Mayor Rob “Above the Law” Ford and Ontario’s Purposely-Deceptive Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

November 29th, 2012  

Here’s my report on Mayor Rob Ford’s removal from Office as well as my take on the contemptuously-deceptive Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

This video also includes comments about the Act’s “Removal of Office” penalty by Justice Douglas Cunningham (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry findings, October 3, 2010).

Mayor Rob “Above the Law” Ford and Ontario’s Purposely-Deceptive Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (2:42 min)

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[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Council Chambers, November 29, 2012

His chronic contempt for the City of Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner! The trampling of all of these rules!

It’s clear in Rob Ford’s behaviour —and his bully-boy-brother, Doug Ford— that rules are for other people. Not for them. It doesn’t apply to them.

He’s Above the Rules.

To me, Rob Ford did violate the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. And he did it on purpose.

But as God is anyone’s witness, I never thought that the Judge would therefore drop down the hammer and vacate the Mayor’s seat.

Never in a million years.

And a lot of people are in shock.

You know, that’s kind of the stupidity of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act—that there was only one penalty, which is removal of office.

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

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.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Council Chambers, November 29, 2012

And the other thing about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. It was first passed in 1972. And 1972 is an interesting time.

You had John Robarts being the Premier of Ontario in 1971 and then 1972 you had Bill Davis take over the Premiership.

But it was clearly kind of something—a piece of legislation that’s passed in 1972. Guaranteed it will have been talked about and kneaded and molded as early as 1970-71.  But—

I don’t know what those people were thinking back then—the only penalty is going to be removal of Office?

Removal of Office is—is something I don’t think any judiciary really wants to go with.

Was it willful?

In Rob Ford’s case, it’s willful. because pretty much every day he does this—

ROB FORD MIDDLE FINGER

—to the rules and the standards of behaviour at the City of Toronto. Including the Council Code of Conduct.

This guy does not do Rules.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Last, I just want to add, for the record, this video of Peter Akman, ‏CBC News Reporter & Video Journalist, asking Hazel McCallion, Councillors Pat Mullin and Nando Iannicca about the Mayor’s upcoming Conflict of Interest hearing.

And gets almost some answers.

CBC NEWS interviews Hazel McCallion, Pat Mullin and Nando Iannicca about Conflict of Interest (3:00 min)



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MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

 

 

 

 

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(Video) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s football slip, stumble and fall at a Grey Cup press event has gone viral as Twitter piles on!

November 24th, 2012  

Last week Twitter was all a-twitter about the Toronto’s football-loving Mayor slipping and falling during a pick up game at Nathan Phillips Square.

In his blog, “Twitter piles on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s football stumble” CBC’s John Bowman wrote:

When Toronto Mayor Rob Ford slipped after snapping a football to himself at a Grey Cup event at City Hall, the GIF of his fall spread far and wide across Twitter… The Score’s Scott Johnson grabbed the Citytv video and created the inevitable GIF.

Here’s that inevitable GIF courtesy of a tweet from The Score @theScore

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is taking the three step drop to a whole new level. thesco.re/QX4K81

While there are those who will take a mayor’s spill and turn it into an inevitable GIF, MISSISSAUGAWATCH created the inevitable YouTube video —complete with slow motion (10% real time) and image magnification (125% original).

And what would a mayor “taking the three step drop to a whole new level” be without the appropriate “whole new level” silly football music?

For the record, Mayor Rob Ford slipping and falling at a Grey Cup press event is funny because he didn’t get hurt! After, when asked about his fall, he handled his obvious embarrassment with class and humour.

The CBC reported:

While taking one snap, Ford lost his footing and tumbled to the turf after a failed attempt to pivot into the throwing position.

Ford’s unforced error drew laughs from the crowd and members of the media. He was out of breath, but unhurt and laughed off his gaffe.

“I’ve got a lot of padding,” the plus-sized mayor joked when asked about his fall.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Slips, Falls Down playing Football (SLOW MOTION and Magnification)

(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

Special thank you to CITY TV for the original footage which you can read and view at: Mayor Rob Ford slips during pickup football game in Toronto

I think about here I’m supposed to write something like “ARRRRRGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS”.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Mississauga Power Plants, Dalton McGuinty, Charles Sousa, Bonnie Crombie’s “Friends of Hazel”, MYTHissauga Summit, Land Transfer Tax….

November 18th, 2012  

All I want to do for today’s blog is to share all recent videos. Just for the record in the order I uploaded them to YouTube.

Hazel McCallion re: her discussion with Premier Dalton McGuinty on Mississauga Power Plant
(June 22, 2011 Mississauga Council meeting)

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MISSISSAUGA POWER PLANTS: Charles Sousa addresses Council opposing Power Plant in Clarkson
(April 8, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting)

(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa and MYTHissauga’s Politics of Power Plants
(September 30, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting)

(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

Mississauga Summit + Friends of Hazel = MYTHissauga’s “same 200” (THE COMEDY)


(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

Toronto Star Interviews Hazel McCallion about the Land Transfer Tax (also Pat Saito and Jim Tovey)

(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

I see too that the National Post’s Megan O’Toole has come out with “Even in her ‘last’ term Hazel McCallion grip on Mississauga council still solid”.

Have to laugh at Councillor Pat Saito claiming, “I don’t see anyone on council at this point in time that I think could step in as mayor in two years” —given she’d be highly familiar with just who mobilizes the “Friends of Hazel”…

Photographs/video of "Friends of Hazel" Rally confirms "Friends" NOT a "grassroots movement" as claimed

That’s it. Enjoy this sunny Sunday.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Mississauga Summit + Friends of Hazel = MYTHissauga’s “same 200” (THE COMEDY)

November 15th, 2012  

Returned to MYTHissauga Council yesterday. Here’s the video I prepared to commemorate the non-occasion.

Dedicated to all City of Mississauga staff and senior staff who worked so hard on the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct to make it (according to Councillor George Carlson) a “Made in Mississauga” Code!

Mississauga Summit + Friends of Hazel = MYTHissauga’s “same 200” (THE COMEDY)


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Video Transcript
Music/Lyrics by Abney Park:The Story That Never Starts

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Hazel McCallion press conference parking lot, Streetsville, September 8, 2010

This is at the Hazel McCallion announcement. We already have this piece-of-work right here. Ted Woloshyn.

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Hazel McCallion press conference, Streetsville, September 8, 2010

They’re waiting for Hazel McCallion to make her announcement, that she will be running for Mayor, for, I think it’s the 12th term now.

And we’ve got the usual suspects over here —including Harold Shipp.

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

From the time we are born, the time we’re alive
Waiting for our story to start
We practice all day, we practice all night
But we’re waiting for our story to start

Then we’re taught what is true, we’re taught what is right
We’re taught not to follow our heart
And then, the next thing we know, we’re trapped in a place
Where the story will never start

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Hazel McCallion press conference, Streetsville, September 8, 2010

—voted for the Mississauga Judicial—

Alex Crombie, Hazel McCallion press conference, Streetsville, September 8, 2010

Good afternoon everybody.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Hazel McCallion press conference, Streetsville, September 8, 2010

—here we go.

Alex Crombie, Hazel McCallion press conference, Streetsville, September 8, 2010

Could I have your attention for a minute? My name’s Alex Crombie and this is Betty Merkley and we’re both volunteers for the Mayor.

On this trip we all bend; we bend and we break
We break all our pacts with ourselves
We merely try to survive and we drop all our goals
And put our dreams all on our shelves

And we’re told our new goals, we’re told our new dreams
They’re nothing like the dreams we once held
And now to follow our dreams we have to buy all this crap
Fulfill the dreams of someone else

But don’t let ’em check you, they’re sucking the wrong brew
The cowards should not steer your life by their own fear
care what you are dreaming; the future is teeming
With stories that want to start

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

From the time we are born, the time of the life
Waiting for our story to start
We practice all day, we practice all night
But we’re waiting for our story to start

Then we’re taught what is true, we’re taught what is right
We’re taught not to follow our heart
And then, the next thing we know, we’re trapped in a place
Where the story will never start

Don’t let ’em check you, they’re sucking the wrong brew
The cowards should not steer your life by their own fear
care what you are dreaming; the future is teeming
With stories that wait to start

Don’t let ’em check you, they’re sucking the wrong brew
The cowards should not steer your life by their own fear
care what you are dreaming; the future is teeming
With stories that wait to start

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

 Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

“Friend of Hazel” Patrick Mendes, “Friends of Hazel” Rally to Stop the Judicial Inquiry, December 2, 2009

My fellow Mississaugans —WE are the wind in Hurricane Hazel! (CHEERS! APPLAUSE!)

“Friend of Hazel” Harold Shipp, “Friends of Hazel” Rally to Stop the Judicial Inquiry, December 2, 2009

Which person will you vote for next time? (CHEERS! APPLAUSE!)

“Friend of Hazel” Councillor Katie Mahoney, “Friends of Hazel” Rally to Stop the Judicial Inquiry, December 2, 2009

I think something that I’d like to really impart to you is, it’s not hard to support our Mayor. Trust me.

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Summit Series April 24, 2012

I have this theory about —it’s only the same 200 people that [sic] are involved in everything in Mississauga.

Video ends with “Friends of Hazel” Rally footage (organizational activity)
and
Scroll of all 1624 signatures on the Cancel the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Now online petition.

2 Slides shown at the December 2, 2009 "Friends of Hazel" Rally. Rob Trewartha of Warren Kinsella's Daisy Consulting Group helped organize the Rally.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

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