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Mayor Hazel McCallion celebrating Thanksgiving October 7, 2006 with World Class Developments’ (son) Peter McCallion and Leo Couprie

October 9th, 2011  

Today’s blog regarding Mayor Hazel McCallion celebrating Thanksgiving October 7, 2006 with World Class Developments’ (son) Peter McCallion and Leo Couprie is for historical purposes.

I’ve gone to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report, “Updating the Ethical Infrastructure” to provide context of the McCallion/Couprie October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving festivities.

  REPORT  (Full version)  (9,252Kb / 403 pages)

Page 68:

68 Updating the Ethical Infrastructure

Mr. McCallion testified that, by July 2006, it was clear that Mr. Couprie
would be investing in World Class Developments Incorporated and, as a result,
would replace the solicitors as the sole officer and director of the company. On
Mr. McCallion’s instruction, Mr. Couprie directed Caprara Brown by email on
August 3, 2006, stating that, until World Class Developments Incorporated
firmed up a deal with OMERS, the corporation was to remain in his name only,
because he was providing the deposit money. He also requested that the corporate
address be changed to the one he provided. By email the following day, Mr.
Brown confirmed receipt of Mr. Couprie’s instructions and assured him that
“all existing directors and shareholders (Caprara and myself ) will be scrubbed
and replaced with you.”40

On August 9, 2006, to address a printing error on letterhead and business
cards, the lawyers changed the name from “World Class Developments
Incorporated” to “World Class Developments Limited” and incorporated the
changes referred to above.41

Although it is odd that the printing error led to the reorganization of
the company, Messrs. McCallion and Couprie formally created World Class
Developments Limited (wcd) in November 2006. In a letter to Mr. Couprie
dated November 20, 2006, Mr. Brown confirmed that, based on Mr. Couprie’s
and Mr. McCallion’s instructions, the corporation had been reorganized
through the filing of articles of amendment.42 Mr. McCallion told his lawyers
that the company was Mr. Couprie’s company since Mr. Couprie was the
person with the money. He and Mr. Couprie instructed the lawyers to change
the directors, officers, and shareholders of wcd to reflect Mr. Couprie as the
principal of the corporation, a fact confirmed by letter.

That summarizes the Summer of 2006.

What follows, for chronology, are the photos of the McCallion/Couprie October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving celebrations. (Photo credit and special thanks to Peter McCallion)

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

Mayor Hazel McCallion, October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving dinner with World Class Developments’
Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie.

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie
World Class Developments’ principal/owner Peter McCallion toasts family and friends.
Leo Couprie (black hair at left) and Hazel McCallion, October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving dinner.

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie
Hazel McCallion, October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving dinner with crab legs on the menu.

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

World Class Developments’ principal/owners Peter McCallion (likely the one taking this picture) and
Leo Couprie (striped shirt) celebrate Thanksgiving 2006 with Mayor McCallion.

Peter McCallion’s Thanksgiving photos summarize World Class Developments’ activities on October 7, 2006.

For November we return to the Inquiry’s report Updating the Ethical Infrastructure. Page 74.

74 Updating the Ethical Infrastructure
Leo Couprie’s Role

Although it is odd that the printing error led to the reorganization of
the company, Messrs. McCallion and Couprie formally created World Class
Developments Limited (wcd) in November 2006. In a letter to Mr. Couprie
dated November 20, 2006, Mr. Brown confirmed that, based on Mr. Couprie’s
and Mr. McCallion’s instructions, the corporation had been reorganized
through the filing of articles of amendment.42 Mr. McCallion told his lawyers
that the company was Mr. Couprie’s company since Mr. Couprie was the
person with the money. He and Mr. Couprie instructed the lawyers to change
the directors, officers, and shareholders of WCD to reflect Mr. Couprie as the
principal of the corporation, a fact confirmed by letter.43

Mr. McCallion had incorporated WCD before Mr. Couprie became involved
in the company. Mr. McCallion approached him about investing in WCD in
the summer of 2006 on the basis that an investor group in Korea was prepared
to develop the project if Mr. McCallion could assure the investors they
would gain title to the property. He understood that Mr. McCallion was looking
to him only for deposit money for the property. As noted, Mr. McCallion
asked Mr. Couprie to “invest” $750,000, and offered a return of an additional
$750,000 on his original investment.77

Mr. Couprie was prepared to put up the money as long as it was secured
and fully refundable. After receiving verbal legal advice, he gave Mr. McCallion
$600,000 of his own money and borrowed an additional $150,000 from
friends, for the requested total of $750,000.78

The deal was attractive to Mr. Couprie in that it permitted him to double
his money, although he knew it would take some time to receive the $1.5 million
he was due. 79 The successful completion of the project depended on: (1)
closing the deal with OMERS; (2) the developer then building the condominiums
and engaging Peter McCallion as the listing agent; and, finally, (3) actually
selling the condominiums.80

Mr. Couprie explained that he came into the project as a lender, not as a
shareholder, and he requested that he be entitled to hold shares as collateral for
his money.81 As already noted, on August 3, 2006, Mr. Couprie instructed the
lawyers at Caprara Brown to change the corporate documents to reflect Mr.
Couprie as the principal and sole shareholder / director of WCD.82

 

Next, while the Inquiry explored dinners, galas, golf tournaments and phone calls dealing with World Class Developments, there is no mention anywhere in the report or witness transcripts of Mayor McCallion’s October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving Dinner with Peter McCallion and Leo Couprie.

Witness transcripts from Mississauga Judicial Inquiry website:

Leo Couprie, Principal of World Class Development (WCD) August 17, 2010

Mayor McCallion June 2, 2010  September 20, 21, 23, 2010

Peter McCallion, Principal and/or agent of WCD July 27, 28, 2010

Last, what follows is a video commentary of these four photographs of the McCallion/Couprie October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving celebrations complete with transcript.

Hazel McCallion, son Peter and Leo Couprie enjoy a “World Class” Thanksgiving Dinner (Oct 2006)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
[Caspian & Grafhic – Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting October 8, 2011 while surfing the net.

It is Saturday, October the 8th, 2011 —Thanksgiving weekend, and this is what the Toronto Star looks like.

And I just want to go over to Peter McCallion’s Picasa website. And you can see here the URL. And he lists himself in real estate and also as living in Streetsville.

And one way that we know this is the Peter McCallion is that there’s his photographs. And within these photographs, he lists the trips that he took, but it’s this one here that you can see —his Random Pics.

There they are. Hallowe’en. There’s his mom. There’s Peter McCallion on the same boat trip. There’s Peter McCallion. So you know this is pretty well guaranteed to be Peter McCallion’s photographs.

Yeah, life’s good.

I want to show you Thanksgiving. Here. Here. Here. And here. 2006.

So we’re going to start with this image.

[Photograph 1]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

There they are. That’s Mayor McCallion —not sure who the others are.

And the important thing is to look at the amenities here, the candles. And we go around the table. Who else is at the “Photo information, October 7, 2006”. And here we go.

[Photograph 2]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

Now we’ve got son, Peter hoisting a glass. And then this group here have their backs to us.

The important person is this one right here. Black-haired guy. Who’s that?

[Photograph 3]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

There again. The person we’re interested in though is sitting over here, not in this photograph.

This again is October 7th, Thanksgiving at —I’m not sure whose house this is. Quite possibly Peter McCallion’s but we don’t know.

What are they having? Crabs’ legs. I don’t like crab legs but at  least it’s not shark fin soup. Hee hee.


[Photograph 4]

Hazel McCallion's Thanksgiving Dinner with World Class Developments' Peter McCallion (son) and Leo Couprie

And there it is.

Leo Couprie. Is at this particular Thanksgiving. October 7, 2006, Leo Couprie was one of the Thanksgiving dinner guests. With the Mayor.

Notice, there’s the crab legs. There’s the bread basket.

Going back to [Photograph 3], there’s the crab legs and the bread basket.

And [Photograph 2] crab legs. Bread basket. And that guy right there with the dark hair —that’s Leo Couprie!

So I wonder what they were talking about October 7, 2006 Thanksgiving weekend.

Going back. [Photograph 4] Now the one thing that I have yet to figure out is who this guy is [seated to Mr. Couprie’s left].

So Happy Thanksgiving to the people in Mississauga. [Photograph 2] Raising a glass to you from the Peter McCallion, Hazel McCallion and Leo Couprie Thanksgiving dinner, October 7th, 2006.

It’d be, what, five years ago.

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

“That’s his opinion.” —Hazel McCallion regarding Justice Douglas Cunningham’s findings

Hazel McCallion: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Report "Updating Ethical Infrastructure"

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