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Mississauga Judicial Inquiry: Corporate “ethical” Policies apply when Testifying (Plus MISSISSAUGAWATCH now in High Definition)

August 16th, 2010  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is now in High Definition!

What follows is video of a report I filed outside the Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Court House yesterday introducing two City of Mississauga Corporate policies that will have relevance at this week’s Judicial Inquiry hearings.

We combine our High Definition video narrative with archival footage from the May 23, 2007 Mississauga Council meeting as well as the May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting.

We begin. The video and the transcript.

Video: Mississauga Judicial Inquiry: Corporate “ethical” Policies apply when Testifying (4:50 min HD)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

It is Sunday, August the 14th, 2010 —at least I think it’s the 14th, I do know that it’s a Sunday, and I’m parked here outside the Burnhamthorpe Court House where tomorrow we’re going to start a week of very interesting testimony.

City Manager, Janice Baker is due to testify at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry hearings this week. And it’s going to be really interesting —fascinating! It’s of all of the testimony, it’s Ms. Baker’s that I’m the most interested in this week.

And that’s because I’m reminded of a -an exchange between her and Mayor Hazel McCallion in May 2007 and that was when the City introduced its Respectful Workplace Policy. And Hazel McCallion said—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Could you put the Mission Statement on again?

I’m wondering why you haven’t included “Based on its values of Honesty Trust, Quality and Excellence”—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

And then she said—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Why you haven’t included the word “honesty”?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

You have Trust, Quality and Excellence, why didn’t you use Honesty? Honesty with the citizens.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Um, Madam Mayor, I think from our perspective, these are the values that come out of a series of discussions and workshops certainly at the staff level. I think we all believe that honesty is the basis of trust. So I—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

I hope so.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Oh well—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

I hope so.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Well, clearly. I mean you can’t, you cannot ha—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

On the part of Council. And on the part of Staff.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Well our values—

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Honesty with the citizens.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

And —it was fascinating, especially considering what Freedom of Information has shown me about the Dishonesty. That is the lack of an ethical infrastructure at the City of Mississauga. And what’s interesting is Janice Baker responded with—

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007):

Our Values are universal.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

“Our Values are universal.”

Given the chronic lack of compliance to Corporate policies, that either have been confirmed —definitely Freedom of Information. That the Audit Committee has confirmed time and again! Chronic lack of compliance to Corporate polices including Hazel McCallion herself bemoaning the complete disregard for Policy by City Staff.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION  (Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009):

So now we’re gonna set one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

If we set one up, it better be followed. That is the key. No use setting it up if it’s not going to be followed. You know, I don’t know why there’s such a disregard for policy.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH  (Reporting outside Burhamthorpe Court House, August 15, 2010):

There are two Corporate policies that apply when Staff are giving testimony at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Not just that they’re going to raise their hands and say, “I do solemnly swear” and stuff like that.

There’s also two Corporate policies. The first is, as I’ve already mentioned, the Corporate Respectful Workplace Policy that governs the honesty with the citizens and just Trust, Quality and Excellence. Their Universal Values.

So it’s going to be really interesting how both City Manager, Janice Baker as well as the Director of Planning and Building [sic] are going to testify.

The other Corporate policy that is going to apply is the City of Mississauga Corporate Employee Code of Conduct which applies to all employees and not just while they’re at work. They say that even out-outside they represent the City of Mississauga and they’re not to do anything that in any way jeopardize the reputation of the City. Which is an interesting way of putting it.

So. We’ve got two policies —the Employee Code of Conduct which applies only to employees and the Corporate Respectful Workplace Policy that applies both to City employees but also to the politicians themselves.

So, what’s interesting though is that the- there’s two Corporate —

—BRAND NEW SONY HIGH DEFINITION CAMERA FALLS TO THE FLOOR.
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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