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MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI RESEARCH leads to “VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” (for All of Us “losers” with Nothing Better to do who need to “Get a Life”)

April 20th, 2009  

Just tons happening right here in MYTHissauga.

What I’d only observed and duly documented was confirmed last week. Anyone who is serious about trying to understand Youth isn’t going to get the goods from your government —whether that’s your local crime prevention association or the latest “youth study” funded by your provincial politicos.

Since March 2007, I’ve witnessed for myself that what Youth say to “intermediaries” is not relayed to elected officials or to the Public. At each step in the communication channel, a Youth’s message is filtered, modified, manicured and as I’ve personally experienced, BLOCKED altogether.

What’s left? Primary research. Watching videos that Mississauga/Peel Youth have produced and posted to YouTube. Reading Youth comments to other Youth —no matter how racist or repulsive. Following up on some of those comments.  Getting f**** ***s back and emailing them back again. Persevering, and sometimes being rewarded by a Youth who actually opens up.

Yesterday, I followed up on a Youth’s tip through YouTube and toured Brampton and Mississauga in search of graffiti. I can tell you this. The kid was right.

Just a reminder. Defniition of graffiti from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

graffiti

 

3 entries found. 1graffiti (transitive verb) 2graffiti (noun) graffito

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

The functional word here is “unauthorized”.

Didn’t take long to find some.

I knew I was on the right track right off the start. I’d settled into the back of Westwood Mall, set up my camera and tripod to compose a shot of “HELLRAZORS” when three kids (Grade 3 age) approached on bikes.

“You photographing graffiti?”

“Yeah,” I smiled.

Big grin back and— “COOL!”

and that was it.

Needless to say, there’s graffiti that I can’t share —no matter how artistically the F-word is sprayed to a surface.  I offer the results of yesterday’s foray presented by order the photos were taken.

GRAFFITI WALL BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

Being a bit of an artist myself, I’d sure love to have my say on a highly-visible slab of concrete but I’m not even capable of littering, let alone “unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface“.

So I’ve decided to try VIRTUAL GRAFFITI! And sooooooooooooo….

VIRTUAL GRAFFIT MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL

And because, I have a lot of time on my hands and nothing better to do and haven’t got a life…

VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY SECURITY KNOBUNIT

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

Comments

6 Responses to “MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI RESEARCH leads to “VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” (for All of Us “losers” with Nothing Better to do who need to “Get a Life”)”

  1. Commentguy. on April 21st, 2009 10:06 am

    Hahah! I love the last two pics muse! doubleplus awesome! Check out this link: http://www.graffiticreator.net/

    On a more exciting note, i had a bit of an argument with Big Yellow this week. Did you know that people who are not residents of Mississauga are BANNED from renting out any BigYellow facilities? (ie: parks for wedding pictures, facilities etc…).

    Apparently Hazel sent out a directive with her minions on City Council to prohibit the rental of parks to non residents because the parks are scarce. WELL, maybe if she wasn’t so gungho on building condos everywhere….she’d have more parks!

    Big yellow is really screwed.

  2. The Mississauga Muse on April 21st, 2009 8:35 pm

    Hi Brother Brampton Commentguy!

    You wrote:

    Hahah! I love the last two pics muse! doubleplus awesome! Check out this link: http://www.graffiticreator.net/

    Well, well, an online graffiti creator. I juve love the Internet. Proves Aldous Huxley right about man’s “infinite capacity” for distraction. So. Who do you think gets distracted more easily, Brother Brampton, you, or me?

    Had a terrific time hunting down more graffiti today. Found a terrific one although someone had gotten to it and erased all leaving only cleaner brick than the rest of the building. So you could see what used to be.

    You wrote:

    On a more exciting note, i had a bit of an argument with Big Yellow this week. Did you know that people who are not residents of Mississauga are BANNED from renting out any BigYellow facilities? (ie: parks for wedding pictures, facilities etc…).

    Ummm. My husband had the same reaction as I had. Commentguy, the City of Mississauga phones are a font of misinformation at the best of times. At the worst, they’ll just out lie to you. Are you suggesting that the only people who get married up at the evil empire are Mississaugans?

    OK. The last time I was told something that I thought was bizarre by Mississauga Staff, I emailed public.info@mississauga.ca to get them confirm in writing.  You might try that route too. Just please be careful. Mississauga Staff do not like accountability questions and will hide behind Corporate Security even in email! And while you’ll likely get a response from public.info@mississauga.ca that they’ve referred your email and the department will get back to you in 10 working days, don’t believe it.

    You may need to send a follow-up and even a follow-up to a follow-up. (hmmmm, I wonder if Brampton lets Mississaugans rent facilities…)

    You wrote:

    Apparently Hazel sent out a directive with her minions on City Council to prohibit the rental of parks to non residents because the parks are scarce. WELL, maybe if she wasn’t so gungho on building condos everywhere….she’d have more parks!

    Did you get a name for who told you that? Here’s why I’m asking. It wasn’t that long ago (January 2007, when I went to your Century Gardens to check out your fitness facilities for possible membership. No one said that because I was from Mississauga I wasn’t allowed. Of course it might have changed since then…

    I’d investigate further but I’m up to my ear lobes in reports that need writing. All, Commentguy on the knobs at MiissCorpSec, so I know you’ll agree that’s a priority.

    You wrote:

    Big yellow is really screwed.

    Not as much as we-all are by them. And “we” is Ontario, not just Mississauga and Brampton.

  3. Commentguy. on April 22nd, 2009 7:40 am

    Oh I forgot the kicker here Muse. When I spoke to a supervisor guy, he told me “well, it’s not like we check ID or anything when you take out a permit”.

    Like I’d give Big Yellow ANY of my ID after what I’ve read here.

  4. Commentguy. on April 22nd, 2009 7:48 am

    Oh and on another note, about graffiti… I’m surprised you didn’t stop in at the Brampton Bus Terminal… just around the corner from those grey spray painted walls you were at. (Btw Muse, looks like that was Church Street in Brampton you were on. Please be very careful in that area with your equipment, there’s a lot of sketchy people around there who will think nothing of stealing it).

    But back to the bus terminal. I’m surprised you didn’t stop there to not only check out the graffiti, but the cameras as well!

    You’ll get a kick out of the location of one of the dome cameras… go to the Rte 1 East stop (next to the 24). Look at the corner of the building. Not only will you see one dome camera covering the 1/24 stops, but turn the corner and you see one facing the doors, and look inside on the corner where those two cameras meet and you’ll find a third camera… but wait… that’s not all… there’s also two pelco’s (knobs not attached) monitoring that area too outside hanging on pillars. Go inside the terminal and it’s worse… more cameras! One cannot pick their nose or scratch their bum without being caught on one.

    Big Brother is alive and well in Brampton!

  5. The Mississauga Muse on April 22nd, 2009 7:38 pm

    Hi again Commentguy,

    You wrote:

    Oh I forgot the kicker here Muse. When I spoke to a supervisor guy, he told me “well, it’s not like we check ID or anything when you take out a permit”.

    Like I’d give Big Yellow ANY of my ID after what I’ve read here.

    Sorry but I really can’t offer comment. Remember, you’re talking to someone who has seen the emails of these Community Services people (yes, the facilities types —yes, the supervisors, the managers, seen their emails.  I’ve written this before and happy to write it again. I wouldn’t trust any one of them with human beings.

    Think about it from my end. Here I pay taxes just like any other Mississaugan and I can’t use their facilities/libraries without an audio recorder going prior to stepping on and well after I’m off. I can handle that. What I can’t tolerate is the smiley Trust, Quality, Excellence Strategic Plan lies they fling to Cable 10 and into their Corporate Reports. And yeah, “lies”. (Typed with the confidence that only Freedom of Information documents plus numerous audio recordings can generate).

    Stay in Brampton, Commentguy. Or, book with Burlington. I researched Burlington Community Services back in Jan-Feb 2007. Everything they’d claimed on their website, really did pan out.

  6. The Mississauga Muse on April 22nd, 2009 8:22 pm

    Commentguy,

    You wrote:

    Oh and on another note, about graffiti… I’m surprised you didn’t stop in at the Brampton Bus Terminal… just around the corner from those grey spray painted walls you were at. (Btw Muse, looks like that was Church Street in Brampton you were on.

    Actually, the gray spray painted walls were at the corner of John and James Street by the railway tracks there. Just south of Queen. Given that most of the graffiti was all the same fluorescent orange it waa likely the work of one little creep. The other pic with me in front of the green “NEWS” is actually part of the same wall.

    You wrote:

    Please be very careful in that area with your equipment, there’s a lot of sketchy people around there who will think nothing of stealing it).

    You warning me about “a lot of sketchy people”? What a joke! “[A] lot of sketchy people” describes all of Mississauga Corporate Security and 7/8 of Community Services! You’re killin’ me, Commentguy…

    You wrote:

    But back to the bus terminal. I’m surprised you didn’t stop there to not only check out the graffiti, but the cameras as well!

    Actually, today I intended to investigate the terminal at Shopper’s World (is that the one you mean?). But I spotted a City of Brampton Transit utility vehicle with amber lights at the top of it. I kept going. Decided it’s better to check stuff out when I have more time. Then I can actually buy a ticket, pick a bus that might be due in an hour or so –and legitimately wait there.

    I use that strategy at Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal. Works like a charm.

    You wrote:

    You’ll get a kick out of the location of one of the dome cameras… go to the Rte 1 East stop (next to the 24). Look at the corner of the building. Not only will you see one dome camera covering the 1/24 stops, but turn the corner and you see one facing the doors, and look inside on the corner where those two cameras meet and you’ll find a third camera… but wait… that’s not all… there’s also two pelco’s (knobs not attached) monitoring that area too outside hanging on pillars. Go inside the terminal and it’s worse… more cameras! One cannot pick their nose or scratch their bum without being caught on one.

    One of my new projects is documenting instances of video surveillance camera failures.

    Photographed a terrific one right in Cooksville yesterday (Mississauga Hurontario/Dundas).  I’m hoping the fine folks who produed “VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL” will pick mine up.

    Here. Three Pelcos aimed in three directions. Plus clearly a private security company. And still their door gets tagged!

    And a smartass female in a red CANADA cap documented it!

    VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL: MISSISSAUGA

    Of course, what I’m hoping for is to find something like this at a City of Mississauga facility! (It’ll happen. Sea turtle research taught me patience patience patience patience. Might take two years of stealth. But it’ll happen…)

    You wrote:

    Big Brother is alive and well in Brampton!

    And the Brampton Big Brother is a former student of mine. Life is so weird sometimes…


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