Hazel McCallion, October 22, 2008 “A big development in the City Core, I know —and I’m not going to mention the name, is having trouble getting financing”
May 1st, 2013
I have video of Mississauga Council going back to October 2006.
And just the other day I was flitting through them just to see if I could find Mayor Hazel McCallion making any references to her son’s World Class Development hotel/convention centre project.
As someone who followed the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry and the Hazineh vs McCallion Region of Peel conflict of interest case, finding this brief clip is like discovering a historical jewel.
It’s Mayor McCallion referring to “a big development in the City Core” during the October 22, 2008 Council meeting.
Was Hazel McCallion talking about son Peter’s hotel “big development” in October 22, 2008?
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, October 22, 2008
I mean, the Province is —got some real challenges. We all have challenges. So I think we have to really button down the hatches —as the old saying goes, in regard to the future.
A big development in the City Core, I know —and I’m not going to mention the name, is having trouble getting financing, and could defer it. So —and it’s going to happen in many areas —so, I just hope Metrolinx is not affected and the Fiscal Review Committee is not affected. [Emphasis mine]
If not, then we’re going to have to wait for some time before money starts pouring.
So we are in serious problems [sic].
But, we shall overcome! You know. Everything. We always do and we always will.
So we’ll move now into in-camera.
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
This got me curious, so I checked the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry archives to see what else might have been happening around October 22, 2008, and this email popped up:
WCD Request to Drop Hotel Conditions
From: John Filipetti </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=j_filipetti>
Sent: Fri Oct 24 2008 14:31:33 EDT
To: Grant Charles </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=gd_charles>;
Craig Coleman </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=c_coleman>
CC: Michael Mayville </o=oxfordproperties/ou=toronto/cn=recipients/cn=m_mayville>
Subject: WCD Request to Drop Hotel Conditions
This was delivered during our meeting with Peter McCallion yesterday. Verbally Peter
suggested WCD might agree to increasing the selling price by $2.5 million (ie the LC Amount)if
the hotel conditions were dropped.
The retail conditions would remain in place although they are looking for some ‘flexibility’ on
Peter has advised us that he has spoken to the ‘Key people’ at the City who are apparently OK
with these restrictions being removed. We will do our own checking on this if this is our
agreed direction. [Emphasis mine]
130 Adelaide Street West
Toronto Ontario M5H 3P5
T: (416) 865-5359
F: (416) 865-8307
So… Who were the “‘Key people’ at the City who are apparently OK with these hotel restrictions being removed”?