216171–stay-on-point

Letter of the week
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/162030–letter-of-the-week

Judge picked for inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161865–judge-picked-for-inquiry

Council votes to limit judicial probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161601–council-votes-to-limit-judicial-probe

Petition aims to cancel judicial probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161286–petition-aims-to-cancel-judicial-probe

Call to account
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/160097–call-to-account

Scrap the inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/159468–scrap-the-inquiry

Road cleared for City probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/157939–road-cleared-for-city-probe

Wide net cast for judicial inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/157162–wide-net-cast-for-judicial-inquiry

Needs review
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/154742–needs-review

Judicial inquiry ‘extraordinary’: Solicitor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/154725–judicial-inquiry-extraordinary-solicitor

Parameters for inquiry in the works
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152884–parameters-for-inquiry-in-the-works

Investigation or witch hunt?
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152614–investigation-or-witch-hunt

Inquiry the only choice
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/152584–inquiry-the-only-choice

Mayor could face inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152355–mayor-could-face-inquiry

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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry: Corporate “ethical” Policies apply when Testifying (Plus MISSISSAUGAWATCH now in High Definition)

August 16th, 2010  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is now in High Definition!

What follows is video of a report I filed outside the Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Court House yesterday introducing two City of Mississauga Corporate policies that will have relevance at this week’s Judicial Inquiry hearings.

We combine our High Definition video narrative with archival footage from the May 23, 2007 Mississauga Council meeting as well as the May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting.

We begin. The video and the transcript.

Video: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry: Corporate “ethical” Policies apply when Testifying (4:50 min HD)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

It is Sunday, August the 14th, 2010 —at least I think it’s the 14th, I do know that it’s a Sunday, and I’m parked here outside the Burnhamthorpe Court House where tomorrow we’re going to start a week of very interesting testimony.

City Manager, Janice Baker is due to testify at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry hearings this week. And it’s going to be really interesting —fascinating! It’s of all of the testimony, it’s Ms. Baker’s that I’m the most interested in this week.

And that’s because I’m reminded of a -an exchange between her and Mayor Hazel McCallion in May 2007 and that was when the City introduced its Respectful Workplace Policy. And Hazel McCallion said—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Could you put the Mission Statement on again?

I’m wondering why you haven’t included “Based on its values of Honesty Trust, Quality and Excellence”—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

And then she said—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Why you haven’t included the word “honesty”?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

You have Trust, Quality and Excellence, why didn’t you use Honesty? Honesty with the citizens.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Um, Madam Mayor, I think from our perspective, these are the values that come out of a series of discussions and workshops certainly at the staff level. I think we all believe that honesty is the basis of trust. So I—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

I hope so.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Oh well—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

I hope so.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Well, clearly. I mean you can’t, you cannot ha—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

On the part of Council. And on the part of Staff.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Well our values—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Honesty with the citizens.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

And —it was fascinating, especially considering what Freedom of Information has shown me about the Dishonesty. That is the lack of an ethical infrastructure at the City of Mississauga. And what’s interesting is Janice Baker responded with—

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Our Values are universal.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

“Our Values are universal.”

Given the chronic lack of compliance to Corporate policies, that either have been confirmed —definitely Freedom of Information. That the Audit Committee has confirmed time and again! Chronic lack of compliance to Corporate polices including Hazel McCallion herself bemoaning the complete disregard for Policy by City Staff.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009):

So now we’re gonna set one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

If we set one up, it better be followed. That is the key. No use setting it up if it’s not going to be followed. You know, I don’t know why there’s such a disregard for policy.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

There are two Corporate policies that apply when Staff are giving testimony at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Not just that they’re going to raise their hands and say, “I do solemnly swear” and stuff like that.

There’s also two Corporate policies. The first is, as I’ve already mentioned, the Corporate Respectful Workplace Policy that governs the honesty with the citizens and just Trust, Quality and Excellence. Their Universal Values.

So it’s going to be really interesting how both City Manager, Janice Baker as well as the Director of Planning and Building [sic] are going to testify.

The other Corporate policy that is going to apply is the City of Mississauga Corporate Employee Code of Conduct which applies to all employees and not just while they’re at work. They say that even out-outside they represent the City of Mississauga and they’re not to do anything that in any way jeopardize the reputation of the City. Which is an interesting way of putting it.

So. We’ve got two policies —the Employee Code of Conduct which applies only to employees and the Corporate Respectful Workplace Policy that applies both to City employees but also to the politicians themselves.

So, what’s interesting though is that the- there’s two Corporate —

—BRAND NEW SONY HIGH DEFINITION CAMERA FALLS TO THE FLOOR.
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Hazel McCallion. Michael Nobrega. WCD. WHO wanted the court file SEALED? “–the Mayor did have a much tighter relationship with the Oxford group than they did with us.”

August 12th, 2010  

We’ve got a unique one for you today!

Video combining August 11, 2010 Inquiry testimony by Craig Coleman, former president of 156 Square One and Hawthorne Realty Advisors (AIMCo rep), with video from the January 22, 2009 meticulousy-orchestrated Enersource public information meeting.

So how meticulously-orchestrated was it?

It was so meticulously-orchestrated that Hazel McCallion did not invite former city manager (and key negotiator) Dave O’Brien to the meeting.

Truer words were never spoken than Mr. Coleman’s August 11th comment about Hazel McCallion, Michael Nobrega/Dave O’Brien OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System):

— the Mayor did have a much tighter relationship with the Oxford group than they did with us.

Here’s video confirming AIMCo’s terrific instincts!

And the court transcript!

Video: Hazel McCallion. Michael Nobrega. WCD. WHO wanted the court file SEALED? (4:04 min)

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

COURT TRANSCRIPT BEGINS
“Q” is William McDowell, “A” is Craig Coleman

 16                 Q:   Now, let's look at Exhibit 380.  So
 17  this is September 11th, 2009.  There's an offer to settle
 18  that's been received by Mr. Smart, and he's emailed you.
 19                 A:   Correct.
 20                 Q:   When did you learn that the
 21  litigation had in fact been settled?
 22                 A:   It would have been later that day.  I
 23  was out of the office and actually not receiving phone
 24  calls or emails.  And it would have been around four
 25  o'clock that evening that I had -- when I -- when I kind

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  1  of got in an area where my Blackberry was working, all of
  2  sudden a number of emails and phone messages popped up,
  3  and we had learned that Oxford wanted to settle.
  4                 Q:   Okay.  Let's look at Exhibit 382.
  5  This is the offer that Mr. Smart's referring to, I take
  6  it?
  7                 A:   Yes.
  8                 Q:   Let's scroll down.  So the number
  9  we've heard in other evidence is $4 million.  And then if
 10  you look at the third paragraph there:
 11                   "The parties will consent to an order
 12                   to remove all the application and
 13                   counter-application materials from the
 14                   court file or to seal the court file."
 15                 Was the genesis of that notion of sealing
 16  the file WCD?
 17                 A:   I -- I don't know.
 18                 Q:   You don't know.  Then let's look at
 19  Exhibit 383.  So Mr. Charles reporting to you, John, and
 20  Gawain -- Mr. Filipetti and Mr. Smart, I take it?
 21                 A:   Yes.
 22                 Q:
 23                   "They have been instructed to accept
 24                   the settlement offer from WCD at the
 25                   cost of 4.0 million.  They indicated

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  1                   that due to a larger OMERS relationship
  2                   with the City of Mississauga, they are
  3                   willing to accept the settlement."
  4                 This, I gather, didn't sit well with --
  5  with your clients, AIMCo?
  6                 A:   We weren't consulted --
  7                 Q:   Right.
  8                 A:   -- with respect to the settlement.
  9  We weren't aware that people were even negotiating a
 10  settlement.
 11                 Q:   M-hm.
 12                 A:   We were comfortable with our position
 13  with respect to the litigation.
 14                 Q:   M-hm.
 15                 A:   So this come -- this really -- this
 16  settlement came out of the blue.
 17                 Q:   Did you understand that you had an
 18  opportunity to veto the settlement?
 19                 A:   From our perspective at this point in
 20  time, we believed it was a done -- it was effectively a
 21  done deal.
 22                 Q:   Right.  So that --
 23                 A:   It's been done.  Our understanding is
 24  it's been done at a higher level.  And quite frankly,
 25  Oxford's there to get it papered and get it done.

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  1                 Q:   Did you speak to Mr. Smart about the
  2  settlement personally?
  3                 A:   Yes.
  4                 Q:   Tell us about that discussion.
  5                 A:   Well, again, we weren't happy.  We
  6  were trying to understand why.  We were con -- we were
  7  concerned about -- we were concerned in that we -- we
  8  don't know why this settlement happened; we don't know
  9  the details of the settlement; we don't know what the
 10  impetus to the settlement was; and I relayed all that
 11  Gawain, and quite frankly, was concerned that -- we were
 12  concerned with our position.
 13                 Q:   Did you appreciate that -- that he
 14  had been out of the loop in the settlement discussions as
 15  well?
 16                 A:   It seemed to maybe catch him a bit
 17  off guard as well.

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Lawyer’s conclusion: That Peter McCallion could not be considered to be the son of the Mayor (Hazel McCallion)

August 10th, 2010  

Yes, just the video and transcript again today.  You won’t believe it. The City got a legal opinion from Stanley Makuch (Cassels Brock Lawyers) concluding that Peter McCallion, for material purposes, was not actually the son of the Mayor, Hazel McCallion.

Yep.

And so here’s the video of that exchange —followed by the court transcript.

Video: Peter McCallion could not be considered to be the son of Mayor Hazel McCallion (2:31 min)

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

August 10, 2010 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS
[note: “he” refers to Stanley Makuch Cassels Brock Lawyers]


WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

—And then you’ll see, going down that page, that he comes to the conclusion that Peter McCallion, for material purposes, was not actually the son of the Mayor.

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

Yeah.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

Go to the next page, page 7. He came to the view, I gather, that unless there was a financially dependent relationship that Peter McCallion could not be considered to be the son of the Mayor?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

That’s correct.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

All right. Apart from this letter, did he ever offer any authority for that view?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

He never offered an explanation at all. And it’s contrary to the case he cited and it’s contrary to the definition of child in the lac — in the Act, so…

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

Right. And — and I guess we could add out of that, I take it that he was not aware that the Mayor was one of the trustees of a trust to provide for the benefit of Peter McCallion?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

I certainly would not have provided that information to him —

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

Right. So — so as far as we know he didn’t know that either?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

That is correct.

[CROSSZOOM]

Part Two. The above exchange is repeated and pairs video of Peter McCallion and Not-his-Mom Mayor Hazel McCallion at the January 1, 2009 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee at Mississauga Council Chambers. Orphan Peter also talks story with Councillor Katie “Friends of Hazel” Mahoney and her hubbie Steve Mahoney. Complete with music!

Last, here is the Stanley Makuch (Cassels Brock Lawyers) report, “Conflict of Interest – Ltr November 11, 2009 – from Mary Ellen Bench To Stanley Makuch (Cassels Brock Lawyers)“.

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

Below is Mississauga News coverage of the judicial inquiry to date.

Mayor was ‘in a conflict situation’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858706–mayor-was-in-a-conflict-situation

WCD bid skirted usual fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858489–wcd-bid-skirted-usual-fees

Minutes not altered: witness
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858318–minutes-not-altered-witness

Consultant didn’t deal with McCallions
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858089–consultant-denies-dealings-with-mccallions

Inquiry resumes next week
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/857352–inquiry-resumes-next-week

City may sue mayor’s son for $150,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856831–city-may-sue-mayor-s-son-for-150-000

Council okays $250,000 more for mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856578–council-okays-250-000-more-for-mayor

What price truth?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/855846–what-price-truth

Mayor should step down
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/855844–mayor-should-step-down

McCallions’ inquiry tab could top $500,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855622–mccallions-inquiry-tab-could-top-500-000

Mayor not helped by son’s testimony
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855587–mayor-not-helped-by-son-s-testimony

McCallion should pay: Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855047–mccallion-should-pay-parrish

‘I did nothing wrong’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854557–i-did-nothing-wrong

Firm thought McCallion was a real estate agent, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854348–firm-thought-mccallion-was-a-real-estate-agent-inquiry-told

City wasn’t fleeced in land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854255–city-wasn-t-fleeced-in-land-deal

Son misled mayor, lawyer suggests
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853946–son-misled-mayor-lawyer-suggests

McCallion sticks up for mom
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853823–mccallion-sticks-up-for-mom

McCallion’s memory tested
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853442–mccallion-s-memory-tested

Mayor pushed her son’s project
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853143–mayor-pushed-her-son-s-project

Mayor’s son on the hot seat
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853105–mayor-s-son-on-the-hot-seat

Not a principal: McCallion
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852904–not-a-principal-mccallion

McCallion co-signed loan
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852871–mccallion-co-signed-loan

Mayor an ’emissary’ for son’s company: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852774–mayor-an-emissary-for-son-s-company-lawyer

O’Brien was also involved in Sheridan deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852668–o-brien-was-also-involved-in-sheridan-deal

Lawyers prepare for battle at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852401–lawyers-prepare-for-battle-at-inquiry

Hazel vouched for son’s partner
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852375–hazel-vouched-for-son-s-partner

Mayor’s son to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852244–mayor-s-son-to-testify

OMERS denies inflating land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/848667–omers-denies-inflating-land-deal

Code needed at City
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/847289–code-needed-at-city

Company received $4M payout
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/847088–company-received-4m-payout

City seeks public review of ethics code
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846865–city-seeks-public-review-of-ethics-code

Company received $4M pay-out over hotel deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846702–company-received-4m-pay-out-over-hotel-deal

Voters will decide
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/845495–voters-will-decide

Process can’t be muzzled
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/845494–process-can-t-be-muzzled

Mayor pushed deal, Inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845386–mayor-pushed-deal-inquiry-told

Mayor linked to meeting
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845348–mayor-linked-to-meeting

Mayor pushed for hotel in City Centre
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845305–mayor-pushed-for-hotel-in-city-centre

Judge shoots down mayor’s request
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844957–judge-shoots-down-mayor-s-request

Was it legal?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/844106–was-it-legal

Mayor cries foul at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844048–mayor-cries-foul-at-inquiry

Inquiry hits another roadblock
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/842350–inquiry-hits-another-roadblock

Questions remain
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/841093–questions-remain

Inquiry costs now expected to hit $5 million
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/840203–inquiry-costs-now-expected-to-hit-5-million

Inquiry may hurt Enersource: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/839993–inquiry-may-hurt-enersource-lawyer

‘I am not stepping down’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838087–i-am-not-stepping-down

Inquiry’s second phase begins in July
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838006–inquiry-s-second-phase-begins-in-july

‘I forget‚’ doesn’t cut it
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/837377–i-forget-doesn-t-cut-it

Council told of veto: Mahoney
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833782–council-told-of-veto-mahoney

Mahoney set to testify at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833374–mahoney-set-to-testify-at-inquiry

Mahoney called to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/832789–mahoney-called-to-testify

Councillor asks for fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831724–councillor-asks-for-fees

Mayor’s legal fees capped
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831432–mayor-s-legal-fees-capped

Inquiry costs climb
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/830589–inquiry-costs-climb

Lawyers want more to represent mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/829779–lawyers-want-more-to-represent-mayor

McCallion calls out Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/828112–mccallion-calls-out-parrish

Mayor denies knowing of veto
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/827766–mayor-denies-knowing-of-veto

Deal negotiated improperly, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/826715–deal-negotiated-improperly-inquiry-hears

Mayor on stand tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823922–mayor-on-stand-tomorrow

Enersource deal ‘terrific’ for Mississauga
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823722–enersource-deal-terrific-for-mississauga

Enersource deal nixed by inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823414–enersource-deal-nixed-by-inquiry

We’ll all pay a share
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/822510–we-ll-all-pay-a-share

Former City manager vague in details
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/822193–former-city-manager-vague-in-details

Councillors should have known about veto, deal maker says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821795–councillors-should-have-known-about-veto-deal-maker-says

Files stay sealed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821442–files-stay-sealed

City set to approve full funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821229–city-set-to-approve-full-funding-for-mayor-s-son

City key to OMERS, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821186–city-key-to-omers-inquiry-told

No common sense
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/821055–no-common-sense

High stakes drama
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/821054–high-stakes-drama

Enersource powers ‘changed’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820981–enersource-powers-changed

Hydro deal took years to probe, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820827–hydro-deal-took-years-to-probe-inquiry-hears

Judicial inquiry starts today
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820606–judicial-inquiry-starts-today

Inquiry starts tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820581–inquiry-starts-tomorrow

Mayor to testify June 2
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818995–mayor-to-testify-june-2

Councillors consider code of ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818976–councillors-consider-code-of-ethics

Council code of conduct on agenda
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818368–council-code-of-conduct-on-agenda

More money for Mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817504–more-money-for-mayor-s-son

Commissioner to rule on funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817197–commissioner-to-rule-on-funding-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry costs at $1.5M and rising
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/815604–inquiry-costs-at-1-5m-and-rising

Lawyer wrong about campaign, mayor says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/812946–lawyer-wrong-about-campaign-mayor-says

Inquiry schedule released
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808796–inquiry-schedule-released

Inquiry will hurt campaign: Lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808205–inquiry-will-hurt-campaign-lawyer

The News makes motion at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808197–the-news-makes-motion-at-inquiry

Keep inquiry open
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/806192–keep-inquiry-open

No go for ‘citizen journalists’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/806075–no-go-for-citizen-journalists

The News wants affidavit made public
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/805668–the-news-wants-affidavit-made-public

Split decision for citizen journalists
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/805386–split-decision-for-citizen-journalists

Council nixes legal fees for councillors
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/801673–council-nixes-legal-fees-for-councillors

‘Layers’ of land deal probed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/704572–layers-of-land-deal-probed

Inquiry to hear from ‘citizen journalists’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/661747–inquiry-to-hear-from-citizen-journalists

Judicial inquiry costs continue to grow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/658728–judicial-inquiry-costs-continue-to-grow

Mayor submits documents
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/650744–mayor-submits-documents

Someone should pay
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/650294–someone-should-pay

Mayor’s record-keeping under scrutiny
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/650221–mayor-s-record-keeping-under-scrutiny

Cut off the cash
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/647500–cut-off-the-cash

Inquiry searches for paper trail
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/627010–inquiry-searches-for-paper-trail

City ‘targeting’ mayor’s son?
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/626648–city-targeting-mayor-s-son

No apologies
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/625718–no-apologies

Mayor’s son to ask for more public money
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/625569–mayor-s-son-to-ask-for-more-public-money

Delay sparks speculation
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/625357–delay-sparks-speculation

Councillors rethinking legal fees for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/621333–councillors-rethinking-legal-fees-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry to begin May 17
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/620801–inquiry-to-begin-may-17

Taxpayers shoulder Mayor’s legal bill
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/607170–taxpayers-shoulder-mayor-s-legal-bill

Stand up and vote

http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/603522–stand-up-and-vote

Costs mounting at judicial inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/507888–costs-mounting-at-judicial-inquiry

Inquiry probe ‘going well’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/412749–inquiry-probe-going-well

Ground broken for college campus
http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/244665–ground-broken-for-college-campus

City asked to foot legal bills

http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/244243–city-asked-to-foot-legal-bills

Judicial inquiry begins
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/230647–judicial-inquiry-begins

Judicial inquiry gets underway
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/230043–judicial-inquiry-gets-underway

Hundreds back mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/219491–hundreds-back-mayor

McCallion accused of negotiating commissions
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/218099–mccallion-accused-of-negotiating-commissions

Duty bound
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/217940–duty-bound

Matter of priorities
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/217379–matter-of-priorities

‘Support Hazel’ rally planned
http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/217336–support-hazel-rally-planned

Optics over ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/216653–optics-over-ethics

Don’t ease up
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/216174–don-t-ease-up

Stay on point
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/216171–stay-on-point

Letter of the week
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/162030–letter-of-the-week

Judge picked for inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161865–judge-picked-for-inquiry

Council votes to limit judicial probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161601–council-votes-to-limit-judicial-probe

Petition aims to cancel judicial probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161286–petition-aims-to-cancel-judicial-probe

Call to account
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/160097–call-to-account

Scrap the inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/159468–scrap-the-inquiry

Road cleared for City probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/157939–road-cleared-for-city-probe

Wide net cast for judicial inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/157162–wide-net-cast-for-judicial-inquiry

Needs review
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/154742–needs-review

Judicial inquiry ‘extraordinary’: Solicitor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/154725–judicial-inquiry-extraordinary-solicitor

Parameters for inquiry in the works
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152884–parameters-for-inquiry-in-the-works

Investigation or witch hunt?
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152614–investigation-or-witch-hunt

Inquiry the only choice
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/152584–inquiry-the-only-choice

Mayor could face inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152355–mayor-could-face-inquiry

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Carolyn Parrish “we have no choice”. Mayor McCallion gets another $250,000 to cover lawyers’ fees.

August 6th, 2010  

Last Blog, Mississauga Council okays $250,000 more for Hazel McCallion’s lawyers fees. (Video of debate highlights) we showed video of Councillor Nando Iannicca’s “We’re asking for justice and a proper inquiry” speech.

Quote:

This is justice and it doesn’t matter where it takes you and who’s involved. And the last thing I’d want to do is stop if we’re trying to seek the truth and politicians are involved. That’s just not right. So, it’s not even an academic argument. It’s an argument you shouldn’t be having in society. It costs what it costs to get to the truth under the circumstances and I’m not going to deviate from that at all.    —Nando Iannicca, August 5, 2010

What follows is another excerpt of Wednesday’s Mississauga Council debate on covering the Mayor’s legal bills. This time we highlight Councillor Carolyn Parrish who strikes into the heart of the matter, that Council has no choice.

And so the video and of course, the transcript.

Video: We *HAVE* to pay Hazel McCallion’s lawyers’ fees. Carolyn Parrish explains the bottom-line. (1:22 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

And unfortunately and I guess we don’t give anybody instructions around here but, I would have felt much more comfortable had we had a detailed breakdown of the anticipated costs from the Mayor’s lawyer. Saying, this is what we anticipate. These are the hours of preparation. These are the hours of questioning. These are the hours we anticipate to be in the Inquiry.

Sending a letter kind of whining about the other Councillors doesn’t impress me and this makes me just a little bit nervous. I think Councillor Iannicca said it well. He said if you give them $400,000 you’ve set a target, not a, not a, you know, a reasonable goal.

So, the other thing that, I mean, we’re over, we’re in [sic] a rock and a hard place because the Mayor’s requests, we have no choice but to accept it.

I’m not doing it with a great deal of enthusiasm, I’ll tell you. This cost is very very high and I think the Mayor herself will have to explain this to the taxpayers. I’m not going to try.

But given the position we’re in, if you were to say no, there would be an immediate application for a judicial review and the whole thing would come to a halt.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

That’s right.

CITY SOLICITOR MARY ELLEN BENCH:

That is certainly quite possible —an application to the Commissioner.

It’s been my recommendation that you do approve the request, yes.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

Thank you.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Good.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS:

"MISSISSAUGA  CONFLICT OF INTEREST JUDICIAL INQUIRY OCTOBER 28" "2009 COUNCIL MEETING (Audience AGAINST the Review)"

Judicial inquiry coverage

The Mississauga News has provided a terrific resource so I’ll just cut-and-paste with special thanks to them for making my job easier.

Faces of the inquiry. From left, businessman Peter McCallion and his powerful mother, Mayor Hazel McCallion, are in the spotlight as the historic Mississauga judicial inquiry continues to unfold in the Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. courthouse. Justice Douglas Cunningham (right) is probing the extent of the mayor’s involvement in a major land deal that was being brokered by her son, and whether she had a conflict of interest.

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The Mississauga News
Aug 04, 2010 – 8:36 PM

Did Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion have a conflict of interest when she got involved in her son’s business dealings? Or, was she just working on behalf the City of Mississauga by helping to being a major hotel and convention centre to the City Centre?

That’s what Justice Douglas Cunningham is trying to determine at the ongoing Mississauga judicial inquiry.

It’s also a hot topic of conversation for many city residents.

The City of Mississauga Judicial Inquiry was established under Section 274 of the Municipal Act by a vote of City Council on Nov. 11, 2009.

It has been conducted in two sessions. The first half, which began May 25 and ran through June 15, examined a controversial Enersource Shareholders Agreement that gave unusual veto powers to the utility’s minority owner, the giant OMERS pension fund.

The second part of the inquiry, which got underway July 8, is examining the mayor’s role in a bid by a development company fronted by her son to buy a package of City Centre land from OMERS for a hotel and convention centre.

Below is our coverage of the judicial inquiry to date.

Council okays $250,000 more for mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856578–council-okays-250-000-more-for-mayor

What price truth?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/855846–what-price-truth

Mayor should step down
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/855844–mayor-should-step-down

McCallions’ inquiry tab could top $500,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855622–mccallions-inquiry-tab-could-top-500-000

Mayor not helped by son’s testimony
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855587–mayor-not-helped-by-son-s-testimony

McCallion should pay: Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855047–mccallion-should-pay-parrish

‘I did nothing wrong’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854557–i-did-nothing-wrong

Firm thought McCallion was a real estate agent, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854348–firm-thought-mccallion-was-a-real-estate-agent-inquiry-told

City wasn’t fleeced in land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854255–city-wasn-t-fleeced-in-land-deal

Son misled mayor, lawyer suggests
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853946–son-misled-mayor-lawyer-suggests

McCallion sticks up for mom
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853823–mccallion-sticks-up-for-mom

McCallion’s memory tested
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853442–mccallion-s-memory-tested

Mayor pushed her son’s project
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853143–mayor-pushed-her-son-s-project

Mayor’s son on the hot seat
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853105–mayor-s-son-on-the-hot-seat

Not a principal: McCallion
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852904–not-a-principal-mccallion

McCallion co-signed loan
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852871–mccallion-co-signed-loan

Mayor an ’emissary’ for son’s company: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852774–mayor-an-emissary-for-son-s-company-lawyer

O’Brien was also involved in Sheridan deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852668–o-brien-was-also-involved-in-sheridan-deal

Lawyers prepare for battle at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852401–lawyers-prepare-for-battle-at-inquiry

Hazel vouched for son’s partner
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852375–hazel-vouched-for-son-s-partner

Mayor’s son to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852244–mayor-s-son-to-testify

OMERS denies inflating land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/848667–omers-denies-inflating-land-deal

Code needed at City
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/847289–code-needed-at-city

Company received $4M payout
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/847088–company-received-4m-payout

City seeks public review of ethics code
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846865–city-seeks-public-review-of-ethics-code

Company received $4M pay-out over hotel deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846702–company-received-4m-pay-out-over-hotel-deal

Voters will decide
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/845495–voters-will-decide

Process can’t be muzzled
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/845494–process-can-t-be-muzzled

Mayor pushed deal, Inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845386–mayor-pushed-deal-inquiry-told

Mayor linked to meeting
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845348–mayor-linked-to-meeting

Mayor pushed for hotel in City Centre
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845305–mayor-pushed-for-hotel-in-city-centre

Judge shoots down mayor’s request
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844957–judge-shoots-down-mayor-s-request

Was it legal?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/844106–was-it-legal

Mayor cries foul at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844048–mayor-cries-foul-at-inquiry

Inquiry hits another roadblock
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/842350–inquiry-hits-another-roadblock

Questions remain
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/841093–questions-remain

Inquiry costs now expected to hit $5 million
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/840203–inquiry-costs-now-expected-to-hit-5-million

Inquiry may hurt Enersource: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/839993–inquiry-may-hurt-enersource-lawyer

‘I am not stepping down’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838087–i-am-not-stepping-down

Inquiry’s second phase begins in July
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838006–inquiry-s-second-phase-begins-in-july

‘I forget‚’ doesn’t cut it
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/837377–i-forget-doesn-t-cut-it

Council told of veto: Mahoney
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833782–council-told-of-veto-mahoney

Mahoney set to testify at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833374–mahoney-set-to-testify-at-inquiry

Mahoney called to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/832789–mahoney-called-to-testify

Councillor asks for fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831724–councillor-asks-for-fees

Mayor’s legal fees capped
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831432–mayor-s-legal-fees-capped

Inquiry costs climb
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/830589–inquiry-costs-climb

Lawyers want more to represent mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/829779–lawyers-want-more-to-represent-mayor

McCallion calls out Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/828112–mccallion-calls-out-parrish

Mayor denies knowing of veto
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/827766–mayor-denies-knowing-of-veto

Deal negotiated improperly, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/826715–deal-negotiated-improperly-inquiry-hears

Mayor on stand tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823922–mayor-on-stand-tomorrow

Enersource deal ‘terrific’ for Mississauga
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823722–enersource-deal-terrific-for-mississauga

Enersource deal nixed by inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823414–enersource-deal-nixed-by-inquiry

We’ll all pay a share
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/822510–we-ll-all-pay-a-share

Former City manager vague in details
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/822193–former-city-manager-vague-in-details

Councillors should have known about veto, deal maker says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821795–councillors-should-have-known-about-veto-deal-maker-says

Files stay sealed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821442–files-stay-sealed

City set to approve full funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821229–city-set-to-approve-full-funding-for-mayor-s-son

City key to OMERS, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821186–city-key-to-omers-inquiry-told

No common sense
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/821055–no-common-sense

High stakes drama
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/821054–high-stakes-drama

Enersource powers ‘changed’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820981–enersource-powers-changed

Hydro deal took years to probe, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820827–hydro-deal-took-years-to-probe-inquiry-hears

Judicial inquiry starts today
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820606–judicial-inquiry-starts-today

Inquiry starts tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820581–inquiry-starts-tomorrow

Mayor to testify June 2
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818995–mayor-to-testify-june-2

Councillors consider code of ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818976–councillors-consider-code-of-ethics

Council code of conduct on agenda
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818368–council-code-of-conduct-on-agenda

More money for Mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817504–more-money-for-mayor-s-son

Commissioner to rule on funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817197–commissioner-to-rule-on-funding-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry costs at $1.5M and rising
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/815604–inquiry-costs-at-1-5m-and-rising

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Mississauga Council okays $250,000 more for Hazel McCallion’s lawyers fees. (Video of debate highlights)

August 5th, 2010  

Thanks to the Toronto Star and Mississauga News for the following.

Torstar Network
Aug 04, 2010 – 5:46 PM

Council okays $250,000 more for mayor

More for the Mayor. Mississauga councillors voted today to give another $250,000 to Mayor Hazel McCallion to cover her legal bills during the judicial inquiry. File photo

After a 40-minute debate, Mississauga city councillors voted today to give another $250,000 of taxpayers’ money to Mayor Hazel McCallion to cover her legal bills during the ongoing judicial inquiry.

The motion was tabled by Councillor Sue McFadden and passed unanimously by Council. The mayor excused herself from the vote just ahead of the motion.

Ward 6 Councillor Carolyn Parrish, a vocal critic of the mayor, raised some vital questions about soaring costs at the inquiry, but acknowledged that “we have no choice but to accept it.”

She said councillors are caught between a rock and hard place, “but the mayor will have to explain it to the taxpayers.”… the rest, please see Council okays $250,000 more for mayor

Now for video of this discussion.

What follows is an excerpt of today’s Mississauga Council debate on covering the Mayor’s legal bills. We highlight the words of Councillor Nando Iannicca and his exchange with City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench. And of course, the transcript.

Video: Mississauga Council debates lawyers’ fees for Mayor Hazel McCallion (Judicial Inquiry)  (3:55 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (Acting Mayor):

Councillor Iannicca.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

Thank you. I have just a couple of quick thoughts. Councillor Parrish touched upon it. I am concerned the extent to which, you know, we might need $400,000 more. And then she said that immediately becomes a target waiting at the finish line. It’s not an [inaudible] limit. So you know you’re in. And that concerns me.

And the fact that it wasn’t articulated or demonstrated in a little bit more fulsome manner. But be that as it may.

The other part as it relates to the costs. Certainly on my behalf and on behalf of my constituents, you know it’s the classic “It Is What It Is”. I mean when I supported the Inquiry, I said to myself, I’m not asking for a fixed amount of justice. We’re asking for justice and a proper inquiry.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Yes..

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

It’s very tough under that circumstance to say we rolled up and said give me twenty bucks worth of gas. You’ve got to say Fill it Up. Wherever that journey takes you.

And so I’m a little disappointed in the sense that we look at these reports and this is what it costs and it’s costing you 40 hours of work. What is somebody thinking? That if you come back and say that we’ve reached five million, we’re going to say Stop?

I mean, and especially in the circumstances that we’re describing, where it’s to seek justice where politicians are involved. And one of us has the courage to say here “stop now”? You know, I think our public deserves better than that.

This is justice and it doesn’t matter where it takes you and who’s involved. And the last thing I’d want to do is stop if we’re trying to seek the truth and politicians are involved. That’s just not right. So, it’s not even an academic argument. It’s an argument you shouldn’t be having in society. It costs what it costs to get to the truth under the circumstances and I’m not going to deviate from that at all.

I think in that regard as well, I think the costs are what they are and I think this needs to be said —because we’ve bent over backwards as a Council to be fair to everybody involved. I would think. I don’t what else we could have done to all of the participants, recognizing and respecting their rights, and to be represented appropriately and I fully support that as well.

The only other point that I will raise and I do want to give the Commissioner and the Counsel the chance to work through the process, because it’s by far the most common question being asked of me is, if Mr. McCallion, whether he knew it or not had certain assets and he was given certain funds thinking he did not have assets for legal fees, what is the recourse, can that come back and the Commissioner —the Justice can revisit it. And perhaps you could speak to that or whether that’s something that the Justice has the right to revisit at a later date or at some appropriate time.

CITY SOLICITOR MARY ELLEN BENCH:

The purpose of the Inquiry will be to —for the Commissioner to make certain findings as to fact and he will make recommendations but you have to remember, it’s not a court of law. So he will not have the power sitting in this forum, to require repayment or anything of that nature.

I think at the end of this process, when we do have his recommendations, it’s appropriate to look at them and assess the evidence and determine what actions City needs to take moving forward.

And based on previous inquiries in Waterloo and in Toronto, legal action was taken where it was appropriate. In other cases, like the bulk of the changes were administrative process changes and the Commissioner in this case will do the same.

He will make recommendations that he thinks are appropriate based on the totality of the evidence he has. And right now we’re at that awkward spot where we’ve got part of the evidence but there’s still at least two more weeks to go.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

Yeah, thank you. What I take from that —and not as eloquently as you but I hope I’m saying what you’re saying in different words. What I’ve told any constituent is, let’s let the process run its course. Let’s let the reasons that we’re here be answered. Let’s let the Justice do his work and we will revisit those or visit those afterwards.

That’s a fair way of putting it.

CITY SOLICITOR MARY ELLEN BENCH:

That’s correct.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

And I don’t know where that takes us but I think people want some indication that there’s more to play out on that front. Certainly that’s what I’m telling them. Thank you Madam Chair.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

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The Mississauga News has provided a terrific resource so I’ll just cut-and-paste with special thanks to them for making my job easier.

Judicial inquiry coverage

Faces of the inquiry. From left, businessman Peter McCallion and his powerful mother, Mayor Hazel McCallion, are in the spotlight as the historic Mississauga judicial inquiry continues to unfold in the Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. courthouse. Justice Douglas Cunningham (right) is probing the extent of the mayor’s involvement in a major land deal that was being brokered by her son, and whether she had a conflict of interest.

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The Mississauga News
Aug 04, 2010 – 8:36 PM

Did Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion have a conflict of interest when she got involved in her son’s business dealings? Or, was she just working on behalf the City of Mississauga by helping to being a major hotel and convention centre to the City Centre?

That’s what Justice Douglas Cunningham is trying to determine at the ongoing Mississauga judicial inquiry.

It’s also a hot topic of conversation for many city residents.

The City of Mississauga Judicial Inquiry was established under Section 274 of the Municipal Act by a vote of City Council on Nov. 11, 2009.

It has been conducted in two sessions. The first half, which began May 25 and ran through June 15, examined a controversial Enersource Shareholders Agreement that gave unusual veto powers to the utility’s minority owner, the giant OMERS pension fund.

The second part of the inquiry, which got underway July 8, is examining the mayor’s role in a bid by a development company fronted by her son to buy a package of City Centre land from OMERS for a hotel and convention centre.

Below is our coverage of the judicial inquiry to date.

Council okays $250,000 more for mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856578–council-okays-250-000-more-for-mayor

What price truth?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/855846–what-price-truth

Mayor should step down
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/855844–mayor-should-step-down

McCallions’ inquiry tab could top $500,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855622–mccallions-inquiry-tab-could-top-500-000

Mayor not helped by son’s testimony
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855587–mayor-not-helped-by-son-s-testimony

McCallion should pay: Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855047–mccallion-should-pay-parrish

‘I did nothing wrong’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854557–i-did-nothing-wrong

Firm thought McCallion was a real estate agent, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854348–firm-thought-mccallion-was-a-real-estate-agent-inquiry-told

City wasn’t fleeced in land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854255–city-wasn-t-fleeced-in-land-deal

Son misled mayor, lawyer suggests
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853946–son-misled-mayor-lawyer-suggests

McCallion sticks up for mom
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853823–mccallion-sticks-up-for-mom

McCallion’s memory tested
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853442–mccallion-s-memory-tested

Mayor pushed her son’s project
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853143–mayor-pushed-her-son-s-project

Mayor’s son on the hot seat
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853105–mayor-s-son-on-the-hot-seat

Not a principal: McCallion
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852904–not-a-principal-mccallion

McCallion co-signed loan
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852871–mccallion-co-signed-loan

Mayor an ’emissary’ for son’s company: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852774–mayor-an-emissary-for-son-s-company-lawyer

O’Brien was also involved in Sheridan deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852668–o-brien-was-also-involved-in-sheridan-deal

Lawyers prepare for battle at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852401–lawyers-prepare-for-battle-at-inquiry

Hazel vouched for son’s partner
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852375–hazel-vouched-for-son-s-partner

Mayor’s son to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852244–mayor-s-son-to-testify

OMERS denies inflating land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/848667–omers-denies-inflating-land-deal

Code needed at City
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/847289–code-needed-at-city

Company received $4M payout
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/847088–company-received-4m-payout

City seeks public review of ethics code
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846865–city-seeks-public-review-of-ethics-code

Company received $4M pay-out over hotel deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846702–company-received-4m-pay-out-over-hotel-deal

Voters will decide
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/845495–voters-will-decide

Process can’t be muzzled
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/845494–process-can-t-be-muzzled

Mayor pushed deal, Inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845386–mayor-pushed-deal-inquiry-told

Mayor linked to meeting
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845348–mayor-linked-to-meeting

Mayor pushed for hotel in City Centre
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845305–mayor-pushed-for-hotel-in-city-centre

Judge shoots down mayor’s request
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844957–judge-shoots-down-mayor-s-request

Was it legal?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/844106–was-it-legal

Mayor cries foul at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844048–mayor-cries-foul-at-inquiry

Inquiry hits another roadblock
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/842350–inquiry-hits-another-roadblock

Questions remain
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/841093–questions-remain

Inquiry costs now expected to hit $5 million
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/840203–inquiry-costs-now-expected-to-hit-5-million

Inquiry may hurt Enersource: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/839993–inquiry-may-hurt-enersource-lawyer

‘I am not stepping down’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838087–i-am-not-stepping-down

Inquiry’s second phase begins in July
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838006–inquiry-s-second-phase-begins-in-july

‘I forget‚’ doesn’t cut it
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/837377–i-forget-doesn-t-cut-it

Council told of veto: Mahoney
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833782–council-told-of-veto-mahoney

Mahoney set to testify at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833374–mahoney-set-to-testify-at-inquiry

Mahoney called to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/832789–mahoney-called-to-testify

Councillor asks for fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831724–councillor-asks-for-fees

Mayor’s legal fees capped
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831432–mayor-s-legal-fees-capped

Inquiry costs climb
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/830589–inquiry-costs-climb

Lawyers want more to represent mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/829779–lawyers-want-more-to-represent-mayor

McCallion calls out Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/828112–mccallion-calls-out-parrish

Mayor denies knowing of veto
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/827766–mayor-denies-knowing-of-veto

Deal negotiated improperly, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/826715–deal-negotiated-improperly-inquiry-hears

Mayor on stand tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823922–mayor-on-stand-tomorrow

Enersource deal ‘terrific’ for Mississauga
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823722–enersource-deal-terrific-for-mississauga

Enersource deal nixed by inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823414–enersource-deal-nixed-by-inquiry

We’ll all pay a share
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/822510–we-ll-all-pay-a-share

Former City manager vague in details
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/822193–former-city-manager-vague-in-details

Councillors should have known about veto, deal maker says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821795–councillors-should-have-known-about-veto-deal-maker-says

Files stay sealed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821442–files-stay-sealed

City set to approve full funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821229–city-set-to-approve-full-funding-for-mayor-s-son

City key to OMERS, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821186–city-key-to-omers-inquiry-told

No common sense
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/821055–no-common-sense

High stakes drama
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/821054–high-stakes-drama

Enersource powers ‘changed’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820981–enersource-powers-changed

Hydro deal took years to probe, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820827–hydro-deal-took-years-to-probe-inquiry-hears

Judicial inquiry starts today
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820606–judicial-inquiry-starts-today

Inquiry starts tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820581–inquiry-starts-tomorrow

Mayor to testify June 2
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818995–mayor-to-testify-june-2

Councillors consider code of ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818976–councillors-consider-code-of-ethics

Council code of conduct on agenda
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818368–council-code-of-conduct-on-agenda

More money for Mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817504–more-money-for-mayor-s-son

Commissioner to rule on funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817197–commissioner-to-rule-on-funding-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry costs at $1.5M and rising
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/815604–inquiry-costs-at-1-5m-and-rising

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Peter McCallion’s entire July 27, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry testimony (PART 2) now video record on YouTube

August 1st, 2010  

Today’s Blog is dedicated to Edward R. Murrow. This is Part Two

For the first nine videos of Mr. McCallion’s testimony, please see Part One of this Blog, “Peter McCallion’s entire July 27, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry testimony now video record on YouTube (PART 1)”

This Blog contains videos 10 through 18.

For the official transcript at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry’s website check out: http://mail.tscript.com/trans/mississauga/jul_27_10/index.htm

We have also provided a transcript at MISSISSAUGAWATCH: www.mississaugawatch.ca/blog/?p=9655

Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 10 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 10 of 18 (14:47 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 11 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 11 of 18 (14:40 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 12 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 12 of 18 (14:38 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 13 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 13 of 18 (15:00 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 14 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 14 of 18 (14:51 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 15 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 15 of 18 (14:55 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 16 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 16 of 18 (14:55 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 17 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 17 of 18 (14:45 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 18 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 18 of 18 (11:05 min)

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Ursula Bennett
The Mississauga Muse
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Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion leaves after winning 2006 election on 061113

Winning the 2006 election easily, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion leaves the Great Hall after final results.
Municipal Election Night November 13, 2006.

Royson: Ending the state of denial

Published On Wed Jul 28 2010

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By Royson James City Columnist

To the army of Hazel McCallion apologists — many itching to re-elect her Oct. 25 — testimony out of the Mississauga judicial inquiry must be painful.

At best, Peter McCallion used his mom, the good graces of her Streetsville home and the tax-supported resources of the mayor’s office to feather his own nest.

And he did it, as Hazel’s lawyer told the son Wednesday at the inquiry, without revealing the extent of his business partnerships, leaving an unsuspecting mayor in the dark.

At worst, he was aided and abetted by the powerful mayor mom who seems to have her hand in every deal, a finger in every transaction, and bared knuckles at the ready to drive hesitant developers to the altar.

Whatever you believe, the public process is badly broken in Mississauga. Follow the trail of emails, telephone calls, requests for private and personal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) meetings and one is troubled by how much access Peter and his associates have to the mayor.

Neither is their comfort in his claim that he had no special privileges because developers constantly traipse through the McCallion house, sipping tea, munching food, cooking up deals.

At the end of two days of testimony in which Peter remembered very little about almost everything — “I take it you don’t have a particularly good memory,” Hazel’s lawyer Elizabeth McIntyre told him — the younger McCallion told reporters:

“I didn’t do anything wrong. There is no conflict of interest here.”…

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Peter McCallion’s entire July 27, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry testimony (PART 1) now video record on YouTube

August 1st, 2010  

Today’s Blog is dedicated to Edward R. Murrow. This is Part One

Here they are —as promised. Video of Peter McCallion’s first day at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, July 27, 2010.  All told about four hours of testimony. As luck would have it just this week, YouTube announced that it would up time limits for videos from ten minutes to fifteen. That still meant that Mr. McCallion’s testimony required 18 YouTube videos in all and we offer them here.

For the official transcript at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry’s website check out:  http://mail.tscript.com/trans/mississauga/jul_27_10/index.htm

We have also provided a transcript at MISSISSAUGAWATCH:  www.mississaugawatch.ca/blog/?p=9655

We will also make Peter McCallion’s July 28, 2010 testimony available here as well as time permits.

Video: PETER MCCALLION INTRODUCTION PART 1 to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 Testimony (7:22 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 2 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 2 of 18 (14:56 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 3 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 3 of 18 (14:59 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 4 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 4 of 18 (14:54 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 5 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 5 of 18 (14:54 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 6 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 6 of 18 (14:49 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 7 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 7 of 18 (14:46 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 8 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 8 of 18 (14:46 min)

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Video: PETER MCCALLION PART 9 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry July 27, 2010 TESTIMONY PART 9 of 18 (15:00 min)

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For videos 10 through 18, please click here for Part 2 of the Blog, Peter McCallion’s entire July 27, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry testimony (PART 2) now video record on YouTube.

Ursula Bennett
The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion leaves after winning 2006 election on 061113

Winning the 2006 election easily, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion leaves the Great Hall after final results.
Municipal Election Night November 13, 2006.

MISSISSAUGA NEWS

Joe Chin
Jul 30, 2010 – 8:08 AM

‘I did nothing wrong’

The man in black. Peter McCallion arrives at the Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. courthouse to begin his testimony at the Mississauga judicial inquiry. He later told reporters he and his mother, Mayor Hazel McCallion, are guilty of no wrongdoing in connection with a failed bid to build a hotel and convention centre on City Centre lands. Staff photo by Fred Loek
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Two days of aggressive grilling couldn’t budge Peter McCallion from insisting he did nothing wrong in an ill-fated bid to bring an upscale hotel to Mississauga’s downtown core.
While he was in denial mode, he took time to stick up for his mother, Mayor Hazel McCallion, too.
“No, we did not (do anything wrong),” McCallion told reporters on Wednesday as he left the Burnhamthorpe Rd. courthouse, site of the Mississauga judicial inquiry.
The high-profile hearing is probing, among other issues, whether the mayor breached conflict-of-interest rules in her involvement in the land purchase deal…..

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