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Brampton Integrity Commissioner disses Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct –and Councillor Jim Tovey disses MISSISSAUGAWATCH.

August 9th, 2012  

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell tweeted this tweet on Twitter.

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B R A M P T O N : I am proud that today, Brampton Council voted to establish the Office of the Integrity…http://fb.me/J2TCYlwP 

Yes, Brampton now also has an Office of the Integrity Commissioner. And I don’t blame Brampton for not wanting anything to do with Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct —or its Integrity Commissioner.

Read on.

Back on November 9, 2011 which was my last attendance at a Mississauga Council meeting I videotaped a media interview involving Councillors Bonnie Crombie and Jim Tovey and the National Post’s Megan O’Toole, Toronto Star’s San Grewal and the Mississauga News’ Chris Clay.

When they were finished their questions I decided to ask Councillor Jim Tovey one of my own.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

Councillor Tovey? Could I have a question with you?

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

Sure. [not appearing happy]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

Um. Regarding this committee would, would citizens be able to, during the meeting, uh, sit in on it?

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

[laughs] You? Or citizens? [laughs harder]

Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

All right, all right—

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

[laughs] No. Sorry. Sorry.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

No that’s a fair question, sir—

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

[laughs] Sorry. I’m just kidding.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

No, no. Me. I’d like to, uh, first of all I-I don’t believe that it’s going to be authentic, okay?

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

Yeah, but you don’t, you don’t—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

No offense, sir. I. You know—

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

And you know, you know God bless you but—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

And—

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

—the only thing I find—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

—Too much has happened to me and the other thing is that even though you’ve got an integrity commissioner—

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

—yeah—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

—the point is it doesn’t have any influence on Staff. Staff still investigate themselves.

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

I, I, that’s going to be up the Committee, but my view is that it should —hopefully that it should be public. That would be my hope.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

 Yeah. Well, Mississauga’s pretty good at that.

Councillor Jim Tovey (2012 Chair of Mississauga Governance Committee)

And now that I’m talking to you for the first time, there is something that I would like to pass on to you—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And what Councillor Jim Tovey passed on to me will be for a later blog —complete with the actual video. Promise!

For now I’m just happy to let readers know that I advised Jim Tovey, the 2012 Governance Chair that “I don’t believe that it’s going to be authentic”.

Now even the City of Brampton’s $700 an hour Integrity Commissioner agrees. From the August 7, 2012 Brampton Guardian article “Integrity Commissioner reviews inaugural year”

Brampton’s Council Code of Conduct is “values-based”, which differs from Mississauga’s “rules-based” code. Cameron pointed out. And he commended Brampton, noting that Brampton’s code is “generally stronger and intrinsically deals with a lot of the issues that Mississauga’s code had not.”

Like I said to Tovey, who dismissed my warning, Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct is not authentic! And because Mississauga’s Code is an almost direct cut-and-paste of the City of Vaughan’s Code of Ethical Conduct for Members of Council, neither is Vaughan’s Code!

And remember that $650.00 I donated to the Mississauga Governance Committee? The donation CONFIRMED that the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct is as worthless as the City’s two other bogus formal public complaints policies.

Believe it or not, the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct‘s Rule No 10 flings open wide doors for Mississauga Mayor and Councillors to lie to Media with impunity. With impunity —provided the lie has nothing to do with “decisions of Mississauga City Council”.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH donates $650.00 to City of Mississauga Governance Committee

Next, regarding my comments to Councillor Tovey that Mississauga’s “[Office of the Integrity Commissioner] doesn’t have any influence on Staff. Staff still investigate themselves” —here’s a quote from the November 10, 2008 City of Mississauga Corporate report CORPORATE POLICY – PUBLIC COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Currently, formal complaints from citizens regarding employee conduct have been resolved at staff level, through discussion with the Mayor or Ward Councillors, or with a report to Council. Outside investigators have been used on rare occasions.

It is now August 9, 2012 and I can also confirm that nothing has changed since November 2008 and despite the City of Mississauga’s insistence to the contrary, Staff still cover u- err, I mean “investigate” Staff!

CANADIAN SECURITY MAGAZINE provides City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses opportunity to lie

 HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC!
WHAT DO YOU SAY?
HOW MANY LIES
DID YOU LIE TODAY?

In fact I responded in a tweet of my own:

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH@MISSISSAUGAMUSE

#cdnpoli #onpoli #AMO2012 Can confirm that when it comes to accountability at the City of Mississauga, it’s Deb Matthews all the way down.

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

Mississauga blogger to City of Mississauga Director of Corporate Security, "CITY STAFF LIE." 
“Too much has happened to me.”

—MISSISSAUGAWATCH media interview November 9, 2011

 

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