Mississauga Graffiti Report: “MEDIA LIES!”, “This is NOT Freedom” —and Gratitude to the Toronto Star
January 6th, 2013
Last blog I shared video of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion once again dumping on The Mississauga News calling it “the local wrapper for advertising”.
Here, for the record are her exact words.
“We have dealt with the Budget and the increase— don’t believe what you read in the newspapers! Please! Check it, before you believe it.
The increase in taxes was 2.6%. Not 7 to 8% as reported by the local wrapper for advertising. You know what that is? The local wrapper for advertising. I think they call it a newspaper.
So it just shows you how the press tries to mislead the public.” —Hazel McCallion, January 1, 2013
Hazel McCallion won’t be getting any opposition from me for calling The Mississauga News “the local wrapper for advertising” but I would certainly dispute her generalizing her contempt for all press in the statement “So it just shows you how the press tries to mislead the public.”
Believe me! When it comes to misleading the public, the City of Mississauga really does Lead Today for Tomorrow!
McCallion’s contempt for the Press leads nicely into the topic of today’s blog —Graffiti in Mississauga. Now I can’t be sure but I think that the nature if Mississauga graffiti may be changing. Changing from tags and pieces where you can identify the writer/artist to more message-based graffiti where it’s completely anonymous.
So here’s video of Mississauga’s latest graffiti “This is NOT Freedom” and “MEDIA LIES!”.
As always, complete with video transcript.
Graffiti Mississauga: “MEDIA LIES!” and “This is NOT Freedom” (2:16 min)
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
MISSISSAUGAWATCH returning to document graffiti at Location 01-12/12/24, December 24, 2012.
It is Sunday, [sic] December 24, 2012. And I’m parked here by an auto dealer so that I can document the graffiti right there.
I documented it last night but it was quite dark —it was around 5:05 pm. So I just want to make sure that I got a good look at it.
“This is NOT Freedom”.
And my still camera really can’t do that good a job from this far away. You see this video camera can do this.
So I’m going to drive down Erin Mills Parkway and see if I can’t get a photograph the other way.
Here’s something interesting. We got a man walking.
And —that should do.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH returning to document graffiti at Location 02-12/12/24, December 24, 2012.
It is Sunday, [sic] December 24, 2012 and I’ve pulled over Erin Mills Parkway to document this.
And I have to say that yesterday when I was driving along Erin Mills Parkway and noticing graffiti that said, “This is NOT Freedom”, I don’t recall seeing this —along this wall.
Now I admit it was kind of getting dark. But I really really don’t think that was there yesterday. At 5:05 anyway when I was videotaping “This is NOT Freedom” up in that direction.
“MEDIA LIES!”. Oh yeah. I agree with that. But Government lies so much more.
And then we can always be grateful for Media like the Toronto Star and their investigative reporting. Especially when they file Freedom of Information and get behind the Government Lies and their Government Public Face.
So. I can not disagree with that message.
Turning camera off.
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
UPDATE: January 10, 2013. Yesterday while driving to the gym, we noticed that both “This is NOT Freedom” and “MEDIA LIES!” have been removed by authorities. Buffing occurred some time between Sunday, January 6th and yesterday.
Removal, is of course, the fate of graffiti. Removal is why we document it! This voice especially, had something important to say.
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Sounds Of Silence
Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Sounds Of Silence
“Politics is a nasty, unpleasant, mean-spirited business, which is presumably why some of us are drawn to it. (Many of us are nasty, unpleasant, and mean-spirited people.)” —Warren Kinsella, 2007