Letter to Mayor Hazel McCallion sets up meeting to discuss “relationship between City of Mississauga and its ‘lesser’ citizens”.

June 24th, 2014  

Yesterday, June 23, 2014, MISSISSAUGAWATCH sent this email to City of Mississauga City Manager Janice Baker, CC’d to Mayor Hazel McCallion; Councillor Bonnie Crombie; Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services; Raj Sheth, Director of Facilities and Property Management; and Jason Keddy, Manager City of Mississauga Corporate Security. It’s self-explanatory…

[LETTER BEGINS]

Hi Ms Baker,

I’m writing to confirm that I’m finally ready to meet with Madam Mayor any time after October 4, 2014.

Back in April 2011 Madam Mayor challenged, “To prove to me—that you, that you, what you—the allegations you made to me are either True or Untrue.”

Mayor Hazel McCallion to MISSISSAUGAWATCH "the allegations you made to me are either True or Untrue" --April 27, 2011

The purpose of this Oct-Nov 2014 meeting is to prove through irrefutable evidence (video or Freedom of Information) that the allegations I made are True.

I’ve also drawn Councillor Crombie into this conversation because I really believe that she’ll be next Mayor of Mississauga. There’s another reason—and it’s the same reason I want to meet with Madam Mayor. I care what the two of them think and it’s time to set the record straight.

To be clear, my meeting with the Mayor and the Councillor won’t be to make a complaint. Rather, it will be Relational. That is, I’ll be presenting the results of my own investigations into the relationship between City of Mississauga and its “lesser” citizens.

And as you so correctly point out, the data and documents I’ll present will prove to be either True or Untrue.

Hazel McCallion on City of Mississauga's numerous public complaints --Toronto Star/San Grewal interview

Hazel McCallion on complaints: City Staff investigates then "finds out there's no problem."

Today being June 22, 2014 means that I’ve had 8 years (7 with Freedom of Information) to prepare for this meeting. Time has helped synthesize the confusing, often contradictory puzzle-pieces comprising City of Mississauga municipal governance.

Also, to assist with closure, this week Madam Mayor served up one of the greatest gifts she could have bestowed people across this country. Only Toronto Star Urban Reporter San Grewal and I witnessed his actual interview with her and only I videotaped it.

Here’s the video “Hazel McCallion: Implement Public Complaints Policy ‘with tender, loving care’”

This is what Madam Mayor said regarding “nuisance” public complaints in the interview with Mr. Grewal, June 18, 2014.

Video transcript:

“I think this policy is long overdue. It’s got to be administered with tender, loving care—there’s no question about it. You gotta—and I’m sure the Staff will do that, as well as the Councillors—will deal with it too.

But, I mean, you got a policy like that has to be—well-monitored. And very special care has to be applied to it.

Very special care.

Because nobody wants to cut off a citizen from complaining.”

In the course of 81 words, Madam Mayor said “very special care” twice. And then there’s that beautiful evidence-based reference to “well-monitored”. What is “well-monitored” “very special care” except Relational?

Thank you for your time, and Staff requested to attend to follow.

Ursula
MISSISSAUGAWATCH.

Hazel McCallion's MOST EPIC Quotes on Public Service **EVER**

[LETTER ENDS]

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Hazel McCallion: Implement “frivolous and vexatious” Public Complaints Policy “with tender, loving care”

June 23rd, 2014  

There are several news articles this week relating to City of Mississauga’s new “frivolous and vexatious” public complaints policy.

I can’t tell you how annoying it is when traditional media “report” on an issue they never bothered doing their homework on —homework as minimal as actually reading the policy-in-question!

Fact is, there are only two people whose views are worth reading on Mississauga’s “frivolous and vexatious” public complaints policy: Toronto Star’s Urban Affairs reporter, San Grewal and MISSISSAUGAWATCH. Both were physically present during the Mississauga Council “debate” and both recorded the interview with the person who’s opinion matters most —Mayor Hazel McCallion.

Mr. Grewal wrote an article as follow-up to his interview with the Mayor. And MISSISSAUGAWATCH offers this video of Mr. Grewal and Madam Mayor.

And so the Grewal-McCallion interview, in their own words, complete with video transcript.

Hazel McCallion: Implement Public Complaints Policy “with tender, loving care”

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Last one. The frivolous and vexatious complaint. You mentioned that there’s one individual that calls you five times a day–

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Well, there’s, ya, we-we’ve had situations in my office where we’ve taken over from the Councillor because the Councillor has said they feel they can’t deal with it anymore. And so instead of us, instead of them being cut off from calling, my office has taken over and trying to reduce the impact it has on the Staff in my office as well as the impact on the Staff in the different departments.

‘Cuz any complaint the comes, 9 out of 10 have to be referred to a department to comment on.

So it’s a [sic] very time-consuming and some of the complaints are just nuisance complaints.

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

How common is it, like for you, like if all of these —even from Councillors’ offices are redirected to you, how much time is your Staff, you know, spending on these things? How common is this?

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Well, sometimes we’re spending a lot of time on it. But not only Staff in my office, but it means that the Staff in all the departments are spending time on it, because the item has to be referred to them to investigate.  And in some cases the staff has to go out to investigate.

And then finds out there’s no problem.

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Can you give me one example, like of a particularly sort of nuisance complaint?

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Oh no, sometimes it’s all over the place.

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Just give me one example.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Well, they complain about everything. Especially, especially about construction in their area —whether it’s road construction or City construction contract jobs. Or whether it’s developers infilling.

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Can you think of like one that you remember like—

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

No. No.

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

—someone complained—

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

There’s too many. [laughs]

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

No?

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

There’s too many. There’s too many that we have to deal with.

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Yeah.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

I think this policy is long overdue.

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Okay.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

It’s got to be administered with tender, loving care –there’s no question about it. You gotta –and I’m sure the Staff will do that, as well as the Councillors –will deal with it too.

But, I mean, you got a policy like that has to be –well-monitored. And very special care has to be applied to it.

Very special care.

Because nobody wants to cut off a citizen from complaining. You know, we don’t want to do it. But there comes a time when it’s a.. when it’s a great pressure on the Staff of either the Councillor’s office or the Mayor —and great pressure on the departments for dealing with, with—

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Are we talking like in your office about hours a week?

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Oh. Yes. I would say hours a week. On some. Yeah. I think I gave you an example that on one I know that my Staff was called 5 times in one day. On it. So it’s pretty—I think, I think the Policy is long overdue, but it must be administered with tender, loving care—

San Grewal, Urban Affairs reporter, Toronto Star, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Okay.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014

Because we don’t want to cut off communication with our citizens in any way. So it’s gotta run its course. Then it comes to a point where a decision has to be made.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH turns camera away with just 1 minute left on battery, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 18, 2014. [Whispers]

I have to, I’ve only, I got less than a minute and Nando Iannicca’s going there.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

There you have it. Primary source material.

You can read San Grewal’s article “Mississauga moves to cut off ‘vexatious’ complainers” and please be sure to skim through the 139 online comments.

Hazel McCallion " I mean, you got a policy like that has to be --well-monitored. And very special care has to be applied to it.  Very special care. "
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mississauga: Liberal STRONGhold –Hazel McCallion, Bonnie Crombie, Hazel McCallion, Steve Mahoney, Hazel McCallion…

June 13th, 2014  

Recorded Wednesday June 11, 2014 inside City of Mississauga Council Chambers —video and transcript.

Mississauga: Liberal STRONGhold –Hazel McCallion, Bonnie Crombie, Steve Mahoney…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 11, 2014 while Council was in-camera

Who would have guessed —who would have guessed, that right here, is the Stronghold of the Ontario Liberal Party? Who would have guessed?

How many people really know, the degree to which Mississauga runs this Province?

Everyone thinks it’s in Toronto, no, it’s right there!

And she’s been Vice-President or President or Mover-and-Shaker of AMO [Association of Municipalities of Ontario] since 1977! 1977.

Oh! And. Do you want to know who the next person’s going to be? The next person to provide stability, for public employees —right there.

Expect it to go from there—

to there.

Just like the Liberals are going to win.

And just so that you know, I’m liberal —have been liberal since the mid-60s. And yet won’t be voting Liberal tomorrow. Or NDP. Or for Hudak.

I can’t stand being in a situation where I am witness to other people being lied to. Basically what a lie is, is somebody telling someone else, “You’re stupid enough to believe it.”

[Dip to White]

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

I supported her as leader of the Liberal Party and I still support her as Leader of the Province.

We’re looking forward to an election in [sic] June the 12th. Uh. The last thing the Province needs is a minority government.

You know this gas plant has taken over —far too much. Terrible mistake. Water under the bridge.

Local government is uncertain in the Province of Ontario because of the minority government.

So I look forward to this election —changing things in the Province of Ontario. And that is, getting rid of R—of minority government.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Council Chambers, June 11, 2014 while Council was in-camera

And there’s this kind of acceptance that all of the politicians lie. The Staff lie. [laughs] You even had Bonnie Crombie talk about how the public at this town hall meeting wasn’t aware of regulations and by-laws. Well, neither do the Staff! And the ones that do know about the regulations and by-laws —they fail to comply to them.

So like, what the hell. Who cares? Right? Who really cares?

So, and once I accepted that —once I accepted “Who really cares?”… Like tomorrow, tomorrow, watch this. Ontario is going to vote in the Wynne Liberals. I’ve accepted that. And you know, that’s still better than Hudak and the Conservatives going in. I get that too.

But what the public is saying is “We don’t care about lies. We don’t care about scandals. We don’t care about a billion dollars being flushed down the toilet. [laughs] We don’t care about that!”

Well. Okay. And if you don’t care about that, why do we have an Integrity Commissioner? Why are we paying him $250 an hour to sit there during Governance Committee? Why do we have the Council Code of Conduct?

Whothefuckcares? Let’s stop the Pretend. ‘Cuz it’s really expensive, right? And all those Staff sitting there for Governance Committee?

Like, let’s start a Brave-New-Bold Future where we say, “Nobody cares about integrity, lying, scandal and everything else, so let’s stop the Pretend. ‘Cuz it’s expensive.”

So instead of having an Integrity Commissioner here for $250 an hour, take that and put it towards more PSWs for old people. Or free swims for kids who can’t afford it.

Like. Just Quit the Pretend.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH
June 11, 2014

 Oh it got sold to taxpayers, all right….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wynne’s Liberal Majority partners with Hazel McCallion –Puppet Master for Province of Ontario!

June 12th, 2014  

A picture’s worth a thousand words, right?…

And also this video, recorded yesterday inside Mississauga Council.

Mississauga: Liberal STRONGhold –Hazel McCallion, Bonnie Crombie, Steve Mahoney…

As a liberal I’m devastated by this Liberal Majority… shameful.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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City of Mississauga Security Arrest exposes video surveillance footage and covert ethnicity records

June 9th, 2014  

Saturday marked the 7th anniversary of Donald Barber’s arrest by City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

To commemorate this, we’ve produced a split-screen video of June 7, 2006 City of Mississauga Security surveillance footage synchronized with RogersTV Mississauga Council telecast leading up to that arrest.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards involved June 7, 2006 include Sherri-Lynn Ruffo, Paul Mercier, Jasbir Raina, and—operating the Council Chambers Pelco PTZ video camera that day and blatantly violating Provincial guidelines—Jay Warburton.

When you watch this, please know that the Province’s Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places state:

The public should be notified, using clearly written signs, prominently displayed at the
perimeter of the video surveillance areas, of video surveillance equipment locations,
so the public has reasonable and adequate warning that surveillance is or may be in
operation before entering any area under video surveillance.

There was no signage anywhere at Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre, and Central Library on June 6, 2006 despite the use of many video surveillance cameras—and despite claims that “Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws” and that signage existed.

City of Mississauga Security Arrest exposes video surveillance footage and covert ethnicity records

Since January 2007, Freedom of Information has revealed the degree to which City of Mississauga Staff lie. Emails and Council video records show the degree to which elected officials look the other way. It is what it is.

Fact is, even if the Mayor or a Councillor wanted to investigate a staffing issue, they can’t. As revealed by Councillor Pat Saito at the April 2012 Governance Committee, investigating Staff is a job of the City Manager—not elected officials.

And that brings us to provincial politics—citizens’ disgust simmering there. Shamelessly trumpeting “world class” service versus the reality of Liberal bungling. Obscene amounts of money wasted, corruption, lies, cover-up, putrid sense of entitlement—and it’s not just the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals….

But the Ontario Liberal base—its Voice, its Ground Zero—is Hazel McCallion and Mississauga. Just examine the evidence, people….

Mississauga City Hall—Liberal Stronghold. Suggesting… that the shit doesn’t roll downhill but rather UP!

This June 7, 2006 “Arrest of Donald Barber” video is something of a metaphor. The last five minutes include the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database from January 1, 2006 through to April 16, 2007.

Why the April 16, 2007 cut-off? That’s when Mayor Hazel McCallion sent MISSISSAUGAWATCH an email denying City of Mississauga Corporate Security kept records on Age and Ethnicity. She wrote:

“Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.”

Watch the degree to which City of Mississauga Corporate Security lied about their ethnicity records beginning at 20:58.

Think about it: the RogersTV telecast pumping out Mississauga’s “Best City in Canada” propaganda versus the Security footage covert reality.

So. How many of your MPs or MPPs were once municipal politicians?…

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“Madam Mayor I hope you…aren’t selling this to taxpayers” Hazel McCallion sells Liberal Majority to taxpayers!

June 5th, 2014  

Great timing for this Mississauga cancelled gas plant blog because this just in about Dalton McGuinty:

BREAKING: OPP serve court order at Queen’s Park, McGuinty interviewed by anti-racket detectives http://t.co/4BdwHN8Z4y #onpoli

— Gary Dimmock (@crimegarden) June 5, 2014

So. The OPP “interviewed” Dalton McGuinty. And now, first the video, then our transcript.

“Madam Mayor I hope you…aren’t selling this to taxpayers”
Hazel McCallion sells Kathleen Wynne

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Councillor Jim Tovey, Chair, General Committee, June 26, 2013

Madam Mayor.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, General Committee, June 26, 2013

As you know, the citizens in the area have been approaching us to get rid of the unfinished [gas] plant —on that property.

So I wrote the Premier, as directed by Council, and she came back, and advised me that it’s up to the City to do it because Loreland owns the property. When I got the letter, I had a discussion with Ed Sajecki. He brought me the Auditor General’s Report. And much to his surprise, and mine, we find out, the Province paid Loreland $4.1 million for the land, but allowed them to keep it.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, General Committee, June 26, 2013  

…well, $600 million but we don’t really own the land. I mean how much more badly can they have screwed up this file? And they’re going to sell this to taxpayers? Good luck.  Madam Mayor I hope you and I and the local council aren’t selling this to taxpayers.

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

I supported her as leader of the Liberal Party and I still support her as Leader of the Province.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, General Committee, June 26, 2013  

$600 million but we don’t really own the land.

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

We’re looking forward to an election in [sic] June the 12th. Uh. The last thing the Province needs is a minority government.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, General Committee, June 26, 2013  

Madam Mayor I hope you and I and the local council aren’t selling this to taxpayers.

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

You know this gas plant has taken over —far too much. Terrible mistake. Water under the bridge.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, General Committee, June 26, 2013

—the Province paid Loreland $4.1 million for the land, but allowed them to keep it.

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

Water under the bridge.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, General Committee, June 26, 2013  

600 million dollars later, this is a site that we have no claim to. We’re out two-thirds of a billion dollars as taxpayers.

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

Local government is uncertain in the Province of Ontario because of the minority government.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, General Committee, June 26, 2013  

It’s embarrassing!

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

I want to say, Madam Premier, I endorse a lot of your policies —I have to say.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, General Committee, June 26, 2013  

Madam Mayor I hope you and I and the local council aren’t selling this to taxpayers.

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

I supported her as leader of the Liberal Party and I still support her as Leader of the Province.

Councillor Nando Iannicca, General Committee, June 26, 2013  

I’m shocked. Oh my God. [other councillors laugh] “But we don’t own it.”  “We don’t own it.”

Councillor Jim Tovey, Chair, General Committee, June 26, 2013

Yeah.

Mayor Hazel McCallion endorses Kathleen Wynne and calls for Liberal Majority, May 14, 2014

So, to the people of Ontario, please look at the issues, and mark your ballot accordingly.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Hazel McCallion: From gas plant June 2013  "surprise" to May 2014 endorsing Kathleen Wynne and (not so subtly) urging a Liberal MAJORITY.

Also for the record

Charles Sousa discovers Hazel McCallion isn’t Mississauga’s only lethal little old lady…

and the entire South Mississauga Port Credit Clarke Hall debate

Port Credit Mississauga South All-Candidates Debate and Q&A (all 2 hours)

The Liberals' AMAZING E-RACE: Mississauga cancelled gas plant. Portrait of Demolition October 14, 2013 and June 4, 2014 (comparative)

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

For the record, MISSISSAUGAWATCH is liberal and has been liberal since even before the Pierre Trudeaumania years.

 

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