National Post’s Megan O’Toole inquiry inspires Ron Starr to remove his 2014 mayoral campaign website

June 27th, 2011  

Looks like somebody was recruiting volunteers for their 2014 mayoral campaign in June 2011. Tsk tsk.

Councillor Ron Starr's campaign website June 16, 2011 and November 26, 2010 (a comparison)
Please click here for the original (3075 x 2580) version.

As is our custom, here’s the video complete with transcript.

National Post’s Megan O’Toole inquiry inspires Ron Starr to remove 2014 mayoral campaign website (13:17 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

It is June 21st 2011 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like.

And I want to go first to the Mississauga News. This article, here, John Stewart, “Rising Starr caught in web?” and I want to read just a little bit of it.

It says:

Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr says that a posting to his personal website, which appeared to indicate that he’s assembling a campaign team to help him run for mayor when Mayor Hazel McCallion retires in 2014, was put up in error.

The notice, which appeared for at least several days on the website www.ronstarr.ca under the heading “Team Starr” appeared to be recruiting supporters for a future mayoralty campaign.

And it says:

If you’re tired of Mississauga’s sour politics, please join in to help us fix things

And this is code “If you’re tired of Mississauga’s sour politics” —that’s code for “If you’re tired of accountability and finding out the truth, then please join us to help us put the lid back on our secretive ways.”

Anyways so it says here that this message:

was taken down soon after Starr was questioned about it by a National Post reporter.

And then he’s got that it went up “inadvertently”.

Yeah, that’s kind of the same excuse that people gave about the minutes where Hazel McCallion failed to declare a conflict-of-interest, all of a sudden “inadvertently” showing that she did declare. This was in May 2008, which still is a mystery as to how it got there. “Inadvertent”.

Anyway, then there’s of course, this one here. I went then to Megan O’Toole’s blog, Mississauga councillor’s website fuels speculation about mayoral run. And Megan O’Toole writes:

Mississauga Councillor Ron Starr has fuelled speculation about his mayoral ambitions after issuing an invitation for residents to join “Team Starr” with a goal to fix to the “sour politics”—

—and it says

The message on his personal website — removed after the National Post made inquiries — solicited volunteers for a campaign to help mend the city’s broken government—

And again that’s just Hazel’s people and definitely Ron Starr would be McCallion’s first choice given the way she jumped up and down when he won.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Great Hall Election Night, October 25, 2010)

—Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun, Megan O’Toole, a lot of these people are starting to wake up.

[applause as McCallion jumps up and down]

And there’s cheering right now, I suspect they’re saying that —she got Ron Starr in.

[CLOCK-WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

This guy’s her person of choice to maintain her legacy at City Hall and that means keep things vewy vewy qwiet as Elmer Fudd would say.

But what I did was I went and Googled, “If you’re tired of Mississauga’s sour politics, please join in to help us fix things” believing that I would find it in Google cache. And of course here it’s cached.

And when you look at here, “Join Team Starr”. Right there. When you click on it, it’s removed. There’s nothing there and there’s this thing about “Proposed Reconstruction of Bristol Road”, Bristol Road, the swimming pool —and there’s nothing here about joining Team Starr.

However when you go back and you now go here to the Google cache, it says here, this Google “cache of http://www.ronstarr.ca/join-team-starr. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 16 Jun 2011 04:34″

And “the current page could have changed.” [laughs] No kidding.

So let’s just see, here’s the one now —this is the “Join Team Starr” one that Starr removed and apparently was “inadvertently” put up.

Boy that’s quite a bit of “inadvertent” right there.

[NOTE: “Team Starr” also “inadvertently” used City resources for his mayoral recruitment campaign listing the City of Mississauga’s phone 905-896-5600 as Team Starr’s contact number.]

And it says, yeah, “Join Team Starr. Thanks for helping Ron Starr bring civility and leadership” and that’s simply “secrecy and cover-up”.

And the yellow is because that’s what I had Googled for.

So there’s the Name, Address, “I’m willing to help with” and “Best time for contact”, “Additional thoughts” and “Submit above to Ron Starr”.

And it says, “Note, you can also contact the Ron Starr Team” and Ron Starr volunteers. I won’t go into that but anyway this is quite the “inadvertent” that was put up.

And thank you to Google cache.

And now we’re going to view the current page —and it has indeed been removed.

And I just want to show that that’s not the only thing that Ron Starr has removed. I’m going to go and do this all in one shot. Starr’s-on-the-Credit is right here. And when you Google [sic] that there’s the Starr’s-on-the-Credit website. And what you’ve got here is “PAST HIGHLIGHTS”. And I’ve shown this and actually have it up on the internet.

Five year pictures, he has photographs here, but he used to have a video. But the video was removed.

I anticipated that Ron Starr would remove it and posted it here to the internet. It’s only got 7 views right now but that’s okay. The point is it’s up and you see that YouTube says that I added it on June 7, 2011.

And click on it and there it is.

This was removed.

[ STARRSONTHECREDIT video begins playing with Ronnie Hawkins standing beside Mayor Hazel McCallion and Ron Starr]

Ronnie Hawkins (speaking at Starr’s on the Credit 2008 video highlight —since removed)

Folks, I’d like to tell you that it’s an honour to be here meetin’ all you old timers again. Most of you were going to jail before she took over. Now you’re all rich. Whatta girl

[STARRSONTHECREDIT video plays to end. For the record]
[Mark Knopfler, “Don’t Crash the Ambulance”]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Since I saved Ron Starr’s ronstarr.ca website on June 23, 2011, it seems Councillor Starr has removed ALL content, leaving only “Under Construction This web site is currently being updated.”

Stripped. Bare. Tsk tsk tsk.

That’s what I mean by “MYTHissauga”.

“UNDER CONSTRUCTION” is MYTHissaugaspeak for “UNDERWENT DESTRUCTION”!

Lesson to reporters researching MYTHissauga. Save what you find on the Net. It’s removed quickly once MYTHissauga Inc knows you’re on to them! It’s one of many ways they stayed in power all these decades.

Ronnie Hawkins quote about Hazel McCallion, "Folks, I'd like to tell you that it's an honour to be here meetin' all you old timers again. Most of you were going to jail before she took over. Now you're all rich. Whatta girl"
(Below) MYTHissauga’s Ted Woloshyn, Toronto Sun columnist who frequently gushes for Hazel.

Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn at 2003 Mayor's Gala. For "context" when reading Ted Woloshyn's columns on Hazel McCallion, this lapdog pic will put things in perspective!

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM A (perceptive) YOUTH THROUGH YOUTUBE

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Larry Taylor, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s “problem child”-councillor dies: a dedication

June 23rd, 2011  

Mississauga News, “Councillor fought for ideals”

Larry Taylor. Former Ward 4 Councillor Larry Taylor died this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mississauga News File photo

By: John Stewart

Former Ward 4 Councillor Larry Taylor, a political idealist who fought for the environment, social housing and inclusive municipal planning policies in an era when those ideas were considered radical, died this morning.

Taylor, 62, was a long-time member of the NDP party who pulled off a stunning upset of incumbent Councillor Caye Killaby in 1976. He died of lung cancer in a hospice in Barrie, where he had lived for many years. Taylor had fought three different types of cancer since 1998.

In a telephone interview from his hospital room last month, Taylor said he had few regrets about a life that revolved predominantly around politics. He was involved in at least 38 different campaigns as candidate, campaign manager or organizer and ran provincially and federally for the NDP several times, most recently in Barrie in 2007…

_________________________________________

I met Larry Taylor —only once, and let’s just say that we compared notes…

Mr. Taylor is a Mississauga finestkind.

I prepared this video reading from two passages about Larry Taylor from Tom Urbaniak’s book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga.

As is our custom, here’s the video complete with transcript.

Larry Taylor, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s “problem child”-councillor dies: a dedication. (7:11 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

It is June 22nd 2011 and Council has just adjourned and I want to pay my respects to former councillor Larry Taylor. I only had the privilege of meeting him once but I can tell you —he’s finestkind.

And I want to read from Tom Urbaniak’s book, “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga”.

He talks about Larry Taylor on page 115 and I want to read it now.

Hazel McCallion emerged from that 1982 election with an extremely strong hand. The old establishment had opposed her. Her old enemies had resurfaced to oppose her. One candidate for the Ward 2 council seat expressed alarm at the “Drapeau-like council,” a reference to the domineering Montreal mayor, but that candidate’s vote had been marginal. The only regularly publishing local newspaper had opposed her. A judge had admonished her. And still she cruised to victory. If everyone were against her, it was, to paraphrase John Diefenbaker, everyone except the people.

On city council there was now but one problem child: Larry Taylor. While the conflict-of-interest proceedings had been going on, he had been allowed to snipe from the sidelines. He had even been calling up citizens in all parts of the city to try to set up a Mississauga-wide feder­ation of ratepayers’ organizations. Now, with McCallion presuming herself to be vindicated, he could be taught a lesson. Returning in Feb­ruary 1983 from a stint out of the country, he headed for what he thought would be a regular city council meeting. To his astonishment, the mayor and the other councillors had prepared a most unexpected greeting.

Taylor had helped to start a non-profit newspaper in his ward, a laudable objective in a media-barren environment. He and the volunteers arranged to print it on a city press in exchange for free advertising­ for the municipality.

This now was portrayed as a major scandal. It was ‘theft’ of city resources. Other groups wanting city support had to apply to council for funding. Senior city staff did not use the word ‘theft,’ but they gravely confirmed that Taylor had been following a rather irregular procedure. The newspaper stopped printing. The city-wide ratepayers’ association concept was also fatally attacked. By trying to set one up, Taylor had supposedly been interfering inappropriately in the business of other wards. The embattled councillor would henceforth be contained.

The Mississauga News for its part was not much of a threat to the mayor now. If sometimes it would report some controversial com­ments, these were always offset by the numerous feel-good photo­graphs of the mayor at one function or another. When McCallion released only a partial list of her campaign donors from the 1982 campaign despite promising full disclosure, it merited only a blip. When an inquest into a fatal fire revealed the city to be short of bylaw staff none of the discussion redounded onto the mayor’s penny-pinching. When social service agencies complained that not enough was being done to build healthy and cohesive neighbourhoods, they were but voices in the wilderness.

And it goes on and on.

So Larry Taylor had been a “problem child” councillor to Hazel McCallion.

And then there’s one more that I want to read now. And it’s on page 134-135. Right there.

In 1984, when the mayor’s own property was rezoned to allow for single-family homes (the same property that had been at the centre the conflict-of-interest case), no one appeared at the statutory (public) meeting in order to complain. That property was still surrounded by open fields. (This time, McCallion declared her conflict of interest.)

I mean we’re talking about something that happened in the 80’s here.

As a sign that visible opposition seemed to be draining away, McCallion finally even calculated that she could move on Larry Taylor. Waiting until just a few days before the 1988 election, she sent a letter at city expense and on mayoral letterhead to Taylor’s constituents, accusing the councillor of telling ‘a lie’—

And if you see ‘a lie’ is there in quotes. So clearly it was McCallion using that term.

—’a lie’ when he blamed council for being politically motivated in rejecting his request for a stop sign. The furious and now imperiled councillor charged that this last-minute missive was ‘calculated’ to prevent him from responding, that it was an inappropriate use of public money, and that McCallion had prevailed upon Mississauga News publisher Ron Lenyk to endorse challenger Frank Dale. (Lenyk denied being pressured by the mayor.)

Now, there’s one thing that is very clear and that is the degree to which Ron Lenyk, former publisher of the Mississauga News, is an extremely close friend and supporter of McCallion.

It would be for example, if I were Mayor or any kind of politician and I would want someone to be a publisher of the only newspaper in my city, I’d pick someone like Lenyk.

And the story of Ron Lenyk can be seen in the photographs of the Mayor’s galas going all the way back to 1987, the first Mayor’s gala all the way downward.

And when you see Ron Lenyk in there or if you see video of the “Starr’s on the Credit” 2008 video highlights, Ron Lenyk’s performances on documentaries—

Ron Lenyk, speaking on Mayor’s promotional documentary (shown at Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket birthday bash, February 12, 2011)

Hazel, she’d always was [sic] around the action. She was the action. She was the centre of the action. So Media found her, as you said, a media darling.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

How could you not be mayor for three decades when you’ve got Ron Lenyk in your pocket as the only local newspaper —and on the other side, you’ve got Jake Dheer (laughs) as the only “television station”.

Jake Dheer, speaking on Mayor’s promotional documentary (shown at Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket birthday bash, February 12, 2011)

“The Mayor’s Hour” is the longest running show on Rogers TV and I think, probably the longest-running that any mayor has ever had.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

It is so pathetic! So pathetic, this place.

Mississauga is just a huge company town!

[Mark Knopfler, “Don’t Crash the Ambulance”]

LARRY TAYLOR, FORMER MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR, finestkind.

Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn at 2003 Mayor's Gala. For "context" when reading Ted Woloshyn's columns on Hazel McCallion, this lapdog pic will put things in perspective!

UPDATE  June 24, 2011  12:06 am.

The Mississauga News created a wonderful editorial “Taylor was an original” honouring former Mississauga Councillor Larry Taylor. It begins:

Former Ward 6 Councillor Carolyn Parrish is a colourful and controversial character who could cause a mighty ruckus at City Hall — but she couldn’t hold a candle to Larry Taylor.
Taylor was an original.

Back in the day (1976-88), the former Ward 4 Councillor sparked (and revelled in) one furious debate after another in Council Chambers — much to Mayor Hazel McCallion’s chagrin. At the time, his revolutionary and often unwelcome ideas about preserving the environment, municipal planning and social policies were considered radical.

Taylor’s flair for dramatic oratory and his frequent criticism of City policies at council meetings and in the press often landed him in trouble with his colleagues.

Notice reference to Taylor’s, “frequent criticism of City policies”… And that was back in the 80’s!

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

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Mississauga’s Brand New CELEBRATION SQUARE: a Walk-about –a Warning.

June 18th, 2011  

Yes, I had a walk-about Mississauga’s CELEBRATION SQUARE today.

As is our custom, here’s the video complete with transcript.

Mississauga’s Brand New CELEBRATION SQUARE: a Walk-about –a Warning. (6:28 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Civic Centre walking out to Mississauga CELEBRATION SQUARE, June 18, 2011)

It is June the 18th, 2011 and I’m here inside the Mississauga Civic Centre and this is the first time that I’ve stepped on the Mississauga CELEBRATION SQUARE since they closed it down.

And what I want to do —and I’ve done this at numerous other city halls or public buildings, is what I call the Video Surveillance Pop-In Test.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (touring Mississauga CELEBRATION SQUARE, June 18, 2011)

And I’m going to walk here and just take a look at how different it is and just record my first impressions.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And we have the video surveillance camera up here. And that one’s been there since 2006 when I first recorded it.

And this is going to be a war memorial here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I guess this is going to be the skating rink eventually. It’s going to be good for kids. I mean people are using it right now. Already.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Let’s see, the first place to look, are of course, posts. And so far nothing.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I remember one of the things about the old city hall —you know, the way it was structured, in that it had a massive yellow wall right through here.

I always considered it symbolic of the barrier between the Governed versus Those Who Govern.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Looking around some more.

You know, I by now should be able to pick up on the video surveillance cameras. There doesn’t seem to be any.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And just taking a look here. So far the only one is that one right there at the apex of the building.

[DIP TO WHITE]

It’s going to be a massive stage. And zero doubt what will happen on Wednesday, is Council of course is going to sit and share their wisdom from there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Now it’s going to be interesting what these guys are advertising.

So Mississauga has gone all Toronto on us. It’s going to be interesting how much they get. Like in cost per second.

Lady walking her dog.

[DIP TO WHITE]

But I can say right now, and this is with certainty, because I’ve become something of an expert —there is no video surveillance on this site anywhere, except the apex, right there.

So. That’s going to be interesting.

And the other thing that’s interesting is you have here the Civic [sic] Centre Drive. And Councillor Nando Iannicca said it is possible that, you know, they’ll open it up on certain occasions and then keep it closed at other times.

So quite a bit of flexibility there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Oh look at this. There’s a knob right there. Oh yeah. And another knob.

Now these guards are exempt from Bill 159 and have no viable public complaints system. Their security bosses investigate them and all it takes to stop an investigation is for those guards to confess to something —and you can bet that their strategy is to confess to something lesser than what the complainant was complaining about.

Actually in some respects that’s worse than video surveillance because I’ve documented so many examples of guards lying. And their bosses. People who get and run afoul of them aren’t even going to have the benefit of video surveillance to help them out.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Yeah, I wanted to come here because, I think one of the things that I want to do is try and see whether I can get my husband to videotape from there on Wednesday down on what’s happening here. While I’m over there covering the actual Council meeting.

Because it will be historic. No question.

And you can bet the political hacks will be really hacking it up, grinding it out —300%. And sometimes 300% really is possible.

[DIP TO WHITE]

This is different. Before we never had access to this little amphitheater. Now they’re actually putting it to use.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Here’s something else that’s interesting. They’ve put the, I think it’s called “Wisteria” up again. Starting new. So that’s neat.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I can tell you this. Regarding, “don’t be a litterbug”, I’ve seen City Staff tossing cigarette butts right here as they were smoking.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I can confirm for now that that is the only video surveillance camera anywhere in this region for now.

And we have at the door here, two warning signs for automated video surveillance cameras. And that was only because of lobbying by Donald Barber and me.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Despite video surveillance cameras around, there are [sic] no signage at all. And we had a Security Manager lying about it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

And what I’m going to do is show you one of the things, about the only—

ELEVATOR (Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

Going up.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

—truthful thing that’s going on.

ELEVATOR (Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

Parking Level One.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

And magically, it really is Parking Level One.

So this is about the only thing inside City Hall that you can actually trust as not lying to you.

[Mark Knopfler, “Don’t Crash the Ambulance”]
[DIP TO BLACK]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Since we’re talking about the history of the Mississauga Civic Centre, I just realized that I have unique Civic Centre material that I videotaped back on November 18, 2007.

On that date I documented every outside perimeter wall of Mississauga’s “Big Yellow” City Hall and shot the tape non-stop. This resulted in a video record 1 hour, 7 minutes, 32 seconds long. The footage confirmed that while City Hall bristled with video surveillance cameras, there was absolutely no signage up advising citizens of their presence.  This ran contrary to the Province’s Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places —and made liars out of the Security bosses.

No Signage didn’t just violate the Provincial guidelines, the same Corporate Security hacks also violated the City’s own Video Surveillance policy —that Security authored!

The Council of the City of Mississauga passed the Video Surveillance policy back on December 12, 2006. The policy states:

“SIGNAGE: A sign will be installed in a clearly visible location at all facilities which are subject to surveillance.”

My own November 2007 video “surveillance” confirmed that Mississauga City Hall, Mississauga Central Library and Mississauga Living Arts Centre had no evidence of a signal sign ANYWHERE.

I know this is difficult to believe but the fact is that MISSISSAUGAWATCH has yet to find a Corporate guideline or policy that City of Mississauga Corporate Security hasn’t violated —and then lied about!

With that intro, here’s a true Oldie —a 1 hour, 7 minutes, 32 seconds on November 18, 2007 video record of the Mississauga Civic Centre compressed into 1 minute 35 seconds —music the William Tell Overture.

I called it “MISSISSAUGA SIGNZ” because the entire purpose of the video was to provide irrefutable proof that there were no Signs!

MISSISSAUGA SIGNZ (Moving FAST Forward) Uploaded: November 29, 2007

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

And what the heck, might as well include irrefutable proof that Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre had no video surveillance signage up despite Security Manager Jamie Hillis’ “SIGNAGE: A sign will be installed in a clearly visible location at all facilities which are subject to surveillance” claims to the contrary.

Note, this video documentation of the Living Arts Centre was conducted on Nov 21, 2007.

SIGNZ -MISSISSAUGA LIVING ARTS CENTRE Uploaded: November 29, 2007

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

Last. Do I have an “appropriate” photo to end with?… Yeah.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security KNOB UNIT and MISSISSAUGAWATCH 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T
QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?

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Mississauga graffiti research comparative: Burnhamthorpe April 26, 2009 and (ERASED) June 10, 2011

June 11th, 2011  

As is our custom, here’s the video complete with transcript.

Caveat. I had just begun researching graffiti and viewed this wall as large and extensive for no other reason than I had just begun researching graffiti and didn’t know any better.

Mississauga graffiti research comparative: Burnhamthorpe April 26, 2009 and (ERASED) June 10, 2011 (4:47 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
[Music: Caspian & Grafhic – Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (upon discovering a graffiti wall in the Applewood/Burnhamthorpe area, April 26, 2009)

It’s Sunday, April the 26th,  2009, just to give you an idea —and over here we’ve got some examples here of graffiti. An interesting message right there that says, “JUST THE BEGINNING” although it’s kind of faded.

And interesting symbols.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And we’ve got this here. This is quite the —enterprise. There is something right there.

And I’ve got my camera so I’ll take some photographs too.

“JUST THE BEGINNING” —interesting.

And as a matter of fact, it would be interesting to walk this way and just see what we’ve got on this side. Or the extent, oh yeah. And they’ve extended it.

So this seems to be a real interesting hot spot. All the way across here.

Definitely a youth gathering place.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Huhn.  Seems, yeah, looks like beer cans and stuff.

I think that’s clearly —possibly reference to marijuana. But here looks definitely sexual.

Let’s start photographing it.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[HIGH DEFINITION]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (returning to the graffiti wall in the Applewood/Burnhamthorpe area, June 10, 2011)

It is Friday, June the 9th [sic] 2011 and I’m returning to an area that I first documented the graffiti in this area on April, well let’s say April 2009.

And I can see that this area here has been cleaned up, boards have been replaced. This here had writing on it —has been cleared up. Boards replaced right here.

And in through here, there’s a wall going this way that had a lot of graffiti. It was a rather unique graffiti wall. And I’m just wondering if they replaced that too. Now I haven’t been here since last spring.

And yeah, it’s all been covered up. All of it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I wonder when this happened.

And that’s what it looks like now. Right in through there. Gone.

Anyway, I’m really glad that I documented it. I tell you, there’s a lot more beer cans around than ever before. Anyway. Huhn.

That’s why it’s important to document graffiti because it really is quite temporary. The authorities eventually find it and erase it. In the case over here, erased. Right there, also erased. Or in some cases completely redone.

Let’s get back in. I don’t even think I’m going to bother taking photographs of this.

Anyway…

[DIP TO BLACK/LOGO]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Turns out that I took photographs after all. To me, “document” means “thorough”. And that means video and pics —even if it’s pics of “nothing”.

So here’s a comparative, April 26, 2009 and what I documented yesterday.

Graffiti wall Mississauga (Burnhamthorpe area) comparative April 26, 2009 and June 10. 2011 (ERASED)
Please click here for the Original (3971 x 1526) version

GRAFFITI WALL BURNHAMTHORPE  APRIL 27, 2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH April 27, 2009. Despite its ERASE, this wall will remain a graffiti research site for what should be obvious reasons.

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Mastercard Memorial Cup highlights, Saint John Sea Dogs, Owen Sound Attack, Kootenay Ice and Mississauga Mayors

June 11th, 2011  

Here’s an idea of just how far I’ve fallen behind in these blog entries. These four videos come direct from our Better Late Than Never Department! What follows is a compilation of video highlights from the 2011 Memorial Cup games played in Mississauga’s Hershey Centre.

Some portions were videotaped from streaming video provided by www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/live_memorial_cup.

Special thanks to SPORTSNET.CA —and especially to the on-ice cameraman.

Saint John Sea Dogs overtime goal against the Owen Sound Attack (May 23, 2011)   (2:14 min)

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

Kootenay Ice defeat Owen Sound in May 26, 2011 Memorial Cup Play –on ice view. (2:35 min)

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

Mississauga Majors defeat Kootenay Ice 4-goal HIGHLIGHTS (May 27, 2011) (3:53 min)

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

Saint John Sea Dogs Defeat Mississauga Majors for Memorial Cup WIN! Special Thanks to ROGERS SPORTSNET (3:08 min)

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

For more information, what follows is MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP SCHEDULE as provided by ROGERS SPORTSNET.CA: www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors

Game Date Matchup Recaps
Game 1 Friday, May 20 Saint John 4, Mississauga 3 Full story / highlights
Game 2 Saturday, May 21 Owen Sound 5, Kootenay 0 Full story / highlights
Game 3 Sunday, May 22 Mississauga 2, Kootenay 1 Full story / highlights
Game 4 Monday, May 23 Saint John 3, Owen Sound 2 (OT) Full story / highlights
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MISSISSAUGAWATCH tests Oracle and StreetGlow lights on newly-purchased black 2006 Dodge Charger R/T

June 1st, 2011  

As is our custom, here’s the video complete with transcript.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH tests Oracle and StreetGlow lights on newly-purchased black 2006 Dodge Charger R/T (4:58 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
[Music: Coyote by Mark Knopfler]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

It is May 28, 2011 and we’re here at the evil empire and what’s happening is I am just testing the lights on my newly-bought Dodge Charger R/T.

All right, hit the lights.

There’s red. There’s blue. That’s blue and red. That’s blue, red and green. And let’s just do it again?

Cue the lights. Oh yeah.

Now is this a tart or not?

And we’ve named the car —we’ve christened it as of today, “Pono”, P, O, N, O, which is Hawaiian for Right, To Do Good, Righteous.

Ooo, I like that! Oh he’s so cute. Cute though in an aggressive way. I have to say, you know, it’s very important. There we go.

No better place and that over there is a six-cylinder. Which in the world of Top Gear means that this car’s penis is bigger than that car’s.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security KNOB UNIT and MISSISSAUGAWATCH 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T

[DIP TO BLACK]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Ooo look at this! Oh yeah. Oh, look at this.

Can you actually see that? Like. There you go. That’s the Look.

There’s blue. More blue. Blue and red.

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Gee, I don’t know. One controls pattern and one controls colour, I think.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Amazing. It’s gorgeous. Take a look.

Oh yeah, that’s blue. There’s a green. That’s red. That’s when it’s red.

And the fog lights even turn different colours. Red. Holy Gee.

Okay, do both the headlights and the sides.

Ooo, look at this. Oh yeah (laughs). Somebody’s going to come along with a bucket and try to put out the fire.

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

It’s not turning off.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

It’s not turning off?! Oh good!

This is kind of like trying to figure out all of the things that could possibly go wrong with it. And one certainly would be that we can’t turn this off.

Oh now he’s got it altogether!

This is it! WOW!

Wow, isn’t he beautiful?

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

I can see why you can’t drive it (laughs) like that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

No, you can’t drive it —no.

I’m going to do one of my traditional —This is a black Dodge Charger R/T and we’re going to do a walk-around. This is the first walk-around on a Dodge Charger that I’m doing where the car is actually mine. A black 2006 R/T with lights.

I think he’s splendid.

He’s every colour of the rainbow. And as I understand it you can set these patterns to whatever song you’re playing.

[OPENING CAR DOOR]

And I love the screaming purple on the inside.

He also left us with 129 songs.

[SONG Major Lazer – Sound of Siren (feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal) BLARES]

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

What’s this open for?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

I don’t know.

Oh yeah, I should show this part too. It’s beautiful.

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Well, there are some issues here because—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Yep.

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

—that control, see?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

OK, I’m good.

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Why is it lit up like that?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Oh, look at this.

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

That means that, ya, see? The lights are on.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

The lights are on?

Techo-Geek Par Excellence (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Oh yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Oh! I’m gonna go back out.

[CAR DOOR SLAMS SHUT]
[Music: Coyote by Mark Knopfler]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (NIGHT. Parked beside Mississauga City Hall testing Dodge Charger’s BLING lights, May 28, 2011)

Oh, yeah.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH newly-purchased 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T Oracle and StreetGlow BLING Lights

MISSISSAUGAWATCH newly-purchased 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T with Oracle and StreetGlow BLING Lights

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