Hazel McCallion loses $28,000 in capital from her $2.3M Arts Gala Fund in 2008. And BEWARE Ted Woloshyn’s use of “raised mmmillions to support”
March 22nd, 2011
Fascinating photo of Hazel McCallion handing over a cheque for $2,340,000 to the Community Foundation of Mississauga during the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Gala in November 2008.
You can answer part of that question simply by reviewing the Community Foundation of Mississauga’s 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Annual reports. Quite simple. Just do a word search for “McCallion”.
We do know that up to the end of year 2009, the Mayor only donated $2,033.61 and that wasn’t for the arts but rather a grant right back to the Community Foundation of Mississauga for “Operations; to ensure the sustainability and Endowment Fund the continued growth and success of the Community Foundation of Mississauga.”
Given that a May 28, 2010 Mississauga News article, “Foundation hands out grants” makes no mention of the Mayor’s fund, it’s a safe bet that the Hazel McCallion Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Heritage has not issued a single grant to the Mississauga arts community from McCallion’s original $2,340,000 since it was handed over with great fanfare in November 2006.
Yesterday, while investigating further, I discovered video of a November 19, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting. At that meeting, the Mayor expresses some regrets at handing over her Gala Fund to the Community Foundation of Mississauga where it lost $28,000 in capital —and gained no interest.
Enough writing! It’s best simply to let the Mayor tell you. Watch. Listen.
So here’s the video complete with transcript.
Hazel McCallion loses $28,000 in capital from her $2.3M Arts Gala Fund in 2008 –and no interest. (3:59 min)
Councillor Maja Prentice (Mississauga General Committee meeting, November 19, 2008)
One of the other concerns I have –and maybe I shouldn’t have after you’ve explained it but, with this stabilization program I’m wondering how we will be differentiating between the grants that we deal with every year by the City and it’s done through City Staff.
We’re now going to have an arts stabilization program. And we also have the Mississauga Community Foundation which has funds from the Mayor’s Gala that will be designated in a granting process when it begins to reap some additional money —to the arts groups.
So we have three different groups now with the arts stabilization fund —the City, and whoever’s in charge of the arts stabilization group and the Mississauga Community Foundation. All going to be in a position to grant or donate —money.
And to me that gets us into a lot of trouble with duplication.
Glen Murray, then consultant, now MPP (Lib) for Toronto Centre (Mississauga General Committee meeting, November 19, 2008)
Absolutely. You’re making an excellent point.
If you remember the slide earlier in Jeff’s presentation, it talked about the criteria in an arts stabilization fund. I think that’s probably one of the most important slides in the presentation and here’s why.
Good arts and cultural funding should be funding arts on merit.
If you have a great dance company or you have a Muslim cultural festival or you have, you know, a symphony —and it’s doing some things really well. You know arts funding from the City —arts and cultural funding should be funding on merit, right?
So these arts organizations know that as they’re doing great cultural work, that their funding review for funding is going to be based on the merit of the program. So a great program should be rewarded from the City government recognizing that and being funded [inaudible] based on the cultural merit of the program.
What often happens in municipalities is a local opera company gets into trouble financially. And the arts and cultural funding isn’t funding because it has a great program.
As a matter of fact it is rewarded for having a bad program because it’s in so much trouble, teary-eyed volunteers come before City Council or the Arts/Culture Board saying, “You know we’re working our hearts out. Our program isn’t getting any legs.” So they get a whole lot more money and they’re rewarded for having an unsuccessful program.
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Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga General Committee meeting, November 19, 2008)
I like your stabilization. I think it is the answer —one of the answers to the situation.
I only wish I knew about it before I turned my money over to the Community Foundation. Cuz last year I lost $28,000 out of my funding. And no interest on it.
When it was left with the City, it was getting three (3) percent interest —on a couple of million dollars, which is nothing to— So instead, last year I lost $28,000 out of capital which is unfortunate.
I would have loved to have turned that over to —not all of it maybe, to the stabilization fund to start. So I regret this only came forward now. One of the things— I think the way to explain the process…
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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 the arts, culture and heritage of the community—
MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)
Because saying it makes it so.
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
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