OCCUPY TORONTO campgrounds tour: Tents, Logistics, Media, Medical, Sign Shop, Library, Kitchen, Toilets…

October 24th, 2011  

Today, MISSISSAUGAWATCH presents a video tour of the OCCUPY TORONTO St. James Park campgrounds village as it appeared Saturday, October 22, 2011.

The only other thing I want to say is during my two visits to St. James Park, the police presence has been simply perfect. Toronto Police officers are visible at the perimeter of the park (reassuring for people like me) but are keeping things very low-key and laid back (also reassuring for people like me).

Meaning OCCUPY TORONTO is watched over by a police service and not a force. Thank you Chief Blair!

That’s it. Now for the tour.

OCCUPY TORONTO camp tour: Tents, Logistics, Media, Medical, Sign Shop, Library, Kitchen, Toilets…   (6:27 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from OCCUPY TORONTO, St. James Park, Toronto. October 22, 2011

It is Saturday. We’re here at St. James Park and I really have to say that there’s [sic] a lot more tents than there was [sic] last Saturday, the last time I was here.

And interesting, we have a sign here, welcome to Occupy and— the Logistics tent.

I’m just going to talk through here. This is the Library. Come in and read a book.

Women’s Safe Space.

And then you get some really large tents. Like right there.

I actually thought of camping out tonight and then thought better of it.

It’s turned into quite a village.

There’s more people setting up over here. Huh.

Legal tent. Medical tent. Over there’s the Sign Shop.

I’m just astounded —astounded by all the tents! And I was here last Saturday. They’re just everywhere! And most of them I’m not even able to show you because they’re over more in that direction. That’s where the tents originally were. So the original, I guess we can call them settlers of St James Park were over here.

And this has all been —these are all tents that been set up in the meantime. Wow.

[Video of silk screen print shop]

And I just used the facilities and I have to say that they’re good. I used this one over here. And there’s an area here to wash your hands. Although I have to say it took me a while to figure out that you use this peddle down here to get water out.

So. Thank you for the facilities.

I think over there by the church is the food tent. And just to show you how extensive this is [Video pans site]

And what does it say? “DISABLE THIS!” I like his shirt.

[Video of youth painting large sign “DREAM BIG” then zoom to police and cruiser.]

[Video of activity around the Sign Shop]

And that now means they’re heading out towards City Hall and we’ll be following them.

That’s what it looks like. And they’re getting ready for the march.

It’s gonna start.

And we’ll walk this way.

[Video walking past police and Emergency Services. Video as march begins.]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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OCCUPY TORONTO about “this disconnect between us privileged ones in government” and those they serve.

October 23rd, 2011  

At yesterday’s OCCUPY TORONTO march to city hall, I noticed a sign that said it all —George Orwell.

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

OCCUPY TORONTO, PROTEST SIGN, GEORGE ORWELL, "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
Today I provide a video and transcript of truths told by Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca, truths about “this disconnect between us privileged ones in government” and those they serve.

And remember that silly, pretentious “Our Future Mississauga”? About dreaming BIG? Or the fraudulent Mississauga Summit? About MYTHissauga’s “brave, bold future”?

Watch/listen to Councillor Iannicca and the truth about Our Future Mississauga —Province and Country.

Maybe then you’ll “get” what OCCUPY TORONTO is about!

Is Occupy Toronto about “All animals look at each other differently when watering hole dries out” (7:01 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

[Regarding loss of $731,485 in transit Infoplace –the result of the city not following its own rules for collecting payment for tickets]

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

Who’s responsible? Is it the, is it that Transit department responsible or the Finance Department? No communication, it seems.

And in a bankruptcy, without anything in writing that the project got changed, how can you —so, you know, it’s not as bad as the one in Toronto. But it’s bad.

Changes made without due authority. In the process.

So that’s all I want to say.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

Councillor Iannicca.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

(inaudible) —Madam Mayor, to your point. The whole episode is shameful.

And the aspect that is concerning me more and more is, you know I don’t know how many of us in government have realized but there starts to be seen this disconnect between us privileged ones in government —that wasn’t the case fifty years ago, when you went in government you got paid less etc etc.

And yet, you know, the government’s out now —folks that make a hundred thousand dollars and my constituents looking for a job see that —Boy police constable’s make is a hundred thousand dollars with their overtime. And transit drivers, some of them make a hundred thousand dollars with their overtime.

And here I am, Joe Citizen, struggling to get ahead, and I’ve lost benefits, I’ve lost my job if I’m an auto worker, taking hits at various times coming in for extra work and not getting paid for it.

Struggling to pay your taxes. And then they see episodes like this. And what explanation do we have?

[DIP TO WHITE]

This speaks to the issue of the future. Our taxpayers will not put up with this any more.

And the people they’re going to look at isn’t you —they’re looking at us. And then we turn around and look at you.

And George Carlson, our good friend and colleague on Council has a very good point. And I was wishing he’d be wrong, but we’d better be cognizant that he’s right.

“All the animals look at each other differently when the watering hole dries out.”

We still have some water in our hole. A lot of my constituents don’t.

We owe them a better level of service than what they received over this debacle.

But Madam Mayor, we’ll speak some more to it in-camera. Thank you.

[CLOCKWIPE]

Councillor Nando Ianniccaa (Mississauga General Committee, October 19, 2011)

In Canada, we’re at the cross-roads, the watershed. And here’s the fear that I have, and I won’t give all my secrets away. But I’m going to give you on big one right now.

You know what the future is? I’m going to tell you what the future is. It’s pretty simple. Here’s what the history was.

What I came here four cents on your tax bill overall came to this city. We’re up to eight cents now going up to nine. And we’re Much. Worse. Off.

The four to eight to eight-and-a half hasn’t solved our problems. Our infrastructure deficit’s as dramatic as it’s ever been! Isn’t that right?

So you know, well, you’ve doubled the taxes pro-rata on my home for the last twenty-five years, Nando, and you’re telling me we’re far worse off. Get ready for it to double again.

So you know what the solution is.

And from that macro-level, I’m going to bring it down to the micro. A solution as old as time. Start throwing stuff off the boat.

We will be getting out of businesses. Period. Full Stop.

Do you know why? ‘Cuz it’s brilliant. You know why it’s brilliant? ‘Cuz all of my problems go away. What do you mean?

“Hazel you’ve got to go to Ottawa and talk to them about funding for seniors homes.”

I’m not in the business anymore. Don’t have to go talk to them.

“Well you know the arbitrators are—”

“I’m not in that business. I don’t give a damn about the arbitrator.

“Well the union’s are uppity about this.”

I don’t have a union workforce in that field. I don’t, I’m not in that field.

It’s priceless, isn’t it? It works real well.

I don’t know what society we’ll live in. But that is what is coming.

[If] you don’t believe it, core services like highways for governments? We sold off a highway. Airports are going in that direction. And there will be more and more and more of it.

Because in one fell swoop, boy do you eliminate so many of my problems!

On the other side of the coin, well no, let’s go keep fighting in Ottawa. What it’s gotten us? Let’s go keep fighting the Province. What it’s gotten us?

We’ve got, and I love the conversation between Councillor Starr and Councillor Mahoney. It’s the Great Divide: the people in the million dollar homes that don’t think that they’re being fairly treated and then the single mother with three kids that says, “But, am I supposed to pay it?!”

Our answer is, well neither one of you will pay it. We’re just out of the business.

And if you look at the world around us —Councillor Starr said something brilliant. I just loved it. If it’s in a phone book and somebody else does it, why do we do it?

And there’s going to be more questions like that as we go forward.

To bring it back down to this level —and this is the importance that I would put on this conversation, if a user group tells me, Nando, it’s getting kind of expensive. We don’t know about your soccer pitches, you know, especially the ones with the artificial turf, it’s getting a little tired.

I just won’t build one with artificial turf. Easy. No problem.

“Well, I’ll charge ya three bucks.” I’m charging you nothing now! You just don’t have the pitch, that’s all. Is that a problem for you? And that’s what we’re trying to forestall right now.

Because get ready for this. We will be jettisoning many, many, many services at the municipal realm.

Last thought I’ll leave with you and I hope a smart doctoral student does it one day —I’m not being flippant. I mean this seriously.

Is there any corporation in the world —give me IBM, give me any one of them, that is more complex than municipal-regional government. I mean that literally.

What are your core businesses? What do you do and what are you trying to achieve?

Remember. Things I do for fun on the side are entire enterprises. We run golf courses on the side for fun. Some people run businesses just for golf courses. And fitness facilities and restaurants and dental programs and— I do all of that just for fun! You haven’t taken your shower yet and —I do that just—entire entities do that all by themselves.

We do it just as an aside. Thank you, Ron. I think that’s my cue. So. As we go forward, these conversations have to be had. And they’re not at this level, “What would you like us to do?” it’s “What’s going overboard?”

Cuz we’re fed up —you all sensed it from me. I’m fed up with the Provincial and Federal government. What it’s gotten us? And my cue as you all know, just let me finish with this one is, we just came through a Provincial election and so many of the Provincial delegates running for public office in our city, who, you know, even if you want to pretend to care, you should pretend when you’re asking for public office?

“Are you going to come to the discussion we want to have about social—” The majority of them didn’t even want to show up! When it behooves them to pretend to care? Didn’t even pretend to care. So why, well, I understand—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga General Committee, October 19, 2011)

[claps, laughs] I love it.

Councillor Nando Ianniccaa (Mississauga General Committee, October 19, 2011)

But you see why I’m —so I don’t even want to send Hazel off anymore. I just want to say that we’re dropping that one off the curb. We’re not in that business anymore. Because I don’t want to force both people, these two, out of their homes.

Somebody’s got a better idea, let me know.

But that is the Future.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

There you have it.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Next. To appreciate what some people at OCCUPY TORONTO might be protesting, and what Councillor Iannicca referred to as the “privileged ones in government”, what follows is a complete SUNSHINE LIST of City of Mississauga employees making $100,000 or more for 2010 followed by the 2006 SUNSHINE LIST for comparative purposes.

RED indicates City Staff researched through Freedom of Information or video.

And don’t forget those “privileged ones in government” salaries also come with a life-long OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) pension and benefits.

City of Mississauga Salary Disclosure 2011 (Disclosure for 2010)
Surname Given Name Position Salary Paid Taxable Benefits
ADKINS RODNEY R. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
AHMED NADIR Project Leader $112,131.34 $280.44
ALEXANDER WENDY A. Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Planning $148,842.08 $372.21
ALLELY RICHARD J. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
AMRING SUSAN M. Manager, Economic Development $130,517.57 $313.86
ANDERSON SCOTT W. Senior Project Manager, Transportation $131,842.96 $704.26
APLIN GLENN V. Fire Captain $108,768.15 $258.96
BACON DENIS P. Manager, Parks $102,029.97 $244.32
BAKER JANICE City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer $245,864.06 $8,358.64
BALCHANDANI RAJAN Manager, Energy Management $108,739.51 $271.41
BALL MARILYN Director, Development & Design $147,881.38 $372.21
BANIC SONJA Manager, Public Affairs $112,300.64 $280.44
BAQILEH BASSEM Transit Operator $100,497.59 $299.79
BARRETT MURRAY A. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $258.96
BARRETT STEPHEN R. Manager, Transportation Asset Management $115,683.24 $287.01
BARTER TOM C. Captain, Fire Suppression $104,861.16 $244.40
BASTERFIELD MICHAEL D. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $260.52
BATE ANDREW Supervisor, Traffic Operations $111,357.70 $207.15
BEARD DAVID M. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $247.52
BEAUPARLANT MARK Manager, Corporate Financial Services $128,730.01 $313.23
BEHARRY ROCHARD Legal Counsel $128,732.04 $259.86
BENCH MARY ELLEN City Solicitor $178,468.52 $429.27
BERNARDI DINO Captain, Fire Suppression $110,884.42 $260.52
BIRD BRIAN G. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $270.92
BLATT DIANA F. Workforce Planning & Analysis Specialist $115,154.61 $216.48
BODNAR GREG Supervisor, Area, Transportation and Works $111,629.36 $244.32
BORGATTI RICHARD W. Fire Captain $107,612.63 $264.68
BOWSLAUGH ROBERT L. Manager, Facilities Maintenance $105,938.49 $264.90
BOYCE DEREK Manager, Business Planning $104,952.37 $262.38
BOYD MAX W. Capital Project Manager $112,131.34 $280.44
BRADLEY SEAN Fire Captain $102,590.21 $254.68
BREAULT BRENDA R. Commissioner, Corporate Services &Treasurer $186,385.74 $9,486.00
BREUER DAGMAR Capital Project Manager $114,001.46 $280.44
BREWDA KATIE Account Representative, Community Services $108,094.86 $62.40
BRODERICK DAVID Manager, Marina Operations $101,335.28 $244.32
BROWN BETTE Communications Officer, Fire $115,820.44 $250.64
BROWN JAMIE Manager, Sponsorship & Corporate Development $101,887.38 $244.32
BUCKLEY FRANK M. Manager, Parks $112,443.10 $244.32
BUCKSTEIN ELAINE Director, Enforcement $148,842.08 $372.21
BUGDEN KEVIN Assistant Deputy Chief $113,312.72 $238.60
BULGER JAMES E. Fire Captain $105,414.86 $274.56
BURKE PAUL G. Fire Captain $104,894.94 $254.80
BURNS ROBERT S. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
BURT SUSAN Director, Arts & Culture $153,561.43 $372.21
CALLIGARIS JOSEPH Fire Captain $102,281.92 $248.96
CALVERT CLIFF A. District Chief, Fire $111,235.02 $264.06
CALVERT JOHN D. Director, Policy Planning $148,842.08 $372.21
CAMILLERI TIMOTHY A. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $259.48
CARR BRUCE Director, Strategic Community Initiatives $154,685.08 $372.21
CESARIO SILVIO Manager, Maintenance & Operations $127,673.27 $313.86
CHALLINOR JASON Fire Captain $102,281.92 $291.60
CHAN STEPHEN Manager, Staffing & Development $116,533.22 $280.44
CHANCEY DOUGLAS T. Fire Captain $112,260.90 $286.52
CHIN DONOFRIO HELEN F. Data Architect $114,416.93 $280.44
CHONG DIANE Project Leader $110,827.70 $280.44
CHUNG TONY Transit Operator $102,542.67 $299.79
CIRELLO JIM Manager, Financial Services, Corporate Services $117,985.90 $293.72
CLARK JOHN A. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $271.44
CLARKE JOHN P. Supervisor, Traffic Signal & Street Lights $113,585.43 $279.21
CLEMENT ROGER Chief Fire Prevention Officer $110,511.44 $255.22
COFFEY KEVIN Fire Captain $102,423.62 $238.56
COLES SUZANNE Area Manager, Library Services $106,391.52 $266.02
CONNOLLY MARK R. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $268.84
CONNOR JOHN DAVID Fire District Chief $127,857.84 $288.90
CORBET CHRISTOPHER Fire Captain $104,930.43 $293.06
CORCORAN RAYMOND M. Fire District Chief $128,702.87 $280.58
CUNNINGHAM CRAIG Fire Captain $104,487.14 $256.66
CURRY DARRELL Manager, Frank McKechnie Facility $101,435.90 $244.32
CUSUMANO LEO J. Manager, Inspection Services $116,533.22 $280.44
CZYRKA PAUL J. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $245.96
DAEUBER WILLIAM E. Project Leader $112,131.34 $280.44
DAMASO PAUL Manager Celebration Square $103,376.64 $251.76
DAUM RANDY Fire Captain $104,861.16 $281.22
DAVENPORT MARK Project Leader $112,131.34 $280.44
DAVIS ERIC V. Captain, Fire Prevention $107,535.04 $250.64
DAVOLI LUIGI Fire Captain $102,281.92 $318.76
DEAN GEORGE Fire District Chief $119,975.38 $322.18
DECOSTE STEPHEN D. Fire Captain $111,414.54 $282.88
DEDMAN KEALY Manager, Development Engineering $109,858.01 $285.81
DEJAK TOM A. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $308.36
DELFINO GUSTAVO Manager, Service Development $112,004.53 $280.14
DELUCA DANIEL Plans Examiner, Fire $100,115.07 $228.60
DEMARTINI PETER G. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
DEMPSTER DAVID S. Fire Captain $105,063.80 $281.32
DENIKE TIMOTHY E. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
DEVEAU DOUGLAS C. Captain, Fire Suppression $113,860.49 $244.40
DI MILLO IVANA Director, Communications $152,544.76 $370.65
DIETRICH ANGELA Manager, City Wide Planning $112,207.58 $280.44
DOCKENDORFF CASEY Assistant City Solicitor $113,700.12 $284.03
DOUGLAS ALEX A. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $287.04
DRAPER STEVEN D. Manager, Information Technology, Corporate Services $122,431.66 $305.73
DUBKOWSKI JAMES R. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
DUFFY KEVIN J. Deputy Fire Chief $161,691.58 $871.57
DUNN ARLAND L. Fire Captain $108,608.85 $280.80
EBRAEMI FAWAD A. Project Manager $130,161.81 $316.05
EDWARDS ERICA Senior Buyer $110,586.86 $235.56
ELLIOTT ROBERT G. Manager, Projects $102,383.34 $255.48
ELLIOTT-SPENCER PATRICIA Director, Finance $164,230.75 $406.83
EMICK CRAIG Information Technology Auditor $107,532.79 $279.51
ENG SALLY P. Director, Internal Audit $151,763.58 $372.21
ENNAMORATO DANIEL Fire Captain $110,277.70 $244.40
EVANS JAMES Fire Captain $104,861.16 $249.40
FABRIS DIEGO City Arborist $102,453.86 $224.28
FARION CLIFTON Building Maintenance Coordinator $108,299.52 $253.16
FARRELL PATRICIA A. Planner $103,069.33 $224.28
FAYLE NORMAN Fire Captain $107,439.27 $260.00
FERRARA FELICE Supervisor, Area, Transportation and Works $117,829.56 $244.32
FINNIGAN TERENCE J. Fire Captain $110,032.04 $250.64
FLACK PAUL F. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $256.88
FLANIGAN MICHAEL B. Special Traffic Projects Leader $103,554.24 $258.66
FLEMING RANDY Training Officer, Fire $115,436.59 $230.76
FORD COLLIN Transit Operator $109,070.07 $149.79
FRANCIS LAWRENCE P. Fire Captain $105,443.35 $250.12
FROST MICKEY Manager, Transit Operations $137,043.35 $329.76
FUDGE JOSEPH Legal Counsel $139,389.85 $335.10
FULLERTON RUSS Transit Operator $115,374.37 $149.79
GAFFNEY SHAWN M. Fire District Chief $124,144.71 $308.26
GALAMINI DOMENIC Supervisor, Traffic Maintenance $116,931.26 $244.32
GALATI DOMENIC Maintenance Standards & Permits Supervisor $117,417.72 $238.71
GARNER RICHARD J. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
GILMOUR MICHAEL S. Fire Captain $108,190.59 $255.32
GOLD GRAHAM Fire Captain $103,621.31 $246.88
GRAZIANO MARIA P. Database Administrator $112,139.69 $234.00
GREEN DANIEL G. District Chief, Fire $129,853.90 $316.46
GREEN GARY S. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $246.90
GREER CRYSTAL Director, Legislative Services & Clerk $153,224.33 $372.21
GRIFFITH MARG Project Leader $109,968.42 $280.44
HAGAN ANNEMARIE Manager, Museums $100,142.00 $244.32
HAGERMAN ALAN J. Fire Captain $105,193.35 $266.76
HAND WAYNE L Manager, Meadowvale & Erin Mills Arenas $102,838.82 $244.32
HARVEY ANDREW W. Manager, Rapid Transit and Parking $129,027.51 $313.86
HAWKINS JOHN Senior Inspector $100,924.74 $190.05
HEAD MICHAEL R. Fire Platoon Chief $127,850.59 $299.42
HEADRICK DARREN Enterprise System (SAP) Portfolio Coordinator $112,131.34 $280.44
HERRIDGE DONNA E. Manager, Financial Planning $128,147.32 $313.86
HICKS BRUCE Fire Captain $107,439.27 $308.88
HILL JOHN A. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $258.96
HILLIS JAMES (aka Jamie) Manager, Security $112,131.34 $280.44
HILLS ALAN Fire Platoon Chief $124,599.12 $293.28
HINTON JAMES M. Acting Director, Enforcement $104,795.68 $262.31
HINTON JOHN F. Manager, Financial & Customer Service $104,669.77 $262.05
HIPGRAVE MARY A. Senior Internal Auditor $109,968.42 $280.44
HOLMES JAYNE Senior Project Manager $117,917.66 $294.24
HOMEVOH ERNEST Transit Operator $107,751.37 $199.79
HORVAT CAROL Executive Assistant, Mayor $101,658.64 $244.32
HULME HAL V. Supervisor, Survey & Inspection $108,817.66 $244.32
HUNTER PAUL D. Fire Platoon Chief $127,904.32 $299.42
IMPERIALE JOHN Manager, Information Technology, Community Services $121,826.55 $308.58
JACKSON ALLEN P. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
JACKSON JEFFREY Director, Revenue & Materiel Management $149,592.08 $372.21
JAMIESON RANDALL Project Manager, Community Services $110,105.19 $275.85
JAY MARTIN R. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $247.00
JEHU STEPHEN C. Fire Communications Operator $107,041.16 $218.62
JETHVA REKHA Manager, Planning and Integration $128,621.37 $313.86
JOHNSON FREDERIC C. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $283.92
KAMINO KEITH T. Senior Internal Auditor $101,043.30 $252.72
KAN LINCOLN Manager, Environmental Services $114,633.24 $287.01
KANAMALA SUNIL KUMAR Project Leader, Transit Facility Planning $100,378.33 $244.32
KEATING MIKE E. Manager, Transit Vehicle Maintenance $130,446.45 $313.86
KELLS HELEN M. Systems Specialist $106,594.18 $197.22
KELLY ANDREW Fire Captain $109,193.68 $299.52
KELLY LORI A. Manager, Strategic Community Initiatives $125,857.89 $308.91
KEMPF STEVEN G. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $265.20
KENEALY ROY Superintendent, Operational Support $103,782.41 $259.86
KENT GARY Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation $154,685.08 $372.21
KERNAN PAUL Fire Captain $114,314.26 $248.56
KETTLE HAROLD J. Technical Specialist $104,664.75 $244.32
KEUPER DALTON INGRID Library Community Development Specialist $100,378.33 $244.32
KIRKPATRICK ROBERT B. Fire Captain $109,241.18 $278.62
KNIGHT MARLENE Manager, Materiel Management $125,587.45 $313.86
KOPAMEES ALAR Fire Captain $104,861.16 $267.80
KREMER RONALD Supervisor, Networking Service $101,910.17 $254.91
KRISMAN GRANT M. Fire Captain $103,760.25 $249.08
LAING DEBORAH Fire Communications Officer $111,365.67 $238.56
LAING GREGORY B. Deputy, Training & Prevention $164,745.48 $1,822.75
LAMANNA SABINA Manager, Human Resources, Community Services $109,378.64 $273.63
LAURENCE BRIAN J. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $256.88
LAW WENDY Legal Counsel $122,849.49 $345.32
LAWRENCE JACK Director, Information Technology $148,842.08 $372.21
LEE FRANK Manager, Information Technology, Planning and Building $119,058.87 $297.99
LEI GUANG Transit Operator $106,940.61 $149.79
LEVESQUE ROBERT Capital Project Manager $112,131.34 $280.44
LIBOIRON ROBERT L. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
LIN YUNGFU Project Leader $112,131.34 $729.84
LOHUIS JOHN Director, Recreation & Parks $154,685.08 $372.21
LONGMUIR GAVIN Manager, Urban Forestry $102,508.46 $244.32
MACDONALD DEBBIE Manager, Shared Services $112,317.51 $280.66
MACDONALD HEATHER Director, Business Services $154,685.08 $372.21
MACEACHERN DAVID Training Officer, Fire $115,313.27 $244.40
MACKENZIE CHRISTINA Manager, Creative Services $101,335.28 $244.32
MACKINNON KAREN G. Communications Coordinator, Fire $121,577.94 $268.92
MAGGIO ALBERT J. Fire Captain $107,543.60 $250.64
MAJCHER LAURIE E. Manager, Management Consulting $125,587.45 $313.86
MAJOR NANCY Manager, 311 Call Centre $116,402.42 $141.00
MAKURAT ROBERT Fire Captain $102,281.92 $241.16
MALO STEPHANE Fire Captain $102,356.33 $244.70
MANCUSO GIUSEPPINA Project Manager, Elections $104,880.52 $197.22
MANN JOHN Fire Captain $102,281.92 $253.64
MANSFIELD DOROTHY E. Manager, Community Services $115,432.75 $280.44
MARCUCCI DAVID Manager, Planning & Heritage $121,270.70 $303.27
MARINOFF GEOFF Director, Transit $176,515.42 $424.75
MARION DAVID Manager, Geomatics $137,043.68 $329.76
MARLAND RUTH Team Leader, Long Term Planning $109,358.32 $244.32
MARSHALL GREIG Fire Captain $104,894.93 $250.12
MARTIN LYNN Systems Support Specialist $122,772.78 $224.28
MASLIWEC MICHAEL N. Manager, Financial Services, Transportation and Works $125,587.45 $313.86
MATHESON SHAWN Fire Division Chief, Training $121,329.87 $303.27
MAYO MARY Manager, Enterprise Systems $125,777.07 $313.86
MCADAM PHILIP D. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $262.08
MCCALLION HAZEL M. Mayor $136,640.92 $1,648.90
MCCUTCHEON STEPHEN J. Fire Captain $107,578.37 $263.12
MCDOUGALL JOHN A. Fire Chief $167,913.56 $3,481.00
MCLEAN MARCELL L. Fire Communications Operator $111,307.30 $212.38
MCNALLY MARTIN I. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $255.84
MCPHAIL LARRY J. Platoon Chief $128,659.96 $299.42
MCPHAIL ROBERT Captain, Fire Suppression $108,768.15 $250.64
MEEHAN DOUGLAS E. Manager, Prosecutions $116,533.22 $280.44
MELVILLE ANDREW D. Fire Captain $105,063.80 $264.68
MENEZES ERIC Supervisor, Streetlighting $113,265.82 $214.38
MESIH CONNIE D. Manager, Property Assessment & Taxation $130,767.57 $313.86
MICHAUD DAVE H. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $255.84
MICHELUCCI ENIO Contract Administrator, Trees $104,051.55 $222.22
MINKOWSKI MICHAL Legal Counsel $139,389.85 $335.10
MITCHAM PAUL ARTHUR Commissioner, Community Services $186,385.74 $10,890.76
MONTGOMERY WILLIAM R. Fire Captain $108,768.15 $255.84
MOONEY JAMES Systems Technician, Fire $101,422.74 $236.90
MOORE ALLAN J. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $314.60
MORAES FERNANDO Project Manager, Architectural $103,259.76 $258.30
MORLEY JAMES D. Manager, Client Services $119,632.41 $299.19
MOULTON ALAN Fire Captain $108,768.15 $255.84
MUJAWAZ AHMAD Project Manager, Structural $109,149.63 $273.33
MURPHY ANNE M. Area Manager, Library Services $118,795.17 $288.49
MURPHY LAWRENCE Manager, Court Administration $112,131.34 $280.44
MUSIAL HENRY Fire Captain $119,051.96 $254.80
NADON RAYMOND A. Captain, Fire Suppression $104,861.16 $280.80
NASATO PAUL Supervisor, Area, Transportation and Works $104,214.27 $234.30
NG NORMAN Supervisor, Customer Service $112,131.34 $280.44
NISHIHAMA WAYNE G. Manager, Urban Design $112,131.34 $280.44
NOBLE RALPH A. Fire Captain – South – B $114,470.92 $250.64
NORWOOD STEPHEN T. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $259.48
NUCIFORA GINO Captain, Fire Prevention $119,104.29 $244.40
OFFLESS KEVIN Senior Inspector $101,379.30 $190.05
O’HALLORAN CAREY L. Manager, Infrastructure Management Systems $107,805.70 $280.44
ORMOND MARK A. Fire District Chief $124,105.78 $294.74
OSBORNE BRENDA Manager, Environmental Management $105,970.00 $221.97
OUTTRIM RYAN Firefighter $101,735.12 $248.36
OWEN KENNETH Director, Facility & Property Management $153,224.33 $372.21
PALA ZELJKO Transit Operator $113,333.05 $229.79
PALLADINE PAUL Supervisor, Area, Transportation and Works $109,946.75 $239.04
PARDY ROGER Fire Captain $104,861.16 $254.28
PARISI PAUL Fire Captain $102,351.44 $249.48
PARSONS PETER C. Senior Inspector $102,250.56 $190.05
PARTIPILO JOSEPH Senior Inspector $113,226.28 $181.62
PASSFIELD GORDON L. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $255.32
PATEL KESHWER Manager, Financial Services, community Services $115,050.09 $288.00
PATERSON EDWARD D. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $267.28
PATON CAROLYN Corporate Lead Business Planning & Performance Management $106,559.78 $244.32
PAVAN LESLEY M. Manager, Development, Planning and Building $106,839.59 $277.05
PEARCE RICHARD Enterprise Geographic Information System Project Leader $115,016.93 $280.44
PENTELIUK DAVID Area Manager, Library Services $103,240.24 $258.66
PERKINS ROBERT Building Services & Operations Supervisor $110,453.70 $213.12
PERRY CAROL Tax System Coordinator $109,968.42 $280.44
PETOVELLO LARRY F. Director, Economic Development $151,763.58 $10,838.64
PETRI MATHIAS Building Services & Operations Supervisor $112,616.29 $222.42
PETROSONIAK STEVE D. Fire Captain $107,682.70 $255.32
PHANEUF PATRICK J. Superintendent, Operations $116,533.22 $280.44
PHELPS GREGORY G. Plans Examination Officer, Fire $112,540.95 $258.74
PICCOLO JOHN Project Manager, Electrical $112,131.34 $280.44
PICO FERMIN Manager, Transit Business Systems $122,360.37 $294.24
PIETTE LAURA M. Director, Planning, Development & Business Services $151,257.43 $370.35
PIRES PAUL Transit Operator $103,319.65 $209.79
PITUSHKA JOSEPH Director, Engineering & Works $148,842.08 $372.21
POGUE JOHN D. Manager, Burnhamthorpe & Tomken Facilities $101,741.30 $244.32
POITRAS RAY L. Manager, Development $114,582.28 $280.44
POLETTO MARIO Captain, Fire Suppression $111,685.74 $288.60
POUNDER DONNA E. Manager, Training & Development $101,335.28 $244.32
POWELL MARTIN Commissioner, Transportation and Works $186,385.74 $12,186.32
RAJA MANJIT Senior Database Administrator $100,015.26 $244.32
RAMER ALLEN Captain, Fire Suppression $101,657.20 $233.88
RECK KIMBERLY A. District Manager, Community Services $110,763.91 $277.05
REIACH WILLIAM C. Fire Captain $105,525.54 $262.60
REID MAVIS Manager, Compensation & Benefits $111,935.79 $279.84
REYNOLDS MICHAEL W. Fire Captain $107,577.69 $250.64
RICHARD PAUL Fire Captain $109,904.79 $284.44
RIDDELL LOUISE ANN Manager, Labour Relations $126,522.41 $303.90
RIDLEY LAWRENCE Firefighter $116,630.10 $219.66
RIVERS DEBORAH A. Manager, Human Resources, Corporate Services $112,116.68 $279.84
ROBERTS NIGEL Manager, Departmental Systems $109,773.68 $274.29
ROBEZNIEKS AGRIS Director, Building Services & Chief Build Official $154,685.08 $372.21
ROEDER ED Superintendent, Transit Maintenance $111,921.24 $279.84
ROLLINS GARY S. District Chief, Fire $130,882.67 $294.10
ROSE DUILIO A. Manager, Animal Services $101,125.15 $244.32
ROWSELL JEFF Information Technology Specialist $103,230.32 $223.98
ROY DARRELL G. Fire Captain $105,636.34 $252.72
RUFFINI LORENZO Strategic Leader $124,749.89 $311.37
RUSNOV DIANA Manager, Development $114,582.28 $280.44
RYDZEWSKI JOHN B. Director, Hershey Group $148,842.08 $372.21
SAJECKI EDWARD Commissioner, Planning & Building $186,385.74 $9,711.40
SANDERSON RONALD Manager, Realty Services $106,625.45 $210.48
SASAKI ROBERT H. Manager, Transportation Planning $129,285.04 $313.86
SAVERY DOUGLAS Fire Captain $107,439.27 $270.92
SAVINI EZIO Manager, Capital Works $130,517.57 $313.86
SCARANGELLA MICHAEL A. Fire Captain $104,861.16 $347.36
SCOTT TIMOTHY Captain, Fire Suppression $114,907.39 $261.56
SCRACE DAVID G. Senior Inspector $115,427.36 $190.05
SHAO YIDAN Database Administrator $104,530.06 $235.20
SHARPE KEN J. Captain, Fire Suppression $104,861.16 $297.44
SHETH RAJ Manager, Facilities Planning & Development $138,855.76 $333.87
SHIN DAVID Project Leader $116,533.22 $280.44
SHIRLEY MICHAEL Transit Operator $100,356.79 $209.79
SINGH NAVIN Transit Operator $105,184.67 $299.79
SLACK SHAWN Director, Customer & Business Services $146,853.54 $366.96
SMITH GEOFF Team Leader, Park Assets $102,130.21 $244.32
SMITH GORDON R. Fire District Chief $120,808.37 $280.58
SMITH R. DENNIS Fire Captain $107,439.27 $253.24
SNOW ROBERT Fire Captain $104,861.16 $244.40
SONI VIPULCHANDR Transit Operator $105,849.77 $249.79
SOULLIERE WILLIAM P. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $257.92
SOUSA ALCIDES V. Maintenance Project Manager $116,533.22 $280.44
SOUSA DREW Manager Employee Health Services $101,335.47 $244.32
SPAGNOLO FRANK Manager, Plan Examination Service $115,432.75 $280.44
SPENCER KAREN Advisor, City Manager’s Office $100,285.02 $251.14
STARR JACOB Firefighter $101,035.28 $219.66
STEFANKA RANDY Maintenance Contract Coordinator $101,709.92 $224.28
STEINBACH ALBERT Senior Internal Auditor $112,131.34 $280.44
STEWART YVONNE Fire Communications Officer $102,026.24 $225.56
STICKEL ROBERT Application Portfolio Coordinator-Hansen $106,449.50 $277.05
STUART BRUCE D. Fire Captain $107,439.27 $250.64
SULLIVAN JOHN District Chief, Fire $130,755.38 $269.45
SULLIVAN MIKE Fire Captain $102,281.92 $284.22
SULZ-MCDOWELL INGRID Manager, Development Planning $117,808.22 $280.44
SYKES CHRISTOPHER Fire Captain $107,439.27 $279.14
SZCZEPANSKI STEFAN Manager, Park Development $122,553.08 $306.39
TAEGER CLYDE Application Developer $102,229.75 $224.28
TAPLEY TIMOTHY Fire Captain $104,861.16 $256.26
TAYLOR MARK A. Captain, Fire Suppression $104,861.16 $270.92
TAYLOR STUART Manager, Operational Planning $127,957.70 $313.86
TIBERIA MARIO Fire Captain $102,281.92 $238.56
TIEN SAMSON H. Systems Support Services Coordinator $112,131.34 $280.44
TIFFIN RANDY Communications Officer $128,329.05 $238.56
TIMUKAS PAUL M. Fire Captain $105,525.54 $261.04
TONER STEVEN District Chief, Fire $128,764.14 $283.70
TRAIN MARK A. Captain, Fire Suppression $109,998.28 $270.40
TRETROP

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OCCUPY TORONTO Protest Signs, Signs, Signs. From “F*** ROB FORD” to “UNF*** THE WORLD”

October 17th, 2011  

This is Part 3 of three blogs relating to the OCCUPY TORONTO demonstration at St. James Park, Toronto. To recap, our first blog, “OCCUPY TORONTO: Respect, Inclusiveness –and ‘Hi, officer-dudes, can I take your pictures?’” described the peaceful upbeat mood of this rally.

Part 2, “OCCUPY TORONTO has its SAY. “Graffiti” chalk talk: “MORAL COMPASS MATTERS” (Are you listening City of Mississauga?)” focused on what demonstrators had to say —mostly in chalk on sidewalks.

Today’s blog features a video compilation of OCCUPY TORONTO’s signs, banners and placards —again, what they had to say. For the record.

OCCUPY TORONTO Protest Signs, Signs, Signs (3:51 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT of SIGNS ]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting at OCCUPY TORONTO, St. James Park, October 15, 2011

“All Power to the 99%!” I wonder how many of the 99% here today bothered voting in the last provincial election.

“FUCK ROB FORD” No thanks.

“EXPECT US!”

“IS IT NEED OR GREED”

“WHY ARE YOU HERE?”

“GONG OF DISCONTENT”

“THIS WONT [sic] LAST”

“FEED THE WORLD”

“GREED BREEDS CORRUPTION”

“END CORPORATE GREED!! BAIL ME OUT”

“RICHEST 1/5 UP 16.4%  POOREST 1/5 DOWN 20.6%  1980-05 STATS CANADA WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT???”

“U OF T STUDY FINDS MIDDLE CLASS IN TORONTO FROM 66% (1970’s)  TO 29% (2005)”

“DIG DEEP AND LET YOUR SOUL SHINE THROUGH”

“SANITY IS NOT STATISTICAL”

“ONLY ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS TRICKLE DOWN TO THE 99%”

“SEPARATION OF CORPORATION & POLITICS”

“PEACE LOVE & SMART POLICY”

“AMORE”

“THIS MOVEMENT GIVES ME HOPE”

“All Things In Common  All People One All Power to the General Assemblies”

“STAND UP”

“FOR YOUR RIGHTS”

“TRUE PATRIOT LOVE A GOOD FIGHT FOR CANADA”

“REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY SOLUTION”

“NO

“HARPER LIKES THE BEATLES EXCEPT FOR THE REVOLUTION”

“UNFUCK THE WORLD”

“GIVE A DAMN”

“SHARING IS CARING”

“one love one world”

“CRAPITALISM”

“THE People UNITED WILL NEVER BE Defeated”

“The ‘EVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED!”

in • de • fat • i •  ga •  ble

adj. Persisting
TIRELESSLY

“Promote a Living Wage
Not Working Poor

Minimum Wage Jobs
= Deficit Crunch”

“THERE IS MORE POWER IN SIMPLICITY

“HEAR US”

“KEEP YOUR PROMISES that’s what I’ve been taught!!!”

“KILL THE RICH”

“STOP GREED! SHARE THE CUP with TORONTO”

“PEACE AND PROSPERITY NOT WAR AND AUSTERITY!”

“‘StOP [sic] coddling the Super Rich’ W. Buffet”

“PEACEFUL PROTEST iS [sic] OUR RIGHT”

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

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This is Part 2 of 3 OCCUPY TORONTO blogs.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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OCCUPY TORONTO Chalk-Talk "graffiti"
“All the animals look at each other differently when the watering hole dries out.”
—Nando Iannicca, May 11, 2209, credited to George Carlson

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OCCUPY TORONTO has its SAY. “Graffiti” chalk talk: “MORAL COMPASS MATTERS” (Are you listening City of Mississauga?)

October 16th, 2011  

In yesterday’s blog, I said that I was going to OCCUPY TORONTO to document the protest and any protest-related graffiti. Reminder, that I use the dictionary definition of graffiti, “unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.”

Bottom-line, there wasn’t any at OCCUPY TORONTO. Plenty of people writing with chalk on sidewalks, mind you, but no graffiti.

Still. The demonstrators had plenty to say.

OCCUPY TORONTO has its SAY: “Graffiti” chalk talk (3:18 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT/record of chalk talk BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reading the chalk-talk “graffiti” at OCCUPY TORONTO, St. James Park, October 15, 2011

“Kindness. We all have enough”

“resilience”

“I REFUSE TO JOIN THE CULT OF EFFICIENCY”

And these, let’s take a look.

“EXPRESS YOUR HUMANITY”

“MORAL COMPASS MATTERS”. Are you listening City of Mississauga?

“CARE FOR EACH OTHER”

“FIGHTING FOR CHANGE WILL MAKE YOU RICHER”

“? FEEL FREE TO QUESTION”

“EXPRESS YOUR HUMANITY”

“MORAL COMPASS MATTERS”

“CARE FOR EACH OTHER”

“LOVE IS RADICAL”

It’s getting darker but I thought I’d read some of this.

“Didn’t your teacher tell ya? It’s nice to SHARE”

“TO THE 1%: STOP GAMBLING WITH OUR LIVES”

“I am NOT a commodity”

“PEOPLE NOT THINGS”

“Love is enough!”

“THE 99% is RISING”

“END THE RICH
END THE WAR

“Jane/Finch = POVERTY EXPERIMENT”

“PEACE”

“Anyone who has had
to dig in their couch cushions
for loose change
knows there’s more
to capitalism than
sweatshops & ponzi
schemes  —99%”

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT/record of chalk talk ENDS]

And then there’s the actual protest signs….

OCCUPY TORONTO sign HUNGRY? EAT THE RICH! (October 15, 2011)

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This is Part 2 of 3 OCCUPY TORONTO blogs.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Watch live streaming video from occupytoronto at livestream.com

"EAT THE RICH!" Mississauga City Hall October 8, 2011
“All the animals look at each other differently when the watering hole dries out.”

—Nando Iannicca, May 11, 2209, credited to George Carlson

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OCCUPY TORONTO: Respect, Inclusiveness –and “Hi, officer-dudes, can I take your pictures?”

October 16th, 2011  

In yesterday’s blog, I said that I was going to OCCUPY TORONTO simply to cover the protest and any protest-related graffiti.

Reminder, that I use the dictionary definition of graffiti, “unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.” Bottom-line, there wasn’t any at OCCUPY TORONTO.   Plenty of people writing with chalk on sidewalks, mind you, but no graffiti.

I’ve often said that collecting data is usually the easiest part of research —it’s the analysis and interpretation of what you’ve compiled that’s the true challenge. I came back from Toronto with several hours of OCCUPY TORONTO video and hundreds of photographs. And I’m not really sure of what I witnessed.

So I’m telegraphing a major caveat here, that I could be wrong, but it seemed to me that there were more people photographing/videotaping the protest than actual demonstrators.

Next, because I was at two G20 Queen’s Park rallies, I recognized quite a few individuals suggesting there was considerable overlap between those demonstrating July 2010 and yesterday.

The whiff of marijuana was pervasive and people openly shared joints.

And it seemed to me that as with any human gathering, there was a core group organizing and making things happen. These OCCUPY TORONTO leaders stressed “Respect” —respect for each other, respect for police, and respect for St James Park’s environment.

Now this is just my opinion but the chant “We are the 99%” just does not ring true. Regarding all those present, I wondered just how many bothered to vote in the October provincial election. This was a young crowd and to my eye, a good number were college/university students. But mixed in were people very much in need, very much so.

I carefully observed the police. Bicycle patrols mostly and in the early hours, no uniformed police presence in the park proper. It really wasn’t possible to get more low-key than that. Police were relaxed and I witnessed friendly, respectful interaction between them and the public.

Here’s a fun one to share with you. At one point I heard, “Hi, officer-dudes, can I take your pictures?” and this guy with an impressive purple mohawk sauntered up and wedged himself between two Toronto police officers, flashed a peace sign and now has a cool pic for a souvenir!

And I have cool video of it.

OCCUPY TORONTO: “Hi, officer-dudes, can I take your pictures?” (0:45 min)

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

What follows are just some pics to give readers an idea of the general feel of yesterday’s peaceful OCCUPY TORONTO event.

If I were to summarize the overall mood of OCCUPY TORONTO’s 99%, let’s just say it was commensurate with Reader’s Digest Canada Editor’s Choice selection for “Most Trusted Canadian” —a banker.

One-on-One with Mark Carney

He works behind the scenes. Most Canadians don’t recognize him. But as governor of The Bank of Canada, Mark Carney steered us through the global financial crisis. Meet our man of the year.

By Julia Belluz From: Reader’s Digest Canada, May 2011 issue

Mark Carney: Most Trusted Canadian

The governor of the Bank of Canada doesn’t take himself too seriously. When Mark Carney learns he’s the winner of Reader’s Digest’s inaugural Editor’s Choice Award as the Most Trusted Canadian, he chuckles. “It’s hard to say that without laughing, isn’t it?” he asks. But as the man who oversees the economic and financial welfare of Canadians, Carney’s responsibilities are no laughing matter. Neither are his accomplishments.

Last. What follows is what I regard as my top “mood” photographs.

OCCUPY TORONTO, "GREED BREEDS CORRUPTION"
OCCUPY TORONTO “GREED BREEDS CORRUPTION”. St. James Park  October 15, 2011

OCCUPY TORONTO, "Patience"
OCCUPY TORONTO “Patience”. St. James Park  October 15, 2011

OCCUPY TORONTO, gazebo in twlight
OCCUPY TORONTO Twilight. St. James Park  October 15, 2011

OCCUPY TORONTO, "the marriage between democracy and capitalism is over."
OCCUPY TORONTO at the gazebo. St. James Park  October 15, 2011

OCCUPY TORONTO, campsite
OCCUPY TORONTO campsite. St. James Park  October 15, 2011

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This is Part 1 of 3 OCCUPY TORONTO blogs.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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“Occupy Toronto” Day. Bay and King? Again? –And a look back at G20.

October 15th, 2011  

October 15, 2011. Occupy Toronto Day. I’ll be going downtown. Eventually. It won’t surprise readers to know that I won’t be going down to protest, but simply to cover the protest. And document something else: any protest-related graffiti.

Like this one I photographed at G20 right at the corner of Bay and King, the site of today’s Occupy Toronto.

G20 GRAFFITI "MAKE THE RICH PAY" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls.” I believe there’s truth to that —perhaps a glimpse into our future. Scrawled in BIG BLACK UNFRIENDLY letters.

Then again, unsettling “messages” can also come from unexpected sources. The first that comes to mind is Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca’s comment regarding the public getting fed up with government employees’ sense of entitlement.

“All the animals look at each other differently when the watering hole dries out.”
—Nando Iannicca, May 11, 2209, credited to George Carlson

UPDATE: October 15, 2011. Occupy Toronto Day 9:48 am. Just discovered this image at the Toronto Star’s Occupy Toronto Blog.

Found a protester: Rick “the Poet Warrior” holding a copy of his self-published book.

And a reminder of the “EAT THE RICH!” neatly printed on a Canada Post mailbox outside Mississauga City Hall that I discovered on October 8th and then blogged about.

"EAT THE RICH!" Mississauga City Hall October 8, 2011

I have to say. I can not go to Bay and King without thinking about G20.

G20 GRAFFITI: BLACK BLOC HAS ITS SprAY (2:39 min)

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

G20 TORONTO GRAFFITI "CLASS WAR ALL AROUND"

And all this reminds me of a message scrawled into a wall in near the Cooksville/Mississauga GO station —May 27, 2009.

“The revolution will not be televised.”

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI PROPHECY  COOKSVILLE 090527

“will not be televised”… Actually, I’m not so sure… At the very least it will be Tweeted.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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all you old timers again. Most of you were going to jail before she took over. Now you’re all rich. Whatta girl”

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“EAT THE RICH!” graffiti at Mississauga City Hall. “Words of the prophets”?

October 13th, 2011  

"EAT THE RICH!" Mississauga City Hall October 8, 2011
MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been researching graffiti since April 19, 2009 as part of the now defunct Education and Policy Working Group of the now defunct Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network.

I’ve concluded that rather than evaluate existing social programs for effectiveness, Peel Region simply “defuncts” them, rebrands them and re-trumpets new “successes” of each new initiative.

“Defunct” makes me the only remaining active member of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network’s Education and Policy Working Group silly enough to have taken the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network seriously. But I’m still in it and still researching.

I’ve learned so much studying graffiti! The #1 thing I’ve learned is that Simon & Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence was right.

And the sign said ‘The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls’
And whispered in the sound of silence

That’s enough of an introduction.

Here’s the video, complete with transcript.

“EAT THE RICH!” graffiti at Mississauga City Hall. “Words of the prophets”? (2:49 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
[Caspian & Grafhic – Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from outside Mississauga City Hall (north entrance), October 8, 2011

It is Saturday, October the 8th, 2011 and I was advised through Twitter that there would be a protest against the Mayor, today, here at City Hall, at 12 o’clock.

And right now it’s 12:13. I’m not coming here to protest so much as to cover it. And I’ve already driven out once around the City Hall. There’s nobody.

However, there is something I’ve noticed since the last time I was here. Right there. That’s new.

And I can tell you because just the other day I was here and I photographed and videotaped that Toronto Star box with the Inquiry headlines.

[Video insert of October 4, 2011 Toronto Star box. Headlines, “If I had known what I know now, I certainly wouldn’t have gotten involved”]

And I was parked pretty much the same place I am right now and I sure would have noticed, “EAT THE RICH!”

Anyway, now what I’m going to do, and I always have to have Sony Walkman [sic] on because City Staff lie. Especially their security guards. “EAT THE RICH!”

So. I’m going to go out and take a picture, maybe do a couple of tours and after that—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from outside Mississauga City Hall (north entrance), October 8, 2011

It is Wednesday, October the 12th, 2011 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like —when it’s in its box.

And I’m here at Mississauga City Hall and just played a hunch and thought, well, let’s see if the graffiti is still up here. And of course, it isn’t.

So, the message here was “EAT THE RICH!”. And just to show you that it’s not necessarily graffiti that they’re against, just messages that they don’t especially like, they got rid of “EAT THE RICH!” but here, “DEMISE” has been up since, oh, I don’t know, 2010. That’s not a problem.

What this means, of course is now I can post the “EAT THE RICH!” that was here ‘cuz I know that was erased not because I posted it to YouTube.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "Dont Be so quick To judge; you only see what I choose to show."

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Commissioner Douglas J. Cunningham, video transcript of his October 3, 2011 address inside Mississauga Council Chambers.

October 11th, 2011  

What follows is a two-part video of Justice Douglas Cunningham as he reported on his findings in the Judicial Inquiry report, “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” on October 3, 2011.
What he actually said differs at times with the Commissioner’s Statement on the Public Release of the Report. As a result, I’ve prepared this video transcript of Justice Cunningham’s address and will share it with Mississauga Council to be included for the public record in the October 26, 2011 Council meeting minutes.

Justice Cunningham: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” Part 1 (15:32 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Mississauga Council Chambers, October 3, 2011

I just want to state for the record, here’s what I’m really happy about.

There’s the term “Ethical Infrastructure” and that’s a term I’ve been using since 2006. So that to me is the Commission saying, “We listened to you.”

Ethical Infrastructure.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Commissioner Douglas J. Cunningham, statement regarding findings of Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Mississauga Council Chambers, October 3, 2011

Well, good morning.On November 11, 2009 Mississauga City Council adopted a Resolution requesting that a judge be appointed to conduct an inquiry pursuant to s. 274 of the Municipal Act.

I was named to assume the role of Commissioner.The Terms of Reference required me to make inquiries into two broad factual areas. They also permitted me to make recommendations for the good governance of Mississauga.

As I think you will see I have given this part of the report a great deal of thought.

Let me briefly address my factual findings. As I’m sure you realize, Commission Counsel and I decided to hold the Inquiry in two phases after an appropriate preparation period.The issues in Phase I concerned the December 2000 Enersource Shareholders Agreement to which the City was a party with Borealis, then a division of OMERS, the Ontario Municipal Employees Pension Plan.

The issues in Phase number II involved land in the City Centre. A company called World Class Developments had approached the co-owners of 8.5 acres of land in the City Centre with a proposal to build a hotel, convention centre and condominiums. The co-owners were Oxford, the real estate arm of OMERS, and AIM, the Alberta Pension Fund. The WCD transaction failed in January 2009. Fortunately, the City of Mississauga acquired the land which it then conveyed to Sheridan College to build a campus which now stands next door. Thereafter there was litigation concerning WCD’s claim to a continuing interest in the lands. The Phase II issues consumed far more time than those related to Enersource.Let me briefly deal with Phase I.

I found that errors were made in relation to the Enersource transaction. Distilled to its essence, my finding is that the City Manager of the day, David O’Brien, failed to discharge his duty to communicate a significant change in the City’s transaction with Borealis to Mayor McCallion and members of Council. At the late stages of negotiation, Borealis secured a veto over major decisions of Enersource. The veto made commercial sense and was, in any event, never used. While Borealis raised the veto issue late in the negotiations, this in my view was consistent with expectations in commercial dealings between sophisticated parties. I have found that some limited changes to the City’s practices should be made, but have not found it necessary to make extensive recommendations in this phase of my Report.

I did however, find it necessary to deal in depth with the issues surrounding the City Centre Land and WCD. The actions of the Mayor in relation to the proposed hotel and convention centre raise significant concerns. I have made my findings with some regret. The Mayor as a public servant has served Mississauga, and indeed Canada, for much of her life.

How did the Mayor find herself in this situation? Mississauga has, for much of its history, seemed not to have a real centre. By default, Square One, which is owned by OMERS and AIM, has served as Mississauga’s City Centre. In order to create a real core, real city core, City Council and the Mayor had identified the construction of an upscale hotel and convention centre as an important public project for Mississauga.

In the fall of 2005, Mayor McCallion jump-started negotiations between the co-owners of the City Centre lands and WCD. The Mayor’s son, Peter McCallion, was a participant in and owner in WCD from the outset. The Mayor promoted the interests of WCD throughout the events at issue in this Inquiry. Indeed, I have found that the co-owners would not have entered negotiations with WCD absent her intervention. Once the Agreement of Purchase and Sale was signed, the Mayor sought significant commercial concessions. She went to great lengths to keep the deal alive as economic conditions deteriorated. And when the co-owners terminated the deal and litigation ensued, the Mayor again intervened to attempt to have the litigation settled.

The Mayor’s actions amounted to both a real and apparent conflict of interest. On any view of the evidence, Peter McCallion stood to gain substantially on the successful completion of the hotel and condominium project. He had, on his own evidence, a potential upside of more than $10 million. And as an investor he stood to gain much more than that. By her own admission, the Mayor knew at the very least that he was the real estate agent for the purchaser. I have found that the Mayor knew that a successful WCD project would have earned her son more money than he would otherwise have earned over the course of many years —probably in his lifetime. I have found that the Mayor must have known that her son had a financial role much greater than acting simply as the purchaser’s agent.

None of the Mayor’s private actions on behalf of WCD was known to members of Council, to municipal officials or to the public at the material time.

Given Peter McCallion’s pecuniary interest in the transaction, it was improper for the Mayor to repeatedly use her office on behalf of WCD. This finding is supported both by the common law and common sense. With respect, the Mayor ought to have given the WCD project a wide berth. A member of Council cannotpromote the financial interests of family members and must avoid any appearance of impropriety. Citizens have a right to expect that a Mayor will act impartially and without favor, as her oath of office requires. It is no answer to say that a public office holder may promote the financial interests of a relative where to do so also promotes the greater good. To accept this proposition would in my view lead over time to the erosion of public trust in municipal government.As I said at the outset, the Terms of Reference also permitted me to make recommendations for the good governance of Mississauga. I have chosen to do so. I believe this to be the real value of the Inquiry. Indeed I hope the real value of this report will be those recommendations rather than the findings I have made.

In recent years, a great deal of public attention has been devoted to questions surrounding municipal infrastructure in Ontario. Cities age, and increasing sums of money are required to improve and replace the existing infrastructure. I believe that the same might be said of Mississauga’s ethical infrastructure. For many years Mississauga had very little in the way of formal rules or officials to enforce them. The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (the “MCIA”) contained rules governing conflict of interest, but these were and are inadequate. I have found that substantial legislative reforms are necessary at the Provincial level. I have also proposed changes to the Mississauga Code of Conduct and I’ve attempted to define a role for an Integrity Commissioner in Mississauga.

I know that the decision to call this Inquiry was and remains controversial. This Inquiry was, for the most part, an exercise very much like sophisticated commercial litigation. We in the judiciary are keenly aware that commercial litigation conducted by first-class counsel can quickly become very expensive. It follows that holding an inquiry such as this one, sifting through the thousands of pages of materials which Commission counsel had to triage at the outset, and the calling 40 days of evidence, comes with a cost. City Council called this Inquiry knowing that the cost would be in the millions of dollars. There are of course important differences between inquiries and litigation. An inquiry brings with it an important policy layer. It follows that the process of writing my report was much different and much more involved than writing a judgment at the end of a forty-day trial. It is my hope that with the assistance of all counsel and with the benefit of the expert evidence we heard at this Inquiry, we have created a Report which will have lasting guidance to Mississauga and to the Province.

I obviously have no view about whether City Council should have called this Inquiry. What I do say in the Report is that if the issues identified by City Council were to be explored, there was no other practical way to explore them. It is simply not practical under the existing MCIA procedure for an ordinary citizen to launch a Court application claiming conflict of interest on the part of an elected official. The downside risk of tens of thousands of dollars in legal costs should the application be found to be unwarranted, acts, in my view, as far too great a deterrent. There are a great many troubling issues which arise which simply remain unexamined.

As matters stand, only a municipal council is able to resort to the procedure of a judicial inquiry set out in s. 274 of the Municipal Act. Such inquiries are rare. Municipal councils do not initially realize that they must be responsible for all of the costs associated with an inquiry. Once that realization hits home, most inquiries die on the vine. I have addressed this difficulty in my recommendations. I believe that it is important that all major municipalities have the ability to create an office of Integrity Commissioner in a way which permits examination of the kinds of matters which we have considered at this Inquiry. The Integrity Commissioner must have sufficient tenure and independence to examine issues surrounding conflict of interest, both informally and formally. An Integrity Commissioner might hold formal hearings as necessary, make findings and impose sanctions.

There is still a role for the MCIA, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Having said that, where a member has acted in contravention of the conflict of interest provisions in the Act, currently removal from office is the only sanction. I believe that lesser sanctions should be made available, for example, suspension of the member, a form of probation or a public reprimand.

Justice Cunningham: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” Part 2 (8:59 min)

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

I also believe that the scope of the MCIA should be changed so that the rules regulating conduct apply to any meeting attended by a member of Council in his or her official capacity. I pause here to say that the Mayor held the view that provided she declared a conflict of interest in her legislative capacity and refrained from voting at Council or taking part in discussion, she was on safe ground. Currently-certainly, she was correct in her view that the MCIA did not apply to her actions in advocating privately for her son’s company. This may very well point to an inadequacy in the Act. Nevertheless, I have found that her actions were nevertheless improper-improper under the application of common law principles. These principles should be codified. The Act should be amended to make it clear that mayors and members of Council are subject to the conflict of interest provisions both in the legislative and executive functions of their office.

I believe that the Mississauga Code should be amended as well. Its language should be strengthened to make clear that members must avoid the improper use of the influence of their office and shall avoid conflicts of interest, both apparent and real. The Code should also make it clear that members of Council shall not extend preferential treatment to any individual or organization in the discharge of their official duties. Preferential treatment would be found to exist if a reasonably well informed person could conclude that the preferential treatment was advancing a private interest.

I have served on a municipal council. I know that members of Council must of course be able to use their influence on behalf of their constituents, but I believe that there must be greater transparency surrounding the nature of these dealings.

I also have found that Mississauga should consider whether to create a searchable database containing a list of all declared or known conflicts of interest.

All of these and other measures would have prevented the circumstances which required this Inquiry to have been called. For example, the Mayor could simply have sought advice from the Integrity Commissioner prior to embarking upon her course of dealing with the co-owners of the land. One of the co-owners might have raised the matter with the Integrity Commissioner. There must be a practical and low-cost way of clearing the air in these circumstances.

Let me briefly deal with the issues of the Mayor’s Gala.Some time after the conclusion of the formal hearings in this Inquiry, I learned that there had been a misunderstanding shared among a number of counsel concerning the nature of benevolent activities undertaken by the Mayor through her Gala and other events.

I felt these matters required my consideration: the Terms of Reference specifically required me to examine relationships between the Mayor and other individuals and companies identified in the Terms of Reference, including WCD. The principal of WCD, Mr. DeCicco had, together with other participants in the Inquiry, purchased a number of expensive items at the Mayor’s Gala. The Gala Fund has supported a variety of community activities through the years and I had thought from the evidence at the Inquiry that the Mayor’s Gala was a charitable event as the term is commonly understood, and that those who attended might have received a charitable receipt for portions of their tickets. Media reports later suggested that this was not the case.
My counsel examined a considerable volume of documentation and conducted interviews on issues surrounding the Mayor’s benevolent activities. Ultimately questions in this area were resolved by the inclusion of an Agreed Statement of Fact, which is appended to my Report. I note that the Mayor agreed in 2007 to transfer the Gala funds of some $2.3 million to the Mississauga Community Foundation to be administered at arm’s length. A similar arrangement is in place to administer the funds raised through the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament.

I believe these measures to be appropriate. And I have chosen not to make recommendations surrounding the Mayor’s benevolent activities. I believe that broader consideration of elected officials lending their support and office to benevolent activities might be considered in the future by City Council, with the assistance of the Integrity Commissioner. For me to have undertaken a proper review of these matters and to make recommendations would have required re-opening the hearings and calling further evidence. In my view, it was not in the public interest to proceed in this way at this time.

We live in an age when the media and ordinary citizens demand increasing transparency and accountability. I believe that the approach taken in the Report to improve Mississauga’s ethical infrastructure will serve to promote public trust in municipal institutions.

Let me close by saying this. I had the benefit of having the Mayor appear before me for three days of testimony. I continue to marvel at her stamina. She was candid in her testimony about the limits which she thought should be placed on public officials dealing with private business. I have seen first hand the Mayor’s careful stewardship of the long term interests of Mississauga and I have every confidence in her leadership abilities. As Council debates whether to adopt all, some or none of my proposals for change, I am hopeful that my recommendations enjoy her personal support

Finally let me publicly acknowledge my sincere thanks to counsel who appeared before the Inquiry. This whole exercise could very easily have gotten off the rails. Because of the civility exercised by all counsel, it did not and for that I am most grateful.

Let me also publicly thank all staff who made the ship run smoothly and for making my job so much easier. Thank you.

Commission counsel will now respond to any questions. Unfortunately I have to leave because I have to fly to Ottawa for court appearances.

 

Justice Douglas J. Cunningham
Mississauga Judicial Inquiry October 3, 2011

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

“That’s his opinion.” —Hazel McCallion regarding Justice Douglas Cunningham’s findings

Hazel McCallion: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Report "Updating Ethical Infrastructure"

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Mayor Hazel McCallion celebrating Thanksgiving October 7, 2006 with World Class Developments’ (son) Peter McCallion and Leo Couprie

October 9th, 2011  

Today’s blog regarding Mayor Hazel McCallion celebrating Thanksgiving October 7, 2006 with World Class Developments’ (son) Peter McCallion and Leo Couprie is for historical purposes.

I’ve gone to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report, “Updating the Ethical Infrastructure” to provide context of the McCallion/Couprie October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving festivities.

  REPORT  (Full version)  (9,252Kb / 403 pages)

Page 68:

68 Updating the Ethical Infrastructure

Mr. McCallion testified that, by July 2006, it was clear that Mr. Couprie
would be investing in World Class Developments Incorporated and, as a result,
would replace the solicitors as the sole officer and director of the company. On
Mr. McCallion’s instruction, Mr. Couprie directed Caprara Brown by email on
August 3, 2006, stating that, until World Class Developments Incorporated
firmed up a deal with OMERS, the corporation was to remain in his name only,
because he was providing the deposit money. He also requested that the corporate
address be changed to the one he provided. By email the following day, Mr.
Brown confirmed receipt of Mr. Couprie’s instructions and assured him that
“all existing directors and shareholders (Caprara and myself ) will be scrubbed
and replaced with you.”40

On August 9, 2006, to address a printing error on letterhead and business
cards, the lawyers changed the name from “World Class Developments
Incorporated” to “World Class Developments Limited” and incorporated the
changes referred to above.41

Although it is odd that the printing error led to the reorganization of
the company, Messrs. McCallion and Couprie formally created World Class
Developments Limited (wcd) in November 2006. In a letter to Mr. Couprie
dated November 20, 2006, Mr. Brown confirmed that, based on Mr. Couprie’s
and Mr. McCallion’s instructions, the corporation had been reorganized
through the filing of articles of amendment.42 Mr. McCallion told his lawyers
that the company was Mr. Couprie’s company since Mr. Couprie was the
person with the money. He and Mr. Couprie instructed the lawyers to change
the directors, officers, and shareholders of wcd to reflect Mr. Couprie as the
principal of the corporation, a fact confirmed by letter.

That summarizes the Summer of 2006.

What follows, for chronology, are the photos of the McCallion/Couprie October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving celebrations. (Photo credit and special thanks to Peter McCallion)

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

Mayor Hazel McCallion, October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving dinner with World Class Developments’
Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie.

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie
World Class Developments’ principal/owner Peter McCallion toasts family and friends.
Leo Couprie (black hair at left) and Hazel McCallion, October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving dinner.

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie
Hazel McCallion, October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving dinner with crab legs on the menu.

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

World Class Developments’ principal/owners Peter McCallion (likely the one taking this picture) and
Leo Couprie (striped shirt) celebrate Thanksgiving 2006 with Mayor McCallion.

Peter McCallion’s Thanksgiving photos summarize World Class Developments’ activities on October 7, 2006.

For November we return to the Inquiry’s report Updating the Ethical Infrastructure. Page 74.

74 Updating the Ethical Infrastructure
Leo Couprie’s Role

Although it is odd that the printing error led to the reorganization of
the company, Messrs. McCallion and Couprie formally created World Class
Developments Limited (wcd) in November 2006. In a letter to Mr. Couprie
dated November 20, 2006, Mr. Brown confirmed that, based on Mr. Couprie’s
and Mr. McCallion’s instructions, the corporation had been reorganized
through the filing of articles of amendment.42 Mr. McCallion told his lawyers
that the company was Mr. Couprie’s company since Mr. Couprie was the
person with the money. He and Mr. Couprie instructed the lawyers to change
the directors, officers, and shareholders of WCD to reflect Mr. Couprie as the
principal of the corporation, a fact confirmed by letter.43

Mr. McCallion had incorporated WCD before Mr. Couprie became involved
in the company. Mr. McCallion approached him about investing in WCD in
the summer of 2006 on the basis that an investor group in Korea was prepared
to develop the project if Mr. McCallion could assure the investors they
would gain title to the property. He understood that Mr. McCallion was looking
to him only for deposit money for the property. As noted, Mr. McCallion
asked Mr. Couprie to “invest” $750,000, and offered a return of an additional
$750,000 on his original investment.77

Mr. Couprie was prepared to put up the money as long as it was secured
and fully refundable. After receiving verbal legal advice, he gave Mr. McCallion
$600,000 of his own money and borrowed an additional $150,000 from
friends, for the requested total of $750,000.78

The deal was attractive to Mr. Couprie in that it permitted him to double
his money, although he knew it would take some time to receive the $1.5 million
he was due. 79 The successful completion of the project depended on: (1)
closing the deal with OMERS; (2) the developer then building the condominiums
and engaging Peter McCallion as the listing agent; and, finally, (3) actually
selling the condominiums.80

Mr. Couprie explained that he came into the project as a lender, not as a
shareholder, and he requested that he be entitled to hold shares as collateral for
his money.81 As already noted, on August 3, 2006, Mr. Couprie instructed the
lawyers at Caprara Brown to change the corporate documents to reflect Mr.
Couprie as the principal and sole shareholder / director of WCD.82

 

Next, while the Inquiry explored dinners, galas, golf tournaments and phone calls dealing with World Class Developments, there is no mention anywhere in the report or witness transcripts of Mayor McCallion’s October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving Dinner with Peter McCallion and Leo Couprie.

Witness transcripts from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry website:

Leo Couprie, Principal of World Class Development (WCD) August 17, 2010

Mayor McCallion June 2, 2010  September 20, 21, 23, 2010

Peter McCallion, Principal and/or agent of WCD July 27, 28, 2010

Last, what follows is a video commentary of these four photographs of the McCallion/Couprie October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving celebrations complete with transcript.

Hazel McCallion, son Peter and Leo Couprie enjoy a “World Class” Thanksgiving Dinner (Oct 2006)

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting October 8, 2011 while surfing the net.

It is Saturday, October the 8th, 2011 —Thanksgiving weekend, and this is what the Toronto Star looks like.

And I just want to go over to Peter McCallion’s Picasa website. And you can see here the URL. And he lists himself in real estate and also as living in Streetsville.

And one way that we know this is the Peter McCallion is that there’s his photographs. And within these photographs, he lists the trips that he took, but it’s this one here that you can see —his Random Pics.

There they are. Hallowe’en. There’s his mom. There’s Peter McCallion on the same boat trip. There’s Peter McCallion. So you know this is pretty well guaranteed to be Peter McCallion’s photographs.

Yeah, life’s good.

I want to show you Thanksgiving. Here. Here. Here. And here. 2006.

So we’re going to start with this image.

[Photograph 1]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

There they are. That’s Mayor McCallion —not sure who the others are.

And the important thing is to look at the amenities here, the candles. And we go around the table. Who else is at the “Photo information, October 7, 2006”. And here we go.

[Photograph 2]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

Now we’ve got son, Peter hoisting a glass. And then this group here have their backs to us.

The important person is this one right here. Black-haired guy. Who’s that?

[Photograph 3]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

There again. The person we’re interested in though is sitting over here, not in this photograph.

This again is October 7th, Thanksgiving at —I’m not sure whose house this is. Quite possibly Peter McCallion’s but we don’t know.

What are they having? Crabs’ legs. I don’t like crab legs but at  least it’s not shark fin soup. Hee hee.


[Photograph 4]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

And there it is.

Leo Couprie. Is at this particular Thanksgiving. October 7, 2006, Leo Couprie was one of the Thanksgiving dinner guests. With the Mayor.

Notice, there’s the crab legs. There’s the bread basket.

Going back to [Photograph 3], there’s the crab legs and the bread basket.

And [Photograph 2] crab legs. Bread basket. And that guy right there with the dark hair —that’s Leo Couprie!

So I wonder what they were talking about October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving weekend.

Going back. [Photograph 4] Now the one thing that I have yet to figure out is who this guy is [seated to Mr. Couprie’s left].

So Happy Thanksgiving to the people in Mississauga. [Photograph 2] Raising a glass to you from the Peter McCallion, Hazel McCallion and Leo Couprie Thanksgiving dinner, October 7th, 2006.

It’d be, what, five years ago.

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

“That’s his opinion.” —Hazel McCallion regarding Justice Douglas Cunningham’s findings

Hazel McCallion: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Report "Updating Ethical Infrastructure"

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National Post’s Megan O’Toole drops down the “L” word during Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report

October 6th, 2011  

I have to hand it to National Post’s Megan O’Toole. Unique among all members of the media she reached deep from within and flung down the “L” word right into the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Q&A session last Monday.

From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

Definition of LIE

1  : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

2  : to create a false or misleading impression

: to bring about by telling lies

And with that, you’re ready for this video complete with transcript.

National Post’s Megan O’Toole drops down the “L” word during Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report (3:49 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
[Caspian & Grafhic – Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Mississauga Council Chambers, October 5, 2011

It is Wednesday, October the 5th, 2011 —and this is what struck me about the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report, on Monday.

It was fascinating —to a point of —just incomprehensible for me. The degree to which Commission counsel avoided use of the word “lying”. And I have to credit the National Post’s Megan O’Toole. I think she was the one who first raised the “L” word —”Lied”.

Megan O’Toole, National Post, Mississauga Council Chambers, October 3, 2011

Megan O’Toole, National Post.

So if Peter McCallion essentially lied to the Inquiry about his involvement in the company is there any legal remedy that can now be pursued?

William McDowell, Commission Counsel, Mississauga Council Chambers, October 3, 2011

Well, I don’t want to characterize how he testified. I think it’s fair to point out that by the time Peter McCallion came to testify he acknowledged that he was a shareholder in WCD. So that in his testimony, in fact, what he said was true.

Now the fact that the Commissioner did not accept all of his evidence is a far cry from saying what you just said. So, I think we have to put that in its proper perspective.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Mississauga Council Chambers, October 5, 2011

What is wrong with the use of the word, “Lie”?

“Lie”, my definition is to make an incorrect statement knowing that it is incorrect with the intent to deceive.

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

I’m getting a little frustrated as Mayor as we set up policies and then they’re not  followed. And that’s what bothers me.

Anyway.

So now we’re going to set up one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

Mayor Hazel McCallion  Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009

If we set one up, it better be followed. That is the key. No use setting it up if it’s not going to be followed. You know, I don’t know why there’s such a disregard  for policy.


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

—and they follow the policies very, very, very diligently.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Mississauga Council Chambers, October 5, 2011

Lie.

And I tell you, I’m an expert on Lies because I’ve been listening to lies since —2005. That’s what now? Six years?

Six years worth of lies!


Mayor Hazel McCallion Enersource Public “Information” ROGERS Cable 10 TV telecast, Mississauga Council Chambers

—I think the purpose of the public meeting was to give as much information as possible to the citizens.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Mississauga Council Chambers, October 5, 2011

That’s what we have here. Why not come out and say it?!

And I think when you finally come out and say, “Yes. We have deceived the public. Yes, we’ve lied. And we’ve lied right —looking you in the face and smiling.

It’s only when these people admit to that —that you’re actually going to have the hope of an ethical infrastructure that the public can take some comfort in.

But right now?…

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

Could you put the Mission Statement on again?

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope so.

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

You know that—

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

I hope so.

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

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

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

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

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

Well our values—

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

Honesty with the citizens.

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

Our Values are universal.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
The (I’m soooooooooooooo Sick of the Lies!) Mississauga Muse

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
—Winston Churchill.

MISSISSAUGA'S BOGUS "TRUST, QUALITY, EXCELLENCE" SLOGAN

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Justice Cunningham: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” –in its unethical environment…

October 6th, 2011  

What follows is a two-part video of Justice Douglas Cunningham as he reported on his findings in the Judicial Inquiry report, “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” on October 3, 2011.

Justice Cunningham: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” Part 1 (15:32 min)

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

 and…

Justice Cunningham: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report “Updating Ethical Infrastructure” Part 2 (8:59 min)

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

 Last, this is a video record of the letter I sent to the city clerk’s office for inclusion in the next Council meeting minutes. The transcript varies only slightly from the script in our last blog, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report won’t change Hazel McCallion’s “Her Town Her Rules”. As for the Inquiry’s recommendations authentically implemented?…

Nonetheless the video includes footage from Council meetings that support why I say that it is absurd to trust McCallion and her MYTHissauga Inc puppet-councillors to do anything authentic with Justice Cunningham’s recommendations.

Hazel McCallion and her councillors will pervert Judicial Inquiry recommendations (6:53 min)

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[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
[Caspian & Grafhic – Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting outside Burnhamthorpe Court House October 3, 2011

It is Monday, October the 3rd, 2011 —post Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report release and I just want to read a statement that I made yesterday. And I just want to put it into the video record.

So I begin:

Given all the hype in the papers right now about the release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report tomorrow, you would be forgiven if you believed that its contents actually mattered.

In the Mississauga News article, “Report could be a game changer”, don’t believe “game changer” for a second.

Remember. We are dealing with a Commission that actually allowed Hazel McCallion to delay the release of this “After Labour Day” report until the Mayor had successfully installed yet another puppet-councillor into the Ward 5 Council chair.

There are those who argue that the Mayor didn’t just flee to Brazil to delay the report —the line that the Mayor’s lawyer is warbling.

In the Mississauga News article, “Inquiry report delayed”, reporter Louie Rosella informs us that:

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.

“Last fall” is fall 2010. Yet neither McCallion or McIntyre respected Inquiry commissioner Douglas Cunningham and his commission counsel enough to inform them of this trip until mid-August.

Then there’s this pathetic statement in the Mississauga News, once again courtesy of the Mayor’s lawyer, who said that her client is looking forward to Monday’s report.

“We expect (the recommendations) will provide useful guidance to municipal officials across the province,” she said. “We hope that the Commissioner takes a fair and balanced approach, carefully considers the evidence that was presented, and makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time.”

“makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time.”

Shameless. Absolutely shameless.

It’s not just possible to scrape lower into the bottom of the barrel than Liz McIntyre’s “makes findings based on the standards for elected officials.”

Reminder. This isn’t just some “elected official”. This is the iconic Hazel “Best Mayor in the World” McCallion whose quote, “Best City in Canada” loves to remind all other municipalities that Mississauga quote, “leads Canada in management.”

Hazel McCallion and her MYTHissauga Inc routinely trumpet a Lot of Bests. Until of course events threaten to hold them accountable for Best. Then these cowardly hypocrites wilt-and-hide behind “makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time.”

As for the Mayor’s lawyer’s use of the weasel phrase “were reasonable and knowable at the time” (no offense to weasels) here’s another reminder. This is the Mayor who goes on forever about how “we are the Best”

“Let’s keep Mississauga right up there. At the top. We are The Best. No question about it. And we just have to convince others that we’re The Best. I know the citizens know we’re the best but it’s important to convince those outside Mississauga that we are The Best.”

and “we must set an example”,

not to mention the City of Mississauga mantra “Trust Quality Excellence”.

In their August 2011 commentary, “Hazel’s Revenge!”, Mississauga News reporters had this to say about Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Politics is a dirty game and when you’ve been in the business for 50 years you pick up a few tricks along the way.

Tomorrow will reveal whether McCallion’s latest “makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time” trick worked: Will Justice Cunningham judge McCallion’s conduct as just an “elected official” or as Canada’s most influential Mayor who’s had over three decades of practice pretending to get it right?

As for the Inquiry’s recommendations regarding municipal governance in this province? Read the Globe and Mail article, “McGuinty courts McCallion in battle for Ontario’s suburbs”. McGuinty knows only too well that the “fabulous” Hazel McCallion isn’t one for rules let alone optics. McGuinty also knows that not only is Mississauga “Her Town Her Rules” but it’s also Hazel McCallion’s Province.

Inquiry’s recommendations authentically implemented?…

Don’t you about you but I’m not that stupid.

Turning camera off.

[Video ends with footage of Mississauga Council May 23, 2007. Hazel McCallion addresses her Communications Department]

Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council May 23, 2007

There’s been great improvement in our public relations. I can see a major advancement in the many pamphlets that you produce, etc. But also communication with the Press, etc. It’s so important.

We don’t get in the Press too often and I hope we don’t get in negatively. But you’ve made every effort to try to —I noticed that the Toronto Star is coming out with a new GTA page. I don’t know if you’ve been in touch with them to find out what it’s all about.

But I hope that we will have a prominent positive item in that Toronto page because it does go across the GTA.

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

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

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

So, congratulations to all of you. Keep up the good work.

Let’s keep Mississauga right up there. At the top. We are The Best. No question about it. And we just have to convince others that we’re The Best. I know the citizens know we’re the best but it’s important to convince those outside Mississauga that we are The Best.

Thank you very much for your contribution.”

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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October 2nd, 2011  

Given all the hype in the papers right now about the release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report tomorrow, you would be forgiven if you believed that its contents actually mattered.

In the Mississauga News article, “Report could be a game changer”, don’t believe “game changer” for a second. Remember. We are dealing with a Commission that actually allowed Hazel McCallion to delay the release of this “After Labour Day” report until the Mayor had successfully installed yet another puppet-councillor into the Ward 5 Council chair.

There are those who argue that the Mayor didn’t just flee to Brazil to delay the report —the line that the Mayor’s lawyer is warbling.

In the Mississauga News article, “Inquiry report delayed”, reporter Louie Rosella informs us that:

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.

“Last fall” is fall 2010. Yet neither McCallion or McIntyre respected Inquiry commissioner Douglas Cunningham and his commission counsel enough to inform them of this trip until mid-August.

Then there’s this pathetic statement in the Mississauga News, once again courtesy of the Mayor’s lawyer, who said that her client is looking forward to Monday’s report.

“We expect (the recommendations) will provide useful guidance to municipal officials across the province,” she said. “We hope that the Commissioner takes a fair and balanced approach, carefully considers the evidence that was presented, and makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time.”

“makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time.”

Shameless. Absolutely shameless.

It’s just not possible to scrape lower into the bottom of the barrel than Liz McIntyre’s “makes findings based on the standards for elected officials.”

Reminder. This isn’t just some “elected official”. This is the iconic Hazel “Best Mayor in the World” McCallion whose “Best City in Canada” loves to remind all other municipalities that Mississauga “leads Canada in management.”

Hazel McCallion and her MYTHissauga Inc routinely trumpet a Lot of Bests. Until of course events threaten to hold them accountable to Best. Then these cowardly hypocrites wilt-and-hide behind “makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time.”

As for the Mayor’s lawyer’s use of the weasel phrase “were reasonable and knowable at the time” (no offense to weasels) here’s another reminder. This is the Mayor who goes on forever about how “we are the Best” and “we must lead by example”, not to mention the City of Mississauga mantra of “Trust Quality Excellence”.

In their August 2011 commentary, “Hazel’s Revenge!”, Mississauga News reporters had this to say about Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Politics is a dirty game and when you’ve been in the business for 50 years you pick up a few tricks along the way.

Tomorrow will reveal whether McCallion’s latest “makes findings based on the standards for elected officials that were reasonable and knowable at the time” trick worked: Will Justice Cunningham judge McCallion’s conduct as just an “elected official” or as Canada’s most influential Mayor who’s had over three decades of practice pretending to get it right?

As for the Inquiry’s recommendations regarding municipal governance in this province? Read the Globe and Mail article, “McGuinty courts McCallion in battle for Ontario’s suburbs”. McGuinty knows only too well that the “fabulous” Hazel McCallion isn’t one for rules let alone optics. McGuinty also knows that not only is Mississauga “Her Town Her Rules” but it’s also Hazel McCallion’s Province.

Inquiry’s recommendations authentically implemented?…

Don’t you about you but I’m not that stupid.

Mississauga Councillor Katie Mahoney's 2010 Financial Statements reveal both Michael Nobrega and David O'Brien donated $750.00 (maximum allowed) to her 2010 re-election campaign.

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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