January 31st, 2010
[This is a follow-up to our January 28th Blog “Mississauga Council deputation: MISSISSAUGAWATCH *OPPOSES* $199,627 Corporate Grant (upped to $318,075.00) for Safe City Mississauga to “celebrate” (invent) their Successes.”]
On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, I went before Mississauga Council to oppose Safe City Mississauga receiving a Corporate Grant of $199,627. Even before I had my chance to get “up there”, Mississauga Council actually rubber-stamped approval of upping the amount of taxpayers’ money to $318,075.00.
And it’s worse than that.
I’d drafted my deputation script so that the 1994 Peel Police Services Board recommendation that “A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness” was repeated eight times in 12 minutes 52 seconds in the hopes that Mississauga Council would Get It.
Fact is, I suspect Mayor and Councillors Got It —just Avoided It.
Here’s the exchange featuring Mississauga Councillor George Carlson commenting on a Safe City Mississauga that he’s never filed Freedom of Information on. And note, I did not suggest hiring police officers to drive around the roads but rather youth-friendly youth-expert Peel Police youth-advocates. Huge diff.
Video: “SAFE CITY MISSISSAUGA LACKS “A process of accountability and evaluation” says MISSISSAUGAWATCH (4:01 min)
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS
“A process of accountability should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost effectiveness.” –Peel Police Services Board 1994.
There’s one other quote I need to share in closing and I found it visionary.
The words of Larry Zacher, Safe City Brampton, at the October 25, 2007 Peel Regional Council meeting. (This is a video freeze-frame.)
“The absolute best thing we can do in the community is to provide seamless care for our children from the day they’re born til the time they become responsible adults.”
“seamless care” That’s Perfection!
And I hate to end on a Negative but Freedom of Information confirms that “seamless care” is no more out the starting gate than a “process of accountability and evaluation built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness”.
And in my opinion that is the tragic gap and I submit that it’s also a contributing Root of Youth Violence. I don’t have any answers. It’s kind of a moot presentation right now¹ But I’m just satisfied that I got it into the records today.
Thank you, Council.
COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH (Acting Chair):
Would you stay in place Ursula, we may have some questions. Councillor Carlson.
COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:
More of a comment, Madam Chair and I appreciate Ursula taking the time today to do the math for us and of course it’s pretty straight forward to figure out how many police officers you could add at a hundred thousand per.
But I like to think of Safe City and other organizations as a group of people who put a community face on law enforcement with a focus on prevention. As well as an opportunity for average citizens to become involved.
The police department, being for lack of a better term, being a quasi-military organization doesn’t really welcome a lot of people wandering through the building —their volunteers and so on. They need an auxiliary if you will, of volunteers within the community to come out and speak with the [inaudible] students and involve them in a non-confrontational non-enforcement basis.
So I see them as partners and to say we could buy three or four more officers is quite true but I think you’re buying a lot more at something in the neighbourhood, I think at two dollars per house if my math is correct.
I think of a couple of seminars just lately in Streetsville area where we didn’t really require more surveillance but the residents needed more help in trying to prevent crime in a neighbourhood and so on.
So it’s a little bit different angle and much like most prevention programs, they seem to be the first to get cut. There’s always money for treatment but never seems to be very much money for prevention. So I’m quite happy that the balance is there. In fact, overall, I think it’s a little bit light in terms of the work that they do and the value they add for that three hundred thousand so —although [turns to Safe City Mississauga Executive Board Members] I’m not suggesting you ask for more money this year.
But I think it’s a nice balance. It provides police with more of a community face to look after these kinds of issues so I don’t see it as Either Or but I certainly think that that request —and I didn’t speak earlier on your request. I supported it whole-heartedly and I think, you know, if we need to add more officers, we should do that with the Peel Police Budget to do that if that’s necessary.
And I know that through the closing of Community Stations, we’ve added, I think 17 officers back on the road. So I think it’s a pretty good balance and I’m prepared to continue to support the good work of Safe City —and other organizations that have the same sort of principles.
COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH (Acting Chair):
Seeing no more questions, thank you Ursula and we’ll go to….
VIDEO SWITCHES TO ENDORSEMENT OF PEEL YOUTH CHARTER
(October 25, 2007 Peel Regional Council)
LARRY ZACHER (Safe City Brampton):
“The absolute best thing we can do in the community is to provide seamless care for our children from the day they’re born til the time they become responsible adults. So it’s very timely that they’re here with the Children’s Charter and we’re here with the Peel Youth Charter…”
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS
What’s Absolute Gold about this video is that it crystallizes to Perfection two Roots of Youth Violence.
1. REFUSAL TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT’S REALLY WRONG (ie: a 1994 Peel Police recommendation that a “process of accountability and evaluation built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness” still hasn’t been begun for Safe City programs as of 2010.
2. NOT A SINGLE COUNCILLOR ASKED ME A QUESTION (or disputed my assertions that (quote) “’seamless care’ is no more out the starting gate than a “process of accountability and evaluation built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness”.
“A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness.” –Peel Police Services Board 1994.
The (Inventing Your Successes: it can only get worse) Mississauga Muse