Hazel McCallion’s lie to Rob Ford: “that’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report”
February 22nd, 2012
Good GAWD! Given the Toronto Star’s superb investigative reporting, you’ve just got to wonder how San Grewal could come up with “Firing TTC chief sends bad message, Mississauga politicians say”.
Mr. Grewal, the Star’s Urban Affairs Reporter wrote:
Hazel McCallion, arguably the most powerful mayor in Canada, is worried the firing of TTC general manager Gary Webster sends the wrong message to residents.
“One (Toronto) councillor made the comment that the staff must do what the mayor says … that’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report,” McCallion said at Wednesday’s council meeting in Mississauga.
Bad enough that “that’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report” is a lie. But no, thanks to San Grewal, Hazel McCallion’s “not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report” lie gets to squat at thestar.com as the (unchallenged) Toad of Truth.
Also not doing their homework, the Torontoist quotes McCallion’s, “[T]hat’s not the way it’s done here. We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report” as well.
Repeat. That’s a lie. And both the Toronto Star and the Torontoist have given this lie legitimacy.
And of course then they get their tweets going.
Duly Quoted: Hazel McCallion, just telling it like it is. Hazel‘s response to Frank Di Giorgio. Real talk. stjo.es/z0wNbf
Even the Torontoist’s tweet about “telling it like it is” is a lie. Because MYTHissauga “telling it like it is” ain’t!
In his book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga (pages 143/144), Tom Urbaniak describes how the Mississauga Mayor does dictate to Staff that they fudge reports! —that is to “tell the staff what to bring forward in a report”.
Despite McCallion’s tight control, it did happen occasionally that unwanted statements or descriptions slipped into the budget documents. In such instances, Her Worship did not hesitate to chastise the staff. One staff-prepared budget overview contained a statement implying that deferred maintenance was resulting in deterioration of facilities used by the public:
Continuing funding pressures for capital reserve fund financing in the first six years resulted in significant deferrals of maintenance to the end of the forecast period (10 years). This results in continued deterioration of department facilities and is most noticeable where these facilities are heavily used by the public (eg. community centres, libraries, arenas, park trails and sports fields). Fire and emergency services is also severely impacted by this funding constraint as the training centre and station renovations cannot be funded within this plan.
This brought a sharp rebuke from the mayor: the statement should either be retracted or adjusted. This is a very significant statement to me that a roof is going to fall in on some of our buildings. Somebody’s going to pick this up and say “yes, you’re doing a great job on taxes but you’ve got significant deferrals. I think you should take out that statement, redo and tell it like it is.”
Community services commissioner Paul Mitcham tried at first to explain, but then conceded that “[I]t’s probably not a good statement.” He promised it would be taken out.
That happened at a December 1994 Budget meeting. Imagine how much “it would be taken out” has occurred since —not just by Community Services Paul Mitcham, but all commissioners/staff.
“We do not tell the staff what to bring forward in a report”…. MYTHissauga, all right!
When Hazel McCallion directs City of MYTHissauga staff to fudge reports and “tell it like it is.”