Loathing authentic scrutiny, Hazel McCallion chastizes National Post’s reporter, Megan O’Toole regarding leaked emails

January 13th, 2011  

Last Blog I reported on Hazel McCallion’s “Friends of Hazel” and their Orwellian DELETION/ERASE operation of hundreds of readers’ comments at the Mississauga News. The “Friends of Hazel” Great e-Rase  continues unabated.

In this blog we deal with Hazel McCallion herself and her bullying and intimidation of reporters deemed to be “negative” and fueling controversy.

In his article, “Councillors compare leaked memo to Wikileaks” Toronto Star Urban Affairs Reporter San Grewal observed:

During Wednesday’s council meeting, Councillor Katie Mahoney, a McCallion ally, asked for an investigation into who forwarded the memo to the media. “I would ask IT (information technology) come do a search of all my equipment in my office and my home,” she said.

Mahoney went on to compare the situation to the recent Wikileaks controversy and suggested all members of council should have their homes and offices searched.

“In my opinion, it’s a cowardly act,” she said of the leak. “I ask if anyone wants to own up right now, publicly.” She then paused. “No one. I’m talking about a search of my staff’s equipment as well as my own.”

Councillor Ron Starr, another McCallion ally, continued the theatrics. “Within minutes, within minutes, the media has copies,” he said of Friday’s event. “It becomes a toxic environment because we’re looking over our shoulders the whole time. I think it’s totally unacceptable and we’ve got to stop this.”

Translation: Ron Starr’s reference to “toxic environment” is MYTHissaugaSPEAK for “authentic scrutiny”.

True to form, Hazel McCallion was not kind of scrutiny yesterday —this time going after National Post reporter, Megan O’Toole. O’Toole was in attendance inside Council chambers observing the General Committee meeting.

Like her cult-worshippers, “Friends of Hazel”, McCallion herself spit venom to malign the Press and media, accusing them of foaming up mistrust for government.

After Council went in-camera I filed this report. So, here’s the video and the transcript.

Dedicated to National Post reporter, Megan O’Toole.

Hazel McCallion chastizes National Post’s reporter, Megan O’Toole regarding leaked emails (3:57 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

It is Wednesday, January 11th, [sic] 2011. And I’m back at Mississauga Council after two months being a lot better elsewhere on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. And it’s the same thing that —the loathing that the City of Mississauga has for external scrutiny!

And this time [laughs] it’s Megan O’Toole that got the lambasting!

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

I sometimes wonder if I should call Megan O’Toole to find out what resolutions—

(Someone)

She’s up there.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

She is? We would, [looking up towards Megan O’Toole] —maybe we should add you to Council because you know more about what’s going on. There’s resolutions in the National Post that has [sic] never come to Council on overturning the appointments, etc.

So, communication with Megan O’Toole is great. I think we should add her to an extra chair over there. [looking up towards Megan O’Toole] So at least you’ll be here to discuss the issues.

I think it’s sad—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

[whispers into camera] Yes, it’s called accountability, Hazel. You haven’t had it for thirty years.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

[chuckling] It’s a nice change from me getting shit all the time. So. Anyway.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

I returned from my two months on Maui to find that I no longer have the luxury of coming to Mississauga Council meetings —be here at 9 o’clock and stay for however long it takes.

So my data collection is essentially over and it’s now at a stage where I report what the video evidence has determined over, I guess, since December 2006 when I began videotaping Mississauga Council. Freedom of Information since January 2007.

And I will go on record now and say that City of Mississauga staff lie, and there is a genuine, substantiated reason why you mistrust government. Because government lies. And the staff right up to senior do. And I have that on video. That’s why I’m able to say that with —as a statement of fact, instead of allegation.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

The other thing I want to say is, I registered for office (of) Mayor just to see what it’s like to run against Hazel McCallion and the kinds of —the difficulty, just to understand the dynamics of the City of Mississauga. The Corporate Structure but also the powerful backing of developers right down to what are called “The Friends of Hazel”.

I’ve experienced it all.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Wednesday, January 12, 2010, Mississauga Council Chambers)

December 21st, I was on the top, in the crater-summit of Haleakala on winter solstice at exactly 1:38 pm Hawaiian time. And I gave own oath which is to tell the story about MYTHissauga from the very first utterance —or audiotape that I ever made, which was May 5th, 2006 —when the City Manager said, We don’t have, “We don’t just have pockets of Excellence in this organization. We have Excellence throughout.”

I spent four years saying, “Uh uh uh, that’s not the case at all.”

And that’s what I want to explain. That the mistrust that is occurring and it’s kind of bubbling up in the United States right now talking about mistrust of government and the heated rhetoric there. Yes, the rhetoric is heated, but make no mistake that the mistrust of government is justified!

And I can’t talk about Federal government. I can’t talk so much about Provincial government. But have I got the goods on municipal government.

You have to mistrust. Because otherwise [whispers] they’re gonna feel you up in your sleep!

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

A reminder of the treatment Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warmington got from Hazel McCallion’s handler when she announced that she was running for Mayor.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S HANDLER TRIES TO GAG TORONTO SUN FROM ASKING MAYOR THE JUDICIAL INQUIRY (3:48 min)

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

And on the October 25th election night inside the Great Hall, how a “Friend of Hazel” prevented the Mississauga News from interviewing McCallion

Did this charmer prevent the Mississauga News from getting an interview with Hazel McCallion? (2:25 min)

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

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

“There seems to be a complete disregard for policy.” –Hazel McCallion, May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga" "Justanopinion  Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM       Face reality  Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!  MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMME

“The TRIUMPH of MYTHissauga” MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMMENT:

“Justanopinion Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM

Face reality Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!

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