Freedom of Information confirms that City of Mississauga kept no records of who signed Mayor’s Gala tax receipts (2005 – 2007) or for how much…
March 30th, 2011
[UPDATE: March 31, 2011, 7:50 pm. Have you ever meant to write down one thing and something entirely different and wrong came out instead? I just happened to have re-read my Freedom of Information response letter (below) and to my horror I noticed a huge error in the first part of my request. I’d written “correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services).”
That should have been “Corporate Services”! And that means I have to file another Freedom of Information request…. Now back to the Blog.]
This just in. Freedom of Information filed on the hunch that the person who played big in both the Enersource and Hotel/Condominium land deal at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry also played his hand at Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Galas.
I filed Freedom of Information on the potential role played in the issuance of tax receipts by former City Manager, David “I don’t remember, I don’t recall” O’Brien and (how could I not?) long-time Mayor’s Gala organizer and devoted, close friend of the Mayor, Jim Murray.
But (no surprise) it was not to be.
Freedom of Information requesting “a copy of every tax receipt issued so I can see the name/s of the signatores (who signed the tax receipts?)” between 2005 through 2007 confirms the City kept no copies of the tax receipts issued.
As a result who signed the tax receipts and for how much remains a mystery —and for all we know, the perfect crime on the taxpayers’ dime.
We will now file a follow-up Freedom of Information to confirm that the “Trust Quality Excellence” people never kept a single tax receipt it ever issued going all the way back to the first Mayor’s Gala in 1987.
After all what’s the big deal about Mayor’s Gala tax receipts? It’s only taxpayers’ money.
And after all, who’s to know?
And after all, it’s for Hazel.
And after all, it’s all done in the Best Interests of the City…
Just ask Hazel…
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOI Request 2011-0106
Mayor’s Gala Records
|Corporate Services Department
Legislative Services Division
Office of the City Clerk
City of Mississauga
|[corporate logo]||Leading today for tomorrow|
March 23, 2011
Dear Mrs. ————–:
|Re:||FOI Request 2011-0106
Mayor’s Gala Records
I am writing in response to your request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) for access to the following:
All records (esp. emails) pertaining to the 2006 & 2007 Mayor’s Gala (LAC for Arts). Esp. correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services).
However, bottom line for this 2006 and 2007 stuff is I want a copy of every tax receipt issued so I can see the name/s of the signatores (who signed the tax receipts?) Can you also throw in 2005?
Regarding the first part of your request, “correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services),” a search was made by the City Manager’s office. A review was made of all emails and correspondence files and no responsive records were found.
Regarding the second part of your request, “a copy of every tax receipt issued,” only one copy of the receipt was printed and signed and given to the donor.
Therefore, our decision is that there are no responsive records for this request.
If you have any questions, please contact Peter Meyler, Access and Privacy Officer, at 905-615-3200 ext. 5181.
In accordance with the Act, you may ask for a review of this decision or the fee within 30 days of
receiving this letter by writing to: Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario, 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto ON M4W IA8, telephone 416-326-3333. If you decide to request a review of this decision, please provide the Commissioner’s office with the following:
- the file number listed at the beginning of this letter;
- a copy of this decision letter;
- a copy of your original request.
In addition, you must send an appeal fee of $25.00 to the Commissioner’s Office. Please include the fee with your letter of appeal – appeal fees should be in the form of either a cheque or money order, payable to the Minister of Finance.
Acting Manager, Legislative Services/Acting Deputy Clerk
and Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator
Next we’ll file Freedom of Information on the Mayor’s Gala years prior to 2005 just to confirm that the City kept no records of any tax receipts it issued. With “no one” signing those receipts….