Letters to Hazel McCallion: “Urging that the City of Mississauga MUST NOT fill their Manager, Security position internally. ”
December 2nd, 2013
This document was sent to Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on November 24, 2013 and a corrected version was emailed today. We provide it here for the record.
Hi Madam Mayor,
I hope that you are well.
Please forgive my haste and know that the supporting evidence (Freedom of Information and audio/video) can be prepared and brought forth in good time, but right now it is more important to bring this urgent request to your attention before a decision is made.
On November 12, 2013, as a result of receiving an email advising me that the City could not reveal the name of a City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) Area Manager, I went to your website at mississauga.ca to see if I could find a name that way.
As is my practice I checked your Jobs and Careers page.
Imagine my SHOCK finding the job, “Manager, Security” posted the very same day!
Madam Mayor, you, Council, and the City Manager, MUST NOT fill the Manager, Security position internally.
I remind you of an instruction you gave to Staff (and especially Jamie Hillis) at the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee meeting. Recall that you were reviewing the first-ever Security public complaints procedure and you said how important this document was.
And then, you pointedly told all there, “I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.”
To which Jamie Hillis responded, “Yes. Absolutely.” It takes the most cursory of looks at City of Mississauga Corporate Security’s “CSIS” database to confirm that “Yes. Absolutely.” was a lie.
Your April 16, 2007 email to me states:
“Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.”
I know you didn’t write that Madam Mayor, but someone on Staff turned you into a liar. That’s why I wanted a name. I still want the name of the individual who made that statement. It’s a blatant lie — a lie that extends all the way back to at least January 2006. Corporate Security collected a lot more personal information on citizens than just Age and Ethnicity.
And ready for this? Remember that 9/10 year old girl that Security banned for 30 days from three facilities at once? Turns out she wasn’t the youngest! The MissCorpSec “CSIS” database confirms they banned an 8 year old boy for 30 days as well.
So much for the Peel Youth Charter…
I’m asking that you, Madam Mayor, personally oversee the hiring of the new Manager of City of Mississauga Corporate Security. There is not enough time right now to explain why all MissCorpSec’s SAMs (Security Area Managers) need to be replaced, and for that matter, Supervisors as well.
One step at a time, and the very best thing you can do for youth/citizens is to poach a new Security Manager who is “sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public” and “will give them every understanding possible.”
This implies that the candidate would have a high standard of ethics and would be willing, and ideally eager, to submit to the Province’s public complaints procedure under Bill 159.
In his book “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga”, author Tom Urbaniak implied that when you go fishing, Madam Mayor, it isn’t just for salmon. You’ve been known to “poach” for City Staff.
On page 4 in his book, Urbaniak states that you have “spared few efforts to recruit seasoned top bureaucrats, sometimes even poaching respected senior provincial public servants.”
Madam Mayor, I urge you to poach and ensure we get a new Security Manager “who is sensitive to the fact that he is dealing with the public and should give them every understanding possible”.
I’ve been documenting City of Toronto Corporate Security during Toronto Council meetings (November 13 and 18, 2013). That might be a good place to start…
EXHIBIT 131124 01 “Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.” –Mayor Hazel McCallion, April 16, 2007 email
Despite heated, chronic denials by the City, Freedom of Information eventually confirmed that City of Mississauga Security also kept records on ethnicity in Column “R” under the heading “Complexion”.
Not only that but since January 1, 2006 the “CSIS” database had Caucasian spelled “Caucasion” and it would seem City of Mississauga Corporate Security also thinks that European is a complexion.
EXHIBIT 131124 03 3/19/2007 -0400, March 19, 2007 email Our File: 07/030
“In any event, please be advised that the City treats all its residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity.”
The fact is, the City does NOT treat “residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity”.
For example, if you are banned or arrested by “Contract Security” on City property (see below), you can file a complaint with the province under Bill 159. Not so if you’re unfortunate enough meet up with a City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard. You are then denied that route and can only “complain” through the City’s Staff-drafted public complaints process –where the Security bosses “investigate” –a Freedom of Information confirmed Road to Nowhere.
Cc Jim Tovey; Pat Mullin; Chris Fonseca; Frank Dale; Ron Starr; Nando Iannicca; Katie Mahoney; Pat Saito; Sue McFadden; George Carlson; John Stewart (Mississauga News); Emil Kolb; Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin,
Cc: Crystal Greer; MISSISSAUGAWATCH
THE McCALLION LETTERS
Email 01 sent October 8, 2013 4:57 PM Letters to Hazel McCallion: The McCallion Letters, “Request for a Meeting with the Mayor” Factum #1