Hazel McCallion keeps puppet-councillor Ron Starr in the dark –by “telling it like it is.”

February 28th, 2011  

Today’s Blog is a continuation of our last two Blog entries, “Mississauga Council presentation on Hazel McCallion’s Conflict of Interest: the McLean & Kerr Report –Setting the Record Straight” and “How much did the legal opinion ‘Peter McCallion, for material purposes, was not actually the son of the Mayor’ cost the City of Mississauga?”

Both Blog entries are for the historical record and for inclusion in the February 23, 2011 Mississauga Council meeting minutes as well as those of Brampton, Caledon and Peel.

Something else happened at last Wednesday’s Council meeting and I found it immensely entertaining. Councillor Ron Starr asked an excellent question about single source contracting. It was a simple, accountability question: how does the City know it’s getting value for its money when they’ve approved a contract from a single bidder source? Regular readers know that the answer to that question is that the City doesn’t!

Watch this fascinating video of Hazel McCallion avoiding Ron Starr’s question and deflecting to Paul Mitcham, who in typical fashion, responded in detail to Councillor Starr’s question without actually answering the question, let alone telling the truth. As always, the video transcript.

Hazel McCallion keeps puppet-councillor Ron Starr in the dark –by “telling it like it is.” (4:27 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, February 26, 2011)

There’s a revealing exchange between Hazel McCallion and Ron Starr and Paul Mitcham at Wednesday’s Council meeting. I’m going to play it now.

Councillor Ron Starr,  (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

Okay, Committee Reports. Planning and Development Committee Report? Councillor Starr?

Councillor Ron Starr,  (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

Well, I, I’m sorry Madam. I didn’t know we were off the ‘R’ Series here.

On the single source ‘R 5’ –the PCL Constructors Contract. On these, and especially when they’re larger, how do we monitor, how do we establish, what’s the baseline for costs and determination of the construction value, etc etc. What I’m looking at is how do we determine that this is good value for the dollars we’re spending, since it’s a single source?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, February 26, 2011)

McCallion should know the answer.

Mayor Hazel McCallion,  (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

Who’s going to answer? It’s a good question.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, February 26, 2011)

McCallion should know the answer.

Mayor Hazel McCallion,  (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

Who’s going to answer?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, February 26, 2011)

McCallion should know the answer.

Mayor Hazel McCallion,  (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

It’s a good question.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, February 26, 2011)

McCallion should know the answer.

Mayor Hazel McCallion,  (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

How do we compare?

[REVERSE CLOCKWIPE]

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

There was —there was a policy established. Every vendor, and especially on major contracts, that when we had bad experiences —and we have had some bad experiences—

Al Steinbach, Senior Internal Auditor (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

Yes.

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

There was a policy established years ago that the vendor would be categorized. And in fact some would be cut off for future contracts.

Al Steinbach, Senior Internal Auditor (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

That’s not—

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

Did you find no trace of it?

Al Steinbach, Senior Internal Auditor (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

No, it’s not in there.

Councillor Pat Mullin (Chair, Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

No, the answer’s no. So I guess [inaudible]

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

Well it was set up, I can tell you.

Councillor Carmen Corbasson (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

I remember the discussion.

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

Do you?

Councillor Carmen Corbasson (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009)

I remember the discussions.

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

Some of you who’ve been around long will remember? It was set up. So obviously it got lost in the shuffle somewhere. Cuz we ran, we ran into some bad examples. And that’s when we set the policy. That’s years ago. That’s not —ten years ago, would I be right? At least. So where did that —what happened to it?

Hazel McCallion, "And that’s when we set up the policy. That’s years ago. That’s not —ten years ago, would I be right? At least. So where did that —what happened to it?"

[CLOCKWIPE]

Councillor Ron Starr,  (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

—how do we determine that this is good value for the dollars we’re spending, since it’s a single source?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, February 26, 2011)

They don’t!

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

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

Someone:

Yeah.

Mayor Hazel McCallion,  (Audit Committee meeting, 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.

Councillor Ron Starr, (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

—how do we determine that this is good value for the dollars we’re spending, since it’s a single source?

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, February 27, 2011)

Which brings us to a relevant point in Tom Urbaniak’s book, HER WORSHIP, Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga. Page 143.

Despite McCallion’s tight control, it did happen occasionally that unwanted statements or descriptions slipped into the budget documents. In such instances, Her Worship did not hesitate to chastise the staff. One staff-prepared budget overview contained a statement implying that deferred maintenance was resulting in deterioration of facilities used by the public–

[DIP TO WHITE]

–This brought a sharp rebuke from the mayor: the statement ‘should either be retracted or adjusted. This is a very significant statement to me that a roof is going to fall in on some of our buildings. Somebody’s going to pick this up and say “yes, you’re doing a great job on taxes but you’ve got significant deferrals. I think you should take out that statement, redo and tell it like it is.’”

Community services commissioner Paul Mitcham tried at first to explain, but then conceded that ‘it’s probably not a good statement.’ He promised it would be taken out.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]

Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services, (Mississauga Council meeting, February 23, 2011)

Um, through to ah Councillor Starr.

Uh, my understanding is that the agreement in this case is ah comparable to the agreements we have in place already for the ISF-funded projects. Um. And given that this is really a continuation of the ISF-group of projects, ah and given the deadlines that we face, ah we, ah, have come forward with a request as you have in front of you to sole-source to PCL.

So it’s a construction management contract, ah, consistent with the ah agreements that we already have in place.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting and pretending to be fishing —reeling in a Big One, February 26, 2011)

Op! He’s comin’ in! He’s comin’ in! He’s gonna land him on the boat! And he’s GOT IT!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS. LOGO]

Just some of the Corporate policies that City of Mississauga Corporate Security have violated (confirmed through Freedom of Information)

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