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GRAFFITI update and the Peel Regional Police 2009 Public Opinion Online Survey: express your views on key safety and security issues

April 5th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

I’ve been thinking a lot about graffiti and scribbles on walls quickly wrenched me back to the mid-60’s and the immediate impact that Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Sounds of Silence” had on me.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whispered in the sounds of silence.

Today I want to concentrate on the “And the signs said, the words of the prophets Are written on the subway walls And tenement halls.” part.

You see over the last two years I’ve also been documenting graffiti in the City of Mississauga. Unfortunately many flash the F-word and just as many contain obscene drawings (an expertly drawn fully-erect penis  pencilled onto a ramp at Mississauga City Hall’s Skate Plaza springs immediately to mind. And yes, pun intended.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being moralistic, just bemoaning that it’s difficult to share these sexually-explicit graffiti offerings when it’s my hope to provide MISSISSAUGAWATCH as a resource for Peel Youth currently (to put it charitably) not resourced.

And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

Graffiti. Tagging. Vandalism. What’s it all mean?

And why is there so much of it in Ottawa? And so little in Mississauga —but now it’s growing.

Who even does graffiti?  Why do some sprayers just limit themselves to initials?

Used to be a time when I needed to learn something I’d reach for a book or (scientific) literature on the subject. Now, more and more I turn to YouTube and the primary information that can be found there —videos produced by “the prophets” themselves.

This purpose of today’s Blog is to invite people to send up pics of graffiti in and around Mississauga, Brampton (Peel Region). I’m really interested in documenting the material before it’s sprayed over.

When you go to Flickr and word search “GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” you get 69 results. No surprise that the “graffiti wall” mural at Mississauga City Hall’s Skate Plaza shows up. But I don’t really consider that graffiti. Here’s why.

graffiti

Main Entry: 2 graffiti
Function: noun
Etymology: Italian, plural of graffito
Date: 1945

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

See why I don’t consider that City Hall Skate Plaza mural to be graffiti?  Bet your boots some Big Yellow “suit” in Communications approved that mural from beginning to end.

Now this is graffiti (found in Newfoundland).

PEACE SIGN GRAFFITI NEWFOUNDLAND

Sure. “Unauthorized” but the gentle message made us smile.

By contrast… graffiti photographed on October 1, 2008 at the Mississauga  Hurontario/Dundas Transit “hub”…

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL --GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, OCTOBER 1, 2008

And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

And then there’s temporary graffiti like this one I documented at the Mississauga Transit Creditview Road bus shelter directly opposite St. Joseph Secondary School back on January 16, 2007.

"temporary" graffiti documented at the Mississauga Transit Creditview Road bus shelter directly opposite St. Joseph Secondary School baclk on January 16, 2007.

I see more of this stuff every day. What’s it mean?

And there’s an entire youth culture that I didn’t want to know existed —how to describe…

I can tell you this. No book, no canned TV documentary delivered the message that watching YouTube graffiti videos did.  Holy jumpin’.  (What police have to deal with!)

I had to struggle with whether to share this here.  It’s video of a subway train “graffiti bombing” in the Paris subway videotaped by the perpetrators (in what I figure to be 1998) . It shows the shocking damage that a half dozen Youth can inflict between stations during  an orchestrated rampage.

I examined the video carefully and could see no video surveillance cameras about. Maybe that’s because it was 1998. Don’t know.

I can’t imagine how scary it was for the female passengers or the lone female transit employee  when two perps tagged the glass of her kiosk.

This YouTube video “Graffiti: Dirty Handz” packs a powerful message especially in light of the McMurtry/Curling Roots of Youth Violence Report and its “we are at a crossroads” warning.

PLEASE do not view this video if you are offended by the F-word, let alone the F-word in offensive song and in every possible offensive variation.

(WARNING: HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT!)

Graffiti: Dirty Handz (4:32 min)

(WARNING: HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT! Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Somewhat related topic… communicating.

Posted this yesterday at Mississauga Blogs and hope all readers living in Brampton and Mississauga help out by filling in this online survey .

Peel Regional Police 2009 Public Opinion Survey online: express your views on key safety and security issues

PEEL POLICE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

PEEL POLICE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY pic 2

Citizens are asked to fill out the survey between MARCH 23 AND APRIL 20, 2009.

Peel Police write that “the survey process is being managed by an independent market research company” and for more details about this survey, (including a message from the police chief) check out: http://www.peelregionalpolicesurvey.com/

This survey is presented in several languages so here we go. To start the Peel Police survey, just click on your preferred language.

English

Punjabi

Chinese

Urdu

Polish

Spanish

Arabic

I filled out mine yesterday.

PEEL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT

The Mississauga Muse

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Comments

10 Responses to “GRAFFITI update and the Peel Regional Police 2009 Public Opinion Online Survey: express your views on key safety and security issues”

  1. Commentguy. on April 7th, 2009 9:27 pm

    Hey Muse… did you see the pelco hiding in pic #2?

  2. The Mississauga Muse on April 7th, 2009 10:31 pm

    Hi Commentguy,

    You wrote:

    Hey Muse… did you see the pelco hiding in pic #2?

    Notice? It took me a long time and several angle shots to try and get that obscene graffiti in and still have the viewer make out the Pelco PTZ.

    Nice, Commentguy! KUDOS. Not everyone notices.

    You’ll love this. Had a YouTuber comment on video I shot of that graffiti and the Pelco PTZ.  He gave me my first taste of “unintended consequences”.

    Comment about my YouTube video of that Hurontario and Dundas Pelco (asterisks mine)

    “yoooo wtf that s*** is hidden good. thanks for this vid saved me gettin arrested lol now i know theres a camera there. Keep postin vids bout cameras watchin the streets and sh** do u know bout any other ones?”

    Ponder the irony, fellow Prole.

    You and I, law-abiding citizens, notice every video surveillance camera —nay, dare I say it?… we seek them out! And we got someone we likely wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley not noticing!

    No big deal. I have confidence in our Peelers.

    Here, brother, respectfully right at ya for noticing that Pelco.  My very favourite “Pelco One”.

    MISSISSAUGA BIG BROTHER COUNCIL KNOBCAM "PELCO ONE"

  3. Commentguy. on April 8th, 2009 6:50 am

    Hey Muse!

    I should have known better than to even *think* that you didn’t notice that pelco and tried to frame it in that shot. Silly me!

    Oh and btw it looks like bb at big red has had a dayorder to vaporise what they think are your thoughtcrimes from the computers at their joycamp. Looks like the big red thoughtpol have upsubbed to doubplusban mississaugawatch.ca.

    This prole is now subject to big red’s telescreen prolefeed for entertainment at the joycamp.

    Down with Big Brother!
    Down with Big Brother!
    Down with Big Brother!

    On the brighter side, at least I don’t have any Pelco’s watching me.

  4. Commentguy. on April 8th, 2009 6:52 am

    Comment about my YouTube video of that Hurontario and Dundas Pelco (asterisks mine)

    “yoooo wtf that s*** is hidden good. thanks for this vid saved me gettin arrested lol now i know theres a camera there. Keep postin vids bout cameras watchin the streets and sh** do u know bout any other ones?”

    Ponder the irony, fellow Prole.

    Irony indeed, Muse. But at the same time, I look at it this way – you saved some poor innocent kid from being harassed and ending up with a ban from all City Bus Stops by an overzealous MissCorpSec Rentacop further leading his life into decay.

    But forget not that there are also a tonne of hidden cameras that we proles do not know about, specifically ones hidden in fire sprinkler heads (a favourite for CorpCityBram).

    Speaking of cameras… have you noticed how the TTC is suddenly sending out camera pics for just about every crime on the TTC now?

  5. The Mississauga Muse on April 8th, 2009 9:54 pm

    Hi Commentguy,

    You wrote:

    I should have known better than to even *think* that you didn’t notice that pelco and tried to frame it in that shot. Silly me!

    Actually, I’m not as sharp as I’d like to be. I truly do get surprised by video surveillance cameras now and then.  It’s gotten to a stage where my husband has also taken up the Pelco Challenge. Ever played the kid game “Marco Polo”? Well on drives, we’ll play “Pelco Pelco”.

    And I have actually been videotaping a Pelco and my husband will eventually stroll up to me and say “Did you notice the Pelco right above your shoulder?” And I’ll leap like it’s a bag of wasps. So I don’t always notice them but I can also say that I have been known to see a distant building for the first time and predict where a Pelco would be.

    It’s all part of the learning.

    You wrote:

    Oh and btw it looks like bb at big red has had a dayorder to vaporise what they think are your thoughtcrimes from the computers at their joycamp. Looks like the big red thoughtpol have upsubbed to doubplusban mississaugawatch.ca.

    No surprise, fellow prole. MissMuse dropdown 6 FOIs on BB. FOI confirm that MissCorpSec BB instructs knobs to malreport in pdf secured thru FOI! MissMuse file two appeals with IPC to I.D. MissCorpSec knob. IPC doubleplusgood.

    You wrote:

    This prole is now subject to big red’s telescreen prolefeed for entertainment at the joycamp.

    MissMuse FOI confirm big red BB quadplus better than big yellow knob BB.

    You wrote:

    Down with Big Brother!
    Down with Big Brother!
    Down with Big Brother!

    DOUBLEPLUS DOWN WITH BB! Do I have a video for… ah!

    (Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube and Google Video)

    Commentguy, you wrote:

    On the brighter side, at least I don’t have any Pelco’s watching me.

    Actually, I like Pelcos! My problem is when Pelcos get equipped with knobs not installed by the factory!

  6. The Mississauga Muse on April 8th, 2009 10:13 pm

    Hey again, Commentguy,

    Regarding that YouTuber who thanked me for showing the Hurontario/Dundas Pelco thus saving him an arrest, you wrote:

    Irony indeed, Muse. But at the same time, I look at it this way – you saved some poor innocent kid from being harassed and ending up with a ban from all City Bus Stops by an overzealous MissCorpSec Rentacop further leading his life into decay.

    Actually no. I checked  on that Hurontario/Dundas Pelco and it’s not a City camera. I can state with confidence that that’s one video surveillance camera that doesn’t come with after market knobs.  I called because it didn’t feel like a knobcam —wasn’t actually on evil empire property. Doesn’t mean knobcams must be on City property, just that I haven’t found any that aren’t (although there’s a suspicious Pelco at  Square One Zellers across the evil empire’s Transit Terminal.

    You wrote:

    But forget not that there are also a tonne of hidden cameras that we proles do not know about, specifically ones hidden in fire sprinkler heads (a favourite for CorpCityBram).

    Whattttttttttttttttt? You’re kidding right? No way. I mean about fire sprinkler heads. BTW, I FOI’d your BramCorpSec’s video surveillance cams and can check. Won’t list them on the Net though. First it’s not right. Second, I promised your BB that I wouldn’t. You’re kidding about that sprinkler head stuff right?

    You wrote:

    Speaking of cameras… have you noticed how the TTC is suddenly sending out camera pics for just about every crime on the TTC now?

    Big deal. Hoodie. Sunglasses. Fake boobs (for males) and they’re not going to get ID’d. As for women, same, only they need to throw a fake beard and a cigar and the vidsurvcams are pretty much foiled. And then there’s a bull burqa…

    BTW. CONFIRMED. Anyone politically active should as a matter of habit, FOI his personal records at least once a year. Every six months if you’re as active as me. (identifies all the turddocs (MISSISSAUGASPEAK for “turd documents”) from your muni-BB’s files.

  7. Commentguy. on April 9th, 2009 4:26 pm

    Heya Muse…

    Actually no. I checked on that Hurontario/Dundas Pelco and it’s not a City camera.

    … hrm… then who’se camera is it? That’s a little unusual isn’t it?

    Whattttttttttttttttt? You’re kidding right? No way. I mean about fire sprinkler heads. BTW, I FOI’d your BramCorpSec’s video surveillance cams and can check. Won’t list them on the Net though. First it’s not right. Second, I promised your BB that I wouldn’t. You’re kidding about that sprinkler head stuff right?

    Not kidding at all my FOI-friend… it’s true. Many companies do that. It may LOOK like a sprinkler head to you, but it’s really a camera installed in it. They’re very hard to detect.

  8. Commentguy. on April 9th, 2009 4:32 pm

    Muse…

    http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/Sprinkler-Security-Camera-p/hcpro-420sc.htm

    Check it out… a hidden camera in a sprinkler head.

  9. The Mississauga Muse on April 9th, 2009 5:37 pm

    Heya back Commentguy!

    Regarding the Hurontario/Dundas Pelco not being a City camera, you wrote:

    … hrm… then who’se camera is it? That’s a little unusual isn’t it?

    Nah not really. Look around sometime at the 80-kabillion video surveillance cameras popping out everywhere. Take a look at your average Tim Horton’s some time.

    About video surveillance camers in sprinkler heads you wrote:

    Not kidding at all my FOI-friend… it’s true. Many companies do that. It may LOOK like a sprinkler head to you, but it’s really a camera installed in it. They’re very hard to detect.

    I’m speechless. I mean, what’s to say?………..

  10. The Mississauga Muse on April 9th, 2009 5:55 pm

    Commentguy, you wrote:

    http://www.cctvcamerapros.com/Sprinkler-Security-Camera-p/hcpro-420sc.htm

    Check it out… a hidden camera in a sprinkler head.

    Just copyin’ the thing over here for people to see easily.

    SNOOP

    OK, first off I thought you were talking about OUTSIDE sprinklers like on grass and lawns!

    Yeah. I can see hiding a video surveillance camera in s sprinkler head. I wouldn’t put it past someone to tuck a video surveillance cam in a frikkin’ tampon.

    Now you mentioned that “many companies” use sprinkler heads. Companies though, ain’t public institutions…(hahaha, silly me, I was beginning to type “and I just  can’t believe that…”  actually, yes I can.) I can believe that our local city halls would use these sprinkler head video surveillance cams.

    I can even see our local city hall security personnel installing these sprinkler head cams inside facility change rooms and washrooms.

    I got over two years’ worth of Freedom of Information and gotta say, that there’s NOTHIN’ that Muni-BB would do that would surprise me.

    Hmmm… I’d love to have a video surveillance cam (complete with sound) faked as an OUT OF ORDER sign.  Boy would I have unlimited uses for that inside Big Yellow!


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