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Mississauga’s Cawthra Community Centre renamed Carmen Corbasson Community Centre –and Ghosts of Octobers Past.

October 13th, 2012  

Today the City of Mississauga honoured former Councillor Carmen Corbasson by renaming the Cawthra Community Centre to the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre.

I attended the joyless, perfunctory event and quite frankly it was far more than I could stomach. I couldn’t wait to leave.

Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey did his thing as did Mayor Hazel McCallion. I noticed plenty of “Friends of Hazel” in the audience as well.

When you know it was October 2010 that Jim Tovey and Team McCallion used this election “Large Cheque” flyer suggesting that Carmen Corbasson was incapable of thinking for herself, you might have some idea of the emotion I was forced to suppress while there.


So here’s the video I made.

Mississauga’s Cawthra Community Centre renamed Carmen Corbasson Community Centre Oct 13, 2012

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And when you know that it was October 2009 when Councillors Mullin, Saito, and Ron Starr called what Corbasson supported a “witch hunt”, you just so resent their presence there.

And when you know that Bonnie Crombie’s swarmy “Team Crombie” actually organized that December 2009 Friends of Hazel Rally, well —

On the bright side I did get some quality time with Councillor Iannicca. Got a Hi from Councillor McFadden. And I managed to flip the bird to no fewer than two of City of Mississauga Corporate Security’s video surveillance cameras!

And now, for the record, what I regard as Councillor Carmen Corbasson’s finest, more courageous moment as she stands up to Harold Shipp and the “Friends of Hazel”:

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors. Councillor Carmen Corbasson responds” (3:50 min)

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VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP, October 28, 2009

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera, October 28, 2009

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..


COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor), October 28, 2009

Councillor Corbasson…


Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor and I will be brief. Um, let me first say that this isn’t an easy time for any of us around this table just like it’s not an easy time for you. I don’t think we take comfort in any of the decisions we’ve had to make of late. But notwithstanding, we are elected to make some tough decisions and I think that’s the type of comment you’re gonna hear around this table today.

I am not at all overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up, Councillor Prentice. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t more.

And I’ll tell you why I’m surprised because we all know Madam Mayor is loved, admired and respected. And I for one moment am not going to take away that from her. For me, she has been a role model in many many ways. We both started here in the City in 1978 and I’ve learned an awful lot from her.

I— my biggest difficulty is, and I hope you can understand and appreciate that when we have in-camera sessions, we are privy to certain comments and information that the general public is not.

For me, the in-camera session on the judicial inquiry opened up more questions than it answered.

I— that Madam Mayor didn’t declare one Conflict of Interest for a 17-minute or a 17-second, whatever it was, I have no problem with that.

I do have a problem that official government documents got changed with no satisfactory explanation.

I do have difficulty that any member of Council, doesn’t matter if it’s Madam Mayor, or me, or anyone else, can have off-site meetings, with a landowner, who has an interest in the City of Mississauga, that is going to financially benefit a member of any one of our families.

That may not be against the Conflict of Interest Act. But in my opinion, I would hope, and it’s my understanding that a judicial inquiry can —and most probably would, depending on their findings —make some very strong recommendations to have either the Conflict of Interest Act or the Municipal Act changed.

That’s simply put, Ladies and Gentlemen, for me —I’m not going to speak, I’ll let the others speak for themselves.

This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.

But I would like to see this City in particular, and certainly Madam Mayor come out with credibility, integrity and that we all maintain our dignity.

I do thank you for coming out today, Ladies and Gentlemen and I will turn it back to the Acting Mayor.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor), October 28, 2009

Thank you…




Councillor Carmen Corbasson, "She was a dove in a sea of hawks"


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