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Rick Mercer Report: Rick’s Rant – “Online Privacy”. YOO HOO! Vic Toews!

February 21st, 2012  

YOO HOOOOO! Vic Toewwwwwwwws!

Rick Mercer has a few words to you on behalf of Canadians!

RMR: Rick’s Rant – Online Privacy

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Rick Mercer Rick’s Rant for February 21, 2012.

My guess is, if the average citizen was told that they had five minutes left to live and they were alone in their house, a good percentage of Canadians would devote two or three of those last minutes on earth to erasing their hard drive.

Not because they’re criminal, but because it might contain something that’s a —what’s the expression I’m looking for— Nobody’s business.

And that includes the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews.

Now Vic? Vic’s a nice guy. But he’s got this thing. He likes to peek. Or at least he wants to peek —into your hard drive.

He wants to get your computer’s IP address without a warrant. He wants all your computer online traffic recorded. It’s his thing.

Now Vic says it’s no big deal. It’s like a phone book.

Now I trust Vic, I do. But I asked a computer-geek friend of mine and he says no, no, it’s nothing like a phone book. In fact, it’s like a fingerprint except it’s a fingerprint that can tell Vic how much money you make, what you read, where you get your news, what you say to your best friend, what turns you on, and how you vote.

Gee, is that all, Vic, because um, that makes me uncomfortable.

Now Vic says we have a choice to make here. We can side with the Conservatives and let Vic peek or we can side with the child pornographers.

Now unfortunately for Vic, he forgot one very important thing. Canadians aren’t that stupid!

And thank God. Because Vic, you can call us all the names you want. But that doesn’t change the fact we’re not going to let you peek.

That doesn’t make us criminal. It makes us CANADIAN. It’s why we shut our blinds at night.

The state has no business in the hard drives of the nation. You want a peek, Vic? Convince a judge. Get a warrant.

 

 

Special thanks to Rick Mercer

Source CBC: Rick Mercer’s Online Privacy

Uploaded to YouTube by on Feb 21, 2012
Rick’s Rant for February 21, 2012.

 

UPDATE February 23, 2012. I really believed that Rick Mercer said it all with, “The state has no business in the hard drives of the nation. You want a peek, Vic? Convince a judge. Get a warrant.” but no, I was wrong.

Today I discovered a pure GENIUS (and funny) Bill C-30 editorial cartoon at the Toronto Star. Here you go.

"HARPER IS A DOOFUS" (genius editorial cartoon) Toronto Star, February 23 2012

 

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL! (GRAFFITI defeats 6 VIDEO SURVEILLANCE cams in Mississauga, Ontario)

May 16th, 2010  

Because sometimes you find yourself gettin’ too serious and you want to have FUN!

Video: VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL! (GRAFFITI defeats 6 VIDEO SURVEILLANCE cams in Mississauga, Ontario)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 1 Meadowvale May 19, 2009):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL. Okay, we got video surveillance camera, right there. We got two, right there.

And then we got this —right here. Including that.

All the way around. All the way around. And.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL, GRAFFITI, MEADOWVALE/MISSISSAUGA   MAY 19, 2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 2 Cooksville/Mississauga October 1, 2008):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

GRAFFITI (with F-WORD implied) MISSISSAUGA VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL 081001

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 3 Lakeshore/Mississauga May 10, 2010):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

Video surveillance camera. Failed!

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 4, Dixie/Mississauga April 22, 2010):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 5, Dixie/Mississauga May 10, 2010):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 6, Applewood/Mississauga April 27, 2009):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI 090426


[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

As a followup, yesterday I took a quick tour past Example 6. The video camera has since “disappeared”.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA FAIL (MISSISAUGA, ONTARIO) This FAIL so bad that the camera has "disappeared"

Last the best example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

Despite three outside sophisticated Pelco PTZ video surveillance cameras and at least two inside —from the MISSISSAUGA NEWS.

Vandals damage golf course

  • Louie Rosella
  • Aug 25, 2009 – 10:15 AM

Peel Regional Police are on the hunt for the vandals who broke into Mississauga’s BraeBen Golf Course last night and trashed the place.

Officers from the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau received a call from golf course staff just after 6:30 a.m. today reporting the crime.

Peel Cst. Wayne Patterson said the intruders cut the locks to gain entry to the Terry Fox Way premises sometime overnight.

Nestled in the centre of Mississauga’s Heartltand community, BraeBen Golf Course was designed more than 30 years ago to be true to the Scottish Highlands. The course includes an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole par-three teaching course as well as full banquet and dining facilities.

lrosella@mississauga.net

And ah, what the heck, might as well toss in my City of Mississauga BraeBen Golf Course video surveillance showing that at the time of the August 25, 2009 break-in Braeben’s video surveillance cams failed to comply to Privacy Guidelines.

Video: Mississauga’s BraeBen Golf Course finally compliant with Video Surveillance guidelines

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

Guess who had to force the City of MYTHissauga to finally be “compliant” at BraeBen?

UPDATE May 16, 2010 12:52 PM. It didn’t take long for YouTubers to comment. Check this beaut out:

thebigbender

video survellance didnt fail there jus there for the real crime ya hurd

2 minutes ago

So MISSISSAUGAWATCH responded with:

@thebigbender Uh, you wrote, “video survellance didnt fail there jus there for the real crime ya hurd”

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE VIEW THAT GRAFFITI ISN’T A CRIME!

UPDATE MAY 16, 2010 7:26 PM. This just in from Twitter. While I’m not sure I agree I thought it would be useful to share.

LossofPrivacy

The Failure of Surveillance Cameras http://reason.com/archives/2010/05/06/the-failure-of-surveillance-ca 42 minutes ago via web

Signed,

The (I tell you, Hazel McCallion is SO RIGHT about public input being a waste!) Mississauga Muse

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL (TTC Subway) September 18, 2009

HAZEL MCCALLION HOARDS EMAIL STASH ON COUNCILLORS –yet FEW DOCUMENTS FOR JUDICIAL INQUIRY? (video)

March 8th, 2010  

Yes, Hazel McCallion apparently hoards an impressive stash of emails on her Councillors but looks to be falling “surprisingly” short providing documents to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. (Who’d have thunk it?)

So. Time for a video duet of sorts —our first Barber/Bennett production.

A BIG BROTHER spoof that weaves Donald Barber’s video of the March 4, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry proceedings with MISSISSAUGAWATCH video of the February 3, 2010 Mississauga General Committee meeting showing Mayor Hazel McCallion at her Big Sister best as she talks about BIG BROTHER surveillance.

And, of course, the video transcript.

TRUST  QUALITY  EXCELLENCE!  Giddy-yup!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION’S HOARDS EMAIL STASH ON COUNCILLORS –yet FEW DOCUMENTS FOR JUDICIAL INQUIRY? (2:28 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

In my opinion, you don’t have to worry about monitoring if you’re doing the right thing. If the Staff of the City is following the Policy, the policies of the City, then they shouldn’t have to worry about it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH comments into camera (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

That’s riiiiight…

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

And that applies to Council as well. If we’re using the equipment as we should then we won’t have to worry.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I have a pile of emails —written stuff, that would make your hair curl. Emails between Councillors etc.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

There has been an issue which has arisen concerning the practice followed by the Mayor’s office in the retention of documents.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I have a pile of emails —written stuff, that would make your hair curl. Emails between Councillors etc.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

—we have a concern in that we received correspondence on the 26th of February which indicated that, in a number of areas, the Mayor really doesn’t retain documents.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I just want to comment. I’d assume, Councillor Parrish, you have a copy of the emails that you’ve sent to me.

Oh.

I just want to ask you, have you kept a copy of the emails that you’ve sent to me? No?

Well, I have copies of them.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

—that with respect to electronic correspondence, letters FAX and emails,

“Once emails are printed off they are deleted from the system. They aren’t archived. The Mayor doesn’t use email. All email sent to the Mayor’s email account are opened and read by the Mayor’s executive assistant and are given to the Mayor either directly or through daily mail log. The Mayor’s office does not keep electronic copies of any emails or responses.

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (February 3, 2010 General Committee):

I have a pile of emails —written stuff, that would make your hair curl. Emails between Councillors etc.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, INQUIRY COUNSEL (March 4, 2010 Judicial Inquiry):

Hard copies of general mail items are kept for a couple of years in storage and then destroyed.

So, I am not immediately critical of that but what I do say is that it’s a little bit surprising to us as Commissioner Counsel and that we are proposing to have some evidence on that issue.

CROSSFADE/LOGO

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The (plot sickens) Mississauga Muse

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA "RECORDS ACTION WEEK" (aka: DELETE THOUSANDS OF "OBSOLETE" RECORDS)

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Frank Dale, “I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.”

November 4th, 2009  

[The BACKGROUND (all in dark blue font) is a repeat from a previous blog. You may just want to scroll down directly to the video and transcript.]

BACKGROUND

The October 28, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting will always be remembered as the Judicial Inquiry Meeting.

Facing blistering criticism from angry Hazel McCallion supporters and even dire threats of defeat from “When-Our-Hazel-Dies-I-Want-Her-Here-In-This-Hall” Mega-builder Harold Shipp, seven Councillors held their ground —and put their political futures directly on the line.

HERE COMES THE SUN

In his October 31, 2009 article, Mississauga melee gets ugly, Toronto Sun, columnist Ted Woloshyn telegraphs the 2010 pro-McCallion strategy.

He writes:

So expect Hurricane Hazel, who’s facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.

To regain her power, expect McCallion to essentially build Team Hazel, for next year’s election. Team Hazel would consist of four sitting councillors and seven candidates hand-selected by the Hurricane, who back the mayor.

The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga’s council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.

An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?

I suspect an endorsement from Mississauga Mega-builder Harold Shipp is worth a mega-ton as well. Not to mention a mega-ton of lawn signs!

Having researched City of Mississauga governance (videotaping, Freedom of Information etc) and documenting “citizen input” over the years, this is the Picture…

The vast majority of Mississaugans do not know what’s going on. Second, of those who don’t know what’s going on, I’ve concluded that sadly, few would care if a judicial inquiry confirmed widespread malfeasance and corruption. Voters clearly vote with their wallets and wallets don’t care about ethical governments.

During his deputation in support of a judicial inquiry, Donald Barber stated:

“I’m not here to discuss anything about Hazel. We all know that, you know, even if she was dead and buried, her name was on the ballot sheet, she’d be elected  That’s fine.”

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

I’d go so far as to say that even if headlines confirmed that she routinely stuffs cats and political opponents into a wood-chipper, Mississaugans would re-elect Hazel McCallion. Such is the Pathology of MYTHissauga.

Over the next while, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will post videos of the October 28, 2009 Council meeting onto YouTube for posterity. Regardless of who is speaking, all videos will begin the same way —with Harold Shipp and his $$$threat$$$ of political oblivion to any Councillor who’d stand up during a recorded vote in support of a judicial inquiry.

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors. Councillor Frank Dale responds (1:58 min)

So. First video of  Ward 4 Councillor Frank Dale and why he supported the judicial review, followed by a transcript from the video. All transcripts will be sent to the City Clerk for inclusion into the Council minutes for this meeting.

We begin.

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP:

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..

DIP TO BLACK (to signify later in the meeting).

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor. I certainly just wanted to make a point, that I want to be clear as a member of Council that I always examine the facts that are before me and weigh them in any decisions that I make as the Councillor. And taking into, of course, the consideration, uh, taking into consideration, the best interests of this great city as well as the community in which I represent.

And I stand behind the position that that I took with respect to the inquiry primarily for the same reasons that Councillor Corbasson eloquently described.

And I do want to make it clear that this was not personal to the Mayor. This was just based on the facts that was presented before us and the recommendations that were before us by outside legal counsel —and reviewing that, and examining that, made that decision. And I stand by, and will support the recommendations that are before us today, with respect to the terms of reference.

I want to be clear though that the decision I  make,  the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain.

Jeer from audience

I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you Councillor Dale. Councillor Saito…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

For serious students of municipal governance, there’s a timely article in the November/December 2009 issue of the Municpal Monitor.  Written by Gregory J. Levine, (Lawyer, Southampton and London, Ontario), you can find “Ethics in Municipal Government: The Law in Ontario” online at:

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/MCTS0609/index.php#/6

Signed,

The (“Big Brother has his hand firmly planted in our back pocket – government revenues his lifeline; unaccountability his refuge.” —Andre Marin, Ontario Ombudsman, June 27, 2007) Mississauga Muse

“This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.”

—Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

"ETHICS IN MUNIICIPAL GOVERNMENT: THE LAW IN ONTARIO" online at the MUNICPAL MONITOR" BY GREGORY J. LEVINE

HEY TORONTO STAR! FOR LAUGHS, TODAY I DROPPED DOWN 80 BUCKS AND NOW THIS (ALMOST) 60 YEAR OLD FEMALE IS A SECURITY GUARD TOO!

September 19th, 2009  

YAY TORONTO STAR! GOOD ON YA!

FOR LAUGHS, THE (59 YEAR, 11 MONTH, 19 DAY OLD MISSISSAUGA MUSE, WWW.MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA IS NOW A SECURITY GUARD TOO!

Everyone read the Toronto Star front page?!

Star investigation: Fake diplomas, false promises

$80 and I’m a security guard

For $160, the Star’s Brett Popplewell became a licensed security guard and private investigator — two jobs he has no idea how to perform

Sep 18, 2009 04:30 AM

Comments on this story (151)

Brett Popplewell
Staff Reporter

I drop by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services with a passport photo in hand. I complete an application form to be a security guard at a cost of $80. The clerk asks if I’d also like my private investigator’s licence. I ask what’s the catch? They say another $80.

“No training?” I ask.

“Just $80.”

80 bucks and just like that you can get a Security Guard license?!  I tell you that explains City of Mississauga Corporate Security Misstapo knobs and knobettes!

So I left this comment at Torstar.

you know, for fun? I’m going to buy a security guard licence!

Really.

Submitted by MISSISSAUGAWATCH.ca at 10:54 AM Friday, September 18 2009
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Not to be outdone, another Toronto Star reader committed to dropping down 80 and outranking me.

I’m Going for the P.I. Badge

Mississaugawatch is going to buy a security guard licence. I’m going to go for the Private Investigator one myself. I grew up wanting to be Mike Hammer, Philip Marlowe, and Sam Spade. I might just pay the $240.00 and be all three.

Submitted by Janosik at 11:31 AM Friday, September 18 2009
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Now I could’ve bought a Private Investigator’s license for my 80-bucks but I figured a Security Guard license would have more “legs” (aka: Giggles).

So I grabbed an old never-used passport photo, hopped on a GO Train, headed for 777 Bay Street, 3rd Floor, and dropped down 80-bucks. Now get this, I’m female and just three weeks shy of my 60th birthday yet it took the guy at the desk just 3 minutes and 33 seconds to process me and that included him being the guarantor of my photo!

HAHAHAHAAHAAHAH!

I videotaped the entire thing and bet your boots in less than two weeks, I’ll have a Security Guard card! I can’t WAIT!

COURTESY TORONTO STAR: Star reporter Brett Popplewell obtained a security guard licence for $160 with no training and no experience.

HAHAHAHAAHAAHAH!

When I was filling out the application form, I entertained that just for a lark I would try and talk my 86-year old father into buying an Ontario Security Guard licence too. And that got me thinking…

Ontarians! Fo’ fun! Let’s try and set the Guiness Book of Records for the oldest person to buy a Private Security Guard license!

Also I’m claiming the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services record as the quickest Ontario Security Guard application-processing at 3 minutes 33 seconds!

Anyway, this is to the Toronto Star.

I LOVE YOU TORSTAR!

That out of the way regular readers know the routine by now.

Video of me buying my Ontario Security Guard license and then the transcript. Note the voice of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services processor was turned into a chipmunk-voice for Privacy reasons.

Video: HEY TORONTO STAR! NOW I’M A SECURITY GUARD TOO! (3:43 sec)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[NOTE: The errors I made filling in the form were not on purpose. I really am that flaky.]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (hands over Canadian Citizenship papers and waits)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

[inaudible] take your driver’s licence, ok?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Yeah, that’s ok.

(re-folds Canadian Citizenship paper and puts inside wallet)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Thank you.

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

I’m not sure where to fill out the part about whethjer you want to be a Private Investigator or a Security Guard. Is it on the front page you fill it out or where?

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

You filled it out for Security Guard.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Did I? OK, I did it.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Yuh.

(pause)

This is the first time you’re applying for a Security Guard license?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Yup.

(longer pause)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Just change your Date of Birth to today’s date?

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Oh, I got contact lenses in. Do I just scritch —scratch it out?

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Yes, please.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

I got contact lenses so I can’t see very well—

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Oh, I see.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

—when I’m writing. I can see well the other time.

(pause and hands application form back.)

Sorry about that.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

No problem.

Thank you.

(pause…)

“I’m just signing for your guarantor.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

OK, Great.

(long pause)

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

[inaudible]

“What happens now is it takes our office five business days to process the application.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

OK.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

And, if it’s approved and issued, we’re gonna mail it out. It usually takes three to five business days.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

OK. Great.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

And, if it’s approved and issued, we’re gonna mail it out. It usually takes three to five business days.”Now within the first week –five business days, we go over the application. We also do a criminal background check.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

That’s not a problem.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

OK, good. So if anything comes up, we’ll give you a call. But if you don’t hear from us next week, you’ll [receive your license..].”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Fantastic.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Any questions or anything?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

uh… (pauses to think…) No.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

[inaudible]

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES:

Have a great day.

VIDEO CAMERA TURNED OFF

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The (Like I said, a Root of Youth Violence) Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ALL PEEL YOUTH CHARTERS FROM CITY OF MISSISSAUGA FACILITIES

August 7th, 2009  

This Blog is dedicated to the 9/10 year old girl who was banned for 30 days from three major City of Mississauga facilities at once (Mississauga Civic Centre, Mississauga Central Library and Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre). The ban, by City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards, was for “Disturbance”. It was issued on November 14, 2008, the same day that Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling released their  Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report. Meanwhile, documents reveal that not much earlier that year (May 9, 2008) two 15/16 year old girls were banned for 30 days from just one facility, the Mississauga Civic Centre, for “Drugs”.  Parents/Guardians were not advised in either case —the only consistency found in these bans.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is currently researching Brampton, Mississauga and Peel municipal governance through Freedom of Information (FOI) on many fronts.  Every query, every FOI filed —indeed every tangent we take, relates to Youth and ultimately what we believe to be a Major Root of Youth Violence, municipalities themselves.

Today we post a transcript of the October 25, 2007 endorsement of the Peel Youth Charter by Peel Regional Council.

The Peel Youth Charter was presented with much ceremony and even former Ontario Premier William G. Davis was there to smile for the Photo Op.

Below is video of Larry Zacher’s presentation of the Peel Youth Charter followed by the transcript: vital, historical, Youth Violence related-material that must be posted now.

Please know that when I was videotaping this, I was not aware that Charter-presenter, Larry Zacher, Executive Director of Safe City Brampton is spouse of City of Brampton Councillor, Gael Miles, who is also Chair of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network. Apparently neither of them thought this was worth mentioning.

To  begin, Google Video uploaded January 5, 2008.

PEEL YOUTH CHARTER endorsed by PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL (Oct 25 2007) – 08:09 min

Please click here to go directly to the clip on Google Video

TRANSCRIPT of Google Video, “PEEL YOUTH CHARTER endorsed by PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL (Oct 25 2007)” (Please advise of any errors in the transcript, thanks)

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

“Good morning, Chairman Kolb and Members of Council.

I have mixed emotions here this morning. I’m very proud to be presenting the Peel Youth Charter but also very intimidated to be following the Honourable William Davis. (laughter)

It’s a hard act to follow before but now that’s he’s bringing children up to his presentations (more laughter) what do you think, Valerie? (more laughter)

I would like to introduce Judge Valerie-Arnold, the Trustee from Brampton in Dufferin-Peel –oh! In the Peel District! -and also a member of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee.

Thank you for having us here today.

First, I would like to congratulate the Honourable William Davis and the Success by Six Committee for the work that they’ve done when creating the Children’s Charter.

The absolute best thing we can do to Youth is provide seamless care for our children, from the day they’re born right though til they become responsible adults.

So it’s very timely that they are here with the Children’s Charter and we’re here with the Peel Youth Charter.

Council supported the development of this document by establishing the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee. I guess it was about January 06 and in the following spring we held a Youth Forum because we wanted to get input from the Community.

We had over a hundred and forty agencies represented as well as quite a few young people themselves, came, and we had a full day –it was one of those days where [sic] you’re pretty drained at the end of it, and looking at what are the issues facing Youth, where do we need to go and how can we tackle this as a Community (inaudible).

The outcome of that was the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy, which was published in September of last year –very comprehensive document, a very innovative document, that is probably one of the first that comprehensive an approach anywhere in North America.

I know that for a fact we recently had the World Health Organization in Brampton designating us as an international safe community and one of the programs and one of the issues that they were very very impressed with was the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy and seeing that it was very cutting edge and a very important program for our region.

Out of this Strategy, we’re currently, since it was published in September, we’ve established four working groups that are working comprised of people from all walks of life and all communities and all neighbourhoods in the Region of Peel.

Those working groups are focusing on Youth activities and Youth support and just as importantly, Family support, Community development –these all good ideas take money and resources to put into place, and Educational policies. And they have been working for the last year and a half and will continue to work and develop approaches and programs and strategies as we go forward.

The second very important outcome to come out of the Youth forum and out of the Strategy is the Peel Youth Charter. With that mounted, it’s a big document, I think that some of you have seen it, many of you have seen it and it sets out really how to accomplish two things.

The first is that it’s a statement from all of us that we value Youth and the skills and the energy and everything they bring to our community

And the second part is a –it’s a commitment from all of us to provide a safe and supportive environment for our young people and to do our utmost best to provide Safety initiatives for them and to ensure that they have the opportunities for education, future employment opportunities, that they have a good quality of life in our region and that they have access to the resources and activities they need to develop into happy, healthy, responsible adults.

The Charter has been signed by community leaders throughout the Region and includes the Mayors –Chairman Kolb has already signed it, the Police Chiefs, the Heads of the School Boards, the Community agencies.

We’ve also very strategically left a blank line in there because as we go forward, we want every business, every community agency, every organization that can contribute to Youth to sign on there and become a partner in this.

And by signing it, it’s not just saying, “Hey this is a great thing to hang on the wall”, it is a commitment to do what we can in those key areas –whether it’s Education, Jobs, Safety, any of those areas to support our young people.

So this week our committee has been visiting community leaders, media, going everywhere, presenting the Charter. I’m proud to say also this week the Charters are about to be going up in every school in the Region of Peel.

They’re going up in libraries, recreation centers and wherever other public [sic] –public buildings.

One of the things we’re asking today, Chairman Kolb, is that the Region endorse these Charters going out in Regional buildings, police stations and again where people will see them and wherever we have an organization that can contribute to this Charter.

At this time I would like to ask Chairman Kolb, and he mentioned that there are a number of Regional Councillors who sit on the Peel Violence [sic] Prevention Committee… Councillor Gael Miles, Councillor Katie Mahoney and Councillor Pat Saito and –sorry?

Councillor Gael Miles or Sue McFadden (unsure which) : That’s ok.

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

So if you can join us at the front, we’ll present —as well, Trustee Tony da Silva, from the Duffeirn-Peel Catholic District Board is here.

(Everyone goes to the front. Mississauga News, Ron Lenyk takes photo. Video ends.)

FACT:  Freedom of Information has confirmed that (at least at the City of Mississauga), the Peel Youth Charter is merely, “Hey this is a great thing to hang on the wall”.

OPINION: As a result, all Peel Youth Charters should be removed from City of Mississauga facilities and properties, ASAP.

To review the Peel Youth Charter, [underlined emphasis mine]


PEEL YOUTH CHARTER (signed March 29, 2007)


We believe that young people are valuable members of the Region of Peel. Young people bring a unique, diverse set of ideas, perspectives and skills, and make a valuable and significant contribution to our community. They deserve the same respect, dignity and human rights as all members of the community.

We believe all Peel youth have the right to:

These rights will apply without discrimination or prejudice to all youth in Peel.

By signing this charter we are committed to use our best efforts to ensure the safety, health, education and future employment of Peel’s youth.

Signed by: (left to right on the original Charter)

Susan Fennell (Mayor-Brampton), Marolyn Morrison (Mayor-Caledon), Hazel McCallion (Mayor-Mississauga) Emil Kolb (Chair Region of Peel), Janet McDougald (Chair Peel District School Board), Bruno Iannicca (Chair, Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board), Andy Karski (Inspector Caledon OPP), Mike Metcalf, (Chief, Peel Regional Police), Jim Bird (Vice-President Brampton Safe City Association), Katie Mahoney (Mississauga Crime Prevention Association), Shelley White, (CEO, United Way)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

WILLIAM G DAVIS AT THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE PEEL YOUTH CHARTER BY PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL OCTOBER 25, 2007

William G. Davis at the endorsement of the Peel Youth Charter (Peel Regional Council) October 25, 2007

MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL: KEEPING VIDEO RECORDS OF CITIZENS BUT NOT OF THEMSELVES?

April 11th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Today’s Blog is going to be a little different because it will consist entirely of a report I filed inside Mississauga Council Chambers last Wednesday as Council went “in-camera”.

It’s essentially my incredulous and frustrated response to  the chronic blight of citizens being limited to MINUTES of Council meetings. Being limited to reading the accounts of all the He-Saids, She-Saids They-Saids of municipal government meetings through manicured MINUTES.

MINUTES —someone writing stuff down, just like it was done back when papyrus was first invented!

So, crabby, I vented into my video camera my own “Why aren’t we recording all meetings on VIDEO? Or at least AUDIO?” report.

Today’s Blog will be the transcript.

Video: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL:  KEEPING VIDEO RECORDS OF CITIZENS BUT NOT OF THEMSELVES? (8:17 min)

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

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

I have to say that Council today was really remarkable in the amount of “He-Said She-Said They-Said” that was going on. And they were talking about going back to minutes of meetings.

Well, I mean, I happen to know when you compare the video of the Council and even General Committee meetings –the video that I shoot, and you compare it to what actually makes it in the minutes, we’re talking about Creative Writing here. And that’s a problem that is systemic here at the City of Mississauga.

And what they write down is essentially [a] manicured message of The Corporation and that’s pretty well anybody who’s required to write a report of some kind.

And what was particularly fascinating was reference to what happened at various in-camera meetings. Now in-camera meetings are closed, secret meetings –really, away from the public. In fact the word, “in-camera” means exactly the opposite.

They go off into a special room up there. I guess it’s on the third floor and then away from the public. We don’t know what they’re talking about in there. And there seems to be, no not “seems to be” –certainly, there was considerable debate as to what it is that they actually said in behind closed doors.

And it’s left me to wonder, surely the in-camera meetings aren’t limited to somebody taking notes [whispering into camera] because City of Mississauga is not good at taking notes. You don’t want them to take notes on you.” [whispering ends]

[Pauses to think…]

We’re in the new millennium. 2009 now. And we’re witnessing an entity –indeed, pretty well all municipalities -that they limit the minutes of their meetings to what someone chooses to write down and record.

And just from my own experience and research and two years of Freedom of Information documents –to be able to tell the difference between what they [City of Mississauga] say publicly and what The Reality shows, you know, they do privately…

‘scuse me, telephone.

[cell phone call interrupts. Fade to black. Fade in]

Where was I? Right. We’re in a new millennium where the kind of camera that I’m using right now to record this has seven hours of recording time. [reaches for digital recorder] We have digital audio recorders that can record for days!

And yet we’re limiting things to minutes of meetings –in other words, Pen and Quill Technology, and the public is limited to what someone chooses to record.

And in my own experience, and this is researching and securing documents through Freedom of Information, it’s often what they don’t record that screws you over royally.

And I’m just wondering when the debate between, “well this was said and that was said and this was left out and no, no, no you don’t have all the facts” -what I don’t understand is why they can’t have [points] on that computer screen, because I can do it at home -go to my hard drive, I can go right now and find out what the March 11th meeting said about Enersource or about some corporate policy or what by-law was passed or what wasn’t –and I can’t understand -why we’re limited to someone’s view of what happened!

That’s why I’m recording this! Because I know the inventive Creative Writing that goes on here. Because the selective “memory” [gestures] within these walls is obscene!

[whispers] It’s obscene!

And I uh, just two weeks ago, I secured Freedom of Information on Report Writing for Mississauga Corporate Security and it was a pdf file [Ed: incorrect, I meant "Power Point" files] and there were three documents. And while it didn’t say directly that you should keep stuff out, it did warn the guards that anybody could secure or ask for their records –and by the way, I do.

And they also mention “Freedom of Information” as being one.

So they don’t want to write down something that doesn’t advance the interests of The Corporation.

And you know, you’ve got Parrish and Adams saying one thing. You’ve got Mahoney saying something else and you know [reaches for digital audio recorder] let’s hear it in here! Or better yet, on video.

And I really think, one of the things is, forty or fifty years from now –because I think our democracy is being eroded something horrible, just.

We’re allowing our governments to use technology unfettered and that includes [points to Council Pelco PTZ “Pelco One”] these frikkin’ video surveillance cameras without any oversight!

And they’re using this sophisticated technology and yet citizens forty/fifty years from now, when they’re going to want to know how Mississauga came about. How it responded to the Smart Growth. How it got the transit system it developed. That’s happening right here, right now! This is The History.

And we’re allowing –citizens are allowing the history of this city to be [points to Council] to be written by them!  And, and, it isn’t just that, it’s all Ontarians are allowing that to happen. Whether it’s in Vaughan, in Whitby, in Ajax, in Brampton, in Oakville. All citizens in Ontario –and I’m going to use the word “victimized” -are being victimized by minutes of meetings as opposed to it being recorded and the actual video record of every Council meeting, of every General (Committee) meeting, of every Audit Committee meeting should be part of the record!

And I know why it isn’t. I know why it isn’t. Because a video record cuts through the “He-Said, She-Said”. Cuts through the selective reporting -or even the lies. Because.. [long pause]

I, uh –the thing that happened today with Councillor Parrish and her frustra-I can understand the frustration! I can understand what it’s like to be stonewalled, to have delays, to be treated with disrespect –and by the way, being bullied, intimidated, threatened and [very long pause] I can understand her frustration.

[even longer pause]

They’re coming back (from in-camera). So let me record it this way.

Let’s add “no video records of things” and “selective minutes, selective reporting” as another Root of Youth Violence.

TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse


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