City of Mississauga’s DIRTIEST secret: What Hazel McCallion, Katie Mahoney and Pat Saito HIDE from the Media

January 22nd, 2011  

Introduction —directly to the point.

Read the January 13, 2011 Mississauga News editorial about the City of Mississauga’s “Culture of secrecy” and take special note of the last two paragraphs.

What is surprising is just how far some — certainly not all — councillors are prepared to go to keep taxpayers’ business out of taxpayers’ sight and to protect their dirty little secrets.

We need real integrity and transparency at City Hall, not the facade we’ve lived with for the past few years.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been saying that for years —and called for the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities for almost as long.

Here’s video of the City of Mississauga’s dirtiest secret as revealed by City staff and the politicians themselves.  As always, followed by the transcript.

Mississauga’s dirty secrets: What Hazel McCallion, Katie Mahoney and Pat Saito HIDE from the Media: (4:15 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

—We sometimes as Council believe we’re above City policies and procedures. So there is no legal recourse on this as I’m understanding. But if it did go to court it would have some —there would be some weight attached because that disclaimer was in place?

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

It would certainly be one of the things that the court would look at if it got into the wrong hands, yes. But again, it’s not something that would be the subject of a charge.

In this case, we do have, for example, the Respectful Workplace Policy.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Exactly.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Could you put the Mission Statement on again?

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

Deputant (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Our, uh, do you want to speak to that, Janice?

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

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

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

I hope so.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

You know that—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

I hope so.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

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

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

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

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Well our values—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Honesty with the citizens.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Our Values are universal.

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

In regard, Madam Chairman at [sic] this report, I think this is an extremely important report regarding the Corporate procedures regarding Security Staff that is established. And I think that we’ve been [sic] appreciate that we were a little weak on this in regard to procedures. And I think we should thank, what’s her name —Ursula.

I think she raised the question, didn’t she?

Commissioner of Corporate Services Brenda Breault (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

She certainly raised the issue. So—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

Yeah. You raised the issue, Ursula. You know, we don’t always complain. We sometimes —we do accept suggestions. And I think this—

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

I’m going to tell you the reason it flew through without my asking questions I want to ask is I think it involves personnel.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

That’s right.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

And I want to know why —and it’s coming up again in-camera, and I want to know why it took four months for us to be informed and I want to know who goofed up when it says in the policy, “Cash and cheque on delivery. Arrangements for tickets.”

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

Well, I’m not happy with the report I can tell you. I’m not happy with the contents of the report. There seems to be a complete disregard for policy —following policy.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

A lot of things in here were dealt with years ago and it’s a complete disregard for policy. Following policy, in my opinion.

Why would anybody on a major contract be the one signing officer to approve all payments and all credits and everything?

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, 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.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

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.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, September 20, 2010 Testimony)

I pride myself on the staff that we have at the City of Mississauga. They’re very professional —and they follow the policies very, very, very diligently.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

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Search Mississauga Councillors’ homes for email leak! McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney HER WORDS (January 12, 2011 transcript)

January 21st, 2011  

It took me longer than I’d have liked but I finally worked up the video to accompany National Post’s Megan O’Toole January 12, 2011 article, “Mississauga councillors call for investigation into leaked memos”.

January 12, 2011 – 12:23 pm

Mississauga councillors allied with Mayor Hazel McCallion are calling for a full investigation into the source of leaked internal memos, which fuelled public outrage about the city’s use of taxpayer dollars after the National Post exclusively revealed their contents this week.

The hyperbole was cranked into full gear at Wednesday’s meeting of general committee, where Councillor Katie Mahoney drew a parallel to the high-profile WikiLeaks scandal and urged all members to submit to electronic searches of their home and office computers — a concept one councillor decried as “Orwellian.”

I arrived late for Council and so was forced to buy a DVD of the meeting and videotape as it played from the DVD. So this offering is coming directly from the Better than Nothing Department and features McCallion-ally-uber-secretive-Councillor Katie Mahoney calling for a search of all Councillors’ homes to track down who leaked the email leak to National Post’s Megan O’Toole.

As always, our video is followed by the transcript.

Mississauga Councillor Katie Mahoney’s answer to email leaks, SEARCH COUNCILLORS’ HOMES! (8:25 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

McCallion-ally Councillor Jim Tovey (Chair, Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Number 17, emails.

Emails.

[laughs]

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Thank you.

I introduced this and I think we’re all well aware of the topic of how these —what the topic of these emails that were sent off to media were all about. So I’m not going to discuss that. I guess my issue is, the City Manager had definitely, well Number One, I mean somebody doesn’t have a lot of courage if they don’t speak to the rest of Council or to the City Manager but I did put that in the email.

I don’t know if the media have it or not —my thoughts are far as the person who forwarded this on.

But the City Manager in her second email indicate very clearly that this email may not be forwarded to anyone for any reason without express written permission of the author.

And I guess the concern is that, over the years, we all have expected that that would be a binding comment that legally one cannot forward emails on. And certainly we have been advised as Council, and our Staff have been advised that if any email is received in our offices with that indication that we have to ask permission of the author of the email before we can forward it on to staff for any action or to deal with it.

So what I’m looking for is what is the legal situation on something that —on an email that comes in or a letter, or any correspondence, I guess, whichever way it comes, that has that disclaimer or claimer on it that this may not be forwarded on.

And maybe Mary Ellen, you can help me out with that.

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Now generally in our by-laws, we have provisions that deal with in-camera reports and provisions that deal with some confidential material but it’s not as much a legal requirement as it is a Council policy on some of those.

Those disclaimers, as you have indicated, are very common and used by just about anybody and that will go to the weight of a document. If it’s distributed to someone and gets in the wrong hands in a court situation. However, and that’s because the ownership remains with the person who wrote the document and who said it can’t be forwarded.

However, there is no legal violation if that request is not respected.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

So it’s really professional courtesy, I guess. We’ve been all reading about Wikipedia [sic] leaks and all of that sort of thing.

But there is a Council policy that pertains to staff —I guess we sometimes, as Council, believe we’re above City policies and procedures.

So there is no legal recourse on this as I’m understanding. But if it did go to court there would be some weight attached because that disclaimer was in place?

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

It would certainly be one of the things that the court would look at if it got into the wrong hands, yes. But again, it’s not something that would be the subject of a charge.

In this case, we do have, for example, the Respectful Workplace Policy.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Exactly.

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies. And there are similar provisions like that. But it’s not something that would lead to charges that would go to a court.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Okay. Then I know that Councillor Saito was going to suggest that maybe this is a matter that the Integrity Commissioner, if Council could support a review or a search of computers, FAX machines, printers in Leadership Team’s office. And I know the City Manager did say that she asked all of the Leadership Team who said no but in fairness, I think, and Council’s office, that would be something that I’m sure would be a Council resolution. And I’d be willing to put that forth if Council would support it.

Would that be something that would come before the Integrity Commissioner to sort of approve or not approve? Or is that something that we can, as a matter of course, we have the authority as Council to do today?

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

In terms of your first question, with respect of this going to the Integrity Commissioner, I believe that would be appropriate step to take. I know that the City of Toronto for example, there have been a number of matters dealt with, dealing with leaked documents and communications that have been referred to integrity commissioners.

With respect to an investigation of the electronic equipment, Council passed a policy on that last year. However it —Council is the ultimate authority and Council if Council chooses that those matters be looked at then they certainly can.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Okay. You’re verifying what I’m saying. It is Council decision. Okay, I’m prepared to put forward that motion at the appropriate time.

[DIP TO WHITE]

McCallion-ally Councillor Jim Tovey (Chair, Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Councillor Mahoney.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Thank you and it’s very encouraging to hear the words of all of my colleagues on this matter —those that have spoken.

With respect, what I wanted to speak to with respect to, I guess we can’t deal with a resolution at General Committee in order to do an investigation of technology equipment.

So, I guess I put it on the agenda but it won’t get dealt with til next week at Council. So maybe I can make this a Notice of Motion for Council and I can have someone help me draft that motion for Council.

But in the meantime, as an individual member of this Council, I would ask that IT [Information Technology] come and do a search of all of the equipment in my office and in my home because I do have—

McCallion-ally Councillor Jim Tovey (Chair, Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Me too.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

—a computer and a printer FAX in my home. And of course, the Blackberry. Just in the meantime so that we can get on this. Maybe other members of Council want to offer the same. But to avoid having to wait for the week for the motion so I put that on the table.

So I’m absolutely disgusted. I said in my email that —this is a, in my opinion it’s a cowardly act of someone afraid to make their opinion heard and prefers to hide behind the media. I suggest this person needs to have the decency and moral standards to say what they wish to say to those of us involved directly.

And with that I would ask if anyone wants to own up right now. Publicly.

Seeing no one.

But, so I make that request. Perhaps Madam City Manager, you can have IT contact my office —and I’m talking about a search of my staff equipment as well as my own. And the equipment that is City-owned that I have at home.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

This just in at the Mississauga News. A Letter to the Editor by none other than McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney. Mahoney proved the Mississauga News right when they wrote, “There was an angry backlash from enraged residents and the councillors did what all politicians do when they’ve been caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar — they blamed the media.”

No witch hunt

The following letter is a response to What are you hiding?, a letter from Ram Sivapalan that was printed by The News (Friday, Jan. 14).

Dear Mr. Sivapalan:

I did not request a “witch hunt” but wanted an investigation into who pre-empted the democratic and open public process of discussion and decision-making by a full council by forwarding the e-mail to the media before that could occur.

This discussion should have been held at the regular meeting where Council would have given direction that it was not appropriate to spend taxpayer dollars on this proposal to purchase tickets for staff and councillors to this event.

The media created a firestorm, leading the public to believe that we all supported this expenditure, which is not the case.

The democratic process was pre-empted. Now the common belief is that Council approved this. Council did not approve it. We were not given the opportunity.

For context, at the December 2, 2009, Friends of Hazel Rally, Katie Mahoney was the only Councillor who spoke at that rally. Her words?

“And I think something that I’d like to really impart to you is it’s not hard to support our Mayor. Trust me.”

You can’t. And here’s why.

Video: “FRIENDS OF HAZEL” RALLY and MYTHissauga Ghost of New Year’s Past (2:10 min)

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

And of course, there’s always McCallion-ally, Ron Starr making sure everyone knows, “it’s not a party”.

Hazel-McCallion-endorsed-councillor, Ron Starr quoted referring to Hazel McCallion's 90th birthday party was ""...the fund-raiser for Sheridan --I was going to say 'party' but it's not a party"  (January 12, 2011) and a 90th confirmation notice calling it

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

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Hazel McCallion: “How can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?” [BEAT THE PRESS series, “Sucker Them”]

January 18th, 2011  

Well here comes National Post’s Megan O’Toole again, this time with the superb article, “Analysis: McCallion’s attempt to bring back the past falls flat”. Too true. I was there and it’d be tough to fall flatter than The Flat I witnessed last Wednesday.

Re: “bring back the past”…

Here’s my Blast from the Past —video of the Mississauga Mayor’s pep talk to her Communications team during a May 23, 2007 Council meeting. This video segment alone supports Megan O’Toole’s opening sentences:

The McCallion family founded Mississauga’s Booster community newspaper four decades ago, and its slogan today proudly declares: “A 40-year tradition of good news.”

That is arguably the only kind of news Hazel McCallion has welcomed during her three-decade tenure as Mayor—and for many years, the formula worked.

Megan O’Toole so gets it!

We also offer video from the Mayor’s September 8, 2010 Press Conference announcing that she would run again for a 12th term. In this clip, McCallion announces that she won’t conduct a campaign and invoking the poor, the unemployed, the needy of Mississauga, urges anyone hoping to contribute campaign money simply donate to charities instead. [Note: I should mention at this point that I registered for the office of Mayor of Mississauga back in January 4, 2010 in order to experience what it’s like to run against Hazel McCallion. What better way to cover a municipal election than actually being a candidate? And what better office to run for than Mayor?]

This video also includes CFRB 1010 NewsTalk audio of the Mayor defending the City spending upwards of $10,000 ($700 per couple tickets) to send councillors and senior staffers to her 90th birthday celebration-gala using taxpayers’ money.

But why should I write when I can let Hazel McCallion do her own talking? That’s the beauty of video, right? Irrefutable evidence?…

And so we start our MYTHissauga “BEAT THE PRESS” series. There are three effective ways to Beat the Press: Sucker them , Bully them —Sucker and Bully them!

As always, our video is followed by the transcript.

Hazel McCallion: “How can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?” [BEAT THE PRESS series]
[MISSISSAUGAWATCH trivia question. Can you spot the “Friend of Hazel” in this YouTube thumbnail?]

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Council meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2007)

I noticed the Toronto Star is coming out with a new GTA page. I don’t know if you’ve been in touch with them to find out what it’s all about. But I hope that we will have a prominent positive item in that Toronto page because it does go across the GTA.

I think of all the wonderful things we’re doing in Mississauga. It’s hard to get the publicity. They love bad publicity —the papers. They don’t like good publicity, unfortunately.

I know you’re working hard to promote all the wonderful things we’re doing in Mississauga for the good of the citizens.

I want you folks to know that you don’t get an 87% response from the citizens that they’re happy with what we’re doing if you-folks weren’t doing a good job. The Staff and the City.

So, congratulations to all of you. Keep up the good work. Let’s keep Mississauga right up there —at the top.

We are the Best. No question about it. And we just have to convince others that we’re the Best. I know the citizens know we’re the Best, but it’s important to convince those outside Mississauga that we are the Best.

[CLOCKWIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

[I’m] just as excited today, after registering a couple of hours ago, going forward to another. And I’m not going to conduct a campaign. I am not going to raise money. I’m not going to have signs—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

That’s because she’s got a s***load of money.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—because I’ll tell you—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—and she’s got Harold Shipp in here.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—anyone that wants to donate money to a Mayor’s campaign—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—Here it comes.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—I plead with you, to donate it to all the charitable organizations, whose under pressure second-to-none. The Food Bank. The Children’s Aid—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH camera pans to the Media Mass. Whispering into camera (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—Look at this. Look at the Suckers.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Press Conference announcing she will run for 12th term, September 8, 2010)

—the Salvation Army and all those that are struggling, struggling today to look after the people. The Poverty that’s in our city. The Unemployed that are in our city.

So how can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?

[CLOCKWIPE]

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—It’s just that

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

I hope—

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—talking about taxpayers money, I—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

The press is —often the press is out to cause controversy. And I think what’s happened in the United States is a good example of the press building animosity against politicians and government. And I hope that there’ll be some good will come out of what has happened.”

[CLOCKWIPE]

Councillor Eve Adams (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

Someone made a unilateral decision to say that it was all right to use tax dollars for a birthday party. And I don’t agree with that.

So if people around this table are upset that something was leaked to the media, I’m upset! I’m upset because I got a call from the media saying that politicians were going to have $700 perks given to them. And I don’t want to be one of those people that walks [sic] around in this city as people at the grocery store or at my doctor’s office look at me and say, “Are you one of the politicians that accepted the $700 perk?”

[REVERSE CLOCKWIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Council meeting Wednesday, May 23, 2007)

Let’s keep Mississauga right up there —at the top.

We are the Best. No question about it. And we just have to convince others that we’re the Best. I know the citizens know we’re the Best, but it’s important to convince those outside Mississauga that we are the Best.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And while we’re on the topic of “The Poverty that’s in our city. The Unemployed that are in our city” , allow me to share a December 7, 2007 Toronto Star article, “Peel’s cities drop $100K to schmooze”.

Published On Fri Dec 07 2007
Michele Henry
Phinjo Gombu Staff Reporters

Brampton and Mississauga together spent nearly $100,000 to send 14 people to London, England, this week in hopes of collecting awards they believed would put them on the international map.

That includes two 15-minute videos, which cost more than $20,000 each, to present to judges at the World Leadership Forum event.

Founded by a former journalist and judged by a panel of British urban leaders in the fields of architecture, transportation, planning and the arts, the awards honour cities in 15 categories related to municipal leadership. The GTA cities joined 100 others around the world in paying a $6,500 registration fee.

Fact: The World Leadership Forum lasted one more year. When the markets crashed in late 2008, World Leadership Forum quietly folded its tent and flew by night.

Fact: Phinjo Gombu was one of the reporters outing the $100,000 Brampton/MYTHissauga LondonFest. (Small wonder the Mississauga Mayor doesn’t like the way Gombu reports!)

Hazel-McCallion-endorsed-councillor, Ron Starr quoted referring to Hazel McCallion's 90th birthday party was ""...the fund-raiser for Sheridan --I was going to say 'party' but it's not a party"  (January 12, 2011) and a 90th confirmation notice calling it

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

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“The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga” MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMMENT:

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CFRB NewsTalk “Beat the Press”: Hazel McCallion links media “animosity” to Tuscon shootings. And Councillors’ homes to be searched?

January 14th, 2011  

In our January 11, 2011 Blog I reported on Hazel McCallion’s “Friends of Hazel” and their Orwellian DELETION/ERASE operation of hundreds of readers’ comments at the Mississauga News.

In yesterday’s blog we featured Hazel McCallion chastizing National Post’s reporter, Megan O’Toole at Wednesday’s Mississauga General Committee meeting.

Today we highlight Mayor McCallion’s “angry exchange with CFRB reporter Amber Gero” on Tuesday’s CFRB NewsTalk radio.

According to veteran reporter, John Stewart (Mississauga News):

McCallion accused Gero of stirring up unneeded controversy and suggested that such irresponsible questioning by the media was, in part, responsible for escalating tensions that lead to incidents such as the shooting this past weekend of a United States (U.S.) congresswoman in Arizona.

“Often the press is out to cause controversy,” McCallion said. “I think what’s happening in the U.S. is an example of the press building animosity against politicians and the government. I hope some good will come out of what has happened.”

Time for another video. The first 25 segment contains audio of McCallion’s heated words on CFRB fingering the press for “building animosity against politicians and the government.”

The video then switches to the next day’s Mississauga General Committee meeting —this time it was Councillor Eve Adams who had some heated words for McCallion. As always I’ll provide the transcript.

Special thanks to CFRB NewsTalk for the audio in the first 25 seconds.

CFRB Hazel McCallion links media “animosity” to Tuscon shootings Councillors’ homes to be searched?  (3:51 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—It’s just that

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

I hope—

Reporter Amber Gero (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

—talking about taxpayers money, I—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (CFRB NewsTalk 10-10 Tuesday, January 11, 2011)

The press is —often the press is out to cause controversy. And I think what’s happened in the United States is a good example of the press building animosity against politicians and  government. And I hope that there’ll be some good will come out of what has happened.”

[DIP TO WHITE]

Councillor Eve Adams (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

I was really, really, really upset when I got the call from the media. I was being asked whether or not I was going to one of these $700 parties. So you know, [inaudible] on the meat of the issue and welcome a proper debate as opposed to this Orwellian debate where we’re talking about, you know, having people come into people’s home and checking our Staff’s computers. For what amounts to actually a really legitimate issue.

Somebody raised a legitimate issue. And we had a discussion about it.

If we want to have a discussion about what else transpired yesterday, I for one was really offended as a mom when somebody raised the Arizona shooting as a defense.

Do you know the name of the little girl —the 9-year-old girl who died? It was Christina. And she died because she was an innocent victim. She did absolutely nothing wrong.

And for someone to hide proper public discourse —to hide the expenditure of public tax dollars on a birthday party behind the death of an innocent girl is offensive. I mean that was pretty awful. And embarrassing as a member of this City Council.

[CUT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

—the very first utterance —or audiotape that I ever made, which was May 5th, 2006 —when the City Manager said, We don’t have, “We don’t just have pockets of Excellence in this organization. We have Excellence throughout.”

I spent four years saying, “Uh uh uh, that’s not the case at all.”

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

That the mistrust that is occurring and it’s kind of bubbling up in the United States right now talking about mistrust of government and the heated rhetoric there. Yes, the rhetoric is heated, but make no mistake that the mistrust of government is justified!

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Eve Adams (Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Mississauga Council Chambers)

So if people around this table are upset that something was leaked to the media, I’m upset! I’m upset because I got a call from the media saying that politicians were going to have $700 perks given to them. And I don’t want to be one of those people that walks [sic] around in this city as people at the grocery store or at my doctor’s office look at me and say, “Are you one of the politicians that accepted the $700 perk?”

I did not leak this information to the media.

If the integrity commissioner would like to come and check my cell phone records and do all sorts of forensic audits of my computers and so on? God Speed, I will not be submitting to that voluntarily. I don’t know what the proper legal recourse is but if you can actually obtain that, I would be really impressed and I will happily submit to all of that, I have absolutely nothing to hide.

But that isn’t the issue.

The issue isn’t the leaking of the information. The issue is actually the meat and substance of it, which is, I don’t believe that tax dollars should be used for personal birthday parties. And I don’t think that Staff have the authority to make these types of decisions. And if they do, we ought to be looking at the delegated authority we’ve provided because it’s not a one-time occurrence. It’s now happened twice in a couple of months.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And for fun, or for those who are really, really, really missing Councillor Carolyn Parrish right now…. this dark comedy video. Featuring Mayor Hazel McCallion, McCallion-supporter-Councillor Ron Starr and June 2007 footage of Councillor “This isn’t a secret society” Carolyn Parrish.

Music: “Don’t crash the ambulance” Dire Straits.

Hazel McCallion and Ron Starr versus the National Post –and Ghost of Parrish Past (3:44 min)

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

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

“There seems to be a complete disregard for policy.” –Hazel McCallion, May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

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"The TRIUMPH 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

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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!

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Loathing authentic scrutiny, Hazel McCallion chastizes National Post’s reporter, Megan O’Toole regarding leaked emails

January 13th, 2011  

Last Blog I reported on Hazel McCallion’s “Friends of Hazel” and their Orwellian DELETION/ERASE operation of hundreds of readers’ comments at the Mississauga News. The “Friends of Hazel” Great e-Rase  continues unabated.

In this blog we deal with Hazel McCallion herself and her bullying and intimidation of reporters deemed to be “negative” and fueling controversy.

In his article, “Councillors compare leaked memo to Wikileaks” Toronto Star Urban Affairs Reporter San Grewal observed:

During Wednesday’s council meeting, Councillor Katie Mahoney, a McCallion ally, asked for an investigation into who forwarded the memo to the media. “I would ask IT (information technology) come do a search of all my equipment in my office and my home,” she said.

Mahoney went on to compare the situation to the recent Wikileaks controversy and suggested all members of council should have their homes and offices searched.

“In my opinion, it’s a cowardly act,” she said of the leak. “I ask if anyone wants to own up right now, publicly.” She then paused. “No one. I’m talking about a search of my staff’s equipment as well as my own.”

Councillor Ron Starr, another McCallion ally, continued the theatrics. “Within minutes, within minutes, the media has copies,” he said of Friday’s event. “It becomes a toxic environment because we’re looking over our shoulders the whole time. I think it’s totally unacceptable and we’ve got to stop this.”

Translation: Ron Starr’s reference to “toxic environment” is MYTHissaugaSPEAK for “authentic scrutiny”.

True to form, Hazel McCallion was not kind of scrutiny yesterday —this time going after National Post reporter, Megan O’Toole. O’Toole was in attendance inside Council chambers observing the General Committee meeting.

Like her cult-worshippers, “Friends of Hazel”, McCallion herself spit venom to malign the Press and media, accusing them of foaming up mistrust for government.

After Council went in-camera I filed this report. So, here’s the video and the transcript.

Dedicated to National Post reporter, Megan O’Toole.

Hazel McCallion chastizes National Post’s reporter, Megan O’Toole regarding leaked emails (3:57 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

It is Wednesday, January 11th, [sic] 2011. And I’m back at Mississauga Council after two months being a lot better elsewhere on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. And it’s the same thing that —the loathing that the City of Mississauga has for external scrutiny!

And this time [laughs] it’s Megan O’Toole that got the lambasting!

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

I sometimes wonder if I should call Megan O’Toole to find out what resolutions—

(Someone)

She’s up there.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

She is? We would, [looking up towards Megan O’Toole] —maybe we should add you to Council because you know more about what’s going on. There’s resolutions in the National Post that has [sic] never come to Council on overturning the appointments, etc.

So, communication with Megan O’Toole is great. I think we should add her to an extra chair over there. [looking up towards Megan O’Toole] So at least you’ll be here to discuss the issues.

I think it’s sad—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

[whispers into camera] Yes, it’s called accountability, Hazel. You haven’t had it for thirty years.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

[chuckling] It’s a nice change from me getting shit all the time. So. Anyway.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

I returned from my two months on Maui to find that I no longer have the luxury of coming to Mississauga Council meetings —be here at 9 o’clock and stay for however long it takes.

So my data collection is essentially over and it’s now at a stage where I report what the video evidence has determined over, I guess, since December 2006 when I began videotaping Mississauga Council. Freedom of Information since January 2007.

And I will go on record now and say that City of Mississauga staff lie, and there is a genuine, substantiated reason why you mistrust government. Because government lies. And the staff right up to senior do. And I have that on video. That’s why I’m able to say that with —as a statement of fact, instead of allegation.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

The other thing I want to say is, I registered for office (of) Mayor just to see what it’s like to run against Hazel McCallion and the kinds of —the difficulty, just to understand the dynamics of the City of Mississauga. The Corporate Structure but also the powerful backing of developers right down to what are called “The Friends of Hazel”.

I’ve experienced it all.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

December 21st, I was on the top, in the crater-summit of Haleakala on winter solstice at exactly 1:38 pm Hawaiian time. And I gave own oath which is to tell the story about MYTHissauga from the very first utterance —or audiotape that I ever made, which was May 5th, 2006 —when the City Manager said, We don’t have, “We don’t just have pockets of Excellence in this organization. We have Excellence throughout.”

I spent four years saying, “Uh uh uh, that’s not the case at all.”

And that’s what I want to explain. That the mistrust that is occurring and it’s kind of bubbling up in the United States right now talking about mistrust of government and the heated rhetoric there. Yes, the rhetoric is heated, but make no mistake that the mistrust of government is justified!

And I can’t talk about Federal government. I can’t talk so much about Provincial government. But have I got the goods on municipal government.

You have to mistrust. Because otherwise [whispers] they’re gonna feel you up in your sleep!

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

A reminder of the treatment Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warmington got from Hazel McCallion’s handler when she announced that she was running for Mayor.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER TRIES TO GAG TORONTO SUN FROM ASKING MAYOR THE JUDICIAL INQUIRY (3:48 min)

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

And on the October 25th election night inside the Great Hall, how a “Friend of Hazel” prevented the Mississauga News from interviewing McCallion

Did this charmer prevent the Mississauga News from getting an interview with Hazel McCallion? (2:25 min)

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

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

“There seems to be a complete disregard for policy.” –Hazel McCallion, May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"The TRIUMPH 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

“The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga” MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMMENT:

“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!

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The importance of film? The importance of video? Edward R. Murrow knew.

January 9th, 2011  

Grim editorial in the Toronto Star yesterday. Looking ahead: Canada faces risky world”.

For Canadians, Afghanistan is destined to be a year of redeploying dangerously. In Europe, this will be the year of hedging dangerously. From financial threats to terrorist perils, Canada’s world in 2011 promises to be as messy as it will be menacing.

I see even worse things in Canada’s future… I’m reminded of Edward R. Murrow said in his March 9, 1954 broadcast, See It Now:

“But we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

I’m going on record as to how much deserting freedom is going on at home.

And speaking of “home”, it was just over a year ago that I registered for Office of Mayor for the 2010 Mississauga municipal election. I did it primarily for two reasons:  1) to experience what it’s like to run against Hazel McCallion and 2) to gain insight into how McCallion stayed in power for over thirty-three years.

Now I know. And have it on record.

Speaking of “record”, back in 2007, I created a video on Edward R. Murrow, a hero of mine. I took selected clips from the Biography Channel’s half hour documentary, “Edward R. Murrow” and produced these three minutes.

If nothing else, let “EDWARD R. MURROW –MY HERO” uploaded to YouTube March 24, 2007 bears testimony to the irreplaceable role film played as documentation back in 1954.

(And video today!…)

EDWARD R. MURROW –MY HERO (3:06 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
(Video: courtesy Biography Channel, Edward R. Murrow)

Joseph Wershba, field producer SEE IT NOW:

—that my God, we have won a victory with this new thing called television.

And I don’t know if it was at that point that Fred said to Murrow, “this is a tough one” and Murrow said, “from here on in they’re all going to be tough.”

Narrator, Biography Channel:

See It Now had scored a great coup against the reckless accusations of McCarthyism. But Murrow knew he’d picked a fight with McCarthy and that it was only a matter of time before the battle would get personal.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, watching Biography Channel Feb/March 2007:

Go for it!

Narrator, Biography Channel:

Murrow was a marked man. But he was never one to back out of a fight. He and Friendly ordered the See It Now crew to start collecting film of McCarthy.

For over three months they worked on the program and tried to summon the nerve to run it.

Mili Bonsignori, film editor SEE IT NOW:

We really were scared. We were blameless —or we thought we were blameless, but that didn’t seem to make any difference. We had a feeling that McCarthy would  be after us. And especially after Murrow.

Fred W. Friendly, Producer SEE IT NOW:

There was Ed. He leaned over like this —and he said, “The terror is right in this room. Let’s do the program.”

He puffed on a cigarette and we did the program the next night.

Narrator, CBS Television, SEE IT NOW, March 9, 1954 broadcast:

CBS Television presents the distinguished reporter and news analyst, Edward R. Murrow in See It Now.

Edward R. Murrow, CBS Television, SEE IT NOW, March 9, 1954 broadcast:

Good evening. Tonight, See It Now devotes its entire half hour to a report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy told mainly in his own words and pictures.

His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as between the internal and the external threats of Communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.

Joseph R. McCarthy, CBS Television, SEE IT NOW, March 9, 1954 broadcast:

But they said, “oh  —it’s all right uncovering them, just don’t get rough doing it, McCarthy.”

Edward R. Murrow, CBS Television, SEE IT NOW, March 9, 1954 broadcast:

The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it —and rather successfully.

Cassius was right. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

Good night, and good luck.

Joseph Wershba, field producer SEE IT NOW:

At that point to me, he was the greatest man in America. And of heroic proportions. Because he knew that it wasn’t going to be the editor on the thing or the cameraman who was going to get his head handed to him. It was going to be Edward R. Murrow.

Narrator, Biography Channel:

Murrow sat slumped in his chair in the eerie silence of the control room, overcome by what he’d done.

Fred W. Friendly, Producer SEE IT NOW:

Truck drivers were rolling up next to Ed and said, “Good show, Ed, Good show.”

Joseph Wershba, field producer SEE IT NOW:

That fear, that bubble, that boil of fear had been burst. And now people could start talking.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga political activist, Don Barber quote, "‘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." City of Mississauga Civic Centre

“‘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.”

—Mississauga political activist, Don Barber

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