ALL NEW! Hazel McCallion bobblehead doll commemorates the Mayor’s Landing of BIGGEST FISH YET!

August 22nd, 2011  

Please do not fret! The old “Bobblehead, Mayor Hazel McCallion, Fishing Edition” version is still for sale at the City of Mississauga website.

Gifts  -   Bobblehead, Mayor Hazel McCallion, Fishing Edition

And now… Introducing!

ALL NEW! Hazel McCallion bobblehead doll commemorating the Mayor’s BIGGEST FISH YET!

NEW! Hazel McCallion bobblehead doll commemorates Mayor's BIGGEST FISH YET! (courtesy Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance)Courtesy Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (and Traditional Media)

Swallowed hook, line and stinker.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse


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Email sent to Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Counsel asks the obvious question –and then asks who else asked it.

August 20th, 2011  

For the record, this email was just sent to Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Counsel, William McDowell and Naomi Loewith asking the obvious question about Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Trade “Mission” to Brazil that delayed the release of the Judicial Inquiry’s report until after the September 19, 2011 Ward 5 By-election voting.

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From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: William McDowell; Naomi Loewith; Gerry Timbers; Louie Rosella; Chris Clay; Megan O’Toole; San Grewal; Tom Urbaniak; Royson James; Crystal Greer; Peel Council; City of Brampton Council; John Stewart
Cc: mississauga_watch@yahoo.com
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:53 AM
Subject: Two Questions regarding Hazel McCallion’s Trade “Mission” to Brazil

[To City of Brampton, Mississauga and Peel city clerks. I ask that this August 20, 2011 email to Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Counsel, William McDowell and Naomi Loewith be added to your earliest September 2011 Council meeting minutes as Correspondence. Thanks.]

Hi Mr. McDowell and Ms. Loewith,

As you know, I’m the citizen-journalist who appeared before the Inquiry requesting to videotape the proceedings. The Commission did one better and actually gave me access to the Inquiry Rogers Cable 10 feeds, and I thank you again for your commitment to the public’s right to know.

I’m writing because you’ve made the decision to delay the release of the Inquiry report until after the Ward 5 by-election.

I’ve got two questions, but first this time line for context:

* Jun 28, 2011 (Missisauga News) Inquiry report after Labour Day

– The much-anticipated final report from the Mississauga judicial inquiry, already delayed several times, will be released sometime after Labour Day.

* June 29, 2011 (Missisauga News) By-election set for September

– Ward 5 residents will go to the polls on Sept. 19 to fill the City Council seat left vacant when former councillor Eve Adams jumped ship to Ottawa.

* Jun 30, 2011 www.brampton.ca Business Headlines & BramFacts

– GTMA Plans Business Mission to Brazil – Brampton Companies Invited to Particpate [sic] …..The Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA) is in the planning stages of a return mission to Brazil. The program will run for 5 days from September 12th – 16th and will focus on the Futurecom Conference which will take place in Sao Paulo.

* Jul 22, 2011 TWITTER. Greater Toronto Martketing Alliance announces Business “Mission” to Brazil. gtmatoronto GTMA

– Join the GTMA on a GTA Business Mission to Brazil! Inquire about the early bird special by July 29th > http://t.co/0dBRiNG22 Jul

* Aug 16, 2011 (Missisauga News) Inquiry report delayed

– The much-anticipated release of the Mississauga judicial inquiry report has been pushed back once again because Mayor Hazel McCallion will be out of the country next month….McCallion’s trip is part of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance Trade Mission to Brazil, which has been in the works since last fall, said the mayor’s lawyer, Liz McIntyre.

So that’s the sequence of events. Here’s my first question:

Given that McCallion’s lawyer, Liz McIntyre:

– would or should have known that the Mayor’s “Trade Mission” to Brazil had been in the works since last fall, and
– would or should have known by June 28, 2011, that the Inquiry report was scheduled for release after Labour Day, and
– would or should have known by June 29, 2011 that Ward 5 residents will go to the polls on September 19, 2011, then

On what date did McIntyre (or Hazel McCallion) first inform you and Justice Cunningham that she would be out of the country for the Business “Mission” to Brazil?

Second question:

Has anyone else (ie: Traditional Media, etc) asked you that obvious question?

Thank you,

Ursula Bennett
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

“‘And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”‘    –George Orwell, 1984

 

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

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Hazel McCallion’s lawyer, “Trade Mission to Brazil…has been in the works since last fall”. TWITTER suggests otherwise!

August 17th, 2011  

“in the works since last fall”?

TWITTER. Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance’s July 22nd Tweet.

Great Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA) tweets Brazil "mission" early bird special ends July 29th on July 22, 2011.

Regarding Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Brazil “Mission” delaying the Inquiry Report until after the Ward 5 By-Election…

What Traditional Media won’t tell you. Observe.

TIMELINE.

May 11, 2011 – 5:39 PM (Mississauga News)

Council votes for by-election

Chris Clay

Ward 5 residents will vote for their next representative after City Council passed a motion today calling for a by-election to replace departing councillor Eve Adams.

Jun 28, 2011 – 4:08 PM (Mississauga News)

Inquiry report after Labour Day

Louie Rosella

The much-anticipated final report from the Mississauga judicial inquiry, already delayed several times, will be released sometime after Labour Day.

Jun 29, 2011 – 2:32 PM

By-election set for September

by Chris Clay

Ward 5 residents will go to the polls on Sept. 19 to fill the City Council seat left vacant when former councillor Eve Adams jumped ship to Ottawa.

Jun 30, 2011 www.brampton.ca Business Headlines & BramFacts 

GTMA Plans Business Mission to Brazil – Brampton Companies Invited to Particpate [sic]

Thursday, Jun 30 2011, 09:00

The Brazilian market has been identified as an important future market for Canadian companies seeking trade opportunities and is emerging as a key source of new foreign direct investment for Canada. Specifically the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo which is known as the financial and economic centre of Brazil, with a total population of 19.9 million.

The City of Brampton participated in an exploratory mission to Brazil with the GTMA in November 2010. The mission was focused around meetings with companies and organizations to assess the investment and trade potential in Brazil as well as companies interested in FDI in the GTA.. The mission established a level of awareness about a fast growing economy that will be a market of opportunity for Brampton companies. In addition, through participation with the GTMA, the mission helped to establish Brampton’s prominence as a location of choice.

The Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA) is in the planning stages of a return mission to Brazil. The program will run for 5 days from September 12th – 16th and will focus on the Futurecom Conference which will take place in Sao Paulo. A portion of the itinerary will involve pre-qualified meeting in Sao Paulo then traveling to Curatiba for additional meetings and briefings with industry organizations and associations. The itinerary is relatively flexible and can be tailored to the needs of the delegates. For more information please see the attached itinerary.

Jul 22, 2011 TWITTER. Greater Toronto Martketing Alliance announces Business “Mission” to Brazil.

GTMA gtmatoronto GTMAJoin the GTMA on a GTA Business Mission to Brazil! Inquire about the early bird special by July 29th > http://t.co/0dBRiNG22 Jul

City of Brampton’s pdf file on this trip conveniently deletes the following from the original flyer.

 Brazil 2011 –
“Digital Media, ICT & Clean Tech”
Mission to Brazil to coincide with FutureCom
September 10th – 16th, 2011

Aug 16, 2011 – 2:32 PM (Mississauga News)

Inquiry report delayed

Louie Rosella

The much-anticipated release of the Mississauga judicial inquiry report has been pushed back once again because Mayor Hazel McCallion will be out of the country next month.

Commission counsel William McDowell told The News today that the mayor will be leading a trade mission to Brazil from Sept. 9-18.

“We have agreed with her counsel that we will not release the report until she returns,” McDowell said, adding the report won’t be made public until after Sept. 19, the day of the Ward 5 by-election.

McCallion’s trip is part of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance Trade Mission to Brazil, which has been in the works since last fall, said the mayor’s lawyer, Liz McIntyre.

Wed Aug 17 2011 (Toronto Star)

Mississauga inquiry report delayed

San Grewal Urban Affairs Reporter

The Mississauga judicial inquiry report expected after Labour Day will be delayed because of a trade trip to Brazil scheduled by Mayor Hazel McCallion and the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance.

The report on the probe of allegations that the mayor used undue influence to promote a land deal involving her son’s company was expected before the Sept. 19 byelection in Ward 5 that could tip the balance of council against McCallion.

It was thought the report might influence voters choosing between McCallion supporters and former councillor Carolyn Parrish, a longtime rival, who are running for the seat vacated by new MP Eve Adams. It will now be released after McCallion’s return on Sept. 18.

 At least San Grewal gets it!

Next, tweets from MISSISSAUGAWATCH Twitter.

Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseHazel McCallion ****s off to Brazil ensuring the Judicial Inquiry Report won’t come out til AFTER Ward 5 By-election. http://t.co/PsxYLG523 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseHazel McCallion’s gift to her candidates Bonnie Crombie/Jake Dheer. DELAYS Inquiry Report til AFTER Ward 5 By-Election! http://t.co/7BMZ0Cx23 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseHazel McCallion’s lawyer said Brazil trip in works since Fall. So why did GTMA Twitter first announce early bird by July 29th on July 22nd?!7 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseGTMA Twitter first tweets “Join the GTMA on a GTA Business Mission to Brazil! Inquire about the early bird special by July 29th” on July 22!7 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseI favorited Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance’s July 22 tweet announcing Brazil “Mission” Hazel McCallion’s lawyer said in works since fall6 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseCity of Brampton’s GTMA “Brazil Mission” pdf file judiciously-edited. Deletes part about “Mission to Brazil to coincide with FutureCom”.6 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseTimeline. Jun 28, 2011 Mississauga News “Inquiry report after Labour Day” July 22 Tweet “Join the GTMA on a GTA Business Mission to Brazil!”5 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseGreater Toronto Marketing Alliance Stategic Plan photo reveals Hazel McCallion member of GTMA that planned Brazil trip! http://t.co/aWyTawR5 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseInquiry folks should suggest delaying Mississauga by-election date. Vote can’t be that important for McCallion to f*** off to Brazil, right?5 hours ago
Mississauga Muse MISSISSAUGAMUSEMississauga MuseHazel McCallion’s lawyer, “Trade Mission to Brazil…has been in the works since last fall”. TWITTER suggests otherwise! tinyurl.com/3bov28e5 hours ago

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Preliminary investigation of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance dredged up this June 16, 2008 Toronto Star article.

Fractured GTA a tough sell

John Spears CITY HALL BUREAU

When the GTMA was born in 1997, then Toronto mayor Mel Lastman and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion clashed. Lastman said he wanted a Toronto agency. McCallion blasted a GTMA pamphlet that used the naked word “Toronto” without acknowledging the surrounding area.

That tension lingers, insiders say. Some Toronto bureaucrats came to view the alliance as an agent of the suburban municipalities, dominated by Mississauga….

the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance’s “NEW & REVITALIZED CORPORATE STRATEGIC PLAN 2007-2010” at york.ca.

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Beware Toronto Dominion Asset Management “SmartFund” group of funds –MISSISSAUGAWATCH

August 11th, 2011  

UPDATE: Monday, August 15, 2011. At the suggestion of a friend, I have modified this blog editing it to focus on just one important point —BEWARE Toronto Dominion’s “FundSmart”!

With the TSX (340.91) and the DOW (423.37) recovering and many feeling a tad calmer, I want to alert people to a group of TD “FundSmart” mutual funds that your TD financial advisor would only be too happy to sell you.

First, “SmartFunds” are money-sucking dawgs.

Next, ALL of the holdings in these TD SmartFunds consist of other mutual funds. That is you’re dealing with a basket of funds within a fund. The news gets worse.  With these TD “SmartFunds”, you’re dealing with MER’s (management fees) ranging from 2.54 to 2.92.

That means, for example, in the TD SmartFund Managed Income Fund you are paying a management fee of 2.54% for a fund that has top holdings of 35.5% TD Canadian Bond Fund and 24% TD Short Term Bond Fund.

Well, the MER of the TD Canadian Bond Fund and TD Short Term Bond Fund are both 1.08%!

In just the TD SmartFund Managed Income Fund alone, the poor saps suckered with that dog are holding almost 60% of their “investment” in two TD Bond funds with MERs of 1.08% while they’re paying 2.54% for the privilege!

And sadly, there are plenty of people duped by these SmartFund funds. A quick bit of arithmetic shows about 2,480 million in assets spread through eight “Smart” funds.

Someone back on August 2001 would have been much better off to take (for example) $10,000 and invest the entire amount in the 1.08% MER TD Canadian Bond Fund than to sink it into the TD SmartFund Managed Income Fund hole.

$10,000 invested back then would now be worth only $13,731.51 with TD SmartFund Managed Income Fund versus $18,353.28 with the tame, low risk TD Canadian Bond fund! TD SmartFund Managed Income Fund sputtered up a mere 3.2% annual rate of return versus 6.3% when invested directly in their bond fund.

TD SmartFunds —it’s tough to get more felt up in your sleep than that.

Here. A graph right from their website:

TD SmartFund Managed Income Fund (green) versus TD Canadian
Bond (blue)  Timeline: August 2001 to current.

For an initial investment of  $10,000.00
Fund/Index Total Contribution Amounts Value as of 8/10/2011 Total Dollar Gain Fund’s % Return Annualized Equivalent Inception Date
TD Managed Income $0.00 $13,731.51 $3,731.51 37.3% 3.2% 11/12/1998
TD Canadian Bond $0.00 $18,353.28 $8,353.28 83.5% 6.3% 6/29/1988
The rate of return or mathematical table shown above is used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and is not intended to reflect future values of the fund or returns on investment in the fund.

What does TD Asset Management have to shovel about their TD SmartFund Managed Income Fund?

Recommended For

The Portfolio may be suitable for investors who: are seeking an increased exposure to international markets; prefer to have professional managers determine the selection and composition of their investments, as well as provide ongoing monitoring services; want mostly income combined with a moderate amount of capital growth; are willing to accept a low to moderate degree of risk; have a medium term investment time horizon.

and:

Why Invest

Constructed with an emphasis on fixed income over equities, the TD Managed Income Portfolio provides a balance between a moderate income stream, capital preservation and liquidity. The TD Managed Assets Program is a professionally constructed, managed and monitored solution, designed to moderate the effect of market volatility through multi-facet diversification.

And you want an even worse dog? A TD SmartFund with even higher management fees, that sinks like a stone when markets sour, and doesn’t fight its way back? The one our TD financial advisor stuck us in for two years until we smartened up?

TD FundSmart Managed Balanced Growth

If like us, you’d bought TD FundSmart Managed Balanced Growth in August 2001 —but unlike us, kept it, your $10,000 would now droop at $11,637.26, “annualized equivalent” of 1.5% return.

TD FundSmart Managed Balanced Growth’s 1.5% annual return since 2001 couldn’t even keep up with inflation, but the vile dog’s 2.82% management fees sure did all those years!

Someone else just keeping $10,000 in TD Money Market would even beat TD FundSmart Managed Balanced Growth with a snoozy $12,038.71. And with none of the angst during those gut-wrenching market plummets.

Observe.

TD FundSmart Managed Balanced Growth (green) versus TD Money
Market (blue)  Timeline: August 2001 to current.

Please note that the TD FundSmart Managed Balanced Growth was merged with the Canada Trust Mutual Fund equivalent on October 6, 2000 and incurred a share split.
For an initial investment of  $10,000.00
Fund/Index Total Contribution Amounts Value as of 8/10/2011 Total Dollar Gain Fund’s % Return Annualized Equivalent Inception Date
TD FundSmart Managed Balanced Growth $0.00 $11,637.26 $1,637.26 16.4% 1.5% 11/12/1998
TD Canadian Money Market $0.00 $12,038.71 $2,038.71 20.4% 1.9% 6/29/1988
The rate of return or mathematical table shown above is used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and is not intended to reflect future values of the fund or returns on investment in the fund.

What’s so despicable about these TD FundSmart funds is how they’re even named “Smart” to deceive —high management fees, dreg-shit performance… do they sound “smart” to you?

Please. For you own sakes, wake up.

 

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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August 2011 TSX -491.75 echoes MYTHissauga “city elite” in 2008 market crash (2008 –when Jake Dheer, Bonnie Crombie all smiles)

August 8th, 2011  

World stock markets are in tatters. The ass fell out of the bucket. Perfect timing for today’s blog about Hazel McCallion-approved Ward 5 by-election candidates Jake Dheer and Bonnie Crombie!

The TSX down from a high of 13011 a week ago to 11,671 at time of writing. It’s like the Fall of 2008 all over again.

Freeze-frame "TSX performance just prior to October 17, 2008 Peel Police Services Board meeting" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

For the record here’s what Mississauga’s city elites were doing on November 8, 2008 as reported by Snap South Mississauga.

22nd Annual Mayor’s Gala

On November 8th, 2008 at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre, Mayor Hazel McCallion hosted her 22nd Annual Gala Celebration, celebrating her 30th Anniversary in office. This year’s gala saw over 850 guests, with Regis Philbin, from the Regis and Kelly show, performing for the guests and spending some time with Mayor McCallion.The event was all for a good cause and this year’s event raised funds for arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga. Guests laughed the night away as the Mayor and Regis laughed the night away. Guests had a fabulous time this year and will for sure be looking forward to the next gala.

And what was Ward 5 by-election Jake Dheer and his fellow Mayor’s Gala organizers doing on November 8, 2008?

Mississauga city elites were feeling no pain in the last market crash (November 2008)
Turning every ticket dollar into (according to Councillor Nando Iannicca) “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.” Now that’s a MYTHissauga charity!

And that’s why the only sane response to Mayor’s Gala organizer Jake Dheer’s Ward 5 by-election campaign slogan, “No one runs like a Dheer” is “Let’s hope so”.

Freeze-frame "Percent proceeds of Mayor's Gala" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"
And what of the other McCallion-approved Ward 5 by-election candidate, Bonnie Crombie? What was she doing in 2008?

Crombie, former public affairs consultant, threw thousands and thousands of smiles.

Smiles in August 2008, posing with smiling son, Alex, who campaigned for Vice President Federal of the Ontario Young Liberals.

Just like mom who claimed, “I’m meeting with lots of organizations and groups who are asking me to run,” in the Ward 5 by-election, son Alex wrote, “I have been humbled by the overwhelming call for me to run for this position and the immense amount of support I have been given by my fellow Ontario Young Liberals.”   That was in January 2009.

So many calling for Bonnie and Alex to run…

Alex Crombie who ran for Vice President Ontario Young Liberals with Bonnie Crombie with son Alex at The Ontario Young Liberals held their seventh annual Summer Fling in Guelph, Ont

Even in front of Trooper Marc Diab Memorial Park.

Bonnie "Barbie Doll" Crombie even smiles posing at Trooper Marc Diab Memorial Park

MYTHissauga. Smiles.

Bonnie Crombie would do well to counter “No one runs like a Dheer” with the campaign slogan, “No one smiles like a Crombie”.

And what was Bonnie Crombie doing in November 2008? Haven’t researched that yet but can tell you that on October 14, 2008 she was elected MP for Mississauga-Streetsville, beating Wajid “Cross the Floor” Khan with 21,579 to his 16,946.

One of Crombie’s 21,579 votes was mine!

Better check what the TSX is doing… -491.75.  OUCH!

No worries. Bonnie and Jake will be all smiles. Both lead mythical lives in mythical MYTHissauga.

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

–email from youth (age 19)

Might as well add this update from Twitter Toronto Star News.

Toronto Star News
TorontoStarNewsToronto Star News
TSX drops 492 points, Dow falls 634 as stock markets keep tumbling http://bit.ly/nJ222p
5 minutes ago

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Related video presented to Mississauga Council at the April 13, 2011 Council meeting.

Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga “raised mmmillions of dollars” (10:11 min)

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

Video transcript at the blog, “Mississauga Council video presentation, “Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga ‘raised mmmillions of dollars’”

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Jake Dheer: Ward 5 By-election MYTHissauga candidate (What the Mississauga News and especially ROGERS Cable 10 TV won’t tell you)

August 4th, 2011  

If you want to know about Mississauga Ward 5 by-election candidate Jake Dheer, you’ve come to the right place!

Hazel McCallion's MYTHissauga offers new candidate for Ward 5 by-election

Hazel McCallion (MYTHissauga Inc) offer new "cooperative" candidate for Ward 5 by-election

Click here to go to the original (1997 x 1310) version.

Jake Dheer, the “diverse” favoured-face and darling of Mississauga’s Ol’ Guard.

First from the Toronto Star article, ”Mississauga byelection turns nasty”:

Asked if he expects an endorsement from McCallion, Dheer, a Rogers TV station manager, said, “Yes, I think so. I consulted with her before my decision (to run). She was pleased to hear of my decision.”

There is no doubt that Jake Dheer is a McCallion/MYTHissauga Inc fave-in-waiting hoping to fill Council’s Ward 5 black leather chair.

"ROGERS CABLE 10 MANAGER JAKE DHEER'S CONTRIBUTION TO MISSISSAUGA'S media-barren environment

Over the years, Dheer has dutifully used his position as Rogers Cable 10 Mississauga TV station manager to funnel the City’s Party Line directly into our living rooms. Dheer outdid himself ensuring that a six-part tribute documentary “Hazel” would debut in April 2010 —just when the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry got underway.

If you want Mississauga returned to the pre-Parrish vewy vewy qwiet *nudge* *nudge* *wink* *wink* cronyism, this is your candidate!

Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga “raised mmmillions of dollars” (12:11 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

 

A sample of Ward 5 candidate Jake Dheer’s achievements at the “grand fete for the City’s elite”

Organizer of Mayor’s Galas 2007 through 2010 —turning every Mayor’ Gala ticket-dollar received into 20 charity cents that have since languished in the Community Foundation of Mississauga. To wit:

Organizer of 2007 Mayor’s Gala “Boogie Wonderland Let’s Groove Tonight”

Committee

Organizer of the 2008 Mayor’s Gala “Let the Games Begin”

Committee

Organizer of the 2009 Mayor’s Gala “The Magical Mythical Mysterious Enchanting Evening”

Committee

Organizer (Chair) of the 2010 Mayor’s Gala “OH, What a Night”

Committee

In his book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga, Tom Urbaniak referred to Mississauga as a “media-barren environment”.

TOM URBANIAK MISSISSAUGA "media-barren environment" HAZEL MCCALLION, RON LENYK (former publisher Mississauga News) JAKE DHEER (station manager ROGERS CABLE 10 Mississauga) and "Friend of Hazel" TED WOLOSHYN (TORONTO SUN columnist

True but there’s something worse than barren —a Jake Dheer “media” environment. Who put the MYTH in MYTHissauga? Considerable credit goes to Jake Dheer, station manager Rogers Cable 10 MYTHissauga.

Mr. “ROGERS Cable 10 TV” provided us with a superb example of his hypocrisy in this Mississauga News photo.

Honoured. Rogers TV station manager Jake Dheer (left) and supervising
producer Frank Bosnjak (right) accept the Ted Rogers Innovation Award
from Phil Lind, vice chair of Rogers Communications. Supplied photo

Dheer OPPOSED the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry and there is his smiling countenance in this June 2011 photo, proudly accepting the Ted Rogers Innovation Award.

What for?

Rogers Cable 10 live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Mississauga judicial inquiry!

And if anyone still wonders about Jake Dheer’s Pedigree MYTHissauga status, we offer these photographs courtesy of South Asian Generation Next is a South Asian MAGAZINE. The Jakester with Hazel McCallion and Starr’s-on-the-Credit’s Ron Starr.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, Councillor Ron Starr with Jake Dheer, Roger's Station Manager

The only question is where does Bonnie (Barbie Doll) Crombie fit in with the Ol’ Guard plans…. Will Hazel McCallion/MYTHissauga Inc run both in an attempt to stop Parrish —or?

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Megan O’Toole, Tom Urbaniak, MYTHissauga Inc, Ward 5 By-election, Freedom of Information, Life, the Universe –Everything.

August 4th, 2011  

The last two weeks have been a blur.

A National Post article by Megan O’Toole hit me especially hard. She’d approached me about doing an article on Council watchers and asked if I were interested. I agreed and O’Toole sent me a list of questions. At no time did she say that she’d invited three political scientists to offer comment. And comment they did.

Since then I’ve been trying to get a rebuttal published at the National Post with zero luck —although I did get decent video of both attempts.

The real killer was what Tom Urbaniak served up about me.

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“Some of their messages are valid and might resonate with a larger public — the need for transparency, too much bureaucratic self-justification, the dearth of tough questions … but they start to lose people when they argue or imply that Mississauga is almost a surreal Orwellian state, utterly dominated by sinister myths,” Mr. Urbaniak says.

This from the guy who wrote, “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga” (all 255 pages plus index etc etc) without filing a single Freedom of Information request!

How, I ask. How?

Have to laugh at how Urbaniak ends his book in his Acknowledgements section:

“Any errors and all deficiencies should in no way reflect on those who so kindly provided assistance or guidance, but rather on my own shortcomings.”

The major “shortcoming” was depending on Peel archives, interviews, Staff at the City of Mississauga clerks office/minutes of meetings (a true joke), more archives, newspaper articles, the kitchen sink —but not filing Freedom of Information!

Then came news of the passing of such a generous and brilliant spirit… Tomorrow is the funeral mass.

But today the Mississauga News announced that Bonnie Crombie had just entered the Ward 5 by-election race. Between Jake Dheer and now Bonnie Crombie, I have to get back at it. Research. Documenting. Reporting.

To be clear, there’s now more than enough evidence that what I do, write, and say makes no difference. A quote I’d stumbled upon when I first began researching the City of Mississauga and the Roots of Youth Violence:

“The truth is that we, as a society – all of us – simply don’t consider children very important. We talk a good game but we don’t think kids are as important as other things, like fixing the roads.” – Jim Paul Nevins (Ontario Court Judge October 4, 2001 report)

and the email I received from a perceptive youth.

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

I continue this MISSISSAUGAWATCH blog knowing that what I do, write, and say will make no difference. I continue only because I know that the likes of Hazel McCallion, Jake Dheer, Bonnie Crombie and the rest of MYTHissauga Inc would just love it if I stopped.

And so, I suspect, would Tom Urbaniak.

 MYTHissauga’s “media”

TOM URBANIAK MISSISSAUGA "media-barren environment" HAZEL MCCALLION, RON LENYK (former publisher Mississauga News) JAKE DHEER (station manager ROGERS CABLE 10 Mississauga) and "Friend of Hazel" TED WOLOSHYN (TORONTO SUN columnist

On Controlling the Message, from Tom Urbaniak’s book,“Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga”.

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.

Signed,

A Voice in the Wilderness

And so I introduce today’s second entry, “Jake Dheer: Ward 5 By-election MYTHissauga candidate (What the Mississauga News and especially ROGERS Cable 10 TV won’t tell you)”

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In commemoration of Jose: a night atop Haleakala

August 2nd, 2011  

For Jose: Spending the night in a car at the summit of Haleakala (13:40 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Reporting July 29, 2011, at sunset, faintly over tremendous wind noise, Ursula Bennett (TURTLE TRAX and “The Book of Honu”):

There it is!

[CROSSFADE]

Sunset, in the car, Ursula:

We got a little bit of that sunset and then we had to run back in the car. And the question is whether to stay the night, it is really cold.

And not only that, that wasn’t rain. That was almost like, uh—

Peter Bennett (TURTLE TRAX and “The Book of Honu”):

Sleet.

Ursula:

Sleet, yeah.

[DIP TO BLACK]

A little after sunset in the car, Ursula:

It is July 29th, 2011. There’s Haleakala there. It’s completely dark. And we’re the only ones here.

I’m at the stage where I would like to go back. I don’t especially— I’m getting a little bit…

It’s kind of wintry and can’t see anything. Kind of, I know I can see where the edge of the summit is there. The sun set over in that direction. But I can’t imagine us seeing stars today.

And the plan was to at least have Peter get a really good photograph of the night sky. But you can’t set up a tripod in this.

[DIP TO MORE BLACK]

Approximately 8:15 PM, Ursula:

It is July 29th, 2011. It’s, I don’t know, maybe around 8:15 maybe.

Peter:

Something like that.

Ursula:

Something like that.

We’re here to spend the night. Haleakala. And you can kind of hear the wind. And I can open the door and you can actually hear what it sounds like. But we’re actually going to spend the night.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Later, in the fog, Ursula:

…and looking out and I don’t see any stars. So that means we are in fog. See that?

Peter:

Ho yeah.

Ursula:

Still  very much in fog. That’s not— our window is not cloudy, it’s fog.

But! We do see stars. The stars are out again. See them, Peter?

Peter:

Oh. My goodness.

Ursula:

Oh, wow!

[DIP TO BLACK]
[Audio affected by car fan noise.]

10:15 PM, camera on dash aimed at us, Ursula:

It is July 29th, 2011 and we’re here atop Haleakala. And we decided to spend the night.

And I guess it’s maybe what— 10:30 now?

Peter:

10:15.

Ursula:

Quarter after 10.

And we Googled, or at least I Googled to see how one goes about spending the night in a car atop the summit of Haleakala. And there really wasn’t anybody who wrote anything about it.

And I can kind of see why— aside from the odd truck or something that goes by, there is nobody else, it’s just us here.

And it’s a wonderful experience. When we turn off the lights we can see—  a kind of shrouded right now in fog. And every once in a while, the stars come out. And they are outrageous.

Over here would be the Big Dipper, sort of setting, down by the summit there. And over on this side is Maui’s Fish hook and we’ve been trying to get some pictures.

We came up here because we want to honour a dear friend —Peter’s very, very close friend. And this was the best way we thought of doing it, just to be up here. Just spending the night.

And I just want to say that if there are people who do want to spend the night at the top of Haleakala, it’s comfortable enough. Just make sure you’re dressed warmly.

And in our case, we’ve got a blanket here and then on top of it, a comforter. And it’s quite pleasant and we’re going to, we saw, we came up here just in time to see the sun set. And we’re going to spend the night and then also see the sun rise.

And it’s quite an experience, it really is.

At the beginning when it started to get dark, a part of me wanted to leave and I have to thank Peter for staying and saying, no, let’s stay a while longer. And the “while longer” stayed until —it’s such a fantastic experience that I want to spend the whole time.

So, you know, it’s possible —we’re both in our 60’s. I’m 62, 63, I forget, 63 and Peter?

Peter:

64. 64 next month.

Ursula:

So, 64 next month, so, you know, not a problem. In the meantime this is about the only place to be on Maui for thinking about— the loss of a really special person.

Certainly for me, he was the most brilliant person I ever met. No offense to you, Peter.

Peter:

Mmmm.

Ursula:

So, anyway, going to conserve the energy here. By the way— there we go.

[DIP TO BLACK]

1:37 AM July 30, Ursula:

It is 1:37 am. This would be July 30th, 2011. We’re here at Haleakala, the summit. And outside are the most amazing stars. And Peter’s setting up a new battery here. So he can take some more pictures.

And we’d fallen asleep for a while and I woke up because it was cold.

And turned out that when we started the heater for a bit, the— this all became clear. And there was just stars. And we thought that there was only fog. And that’s I guess we fogged up the inside of the— yeah, you can see it right, well, maybe you can’t but—

We’d fogged up the car.

You ready to go?

Peter:

I think so.

Ursula:

Okay.

[DIP TO BLACK]

1:38 AM, Ursula:

Anyway, just—  it’s 1:38. We’re here at Haleakala, the summit. We slept for a bit. We got cold and we decided to turn the car back on. And it’s nice and comfy right now.

And I just want to report— 1:39 am, it’s beautiful. So. It’s worth it.

Just need to be prepared, that’s all.

Turning camera off.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Near dawn, July 30, 2011, moved from the summit to the visitor center of Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, Ursula:

It is the July 30, 2011 and we’ve made it through an entire night at Haleakala in our car. And there’s the east. Sun rise. Very obvious now in the camera.

And just above that band of light you can still see Orion. Although that star on the lower right there is gone. But you can still make out—  still make out one, two, three, four, five, six, seven stars there.

And people coming and taking a look.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Wow, some of these people just aren’t really dressed for this. Some are wrapped in blankets. But I’m telling you, even in the car, it’s cold. And we’ve got a blanket and a comforter.

And that looks like the first park ranger there— coming.

Peter:

He’s been around before.

Ursula:

Has he?

Peter:

Oh yes.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Ursula:

I want to record right now, this being dawn, that we went up  here to honour Jose. July 30th, 2011. Spent the night on Haleakala.

And at sunset I said the Lord’s Prayer and then, I woke up several times and there always just seemed to be cloud. Fog.

[CROSS DISSOLVE to Peter’s photograph of Milky Way galaxy]

And then at one point Peter woke up and said wait a second, there’s stars out, turn on the car.  And once I turned on the car the inside was all foggy. And once the windshield cleared, there were stars everywhere.

Dedicated to Jose, Peter's photograph of the Milky Way galaxy taken atop Haleakala summit (August 1, 2011 1:55 am)

And we managed to get pictures of the Milky Way and all kinds of things. And it was at that point I said the second Lord’s Prayer.

And when I saw the narrowest band of light right there, I said the third one.

[DIP TO BLACK]

5:31 AM, dawn, Ursula:

Time right now, is 5:31 and we’ve already seen dawn. And cars are still coming. But we’ve survived [sic] a night on Haleakala. We showed up just before sunset. Saw the most amazing stars. And now we’re at dawn of a new day. And—

[Peter sighs. DIP TO BLACK]

After dawn, Ursula:

I have to say that at one point we went, around 2 o’clock, wouldn’t you say? We shifted from the summit to right here at the Haleakala crater visitor center.

And as we were driving we noticed that there was one, a van, wasn’t there? At the, at the summit. And we passed somebody else in an SUV tucked along the side of the road.

So there were at least two other cars that had spent the night.

So people do it.

[DIP TO BLACK]

After dawn, Ursula:

And what I’ll do is I’m going to brave putting down this window for a second. Oh my! It’s not nearly as cold as I thought!

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

There they are. I give these people credit.

[wind gusts]

Window up! Window up! Window up! Window up!

[CUT]

Approximately 5:40 AM, Ursula:

You know I’m surprised that even though we were there the whole night, nobody from the Park Service stopped by to check in on us. Don’t you think that was strange?

Peter:

I did think that they would at least at one, you know, some time during the night come by and check. Are you okay? Are you know, not stuck here or anything, are you, or anything, you know.

Ursula:

Yeah. Which is, I guess the message to anybody who’s thinking of spending the night here and that is that you really are on your own.

Of course we had our cell phone.

Peter:

I don’t know if our cell phone will work up here.

Ursula:

Oh. Okay. We had a paper weight that we brought.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Ursula:

And Peter’s confirmed— where does it say “No service”?

Peter:

“SOS only”.

Ursula:

Oh yeah. Whoops.

Peter:

Well.

Ursula:

There it is.

Peter:

There may —I don’t see any bars there. But there might be, you might be able to dial “911”.

Ursula:

Yeah.

Peter:

Maybe.

Ursula:

So keep that in mind, anybody who wants to spend the night in the car or spend the night period.

Peter:

The thing is, we use T-Mobile. T-Mobile doesn’t have service up here. Whether another carrier might —Sprint or somebody else, I don’t know.

Ursula:

Okay.

[DIP TO WHITE]

6:10 AM, a few miles down Haleakala, Ursula:

What’s really lucky is we noticed a sign that said “Slow vehicles pull over” and when I did there’s this beautiful sunrise there.

Peter’s taking a picture with Jose’s camera. And we call it “Jose’s camera” because, well, Jose just out of the blue sent us a Canon Powershot one day.

We flooded it and that’s the replacement. We still call it “Jose’s camera”.

Look at that.

Oh, and I just want to document —this is the picture, bring it closer? This is the picture that Jose’s camera did.

Right there.

Clouds.

Haleakala sunrise August 1, 2011, photograph taken with "Jose's camera"

[FADE TO BLACK]
[two other photographs shot with Jose’s camera]

"Book of Honu" cover photograph taken with "Jose's camera"

 

"TURTLE TRAX" www.turtles.org logo taken with "Jose's camera"

 

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IN MEMORY

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