Marijuana March was quite the Toronto Police Community Fun Day as Potheads Toke the Higher Ground

May 13th, 2013  

Every May since 2006 I’ve been going to Peel Police Community Fun Day at the Emil Kolb Centre. So this year I tried something (almost) completely different. Instead of going to Saturday’s Peel Police Community Fun Day, I went downtown and took in Toronto’s 15th Annual Global Marijuana March!

And in a way the May 11, 2013 Global Marijuana March was quite the Toronto Police Community Fun Day!

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officer shares laugh with march organizer, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officer shares laugh with march organizer, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officer discussing plans with march organizer, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officer discussing plans with march organizer, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officers share laughs, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officers share laughs, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officers at Queen's Park before the march, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Police officers at Queen’s Park before the march, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Man poses with two marijuana plants as Toronto Police look on... May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Man poses with two marijuana plants as Toronto Police look on… May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto, PEACEful demonstration, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto, PEACEful demonstration, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. 60's hippies and Toronto Police, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. 60’s hippies and Toronto Police, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. Guy Fawkes mask and Toronto Police, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. (Ghost of G20) Guy Fawkes mask and Toronto Police, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. After the crowds, Toronto Police, horses and bikes, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto. After the crowds, Toronto Police, horses and bikes, May 11, 2013

And of course, after one of these events, there’s always a video…

MARIJUANA MARCH TORONTO 2013 –Potheads Toke the Higher Ground…

And yes, there really was a Naked News reporter!

Last. Thank you Toronto and march organizers! And especially Toronto Police Services!

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Marijuana March Toronto, Hemp Entrepreneurs, May 11, 2013

Marijuana March Toronto, Hemp Entrepreneurs, May 11, 2013

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Hazel McCallion confirms Liberals “clearly indicated” Lakeview Plant not needed as early as February 2008.

May 9th, 2013  

Comes a time when the best blogs just let the politicians do all the talking.

Hazel McCallion confirms Liberals “clearly indicated” Lakeview Plant not needed as early as Feb 2008.!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, February 27, 2008

I would hope that maybe the discussion this morning will be shortened in view of the memo that I have sent to members of Council that the Province has clearly indicated that the Lakeview site is not required for electricity generation.

And I had a letter from the Minister last night, I received at 10:30. I—

[Applause]

It’s something that I’ve been pressuring the Province to make a decision to the point that I told Enersource Board yesterday, that I think he was avoiding me every time I saw him.

He [sic] said when are you going to make up your mind as to whether Lakeview is required or not?

Anyway, I want to compliment Charles De [sic] Sousa —the MPP that [sic] has worked with me on this in getting an answer from the Minister.

[Bigger Applause]

Therefore, I would hope that the presentation —I would welcome the presentation of the Lakeview citizens, that have done an outstanding job, in looking at their area. Very impressed. Very—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

LAKEVIEW POWER PLANT, "...in view of the memo that I have sent to members of Council that the Province has clearly indicated that the Lakeview site is not required for electricity generation." Mayor Hazel McCallion, February 27, 2008

I would hope that maybe the discussion this morning will be shortened in view of the memo that I have sent to
members of Council that the Province has clearly indicated that the Lakeview site is not required for electricity
generation.

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Metrolinx: The Big Move. Mississauga on Transit Polls and Taxes, “Well, surprise, surprise…”

May 8th, 2013  

Comes a time when the best blogs just let the politicians do all the talking.

Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca on the fallacy of transit polls. May 2, 2007 General Committee video

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, May 2, 2007

Coming back to your issue, one of the propositions was, “Should we spend more on public transit?”

Well, surprise, surprise. 99 percent cohort response. Who would say no? So it came back with 99 percent.

The legislators sat down. They said “The public spoke. We’ve got to do this.”

One of the smarter legislators said, “That’s easy. It’s a motherhood. Who’s gonna say no? Nobody knows what it costs. So we gotta go back and run the models, go back and tell the public what it costs.”

So they did that.

Came back and said, “Here’s what it’s going to cost. On your home, it’s a 20-billion dollar project for the city. On your home, it’s an extra $5,000.

They went and did surveys and the public said, “Hurry up and do it! Well then, the public’s chosen now what they want. They know what it costs. Let’s hurry up and implement it.”

The smartest legislator of all says, “I’m still not buying it.”

“Well, what do you mean? We had the referendum. They said, do it. We told them what it costs —they said hurry up and do it. It must be time to do it.”

“No, you still haven’t asked the right question. Follow me!”

Went into his constituency, went up to a door and knocked on the door and said, “Mr. Stevens.”

“Yuh.”

“I know you’ve said you want transit.”

“Absolutely!”

“You know on your house it’s $10,000 more a year.”

“I’ll give you the cheque right now! Hurry up and go do it!”

“But I have just one last question.”

“What’s that?”

“Well, I see you’ve got four cars in the driveway. Are you going to get rid of a couple of them and take transit?”

Of course not!

“So why are you supporting it?”

“Cuz I want everyone else to do it so I can zip along.”

And we all do that to a degree…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT SNOW DAY WESTWOOD MALL (January 28, 2009)

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Hazel McCallion, October 22, 2008 “A big development in the City Core, I know —and I’m not going to mention the name, is having trouble getting financing”

May 1st, 2013  

I have video of Mississauga Council going back to October 2006.

And just the other day I was flitting through them just to see if I could find Mayor Hazel McCallion making any references to her son’s World Class Development hotel/convention centre project.

As someone who followed the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry and the Hazineh vs McCallion Region of Peel conflict of interest case, finding this brief clip is like discovering a historical jewel.

It’s Mayor McCallion referring to “a big development in the City Core” during the October 22, 2008 Council meeting.

Was Hazel McCallion talking about son Peter’s hotel “big development” in October 22, 2008?

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, October 22, 2008

I mean, the Province is —got some real challenges. We all have challenges. So I think we have to really button down the hatches —as the old saying goes, in regard to the future.

A big development in the City Core, I know —and I’m not going to mention the name, is having trouble getting financing, and could defer it. So —and it’s going to happen in many areas —so, I just hope Metrolinx is not affected and the Fiscal Review Committee is not affected. [Emphasis mine]

If not, then we’re going to have to wait for some time before money starts pouring.

So we are in serious problems [sic].

But, we shall overcome! You know. Everything. We always do and we always will.

So we’ll move now into in-camera.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

This got me curious, so I checked the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry archives to see what else might have been happening around October 22, 2008, and this email popped up:

WCD Request to Drop Hotel Conditions

From: John Filipetti </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=j_filipetti>
Sent: Fri Oct 24 2008 14:31:33 EDT
To: Grant Charles </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=gd_charles>;
Craig Coleman </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=c_coleman>

CC: Michael Mayville </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=m_mayville>

Subject: WCD Request to Drop Hotel Conditions
Attachments: Document.pdf
Importance: Normal
Priority: Normal
Sensitivity: None

This was delivered during our meeting with Peter McCallion yesterday. Verbally Peter
suggested WCD might agree to increasing the selling price by $2.5 million (ie the LC Amount)if
the hotel conditions were dropped.

The retail conditions would remain in place although they are looking for some ‘flexibility’ on
the restaurant.

Peter has advised us that he has spoken to the ‘Key people’ at the City who are apparently OK
with these restrictions being removed. We will do our own checking on this if this is our
agreed direction. [Emphasis mine]

130 Adelaide Street West
Ste 1100
Toronto Ontario M5H 3P5

T: (416) 865-5359
F: (416) 865-8307

So… Who were the “‘Key people’ at the City who are apparently OK with these hotel restrictions being removed”?

Mayor Hazel McCallion&#39;s October 22, 2008 reference to "a big development in the City Core" historical record.

 

 

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