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Toronto Star “intoxicated”. Mayor Rob Ford “I’ve called you pathological liars and you are”. So which is it?

March 29th, 2013  

Just posting this for the record. It’s a 40-second video clip taken from the Toronto Star video “Behind the Rob Ford story”.

This “intoxication” story and Mayor Rob Ford’s indignant denial of the Toronto Star’s allegations reminds me of what happened to me back in November 2011 when Bonnie Crombie made reckless allegations against me. The rage. The feeling of helplessness —especially when you know the powerful people in the Liberal Party (and money) who back Crombie.

So I really identify with Rob Ford this round.

The thing is I also know what a superb roster of investigative blood-hound reporters the Toronto Star has…. meaning Star reporters aren’t like Bonnie Crombie who just craps out any “For The Truth” crud simply because she knows she can.

Anyway. Don’t want to make this a long blog, so here we go.

Mayor Rob Ford calls the Toronto Star “pathological liars” for their “intoxication” allegations  (41 sec)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT of Mayor Ford’s comments only]

Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto City Hall press conference, March 26, 2013

Number one, it’s an outright lie; it’s the Toronto Star going after me again and again and again.

They’re relentless, that’s fine, I’ll go head to head with the Toronto Star any time.

Let’s just wait until the election is and then we’ll see what happens.

It’s just lies after lies and lies and I’ve called you pathological liars and you are, so why don’t you take me to court? Let the courts decide. It’s about George Chuvalo today — have some respect.

Thank you very much.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

For the original City Hall, Investigations Toronto Star breaking story, please see “Rob Ford: ‘Intoxicated’ Toronto mayor asked to leave military ball“.

Also for the record, this Twitter exchange between Bernie M. Farber (Senior Vice President, government and external relations Gemini Power Corp; human and civil rights advocate; former CEO Canadian Jewish Congress) and me earlier today.

Tweets relating to the Toronto Star's "intoxication" allegations against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

The tweets:

Bernie M. Farber ‏@BernieFarber

@robyndoolittle a story is only as good as the dogged determination that goes into it. Great work by both u & Kevin

10:14 AM – 29 Mar 13

MISSISSAUGAWATCH.ca ‏@MISSISSAUGAMUSE

@BernieFarber re “a story is only as good as the dogged determination that goes into it” Nope. Only as good as the *evidence* to support it!

11:00 AM – 29 Mar 13

Bernie M. Farber ‏@BernieFarber

@MISSISSAUGAMUSE & unquestionably evidence in Dolittle/Donovan story of highest calibre; 3diff sources checked by editors @robyndoolittle

11:21 AM – 29 Mar 13

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

This Pierre-Trudeau-liberal reluctantly prefers Marc Garneau to Justin Trudeau (GTA Liberal leadership debate)

February 17th, 2013  

This is a follow up on yesterday’s blog. Marc Garneau sings Happy Birthday, Justin Trudeau blindsided by Martha Hall Findlay –plus MYTHissauga Lieberals at GTA debate.

It’s a video transcript of two reports recorded before and after the debate.

This Pierre-Trudeau-liberal reluctantly prefers Marc Garneau to Justin (GTA Liberal debate) (2:15 min)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting before the Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate begins, February 16, 2013

It is Saturday, February 15, 2013 and I’m here at the [laughs] the Liberal Convention debate and in all honesty, I really don’t know why. I guess to satisfy a curiosity.

And just for the record, I’ve been voting Liberal or cheering for Liberals since probably 1967-68 when Pierre Trudeau breezed through Mississauga [sic].

He happened to have been speaking at Dixie Mall at the time. I was there —probably 17-18 years old at the time. And now I get a chance to see Trudeau-Lite up here.

And let’s see what Justin Trudeau has for us.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting after the Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

I might as well make the point that I kinda like Marc Garneau. And yes, Justin Trudeau as well but, Marc Garneau, if I had a choice between who’s gonna lead the country, it’d probably be him.

He’s got more —insisting more on specifics, including science, as opposed to just bullshit. So I’m still not sold on Justin Trudeau but—

And no offense but a lot of the debate was more or less like listening to three of your neighbours talking about all that’s wrong with the country.

So, they’re going to have to do a lot of rebuilding. And I have to say [laughs] the funniest thing was these people talking about Integrity.

One of the reasons I’m so disillusioned with the Liberal government [sic] is that it’s completely lacking in Integrity —especially when you look at the MPs and MPPs here within the boundaries of Mississauga.

So [looks to the right] oh my Gawd. Look who else is here… [camera swings right]

[Music: Don’t Crash the Ambulance  Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word. (Part 1)

January 6th, 2012  

Back in early December, I read through the entire City of Mississauga Code of Conduct and offered warnings to citizens about this document’s inherent traps. My December 7, 2011 blog, “BEWARE of TRAPS in Mississauga Code of Conduct if filing complaint with integrity commissioner” introduced the most obvious problems.

I’ve had a month to ponder and it’s now time to go through The City of Mississauga Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word. To begin, I will cut-and-paste the City of Mississauga Code of Conduct directly into this blog entry and offer comment/criticism [bold italics square brackets] when the need arises.

Those interested in accessing the full version of City of Mississauga Council Code of Conduct April 2011 please click here.

Last, I endure this certain-to-be-useless exercise with the full knowledge that:


Here we go.

The City of Mississauga Council Code of Conduct.

Council Code of Conduct April, 2011

Whereas the Municipal Act, 2001 authorizes municipalities to establish a Code of Conduct for
Members of Council or local boards of the municipality;

And whereas the establishment of a Code of Conduct for Members of Council is consistent
with the principles of transparent and accountable government;

[While it is true that “…the establishment of a Code of Conduct for Members of Council is consistent with the principles of transparent and accountable government…”, the City of Mississauga fails to mention that the only thing “transparent” about The City is the degree to which it avoids accountability. Evidence: City’s response to Bill 130, Staff emails, Freedom of Information. Back to Page 1 of the Code.]

And whereas the establishment of a Code of Conduct for Members of Council is also reflective
of the City’s core values of Trust, Quality and Excellence in public service;

[Warning to citizens: Asserting “the City’s core values of Trust, Quality and Excellence in public service” is fraudulent. The purpose of this claim is to deceive residents into believing that the City can be entrusted to conduct its business for the Common Good. Evidence: Video of Audit Committee meetings. Freedom of Information. Staff emails. Back to Page 1 of the Code.]

And whereas the elected officials of the City of Mississauga have and continue to recognize
their obligation to serve their constituents in a conscientious and diligent manner recognizing
that as leaders of the community, they are held to a higher standard of behaviour and conduct;

[While it is true “that as leaders of the community, they are held to a higher standard of behaviour and conduct”, their claim of “recognizing that as leaders of the community, they are held to a higher standard of behaviour and conduct” is not. Evidence: Video of Audit Committee meetings. Freedom of Information. Staff emails. Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Tom Urbaniak Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga. Back to Page 1 of the Code.]

And whereas a Code of Conduct ensures that Members of Council share a common basis and
understanding for acceptable conduct extending beyond the legislative provisions governing
the conduct of Members of Council as set out in the Municipal Act, 2001; Municipal Conflict
of Interest Act; Municipal Elections Act, 1996; and the Municipal Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act.

Now therefore the Council of the City of Mississauga adopts certain rules in the form of a
Council Code of Conduct that further underscore the requirement that elected officials be
independent, impartial, and duly responsible in serving their constituents.

[While it is true that independence and impartiality are basic requirements for elected officials, City of Mississauga “McCallion-backed” elected officials are neither independent or impartial. As has been irrefutably demonstrated at the October 28, 2009 Council meeting, mega-developer Harold Shipp and his fellow “Friends of Hazel” threatened councillors to submit to their will or face defeat at the next election.

The entire Mississauga Code of Conduct/integrity commissioner “Governance Committee” is absurd —simply delivering more-of-the-same Illusion and Pretend.

The Mississauga News reports that “Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey was named committee chair, with Ward 9’s Pat Saito elected vice-chair. Other members are Chris Fonseca (Ward 3), Bonnie Crombie (Ward 5), George Carlson (Ward 11) and McCallion (ex-officio member).” All elected officials except George Carlson opposed the Judicial Inquiry.

Indeed a point can be made that this absurd Code of Conduct/integrity commissioner/Governance Committee charade is now an expensive waste of time and resources. With Hazel McCallion (Shipp/Friends of Hazel) in full control of Council, the 2001 Municipal Act, gives McCallion and Her Seven the authority to declare themselves beyond reproach, a shining example of Trust, Quality, Excellence and therefore not needing any Code and related expensive ethical infrastructure. Back to Page 1 of the Code.]

Application

This Code of Conduct applies to the Mayor and all Members of Council (“Members”)

[CITIZEN WARNING! City of Mississauga employees are exempt, meaning nothing has changed since I first stepped into Mississauga City Hall to become a Council Watcher. In a March 26, 2008 Council meeting, McCallion-backed Councillor Pat Mullin stated that an “ombudsman” or integrity commissioner would finally address the ongoing concerns raised by Donald Barber regarding City Staff.

The Code’s statement, “This Code of Conduct applies to the Mayor and all Members of Council (“Members”)” is in fact limiting. City employees still enjoy no accountability, subject exclusively to being investigated by other City Staff—Staff all too eager to cover up for them. (Evidence: video and Freedom of Information)

That nothing has changed since Councillor Mullin’s March 26, 2008 comments that citizens’ concerns regarding the lies and abuses of City employees would finally be addressed through an “ombudsman/commissioner” is itself a lie.

The deception and outright lies that I have already revealed (and we’re not even at the bottom of Page 1 in this Code) should assist the reader is seeing this Code for what it is: Orwellian MYTHissauga doublespeak, to create the illusion of a “transparent and accountable government” .  Back to Page 1 of the Code.]

Framework and Interpretation

1. The Code of Conduct is to be given broad, liberal interpretation in accordance with
applicable legislation and the definitions set out herein. As a living document the Code of
Conduct will be brought forward for review at the end of each term of Council, when
relevant legislation is amended, and at other times when appropriate to ensure that it
remains current and continues to be a useful guide to Members of Council.

 

END OF PAGE 1 OF THE CODE.

2. Commentary and examples used in this Code of Conduct are illustrative and not
exhaustive. From time to time additional commentary and examples may be added to this
document and supplementary materials may also be produced by the Integrity
Commissioner as deemed appropriate.

[IMPORTANT! Beware the City of Mississauga’s use of the word “appropriate”. It does not mean what a reasonable person would regard as appropriate. I’ve repeatedly said it’s not what the City of Mississauga says that you need to know, but rather, what they choose to leave out of their communications. That last statement should read, “supplementary materials may also be produced by the Integrity Commissioner as deemed appropriate for the interests of the City. Back to Page 2 of the Code.]

3. Where an elected official discloses all known facts to the Integrity Commissioner and as
long as those facts remain unchanged, the Member may rely on written advice provided by
the Integrity Commissioner. The Integrity Commissioner will be bound by the advice
given, as long as the facts remain unchanged, in the event that he or she is asked to
investigate a complaint.

4. Elected officials seeking clarification who are provided advice in a general way, cannot
rely on advice given by the Integrity Commissioner to the same extent as advice given in
respect of specific facts. Advice that is general in nature is subject to change when applied
to specific facts that may not have been known at the time the general advice was
provided.

[NOTE: Regarding “facts”.  City of Mississauga Staff are tutored (even instructed) to fabricate, fudge and selectively-report data. To “sanitize”. This propensity for governance-dishonesty—the City’s “Pimpin’ the Positive”has been documented by Tom Urbaniak. Watch this video as I read about fudging a Budget report, page 143 from his book Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga.  Other evidence of fabrication-sanitation of records includes Freedom of Information and video of Audit, Budget and Council meetings as well. Back to Page 2 of the Code.]

5. Elected Officials seeking clarification of any part of this Code should consult with the
Integrity Commissioner.

6. The Municipal Act, 2001 is the primary piece of legislation governing municipalities
however there are other statutes that govern the conduct of elected municipal officials. It is
intended that the Code of Conduct operate together with and as a supplement to the
following legislation:

• Municipal Act, 2001;
• Municipal Conflict of Interest Act;
• Municipal Elections Act, 1996;
• Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
• Criminal Code of Canada.

[And we’ve learned just how worthless Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act is thanks to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. In his October 3, 2011 report, Justice Cunningham started that under the Act, Hazel McCallion:

“—promoted the interests of WCD throughout the events at issue in this Inquiry. Indeed, I have found that the co-owners would not have entered negotiations with WCD absent her intervention. Once the Agreement of Purchase and Sale was signed, the Mayor sought significant commercial concessions. She went to great lengths to keep the deal alive as economic conditions deteriorated. And when the co-owners terminated the deal and litigation ensued, the Mayor again intervened to attempt to have the litigation settled.

I pause here to say that the Mayor held the view that provided she declared a conflict of interest in her legislative capacity and refrained from voting at Council or taking part in discussion, she was on safe ground. Currently-certainly, she was correct in her view that the MCIA did not apply to her actions in advocating privately for her son’s company. This may very well point to an inadequacy in the Act. Nevertheless, I have found that her actions were nevertheless improper-improper under the application of common law principles. These principles should be codified. The Act should be amended to make it clear that mayors and members of Council are subject to the conflict of interest provisions both in the legislative and executive functions of their office.”

Ontario’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act is a worthless, deceptive piece of paper that this province has inflicted on our fellow Ontarians!  See related article, Time to reform local governance in Nova Scotia January 5, 2012 By Tom Urbaniak. Urbaniak writes, “Nova Scotia’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act is also inadequate. It requires elected officials to avoid taking part in council or board meetings for their personal gain, but has gaping loopholes when it comes to conduct outside meetings. Nova Scotia’s conflict-of-interest legislation is modelled on Ontario’s. A recent judicial inquiry there showed the weakness of that statute.” Back to Page 2 of the Code.]

7. In carrying out his or her responsibilities regarding the Code of Conduct, the Integrity
Commissioner is not limited to looking at the pecuniary interest of the Member, and for
clarity the Integrity Commissioner is specifically authorized to investigate issues of
conflict in a broad and comprehensive manner.

[CITIZEN HEADS UPCRUCIAL STATEMENTS! “[T]he Integrity Commissioner is not limited to looking at the pecuniary interest of the Member” but also “specifically authorized to investigate issues of conflict in a broad and comprehensive manner.”  MISSISSAUGAWATCH will be testing Item 7’s “not limited to looking at the pecuniary interest of the Member” in the upcoming months. I’m not hopeful… Back to Page 2 of the Code.]

Definitions

a. In the Code of Conduct the terms “child”, “parent” and “spouse” have the same meanings
as in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act:

“child” means a child born within or outside marriage and includes an adopted child and a
person whom a parent has demonstrated a settled intention to treat as a child of his or her
family;

END OF PAGE 2 OF THE CODE.

“parent” means a parent who has demonstrated a settled intention to treat a child as a
member of his or her family whether or not that person is the natural parent of the child;

“spouse” means a person to whom the person is married or with whom the person is living
in a conjugal relationship outside of marriage;

b. “Family Member” means a spouse, common-law partner, or any other person with whom
the person is living as a spouse outside of marriage;

• child, includes step-child and grand-child;
• siblings.

c. “Member” means a member of the Mississauga City Council, including the Mayor.

d. “staff” includes the City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Commissioners,
Directors, Managers, Supervisors and all non-union and union staff whether full-time, parttime,
contract, seasonal or volunteers.

[NOTE: Important! The Code includes volunteers. The City of Mississauga is extremely careful to select volunteers who share the City’s goals and “vision”. Meaning three words. Friends. Of. Hazel. Video evidence confirms that a surprising number of the City’s volunteers can warble and defend the MYTHissauga Party Line better than City of Mississauga elected officials and even the Commissioners! Two easy examples, Brian “Brave Bold Future” Crombie, Jim “I love you, Hazel” Murray. Back to Page 3 of the Code.]

e. “Nomination Day” means the last day for filing or withdrawing a nomination as provided
for by the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

END OF PAGE 3 OF THE CODE.

Rule No. 1

Key Principles that Underlie the Code of Conduct:

a. Members of Council shall serve and be seen to serve their constituents in a
conscientious and diligent manner.

[“serve… in a conscientious and diligent manner“. Worthless, meaningless motherhood statement. Whoever wrote this doesn’t believe “serve… in a conscientious and diligent” manner for a second. Keep reading. Back to Page 4 of the Code.]

Commentary

Members of Council recognize the public’s right to reasonable access to information in
relation to how decisions are made. The public’s right to access however must be balanced
against the requirement to protect the legitimate interests of the City and the respect for
approved policies of the City.

[The City’s caveat, “The public’s right to access however must be balanced” renders the Key Principle, “Members of Council shall serve and be seen to serve their constituents in a conscientious and diligent manner” illusion —a sucker’s statement. As I keep saying, it’s not the information that they City of Mississauga shares, it’s what they choose to hide  —to withhold/protect, that you really need to know. And it’s that vital information —the material that they wouldn’t want reaching the media— that the City denies access to.

Why? Three reasons. One, the “legitimate interests of the City” comes down to it not being in the interests of the City for the public to know the malfeasance that’s really going on. And second, the City of Mississauga chooses to uphold the public trust by thwarting access to the very information that would confirm the degree to which the City can’t be trusted! Third and best reason of all, denying access is the most efficient, cost-effective way to run a city like a business. Lies don’t cost a single penny. Back to Page 4 of the Code.]

b. Members of Council should be committed to performing their functions with
integrity and to avoiding the improper use of the influence of their office, and
conflicts of interest, both apparent and real. Members of Council shall not extend
in the discharge of their official duties, preferential treatment to Family Members,
organizations or groups in which they or their Family Members have a direct or
indirect pecuniary interest.

[IMPORTANT! “Members of Council should be committed to performing their functions with integrity“. This Code of Conduct has been in effect since December 2010. Seriously! Don’t you think if the City’s Integrity Commissioner was even remotely effective, we’d have seen Members of Council “performing their functions with integrity” by now? Details regarding the ‘improper use of the influence of their office” at a later date. Back to Page 4 of the Code.]

Commentary

Members of Council have a common understanding that in carrying out their duties as a
Member of Council, they will not participate in activities that grant, or appear to grant, any
special consideration, treatment or advantage to a Family Member or an individual which is
not available to every other individual.

[“[T]hey will not participate in activities that grant, or appear to grant, any special consideration”. What fraud! All anyone need do is refer to Sunday’s Mayor’s New Year’s Levee and watch which councillors McCallion/Staff selected to bask in the Media that day. Mississauga City Hall is in Councillor Frank Dale’s ward —the Mayor had no choice but to include him. But Ward 2’s councillors Ron Starr and Bonnie Crombie and Ward 1’s Jim Tovey welcoming in the New Year inside the Great Hall? I interpret that as the Mayor already anointing Crombie as her successor with Starr as Crombie’s make-it-happen guy. As in this MISSISSAUGALife photo. Back to Page 4 of the Code.]

Bonnie Crombie Wins Ward 5!  Community, News, People, Politics | October 21, 2011 by misslife | Comments (0)

Photo Credit: MISSISSAUGALife

[As for Councillor Jim Tovey? Considering the “Friends of Hazel” barely squeaked him into that Ward 1 chair, they know that he needs all the photo-ops he can get before 2014. Back to Page 4 of the Code.]

Members of Council are governed by the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and the provisions
of that statute take precedence over any authority given to the Integrity Commissioner to
receive or investigate complaints regarding alleged contraventions under the Municipal
Conflict of Interest Act.

[That’s right. The Code states, “Members of Council are governed by the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and the provisions of that statute take precedence over any authority given to the Integrity Commissioner” even though we know this Act allows any elected official to lobby/promote deals bestowing tens of millions of dollars for relatives provided they declare a pecuniary interest at Council meetings. Back to Page 4 of the Code.]

c. Members of Council are expected to perform their duties in office and arrange
their private affairs in a manner that promotes public confidence and will bear
close public scrutiny.

[Reminder how the City of Mississauga does its all to avoid any scrutiny, let alone “close”. And when the City’s nudge-nudge-wink-winks are threatened to be exposed, the “Friends of Hazel” spring into action to protect their interests and their Secret Society. Back to Page 4 of the Code.]

Commentary

Members of Council may seek conflict of interest advice, including a written opinion, from the
Integrity Commissioner however, where members choose to seek external legal advice on
conflict of interest issues, these fees will not be reimbursed by the City of Mississauga and
cannot be charged to any office account.

END OF PAGE 4 OF THE CODE.

 d. Members of Council shall avoid any interest in any contract made by him/her in
an official capacity and shall not contract with the City or any agency thereof for
the sale and purchase of supplies, material or equipment or for the rental thereof.

e. Members of Council, while holding public office, shall not engage in the

management of a business carried on by a corporation and shall not profit
directly or indirectly from a business carried on by a corporation that does or has
contracted with the City of Mississauga.

f. Despite subsection e., a Member of Council may hold office or directorship in an
agency, board, commission or corporation where the Member has been appointed
by City Council or by the Council of the Regional Municipality of Peel or by the
Federal or Provincial government.

g. Despite subsection e., a Member of Council may hold office or directorship in a

charitable, service or other not-for-profit corporation subject to the Member
disclosing all material facts to the Integrity Commissioner and obtaining a written
opinion from the Integrity Commissioner approving the activity, as carried out in
the specified manner, which concludes that the Member does not have a conflict
between his/her private interest and public duty. In circumstances where the
Integrity Commissioner has given the Member a qualified opinion, the Member of
Council may remedy the situation in the manner specified by the Integrity
Commissioner.

Commentary

Examples of exceptions include hospital boards, charitable boards, police services boards,
community foundations, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities, service clubs such as the Rotary Club, Lions Club and other not-for-profit
organizations. Members should exercise caution if accepting such positions if the
organization could be seeking a benefit or preferential treatment from the City at any time.


h. Members of Council shall perform official duties and arrange their private affairs

in a manner that promotes public confidence and respect and will bear close
public scrutiny.

Commentary

Members of Council shall not participate in activities that grant, or appear to grant, any special
consideration, treatment or advantage to an individual which is not available to every other
individual member of the public. For example, Members shall remain at arm’s length when
City staff or Council is asked to consider a matter involving a Family Member or a prominent
supporter of the Member of Council.

[“Members shall remain at arm’s length when City staff or Council is asked to consider a matter involving…a prominent supporter of the Member of Council.” Can you spot the totally useless, unenforceable unit of measure? This is the end of Page 5 of the Code.]

 END OF PAGE 5 OF THE CODE.

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

 

NOTE: This blog entry was originally written live and carried the title, “Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word. Blogging LIVE! (Part 1)”

Blogging Live turned out to be a mistake because, after all, should a blog really carry the name” Blogging LIVE!” when you’re completed and you’re now on to Part 2? I also received comments that said Blogging LIVE adding material bit-by-bit was confusing.

I’ve also renamed this blog entry, “Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word. (Part 1)”

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FINAL UPDATE: January 7, 2012 9:40 AM. Removed references to blogging live (it confused readers) and renamed this blog entry, “Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word. (Part 1)”.  Working on Part 2.

Bonnie Crombie and “What parent waits almost three months to act upon concerns that her child is being cyber-stalked?

November 25th, 2011  

From the: I don’t call it “MYTHissauga” for Nothing Department.

Bonnie Crombie, “cyber-stalking”, Hazel McCallion scandal and other MYTHissauga MYTHteries (12:47 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked at Square One with Mississauga City Hall in background, November 19, 2011

It is Saturday, November the 19th, 2011 and I’m parked here at Square One and you’ve got Mississauga City Hall in the background. And I just want to set the record a little bit straight, or at least follow up on events that happened on November the 9th, 2011 inside Mississauga Council Chamber, when McCallion-backed Councillor Bonnie Crombie accused me of “cyber-stalking”.

And I’m going to —there’s a printout of a National Post, Megan O’Toole’s article, “Mississauga councillor accuses watchdog of ‘cyber-stalking’ her children on Facebook“. And I just want to read part of it that says “she” meaning Councillor Bonnie Crombie

“was referring to an online video compilation featuring Facebook photographs of her three children that was uploaded by ‘MississaugaWatch’ this past August. The video primarily focuses on Alex Crombie, now 22, contrasting picture of his vacations and parties with a Facebook site he created to support his political ambitions.

But the video also highlights photographs of 14-year-old Natasha Crombie and 18-year-old Jonathan Crombie. The children were younger in some of the featured photographs, Ms. Crombie said.”

And at the time, I reacted, I was in total shock during the Council meeting. I —was aware that I had created a video but had not realized —not remembered that there was the younger Crombie’s Facebook page.

And upon reviewing it, I realized that yes, that was true.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The problem that I have is reference —the hot button word “cyber-stalked”. And again, read Megan O’Toole’s article. It says that it was the online video uploaded “this past August”.

It’s clear that Councillor Crombie knew since August that this video was online.

And I have to say that on November the 9th, the presentation, or the deputation that I made in front of Mississauga Council, I only decided to do because the week before —the Wednesday before, which was, yeah, November the 2nd, was a pretty big exchange of words between the McCallion-backed Councillors, all insisting that the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry was unnecessary. And that their $40,000 outside legal opinion was all that was ever needed.

And that there wasn’t much that the Inquiry revealed that wasn’t in that report. And you know that’s outrageous! Absolutely outrageous. And I thought I’d follow up on a video —and on a presentation.

The night before, which was November the 8th, the video was going so poorly that I almost bailed. I almost said forget it, I’ll do it the next week or some other time.

And you know, it’s left me to wonder, you know, having considered pulling out —I was that close! The question in my mind is how long would Councillor Crombie have taken to finally act on her concerns regarding “cyber-stalking”?

Mid-August and it was almost mid-November —we’re talking about almost three months! And only because I went up there.

I’ve had a lot of time to think. Like. Since November the 9th, I really haven’t done any kind of blog. I’ve been really thinking. And thinking. And thinking.

And again, there’s this thought that keeps skipping around in my head, like a record.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Councillor Crombie knew about that video since mid-August. And yet she waited until November the 9th —at a Council meeting, to act on those concerns. And she had plenty of opportunity in the meantime.

I remember seeing her —let me see, I guess the first would be her swear-in when she walked into Council for the first time.

Gave her oath of office. There was the Judicial Inquiry with Justice Cunningham giving his report. She was there for that too.

A couple of other things.

What if I hadn’t gone up there? When was she going to express this concern?

Who waits three months?

And I just don’t get that.

What parent waits three months —almost three months to act on a concern about “cyber-stalking”?! And I keep asking myself that. Like a broken record, “What kind of parent waits three months”?

[pointing to Mississauga City Hall in background]

That place doesn’t make sense. It’s toxic. It’s corrosive to the soul. And by the way, for the record, it was toxic and corrosive to the soul when I first started back in June 14th, 2006. There were already indications.

But it’s so much worse now.

Anyway. I have something else for the record.

And that’s regarding not going back to Mississauga Council.

October 2010, I already found it grim.

And it goes beyond corrosive to the soul to a point of being just —ashes.

I’m so desperately trying to make sense of this place. [Points to Mississauga City Hall] How it’s structured.

This Empire of Illusion.

About the malfeasance and the corruption in here.

The abuse of authority. And above all, the abuse of  —history. History. The revisionism.

And it was a very short comment by an online commenter at the Mississauga News who said, Mississaugans don’t care about optics.

And no sooner did this guy post that than a week or two later, the Toronto Star comes out with a poll that says that Hazel McCallion is the most popular mayor in Canada and that 78% of Mississaugans approve of her. And this was after all of these revelations came out with the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry!

And that really stung! That —was crushing to me!

That an online commenter, that Mississaugans don’t care about optics is true! I mean I have to accept that it’s true. You can’t fight that.

And already —I’m going to play two things. Comments that I made on September the 18th, just before residents of Ward 5 were to go to the polls. And at that point I had already announced that my research time was over.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting while parked on street, Malton, September 18, 2011

I’ve often been asked, well, you’ve been doing this since 2006, when are you going to stop?

And I’ve always believed that there will be a signal. There will be a signal that your data collection time is over.

And my signal, regardless of whether this [by]election had been held or not, was seeing And seeing Victor Oh popping the champagne. That’s when it all came together. When you saw Sheldon Leiba, Mississauga Board of Trade, Victor Oh, Mississauga Chinese Business Association, Honourary President. And thank you Andrew, for your photographs documenting the Mississauga Chinese Business Association.

That was for me, The Signal.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting while driving north on Hurontario, November 19, 2011

And also, an even more important one, I believe it was October the 9th [actually it was October 12, 2011]. And it was there, interestingly enough, that I had said that I would  —that my research time would be closing by mid-November.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, October 12, 2011

I would think that by mid-November my research time here is going to be over.

There’s one more event that I have to monitor, cover, and beyond that I think you’ve got this closure.

That —I mean some can argue and say wait a second, now you need to document and follow how the Judge’s recommendations are going to be implemented. And of course, I will.

But I will predict now, that they will not be authentically implemented. And I’ll tell you why—

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting while driving north on Hurontario, November 19, 2011

Like there’s a lot that I don’t understand —that makes no sense.

And of course, always, you drive around and you ask yourself, “What parent waits almost three months to act upon concerns that her child is being cyber-stalked?”

[DIP TO WHITE]

Music: Living in the Past by Jethro Tull

And on one of these drives, a song came on by Jethro Tull. And it’s called Living in the Past.

And I realized that by not going to Mississauga Council anymore, that’s essentially what I’m doing. Is it’s like, I’ve cut my own political observation and ended it on November the 9th, 2011.

And it’s like I’m now Living in the Past.

That is, any interest that I have regarding Mississauga Council has a time-frame of say, May 6, [sic] 2006 when I first stepped into that Mississauga Council Chambers, to November the 9th, 2011, which was my last time.

So the song Living in the Past then is a way of focusing me now to those five years but also being a kind of discipline thing, to say, look, perhaps something new is coming up that you should be observing or researching, but no, your job now, is to Live in the Past and report on that Past.

And that’s going to be interesting. To become an expert on the Mississauga Council that was existing between May 2006 and November 9, 2011.

But I have to say it’s a relief.

Oh God, it’s a relief.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I think I’m like a lot of human beings, in that, you know you search for meaning, you search for —your world has to make sense? And right now it doesn’t. And as a result, I’m not sure where to go.

I know I have to file more Freedom of Information. That’s for sure.

And I know you don’t turn to the Traditional Media. That’s for sure.

Anyway, that’s more than enough. Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

As always I’d appreciate being advised of any errors in the transcript.

 

Signed,

The (“What parent waits almost three months to act upon concerns that her child is being cyber-stalked?) Mississauga Muse

Or misses these chances?!

September 28, 2011 media interview with me two feet away!

"Councillor Bonnie Crombie was right beside MISSISSAUGAWATCH as she was being interviewed by Toronto Star's San Grewal and National Post's Megan O'Toole! Funny she never leaned over to me during or after their interview to mention cyber-stalking  11/09/28
—and LEAVING with me just two feet away…

Councillor Bonnie Crombie was right beside MISSISSAUGAWATCH as she was being interviewed by Toronto Star's San Grewal and National Post's Megan O'Toole! Interview completed" "Crombie thanks Grewal and O'Toole ---AND LEAVES!  September 28 2011
—and Brian Crombie sitting behind me during release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report, October 3, 2011

Brian Crombie was sitting right behind MISSISSAUGAWATCH  inside Mississauga Council Chambers during  the release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report. Funny he never leaned over to me and mentioned "cyber-stalking"....
What parents wait almost three months to —ahhhh, never mind!

Ward 5 By-Election results: In relatively-affluent “Britannia” Crombie prevailed but Malton clearly chose Simmer Kaur as their councillor!

September 23rd, 2011  

Today we took the City of Mississauga’s Official Election Results Detailed Poll by Poll Report (PDF) and converted it to our own spreadsheet. We then separated the polling stations into Malton and Non-Malton (which includes the Ward 5 area, Britannia).

And this is the picture.

Bonnie Crombie won the Ward 5 By-Election but it was only because the more populous (22,997 registered voters) and affluent south-west part of Ward 5 votes prevailed. Malton, with 19,707 registered voters clearly chose Simmer Kaur as their councillor! Malton cast 941 votes for Kaur compared to just 802 for Crombie.

  Polling Location              Registered Ballots  Voter   Voter   Peter  Peter   Bonnie   Bonnie  Simmer  Simmer  Carolyn  Carolyn
                                  Voters    Cast   Turnout Turnout  ADAMS  ADAMS  CROMBIE  CROMBIE   KAUR    KAUR   PARRISH  PARRISH
                                                      %     % 2010           %                %                %                %

0001 Champlain Trail PS            3908      810    20.7%   33.44%   104   12.84%    314    38.77%     49    6.05%     140    17.28%
0002 St. Gertrude SS               3330      677    20.3%   28.63%    76   11.23%    209    30.87%     62    9.16%     148    21.86%
0003 Fairwind Senior PS            3444      805    23.4%   30.57%    98   12.17%    214    26.58%     59    7.33%     211    26.21%
0004 St. Hilary CS                 2708      498    18.4%   26.90%    52   10.44%    129    25.90%     25    5.02%     123    24.70%
0005 San Lorenzo Ruiz School       3791      712    18.8%   27.84%   150   21.07%    169    23.74%     48    6.74%     113    15.87%
0006 Frank McKechnie C.C.          5816     1257    21.6%   32.48%   306   24.34%    279    22.20%     68    5.41%     229    18.22%

NON-MALTON Subtotals              22997     4759    20.7%            786   16.52%   1314    27.61%    311    6.53%     964    20.26%

0007 Ridgewood PS                  2306      626    27.1%   30.82%    34    5.43%     95    15.18%    109   17.41%     108    17.25%
0008 Morning Star MS               2263      441    19.5%   23.45%    32    7.26%     92    20.86%     99   22.45%      54    12.24%
0009 Marvin Heights PS             2158      597    27.7%   34.86%    35    5.86%    127    21.27%    181   30.32%      59     9.88%
0010 St. Raphael CS                2067      461    22.3%   30.19%    29    6.29%     59    12.80%    105   22.78%      45     9.76%
0011 Brandon Gate PS               1614      400    24.8%   33.54%    29    7.25%    102    25.50%     57   14.25%      66    16.50%
0012 Darcel Ave SS                 2439      605    24.8%   31.71%    52    8.60%    107    17.69%    124   20.50%     113    18.68%
0013 Malton C.C.                   2849      447    15.7%   19.35%    42    9.40%     79    17.67%     90   20.13%      72    16.11%
0014 Dunrankin Drive PS            3440      752    21.9%   27.52%    46    6.12%    120    15.96%    169   22.47%     141    18.75%
0015 Peel Regional Housing Rec Rm    51       38    74.5%   82.35%     2    5.26%      0     0.00%      0    0.00%      10    26.32%
0016 Malton Village LT Care         134       17    12.7%   13.33%     1    5.88%      0     0.00%      0    0.00%       1     5.88%
0017 Ridgewood Court                153       61    39.9%   41.07%     1    1.64%      6     9.84%      6    9.84%       8    13.11%
0018 Villa Forum LT Care            233       84    36.1%   34.04%    15   17.86%     15    17.86%      1    1.19%       9    10.71%

MALTON Subtotals                  19707     4529    23.0%            318    7.02%    802    17.71%    941   20.78%     686    15.15%

0019 St.Gertrude - Day 1              0      304                      36   11.84%     59    19.41%     13    4.28%     124    40.79%
0020 St.Gertrude - Day 2              0      352                      47   13.35%     78    22.16%     25    7.10%     139    39.49%
0021 Frank McKechnie - Day 1          0      250                      44   17.60%     56    22.40%     14    5.60%      68    27.20%
0022 Frank McKechnie - Day 2          0      352                      65   18.47%     75    21.31%     10    2.84%      97    27.56%

NON-MALTON Subtotals                        1258                     192   15.26%    268    21.30%     62    4.93%     428    34.02%

0023 Ridgewood PS - Day 1             0      282                      10    3.55%     33    11.70%     89   31.56%      59    20.92%
0024 Ridgewood PS - Day 2             0      240                      14    5.83%     25    10.42%     79   32.92%      46    19.17%
0025 Darcel Avenue - Day 1            0      237                      10    4.22%     29    12.24%    100   42.19%      19     8.02%
0026 Darcel Avenue - Day 2            0      205                      17    8.29%      8     3.90%     80   39.02%      36    17.56%

MALTON Subtotals                             964                      51    5.29%     95     9.85%    348   36.10%     160    16.60%

TOTAL                             42704    11510    27.0%   34.58%  1347   11.70%   2479    21.54%   1662   14.44%    2238    19.44%

 

It would seem that my September 19, 2011 predictions were also dead-on. In my report from Frank McKechnie polling station, I suggested that it would “likely will play an important role in tonight’s results.” Look at the spreadsheet —1,257 ballots cast. Huge.

And while Britannia lavished 1,314 and 964 votes on Bonnie Crombie and Carolyn Parrish respectively, Simmer Kaur managed just 311. Even Peter Adams played better in the relatively-affluent “Britannia” than Kaur: 786 votes.

Scan the results and you can see that Malton doesn’t have Simmer Kaur as their councillor because Britannia went with Crombie.

No surprise that voter turnout was lower than the October 25, 2010 city-wide election. All polling stations reported fewer votes. The rain didn’t help.

Reporting from Malton Community Centre on Monday, I’d stated that, “I predict the lowest voter turnout if it’s anything like it was in October 2010.” It was, with 15.7% compared to 19.35% in October 2010. [Yes, there was a polling station with a lower voter turnout of 12.7% but that’s the Malton Village Long Term Care facility.]

The only other thing that stands out and needs your attention is this: In the Advanced Polls, Carolyn Parrish received the most votes from the Britannia/non-Malton) area and once again Malton’s Advanced Polls bestowed Simmer Kaur with the most votes.

So what happened between the Advanced Polls and Voting Day?

Can you say “last day robocall”?…

Bonnie Crombie
Bonnie_Crombie

10% of all Ward 5 Voters dialed in for my Tele TownHall meeting last night. We’ll see tonight if it had any impact on their voting decision

19 Sep

But allow me to share Ms. Crombie’s most offensive Tweet:

Bonnie Crombie
Bonnie_Crombie

The first day of my new career fighting for the residents of Ward 5!

22 Sep

All Ward 5 residents (but especially Malton) need to know that prior to seeking a “new career” in politics, Crombie was a public affairs consultant. Allow me this example.

From the Toronto Star article, Ex-MP and new Mississauga councillor Bonnie Crombie reflects on election win:

Q: Your husband, Brian, a close friend of the mayor, was found by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the U.S. to have misled Biovail investors while he was an executive, and was fined by the Ontario Securities Commission here. A lot of people in Mississauga know about that. How do you respond to those concerned about your husband’s past?

A: First of all, it’s my name on the ballot, not my husband’s. He had an issue in his business career; perhaps an error in judgment was made, but we’ve moved past it. The only people that bring this up are my detractors. I’m very, very proud of my husband and his career.

On the bright side, Ron Starr’s lookin’ pretty good to me right now.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election result: Hazel “Teflon Icon” McCallion successfully installs yet another puppet-councillor.

September 21st, 2011  

This blog is simply for the record —a video summary of Monday, September 19, 2011’s Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election Voting Day.

Video One: “Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election Voting Day: So this is the Picture” complete with video transcript.

Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election Voting Day: So this is the Picture (Frank McKechnie polling station report)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Frank McKechnie polling station, September 19, 2011

It is Monday, September the 19th, 2011 —Ward 5 By-election voting day. And I’m here at Frank McKechnie Community Centre. It likely will play an important role in tonight’s results.

The one thing about Ward 5 is the disparity between voter turnout. Some areas as high as, almost approximating 40% —I know it’s still pathetic. And then in the Malton area, specifically Malton Community Centre as having voter turnout in the teens.

And I’m of the mind, you know, how much time do you spend in an area campaigning and handing out literature, in an area that you know, you just can’t bring the vote in.

I don’t know. It’s raining. And I guess that’s kind of the other problem, is what effect will rain have on today’s voting?

Wouldn’t have any effect on people with cars, I suppose.

But what effect will it have on people who are relying either on walking or using public transit?

It’s really strange. I’m not nearly as nervous as I was on October 25, 2010. I guess I’m just going to accept what happens because there’s no point railing at the moon because, well, to quote this 19-year old who wrote me in email, “The System is CORRUPT, there is no way to fix it”.

And while it would be wonderful for Mississauga to have Carolyn Parrish back as a Council watchdog, she just might put in a little dent into the corruption and sense of entitlement and the Power of the Incumbency that has been going on there for 30 years.

Anyway. The question is, do I go to Malton or not? It’s a really crappy day.

All right. Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Video Two: “Malton Voting Day Westwood Mall Transit Terminal : Who’ll Stop the Rain?” complete with video transcript.

Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election Voting Day: Who’ll Stop the Rain (Westwood Mall report) 3:32 min

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Malton’s Westwood Mall Transit Terminal, September 19, 2011

It is Monday, September the 19th, 2011 and we’re here in Malton, Westwood Mall Transit Terminal —just to see what we can see.

It’s a dismal day. It’s raining and over just to the, I guess it’s east, of the Transit Terminal, is Malton Community Centre —which is part of my research site. Actually when you think about it, it’s the center of my research site.

And I’ve been researching Malton since about March 2007.

So I’m very interested in what the results are going to be from here.

I also know, however, that the voter turnout at Malton Community Centre —even in the October 2010 municipal election was dismal. I think it was something like 19% —17-18-19%. [actual number was 19.35% voter turnout] Really disappointing.

And if memory serves, that was a decent day. Like October 25th was —certainly wasn’t raining.

Whereas what is going to happen now is, you know anybody who, say, comes here from work and then has to walk —it’s not going to be a pleasant walk to Malton Community Centre to the polling station there.

You’d have to be fairly committed about who your —about your candidate in order to go through this kind of uncomfortable effort.

And I guess that’s kind of the difference between having the luxury of a car and be able to drive to your polling station. And people here who have put in a full day’s work —and what I mean by that is, they’ve caught the bus here. They’ve gone to work. Then they come back on the bus here.

And now what happens is they have to go to Malton Community Centre and that may be a walk. Although I suspect that buses will stop there as part of their route.

Still. I can’t help wonder how the steady patter of rain is going to affect voter turnout here.

So. As I said earlier, there are at least three polling stations that in October 2010 drew well over a thousand ballots cast. They’re going to play big in tonight’s by-election results.

Despite how needy the Malton area is —and especially around here, I’m not sure that the votes are going to show up.

It’s kind of difficult to imagine a lower voter turnout than in the high teens but the rain, the rain might have an effect here.

Now it’s time to go to Malton Community Centre. And for that I gotta set this up. And this up. Because I’ll be on City of Mississauga property to do that report and I always always always always have at least an audio-recorder going.

And that’s because —as I say repeatedly, City of Mississauga Staff —lie.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Video Two: “Malton Voting Day Malton Community Centre : Voter Turnout. How low can it go?” complete with video transcript.

Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election Voting Day: Voter Turnout. How low can it go? Malton CC report (1:36 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Malton’s Westwood Mall Transit Terminal, September 19, 2011

It is Monday, September the 19th, 2011 and I’ve got to make this fast. I’m here at Malton Community Centre and I just want to report that here I predict the lowest voter turnout if it’s anything like it was in October 2010.

Taking a look. It’s quite rainy already.

And now in addition to being rainy, it’s also cold. And so, it’s 2:56 right now —almost 3 o’clock. And actually a Mississauga Transit bus going this way. So what that means is I suspect that people can come from work directly to Malton Community Centre. And then —well.

You know, just my own self. If I were somebody who had to get up at 5 or 6 o’clock, make a bus, an hour trip one way, work all day, then come back here. And it’s raining.

It would take a tremendous, gargantuan effort on my part to show up here and also cast my ballot.

So Kudos to anyone —any Ward 5 resident who’s going to be walking in the rain after a long day’s work to cast your ballot. Because that’s something really to be respected.

No matter who you’re voting for.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Epilogue

Now that the results are in and MYTHissauga’s Teflon Icon and her MYTHisssauga Inc have installed yet another puppet-councillor, it will be interesting to analyze the ballots cast for each of Ward 5’s polling stations and compare with data from the October 25, 2010 city-wide election.

But by far, the most exciting (and admittedly grim) prospect, is showing up at Council Chambers today and face the newly-engineered MYTHisssauga Inc Monolith as McCallion and her campaign team lock in ward after ward after ward of “team players”.

If I’ve read Tom Urbaniak’s book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga properly, Hazel McCallion has never —absolutely never — so DOMINATED Mississauga Council. So don’t you believer her “As Mayor I have only one vote”.

A Mayor who’s picked and padded a council with her own puppets would be bad enough for a company town —but Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city….

In his October 26, 2010 Mississauga News commentary “McCallion’s last chance to secure legacy”, Tom Urbaniak wrote:

Hazel the would-be statesperson struggling with Hazel the scrapper. Such is the story of a remarkable political career, a career that could end in triumph — or very badly.

It was the scrapper — the raging fighter — who showed up on election night. An angry Hazel McCallion, back in control of Council, lashed out at her critics, believing herself completely vindicated. She will, it seems, use her long goodbye to settle some scores.

That would be a serious mistake. The mayor now has the judgement of history to consider. Her legacy will be tarnished forever if personal vendettas crowd out good policy-making.

And Mississauga cries out for good policy. The financial situation is worsening. The infrastructure is aging. The suburban era of easy growth is passing.

Now is the time for the mayor to reach out for advice, even from her critics, and rise above. Now is the time to acknowledge mistakes, including the serious mayoral errors that have been the subject of the Mississauga judicial inquiry.

It’s clear how the Mayor has chosen to secure her legacy.

Install a cadre of “Her People” for councillors and more importantly select a successor who the Teflon Icon is certain will sing her praises into Perpetuity. And above all, slam the lid, clamp the lock, seal the seal, douse the light and return MYTHissauga Inc’s “secret society” to even greater depths of secrecy.

All in the best interests of the city. Of course.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election Shadow Play –and Why the Mississauga Judicial Report won’t matter (revised)

Hazel McCallion secures her Legacy adding Bonnie Crombie to MYTHissauga’s stable of puppet-councillors.

September 19th, 2011  

With Bonnie Crombie now added to Hazel McCallion’s existing stable of six puppet-councillors, Mississauga Council now has unfettered license to fabricate, deceive and lie to the public. All in the best interests of the City, of course.

With Crombie there are now Seven: Tovey, Mullin, Fonseca, Crombie, Starr, Mahoney and Saito.

Cronyism (so rife and so Out There in MYTHissauga) is having one joyous field day.

I’m reminded of Hazel McCallion’s September 8, 2010 speech when she announced she’d run for a 12th term.

This part:

“And I’m not going to conduct a campaign. I am not going to raise money. I’m not going to have signs— because I’ll tell you anyone that wants to donate money to a Mayor’s campaign, I plead with you, to donate it to all the charitable organizations, whose under pressure second-to-none. The Food Bank. The Children’s Aid— the Salvation Army and all those that are struggling, struggling today to look after the people. The Poverty that’s in our city. The Unemployed that are in our city.

So how can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?”

A year later you find she’s got the Mississauga Board of Trade and the Mississauga Chinese Business Association campaigning for her and she’s not just backed by millions and millions but she has her own ROGERS Cable 10 TV station as well!

Funny how the Mississauga News never mentioned that… or any other media for that matter.

The Mississauga News had to know the millions and millions of dollars greasing McCallion’s campaign machinery. Ron Lenyk sure did. Mississauga Board of Trade. Mississauga Chinese Business Association. Shipp, Kaneff, Nobrega, O’Brien, Starr, Murray… MYTHissauga Inc’s Secret Society.

Just a few of a seemingly endless parade of self-serving MYTHissaugans.Mayor’s Gala 2010 Organizing Committee

Just 241 votes separated Parrish from Crombie. To gauge how HUGE Eve and Peter Adams played in Crombie’s win check out his 1,347 votes… Parrish sure could have used them.

And let’s not forget to factor in McCallion’s Brazil “trade mission” engineered to delay the release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report until after the Ward 5 by-election.

Seriously. With Hazel McCallion’s solid wall of puppet councillors, does anyone remotely believe the Inquiry report even matters? There will be nothing in the Inquiry report’s contents that a couple of hastily drafted and pro-forma’d Corporate By-Laws can’t cure! And McCallion can count on her Seven Rubber Stamps to rubber-stamp them.

Orwell again: ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’

F*** me. The Inquiry Commission Counsel even let McCallion control the report!

“This is the way the world ends: This is the way the world ends: This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper.

Here’s a cut-and-paste of the Unofficial Results courtesy mississauga.ca

2011 Mississauga By-Election - VOTE!

Unofficial Results
Polls reporting: 26 of 26
Ballots Cast:  11,510
Councillor – Ward 5 VOTES   %
Bonnie CROMBIE   2,479
21.54%
Carolyn PARRISH 2,238
19.44%
Simmer KAUR 1,662
14.44%
Peter ADAMS 1,347
11.7%
Rick WILLIAMS 728
6.32%
Kulvinder Bobbie DAID 633
5.5%
Jake DHEER 573
4.98%
Dianne DOUGLAS 542
4.71%
Mark CASHIN 242
2.1%
Barbara Hazel TABUNO 221
1.92%
Mobeen ALI 174
1.51%
Vlado BERTIC 130
1.13%
Glenn BARNES 58
0.5%
Olive Rose STEELE 57
0.5%
Sandeep PATARA 51
0.44%
Jimmy GHIMERY 51
0.44%
Cheryl RODRICKS 42
0.36%
Frank PERROTTA 40
0.35%
Waqar SIDDIQUI 36
0.31%
Jamie DOOKIE 35
0.3%
Cecil YOUNG 34
0.3%
Mo KHAN 28
0.24%
Shirley ABRAHAM 26
0.23%
Grant ISAAC 25
0.22%
Catherine SOPLET 25
0.22%
Paul KESELMAN 17
0.15%
Steve BATOR 16
0.14%

Get ready for a perpetually-smiling Barbie Doll former public relations hack sitting in the Ward 5 chair.

Hmmm. This just in.

Quote from Hazel McCallion:

“I hope the one that finished close to her will forget any attempts to be on the council of the great City of Mississauga.”

And I hope that public servants who lie to “maintain” the public trust spend Eternity straddling the fifth-lowest rung in Hell.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL (AMO, OMERS, MYTHissauga Inc) ---morally beyond redemption

Photos of Hazel McCallion’s Inner Circle reveal the Politrix of MYTHissauga. Plus the Ward 5 By-election.

September 18th, 2011  

I’ve been researching City of Mississauga municipal governance since May 2006. Since then I’ve been documenting, documenting, documenting.

For the record. I’ve received The Signal that researching is over. It’s time to report.

And talk about The Signal coming from the most unexpected of places! A remarkable set of 64 photos called “Andrew” takes the viewer behind-the-scenes to Hazel McCallion’s Victory Party the night of October 25, 2011.

Andrew’s images reveal Hazel’s People. And as Hazel’s People thinned out, Andrew’s photos then documented Hazel McCallion’s Inner Circle.

These two photos were my AHAH! Moment. The Signal that my Research is over. It’s time to Report.

Victor Oh, honourary president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association pops the first bottle of champagne.

Victor Oh (honourary president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association)Photo Credit: “Andrew” at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/tee.andrew8/HazelVictoryNight#5546241316903573778

Victor Oh hands off the second bottle of champagne for Ron Starr to pop.
Stephen Chu (left) president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association.

Victor Oh hands off the second bottle of champagne for Ron Starr to pop.Photo Credit: “Andrew” at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/tee.andrew8/HazelVictoryNight#5546368771984252274

To the Mississauga Chinese Business Association glitterati front and centre at Hazel’s Victory party you can also add Sheldon Leiba, and Dr. Colin Saldanha, president and past president respectively of the Mississauga Board of Trade. Then add McCallion’s ROGERS Cable 10 TV.

And Eureka! We now finally know why Hazel McCallion says she doesn’t need to campaign. Or raise money.

That said, Andrew’s 64 “Hazel Victory Night” photos help explain one of my fundamental questions: Why the Region of Peel blew off warning-after-warning-after-warning about City of Mississauga Corporate Security and their treatment of youth and minors. Why the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network and the Mississauga Youth Plan were such shams.

And Andrew’s 173 Sep 10, 2009 The Eighth Community Policing Dinner photos help explain how a judge can find three Peel Regional Police officers fabricating evidence and lying in court —and Peel Police Services “has no plans to investigate or discipline the rogue officers”.

I can’t thank Andrew enough for posting these historic Mississauga Heritage images! A veritable Who’s Who of MYTHissauga: The Mayor’s People.

Tomorrow the Mayor’s People will be backing their two puppet-candidates: Bonnie Crombie and Jake Dheer. Expect Victor Oh to hoist more bubbly should either of his two win.

His two are the Mayor’s two are MYTHissauga Inc’s two. Except, I think the Mayor, Ron Starr and Victor Oh would prefer that Jake Dheer get in.

How do I know?

From video I shot at yesterday’s Community Crime Awareness Day!

Related topic —Politics. It’s not about the Best in our community offering themselves to serve the rest of us. And it’s not about the Best in our community debating issues and doing their best so that we can be informed voters.

It’s about the Wealthy choosing their People to run and when elected, serve their interests.

And Politics is about fabricating, deceiving and even lying. It’s about saying indescribably ghastly things about opposition candidates without having a shred of evidence. It’s even about stealing your opponents’ signs. Placing your sign directly in front of a front-runner opponent’s sign.

Or simply kicking signs down.

Mississauga Ward 5 candidates Jake Dheer Carolyn Parrish signs knocked down.

Above all, Politics is about $$$Money$$$. (The 2006 and 2010 financial statements of Mississauga’s successful candidates tell all.)

I delivered flyers today. About four-and-a-half hours complete with one German Shepherd and a vigilant Doberman Pincer. I have even more respect for letter-carriers than I did before this romp.

I believe in the public’s right to know. I believe it was wrong to allow Hazel McCallion to maneuver a trip to Brazil and successfully withhold the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report until after Ward 5 residents have cast their ballots.

I believe voters should get all the information they are due so they can make informed choices.

So imagine my disgust seeing candidates’ flyers languishing on balconies, steps, grass, sidewalks and gutters while just one candidate’s flyer prevailed in the mailbox!

Now I didn’t actually keep accurate count, but it certainly appeared that Adams flyers fell greatest victims to “displacement”. I was shocked to find the west side of one street having Adams flyers actually ripped up and strewn on lawns. One torn Adams flyer even peaked out from a mailbox!

I didn’t even know there was a Waqar Siddiqui until I saw his flyers strewn about.

For the record it took me four-and-a-half hours because first, I’m built for comfort not speed. Second, I rescued stray flyers. I even picked up a couple of Bonnie Crombie flyers and one Jake Dheer flyer gone “astray” and put them back into mailboxes along with the one I was delivering.

Citizens need Information to be good citizens, right?

Right?

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Peel Police 2011 Police Package Dodge Charger at Mississauga City Hall Celebration SquarePeel Police 2011 “Police Package” Dodge Charger
Community Crime Awareness Day (September 17, 2011)

Mississauga Ward 5 By-Election Shadow Play –and Why the Mississauga Judicial Report won’t matter

September 9th, 2011  

It isn’t often that one cartoon can serve both as a prediction of MYTHissauga’s “Team Hazel” Ward 5 by-election strategy and carry the alternate title, “Why the Judicial Report won’t matter”

Mississauga Ward 5 Election Shadow Play. Alternate Title? "Why the Judicial Inquiry Report means Diddleyfrikkin'Squat."

Yes. That’s it for today.

UPDATE Saturday September 10, 2011

Prediction of MYTHissauga’s “Team Hazel” Ward 5 by-election strategy

Last week when headlines announced the discovery of “two fossil skeletons of early humans appear to mark a halfway stage between primitive ‘ape-men’ and our direct ancestors”, I too discovered a missing MYTHissauga link.

It came in the form of a remarkable series of 64 photographs by “Andrew” called “Hazel’s Victory Night”.

The Mayor. Supporters chant Hazel McCallion’s name during her victory
speech on Monday night at Vic Johnston Community Centre in Streetsville.
Staff photo by Fred Loek

We can match the Mayor’s Gala “memory lane” as well as Starr’s on the Credit and both Mayor’s 90th Birthday Bashes, no surprise, some of the Mayor’s handler’s and hangers-on turn up time and time again. I refer to them as MYTHissauga Inc.

It was however, Andrew’s “Hazel Victory Night” photographs that provided the missing link in MYTHissauga Inc.

I think readers will agree that at such events, who sits at what table with who, and who gets photographed with who, telegraphs tons about the importance of a particular individual within a social hierarchy. For example in Photo 6, featuring a circle of people, it’s clear there’s an outside circle, and an inner circle with the Mayor as the most important person. Even someone who did not know who Hazel McCallion is can infer quite a lot about the social status of the people in this pic.

What follows is a summary of Andrew’s “Hazel Victory Night” pics that will serve as an introduction to the people who will be (and have been) pulling the strings behind-the-scenes in this Ward 5 by-election.

Photo 1: Victor Oh (honourary president of the Mississauga Chinese Association)) standing beside the Mayor, pops open the first bottle of champagne.

Of the Mayor’s several dozen campaign-team members, the herd is cut considerably when it’s time for champagne. I think who gets to pop the champagne is a signal of sorts, don’t you? As is who gets first, second, third pour. Don’t you?

Photo 10: Hazel McCallion, right hand on Victor Oh’s shoulder delights in the *pop* of the champagne.

Photo 13: Victor Oh pours champagne at a table featuring Peter McCallion and his girlfriend, Jovanna.

The significance of this photo is that it reveals which of the several dozen MYTHissauga Inc faithful initially at this Vic Johnson Arena Victory party are rewarded with quaffs of champagne.

Photo 14: reveals Fran Rider, big in women’s hockey, champagne in hand, smiling beside Victor Oh who’s still pouring champagne.

When you know that Rider was also at the “Friends of Hazel” Rally and none other than Don Cherry spoke on behalf of “Hazey” at that Rally, how many votes can Hockey and the Mississauga Sports Council pull in for McCallion each election?

Photo 20: Do Real Estate Agents play Big in the Mayor’s campaign team? Royal LePage real estate agent, Diane Kalenchuk ( 2002 citizen-of-the-year) congratulated by Victor Oh.

Royal LePage’s Diane Kalenchuk helped organize the December 2, 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally and RE/MAX Realty’s Betty Merkley was acknowledged as the Rally organizer. Merkley spoke out against the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry both in front of Council on October 28, 2009 and at the December Rally, heading the speeches .

Actually if you add Peter McCallion to this mix, that’s another real estate agent that looks big around the Mayor.

Photo 29: Power Circle of 4. Hazel McCallion speaks to Colin F. Saldanha. Past Chair Mississauga Board of Trade  as Victor Oh, Katie Mahoney and husband, omnipresent Steve Mahoney smile on.

Photo 33: Bonnie Crombie smiles with Ron Starr, Hazel McCallion and Katie Mahoney.

When you’ve seen Crombie singing “Hot Child” in Rick Mercer’s “Welcome to Mississauga”, do the twist in the Starrs on the Credit 2008 video highlights, and beam beside the Mayor at both 90th Birthday Bashes, it’s tough to find an event where Barbie Doll Bonnie isn’t attached to the Mayor like a limpet.

Photo 34: Ron Starr, Hazel McCallion and Katie Mahoney’s faces split into wide grins, Bonnie Crombie takes her cue from them.

See cartoon above for more details.

Photo 36: The Mayor’s “media”, Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn is happy and appears in several photographs. Read his views on the Inquiry and Mississauga and you’ll appreciate the truth behind Katie Mahoney’s “It’s not hard to support our Mayor, trust me”.

Lapdog *woof* *woof* Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn at 2003 Mayor's Gala. For "context" when reading Ted Woloshyn's columns on Hazel McCallion, this lapdog pic will put things in perspective!
Along with Ted Woloshyn, you can add CFRB’s John Tory to The Mayor’s “media”. She can rely on both to “tell it like it is”. To get some idea of their importance in MYTHissauga Inc, both Woloshyn and Tory Emceed the Mayor’s 90th $350.00-a-ticket birthday bash.

To the print and radio, you can add the Mayor’s official TV Station, Rogers Cable 10 complete with her own TV station manager, Jake Dheer. Jake Dheer’s “She’s your Mayor, my Mayor, our Mayor” rah-rahs has seen him rewarded with citizen-of-the-year and now with MYTHissauga Inc’s endorsement as “Team Hazel”s second candidate in this Ward 5 by-election.

Photo 45: Bonnie Crombie smiles with Sheldon Leiba, President of the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT)

Have to laugh at the memory back in September 2010 of McCallion announcing to huge media fanfare that she’d be running for a 12th term. And how as always she won’t be campaigning. And that any money that people had intended to contribute be donated to charity instead.

Here what McCallion said on September 8, 2010 to what was for the most part, a lapdog media:

“And I’m not going to conduct a campaign. I am not going to raise money. I’m not going to have signs because I’ll tell you —anyone that wants to donate money to a Mayor’s campaign, I plead with you, to donate it to all the charitable organizations, whose under pressure second-to-none. The Food Bank. The Children’s Aid, the Salvation Army and all those that are struggling, struggling today to look after the people. The Poverty that’s in our city. The Unemployed that are in our city.

So how can I, as Mayor, waste money on signs and literature?”

Andrew’s 64 Hazel Victory Night confirm why the Mayor doesn’t have to campaign. Or raise campaign funds. She’s got Harold Shipp (Shipp Corporation). Victor Oh (Mississauga Chinese Business Association). Sheldon Leiba (Mississauga Board of Trade), Ted Woloshyn, John Tory, Jake Dheer (Rogers Cable 10 Mississauga) and just about every real estate agent you can shake a stick at.

Imagine the money.

And we haven’t even mentioned Michael Nobrega (OMERS Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System).

Imagine the votes.

Add Hockey.

Photo 49: Out comes a second bottle of champagne. Again, held by Victor Oh as he introduces the Mayor to Stephen Chu, President of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association.

Photo 51: Victor Oh and Stephen Chu beam as Ron Starr pops the cork on champagne bottle #2. Given her expression I suspect the Mayor is wary of corks!

Photo 58: Bonnie Crombie speaks with two men from the December 2, 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally. The white-haired guy, an organizer, the other comes complete with fascinating observation.

Bonnie Crombie’s son Jonathan also helped with the Friends of Hazel Rally. Turns out retrospective analysis of videotape suggests he helped organize the keynote speakers that evening.

Photo 62: Victor Oh, Stephen Chu (Mississauga Chinese Business Association) smile with the victorious Mayor.

Photo 63: Victor Oh, Stephen Chu (Mississauga Chinese Business Association) smile with their new victorious Ward 6 Councillor, Ron Starr.

Note. while Victor Oh, honourary president of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association, didn’t speak against the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry at the December 2, 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally, Audrey Chiang, Chair of the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses did. And what a stirring speech!

I guess having both Harold Shipp and Victor Oh speak out against the Judicial Inquiry would have been a tad over the top….

Anyway, feel free to wander through Andrew’s superb photo gallery of other Mississauga political events. Andrew’s photos answer a lot of questions. Especially when it comes to Police —and Safe City MYTHissauga….

So. The significance of Andrew’s “Hazel Victory Photos”?

The pics:

Last.

Explains why I stated that the Mississauga Judicial Report won’t matter. I’ll go further. These photos explain why spending $100,000 a year on an integrity commissioner for the City of MYTHissauga is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money.

Hmmm. I see an omission in my cartoon. Oopsie! I forgot all the real estate agents!

So you think you know the Mississauga political scene? Name all the citizens-of-the-year in this cartoon. Hint. There are 4.

Mississauga Ward 5 by-Election Shadow Play. Alternate Title? "Why the Judicial Inquiry Report won't matter." (revised)

McCallion 2010 Election Night Victory photos reveal Hazel’s behind-the-scenes “Complexities” in Ward 5 by-election

September 3rd, 2011  

In the July 22, 2011 National Post article, “Council watchers claim guardianship of democracy, political scientist says” Megan O’Toole writes about what she describes as “self-styled council watchers” and their “growing presence in recent years as the proliferation of social media has given them a widening platform to share their views”.

O’Toole gets no fewer than three political scientists to weigh in on “council watchers.” All three PhD’s were condescending —and yes, dismissive.

While Ryerson University’s Duncan MacLellan’s opinion wasn’t the worst of the bunch, his is the most relevant for today’s blog.

Regarding council watchers MacLellan had this to say to the National Post:

“There could be some knowledge that they have that is helpful, but sometimes it is more just reactionary,” says Ryerson University municipal politics expert Duncan MacLellan. “They get people sort of fired up, but in the end [may not] understand the complexities around the decisions that get made.”

Notice O’Toole’s use of ” [may not] “. This would suggest the possibility that Dr. MacLellan really wrote “don’t” as in “but in the end don’t understand the complexities around the decisions that get made.”

What with the Mayor successfully blocking the release of the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry report until after the Ward 5 by-election, it’s time to introduce one of MYTHissauga’s “complexities around the decisions that get made.”

Today’s blog is unique.  I discovered a series of 64 remarkable photos by photographer “Andrew”.  His Picasa web album is simply labelled “Hazel Victory Night Oct 25, 2010 photos: 64“.

Andrew clearly has unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Victor Oh, Honourary President of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association. And through Victor Oh, Andrew had unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Mayor Hazel McCallion’s private October 25, 2010 Election Night Victory Celebration.

Judging by the grins splitting the faces of McCallion’s “complexities” as they popped the champagne, they weren’t so much celebrating Ron Starr’s victory as silencing Carolyn Parrish. After all, can’t have the public know what’s really going on in MYTHissauga —and especially its “complexities”.

Through experience I’ve discovered that videos and photographs “disappear” once MYTHissauga’s “complexities” find out that I’ve discovered them. So I document them through videotape six ways to Sunday.

Watch and discover (if you don’t already know) a major “complexity” —that informed voters are very, very bad for government. And business.

So make no mistake. The same MYTHissauga Elites swilling champagne in these “Andrew” photos: Hazel McCallion, son Peter, Ron Starr, Starr’s “friends for 30 years” Katie and Steve Mahoney, Bonnie Crombie, Victor Oh et al are busy right now pulling their Strings of “Complexities” in this Ward 5 by-election.

And with that introduction, here is my video “colour commentary” of Andrew’s 64 photos. And of course, the video transcript.

If anyone notices an error either in the YouTube video or in this transcript I respectfully request that I be advised. I have been documenting City of Mississauga municipal governance since May 2006 and this research demands Accuracy. Thanks.

Hazel McCallion, Ron Starr, Victor Oh’s Private Election Champagne: Return to MYTHissauga Secrecy (15:07 min)

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH August 30, 2011 analyzing Andrew’s  ‘Hazel Victory Night Oct 25, 2010″ 64 photos.

It is Tuesday, August 30, 2011 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like. I’ve discovered something that’s really important and I need to document it before it’s removed.

These are photos by a guy named “Andrew” right here, who seems to have an in somehow with the Mayor. A whole bunch of different activities.

The one that I’m interested in —there it is right there. And it’s “Hazel Victory Night Oct 25, 2010”.

[Photo 1: Ron Starr, Hazel McCallion and Katie Mahoney victorious]

And there’s a whole bunch of them and you can kind of see. I’m going to go a little bit further. But what I’m going to do now is, This is Photo 1 as you can see up here.

And I’m just going to do this as a slide presentation.

And what I’ll do is I’ll identify some of the people here. As you can see, if there’s ever any doubt that Katie Mahoney is Hazel’s favoured #1 Councillor. The Mahoney’s have an incredible influence as far as The Councillors are concerned.

And anyway, so here we’ve got Ron Starr, Hazel McCallion and Katie Mahoney. And we’re just going to go through here.

This is “Victory Night” behind-the-scenes. Nobody’s seen this. Neither have I.

[Photo 2: Smiling guy with microphone at podium. Hazel McCallion beside him.]

Not sure who this is.

[Photo 3: Hazel McCallion, microphone in hand, addresses her Faithful.]

Here she is addressing her Faithful.

[Photo 4: The Mayor’s Faithful in rapt attention.]

More of her Faithful.

[Photo 6: Hazel McCallion surrounded by her Faithful.]

This guy here? Prevented the Mississauga News from asking McCallion questions inside the Great Hall. On Election Night.

[Photo 9: Victor Oh, with Mayor beside him, prepares to pop a bottle of champagne.]

Victor Oh, Honourary President of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association. And here he’s popping open a bottle of champagne. And I’m not sure but I think that that’s actually a mayoral candidate as well [note: will verify].

[Photo 10: Victor Oh successfully pops cork to delight of delighted Faithful.]

But what’s important to me right now is to get these documented.

[Photo 11: Delighted Faithful cheer and applaud Victor Oh’s successful champagne popping.]

[Photo 12: Hazel McCallion hoists champagne glass and toasts her Faithful.]

[Photo 13: Victor Oh pours champagne to the assembled Faithful.]

Peter McCallion and girlfriend Jovanna.

[Photo 14: Victor Oh pours more champagne for the assembled Faithful as the Mayor talks to a Faithful.]

[Photo 15: Hazel McCallion receives huge hug from a smiling Faithful as Victor Oh beams.]

There’s Fran Rider, President, or head of the Women’s Hockey Association.

[Photo 16: Hazel McCallion poses with four of her Faithful.]

[Photo 17. Hazel McCallion with Unidentified Faithful. Longo’s corporate banner in background.]

If you ever wonder why Hazel McCallion doesn’t have to campaign, this is why.

Notice in the background here, you’ve got Jovanna and Peter McCallion here checking —let’s just go back. Let’s just do that. Checking Peter’s cell phone there or something. Going back.

Notice the corporate sponsorship “Longo’s”?

[Photo 19: Smiling Unidentified male Faithful with Hazel McCallion and same Unidentified Faithful.]

Not sure who that is.

He shows up later so I’m going to be interested in these two people.

[Photo 20: Victor Oh, Diane Kalenchuk and same Unidentified Faithful.]

Victor Oh and this here, Diane Kalenchuk, Royal LePage real estate agent. “Selling Homes in Mississauga for Over 25 Years!” and also awarded citizen-of-the-year 2002.

Accompanied Hazel McCallion several times to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry back in September 2010. And also at the Living Arts Centre, February 13, 2011, she was there hovering around celebrating and organizing Hazel McCallion’s 90th birthday.

[Photo 21: Fran Rider, Victor Oh, Diane Kalenchuk pose happily with two Unidentified Faithfuls.]

Fran Rider, Women’s hockey. Victor Oh, accompanying Hazel McCallion on many of the trips to China. And Diane Kalenchuk —this woman driving, in the car with Hazel, and for that matter, Fran Rider, to the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry.

And those two draw a complete blank to me. Who are they?

[Photo 22: Hazel McCallion in a circle with MYTHissauga Faithfuls.]

 I thought this guy here’s Ted Woloshyn. But you know, when he’s got his back like that, don’t really know.

[Photo 23 Hazel McCallion receives hug from a Faithful as what appears to be Ted Woloshyn looks on.]

Looks kind of like Ted Woloshyn. Now he’s the Toronto Sun columnist and I refer to him as Hazel’s lapdog. But we’re still not sure.

[Photo 24: Hazel McCallion posing with three Unidentified male Faithfuls.]

Not sure who these people are.

[Photo 25: Hazel McCallion at table with her Faithful. Guy who blocked Mississauga News in background.]

Here we have them celebrating at the end. Again, this guy here.

[Photo 26: Hazel McCallion at table with her Faithful. Different angle.]

There’s this guy who looks like Ted Woloshyn in the background. Still not sure.

[Photo 27: Sheldon Leiba smiling with Unidentified smiling Unidentified Faithful and smiling “Starr’s on the Credit” party girl.]

Here’s something that’s really interesting.  This is a guy named Sheldon Leiba, president of the Mississauga Board of Trade. As I keep saying. You don’t have to campaign when you’ve got the Mississauga Board of Trade right behind you.

And this woman right here. She is in a lot of the photographs of Starr’s on the Credit. And I can show that she’s quite the Party Girl.

[Photo 28: Hazel McCallion posing with beaming Katie Mahoney and omnipresent hubbie, Steve Mahoney.]

Keep going.

Like I said, these are the powerhouses beside Hazel. Hazel can depend on these two. December 2, 2009 Rally you had Katie Mahoney going up there saying—”It’s not hard to support our Mayor, trust me.”

[Video insert of Katie Mahoney, December 2, 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally]

 Katie Mahoney: “It’s not hard to support our Mayor, trust me.”

[End insert]

It is so true when you’ve got the Mississauga Board of Trade. You’ve got Ted Woloshyn. You’ve got Ron Lenyk, who’s the former publisher of the Mississauga News and was publisher for the longest time.

There’s been no media.

And then Jake Dheer who’s Rogers Cable 10. All these “media”, they were all supporting the Mayor.

Anyway, as I keep saying, two powerful, powerful people and McCallion-backers.

[Photo 29: Hazel McCallion in a talking circle with Katie Mahoney, omnipresent hubbie, Steve Mahoney and Victor Oh.]

Same thing here. Now isn’t this quite the photograph!

 You’ve got Steve Mahoney, Councillor Katie Mahoney, Victor Oh and Hazel McCallion. In the background, Fran Rider, Women’s hockey.

Now there’s a real power photograph.

[Photo 31: Hazel McCallion and Ron Starr in victory embrace.]

Now isn’t that a photograph. Ron Starr hugging Hazel McCallion.

Boy was she happy to get rid of Carolyn Parrish. Because Carolyn Parrish at least for a little while, blew the lid off MYTHissauga

[Photo 32: Hazel McCallion and Ron Starr still hugging.]

And here. Can there be a happier Hazel?

“I got my man in! I got my puppet in!” What a relief it must be for her.

And I suspect now they’re really going to watch the Ward 5 election because the last thing that woman needs is to have Carolyn Parrish back.

After all, Horrors, you wouldn’t want people to know what’s really going on in MYTHissauga.

[Photo 33: Bonnie Crombie, Ron Starr, Hazel McCallion and Katie Mahoney —grins splitting their faces.]

And look at this. Isn’t this the photograph!

If there’s any doubt that Bonnie Crombie is a Hazel puppet —a Hazel uber alles candidate. This is a photograph by Andrew. October 25th—

[Photo 34: Bonnie Crombie, Ron Starr, Hazel McCallion and Katie Mahoney faces splitting in even wider grins.]

2010. Behind-the-scenes look. Look at the delight.

“Yes.! We got rid of Parrish! Yes! We got Ron Starr in! Yes. We can return to our Secrecy!”

Oh! I know! Here’s something else I can tell you. All four of these people were at Starr’s on the Credit and were featured in the Starr’s on the Credit 2008 highlight video.

Including [laughs] Ronnie Hawkins saying something like—

[Video insert of Ronnie Hawkins from Starr’s on the Credit 2008 video highlights]

Ronnie Hawkins: “Folks, I’d like to tell you that it’s an honour to be here meetin’ all you old timers again. Most of you were going to jail before she took over. Now you’re all rich. Whatta girl!”

[End insert]

Yup. You’re looking at MYTHissauga.

Let’s keep going.

[Photo 35: Hazel McCallion poses with “Elect Ron Starr” sign. Ted Woloshyn stands amused in background.]

Now, here’s the first confirmation that I get that the guy in the hockey jacket or whatever, really was Ted Woloshyn.

If there’s any doubt that Ron Starr was Hazel McCallion’s preferred choice, take a look. That’s why we’re documenting all these pictures, saving them. Because eventually you build a map of MYTHissauga.

And a map isn’t just roads, it’s also connections between people. As you see here. So you know, any wonder why Ted Woloshyn writes the way that he does?

[Photo 36: Hazel McCallion poses with “Elect Ron Starr” sign, Ron Starr. Ted Woloshyn stands amused in background.]

Here again. You’ve got Woloshyn. You’ve got Ron Starr. And you’ve got Hazel McCallion.

Ted Woloshyn did his bit in the Toronto Sun and his Toronto Sun columns. And then you had Hazel with the robocall at the last minute. And there they are. She’s got her puppet in.

And I suspect too that Ron Starr is her choice for her successor in 2014.

[Photo 37: Joyous Hazel McCallion poses with joyous Ron Starr as she holds an “Elect Ron Starr” sign.]

Oh yeah, look at this. Let’s go closer. Look at these faces.

“My Ronnie!…”

Thank you, Andrew for these photographs.

[Photo 38: Hazel McCallion admires Ron Starr’s hockey sweater with “STARR 6” lettering.]

And just for the record, you’ve still got Ted Woloshyn’s jacket right there, so he’s enjoying this.

[Photo 39: Hazel McCallion posing with a smiling Unidentified Faithful male and female.]

Now who have we got here? Let’s go back to make sure we’ve got everybody in. Oh. And over here, Fran Rider.

[Photo 40: Darryl Konynenbelt from Global TV with Hazel McCallion waiting for cue.]

[laughs] And speaking of one of Hazel McCallion’s media puppets, this is Darryl Konynenbelt from Global TV. Made an unsuccessful run as Conservative candidate for Mississauga South.

And I think that’s over here, that’s the head of Victor Oh. And we’ve still got Fran Rider in the background here.

[Photo 41: Darryl Konynenbelt from Global TV with Hazel McCallion waiting for cue.]

He’s pretending to be a reporter pretending to be the ever-vigilant media. And talk about, McCallion can always depend on this guy to toss her some sweetheart questions.

[Photo 42: Darryl Konynenbelt from Global TV adjusting his tie ready to speak with Hazel McCallion]

Goddamighty.

[Photo 43: Smiling ROGERS Cable 10 Mississauga standing next to a smiling Ron Starr waiting for cue.]

Oh! And there’s ROGERS Cable 10 with some more Pretend.

This is why this 19-year old who wrote me saying, “The System is CORRUPT, there is no way to fix it”—

[Photo 44: Serious-looking ROGERS Cable 10 Mississauga standing “reporter” interviewing a serious-looking Ron Starr.]

—you’re looking at why.

Now that’s Jake Dheer’s ROGERS Cable 10 interviewing Ron Starr. And you’re going to expect any kind of real questions?

[Photo 45: smiling Identified, smiling Bonnie Crombie, Smiling Sheldon Leiba]

Don’t recognize this guy, but there’s Bonnie Crombie, Hazel McCallion-approved Ward 5 by-election candidate and Sheldon Leiba, president Mississauga Board of Trade.

[Photo 46: four smiling people, “Starr’s on the Credit girl”. Victor Oh, Fran Rider in background.]

This lady. Again. Starr’s on the Credit. There’s Victor Oh. Fran Rider.

[Photo 47: Victor Oh holding bottle of champagne beside smiling “Starr’s on the Credit girl”]

Victor Oh. Starr’s on the Credit. Bottle of champagne. He’s happy.

[Photo 48: Smiling Victor Oh and smiling “Starr’s on the Credit girl”. Close up.]

And the real laugh? This guy also plays big in Safe City Mississauga and the Mississauga Crime Prevention Association.

[Photo 49: Hazel McCallion about to hug someone introduced by a smiling Victor Oh. Ron Starr’s prepping a burger]

She’s [McCallion} about to hug him so, somebody and he’s [Oh] introducing this person.

There’s the champagne. There’s Ron Starr chowing down on a burger.

This is after the cameras go off. This is Election Night.

[Photo 50: Victor Oh beams as Ron Starr uncorks another bottle of champagne. Hazel McCallion backs away, wary of the cork.]

Looks like a private kind-of-thing.

There’s Ron Starr uncorking another bottle of champagne. Look at Hazel.

[Photo 51: Victor Oh beams even more as Ron Starr launches champagne cork up, up and awaaaaaaaay.]

Look at this.

When Hazel McCallion talks about “my people”, she’s not talking about the residents of Mississauga. Here’s her People.

[Photo 52: Smiling Sheldon Leiba beside Bonnie Crombie who’s talking to the smiling “Starr’s on the Credit girl”.]

There’s the head of Mississauga Board of Trade Sheldon, and Bonnie Crombie.

[Photo 53: Unidentified smiling Faithful standing beside Ron Starr and his campaign manager.]

And we’ve got Ron Starr here talking to his campaign manager, Susan Walsh. And I recognize this guy right here at the back. He was at the “Friends of Hazel” Rally on December 2, 2009. Helped organize it.

[Photo 54: Darryl Konynenbelt from Global TV talking privately to Ron Starr. No microphone.]

It’s also interesting that they let in Konynenbelt or whatever and also ROGERS TV but Hazel McCallion refused to allow the Mississauga News to interview her.

[Video insert October 25, 2010 inside Great Hall earlier that evening as election results were coming in]

Donald Barber: “The short, gray-haired guy who’s making the —he’s getting in the face of the Mississauga News. Telling them to get out of the way. Don’t answer any questions. Hazel doesn’t want to answer any questions.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: “Which one’s that?”

Donald Barber: “The guy who’s got the roses. There.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: “Oh. Uh oh. Don, help ’em out.”

Donald Barber: “What?”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: “Just watch the knobs here.”] * Note. “knobs” mean Hazel McCallion’s security guards.

[End insert]

[Photo 55: Hazel McCallion posing beside Ron Starr’s grinning and triumphant campaign manager.]

And here’s Hazel McCallion standing next to Ron Starr’s campaign manager, Susan Walsh.

[Photo 56: Unidentified grinner and Hazel McCallion posing beside Ron Starr’s —yep grinning and triumphant campaign manager. Two kids in background.]

You know when they say about “Our kids are our future?” There they are.

They’re talking about that youth. Not the ones in Malton.

[Photo 57: Unidentified smiling youth and Hazel McCallion posing beside Ron Starr’s —you got it grinning and triumphant campaign manager.]

Ah! There’s what I’m talking about. That youth is their future.

[Photo 58: Bonnie Crombie talking to what appear to be two organizers of the December 2, 2009 “Friends of Hazel” Rally.]

There’s Bonnie Crombie again. And it’s important to get that guy. Again, I think that guy is from the Stop the Inquiry Rally. And I even think I know this guy.

[Photo 59: Hazel McCallion and a smiling unidentified Faithful.]

There.

[Photo 60: Hazel McCallion speaking to Charles Sousa.]

Charles Sousa.

[Photo 61: Ron Starr and a smiling unidentified Faithful.]

Let’s just do a close up here.

[Photo 62: Smiling Hazel McCallion posing with smiling Victor Oh and smiling company.]

 Now given the photographs that you see of Hazel McCallion —I think it’s at the Canadian Chinese Business Association, this one isn’t a surprise. And it will be interesting to see how many of these also show up at the Mayor’s 90th Gala Birthday Party.

That’s the expensive one that was $350.00 a ticket.

[Photo 63: Smiling Ron Starr posing with smiling Victor Oh and smiling company.]

There’s Victor now with his new Councillor.

You’re looking at MYTHissauga.

[Photo 64: Smiling Hazel McCallion sitting around a table celebrating Ron Starr’s election and her re-election.]

And that’s it.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Photo credits and special thanks to Andrew at: https://picasaweb.google.com/tee.andrew8

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MUNICIPALITIES: A ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

“Although it has become common knowledge that those who are pushed out or who drop out of high school are vulnerable to economic and social insecurity, and that this can often lead them into situations of violence, there has been a shortage of critical assessment of all the institutions implicated in this situation.”

—p. 118  McMurtry/Curling Report on the Roots of Youth Violence:  “Volume 3 COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES REPORT”

August 2011 TSX -491.75 echoes MYTHissauga “city elite” in 2008 market crash (2008 –when Jake Dheer, Bonnie Crombie all smiles)

August 8th, 2011  

World stock markets are in tatters. The ass fell out of the bucket. Perfect timing for today’s blog about Hazel McCallion-approved Ward 5 by-election candidates Jake Dheer and Bonnie Crombie!

The TSX down from a high of 13011 a week ago to 11,671 at time of writing. It’s like the Fall of 2008 all over again.

Freeze-frame "TSX performance just prior to October 17, 2008 Peel Police Services Board meeting" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"

For the record here’s what Mississauga’s city elites were doing on November 8, 2008 as reported by Snap South Mississauga.

22nd Annual Mayor’s Gala

On November 8th, 2008 at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre, Mayor Hazel McCallion hosted her 22nd Annual Gala Celebration, celebrating her 30th Anniversary in office. This year’s gala saw over 850 guests, with Regis Philbin, from the Regis and Kelly show, performing for the guests and spending some time with Mayor McCallion.The event was all for a good cause and this year’s event raised funds for arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga. Guests laughed the night away as the Mayor and Regis laughed the night away. Guests had a fabulous time this year and will for sure be looking forward to the next gala.

And what was Ward 5 by-election Jake Dheer and his fellow Mayor’s Gala organizers doing on November 8, 2008?

Mississauga city elites were feeling no pain in the last market crash (November 2008)
Turning every ticket dollar into (according to Councillor Nando Iannicca) “this grand fete with the City’s elites. And at the end of the day for every dollar that came in, eighty cents was consumed.” Now that’s a MYTHissauga charity!

And that’s why the only sane response to Mayor’s Gala organizer Jake Dheer’s Ward 5 by-election campaign slogan, “No one runs like a Dheer” is “Let’s hope so”.

Freeze-frame "Percent proceeds of Mayor's Gala" from video "Hazel McCallion Mayor's Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga "raised mmmillions of dollars"
And what of the other McCallion-approved Ward 5 by-election candidate, Bonnie Crombie? What was she doing in 2008?

Crombie, former public affairs consultant, threw thousands and thousands of smiles.

Smiles in August 2008, posing with smiling son, Alex, who campaigned for Vice President Federal of the Ontario Young Liberals.

Just like mom who claimed, “I’m meeting with lots of organizations and groups who are asking me to run,” in the Ward 5 by-election, son Alex wrote, “I have been humbled by the overwhelming call for me to run for this position and the immense amount of support I have been given by my fellow Ontario Young Liberals.”   That was in January 2009.

So many calling for Bonnie and Alex to run…

Alex Crombie who ran for Vice President Ontario Young Liberals with Bonnie Crombie with son Alex at The Ontario Young Liberals held their seventh annual Summer Fling in Guelph, Ont

Even in front of Trooper Marc Diab Memorial Park.

Bonnie "Barbie Doll" Crombie even smiles posing at Trooper Marc Diab Memorial Park

MYTHissauga. Smiles.

Bonnie Crombie would do well to counter “No one runs like a Dheer” with the campaign slogan, “No one smiles like a Crombie”.

And what was Bonnie Crombie doing in November 2008? Haven’t researched that yet but can tell you that on October 14, 2008 she was elected MP for Mississauga-Streetsville, beating Wajid “Cross the Floor” Khan with 21,579 to his 16,946.

One of Crombie’s 21,579 votes was mine!

Better check what the TSX is doing… -491.75.  OUCH!

No worries. Bonnie and Jake will be all smiles. Both lead mythical lives in mythical MYTHissauga.

MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL (AMO, OMERS, MYTHissauga Inc) ---morally beyond redemption
…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is youth violence this is why there are guns on the street
and drugs in the hands of children the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT
there is no way to fix it because the people higher up are sitting nice in their big leather chairs,
driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard
to get by and even by doing so they get nothing, and after they realize how hard they have to work to get by
they break down and no longer want to live life being part of the system because they realize that living
life by the rules of the system gets you no where because it is CORRUPT!

–email from youth (age 19)

Might as well add this update from Twitter Toronto Star News.

Toronto Star News
TorontoStarNewsToronto Star News
TSX drops 492 points, Dow falls 634 as stock markets keep tumbling http://bit.ly/nJ222p
5 minutes ago

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Related video presented to Mississauga Council at the April 13, 2011 Council meeting.

Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga “raised mmmillions of dollars” (10:11 min)

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

Video transcript at the blog, “Mississauga Council video presentation, “Hazel McCallion Mayor’s Gala Scandal: MYTHissauga ‘raised mmmillions of dollars’”

Megan O’Toole, Tom Urbaniak, MYTHissauga Inc, Ward 5 By-election, Freedom of Information, Life, the Universe –Everything.

August 4th, 2011  

The last two weeks have been a blur.

A National Post article by Megan O’Toole hit me especially hard. She’d approached me about doing an article on Council watchers and asked if I were interested. I agreed and O’Toole sent me a list of questions. At no time did she say that she’d invited three political scientists to offer comment. And comment they did.

Since then I’ve been trying to get a rebuttal published at the National Post with zero luck —although I did get decent video of both attempts.

The real killer was what Tom Urbaniak served up about me.

[cut-and-paste]

“Some of their messages are valid and might resonate with a larger public — the need for transparency, too much bureaucratic self-justification, the dearth of tough questions … but they start to lose people when they argue or imply that Mississauga is almost a surreal Orwellian state, utterly dominated by sinister myths,” Mr. Urbaniak says.

This from the guy who wrote, “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga” (all 255 pages plus index etc etc) without filing a single Freedom of Information request!

How, I ask. How?

Have to laugh at how Urbaniak ends his book in his Acknowledgements section:

“Any errors and all deficiencies should in no way reflect on those who so kindly provided assistance or guidance, but rather on my own shortcomings.”

The major “shortcoming” was depending on Peel archives, interviews, Staff at the City of Mississauga clerks office/minutes of meetings (a true joke), more archives, newspaper articles, the kitchen sink —but not filing Freedom of Information!

Then came news of the passing of such a generous and brilliant spirit… Tomorrow is the funeral mass.

But today the Mississauga News announced that Bonnie Crombie had just entered the Ward 5 by-election race. Between Jake Dheer and now Bonnie Crombie, I have to get back at it. Research. Documenting. Reporting.

To be clear, there’s now more than enough evidence that what I do, write, and say makes no difference. A quote I’d stumbled upon when I first began researching the City of Mississauga and the Roots of Youth Violence:

“The truth is that we, as a society – all of us – simply don’t consider children very important. We talk a good game but we don’t think kids are as important as other things, like fixing the roads.” – Jim Paul Nevins (Ontario Court Judge October 4, 2001 report)

and the email I received from a perceptive youth.

…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is youth violence this is why there are guns on the street and drugs in the hands of children the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it because the people higher up are sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing, and after they realize how hard they have to work to get by they break down and no longer want to live life being part of the system because they realize that living life by the rules of the system gets you no where because it is CORRUPT!

I continue this MISSISSAUGAWATCH blog knowing that what I do, write, and say will make no difference. I continue only because I know that the likes of Hazel McCallion, Jake Dheer, Bonnie Crombie and the rest of MYTHissauga Inc would just love it if I stopped.

And so, I suspect, would Tom Urbaniak.

 MYTHissauga’s “media”

TOM URBANIAK MISSISSAUGA "media-barren environment" HAZEL MCCALLION, RON LENYK (former publisher Mississauga News) JAKE DHEER (station manager ROGERS CABLE 10 Mississauga) and "Friend of Hazel" TED WOLOSHYN (TORONTO SUN columnist

On Controlling the Message, from Tom Urbaniak’s book,“Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga”.

Hazel McCallion emerged from that 1982 election with an extremely strong hand. The old establishment had opposed her. Her old enemies had resurfaced to oppose her. One candidate for the Ward 2 council seat expressed alarm at the “Drapeau-like council,” a reference to the domineering Montreal mayor, but that candidate’s vote had been marginal. The only regularly publishing local newspaper had opposed her. A judge had admonished her. And still she cruised to victory. If everyone were against her, it was, to paraphrase John Diefenbaker, everyone except the people.

On city council there was now but one problem child: Larry Taylor. While the conflict-of-interest proceedings had been going on, he had been allowed to snipe from the sidelines. He had even been calling up citizens in all parts of the city to try to set up a Mississauga-wide feder­ation of ratepayers’ organizations. Now, with McCallion presuming herself to be vindicated, he could be taught a lesson. Returning in Feb­ruary 1983 from a stint out of the country, he headed for what he thought would be a regular city council meeting. To his astonishment, the mayor and the other councillors had prepared a most unexpected greeting.

Taylor had helped to start a non-profit newspaper in his ward, a laudable objective in a media-barren environment. He and the volunteers arranged to print it on a city press in exchange for free advertising­ for the municipality.

This now was portrayed as a major scandal. It was ‘theft’ of city resources. Other groups wanting city support had to apply to council for funding. Senior city staff did not use the word ‘theft,’ but they gravely confirmed that Taylor had been following a rather irregular procedure. The newspaper stopped printing. The city-wide ratepayers’ association concept was also fatally attacked. By trying to set one up, Taylor had supposedly been interfering inappropriately in the business of other wards. The embattled councillor would henceforth be contained.

The Mississauga News for its part was not much of a threat to the mayor now. If sometimes it would report some controversial com­ments, these were always offset by the numerous feel-good photo­graphs of the mayor at one function or another. When McCallion released only a partial list of her campaign donors from the 1982 campaign despite promising full disclosure, it merited only a blip. When an inquest into a fatal fire revealed the city to be short of bylaw staff none of the discussion redounded onto the mayor’s penny-pinching. When social service agencies complained that not enough was being done to build healthy and cohesive neighbourhoods, they were but voices in the wilderness.

Signed,

A Voice in the Wilderness

And so I introduce today’s second entry, “Jake Dheer: Ward 5 By-election MYTHissauga candidate (What the Mississauga News and especially ROGERS Cable 10 TV won’t tell you)”

Mayor Hazel McCallion media scrum transcript: “It is absolutely essential that we go to an Election”

May 12th, 2011  

Today we present primary source material —Appoint or Elect? Complete video of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion  interviewed by Media during a break in yesterday’s Council meeting.

And, as is our custom, complete with video transcript.

Mayor Hazel McCallion media scrum: “It is absolutely essential that we go to an Election” (6:56 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—of Ward 5 the opportunity to choose their Councillor for the next four years. It’s only five months. So if it was a year before the next election, it would be different.

Yes, we have the authority under the new Act to appoint. But in such a short period of time that the Councillor’s been in the office it is absolutely essential that we go to an election.

And so today I hope that Council will give direction to the Staff to start preparing for an election. We don’t have an election staff at the City. We only, according to the Clerk, we only hire people when there is an election and train them for the election. So of course the staff has all been dispersed.

And so the Clerk now has to build a whole new staff to deal with an election.

She has estimated to date —and that’s an estimation, that it would have cost a half a million dollars for us to go. But I don’t think that we can take into account unfortunately, the cost because I think the people of Ward 5 deserve the right to elect a new Councillor.

So I would think that Council today will move in that direction. I’d be surprised —I’ve talked to a couple of Councillors, I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to many but their position is an election. So I would think that direction will be given today, to proceed with an election. Such a short term period, it is absolutely, in my opinion, essential that we go to an election.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

So if there was an election, would you support anyone specific? There has been some word that Bonnie Crombie would be your candidate—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—That is absolutely a rumour, you know I went to Bonnie Crombie’s party that she was to have as a winner. And I just jokingly mentioned, but you know the Press picked it up and made a big story out of it.

I jokingly said, just to sort of boost her morale or try to give her —well you know the Ward 5 obviously, position will be open. I did not recommend her, or even invited her. I just made a comment.

But of course, the Press twisted it, as usual, to make it into an unfortunate situation, that I am supporting Bonnie Crombie. It will be up to the people of Ward 5. And I’m sure that there will be a number of people will come forward to offer themselves. Yes, I’ve heard of quite a few.

I know that the person who ran against— one person that ran against her last time will be offering because she’s already told me that she will be offering herself for the office. But I’m sure it will be open to the —it will be open to the citizens of Ward 5 to elect their councils [sic]

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

So you—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—I think it’s unfortunate that we are faced with another election —and especially with the costs. But I don’t think we can let the cost determine the right of the people of Ward 5 to make a decision—

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—[inaudible] clear, you wouldn’t back any specific candidate, if there were to be a by-election.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

I don’t back any specific candidate at any time. The only candidate that I supported was unfortunate, during the last election, in which some very vicious information was sent out against Ron Starr and his family that was not factual. And I believe, that I, as Mayor had to take a stand on it.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

But smear campaigns happen often in politics.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Pardon?

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

There’s a lot of smear campaigns during elections. Why take action on that one specifically?

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Of all the elections that’s the only one that I ever took a stand on. And I felt it so essential when false information is spread by, against a candidate and their family that is incorrect.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

But—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

I think the Mayor has that responsibility to take a stand. And I did.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Question about the cost and I’m not sure if you’re able to answer it. But I was reading in the papers today there was a —this election would potentially cost $500,000—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—That’s an estimate—

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—an estimate. Right.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—that the clerk gave. You know it’s unfair—

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Right.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—to tie the Clerk down to that. We will know what it will cost when she comes back. Which, there will be a period —60 days, that we have. She will come back with a factual report. She was asked for an estimate. She gave an estimate. Okay?

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

But not necess— it won’t necessarily be 500, it could be significantly less—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—You just heard what I said. Please. She, she was asked for an estimate. She gave an estimate. Is that the answer to your question?

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Yes.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Ya, thank you.

Just wait and, you know, it’s discouraging the way in which things get twisted.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Oh no, I’m just um —because people are going to be reading in the papers today and seeing that.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

—Yeah.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

And so they’re seeing—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

It’s already been seen in the papers. It’s already publicized —of her estimate.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Of course, of course. I just wanted you to basically address that. And you know—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Yeah, it’s an estimate and I hope it will be reported as an estimate.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Right. Thank you very much.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

In fairness to the Clerk —who was asked for an estimate. She gave an estimate. Like my staff —like the staff of the City usually replies [sic] —with the facts.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

In 60 days you said?

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Pardon?

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

60 days we’ll know for sure?

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Pardon?

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

In 60 days we’ll know for sure, you say?

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

I don’t know —when the Clerk will be able to assemble the staff and what it will cost to run an election. With the advertising, we must let the people know. And there’s renting the accommodation, hiring the people to manage  —to staff the polls, etc.

That’s all. She will estimate it. She will come back with a more factual figure, when she has an opportunity to review.

We haven’t had a by-election in Mississauga. I can’t recall us ever having a by-election in Mississauga, so it’s something new for us.

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Half a million is a lot higher than Toronto’s estimate, $175,000.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Yeah. I believe they have a permanent election staff in the City —of the City of Toronto. I’m not sure about it, but I understand that they do. We don’t in this City. Once the election is over we disperse the staff —to save the taxpayers’ money. Instead of having people on staff waiting for another election.

Okay?

Any other questions?

Media Question (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Thank you very much.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion interviewed by Media (Mississauga Council Chambers, May 11, 2011)

Yeah. Thank you.

Okay?

Mayor McCallion leaves.
Mark Knopfler
(“Don’t Crash the Ambulance”)

Don’t crash the ambulance, whatever you do…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Eve Adams (newly-elected Conservative MP) interview with Media on her last day as Councillor (4:55 min)

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

Mississauga to hold by-election to replace Adams

Toronto Star – ‎22 hours ago‎
Mayor Hazel McCallion has quieted a growing storm in Mississauga. The powerful mayor pushed a vote Wednesday in favour of a by-election, instead of appointing a new councillor once a current member vacates her seat for one in Ottawa.

Residents laud departing Mississauga councillor Eve Adams

National Post (blog) – Tim Fraser – ‎May 11, 2011‎
Mayor Hazel McCallion said it was “absolutely essential” that the citizens decide who fills the seat, which will be declared vacant once Ms. Adams is sworn in as an MP in the federal riding of Mississauga-Brampton South. The Mayor’s comments came as

Mayor wants by-election

Mississauga – ‎May 11, 2011‎
Mayor Hazel McCallion told reporters she would rather have a by-election than a Council appointment to fill the vacant seat in Ward 5. File photo Mayor Hazel McCallion wants a by-election to replace the councillor in Ward 5, rather than having City

Council votes for Ward 5 by-election

Mississauga – ‎21 hours ago‎
With the help of other councillors, Mayor Hazel McCallion will take over duties in Ward 5 until a replacement councillor can be elected. File photos Ward 5 residents will vote for their next representative after City Council passed a motion today

McCallion offers faint praise for new Tory MP

Global Toronto – Megan O’Toole – ‎May 11, 2011‎
paid tribute Wednesday to Hazel McCallion, the long-time Mayor could barely muster a word of public praise for her Ottawa-bound colleague, instead lamenting the failure of several prominent Liberal MPs to maintain their seats in Monday’s election.

Skeptics question by-election cost

Mississauga – ‎May 11, 2011‎
Because of the clear division on council between those who are devoted supporters of Mayor Hazel McCallion and those who often criticize her leadership, the by-election could be important in tipping the balance of power on council.

Mississauga estimate for byelection cost almost triple that of Toronto

Global Toronto – Megan O’Toole – ‎May 11, 2011‎
Ward 5 has a significantly higher population than Toronto’s Ward 9 — 75000 people compared to 45000 — the cost differential appears excessive, said political scientist Tom Urbaniak, who has written a book on the tenure of Mayor Hazel McCallion.

Hazel McCallion on the Federal election 2011, “if a dog had run, they would have won.”

May 6th, 2011  

Today’s blog is meant to supplement National Post’s Megan O’Toole’s “Quote of the day: Hazel McCallion”

Hazel McCallion on the Federal election 2011, “if a dog had run, they would have won.” (1:33 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 4, 2011)

So I hope that I, as Mayor, I’ve done what you-folks would have wanted me to do to congratulate all the new one —newly elected Conservative candidates in Mississauga.

At the same time, I want to express to those who lost that have been very dedicated members of the City of Mississauga. And I think of Peter Fonseca and Bonnie Crombie and Paul Szabo that have been very much a part of the City of Mississauga —made a major contribution to this city in so many ways. And I think we’ve lost some good community people which I think is unfortunate.

But when a thing crosses Canada like it did, I think there are some good people —and Bains, a very distinguished Sikh, a member of the Sikh community and has made, was considered maybe a leader of the Liberal Party down the road as maybe [sic] the first Sikh.

I think it’s unfortunate but at the same time that’s the way Federal and Provincial politics go.

I recall when Trudeaumania hit this country, I remember an article in the paper (I wish I had kept it), that they said that if a dog had run, they would have won.

So, when that hits. a lot of good people go down, which is unfortunate.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives video greetings at Hazel McCallion's 90th Birthday $350.00-a-ticket Party.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives video greetings at Hazel McCallion’s 90th Birthday $350.00-a-ticket Party (February 12, 2011).

MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL (AMO, OMERS, MYTHissauga Inc) ---morally beyond redemption

…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is youth violence this is why there are guns on the street and drugs in the hands of children the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it because the people higher up are sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing, and after they realize how hard they have to work to get by they break down and no longer want to live life being part of the system because they realize that living life by the rules of the system gets you no where because it is CORRUPT!

–email from youth (age 19)


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