HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL “…without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada.”

March 10th, 2011  

This Blog is a follow-up to our March 8, 2011 Blog, “Toronto Star, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –complete with VIDEO

Next, please know that a March 10, 2011 article, “Victim cash didn’t buy gala tickets” announced an important correction regarding the Peel Police Services Board.

Reporter Pam Douglas wrote:

A Toronto newspaper has backtracked on a story it printed Monday that accused the Peel Police Services Board of using money intended for victims of crime for other purposes.

The local police board asked for a correction to the story, which was picked up by The News, and a “clarification” was published yesterday.

The board’s Special Fund is not taxpayer money, it is not “proceeds of crime” money, and it is not money intended for crime victims, said Fred Biro, executive director of the Peel Police Services Board.

It is money accumulated through the sale of property when police have been unable to track down the rightful owner. The vast majority of it comes from the auctioning of bicycles found and turned in to police, Biro said.

Next.

At Wednesday’s Mississauga Council meeting, Councillor Sue McFadden continued her investigation into Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Galas and then announced that she would be filing a complaint against the Mayor with the City’s new integrity commissioner. Later, Councillor Nando Iannicca made his views known regarding, in his words, “this grand fete for the City’s elites.” This is a must-see video that also includes a peek into the oh-so-grand “grand fete for the City’s elites.”

So here’s the video complete with transcript.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL “…you had this grand fete for the City’s elites.” (9:03 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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.]

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Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

And I have two questions, if you wouldn’t mind. Question number 1, after reviewing the answers provided on February 24th, 2011 to the gala questions I asked on January the 19th, I’m submitting a series of follow-up questions for further clarification and detail. And I will give a copy to the Clerk and to the City Manager.

And question number 2, after enduring ongoing bullying and verbal abuse from another member of Council, namely the Mayor, to the point of being unable to effectively do my job as a member of  Council and be in public, I will be submitting a request to the integrity commissioner for an investigation under Rules, 10, 11, 12 and 18 in the Code of Conduct.

Thank you.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[Video: clip of Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Gala promotional video.]
[Repeat-audio: Peel Police Services Board meeting,
October 17, 2008]

[CUT]

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Councillor Iannicca.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Well, I wanted to follow up on the previous concerns from Councillor McFadden with regards to items she raised. But more important, the information that’s come back from the Staff in regards to the Mayor’s Gala.

And I understand more is to come back.

I just want to be clear on what is coming back and the action we’re taking, that something that to be very candid, just from the media accounts, looks dreadfully appalling. And looks like a whole bunch of people feel cheated.

And so I want some clarity around the issues when they come back, I want it to be very clear, and I want to say it here at Council, that these are the list of concerns. And the one specifically that relates to us as Board of Directors of the Corporation.

But first is, I trust the donors are aware, were aware that when you gave a dollar only six or seven cents went to the entity. And I’m starting to think that they’re not because of how tax receipts were issued. But perhaps that will come back.

I wonder what rapprochement’s been done with the charities when they now know, and I didn’t know, —I don’t think a lot of people knew, that you had this grand fete with the City’s elites. And at the end of the day for every dollar that came in, eighty cents was consumed.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

The donors would have been better off giving them half as much directly and some of the charities are saying exactly that.

So I hope that comes back.

I’m sure a lot of taxpayers feel cheated because if my math is correct, only from the accounts, some of the entities who wholeheartedly and graciously gave money would have got bigger business receipts and charity receipts than the charities got in actual money. I just have a fundamental problem with that.

But the more specific point that I have that relates solely to us and solely to me —I’ll speak to it myself as a member of this Council, in effect the Board of Directors.

My understanding is without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada. I don’t believe you’re allowed to issue charitable receipts if you’re not a charity.

So what I, and a direct question to the City Manager, what I would like is some understanding around what we are doing about that. By “that” what I mean is this.

You know, if you’re in the business of collecting taxes, and you’re in the business of passing laws, you should respect laws. And you should respect other levels of governments’ taxation laws. It appears as though we haven’t.

And before —and this is a fundamental point I’m making, before Revenue Canada comes knocking on our door, and my door as a member of this Board of Directors, I hope we are reaching out to Revenue Canada and saying, “Here’s how we governed our affairs. And if we’ve done something wrong, can someone please tell us. And how do we make this right.”

Because it’s my understanding that Revenue Canada takes a wholly different approach with you when you’re forthcoming and saying perhaps we made a mistake —I don’t know.

But only from the accounts and some of the questions that have been asked, we seemed to have made a rather egregious mistake. And before they come knock on our door and pursue it —and I’m told that CRA makes a habit of pursuing these things as well they should, I’d rather be proactive and conciliatory and say if we’ve done something wrong —on behalf of, speaking for myself as someone who sits on this Board of Directors, because we’re ultimately accountable, I would hope that we’re in the process of reconciling that.

Mr. Chairman, that’s a direct question to the City Manager on that specific aspect of it. What are we doing, relative to the concerns that have been raised that may abridge upon the role of the CRA.

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Madam City Manager, could [sic] you like to respond?

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

I have not —I mean, again, you know, I have not gone back and reviewed that because nobody has made a formal complaint to me. I have been reading comments in the paper. I’ve seen the material that’s come back from the commissioner.

I would reiterate again that the City simply provided a service to the Gala. We were not decision-makers with respect to the format and content of the event —the hiring of the services or the entertainment with respect to the Gala.

If Council wishes me to go back and review that matter, I certainly can do that. But as of now I have received no formal complaint— [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

I filed Freedom of Information a couple of days ago.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Mr. Chairman, I don’t want to raise it as a complaint. I want to be very —I have a whole host of concerns. I’ve spoken. That’s not what—

I’m asking a very specific question as it relates to what we did, as I understand it, in the issuance of receipts for charitable purposes. And we had no right to do that. As I understand it. And how that might run afoul of what the CRA expects of us. If I should have no concerns in that regard, I have—

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Well, I have not reviewed it and if Council wishes for me to review that matter, I can certainly do that.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you and that’s exactly —maybe to report back to us and say we’ve done nothing wrong relative —great!

But if we have, then yes, and we’re doing what is appropriate under the circumstances to make sure that we’re not in their bad books, so to speak. Because, as I say, I don’t want to be in the business of passing laws for a living and collecting taxes, then breaking the country’s laws. Because we’re the Board of Directors and it’s out Corporation that issued receipts.

I’m only asking on that one point. I want to be very, very clear. Because that is of great concern to me and I’m sure all taxpayers in Canada. So if the City Manager can come back and just clarify that point and do whatever needs to be done in a remedial way, I don’t think, just in terms of the integrity of the Office of this Corporation, we don’t want to be seen as being afoul of Canada Revenue’s laws.

So yeah, I would appreciate that specific point coming back, thank you.

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Take that as direction?

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Please. Thank you.

[IMAGES OF MAYOR’S GALAS with repeat-audio of Councillor Nando Iannicca speaking]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]

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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—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

The following images are from the Mayor’s Gala’s website at: http://themayorsgala.ca/

2008 Mayor's Gala - Let the Games Begin Entertainment: Regis Philbin

Regis

2008 Gala performer Regis Philbin delights the audience with a stroll through Hammerson Hall.

The Organizing Committee 2010

Committee_2010

Pictured is the 2010 committee
Back Row: (L to R) Duncan Hobbs, Dave O’Brien, Ron Duquette, Douglas Fowles, Martin Stitt
Middle Row: Nance MacDonald, Joe Watson, Hanne Olesen-Nahman, Frank Giannone
Front Row: Jim Murray, Neena Kanwar, Frankie Valli, Mayor Hazel McCallion, Jake Dheer
Photo by: Amy Tjen  Photo Depot

This is a comment left at the Toronto Sun by a Peel Board trustee who was in the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network Policy and Working Group

[cut-and-paste begins] Valerie Arnold-Judge Report Comment March 10th 2011, 3:12pm. After being a school board trustee with PDSB for 13 years where the school board trustees have been micro managed by the provincial government with their expenses. No galas or functions are allowed on their expense reports unless it pertains to children., I find it appalling that the municipal councillors in the GTA are not questioned as to how many galas, trips and tournaments that they attend without any concerns from the provincial governmentl regarding tax payers money….It is time that they are held accountable for their spending. [end cut-and-paste]

2 Responses to “HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL “…without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada.””

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Just a quick “thank you” for taking the time to visit the on-line Brampton Guardian. They have been getting away with only posting comments from the Mayor’s lapdogs for far too long. You have managed to stir things up. Maybe next time you post on TorStar you can encourage folks to visit the Guardian to bring some balance and perspective. You’re the best!!!

  2. Cute-Bald Says:

    “…without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada.”
    If this is true, and it was illegal, should I hold my breath waiting for charges against council to be laid? I don’t think so. They will get away with it and it will be business as usual in Mississauga.


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