Robocalls -Eve Adams former staffer Michael Sona, @vikileaks30 -Bonnie Crombie former Parliamentary assistant Adam Carroll

February 29th, 2012  

I’m sure you’ve read about the fraudulent robocalls generated by the Harper Conservatives (no surprise here)

A February 27, 2012 article by Randall Palmer (Reuters) reported that:

Opposition parties allege the Conservatives made phone calls that directed opposition supporters away from the correct polling stations. They also charge they made rude calls impersonating the Liberals to turn voters against them.

And I have to laugh at Ottawa citizen article, Robocalls fit pattern of Conservative dirty tricks by Barbara Yaffe.

Being a citizen-blogger in MYTHissauga, I know that dirty tricks robocalls (aka virtual townhalls) aren’t just limited to Conservatives. And for the record, and this should be no surprise to regular readers, I’m a liberal.

Also for the record, I oppose Bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, for the precise reason that Rick Mercer does. But now that I also know about all these fraudulent Conservative robocalls, I also oppose C-30 because I don’t want the likes of Harper Sleaze snooping on us-Canadians!

However, I’m going to report on Twitter account @vikileaks30 . A bit of background first.

On February 17, 2012, MACLEANS.ca reported that

The Twitter feed went viral earlier this week as it spread lurid details of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’s private life gleaned from court records from his divorce proceedings. The account is intended as a protest against the erosion of online privacy that would happen if the government approved the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.” (AKA Bill C-30).

February 17th, it turns out is a significant day.

To my knowledge, the earliest news report that identified the man behind Twitter Vikileaks30 is the Winnipeg Free Press article, Liberal employee behind Vikileaks30: Rae. It was published Monday, February 27, 2012 2:18 pm.

The Free Press article stated:

A Liberal employee was behind the Vikileaks30 Twitter account, Liberal leader Bob Rae said today.

Rae offered a full apology to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews for the account, which made public personal details of Toews divorce file.

“On behalf of the Liberal Caucus, I wish to apologize to Minister Toews and Speaker Scheer for the improper use of a parliamentary account and for sharing personal information intended to embarrass Minister Toews,” Rae said.

Rae said the employee had resigned and that his behaviour was not sanctioned by the Liberal Party of Canada.

Rae later named the staffer as Adam Carroll. Caroll was a parliamentary assistant to MP Bonnie Crombie before the 2011 election.

Crombie lost her seat in Mississauga, and Carroll was since hired to work in the Liberal Research Bureau.

Of course I knew nothing about that Vikileaks30 Twitter account on Monday afternoon.

Fact is, Monday at 2:18 pm I was inside Mississauga Council chambers videotaping their Governance Committee meeting and trying to Tweet Live at the same time.  But I have to say, in retrospect, something odd happened during that meeting. Mayor Hazel McCallion complained once again about councillors using their BlackBerrys. I knew McCallion was referring to Bonnie Crombie who’d been BlackBerrying more than she usually does.

Crombie admitting she’s “an addict” launched into a defense of BlackBerry use during meetings. For the record, I quietly cheered Crombie on.

However. Once I got home and read that the man behind Vikileaks turned out to be Adam Carroll, I recognized the name immediately as being Bonnie Crombie’s former Parliamentary assistant. And a reason for Crombie’s unusually frequent checks of her BlackBerry throughout Monday’s Governance meeting clicked in.

Mr. Carroll was listed in the Hill Times online article, More than 100 MPs defeated, hundreds more political staffers lose Hill and riding jobs.

I reproduce the list here:

Bonnie Crombie (Mississauga-Streetsville, Ont.) lost to Brad Butt (Conservative)

Adam Carroll, Parliamentary assistant

Jennifer Phillips, member’s assistant

Maria Glidden, constituency assistant

Luisa Morrone, constituency assistant

Angela Trewartha, constituency assistant

Sher Rodrigo, constituency assistant

Readers will remember that back in November 2011, Bonnie Crombie accused me of “cyber-stalking” her children —specifically her 14-year old daughter, Natasha. Cyber-stalking is a criminal offense. The allegation was devastating. As I later reported no one has ever hurt me like this, ever.

And so back in November I began researching what kind of people fling the criminal offense of “cyber-stalking” up during a Council meeting in front of Rogers TV cameras.

And that’s how November had me researching Bonnie Crombie’s former Parliamentary assistant, Adam Carroll. And Crombie’s members assistant Jenn Phillips, constituency assistant Luisa Morrone, constituency assistant Sher Rodrigo (who oddly has pulled her Facebook page since) and Angela/Rob Trewartha. In the case of Rob Trewartha, he helped organize the December 2, 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally.

But I digress.

I never got the chance to read/examine Vikileaks30 on Twitter. But certainly the website Vikileaks30.com is still online. So I investigated that instead using domaintools.

Here we go.

I’ll just cut-and-paste what domaintools reports on Vikileaks30.com.

Whois Record

Reverse Whois:
“Endeavor To Achieve” owns about 30 other domains
NS History:
1 change on 2 unique name servers over 0 year.
Reverse IP:
7,160 other sites hosted on this server.
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Registrant:

Endeavor To Achieve

Registered through: Go Daddy
Domain Name: VIKILEAKS30.COM

Domain servers in listed order:
NS29.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
NS30.DOMAINCONTROL.COM

That means that Vikileaks30.com was registered by “Endeavor To Achieve”.

The next step is to Google “Endeavor To Achieve”. Do so and Google immediately offers up the name, Larry Stefanuik at Linkedin. Linkedin lists Larry Stefanuik as follows:

Larry Stefanuik

Owner, Endeavor To Achieve

Winnipeg, Canada Area
Computer Networking

So it’s a safe bet that Larry Stefanuik registered the domain name, Vikileaks30.com.

Back to the domaintools reports on Vikileaks30.com.

Registration

ICANN Registrar: GODADDY.COM, LLC
Created: 2012-02-16
Expires: 2013-02-16
Updated: 2012-02-16

If I’ve interpreted all this correctly these data suggest that Larry Stefanuik, owner of Endeavor To Achieve, registered Vikileaks30.com on February 16, 2012. And that raises the question, “Would Adam Carroll’s @vikileaks30 Twitter account or Vikileaks30.com be reflected in Stefanuik’s tweets?”

Google provided me with Mr. Stefanuik’s Twitter account. I read through it all yesterday and it’s quite a read!

Recall how I’d said that February 17th, it turned out is a significant day?

Take a look when domaintools reports that he registered Vikileaks30.com: “Created: 2012-02-16”. February 16, 2012.

On February 16, 2012 Larry Stefanuik generated two tweets —the first one to Adam Carroll’s @vikileaks30Twitter account.

Larry Stefanuik@larrystefanuik

@vikileaks30 Hat’s off to you Sir! HaHa #ToewsVic @justinpjtrudeau We get it Justin, but inside we know you’re laughing your ass off!!!

And later Mr. Stefanuik tweeted to both Adam Carroll and Justin Trudeau with:

Larry Stefanuik@larrystefanuik

@vikileaks30 @justinpjtrudeau Justin, the court records are public record, you don’t need to “support” Vic, he is his own worst enemy

I retweeted both Larry Stefanuik’s February 16th tweets yesterday.

On February 17th, the day that MACLEANS.ca reported that the “Twitter feed went viral earlier this week as it spread lurid details of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’s private life gleaned from court records from his divorce proceedings”, Larry Stefanuik generated 34 Vikileaks30-related tweets

Larry Stefanuik@larrystefanuik

Who Is Vikileaks30?? Post Your Guess Here @ vikileaks30.com/who-do-you-thi… Tell Us Your Theory! #tellviceverything

Oh, I have a theory all right but I saved it for this blog!

My theory is that Larry Stefanuik knew who Vikileaks30 was.

My only other question relates to the website Vikileaks30.com. It’s clear Stefanuik (aka: Endeavor To Achieve) registered Vikileaks30.com on February 16th but is he also the webmaster/writer/seller of T-shirts and bumper stickers? A close look at the site would certainly seem to indicate that he is. The Privacy Policy makes it clear that the website is operated by Endeavor To Achieve.

For the record, I agree with the Toronto Star National Affairs Columnist Thomas Walkom’s Compared to robo-scandal Vikileaks is a prank.

Walkom writes:

Ottawa’s Vikileaks and robo-call affairs are being treated as equivalents. They are not.

The robo-call affair involves allegations of electoral fraud. If, as suggested by Liberals and New Democrats, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives deliberately misrepresented themselves to voters before last May’s election, it is a serious police matter.

The Vikileaks affair, in which a Liberal staffer released on the Internet publicly available details of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ messy divorce, was at worst in bad taste.

Actually make that “in bad taste” by a coward hiding behind the alias, @vikileaks30.

You see I hate aliases! I continue to be targeted by several online cowards commenting at the Mississauga News. Especially alias, “Prol” —an avowed Conservative-for-Life.

In the September 19th, 2011 Mississauga News article, Parrish finishes runner-up, Harper Conservative “Prol” admits he worked for Bonnie Crombie.


Prol
Sep 19, 2011 11:38 PM
@EKI’ve been watching and not commenting. Got tired of Gerry Timbers censoring me. Now that Parrish is gone, and MM has kept her conspiracy rubbish to her own blog, perhaps he will take a chill pill. I worked for Bonnie, but not on the front lines. I notice that your political instincts have sharpened. Good work!

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And like Bonnie Crombie’s current executive assistant, Rob Trewartha (husband of Crombie’s constituency assistant, Angela), coward-alias “Prol” worked on the December 2, 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally.

You see “Prol” co-designed and printed the Friends of Hazel Rally flyer.

Mississauga News reader-commented "Prol" (other alias "AV8R") co-designed this "Friends of Hazel Rally" fllyer presented to Mayor Hazel McCallion by Ron Starr and Lorry Smith.

Dirty tricks? Aliases? The Feds might want to scour the online activity of the Liberal and Conservative Hacks of MYTHissauga.

Last. For the record let me share a few of Adam Carroll’s tweets.

[Adam Carroll]
{agcarroll} Adam Carroll

“Will the Liberal Party of Canada Have a Future Worthy of its Past?” {pulse.me/s/31bfH}
{9 Nov}   {Favorite}   {Retweet}  {Reply}

Carroll retweeting Rob Trewartha’s fascinating delusion of a Liberal Red Streetsville. Note this liberal didn’t vote Crombie.

[Rob Trewartha]
{RobTrewartha} Rob Trewartha
Driving around Mississauga-Streetsville, all I see is {@VoteCrombie} signs. She is painting the riding red once again! {#cdnpoli} {#elxn41}
{5 Apr}   {Favorite}   {Retweet}  {Reply}
Retweeted by {@agcarroll}

After Bonnie Crombie was defeated in the May 2011 election

{agcarroll} Adam Carroll
Fired by the Canadian public. Anyone looking to hire an out-of-work Liberal? {#unemployed}
{3 May}   {Favorite}   {Retweet}  {Reply}

and then

[Adam Carroll]
{agcarroll} Adam Carroll

Just realized I can delete the “my opinions are my own” disclaimer from my profile! {#silverlinings}
{6 May}   {Favorite}   {Retweet}  {Reply}

So. Just for the record. And this should go without saying. I’m a liberal, but not those kinds of Liberals!

And as bad as the Liberals suck, Harper is infinitely sleazier! From the Mississauga News:

Former Adams staffer in hot water

A former staffer for Mississauga-Brampton South MP Eve Adams has resigned after his name was linked to a scandal involving automated phone messages aimed towards misleading voters about where to cast their ballots.

While there’s no official evidence that suggests Michael Sona was responsible for the “robocalls”, it is believed he resigned yesterday after reports that Elections Canada is investigating the misleading phone calls.

Leading voters to wrong or non-existent polling stations is a voter suppression tactic and is punishable under the Elections Act.

Former Eve Adams staffer Michael Sona… former Bonnie Crombie staffer Adam Carroll… Hint, be wary wary wary of their current ones.

 

And now, Rick Mercer on robocalls.

RMR: Rick’s Rant – Robocalls  (1:56 min)

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

 “If stopping people who want to vote from doing so becomes the new normal we will have hit a new low in the sewer that is Canadian politics” —Rick Mercer

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Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police website HACKED by “hacktivist” organization, Anonymous “Snoop on to them as they snoop on to you”

February 25th, 2012  

It’s truly rare that I get to do a quick, fun video.

Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police website HACKED by “hacktivist” organization, Anonymous (1:51 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
Music: Coyote by Mark Knopfler

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting February 25, 2012

It is Saturday, February 25th, 2012 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like.

And just a bit earlier this morning, The Globe and Mail tweet here, “Hackers take down Ontario police chiefs’ website” and when I clicked on the Globe article, and it says:

[The] website of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police has been shut down following an apparent attack by hackers.

A terse message posted on the website says “Under Maintenance.” It was not immediately known who was responsible for the attack.

So, I thought, well, let’s check this out.

So I went to Google and I typed in “Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police”.

It came up immediately —the website. And notice? It says, “Under Maintenance”. So even here in Google, it gives that display. And when you click on it, just go back just a little bit, like so.

That’s all that you’ve got.

Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police  "Under Maintenance" PRINTSCREEN, February 25, 2012

That’s pretty impressive.

Really. That’s pretty impressive that you can do that at the website of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

I AM impressed!

Yep, I’m impressed.

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Gotta love Anonymous’ mantra, “Snoop on to them as they snoop on to you”.

Here’s an animated GIF of The Misstapo, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s own Corporate Security hacks snooping down on her! And during all this, Jamie Hillis, their Security Hack Boss, insisting, “Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws.”

It’s why Canadians have to fight Bill C-30!

Fighting Big Brother is NOT about “if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about”!

Canadians must resist C-30 and internet surveillance because there are plenty of “Jamie Hillises” in Policing and Security! Plenty of “Jamie Hillises” lying about how they will “will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws.”

For IDIOTS (or fascists) who believe that "If you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear"... Canadian Mayor's own security snoops on her! ANIMATED GIF

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

RMR: Rick’s Rant – Online Privacy

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

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Hazel McCallion’s lie to Rob Ford: “that’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report”

February 22nd, 2012  

Good GAWD! Given the Toronto Star’s superb investigative reporting, you’ve just got to wonder how San Grewal could come up with “Firing TTC chief sends bad message, Mississauga politicians say”.

Mr. Grewal, the Star’s Urban Affairs Reporter wrote:

Hazel McCallion, arguably the most powerful mayor in Canada, is worried the firing of TTC general manager Gary Webster sends the wrong message to residents.

“One (Toronto) councillor made the comment that the staff must do what the mayor says … that’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report,” McCallion said at Wednesday’s council meeting in Mississauga.

Bad enough that “that’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report” is a lie. But no, thanks to San Grewal, Hazel McCallion’s “not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report” lie gets to squat at thestar.com as the (unchallenged) Toad of Truth.

Also not doing their homework, the Torontoist quotes McCallion’s, “[T]hat’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report” as well.

Repeat. That’s a lie. And both the Toronto Star and the Torontoist have given this lie legitimacy.

And of course then they get their tweets going.

Torontoist @torontoist

Duly Quoted: Hazel McCallion, just telling it like it is. Hazel‘s response to Frank Di Giorgio. Real talk. stjo.es/z0wNbf

Even the Torontoist’s tweet about “telling it like it is” is a lie. Because MYTHissauga “telling it like it is” ain’t!

In his book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga (pages 143/144), Tom Urbaniak describes how the Mississauga Mayor does dictate to Staff that they fudge reports! —that is to “tell the staff what to bring forward in a report”.

Despite McCallion’s tight control, it did happen occasionally that unwanted statements or descriptions slipped into the budget documents. In such instances, Her Worship did not hesitate to chastise the staff. One staff-prepared budget overview contained a statement implying that deferred maintenance was resulting in deterioration of facilities used by the public:

Continuing funding pressures for capital reserve fund financing in the first six years resulted in significant deferrals of maintenance to the end of the forecast period (10 years). This results in continued deterioration of department facilities and is most noticeable where these facilities are heavily used by the public (eg. community centres, libraries, arenas, park trails and sports fields). Fire and emergency services is also severely impacted by this funding constraint as the training centre and station renovations cannot be funded within this plan.

This brought a sharp rebuke from the mayor: the statement should either be retracted or adjusted. This is a very significant statement to me that a roof is going to fall in on some of our buildings. Somebody’s going to pick this up and say “yes, you’re doing a great job on taxes but you’ve got significant deferrals. I think you should take out that statement, redo and tell it like it is.”

Community services commissioner Paul Mitcham tried at first to explain, but then conceded that “[I]t’s probably not a good statement.” He promised it would be taken out.

That happened at a December 1994 Budget meeting. Imagine how much “it would be taken out” has occurred since —not just by Community Services Paul Mitcham, but all commissioners/staff.

“We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report”…. MYTHissauga, all right!

When Hazel McCallion directs City of MYTHissauga staff to fudge reports and “tell it like it is.”

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

 Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

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Rick Mercer Report: Rick’s Rant – “Online Privacy”. YOO HOO! Vic Toews!

February 21st, 2012  

YOO HOOOOO! Vic Toewwwwwwwws!

Rick Mercer has a few words to you on behalf of Canadians!

RMR: Rick’s Rant – Online Privacy

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Rick Mercer Rick’s Rant for February 21, 2012.

My guess is, if the average citizen was told that they had five minutes left to live and they were alone in their house, a good percentage of Canadians would devote two or three of those last minutes on earth to erasing their hard drive.

Not because they’re criminal, but because it might contain something that’s a —what’s the expression I’m looking for— Nobody’s business.

And that includes the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews.

Now Vic? Vic’s a nice guy. But he’s got this thing. He likes to peek. Or at least he wants to peek —into your hard drive.

He wants to get your computer’s IP address without a warrant. He wants all your computer online traffic recorded. It’s his thing.

Now Vic says it’s no big deal. It’s like a phone book.

Now I trust Vic, I do. But I asked a computer-geek friend of mine and he says no, no, it’s nothing like a phone book. In fact, it’s like a fingerprint except it’s a fingerprint that can tell Vic how much money you make, what you read, where you get your news, what you say to your best friend, what turns you on, and how you vote.

Gee, is that all, Vic, because um, that makes me uncomfortable.

Now Vic says we have a choice to make here. We can side with the Conservatives and let Vic peek or we can side with the child pornographers.

Now unfortunately for Vic, he forgot one very important thing. Canadians aren’t that stupid!

And thank God. Because Vic, you can call us all the names you want. But that doesn’t change the fact we’re not going to let you peek.

That doesn’t make us criminal. It makes us CANADIAN. It’s why we shut our blinds at night.

The state has no business in the hard drives of the nation. You want a peek, Vic? Convince a judge. Get a warrant.

 

 

Special thanks to Rick Mercer

Source CBC: Rick Mercer’s Online Privacy

Uploaded to YouTube by on Feb 21, 2012
Rick’s Rant for February 21, 2012.

 

UPDATE February 23, 2012. I really believed that Rick Mercer said it all with, “The state has no business in the hard drives of the nation. You want a peek, Vic? Convince a judge. Get a warrant.” but no, I was wrong.

Today I discovered a pure GENIUS (and funny) Bill C-30 editorial cartoon at the Toronto Star. Here you go.

"HARPER IS A DOOFUS" (genius editorial cartoon) Toronto Star, February 23 2012

 

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City of Mississauga Security “BULLIED ME WITH THREATS OF ‘TAKING ME DOWN’ THAT HE WAS ‘A POLICE OFFICER’ AND THAT HE WOULD ARREST ME.

February 7th, 2012  

Just working my way through the public complaints filed against City of Mississauga Corporate Security just in from Freedom of Information (FOI).

It takes just a few minutes to confirm there’s plenty missing. For example, love the August 19, 2009 response letter from City of Mississauga Corporate Security Head-Boss, Ken Owen that begins:

“Further to my letter to you of June 22, 2009 regarding your complaint dated June 5, 2009”

and there’s no June 22, 2009 original letter or a public complaint dated June 5, 2009!

Anyway, I’m following up with some more FOI’s and in the meantime, it’s important to share this worrisome public complaint (as incomplete as it is).

Regular readers know how often I’ve said that if you’re ever unfortunate enough to be caught in a You-said/They-said scenario with City of Mississauga staff, you will lose every time! Every. Single. Time.

This poor-sap-complainant lost too.

Regular readers will also know how often I’ve said that should you ever find yourself dealing with City of Mississauga staff, at the very least defend yourself with an audio-recorder! That includes any telephone conversations you have with them. Believe me, the City of Mississauga is recording you! (for “quality control purposes”)

So here’s yet another formal complaint illustrating why I never step a foot on City Property without at least one audio-recorder going and why I’d never turn it off until I’m back safely Off City Property.

Public complaint against City of Mississauga Transit Security guard # 401 secured through Freedom of Information
This public complaint against City of Mississauga Transit Security Guard #401 has been transcribed so that it will be searchable through Google —and easily cut-and-pasted. It is typed exactly as the complainant wrote it:

BADGE # 401 APPROACHED ME ON MAY 5
AT THE SQUARE ONE BUS TERMINAL AT 5:30 PM.
HE CALLED ME STUPID & ILLITERATE MORE THAN
3 TIMES. ALSO BULLIED ME WITH THREATS OF
“TAKING ME DOWN” THAT HE WAS “A POLICE
OFFICER” AND THAT HE WOULD ARREST ME.
I WAS SITTING IN A NO SITTING ZONE. I COMPLIED
WITH THE OFFICER RIGHT AWAY NOT KNOWING THAT
YOU COULD NOT SIT THERE. HE VERBALLY ABUSED
ME AND ALSO HIT ME WITH HIS KNEE. HE CONTINUED
TO THREATEN ME WITH ARREST AND LEAD
ME AWAY FROM THE BUS TERMINAL UNDER
CONSTANT THREAT OF “TAKING ME DOWN” &
ARRESTING ME FOR “SITTING WHERE THERE ARE
SIGN” I DID NOT KNOW. HIS BEHAVIOUR WENT BEYOND
A POSITION OF SECURITY. HE WANTED TO FIGHT ME “FOR
SITTING”.

“BULLIED ME WITH THREATS OF ‘TAKING ME DOWN’ THAT HE WAS “A POLICE OFFICER’ —Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s very own Corporate Security Transit Guard #401 impersonating a police officer. Hard to believe, right?

“HE WANTED TO FIGHT ME ‘FOR SITTING.'” Hard to believe, right?

Believe it or not this is the second complaint about being harassed for “sitting”!

Threats of Arrest are common with City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

Let me resurrect the formal complaint filed by a 13-year-old skateboarder against City of Mississauga Corporate Security from my February 5th blog, Security guards threaten skateboarder at Mississauga Civic Centre’s Skateboard Plaza with arrest: “my son is only 13 yrs old”.

Reminder. While the Mississauga News promoted a “viral” video showing violations of the City’s skateboarding rules at both the Civic Centre and Celebration Square, this 13 year old “harasst” by two City of Mississauga Security guards was skating where he should be —at the designated Civic Centre’s Skateboard Plaza.

Note that the Skateboard Plaza is the only place where skateboarding is allowed in the Civic Centre/Central Library/Living Arts Centre complex.

13-year-old SKATEBOARDER HARASSED BY CITY OF MISSISSAUGA COPORATE SECURITY GUARDS, PUBLIC COMPLAINT November 3 2011
Now compare this complaint with the one above, also typed exactly how the complainant wrote it:

I was skateboarding at the skatepark yesterday when two security gaurds both white. one with short hair skinny no beard or mustache and the other one was large short hair, beard, mustache come up to me and started to harrast me and asking personal questions like my name, number, adress and so on.

“my son is only 13 yrs old.”

They were bringing up something that happend long time ago at BCC (Burnhamthorpe Community Center). I did not do anything and I was walking away when the large man grabbed me and the other man took my board away. The large man was saying I was making the problem worse by not cooperating and was threatening to arrest me, for no reason. I asked him why he was grabbing me by my arm and pulling me back, he did not answer back. I also asked him why he was bringing up something that happend long time ago somewhere else over here and he still did not give me an answer. So I told them “what am I doing wrong? I’m skating at the proper spot, why are you bothering me?” They started to laugh at me and smile. After they harrast me I went home and told my parents. That why where here today to make a formal complaint.

Dated November 4. 2011

I’m reminded of a video clip of the March 17, 2008 City of Mississauga Audit Committee meeting.

Mayor Hazel McCallion turned to Mississauga Corporate Security Boss Jamie Hillis and said, “So, I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.”

Hillis lied, “Yes. Absolutely.”

And the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct promises to be as fraudulent as City’s Security formal Public Complaints process.

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security KNOB UNIT and MISSISSAUGAWATCH 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T
Hey Hey MissCorpSec what do you say?
How many Youth did you ban today?

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Security guards threaten skateboarder at Mississauga Civic Centre’s Skateboard Plaza with arrest: “my son is only 13 yrs old.”

February 5th, 2012  

Have to laugh at this Mississauga News article.

Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral

Mississauga scenery. A video shot by Mississauga resident Paul Reid
that features skateboarder Alex Neary has received more than 3,500 views
after only a few days on YouTube.

MISSISSAUGA NEWS Juia Le

Mississauga’s Paul Reid spent two years fine-tuning a video he put together to promote C1RCA footwear and apparel and Toronto skateboarder Alex Neary.

And now that the video has gone viral on YouTube, the 18-year-old Videography and TV Production student at Humber College says he’s glad he took the extra time. In the first week, more than 3,500 viewers clicked on the video to watch Neary show off his flips and tricks — mostly with Mississauga scenery as the backdrop.

Reid, a Glenforest Secondary School graduate, says it’s “pretty exciting” watching his three-and-a-half minute video that is now promoted on skateboarding websites including Skateboard Canada (www.sbcskateboard.com), Concrete Skateboarding (www.concreteskateboarding.com) and Push (Push.ca).

Check it out at (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok2zQ9ZjRa4).

Reid spent countless hours filming and editing the Neary video and says he’s very proud of the end product.

The video shows Neary, who’s part of C1RCA’s Canadian skateboarding team, performing stunts at the Civic Centre and other locations in Mississauga.

 
Skateboarding at Mississauga Civic Centre….

“The large man was saying I was making the problem worse by not cooperating and was threatening to arrest me, for no reason.”

Now read this 13-year-old boy’s experience while skateboarding at the Mississauga Civic Centre Skateboard Plaza. All documents secured through Freedom of Information.

13-year-old SKATEBOARDER HARASSED BY CITY OF MISSISSAUGA COPORATE SECURITY GUARDS, PUBLIC COMPLAINT November 3 2011
This 13-year-old boy’s complaint has been transcribed so that it will be searchable through Google —and easily cut-and-pasted. It is typed exactly how the youngster wrote it:

I was skateboarding at the skatepark yesterday when two security gaurds both white. one with short hair skinny no beard or mustache and the other one was large short hair, beard, mustache come up to me and started to harrast me and asking personal questions like my name, number, adress and so on.

“my son is only 13 yrs old.”

They were bringing up something that happend long time ago at BCC (Burnhamthorpe Community Center). I did not do anything and I was walking away when the large man grabbed me and the other man took my board away. The large man was saying I was making the problem worse by not cooperating and was threatening to arrest me, for no reason. I asked him why he was grabbing me by my arm and pulling me back, he did not answer back. I also asked him why he was bringing up something that happend long time ago somewhere else over here and he still did not give me an answer. So I told them “what am I doing wrong? I’m skating at the proper spot, why are you bothering me?” They started to laugh at me and smile. After they harrast me I went home and told my parents. That why where here today to make a formal complaint.

Dated November 4. 2011

City of Mississauga Staff once again violated Corporate policy (not) dealing with this 13-year-old skateboarder’s formal complaint against two City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards.

In fact, there is no evidence that this boy’s complaint was dealt with at all.

Freedom of Information shows no evidence of the City’s child worker being involved, no evidence of an investigation by Human Resources as required by Corporate Policy and no response letter sent to the child/parent advising them of the results of any “investigation”.

A February 3, 2012 Mississauga News article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral” shows video of Toronto skateboarder, Alex Neary, violating City of Mississauga rules by skateboarding around City of Mississauga Civic Centre and Celebration Square over a period of several days.

In the meantime this 13-year-old boy, skating in the designated Skateboard Plaza was harassed by the City’s Corporate Security guards.

Why?

As City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard, “HyJynx” (aka: Mike Keter) once proclaimed, “beacuse [sic] I can”. It’s true. Because they can!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH once again extends a warning to youth/minors (all “vulnerable” human beings for that matter), that City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards and their bosses are abusive liars. A warning too, that the City of Mississauga’s Security formal public complaints process is fraudulent.

Freedom of Information has confirmed that City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards (and this includes Transit) are accountable to no one but their Security bosses. And these Security bosses are Above the Law and a Law unto Themselves.

Next, and again for the record, I offer these two emails sent to the Mississauga News after their “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral” article appeared online.

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: “jle”
Cc: John Stewart ; Gerry Timbers ; “mississauga_watch@yahoo.com”
Sent: Friday, February 3, 2012 2:54 PM
Subject: Your article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral”

Hello Ms Le,

I’m writing about your Feb 03, 2012 article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral”.

Question.

Prior to writing your article and promoting this video, did you confirm with the City of Mississauga that Paul Reid and Alex Neary got a PERMIT to skateboard in the Mississauga Civic Centre/Celebration Square complex allowing them to skate areas other than at the skateboard plaza at the back of City Hall?

A favour of a reply is requested,

Ursula

Managing Editor Gerry Timbers, replied, “No” and I responded with:

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: “Timbers, Gerry”; “Le, Julia”
Cc: “Stewart, John” ; “mississauga_watch@yahoo.com”
Sent: Friday, February 3, 2012 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: Your article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral”

Thanks Mr. Timbers for your response.

It’s been a while now since I wrote the Mississauga News about the obscene number of bans and arrests issued by City of Mississauga security guards against youth and minors.

I’ve mentioned that City Security issued a ban against two 15/16 year olds and a little girl (9/10 year old) for 30 days from all three complexes at once (Civic Centre, Library and Living Arts Centre).

I informed Mississauga News that despite corporate guidelines requiring the City’s child worker, Karen Morden, to get involved in these bans, she never was. And also parents and guardians were never informed.

I also informed you that should kids be silly enough to return to Property during a ban, they would be immediately arrested –no exceptions.

Here is the edit [sic] from Ken Owen saying just that:   www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/3857571836/

I’ve also mentioned how City of Mississauga Security especially target skateboarders. I even shared these three lists of bans with you back in 2008.

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Note these only show bans/arrests to December 2008. And this isn’t all arrests –since City Security can successfully bury those by calling in Peel Police to arrest.

Here is a Special Occurrence Report (SOR) that shows City Security banning of four 11/12 year olds (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library.

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Three facilities at once. Harsher punishments than adults misbehaving at other facilities and transit!

As a result of City of Mississauga Security abuses (lying, lack of oversight, and now a fraudulent formal public complaints system confirmed through Freedom of Information), I began researching both graffiti and skateboarding.

As it happened I came upon superb skateboarding videos of kids skating all around the Civic Centre and especially Celebration Square. I downloaded and saved them all from YouTube for an eventual report I will write.

I’ve been documenting/videotaping the flagship skateparks at Iceland (Mississauga), Chinguacousy (Brampton) and Turner skatepark (Hamilton). In addition, three on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Watching the YouTube videos that the skaters themselves produced at Mississauga Civic Centre and Celebration Square just blew me away. I watched them all –marveling at this Discovery. The Discovery that the best skatepark of all is Civic Centre/Celebration Square.

Have to say, having researched skateboarders, Civic Centre/Celebration Square is enticing! Can’t see how the best skaters can resist the uninterrupted concrete, the steps, the rails. And the architecture for a video backdrop? Makes Civic Centre/Celebration Square the best place I’ve ever witnessed from which to produce skateboard videos!

Two problems.

1. City rules are skateboarding is limited to the Skateboard Plaza.

2. And you’ve got quasi-fascist unaccountable security hacks patrolling the area. (One of the videos shows an interaction with a City of Mississauga security guard. Another video shows an older woman strolling the Civic Centre and admonishing the skaters. I’ve said nothing since it looks like it’s just three decent kids really into skateboarding.)

I don’t know how much you know about the skateboard culture but there are some sk8rs who view it a badge on honour to brush against a security guard.

The point is City of Mississauga Corporate Security aren’t like the mall guards who are subject to Bill 159 and its provincial complaints system. City of Mississauga Council neatly made their Security exempt from Bill 159 by passing a by-law making them peace officers. Simple as that.

Just last week I got Freedom of Information back on all public complaints under the new “formal” public complaints process. One kid filed a complaint and wrote (2009) about being banned from the bus for being rude to the driver and now having to lose his summer job because he can’t get transportation. He wrote about now being worried that he can’t get to university and needed to appeal. He then wrote saying that Joe Cairney (Security boss) had told him there was no chance to appeal the decision. That’s a lie.

And that was 2009 when the formal public complaints policy was in place that would ensure fairness for the public.

Now back to skateboarding. I just watched the “viral” video. Have you? Because high profile boarder Alex Neary is shown violating Civic Centre skateboard rules over several days (different clothes).

What’s got me concerned after watching all the remarkable Civic Centre/Celebration Square skateboard videos is that this place will get known for what it is. A superb, illicit skatepark right next to Square One.

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[DETAILS DELETED] Here’s what one of my YouTube [DELETED] contacts wrote about getting arrested.

“I had a friend who was arrested by peel for [DETAILS DELETED].

As a result he cant get a job with any major corporation or company, because of the charges its almost like your forced into a life of crime to support yourself. I wouldn’t consider any teenager who goes out to paint some walls and express themselves a criminal. Now when he applies for a job he’s put in the same category as a drug dealer, rapist etc.”

City Security arrests skateboarders too and when they [DELETED] apply for a job they’ll be “put in the same category as a drug dealer, rapist etc.”

And City Security LIES about their professionalism, their complaints system and their giving “the public every understanding possible”.

I’m not soft on crime. You-people want “uniforms” that are hard-nosed, hard-lined, so be it. But I do have a problem with law enforcement LYING. Over the summer I read that at least three Peel Police officers lied in court to get a conviction and that Peel Police won’t be investigating them. I’ve got tons of Freedom of Information on City Security lying –and that includes video.

I know you don’t believe me about all this any more than you have in the past. But I have an obligation at least to inform you about what my research/video and Freedom of Information has confirmed regarding treatment of youth/minors on City Property by City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

Thanks,

Ursula

The Lesson Here.

I suspect that by now you’re wondering that if the City of Mississauga’s formal public complaint process is so fraudulent, then why waste your time writing up a complaint that goes nowhere.

Because those citizens filing these complaints, futile as they are, leave a RECORD of how City of Mississauga Corporate Security operates —a paper trail of how the Mayor’s Security force successfully avoids accountability.

Repeat. As far as we know, City of Mississauga Corporate Security are the only municipal security operation not subject to Ontario’s Bill 159 Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 and its provincial public complaints system.

And through Freedom of Information we can confirm that the City Manager never bothers to check up on this quasi-fascist force, and how neither the Mayor or any councillors provide any oversight either —despite Councillor Pat Saito’s utterances to the contrary.

Each unsuccessful formal public complaint against City of Mississauga Corporate Security acts as a warning to others.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security: The Misstapo watch over Mississauga News reporter denied interview with Hazel McCallion (Election Night, October 25, 2010)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Procedure for self-protection following any incident involving Mississauga Corporate Security or Corporation of the City of Mississauga Staff

MOST IMPORTANT! For your own protection regardless of whether you are in the wrong, as soon as practical after an incident, file a Freedom of Information form requesting:

  1. All records, emails, and any other documents pertaining to [your name].
  2. All records, emails, and any other documents including any video surveillance footage pertaining to the incident of [date] at [location] involving [your name] and [Mississauga Corporate Security or City staff].

The filing fee is $5.00. Forms are available here: City of Mississauga ONLINE FORM: Access / Correction Request – Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Why this is important

A Freedom of Information request (FOI) immediately protects the requested documents from deletion based on the City’s official “Records Retention Policy”. Without such a request, video surveillance footage can be erased after only five days.

Do not assume that because you were in the wrong, there is no reason to file your FOI! Your records on file with the City can contain gross errors. In particular, FOI has shown that Mississauga Corporate Security records can be inaccurate and severely biased. You can also use the FOI request form to request a correction of your file. Although you cannot make them correct false information, your side of the story will become part of the official record.

Finally, always keep in mind that the “official record” can make your incident appear far worse than it actually was.

CITZEN/YOUTH ADVISORY: IF YOU ARE BANNED, ISSUED TRESPASS OR ARRESTED BY MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY GUARDS

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