Mississauga Council video presentation, “Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga ‘raised mmmillions of dollars'”

April 13th, 2011  

This video was shown at the April 13, 2011 Mississauga Council meeting. MISSISSAUGAWATCH will submit this entire blog for the record in the April 13, 2011 Council meeting minutes. As is now our practice we provide this video, followed by the transcript.

Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga “raised mmmillions of dollars” (10:11 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT with freeze-frames from actual video]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

Regarding the Mayor’s galas, Mississauga Council is going to limit me to ten minutes. So I’m going to let Councillor Nando Iannicca detail the concerns surrounding this annual fund-raising event.

Freeze-frame "McCallion-backed Ron Starr (left) and Councillor Nando Iannicca" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

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

—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 (reporting April 10, 2011)

And when we look at Commissioner Breault’s February 24, 2011 report, she writes that in 2005 the ticket cost of $400.00, 50% was allocated for donation.

And yet when you go and check on what actually happened, you can see that in 2005, the $400.00 ticket, only 24% percent went into actual proceeds.

Freeze-frame "Percent proceeds of Mayor's Gala" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

And the Commissioner continues that for 2006, the ticket cost was $500.00 of which 40% was allocated for a donation.

And yet when you look in 2006, the proceeds were actually less, just twenty-two percent.

That’s difficult enough to swallow if you’re a private individual, but imagine some of these publicly-funded agencies over here, who also bought tickets.

Freeze-frame "publicly funded agencies who pissed away 80% on entertainment, food and drink" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

So we’ve got Trillium Health Centre here. $2,000.00. And that’s got to be publicly-funded money, or donations that they received from people. And now what they’re doing is they’re taking their $2,000.00 and flushing 80% of it, and only $400.00 go to the arts!

And I would think that anybody who donated to the Trillium Health Centre wanted that $2,000 to go into Health.

Now there’s a March 7, 2011 article in the Toronto Star —”(Peel) Police board spent thousands on mayors’ gala [sic]” and I want to read some of the highlights to you now.

The Peel Police Services Board has bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of tickets to private mayoral galas in Brampton and Mississauga, using “proceeds of crime”—

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.

Now you remember October 2008 don’t you?

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Freeze-frame "Peter Mansbridge, October 6, 2008 The National"" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

 

Peter Mansbridge (The National CBC, October 6, 2008)

Good evening. The world’s stock markets answered a desperate call today —Sell!

They torpedoed into new territory as the financial crisis tightened its grip on the global economy.

The Dow fell almost 370 points before closing below 10,000 for the first time in four years. Earlier in the day, the TSX plunged almost 1,200 points —its biggest one-day drop on records.

—Canadians fear their savings are slip-sliding away.

Freeze-frame "TSX performance just prior to October 17, 2008 Peel Police Services Board meeting" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

As the real world debated Recession or Depression, witness the Peel Police Services Board take $6,000 of public funds and lavish $4,800 of it on Mayor McCallion’s evening of entertainment, food and drink.

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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)

Freeze-frame "Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell at October 17, 2008 Peel Police Services Board meeting" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

(general laughter)

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

All those in favour? Carried.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

And the economy got worse. And by January 23, 2009 we see Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell vote for her own gala at this Peel Police Services Board meeting.

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

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.

Freeze-frame "Jim Murray" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

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.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reading from National Post article, “Mississauga Mayor’s Gala faces allegations of corruption” Megan O’Toole)

“This was never intended, nor was it billed as, and nor was it sold as a fundraiser,” Mr. Murray said.

Doug Fowles (Gala promotional video shown at Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket 90th Birthday Bash, February 12, 2011)

It was originally started to raise money for the arts —for the construction of the Living Arts Centre.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reading from National Post article, “Mississauga Mayor’s Gala faces allegations of corruption” Megan O’Toole)

“—and nor was it sold as a fundraiser,” Mr. Murray said.

Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn (Gala promotional video shown at Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket 90th Birthday Bash, February 12, 2011)

—now in its 25th year, raised mmmillions of dollars to support the arts, culture and heritage in the community—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

As Ted Woloshyn should know, “raised mmmillions of dollars to support the arts, culture and heritage” is not the same thing as supporting with millions of dollars raised.

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

To that point. Appendix 7 shows that the Mayor’s gala raised $3,737,000 of which only $768,000 was ever returned to the community in donations.

Freeze-frame "Mayor's Gala NOT-millions donations" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

The same appendix shows that there’s $2,340,000 of the Mayor’s fund was donated to the Mississauga Community Foundation [sic]. So essentially you have a foundation within a foundation.

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

And Councillor McFadden asked Mississauga Staff, “What year did the Mississauga Community Foundation receive $2,340,000 from the accumulated gala funds and how many projects (with amounts) have received grants from that fund to date?

And Commissioner Breault’s response is, “The $2,340,000 was transferred from the City at the end of 2006 to the Mississauga Community Foundation [sic]. The City has no information regarding projects which received grants through this Foundation.”

Freeze-frame "Hazel McCallion admits losing $28,000 from gala fund" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

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 3% 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.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

As to Councillor McFadden’s question, “how many projects (with amounts) have received grants from that fund to date”?

Commissioner Breault had written, “The City has no information regarding projects which received grants through this Foundation,” —easy answer.

Freeze-frame "Community Foundation of Mississauga confirms McCallion's fund donated ZERO back to community between 2007 to current" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

Go to the internet. Answer is Zero. Nothing. Not in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. Zero.

Regarding the report by Commissioner Breault in response to Councillor McFadden’s questions, the Commissioner writes that “staff have completed their research and are providing the following based on information available in the City’s financial records.”

What that means is that answers could be elsewhere and they’ve limited their research to the financial records and that’s all.

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

Councillor McFadden asked specifically about the receipts. She asked about receipts for the 2005 gala, the 2006 gala and also the 2007.

And Commissioner Breault’s response is, “The City has no information to respond.”

There is a way of finding out about receipts —you just Google.

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

Yep there it is. “How long should you keep your tax receipts?” There it is —six years.

So we should be able to get tax receipts from City Staff and councillors who attended Mayor’s galas all the way back to 2004!

And what you get is the Mayor’s Gala website. And it looks like it’s called “IT’S A FULL HOUSE”. Kenny Rogers.

And we just go through really quickly.

And what we get is a picture of Brenda Breault herself in 2005! And there’s Councillor Prentice.

Let’s keep going. There’s the City Manager! So certainly she’ll be able to help us produce the receipts for 2005.

We’ve got Councillor Pat Mullin and we’ve got Martin Powell, Commissioner of Public Works and Transportation.

Let’s go to 2006.

There’s Ron Starr —Councillor Starr.

This guy right there. Ken Owen, Director of Facility and Properties Management. Also Director of Mississauga Corporate Security.

Freeze-frame "Ken Owen, Director of Facilities and Properties Management (aka Mississauga Corporate Security Grand Skulk" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

I know he’d be happy to hand over a tax receipt. How fortunate.

Who can help us for tax receipts for 2007? Maja Prentice again. She’d be able to help us. Former Councillor.

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting April 10, 2011)

So we’ve got City Staff for 2005, 2006 and 2007 —and councillors who could help us by producing tax receipts!

Freeze-frame "2005, 2006, 2007 gala years" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

Here’s my tax receipt to the Mayor’s $350.00 a ticket 90th Birthday Bash. That easy!

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Last, for the record, this afternoon I sent the following email and requested it go into the April 13, 2011 Council minutes.

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—– Forwarded Message —-
From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: hazel.mccallion@mississauga.ca; Jim Tovey <Jim.Tovey@mississauga.ca>; pat.mullin@mississauga.ca; Chris Fonseca <Chris.Fonseca@mississauga.ca>; frank.dale@mississauga.ca; eve.adams@mississauga.ca; Ron Starr <Ron.Starr@mississauga.ca>; nando.iannicca@mississauga.ca; katie.mahoney@mississauga.ca; pat.saito@mississauga.ca; sue.mcfadden@mississauga.ca; george.carlson@mississauga.ca; janice.baker@mississauga.ca; Brenda Breault <Brenda.Breault@mississauga.ca>; Mary Ellen Bench <maryellen.bench@mississauga.ca>; Crystal Greer <Crystal.Greer@mississauga.ca>
Cc: motoole@nationalpost.com; rjames@thestar.ca; city@thestar.ca; gtimbers@mississauga.net; jstewart@mississauga.net; mississauga_watch@yahoo.com
Sent: Thu, April 14, 2011 2:51:25 PM
Subject: Yesterday’s Council Mayor’s Gala video deputation is now online. And comment regarding Jim Tovey’s claim to have admired the coat of arms back in 2005.

[Hi Ms. Greer, I’m requesting that you include this correspondence in yesterday’s Council minutes or failing that, in the minutes of the next Council, please.]

Hi Council.

Yesterday’s Council Mayor’s Gala video deputation is now online.

“Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga “raised mmmillions of dollars”

at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFvgoWgLr30

My other reason for writing. I have video of Jim Tovey claiming to have admired the craftsmanship of the Mayor’s beautiful coat of arms “hanging on the wall” back in 2005 when he was a mere carpenter fresh from a construction site on his first visit to the Mayor’s office to talk about the power plant.

Please check out the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry’s exhibit “Holding-Mayors Gala Fund” at:

www.mississaugainquiry.ca/exhibits/pdf/Exhibit_578_COM005001350.pdf

It shows “30-Jun-09 Mayor’s Coat of Arm’s -$15,212.05”

I find it remarkable that Mr. Tovey has such vivid, fond memories of admiring this coat of arms back in 2005 when it was only paid for on June 30, 2009!

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful .” –Edward R. Murrow

Best wishes,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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