Video: Did Hazel McCallion deny the Mississauga News an interview on election night as “punishment” for not endorsing her?

October 27th, 2010  

This blog is dedicated to the Mississauga News.

Just quickly. I want to document one of the many things that happened at Mississauga City Hall (Great Hall) during election night as the results came in.

I was reporting into my video camera when Donald Barber interrupted and said that something was up with the Mississauga News. He’d pointed to a gray-haired man with glasses who I immediately recognized as hanging around the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry hearings —essentially making sure he was within camera shot of Hazel McCallion at every opportunity. (I have other insights into this individual. Unfortunately since I have no audiotape of our conversations anything I write languishes in the realm of his word against mine. So I can’t report on it.)

Anyway. As is my custom now, here’s video of what happened, followed by the transcript. Purely for the record. Seems unless you funnel to the public precisely what Hazel McCallion wants you to…

Did this charmer prevent the Mississauga News from getting an interview with Hazel McCallion? (2:26 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Well, if the phone calls are anything—

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

We’ve got a situation brewing over here.

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

A what?

[DIP TO WHITE]

I had Donald Barber saying it looked like there was an altercation and —but I don’t think so. Because we’ve got the knobs standing sort of, rather relaxed looking. But, it’s interesting —they’re like at every corner.

[CAMERA SHIFTED TO RIGHT TO DOCUMENT CROWD INTERACTION]

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

The short, gray-haired guy who’s making the-uh, he’s getting in the face of the Mississauga News. Telling them to get out of the way. Don’t answer questions. Hazel doesn’t want to answer their questions.

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Which one’s that?

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

The guy who’s got the roses. There.

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Oh.

(sees City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard approaching)

Oh, oh. It’s— Don, help ’em (Mississauga News) out.

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

What?

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Just watch the knobs here.

[CAMERA ZOOMS IN ON THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS CAMERAMAN, REPORTER AND GRAY-HAIRED GUY.
THE “MISSTAPO” LOOK ON. MISSISSAUGA NEWS CAMERAMAN SMILES IN RESIGNATION TO COLLEAGUE
]

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Hazel’s whores.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Last, it is our intention to upload to YouTube all raw video of what transpired in the Great Hall, the eve of election night, October 25, 2010 as a historical record. After all, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” (George Orwell). Future Mississaugans need their History.

We simply cannot allow Hazel McCallion and her MYTHissauga sycophants to invent Herstory. At least not unopposed.

UPDATE: October 27, 2010 7:44 pm. Just worked up raw video of the moment Hazel McCallion knew she’d defeated Carolyn Parrish. I offer this footage as a historical record of what transpired on October 25, 2010 at Mississauga City Hall (“Great Hall”) for a Future Mississauga.  (video from camera on to camera off. Censored between 3:16 through 3:18 for obvious reasons.)

I hope the Future gets this YouTube history in addition to MYTHissauga’s Herstory.

Historical raw video record. Hazel McCallion the moment Carolyn Parrish’s defeat is confirmed (6:32 min)

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

UPDATE: October 28, 2010 9:24 am. Just worked up raw video footage again from camera on to camera off. Last video of the October 25, 2010 eve. The results were in. Hazel McCallion had left. The media were packing it up. And it was time to summarize what it was like to be a nobody who took seriously Councillor Nando Iannicca’s challenge, “If you don’t like what Council’s doing, run for office” and run against Hazel McCallion. I confirmed that you don’t just run against Hazel McCallion.

Rather you go up against all municipal employees who live in this city, all the $$$$$$$ backing her from Harold Shipp on down, OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) and “reporters” who just funnel what she says directly to the public (ie: that Global guy might as well work for ROGERS television.)

And I also read from from Tom Urbaniak’s book HER WORSHIP HAZEL MCCALLION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MISSISSAUGA (p. 237)

Mississauga City Hall election coverage: Tom Urbaniak’s WARNING when you stand up to Hazel McCallion (7:41 min)

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

UPDATE: October 28, 2010 4:57  pm.

With this next video, I’ve come full circle as a researcher into City of Mississauga municipal government. This video represents closure. Shot with a Canon Powershot SD700 that I still use to this day, the quality isn’t the best.   On November 13, 2006, I covered the Mississauga election returns at the “Great Hall’ Mississauga City Hall knowing very little about municipal government. Not knowing who’s who. Hadn’t even filed my first Freedom of Information yet. Just constantly under the watchful gaze of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses, Joe Cairney and Cathie Evans.

I fell down such a deep dark hole…. and you don’t ever get out!

Hazel McCallion historical record: November 13, 2006 Mississauga City Hall election coverage (5:25 min)

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

Last blog for a while.

Signed,

The (“Willow trees are strong enough to bend. Never like the oak that lives in fear of the wind”) Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security: The Misstapo watch over Mississauga News reporter denied interview with Hazel McCallion

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA SECURITY GUARDS BAN 9/10 YEAR OLD GIRL FROM CITY HALL COMPLEX JUST FIVE DAYS BEFORE HAZEL MCCALLION WELCOMES GRADE 5 CLASS TO CITY HALL

The sovereign can no longer say, “You shall think as I do on pain of death; but he says,
“You are free to think differently from me, and to retain your life, your property,
and all that you possess; but if such be your determination,
you are henceforth an alien among your people …
you will never be chosen by your fellow citizens, if you solicit their suffrages;
and they will affect to scorn you, if you solicit their esteem ….
and those who are mostly persuaded of your innocence
will abandon you too,lest they should be shunned in their turn.

–Alexis de Tocqueville

from Tom Urbaniak’s book HER WORSHIP HAZEL MCCALLION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MISSISSAUGA (p. 237)

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MYTHissauga’s Hazel McCallion “could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!”

October 22nd, 2010  

This is my last Blog before Monday’s election. I registered for the office of Mayor to give voice to people who don’t have one. And really, they don’t. Neither do I. And once you know the truth, there’s really just one “appropriate” response. A single defiant middle finger raised in contempt for those who lie as effortlessly and convincingly as our own city hall.

A reminder that a Promise is a Promise, Lieutenant Dan. And I promised two youth that I’d give them the voice that government denied them.  And I delivered on that promise in spades. I’ll even make sure their words get into the Peel Archives as part of my campaign platform.

And so I’m turning this Blog over to the two youth who’ve helped me understand. To see government as they do. And then I’ll cut-and-paste comments from two Malton residents over to here as part of this Blog as well.

First, the youth who told me this in an interview he granted me back in February 2008 (“Our Future Mississauga” Community Visioning Charrette).

I’m speaking for a community of people right now. I’m not representing Youth. I’m representing a whole genre of people. So the basic thing would be —RESPECT us, help us, help us to be self-sufficient and we’ll help you. You just gotta give and take. If you want us to be self-sufficient, you gotta help us.

You gotta come out of your comfort zone, come from your office, come from your desks, put down your job titles…

Please do that. Like literally. Come off that way of thinking and actually come into the streets and talk to the people that you claim to represent. You must! There’s not even an option no more!

Next, the 19-year old who wrote this to me via YouTube:

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

Last, two comments from Malton cut-and-pasted from my October 19th, 2010 Blog, “Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector”, including my answers.

2 Responses to “Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector”

  1. christine RN CDE (new to Malton 11/2 years) on October 20th, 2010 7:15 pmHi
    I was asked by a new neighbour when i moved here, “Why did YOU move here?” I responded that it was a working class neighbourhood which is my type and close to clairville conservation area so I can get some needed sanity. I work in a CHC (soon to be in the needed malton satellite) and am very aware of the problems in malton. Who is most going to pay attention to it out of the candidates? The industry and airport provide huge tax dollars to Mythissauga, but Malton recieves the least in assistance. What is that about and how to change it?

And my response:

Hi there christine. Thanks for your note.

Your assessment of Malton, specifically, “The industry and airport provide huge tax dollars to Mythissauga, but Malton recieves the least in assistance.” is exactly how I see it. I once asked at Mississauga Council if the City had ever done a tax-flow analysis for Malton because like you, I figure Malton’s suffering from a negative-flow. Meaning bringing in considerable revenue to the City who then funnels that money into the already “stunning” amenities of the powerful, affluent South MYTHissauga. The City Manager responded that no, no such monitoring is done but assured me that every part of the city gets its fair share. The City brass say a lot of things…

So that’s what that’s about.

As for how to change it? MALTON HAS TO WAKE THE HELL UP! You have. You know. You need to tell your neighbours. I’m trying here but a Blog hasn’t got much in the way of legs. So my strategy is to wake up one slumbering victim of MYTHissauga at a time. One at a time. Malton residents have to have each others’ back and not take any wooden nickels from Hazel McCallion!

Send Maltonians to this video. It says it all.

ROGERS CABLE 10 MISSISSAUGA REFUSES TO AIR MALTON VIDEO BY MAYORAL CANDIDATE (5:00 min)

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

Also. I’ve watched Malton’s councillor, Eve Adams since June 2006 and she’s grown a Voice. Man I had zero use for her back in 2006 but now?… She’s good for Malton so vote for her. She’s smart. She does her homework. She cares!

That’s about it and thanks again for your comment!

The other Malton comment:

  1. Me on October 21st, 2010 12:22 am

    Hi,

    Note: I was the one who walked up to you and said “I read your blog” (so enthusiastically), without any introduction I must add.

    First off, I’d like to say kudos to you on speaking out at the “so called” debate at Lincoln Alexander. If I knew that you were registered as a candidate for mayor, I would have stayed for longer. I guess I’m not reading your blog as close enough. Honestly, I was thinking of running for a seat just to ensure that democracy was served in this election. I feel that candidates never really defend their views or provide real answers for their residents. Especially for Malton, you only see candidates come to the area once every four years to talk to the residents. One of the most basic questions submitted to the Malton Mirror for the debate was “Will there be periodic town hall meetings to engage the residents of Malton”. It looks like all the candidates chose not to take this question for their pre-prepared speeches.

    Now for the Mayor race, I hope that the residents of Mythissauga (like the way you coined that term) really listen to what being offered and make their vote count this term. The one thing that I REALLY disagree with is the overall theme of this election for all wards. The message seems to be, either you are with the mayor or you are not. This is going back to the inquiry and the costs associated. The common message being given is that it was a waste of money, it was only done for mud slinging, and whoever voted for it should pay at the ballot box. I am of the opinion that this message has been cleverly delivered from the top (how many times have you heard that we need a council that “works”).

    I’ve always been a advocate of transparent government. In recent years (or to my recollection), I am seeing how this transparency is being stripped away or where it seems non-existent (motion passed to stop residents from addressing council (not sure if they brought that back), attempting to get minutes for sub-committee meetings, etc). I even went to the effort of reading council minutes from the city website, but in light of the recent doctoring, how can we see exactly what’s going on in our city?

    With this in mind, all residents in our city should have been glad and encouraged an inquiry into those land dealings. I hope that people don’t support the status quo and really think about their next city council. Unless you REALLY know what’s going on, things in this city may not be as good as it seems.

    That’s my rant for the day. Keep up the good work.

    – The person that reads your blog :)

My reply:

Hi “Me” and so good for you to take the time to write! Reading what you wrote, I’ve nothing to add. You *get* it. Now like me, who also *gets* it, you have a moral obligation. You must now help other Maltonians to get it. Please. Just like me. One person at a time. Help other Maltonians to get it!

And for the record, even though I gave this speech in Ward 3, it too was meant for Malton (and the people of Dixie/Bloor)

Mississauga Mayoral Candidates stand up for the Ontario Ombudsman (literally) 3:48 min

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

Zero doubt. Monday, Hazel McCallion will win. Why?

A comment to “Inquiry report unlikely before vote” explains perfectly.

“Justanopinion Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM

Face reality

Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!”

I don’t call this company town MYTHissauga for nothing!

"The TRIIUMPH of MYTHissauga" "Justanopinion  Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM       Face reality  Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!  MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMME

And with this, a Promise is Kept.

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Mississauga Mayoral Candidates stand up for the Ontario Ombudsman (literally) –EXCEPT Hazel McCallion

October 21st, 2010  

Yep. Yesterday, during my Mayoral non-campaign speech at the Ward 3/Rockwood Village All Candidates meeting I popped the question to the Mississauga mayoral candidates on stage with me! So here’s the video complete with transcript.

Mississauga Mayoral Candidates stand up for the Ontario Ombudsman (literally)  3:48 min

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 20, 2010, Saints Martha and Mary Church Rockwood Village (Ward 3, Mississauga):

I’ve been researching City of Mississauga municipal governance through Freedom of Information since January 2007 and I despair for those who need government most.

A 19-year old wrote this to me:

…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!

At 19 he recognized something that took me decades to realize.

This municipal government is so corrupt that I call this city MYTHissauga. Oh there’ll be howls from the Corrupt denying the corruption, the cronyism, the chronic abuse of authority, and what the Ontario Ombudsman refers to as “Puffery”–and I call lying.

MYTHissauga, empire of illusion, where a careless reference to Hitler dominates public debate instead of our city’s looming social problems, poverty, homelessness, youth alienation–and the gray tsunami of aging Boomers that is on a collision course with everything else.

Politics is about controlling the Message. About who can lie the most convincingly–and gag the very Truth voters need to make informed decisions! If you doubt that, please: wake up!

On October 26th Hazel McCallion will still be Mayor. And I don’t care if every Mississauga resident votes for her but me. I’m the one who’s got videotape of four years worth of Audit, Budget, Council and public meetings, I’m the one who turned researching MYTHissauga into a science.

Science isn’t about Voting. That’s the beauty of Science: the One can be right against the Many.

It’s time for science: independent, rigorous, evidence-based investigations to shine a cold objective light onto MYTHissauga’s Shameless Symphony of Sycophants.

Announcement: Please don’t vote for me. I won’t even vote for myself. So. Here goes.

I know Hazel McCallion is opposed. But to her mayoral challengers, I ask that you stand up if you are prepared to give me an unqualified “Yes” to this question:

Should the Ontario government extend the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities?

Stand up.

[Applause for candidates who stood up]

Vote for them. That half-dozen votes for me, I don’t care about. I’m going to take my rightful place behind that camera!

Thank you.

[Applause]

ROCKWOOD/WARD 3 MODERATOR (October 20, 2010,Saints Martha and Mary Church Rockwood Village (Ward 3, Mississauga):

Thank you, Ms. Keuper-Bennett. We’d now like to continue with Mayor Hazel McCallion, please.

[Applause]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 20, 2010, Saints Martha and Mary Church Rockwood Village (Ward 3, Mississauga):

That’s a very hard act to follow…

[DIP TO BLACK: MISSISSAUGAWATCH LOGO]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

HAZEL MCCALLION REJECTS AUTHENTIC" "INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT/INVESTIGATIONS OF THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN INTO MUNICIPALITIES at All Candidates meeting (October 20, 2010)

This photograph, courtesy of Donald Barber will be submitted to the Peel archives as part of the MISSISSAUGAWATCH mayoral campaign literature.

A full list of Mayoral candidates who stood up to support extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities to follow when we’ve confirmed.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

UPDATE: October 21, 2010  12:30 PM.

Mississauga Mayoral candidates, Ghani Ahsan, Donald Barber, Dave Cook, Paul Fromm, Peter Orphanos, Ram Selvarajah , Andrew Seitz and George Winter have all confirmed their unqualified Yes, to the Ontario goverment extending full investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities.

Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion remains opposed.

UPDATE October 21, 2010 1:46 pm. The Mississauga News has just published a summary of last night’s candidates’ meeting.

How Joe Chin’s article,Candidates take aim at McCallion’s legacy” could fail to mention that during the mayoral debate all Mayoral candidates EXCEPT Hazel McCallion stood up and gave their unqualified “Yes” to extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities is simply beyond me! And a great disservice to Mississauga voters!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH Mayoral (non)campaign speech ROCKWOOD WARD 3, October 20, 2010 "I know Hazel McCallion is opposed. But to her mayoral challengers, I ask that you stand up if you are prepared to give me an unqualified "Yes" to this question:  Should the O

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Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector

October 19th, 2010  

What follows is a video interview I did with Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter in Malton —followed by the transcript.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH asks Mississauga residents, does your candidate support extending the investigative powers of the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities?

Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into MUSH Sector (3:20 min)



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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 reporting from bus shelter at Kinsmen Town Hall, Streetsville/Mississauga):

It is Wednesday, October the 13th, 2010 and I’m here in front of the Streetsville Kinsmen Town Hall —this is where Hazel McCallion announced that she was going to be running again for 2010.

[DIP TO WHITE]

This morning I met with George Winter, a mayoral candidate, in Malton. Actually in the parking lot of Lincoln Alexander Secondary School

[DIP TO WHITE]

I asked him the most important question about whether he supports extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities and he said yes.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Now, I decided that you’re my candidate for Mayor.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Oh, thank you very much.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay? So I’m gonna ask you right now, sir, do you support extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities?

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Absolutely, and I really appreciate your support. And I didn’t know that you were going to ask me this question. But I think it’s time. I think it’s time for the Ombudsman to look at not just municipalities but the entire MUSH sector. The universities, the schools and the hospitals.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I think if you have Hazel McCallion versus Andre Marin —now there’s a fight that you could sell tickets.

There’s a person that I think could go after anything that’s going on in MYTHissauga —sounds like we’re in SYHPain.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

I agree. I think it’s time for Andre Marin to take over.

[PUSH]

One of the things I’ve found in the last month, walking around, running around in the campaign is the Hazel McCallion that you see that has the public persona is not the Hazel McCallion that I’ve met. And yet the perception is that, you know, why are others being nasty to somebody’s grandmother? I believe that she uses this myth of who she is to her advantage and no one dares to ask questions, to look very closely at what’s being done.

There are many things that I believe that Andre Marin, as the Ombudsman could take a look at —in Mississauga, especially. But also in other municipalities and find that there are a lot of ways that he can make corrections and suggestions.

You look at how he stood up to Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals and that’s the kind of thing I’d like to see him do with Hazel McCallion. Because it takes somebody like Andre Marin to stand up to Hazel McCallion. It won’t be somebody who’s appointed by Council. That person will try to do as good a job as he or she can but I don’t think it’s a very fair fight.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Yeah, but the other thing I find is the perception. There’s zero doubt that Andre Marin is on the side of the citizens of Ontario.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Exactly.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay?

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

And that is very important that you don’t worry whether this person is maybe been influenced a municipality or anybody like that. He is definitely his own person and that’s who you need for the job.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay, thank you very much.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

If you need to know why authentic, independent Ontario-Ombudsman-oversight is crucial in the City of MYTHissauga, check out Head MYTHtress, Hazel McCallion’s own words —as she dupes the residents of Malton during her October 7, 2010 speech at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School. For a transcript of this video, click here.

ROGERS CABLE 10 MISSISSAUGA REFUSES TO AIR MALTON VIDEO BY MAYORAL CANDIDATE (5:00 min)

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Muse (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

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MALTON: Will Hazel McCallion and rich/influential South MYTHissauga once again be successful in duping Malton?

October 12th, 2010  

Video of Hazel McCallion’s speech to Malton residents. Frankly I couldn’t stomach uploading the Mayor’s lies and half-truths to YouTube without serving up the Real Story. And what better way than through video of that Truth?

I admit that the title, “STOP BENDING OVER MALTON!” isn’t exactly mother’s milk, but I’ve been watching this Mayor’s Great Lie now for over four years. You reach a point…

This Blog is dedicated to Malton. And especially to “Justice”, as promised.

Malton residents suckered by Hazel McCallion (STOP BENDING OVER MALTON!)

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

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

Well, I’m offering myself again for four years. I’m going to continue to give you value for tax dollar.

There are financial challenges no question today. All municipalities are facing increase [sic] —in the operational costs of this city [sic]. And of course as well as the capital costs.

Fortunately the Federal and Provincial government gave us ninety-six (96) million this year in the stimulus program. We had to add one-third to that and I can assure you, Malton is benefiting —you’re going to get a new swimming pool, indoor swimming pool. Here in Malton.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Thank you for mentioning the Malton Arena redevelopment design in light of the comments expressed earlier today down by Lakeshore. When you look at the costs, and this is an unfunded project, you’re estimating the Malton Arena redevelopment at about $2.8 million dollars. And the ones that we are funding, the Vic Johnson Arena is about $6.9 million and the Port Credit Arena is at $6.3 million.

So I’m sure those two arenas are larger than the one in Malton and that explains from of the differential but —this is part of the challenge that in Malton that the standard, even as we’re redeveloping, it just doesn’t look the way it looks in the rest of the city.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH ((November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting whispers):

That’s right.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

It certainly doesn’t look the way it looks down by the Living Arts Centre. And I’m sure that it’s your concern that you care for every part of Mississauga. It’s certainly not the standard that you see down at the waterfront with all the flagstone and so on. It’s just beautiful. It’s stunning. And hats off to your team that’s put this together down at the waterfront, it is beautiful!

But I look at that and I just have some concerns that I look forward to working with you on that.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—and I can assure you, Malton is benefiting —you’re going to get a new swimming pool, indoor swimming pool. Here in Malton. There has been one in the high school.

High school pools are not working out that well.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

The other one that’s unfunded is the indoor school pools. And I know we’ve had some meetings on that and we’re looking at the study.

But, you know, to speak up on Malton’s behalf yet again, that indoor pool is in, you know, an older high school. And the pool is not something I think any of us would be proud to go to. It’s just —it’s old, it’s a little tired. I also receive comments from different cultural groups saying that it’s not culturally sensitive. For instance, to the Muslim Community, if they’d like to go and swim they need to go by teenage boys and so I have a great appreciation and concern for that.

So I’m looking forward to that study.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

In addition to that just a couple of years ago we renovated your community centre and library. Up-to-date, modern etcetera. And I know how much the people of Malton have enjoyed it. We have a Strategic Plan for the future of this great city of Mississauga. Over one hundred thousand people were involved.

And our staff was up here and the consultants in Malton getting your opinion.

You know you folks have Canada’s largest airport in your municipality. A very expanded airport that is considered one of the most modern in the world at the present time. So Malton has —used to be the Malton Airport, and then it became the Toronto International Airport and then it was named Lester B. Pearson. Some day it will go back to being called the Malton Airport. And it should have been from Day One.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

COMMISSION COUNSEL WILLIAM MCDOWELL  (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

—you have an efficient city government, those are things  that cause those companies to locate here, I take it?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

Yes, and I think the Mississauga  International Airport helps, as well.

COMMISSION COUNSEL WILLIAM MCDOWELL  (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

Pearson Airport.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

To me it’s the Mississauga International Airport.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We have a cycling program that is going to connect Malton to the rest of Mississauga because Malton is divided with that long, large expanse of industrial land. And so we try everything —all our programs are directed to bring Malton in. I know you look to Brampton for some of your services as well as to the Etobicoke Hospital because your doctors here are usually attached to the Etobicoke Hospital.

The location of Malton. But we give it every attention possible.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Similar to Councillor Prentice’s question, I’m looking at the 2009 highlights and the Port Credit Arena is budgeted at almost $12 million dollars. And while I have no doubt that it’s needed I’m looking at unfunded items and the Malton Arena is unfunded at $3 million. Could you perhaps provide some information on the different scope of work that the one arena would be almost four times the cost?

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

The location of Malton. But we give it every attention possible.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

I’m looking at the Capital Budget down in the south by the waterfront and it’s already stunning.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting whispers):

Yep, that’s right.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

And this is I guess a question that I keep receiving. It’s Fusion Park. It’s, you know, the waterfront trails and Saddington Park and so on. They are already stunning and I just look around—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND WRECK, JOHN LOHUIS  (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Sorry, are you leaping ahead to this to the other piece, sorry—

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Yes. The one that we just about to—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND WRECK, JOHN LOHUIS  (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

I’m dealing with Recreation. And Susan Burke will come on later on all of the park development-related capital projects so—

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Perhaps, sure John, perhaps it’s a comment though that you can take back with Staff as you’re developing the capital plan into the future. The comment that we often hear, and I’m sure that other Councillors are hearing it is that the waterfront is stunning, beautiful. Everybody enjoys it.

It’s just that we’d like to see a little bit of that in each of our communities.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—congratulate you on your festival that is starting to come back. I remember when Councillor Frank McKechnie was your councillor up here. There was a Malton Festival every year. And then unfortunately, it disappeared.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (May 14, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Thank you. I’ve just got a quick comment to indicate how delighted I am to see the funding for the Malton Community Festival. It is a very humble amount –$3,100.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

It’s coming back with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of young people participating in it. And so Malton has a great future in the City of Mississauga.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

Cargo flights actually are the ones that aren’t restricted. The passenger planes are restricted. So the cargo flights are the ones that can continue flying through the night.

Yes, I receive the complaints. Those are the residents though that have been putting up with the airport now for over forty years. And so they’re just used to it, fed up by it, but to place complaints that really goes nowhere. I mean, they’ve done it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting whispers):

Yee-up.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

You’re limited to the number of complaints you can put in in a single day. Let’s say it’s your day off and you’d like to put in complaints about planes going off their flight tracks. Well, you’re limited to putting in one complaint every 24 hours.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We realize the separation that exists and we’re doing everything possible to bring Malton into this city in regard to our city core etcetera.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MODERATOR (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

We have a question down here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

Hi, it’s just a really, really quick question. How many people here are from —live in Malton?

Thank you.

[laughter from the audience. One person applauds.]

MODERATOR (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

We have a question down here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core whispers):

There was nobody. No hand up.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We hope that you will take advantage of the renovated city core —our Civic Centre that is going to be open next year. With all modern, up-to-date facilities for festivals etcetera.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

I also think there’s  —you know this, you know, I don’t want to sound harsh here. But there’s this issue of ridiculousness where we’ve paid to build a library, we’ve paid for the shelves in the library, we’ve paid to stock the library. But now the doors are closed and people can press their noses against the wall and look at what they paid for. They just can’t access them.

So there’s an issue there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

But I think very much we need to have access to our libraries. Certainly in Malton. Certainly at the McKechnie Centre.

This is a priority for our community.

You know the request earlier on, or the recommendation earlier on that saved a hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to centralize our ordering and our purchasing. That’s something that I think we could have done years ago! And I frankly begrudge the fact that we haven’t tapped into those savings for the last four or ten years.

Had we had that ten years ago, we would have saved an aggregate of $1.5 million dollars.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

But that’s the type of savings that I’d really like to find that doesn’t affect front line services to residents. Especially seniors, especially young moms. Especially kids that are going to read. You want to encourage reading.

So that would be my recommendation as you’re looking to come up with some hours —changing the hours around to make sure that we don’t have a day that’s closed. Especially in communities—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF LIBRARIES, DON MILLS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

Exactly.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

—I could point out Malton. It’s over an hour by bus to come down to the central part of the city. And that’s really just not feasible.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—and especially for the cultural makeup of our city.

You know there’s the Pakistani Festival. There’s the Indian Festival. There’s the Polish Festival. All those festivals now —Ukranian Festival, are coming to our city core. Because the makeup of our municipality now is 48% of our population now is ethnic background.

You have one of the most —one of the most efficient cricket boxes in Mississauga right here in Wildwood Park. And I’ve been up here to a number of tournaments that have been held there. We’re so proud of that, in fact it is such a good cricket box that tournaments, province-wide and Canada-wide can be held here in Malton.

So, we —I promise you that Malton will not be neglected in any way. That we will provide all the services that we provide to any other part of Mississauga.

Your arena. We are looking at it. How can it be converted to what it needed in Malton? And our Staff will be consulting with you to know what you want your arena to be.

So, let’s on October the 25th, I look forward again to serving Malton for the next four years.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

If your kid goes or has gone to Malton Community Centre I urge you to file Freedom of Information on any records that the City of Mississauga might have on your youngster.

If nothing comes up, great.

If it does? Do not try to fix things up by dealing directly with City Security. They are highly-accomplished liars and I have proof of this. Besides, you can’t remove what these security guards wrote about your kid. But you CAN enter into the records your youngster’s side of the story.

Go to www.mississaugawatch.ca. I will help!

Thanks for listening.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
[MUSIC with first drive to Malton in March 2007]

MALTON, ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN, first research drive through Malton, March 2007

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MALTON March 3, 2008 Mississauga Youth Plan Meeting Mississauga Corporate Security RESPONSE UNIT Welcome Wagon. HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC, WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY?

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Dedicated to Malton –MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA (non) mayoral address (Lincoln Alexander Secondary School)

October 9th, 2010  

Lots to do so I’m going to make this fast.

What follows is my experience trying to get my mayoral (non) campaign speech across to the audience still hanging tough inside the cafeteria at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School on October 7, 2010 when my turn finally came.

As a strategy I waited until Mayor Hazel McCallion gave her talk—which everyone assumed was the last of the evening. Nope.

I’d been waiting a very long time to talk to the good folks in Malton and especially Lincoln Alexander. And it was Show Time.

I won’t be providing a transcript of the video (they cut the microphone on me because they didn’t know that I was a mayoral candidate and—well, you’ll have to watch). So instead, along with the video, I’ll just cut-and-paste my script.

Dedicated to Malton –MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA (non) mayoral address (Lincoln Alexander Secondary School)  7:34 min

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

SCRIPT OF THE MALTON/LINCOLN ALEXANDER SPEECH

Hi. I’m unique among the people here because I am *not* running, I’m simply registered. I registered as part of my research into municipal governance and the City of Mississauga in particular. Since January 2007 I’ve spent over $2,000 on Freedom of Information to investigate Mississauga.

The McMurtry/Curling Report on The Roots of Youth Violence states:

“Community Centres and programs run by mainstream social service providers that have facilities are not “youth-friendly” or accessible to youth, particularly Black youth.

“Not youth-friendly”—that’s what I see too.

I have a moral obligation to tell you something.

In 2008 I attended four Mississauga Youth Plan meetings, one of which was held across the street at Malton Community Centre on March 3, 2008. I witnessed a City of Mississauga security guard deny a half dozen black youths entrance into that meeting. A couple of the kids peered through the window to friends inside and gestured that the guard wasn’t letting them in! I’ve got a photograph to prove that.

At this meeting, youth were asked to write up a wish list. Of the four Youth meetings I attended throughout the city, Malton kids were the only ones to write “DON’T KICK US OUT” as a wish.

However, you won’t see “DON’T KICK US OUT” recorded in the City’s official version of the Mississauga Youth Plan!

Here are the City’s Security records for Malton Community Centre January 1, 2006 until September 26, 2008. During that time, City security guards issued 200 bans and arrests!

By contrast, the combined stats for Cawthra, Meadowvale, Clarkson and River Grove show only 22 bans representing more than twice the foot traffic of Malton Community Centre. And no arrests.

People might respond with, “Well, you know, this is Malton –isn’t 200 what you expect?”

So I investigated the City’s bans for the nearby Westwood Mall Transit Terminal during the same period. NO bans—or arrests. Zero.

I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure more people go through that transit terminal in a day than Malton Community Centre.

From what I can figure, of the 200 Malton Community Centre bans/arrests, 48% of them are youth and minors.

Contrary to its own guidelines, the City does not inform parents when a child is banned.  Over the entire City there are hundreds of parents and guardians with no clue of the City’s bans to their kids.

That’s deadly because if a kid returns to property before a ban’s expiry, he is ARRESTED. Freedom of Information retrieved this direct quote from the Director of Corporate Security about the Arrest policy: “…no exceptions. Let them tell it to the judge”.

And that’s still not the worst part.

It’s what Staff and security guards write about you or your kid into their computer system that you have to worry about. The vast majority of people written into City Security’s “occurrence narratives” simply cannot imagine what’s written about them!

And that computer database with stuff written about your kid rides in the front seat console of every one of the City’s Security RESPONSE UNITS.

And how would you like to be the parent of this kid?

Or this one?

If your kid goes to Malton Community Centre I urge you to file Freedom of Information on any records that the City of Mississauga might have on your youngster.

If nothing comes up, great.

If it does? Do not try to fix things up by dealing directly with City Security. They are highly-accomplished liars and I have proof of this. Besides, you can’t remove what these security guards wrote about your kid. But you CAN enter into the records your youngster’s side of the story.

And you can file a complaint—even if it was something that happened back in 2006.

Go to www.mississaugawatch.ca. I will help!

Thanks for listening.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Pic from City of Mississauga Youth Plan meeting held at Malton Community Centre on March 3, 2008. Mississauga Corporate Security guard prevents (black) youth from entering the building.

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MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATES SPEECHES: October 4, 2010 Orchard Heights/Applewood Acres Homeowners Association All Candidates Meeting.

October 8th, 2010  

As promised here are all Mississauga mayoral candidates’ addresses presented at the October 4, 2010 Orchard Heights Homeowners Association and Applewood Acres Homeowners Association All Candidates Meeting.

I didn’t speak because I forgot my speech. (Yes. Really.)

Presented in order of speaking.

GHANI AHSAN MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (4:19 min)

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

BRYAN HALLETT, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood  (3:51 min)

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

ANDREW SEITZ MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (4:13 min)

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

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood ( 4:28 min)

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

DAVE COOK MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (3:43 min)

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

RAM SELVARAJAH, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (2:59 min)

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

PETER ORPHANOS MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (4:17 min)

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

RANJIT CHAHAL MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (4:18 min)

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GEORGE WINTER, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (4:07 min)

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DONALD BARBER MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood (4:15 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

That’s it for the councillor and mayoral candidates who spoke at October 4, 2010 Orchard Heights Homeowners Association and Applewood Acres Homeowners Association All Candidates Meeting. And sorry, no transcripts. There’s just simply not enough time and right up to election eve, MISSISSAUGAWATCH must collect data  —not report on it.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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MISSISSAUGA WARD 1 COUNCILLOR-CANDIDATES’ SPEECHES (Orchard Heights/Applewood Acres Homeowners Association All Candidates Meeting October 4, 2010)

October 5th, 2010  

Here are the speeches of all Ward 1 councillor-candidates from yesterday’s Orchard Heights Homeowners Association and Applewood Acres Homeowners Association All Candidates meeting held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Lakeview. Sorry, people but I don’t have the time to provide transcripts.

Presented in speaking order.

KWAKU OWUSU, MISSISSAUGA CANDIDATE FOR COUNCILLOR (WARD 1) speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood

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

JIM TOVEY, MISSISSAUGA CANDIDATE FOR COUNCILLOR (WARD 1) speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood

NOTE: Mr. Tovey’s speech was cut off at the three minute mark rather than at four like all other candidates.

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

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON, CANDIDATE (WARD 1) speaks at Orchard Heights/Applewood

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

Mayoral candidates’ speeches will be posted in a separate Blog.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga "The Corporation" quote by Don Barber

“It’s time to wake up and treat the election as if it matters. We have people fighting and dying for democracy in Afghanistan and here at home we’re clueless. Something is going on and it has consequences.”
—Donald Barber, October 2006.

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Peter McCallion: My mother being Mayor of Mississauga, is “more so a detriment than a benefit”. Oh, REEEEEEEALLY?

October 3rd, 2010  

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT (cut-and-paste from Judicial Inquiry website)

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 15                 Q:   Now, we -- we've heard a rumour that
 16  your mother is the mayor of Mississauga, Mr. McCallion.

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 17                                     A:      I've heard the same rumour. 

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 18                 Q:   I understand that your mother has
 19  been involved in municipal politics since you were a
 20  teenager.

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 21                                     A:      Yeah, since high school, that I
 22     recall. 

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 23                 Q:   And that her involvement in municipal
 24  politics predates the creation of Mississauga itself; is
 25  that right, sir?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  1                                     A:         Yes. 

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  2                 Q:   Now, you've told us that you've been
  3  involved in real estate for some twenty-five (25) years
  4  or so; do you have a perception as to whether your
  5  mother's role as mayor for some thirty (30) years or
  6  more, thirty-two (23) I suppose, by my arithmetic, has
  7  been a benefit or a detriment to you in your work?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  8                                     A:        More so a detriment than a benefit. 

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  9                 Q:   What do you mean by that, Mr.
 10  McCallion?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 11                                     A:          Some people don't want to deal with 
 12     me because of the perception of conflict. 

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 13                 Q:   Do you perceive -- now, you say,
 14  "more so a detriment than a benefit."

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 15                                     A:             Definitely. 

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Pat Saito (Special Council Meeting, April 30, 2008):

— So they’re asking us to once again defer the item until the May 21st Council meeting.

Councillor Dale, do you wish to speak to this?

Councillor Frank Dale (Special Council Meeting, April 30, 2008):

I do and I will –I’ll move it, the deferral.

I just have first a question to Staff. Do you know if they’ve granted an extension with OMERS with respect to the Purchase of Sale?

Commissioner of Planning and Building, Ed Sajecki (Special Council Meeting, April 30, 2008):

I don’t know the details of their arrangements with OMERS—

Councillor Frank Dale (Special Council Meeting, April 30, 2008):

Because I think that’s–

Commissioner of Planning and Building, Ed Sajecki (Special Council Meeting, April 30, 2008):

I think that they have indicated that [inaudible] as a possibility but whether it’s happening, I don’t know the specifics.

Councillor Frank Dale (Special Council Meeting, April 30, 2008):

Because I think it’s important to know because, whether or not there will be another Council meeting, or whether they will  be here on May 21st or not.

And I just –and the only thing I just want to say is I know our Staff, particularly the Planning Department Staff as well as our Legal Department Staff worked extremely hard to try to accomplish what needed to be done in order to remove that “H” symbol and get all the documents in order.

And I think a message should go to them though, cuz they worked a lot of hours –on weekends and the evenings. That if they ‘re gonna come back, you know, basically, I think the reason they were doing it and it makes sense cuz they wanted to come in under the wire with the development charges.

Well now that they’ve come into effect, I think business as usual. We got a lot of other business in the City Centre –a lot of other business throughout the whole city itself.

And, like, you know, we don’t mind helping people but I think you went over beyond –all of the Staff did to try to get this come before us in time for them to, I guess pay less development charges than would be come May 1st.

So I think a message should go out to them that we have no problem if they come back because we certainly would welcome the opportunity to have hotel, hopefully a 5-Class Star in the City Centre.

But I think a message should go to them. But I—

Commissioner of Planning and Building, Ed Sajecki (Special Council Meeting, April 30, 2008):

[inaudible] I’ll pass that message on. I do want to also add that CNW and Community Services have also been involved in it. Legal for sure. Burning the midnight oil over the weekend. But several departments in addition too. Thanks.

[CROSS-FADE]

William McDowell (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  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?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  5                                     A:    Yes.

William McDowell (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  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?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 11                                     A:      Yes.

William McDowell (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 12                 Q:   And you may need employees, you may
 13  have to split this and so on?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 14                                     A:    Correct

William McDowell (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 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?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 18                                     A:    Gross.

William McDowell (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 19                 Q:   Gross.

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 20                                      A:      Yes.

William McDowell (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 21                 Q:   Right.  But that's what was in it for
 22  you, in --

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 23                                      A:      That's what was in it for me. 

William McDowell (Commission Counsel, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

 24                 Q:   Right.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  4  ...do you have a perception as to whether your
  5  mother's role as mayor for some thirty (30) years or
  6  more, thirty-two (23) I suppose, by my arithmetic, has
  7  been a benefit or a detriment to you in your work?

Peter McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  8                                     A:        More so a detriment than a benefit. 

Brian Gover (lawyer for Peter McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry  July 27, 2010):

  9                 Q:   What do you mean by that, Mr.
 10  McCallion?

[END]

Yeah, no frikkin’ kidding!

Signed,

The (I ain’t got ‘STUPID’ stamped on my forehead!) Mississauga Muse

FACT: Betty Merkley, campaign organizer for the December 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally lauded the City’s outside legal opinion by McLean & Kerr as all that was necessary to put issues to rest. So did the Mayor’s long-time supporter, Harold Shipp. The McLean & Kerr report left out any reference to the exchange between Councillor Frank Dale and Commissioner Ed Sajecki in their “interpretation” of the April 30, 2008 Special Council meeting exclusively called just to discuss Peter McCallion’s World Class Developments.

QUESTION: Why?

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City of Mississauga Corporate Conflict of Interest Policies (1993 and 2006-current) online

October 1st, 2010  

The text below is a re-creation of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga Corporate Policy concerning Conflict of Interest for City Staff. We have also made the Policy available in PDF format, as obtained directly from the Corporation of the City of Mississauga:

City of Mississauga Policy: Conflict of Interest (1993) pdf file

City of Mississauga Policy 01-03-02: Conflict of Interest (July 5, 2006 to current) pdf file)

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TAB: HUMAN RESOURCES
SECTION: EMPLOYEE CONDUCT
SUBJECT: CONFLICT OF INTEREST
POLICY STATEMENT City of Mississauga employees must avoid conflict of interest situations where possible and, if a conflict of interest cannot be avoided, it must be declared.
PURPOSE This policy identifies the Corporation’s expectations of employees, and establishes guidelines for the appropriate conduct of employees regarding conflict of interest.
SCOPE This policy applies to all union and non-union employees. Elected officials are not subject to this policy, but must comply with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
WHAT IS CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Conflict of interest is any situation in which an individual is in a position to exploit a professional or official capacity in some way for their personal benefit. Even if there is no evidence of improper actions, a conflict of interest can create an appearance of impropriety that can undermine confidence in the ability of that person to act properly.

Following are types of situations in which an employee may have a conflict of interest, whether or not any improper acts occur:

  • being in a position to make a decision or influence a decision that will affect, in either a positive or negative way, the personal, financial, or business interests of either the employee, or of a friend, relative or associate of the employee; or
  • being in a position to use information or resources, which are available to the employee solely through his or her employment, for the purpose of financial gain, either to the benefit of the employee or of a friend, relative or associate of the employee; or
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  • engaging in employment outside the Corporation; or
  • soliciting or being offered gifts or favours of any kind from persons doing business with the City, or seeking to do business with the City, or seeking employment with the City; or
  • engaging in political activity which would bring into question the employee’s neutrality with respect to political issues or particular elected municipal officials.

A personal interest in common with all or most residents or taxpayers of the City of Mississauga, due to Mississauga residency, or a personal interest in common with all or a substantial number of employees, does not constitute a conflict of interest.

WHAT ARE THE CITY’S EXPECTATIONS? The public must have confidence in the integrity of City employees, and in their dedication to the City’s best interests. The Corporation expects employees to be, and to be seen by others to be, independent, impartial, and responsible to the public in carrying out their duties.

The Corporation’s expectations of its employees in common conflict of interest situations are outlined in the guidelines below.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST GUIDELINES The following guidelines represent the maximum level of tolerance with respect to conflicts of interest.

Individual departments or divisions may establish more stringent requirements (i.e. lower tolerance levels) based on operational needs and, if they do so, the department or division head is responsible for ensuring that all affected employees have been advised of their requirements.

In addition, from time to time by-laws may be enacted or policies adopted that will establish a lower tolerance level – in these cases, the requirements of the by-law or other policy will apply.

The employee is ultimately responsible and accountable for using good judgment in the course of the exercise of Corporate duties.

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If an employee is in doubt about any of the following, or if the particular situation is not covered in this policy, the employee should ask his or her supervisor for assistance in determining whether a conflict of interest exists, and appropriate action to be taken with respect to disclosure.
Avoid/Disclose Conflicts of Interest Whenever possible, employees must avoid situations with the potential for conflict of interest. However, some conflicts of interest are unavoidable. These must be disclosed to the employee’s supervisor and department head, in writing, as soon as the employee is aware of the conflict. The department head will determine appropriate action to mitigate the conflict, which may include re-assignment of the employee.
Making or Influencing Decisions Employees must not allow their personal interests to influence their decisions, nor may they use their positions as City employees to influence the decisions of others.

Examples include:

  • Financial Interests in Another Organization An employee, or friends, relatives or associates of the employee, may have a financial interest in another organization. If the employee is in a position to make a decision or to influence a decision regarding the organization’s business dealings with the City (eg. the award of a licence, permit, contract etc.) there is a conflict of interest. In this case, the employee must not participate in discussions or processes related to the decision, and must immediately disclose the conflict of interest to the employee’s supervisor and commissioner. The commissioner will determine appropriate steps to mitigate the conflict.If the employee is in no position to make or influence decisions affecting the other organization, there is no conflict and the relationship need not be disclosed. At any time, if the employee is in doubt about how the relationship with the other organization would be viewed by an outside party, the employee should disclose the relationship.
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  • Hiring Decisions
    The City’s recruitment processes must be, and must be seen to be, fair and impartial. Employees must not attempt to influence hiring decisions in favour of family members or associates.
Use of City Property or Confidential Information City property, including facilities, assets and supplies, and confidential information available to City employees by virtue of their employment, must not be used by employees for the purposes of benefiting in any way either themselves or anyone associated with them.
Engaging in Outside Employment An employee must not engage in any outside employment or business undertaking that interferes with the performance of his or her duties as a City employee, or from which an economic advantage may be derived solely as a result of information gained from employment with the City.

An employee may be permitted to provide his or her expertise to another government body, on the approval of the City Manager. For example, the provision of consulting services to another municipality on an established City of Mississauga program may be approved.

Acceptance of Gifts, Benefits, or Favours Employees must avoid being influenced, and they must avoid the appearance of being influenced. An employee should not accept any gifts, benefits or favours from any person or organization whose business or financial interests may be impacted in any fashion by the employee in the course of the exercise of the employee’s Corporate duties.

The City will tolerate the acceptance of gifts, benefits or favours only when they can be viewed to be within the boundaries of generally accepted business practices. Employees may not solicit gifts, benefits or favours, except in conjunction with donations or sponsorship as outlined in the next section of this policy.

Acceptable practices are outlined below. (With respect to acceptable practice during an acquisition process, refer to the Purchasing By-law.)

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An employee who is in doubt about whether he or she should accept a gift, benefit or favour should politely decline, or pay for his or her own entertainment. Legitimate business expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the City’s policies dealing with expense reimbursement.

  • Business Meals:
    From time to time, it may be necessary to conduct a business meeting over lunch. Employees may accept occasional business meals from a person doing business with the City or seeking to do business with the City.
  • Social/Sporting/Charity Events:
    Employees may accept tickets to social or sporting events from a business contact, provided:

    1. acceptance of such tickets is infrequent, and
    2. the business contact attends the event with the employee, and
    3. the employee’s immediate supervisor has approved.

    Where the event is a tournament involving prizes, and the employee’s supervisor has approved attendance, the employee may keep any prizes won.

  • Gifts of a Nominal Value:
    Individual employees may accept an occasional gift, provided the gift has a nominal value only. A gift that exceeds a nominal value should be refused. Gift baskets, boxes of chocolates, and the like may be accepted on behalf of all employees within a work group, even if the gift exceeds a nominal value, provided that appropriate action is taken to ensure that no individual employee can be seen to have a conflict of interest. For example, the gift may be opened and shared with all members of the work group, or used in support of a charitable cause.
  • Speaking Engagements:
    Employees may accept a gift or honorarium given in return for a speaking engagement.
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Donations and Sponsorship Employees must avoid situations in which they could be viewed as providing preferential treatment in exchange for a gift or favour.

  • Donations and Sponsorship of City Programs and Charities:
    Employees may solicit and accept donations or sponsors in support of City facilities, programs or services, through City- sanctioned sponsorship programs and/or in accordance with the City’s policies and procedures on donations. Employees may solicit and accept donations for charitable events (e.g. the United Way Campaign, charity golf tournaments, etc.) provided the event has been sanctioned by the commissioner of the department organizing the event, or the City Manager.
  • Sponsorship of Staff Teams:
    Employees may solicit and accept sponsors for staff teams (such as staff baseball teams). Where the team will be identified as a “City of Mississauga” team, the commissioner’s approval is required prior to obtaining a sponsor.
Political Activity City City employees must be impartial and must be seen by the public as being impartial. City employees must take steps to ensure that no personal bias interferes, or appears to interfere, with the performance of their official duties.

  • Election Campaigns: An employee may campaign for an election candidate provided the campaigning does not interfere with the employee’s normal duties and the campaigning is done without reference to the fact that the employee is a City employee. Specifically, an employee who chooses to work on an election campaign:
    • may work on the campaign only when not at work for the City; and
    • must not use City resources, assets, or equipment of any kind for campaign purposes; and
    • must not campaign while wearing a City uniform, badge, crest or any other item that would identify the employee as City staff.
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  • Political Issues:
    City employees may not publicly state an opinion which is in opposition to an official City position on an issue.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION Any employee who fails to act in accordance with the provisions of this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action including termination of employment.
REFERENCE: GC-0485-2006 – 2006 07 05
CONTACT: For more information, contact the departmental Human Resources Manager or your supervisor.

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