Message to Voters! Ontario: the “dead last” Province. Citizens NEED the Ontario Ombudsman!

September 29th, 2010  

To voters across Ontario. What do you know about your municipal government? I mean really know —not just what you read in your local rag.

Video: Ontario the “dead last” Province. Citizens need the Ontario Ombudsman (4:05 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting on the clock tower, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

I’ve researched Mississauga municipal governance through Freedom of Information since January 2007 and I despair for those who need government most. To be fair, it isn’t just Mississauga. I’m convinced that most municipalities in Ontario are morally beyond redemption. What is, is.

To illustrate the essence of “my” platform, here are selected quotes from our Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin, in an address he gave in October 31, 2007:

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“Sadly, we all have stories to tell about how governments are prone to promising much more to the public than they deliver. And I’m not talking about campaign promises… What I’m talking about is something that goes much deeper, and it affects every aspect of day-to-day government. It’s about the trust between the people and their government.

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“Personally, I am very concerned about the trend in government organizations today to put forward a slick public image, touting themselves as the ‘best in the world,’ when in reality, they aren’t even coming close to living up to that image…

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“Ontario generally likes to think of itself as a leader in Canada.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Tower elevator, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

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“But like a lot of things in government today…the reality doesn’t measure up to the ideal. There are still huge areas of government– representing more than 80% of provincial spending–that are completely immune to my scrutiny

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting at the Great Hall, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

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“I am shut out of the MUSH sector–referring to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals, along with long-term care facilities, police and children’s aid societies. This leaves thousands of Ontarians with nowhere to turn with their complaints…

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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“Every other province allows its ombudsman to oversee most if not all of the MUSH sector. But Ontario lags behind–dead last.

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting in the underground parking, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

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“And obviously the government knows there is a need to open these organizations up to public scrutiny…

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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“What I do know is that wherever we have been able to investigate, we have found plenty of ‘puffery.’ That’s what I call the overblown, puffed-up promises of ‘world-class service’ that some organizations use a shield, when they are actually quite secretive and dismissive toward the public.”

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Wherever I have been able to investigate the City of Mississauga, I’ve found plenty of “puffery”–and they are definitely quite secretive and dismissive toward the public.

Need proof? Three words: Mississauga. Judicial. Inquiry.

A Master of Deception and Duplicity–that’s the City of Mississauga! So huge is the vast gap between claims and truth that I’ve come to call this city MYTHissauga!

I know I’m nobody to the City of Mississauga–not to be believed. So be it. What disgusts me most is knowing that every day, MYTHissauga metes out the same contemptuous message to other “nobodies” like me.

There is no simple fix—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting in the underground parking, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

—but a good first step is to introduce authentic, independent accountability into municipal government. I therefore propose a simple test to use to decide who gets your vote.

Ask your candidate:

Do you support extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities?

Unless you get an unqualified “Yes!” look for someone else to support.

Giddy-yap!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]


MISSISSAUGAWATCH REQUESTS LIMITED STANDING AT MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY

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Hazel McCallion and “mega-builder” Harold Shipp strut their stuff at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry!

September 22nd, 2010  

It was one remarkable week at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion testifying yessirholyjumpin’.

Regular readers will know that the focus of MISSISSAUGAWATCH is to document the chronic (and callous) disregard of policies, procedures, guidelines, by-laws and even provincial legislation by City of Mississauga Staff. This isn’t idle allegation, but an evidence-based conclusion based of over $2,000 worth of Freedom of Information and audio/videotape that goes back all the way to 2004 —actually, even earlier.

So imagine my disgust when Hazel McCallion testified under that oath that her City Staff are:

 13  very professional and they follow the policies very,
 14  very, very diligently. 

And Commission Counsel have video submissions by me confirming flagrant violation to policies. Indeed isn’t that what the entire Inquiry has revealed?

I repeat. The City of Mississauga is morally beyond redemption.  Or—in the words of a youth who emailed me—the System is “CORRUPT there is no way to fix it.” And now this City of MYTHissauga is poised to hire their own integrity commissioner to ratch up The Pretend another notch!

So that’s been my week and I hope yours was better.

On to the videos.

The first features Hazel McCallion arriving, departing, avoiding answering pithy media questions on September 20, 2010 in and around the Burnthamthorpe Courthouse.

The second video gives the viewer an idea of what happened September 20, 2010—the Mayor coming, going, coming out of a pre-trial meeting with her lawyers, you know, the usual. Should you watch to the end, you get a special treat.

The last video, Harold Shipp demonstrates support of public transit at Hazel McCallion’s testimony is just a reminder to citizens that Harold Shipp owns Mississauga. With this video, we also provide a transcript.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION Mississauga Judicial September 20, 2010 arriving, leaving etc (6:57 min)

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

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION Mississauga Judicial September 21, 2010 arriving, leaving etc (7:27 min)

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

Video: Harold Shipp demonstrates support of public transit at Hazel McCallion’s testimony (1:14 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

“Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP, threatening any Mississauga Councillors who’d vote for the Judicial Inquiry (October 28, 2009):

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH as she watched “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP, drive away after attending Hazel McCallion’s testimony at the Judicial Inquiry (September 21, 2010):

We now record Harold Shipp’s commitment to public transit.

(closeup) Yeah, this is a Mississauga Transit articulated bus here.

Yeah, developers do really really really well in this fine city. There he goes…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

[Music: “Make a Move” courtesy Probangers.com]

Mega-developer Harold Shipp's commitment public transportation

No matter where you are in Ontario, MISSISSAUGAWATCH urges you to ask your municipal candidates:

Are you prepared, as part of your platform, to demand change in Provincial legislation and extend the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include Municipalities (MUSH sector)?

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

HAZEL MCCALLION'S LIE AT THE MISSISSAUGA INQUIRY. City Staff are "very professional and they follow the policies very, very, very diligently. "

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Hazel McCallion’s challenger, Peter Orphanos: “I will…not say anything or do anything that promotes divisiveness..”

September 19th, 2010  

Refusing to vote for Hazel McCallion this round and want to know your choices? At this time MISSISSAUGAWATCH introduces Mississauga Mayoral candidate, Peter Orphanos as he addressed the Churchill Meadows Ratepayers’ Association on Monday, September 13, 2010. We also present a transcript of Mr. Orphanos’ speech.

Video: PETER ORPHANOS, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE: An Introduction” (3:19 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Mayoral Candidate PETER ORPHANOS (Churchill Meadows Residents’ Association meeting, Ruth Thompson Middle School, September 13, 2010)

First of all I’d like to thank the CMRA. Thank you for doing this. Thank you to the candidates and thank you to the people here. You’re part of what we need —part of what we need and that is active participatory democracy.

With seventeen to twenty-five percent of the electorate coming out that is not good enough. That’s why we have the situation that we do today. More people brings debate, brings accountability and so forth. We need more of that.

I’m running for Mayor because I love my city. I’ve shown that love with thirty years of leadership and involvement in my community. Our present situation cries out for change.

We love you, Madam Mayor, but if you really love Mississauga, you’ll pass the torch. Pass the torch to me.

I was born in Greece and came here at six years of age. And Greece is the seat of Democracy. And you know what? When I see Democracy in danger —participatory democracy in danger, I get involved. It’s time for a change.

A little bit about me. I’m married. Two children. One grandchild. The second one on the way in January [inaudible]. I reside in Streetsville.  Forty year resident of Mississauga. On many committees —provincial and local, environmental advisory committee City of Mississauga.

I started the Streetsville Residents’ Association as Chair. I started the Sierra Club. How many people know the Sierra Club? A great environmental organization and I’m proud of it. And I’m winner of numerous awards.

I stand for three things.

Long term vision —and someone greater than four years to carry that through. ‘Cuz Mississauga needs it.

Teamwork to get everybody together. I’m willing to work with any councillor here, any mayor here and I will put them together and not say anything or do anything that promotes divisiveness. And I want people [inaudible]. We want to know what you’ve done and what you’re going to do —from anybody. And we want that for Mississauga —better Mississauga.

My vision. A bold and exciting vision. A people-centred city with gathering places, cafes, open squares and a green environment. We don’t have that now. Wall-to-wall concrete, a sprawl city and we’re known for it.

Convenient rapid transit. A Bike-and-Walk City. Where are the bicycle lanes? Where are we going to invite bicycles and get people out of cars through their own will?

A more beautiful city. Promoting the Green Economy and creating jobs. This is a big opportunity. A safer Mississauga. A large Farmer’s Market. A world-class lifestyle entertainment complex for major events.

Reuniting Council —that’s very important. Without teamwork and synergy, nothing happens. And last of all, Accountability. It’s time to pass the torch.

Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. Vote for Peter Orphanos on October 25th!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed, MISSISSAUGAWATCH 
Note:
For the record, MISSISSAUGAWATCH has filed as a Mayoral candidate.

BEFORE VOTING, DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Environmentalist enters mayoral race

Peter Orphanos. Streetsville resident Peter Orphanos is running for mayor of Mississauga in the Oct. 25 municipal election. Supplied photo

Joseph Chin
Sep 09, 2010 – 9:48 PM

Streetsville resident Peter Orphanos doesn’t disagree with Mayor Hazel McCallion when she says change is needed at City Hall.
Where they differ, however, is that Orphanos wants that change to begin in McCallion’s own office.

“We have a badly-divided Council and a leader whose integrity is again under question. Mississauga deserves better and needs a change to wipe the slate clean,” he said in a press release announcing his candidacy.

Orphanos, who registered this afternoon, is the 15th candidate seeking to become mayor of Mississauga in the Oct. 25 municipal election.

His public service began with his teaching career in Ottawa. In 1970, he was hired by the Peel District School Board, where he spent 35 years as a teacher and administrator. Click here to read the rest of the article at the Mississauga News.

Link   Tom Urbaniak’s  Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga

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Paul Fromm: “…about the two-ton elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about.”

September 19th, 2010  

Refusing to vote for Hazel McCallion this round and want to know your choices? At this time MISSISSAUGAWATCH introduces Mississauga Mayoral candidate, Paul Fromm as he addressed the Churchill Meadows Ratepayers’ Association on Monday, September 13, 2010. We also present a transcript of Mr. Fromm’ speech.

Video: PAUL FROMM, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE: An Introduction” (3:19 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Mayoral Candidate PAUL FROMM (Churchill Meadows Residents’ Association meeting, Ruth Thompson Middle School, September 13, 2010)

That’s Paul Fromm and I have to thank you very much for the fine work you did in pulling together this meeting. I also want to honour all the people who are standing as candidates because this is the one time that you get a chance to have a say in your community.

At election time the only way you can have a say is if people run. So, hopefully, we’ll get a wide variety of opinions and emphases and honour all the people who have chosen to throw their hats in the ring.

A little bit about myself. I am a thirty-year resident of Mississauga. I’m a former school trustee in another place. I’m a former educator here in Peel. My present career is kind of two-fold. I, like the previous candidate, I’m a radio man. I have a nightly show and I’m The Midnight Man so I’m up usually pretty late.

A little bit of sense of deja vue. Ruth Thompson Middle School. When I first started teaching in Peel, Ruth Thompson was our —was the school trustee for Ward 3. And when I was in the teachers’ union we were always quarreling. [inaudible] I tended to meet her from time to time socially at Don Blenkarn’s get-togethers for the Conservatives down in Mississauga South back in those days.

So there is a little bit of sense of deja vue.

Other candidates have said and I think there’s a sense here that things are about to change in a very big way for Peel —I mean for Mississauga. For one thing the growth that —we’re filled up. There’s little place to expand. And the years of Mrs. McCallion and the years of rapid growth, maybe some people approved of that, maybe some didn’t. I know I mourn the loss of a lot of the farmland that used to be such a benefit for this community.

Anyway I’ve got one more minute so let me tell you about the two-ton elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about. All the problems that you will hear about —the horrific traffic, the congestion, the overcrowding, all comes back to one thing. Mass immigration. And we’re scheduled to grow by three hundred thousand more people in the next six years.

There’s just no room.

Leadership will mean a Mayor who’s going to be public and go up to Ottawa, camp out on the lawn of the Minister of Immigration and say, “We have to have a moratorium —there just is no more room. With 8.2 percent unemployment, there are no jobs for people. We need a breather to develop —to deal with the situation we have now.

And that’s not to make any unkind comments about anybody here.

Well, I’m used to trying to keep to a deadline so I’d like to thank you very much for listening.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed, MISSISSAUGAWATCH 
Note:
For the record, MISSISSAUGAWATCH has filed as a Mayoral candidate.

BEFORE VOTING, DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Former teacher running for mayor

Paul Fromm. Paul Fromm is the 14th candidate seeking to become mayor of Mississauga in the Oct. 25 municipal election. Supplied photo

John Stewart
Sep 09, 2010 – 8:54 AM

A former Peel District School Board teacher who was fired for refusing to curtail his political activities outside the classroom is the 14th candidate seeking to become mayor of Mississauga in the Oct. 25 municipal election.

Paul Fromm registered to run yesterday afternoon, less than an hour after incumbent Hazel McCallion officially announced she would be seeking her 12th term in office.

“Immigration is the issue,” Fromm said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “It’s the two-ton elephant in the room that the municipal politicians don’t want to discuss. They just want to babble about the supposed benefits of ‘diversity.’”  Click here to read the rest of the article at the Mississauga News.

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Hazel McCallion’s challenger, Ram Selvarajah: “Twenty-two percent of the children in Peel live below the Poverty line.”

September 19th, 2010  

Refusing to vote for Hazel McCallion this round and want to know your choices? At this time MISSISSAUGAWATCH introduces Mississauga Mayoral candidate, Ram Selvarajah as he addressed the Churchill Meadows Ratepayers’ Association on Monday, September 13, 2010. We also present a transcript of Mr. Selvarajah’s speech.

Video: RAM SELVARAJAH, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE: An Introduction ” (3:36 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Mayoral Candidate RAM SELVARAJAH (Churchill Meadows Residents’ Association meeting, Ruth Thompson Middle School, September 13, 2010)

Thank you, John. Thank you for coming out and thanks to the Churchill Meadows Residents Association for putting this together

As you’re aware, this election is a turning point in the history of Mississauga. This year we all a two percent tax increase. It was supposed to be six percent. Of course this being an election year, it was brought down to two percent.

Next year we are faced with a ten percent increase.

Despite all the billions that our Federal and Provincial government are spending, the economy does not seem to be picking up steam. In fact, the unemployment rate is actually growing.

As a city, we have to fight to keep businesses in our city. We have to ensure that the people of Mississauga are taken care of. [inaudible] have not brought forward issues. This year I’m bringing forward issues [inaudible] for your vote.

Twenty-two percent of the children in Peel live below the Poverty line. That is, for every five friends that your children have, one of them is having to go without.  In your class of thirty [inaudible] children, that is six children that [sic] are going hungry.

And this is something that did not develop yesterday —it’s been a growing problem.

Fair Share for Peel identifies that since 1988, we’ve been in a deficit situation for human services in Peel. Currently for this year, the projected deficit is about 300-million dollars. That’s a lot. That’s something that our politicians should have done something about.

Not now, if they’re telling you they’re going to do it now, where have they been for the last twenty years?

The average household in Mississauga has at least two cars. Getting from one end of the town to another is a nightmare. And if you are like myself working in Toronto, getting back and forth is a crazy deal.

If we say we have 63 of the Fortune 500 companies in Mississauga, there is at least 30,000 people travelling to Toronto every day to work.

Since my time is up, there’s a lot of issues, I would like you to come by and visit my table and get more information.

I’ll leave you with one thought.

There is seventeen of us running*. There are seven —six who didn’t bother to show up. There are others that have a one-issue candidates [sic]. One that’s [sic] really saying that the Mayor won’t be able to take office so he’s on stand-by.

There’s another that’s [sic] saying I want immigrants out of Mississauga because that will reduce traffic congestions [sic]. That may be true, but I’m sure you do not—

The Mayor has asked for a Council that she can work with. I’m asking you. Do you want a Rubber-Stamp Council or do you want a leader with a vision?

I’m asking Hazel McCallion, you’ve been a great leader for our city and I admire your [inaudible]. And in fact you’re an inspiration for me to get out of my bed every morning. I ask you, please, put forward your platforms so we can ask. I want you to campaign for this election.

The people of Mississauga need to know what’s in store for them over the next few years.

Thank you.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed, MISSISSAUGAWATCH 
Note:
For the record, MISSISSAUGAWATCH has filed as a Mayoral candidate.

BEFORE VOTING, DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Ram Selvarajah‘s website at www.ram4mayor.ca

Six running for mayor

Running for mayor. Lisgar resident Ram Selvarajah, 39, is the sixth candidate to officially enter the race for the mayor’s chair. Photo submitted

John Stewart
Aug 24, 2010 – 8:34 AM

The number of candidates running for mayor in Mississauga has reached half a dozen — but none of them is the famous incumbent.

Yesterday, 39-year-old Lisgar resident Ram Selvarajah became the sixth candidate to officially enter the race for the mayor’s chair when he registered at City Hall.

Selvarajah had originally registered to run as a candidate for public school trustee in Wards 9-10, where he lives, but decided to seek the mayor’s chair instead.

He ran unsuccessfully for trustee in his ward in 2006.

“I want to bring trust, accountability and transparency to City Hall,” Selvarajah said in a press release.
The candidate, who is married with two children, owns a degree in political science from York University, where he served in the student senate.  Click here to read the rest of the article at the Mississauga News.

Link   Tom Urbaniak’s  Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga

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Hazel McCallion’s challenger, George Winter: “The Queen of Sprawl needs to be defeated herself —not given a Council of Lapdogs.”

September 18th, 2010  

Refusing to vote for Hazel McCallion this round and want to know your choices? At this time MISSISSAUGAWATCH introduces Mississauga Mayoral candidate, George Winter as he addressed the Churchill Meadows Residents’ Association on Monday, September 13, 2010. We also present a transcript of Mr. Winter’s speech.

Video: GEORGE WINTER, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE: An Introduction ” (3:26 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Mayoral Candidate GEORGE WINTER (Churchill Meadows Residents’ Association meeting, Ruth Thompson Middle School, September 13, 2010)

Thank you very much. Thank you very much for coming. It very very important.

My name is George Winter and I’m running for Mayor of Mississauga. Some time I’d like you to go to my website, georgewinter.ca. There I’ve some detailed positions about what I believe makes a livable city.

But let’s not fool anyone.

This election is about Hazel McCallion—the 32 year Mayor of Mississauga. The stakes changed in this election as soon as she asked voters to, quote, “give me a Council that is going to take this city to greater heights”.

Except for the last Council or two, she has had free reign to design Mississauga.  The sprawl that you see is the result of her lack of vision—shopping malls, Big Box stores, traffic congestion.

Her opening up to development of the entire city at one time is the single most catastrophic decision Mississauga has seen. Why did she do it?

To collect developers’ fees so that she could at once create the myth of being tightfisted with tax dollars!

The heads of both school boards protested that they wouldn’t be able to build schools, but she pressed ahead. In my mind, part of Hazel McCallion’s legacy will be those huge signs that we all saw on lots, that the boards of education put, that a school board—er, a school may be built here. But there was no guarantee that they would be built. Most, in fact, weren’t.

As a Peel Board of Education trustee, I sat on a board that sent out a daily convoy of buses. We had 20,000 students crisscrossing the city. If your children were part of that armada, like mine were, then place the blame where it belongs —on the Queen of Sprawl herself.

Dr. Tom Urbaniak, in his excellent biography*, explains how the city was transformed with hardly any protest whatsoever.

Keep the established neighbourhoods happy! They were the ones who voted, while the new residents didn’t. Who had the time to go to meetings? She kept the taxes low while making new residents like you pay developers’ fees folded into the purchase price of your homes (you didn’t think developers were going to swallow the costs, did you?)

She raised the fees for parks and recreation activities because the established neighbourhoods were using them less and less, while new neighbourhoods like yours had young families with young children.  She forced the school boards to keep old schools open in established neighbourhoods, while busing the children of new Mississaugans far from home.

Sound familiar?

That’s why we can’t have history repeat itself. Hazel McCallion calls this an important election.

I agree. Not for the reason that she mentioned. She doesn’t need to have councillors who agree with her. It’s called a Democracy. Use the skills of your Council. Get some new ideas.

The Queen of Sprawl needs to be defeated herself—not given a Council of Lapdogs.

I am running to be mayor of Mississauga, not to witness a coronation and dismantling of all debate.

You know what’s ironic? Some of the people that Mrs. McCallion wants on Council are wearing buttons that say “MISSISSAUGA. ONE CITY. ONE VOICE” Isn’t that what we had for almost thirty years?

George Winter’s Mississauga is ONE CITY. MANY VOICES.

Thank you very much.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed, MISSISSAUGAWATCH 
Note:
For the record, MISSISSAUGAWATCH has filed as a Mayoral candidate.

BEFORE VOTING, DO YOUR HOMEWORK

George Winter’s website at www.georgewinter.ca

* Reference link   Tom Urbaniak’s  Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga


MISSISSAUGA NEWS ARTICLE Man running for mayor

George Winter. George Winter plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 25 election. Supplied

Julia Le
Aug 19, 2010 – 8:33 PM

George Winter says he’s running for mayor in the Oct. 25 election.

Winter, a Mississauga resident of 36 years who has served as a Peel District School Board trustee, confirmed today that he’ll file his nomination papers tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. He says his family will be there with him as he officially throws his hat into the mayoralty ring.

Winter, 56, says he’s frustrated with how the City of Mississauga is being run and he wants to bring a fresh perspective to the mayor’s office.
The former secondary school teacher in Toronto says Mississauga is facing logistical problems, including the renewal of aging infrastructure and budgetary demands…   Click here to read the rest of the article at the Mississauga News.

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MISSISSAUGA’S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER PHOTOS CONFIRM PREVIOUS MINOR DAMAGE BEFORE THE *BIG* ONE

September 11th, 2010  

Zero doubt. The Dowling Heritage House, home of the Streetsville’s first Mayor sustained at least two hits in August 2010. And some photos from the Autotrader.ca car ads confirm this.

We shared the video and photos with the evil emp– City and we’ll eventually report on what happens.

As always, the video and the transcript.

Video: MISSISSAUGA’S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER PHOTOS CONFIRM PREVIOUS MINOR DAMAGE (5:48 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting/videotaping in front of computer, August 31, 2010)

It is Tuesday, August the 31st, 2010 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like. That’s not where we’re going. I want to show you an ad in the AutoTrader for a 2006 Dodge Charger.

I’d mentioned that I had gone and looked at this car. And you can do a 360 here.

And I had gone and looked at this car —oh I don’t know, I believe it was a Monday, and it just happened to be also the place where the Dowling House, Streetsville’s first mayor —the home of Streetsville’s first mayor happened to be, okay?

I didn’t know this at the time. I was just interested in the car. But you can kind of see in the background here photograph of what turns out to be the Dowling House and also the truck.

Now what’s interesting is that when you when you take the Mississauga News, right here, inform people about the Dowling House to let them know that—  Right there I made a comment.

But anyway you can see here this big gaping hole in the Dowling House. And yet when you compare it to this photograph right here —let’s click on it. And we’re going to get rid of, well, you can kind of see it but let’s just make it like this and over. And you can see —what I did, just to show you, was took this photograph right here over. And now I magnified it.

And when you pull it over like this you can see that the Dowling House had very very little damage and still had much of its front there. Too bad you can’t see much more but let’s just do a really close close-up here just to record this. Looks like it still may even have had a door, I don’t know.

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MINOR DAMAGE)

But compare that to what exists here. I mean the window is taken completely out. The brick goes beyond the window and into here. So again let’s just take a look here —and the Dowling House here.

There was damage, initial damage done —they might possibly have thought oh well, we don’t want to pay for the insurance— I don’t know, I’m speculating, of course, but there was damage done when this photo of this Dodge Charger was taken. And this ad has been up for quite a while.

Certainly before —there it is.

So it’s very clear, if nothing else, that there were two runs taken at this house. And then you see this part, there is likely the initial damage done and then this gaping hole.

Again. Here. Versus, where is it —there.

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE)

I’ll try to make this a little bit easier so you can see. This. Versus That.

[FOUR PICS showing actual ad and then magnification]

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— 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.

So I’m just going to do a —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.

The details, it was the house of a former mayor of Streetsville —

[DIP TO WHITE]

We losing so much of the Old Mississauga. In fact this would be 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.

[DIP TO BLACK TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 NO DAMAGE)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MINOR DAMAGE)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE PLUS LADDER)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE)

That’s it. Can’t convince me that what happened to the Dowling House was an accident.

Last here’s the original video of the Dowling House so this Blog can have as complete a record as possible.

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)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"WHO MOURNS THE MARSH?" MISSISSAUGA PROTEST SIGN

“WHO MOURNS THE MARSH?” our sign protesting the destruction of Sanford Pond

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EXCLUSIVE *BIG NAME* HAZEL MCCALLION CHALLENGER-VIGIL at 11th Hour Mississauga City Clerk’s Office

September 10th, 2010  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH documented the 11th hour activities at the Mississauga City Clerk’s Office hoping against Hope that a last-minute BIG NAME candidate-Champion would register for Mayor and take on Hazel McCallion. But it was not to be.

This video superbly documents our disappointment… Music “Losing My Religion” by REM.

Video: *BIG NAME* HAZEL MCCALLION CHALLENGER-VIGIL at 11th Hour Mississauga City Clerk’s Office (4:06 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (sitting on the floor in the corner at Mississauga City Clerk’s Office as nominations close September 10, 2010, 1:41 pm. Speaking quietly into camera)

Please, please come in. I’ll even deliver pamphlets for you and brochures. Please please please walk in through that door.  Please please please.

[DIP TO WHITE 1:41:27 pm]

Please please please please please. Please walk through that door and deliver us from Evil.

[DIP TO WHITE 1:42:44 pm]

1:42:44. Just a little over fifteen minutes. And nobody’s walking through that door.

We’re doomed. We’re doomed.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There’s less than fifteen minutes left and we’re still waiting for a BIG NAME to walk through that door and sign on for Mayor to rescue us.

If I were religious I’d start praying now.

It’s not going to happen.

Less than fifteen minutes left. For nominations to close. And waiting for a *BIG* NAME Mayor candidate to challenge Hazel McCallion to walk in. And sign up.

Please please please God, make it happen. This is the God of Truth, Justice, Liberty, Democracy, Openness, Accountability, Transparency —and Canadianism.

[DIP TO WHITE 1:48:28 pm]

It is now 1:48. There’s about twelve minutes left. There’s just twelve minutes left for a BIG MAYOR CANDIDATE to walk through that door and rescue us.

Somebody who’s gonna say, “I’m committed to flinging the shutters open on the City.”

[DIP TO WHITE 1:54:27 pm]

Six minutes. We’re waiting.

I think this is like the people in the Alamo. You know, they were waiting to be rescued?…  And it didn’t happen? I suspect they were more disappointed than I am though.

[laughs]

Ah God, this is so funny. This is just, you know, it’s —I think what’s so funny is The Pretend. I mean, all of the accouterments from Democracy are here. Actually that’s not true at all.

We’re still waiting. There’s got to be five minutes left.

[DIP TO WHITE 1:55:24 pm]

Oh shit! Less than five minutes. Ohhhhhhhh

Please please please walk through that door! Please walk through that door!

You know why nobody’s going to walk through that door? ‘Cuz I can’t think of a single person —BIG NAME in the City of Mississauga who I would trust!

[DIP TO WHITE 1:59:25 pm]

BIG NAME CANDIDATE walk through that door. Please please please please please. Please come. Please come and rescue us. Please please please.

Please!

MISSISSAUGA CITY CLERK CRYSTAL GREER (at Mississauga City Clerk’s Office as nominations close September 10, 2010, 1:59:48 pm.)

Fifteen seconds.

Two o’clock!

MISSISSAUGA ELECTION COORDINATOR PINA MANCUSO at Mississauga City Clerk’s Office as nominations close September 10, 2010, 1:59:48 pm.)

Two o’clock! Nominations are closed!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (sitting on the floor in the corner at Mississauga City Clerk’s Office as nominations close September 10, 2010, 1:41 pm. Speaking quietly into camera)

And that means we’re f***ed.

There it is. We’re screwed.

MISSISSAUGA ELECTION COORDINATOR PINA MANCUSO at Mississauga City Clerk’s Office as nominations close September 10, 2010, 1:59:48 pm.)

Good job!

MISSISSAUGA CITY CLERK CRYSTAL GREER (at Mississauga City Clerk’s Office as nominations close September 10, 2010, 1:59:48 pm.)

So we will continue to process everybody’s—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (sitting on the floor in the corner at Mississauga City Clerk’s Office as nominations close September 10, 2010, 1:41 pm. Speaking quietly into camera)

They’re all happy that there’s no viable candidate going up against Hazel McCallion.

So, that’s it.

[DIP TO BLACK TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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HAZEL MCCALLION news conference: “THE *BEST* CITY IN CANADA” –AND WE “LEAD CANADA IN MANAGEMENT”

September 10th, 2010  

Another video on Hazel McCallion’s Hypocrisy-Democracy.  Special thanks to Peter Mansbridge and the CBC for their video footage.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION news conference: “THE *BEST* CITY IN CANADA” –AND WE “LEAD CANADA IN MANAGEMENT” (2:31 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Mississauga Council meeting, February 28, 2007):

We are so well managed in this city. Lead Canada in management.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Well, I’m quite excited. At 2 o’clock today I registered. A formality because for many months I’ve been saying to the People of Mississauga that I was going to offer myself to them for another four years.

It’s quite exciting actually, to look forward to the 12th term as Mayor of the Best City in Canada —Mississauga.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Mississauga Council meeting, February 28, 2007):

We are so well managed in this city. Lead Canada in management.

PETER MANSBRIDGE (CBC News, June 1, 2010):

Now to a story backed up with some video evidence.

It shows demeaning behaviour in a municipal government workplace. Michael Chung tracked down this exclusive story. Tonight.

MICHELLE CHEUNG (CBC News, June 1, 2010):

Believe it or not, this is happening at work. Two men, with their hands, torsos and legs duct-taped together, forced to lie face-to-face on a table. It happened here at the City of Mississauga’s Transportation and Works Department.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Mississauga Council meeting, February 28, 2007):

We are very proud of the management here and the commitment of the employees because behind every successful operation is The Staff. And we are very proud of our Staff.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

We have many exciting plans for the future and these plans will require a strong, stable team.

MISSISSAUGWATCH into camera (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Here it comes.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Working together with the dedicated Staff that we have at the City to make things happen.

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

I’m getting a little frustrated as Mayor as we set up policies and then they’re not followed. And that’s what bothers me. I was in the business —in the private sector and we had millions of dollars in contracts. And it’s been something I’ve been promoting  —is control of the contracts. And that policy was set up because we ran into one vendor who were [sic] behind two millions dollars, I remember.

Anyway.

So now we’re going to set up one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

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.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Mississauga Council meeting, February 28, 2007):

We are so well managed in this city. Lead Canada in management.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]


HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE ON STAFF NON-COMPLIANCE TO POLICIES (AUDIT COMMITTEE 090511) "There seems to be a complete disregard for policy."

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HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER TRIES TO GAG TORONTO SUN FROM ASKING MAYOR THE JUDICIAL INQUIRY

September 9th, 2010  

No time today for anything except to present this video of Mayor Hazel McCallion’s pinstriped handler stopping Toronto Sun’s Joe Worthington as Mr. Worthington tried to ask a question about the Judicial Inquiry. To his credit Worthington held his ground.

The Mayor’s response? “No comment.”

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER TRIES TO GAG TORONTO SUN FROM ASKING MAYOR ABOUT THE JUDICIAL INQUIRY” (4:38 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

PATRICK MENDES (“Friends of Hazel” Oppose the Judicial Inquiry Rally, December 2, 2009):

Judicial inquiries are very expensive and they’ve already got a legal opinion on this. I repeat —we’ve got to send them a message that what they’re doing is wrong!

They are wasting our money.

PATRICK MENDES (“Friends of Hazel” Oppose the Judicial Inquiry Rally, December 2, 2009 raising the Ontario Ombudsman cap to the camera):

That’s why we need the Ontario Ombudsman investigating Municipalities. Right there.

PATRICK MENDES (“Friends of Hazel” Oppose the Judicial Inquiry Rally, December 2, 2009):

They are driving our Mayor and our city through the [inaudible]. And for what? For their own political ambitions.

[CROSS-FADE]

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY TRANSCRIPT, July 27, 2010. Mr. William McDowell “Q” and Peter McCallion “A”):

 13                 Q:   Now, let me just spend a -- a moment
 14  or two (2) on the question of what it was that you were
 15  going to get from a successful transaction.
 16                 So if the -- if the Agreement of Purchase
 17  and Sale had actually closed and this project was going
 18  to be built, let's just look at some of these things.
 19                 First of all, you had in mind that you
 20  would be the agent who would sell the condominium units.
 21                 A:   Correct.  
 22                 Q:   And you'd earn a commission on those.
 23                 A:   Yes.  
 24                 Q:   Standard commission is what -- 3
 25  percent for a unit like that?

1918

  1                 A:   No.  On a condominium, maybe one and
  2  a half (1 1/2).  
  3                 Q:   One and a half (1 1/2).  And so there
  4  were going to be something like two thousand (2,000)
  5  units over time?
  6                 A:   I think there was twenty-five hundred
  7  (2,500).  
  8                 Q:   Twenty-five hundred (2,500), so it
  9  maybe a variance.  So if it's two thousand (2,000) at 1
 10  1/2 percent, then the upside or gross commission for you
 11  is $3 million, is that right?
 12                 A:   It'd probably be more than that.  
 13                 Q:   More than that.  So if you go to
 14  twenty-five hundred (2,500) it would be three million,
 15  seven fifty (3,750,000)?
 16                 A:   I think it's more like ten (10) or 12
 17  million.  
 18                 Q:   More like ten (10) or twelve (12) --
 19                 A:   Yes.  
 20                 Q:   -- on 1 1/2 percent?  Your math is
 21  probably better than mine, but --
 22                 A:   Well, it was a $1 1/2 billion
 23  project.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Yessir.

JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Name’s Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun.

Mayor McCallion, on the Judicial Inquiry —I know you don’t want to talk much about it. But it is Out There and there’s a report that will come after the election.

HAZEL MCCALLION (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

[inaudible]

JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Well, this is what we understand. And you hav—

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

The Mayor has indicated she’s—

JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Excuse me. I’m talking now.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

—not going to respond to those questions right now.

JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

I’m going to finish my question. This is a question —it a Media time.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Good for you.

JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Is it okay Madam Mayor?

HAZEL MCCALLION (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Yeah, I—

JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

So, so, I guess the question is —I’m rattled, I wasn’t expecting —this Hall is a place of Freedom and Free Speech so—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

Silly person…

JOE WARMINGTON, Toronto Sun (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

So, so, I guess the question is —if for some reason that were to show some wrong-doing on your part with your son and this development, what kind of position would that put you in as Mayor? You know, it’s a complicated question, but you understand—

HAZEL MCCALLION (Mayor’s “I am running again” Streetsville News Conference, September 9, 2010):

It is a complicated —my question [sic] is no response.

[CROSS-FADE]

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY TRANSCRIPT, July 27, 2010. Mr. William McDowell “Q” and Peter McCallion “A”):

  2                 At a unit cost of two hundred thousand
  3  (200,000), which is low, at 1 1/2 percent, that would
  4  generate 3 million?
  5                 A:   Yes.
  6                 Q:   And then we can -- we can play with
  7  the numbers.  You know, if the unit costs are higher,
  8  it's 1 1/2 percent of that.
  9                 But -- but your upside is actually in the
 10  millions of dollars?
 11                 A:   Yes.
 12                 Q:   And you may need employees, you may
 13  have to split this and so on?
 14                 A:   Correct.
 15                 Q:   But if you are the Peter McCallion
 16  Real Estate Inc., in gross terms, as you say, you may
 17  generate $10 or $12 million?
 18                 A:   Gross.
 19                 Q:   Gross.
 20                 A:   Yes.
 21                 Q:   Right.  But that's what was in it for
 22  you, in --
 23                 A:   That's what was in it for me.

[HIGH DEFINITION CAMERA ADMIRES THE MAYOR’S HANDLER’S EXPENSIVE SHOES AND PINSTRIPE SUIT]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL ---morally beyond redemption

“…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is youth violence this is why there are guns on the street and drugs in the hands of children the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it because the people higher up are sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing, and after they realize how hard they have to work to get by they break down and no longer want to live life being part of the system because they realize that living life by the rules of the system gets you no where because it is CORRUPT!”      —email from youth (age 19)

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