Toronto Star, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –complete with VIDEO

March 8th, 2011  

This Blog is meant to be a companion piece to the Toronto Star’s March 6, 2011 editorial, “McCallion’s Arts Gala: No feast for the arts” as well as Torstar’s San Grewal’s March 7, 2011 article, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas”.

What’s rather interesting is just at the time when I was ferreting through Peel Police Services Board minutes for items regarding both Hazel McCallion and Susan Fennell’s Mayor’s galas table purchases, so did San Grewal!

Grewal writes:

Minutes show, for example, that the board approved buying a $4,000 table at Fennell’s gala on Feb. 20 last year, on Fennell’s invitation. A month before the gala took place, then-board member Jim Murray put forward a motion to buy a second table. It was approved.

A big player in Mississauga’s real estate market and close friend of McCallion, Murray is one of the organizers of her annual arts gala. In 2008, Fennell moved that the police board buy a $6,000 table for McCallion’s gala that November.

Murray rejected any suggestion that there was a quid pro quo between them, yelling “that’s just insulting.”

Ohhh there was quid pro quo (“this for that”) all right! And I found it most insulting that Mr. Murray, former Vice Chair of the Peel Police Services Board would yell “that’s just insulting.” And I believe that video will bear me out.

I managed to find only three videos of the Peel Police Services Board approving the purchase of tables for Mayors’ galas. But these clips are definitely revealing —especially the role played by Vice Chair, Jim “big player in Mississauga’s real estate market and close friend of McCallion” Murray.

Video shows Vice Chair Murray (and organizer of Hazel McCallion’s Mayor galas) urging that in these “tough economic times” that the Police Services Board “step up to the plate” to wine and dine on The Fine —giving zero thought to those unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of these “tough economic times”!

As always, here’s the video, followed by the transcript.

Toronto Star: “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –and the videos (5:52 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reading from the Toronto Star editorial, “McCallion’s Arts Gala: No feast for the arts”, March 8, 2011)

This is part of the editorial, and it says:

“McCallion’s Arts Gala: No feast for the arts

Anyone still harbouring the illusion that Mississauga has been well run under Mayor Hazel McCallion need only look to the mayor’s annual arts gala for fresh evidence to the contrary.

Although the gala is not a registered charity, the city made charitable receipts available to those who attended. Only a small fraction of “arts gala” revenues between 1997 and 2007 went directly to arts groups. Peel Police and other public agencies spent taxpayer dollars on tickets to support what was little more than a black-tie fete for the elite.”

And then the Toronto Star says:

“Councillor Sue McFadden deserves credit for persistently questioning the event’s propriety. As his next order of business, Mississauga integrity commissioner George Rust-D’Eye would do well to examine the ethical two-step at the heart of this soiree.”

And I guess with all of that background, I have to say that when I was videotaping and the Peel Police Services Board was approving the purchase of tables at galas —both for Fennell’s gala and also for McCallion’s, it went over my head. I didn’t think anything of it.

And of course that’s one of the fantastic things about videotape, is that once the Toronto Star and the Brampton Guardian called Fennell’s gala into question —well, then I could go back to the video that I had.

And the same thing once the Toronto Star started questioning McCallion’s November arts gala —I had the videotape!

And well, now it’s for you to see.

[REVERSE CLOCK WIPE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Item 110, then is the Special Fund Request —Brampton Safe City Award Gala.

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

I’ll move that.

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Okay. Do we have a seconder? Yes, Mr. Murray.

Are there any questions? All those in favour? Carried.

Also there’s another special request. Would someone like to move that for the Mississauga—

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Oh, I’ll move that. (laughs)

(general laughter)

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

All those in favour? Carried.

Item 112.

[NOTE: Mayor Fennell moved the purchase of one table of 10 tickets in the total amount of $6,000 to Hazel McCallion’s annual gala. Video confirms that Jim Murray, organizer of the McCallion’s gala voted in favour.]

[CLOCK WIPE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

All those in favour? Opposed anyone? Carried.

Item number 20 then is an event from the Special Policy —uh the Special Fund area. Mr. Murray.

Jim Murray, Vice Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

Yes. Mr. [inaudible]

This year’s recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the City of Brampton at the Mayor’ annual gala for the community, and for the Brampton community is the past vice chair [inaudible] and two-time member of this Board over many many years, Mr. Webb.

Mr. Ron Webb, and I think it will be appropriate if this Board was to buy two tables to this event. Primarily for that reason but also to recognize that this might be a difficult year to sell some subscriptions to this event, and it’s a worthy event. It supports the community —it supports the [inaudible] of this award. I would move that we purchase two tables.

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2009)

Is there a seconder? Okay. Any other questions? If not, all those in favour? Carried.

Item number 21.

[VIDEO REPLAY with magnification.]
[NOTE: Video confirms that Mayor Fennell voted in favour of purchasing two tables in the total amount of $8,000 to her own gala.]

[CLOCK WIPE]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Yes. Mr. Murray?

Jim Murray, Vice Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Mr. Chairman, we initially have passed a resolution to support Mayor Fennell’s gala on February 20th with the caveat that we would come back should they find themselves in these tough economic times in difficulty in selling tickets —tables to this worthy fund-raising event.

Capping that off they are honouring Iggy and Didi Kaneff, who made an ongoing lifetime contribution to this community and to many charities, not the least of which is University of Toronto and Sheridan Campus. And the 25-year sponsorship to Community Living and Community Living fund-raising efforts.

And I would like to move that we buy a second table to support this event. I think we bought two tables to the Mississauga Mayor’s gala in [inaudible] and in this economic time, it’s time to step up.

I would move that we buy a second table.

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 23, 2010)

[inaudible] I declare a conflict because of all the money that goes to the community and it’s in my name so [rest largely inaudible.]

[Video shows that Mayor Fennell stands up and moves into corner and abstains from voting.]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, January 22, 2010)

Thank you. All those in favour? Carried.

[Video confirms purchase of one additional table in the amount of $4,000 in support of the 6th Annual Mayor Fennell Gala. (total $8,000)   Moved by J. Murray.]

[CLOCK WIPE]

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Now in its 25th year, raised millions of dollars to support that arts, culture and heritage of the community—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Because saying it makes it so.

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

—North America’s best performers—

[LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

Peel Police Services Board  October 17, 2008: Item 111. Special Fund Request – The Board purchased one table of 10 tickets  in the total amount of $6,000 for the 22nd Annual Mississauga Mayor’s Gala. Moved by S. Fennell.

Peel Police Services Board January 23, 2009: Item 20. Special Fund – That the Board purchase from the Special Fund  two tables of eight to Mayor Susan Fennell’s Annual Gala, in the total  amount of $8,000. Moved by J. Murray. Mayor Fennell voted in favour.

Peel Police Services Board January 22, 2010: Police Services Board – Special Fund – 6th Annual Mayor Susan Fennell Gala – The Board considered a motion from Mr. J. Murray to purchase one  additional table in the amount of $4,000 in support of the 6th Annual Mayor  Fennell Gala. (total $8,000)   Moved by J. Murray.

One Response to “Toronto Star, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –complete with VIDEO”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Your comments and youtube video’s should be on the Brampton Guardian on-line. Many people in Brampton are being mislead by the Guardian stories. Have a look at it now it says that crime money was not used to purchase gala tickets, instead it says they paid for it from sale of unclaimed items such as their bicycle auctions etc. They also claim that TorStar have backtracked on their story, but in fact there is no retraction or correction on the TorStar on-line. Bramptonians need to see your youtube video – very telling


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