To Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion “I’m sitting on the floor outside the Security Office as Crime Awareness Day is happening all around me.”
September 23rd, 2013
For the record, what follows is video of me reading an email written to Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion during Saturday’s Mississauga Crime Awareness Day as well as a transcript of the actual letter.
City of Mississauga Corporate Security, Peel Regional Police: “What is missing?” –Hazel McCallion
Video transcript of the actual letter.
[I REQUEST THAT THIS COMMUNICATION BE INCLUDED AS CORRESPONDENCE IN THE OCTOBER 9, 2013 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES AND OCTOBER 21, 2013 GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE MINUTES]
Dear Madam Mayor,
I’m sitting on the floor outside the Security Office as Crime Awareness Day 2013 is happening all around me. I can think of no more fitting way to finally deliver on my February 2010 promise to meet with you to discuss my concerns relating to the City’s governance in general, and your Corporate Security “force” in particular.
Please remember that I requested permission to document our meeting on video and you responded with “anything you want”. I also understand that at best, I might be able to get an hour of your time. I propose that we meet on Monday, October 6, 2014 –just over a year from now. I chose this date for three reasons.
First I’ve attended enough court sessions to know that to make the most efficient use of time, lawyers exchange factums. I propose to do that as well –provide you a series of factums over the course of a year, to be included in Council and Governance Committee minutes. These factums will be Freedom of Information documents, and audio/video evidence (ie: Staff
interviews, meetings, speeches etc).
The Oxford dictionary defines “factum” as:
noun (pluralfactums /-təmz/ or facta /-tə/) Law chiefly Canadiana
statement of the facts of a case.
I’m sure you’ll agree that if I state something supported with Freedom of Information, audio, or video evidence, then the factum will indeed be “facts of a case”. Your Staff can review each and respond where they see I might be in error. Or not.
Second, I propose meeting a year from now because by the time of our meeting I will be 65 and officially a senior.
My third and final reason for waiting a year is that I know that nothing I say or do will actually have any effect on anything, other than setting the record straight and finally answering your question.
You asked it during the October 16, 2008 Peel Police Homicide Information Session at Peel Regional Council. Frustrated by the spike in homicides that year, you’d asked Chief Metcalfe and Peel Regional Council, “We’re spending a lot of money on programs. What is missing?”
You asked “What is missing?” five years ago. I submit that the answer to your “What is missing?” goes a long way to explain what is missing in the McMurtry/Curling Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report.
The City’s 2013 Crime Awareness day is a rainy, gray affair and I’ve taken enough time sitting on the floor of the Great Hall.
So please slot a time for me for Monday, October 6, 2014 (or later). I look forward to a productive hour of your time.
You have my very best wishes,