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HAZEL MCCALLION (CONFLICT OF INTEREST) THE MAY 21, 2008 VIDEO AND THE ACTUAL MINUTES

October 1st, 2009  

It’s all over the papers, you don’t need to read more of the same here. Just let me give you this one.

TORONTO STAR: Mayor McCallion faces judge’s audit For us to have turned a blind eye to this and said, `Trust us, it’s nothing’ – well, this is Mississauga; it’s not Vaughan

As readers know, I videotape all City of Mississauga Audit, General Committee and Council meetings. I even have a back-up audio recorder going inside that “sacred chamber”.

Checking my May 21, 2008 video… CONFIRMED. Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion failed to declare a Conflict of Interest —and stumbled on the words “direct or indirect pecuniary interest”.

Here’s the video followed by the  transcript.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION CONFLICT OF INTEREST: FAILURE TO DECLARE AUDIO MAY 21, 2008 (1:21 sec)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING MAY 21, 2008

Mayor Hazel McCallion: (rings bell)

I’d like to call to order a meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga for Wednesday, May 21st. I would ask that you join with  —join with me in the Lord’s Prayer, if you wish to do so.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Welcome to our meeting this morning. On a cold morning. I  don’t know when the weather’s going to warm up.

Ah, disclosures of direct or direct [sic] ind— uh, pecuniary interest.

Minutes of previous Council meeting, May the 7th. Motion? Mover and a seconder.

[someone moved it]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Okay, Seconder, Councillor Saito.

Any errors or omissions. Yes.

Councillor Frank Dale:

[inaudible, possibly “Could”] it be noted that I was at other municipal business.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Oh, very good, could you make a note of that, Madam City Clerk.

All in favour? Any opposed? Carried.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

There you have it. Failed to disclose Conflict of Interest regarding her son’s $14.4 million land deal.

And you know who can say whether the Mayor simply forgot and it was an honest oversight.

But here’s the killer. You’d expect the minutes to show that Mayor McCallion failed to disclose direct or indirect pecuniary interest.Like that there’d be a blank.  But no, those May 21, 2008 Council minutes show in two places (pages 2 and 26) that she declared!

A reminder that one of our main themes here at MISSISSAUGAWATCH is how the City of Mississauga’s manicures messages. I’ve already mentioned how minutes  routinely leave important stuff out (which I’m forced to conclude is a way to maintain the MYTH of  MYTHissauga. Keep it positive. Minimize the Bad —or fail to mention it altogether (and yes, I’ve documented lots of examples and some major beauts let me tell you. And I’ve the video to match!).

But it never occurred to me to be on the  look out for stuff put IN to minutes! That is, attempts to minimize damage (aka making the Corporation of the City of Mississauga look good) being ADDED! I feel I dropped the ball on this one considering that back in January 2008 I rode that Enersource “How did that clause get into the contract?!” kerfuffle all the way to the beach.

When I wrote my previous Blog, “Hazel McCallion “failed to declare verbally a conflict of interest over son’s $14M land deal” (Toronto Star). MISSISSAUGAWATCH says, “But wait! There’s MORE video!”” my desktop computer croaked. I was unable to scan/work images. Now I can so here are pics of the actual May 21 2008 minutes so you can watch the video on YouTube and check out the May 21, 2008 minutes for yourself.

Page 2, Item 2 in the actual May 21, 2008 Council minutes show:

2. DISCLOSURES OF DIRECT OR INDIRECT PECUNIARY INTEREST

Mayor Hazel McCallion declared Conflict of Interest with respect to the Unfinished
Business matter by virtue of her son being involved with the World Class
Development application.

HAZEL MCCALLION CONFLICT OF INTEREST: MINUTES  SESSION 10  THE COUNCIL OF  THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA  WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008 Page 2

(Click here for larger image of page 2 of the May 21, 2008 minutes)

And page 26, there’s also fabrication under  Item 9: UNFINISHED BUSINESS. (for anyone who’s miffed at my use of the word “fabrication” look up “fabricate” in the dictionary).

9. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

UB-1 Removal of the “H” Holding symbol – World Class Developments Limited
(Agreement of Purchase and Sale) 4225 Living Arts Drive, 4200 Duke of
York Boulevard and 285 Prince of Wales Drive, H-0Z 07/004 W4, Ward 4

Correspondence dated April 29, 2008 from Barry Lyon Consultants Ltd., with
respect to the removal of the “H” Holding symbol – World Class Developments
Limited (Agreement of Purchase and Sale) 4225 Living Arts Drive, 4200 Duke of
York Boulevard and 285 Prince of Wales Drive.

A Special Council meeting was held on April 30, 2008 with respect to the above
matter and since WCD was unable to fulfill the approval requirements in time for
the Special Council meeting, the matter was deferred to May 21, 2008.
Mayor Hazel McCallion declared Conflict of Interest with respect to the above
Corporate Report by virtue of her son being involved with the World Class
Development application.

Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, and Planning & Building advised that the applicant
was still working on the application and requested that it be deferred again.

Deferred
H-0Z 07/004 W4

NOTE THAT I AM WORKING ON THE VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT OF COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA’S “THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” SPEECH AT YESTERDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING AND IT WILL BE ONLINE TODAY AS A NEW BLOG.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

Comments

One Response to “HAZEL MCCALLION (CONFLICT OF INTEREST) THE MAY 21, 2008 VIDEO AND THE ACTUAL MINUTES”

  1. Bright Snoop on October 1st, 2009 3:06 pm

    The point here isn’t whether McCallion failed to declare her conflict. She did at a prior Council meeting and I am quite prepared to accept that this failure was a simple lapse of memory. The ensuing business was procedural and she did not participate in any meaningful way that would benefit her or her son.

    The important point here is the doctored minutes! The clerk responsible denies that anyone asked her to include the non-existent declaration, and claims that the notes were lost. I doubt she expects anyone to believe that but that’s her story and I’ll bet she sticks to it. I’ll even wager she keeps her job.

    While I’m in the predicting business, I might as well tell you what the judicial inquiry will find: Hazel is technically at fault but it was a forgivable lapse of memory and she had no intent to benefit anyone. The issue of who doctored the minutes and why will be ruled outside the scope of the inquiry and will not be investigated. Mississauga will continue to lead today for tomorrow.


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