City of Mississauga’s DIRTIEST secret: What Hazel McCallion, Katie Mahoney and Pat Saito HIDE from the Media

January 22nd, 2011  

Introduction —directly to the point.

Read the January 13, 2011 Mississauga News editorial about the City of Mississauga’s “Culture of secrecy” and take special note of the last two paragraphs.

What is surprising is just how far some — certainly not all — councillors are prepared to go to keep taxpayers’ business out of taxpayers’ sight and to protect their dirty little secrets.

We need real integrity and transparency at City Hall, not the facade we’ve lived with for the past few years.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been saying that for years —and called for the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities for almost as long.

Here’s video of the City of Mississauga’s dirtiest secret as revealed by City staff and the politicians themselves.  As always, followed by the transcript.

Mississauga’s dirty secrets: What Hazel McCallion, Katie Mahoney and Pat Saito HIDE from the Media: (4:15 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

—We sometimes as Council believe we’re above City policies and procedures. So there is no legal recourse on this as I’m understanding. But if it did go to court it would have some —there would be some weight attached because that disclaimer was in place?

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

It would certainly be one of the things that the court would look at if it got into the wrong hands, yes. But again, it’s not something that would be the subject of a charge.

In this case, we do have, for example, the Respectful Workplace Policy.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Exactly.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Could you put the Mission Statement on again?

I’m wondering why you haven’t included, “Based on its values of Honesty Trust, Quality and Excellence”—why you haven’t included the word “honesty”?

Deputant (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Our, uh, do you want to speak to that, Janice?

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Um, Madam Mayor, I think from our perspective, these are the values that come out of a series of discussions and workshops certainly at the staff level. I think we all believe that honesty is the basis of trust. So I—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

I hope so.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

You know that—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

I hope so.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Well, clearly. I mean you can’t, you cannot ha—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

On the part of Council. And on the part of Staff.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Well our values—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Honesty with the citizens.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Our Values are universal.

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

In regard, Madam Chairman at [sic] this report, I think this is an extremely important report regarding the Corporate procedures regarding Security Staff that is established. And I think that we’ve been [sic] appreciate that we were a little weak on this in regard to procedures. And I think we should thank, what’s her name —Ursula.

I think she raised the question, didn’t she?

Commissioner of Corporate Services Brenda Breault (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

She certainly raised the issue. So—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

Yeah. You raised the issue, Ursula. You know, we don’t always complain. We sometimes —we do accept suggestions. And I think this—

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

I’m going to tell you the reason it flew through without my asking questions I want to ask is I think it involves personnel.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

That’s right.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

And I want to know why —and it’s coming up again in-camera, and I want to know why it took four months for us to be informed and I want to know who goofed up when it says in the policy, “Cash and cheque on delivery. Arrangements for tickets.”

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

Well, I’m not happy with the report I can tell you. I’m not happy with the contents of the report. There seems to be a complete disregard for policy —following policy.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

A lot of things in here were dealt with years ago and it’s a complete disregard for policy. Following policy, in my opinion.

Why would anybody on a major contract be the one signing officer to approve all payments and all credits and everything?

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

I’m getting a little frustrated as Mayor as we set up policies and then they’re not  followed. And that’s what bothers me.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

Anyway.

So now we’re going to set up one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

If we set one up, it better be followed. That is the key. No use setting it up if it’s not going to be followed. You know, I don’t know why there’s such a disregard  for policy.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, September 20, 2010 Testimony)

I pride myself on the staff that we have at the City of Mississauga. They’re very professional —and they follow the policies very, very, very diligently.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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