Freedom of Information confirms that City of Mississauga kept no records of who signed Mayor’s Gala tax receipts (2005 – 2007) or for how much…

March 30th, 2011  

[UPDATE:  March 31, 2011, 7:50 pm. Have you ever meant to write down one thing and something entirely different and wrong came out instead? I just happened to have re-read my Freedom of Information response letter (below) and to my horror I noticed a huge error in the first part of my request.  I’d written “correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services).”

That should have been “Corporate Services”! And that means I have to file another Freedom of Information request…. Now back to the Blog.]

This just in. Freedom of Information filed on the hunch that the person who played big in both the Enersource and Hotel/Condominium land deal at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry also played his hand at Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Galas.

I filed Freedom of Information on the potential role played in the issuance of tax receipts by former City Manager, David “I don’t remember, I don’t recall” O’Brien and (how could I not?) long-time Mayor’s Gala organizer and devoted, close friend of the Mayor,  Jim Murray.

But (no surprise) it was not to be.

Freedom of Information requesting “a copy of every tax receipt issued so I can see the name/s of the signatores (who signed the tax receipts?)” between 2005 through 2007 confirms the City kept  no copies of the tax receipts issued.

As a result who signed the tax receipts and for how much remains a mystery —and for all we know, the perfect crime on the taxpayers’ dime.

We will now file a follow-up Freedom of Information to confirm that the “Trust Quality Excellence” people never kept a single tax receipt it ever issued going all the way back to the first Mayor’s Gala in 1987.

After all what’s the big deal about Mayor’s Gala tax receipts? It’s only taxpayers’ money.

And after all, who’s to know?

And after all, it’s for Hazel.

And after all, it’s all done in the Best Interests of the City…

Just ask Hazel…

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOI Request 2011-0106
Mayor’s Gala Records

Corporate Services Department
Legislative Services Division
Office of the City Clerk
 

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
MISSISSAUGA ON L5B 3C1

FAX: 905-615-4181
www.mississauga.ca

[corporate logo] Leading today for tomorrow

March 23, 2011

Name &
address
redacted

Dear Mrs. ————–:

Re: FOI Request 2011-0106
Mayor’s Gala Records

I am writing in response to your request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) for access to the following:

All records (esp. emails) pertaining to the 2006 & 2007 Mayor’s Gala (LAC for Arts). Esp. correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services).

However, bottom line for this 2006 and 2007 stuff is I want a copy of every tax receipt issued so I can see the name/s of the signatores (who signed the tax receipts?) Can you also throw in 2005?

Regarding the first part of your request, “correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services),” a search was made by the City Manager’s office. A review was made of all emails and correspondence files and no responsive records were found.

Regarding the second part of your request, “a copy of every tax receipt issued,” only one copy of the receipt was printed and signed and given to the donor.

Therefore, our decision is that there are no responsive records for this request.

If you have any questions, please contact Peter Meyler, Access and Privacy Officer, at 905-615-3200 ext. 5181.

In accordance with the Act, you may ask for a review of this decision or the fee within 30 days of

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receiving this letter by writing to: Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario, 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto ON M4W IA8, telephone 416-326-3333. If you decide to request a review of this decision, please provide the Commissioner’s office with the following:

  1. the file number listed at the beginning of this letter;
  2. a copy of this decision letter;
  3. a copy of your original request.

In addition, you must send an appeal fee of $25.00 to the Commissioner’s Office. Please include the fee with your letter of appeal – appeal fees should be in the form of either a cheque or money order, payable to the Minister of Finance.

Pina Mancuso

Acting Manager, Legislative Services/Acting Deputy Clerk
and Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator

 

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA Freedom of Information confirms NO RECORDS of Mayor's Galas tax receipts. ANYone could have issued them --for ANY amount

Please click here for original (1097 x 2315) version

Next we’ll file Freedom of Information on the Mayor’s Gala years prior to 2005 just to confirm that the City kept no records of any tax receipts it issued. With “no one” signing those receipts….

Signed,

MISSISSAUGWATCH

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Hazel McCallion to SMART GROWTH: Don’t call it “Density”, call it “Compact Development”.

March 24th, 2011  

Comes a time when you just let the politicians say it all. And few people say it all like Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.

So. Once again, the video complete with transcript.

Hazel McCallion to SMART GROWTH: Don’t call it “Density”, call it “Compact Development”. (1:41 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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”?

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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.

[CLOCKWIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (speaking to Canadian Urban Institute on their presentation, Mississauga General Committee meeting, March 23, 2011)

First of all I want to congratulate you on referring to Density as “Compact Development”. Because when the citizens hear about Density, it’s opposition immediately.

So, when I was Chairman of the Smart Growth panel, I tried to get that in —”Compact Development”. Don’t talk about “Density”, talk about “Compact” —so you got it in your report and we appreciate that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (whispering into video camera, Mississauga General Committee meeting, March 23, 2011)

Yeah, deceive the public. We’re good at that, aren’t we?

Mayor Hazel McCallion (speaking to Canadian Urban Institute on their presentation, Mississauga General Committee meeting, March 23, 2011)

Secondly, I think at first that we must set an example—

[DIP TO WHITE]

[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VISUAL: cartoon of cemetery with the words “COMPACT DEVELOPMENT]

AUDIO ONLY Mayor Hazel McCallion (speaking to Canadian Urban Institute on their presentation, Mississauga General Committee meeting, March 23, 2011)

First of all I want to congratulate you on referring to Density as “Compact Development”. Because when the citizens hear about Density, it’s opposition immediately.

So, when I was Chairman of the Smart Growth panel, I tried to get that in —”Compact Development”.

[LOGO]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

“I didn’t know, I was not aware, not that I am a judge of character, that Hazel McCallion was the chairperson of the house of benevolence. I was all wrong, because she was in my office — I had four ministries with the previous administration, and she was in my office constantly making some presentation. In fact I once referred to the distinguished mayor as being so honestly dishonest.”

—Gilles Pouliot (Lake Nipigon / Lac-Nipigon ND)
Comptes rendus: Comité permanent des règlements et des projets de loi d’intérêt privé – 22 novembre 1995 – Bill Pr13, City of Nepean Act, 1995


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Hazel McCallion loses $28,000 in capital from her $2.3M Arts Gala Fund in 2008. And BEWARE Ted Woloshyn’s use of “raised mmmillions to support”

March 22nd, 2011  

Fascinating photo of Hazel McCallion handing over a cheque for $2,340,000 to the Community Foundation of Mississauga during the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Gala in November 2008.

"Hazel McCallion hands over a cheque for $2" 340 "000 from her Gala Fund to the Community Foundation of Mississauga in 2008". It lost $28,000 from capital between 2008-2009
So what has happened to the $2,340,000 in the Hazel McCallion Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Heritage since then?

You can answer part of that question simply by reviewing the Community Foundation of Mississauga’s 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Annual reports. Quite simple. Just do a word search for “McCallion”.

2009 Annual report
2008 Community Foundation Report

2007 Community Foundation Report

2006 Community Foundation Report

We do know that up to the end of year 2009, the Mayor only donated $2,033.61 and that wasn’t for the arts but rather a grant right back to the Community Foundation of Mississauga for “Operations; to ensure the sustainability and Endowment Fund the continued growth and success of the Community Foundation of Mississauga.”

The Hazel McCallion Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Heritage has not issued a single grant from McCallion's $2,340,000 cheque to the Mississauga arts community since it was handed over in November 2006.  Yesterday, while investigating further, I disc
Given that a May 28, 2010 Mississauga News article, “Foundation hands out grants” makes no mention of the Mayor’s fund, it’s a safe bet that the Hazel McCallion Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Heritage has not issued a single grant to the Mississauga arts community from McCallion’s original $2,340,000  since it was handed over with great fanfare in November 2006.

Yesterday, while investigating further, I discovered video of a November 19, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting. At that meeting, the Mayor expresses some regrets at handing over her Gala Fund to the Community Foundation of Mississauga where it lost $28,000 in capital —and gained no interest.

Enough writing! It’s best simply to let the Mayor tell you. Watch. Listen.

So here’s the video complete with transcript.

Hazel McCallion loses $28,000 in capital from her $2.3M Arts Gala Fund in 2008 –and no interest.  (3:59 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Councillor Maja Prentice (Mississauga General Committee meeting, November 19, 2008)

One of the other concerns I have –and maybe I shouldn’t have after you’ve explained it but, with this stabilization program I’m wondering how we will be differentiating between the grants that we deal with every year by the City and it’s done through City Staff.

We’re now going to have an arts stabilization program. And we also have the Mississauga Community Foundation which has funds from the Mayor’s Gala that will be designated in a granting process when it begins to reap some additional money —to the arts groups.

So we have three different groups now with the arts stabilization fund —the City, and whoever’s in charge of the arts stabilization group and the Mississauga Community Foundation. All going to be in a position to grant or donate —money.

And to me that gets us into a lot of trouble with duplication.

Glen Murray, then consultant, now MPP (Lib) for Toronto Centre (Mississauga General Committee meeting, November 19, 2008)

Absolutely. You’re making an excellent point.

If you remember the slide earlier in Jeff’s presentation, it talked about the criteria in an arts stabilization fund. I think that’s probably one of the most important slides in the presentation and here’s why.

Good arts and cultural funding should be funding arts on merit.

If you have a great dance company or you have a Muslim cultural festival or you have, you know, a symphony —and it’s doing some things really well. You know arts funding from the City —arts and cultural funding should be funding on merit, right?

So these arts organizations know that as they’re doing great cultural work, that their funding review for funding is going to be based on the merit of the program. So a great program should be rewarded from the City government recognizing that and being funded [inaudible] based on the cultural merit of the program.

What often happens in municipalities is a local opera company gets into trouble financially. And the arts and cultural funding isn’t funding because it has a great program.

As a matter of fact it is rewarded for having a bad program because it’s in so much trouble, teary-eyed volunteers come before City Council or the Arts/Culture Board saying, “You know we’re working our hearts out. Our program isn’t getting any legs.” So they get a whole lot more money and they’re rewarded for having an unsuccessful program.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga General Committee meeting, November 19, 2008)

I like your stabilization. I think it is the answer —one of the answers to the situation.

I only wish I knew about it before I turned my money over to the Community Foundation. Cuz last year I lost $28,000 out of my funding. And no interest on it.

When it was left with the City, it was getting three (3) percent interest —on a couple of million dollars, which is nothing to— So instead, last year I lost $28,000 out of capital which is unfortunate.

I would have loved to have turned that over to —not all of it maybe, to the stabilization fund to start. So I regret this only came forward now. One of the things— I think the way to explain the process…

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Now in its 25th year, raised millions of dollars to support the arts, culture and heritage of the community—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Because saying it makes it so.

[LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Hazel McCallion and son Peter, pose with Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Lucy impersonators at 2002 "Long Live Rock and Roll" Mayor's Gala for the arts


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MISSISSAUGAWATCH nominates Peel poverty activist, Edna Toth for “Citizen of the Year”. (Hazel McCallion weighs in.)

March 20th, 2011  

We’ve created this video in response to the Mississauga News article, “Looking for the city’s top citizen”.

The Mississauga News writes:

The search is on for Mississauga’s next Citizen of the Year…

…A person can be considered a candidate for Citizen of the Year based on their outstanding efforts over a number of years. Nominees must be age 19 or older and residents in good standing.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has nominated Edna Toth, poverty activist and Chair of the Peel Poverty Action Group. Because no one ever listens to us, we’ll enlist Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion to speak on Edna Toth’s behalf.

So, here’s the video complete with transcript.

Peel poverty activist, Edna Toth for “Citizen of the Year”. Hazel McCallion weighs in. (3:13 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
Music: Brown Eyes (modified), Fleetwood Mac

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

Thank you for your dedication. You’ve been a leader in this. You haven’t given up and you’re going to win some day, I can tell you. Because we must respond.

Thank you, Edna.

[Subtitle. Hazel McCallion on POVERTY IN PEEL: the BACKGROUND]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

—we at the local level have got to recognize that it’s —I’m not proud as a member of Regional Council or the Mayor of the City of Mississauga to say that there are 21,000 on the waiting list for social housing in Peel.

I think that’s something—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council applauding whispers)

Good for her.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

—secondly on Saturday when we welcomed the, uh, Sunday night when we welcomed the Queen at the airport, Emil Kolb and I had a chat with Mr. Flaherty, the Minister, saying that unemployment is rising greatly in the Region of Peel.

Emil says that the figures are extremely high.

So now we have a major unemployment situation and we have the social housing needs. That means that there’s going to be more —more demand for social housing. With the unemployment.

So, we’ve got a problem.

And I think we should be spending our taxpayers’ money wisely in regard to try to solve it. I don’t know what the solution is.

Yes, I do know what the solution is. I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council whispers)

Yes!

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

That means the Federal government must get involved.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council whispers)

Yes!

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

And unfortunately it was —the Provinces asked to take over social housing. They asked for it. Especially Quebec was the leader of it. The Federal government agreed that it should be transferred to the municipali—to the provinces.

Unfortunately under the Harris government they downloaded it to the municipalities in Ontario only. All other provinces are responsible for social housing. We are the only province where it was downloaded to the municipalities.

So we have an even bigger problem than we have in other parts of Canada.

Thank you for your dedication. You’ve been a leader in this. You haven’t given up and you’re going to win some day, I can tell you. Because we must respond.

Thank you, Edna.

[DIP TO BLACK LOGO]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (July 7, 2010 Mississauga Council)

I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head.

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE (on poverty social housing) "I believe it is the right of every Canadian to have a roof over their head."


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MISSISSAUGAWATCH


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Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: illegal tax receipts and just 20 cents per dollar to charity

March 14th, 2011  

This Blog is a follow-up to our March 10, 2011 Blog, “HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL ‘…without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada.’

Hazel McCallion's Mayor's Gala RECEIPTS for public agencies 2005 and 2006

Today, we present the man behind so many of the Mayor’s Galas over the years —reaching as far back as 1991 and as recently as being Chair of Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket 90th Birthday Celebration Bash.

Mississauga News pic: Hazel’s 90th. Details of Mayor Hazel McCallion's 90th birthday festivities were announced today at the Living Arts Centre by organizing committee members, from left, Ray Lessard (senior vice-president, wealth advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns), committee chair Jim Murray and Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, president and chief executive officer of Sheridan College. Staff photo by Fred Loek
(Jim Murray, chair of the Mayor’s 90th Birthday Celebration Committee, middle)

So here’s the video complete with transcript.

Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: illegal tax receipts and just 20 cents per dollar to charity (11:02 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting March 13, 2011)

There’s been considerable controversy regarding Mayors’ galas both here in Mississauga as well as Brampton. And I just want to explain one of the most startling revelations regarding these galas.

In the case of Hazel McCallion’s November gala that has been going on all the way back to 1987, it was revealed that for every dollar of the ticket price only twenty cents actually goes to charity. And of those twenty cents, only six or seven actually goes [sic] to the arts. And yet the gala is “for the arts”.

And rather than me express the concerns, why not take it directly from Councillor Nando Iannicca.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Councillor Iannicca.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Well, I wanted to follow up on the previous concerns from Councillor McFadden with regards to items she raised. But more important, the information that’s come back from the Staff in regards to the Mayor’s Gala.

And I understand more is to come back.

I just want to be clear on what is coming back and the action we’re taking, that something that to be very candid, just from the media accounts, looks dreadfully appalling. And looks like a whole bunch of people feel cheated.

And so I want some clarity around the issues when they come back, I want it to be very clear, and I want to say it here at Council, that these are the list of concerns. And the one specifically that relates to us as Board of Directors of the Corporation.

But first is, I trust the donors are aware, were aware that when you gave a dollar only six or seven cents went to the entity. And I’m starting to think that they’re not because of how tax receipts were issued. But perhaps that will come back.

I wonder what rapprochement’s been done with the charities when they now know, and I didn’t know, —I don’t think a lot of people knew, that you had this grand fete with the City’s elites. And at the end of the day for every dollar that came in, eighty cents was consumed.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

The donors would have been better off giving them half as much directly and some of the charities are saying exactly that.

So I hope that comes back.

I’m sure a lot of taxpayers feel cheated because if my math is correct, only from the accounts, some of the entities who wholeheartedly and graciously gave money would have got bigger business receipts and charity receipts than the charities got in actual money.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting March 13, 2011)

Now there’s a March 7th, 2011 article in the Toronto Star, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas”.

There’s [sic] two factual errors. One, they stated that Hazel McCallion was on the Peel Police Board. That’s not the case. And in another, they had stated that the Special Fund that Peel Police were using was intended to be used for victims of crime. That too was not the case.

But I want to read some of the highlights now.

The Peel Police Services Board has bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of tickets to private mayoral galas in Brampton and Mississauga, using “proceeds of crime”—

And that’s true.

Minutes show, for example, that the board approved buying a $4,000 table at Fennell’s gala on Feb. 20 last year, on Fennell’s invitation. A month before the gala took place, then-board member Jim Murray put forward a motion to buy a second table. It was approved.

A big player in Mississauga’s real estate market and close friend of McCallion, Murray is one of the organizers of her annual arts gala.

And what I want to do now is just highlight just how close a friend Jim Murray is to Hazel McCallion.

For context at Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket 90th birthday party, where he said—

[CROSS-FADE]

Jim Murray, close friend of the Mayor and CHAIR of Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket 90th Birthday Bash Celebration, February 12, 2011]

I love you, Hazel.

(laughter from audience)

That’s not what Bridget said, by the way. She said, “What could be more beautiful than a lady growing wise with age?”

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting March 13, 2011)

In addition we find that Jim Murray has been a organizer of the Mayor’s Galas going all the way back to 1991.

And what emerges is that you’ve got a devoted, close friend of the Mayor sitting on the Peel Police Services Board.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And when you know of the devotion, the allegiance, the loyalty that Jim Murray, who the Toronto Star calls, “a big player in Mississauga’s real estate market”, has toward Hazel McCallion, then you can view his impassioned speech on October 28, 2009, when he tried to stop the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry —in a different light.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Jim Murray, close friend of the Mayor and at the time, Vice Chair of the Peel Police Service Board (“Stop the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry” deputation, October 28, 2009]

My name is Jim Murray. I live at in Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, whispering into camera (videotaping Murray’s “Stop the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry” deputation, October 28, 2009]

Peel Police Services Board.

Jim Murray, close friend of the Mayor and at the time, Vice Chair of the Peel Police Service Board (“Stop the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry” deputation, October 28, 2009]

I didn’t come to speak today. I came to listen to find out what was going on.

There isn’t a single person on this Council I don’t know, and know well. Some of you I’ve known for a long time and I’ve worked with you. And I’ve had a respect for each member of Council.

I’ve lived her most of my life. I choose to make my business here. And I’m sad.

I’m very sad.

Because what you are embarking on, I suspect there wouldn’t be five people in this room who’ve ever been in a Judicial Inquiry. Well I have. In 1975. And it’s ugly and it takes on a life of its own. And it destroys people.

If what you really want to do is find out if anybody has a conflict of interest or anybody has done anything untoward, or anybody wants to clear the air, pass a resolution to hire an integrity commissioner like most municipalities have and GET ON WITH LIFE!

[strong applause with a “Here Here!”]

[CLOCK-WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting March 13, 2011)

And returning to the Toronto Star.

A big player in Mississauga’s real estate market and close friend of McCallion, Murray is one of the organizers of her annual arts gala. In 2008, Fennell moved that the police board buy a $6,000 table for McCallion’s gala that November.

Murray rejected any suggestion that there was a quid pro quo between them, yelling “that’s just insulting.”

And “quid pro quo” means “this for that” or “I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine.”

[DIP TO WHITE]

And also when you know that Jim Murray has been organizing the Major’s galas going all the way back to 1991, Murray’s Gala —and I mean it’s fair to call it “Murray’s Gala” when he’s an organizer.

For example when you look at 2008, which is the Regis Philbin one. Here’s the 2008 Gala, “Let the Games Begin”. So in [sic] October 17th, 2008 you can see Jim Murray here , voted for his own Gala,

[CROSS-FADE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Also there’s another special request. Would someone like to move that for the Mississauga—

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Oh, I’ll move that. (laughs)

(general laughter)

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

All those in favour? Carried.

Item 112.

[NOTE: Mayor Fennell moved the purchase of one table of 10 tickets in the total amount of $6,000 to Hazel McCallion’s annual gala. Video confirms that Jim Murray, organizer of the McCallion’s gala voted in favour.]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting March 13, 2011)

And this one in 2009.

[REVERSE CLOCK WIPE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

Item number 20 then is an event from the Special Policy —uh the Special Fund area. Mr. Murray.

Jim Murray, Vice Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

Yes. Mr. [inaudible]

This year’s recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the City of Brampton at the Mayor’ annual gala for the community, and for the Brampton community is the past vice chair [inaudible] and two-time member of this Board over many many years, Mr. Webb.

Mr. Ron Webb, and I think it will be appropriate if this Board was to buy two tables to this event. Primarily for that reason but also to recognize that this might be a difficult year to sell some subscriptions to this event, and it’s a worthy event. It supports the community —it supports the [inaudible] of this award. I would move that we purchase two tables.

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

Is there a seconder? Okay. Any other questions? If not, all those in favour? Carried.

Item number 21.

[VIDEO REPLAY with magnification.]

[NOTE: Video confirms that Mayor Fennell voted in favour of purchasing two tables in the total amount of $8,000 to her own gala.]MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting March 13, 2011)

And again in 2010.

[CROSS-FADE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Yes. Mr. Murray?

Jim Murray, Vice Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Mr. Chairman, we initially have passed a resolution to support Mayor Fennell’s gala on February 20th with the caveat that we would come back should they find themselves in these tough economic times in difficulty in selling tickets —tables to this worthy fund-raising event.

Capping that off they are honouring Iggy and Didi Kaneff, who made an ongoing lifetime contribution to this community and to many charities, not the least of which is University of Toronto and Sheridan Campus. And the 25-year sponsorship to Community Living and Community Living fund-raising efforts.

And I would like to move that we buy a second table to support this event. I think we bought two tables to the Mississauga Mayor’s gala in [inaudible] and in this economic time, it’s time to step up.

I would move that we buy a second table.

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2010)

[inaudible] I declare a conflict because of all the money that goes to the community and it’s in my name so [rest largely inaudible.]

[Video shows that Mayor Fennell stands up and moves into corner and abstains from voting.]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Thank you. All those in favour? Carried.

[Video confirms purchase of one additional table in the amount of $4,000 in support of the 6th Annual Mayor Fennell Gala. (total $8,000)   Moved by J. Murray.] MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting March 13, 2011)

And in 2010, April, I believe, Jim Murray resigned from the Peel Police Services Board and was replaced by Laurie Williamson, who, interestingly enough, is also an organizer of the Mayor’s Galas. So I’m just wondering if that’s a qualification to be on the Police Board here in Peel.

Anyway —I don’t know.

[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler] [IMAGES/VIDEO OF MAYOR’S GALAS with repeat-audio of Councillor Nando Iannicca speaking]

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

—But first is, I trust the donors are aware, were aware that when you gave a dollar only six or seven cents went to the entity. And I’m starting to think that they’re not because of how tax receipts were issued. But perhaps that will come back.

I wonder what rapprochement’s been done with the charities when they now know, and I didn’t know, —I don’t think a lot of people knew, that you had this grand fete with the City’s elites. And at the end of the day for every dollar that came in, eighty cents was consumed.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you.

[LOGO] [VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Hazel McCallion and son Peter, pose with Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Lucy impersonators at 2002 "Long Live Rock and Roll" Mayor's Gala for the arts

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

This is a comment left at the Toronto Sun by a Peel Board trustee who was in the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network Policy and Working Group [cut-and-paste begins] Valerie Arnold-Judge Report Comment March 10th 2011, 3:12pm. After being a school board trustee with PDSB for 13 years where the school board trustees have been micro managed by the provincial government with their expenses. No galas or functions are allowed on their expense reports unless it pertains to children., I find it appalling that the municipal councillors in the GTA are not questioned as to how many galas, trips and tournaments that they attend without any concerns from the provincial governmentl regarding tax payers money….It is time that they are held accountable for their spending. [end cut-and-paste]

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HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL “…without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada.”

March 10th, 2011  

This Blog is a follow-up to our March 8, 2011 Blog, “Toronto Star, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –complete with VIDEO

Next, please know that a March 10, 2011 article, “Victim cash didn’t buy gala tickets” announced an important correction regarding the Peel Police Services Board.

Reporter Pam Douglas wrote:

A Toronto newspaper has backtracked on a story it printed Monday that accused the Peel Police Services Board of using money intended for victims of crime for other purposes.

The local police board asked for a correction to the story, which was picked up by The News, and a “clarification” was published yesterday.

The board’s Special Fund is not taxpayer money, it is not “proceeds of crime” money, and it is not money intended for crime victims, said Fred Biro, executive director of the Peel Police Services Board.

It is money accumulated through the sale of property when police have been unable to track down the rightful owner. The vast majority of it comes from the auctioning of bicycles found and turned in to police, Biro said.

Next.

At Wednesday’s Mississauga Council meeting, Councillor Sue McFadden continued her investigation into Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Galas and then announced that she would be filing a complaint against the Mayor with the City’s new integrity commissioner. Later, Councillor Nando Iannicca made his views known regarding, in his words, “this grand fete for the City’s elites.” This is a must-see video that also includes a peek into the oh-so-grand “grand fete for the City’s elites.”

So here’s the video complete with transcript.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL “…you had this grand fete for the City’s elites.” (9:03 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Also there’s another special request. Would someone like to move that for the Mississauga—

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Oh, I’ll move that. (laughs)

(general laughter)

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

All those in favour? Carried.

Item 112.

[NOTE: Mayor Fennell moved the purchase of one table of 10 tickets in the total amount of $6,000 to Hazel McCallion’s annual gala. Video confirms that Jim Murray, organizer of the McCallion’s gala voted in favour.]

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

And I have two questions, if you wouldn’t mind. Question number 1, after reviewing the answers provided on February 24th, 2011 to the gala questions I asked on January the 19th, I’m submitting a series of follow-up questions for further clarification and detail. And I will give a copy to the Clerk and to the City Manager.

And question number 2, after enduring ongoing bullying and verbal abuse from another member of Council, namely the Mayor, to the point of being unable to effectively do my job as a member of  Council and be in public, I will be submitting a request to the integrity commissioner for an investigation under Rules, 10, 11, 12 and 18 in the Code of Conduct.

Thank you.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[Video: clip of Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Gala promotional video.]
[Repeat-audio: Peel Police Services Board meeting,
October 17, 2008]

[CUT]

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Councillor Iannicca.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Well, I wanted to follow up on the previous concerns from Councillor McFadden with regards to items she raised. But more important, the information that’s come back from the Staff in regards to the Mayor’s Gala.

And I understand more is to come back.

I just want to be clear on what is coming back and the action we’re taking, that something that to be very candid, just from the media accounts, looks dreadfully appalling. And looks like a whole bunch of people feel cheated.

And so I want some clarity around the issues when they come back, I want it to be very clear, and I want to say it here at Council, that these are the list of concerns. And the one specifically that relates to us as Board of Directors of the Corporation.

But first is, I trust the donors are aware, were aware that when you gave a dollar only six or seven cents went to the entity. And I’m starting to think that they’re not because of how tax receipts were issued. But perhaps that will come back.

I wonder what rapprochement’s been done with the charities when they now know, and I didn’t know, —I don’t think a lot of people knew, that you had this grand fete with the City’s elites. And at the end of the day for every dollar that came in, eighty cents was consumed.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

The donors would have been better off giving them half as much directly and some of the charities are saying exactly that.

So I hope that comes back.

I’m sure a lot of taxpayers feel cheated because if my math is correct, only from the accounts, some of the entities who wholeheartedly and graciously gave money would have got bigger business receipts and charity receipts than the charities got in actual money. I just have a fundamental problem with that.

But the more specific point that I have that relates solely to us and solely to me —I’ll speak to it myself as a member of this Council, in effect the Board of Directors.

My understanding is without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada. I don’t believe you’re allowed to issue charitable receipts if you’re not a charity.

So what I, and a direct question to the City Manager, what I would like is some understanding around what we are doing about that. By “that” what I mean is this.

You know, if you’re in the business of collecting taxes, and you’re in the business of passing laws, you should respect laws. And you should respect other levels of governments’ taxation laws. It appears as though we haven’t.

And before —and this is a fundamental point I’m making, before Revenue Canada comes knocking on our door, and my door as a member of this Board of Directors, I hope we are reaching out to Revenue Canada and saying, “Here’s how we governed our affairs. And if we’ve done something wrong, can someone please tell us. And how do we make this right.”

Because it’s my understanding that Revenue Canada takes a wholly different approach with you when you’re forthcoming and saying perhaps we made a mistake —I don’t know.

But only from the accounts and some of the questions that have been asked, we seemed to have made a rather egregious mistake. And before they come knock on our door and pursue it —and I’m told that CRA makes a habit of pursuing these things as well they should, I’d rather be proactive and conciliatory and say if we’ve done something wrong —on behalf of, speaking for myself as someone who sits on this Board of Directors, because we’re ultimately accountable, I would hope that we’re in the process of reconciling that.

Mr. Chairman, that’s a direct question to the City Manager on that specific aspect of it. What are we doing, relative to the concerns that have been raised that may abridge upon the role of the CRA.

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Madam City Manager, could [sic] you like to respond?

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

I have not —I mean, again, you know, I have not gone back and reviewed that because nobody has made a formal complaint to me. I have been reading comments in the paper. I’ve seen the material that’s come back from the commissioner.

I would reiterate again that the City simply provided a service to the Gala. We were not decision-makers with respect to the format and content of the event —the hiring of the services or the entertainment with respect to the Gala.

If Council wishes me to go back and review that matter, I certainly can do that. But as of now I have received no formal complaint— [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

I filed Freedom of Information a couple of days ago.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Mr. Chairman, I don’t want to raise it as a complaint. I want to be very —I have a whole host of concerns. I’ve spoken. That’s not what—

I’m asking a very specific question as it relates to what we did, as I understand it, in the issuance of receipts for charitable purposes. And we had no right to do that. As I understand it. And how that might run afoul of what the CRA expects of us. If I should have no concerns in that regard, I have—

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Well, I have not reviewed it and if Council wishes for me to review that matter, I can certainly do that.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you and that’s exactly —maybe to report back to us and say we’ve done nothing wrong relative —great!

But if we have, then yes, and we’re doing what is appropriate under the circumstances to make sure that we’re not in their bad books, so to speak. Because, as I say, I don’t want to be in the business of passing laws for a living and collecting taxes, then breaking the country’s laws. Because we’re the Board of Directors and it’s out Corporation that issued receipts.

I’m only asking on that one point. I want to be very, very clear. Because that is of great concern to me and I’m sure all taxpayers in Canada. So if the City Manager can come back and just clarify that point and do whatever needs to be done in a remedial way, I don’t think, just in terms of the integrity of the Office of this Corporation, we don’t want to be seen as being afoul of Canada Revenue’s laws.

So yeah, I would appreciate that specific point coming back, thank you.

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Take that as direction?

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Please. Thank you.

[IMAGES OF MAYOR’S GALAS with repeat-audio of Councillor Nando Iannicca speaking]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Now in its 25th year, raised millions of dollars to support that arts, culture and heritage of the community—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Because saying it makes it so.

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

—North America’s best performers—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

The following images are from the Mayor’s Gala’s website at: http://themayorsgala.ca/

2008 Mayor's Gala - Let the Games Begin Entertainment: Regis Philbin

Regis

2008 Gala performer Regis Philbin delights the audience with a stroll through Hammerson Hall.

The Organizing Committee 2010

Committee_2010

Pictured is the 2010 committee
Back Row: (L to R) Duncan Hobbs, Dave O’Brien, Ron Duquette, Douglas Fowles, Martin Stitt
Middle Row: Nance MacDonald, Joe Watson, Hanne Olesen-Nahman, Frank Giannone
Front Row: Jim Murray, Neena Kanwar, Frankie Valli, Mayor Hazel McCallion, Jake Dheer
Photo by: Amy Tjen  Photo Depot

This is a comment left at the Toronto Sun by a Peel Board trustee who was in the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network Policy and Working Group

[cut-and-paste begins] Valerie Arnold-Judge Report Comment March 10th 2011, 3:12pm. After being a school board trustee with PDSB for 13 years where the school board trustees have been micro managed by the provincial government with their expenses. No galas or functions are allowed on their expense reports unless it pertains to children., I find it appalling that the municipal councillors in the GTA are not questioned as to how many galas, trips and tournaments that they attend without any concerns from the provincial governmentl regarding tax payers money….It is time that they are held accountable for their spending. [end cut-and-paste]

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Toronto Star, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –complete with VIDEO

March 8th, 2011  

This Blog is meant to be a companion piece to the Toronto Star’s March 6, 2011 editorial, “McCallion’s Arts Gala: No feast for the arts” as well as Torstar’s San Grewal’s March 7, 2011 article, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas”.

What’s rather interesting is just at the time when I was ferreting through Peel Police Services Board minutes for items regarding both Hazel McCallion and Susan Fennell’s Mayor’s galas table purchases, so did San Grewal!

Grewal writes:

Minutes show, for example, that the board approved buying a $4,000 table at Fennell’s gala on Feb. 20 last year, on Fennell’s invitation. A month before the gala took place, then-board member Jim Murray put forward a motion to buy a second table. It was approved.

A big player in Mississauga’s real estate market and close friend of McCallion, Murray is one of the organizers of her annual arts gala. In 2008, Fennell moved that the police board buy a $6,000 table for McCallion’s gala that November.

Murray rejected any suggestion that there was a quid pro quo between them, yelling “that’s just insulting.”

Ohhh there was quid pro quo (“this for that”) all right! And I found it most insulting that Mr. Murray, former Vice Chair of the Peel Police Services Board would yell “that’s just insulting.” And I believe that video will bear me out.

I managed to find only three videos of the Peel Police Services Board approving the purchase of tables for Mayors’ galas. But these clips are definitely revealing —especially the role played by Vice Chair, Jim “big player in Mississauga’s real estate market and close friend of McCallion” Murray.

Video shows Vice Chair Murray (and organizer of Hazel McCallion’s Mayor galas) urging that in these “tough economic times” that the Police Services Board “step up to the plate” to wine and dine on The Fine —giving zero thought to those unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of these “tough economic times”!

As always, here’s the video, followed by the transcript.

Toronto Star: “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –and the videos (5:52 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reading from the Toronto Star editorial, “McCallion’s Arts Gala: No feast for the arts”, March 8, 2011)

This is part of the editorial, and it says:

“McCallion’s Arts Gala: No feast for the arts

Anyone still harbouring the illusion that Mississauga has been well run under Mayor Hazel McCallion need only look to the mayor’s annual arts gala for fresh evidence to the contrary.

Although the gala is not a registered charity, the city made charitable receipts available to those who attended. Only a small fraction of “arts gala” revenues between 1997 and 2007 went directly to arts groups. Peel Police and other public agencies spent taxpayer dollars on tickets to support what was little more than a black-tie fete for the elite.”

And then the Toronto Star says:

“Councillor Sue McFadden deserves credit for persistently questioning the event’s propriety. As his next order of business, Mississauga integrity commissioner George Rust-D’Eye would do well to examine the ethical two-step at the heart of this soiree.”

And I guess with all of that background, I have to say that when I was videotaping and the Peel Police Services Board was approving the purchase of tables at galas —both for Fennell’s gala and also for McCallion’s, it went over my head. I didn’t think anything of it.

And of course that’s one of the fantastic things about videotape, is that once the Toronto Star and the Brampton Guardian called Fennell’s gala into question —well, then I could go back to the video that I had.

And the same thing once the Toronto Star started questioning McCallion’s November arts gala —I had the videotape!

And well, now it’s for you to see.

[REVERSE CLOCK WIPE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Item 110, then is the Special Fund Request —Brampton Safe City Award Gala.

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

I’ll move that.

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Okay. Do we have a seconder? Yes, Mr. Murray.

Are there any questions? All those in favour? Carried.

Also there’s another special request. Would someone like to move that for the Mississauga—

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Oh, I’ll move that. (laughs)

(general laughter)

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

All those in favour? Carried.

Item 112.

[NOTE: Mayor Fennell moved the purchase of one table of 10 tickets in the total amount of $6,000 to Hazel McCallion’s annual gala. Video confirms that Jim Murray, organizer of the McCallion’s gala voted in favour.]

[CLOCK WIPE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

All those in favour? Opposed anyone? Carried.

Item number 20 then is an event from the Special Policy —uh the Special Fund area. Mr. Murray.

Jim Murray, Vice Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

Yes. Mr. [inaudible]

This year’s recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the City of Brampton at the Mayor’ annual gala for the community, and for the Brampton community is the past vice chair [inaudible] and two-time member of this Board over many many years, Mr. Webb.

Mr. Ron Webb, and I think it will be appropriate if this Board was to buy two tables to this event. Primarily for that reason but also to recognize that this might be a difficult year to sell some subscriptions to this event, and it’s a worthy event. It supports the community —it supports the [inaudible] of this award. I would move that we purchase two tables.

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

Is there a seconder? Okay. Any other questions? If not, all those in favour? Carried.

Item number 21.

[VIDEO REPLAY with magnification.]
[NOTE: Video confirms that Mayor Fennell voted in favour of purchasing two tables in the total amount of $8,000 to her own gala.]

[CLOCK WIPE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Yes. Mr. Murray?

Jim Murray, Vice Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Mr. Chairman, we initially have passed a resolution to support Mayor Fennell’s gala on February 20th with the caveat that we would come back should they find themselves in these tough economic times in difficulty in selling tickets —tables to this worthy fund-raising event.

Capping that off they are honouring Iggy and Didi Kaneff, who made an ongoing lifetime contribution to this community and to many charities, not the least of which is University of Toronto and Sheridan Campus. And the 25-year sponsorship to Community Living and Community Living fund-raising efforts.

And I would like to move that we buy a second table to support this event. I think we bought two tables to the Mississauga Mayor’s gala in [inaudible] and in this economic time, it’s time to step up.

I would move that we buy a second table.

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2010)

[inaudible] I declare a conflict because of all the money that goes to the community and it’s in my name so [rest largely inaudible.]

[Video shows that Mayor Fennell stands up and moves into corner and abstains from voting.]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Thank you. All those in favour? Carried.

[Video confirms purchase of one additional table in the amount of $4,000 in support of the 6th Annual Mayor Fennell Gala. (total $8,000)   Moved by J. Murray.]

[CLOCK WIPE]

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Now in its 25th year, raised millions of dollars to support that arts, culture and heritage of the community—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Because saying it makes it so.

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

—North America’s best performers—

[LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

Peel Police Services Board  October 17, 2008: Item 111. Special Fund Request – The Board purchased one table of 10 tickets  in the total amount of $6,000 for the 22nd Annual Mississauga Mayor’s Gala. Moved by S. Fennell.

Peel Police Services Board January 23, 2009: Item 20. Special Fund – That the Board purchase from the Special Fund  two tables of eight to Mayor Susan Fennell’s Annual Gala, in the total  amount of $8,000. Moved by J. Murray. Mayor Fennell voted in favour.

Peel Police Services Board January 22, 2010: Police Services Board – Special Fund – 6th Annual Mayor Susan Fennell Gala – The Board considered a motion from Mr. J. Murray to purchase one  additional table in the amount of $4,000 in support of the 6th Annual Mayor  Fennell Gala. (total $8,000)   Moved by J. Murray.

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At the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, citizens were more likely to hear the two words, “Fuck Off” than “Ontario Ombudsman”.

March 6th, 2011  

This Blog is meant to be a companion piece to the Mississauga News’ March 1, 2011 editorial, “Probe a costly mistake”.

Regarding the City of Mississauga’s new $625.00 an hour integrity commissioner, the editorial states:

“The situation is ludicrous. The previous council rushed Rust-D’Eye’s interim appointment through at the last minute and now we’re paying the price. Literally.
Where’s the integrity in that?

By acting rashly, they eliminated the necessary competition for this key position. Surely there must be a qualified candidate out there who is willing to sort out sticky ethical questions at City Hall for half the fee we’re paying Rust-D’Eye.”

“rushed”, “acting rashly” —true and then some. But you have to ask why. Why did City Staff recommend $625.00 an hour George Rust-D’Eye? And above all, why did the previous Council bulldoze-rush installing an integrity commissioner?

It turns out an obscure item in the City’s Budget Agenda last week provides the answer. Damage Control!

Watch and learn, junior. Watch and learn.

The video, followed by the transcript.

At the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry we were more likely to hear “Fuck Off” than “Ontario Ombudsman” (3:46 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reading from the Budget Agenda while Mississauga Council is in-camera, March 2, 2011)

Office of the Integrity Commissioner. But let’s read it because this is a lot of fun!

“The integrity commissioner is not a mandatory position and the Municipal Act 2001 even allows this role to be performed by a staff person.”

That’s right. Mike Harris’ 2001 Municipal Act even allows the integrity commissioner of a municipality to be the municipality’s own employee. Think about it!

“There are too many pitfalls and potential to putting staff in this position, assuming you could find someone who would do it.”

I can think of four people already who would do it. The Security Bosses around here.

Next. (laughs) You know, you gotta laugh because this place is like so absurd!

Okay.

“The expert panel that testified at the Judicial Inquiry praised the work we had done in putting a Council Code of Conduct and Integrity Commissioner in place.”

That’s right. The panel of experts at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry —and the entire time they were in a panel discussion, not once did you hear the two words that were really important —”Ontario Ombudsman”. In fact we were more likely to hear at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry the two words, “Fuck Off” than “Ontario Ombudsman”.

And then it says:

“If the City was to now to delete it—”

Meaning The Office,

“—the Commissioner would likely be very critical when he reports his findings, as would the media, and the public. In addition, if there was enough criticism, there is potential for the Province to come in and make the position mandatory, as it is in Toronto.”

—meaning if the City doesn’t have a pretend integrity commissioner in, there’s a real danger that the Province will butt in.

What you’re dealing with here is a Stage 2 Moral Development.

“They could quickly enact an amendment to the Municipal Act to apply specifically to Mississauga if they wanted to, and they could justify it based on the findings of the Judicial Inquiry and the Commissioner’s report. This is a worse case scenario.”

Actually, notice it’s “worse case”? A “worse case” scenario?

Cuz the worst case scenario for the City of Mississauga is for the Province to say “Enough’s enough. We are going to extend the Ontario Ombudsman’s investigative authority into Municipalities.”

But I’d have to say that the greatest horror that the City of Mississauga would have is if Andre Marin were to come in here, kick down the doors with his subpoena powers and say, “I’m investigating you people.”

Boy would I love to see that! God would I love to see that! But it isn’t going to happen.

In the meantime we’re going to have a lot of Pretend. OH! And something else! Just for the record.

Where it says:

“If the City was to now to delete it, the Commissioner would likely be very critical when he reports his findings, as would the media, and the public.”

I wouldn’t be critical at all. I don’t support that use of an integrity commissioner at the City of Mississauga. I think that that’s $100,000 flushed when you could have the Ontario Ombudsman dealing with all 440 municipalities.

So I’m opposed to allowing municipalities to hire their own integrity commissioner.

Or that said, yes, hire one, but also have the Ontario Ombudsman come in because you can’t trust Ontario municipalities to even hire their own integrity commissioners. And worse is now to have some kind of a structure being developed by AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) again to create the illusion of accountability. It’s Local Authority Services all over again.

Bad.

BadBadBad.

Bad.

Worse than Bad.

[LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Another MYTHissauga Motivation question.

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“What goes on in Peel stays in Peel.” Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga’s Culture of Secrecy. (Ontario Ombudsman, HELP!)

March 2nd, 2011  

Yesterday’s Mississauga News editorial, “Probe a costly mistake” really nails it with the statement, “The previous council rushed Rust-D’Eye’s interim appointment through at the last minute and now we’re paying the price.” True. In fact the entire Code of Conduct/Integrity Commissioner debacle was a rush job to create the appearance of creating the appearance of caring about accountability.

This is the picture.

Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga and Peel cannot and should not be trusted hiring their own integrity commissioners. With MYTHissauga budgeting $100,000 and Brampton poised at $150,000 that’s a lot of Pretend just to avoid authentic scrutiny.

Related topic. Yesterday I also stumbled upon a January 2011 Mayor’s Report “Caledon council works hard to make sure it’s transparent and accountable” in the Caledon Citizen. Written by Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison, the communication is rife with Failure to Mention.

Morrison’s assertion that “For anyone to suggest Caledon council operates secretly simply demonstrates their lack of understanding of the laws of the Province of Ontario” is simply insulting! In my one experience with Caledon Council I can say that it’s even more secretive than MYTHissauga!

Watch and learn, junior. Watch and learn.

The video, followed by the transcript.

“What goes on in Peel stays in Peel.” Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga’s Culture of Secrecy (4:15 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, March 1, 2011)

It is Monday, March 1, 2011 and this is the Caledon Citizen Mayor’s Report and the title is “Caledon Council works hard to make sure it’s transparent and accountable”.

Oh reeeeeeally?

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I’m not directing to you. Behind you there’s a member of the audience who’s taking two types of pictures and I’d simply like to know for what purpose? Understanding completely that this is an open forum. I can understand —I’m not really sure why someone would want to take my picture but the still photos, I don’t understand what purpose they eventually have.

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Um I guess the question is—

Someone, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

She wants to answer you.

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Would you like to answer?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Oh, absolutely!

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Are you doing a research project or can you give us the reason for your interest in taking these pictures.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Um. I sat in on the Bill 130 deliberations back about this time last year –December 6 to 11th, 2006 at Queen’s Park when they are talking about Accountability and the appointment of an investigator. Whether to go by the Provincial Ombudsman or how municipalities will make their decision.

And then I was also at the luncheon —the Right to Know luncheon at the Dominion Club on October 31st.

The Ontario Ombudsman there made a point of saying that, you know, citizens should become involved in things.

And I’m not just a Mississauga resident, I’m a resident —proud resident of Peel, Peel Region, and that’s why this is as important to me what happens here in Caledon and in Brampton as it is in Mississauga.

And I really would like this to be a record —this is history, I really believe this is history happening. And I’d like it to be because citizens now have the technology, that I’d like to use that technology instead of minutes or even my own notes, which is essentially “He Said She Said.”

Whereas this is real. What you say today is recorded and stuff like that.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Well I appreciate your interest in what I have to say and the rest of Council—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Well, not just you, sir but—

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I do have to say that what goes on in Peel stays in Peel. And I would like it known to the Chair that if there’s any further use of these photos on my particular part, I would need to be informed prior to their being shown.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Uh, they’re not photos.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I understand that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

So video. I’ll be happy to delete you.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Thank you.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Yeah.

[chuckling/mirth from Councillors and the audience]

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Thank you.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH speaking into camera (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Wow. Ew…

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting on the Caledon Citizen Mayor’s Report, March 1, 2011)

Then there’s a lot of specifics here. Blah Blah Blah. And then the Caledon Mayor writes, “Moreover, the Town has retained Local Authority Services to provide “Closed Meeting Investigations”—

As with so many other mayors, the Brampton Mayor, the Caledon Mayor, the Mississauga Mayor, it is this. It is what they don’t tell you that you need to know. Local Authority Services is a subsidiary corporation of AMO —the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Which essentially is, municipalities investigating themselves.

That’s one thing. But the most important thing that the Mayor doesn’t mention is that Bill 130, the “applicable act”, allows, or has provisions for a free investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman!

So what you’ve got is “Moreover, the Town has retained Local Authority Services to provide ‘Closed Meeting Investigations’— TRANSLATION: “We denied Caledon residents access to a free investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman!” That’s the reality!

[DIP TO WHITE]

To the Mayor of Caledon, I have this for you.

[hand gesture, LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

FACT. On December 4, 2007, when a Caledon Councillor objected to photos being taken of him and denied use of his image, the Town of Caledon had two video surveillance cameras inside Council Chambers violating the privacy rights of citizens.

By failing to provide signage informing people of the existence of video surveillance cameras, the Town of Caledon violated Ontario’s Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places (Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.)

"Well I appreciate your interest in what I have to say and the rest of Council, I do have to say that what goes on in Peel stays in Peel." —Caledon Councillor Doug Beffort (Caledon Council December 12, 2007 Bill 130 Closed Meeting presentation)"

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