The MississaugaWatch Sniff Test

This question is the MISSISSAUGAWATCH Sniff Test for all Ontario municipal Mayors and Councillors:

Do you support asking the Ontario government to extend the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities?

If the answer is not an UNQUALIFIED "Yes!", ask "Why not?" and proceed with extreme caution.


MIRROR: Complete Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Transcripts

Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector

October 19th, 2010  

What follows is a video interview I did with Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter in Malton —followed by the transcript.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH asks Mississauga residents, does your candidate support extending the investigative powers of the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities?

Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into MUSH Sector (3:20 min)



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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 reporting from bus shelter at Kinsmen Town Hall, Streetsville/Mississauga):

It is Wednesday, October the 13th, 2010 and I’m here in front of the Streetsville Kinsmen Town Hall —this is where Hazel McCallion announced that she was going to be running again for 2010.

[DIP TO WHITE]

This morning I met with George Winter, a mayoral candidate, in Malton. Actually in the parking lot of Lincoln Alexander Secondary School

[DIP TO WHITE]

I asked him the most important question about whether he supports extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities and he said yes.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Now, I decided that you’re my candidate for Mayor.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Oh, thank you very much.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay? So I’m gonna ask you right now, sir, do you support extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities?

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Absolutely, and I really appreciate your support. And I didn’t know that you were going to ask me this question. But I think it’s time. I think it’s time for the Ombudsman to look at not just municipalities but the entire MUSH sector. The universities, the schools and the hospitals.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I think if you have Hazel McCallion versus Andre Marin —now there’s a fight that you could sell tickets.

There’s a person that I think could go after anything that’s going on in MYTHissauga —sounds like we’re in SYHPain.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

I agree. I think it’s time for Andre Marin to take over.

[PUSH]

One of the things I’ve found in the last month, walking around, running around in the campaign is the Hazel McCallion that you see that has the public persona is not the Hazel McCallion that I’ve met. And yet the perception is that, you know, why are others being nasty to somebody’s grandmother? I believe that she uses this myth of who she is to her advantage and no one dares to ask questions, to look very closely at what’s being done.

There are many things that I believe that Andre Marin, as the Ombudsman could take a look at —in Mississauga, especially. But also in other municipalities and find that there are a lot of ways that he can make corrections and suggestions.

You look at how he stood up to Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals and that’s the kind of thing I’d like to see him do with Hazel McCallion. Because it takes somebody like Andre Marin to stand up to Hazel McCallion. It won’t be somebody who’s appointed by Council. That person will try to do as good a job as he or she can but I don’t think it’s a very fair fight.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Yeah, but the other thing I find is the perception. There’s zero doubt that Andre Marin is on the side of the citizens of Ontario.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Exactly.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay?

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

And that is very important that you don’t worry whether this person is maybe been influenced a municipality or anybody like that. He is definitely his own person and that’s who you need for the job.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay, thank you very much.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

If you need to know why authentic, independent Ontario-Ombudsman-oversight is crucial in the City of MYTHissauga, check out Head MYTHtress, Hazel McCallion’s own words —as she dupes the residents of Malton during her October 7, 2010 speech at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School. For a transcript of this video, click here.

ROGERS CABLE 10 MISSISSAUGA REFUSES TO AIR MALTON VIDEO BY MAYORAL CANDIDATE (5:00 min)

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Muse (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

Comments

4 Responses to “Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector”

  1. christine RN CDE (new to Malton 11/2 years) on October 20th, 2010 7:15 pm

    Hi
    I was asked by a new neighbour when i moved here, “Why did YOU move here?” I responded that it was a working class neighbourhood which is my type and close to clairville conservation area so I can get some needed sanity. I work in a CHC (soon to be in the needed malton satellite) and am very aware of the problems in malton. Who is most going to pay attention to it out of the candidates? The industry and airport provide huge tax dollars to Mythissauga, but Malton recieves the least in assistance. What is that about and how to change it?

  2. Me on October 21st, 2010 12:22 am

    Hi,

    Note: I was the one who walked up to you and said “I read your blog” (so enthusiastically), without any introduction I must add.

    First off, I’d like to say kudos to you on speaking out at the “so called” debate at Lincoln Alexander. If I knew that you were registered as a candidate for mayor, I would have stayed for longer. I guess I’m not reading your blog as close enough. Honestly, I was thinking of running for a seat just to ensure that democracy was served in this election. I feel that candidates never really defend their views or provide real answers for their residents. Especially for Malton, you only see candidates come to the area once every four years to talk to the residents. One of the most basic questions submitted to the Malton Mirror for the debate was “Will there be periodic town hall meetings to engage the residents of Malton”. It looks like all the candidates chose not to take this question for their pre-prepared speeches.

    Now for the Mayor race, I hope that the residents of Mythissauga (like the way you coined that term) really listen to what being offered and make their vote count this term. The one thing that I REALLY disagree with is the overall theme of this election for all wards. The message seems to be, either you are with the mayor or you are not. This is going back to the inquiry and the costs associated. The common message being given is that it was a waste of money, it was only done for mud slinging, and whoever voted for it should pay at the ballot box. I am of the opinion that this message has been cleverly delivered from the top (how many times have you heard that we need a council that “works”).

    I’ve always been a advocate of transparent government. In recent years (or to my recollection), I am seeing how this transparency is being stripped away or where it seems non-existent (motion passed to stop residents from addressing council (not sure if they brought that back), attempting to get minutes for sub-committee meetings, etc). I even went to the effort of reading council minutes from the city website, but in light of the recent doctoring, how can we see exactly what’s going on in our city?

    With this in mind, all residents in our city should have been glad and encouraged an inquiry into those land dealings. I hope that people don’t support the status quo and really think about their next city council. Unless you REALLY know what’s going on, things in this city may not be as good as it seems.

    That’s my rant for the day. Keep up the good work.

    – The person that reads your blog :)

  3. The Mississauga Muse on October 22nd, 2010 4:17 pm

    Hi there christine. Thanks for your note.

    Your assessment of Malton, specifically, The industry and airport provide huge tax dollars to Mythissauga, but Malton recieves the least in assistance.” is exactly how I see it. I once asked at Mississauga Council if the City had ever done a tax-flow analysis for Malton because like you, I figure Malton’s suffering from a negative-flow. Meaning bringing in considerable revenue to the City who then funnels that money into the already “stunning” amenities of the powerful, affluent South MYTHissauga. The City Manager responded that no, no such monitoring is done but assured me that every part of the city gets its fair share. The City brass say a lot of things…

    So that’s what that’s about.

    As for how to change it? MALTON HAS TO WAKE THE HELL UP! You have. You know. You need to tell your neighbours. I’m trying here but a Blog hasn’t got much in the way of legs. So my strategy is to wake up one slumbering victim of MYTHissauga at a time. One at a time. Malton residents have to have each others’ back and not take any wooden nickels from Hazel McCallion!

    Send Maltonians to this video. It says it all.

    ROGERS CABLE 10 MISSISSAUGA REFUSES TO AIR MALTON VIDEO BY MAYORAL CANDIDATE (5:00 min)

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

    Also. I’ve watched Malton’s councillor, Eve Adams since June 2006 and she’s grown a Voice. Man I had zero use for her back in 2006 but now?… She’s good for Malton so vote for her. She’s smart. She does her homework. She cares!

    That’s about it and thanks again for your comment!

  4. The Mississauga Muse on October 22nd, 2010 4:18 pm

    Hi “Me” and so good for you to take the time to write! Reading what you wrote, I’ve nothing to add. You *get* it. Now like me, who also *gets* it, you have a moral obligation. You must now help other Maltonians to get it. Please. Just like me. One person at a time. Help other Maltonians to get it!

    And for the record, even though I gave this speech in Ward 3, it too was meant for Malton (and the people of Dixie/Bloor)

    Mississauga Mayoral Candidates stand up for the Ontario Ombudsman (literally) 3:48 min

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


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