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Mississauga Minutes don’t record Hazel McCallion’s Contracts Comments –even when the Audit Chair expects them “in the record”

March 19th, 2010  

In our March 17, 2010 Blog, What the MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY investigators will be up against… When Minutes Don’t Matter, I detailed how the minutes summarizing my February 3, 2010 deputation before General Committee were manicured to minimize the concerns that I’d raised on a number of issues pertaining to City of Mississauga Staff non-compliance to policies, procedures, guidelines and legislation.

I’d be prepared to bet that 90% of those attending the December 3rd “Friends of Hazel” Rally wouldn’t see anything wrong with minutes glossing over citizen input —provided it wasn’t theirs.

Today, we present special video. It’s the best way that I know to demonstrate that even Audit Committee meeting minutes are manicured and no one escapes from having their voices CUT TO MUTE.

This time that voice is Hazel McCallion’s.

THE SEPTEMBER 24, 2007 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES SHOW NO RECORD OF HAZEL MCCALLION TALKING LET ALONE GIVING THIS WARNING.

What follows is video of the September 24, 2007 Audit Committee meeting. While the minutes show McCallion as “Present”, video confirms that the Mayor did not arrive until 9:55 or 45 minutes after the one-hour meeting began.

But once there, Mayor McCallion sure had some important things to say about the report on the Capital Maintenance Contracts Audit – Facilities & Property Management Division. To her credit, Madame Mayor minced no words, calling it “a very bad report. One of the worst that I think I’ve ever seen.”

As we know, contracts blow up at the City in subsequent years. A group of sub-contractors got stiffed for tens of thousands in 2009-2010 because Facilities and Property Management did not do due diligence. Given all that’s happened at the City, that the Mayor’s warnings regarding contracts were not recorded into the Audit Committee minutes weighs heavy now.

Especially when there’s a Judicial Inquiry in the wings that is set to explore how the Enersource contract got mysteriously changed.

To be clear, the minutes of the September 24, 2007 Audit Committee meeting record Hazel McCallion as being silent throughout the meeting. There is zero mention of her making any comment let alone something as vital as:

Let me draw your attention to one thing in this report that bothers me more than anything. Because that’s what happened in Toronto. Staff changed contracts.

And that’s what happened here. Now it isn’t big, I assume. But the point is that Staff thinks that they can change a contract. I mean that is serious. Because it happened in Toronto and that was a big one.

If it can happen in a small one it can also happen in a big one in Mississauga. And that really—

The one that bothers me most is a change of contracts.

The City creates manicured minutes that don’t reflect Reality. That minimize, indeed mask problems. Elected officials approve those minutes. Chronic.

That’s why I say that Staff are beyond the control of elected officials. And it’s why I believe that this Staff, (who McCallion herself observes, “thinks that they can change a contract”) are fully capable of changing an Enersource contract.

Jes’ sayin’.

Video: Hazel McCallion “The one that bothers me most is a change of contracts” –not recorded in minutes (5:54 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEE  September 24, 2007


MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Last, does our Auditor have any comments? Kevin?

KEVIN TRAVERS, KPMG EXTERNAL AUDITOR:

No, I don’t have any comments on any of these reports.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

No?

KEVIN TRAVERS, KPMG EXTERNAL AUDITOR:

—well written, and certainly identify the objectives very well upfront too. And I like the way of style the reports were written, but I have no further comments.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

OK.

Mayor McCallion, just to [inaudible] here that we have finished the two reports. And any questions —I know now, any questions on the Capital Maintenance Report.

Ken has left and Raj but if you want to go ahead and make your comments, at least they can be —you know, so we can get them in the record.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

I apologize for being late. I had a speaking engagement in Oakville.

I have real concerns about this report, I have to tell you. I don’t think I want to go over all the questions but, it certainly doesn’t represent our philosophy of running the City like a business. I would say I have a number of questions.

It’s a very bad report. One of the worst that I think I’ve ever seen.

So I have real concerns about it. I just can’t believe some of the things that are not done. I don’t know if you folks asked questions.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

We did. And I’ve had —looking at your notes they’re identifying all the same issues.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

I just say extremely disappointed in the report.

[SEVERAL PEOPLE TALKING AT ONCE]

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR MAJA PRENTICE:

There has been the suggestion for Janice to go over these issues up [sic] with both Works and Community Services as well to ensure that the proper process is in place not just in Facilities and Property Management but through the other areas of—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

[inaudible] I want to meet with Janice on it —I just, I don’t want to go over the questions. I think you can see that I marked the—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Yeah, and we did raise all of the issues that I think you’ve got marked there —we did raise and the one thing, Madame Mayor that was pointed out in the presentation is that for fourteen recommendations in this report, thirteen of them have now already been implemented.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Yeah—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

So all of those issues that we raised concerns about and you’re raising concerns about —they’re very serious concerns have been addressed and have been dealt with.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

They shouldn’t have existed.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

They shouldn’t have been existing.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

That is my concern. It’s not a good report.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

And that was why as you recall, when we did the Works Capital Maintenance, we had put a lot of these safeguards already into place there.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Yes.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

And this is why I said to Janice that I was kind of surprised that this Department wasn’t implementing what had already been done in the previous department.

So to make sure that all of this gets put into the other Departments that deal with Capital Maintenance as well.

So, not to do another audit on them. Just make sure that they’re following these recommendations.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Well, yuh, I mean the fourteen, fourteen recommendations covers [sic] our concerns.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

And I just hope that they’re not only implemented, but that you will follow them up to make sure that they continue to be implemented but there’s laxity—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

There’s laxity somewhere in the operation.  I—

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER JANICE BAKER:

There’s a new manager in that area today. I mean that’s one of the— you know that was not, it was not as a result of the audit, but I think in my view, we’ve got somebody in managing in that area today who would be far more effective in looking at those kinds of processes.

So I think that’s something, an asset that we have that we haven’t necessarily had.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Do you have any other questions on those reports?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

No, no.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Just that one, OK?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

No, just that I was hoping to get into my comments on that.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

Yeah, because we would’ve kept Staff here.

OK, the last item then is the date of the next meeting which is November 26th, 9 AM, here. All right. And maybe if we know how many Staff we’re gonna need [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

Let me draw your attention to one thing in this report that bothers me more than anything.

Because that’s what happened in Toronto. Staff changed contracts.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

uh-huh.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION:

And that’s what happened here.

Now it isn’t big, I assume. But the

[VIDEO SWITCHES TO LOWER QUALITY BACK-UP CAMERA]

point is that Staff thinks that they can change a contract. I mean that is serious. Because it happened in Toronto and that was a big one.

If it can happen in a small one it can also happen in a big one in Mississauga. And that really—

The one that bothers me most is a change of contracts.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

OK. We’re then adjourned.

[GENERAL NOISE OF ADJOURNMENT]

[CLOCKWIPE TO AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING, November 26, 2007]

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

—meeting to order. Are there any declarations of direct or indirect pecuniary interest? Seeing none [inaudible].

We’ll go right to Matters to be Considered because the presentations are [inaudible].

Minutes of the last Audit Committee meeting, on September 24th. Councillor Carlson—

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

Move it.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (CHAIR):

—any changes or vote for them? Yes, I guess that’s receipt. Approval, right. I always forget whether it’s approval or receipt.

So they are approved.

Item 2 is, we have two final audit reports…

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

THE SEPTEMBER 24, 2007 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES SHOW NO RECORD OF HAZEL MCCALLION TALKING LET ALONE GIVING THIS WARNING.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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