OCCUPY TORONTO Peaceful Resistance Direct Action Training. Cautions regarding resisting arrest, assaulting police –and Officer Bubbles.

November 29th, 2011  

For the Record: I guess this will be the story of my life from now on —apologizing for why it took so long for me to write a new blog.

Just for the record. I no longer have the uninterrupted luxury of time I once did to keep MISSISSAUGAWATCH current. In the past month, my parents have become increasingly needy, so much so that my father requires help getting up every morning.

I’ve also adopted my parents’ two cats. One is quite old and has chronic renal failure. With every meal he needs encouragement to eat and drink —as in me holding bowls in front of him.

Let’s just say I have different priorities right now….

So today, in the interest of getting a new blog up, and with apologies, I present three videos related to OCCUPY TORONTO that should have been posted a week ago.

OCCUPY TORONTO prepares for police action and midnight eviction. (November 21, 2011) (12:47 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from St. James Park, November 21, 2011 as OCCUPY TORONTO protesters face eviction at 12:01 am

For orientation, the General Assembly’s over there. We’ve got the drummers right there. And we’ve got the Police —right there.

On the bright side, they’re not like the heavily-armoured guys in G20.

No riot shields. Nothing like that. But. I wonder what’s behind that building.

[CROSS-FADE TIME 6:45 pm]

This is called videotaping behind me.

Anyway. That’s how you do it.

[CROSS-FADE]

November 21, 2011, St. James Park, OCCUPY TORONTO’s been given the eviction notice. It’s 7:30 roughly according to the clock tower there. It’s already thinned out.

The large crowd that was assembled here earlier is gone and I’m not sure what they’re doing. Maybe there’s a —to be honest, I’m not sure what they’re doing at all.

A lot of people taking pictures. We’ve got media. People conducting interviews, I guess.

I took a walk along King Street and there seems to be some police presence but nothing that would suggest that there’s a big move by them imminent.

As a matter of fact, think about it. Probably the best thing to do is wait til 3 am and then make your move then. Hardly be anyone here.

[Siren wails, video pans to ambulance rushing down King Street]

Hope they make it to wherever they need to go safely.

[CUT]

It’s roughly 10:45 —hour, fifteen minutes before OCCUPY TORONTO expects to see Police enter the park to try to evict people. I shouldn’t say “try to evict”, will evict people.

And essentially people have divided themselves up into groups according to colour. Green are people, and I’m one of them, are for documentation. Do not want to get arrested and once the Police come, we’ll be going off park property. In fact, Police won’t even have to ask me, I’ll be gone.

The Red people, those are the ones that are —you can bet they’re going to get arrested. They’ve signed up to protect two areas here of the park. Number One, the Library.

There’s a group who was taught how to —sort of peaceful resistance and I documented the entire two-hour presentation earlier this evening.

And another group that will be protecting the Sacred Fire. And as far as I know that’s the Mohawk Warriors in the Mohawk Tent over the central area there.

So those are the two structures that OCCUPY TORONTO will be protecting. Don’t know —haven’t really seen that much Police presence. I’ve seen a van. I’ve seen some officers on bicycles, but so far, there’s no hint that the Police are anywhere.

I would imagine —it was kind of funny, cuz I sat in on the Peaceful Resistance demonstration —rather quite comprehensive. And I couldn’t help but figure that there was also a similar meeting of Police officers somewhere else and they were receiving instructions on how to remove people.

So it’s, it’s —it’s difficult for me because I respect the Police. And I showed up at G20 for the purpose of “catching” police actually being respectful and courteous and exemplary, the way you’d expect Police officers to be. And I did. That’s what I did see.

This one here, there are actually people who are going to be locking arms and protecting the Library, protecting the Sacred Fire —and they will be arrested. And writing phone numbers and things like that on their arms. And so on. I gotta say I respect that.

I’m not prepared at this point for this, to get arrested. I guess the other problem is I respect the Police too much. Or maybe I just haven’t found the right, the right cause yet.

[CROSS-FADE]

And there’s about an hour and ten minutes left. And then we’ll see what the Police do.

I mean they have their orders. And so far Toronto, including Mayor Ford have been reasonable. There’s no, you know, Gestapo-esque mentality so far that I’ve seen. So let’s hope that it stays peaceful for the rest of the evening.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Okay, it’s 11:15 and I don’t mind telling you I’m starting to freeze. It’s pretty cold.

[CROSS-FADE TIME 12:00 am]

There’s a surprising number of people still here. And you know, there’s still people coming.

Only people who aren’t showing up are the Police.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

"OCCUPY TORONTO. RED GROUP protects the Library as OCCUPY TORONTO faces eviction. November 21 2011
What follows is the OCCUPY TORONTO Peaceful Resistance Direct Action Training session held in anticipation for Toronto Police evicting people at 12:01 am.

Have to say that the only people who can really appreciate the difference between what OCCUPY TORONTO expected Police might do versus the respectful reality, were those who experienced OCCUPY TORONTO’s entire Peaceful Resistance Direct Action Training session!

This video is also worth watching to help you understand what resisting arrest and assaulting police officer can actually mean.

OCCUPY TORONTO Peaceful Resistance Direct Action Training Part 1 (15:30 min)

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

and

OCCUPY TORONTO Peaceful Resistance Direct Action Training Part 2 (12:27 min)

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


Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Bonnie Crombie and “What parent waits almost three months to act upon concerns that her child is being cyber-stalked?

November 25th, 2011  

From the: I don’t call it “MYTHissauga” for Nothing Department.

Bonnie Crombie, “cyber-stalking”, Hazel McCallion scandal and other MYTHissauga MYTHteries (12:47 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked at Square One with Mississauga City Hall in background, November 19, 2011

It is Saturday, November the 19th, 2011 and I’m parked here at Square One and you’ve got Mississauga City Hall in the background. And I just want to set the record a little bit straight, or at least follow up on events that happened on November the 9th, 2011 inside Mississauga Council Chamber, when McCallion-backed Councillor Bonnie Crombie accused me of “cyber-stalking”.

And I’m going to —there’s a printout of a National Post, Megan O’Toole’s article, “Mississauga councillor accuses watchdog of ‘cyber-stalking’ her children on Facebook“. And I just want to read part of it that says “she” meaning Councillor Bonnie Crombie

“was referring to an online video compilation featuring Facebook photographs of her three children that was uploaded by ‘MississaugaWatch’ this past August. The video primarily focuses on Alex Crombie, now 22, contrasting picture of his vacations and parties with a Facebook site he created to support his political ambitions.

But the video also highlights photographs of 14-year-old Natasha Crombie and 18-year-old Jonathan Crombie. The children were younger in some of the featured photographs, Ms. Crombie said.”

And at the time, I reacted, I was in total shock during the Council meeting. I —was aware that I had created a video but had not realized —not remembered that there was the younger Crombie’s Facebook page.

And upon reviewing it, I realized that yes, that was true.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The problem that I have is reference —the hot button word “cyber-stalked”. And again, read Megan O’Toole’s article. It says that it was the online video uploaded “this past August”.

It’s clear that Councillor Crombie knew since August that this video was online.

And I have to say that on November the 9th, the presentation, or the deputation that I made in front of Mississauga Council, I only decided to do because the week before —the Wednesday before, which was, yeah, November the 2nd, was a pretty big exchange of words between the McCallion-backed Councillors, all insisting that the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry was unnecessary. And that their $40,000 outside legal opinion was all that was ever needed.

And that there wasn’t much that the Inquiry revealed that wasn’t in that report. And you know that’s outrageous! Absolutely outrageous. And I thought I’d follow up on a video —and on a presentation.

The night before, which was November the 8th, the video was going so poorly that I almost bailed. I almost said forget it, I’ll do it the next week or some other time.

And you know, it’s left me to wonder, you know, having considered pulling out —I was that close! The question in my mind is how long would Councillor Crombie have taken to finally act on her concerns regarding “cyber-stalking”?

Mid-August and it was almost mid-November —we’re talking about almost three months! And only because I went up there.

I’ve had a lot of time to think. Like. Since November the 9th, I really haven’t done any kind of blog. I’ve been really thinking. And thinking. And thinking.

And again, there’s this thought that keeps skipping around in my head, like a record.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Councillor Crombie knew about that video since mid-August. And yet she waited until November the 9th —at a Council meeting, to act on those concerns. And she had plenty of opportunity in the meantime.

I remember seeing her —let me see, I guess the first would be her swear-in when she walked into Council for the first time.

Gave her oath of office. There was the Judicial Inquiry with Justice Cunningham giving his report. She was there for that too.

A couple of other things.

What if I hadn’t gone up there? When was she going to express this concern?

Who waits three months?

And I just don’t get that.

What parent waits three months —almost three months to act on a concern about “cyber-stalking”?! And I keep asking myself that. Like a broken record, “What kind of parent waits three months”?

[pointing to Mississauga City Hall in background]

That place doesn’t make sense. It’s toxic. It’s corrosive to the soul. And by the way, for the record, it was toxic and corrosive to the soul when I first started back in June 14th, 2006. There were already indications.

But it’s so much worse now.

Anyway. I have something else for the record.

And that’s regarding not going back to Mississauga Council.

October 2010, I already found it grim.

And it goes beyond corrosive to the soul to a point of being just —ashes.

I’m so desperately trying to make sense of this place. [Points to Mississauga City Hall] How it’s structured.

This Empire of Illusion.

About the malfeasance and the corruption in here.

The abuse of authority. And above all, the abuse of  —history. History. The revisionism.

And it was a very short comment by an online commenter at the Mississauga News who said, Mississaugans don’t care about optics.

And no sooner did this guy post that than a week or two later, the Toronto Star comes out with a poll that says that Hazel McCallion is the most popular mayor in Canada and that 78% of Mississaugans approve of her. And this was after all of these revelations came out with the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry!

And that really stung! That —was crushing to me!

That an online commenter, that Mississaugans don’t care about optics is true! I mean I have to accept that it’s true. You can’t fight that.

And already —I’m going to play two things. Comments that I made on September the 18th, just before residents of Ward 5 were to go to the polls. And at that point I had already announced that my research time was over.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting while parked on street, Malton, September 18, 2011

I’ve often been asked, well, you’ve been doing this since 2006, when are you going to stop?

And I’ve always believed that there will be a signal. There will be a signal that your data collection time is over.

And my signal, regardless of whether this [by]election had been held or not, was seeing And seeing Victor Oh popping the champagne. That’s when it all came together. When you saw Sheldon Leiba, Mississauga Board of Trade, Victor Oh, Mississauga Chinese Business Association, Honourary President. And thank you Andrew, for your photographs documenting the Mississauga Chinese Business Association.

That was for me, The Signal.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting while driving north on Hurontario, November 19, 2011

And also, an even more important one, I believe it was October the 9th [actually it was October 12, 2011]. And it was there, interestingly enough, that I had said that I would  —that my research time would be closing by mid-November.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, October 12, 2011

I would think that by mid-November my research time here is going to be over.

There’s one more event that I have to monitor, cover, and beyond that I think you’ve got this closure.

That —I mean some can argue and say wait a second, now you need to document and follow how the Judge’s recommendations are going to be implemented. And of course, I will.

But I will predict now, that they will not be authentically implemented. And I’ll tell you why—

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting while driving north on Hurontario, November 19, 2011

Like there’s a lot that I don’t understand —that makes no sense.

And of course, always, you drive around and you ask yourself, “What parent waits almost three months to act upon concerns that her child is being cyber-stalked?”

[DIP TO WHITE]

Music: Living in the Past by Jethro Tull

And on one of these drives, a song came on by Jethro Tull. And it’s called Living in the Past.

And I realized that by not going to Mississauga Council anymore, that’s essentially what I’m doing. Is it’s like, I’ve cut my own political observation and ended it on November the 9th, 2011.

And it’s like I’m now Living in the Past.

That is, any interest that I have regarding Mississauga Council has a time-frame of say, May 6, [sic] 2006 when I first stepped into that Mississauga Council Chambers, to November the 9th, 2011, which was my last time.

So the song Living in the Past then is a way of focusing me now to those five years but also being a kind of discipline thing, to say, look, perhaps something new is coming up that you should be observing or researching, but no, your job now, is to Live in the Past and report on that Past.

And that’s going to be interesting. To become an expert on the Mississauga Council that was existing between May 2006 and November 9, 2011.

But I have to say it’s a relief.

Oh God, it’s a relief.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I think I’m like a lot of human beings, in that, you know you search for meaning, you search for —your world has to make sense? And right now it doesn’t. And as a result, I’m not sure where to go.

I know I have to file more Freedom of Information. That’s for sure.

And I know you don’t turn to the Traditional Media. That’s for sure.

Anyway, that’s more than enough. Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

As always I’d appreciate being advised of any errors in the transcript.

 

Signed,

The (“What parent waits almost three months to act upon concerns that her child is being cyber-stalked?) Mississauga Muse

Or misses these chances?!

September 28, 2011 media interview with me two feet away!

"Councillor Bonnie Crombie was right beside MISSISSAUGAWATCH as she was being interviewed by Toronto Star's San Grewal and National Post's Megan O'Toole! Funny she never leaned over to me during or after their interview to mention cyber-stalking  11/09/28
—and LEAVING with me just two feet away…

Councillor Bonnie Crombie was right beside MISSISSAUGAWATCH as she was being interviewed by Toronto Star's San Grewal and National Post's Megan O'Toole! Interview completed" "Crombie thanks Grewal and O'Toole ---AND LEAVES!  September 28 2011
—and Brian Crombie sitting behind me during release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report, October 3, 2011

Brian Crombie was sitting right behind MISSISSAUGAWATCH  inside Mississauga Council Chambers during  the release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report. Funny he never leaned over to me and mentioned "cyber-stalking"....
What parents wait almost three months to —ahhhh, never mind!

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Apologies to Councillor Bonnie Crombie. And the only Ethical thing to do.

November 12th, 2011  

At the November 9, 2011 Mississauga Council meeting, Councillor Bonnie Crombie accused me of lacking ethics and that I “cyber-stalked” a minor in a video I’d produced.

To quote Megan O’Toole’s article:

[Councillor Crombie] was referring to an online video compilation featuring Facebook photographs of her three children that was uploaded by “MississaugaWatch” this past August. The video primarily focuses on Alex Crombie, now 22, contrasting picture of his vacations and parties with a Facebook site he created to support his political ambitions.

But the video also highlights photographs of 14-yearold Natasha Crombie and 18year-old Jonathan Crombie. The children were younger in some of the featured photographs, Ms. Crombie said.

My response at the time was total shock to a point of incoherence.

I quickly reviewed the video and was horrified to see with my own eyes that what Councillor Crombie said was true. For someone so careful to mask faces to have posted what I allowed up is shameful enough. What’s even worse though is to have totally forgotten that I’d done that. And I’m not just sorry, but deeply ashamed.

Councillor Crombie’s allegations that I am “FTT” (ForTheTruth) an anonymous online commenter at the Mississauga News are completely false. I have not commented online at all since mid-September. Fact is, I began my slow withdrawal from the Mississauga News over the summer. And I certainly have no intention of ever returning. I find the Hate and especially the racist comments festering there to be more than I can tolerate.

Next. Councillor Crombie questioned my ethics and that cut me more than I can ever convey.

I am not a politician. I’m not one to be guilty of a disgraceful act, apologize and then go with the political, “I will now close this chapter of my life, it’s time to move on and move forward.”

I’ve taken the last few days to figure out how to convey to Councillor Crombie just how truly sorry I am  —to figure out how to make a Don Cherry kind of apology.  I figured it out a couple of hours ago.

For the record, I reached this conclusion as the only viable way to demonstrate that Ethics is everything to me. After all, Ethics is Truth, right?

To show Councillor Crombie just how profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed I am for my disgraceful lapse of judgement, I will no longer be observing Mississauga Council meetings (and that includes Audit, Budget, General Committee etc). I really can’t think of any other way to show that this was a lapse of judgement and not a lack of ethics. I’ve concluded this is the only ethical thing to do.

To be clear this is not an end to MISSISSAUGAWATCH —not yet anyway.

I have researched City of Mississauga since May 5, 2006 and there’s something almost as important to me as Ethics. And that’s Information. Now that my oldest material is five years old, it’s actually part of Mississauga history. And I have an obligation to report on that. I actually learned to love Mississauga history!

Once again, sincerest apologies to Councillor Crombie and her entire family.

 

Ursula, Muse but not “FTT” (ForTheTruth)
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
November 12, 2011

Mississauga history: Posted November 12, 2009 10:06 AM.
REMEMBRANCE DAYS MISSISSAUGA: MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION ON NOVEMBER 11, 2006, 2007 AND 2009  (4:44 min)

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

UPDATE: November 13, 2011

Exactly five years ago, November 13, 2006 was Mississauga Municipal Election Day. I showed up at Mississauga City Hall to bear witness to a historic night. These are three of the images I posted back then.

Mississauga News reporter John Stewart at Mississauga City Hall  on 061113

Mississauga "The Corporation Bosses" on 061113

and of course

Mississauga "The Corporation" quote by Don Barber
“‘It’s time to wake up and treat the election as if it matters. We have people fighting and dying for democracy in Afghanistan and here at home we’re clueless. Something is going on and it has consequences.”

—Mississauga political activist, Don Barber

UPDATE: November 14, 2011

Exactly four years ago, November 14, 2007 I observed and documented my first Mississauga Budget Committee meeting.  I am very proud to report that I managed to stay awake throughout!

UPDATE: November 15, 2011

Just got the Tweet from OCCUPY TORONTO

Occupy Toronto Media
OccupyTorontoTVOccupy Toronto Media
:: #OCCUPYTORONTO IS FACING EVICTION TONIGHT AT 12AM – WATCH LIVE @ http://livestream.com/occupytoronto #OCCTO #OWS :::
19 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

So I have to head down.

UPDATE: November 16, 2011

Went to OCCUPY TORONTO last night and have to say it was the best thing I could have done to relieve the relentless anxiety that I’ve been experiencing since last Wednesday. (Regular readers will know that I’ve been living with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder for decades that only manifested itself once I started dealing with the City of Mississauga. When the time comes I’ll reveal more.)

I’d arrived at St. James Park just in time to videotape the instructions to the protesters —that they were to divide themselves into groups based on likelihood of being arrested! Imagine how I felt discovering that what I intended on documenting would put me in the group MOST LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED!

Wasn’t much later when it was announced that they’d won a stay of eviction.  And that means I have to return to St. James Park on Friday…

The only other thing to report is that as I was leaving St. James Park I felt my body grow warm and relaxed. Past experience told me that meant the Anxiety had let go of me. This morning, my blood pressure reading confirmed this. All I can say is what a relief!

In other news, I can’t express how wonderful it is NOT to go to Mississauga Council! I can’t express how wonderful it is NOT to even read/visit the Mississauga News! I can’t express how wonderful it is to take quality time getting my parents’ two cats (now living with me) off to a good start —and taking my time! I can’t express how wonderful it is to be with my parents on Wednesday mornings instead of having to visit them after Mississauga General Committee/Council meetings. Above all, I can’t express how wonderful it is NOT to see this oppressive Monolith of McCallion-backed Councillors (Tovey, Mullin, Fonseca, Crombie, Starr, Mahoney, Saito) anymore. It was ghastly enough when it was just Tovey, Mullin, Fonseca, Starr, Mahoney, Saito pre-September 19th!

Best memory? Phoning my mother as I was leaving OCCUPY TORONTO to tell her that I will be coming for breakfast. She replied “Don’t you have a meeting?” I said, “Not tomorrow.” I loved and will always cherish how she said, “Terrific!”

(There’s a cat walking across my computer now lobbying for treats so…)

UPDATE: November 17, 2011

Spent morning with my parents to make sure they take their meds and get a good start to the day.

Haven’t even visited the Mississauga News since I can’t remember when. Drove my black 2006 Dodge Charger R/T around again today for a few hours. Just heaven listening to music over that Hemi’s growwwwwwl.

Friends have been sharing links with me on Mississauga goings-on. Eve Adams SPLITTING from her husband, Peter. Quite the shock and yet it wasn’t.

And now there’s Mississauga lawyer, Grant Isaac resurfacing…

Good news about OCCUPY TORONTO. Court delay until Monday means I have a free weekend.

CBC Toronto
CBCTorontoCBC Toronto
No decision on the future of Occupy Toronto this Saturday – the court hearing has been delayed until Monday.
5 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

Cat just walked across my desk and set up shop in my lap. Now wants to walk on computer. Now he’s tipping over the waste basket. That’s about it. Lazy day. Happy and grateful just to driiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiift.

UPDATE: November 18, 2011

Two quick-easy video reports, the first from me, the second courtesy of CITY-TV, on OCCUPY TORONTO being served an eviction notice on Monday. Yes, I know, “old news”. It’s called HISTORY.

OCCUPY TORONTO instructs Protesters on Risk of ARREST as they face Eviction (3:09 min)

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

And the CITY-TV report.

OCCUPY TORONTO: CITY TV reports on Eviction Notice (3:02 min)

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

Will update more later today.

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Councillor Nando Iannicca to Hazel McCallion-backed loyalists, “If you did not vote for the Inquiry. If you do not agree with its findings. And if you are not appalled at what happened, you are not fit for public service.”

November 3rd, 2011  

No introduction today. Just video of Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca speaking for the mere 22 percent of Mississauga residents who care about integrity, accountability and optics.

Yes, 22 percent  —the 22 percent who did not give Mayor Hazel McCallion a 78 percent approval rating in a poll released October 24, 2011 of citizens in the country’s 15 biggest cities.

And in a municipality where “tell it like it is” means to delete the truth and ratchet up the Positive Positive Positive, it was wonderful to witness Iannicca take one swift, judicious kick at the “tell it like it is” Katie.

So. As is our custom, the video followed by the transcript. This entire blog will be sent to Mississauga Council as correspondence to be included in the November 9, 2011 Council minutes.

Hazel McCallion Scandal: “If you are not appalled…you are not fit for public service.” (5:58 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH at the “Our Future Mississauga” Open House, Great Hall, Mississauga Civic Centre, June 24, 2008

How do you ensure that Youth thrive?

"MISSISSAUGAWATCH writes "Ethical Infrastructure before Bricks and Mortar (and buses)" on Post-It wish" "during Our Future Mississauga Open House. June 24, 2008

Okay and it says, “Ethical Infrastructure before Bricks and Mortar!”.

And let’s put here, “(and buses)”

Now again, I have not —even though I’ve gone to all of these meetings, every single last symposium, I have never before participated. So.

And this is how we’re going to ensure that Youth thrive.

[CLOCK-WIPE]

Acting Chair, McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Councillor Iannicca.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Thank you, madam chair. I’ll be brief.

I appreciate some of the comments, but a majority of them make me feel like I’m going through that episode of the Twilight Zone again.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Yee-up.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

I must live in a parallel universe and some of my constituents might as well.

So just to reiterate and to be very very clear. Contrary to what you’re being told here by some members of Council, here’s what the Justice said in quotations:

“There was no other practical way to explore what transpired.”

Period. Full Stop.

That’s what he actually said.

[DIP TO BLACK]

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

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.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

I’m satisfied with that. Little bit of revisionism going on here.

As to the value of the land, Councillor Starr, I’m happy to speak to the point to that. Two individuals, one of whom is a developer in the downtown core said that you badly overpaid for the land. I said listen, we got appraisals we sent it back.

Unlike you, perhaps, I wasn’t willing to bury it.

I fulfilled my duties and [inaudible] going to bring it up again. But this is a person that buys land in the downtown core and said at the time you overpaid.

I’m not going to sweep it under the rug. I’m happy to deal with it.

The third point that I would make is, and this is all seemed to have been glossed over [inaudible].

Are any of you concerned about the evidence that was given?

[DIP TO BLACK]

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

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.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Do any of you read a newspaper?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

That’s right.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

The City of Mississauga was dragged through the mud over this.

I’ll give you another quote. If you missed this.

“Ethical Infrastructure”.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Right.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

To use the words that the Justice used.

We’re in need of the renewal of the Ethical Infrastructure of this City. That’s appalling!

Do you know what happened to me a week ago?

I had the privilege of being in St. Martin’s School where my son got blessed with his 86 percent average. Was getting an award for being on the Dean’s List. And I was very proud of my son.

As I’m leaving, some gentleman there says, “Nando, [inaudible] why would you waste time, not going to university, right? He’s going to get a real estate degree. He’s going to work in real estate.”

My God, I’m glad I was in a crowded room as I don’t know what I would have done. I think you’ll be proud of me, I left. That’s the nonsense that I have to put up with because of what transpired and all of you seem oblivious to.

Well, I’m not.

I could belabour it. I’ve fulfilled my duty to my constituents. I am not a co-conspirator in all of this.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

[applauds]

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

And as I said at the time and I will say it one last time.

If you did not vote for the Inquiry. If you do not agree with its findings. And if you are not appalled at what happened, you are not fit for public service.

Acting Chair, McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Councillor Iannicca, I am going to cut this debate now!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Good for you.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

I said it at the time. I stand by it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

[applauds] Good for you.

Acting Chair, Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Sir, sir, I am going to cut this debate now! Councillor Mullin, do you have something?

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

My God.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Absolutely.

McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Nando—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

I would appreciate being notified of any errors in the video transcript. Thanks.

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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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry: Memo to Council from Councillor Nando Iannicca – November 2nd re: Judicial Inquiry Next Steps

November 2nd, 2011  

What follows is a “Memo to Council from Councillor Nando Iannicca – November 2nd re: Judicial Inquiry Next Steps” that Councillor Iannicca shared with Mississauga Council at today’s General Committee meeting. I reproduce it here in its entirety as written, with the good Councillor’s kind permission.

Memorandum [Corporate logo for City of Mississauga]

To: Members of Council City Manager
From: Nando Iannicca, Councillor Ward 7
Date: November 2, 2011
Re: Judicial Inquiry Next Steps

With this item now on our General Committee Agenda of November 2, 2011 I provide a list of questions and concerns expressed to me by residents during the course of the Judicial Inquiry, its subsequent findings and report, and the media reporting of same.

Like most other Councillors, many direct and forceful questions were asked of me by Ward 7 Constituents and others throughout this process and I advised all of them that I could not speak to the matter while Justice Cunningham and the Inquiry was seized of this issue. I fulfilled this obligation to his Honour and the process but I also promised all those who raised an inquiry that I would formally express their concerns and questions at the appropriate time so as not to appear to have avoided the issue, and to also give them the satisfaction of knowing that I formally addressed their concerns as their elected official.

In formally referring the matter to the City Manager and the appropriate municipal staff, I am well aware that some of the items that have been asked of me are answered in the “Report of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry” or in today’s General Committee Agenda. Where this is the case I would ask staff to simply refer to the appropriate reference in these documents and proceed to then answer the balance of the queries. At the conclusion, what I hope to have achieved on behalf of my constituents is a written response to their direct inquiry either provided by the Inquiry Report, the Report prepared by City staff, and amendments to this Report before the final document goes to Council.

  1. Mayor’s Gala Fund

    Justice Cunningham dealt with this matter in his Report as have municipal staff. I am satisfied that all of the concerns that have been asked of me regarding the amount of money raised relative to the actual disbursements, the fact that we broke Revenue Canada’s laws, and particularly the fact that the municipality no longer plays a principal, official or any other direct role in this entity means that the City and I have addressed this concern.

  2. Need for a Judicial Inquiry

    Many residents asked why we even needed a Judicial Inquiry when some argued that the original legal opinion presented to Council said it was not required. I am glad to finally speak to this matter and to state in absolutely unequivocal terms that this most assuredly was not what was conveyed to Council in Camera on the matter. While it is absolutely true that the written Report presented to Council said that the Mayor may not have breached the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, in the extensive conversation that ensued prompted by questions from Councillors, the responses from the legal professionals in the room made it clear that a great many other concerns existed in the Mayor’s conduct. These were all borne out in evidence before the Inquiry and the ultimate findings. In fact, Justice Cunningham himself stated of the call for an Inquiry that, “there was no other practical way to explore what transpired.”

  3. Enersource/Borealis Veto

    This matter was also dealt with where it was confirmed the provision was “slipped in” after the fact and Council had no knowledge and gave no approval to the clause.

  4. The City must have a Hotel Convention Centre

    This part of the Inquiry prompted by far the greatest number of questions and concerns particularly from members of the business community, development community, and realtors. The list of questions they put to me are as follows:

    • when did the Council of The City of Mississauga determine that a Hotel/Convention Centre was vital and would be pursued?
    • when was the decision actually made?
    • can someone provide an Agenda of such meetings, the information presented, the Planning Report related to the subject, and the public process and public consultation that took place?
    • who determined that Mr. Peter McCallion would be chosen to lead the project?
    • what credentials and experience does he have in putting together a billion dollar Hotel and Convention deal in light of the fact that Justice Cunningham found, “Mr. McCallion’s experience was strictly as a real estate agent, and he has never put a development project together.” Many of those who put the question to me on this front were very upset that it appears no Requests for Proposal, Call for Submissions, or any other public process or competition was used to determine who could compete for this very lucrative business opportunity.
    • when the decision was made to go ahead with the project with Peter McCallion as the sole Principal and/or Agent, why does it appear as though those pre-eminent in the Hotel Convention business with names such as Wynn, Hilton, Hyatt, Trump and the like were never brought into the fold but that the biggest development proposal in the history of the City was instead entrusted to Peter McCallion and individuals he approached with names such as Cook, Couprie, DeCiccio, and the like, who Justice Cunningham referred to as friends of the McCallion family.
    • In the one instance where someone with standing in the Hotel business was approached, his candid comments are particularly disturbing. As Justice Cunningham wrote in his Report, “Steve Gupta, the CEO of Easton’s Group of Hotels…testified that a four star hotel…could not be achieved, given the less expensive hotels in the vicinity and the proximity of other four star hotels both near the airport and in downtown Toronto.” So when the only expert consulted said the proposal was dead on arrival who chose to keep the scheme alive?
  5. Sheridan College Flip

    A couple of individuals have made a very astute observation regarding the final outcome which has led them to question whether there was ever any intention on the part of the City to actually build a Hotel Convention Centre. They specifically point to the fact that when the Council of The City of Mississauga became aware that Sheridan College was looking to build a campus in our city the Council with great haste and $15 M of Taxpayers money immediately purchased the site in question that Peter McCallion referred to “as the best, last piece of land for a Hotel Convention Centre” and immediately conveyed it to Sheridan College at the nominal sum of $1 per year. As it was put to me, this fact clearly demonstrates that the City Council of The City of Mississauga had absolutely no intention whatsoever of pursuing a Hotel Convention Centre. They need an explanation as to why so many of the actions of the Mayor, Peter McCallion, and his various associates would demonstrate otherwise.

  6. Role of the Office of the Mayor

    When the deal ultimately fell through what role was the Mayor and her Office pursuing on behalf of Mississauga City Taxpayers when she continued to be involved in trying to obtain the highest possible settlement for the firm in which her son was a Principal. Many have followed up this question by noting the peculiar outcome, as they put it, in which Mr. McCallion was involved in a project in which he seemingly never bought or sold or listed a piece of land, and ultimately never built a Hotel Convention Centre and yet he and his associates received $4M of compensation. They also note that this $4M comes directly from the $15M which all Taxpayers paid for the land in question for Sheridan College from which the sellers of the land and then forwarded $4M to Mr. McCallion and his associates.

[Iannicca memo ends]

I have just one question arising from today’s General Committee meeting: Why has no one asked “How can you possibly trust a corrupt municipality like MYTHissauga to hire its own integrity commissioner?”

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

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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