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Registered letter to Hazel McCallion sets record straight on her Security operation and its “CSIS” database

April 22nd, 2015  

On April 16, 2015, the following letter was sent by registered mail to former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion in response to an email that she sent me back on April 16, 2007. In it, the Mayor insisted that regarding age and ethnicity, “there are no records to be found based on such categories.”

This now sets the record straight.

Canadian Security Magazine Jan/Feb 2007 "Shattering the Myth" City of Mississauga Corporate Security

Dear Madam Mayor, (You’ll always be “Madam Mayor” to me…)

I’m sending this by registered letter today, April 16, 2015, because it’s my way of acknowledging the 8th anniversary of an email that you wrote to me back on April 16, 2007.

Since February 2010 you’ve tried to set up a meeting with me to discuss issues I’ve had over the years, and that April 16, 2007 email certainly tops my list of concerns.
In an April 16, 2007 email, City Staff signing Hazel McCallion's name lie --twice.

After years of filing Freedom of Information I was finally ready to meet with you, and successfully set up a meeting for October 6, 2014.

Then, however, you (or your staff) postponed it on June 30, 2014, writing:

Unfortunately, due to changes in the Mayor’s schedule we are unable to confirm the October 6th date.  As per the Mayor’s e-mail to you earlier today, we will be in touch with you in the future as to when the Mayor is able to meet with you.

Well, no one ever did get in touch. I waited patiently until I finally had to write and remind you on November 5, 2014. On November 7th your Office wrote advising me there’d be no meeting:

Thank you for your e-mail dated November 5, 2014.  Unfortunately, due to the Mayor’s heavy schedule and numerous commitments prior to her retirement we are unable to accommodate your request for a meeting at this time.

So that’s why I’m writing you now. Specifically I wish to address what you wrote in your April 16, 2007 [07/030 file] email paragraph 4:
In an April 16, 2007 email, Hazel McCallion denies that City of Mississauga keeps records on Age and Ethnicity.

You have also taken issue with my earlier statement that the City treats all its residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity. You alleged that because there is no detail on any security reports based on age and ethnicity, I had no basis to make this statement.  You also made other comments and references to instances that took place in the Brampton courts to substantiate your assertions.  Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.  I can also see no correlation between your speculative comments or such instances occurring outside of our City and your suggestion that the City is not treating its residents fairly, as I have indicated earlier.

The statement, “Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.” was not only false, I allege that denying that the City kept ethnicity/age records was deliberate deception.

Your emphatic denial that the City kept no ethnicity/age records eventually cost me enormous amounts of time and several hundred dollars for Freedom of Information filings. Because of your denial, when I requested first the hard copies, and later the computer files for the entire City of Mississauga Corporate Security “CSIS” database, I asked for all fields—but not ethnicity and age, since I believed what you wrote about not keeping that data!

The fact is, ethnicity and age were the two most important issues I was researching as a member of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network’s Education and Policy Working Group. Your April 16, 2007 email denied keeping those stats.

Please find enclosed a print-out of the entire City of Mississauga Corporate Security “CSIS” database (81 pages) that I finally secured through Freedom of Information. It’s a version that I’ve modified so that only the most important fields fit on each page. I’ve also added a column that calculates the age of each individual at time of incident.

Please note as you examine the database print-out that City Security did not use the term “Ethnicity” but rather “Complexion” in Column “R”, and yes, Security really did spell Caucasian “Caucasion”. Note too that they assigned “European” as a Complexion, as well as some other puzzling entries.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security bans issued by Security Manager, Jamie Hillis

Analyzing City Security’s Special Occurrence Reports (SORs) secured through Freedom of Information made me realize that there had to be some kind of database to print them out.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security "Special Occurrence Report" purposely leaves "Complexion" from the print-out.

It took multiple attempts over several years but I finally secured their entire “CSIS” Excel spreadsheet.

What I discovered when I finally had the complete database in my hands was not only shocking and appalling, it was also infuriating. City Security had clearly made sure that “Complexion” was left off their Special Occurrence Reports. Your Security operation not only kept ethnicity “Complexion” records since at least January 2006, they lied to you, to me, and to the public about keeping such stats.

Someone designed this database and made a deliberate decision to include ethnicity data. Someone knew that this was wrong and tried to disguise the fact by using the euphemism “Complexion”. City Security staff were well aware the field existed because they diligently filled it on in the majority of their reports. How did this escape notice?

Also, I was before Council several times with deputations giving elected officials the same alerts. The City Security officer present would have heard my allegations about the Security database, known they were true, and yet she remained silent. Why?

A casual skim through Security’s database forces the conclusion that no one (Security management, the Director of Facilities & Property Management, Corporate Services, or any elected official) ever took a serious look through City Security’s database—or if they did, they decided to become complicit in the cover-up.

Even Jeremiah Brenner Management Consulting who conducted the 2009 “Security E3 Review” and wrote about the database failed to alert the City Manager about the abuse of process festering there.

If you examine the database as I have—through the lens of the McMurtry/Curling “Roots of Youth Violence” Report, the Peel Youth Charter, and the Mississauga Youth Plan—you’ll truly understand just how deceptive the City was.

Next, Freedom of Information requests filed 2007 through 2014 has confirmed that your statement that “the City treats all its residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity” is also false.

Here’s a quick example that shows citizens are not treated fairly.

For its own reasons, the City of Mississauga ensured that City Security was exempt from the Province’s public complaints system provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Instead, in March 2008 you and Councillors allowed City Security to investigate themselves. No doubt they will deny it, but Freedom of Information confirms that they did investigate themselves—contrary to City’s Security Public Complaints policy.

As far as I can determine, the City of Mississauga has the only municipal security operation in Ontario that denies its citizens access to the independent public complaints process provided by the Province. Our complaints still go to the Security bosses to “investigate”. A citizen with a complaint against City Security therefore gets anything but fair treatment.

It gets worse.

Even on the City’s own property/facilities, Corporate Security’s database confirms that citizens are treated unfairly!

At times the City hires security guards from a private company like First Response for special events, and also for Transit.

So (for example) if you are banned or arrested at the City Centre Transit Terminal by a “contract” security guard and you have a complaint, you can file it with Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for an independent investigation.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security "CSIS" database: Contract Security only plus "Complexion"

If you’re banned/arrested at the same terminal for the same reason, but by City of Mississauga Security, there’s no independent provincial route. The only avenue for your complaint is through the City—where the very people you are complaining about get to decide whether your complaint is valid. And then “investigate” it.

As I’ve already advised Council, former Transit Security boss, Joe Cairney, managed to have underling Dan Stevanov investigate him regarding a public complaint. The outcome was entirely predictable, and the man complaining wasted his own time.

Had that person been banned by the City’s contracted private security, his complaint would have gone to the Province and been investigated independently.
I repeat, as far as I’m aware, the City of Mississauga has the only “in-house” security operation exempt from Bill 159’s Provincial complaints system. How is this treating all residents fairly?

Now here we are, April 16, 2015, 8 years later and the public still doesn’t know City Security’s “Complexion” statistics. Despite a Security Public Complaints Policy (approved by Council in 2008) directing otherwise, Security is still free to investigate itself.

You have frequently reminded me, Council, and even the public just how much Staff time I’ve taken up regarding Security and Staff conduct in general. Time responding to my questions. Time responding to my emails.

Steve Mahoney has an excellent quote on his Twitter account and it certainly applies to my experience dealing with City of Mississauga staff: “The truth is easier to remember.”

I also submit that the truth also takes far, far less time.

The truth is that on April 16, 2007 your Security Staff lied about not keeping Ethnicity and Age statistics, lied about treating all citizens fairly regardless of age or ethnicity—and then signed your name to their lies.

HAZEL MCCALLION ACCUSE STAFF GUILTY OF Feb 2 2010

After my February 2, 2010 deputation, and after detailing some of the ways City Staff fail to comply with Corporate policies, procedures, and guidelines, you dismissed my allegations with:

It’s pretty serious when people can come before a public body and accuse Staff of doing something they are not guilty of.

Yes, Madam Mayor. But I submit that it’s far far far more serious when municipal staff whose mantra is “Trust, Quality, Excellence” repeatedly deny allegations that they know are true.

CC: City of Mississauga Council
City of Brampton Council
Town of Caledon Council
Peel Police Services Board
Integrity Commissioner, Robert J. Swayze
Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin

 

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ENERSOURCE Ontario Energy Board Ruling –email alert to Mississauga ratepayers from “Joe Citizen”

February 7th, 2013  

On January 16, 2013, I received an anonymous email from “Joe Citizen”.  Subject of email, “Enersource OEB Ruling”. He requested that I consider printing his comments and having him as a guest blogger.

So today inside Mississauga Council Chambers I made time to videotape his Enersource OEB Ruling letter and YouTube it. For the record.

As always, the video, complete with video transcript.

ENERSOURCE Ontario Energy Board Ruling –email alert to Mississauga ratepayers from “Joe Citizen” (12:08 min)

 [VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reading email sent by “Joe Citizen”, Mississauga Council Chambers, February 6, 2013

It is Wednesday, February 6, 2013. I’m here at Mississauga Council. Council has gone in-camera, and in-camera is opposite of what you really think it is. They are going out of camera range and in closed session.

And what I want to do now is take the time to read an email that was sent by “Joe Citizen”. And he asked me if I would publish his letter on my blog.

And I found that kind of strange because my blog is really obscure and there’s, to my knowledge, few readers.

However, I said I would do that. And what I want to do is read the two emails that he wrote me. And this is just for the record.

And he writes —the topic from “Joe Citizen” is “Enersource OEB Ruling” and I’m not even sure —I think OEB stands for Energy, Ontario Energy Board, but let me read it:

Hi there,

I am disenchanted with Enersource, the City of Mississauga, and city council. I love your website and find it very comforting to know there are others out there who question what the city does and tells us.

I am looking for a way to vent about the OEB ruling on Enersource’s rate application and their response to it (as found in the Mississauga News). I would like to remain anonymous though. I was wondering if you might consider printing my comments below. Maybe I could be a guest blogger!?

Anyways, I hope you’ll consider it.

And I’ll show it right there. Okay, so there’s the email.

And in all honesty, while I did videotape all of the Enersource meetings, most of the debates the City had on Enersource between 2006 to current —and have them on hard drive, and everything else, Enersource was not one of my areas of research.

I was more interested in ethical issues.

So I can’t really —I can’t know, the degree to which this letter is actually accurate. And as a result I’m going to read it and produce it verbatim as a guest blog.

Anyway, “Joe Citizen” writes:

I’d like to comment on the recent articles about the OEB’s decision on Enersource Hydro Mississauga’s rate increase application, and the response from Enersource, as reported in the Mississauga News. But before beginning, I’d like to set up the two sides so that the public can get a better perspective.

On one side, we have Enersource Hydro Mississauga. This is a corporation that is owned 90% by the City of Mississauga. The Board of Directors at Enersource includes the mayor, Hazel McCallion, and ward 6 councilor Ron Starr. Hazel McCallion of course was the subject  of a judicial inquiry into an aborted land deal that cost Mississauga taxpayers millions, money which went to a company headed by the mayor’s son. Had the deal gone through, it would have netted McCallion junior much more money. The mayor also played dumb on how a 10% owner of the utility, Borealis, got veto power on all decisions related to Enersource. Ron Starr, endorsed by the mayor in the last city election, is no stranger to controversy either. Starr was charged in 2000 with fraud for allegedly mismanaging funds at a children’s camp. The charges were dropped the following year. So right from the top, we have some shady characters.

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is an independent, self-financing Crown corporation. The OEB regulates the province’s electricity and natural gas sectors, in the public interest. With regards to the electricity sector, their job is to approve and set delivery rates for electricity distribution and transmission. They also set the price of electricity for certain consumers under the Regulated Price Plan and Time-of-Use plan.They are the industry watch dog, with the public’s interest at heart. It should be noted that the OEB isn’t just a handful of government drones making rulings. They appear to use a variety of outside groups to assist with comparisons and discussions. In the Enersource ruling, it appears the following groups/entities were involved: Energy Probe Research Foundation, Vulnerable Energy Consumers Coalition, Consumers Council of Canada, School Energy Coalition, and the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario.

Once I saw the article in the media and Enersource’s response, I headed for the Ontario Energy Board website and downloaded a copy of the actual decision. I would recommend one to do so to get a better understanding of the OEB’s decision. There were essentially three findings that they came down with. The first has been well documented by the media regarding the purchase of the new building and the resulting excessive space that Enersource now finds itself with. Enersource counters by saying that this building was the lowest cost option available. One has to assume that this case was presented to the OEB, and they rejected the argument. In fact, the OEB ruling seemed to indicate Enersource did not provide enough evidence to support a lot of their rate application, much less their building argument. In many cases, it seemed the OEB was doing Enersource a favor and making some comparisons on their behalf.

At face value, the response by Enersource to the public seems valid, but only with regards to the building. The rest of their response seems to be “we have the lowest rates, we know what we are doing, … trust us”. Getting back to the building, one has to believe that either this fact about the new building being the cheapest option was not presented to the OEB, or if it was, it was not sufficient. Perhaps the OEB is saying that even if the new building was the lowest option available, Enersource should have considered options for recouping some money for all of the excessive space they now find themselves with. If it was the lowest option, is it still fair to force that cost on ratepayers? Shouldn’t the utility look into options to mitigate that burden on ratepayers?

On a side note, perhaps Enersource should have considered moving into a better location after the train derailment in 1979. Having the head office for an essential service located right next to a railroad line was probably not a good idea. To remain there after a train actually derailed is an even worse idea.The second point made by the OEB was that Enersource was unable to provide examples of cost/benefit analyses that it had used when deciding whether to proceed with particular projects. They give two examples in the report, but there are sure to be others that weren’t in the report. Only minor items are usually put forth to watch dog entities. With conflict of interest allegations dogging members of the board, are we really to believe that there are no conflict of interest situations going on within Enersource? Why do projects with no apparent benefit go forward? Either for image, or, … somebody is making money in the project.

The third and most troubling finding to me from the OEB report was Enersource’s repeated resistance to the suggestion that it should look to other utilities to assess its own level of efficiency and to examine whether more efficient approaches are available. From the report: “the Board as an economic regulator acts as a proxy for competition, and therefore it is not surprising that comparative analysis would play a part in the Board’s analysis. Enersource maintained that it could demonstrate its level of efficiency by comparing its own performance over time, and the Board agrees that this is one approach to examining efficiency; however, it says nothing about whether the company is as efficient as it could be. For that type of analysis, some form of external comparison or external analysis is required. The company repeatedly stated that it did not compare itself to other distributors when assessing its operations for efficiency.”. The OEB found that Enersource is clearly lagging its peers on OM&A (operating and maintenance costs) measures. The OEB essentially said that Enersource should consider comparing itself with its peers in the industry using common metrics in order to find efficiencies internally before looking to burden ratepayers with cost increases. Enersource seems to refuse this thinking.

[MISSISSAUGAWATCH interrupted by City of Mississauga Corporate Security] Okay. Oh. You mean I gotta go.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reading email sent by “Joe Citizen” at the “Rogues Gallery”(aka Citizens of the Year), February 6, 2013

No surprise. Security kicked me out. So I’m here in the Rogues Gallery. There are the people who made MYTHissauga, MYTHissauga. So I’m just going to continue reading this last paragraph. Hopefully I’ll be successful.

Okay. Here we go:

This is the key finding for me. One needs only look at the executive parking lot at Enersource to see where they might want to start looking for deficiencies. Is it really necessary for any executive of a public utility to drive a luxury vehicle? Wouldn’t an electric vehicle be a great signal to Mississauga residents? Was it really necessary for Enersource to re-brand itself with a new logo and colors? It’s not like residents have options with regards to electricity. We have to take it from Enersource, at the rates determined by the OEB. A shiny new logo (at whatever cost that might have been) won’t decrease our rates, but only increase them. And along those lines (that we really have no choice), do we really need to follow Enersource on Twitter and Facebook? Other than appearing hip, again, what cost savings do those initiatives provide?

I would strongly urge the ratepayers of Mississauga to do themselves a favor and read the OEB ruling, and like Enersource’s motto says, demand “more”.

And that’s the last of the thing here.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

"OMERS CEO Michael Nobrega and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion in congratulatory hug after Enersource public meeting January 22" 2009

“OMERS CEO Michael Nobrega and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion in congratulatory hug after the televised Enersource public meeting January 22, 2009

Mississauga Councillor Katie Mahoney's 2010 Financial Statements reveal both Michael Nobrega and David O'Brien donated $750.00 (maximum allowed) to her 2010 re-election campaign.

Mississauga Councillor Katie Mahoney’s 2010 Financial Statements reveal both Michael Nobrega and David O’Brien donated $750.00 (maximum allowed) to her 2010 re-election campaign.

Where Were You When Twitter Went Down? And Hazel McCallion’s New Year’s allegation, “the press tries to mislead the public”

January 4th, 2013  

Mayor Hazel McCallion gave quite the speech at this year’s Mayor’s New Year’s Levee! McCallion sure crapped on The Mississauga News!

And McCallion didn’t stop there. She then let loose with the allegation that “the press tries to mislead the public.”

Have to laugh because back at the April 12, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry hearing, here’s what I testified to Inquiry Commissioner Douglas Cunningham about Mississauga “media”.

For the record, there are no media in MYTHissauga. And please spell that capital M. Y. T. H. and lower-case issauga.

We don’t have a television station in MYTHissauga. Citizens are merely inflicted with a way that the City has found to funnel its Trust, Quality, Excellence Party Line straight into our living rooms.

As for MYTHissauga’s only newspaper? Coverage of City Hall is a joke.

Well on New Year’s Day, Mayor Hazel McCallion called The Mississauga News, “the local wrapper for advertising”.

“Coverage of City Hall is a joke” or McCallion’s “local wrapper for advertising” —same message: When it comes to reliable political information, citizens are on their own in MYTHissauga.

So ends the intro and as always, here’s the video, complete with video transcript.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Tweeting LIVE! And Where Were You When Twitter Went Down (2:57 min)

 (Click here to go directly to YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH at City Hall elevator to cover the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013.

It is Tuesday, January the 1st, 2013. There’s the information. So we’ll go.

Mayor Hazel McCallion delivering Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013

I think this year, this levee, is a very special one. In which we’ve gone through a year of trials and tribulations.

Some unfortunate, pessimistic things have happened and people have become a little pessimistic.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH presses City Hall elevator button on way to Mayor’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013.

Go.

Mayor Hazel McCallion delivering Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013

I know you-all adopted New Year’s Resolutions. I’d like to see the list you-all adopted. We would file them in the City M— into the Mayor’s Office. I’d be happy to look at them.

 MISSISSAUGAWATCH presses City Hall elevator button on way to Mayor’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013.

Go.

Mayor Hazel McCallion delivering Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013

We have dealt with the Budget and the increase— don’t believe what you read in the newspapers! Please! Check it, before you believe it.

The increase in taxes was 2.6%. Not 7 to 8% as reported by the local wrapper for advertising. You know what that is? The local wrapper for advertising. I think they call it a newspaper.

So it just shows you how the press tries to mislead the public.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH presses City Hall elevator button on way to Mayor’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013.

Go.

Mayor Hazel McCallion delivering Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013

And then unfortunately we had a bug called the Ash Bore that is ruining our ash trees. And we had to put $50-million in the budgets to spend over the next 10 years to try to save our ash trees. And when they die we plant more other trees.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH presses City Hall elevator button on way to Mayor’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013.

Go.

Mayor Hazel McCallion delivering Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013

So there are challenges out there. And we want to keep our infrastructure in good shape! We don’t want cement falling from the bridges in Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH presses City Hall elevator button on way to Mayor’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013.

Go.

Mayor Hazel McCallion delivering Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013

Because, with the Staff and the Council working together —as a team, we can accomplish so much.

And then if we add to the team, the Citizens of Mississauga, nobody can beat us! Absolutely not. [Applause] We are The Best!

[Applause]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH presses City Hall elevator button on way to Mayor’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013.

Go.

Mayor Hazel McCallion delivering Mayor’s New Year’s Levee speech  January 1, 2013

So. Let’s celebrate!  [Applause]

Let’s have a wonderful New Year!

[Applause]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping outside Council Chambers, Mayor’s New Year’s Levee January 1, 2013.

Okay. I’ve just gone out through this door —I’ll just show you here. This door right there —this door. This one right here.

And I see this! And it says, “NO PHOTOS PLEASE” and yet most people [person talking] most people went up the [person talking] most people went up the escalator [laughs] and they put the “NO PHOTOS” right there.

Weird.


Music: “Where Were You When Twitter Went Down” by Chumlee from Pawn Stars

GoldSilverPawn Shop.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And wouldn’t you know it that just a week or so earlier, someone else in Mississauga isn’t happy with the media…

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI "MEDIA LIES!"  December 24, 2012

 “MEDIA LIES!” Mississauga graffiti photographed December 24, 2012, undisclosed location.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

stopcarolynparrish.com reveals a 2010 City of Mississauga employee and wife as administrators (and a Milton and Oakville resident…)

July 12th, 2011  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH Investigation Series, Volume 1, “What citizens should know about stopcarolynparrish.com” (#1)
This blog was updated at 12:55 on July 12, 2011 because it contained a factual error. Apologies.

It sure didn’t take long for the Mississauga News article,  “Parrish eyes Ward 5 seat” to come out before reader-commenter (alias) “tankerone” called for stopcarolynparrish.com.

tankerone
Jul 4, 2011 10:39 PM
Here we go again!www.stopcarolynparrish.com

  • Agree 5
  • Disagree 5
  • Offensive 3

Well. There’s no time like the present to explore exactly WHO is behind the website, stopcarolynparrish.com.

And so MISSISSAUGAWATCH will now take you on a video tour of the website created by April-to-November 2010 City of Mississauga employee, Murray Glassford and his wife, Cheryl. And the two individuals responsible for the design and programming of stopcarolynparrish.com, Oakville resident Kerry Applin and Milton resident Tom Cahill.

As a result I can now confirm that the fine folks who bring us stopcarolynparrish.com who claim to be “Dedicated to integrity & respectability in Mississauga politics” —well, you get the idea.

As is now our custom, here’s the video, complete with transcript.

stopcarolynparrish.com reveals 2010 City of Mississauga employee and wife as administrators (5:18 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
[NOTE: video is unedited, 5:18 min from camera on to camera off.]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting July 5, 2011 while surfing the net.

It is Tuesday, July the 5th, 2011 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like. Let’s see if we can do this all in one quick —take.

Here is stopcarolynparrish.com and they are saying that they’re “Dedicated to integrity & respectability in Mississauga politics”.

When you go to their Mission Statement— the “Full Disclosure“, from Cheryl Glassford is that yes, “my husband was a City of Mississauga employee for 34 years until his retirement in 2008. It has been brought up by Carolyn Parrish but I fail to see the connection to this issue.”

Something like conflict of interest, we’ve got a City employee who is being politically active when the Standard of Conduct says that employees are supposed to be seen as politically neutral.

Another thing is, of course, that this is supposed to be “Full Disclosure“, failed to disclose that her husband worked at the City of Mississauga during an election year.

Here is Murray Glassford’s Facebook page as seen on November, or-ah-yeah, November 26, 2010.

There he is, kind of blurry picture but what can you do?

And he says that yes, he’s retired, he was a former manager of Parks Operations —I have a lot of information, Freedom of Information on City of Mississauga Parks and Rec managers.

And you see that he’s a temporary labourer at the City of Mississauga BraeBen Golf Course in the 2010 season. So so much for “Full Disclosure” here. And then on top of it, stopcarolynparrish.com —I think under “News”, sorry, likely it’s under “News”, uh-yeah.

They want to thank two people, Kerry Applin but also Tom Cahill for their help in the programming [sic] of stopcarolynparrish.com.

When you go and Google “Tom Cahill”, you get to his Facebook page  —pardon me. Sorry. You get to his Flickr page. And it looks like that.

You can actually do a— there’s Tom Cahill.

And what you do then is you see some pictures here. Tom Cahill’s photostream. And it looks like there was this Mother’s Day. Here. Mother’s Day 2009.

And it looks like they may have gone to Toronto here with Murray. And a reminder that this is what his Facebook page looks like. And there’s also pictures of Murray Glassford as a Mississauga Manager.

And so there’s Murray Glassford of stopcarolynparrish.com. This is Megan —not sure what relationship, likely daughter.

This is a picture here of Murray by himself. And close-up.

And finally a picture of —we know this to be Megan. And here is Cheryl Glassford. So Cheryl Glassford of stopcarolynparrish.com. There’s Murray Glassford and Tom Cahill —let’s see if we can get Tom Cahill. Can we get a picture of him? No, this is as big as we can get, although I suspect that every photographer has a portrait.

Let’s see what his Sets are.

Weddings. Self [sic] Portrait. Continuing. Is there a self-portrait of him? Yeah, “Self Portrait”. Again, this is Tom Cahill’s photostream and as you go down, and, that’s what he looks like. There.

These are the people of stopcarolynparrish.com.

There. Murray Glassford and Cheryl.

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
[LOGO]

Also for background, Cheryl and Murray Glassford helped organize the December 2, 2009 Friends of Hazel Rally opposing the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. And it looks to me as I might have accidentally captured Murray Glassford’s image when I took this photo at that Friends of Hazel Rally.

FRIENDS OF HAZEL RALLY (December 2, 2009). Organizers did their all to prevent Mississauga residents from learning about Hazel McCallion's wheelings and dealings on behalf of her son --and "her people"

Murray and Cheryl Glassford also played a big part in the Cancel the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Now Petition.

Both are truly committed to ensuring keeping MYTHissauga goings-on vewy vewy quiet. You can see Cheryl Glassford signing the” Cancel the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Petition” as #2 and husband Murray as #4. Tom Cahill, (a Milton resident who programmed stopcarolynparrish.com) signed as #618.

Here’s a simple cut-and-paste of Page 1 from the Cancel the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Now Petition (certain names highlighted)

 

We endorse the Cancel the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry Now Petition to Members of Council of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga.

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  Name Ward:
24. Dale Shura ward 11
23. Bill Sholdice 8
22. Craig Laferriere 2
21. carol nolan 8
20. mark turkiewicz
19. Chris James 8
18. Kelly Vestrocy
17. Mike Webster 6
16. Ann Clay 9
15. Debi Sander Walker
14. Lori Glassford 9
13. Lesia Woloshyn
12. Kenneth Wong 4
11. Manny E daSilva
10. Jacqueline Crawford Frank Dale
9. Sandy Wonnell 10
8. Scott Wonnell
7. John Ayton
6. Tom Woolley 8
5. Rose Moreno
4. Murray Glassford 8
3. Roman Bonk Frank Dale’s Ward
2. Cheryl Glassford 8
1. Phil Green 2

Photograph of the Mayor’s “people”, On July 10, 2010, I emailed Alex Gregory congratulating him on his highly-revealing photograph in his Facebook Photo Album. Yesterday (within 24 hours) his entire Facebook page has been taken down!]

"Hazel McCallion's media" "Supreme Supporters Ron Lenyk (former publisher of the Mississauga News) and Jake Dheer (Manager Rogers Cable 10 TV MYTHissauga). Is it any surprise BOTH media moguls are Mississauga Citizens of the Year?"

UPDATE: July 12, 2011. In the original version of this blog I’d stated that Oakville resident Tom Cahill, programmer of the stopcarolynparrish.com website had removed the tag “Murray” from his Flickr page as well as the Glassford photographs. This is incorrect, it simply didn’t show in Cahill’s top 150 tags. Apologies for the error.

Clifford Lax’s 43-page summary: Judicial Inquiry Closing Written Submission on behalf of The City of Mississauga

February 8th, 2011  

There has been considerable interest in the City of Mississauga’s closing written submission to the inquiry. City of Mississauga lawyer Clifford Lax’s submission can be viewed directly at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry website.

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The Submissions (1,203Kb / 43 pages)

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Closing Submissions: The City of Mississauga

                                       CITY OF MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY 

                                           Phase II: Written Submissions
                                             of the City of Mississauga

                                                                            LAX O’SULLIVAN SCOTT LISUS LLP 7
                                                                            Counsel
                                                                            Suite 1920
                                                                            145 King Street West
                                                                            Toronto, Ontario
                                                                            M5H 1JS

                                                                            C. Clifford Lax
                                                                            Tracy L. Wynne
                                                                            James Renihan
                                                                            Tel: (416) 598-1744
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                                                                            Lawyers for the City of Mississauga

-2- Introduction 1. On October 28, 2009, the Council of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga (“Council") requested a judicial inquiry into questions that arose as a result of a failed land deal between World Class Developments Ltd. ("WCD") and certain companies affiliated with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System ("OMERS"). 2. Council requested the Inquiry in order to determine whether any of the circumstances surrounding WCD’s land deal affected the good government of the City of Mississauga (the "City"). To ensure public confidence, Council deemed it necessary to have these circumstances investigated by a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice. 3. This Inquiry is guided by the Terms of Reference adopted by Council.1 While the Terms of Reference empower the Commissioner to ask any questions that he deems necessary, they specifically invite him to address certain questions. It is those questions that motivated Council to request this Inquiry. 4. The specific questions that Council raised in the Terms of Reference are as follows: a) What relationships, if any, existed between the elected and administrative representatives of Mississauga (the “City") and the principals and representatives of WCD? b) What relationships, if any, existed between the elected and administrative representatives of the City and the principals and representatives of OMERS and its affiliate companies that are relevant to the land deal with WCD? c) Did any member of Council, City employee or person with a contract with the City engage in any misconduct in relation to their duties to the City?
1 Exhibit 1 (Terms of Reference, Resolution 0271-2009, adopted November ll, 2009) (Tab 1)
- 3 - d) Did any of the elected or administrative representatives of the City have a conflict of interest that influenced their actions in relation to the matters under inquiry? 5. These submissions address the questions raised in the Terns of Reference, and in so doing, also address the list of issues distributed by Commission Counsel. This is accomplished by examining the role of certain primary players and the relationships between them. The submissions proceed as follows: a) The role of Peter McCallion b) The role of Tony DeCicco c) The role of Emilio Bisceglia d) The roles of Edward Sajecki and Marilyn Ball e) The role of Mayor Hazel McCallion 6. After addressing the role that each of these individuals had in the events under inquiry, these submissions make recommendations as to how to ensure that events like those under inquiry do not reoccur. Overview 7. As of 2002, Peter McCallion envisioned a project that would see the construction of a luxury hotel, convention centre and condominiums in Mississauga City Centre. He was aware that the City saw a four-or-five star hotel and convention centre as integral to its long-term vision for City Centre, and believed he could profit from that vision.
- 4 - 8. Over the next three years, Peter McCallion tried to find investors for the project. In 2005, Leo Couprie agreed to be an investor, and Peter McCallion incorporated WCD as the corporate vehicle he would use to carry the project out. 9. In the summer of 2005, Peter McCallion recruited Murray Cook to manage the WCD project. In the fall of 2005, Cook and Peter McCallion entered into negotiations with OMERS Realty Management Corporation and 156 Square One Ltd. (collectively, the "Sellers") to purchase Blocks 9 & 29 in Mississauga City Centre (the "Lands"). The Lands were managed by Oxford Properties Group ("Oxford") on the Sellers’ behalf. Both OMERS Realty Management Corporation and Oxford are subsidiaries of OMERS. 156 Square One Ltd. ("156") is a subsidiary of ARCA Investments Inc., the assets of which are managed by the Alberta Investment Management Corporation ("AIMCo"). 10. WCD and the Sellers entered into an agreement of purchase and sale (“APS") on January 31, 2007. The APS required WCD to build a four-star hotel with convention facilities. 11. In the summer of 2007, Peter McCallion replaced Cook with Tony DeCicco, because he feared that Cook was going to cut him out of the deal. Under DeCicco’s management, WCD eventually abandoned its plan to build a hotel and convention centre, and began to explore the possibility of either selling the Lands to another purchaser or building condominiums exclusively. The Sellers terminated the APS in January 2009, and legal proceedings between the Sellers and WCD commenced in July of that year. 12. Throughout the life of the project, the principals of WCD received significant assistance from Peter McCallion’s mother, Mayor Hazel McCallion, The Mayor helped Peter McCallion convince Cook to join the project, pressured the Sellers to sell the Lands to
- 5 - WCD, and negotiated amendments to the APS on WCD’s behalf. Ultimately, the Mayor told David O'Brien, an OMERS board member, that she was concerned that the litigation between WCD and the Sellers would jeopardize Sheridan College’s plan to build a campus on the Lands. O’Brien, on behalf of OMERS, subsequently met with Peter McCallion and DeCicco and negotiated a settlement of the litigation in which WCD received $4,000,000. 13. Throughout the WCD project, Peter McCallion and his partners took improper advantage of Peter McCallion’s relationship with the Mayor, and used it to further their own financial ends. Despite the obvious conflict between her interest in her son and her duties as an elected official to act impartially, the Mayor chose to work to advance the goals of WCD. I. The Role of Peter McCallion 14. Peter McCallion would have the Commissioner believe that he was nothing more than WCD’s real estate agent and the representative of one of its investors. ` 15. Despite his claims to the contrary, Peter McCallion was and knew himself to be a shareholder and active principal in WCD. He wrongfully took advantage of his relationship to the Mayor to further his business goals, and as a result impugned the reputation of the City for impartially dealing with residents. Peter McCallion had access to the Mayor that nobody else had, and willingly provided that access to others, such as DeCicco.
- 6 - i) Peter McCallion incorporates WCD 16. In 2002, well before WCD was incorporated, Peter McCallion travelled to China to meet with possible investors for a project to build a hotel, convention centre and condominiums in the City Centre.2 The Mayor accompanied him on this trip.3 It was during this trip that they first met Couprie.4 17. In 2005, Peter McCallion incorporated WCD and put together the initial WCD management “team”, which consisted of himself and Cook, supported by the lender, Couprie.5 18. Couprie was nothing more than an investor in WCD. He loaned WCD $750,000, and hoped to receive an additional $750,000 as return on his investment.6 That loan was _ personally guaranteed by Peter McCallion.7 While Couprie was the sole shareholder at the time of WCD’s incorporation, he held the shares merely as security for his investment.8 lt was never intended that Couprie would be an equity owner of WCD. 19. In the summer of 2005, Peter McCallion sought out Cook, an experienced developer, to manage the WCD project.9 To facilitate this, he arranged a meeting between himself,
2 Testimony of Peter McCallion, p. 1801 (Tab 2) 3 Testimony of Leo Couprie, pp. 3403-3404 (Tab 3) 4 Testimony of Peter McCallion, p. 1808 (Tab 4) 5 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1805-1806 (Tab 5) 6 Testimony of Leo Couprie, p. 3406 (Tab 6) 7 Exhibit 274, p, 2 (Loan Agreement, dated January 29, 2007) (Tab 7) 8 Testimony of Leo Couprie, p. 3407 (Tab 8 ) 9 Testimony of Murray Cook, pp. 4525—4526 (Tab 9)
- 7 - Cook and the Mayor.10 The Mayor had known Cook personally for many years.11 At that meeting, the Mayor encouraged Cook to join her son in the management of WCD, and Cook subsequently agreed to do so.12 Cook was to be compensated for his work with a 20% carried interest in the project.13 20. The Mayor met with Peter McCallion and Cook twice more in 2006.14 The purpose of both of these meetings was to allow Peter McCallion and Cook to bring the Mayor up to date on her son’s project.15 21. While Cook was the manager of the project, Peter McCallion was involved in the selection of the architectural team, and was a constant presence at meetings with the consultants16 He claims to have attended these meetings as Couprie’s representative17 However, Couprie had no active or substantial involvement in WCD’s business. Peter McCallion attended these meetings in order to protect his shareholder’s interest in WCD.
10 Exhibit 228, p. 13 (Mayor’s Agendas, dated May 18, 2005) (Tab 10) ll Testimony of Murray Cook, p. 4437 (Tab 11) 12 Testimony of Murray Cook, pp. 4521-4522; Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp, 2042-2044 (Tab 12) 13 Testimony of Murray Cook, pp. 4450-4451 (Tab 13) 14 Exhibit 228, p. 7 (Mayor’s Agendas, dated May 29, 2006); Exhibit 228, p. 9 (Mayor’s Agendas, dated September 22, 2006) (Tab 14) 15 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 2050-2052; Testimony of Murray Cook, pp. 4537-4539 (Tab 15), 4551-4553 (Tab 13) 16 Testimony of Murray Cook, pp. 4446-4447 (Tab 16) 17 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 2074-2076 (Tab 17)
-8- ii) WCD begins negotiating with the Sellers 22. WCD benefitted greatly from the Mayor’s assistance. Despite being an experienced real estate agent, Peter McCallion relied on his mother to initiate negotiations with the Sellers. In October 2005, she complained to OMERS that Oxford had not taken steps to sell the Lands to WCD, and convinced them to contact Cook.18 Moreover, the Mayor informed OMERS that she knew how to contact Cook, and would let him know that Oxford would be in touch shortly.19 23. Oxford was not familiar with Cook,20 and was unsure whether he was capable of completing the proposed project. This concern was warranted, given that WCD was a "shell corporation... with only a borrowed office" and Oxford had “not seen any financials or even been able to determine who in fact are the real principals.2l Further, Oxford did not believe the deal to be a "best use plan" for the Lands.22 24. The Mayor’s intervention convinced Oxford to negotiate with WCD despite its concerns. She assured the Sellers that Cook had the capability to complete the project,23 and continued to pressure Oxford to sell the Lands.24 This pressure caused tension between
18 Exhibit 258 (E-mail chain involving Fred Biro, Michael Latimer and Paul Haggis, dated October 4, 2005); Testimony of Mayor McCallion, p. 4875 (Tab 18) 19 Exhibit 591 (E-mail chain involving Fred Biro, Michael Latimer and Paul Haggis, dated October 4, 2005) (Tab 19) 20 Testimony of Michael Latimer, p. 2204 (Tab 20) 21 Exhibit 164 (E—mail discussion between Ronald Peddicord and Dean Hansen, dated October 18, 2006) (Tab 21) 22 Exhibit 153 (E-mail discussion between Ken Lusk and Ronald Peddicord, dated April 17, 2006) (Tab 22) 23 Testimony of Ken Lusk, p. 1667-1668 (Tab 23) 24 Exhibit 146 (E—mail from Ken Lusk to Michael Dal Bello, dated March 9, 2006) (Tab 24)
- 9 - the Sellers. AlMCo was initially against the deal, but was convinced to support it by Oxford. It was then Oxford’s turn to question the deal, to which 156 responded "if the Mayor calls we have no intention of taking a bullet for Oxford.”25 The Mayor continued to pressure the Sellers throughout 2006, and complained that she felt that the deal was taking too long.26 25. It is submitted that, but for the Mayor’s considerable and direct support for her son’s project, the Sellers would not have agreed to work with WCD. iii) Peter McCallion ’s ownership in WCD is formalized 26. In January 2007, Peter McCallion and Couprie entered into a Declaration of Trust, pursuant to which Couprie would hold 80% of the equity in WCD in trust for Peter McCallion.27 The Mayor signed the document as a witness, though she claims not to have read it. 27. There was no reason to justify the Declaration of Trust save to keep Peter McCallion’s ownership interest in WCD secret. Peter McCallion was not disqualified from holding shares, and the trust provided Couprie with no security for his loan. Based on the evidence, if the Sellers had known that Peter McCallion was an owner of WCD, they may
25 Exhibit 162 (E-mail discussion between Ken Lusk and Ronald Peddicord, dated October 20, 2006) (Tab 25) 26 Exhibit 162 (E—mail discussion between Ken Lusk and Ronald Peddicord, dated October 20, 2006) (Tab 25) 27 Exhibit 190 (Declaration of Trust) (Tab 26)
- 10 - not have entered into the APS,28 and would have been concerned with the Mayor’s involvement.29 28. The Declaration of Trust is inconsistent with Peter McCallion’s claim to be nothing more than a real estate agent. A real estate agent would have had no possible entitlement to 80% of the company, and Peter McCallion is unable to offer any plausible reason why this interest was transferred to him.30 The purpose of the document was to give Peter McCallion the beneficial interest of the majority of WCD, as was always intended. 29. In two payments made in March 2007 and May 2007, despite his claims to be no more than WCD’s real estate agent, Peter McCallion advanced $103,500 to WCD.31 By this time, he knew that the Sellers would not pay him a commission on the sale of the Lands. He now alleges that he advanced the money to protect the possibility that he would receive real estate commissions on the eventual sale of condominium units.32 In fact, WCD owed money to its consultants, and Peter McCallion needed to protect his interest in WCD. Almost all of the $103,500 went to pay consultants working for WCD.33 30. WCD planned to submit a site plan application to the City on July 31, 2007, and was required to pay a fee of approximately $50,000. WCD did not have the money to do so, and as a result, on July 27, 2007, Peter McCallion arranged for a loan of $50,000 from
28 Testimony of Leo De Bever, pp. 4282-4283 (Tab 27) 29 Testimony of George Craig Coleman, pp. 2834-2835 (Tab 28) 30 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 2021-2022 (Tab 29) 31 Testimony of Peter McCallion, p. 1891; Exhibit 195 (Financial Document showing WCD bank account activity) (Tab 30) 32 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1806-1807 (Tab 5) 33 Exhibit 195 (Financial Document showing WCD bank account activity) (Tab 30)
- 11 - TACC Group Inc. ("TACC"). He provided TACC with a promissory note in this amount, which he signed as an authorized signing officer of WCD.34 Peter McCallion now claims that he had no authority to sign this note, as he was merely a real estate agent.35 He is unable to explain why a real estate agent would have arranged for this loan. iv) Peter McCallion replaces Cook with DeCicco 31. In the Summer of 2007, Peter McCallion decided to bring in DeCicco to replace Cook.36 At the time, WCD was facing serious financial problems. While Cook claimed that he could find investors for the company, Peter McCallion was concerned that Cook and his . new investors would squeeze him out of WCD. His solution was to replace Cook, and bring in DeCicco as an investor.37 The decision to replace Cook was Peter McCallion’s alone. Couprie, not being involved with the business, had no opinion on the matter.38 32. When DeCicco assumed management of the project, Peter McCallion transferred 80% of his beneficial interest in WCD (64%) to DeCicco. This left Peter McCallion with a 16% interest. Couprie continued to hold Peter McCallion’s interest in trust and now held DeCicco’s interest in trust as well.
34 Exhibit 196 (Promissory Note dated July 27, 2007) (Tab 31) 35 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1846-1847 (Tab 32) 36 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1830-1832; Testimony of Murray Cook, pp. 4465—4466 (Tab 33) 37 Testimony of Peter McCallion, p. 1832 (Tab 33) 38 Testimony of Leo Couprie, p. 3446 (Tab 34)
- 12 - 33. Peter McCallion and DeCicco demanded that Cook give up his 20% interest in WCD and agree to terminate a Put and Call Agreement which gave Cook the right to force the other shareholders to purchase his interest in WCD, under certain conditions.39 Cook refused. 34. Peter McCallion and DeCicco turned to the Mayor for assistance in pressuring Cook to accept their demands.40 It was hoped that the Mayor could convince Cook to leave WCD as successfully as she had convinced him to join. 35. The Mayor arranged a meeting between herself, Peter McCallion and Couprie, in order to obtain Couprie’s opinion on the dispute. Couprie made clear to the Mayor that he did not know DeCicco or Cook, and that the decision was Peter McCallion’s to make.4l v) Litigation commences against Cook 36. Despite their efforts, Peter McCallion and DeCicco were unable to force Cook to accept their demands. As a result, in March 2008, they resorted to litigation, and claimed $100,000,000 from Cook.42 While Couprie was the nominal plaintiff he never reviewed the claim or instructed Emilio Bisceglia, who was both the lawyer nominally representing him and an investor in WCD.43 It was DeCicco who instructed Bisceglia.
39 Exhibit 194, pp. 2-5 (Put and Call Agreement, dated August 30, 2006); Testimony of Tony DeCicco, pp. 3580- 3581 (Tab 35) 40 Exhibit 236 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 5, 2007) (Tab 36) 41 Exhibit 228, p. 4 (Mayor’s Agenda, dated November 20, 2007); Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 2085-2086 (Tab 37); Testimony of Leo Couprie, pp. 3446-3447 (Tab 34) 42 Exhibit 198 (Statement of Claim of Leo Couprie, dated March 25, 2008) (Tab 38) 43 Testimony of Leo Couprie, pp. 3434-3436 (Tab 39)
- 13 - 37. The Couprie claim never mentions Peter McCallion. Instead, it conspicuously avoids referring to him, to the point of claiming that it was Couprie who commenced negotiations to purchase the Lands, although Couprie had no involvement in negotiations whatsoever. 38. Along with his defence, Cook launched a counterclaim against both Couprie and WCD.44 In his pleadings, Cook made repeated reference to “another participant” in WCD, but did not provide a name for that participant. That participant was none other than Peter McCallion, and Cook carefully refrained from connecting him to WCD in his pleadings, though he mentioned both DeCicco and Bisceglia.45 39. The obvious inference from the content of these pleadings is that all parties were aware that Peter McCallion’s interest in WCD was to be kept secret. Even Cook, who was being sued for $100,000,000, was careful not to reveal this fact. 40. DeCicco continued to keep the Mayor apprised regarding the dispute with Cook into mid- 2008, specifically updating her with regard to communications WCD received from Cook’s lawyer.46 41. The litigation settled in September 2008, and a mutual release was executed. Peter McCallion, despite not being named in any of the pleadings, signed the release as one of the "World Class Parties".47 He claims that he did not read the release before signing it,
44 Exhibit 199 (Statement of Defence and Counterclaim of Murray Cook, dated July 9, 2008) (Tab 40) 45 Testimony of Murray Cook, pp. 4512-4513 (Tab 41) 46 Exhibit 238 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated December 21, 2007 ); Exhibit 239 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated May 22, 2008) (Tab 42) 47 Exhibit 210 (Full and Final Mutual Release dated September 23, 2008) (Tab 43)
- 14 - and is unable to explain why, as a real estate agent, he would be required to sign a release relating to a dispute between shareholders.48 However, Bisceglia claims that he told Peter McCallion that he was required to sign the release because he was a part owner of WCD.49 vi) DeCicco takes over management 0f WCD 42. The fact that DeCicco took over the management of WCD did not cause Peter McCallion to stop actively participating in the project. 43. A particularly telling example of Peter McCallion’s participation occurred in May 2008. The Mayor asked Michael Kitt of Oxford to meet with Peter McCallion regarding the project.50 The meeting took place on May 13, 2008, and was attended by Kitt, Peter McCallion and the Mayor herself, although Peter McCallion arrived late. During the meeting, the Mayor sought amendments to the APS.5l When Peter McCallion arrived, he pushed Kitt for further concessions. 44. Kitt testified that he was uncomfortable negotiating the transaction with the Mayor rather than with the purchasers.52
48 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 2029—2030 (Tab 44) 49 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, p. 5538 (Tab 45) 50 Exhibit 271 (E-mail discussion between Michael Kitt and Michael Nobrega, dated April 30, 2008) (Tab 46) 51 Testimony of Michael Kitt, pp. 4013-4021; Exhibit 246 (E-mail discussion between John Filipetti and Michael Kitt, dated May 13, 2008); Exhibit 421 (E-mail discussion between Michael Kitt and Michael Nobrega, dated May 20, 2008) (Tab 47) 52 Testimony of Michael Kitt, pp. 4012-4013 (Tab 47)
- 15 - vii) The Sellers terminate the deal with WCD 45. In January 2009, the Sellers terminated the APS with WCD.53 WCD refused to accept the termination, and maintained that the APS was in force. On July 9, 2009, the Sellers sought a declaration from the Superior Court of Justice that the APS terminated in January 2009. 46. In the course ofthe litigation, Peter McCallion filed an affidavit, dated August 24, 2009, prepared by Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP and commissioned by Bisceglia in which he swore that he was "one of the principals of World Class Developments."54 47. At some point after the affidavit was sworn, City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench provided a copy of it to the Mayor.55 The Mayor then demanded that Peter McCalli0n explain why he had sworn an affidavit in which he stated that he was a principal of WCD, and urged him to “correct" the document.56 48. On September 11, 2009, after his phone call with his mother, Peter McCallion asked Bisceglia’s office to prepare a second affidavit for him, in which he purported to "delete" his claim to be a principal of WCD from his first affidavit.57 Although Bisceglia’s office drafted this affidavit, Bisceglia refused to commission it, as he believed it to be untrue.58
53 Exhibit 117 (Letter from Abraham Costin to Minden Gross LLP, dated January 9, 2009 (Tab 48) 54 Exhibit 212 (Affidavit of Peter McCallion dated August 24, 2009), at para. 1 (Tab 49) 55 Testimony of Mayor McCallion, pp. 5020-5022 (Tab 50) 56 Testimony of Mayor McCallion, pp. 5020-5024 (Tab 50); Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1862-1863 (Tab 51) 57 Exhibit 206 (Affidavit of Peter McCallion, dated September 1 1, 2009) (Tab 52) 58 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, p. 5527 (Tab 53)
- 16 - Peter McCallion proceeded to have it commissioned at the offices of Danson Schwarz Recht LLP. Jayson Schwarz, one of the partners of that firm, has acted as the Mayor’s lawyer for many years.59 49. Evidently, Peter McCallion subsequently determined that his second affidavit was not sufficient. On September 15, 2009, he swore a third affidavit, in which he specified that his original affidavit’s reference to being a principal of WCD "should be deleted as it is not true. I am not a principal of WCD."60 Although the Mayor denies speaking to Peter ` McCallion about his second affidavit, Peter McCallion believes that he swore the third affidavit because his mother told him that the second affidavit "needed to be more clarified."61 This affidavit was also commissioned at Danson Schwarz Recht LLP. 50. Peter McCallion alleges that his claim to be a principal of WCD in his first affidavit was an oversight. This is despite the fact that he reviewed multiple drafts of the affidavit, and made "quite a few” revisions to it.62 viii) The settlement of the WCD litigation 51. On July 7, 2009, during a golf tournament dinner, the Mayor told O’Brien that she was concerned that the dispute between WCD and the Sellers could imperil the City’s plans to purchase the Lands and lease them to Sheridan College for the construction of a
59 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1963-1964 (Tab 54) 60 Exhibit 207 (Affidavit of Peter McCallion, dated September 15, 2009) (Tab 55) 61 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1868·1 869 (Tab S6) 62 Testimony of Peter McCallion, p. 1861 (Tab 51)
- 17 - Mississauga campus.63 She asked O’Brien to familiarize himself with the issues. O’Brien sits on the OMERS Administration Corporation’s Board of Directors. 52. Peter McCallion was also present at that dinner. That very evening, O’Brien approached Peter McCallion and informed him that he wanted to settle the differences between WCD and the Sellers.64 McCallion arranged a meeting between O’Brien, DeCicco and himself a few days later.65 53. During that July meeting, O’Brien told DeCicco and Peter McCallion that he was on OMERS’ board, and wanted to settle the dispute. O’Brien claims that DeCicco offered to settle the dispute for $10,000,000, although DeCicco denies that he provided O’Brien with a number.66 O’Brien later briefed the Mayor on this meeting.67 54. In late August 2009, the Mayor called O’Brien and again expressed concern over the litigation between WCD and the Sellers.68 O’Brien subsequently met with the Mayor on or about September 3, 2009, and they discussed Peter McCallion’s affidavit in which he had sworn that he was a principal of WCD.69 They continued this discussion the morning
63 Testimony of David O’Brien, pp. 2921-2924; Testimony of Mayor McCallion, pp. 4993-4994 (Tab 57) 64 Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 1870-1871 (Tab 56) 65 Testimony of Peter McCallion, p. 1871 (Tab S6) 66 Testimony of David O’Brien, p. 2929; Testimony of Tony DeCicco, pp. 3668-3672 (Tab 58) 67 Testimony of David O’Brien, pp. 2979-2980 (Tab 59) 68 Exhibit 404 (E-mail from David O’Brien to Michael Nobrega, dated August 27, 2009); Testimony of David O’Brien, pp. 2982-2984 (Tab 60) 69 Testimony of David O’Brien, pp. 2989-2990 (Tab 61)
- 18 - of September 5, 2009, during which time they agreed the Sheridan College project could be jeopardized if the WCD litigation continued.70 55. Shortly thereafter, on or about September 9, 2009, O’Brien obtained authority from Michael Nobrega, OMERS’ Chief Executive Ofiicer, to meet with WCD on behalf of OMERS and discuss the possibility of settling the litigation.71 56. O’Brien met with Peter McCallion and DeCicco on or about September 10, 2009 to discuss settlement.72 Either during that meeting or through telephone conversation that evening, a settlement in principle was reached in which the Sellers would pay WCD the sum of $4,000,000, which included the return of deposits previously paid by WCD,73 O’Brien called the Mayor on September 14 to give her an "update on what I have".74 Although the Mayor denies it, O’Brien’s evidence is that he called to inform her of the settlement.75 57. The communications between the Mayor and O’Brien raise a strong inference that O’Brien was trying to settle the WCD litigation at the Mayor’s request. That settlement allowed the Sheridan College transaction to proceed without risk, ended the litigation in which Peter McCallion had filed an affidavit in which he had revealed himself as a
70 Testimony of David O’Brien, pp. 2999-3002 (Tab 62) 71 Testimony of David O’Brien, pp. 3013-3014; Testimony of Michael Nobrega, pp, 3168-3170 (Tab 63) 72 Testimony of David O’Brien, p. 3014 (Tab 63); Testimony of Tony DeCicco, pp. 3687-3689 (Tab 64) 73 Testimony of David O’Brien, pp. 3020-3021 (Tab 65); Testimony of Tony DeCicco, p. 3689 (Tab 64) 74 Exhibit 330 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated September 14, 2009) (Tab 66) 75 Testimony of David 0’Brien, pp. 3023-3024 (Tab 67)
- 19 - principal of WCD, and delivered a healthy profit to WCD. These results were all beneficial to the Mayor. ix) Suggested Conclusions Regarding Peter McCallion’s Conduct 58. An examination of Peter McCallion’s role in the WCD project yields answers to the questions raised by the Terms of Reference. Peter McCallion was one of the principals and representatives of WCD. However, the Mayor was related to the principals of WCD not only by blood, but also through her dedicated advancement of their business interests. 59. Peter McCallion was a major shareholder in WCD and hoped to realize a large profit on that equity interest through the deal with the Sellers. He wrongfully used his relationship with the Mayor to further that goal. 60. While Peter McCallion tried to hide his ownership interest from the Sellers, his partners in WCD were well aware that he was a shareholder. Bisceglia knew of Peter McCallion’s ownership interest from the beginning of his involvement.76 DeCicco claims that Peter McCallion told him that his shares were being held by Couprie.77 61. From the outset, Peter McCallion actively solicited the Mayor’s assistance with the project. He used the Mayor to convince Cook to join the project, to pressure the Sellers into selling the Lands to WCD, to force Cook out of WCD to make room for DeCicco, and to convince the Sellers to amend the APS. He realized that the Sellers would only work with him if the Mayor pressured them to do so, and hid his ownership of WCD _ from the Sellers, lest it prevent the Mayor from advancing WCD’s interests.
76 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, pp. 5495-5496 (Tab 68) 77 Testimony of Tony DeCicco, pp. 3561-3562 (Tab 69)
-20- 62. Peter McCallion knew or ought to have known that it was improper for the Mayor to advance the interests of a company of which he was a shareholder. By seeking the support of the Mayor, he took advantage of her office. II. The Role of Tony DeCicco 63. It was not until DeCicco assumed management of the project that he realized the full extent of the challenge that WCD faced in building a four-star hotel on the Lands. He eventually determined that it would not be possible to build a hotel of this quality on the Lands.78 At that point, DeCicco abandoned the plan to build a hotel and convention centre, and instead focused on simply obtaining the most profit he could, either by selling the Lands once they had been purchased from the Sellers or building condominiums exclusively. 64. DeCicco acquired 80% of Peter McCallion’s interest in WCD, but was careful to keep Peter McCallion actively involved in the company. This was because of the unique entrée that Peter McCallion offered to the office of the Mayor. DeCicco took advantage of this special connection wherever possible. i) DeCicco’s initial contact with the Mayor 65. DeCicco became involved with WCD in the Summer of 2007. However, his relationship with the Mayor goes back much farther.
78 Testimony of Tony DeCicco, p. 3969 (Tab 70)
- 21 - 66. DeCicco first met the Mayor in the early 1980s.79 For years, his contact with her was sporadic, and limited to functions that they both attended.80 It was only through his relationship with Peter McCallion that DeCicco gained easier and regular access to the Mayor.81 67. DeCicco began to arrange meetings with the Mayor through Peter McCallion at least as early as February 2003.82 The three met on many more occasions over the following two years.83 These meetings allowed DeCicco to build a relationship with the Mayor, and demonstrated to him the benefits of maintaining ties to Peter McCallion. DeCicco began to exploit that relationship as soon as he replaced Cook at WCD. 68. Surprisingly, it was the Mayor that informed the Sellers that Cook had been replaced by DeCicco, rather than DeCicco or Peter McCallion, and this did not occur until DeCicco had been involved with WCD for more than half a year.84 The Sellers had never heard of DeCicco. However, just as she had vouched for Cook, the Mayor assured the Sellers that DeCicco had "significant financial resources."85
79 Testimony of Tony DeCicco, pp. 3523-3524 (Tab 71) 80 Testimony of Tony DeCicco, p. 3526 (Tab 72) 81 Testimony of Tony DeCicco, p. 3529 (Tab 73) 82 Exhibit 234, p. 1 (Mayor’s agendas, dated February 12, 2003) (Tab 74) 83 September 9, 2003 (Exhibit 234, p. 3); November 12, 2003 (Exhibit 234, p. 4); January 29, 2004 (Exhibit 234, p. 5); April 24, 2004 (Exhibit 228, p. 19); July 13, 2004 (Exhibit 234, p. 7); September 14, 2004 (Exhibit 234, p. 8); October 30, 2004 (without Peter McCallion) (Exhibit 234, p. 10); January 17, 2005 (Exhibit 234, p. 12) (Tab 75) 84 Testimony of Michael Kitt, pp. 4002-4003 (Tab 76) 85 Exhibit 429 (E—mail discussion between John Filipetti and Ronald Peddicord, dated March 31, 2008) (Tab 77)
- 22 - ii) DeCicco asks the Mayor to obtain concessions from the Sellers 69. From the beginning of his involvement,·DeCicco regularly spoke to the Mayor about the project. He informed her of discussions and progress with the architects86 and updated her on WCD’s attempts to secure a hotelier for the project.87 He also provided her with information regarding the payment of WCD’s bills and thanked her for her help.88 Had she not been personally involved with the project, DeCicco would have had no reason to provide the Mayor with these sorts of detail. A private company’s ability to pay its bills is not and should not be a municipal concern. 70. As part of its deal with the Sellers, WCD was required provide the Sellers with proof that it had entered into a hotel management agreement by July 28, 2008. By early July, DeCicco knew that WCD would not be able to meet this deadline, so he solicited the Mayor’s assistance to obtain an extension.89 71. In response to this request, the Mayor convinced the Sellers to give WCD an extra six months to find a hotelier.90 The fact that the Mayor made this request, rather than WCD,
86 Exhibit 237 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 5, 2007), Exhibit 515 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 29, 2007) (Tab 78) 87 Exhibit 204 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated June 5, 2008); Exhibit 240 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated June 6, 2008); Testimony of Peter McCallion, pp. 2095-2099 (Tab 79) 88 Exhibit 235 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 5, 2007) (Tab 80) 89 Testimony of Mayor McCallion, pp. 4925-4926 (Tab 81) 90 Exhibit 285 (E·mail chain involving Michael Latimer, Michael Kitt and John Filipetti, dated July 9, 2008); Testimony of Michael Nobrega, pp. 3104-3105 (Tab 82)
- 23 - caused Kitt to believe that WCD was using the Mayor "as an effective communication tool" to "advance negotiation positions."91 This was precisely DeCicco’s aim. 72. That was not the only time that DeCicco used the Mayor to obtain extensions to deadlines in the deal. In November 2008, WCD was required to pay a deposit to the Sellers. DeCicco again asked the Mayor to obtain an extension for the payment of the deposit.92 The Mayor, on behalf of WCD, obtained a further one-week extension from the Sellers.93 73. When that extension had nearly expired, DeCicco once again sought the Mayor’s assistance in obtaining another extension for WCD.94 The Mayor obtained a further one week extension.95 74. However, WCD was again unable to pay the deposit, and yet again turned to the Mayor,96 who managed to convince the Sellers to extend the deposit deadline until January 9, 2009.97 When WCD failed to make that deposit, the Sellers terminated the APS.
91 Testimony of Michael Kitt, pp. 4023-4024 (Tab 83) 92 Exhibit 529 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 17, 2008); Exhibit 530 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 19, 2008); Exhibit 531 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 19, 2008); Exhibit 532 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 20, 2008); Exhibit 533 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 21, 2008) (Tab 84) 93 Exhibit 423 (E-mail discussion between Michael Kitt and Michael Nobrega, dated November 21, 2008); Exhibit 464 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 21, 2008) (Tab 85) 94 Exhibit 534 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 27, 2008); Exhibit 535 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated November 28, 2008); Exhibit 536 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated December 2, 2008); (Tab 86) 95 Exhibit 470 (E—mail discussion between Michael Kitt and John Filipetti, dated December 1, 2008); Exhibit 438 (E-mail chain involving Michael Kitt, Michael Nobrega and John Filipetti, dated December 2, 2008); Exhibit 627 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated December 3, 2008) (Tab 87) 96 Exhibit 537 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated December ll, 2008, Peter McCallion calling on behalf of DeCicco); Exhibit 538 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated December 12, 2008) (Tab 88)
- 24 - iii) DeCicco seeks assistance from the Mayor with City issues 75. DeCicco not only sought the Mayor’s assistance with respect to the Sellers, but also with respect to the City itself. In order for WCD to build anything on the Lands, City Council had to vote to remove the holding designation that had been placed on the Lands. This vote was initially scheduled to occur on April 23, 2008, but was deferred to April 30, 2008 at WCD’s request. 76. Between April 22, 2008 and April 29, 2008, DeCicco left five separate telephone messages for the Mayor.98 One of these messages was "very long and detailed", and disclosed that he had "met with City Officials" and wanted to speak to the Mayor.99 77. The April 30, 2008 date was also deferred, again at WCD’s request. WCD never succeeded in having the holding designation lifted. iv) DeCicco decides not to build a hotel 78. By September 2008 at the latest, DeCicco had decided against attempting to build a hotel on the Lands. WCD began to explore the possibility of selling and transferring the
97 Exhibit 425 (E·mail chain involving Michael Kitt, Michael Nobrega and Michael Latimer, dated December 17, 2008) (Tab 89) 98 Exhibit 519 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated April 22, 2008), Exhibit 520 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated April 23, 2008), Exhibit 521 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated April 25, 2008), Exhibit 522 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated April 28, 2008); Exhibit 523 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated April 29, 2008) (Tab 90) 99 Exhibit 521 (Mayor’s Phone Message, dated April 25, 2008) (Tab 90)
-25- obligation to construct a hotel to the purchaser.100 Ernst & Young was retained to locate a purchaser. 79. DeCicco maintains that Ernst & Young was only retained so that WCD could find out what was "going on in the marketplace."l01 That contention is brought into serious doubt by the evidence that DeCicco and Bisceglia provided Ernst & Young with offers and counter—offers to transmit to potential purchasers. 80. WCD was unable to find a purchaser willing to purchase the property and accept the hotel conditions, causing DeCicco to attempt to convince the Sellers to waive the hotel requirement. He sought the Mayor’s assistance in this regard, and though she denies supporting him in this, the evidence indicates that the Sellers believed that she wanted them to sell WCD the Lands without the hotel condition.102 This would have allowed WCD to build nothing but condominiums. However, the Sellers refused to grant the concession. 8l. After DeCicco failed to convince the Sellers to remove the hotel condition from its deal with WCD, he resorted to subterfuge. WCD was required to enter into a hotel management agreement in order to close the deal with the Sellers. The Sellers required WCD to produce such an agreement to them. WCD purported to enter into an apparent hotel management agreement with Steve Gupta’s company, Eastons.
100 Exhibit 561 (E-mail chain involving Emilio Bisceglia, Tony DeCicco and Ray Drost, dated September ll, 2008) (Tab 91) 101 Testimony of Tony DeCicco, pp. 3809-3810 (Tab 92) 102 Exhibit 438 (E—mail chain involving John Filipetti, Michael Kitt and Michael Nobrega, dated December 2, 2008) (Tab 87)
- 26 - 82. However, the agreement that was produced to the Sellers deliberately failed to reveal the existence of a side agreement, which permitted WCD to unilaterally terminate the hotel management agreement on one week’s notice.103 The side agreement effectively negated all of WCD’s obligations in the purported hotel management agreement. Its existence was known to DeCicco, who signed it, and Bisceglia, who drafted it,104 but not to the Sellers. v) Suggested Conclusions Regarding Tony DeCicco’s Conduct 83. The Terms of Reference inquire into the relationships between City officials and representatives of both WCD and OMERS and its affiliate companies. The assistance that the Mayor provided to DeCicco vividly demonstrates the nature of the Mayor’s relationship to both WCD and OMERS/Oxford/156. Throughout the WCD project, DeCicco routinely solicited the Mayor for assistance, and she responded by pressuring the Sellers to comply. 84. DeCicco was interested in the WCD project because it came with the unique ability to have the Mayor act as his spokesman. Peter McCallion’s main role was as a conduit to the Mayor, but over time, DeCicco no longer needed that conduit, as he had ready and direct access to the Mayor himself 85. When DeCicco needed Peter McCallion’s connections to the Mayor, he was a trusted ally. However, when WCD received the settlement monies from OMERS, and the deal was at an end, DeCicco conveniently forgot about Peter McCallion. Peter McCallion
103 Exhibit 401 (Letter re: Management Agreement from WCD to Steve Gupta, dated December 15, 2008) (Tab 93) 104 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, p. 5508 (Tab 94)
- 27 - received nothing from the settlement, despite his 16% interest in WCD. He did not even receive a return of the $103,500 he advanced to WCD, or the $50,000 TACC loan that he guaranteed. 86. From the outset, DeCicco used the Mayor to introduce him to the Sellers, to negotiate extensions to deadlines, to seek assistance with City approvals and to remove Cook from WCD. He knew that the Sellers would not cooperate with him unless the Mayor pressured them to do so. 87. DeCicco had access to the Mayor beyond that available to an ordinary resident. He used her influence to advance his private financial interests. He allowed her to believe that he was committed to building a hotel on the Lands, even when he himself had concluded that it was not feasible. III. The Role of Emilio Bisceglia 88. Bisceglia claims that he was no more than WCD’s lawyer.105 However, the evidence demonstrates that Bisceglia’s role went well beyond that of legal counsel. He was also an investor and was deeply involved in many of WCD’s important business decisions. 89. Bisceglia, through a family company, invested a total of $61,000 in WCD from November 2007 to January 2008.106 He came into the project with DeCicco, with whom he had a prior professional and commercial relationship.107
105 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, pp. 5529-5530 (Tab 95) 106 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, pp.5494—5495 (Tab 68) 107 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, pp. 54946495 (Tab 68)
- 28 - 90. Along with DeCicco, Bisceglia attended the first meeting that WCD had with Gupta, and was involved in negotiating the agreements between WCD and Easton’s.108 He also drafted the side letter that effectively relieved WCD of any obligations to Easton’s.109 91. Bisceglia also attended meetings with architects and other contractors on behalf of WCD. One example is a meeting at Page and Steele’s office on November 21, 2007.110 The minutes from that meeting indicate that Bisceglia took an active role in instructing the architects and accepting responsibility for such non-legal tasks as co-ordinating the payment of fees to the City. 92. In addition, Bisceglia was included on e-mails sent by WCD’s consultants informing the members of WCD of updates regarding the project.111 93. Even communications with Ernst & Young regarding potential purchasers of the Lands were handled by Bisceglia.112 These discussions were of vital importance to DeCicco, who did not want to build a hotel, and were well outside the civil litigation focus of Bisceglia’s legal practice.113
108 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, pp. 5503-5507 (Tab 96) 109 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, p. 5508 (Tab 96) 110 Exhibit 256 (E-mail from Scott Walker to Tony DeCicco, Emilio Bisceglia and others, dated November 22, 2007) (Tab 97) 111 See, e.g., Exhibit 400 (E-mail from Scott Walker to Tony DeCicco, Emilio Bisceglia and Peter McCallion, dated . May 1, 2008) (Tab 98) 112 Exhibit 561 (E-mail chain involving Emilio Bisceglia, Tony DeCicco and Ray Drost, dated September ll, 2008) (Tab 91) 113 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, pp. 5492-5493 (Tab 99)
- 29 - 94. Although the extent of Bisceglia’s interest in WCD was never formalized,114 it is clear that he was more than just WCD’s lawyer. He was DeCicco’s partner, an investor in the company, and was intimately involved in many of WCD’s important business decisions. 95. Bisceglia did not have any contact with the Mayor or with any other City officials. However, his involvement with the project and close association with DeCicco strongly suggest that he was aware of the manner in which Peter McCallion and DeCicco were using the Mayor to advance their own interests. IV. Edward Sajecki and Marilyn Ball 96. In January 2008, the City informed WCD that it was required to pay $440,670.84 in site plan application fees. Given the quantum of the required fees, the City agreed to receive this sum in two equal instalments.115 97. WCD was told that its site plan application would not be circulated among City staff for comment until the first instalment had been received. Although neither instalment was ever received, Sajecki and Ball decided to circulate the application for comment anyway.116 98. The evidence of Sajecki and Ball makes clear that there was nothing improper about this decision.
114 Testimony of Emilio Bisceglia, p. 5536 (Tab 100) 115 Exhibit 503 (Letter from Marilyn Ball to Barry Lyon dated February 28, 2008) (Tab 101) 116 Testimony of Edward Sajecki, pp. 2767-2770; Testimony of Marilyn Ball, pp. 4219-4221 (Tab 102)
-30- 99. The application was circulated prior to receipt of the first instalment because: (i) the City had received assurances from credible consultants that the first instalment would arrive shortly; (ii) the City needed comments on the application in order to start preparing the accompanying agreements; and (iii) the City would be faced with tight timelines if it did not begin working on the application immediately.117 100. There is no evidence that this decision was made for improper reasons or as the result of improper influence. V. The Role of Mayor Hazel McCallion 101. Elected officials must act impartially with regard to the interests of their constituents. In order to justify public trust, elected officials must not exercise their powers in a way that unfairly benefits or appears to benefit particular individuals. 102. The facts recounted above with regard to Peter McCallion and DeCicco document the extensive involvement that the Mayor had in the affairs of WCD and its principals. They also provide an answer to the question whether any City official engaged in misconduct, or had a conflict of interest, as raised by the Terms of Reference. In the case of the Mayor, the answer to that question is yes. 103. While Peter McCallion and DeCicco improperly took advantage of Peter McCallion’s relationship to the Mayor, and exploited her office for their own ends, the Mayor was unfortunately a willing participant. It has been a longstanding goal of both Council and senior staff at the City to have a luxury hotel and convention centre built in the City
117 Testimony of Edward Sajecki, pp. 2767-2769 (Tab 102)
- 31 - Centre.118 However, even though the project that WCD presented to the Sellers was in line with the City’s vision, this does not legitimize the efforts that the Mayor made to advance her son’s project. 104. The Mayor encouraged Cook to join her son in WCD. She pressured Oxford to enter into an agreement of purchase and sale with a shell corporation with no track record operated by principal it had no experience with. The Sellers proceeded with the transaction despite their own doubts, indicating they did it primarily to placate the Mayor. Once the APS had been signed, the Mayor repeatedly sought amendments and concessions from the Sellers. She did all of this knowing that Peter McCallion stood to gain financially from her actions. 105. Even if she had believed that her son was merely WCD’s real estate agent, her support for the company would nonetheless have been inappropriate. Whether as real estate agent or principal, her son’s involvement with WCD and his ability to benefit financially from her actions placed her in a conflict of interest, and she should have been aware of that fact. 106. The Mayor did not violate the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.119 That statute is narrow and applies only to actions taken with respect to votes in meetings of council. Although she failed to comply with its provisions at the May 21, 2008 council meeting, as she did not declare a conflict of interest when the matter of WCD’s application to remove the holding designation came up, her breach appears to have been the result of
118 Testimony of Edward Sajecki, pp. 13864387 (Tab 103) 119 R.S.O. 1990, c. M.5O (the "MClA") (Tab 104)
- 32 - honest mistake. Accordingly, she would not be liable for sanction under the MCIA pursuant to the saving provision found at s. 10(2). 107. However, the fact that the Mayor did not substantively breach the MCIA does not lead to the conclusion that she did not act inappropriately, or in violation of a conflict of interest. The common law principles concerning conflict of interest co-exist with the MCIA, and provide guidance to determine whether the actions of a member of a municipal council are appropriate.120 108. The overarching purpose of rules governing conflicts of interest is to foster public confidence in elected officials.121 The promotion of the financial interests of an official’s child through the influence of the official’s office undermines that confidence.122 For the Mayor to be seen promoting a deal in which her son has a direct financial interest may lead the public to question whether she is acting for the good of the City, or solely the good of her family. Such conflicts must be scrupulously avoided, whether or not they are specifically prohibited by rules contained in statutes or codes of conduct. 109. Accordingly, the important question is not whether the Mayor’s actions violated any applicable statute or rule. Rather, it is whether she acted in a manner which she knew or ought to have known would likely undermine the confidence and trust that the residents of Mississauga are entitled to have in their elected officials. The maintenance of the public trust is essential to good governance, and the Mayor must not engage in conduct that could reasonably erode that trust.
120 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5589-5590; Testimony of Dean Lorne Sossin, pp. 5592-5593 (Tab 105) 121 Testimony of Dean Lorne Sossin, pp. 5583-5584 (Tab 106) 122 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5591-5592 (Tab 107)
- 33 - 110. The Mayor’s active role in supporting and promoting the business interests of her son and WCD threatened to undermine public confidence in both her office and the elected and administrative representatives of the City. Whatever her reasons for supporting WCD, they were unbecoming of an elected official. VI. Recommendations lll. Given the misconduct that has been identified as a result of the Inquiry, it is essential that steps are taken to prevent municipal officials from engaging in such conduct in the future. Five issues are examined here: the MCIA, the new Mississauga Council Code of . Conduct, policies to ensure accountability and transparency in municipal activities, lobbyist registries and comfort letters issued by municipalities to third parties. i) The MCIA 112. This Inquiry has demonstrated three significant defects in the MCIA: its restricted scope, its limited remedies and the fact that enforcement is left to ordinary citizens.123 In its current form, the MCIA addresses only pecuniary conflicts of interest, and applies only to matters that are the subject of discussion or a vote at a meeting of council or a local board.124 If a court determines that a member of` council has breached the MCIA, the court must disqualify that member and declare her seat vacant.125 The court has no discretion to order a different remedy.
123 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5663-5664, 5686 (Tab 108) 124 MCIA, s. 5 (Tab 104) 125 MCIA, s. 10(1) (Tab 104)
- 34 - 113. The MCIA should apply to non—pecuniary conflicts of interest, as well as pecuniary conflicts. Public confidence is affected when a member of council acts on a conflict of interest, whether the interest is pecuniary in nature or otherwise. This amendment can be accomplished by simply deleting the references to "pecuniary" in the MCIA, thereby causing it to refer to "conflicts of interest" generally.126 114. Similarly, the scope of the MCIA should not be restricted to discussions and votes that occur in meetings. The application of the MCIA should apply generally to actions taken by members of council when acting or appearing to act in their official position.127 Aside from her technical breach on the MCIA May 21 , 2008, none of the support that the Mayor provided to WCD occurred in a meeting of council. However, this does not mean that her involvement with WCD did not threaten to diminish the public’s trust in the office of the Mayor. There is no principled reason to limit the applicability of the MCIA to council meetings, and the MCIA should be broadened accordingly. 115. If the scope of the MCIA was broadened in this way, it would capture the sort of conduct that the Mayor engaged in. The Mayor placed herself in a conflict of interest, but this conflict occurred outside of council meetings. If conduct like this should reoccur in the future, an amended MCIA would allow that conduct to be addressed by a court that has the power to disqualify a member of council. 116. However, while it is important that the MCIA continue to empower the court to disqualify a member of council, this should not be the only available remedy. The court
126 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5687-5688 (Tab 109) 127 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, p. 5692 (Tab 110)
- 35 - should have the discretion to determine the appropriate remedy in the circumstances of a breach of the MCIA. Situations may arise in which the MCIA has been breached, but in ` circumstances that do not warrant disqualification.128 117. In its current form, actions under the MCIA must be initiated by an elector. Given the cost and complexities involved in legal proceedings, such actions are unlikely to happen. It is a rare citizen who has the resources to retain and instruct counsel to bring an action in which that citizen has no personal financial interest. 118. In order for the MCIA to be effective, an official must be empowered to commence actions under the MCIA. This power could be given to municipal integrity commissioners, who could bring an action at the request of an elector, subject to an investigation to ensure that that an action was justified. Alternatively, the power to commence proceedings under the MCIA could be vested in a provincial official, such as the provincial integrity commissioner. The provincial integrity commissioner may choose to initiate proceedings upon receipt of a recommendation from a municipal integrity commissioner or at the request of an elector of the municipality in issue. 119. Municipalities and the Province will have to discuss where the power to commence proceedings under the MCIA is best vested. At the present instance, what is needed is a recommendation from the Commissioner that such discussions take place. If enforcement of the provisions of the MCIA is left to electors, as it is currently, it is unlikely that it will be enforced at all.
128 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5692-5694 (Tab 110)
- 36 - ii) The Mssissauga Council Code of Conduct 120. Subsequent to the commencement of the Inquiry, the City took proactive steps to craft rules that would prevent the sort of misconduct that occurred in this case. This led to the adoption of the Council Code of Conduct in September 2010 (the "Code").129 121. The Code is the product of` a detailed review of codes of conduct adopted by other municipalities and extensive consultations with experts and City residents. It largely follows the format adopted by other Ontario municipalities such as Toronto and Vaughan, but is even more comprehensive in its scope. 122. Unlike the codes of conduct adopted by other municipalities, the Code contains substantive provisions that deal with conflict of interest and apparent conflict of interest.130 This is in addition to the provisions that prohibit the improper use of influence.131 These rules now make abundantly clear to all future Members of Council that the Mayor’s actions in this case were improper, thereby helping to ensure that misconduct of this sort does not occur again. 123. The Code is sufficiently general to deal with future concerns, and will be subject to future interpretation by the integrity commissioners retained by the City. The Code specifically provides that it is to be given a broad and liberal interpretation.l32
129 Exhibit 708 (Tab 111) 130 Code, Rules 1(b), (d)-(g) (Tab 111) 131 Code, Rule 7 (Tab 111) 132 Code, Framework and Interpretation, s. 1 (Tab 111)
- 37 - 124. The Code was not in place during the events under inquiry. However, if it had been, it would have clearly prohibited the actions that the Mayor performed on WCD’s behalf. Rule 7 provides that "No member shall use the influence of his or her office for any purpose other than for the exercise of his/her official duties." The commentary to this rule clarifies that this includes "attempts to secure preferential treatment beyond activities in which Members normally engage on behalf of their constituents." This is precisely what the Mayor did for WCD. 125. While the Code was widely praised by the experts called in the Inquiry, it is apparent that some improvements could be made to it. Several of those improvements related to Rule l(b), which is a general rule concerning conflicts of interest. 126. Some concern has been raised that Rules 1(d)-(g) could be interpreted as exhaustive examples of prohibited conflicts of interest.133 Rules 1(d)-(g) are not intended to be read in this manner, but it would be worthwhile to specify this in the body of Rule 1. 127. Rule 1(b) itself can be strengthened by rewording it from "Members of Council should be committed to performing their functions with integrity..." to “Members of Council shall be committed...".134 128. Finally, Rule 1(b) currently addresses preferential treatment given to "Family Members" only.135 Although terms such as "friends" or "business partners" may present interpretive difficulties for future integrity commissioners, the connection between the Mayor and
133 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5646-5648; 5697-5698 (Tab 112) 134 Testimony of Prof David Mullan and Prof Greg Levine, pp. 5648-5649 (Tab 112) 135 Testimony of Prof David Mullan and Dean Lorne Sossin, pp. 5699-5701 (Tab 113)
- 38 - DeCicco in this Inquiry demonstrates the importance of applying conflict of interest rules to more than just family relations. In order to broaden the Rule and avoid definitional difficulties, it could be worded so as to apply to relations that a reasonable person would believe prevent a member from being impartial.136 129. Outside of the realm of Rule l(b), the relationship between the Code and the MCIA, especially if the scope of the MCIA is broadened, can be helpfully clarified. The Code is necessarily subservient to the MCIA, but it is important that the Code can operate whenever possible. An amendment to the Code to specify that its procedures apply unless an action under the MCIA has actually been commenced would be an improvement.137 iii) Accountability and Transparency 130. While it is up to Council to craft policy, City employees are tasked with implementing it. The implementation of policy, particularly for senior staff members, can raise many of the same ethical concerns that are encountered by elected officials. It is vital that the City have policies in place that ensure that its staff are accountable to residents and its procedures are transparent to all. 131. The Inquiry confirmed that there was nothing improper about the Planning Department’s decision to circulate WCD’s site plan application for comment despite WCD’s failure to pay the required fees. However, this incident demonstrates the important decisions that are made by senior staff on a regular basis. In this case, the familial relationship between
136 Testimony of Dean Lorne Sossin, pp. 5700-5701 (Tab 113) 137 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5695-5696 (Tab 114)
- 39 - the Mayor and Peter McCallion was well known to staff. Such a situation may cause staff discomfort in performing their duties, or leave them unsure about how to proceed. 132. For a municipality which holds accountability and transparency as its core values, optics can be as damaging as reality when the City deals with an individual who has a close relationship to a member of Council or senior employee. The City should adopt policies and procedures so that that the existence of such relationships are made transparent to the public, and staff have guidelines to follow to ensure that these relationships do not give residents reason to question whether the City is acting fairly and impartially. 133. At the current time, a number of different City policies address employee conduct. Of particular relevance is the policy concerning conflicts of interest.138 The Policy is quite comprehensive, but differs from the more general approach taken by the Code. For example, it is not clear whether the Policy deals with apparent conflicts of interest, as the Code does. Additionally, simply by virtue of the fact that different language is used in the Code and the Policy, senior staff could reasonably believe that different standards apply to them than elected officials, even if this is not intended. 134. It would be beneficial if the City undertook to draft a set of policies applicable to senior staff in particular that mirrored, wherever appropriate, the obligations placed upon members of Council in the Code. For example, it would be beneficial if a stand—alone rule concerning the improper use of influence applied to senior staff, like that found at Rule 7 of the Code. While the Policy refers to the use of influence, it is only in the context of conflicts of interest. Because it is possible for an individual to improperly use
138 Mississauga Corporate Policy No. 01-03-02, dated July 5, 2006 (the "Policy") (Tab 115)
- 40 - their influence in a situation where they do not have a conflict of interest, a policy that specifically deals with the improper use of influence would benefit the good governance of the city.139 iv) Lobbyist Registry 135. Toronto is the only municipality that has adopted a lobbyist registry. It is required to do so by statute. 136. It is too early to determine whether the benefits of the Toronto lobbyist registry justify its cost.140 However, given the limited scope of that registry, and its voluntary nature, there is good reason to believe that its benefits will not justify its existence.141 137. A lobbyist registry would have done nothing to prevent the misconduct under inquiry. No lobbyist registry would have addressed the Mayor’s communications with the Sellers, or her intervention into the internal affairs of WCD. It would be rash to begin the costly process of developing and implementing a lobbyist registry in response to the matters under inquiry. v) Comfort Letters 138. During the expert testimony, it was suggested that the City could begin to provide third parties with "comfort letters", which would contain information regarding applicable
139 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, Dean Lorne Sossin and Prof Gregory Levine, pp. 5709-5716 (Tab 116) 140 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp, 5638-5639 (Tab 117) 141 Testimony of Prof David Mullan, pp. 5639-5640 (Tab 117)
- 41 - ethical rules and procedures, relevant declared conflicts of interest or previous findings of misconduct by the integrity commissioner.142 139. A letter of this sort would have done nothing to address the misconduct that occurred in this case. While the Mayor was advancing the interests of WCD, the Sellers did not have any formal relation to the City regarding that deal. There would have been no reason for them to obtain a comfort letter. Indeed, until April 2008, when the Mayor first declared a conflict in Council, the letter would not have revealed any conflict of interest at all.143 140. While comfort letters might be used by third parties to establish that they carried out due diligence before proceeding with a transaction, this would do nothing to prevent misconduct from occurring. 141. As it is not clear exactly when third parties would seek a comfort letter from the City and there is no reason to believe that such letters would prevent misconduct, the cost of establishing a comfort letter program cannot be justified. VII. Conclusion 142. This Inquiry has performed an important public service for the residents of the City. Through the Terms of Reference, Council requested the Commissioner to investigate the circumstances surrounding the WCD project in order to determine whether any of the elected or administrative representatives of the City engaged in any misconduct in connection with WCD.
142 Testimony of Dean Lorne Sossin, pp. 5718-5720, 5724 (Tab 118) 143 Testimony of Dean Lorne Sossin, pp. 5723-5724 (Tab 118)
- 41 - 143. As a result of the documents produced and the evidence heard during the Inquiry, City residents have been provided with access to sufficient information to allow this question to be answered. 144. Peter McCallion used his relationship to the Mayor to advance his own financial interests, and actively solicited her support for his own private business dealings. DeCicco took advantage of Peter McCallion’s relationship to the Mayor for his own purposes, and wrongly involved the Mayor in affairs that she had no business in. 145. For her part, the Mayor willingly provided Peter McCallion and DeCicco with all of the assistance they requested. She ought to have recognized that her actions were inappropriate for an elected official tasked with maintaining the confidence of the public. 146. That public confidence can only be maintained if the public is properly informed. The fact-finding aspect of this Inquiry has been of immense value, and the Commissioner’s Report will ensure that all residents are able to learn from the evidence that has been heard. 147. While the City is anxious to hear the recommendations that the Commissioner has, it decided not to wait for those recommendations before taking steps to address the misconduct revealed by this Inquiry. The events under inquiry revealed that the statutory and code—based ethical rules applicable to Members of Council during the time under inquiry were insufficient. Mississauga’s new Code changes that. Amendments to that Code, as well as the MCIA, would further help to foster public confidence in Members of Council.
- 43 - 148. The assistance that the Mayor provided to WCD was inappropriate and threatened to diminish the trust that the residents of Mississauga are entitled to place in their Members of Council. The City called this Inquiry to ensure that that trust is maintained and strengthened. It welcomes any recommendations that the Commissioner can provide that would ensure that City Council can continue to deserve and enjoy the trust and respect of its constituents. January 24, 2011 [signature] LAX O’SULLIVAN SCO ET LISUS LLP Counsel Suite 1920 145 King Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 1J8 C. Clifford Lax Tracy L. Wynne James Renihan Tel: (416) 598-1744 Fax: (416) 598-3730 Lawyers for the City of Mississauga

Mississauga 2010 Election data: HAZEL MCCALLION support and Voter Turnout Sorted by Ward, Polling Station Within Ward

December 18th, 2010  

UPDATE December 19, 2010: We’ve been alerted to a small oversight in our table. In his comment below DeValera wrote. “Nice bit of fact digging. Thank you. You missed one bit of red. 2 0021 Lorne Park SecSchool 2688 795 29.58 786 529 67.30”. With appreciation to DeValera, the “67.30” for Lorne Park SecSchool polling station is now red.

Today’s entry is a follow-up to our December 13th, 2010 blog, “Mississauga 2010 Election data: Voter Turnout sorted by Polling Station with Wards sorted by Total Turnout” where we cut past the City’s reported voter turnout average of 34.34% and examined the voter turnout for all 11 wards. We then cut through the average voter turnout in each ward and examined voter turnout for all polling stations. We learned a great deal from this exercise.

This data presented today goes one step further. It takes the table presented in our last blog sorted by voter turnout and simply includes the support for Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.

As regular readers know, we’ve taken the City of Mississauga’s PDF file of the official election results and converted them into a spreadsheet.

The table we offer today is, at least to me, the most important data out of this 2010 Mississauga municipal election—a window into voter turnout.

A reminder that  Ward 10 had the highest voter turnout with 38.46% and Ward 7 the lowest with 28.20% (see column Pct. Turnout). I’ve also highlighted any figures of less than 70% support for McCallion in red. A cursory scan will show considerable red in Ward 5 at several polling stations. We suggest however that rather than this being reflective of lack of support for the Mayor as such, these are artifacts of an ethnic vote supporting their “own”.  Please see the Mayoral results in the City of Mississauga’s PDF file for more details.

Once again for context, Hazel McCallion enjoyed 76.40% support City-wide and received a total of 107,643 ballots cast.

Last to repeat, these data are preliminary and as always, should anyone spot an error we’d appreciate being advised. Many thanks!

Mississauga 2010 Municipal Voter Turnout sorted by Polling Station, (with Wards sorted by Total Voter Turnout Ward 10  highest 38.46% to Ward 7 lowest 28.20%) with McCallion support per polling station included.

Ward        Polling Location               Registered  Ballots   Pct.     Ballots     HM      HM
                                             Voters      Cast   Turnout  for Mayor   Votes   Pct.

 10  0203 St.Edith Stein School               3930       1368    34.81     1347       1085   80.55
 10  0206 St.Therese Catholic School          3004       1040    34.62     1030        859   83.40
 10  0207 StAlbert of Jerusalem               2900        994    34.28      975        766   78.56
 10  0204 StSimon Stock School                2440        811    33.24      803        640   79.70
 10  0198 StBernard of Clairvaux              2816        925    32.85      911        710   77.94
 10  0199 McKinnon Public School              1997        654    32.75      648        471   72.69
 10  0197 Oscar Peterson PublicSchool         2268        735    32.41      730        524   71.78
 10  0205 Lisgar Middle School                3762       1213    32.24     1191        946   79.43
 10  0201 StFaustina CatholicSchool           3337       1075    32.21     1056        815   77.18
 10  0208 Kindree Public School               2833        879    31.03      872        676   77.52
 10  0202 Churchill Meadows School            3149        973    30.90      959        704   73.41
 10  0200 Ruth Thompson Middle School         3067        930    30.32      917        687   74.92

 10       Voting Day TOTALS                  35503      11597    32.66    11439       8883   77.66

 10  0209 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         35                35         32   91.43
 10  0210 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         34                34         29   85.29
 10  0211 Ruth Thompson MS-Day3                  0        432               419        273   65.16
 10  0212 Ruth Thompson MS-Day4                  0        693               672        471   70.09
 10  0213 Lisgar Middle School-Day3              0        395               387        303   78.29
 10  0214 Lisgar Middle School-Day4              0        470               457        368   80.53

 10       Advance Poll TOTAL                             2059              2004       1476   73.65
 10       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                       15.08                             

 10       TOTALS                             35503      13656    38.46    13443      10359   77.06

  1  0010 Miss Long Term Care                   10          7    70.00        6          5   83.33
  1  0009 Westacres Public School             2359        959    40.65      946        628   66.38
  1  0008 ISNA Elementary School              2091        815    38.98      802        588   73.32
  1  0011 Regency Retirement Res               108         39    36.11       38         24   63.16
  1  0007 Lakeview Golf Course                3372       1129    33.48     1108        784   70.76
  1  0003 Port Credit SecSchool               4002       1331    33.26     1320        929   70.38
  1  0002 Kenollie Public School              2716        877    32.29      855        559   65.38
  1  0005 Mississauga SrCentre                3351       1048    31.27     1032        780   75.58
  1  0004 Forest Ave Public School            3355       1039    30.97     1026        747   72.81
  1  0006 Queen of Heaven Sep School          5525       1664    30.12     1621       1256   77.48
  1  0001 Riverside Public School             2660        722    27.14      706        558   79.04

  1       Voting Day TOTALS                  29549       9630    32.59     9460       6858   72.49

  1  0012 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         52                52         36   69.23
  1  0013 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         32                30         14   46.67
  1  0014 Miss Sr Centre - Day 3                 0        305               296        200   67.57
  1  0015 Miss Sr Centre - Day 4                 0        247               245        189   77.14
  1  0016 Port Credit SS - Day 3                 0        246               243        194   79.84
  1  0017 Port Credit SS - Day 4                 0        262               258        203   78.68

  1       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1144              1124        836   74.38
  1       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                       10.62                             

  1       TOTALS                             29549      10774    36.46    10584       7694   72.69

  3  0048 Westminster Court                    194        123    63.40      120        106   88.33
  3  0054 Meadowcroft Constitution              32         15    46.88       10         10  100.00
  3  0050 Beechwood Place                      170         77    45.29       77         66   85.71
  3  0040 Silverthorn Public School           1821        746    40.97      718        550   76.60
  3  0042 Burnhamthorpe Public School         2713       1056    38.92     1024        745   72.75
  3  0041 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta          1633        604    36.99      588        457   77.72
  3  0039 St Thomas More School               3336       1137    34.08     1095        823   75.16
  3  0045 StsMartha & Mary School             4451       1473    33.09     1437       1099   76.48
  3  0053 Summerville Pines                    875        287    32.80      277        218   78.70
  3  0047 John Cabot SecSchool                3162       1024    32.38     1009        815   80.77
  3  0038 Dixie Public School                 3064        968    31.59      938        653   69.62
  3  0046 St Basil Catholic School            4487       1394    31.07     1339       1039   77.60
  3  0037 Brian W Fleming                     3735       1111    29.75     1085        774   71.34
  3  0044 Forest Glen Public School           3542       1046    29.53     1020        761   74.61
  3  0043 Burnhamthorpe C.C.                  3571       1012    28.34      992        726   73.19
  3  0051 Meadowcroft Bough Beeches             62         17    27.42       16         13   81.25
  3  0052 Tyndall Nursing Home                 208         49    23.56       48         37   77.08
  3  0049 Sunrise Senior Living                 88         18    20.45       18         14   77.78

  3       Voting Day TOTALS                  37144      12157    32.73    11811       8906   75.40

  3  0055 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         68                67         55   82.09
  3  0056 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         60                58         49   84.48
  3  0057 Burnhamthorpe CC-Day3                  0        290               281        224   79.72
  3  0058 Burnhamthorpe CC-Day4                  0        261               258        212   82.17
  3  0059 Teresa of Calcutta-Day3                0        320               310        243   78.39
  3  0060 Teresa of Calcutta-Day4                0        275               262        200   76.34

  3       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1274              1236        983   79.53
  3       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                        9.49                             

  3       TOTALS                             37144      13431   36.16    13047       9889   75.80

  6  0121 Leisureworld-Streetsville             33         29    87.88       29         28   96.55
  6  0110 Queenston Drive Pub School          2358        866    36.73      841        668   79.43
  6  0116 St.Dunstan Catholic School          2499        915    36.61      906        743   82.01
  6  0109 Springfield Public School           3433       1241    36.15     1221        865   70.84
  6  0111 StDavid of Wales School             4470       1614    36.11     1576       1229   77.98
  6  0113 StBernadette School                 4302       1493    34.70     1456       1101   75.62
  6  0117 River Grove C.C.                    4552       1465    32.18     1453       1116   76.81
  6  0112 Edenrose Public School              3768       1154    30.63     1125        906   80.53
  6  0115 StHerbert Catholic School           3602       1079    29.96     1068        847   79.31
  6  0118 Whitehorn Public School             4275       1258    29.43     1246        992   79.61
  6  0119 St.Valentine Catholic School        4623       1301    28.14     1280        912   71.25
  6  0114 Fallingbrook Middle School          3466        946    27.29      934        678   72.59
  6  0108 McBride Ave Public School           4468       1198    26.81     1176        942   80.10
  6  0120 Yee Hong Centre                      173         43    24.86       37         32   86.49

  6       Voting Day TOTALS                  46022      14602    31.73    14348      11059   77.08

  6  0122 Advance Poll Day 1                     0        151               149        111   74.50
  6  0123 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         98                97         85   87.63
  6  0124 McBride Avenue PS-Day3                 0        433               414        290   70.05
  6  0125 McBride Avenue PS-Day4                 0        390               379        275   72.56
  6  0126 River Grove CC - Day 3                 0        405               401        317   79.05
  6  0127 River Grove CC - Day 4                 0        475               470        361   76.81

  6       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1952              1910       1439   75.34
  6       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                       11.79                             

  6       TOTALS                             46022      16554    35.97    16258      12498   76.87

  5  0098 Rec Room- 3580 Etude Dr               51         42    82.35       39         22   56.41
  5  0100 Ridgewood Court                      168         69    41.07       62         45   72.58
  5  0092 Marvin Heights Public School        2189        763    34.86      737        490   66.49
  5  0101 Villa Forum Long Term                332        113    34.04      105         69   65.71
  5  0094 Brandon Gate Public School          1643        551    33.54      529        387   73.16
  5  0084 ChamplainTrail Public School        3909       1307    33.44     1281        977   76.27
  5  0089 Frank McKechnie C.C.                5729       1861    32.48     1815       1423   78.40
  5  0095 Darcel Ave Senior School            2457        779    31.71      768        530   69.01
  5  0090 Ridgewood Public School             2352        725    30.82      698        512   73.35
  5  0086 Fairwind Senior PublicSchool        3386       1035    30.57     1020        756   74.12
  5  0093 StRaphael Catholic School           2103        635    30.19      585        378   64.62
  5  0085 St.Gertrude Separate School         3364        963    28.63      940        732   77.87
  5  0088 San Lorenzo Ruiz School             3833       1067    27.84     1053        834   79.20
  5  0097 Dunrankin Dr Public School          3543        975    27.52      939        621   66.13
  5  0087 StHilary Catholic School            2773        746    26.90      731        564   77.15
  5  0091 Morning Star Middle School          2333        547    23.45      534        356   66.67
  5  0096 Malton C.C.                         2915        564    19.35      545        353   64.77
  5  0099 Malton Village Long Term             135         18    13.33       18         12   66.67

  5       Voting Day TOTALS                  43215      12760    29.53    12399       9061   73.08

  5  0102 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         45                44         34   77.27
  5  0103 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         58                57         46   80.70
  5  0104 Ridgewood PS - Day 3                   0        547               514        240   46.69
  5  0105 Ridgewood PS - Day 4                   0        592               544        215   39.52
  5  0106 Frank McKechnie CC-Day3                0        404               397        316   79.60
  5  0107 Frank McKechnie CC-Day4                0        537               529        412   77.88

  5       Advance Poll TOTAL                             2183              2085       1263   60.58
  5       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                       14.61                             

  5       TOTALS                             43215      14943    34.58    14484      10324   71.28

  4  0076 Cawthra Gardens Long Term             49         25    51.02       25         22   88.00
  4  0075 Aspen Grove                          304        125    41.12      118         84   71.19
  4  0072 The Mansion                          511        201    39.33      196        165   84.18
  4  0074 Park Mansion                         440        171    38.86      169        129   76.33
  4  0065 Briarwood Public School             2021        784    38.79      766        593   77.42
  4  0062 Metropolitan Andrei School          2106        755    35.85      735        550   74.83
  4  0068 Corpus Christi School               2894        994    34.35      983        746   75.89
  4  0061 Silver Creek Public School          2896        984    33.98      975        769   78.87
  4  0066 StCharles Garnier School            3367       1096    32.55     1067        872   81.72
  4  0071 St.Pio of Peitrelcina School        4625       1463    31.63     1412       1106   78.33
  4  0069 Huntington Ridge School             3411       1061    31.11     1046        761   72.75
  4  0067 StsPeter & Paul School              3724       1140    30.61     1110        901   81.17
  4  0073 Skymark West Phase 2                 822        242    29.44      237        175   73.84
  4  0077 Amica at City Centre                1056        309    29.26      303        240   79.21
  4  0063 Thornwood Public School             2511        719    28.63      708        553   78.11
  4  0070 StMatthew Catholic School           2915        804    27.58      791        626   79.14
  4  0064 Mississauga Valley C.C.             4696       1117    23.79     1097        797   72.65

  4       Voting Day TOTALS                  38348      11990    31.27    11738       9089   77.43

  4  0078 Advance Poll Day 1                     0        148               148        120   81.08
  4  0079 Advance Poll Day 2                     0        138               138        114   82.61
  4  0080 Mississauga Valley CC-Day3             0        381               370        296   80.00
  4  0081 Mississauga Valley CC-Day4             0        307               301        230   76.41
  4  0082 Huntington Ridge PS-Day3               0        122               119         87   73.11
  4  0083 Huntington Ridge PS-Day4               0        127               125         76   60.80

  4       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1223              1201        923   76.85
  4       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                        9.26                             

  4       TOTALS                             38348      13213   34.46    12939      10012   77.38

  8  0165 Living Waters Residence               88         84    95.45       83         73   87.95
  8  0167 Carmel Heights                        50         42    84.00       41         35   85.37
  8  0166 South Common Court                   144        109    75.69      104         81   77.88
  8  0168 Ivan Franko Home                      74         54    72.97       53         44   83.02
  8  0169 Amica - Erin Mills                   167         81    48.50       76         56   73.68
  8  0170 Specialty Care-Mississauga            50         21    42.00       20         16   80.00
  8  0157 StMark Separate School              3988       1545    38.74     1526       1148   75.23
  8  0154 King's Masting Public School        2267        792    34.94      785        606   77.20
  8  0152 StJean Baptiste School              3213       1107    34.45     1096        811   74.00
  8  0158 Pheasant Run Public School          4232       1422    33.60     1411       1147   81.29
  8  0153 St.Margaret of Scotland             1898        635    33.46      630        498   79.05
  8  0163 StRose of Lima School               2316        765    33.03      752        560   74.47
  8  0160 All Saints Separate School          3242       1064    32.82     1048        840   80.15
  8  0151 Holy Name of Mary College           2026        610    30.11      603        464   76.95
  8  0159 Ashgrove Public School              2752        828    30.09      818        640   78.24
  8  0155 Christ the King School              4499       1307    29.05     1287        964   74.90
  8  0162 Credit Valley Public School         3339        962    28.81      951        747   78.55
  8  0156 South Common C.C.                   4772       1286    26.95     1276        997   78.13
  8  0161 Artesian Drive Public School        2921        775    26.53      764        569   74.48
  8  0150 Oakridge Public School              2622        584    22.27      578        422   73.01
  8  0171 Sunrise Senior Living                 62         13    20.97       13         11   84.62
  8  0164 Credit Valley Hospital                14          2    14.29        2          1   50.00
  8  0172 University of Toronto                 94          8     8.51        8          7   87.50

  8       Voting Day TOTALS                  44830      14096    31.44    13925      10737   77.11

  8  0173 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         94                94         88   93.62
  8  0174 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         65                63         57   90.48
  8  0175 South Common CC - Day 3                0        414               403        348   86.35
  8  0176 South Common CC - Day 4                0        323               318        263   82.70
  8  0177 Pheasant Run PS - Day 3                0        230               230        192   83.48
  8  0178 Pheasant Run PS - Day 4                0        169               168        124   73.81

  8       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1295              1276       1072   84.01
  8       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                        8.41                             

  8       TOTALS                             44830      15391    34.33    15201      11809  77.69

 11  0225 Extendicare Mississauga               25         28   112.00       28         24   85.71
 11  0216 Rec Room-4 Caroline Street           715        289    40.42      273        215   78.75
 11  0217 Streetsville SecSchool              2552        977    38.28      955        772   80.84
 11  0219 Ray Underhill Public School         3862       1331    34.46     1315       1088   82.74
 11  0218 Vista Heights Public School         2261        712    31.49      702        550   78.35
 11  0224 Derry West Village School           3427       1052    30.70     1020        708   69.41
 11  0221 StVeronica CatholicSchool           2921        845    28.93      837        622   74.31
 11  0223 Levi Creek Public School            3684       1061    28.80     1045        814   77.89
 11  0220 Britannia Public School             6126       1709    27.90     1681       1291   76.80
 11  0222 David Leeder Middle School          4650       1277    27.46     1263        959   75.93
 11  0215 Vic Johnston C.C.                   3277        813    24.81      809        614   75.90

 11       Voting Day TOTALS                  33500      10094    30.13     9928       7657   77.13

 11  0226 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         55                54         40   74.07
 11  0227 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         38                38         33   86.84
 11  0228 Ray Underhill PS-Day3                  0        263               260        209   80.38
 11  0229 Ray Underhill PS-Day4                  0        295               291        260   89.35
 11  0230 David Leeder MS-Day3                   0        219               216        165   76.39
 11  0231 David Leeder MS-Day4                   0        278               272        209   76.84

 11       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1148              1131        916   80.99
 11       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                       10.21                             

 11       TOTALS                             33500      11242    33.56    11059       8573   77.52

  2  0027 Erin Mills Lodge 72                   69     95.83                 69         51   73.91
  2  0030 Wawel Villa      78                   37     47.44                 37         32   86.49
  2  0029 Sheridan Villa   178                  71     39.89                 70         54   77.14
  2  0025 St Francis of Assisi                2875       1104    38.40     1094        854   78.06
  2  0022 Lorne Park Public School            3100       1013    32.68      997        740   74.22
  2  0018 Clarkson Public School              4144       1315    31.73     1307       1011   77.35
  2  0021 Lorne Park SecSchool                2688        795    29.58      786        529   67.30
  2  0026 Sheridan Park Public School         2733        794    29.05      792        600   75.76
  2  0020 StLuke Catholic School              4061       1104    27.19     1097        831   75.75
  2  0023 Clarkson C.C.                       4321       1167    27.01     1153        952   82.57
  2  0019 Owenwood Public School              4148       1111    26.78     1104        810   73.37
  2  0024 StHelen Separate School             3829        902    23.56      896        723   80.69
  2  0028 The Wenleigh                         160         25    15.63       25         19   76.00

  2       Voting Day TOTALS                  32387       9507    29.35     9427       7206   76.44

  2  0031 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         48                48         38   79.17
  2  0032 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         33                33         28   84.85
  2  0033 Clarkson CC - Day 3                    0        279               276        230   83.33
  2  0034 Clarkson CC - Day 4                    0        215               215        185   86.05
  2  0035 Lorne Park SS - Day 3                  0        372               370        318   85.95
  2  0036 Lorne Park SS - Day 4                  0        337               334        275   82.34

  2       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1284              1276       1074   84.17
  2       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                       11.90                             

  2       TOTALS                             32387      10791    33.32    10703       8280   77.36

  9  0188 Heritage Glen                         92        155   168.48      146        122   83.56
  9  0190 Edenwood Seniors Village              75         52    69.33       49         38   77.55
  9  0182 Miller's Grove Public School        3214       1139    35.44     1129        928   82.20
  9  0183 Settler's Green PublicSchool        4659       1459    31.32     1452       1203   82.85
  9  0186 Shelter Bay Public School           3894       1166    29.94     1152        931   80.82
  9  0184 St.John of the Cross School         3669       1096    29.87     1087        865   79.58
  9  0187 StRichard Separate School           4706       1388    29.49     1377       1137   82.57
  9  0180 Castlebridge Public School          3386        924    27.29      917        725   79.06
  9  0185 Meadowvale C.C.                     4345       1164    26.79     1156        950   82.18
  9  0181 Our Lady of Mercy School            2286        593    25.94      584        464   79.45
  9  0179 Erin Meadows C.C.                   5012       1248    24.90     1241        945   76.15
  9  0189 Village of Erin Meadows              163         23    14.11       23         20   86.96

  9       Voting Day TOTALS                  35501      10407    29.31    10313       8328   80.75

  9  0191 Advance Poll Day 1                     0         47                47         44   93.62
  9  0192 Advance Poll Day 2                     0         42                42         36   85.71
  9  0193 Erin Meadows CC - Day 3                0        346               337        275   81.60
  9  0194 Erin Meadows CC - Day 4                0        282               277        239   86.28
  9  0195 Meadowvale CC - Day 3                  0        301               298        256   85.91
  9  0196 Meadowvale CC - Day 4                  0        259               256        220   85.94

  9       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1277              1257       1070   85.12
  9       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                       10.93                             

  9       TOTALS                             35501      11684    32.91    11570       9398   81.23

  7  0141 Trillium Health Centre                 4          6   150.00        6          4   66.67
  7  0140 Leisureworld-Mississauga              67         37    55.22       37         31   83.78
  7  0143 Heritage House                        47         22    46.81       21         18   85.71
  7  0129 Clifton Public School               2383        908    38.10      891        646   72.50
  7  0128 Munden Park Public School           2784        883    31.72      864        663   76.74
  7  0134 Huron Park C.C.                     5332       1636    30.68     1613       1212   75.14
  7  0133 Mary Fix Catholic School            2706        815    30.12      801        626   78.15
  7  0132 Floradale Public School             3350        971    28.99      934        659   70.56
  7  0136 StPhilip Catholic School            4558       1188    26.06     1172        909   77.56
  7  0139 King Garden Retirement               435        107    24.60      107         74   69.16
  7  0135 FrDaniel Zanon School               5736       1382    24.09     1357       1001   73.77
  7  0131 St.Catherine ofSienna School        3801        872    22.94      860        675   78.49
  7  0138 Fairview Public School              2760        515    18.66      511        385   75.34
  7  0137 Bishop Scalabrini School            5335        994    18.63      970        769   79.28
  7  0130 St.Timothy Separate School          2531        429    16.95      423        313   74.00
  7  0142 Extendicare                           91         13    14.29       13          9   69.23

  7       Voting Day TOTALS                  41920      10778    25.71    10580       7994   75.56

  7  0144 Advance Poll Day 1                     0        125               121         93   76.86
  7  0145 Advance Poll Day 2                     0        183               181        136   75.14
  7  0146 St Timothy SS - Day 3                  0        187               186        146   78.49
  7  0147 St Timothy SS - Day 4                  0        150               149        110   73.83
  7  0148 Huron Park CC - Day 3                  0        188               186        156   83.87
  7  0149 Huron Park CC - Day 4                  0        211               211        172   81.52

  7       Advance Poll TOTAL                             1044              1034        813   78.63
  7       Pct. Votes Cast at Advance Polls                        8.83                             

  7       TOTALS                             41920      11822    28.20    11614       8807   75.83

          TOTALS ALL WARDS                  417919     143501    34.34   140902     107643   76.40

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

E MALAMA KAKOU. To care for All.

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

BACKGROUND (repeated from other blog entries)

On November 17th we reported the most preliminary of preliminary findings in the Blog, “Mississauga News quotes Councillors: VOTERS’ LIST WAS A “MESS”. Why didn’t the City check its own Official Election Results?!” That Blog provided insight into how Hazel McCallion’s 107,643 votes were distributed both by ward and polling stations. These data however don’t necessarily show support for McCallion because it was possible for her to receive the highest number of votes in a polling station where she only got 40-50% of Mayor’s ballots cast—a plurality, in other words.

Our November 18th Blog, “Spreadsheet into percentage of Hazel McCallion’s votes by Mississauga polling stations provides unique insights presented McCallion’s support by polling station based on the simple equation “Votes for Hazel McCallion” divided by “Total Ballots Cast for Mayor”. Example. There are 10 ballets cast for Mayor. 8 were for Hazel McCallion. 8/10 or 80% support at that polling station.

Our November 19th Blog, “Mississauga Ward 5 percentages showing support for incumbents Mayor Hazel McCallion and Councillor Eve Adams by polling stations” focused only on Ward 5 polling station results showing the percentage support for both incumbents Mayor Hazel McCallion and Councillor Eve Adams. We decided to report on Ward 5 first because Malton Community Centre is one of our primary Roots of Youth Violence research sites.

Our November 21st, 2010 Blog, “What effect the “robocall”? Mississauga Ward 6 percentages showing support for Mayor Hazel McCallion, Carolyn Parrish and Ron Starr by polling stations” provided a Carolyn Parrish/Ron Starr breakdown. For context we also did the breakdown for Advanced Polls versus Voting Day to see if Hazel McCallion’s robocall had any effect.

As a result of the news that Mississauga Council had ordered a recount of Ward 1, we decided to post our spreadsheet for that ward next. In the November 24 blog, “Mississauga Councillor Calls for Ward 1 Recount –and STATS for Ward 1 Advanced Polls versus Voting Day”, we confirmed that bottomline, Councillor Corbasson was ahead in the Advanced Polls occurring Ocober 14-15th and lost support on Voting Day. We’re convinced that Jim Tovey’s flyer circulated Saturday, two days before Voting Day had the effect intended.

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

We realize now that our November 18th Blog, “Spreadsheet into percentage of Hazel McCallion’s votes by Mississauga polling stations provides unique insights did not provide a complete picture. For one thing, we presented no totals. Another, back then we didn’t understand the importance of comparing the results of Advanced Polls vs Voting Day to gauge what effect the Shipp-McCallion team’s “over-sized cheque” flyers might have had.

For context, we provide the actual voter turnout by Ward sorted by highest to lowest. Please see column “Turnout“. Note City-wide voter turnout was 34.34% (* checked against City’s results at www.mississauga.ca).

And to repeat, as always, should anyone spot an error we’d appreciate being advised. Many thanks!

Anonymous letter surfaces in Vaughan. Is Vaughan “Friend” Mississauga “Fred” or a new “Copy-Cat”?

December 10th, 2010  

I’d intended for today’s Blog to provide more Mississauga 2010 election data —this time tables of all 11 Mississauga wards sorted by voter turnout.

Fate intervened. There’s another anonymous “Fred”-like letter —a Vaughan “Friend”. Please see our blog, “Police investigate anonymous “Fred letter alleging Mississauga vote fraud. Here’s the letter. Here are the data!” for the original “Fred” who we will now refer to as “Mississauga Fred”.

When you read Vaughan Friend (who actually signed his letter “A friend, inside at the City of Vaughan.”) and Mississauga Fred’s letters below, you’ll find the similarities striking. Both allege massive voting fraud occurred when election night systems went offline. Both call for manual recounts.

As with Mississauga Fred I took the time to type out Vaughan Friend so that the text of his/her letter can be Googled.

Note, Vaughan Friend’s letter has been checked for accuracy –meaning it’s precisely as it was written. We encourage you to compare the text to the “printscreen” scan. If readers do find errors, as always we’d appreciate knowing

Whether “Vaughan Friend” is also “Mississauga Fred” or a new “Copy-Cat”, perhaps time will tell.

VAUGHAN FRIEND’S LETTER

"VAUGHAN FRED" ANONYMOUS LETTER ALLEGING ELECTION/VOTE FRAUD IN VAUGHAN 2010 MUNICIPAL ELECTION Click here for a larger (1000 x 1337) size

LETTER FROM VAUGHAN FRIEND (Reproduced verbatim)
note: “YRP” and “OPP” refers to York Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dear residents of Vaughan,

Some things just do not change at the City of Vaughan. I work in the I T department at the City
of Vaughan. I have witnessed email exchange and private phone messages on how the election
night votes where to be favoured. I also witnessed the City’s computer system tabulating ballots
going offline and being rigged a breach, upon the upload of the advanced polls (check ballots). I
have also witnessed a surplus of tabulation cards that where to be pre loaded with the winners on
them. I also had a staff member questioning me if they should do as their told or lose their job in
regards to manipulation of the vote. The city of Vaughan’s computer systems are very unsecure,
as mentioned in the several reports. The reports were sparked because of the Jackson email theft
that arrived to Di Biase’s door step and others PC in the city and because of the Donofrio
litigation. Donofrio was accused of breaching the cities computer system. I witnessed a staff
member creating reports to make it look like Donofrio breached to terminate him (check the
back-up) this is similar to the on-goings that lead up to the final election results. Some things just
don’t change at the city above the law and this frustrates me as a long time employee. The IT
department was interviewed by a Deloitte & Touche, legend and Bell. The guarded unedited
original Deloitte & Touche report was turned over to Donofrio through the courts. The report
will clearly show the flaws in the cities server system and manipulation and who did what,
perhaps the same person still works in IT, it’s clear how the changes easily took place, as it did
on election night. I want to make note the current council did not receive nearly as many votes as
the official result indicated. Deals were made behind the scenes Vaughan style similar to the Di
Biase recount let’s not forget staff got fired for that one. The incumbents, who lost, should
demand a hand recount and full disclosure of all the election process and an audit of the IT
department and tabulation machines and the clerk’s office. The numbers were skewed if an
investigation takes place though another police force, other than YRP and OPP I will come forth
the residents of Vaughan deserve better, and so do the incumbents that lost unfairly. This is no
way to win an election. I thought the new leader will not stand for corruption maybe I guess
wrong. The City of Vaughan needs to do the right thing and show the real results to the public if
you have nothing to hide or I will post them.

Signed,

A friend, inside at the City of Vaughan.

MISSISSAUGA FRED’S LETTER

We also present a copy of Mississauga Fred’s letter that we received electronically as a pdf file and we present it here as a “printscreen” of that pdf file.

ANONYMOUS LETTER FROM "FRED" ALLEGING ELECTION/VOTE FRAUD IN MISSISSAUGA 2010 MUNICIPAL ELECTION.Click here for a larger (1000 x 1337) size

We’ve typed out the anonymous letter from “Fred” so that the text can be Googled. Note: the letter has been checked for accuracy–meaning it’s precisely as it was written. We encourage you to compare to the scan above.

LETTER FROM MISSISSAUGA FRED (Reproduced verbatim)

WHAT I AM ABOUT TO TELL YOU IS VERY DISTURBING.

I WAS INVOLVED IN FIXING THE VOTES AND THAT IS THE REASON THE
COMPUTER WAS OFFLINE MONDAY ELECTION NIGHT FOR SOME TIME, IT
ALMOST DID NOT HAPPEN.

THE ELECTION VOTE COUNT HAS BEEN TAMPERED WITH

THE MAYORS TOTAL WAS NO WHERE NEAR THE AMOUNT THAT WAS
DISCLOSED. Her votes were almost half of what she received. We were told to take
votes away from the others to make it look like the mayor got a majority vote.

The results for the councilors were fixed.
The 2 new councilors did not win and 2 old councilors did loose and we were told to
make them all a winner.

The 2 that actually lost we were told to make it look like they won with a landslide
like the mayors votes. The 2 that won did not actually win we were told to make them
a winner 1 with a small margin and the other by a bigger margin. So now you have
4 councillors who are not supposed to be in office and the 4 that won are out of a job
due to election tampering we made them loose. 

ALL OTHER COUNCILLORS  VOTES WERE ALSO TAMPERED WITH AND
CHANGED. Take a look at the results we had to adjust almost all the numbers to
make them look as if they balanced. We missed some due to the time we had the
system down and ran out of time and made some mistakes and forgot to adjust the
dropouts who received higher vote counts than someone who ran a full campaign.

A TOTAL MANUAL RECOUNT IS NECISARY.

I WISH I CAN TELL YOU MORE AND I CAN NOT.

YOU SHOULD ACT BEFORE THEY DO A COMPLETE COVER UP. GET
EVERYONE TOGETHER TO PROTEST THE BIGGEST SCANDLE OF THE
CENTURY. THIS LETTER IS NOT SENT OUT TO EVERYONE, SO PLEASE
NOTIFY ALL THE OTHERS ONCE YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER.

I DO NOT KNOW WHO ELSE TO SEND THIS TO OR WHO CONTROLS OR
OVERLOOKS A SITUATION LIKE THIS WITH ELECTION RESULTS.

GOOD LUCK.

I WILL SAY MY NAME IS FRED FOR NOW.

Hmmm… how to end this blog…. Ah!

YouTube video not showing that I voted George Winter for Mayor and no one for Councillor or Trustee on October 25, 2010 at my polling station!

City of Mississauga emails, “Remove YouTube video. You are in violation of Municipal Elections Act” (4:20 min)
(replaces Mississauga mayoral candidate, “The Mississauga Muse” videotapes casting her vote originally shown here)

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

E MALAMA KAKOU. To care for All.

UPDATE: Saturday, December 13, 2010 12:35 am. Changed the title of this blog from “Anonymous letter surfaces in Vaughan. Is ‘Vaughan Fred’ ‘Mississauga Fred’ or a new ‘Copy-Cat’?”  to “Anonymous letter surfaces in Vaughan. Is ‘Vaughan Friend’ Mississauga ‘Fred” or a new ‘Copy-Cat’?”

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Message to Voters! Ontario: the “dead last” Province. Citizens NEED the Ontario Ombudsman!

September 29th, 2010  

To voters across Ontario. What do you know about your municipal government? I mean really know —not just what you read in your local rag.

Video: Ontario the “dead last” Province. Citizens need the Ontario Ombudsman (4:05 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting on the clock tower, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

I’ve researched Mississauga municipal governance through Freedom of Information since January 2007 and I despair for those who need government most. To be fair, it isn’t just Mississauga. I’m convinced that most municipalities in Ontario are morally beyond redemption. What is, is.

To illustrate the essence of “my” platform, here are selected quotes from our Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin, in an address he gave in October 31, 2007:

Quote.

“Sadly, we all have stories to tell about how governments are prone to promising much more to the public than they deliver. And I’m not talking about campaign promises… What I’m talking about is something that goes much deeper, and it affects every aspect of day-to-day government. It’s about the trust between the people and their government.

Quote.

“Personally, I am very concerned about the trend in government organizations today to put forward a slick public image, touting themselves as the ‘best in the world,’ when in reality, they aren’t even coming close to living up to that image…

Quote.

“Ontario generally likes to think of itself as a leader in Canada.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Tower elevator, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

Quote.

“But like a lot of things in government today…the reality doesn’t measure up to the ideal. There are still huge areas of government– representing more than 80% of provincial spending–that are completely immune to my scrutiny

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting at the Great Hall, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

Quote.

“I am shut out of the MUSH sector–referring to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals, along with long-term care facilities, police and children’s aid societies. This leaves thousands of Ontarians with nowhere to turn with their complaints…

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Quote.

“Every other province allows its ombudsman to oversee most if not all of the MUSH sector. But Ontario lags behind–dead last.

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting in the underground parking, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

Quote.

“And obviously the government knows there is a need to open these organizations up to public scrutiny…

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Quote.

“What I do know is that wherever we have been able to investigate, we have found plenty of ‘puffery.’ That’s what I call the overblown, puffed-up promises of ‘world-class service’ that some organizations use a shield, when they are actually quite secretive and dismissive toward the public.”

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Wherever I have been able to investigate the City of Mississauga, I’ve found plenty of “puffery”–and they are definitely quite secretive and dismissive toward the public.

Need proof? Three words: Mississauga. Judicial. Inquiry.

A Master of Deception and Duplicity–that’s the City of Mississauga! So huge is the vast gap between claims and truth that I’ve come to call this city MYTHissauga!

I know I’m nobody to the City of Mississauga–not to be believed. So be it. What disgusts me most is knowing that every day, MYTHissauga metes out the same contemptuous message to other “nobodies” like me.

There is no simple fix—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting in the underground parking, Mississauga City Hall, September 28, 2010):

—but a good first step is to introduce authentic, independent accountability into municipal government. I therefore propose a simple test to use to decide who gets your vote.

Ask your candidate:

Do you support extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities?

Unless you get an unqualified “Yes!” look for someone else to support.

Giddy-yap!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]


MISSISSAUGAWATCH REQUESTS LIMITED STANDING AT MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY

MISSISSAUGA’S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER PHOTOS CONFIRM PREVIOUS MINOR DAMAGE BEFORE THE *BIG* ONE

September 11th, 2010  

Zero doubt. The Dowling Heritage House, home of the Streetsville’s first Mayor sustained at least two hits in August 2010. And some photos from the Autotrader.ca car ads confirm this.

We shared the video and photos with the evil emp– City and we’ll eventually report on what happens.

As always, the video and the transcript.

Video: MISSISSAUGA’S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER PHOTOS CONFIRM PREVIOUS MINOR DAMAGE (5:48 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting/videotaping in front of computer, August 31, 2010)

It is Tuesday, August the 31st, 2010 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like. That’s not where we’re going. I want to show you an ad in the AutoTrader for a 2006 Dodge Charger.

I’d mentioned that I had gone and looked at this car. And you can do a 360 here.

And I had gone and looked at this car —oh I don’t know, I believe it was a Monday, and it just happened to be also the place where the Dowling House, Streetsville’s first mayor —the home of Streetsville’s first mayor happened to be, okay?

I didn’t know this at the time. I was just interested in the car. But you can kind of see in the background here photograph of what turns out to be the Dowling House and also the truck.

Now what’s interesting is that when you when you take the Mississauga News, right here, inform people about the Dowling House to let them know that—  Right there I made a comment.

But anyway you can see here this big gaping hole in the Dowling House. And yet when you compare it to this photograph right here —let’s click on it. And we’re going to get rid of, well, you can kind of see it but let’s just make it like this and over. And you can see —what I did, just to show you, was took this photograph right here over. And now I magnified it.

And when you pull it over like this you can see that the Dowling House had very very little damage and still had much of its front there. Too bad you can’t see much more but let’s just do a really close close-up here just to record this. Looks like it still may even have had a door, I don’t know.

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MINOR DAMAGE)

But compare that to what exists here. I mean the window is taken completely out. The brick goes beyond the window and into here. So again let’s just take a look here —and the Dowling House here.

There was damage, initial damage done —they might possibly have thought oh well, we don’t want to pay for the insurance— I don’t know, I’m speculating, of course, but there was damage done when this photo of this Dodge Charger was taken. And this ad has been up for quite a while.

Certainly before —there it is.

So it’s very clear, if nothing else, that there were two runs taken at this house. And then you see this part, there is likely the initial damage done and then this gaping hole.

Again. Here. Versus, where is it —there.

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE)

I’ll try to make this a little bit easier so you can see. This. Versus That.

[FOUR PICS showing actual ad and then magnification]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (videotaping in the parking lot of the Streetsville’s Dowling House, August 27, 2010):

It is Friday, August 27, 2010 and last Monday I was here looking at this car here, a white Dodge Charger. And we pulled up just to the other side of this truck and noticed this house.

And I thought, unh, looks like it’s slated for demolition, right? And I thought yet another piece of Mississauga —old Mississauga is gone.

And then yesterday, or the day before, in the Mississauga News, it was reported that this house isn’t just any old house, it is the house of the former mayor of Streetsville.

And on top of it, it wasn’t set for demolition it was— I guess they’re hedging their bets and just calling it “apparently” done on purpose.

And what I’m doing now is I want to document this because you just never know when someone else is going to purposely back into it again and completely demolish it.

So I’m just going to do a —I was there for the Gray House. I documented Sanford properties being developed. And I thought, well, I might as well be here and take a look.

The details, it was the house of a former mayor of Streetsville —

[DIP TO WHITE]

We losing so much of the Old Mississauga. In fact this would be before there was a Mississauga. And I think what we’ll do, until such time as we’re told to go away, we’ll just do a walk-around.

[DIP TO BLACK TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 NO DAMAGE)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MINOR DAMAGE)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE PLUS LADDER)

MISSISSAUGA'S DOWLING HERITAGE HOUSE: AUTOTRADER AD PHOTOS CONFIRM PRIOR MINOR DAMAGE (Pic 1 MAJOR DAMAGE)

That’s it. Can’t convince me that what happened to the Dowling House was an accident.

Last here’s the original video of the Dowling House so this Blog can have as complete a record as possible.

Video: Mississauga’s Dowling Heritage House: severely damaged “might have been a deliberate act” (5:56 min)

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

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"WHO MOURNS THE MARSH?" MISSISSAUGA PROTEST SIGN

“WHO MOURNS THE MARSH?” our sign protesting the destruction of Sanford Pond

Lawyer’s conclusion: That Peter McCallion could not be considered to be the son of the Mayor (Hazel McCallion)

August 10th, 2010  

Yes, just the video and transcript again today.  You won’t believe it. The City got a legal opinion from Stanley Makuch (Cassels Brock Lawyers) concluding that Peter McCallion, for material purposes, was not actually the son of the Mayor, Hazel McCallion.

Yep.

And so here’s the video of that exchange —followed by the court transcript.

Video: Peter McCallion could not be considered to be the son of Mayor Hazel McCallion (2:31 min)

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

August 10, 2010 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS
[note: “he” refers to Stanley Makuch Cassels Brock Lawyers]


WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

—And then you’ll see, going down that page, that he comes to the conclusion that Peter McCallion, for material purposes, was not actually the son of the Mayor.

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

Yeah.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

Go to the next page, page 7. He came to the view, I gather, that unless there was a financially dependent relationship that Peter McCallion could not be considered to be the son of the Mayor?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

That’s correct.

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

All right. Apart from this letter, did he ever offer any authority for that view?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

He never offered an explanation at all. And it’s contrary to the case he cited and it’s contrary to the definition of child in the lac — in the Act, so…

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

Right. And — and I guess we could add out of that, I take it that he was not aware that the Mayor was one of the trustees of a trust to provide for the benefit of Peter McCallion?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

I certainly would not have provided that information to him —

WILLIAM MCDOWELL (Commission Counsel):

Right. So — so as far as we know he didn’t know that either?

MARY ELLEN BENCH (City Solicitor, City of Mississauga):

That is correct.

[CROSSZOOM]

Part Two. The above exchange is repeated and pairs video of Peter McCallion and Not-his-Mom Mayor Hazel McCallion at the January 1, 2009 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee at Mississauga Council Chambers. Orphan Peter also talks story with Councillor Katie “Friends of Hazel” Mahoney and her hubbie Steve Mahoney. Complete with music!

Last, here is the Stanley Makuch (Cassels Brock Lawyers) report, “Conflict of Interest – Ltr November 11, 2009 – from Mary Ellen Bench To Stanley Makuch (Cassels Brock Lawyers)“.

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

Below is Mississauga News coverage of the judicial inquiry to date.

Mayor was ‘in a conflict situation’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858706–mayor-was-in-a-conflict-situation

WCD bid skirted usual fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858489–wcd-bid-skirted-usual-fees

Minutes not altered: witness
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858318–minutes-not-altered-witness

Consultant didn’t deal with McCallions
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/858089–consultant-denies-dealings-with-mccallions

Inquiry resumes next week
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/857352–inquiry-resumes-next-week

City may sue mayor’s son for $150,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856831–city-may-sue-mayor-s-son-for-150-000

Council okays $250,000 more for mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/856578–council-okays-250-000-more-for-mayor

What price truth?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/855846–what-price-truth

Mayor should step down
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/855844–mayor-should-step-down

McCallions’ inquiry tab could top $500,000
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855622–mccallions-inquiry-tab-could-top-500-000

Mayor not helped by son’s testimony
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855587–mayor-not-helped-by-son-s-testimony

McCallion should pay: Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/855047–mccallion-should-pay-parrish

‘I did nothing wrong’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854557–i-did-nothing-wrong

Firm thought McCallion was a real estate agent, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854348–firm-thought-mccallion-was-a-real-estate-agent-inquiry-told

City wasn’t fleeced in land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/854255–city-wasn-t-fleeced-in-land-deal

Son misled mayor, lawyer suggests
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853946–son-misled-mayor-lawyer-suggests

McCallion sticks up for mom
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853823–mccallion-sticks-up-for-mom

McCallion’s memory tested
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853442–mccallion-s-memory-tested

Mayor pushed her son’s project
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853143–mayor-pushed-her-son-s-project

Mayor’s son on the hot seat
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/853105–mayor-s-son-on-the-hot-seat

Not a principal: McCallion
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852904–not-a-principal-mccallion

McCallion co-signed loan
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852871–mccallion-co-signed-loan

Mayor an ’emissary’ for son’s company: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852774–mayor-an-emissary-for-son-s-company-lawyer

O’Brien was also involved in Sheridan deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852668–o-brien-was-also-involved-in-sheridan-deal

Lawyers prepare for battle at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852401–lawyers-prepare-for-battle-at-inquiry

Hazel vouched for son’s partner
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852375–hazel-vouched-for-son-s-partner

Mayor’s son to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/852244–mayor-s-son-to-testify

OMERS denies inflating land deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/848667–omers-denies-inflating-land-deal

Code needed at City
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/847289–code-needed-at-city

Company received $4M payout
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/847088–company-received-4m-payout

City seeks public review of ethics code
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846865–city-seeks-public-review-of-ethics-code

Company received $4M pay-out over hotel deal
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/846702–company-received-4m-pay-out-over-hotel-deal

Voters will decide
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/845495–voters-will-decide

Process can’t be muzzled
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/845494–process-can-t-be-muzzled

Mayor pushed deal, Inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845386–mayor-pushed-deal-inquiry-told

Mayor linked to meeting
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845348–mayor-linked-to-meeting

Mayor pushed for hotel in City Centre
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/845305–mayor-pushed-for-hotel-in-city-centre

Judge shoots down mayor’s request
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844957–judge-shoots-down-mayor-s-request

Was it legal?
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/844106–was-it-legal

Mayor cries foul at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/844048–mayor-cries-foul-at-inquiry

Inquiry hits another roadblock
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/842350–inquiry-hits-another-roadblock

Questions remain
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/841093–questions-remain

Inquiry costs now expected to hit $5 million
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/840203–inquiry-costs-now-expected-to-hit-5-million

Inquiry may hurt Enersource: lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/839993–inquiry-may-hurt-enersource-lawyer

‘I am not stepping down’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838087–i-am-not-stepping-down

Inquiry’s second phase begins in July
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/838006–inquiry-s-second-phase-begins-in-july

‘I forget‚’ doesn’t cut it
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/837377–i-forget-doesn-t-cut-it

Council told of veto: Mahoney
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833782–council-told-of-veto-mahoney

Mahoney set to testify at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/833374–mahoney-set-to-testify-at-inquiry

Mahoney called to testify
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/832789–mahoney-called-to-testify

Councillor asks for fees
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831724–councillor-asks-for-fees

Mayor’s legal fees capped
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/831432–mayor-s-legal-fees-capped

Inquiry costs climb
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/830589–inquiry-costs-climb

Lawyers want more to represent mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/829779–lawyers-want-more-to-represent-mayor

McCallion calls out Parrish
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/828112–mccallion-calls-out-parrish

Mayor denies knowing of veto
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/827766–mayor-denies-knowing-of-veto

Deal negotiated improperly, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/826715–deal-negotiated-improperly-inquiry-hears

Mayor on stand tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823922–mayor-on-stand-tomorrow

Enersource deal ‘terrific’ for Mississauga
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823722–enersource-deal-terrific-for-mississauga

Enersource deal nixed by inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/823414–enersource-deal-nixed-by-inquiry

We’ll all pay a share
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/822510–we-ll-all-pay-a-share

Former City manager vague in details
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/822193–former-city-manager-vague-in-details

Councillors should have known about veto, deal maker says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821795–councillors-should-have-known-about-veto-deal-maker-says

Files stay sealed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821442–files-stay-sealed

City set to approve full funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821229–city-set-to-approve-full-funding-for-mayor-s-son

City key to OMERS, inquiry told
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/821186–city-key-to-omers-inquiry-told

No common sense
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/821055–no-common-sense

High stakes drama
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/821054–high-stakes-drama

Enersource powers ‘changed’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820981–enersource-powers-changed

Hydro deal took years to probe, inquiry hears
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820827–hydro-deal-took-years-to-probe-inquiry-hears

Judicial inquiry starts today
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820606–judicial-inquiry-starts-today

Inquiry starts tomorrow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/820581–inquiry-starts-tomorrow

Mayor to testify June 2
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818995–mayor-to-testify-june-2

Councillors consider code of ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818976–councillors-consider-code-of-ethics

Council code of conduct on agenda
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/818368–council-code-of-conduct-on-agenda

More money for Mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817504–more-money-for-mayor-s-son

Commissioner to rule on funding for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/817197–commissioner-to-rule-on-funding-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry costs at $1.5M and rising
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/815604–inquiry-costs-at-1-5m-and-rising

Lawyer wrong about campaign, mayor says
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/812946–lawyer-wrong-about-campaign-mayor-says

Inquiry schedule released
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808796–inquiry-schedule-released

Inquiry will hurt campaign: Lawyer
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808205–inquiry-will-hurt-campaign-lawyer

The News makes motion at inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/808197–the-news-makes-motion-at-inquiry

Keep inquiry open
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/806192–keep-inquiry-open

No go for ‘citizen journalists’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/806075–no-go-for-citizen-journalists

The News wants affidavit made public
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/805668–the-news-wants-affidavit-made-public

Split decision for citizen journalists
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/805386–split-decision-for-citizen-journalists

Council nixes legal fees for councillors
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/801673–council-nixes-legal-fees-for-councillors

‘Layers’ of land deal probed
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/704572–layers-of-land-deal-probed

Inquiry to hear from ‘citizen journalists’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/661747–inquiry-to-hear-from-citizen-journalists

Judicial inquiry costs continue to grow
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/658728–judicial-inquiry-costs-continue-to-grow

Mayor submits documents
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/650744–mayor-submits-documents

Someone should pay
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/650294–someone-should-pay

Mayor’s record-keeping under scrutiny
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/650221–mayor-s-record-keeping-under-scrutiny

Cut off the cash
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/647500–cut-off-the-cash

Inquiry searches for paper trail
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/627010–inquiry-searches-for-paper-trail

City ‘targeting’ mayor’s son?
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/626648–city-targeting-mayor-s-son

No apologies
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/625718–no-apologies

Mayor’s son to ask for more public money
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/625569–mayor-s-son-to-ask-for-more-public-money

Delay sparks speculation
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/625357–delay-sparks-speculation

Councillors rethinking legal fees for mayor’s son
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/621333–councillors-rethinking-legal-fees-for-mayor-s-son

Inquiry to begin May 17
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/620801–inquiry-to-begin-may-17

Taxpayers shoulder Mayor’s legal bill
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/607170–taxpayers-shoulder-mayor-s-legal-bill

Stand up and vote

http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/603522–stand-up-and-vote

Costs mounting at judicial inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/507888–costs-mounting-at-judicial-inquiry

Inquiry probe ‘going well’
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/412749–inquiry-probe-going-well

Ground broken for college campus
http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/244665–ground-broken-for-college-campus

City asked to foot legal bills

http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/244243–city-asked-to-foot-legal-bills

Judicial inquiry begins
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/230647–judicial-inquiry-begins

Judicial inquiry gets underway
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/230043–judicial-inquiry-gets-underway

Hundreds back mayor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/219491–hundreds-back-mayor

McCallion accused of negotiating commissions
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/218099–mccallion-accused-of-negotiating-commissions

Duty bound
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/217940–duty-bound

Matter of priorities
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/217379–matter-of-priorities

‘Support Hazel’ rally planned
http://www.mississauga.com/news/local/article/217336–support-hazel-rally-planned

Optics over ethics
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/216653–optics-over-ethics

Don’t ease up
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/216174–don-t-ease-up

Stay on point
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/216171–stay-on-point

Letter of the week
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/162030–letter-of-the-week

Judge picked for inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161865–judge-picked-for-inquiry

Council votes to limit judicial probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161601–council-votes-to-limit-judicial-probe

Petition aims to cancel judicial probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/161286–petition-aims-to-cancel-judicial-probe

Call to account
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/160097–call-to-account

Scrap the inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/159468–scrap-the-inquiry

Road cleared for City probe
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/157939–road-cleared-for-city-probe

Wide net cast for judicial inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/157162–wide-net-cast-for-judicial-inquiry

Needs review
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/letters/article/154742–needs-review

Judicial inquiry ‘extraordinary’: Solicitor
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/154725–judicial-inquiry-extraordinary-solicitor

Parameters for inquiry in the works
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152884–parameters-for-inquiry-in-the-works

Investigation or witch hunt?
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152614–investigation-or-witch-hunt

Inquiry the only choice
http://www.mississauga.com/opinion/editorial/article/152584–inquiry-the-only-choice

Mayor could face inquiry
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/152355–mayor-could-face-inquiry

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA “INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER”? What happened to the ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN?

May 20th, 2010  

You’ll (almost) read about what happened with the City of Mississauga hiring its own integrity commissioner in the Toronto Star’s article, “Mississauga puts off vote on new ethics measures Solicitor’s report recommends code of ethics and, to police it, integrity commissioner”.

Imagine the “integrity” direction over the next few years —to improve municipal governance in Ontario, every town, village and city, over 440 of them, is free to hire their own “integrity commissioner”.

Look how Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals dealt with the Ontario Ombudsman, when Andre Marin became too effective in advocating for improvements to public service! Watchdog with too much bite?… McGuinty gets rid of him! Expect municipalities to do the same. (Pssst. Town of Aurora.)

I’m a liberal but may the entire Liberal party go down next election for the dirt they’ve worked against Marin and his SORT Team! (I’ll be videotaping myself in a booth voting Conservative next provincial election!)

Next. As always, here’s the video of yesterday’s “Please put off the vote on the integrity commissioner” plea complete with transcript. Dedicated to our finestkind Ontario Ombudsman and his finestkind SORT Team.

Video: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA “INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER”? What happened to the ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN? (4:34 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

Good morning, Councillor Adams and Council.

I came here to discuss the minutes of meetings and then walked in and saw this one here —can I have this on?

The Code of Conduct for Mayor and Members of Council for integrity commissioner. And I consider that way more important than anything that I’ve got to say about minutes. So I kind of regret that I didn’t know about this.

But you can’t just switch, can you?

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS CHAIR ( May 19, 2010 General Committee):

It actually is on the agenda so you can speak to it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

Yeah but I’m not good on my feet, I need to prepare ahead of time, I’m not swift.

But I was hoping that —this is really important. If people remember, it was Councillor Mullin who had said that there were issues that were chronically coming up regarding —and she was mentioning Donald Barber, as an example.

And she had recommended that, you know, once and for all to, to, to deal with it. And this is how, I think the idea of the integrity commissioner came up. And I also recall, I had urged Councillor —I think Councillor Saito was going to lead the charge on this. And I’d asked her to say “Invite the Ontario Ombudsman in” to address Council to give them some idea as to how to set up an integrity commissioner.

This is —you know I’ve been observing Council since June 14, 2006. And I’m talking about audiotape, videotape and stuff like that. This has got to be the most important Corporate Report and direction, certainly from the view of treatment of citizens and Ethical Infrastructure.

And yet this thing did not go through Audit Committee, for example. It just kind of showed up here. And Staff is recommending that you accept it.

There’s not any possibility even for public input. I don’t even know if it’s been run through (the) public.

And you know, I would think that first you’d check to see the validity of the public complaints system that you already have in place. The one for Corporate Security and the generic ones. And whether those are being handled properly.

Because if they’re not —and I’m saying they’re not, and I’ve got Freedom of Information saying it.

So you know the fact that, the fact that —well, okay, it’s not a “fact” because it’s based on evidence but it’s sort of ultimately my conclusion. And someone else may look at the evidence and see it differently.

But for me, I question any integrity commissioner that may —or a process here, because I just don’t see the Ethical Infrastructure in place to support something like that.

So I have concerns and I’d love to see Council perhaps not endorse it yet and really get  —run it through MIRANET, run it through some of your ratepayers’ associations.

Haz-Mayor McCallion was giving an address at UTM last week and I was there and she was talking about public input and the importance of it.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (University of Toronto/Mississauga May 13, 2010):

The sky is the limit with the involvement of the people. Any decisions that politicians make, can be controlled. Believe it or not.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

And this just came up —it can be rubber-stamped today. And that’s it. So I would hope that Council might look at this and say, you know this is really important, let’s put some —let the public look at this and talk about it.

Anyway I’m hoping that —I’ll be, I’ll be preparing for this at Council. Because I’m better —I’m very scattered now —sometimes, I’m sorry.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS CHAIR ( May 19, 2010 General Committee):

[inaudible] I think I might have some things to help you out here. If I can turn to the Councillors now who are listed, who I think may want to address some of their concerns.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (University of Toronto/Mississauga May 13, 2010):

The sky is the limit with the involvement of the people. Any decisions that politicians make, can be controlled. Believe it or not.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE (at UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO/MISSISSAUGA   MAY 13, 2010) "The sky is the limit with the involvement of the people. Any decisions that politicians make,. can be controlled. Believe it or not"

SCREEN CAPTURE TORONTO STAR, "Mississauga puts off vote on new ethics measures Solicitor’s report recommends code of ethics and, to police it, integrity commissioner "

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MISSED (or avoided) a KEY "ROOT CAUSE" TARGET


GRAFFITI in MISSISSAUGA: Preliminary Report (April 19, 2009 – April 19, 2010) baseline

April 20th, 2010  

GRAFFITI in MISSISSAUGA: Preliminary Report (April 19, 2009 – April 19, 2010) baseline

On April 19, 2009, we conducted our first Brampton/Mississauga graffiti survey and documented several study sites many times throughout the year. Since then we’ve photographed and videotaped Brampton/Mississauga graffiti/tagging “expressions” right up to yesterday, April 19, 2010 –the first anniversary of our two-year study.

We will state up front that we have never nor will we ever report graffiti to authorities. For one thing we are documenting how long graffiti stays up. For another, some of the graffiti we’ve seen is, at least in our opinion, Art! As in real Art, Art.

GRAFFITI MAP MISSISSAUGA (PEEL POVERTY, SOCIAL RISK INDEX MAP)

For the larger original (3157 x 2382) version, please click here.

We recognize that there is a “Mississauga graffiti wall” but because of difficulty accessing this area, it is not included in our study.

When we originally started out on this research project, we’d expected to find a strong correlation between high-activity graffiti locations and High Risk Social Index neighbourhoods. While that is true to some extent, it is not always the case. For example, our greatest surprise was the lack of significant graffiti activity in Malton.

Another surprise was the lack of graffiti on Mississauga school walls (Peel and Dufferin-Peel schools were surveyed). A (very) few schools did attract considerable graffiti activity based on the amount of paint patches and scrubbed brick but it’s clear that such events are rare for the majority of Mississauga schools that we examined. We believe that lack of graffiti speaks well for both the students and school faculty.

There have been times when we’ve come upon new graffiti but did not have a camera. We determined to return the next day to photograph it only to find the material already painted over.  And yes, removal can happen that quickly. That said, there were also significant, highly-visible graffiti sites we discovered back in April 2009 that are still around today.

Regarding incidents of graffiti, Mississauga has little! Should you take a drive around Hamilton for your own quick survey, you will see a dramatic difference between graffiti expression in that city compared to here. There’s a startling difference in the nature of graffiti messages as well. Downtown Hamilton has a shocking amount of anti-police graffiti, some of it sprayed in unambiguous one-foot-high “F*** THE POLICE” black letters in that city’s parks.

By contrast, we’ve only managed to document six anti-police graffiti messages since April 19, 2009—one of which was in Brampton. In addition, Peel Regional Police graffiti records (which they generously provided through Freedom of Information with all fees waived) show a couple more anti-police examples and are not included in this report.

GRAFFITI MAP MISSISSAUGA: ANTI-POLICE MESSAGES (PEEL POVERTY, SOCIAL RISK INDEX MAP)

For the larger original (1000 x 1719) version, please click here.

Does anti-police graffiti reflect the relationship between police and the community? We’re beginning to think so.

Here is what one former graffiti artist (Mississauga-based) had to say about police:

“you are absolutely right about graffiti being defined as unauthorized…and i respect the police… i havent gone out painting in a under a year because of the police haha.” [sic]

You will hear more from this young man because he’s consented to an interview. (Seems he has something to say to the politicians…)

Next, this first year graffiti data represents a kind of baseline. We have yet to do the analysis (ie: percentages) but we’re interested in trends of anti-police graffiti messages as well as Hate/Bias motivated. For example we’ve documented considerably more of the latter and fear such under-rumblings promise only to get worse. You know, the predictable consequences of “What happens when nothing happens?”

In the June 30, 2009 article, Youth Plan ready for implementation,  the Mississauga News states that Mayor Hazel McCallion pointed out that only an estimated two per cent of young people frequently get into trouble.

The paper then quoted McCallion as saying, “We should concentrate on the 98 per cent that are good youth,” as part of the City’s new Mississauga Youth Plan. Take it from us, the City of Mississauga’s “new” plan is just like the old one. The 2 per cent who need government most are regarded as nuisances and non-conforming to Corporate objectives of running the city like a business. Given their high-maintenance proclivities, the “bad” 2 per cent youth are not good for business or the City’s Bottom Line.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is concentrating on the “bad” 2 per cent and we believe that graffiti is an alternate voice that must be heeded in order to document what DOESN’T get communicated to local public institutions. The perceptive will appreciate why.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (April 13 2010)

And the signs said the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence

The Sound of Silence: Simon and Garfunkel

For more on graffiti in Mississauga, please check out: www.mississaugawatch.ca/blog/?s=GRAFFITI

Last, a repeat graffiti video shown in yesterday’s Blog containing some of the graffiti shown here in this report.

Again, a reminder. Much of the graffiti in this video is HIGHLY OFFENSIVE to viewers.

Video: GRAFFITI TRUTH: “BURN THAT F***ER TO THE GROUND IF THEY DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE THEY SHOULD” (5:24 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
(April 20, 2010)

UPDATE, April 21, 2010 BEGINS (SUPPORT IMAGES) :

“some of the graffiti we’ve seen is, at least in our opinion, Art! As in real Art, Art.”

"GRAFFITI as ART" "MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE)  GRAFFITI-ARTIST, "WIZER"

“We determined to return the next day to photograph it only to find the material already painted over.  And yes, removal can happen that quickly.” Example. There on April 19, 2010, gone by April 21st.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI: ANTI POLICE MESSAGE ERASED WITHIN 24 HOURS.

* Please note: It has not escaped us that Brampton and Mississauga have an aggressive graffiti removal service whereas City of Hamilton may be cash-strapped or have other priorities. Regardless, it’s important to document the graffiti messages in order to track changes over time. There’s definitely a culture there!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: DOCUMENTING CHANGES "niggahs BLEED"

This graffiti site has remained stable since we first discovered it back on April 27, 2009. We revisited on March 29, 2010 and discovered new tags and since that visit, a green fist appears beside graffiti that had been sprayed over and “niggaz BLEED” has been added as well as some other material.

Thought I’d share this drive-through of this study site on March 29, 2010 and comparative from April 27, 2009 for researchers and graffiti-types.  It’s interesting to compare the video footage to today’s images (above). Again, a reminder, please don’t view this video if you have a problem with Reality (feel free to head off to mississauga.ca instead and Pretend Positive.)

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (Site Comparison: April 27, 2009 and March 29, 2010) RESEARCH (2:40 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

UPDATE ENDS.

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
(April 21, 2010)

Mississauga Graffiti Survey reveals, “If you look for beer bottles and hard liquor, we collect them.”

April 4th, 2010  

Today we provide video of this Mississauga graffiti site.

"GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: GANG SYMBOLS: New study site discovered March 30" "2010 (location undisclosed: baseline)"

It was discovered March 30, 2010 although there’s considerable evidence that it’s been around for some time. I shot pics and video.

When I videotape I also provide commentary, not just for viewers who might ultimately see the material but more often than not for myself as “field notes”.

I’d been commenting on the amount of litter, then mentioned that at least there were no beer bottles or hard liquor about.

A resident of the area overheard me and not just explained why there were no bottles, but also provided insight into the difficult lives of people living here.

I was reminded of Chair Kolb’s March 28, 2008 warning:

If we don’t get to the word, “integration” —how these communities are all going to integrate, maybe not in our time here soon, but maybe in his children’s time. there will be a big issue in this Region.

And you know what? Maybe I’m really off-base here but what my images/videotapes are telling me is the greatest “integration” issue this area has is Poverty —while the indescribably-obscenely-rich live just four and a half minutes away.

So. Video. Then as usual  —the video transcript.

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: New study site discovered March 30, 2010 (location undisclosed: baseline) 2:56 min

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: New study site discovered March 30, 2010 (location undisclosed: baseline)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 31, 2010)

Just want to document a new graffiti site that I discovered just yesterday.

I videotaped it yesterday but I also discovered that when reviewing it when I wanted to post it, there was far too much —too many hints of where this location is. And one thing that I don’t want to do is reveal the location of these graffiti sites. So.

[CROSS FADE]

We have, actually here if you look is the word N*****. I’m not even sure if it’s spelled right. Going down. “GOONIEZ”.

And yesterday, what I had done was I had made a commentary about how there’s a lot of litter down here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

But I’d also said, well at least there’s not, you know, alcohol, or like beer, or hard liquor. And somebody was actually hearing me make that comment and she said—

[CLOCK WIPE]

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs) If you look for beer bottles or hard liquor, we collect them. (laughs).

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh!

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs) We collect this stuff.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh! So are you saying that when there’s bottles here, people collect the bottles to return them?

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh, sure. I do all the time!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh, do you? Oh, OK.

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs)

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh, thank you for telling me.

[DIP TO WHITE]

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

But I collect this stuff all the time —anything I can bring back to the store. And I’m not the only one. There’s always people collecting cans and bottles.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh,OK.

Thank you for telling me.

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs)

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Thank you.

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

You’re welcome.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 31, 2010)

So apparently there are people who collect bottles and stuff like that from around here in order to make extra money to get by.

[DIP TO WHITE]

We have —just get in there closer.

This is the crown with the three prongs. And we saw that at another site that I document.

And then you have “S-WAY”

[CROSS FADE]

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB (Peel Regional Council, March 28, 2008):

It’s very interesting to listen to your presentation this morning cuz I had a young gentleman in to see me yesterday, that [sic] here to convince me that we need to get away from the word “multiculture” and we need to get to the word “integration”.

If we don’t get to the word, “integration” —how these communities are all going to integrate, maybe not in our time here soon, but maybe in his children’s time. there will be a big issue in this Region.

[CROSS FADE to MISSISSAUGAWATCH LOGO]

So. What happens if nothing happens?

"HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE "What happens if nothing happens?"

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" (undisclosed location) photographed March 30, 2010

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL "BOMBED" (MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) Off the Cuff Hate Crime/Gang REPORT PART 2

April 2nd, 2010  

This time Part 2  —the transcript of this video report —uploaded to YouTube just prior to the Hate Crime/graffiti data released by the Peel Police Services Board at their Friday, March 26, 2010 meeting.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "HATE CRIME" "JULY 29" 2009 "ERIN MILLS PARKWAY" "WHITE POWER" "NIGGER" PERMISSION WALL"

Rather than repeat the introduction, please click here if you’re interested in viewing/reading Part 1 MISSISSAUGA/BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT conclusion: Studying graffiti/tags is an important window into youth culture first.

Otherwise, we begin Brampton/Mississauga graffiti Part 2 video and transcript.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

NOTE: When I uploaded Part 2 to YouTube on March 25th, I referred to it as a DRAFT and said that I’d replace it at a later date with a more-worked version. I’ve since changed my mind. Viewing this a week later, I realize that it’s important to show “works in progress” –even as rough, rushed and off-the-cuff as this one was.

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:31 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (parked directly in front of the City of Mississauga Big Yellow evil empire, March 25, 2010):

Just to speak a little bit further on the lack of overlap between what the July and August 2009 Peel Regional Police graffiti photographs showed and mine —that was a surprise. I had actually figured that I would recognize more tags than I did.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing is, in my own driving and looking around, the tags that I documented, while they might still be there —they’re the original tags that I documented a year ago. And I often don’t see new ones by the same individual.

And I’m not quite sure how to interpret that.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Peel Police has [sic] suggested that catching graffiti [sic] is very difficult to do —and catching people in the act. That’s not a surprise.

So the question is, do the kids just naturally grow out of it in the sense that they’ve tagged maybe for a few months and then just grown out of that, or whether they’ve been caught, whether they’ve been talked out of it by buddies —I don’t know. But it doesn’t seem to be something that for a lot of them they don’t do for any length of time.

[DIP TO WHITE]

For graffiti people who might be out there watching this and offended, I have to admit that I haven’t been at the Mississauga Graffiti Wall. I’m aware that it exists. I just have difficulty getting access to it. But it appears to run —I’ve checked Google Maps and it runs along Streetsville. And I have seen the graffiti there and there’s a lot of beautiful stuff there. I’m talking about the artwork because it is Art —it’s just unauthorized Art and therefore it’s a crime, but—

It may be a crime, but it’s still Art.

In the case of somebody spraying “FTP” on a post, don’t convince me that’s art —that’s just tagging.

[DIP TO WHITE]

One thing just looking at the occurrence reports and the quality of the occurrence reports, who’s ever writing them, the descriptions are excellent. The best occurrence reports also explain what the graffiti represents. And I’m satisfied myself, that I’m beginning to recognize gang-related graffiti versus just a bunch of boys [sic] who are out on a lark.

[DIP TO WHITE]

However at the same time just because somebody’s putting up gang graffiti doesn’t make them gang members either. It just means that they know the gang symbols —as do I.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There was the underpass, clearly permission wall underpass and it had been sprayed with —I know one of the words was “White Power”. I can’t remember if there was the word “N*****” in there. I seem to remember that to be the case, which again would it clearly make it a Hate Crime.

But what was interesting is, I remember, oh, about a year ago, maybe more, Councillor Katie Mahoney saying, oh, we put up these permission walls and when we do, other graffiti artists respect this art and won’t draw over it.

Wronnnnnnnnnnnng! They draw over it.

And the best example to show that taggers will draw over other graffiti artists is just to go to the [points to Mississauga City Hall] skateboard plaza in there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Some of the permission walls constantly attract taggers. There’s only one that doesn’t and it was done by a respected, well-known graffiti artist. And it seems to be that, yes, that stuff is not touched because people recognize it as a true graffiti artist.

The other stuff? Pfffft.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have to say that at this time last year, I don’t think there was as much graffiti around as there is now. I think it’s on the increase. However, at the same time I also know that I’m a much much better at spotting it.

So, and Peel Police also suggest that maybe there isn’t as much —that the increase that they see might not be so much an increase in graffiti, as an increase in reporting.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There’s a lot of question marks, here. You see I’m kind of struggling with what the graffiti says.

But there’s absolutely no doubt that if you are not —I’m talking about now people who want to understand youth and trends of youth. I’m not talking about the kind of youth that feel comfortable walking into building.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The youth that I’m interested in and the most at-risk aren’t going to be writing as much. They’re more likely going to be expressing themselves on YouTube.

Again. It’s just a hypothesis right now.

And I think in the case of video, YouTube is richer for the [sic] kind of research because sometimes you see incidental things. In the case of one video, I was, I won’t say what the subject was but somebody was

[DIP TO WHITE]

driving down Highway 10. And you could see out the window, as they were videotaping out the car, there was a Mississauga Transit bus. And also a City of Mississauga Transit Enforcement vehicle. I don’t know if it was the 301 or 302 car but there are these little snippets that you get and then you can email the videographer and say, hey, can you tell me something about that incident.

Or, hey, I noticed some interesting graffiti you’ve got in your video. Can you tell me the location.

And you know, at first they don’t want to tell you. But then when they start looking at your stuff and they realize that yeah, you’re really interested in researching and what they have to say, they do share it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

When they really know that you’re not reporting the location, you get, I get emails —really terrific insights into graffiti and the tagging culture. And it is a culture.  It’s a —yes, it’s a sub-culture.

But when you think about these people [points to Mississauga City Hall], these people look down on —not just look down on, they look at taggers and graffiti artists and the “bad youth” with the most, with the most contempt.

And [points to Mississauga City Hall], these people view themselves as “decent folk” where the tagger is essentially an animal.

[DIP TO WHITE]

What was really interesting was to be going through and reading each of the [Peel Police] documents and I matched the photographs up with the occurrence reports and then I flipped the page and I saw big black spray paint on yellow brick and I knew immediately that it was [points to Mississauga City Hall] City Hall.

And as I looked at the other pictures, sure enough, somebody, and I don’t know the date, about late July, “bombed” City Hall!

And it looked like they started at the skate plaza, went around the front, did the pillars —I don’t know what those watchtowers are at both ends—

[DIP TO WHITE]

But I want to make it clear I will never report a location of graffiti and tagging. Because when you’re researching if you report, what happens then, it becomes erased. And because of that, you have changed something in what you’re researching.

And one of the things I’m researching is how long some of these graffitis [sic] —graffiti meaning paintings or drawings, or tags, stay up!

If it’s on public property, Public Works, I will tell you this, Public Works gets rid of stuff really fast. A lot of the stuff on private property stays up a lot longer.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Peel Regional Police and Peel Council say how much they try to work with the community. I had been at the Lincoln Alexander School lock-down, had an opportunity to talk to Malton residents and they spoke very highly of Peel Regional Police. Every last one, including a Honda Civic, you know, with the dark tinted glass coming in with three youth in it.

And you’re kind of thinking, oh oh, [laughs] this is going to be a drive-by shooting. No, they rolled down the window and they asked what was going on and those guys in there with the hats this way [turns cap sideways] they supported Peel Regional Police too.

[DIP TO WHITE]

What I’m trying to do is anything that I remember I want to record right now because I’m really interested in how much of it, of my observations, matches Peel Regional Police. And wouldn’t it be interesting if it’s different? Because it really shouldn’t be. If —there might be different stuff that Peel Police record, but the ratio of the Hate Crimes and “FTP”s [F*** the Police] and this kind of thing, the ratio should be the same as my photographs.

Should be. Well, we’ll see.

[DIP TO WHITE]

[PART 2 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL "BOMBED" (MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" Pic 2 MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL "BOMBED" (MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" (undisclosed location) photographed March 30, 2010

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MISSISSAUGA/BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT conclusion: Studying graffiti/tags is an important window into youth culture

April 2nd, 2010  

—As promised —the transcript of this video —uploaded to YouTube just prior to the Hate Crime/graffiti data released by the Peel Police Services Board at their Friday, March 26, 2010 meeting.

Advisory: I research graffiti/tags and do not report any locations no matter how offensive (even racist) it is. After all, if I am documenting such observations as how long something stays up, I can’t be the one reporting it! Having begun my research into graffiti on April 19, 2009, I can now confidently say that studying graffiti/tags is an important window into youth culture. Graffiti and especially the tags, give marginalized/alienated youth a voice they simply don’t have anywhere else.

These youth never showed at Mississauga Youth Plan meetings. Never showed for Peel Youth Violence Prevention meetings.

These youth NEVER show. Because they KNOW.

Like I do.

Want to prep you for the graffiti stuff with a quote from Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb, February 28, 2008.

“I had a young gentleman in to see me yesterday that was here to convince me that we need to get away from the word, ‘multi-culture’ and we need to get to the word of ‘integration’. If we don’t get to the word of integration —how these communities are going to integrate, that, maybe not in our time here soon, but maybe in his children’s time, they’ll be a big issue in this Region.”

To me, that’s the most important thing Chair Kolb ever said in the four years that I’ve been researching municipal governance.

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB, MULTICULTURALISM vs INTEGRATION, YOUTH GANGS, RACISM

OK, enough background.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:09 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (parked directly in front of the City of Mississauga Big Yellow evil empire, March 25, 2010):

March 25th, 2010 and all I care about is that I get this report up on YouTube today and before tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting.

I read in the Toronto Sun that Peel Regional Police were going to be tabling their annual Hate Crime statistics.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And there was mention that quite a bit of the material that would be presented was in the form of graffiti.

So I’m absolutely intrigued and I want to record my own findings and study so far on graffiti and I thought what better place to do it than right here in front of Big Yellow evil empire City of Mississauga city hall. Because, see right there? Freedom of Information, direct observation, videotape, observing the Mississauga Youth Plan, Peel Youth Violence Prevention —all manner of emails and documents going back and forth, that, right there is a MAJOR Root of Youth Violence.

So I thought no better place than right here with that in the background.

[DIP TO WHITE]

OK, first of all the Mississsauga Youth Plan. I had been observing it including four meetings, ostensibly called “youth input” meetings.

Let’s put it this way. The youth that really needed a voice, not only weren’t represented, they wouldn’t have even been welcome there!

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I realize that the youth who were most at-risk, the ones who got in trouble with police and that I would see at Brampton Court House  —they’re not going to these meetings.

And I thought, well, how do I even go about finding them? And I managed to do that through YouTube. And it became very clear that if you want to know what youth are thinking (laughs) you don’t invite them to the Mississauga library!

The youth that I’m primarily interested in, the target group, the most at-risk, have already pushed these people aside and recognized them for what they are. Frauds.

[DIP TO WHITE]

But how do you gain access to them? To be able to see what it is that they’re thinking and what it is they’re saying because, for the most part, they’re not interested in talking to people like me. I’m 60 years old for example. They just— and a lot of them don’t even trust you or think that you’re legitimately interested in them. And, by the way, I don’t blame them.

And they certainly have a hatred —an absolute hatred, for institutions. And may I also say that I don’t blame them for that either.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So in March 2009, I watched a lot of true youth voice videos on YouTube. And it became obvious that graffiti was a big thing in those kids’ lives. So by April I was already deciding that I was going to start documenting graffiti here in Peel Region.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing I want to say is even though I’m a resident of Mississauga, I think Peel Region. And in fact, the fact that I’m wearing this hat today is symbolic of that. I’m a Peeler. I think in terms —I love the City of Brampton. I love Brampton kids. Those are the kids I taught for most of my career. So there’s this strong feeling of community within me and pride for Peel.

So it wasn’t just a case of me documenting City of Mississauga graffiti, I also wanted to know what was happening in Brampton. And I began my first photographic foray on April 19, 2009.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And I did not report any of the graffiti. While I put these samples up on my Flickr site, I did my best to try to hide the locations. And I can say that even now, that some of these graffiti and tags are still up.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There are some really-truly graffiti artists. And I mean like ART. It’s zero question, it’s ART.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing is, in July and August I also expanded my graffiti research to the Hawaiian Island of Maui. And also expanded my research to include skateboarding culture and to compare —and I also researched skateboarding, to compare the urban-style skateboarding that we have here in Brampton slash Mississauga versus the west coast style of skateboarding that you’d see in California and definitely on Maui.

Very very interesting and I also speculated that there would be a difference in the graffiti between the urban here Mississauga one and west coast, Hawaiian Island kind of graffiti as well.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing that I did, is in July and August, what with me researching Hawaiian or Maui-based graffiti, it meant that there was a two-month window that I didn’t have graffiti here in July and August. So what I did just recently, is I filed Freedom of Information with Peel Police requesting their graffiti information for the months of July and August.

And I can’t thank Peel Regional Police enough for two reasons. For one thing the amount of material that they gave back both in terms of print-outs, colour print-outs and also one DVD cost —was roughly $44.00. And they waived the fee. I’m grateful.

But the other thing is, by reading their —Peel Regional Police’s occurrence reports and the quality of their observations and the insights there, that did two things. I learned a lot from what Peel Regional Police is looking for in terms of its own graffiti research. And to realize that they are applying Science to the study of graffiti. As am I, by the way.

[DIP TO WHITE]

One thing that I found with the graffiti here, is I agree too that a lot of the graffiti is —of the Hate ones, and there isn’t as much as you might think. Which in some ways is good.

But yeah, you see the swastikas. You see the White Power. You see N***** and niggaz.

However, I’ve also documented graffiti which shows sort of the Chinese —the target Chinese community, with the Chinese hat and the moustache, with “Chinaman” down there. Or drawings of the turban. And then —I mean really offensive stuff!

The other thing I was looking for was the relationship that these youth who do graffiti have with Police. Because I felt the relationship between youth and Police would be reflected in the graffiti.

And I admit that there’s some “F*** the Police” and “FTP” which is short for “F*** the Police”. And Peel Regional Police, in their July and August 2009 data also showed some evidence of that.

But what was neat was, it’s still quite rare.

And when you go, for example, to the City of Hamilton, which is one of my alternate study sites —comparative sites, “F*** the Police” is one of the most common pieces of graffiti. As is “FTP”. And I’m talking about every pole. Along every area— even in the parks.

And I’m talking about Beasley Park where “F*** the Police” is about this high in big black letters and has been there since I started back in April.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So there’s a really huge difference in the relationship, I believe —at least that’s what I think it suggests between the youth in the City of Hamilton and the Police, as opposed to what we see here in Peel and the relationship with Police.

Sure there’s the odd tag but it isn’t nearly as prevalent and as obvious as City of Hamilton.

And so one of the questions you ask is well, what’s the message there?

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing that is interesting is, when I looked at the photographs that Peel Regional Police had for July and August, there was very little overlap between what they documented and what I did.

And the other thing really interesting is, Peel Regional Police —their July/August stuff, a lot of it was parks. And a surprising amount was City of Mississauga sites and parks. And City of Mississauga Corporate Security being the ones filing the reports on graffiti.

[DIP TO WHITE]

That’s not a surprise because I avoid City of Mississauga property because (whispers) I know about these security guards.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I always have a— I have to have a [sic] audio recorder to even feel remotely-safe on City property. So I try to avoid that and my analysis is more along the roadways and just driving along the roads and pulling aside when I see something.

[PART 1 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Hazel McCallion quote: “What happens if nothing happens?” –Why you document it anyway!

April 1st, 2010  

Tom Urbaniak, author of thebook, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga (Paperback) sure has some excellent Hazel McCallion quotes.

Today’s Blog is dedicated to just one Hazel McCallion quote —what to my mind, remain the most important words she ever uttered during the time I’ve been researching her.

“What happens if nothing happens?”

"HAZEL MCCALLION  QUOTE "What happens if nothing happens?"

Yes. That’s it. “What happens if nothing happens?” Those five words have defined my research. After all, what does a researcher do when Nothing happens?

Video: Hazel McCallion quotes: “What happens if nothing happens?” –Why you document it anyway! (2:31 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

REPORT FILED INSIDE CAR TOOLING ABOUT MISSISSAUGA  MARCH 30, 2010

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (driving through Ward 8, March 30, 2010):

So the question is out of all the things that I’ve videotaped Hazel McCallion saying, what is the most important thing?

And the irony, is that what I consider to be the most important thing happened very early on in 2007. And that’s actually a good thing.

Because by because of what she said there, it woke me up in 2007

[DIP TO WHITE]

—I don’t remember what the discussion was about. Could’ve been the “Cities Now”, it could’ve been any number of issues relating to Peel. But at one point, Hazel McCallion offers up comment and then this wonderful —which I still consider the most important thing that was ever uttered by anyone.

And it was simply a question. “What happens if nothing happens?”

“What happens if nothing happens?”

And really, that has been the defining moment and the defining way that I conduct my research. Because I’m forever documenting, “What happens if nothing happens?”

[DIP TO WHITE]

So either nothing happens or the pretense of something happens.

But by gosh, I have documented very few real things happening. So since these people have been elected in November 2006, four years have gone by and I’ve got to say, “What happens if nothing happens?”

Just a lot more of the same.

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (driving through Ward 7, March 30, 2010):

Between Iannicca and McCallion, their two comments were the focus of my research in that they helped me see how I was going to research and document The Corporation of the City of Mississauga.

Hazel McCallion’s “What happens if nothing happens?”, well you record it anyway! That’s the point about research, is that you can record something happening, but you can also record when you’re researching a MYTHissauga, you’re actually documenting a lot, a lot of nothing happening.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

“STONEWALLED” SUB-CONTRACTORS FALL VICTIM TO CITY OF MISSISSAUGA FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT’S “DUE DILIGENCE” OF CONTRACTS

February 27th, 2010  

This video has been prepared for the sub-contractors who appeared before the Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Mississauga Council meeting. Unpaid for their work, stonewalled and given the runaround, they too fell victim to City of Mississauga’s Staff’s chronic non-compliance to Corporate policies.

Truth be told, in the case of these sub-contractors, they fell victim to yet another policy believed to be “in place”, just that Mississauga’s Internal Audit did not find any trace of it!

And who was responsible for this contract? Why, none other than City of Mississauga Facilities and Property Management! The same fine folks who honed City of Mississauga Corporate Security into the unaccountable, no oversight, unethical knobs who also profess to be a “dedicated team of security professionals”.

Have to say I felt so sorry for the sub-contractors. In the words of the deputant, “blue collar” workers comprised of “single parents with kids on disability that are being —that are losing a lot of money”.

Sure they’ve been stonewalled, screwed-over and eventually forced to file Freedom of Information to peer at the truth. But in some ways they’re lucky —it’s still just money.

This same City of Mississauga Facilities and Property Management and their Corporate Security Guards arrest people/youth/minors.

By far the most offensive thing in the video I’ve prepared is Councillor Pat Saito looking the deputant in the eyes and saying, “I was assured by Staff at that time that when they did due diligence” and “Mayor McCallion and I did discuss that with Staff yesterday and we have been assured by Staff that they…”

Considering the number of times that I’ve advised Councillors that Staff’s word cannot be trusted, I’m just so offended she’d fling that “I was assured by Staff” turd at these people.

Saito’s “I was assured by Staff”comment alone is Perfect Testimony as to why the City of Mississauga can’t be trusted to hire its own Integrity Commissioner. There’s NONE THERE NOW!

This video is dedicated to the sub-contractors and their families who fell victim to the City of Mississauga Facilities and Property Management’s chronic non-compliance to policy and procedure.

So. As always, the video —followed by the transcript.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION/MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL DECEIVE SUB-CONTRACTORS AND PUBLIC –WITHHOLD VITAL INFORMATION (10:22 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

Okay, it is Thursday, February the 25th, 2010 and I’m here, underground, near 130 Adelaide Street and I’m to meet with the Judicial Inquiry investigators at 2 o’clock.

You know, I’ve been mentioning the non-compliance of City of Mississauga Staff to numerous policies. And you know, as recently as February 3rd I detailed quite a number of them in a deputation.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga General Committee Deputation, February 3, 2010):
* sequence edited for brevity and audio begins after Policies 1 through 6.

Now these are non-compliance.

  1. Video Surveillance Policy (The Corporation’s first SNOOP policy)
  2. Violence and Vandalism Policy (2000 to 2006)
  3. Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy (the existing current one)
  4. Corporate Security Code of Conduct
  5. Corporate Security Public Complaints Policy (if you can believe that)
  6. Conflict of Interest Policy
  7. Vendor (and this comes from Audit) Performance Policy (Assumed abandoned, Internal Audit could no trace of it.)
  8. Charging Interest to non-government organization Policy
  9. Infoplace Cash Collection Policy (cost the City over, what? —$700,000 plus)

And then By-laws —the Records Retention By-law. That’s confirmed through Freedom of Information, and even Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

And the City Manager, Janice Baker responded with that she would simply not accept what I had said.

CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga General Committee Deputation, February 3, 2010):

The accusations that she’s made about the behaviour of Staff at the City are extremely serious and, you know, I am actually quite taken aback by them.

[dip to white]

But to suggest that there is a callous disregard at —by the Staff at the City of Mississauga for both the responsibilities that we have for the care, custody and control of records, written and electronic, is something that I simply cannot accept. I’m sorry.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

So, what happened at yesterday’s Council meeting was quite remarkable.

It was the 2009 Corporate Awards for Excellence that had been —were being handed out. And you would hear “Leading Canada in management”.

[cross zoom]

CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting , February 24, 2010):

Mississauga is continually looked upon as a municipal leader.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

Our excellent Staff, our excellent commitment to the taxpayer.

[cross zoom]

CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting , February 24, 2010):

—to address the needs of all sectors and members of our community.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

They are Trust, Quality and Excellence.

[cross zoom]

CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting , February 24, 2010):

They have exemplified our values of Trust, Quality and Excellence.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

And Excellence and Excellence and more Excellence.

[cross zoom]

MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting , February 24, 2010):

Just outstanding. Solves all problems. Brings Peace and Harmony on all issues that he faces.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

And you know, it’s a killer when I know what Freedom of Information and the Audit Committee has revealed.

[dip to white]

And then, more to the point, there was a group of about six sub-contractors who went before Council* and detailed their frustration with being paid, or in this case, not paid, for work they’d done by [sic] a contractor that was hired by the City of Mississauga.

[cross zoom]

BRIAN MCMAHON, HALTON BMAC MECHANICAL INC (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting February 24, 2010):

Very early in the project, we expressed our concerns to the City Staff that the sub-trades weren’t being paid.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

His frustration that there were people really counting on the money and feeling hardship at this point.

[cross zoom]

BRIAN MCMAHON, HALTON BMAC MECHANICAL INC (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting February 24, 2010):

—to maybe do something, [inaudible] single parents with kids on disability that are being —that are losing a lot of money

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

Things wouldn’t happen —then there was, he used the word “stonewalled” on occasion.

[cross zoom]

BRIAN MCMAHON, HALTON BMAC MECHANICAL INC (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting February 24, 2010):

Through the Freedom of Information Act —because I was being stonewalled by so many people—

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

And then what was really interesting was, he asked, “Did the City do due diligence before hiring the contractor?”

[cross zoom]

BRIAN MCMAHON, HALTON BMAC MECHANICAL INC (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting February 24, 2010):

"Through the Freedom of Information Act —because I was being stonewalled by so many people —through the Freedom of Information Act, I found out the information I do have."

Through the Freedom of Information Act —because I was being stonewalled by so many people —through the Freedom of Information Act, I found out the information I do have. I have access to the contract and to his —to the contract, to the statutory declarations that he was signing.

I also have, I also have his references and his resume, which at the least leaves much to be desired.

[dip to white]

Now there’s projects that he had that he put down as a reference, these are projects that he’s been, basically, kicked off for non-performance —this contractor, he’s done projects where there’s been liens to put on it and he’s been asked to leave.

And these are the —I want to know about due diligence of hiring this contractor and awarding him this job.

The sub-contractor says, "—I want to know about due diligence of hiring this contractor and awarding him this job."

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

And as soon as I heard the “due diligence” I said (laughs) I knew about an Audit Committee just recently, where again, there was issue with contracts. And the Audit Committee had investigated just how contracts were being handled in the City and Hazel McCallion brought up some issues where there had been problems with contractors in the past.

[cross zoom]

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

We sit down with management as we go through the Audit and say exactly what our concerns are so that they have time to address them. And as you can see, by the end of June of this year, five out of seven of the recommendations will be completed.

And also that formal Vendor Evaluation Criteria will be developed by mid-2010.

[cross zoom]

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

But on that point—

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

[inaudible]

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

On that point—

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

Yeah.

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

There was a procedure set up years ago on Vendor [requisitions? inaudible]. Did you find any trace of it?

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

It’s just an informal vendor performance review right now [inaudible] it’s not being —there’s no formal process in there. The first thing—

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

There was —there was a policy established. Every vendor, and especially on major contracts, that when we had bad experiences —and we have had some bad experiences—

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

Yes.

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

There was a policy established years ago that the vendor would be categorized. And in fact some would be cut off for future contracts.

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

That’s not—

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

Did you find no trace of it?

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

No, it’s not in there.

COUNCILLOR PAT MULLIN (Chair, Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

No, the answer’s no. So I guess [inaudible]

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

Well it was set up, I can tell you.

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

I remember the discussion.

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

Do you?

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

I remember the discussions.

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

Some of you who’ve been around long will remember? It was set up. So obviously it got lost in the shuffle somewhere. Cuz we ran, we ran into some bad examples. And that’s when we set the policy. That’s years ago. That’s not —ten years ago, would I be right? At least. So where did that —what happened to it?

Hazel McCallion, "And that’s when we set up the policy. That’s years ago. That’s not —ten years ago, would I be right? At least. So where did that —what happened to it?"

DIRECTOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, SALLY ENG (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

There is some mention of a purchasing By-law where we would be able to —or the purchasing agent has the authority to,  prevents [sic] the bidder from bidding in future contracts. But we have not been able to find any detailed processes relating to what you’re talking about.

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

Okay.

COUNCILLOR PAT MULLIN (Chair, Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

[inaudble] that we should look into, I guess for the future. Because I remember the discussion.

[inaudible —several speakers at once]

CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

That’s what one of the recommendations is.

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

I’m getting a little frustrated as Mayor as we set up policies and then they’re not followed. And that’s what bothers me. I was in the business —in the private sector and we had millions of dollars in contracts. And it’s been something I’ve been promoting  —is control of the contracts. And that policy was set up because we ran into one vendor who were [sic] behind two millions dollars, I remember.

Anyway.

So now we’re going to set up one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

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

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

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

Just to conclude. Working with Facilities and Property Management, we’ve had a good rapport with them and I just want to thank Ken—

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

The guy that did the renovations at the . I hope he never sees another contract.

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

Yeah.

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

Am I right?

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

And the one at the

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

And the one at the

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

That was a bad one.

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

And I’ll be honest with you that’s—

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

Now that was a bad one.

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

I think that’s when it was raised.

SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR, AL STEINBACH (Mississauga Audit Committee, May 11, 2009):

[inaudible] of this audit, Madam Mayor they, ah,  that contractor again, there was no formal evaluation for those contracts. And that’s why we recommended that that be formalized and documented.

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

There was even an evaluation form used many years ago because of our bad experience with contractors and we’d see their name pop up again being awarded a contract.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010) :

So, Staff and Council approved a policy that outlined how to go about evaluating a contractor to make sure that the City would be doing this due diligence. And what was interesting is, that was never mentioned to the contractor [sic] sub-contractor who was up there!

[cross zoom]

COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting February 24, 2010):

I was assured by Staff at that time that when they did due diligence —and you questioned the due diligence on page 3, which is “I 3c” of the report you filed. You questioned the due diligence of the City.

[dip to white]

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO'S ";And Mayor McCallion and I did discuss that with Staff yesterday and we have been assured by Staff that they went to three of the projects" is an insult of the highest order to both those gentlemen and me!

And Mayor McCallion and I did discuss that with Staff yesterday and we have been assured by Staff that they went to three of the projects —former projects, that this contractor had undertaken —that they’d used as references, and they were similar-sized projects.

And the information that we’ve received from our Facilities Staff, who oversaw the project, is that they received good reviews from two of them. They weren’t able, I guess to get a hold of the third one. But two of them did give good reviews and we have that review.

It doesn’t have a lot of detail in it.

[cross zoom]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (underground somewhere under 130 Adelaide, February 25, 2010):

So instead McCallion and Councillor Saito said, yes, Staff did do due diligence and check [sic] things out.

And again, once I found out that it was Facilities and Properties [sic] Management, again, because I sat in on the Audit Committee, I know that there have been Audits done of that Department that describe their record-keeping as from adequate to non-existent.

February 24, 2010's Mississauga sub-contractor deputants and MISSISSAUGAWATCH have a LOT in common! Both Victims of City of Mississauga Facilities and Properties Management!

And because I research City of Mississauga Corporate Security, also part of Facilities and Properties [sic] Management, there’s a lot of non-existent as well in terms of record-keeping.

So —what’s interesting is, in front of the cameras, there’s this kind of a non-acknowledgment of what happened in the Audit Committee.

[cross fade: logo]

TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The (If you like how Mississauga Facilities and Property Management bungles Contracts, you should see the cluster****bungleknobfest that passes for Security!)

P.S. Have I an appropriate sign-off pic? Yep!

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEEE JANUARY 24 2000 MINUTES

COMMENT left at the Mississauga News

The Mississauga Muse

Feb 27, 2010 9:07 AM

Really happy this morning…because I finally answered my biggest question

“Does Hazel McCallion know?” Meaning does Hazel McCallion know how Staff operate? Wednesday’s Council meeting CONFIRMS not just that McCallion KNOWS, but that she, like her Staff are Perps. By not telling those sub-contractors on Wednesday, that at the May 11, 2009 Audit Committee she found out that Internal Audit could find no trace of a formal Contractor Evaluation Policy that was passed by Council “10 years ago” she made her Respectful Workplace utterance about “honesty with the citizens both on the Council and on the part of Staff” a lie. First time I ever stepped foot inside Council Chambers (May 5, 2006). Got The Answer to “Does Hazel McCallion know? Wednesday, February 24, 2010. Zero doubt that Mississauga News “knows” too.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH presents official non-campaign video and slogan “SICK OF THE LIES”

January 13th, 2010  

Ah yes. It’s Wednesday, January 13, 2010. First day for 2010 when I see “them” again. Full day of videotaping (batteries charged for all cameras and recording devices) General Committee and Budget afterwards. Back at it.

To set the tone, here’s the official MISSISSAUGAWATCH non-campaign video. For those who can’t view YouTube, we’ve provided a transcript. The video consists of quick cuts between June 6, 2007 and January 4, 2010.

Well, …it’s time to head out.

“SICK OF THE LIES”

Video: “Citizen-Blogger, “The Mississauga Muse” runs for Mayor (Episode 7: “PUBLIC TRUST”) (1:45 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

(VIDEOTAPED ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AS MISSISSAUGAWATCH FILES FOR MAYOR)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) —filling out City of Mississauga candidacy form:

Nominated for the office of —MAYOR. There it is. Mayor. (giggles) OK, that’s it. I’m done.

ELECTION PROJECT MANAGER PINA MANCUSO: 

Do you solemnly swear this information to be true?

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

Oh absolutely. OK.

ELECTION PROJECT MANAGER PINA MANCUSO: 

You’re all done. Congratulations!

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

Thank you.

(SPEAKING INTO CAMERA AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK…)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

I guess I’m a one-issue candidate and that is simply, I’m sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER JANICE BAKER:

Trust, Quality and Excellence.

When we talk about Trust, I think we’re really talking about the relationship that we have with our citizens and the relationship we have with our employees. When we look at dealing with the public, we have to be accountable—

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER JANICE BAKER:

When we talk about our employees, a trusting relationship with the organization, with managers and supervisors, is critical to employee well-being, to be productive, happy employees that will do the job that will enable us to deliver on the Public Trust.

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA VALLEYS COMMUNITY CENTRE MANAGER DONNA-LYNN ROSA:

I think that it’s imperative if  we’re going to enhance the Trust of the Public that we continue to have a transparent operation.

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES!

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO JUNE 6, 2007 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING AT UTM UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA. CORPORATE WE-ARE-WONDERFUL VIDEO ON-SCREEN)

MISSISSAUGA VALLEYS COMMUNITY CENTRE MANAGER DONNA-LYNN ROSA:

The public can’t be second-guessing what we do. They have to know that what we’re doing, we’re doing it for them and we’re doing it in an open way.

(VIDEO SWITCHES TO ON  JANUARY 4, 2010 CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DESK)

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

sick of the LIES! The lies that our governments are able to shovel our way with impunity. With impunity.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The (“SICK OF THE LIES”) Mississauga Muse

UPDATE January 13, 2010 3:30 pm. This morning, I wrote, “Full day of videotaping (batteries charged for all cameras and recording devices) General Committee and Budget afterwards.” Arrived at Council and too bad that I forgot to pack those charged batteries for my cameras!…

Mississauga Corporate flag worn by The Mississauga Muse at sunset

Under the spreading chestnut tree. I sold you and you sold me. There lie they, and here lie we. Under the spreading chestnut tree.

He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.

DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER

all quotes, George Orwell

“Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.” MISSISSAUGAWATCH deputation to MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL

November 26th, 2009  

We’re up for air and back online.

Only purpose for this Blog is to document, for the record, a video that MISSISSAUGAWATCH showed at yesterday’s Mississauga Council meeting to oppose Mississauga Council hiring an Integrity Commissioner. MISSISSAUGAWATCH made it clear to Mississauga Council that “Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers.”

"ONTARIANS NEED THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN LOOKING INTO MUNICIPALITIES. FULL INVESTIGATIVE POWERS." MISSISSAUGAWATCH to MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL, NOVEMBER 25, 2009

Our good friend (and sometimes colleague), citizen-activist Donald Barber also called for Mississauga Council to determine how the Ontario Ombudsman might play the (invited) role of Integrity Commissioner for the City until such time as the Province Gets Real and expands the Ombudsman’s Office jurisdiction into the MUSH sector ([M] of MUSH is “Municipalities).

So here is the video we showed —video weaving clips of the December 6, 2006 Bill 130 Standing Committee Queen’s Park deliberations with “The Mississauga Muse” inside Council Chambers, four years later —on November 11, 2009.

Followed by the transcript.

Video: “INVITE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN IN AS YOUR INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER” MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL URGED” (5:51 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Video taped at Queen’s Park regarding Bill 130 Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act Standing Deliberations,  December 6, 2006.

It includes debate between Brad Duguid, (Liberal) MPP, Scarborough Centre, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Ernie Hardeman (PC) MPP Oxford.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

Mr. Duguid: —this is in keeping with some of the recommendations that came forward from the Ombudsman in discussing the need that these duties be carried out in an independent manner. And that’s what this particular motion is designed to do. It clarifies that the ombudsman is to function in an independent manner.

The Chair: Very good. Any speakers to this? Mr. Hardeman?

Mr. Hardeman: I guess I say it in a kind of negative way but, it seems to me from the government’s side  —saying it doesn’t make it so. And from having an amendment that says we’re changing nothing about how it’s done but the Ombudsman says we should have an independent ombudsman or investigator —to just put that in and say they should be independent — unless it gives some direction of what independence means, I don’t know how anyone would take comfort from this being sure it’s going to be  independent.

If it still allows that independent person, that’s doing it now independently, to be an employee of council, I don’t know how the public could see that as independence.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: I really would like to think that most citizens aren’t stupid enough to accept an Integrity Commissioner that a municipality itself decides to hire. I mean there are 440 municipalities in Ontario. Some of them have to be corrupt!

And you’re gonna somehow say that we’re going to deal with this corruption by hiring our own Integrity Commissioner? What?!

Mr. Hardeman: Of course because of the whole nature of the bill, there will be no avenue for the public to be involved in whether it’s independent or not, because the very fact that the individual is appointed prohibits that person from going to the Ontario Ombudsman to ask for an independent review.

So, [inaudible] just saying it, to me, just doesn’t cut it.

There needs to be more direction as to how independent they must be, that they must be appointed separately from council, that it can’t be, as was suggested on a very negative note by the Ombudsman, it can’t be just hiring a lawyer who’s — no disrespect to lawyers — who is in fact, obligated to work for the people who hire them.

So obviously, an independent investigation by a lawyer hired is not going to suffice for the public—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And here’s something else. If these people had done a minimum amount of homework, as far as checking the Code of Conduct and complaints system that they have passed in April 2008—if they have looked into that, and had examined what’s been happening since that one was implemented, they’d realize how important it is to get substantial complaints away from municipalities and into the Provincial realm.

Mr. Duguid: —There are a variety of interpretations to the wording in this motion that could provide some degree of difficulty for municipalities down the road, and we’d rather not complicate that. We have confidence that municipalities will — in fact, when we had AMO before us during the hearings, Mr. Reycraft made it very, very clear municipalities are not going to appoint somebody as an ombudsman who is not independent, and would not get an employee of the company, or of the corporation or the city or town or village or region to do that.

But there are issues in terms of definitions of “employee” that I think we’d rather not get into.

Mr. Hardeman: I recognize that the president of AMO, on behalf of all the member municipalities of AMO, was making a presentation and suggested that he would never, nor would any municipality, do anything that would be contrary to the best interests of the people who were being impacted by their decisions.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And then the other thing about this report, it doesn’t deal with prior problems and any complaint —you’re only allowed six months.

Most people don’t know how badly they’ve been screwed over —for years! It took me about two years to figure out about Freedom of Information!

Mr. Hardeman: At the same time, I think, if you’re going to have a third party review for decisions that they make, I think the public would expect that third party review to be by an impartial third party. I think if we don’t do something like this, we’re going to have the old adage about “You can’t fight city hall” is going to be true, because the judge is going to be somebody at city hall, and I don’t think that’s an appropriate way.

So I think this is one that should be passed, and I do request a recorded vote on it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Most people don’t have the resources that I have here or the time that it’s taken me to really understand why you can’t have an Integrity Commissioner. You need —Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.

They need help. You need something else, because everything else is just —pretense. Absolute pretense.

End slide: “saying it doesn’t make it so” Ernie Hardeman (PC) MPP Oxford, December 6, 2006.

NOTE: This video transcript differs from the official Hansard records and I have no idea why.

Signed,

The (Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.) Mississauga Muse

"MISSISSAUGA CITIZEN-ACTIVIST" "DONALD BARBER" "CALLS UPON MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL TO INVITE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN IN AS INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER"

MISSISSAUGA Conflict of Interest Judicial Inquiry VIDEO TRANSCRIPT COMPILATION-1: IN THEIR OWN WORDS, Councillors Corbasson, Dale, Carlson, Iannicca

November 6th, 2009  

At the October 28, 2009 Council meeting, despite blistering opposition from the “Our Hazel Can Do No Wrong” crowd, seven City of Mississauga Councillors voted for a judicial inquiry into the inner “murky” workings of the Trust, Quality, Excellence people.

While the traditional media have taken considerable interest of late, the reader/viewer is limited to reporters’ version of events which in some cases are as ghastly and non-researched as what is churned out by the “Our Hazel Can Do No Wrong” crowd.

Again, to repeat, I’ve been filing Freedom of Information on City of Mississauga Corporate Security conduct, operations and adherence to policies. If there are similar WThuh?! open cesspools like I’ve dredged up with $2,100 worth of Freedom of Information, this judicial inquiry was long overdue.

So MISSISSAUGAWATCH will turn today’s Blog over to a compilation of video transcripts of four Councillors as they explained why they voted for a judicial inquiry.

These transcripts appear in the order presented in previous Blogs: Councillor Carmen Corbasson (Ward 1), Councillor Frank Dale (Ward 4), Councillor George Carlson (Ward 11) and Councillor Nando Iannicca (Ward 7).

The reader who knows a thing or two about Mississauga will notice Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Ward 6) is not among these four and not addressed at all so far.  That’s because Councillor Parrish’s October 28, 2009 comments were extensive and will need more time to work up in video as well as provide transcripts.

The next Blog (and possibly a second) will deal exclusively with Councillor Parrish’s October 28, 2009 comments.

As I’ve said in my previous Blogs, all video and transcripts will be submitted to the Mississauga City Clerk for inclusion in the October 28, 2009 minutes because frankly, I do not want Future Mississauga 30-40 years from now to read only the Corporation’s side of the story (aka manicured minutes). (As a historical record it can’t get better than video and the transcript).

Here we go.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

IN HER OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor and I will be brief. Um, let me first say that this isn’t an easy time for any of us around this table just like it’s not an easy time for you. I don’t think we take comfort in any of the decisions we’ve had to make of late. But notwithstanding, we are elected to make some tough decisions and I think that’s the type of comment you’re gonna hear around this table today.

I am not at all overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up, Councillor Prentice. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t more.

And I’ll tell you why I’m surprised because we all know Madam Mayor is loved, admired and respected. And I for one moment am not going to take away that from her. For me, she has been a role model in many many ways. We both started here in the City in 1978 and I’ve learned an awful lot from her.

I— my biggest difficulty is, and I hope you can understand and appreciate that when we have in-camera sessions, we are privy to certain comments and information that the general public is not.

For me, the in-camera session on the judicial inquiry opened up more questions than it answered.

I— that Madam Mayor didn’t declare one Conflict of Interest for a 17-minute or a 17-second, whatever it was, I have no problem with that.

I do have a problem that official government documents got changed with no satisfactory explanation.

I do have difficulty that any member of Council, doesn’t matter if it’s Madam Mayor, or me, or anyone else, can have off-site meetings, with a landowner, who has an interest in the City of Mississauga, that is going to financially benefit a member of any one of our families.

That may not be against the Conflict of Interest Act. But in my opinion, I would hope, and it’s my understanding that a judicial inquiry can —and most probably would, depending on their findings —make some very strong recommendations to have either the Conflict of Interest Act or the Municipal Act changed.

That’s simply put, Ladies and Gentlemen, for me —I’m not going to speak, I’ll let the others speak for themselves.

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

But I would like to see this City in particular, and certainly Madam Mayor come out with credibility, integrity and that we all maintain our dignity.

I do thank you for coming out today, Ladies and Gentlemen and I will turn it back to the Acting Mayor.

Video: Councillor Carmen Corbasson  (3:50 min)

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

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

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

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

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

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

Jeer from audience

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

Video: Councillor Frank Dale (1:58 min)

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

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

Thank you very much Mr. Acting Mayor. I appreciate the opportunity just to say a few words that may be a slightly different tone than some of the other comments made. I think it’s sad in a way that it’s looked as a win-lose here today.

This was a process because we really, as a governing body, find ourselves vexed by the issues we’re reading about here today. And they haven’t just started dogging us yesterday at noon. This has been going on for some years.

And we’ve spent a considerable amount of money trying in our own way to get to the bottom of many of these issues. And in my opinion, I don’t think we’ve been all that successful. And it continues to hang over Council .

And when you read of the divisions on Council, you’re mostly talking about Enersource and the issues associated with OMERS and partnerships. So to me, I’m delighted that the motion is to delete Madam Mayor from that minor Conflict of Interest, which she’s already said she accepts responsibility. That is a nothing-issue as far as this inquiry is concerned

And as far as I’m concerned, Explanation Accepted. Forgotten about. That part is a Big Zero to me.

So because it’s so obvious from the heartfelt response from the folks here today that this appears to be a first-class witch hunt —must be Hallowe’en, we’re too much into the witch stuff, that we need— This helps to de-focus that and gets us on the other issues which I’m afraid the media find a lot less interesting than going after dear old Hazel.

The kind of stuff about governance and ownership and shares puts most people to sleep. I have to agree with you. But, it’s Big Bucks and we have never properly settled that issue. And I don’t know how to do it other than this.

But I think another point of view as well too, the fact that we’re going to a judge, that speaks volumes to me as a Canadian. I love that we have a country where we can go to an impartial judiciary and say look, we’ve played with the damn thing for two years and we’re not lawyers, judges.

And as I said to one resident today, if there was anything going on here, I would not want this group, much as I love them all, to be sitting in judgment of me. This is a non-starter —reat group of people to work with but, this is not a court of law.

So I think sometimes when you’re stuck, you’re stuck and you’ve got to get some help from somebody. And for me, that’s all this is about and the speculation about politics and who’s the Mayor—

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’ a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor.

So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor. I’ve known her —I’m trying to think when I first met Hazel, I think I was probably three years old or something. I have no interest in any vexatious action against her.

But by golly, I don’t know what else to do. I guess you could hire a consultant —we’ve done all of the consultants. We’ve done, we’ve asked for outside lawyers and asked for —we need someone who can come in and sort out the stuff and say, here’s what you need to do and what/where you went wrong, if we did go wrong. And here’s how you can improve it for the future.

That’s all I’m voting for and if that’s bad, I guess that’s bad but that’s all I can say about it and I appreciate the opportunity, Mr. Chair

Video: Councillor George Carlson (3:53 min)

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

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

And if you don’t mind, as Chair, I would like to speak if someone would so move.

[Someone does]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you, I—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH into camera:

Here he goes.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

—have an obligation to my consitituents and I’ll be very very brief but I think Councillor Carmen (Corbasson) hit on the fundamental point that we’re all grappling with. This is not a fun day for us. This is a heart-wrenching decision.

The reason that I was one of the proponents of the Inquiry —the reason I stand by it emphatically needs all of ten seconds to explain.

Number One, I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know where this is going.

I do know that minutes have been altered —there some other things have gone on that I cannot explain to my taxpayers and I owe them an explanation.

Point Number Two, the Lady of Justice is blind for a reason. It matters not who she judges over —whether that’s your Mayor, whether that’s my brother, whether that’s the local parish priest. And I have to hold that close to my thoughts as well.

I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you, I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar manner.

It is not a city that I would want to live in. I’ve never conducted my affairs in that manner.

I’m shocked that anyone in the audience or anyone in this city would put the cost of such an exercise ahead of having to ensure you have Integrity and Accountability in your political system.

[Jeers and protests from the audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

I beg your pardon.

And so to conclude, at the end of the day, I was not elected for my love of the Mayor. I was elected to do the right thing.

This, as difficult as it is on an emotional level —I want you to hear from me directly, from many of you that I’ve known for a long time, on an ethical, moral, and the-right-thing level, this is one of the easiest decisions that I’ve ever had to make though I’ve never regretted a decision more.

With that I now turn to the motions before me, I need the assistance of the Clerk to make sure…

Video: Councillor George Carlson (2:23 min)

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

MISSISSAUGA CONFLICT OF INTEREST JUDICIAL INQUIRY RECORDED VOTE, October 28, 2009

Again, Councillor Parrish’s comments are on-deck and for historical reasons, transcripts and video of the Councillors who opposed the judicial inquiry will also be recorded here for posterity.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

LINKS TO PREVIOUS BLOGS of the October 28, 2009 CONFLICT OF INTEREST/JUDICIAL INQUIRY meeting

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Carmen Corbasson, “This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that”

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Frank Dale, “I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.” November 4, 2009

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor George Carlson, “I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. November 4th, 2009

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Nando Iannicca, “I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar manner. It is not a city that I would want to live in.”

Best quotes for people to Get It.

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

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

I want to be clear though that the decision I make, the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain. (Jeer from audience) I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’ a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor. So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

And I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you, I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar matter. It is not a city that I would want to live in.

—Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

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

November 4th, 2009  

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

BACKGROUND

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

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

HERE COMES THE SUN

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

He writes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

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

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

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

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

We begin.

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

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

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

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

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

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

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

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

Jeer from audience

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

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you Councillor Dale. Councillor Saito…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

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

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

Signed,

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

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

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

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

HAZEL MCCALLION (CONFLICT OF INTEREST) THE MAY 21, 2008 VIDEO AND THE ACTUAL MINUTES

October 1st, 2009  

It’s all over the papers, you don’t need to read more of the same here. Just let me give you this one.

TORONTO STAR: Mayor McCallion faces judge’s audit For us to have turned a blind eye to this and said, `Trust us, it’s nothing’ – well, this is Mississauga; it’s not Vaughan

As readers know, I videotape all City of Mississauga Audit, General Committee and Council meetings. I even have a back-up audio recorder going inside that “sacred chamber”.

Checking my May 21, 2008 video… CONFIRMED. Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion failed to declare a Conflict of Interest —and stumbled on the words “direct or indirect pecuniary interest”.

Here’s the video followed by the  transcript.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION CONFLICT OF INTEREST: FAILURE TO DECLARE AUDIO MAY 21, 2008 (1:21 sec)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING MAY 21, 2008

Mayor Hazel McCallion: (rings bell)

I’d like to call to order a meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga for Wednesday, May 21st. I would ask that you join with  —join with me in the Lord’s Prayer, if you wish to do so.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Welcome to our meeting this morning. On a cold morning. I  don’t know when the weather’s going to warm up.

Ah, disclosures of direct or direct [sic] ind— uh, pecuniary interest.

Minutes of previous Council meeting, May the 7th. Motion? Mover and a seconder.

[someone moved it]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Okay, Seconder, Councillor Saito.

Any errors or omissions. Yes.

Councillor Frank Dale:

[inaudible, possibly “Could”] it be noted that I was at other municipal business.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Oh, very good, could you make a note of that, Madam City Clerk.

All in favour? Any opposed? Carried.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

There you have it. Failed to disclose Conflict of Interest regarding her son’s $14.4 million land deal.

And you know who can say whether the Mayor simply forgot and it was an honest oversight.

But here’s the killer. You’d expect the minutes to show that Mayor McCallion failed to disclose direct or indirect pecuniary interest.Like that there’d be a blank.  But no, those May 21, 2008 Council minutes show in two places (pages 2 and 26) that she declared!

A reminder that one of our main themes here at MISSISSAUGAWATCH is how the City of Mississauga’s manicures messages. I’ve already mentioned how minutes  routinely leave important stuff out (which I’m forced to conclude is a way to maintain the MYTH of  MYTHissauga. Keep it positive. Minimize the Bad —or fail to mention it altogether (and yes, I’ve documented lots of examples and some major beauts let me tell you. And I’ve the video to match!).

But it never occurred to me to be on the  look out for stuff put IN to minutes! That is, attempts to minimize damage (aka making the Corporation of the City of Mississauga look good) being ADDED! I feel I dropped the ball on this one considering that back in January 2008 I rode that Enersource “How did that clause get into the contract?!” kerfuffle all the way to the beach.

When I wrote my previous Blog, “Hazel McCallion “failed to declare verbally a conflict of interest over son’s $14M land deal” (Toronto Star). MISSISSAUGAWATCH says, “But wait! There’s MORE video!”” my desktop computer croaked. I was unable to scan/work images. Now I can so here are pics of the actual May 21 2008 minutes so you can watch the video on YouTube and check out the May 21, 2008 minutes for yourself.

Page 2, Item 2 in the actual May 21, 2008 Council minutes show:

2. DISCLOSURES OF DIRECT OR INDIRECT PECUNIARY INTEREST

Mayor Hazel McCallion declared Conflict of Interest with respect to the Unfinished
Business matter by virtue of her son being involved with the World Class
Development application.

HAZEL MCCALLION CONFLICT OF INTEREST: MINUTES  SESSION 10  THE COUNCIL OF  THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA  WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008 Page 2

(Click here for larger image of page 2 of the May 21, 2008 minutes)

And page 26, there’s also fabrication under  Item 9: UNFINISHED BUSINESS. (for anyone who’s miffed at my use of the word “fabrication” look up “fabricate” in the dictionary).

9. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

UB-1 Removal of the “H” Holding symbol – World Class Developments Limited
(Agreement of Purchase and Sale) 4225 Living Arts Drive, 4200 Duke of
York Boulevard and 285 Prince of Wales Drive, H-0Z 07/004 W4, Ward 4

Correspondence dated April 29, 2008 from Barry Lyon Consultants Ltd., with
respect to the removal of the “H” Holding symbol – World Class Developments
Limited (Agreement of Purchase and Sale) 4225 Living Arts Drive, 4200 Duke of
York Boulevard and 285 Prince of Wales Drive.

A Special Council meeting was held on April 30, 2008 with respect to the above
matter and since WCD was unable to fulfill the approval requirements in time for
the Special Council meeting, the matter was deferred to May 21, 2008.
Mayor Hazel McCallion declared Conflict of Interest with respect to the above
Corporate Report by virtue of her son being involved with the World Class
Development application.

Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, and Planning & Building advised that the applicant
was still working on the application and requested that it be deferred again.

Deferred
H-0Z 07/004 W4

NOTE THAT I AM WORKING ON THE VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT OF COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA’S “THIS IS MISSISSAUGA. IT’S NOT VAUGHAN” SPEECH AT YESTERDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING AND IT WILL BE ONLINE TODAY AS A NEW BLOG.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

SKATEBOARD SUNDAY preliminary report: Turner skatepark (Hamilton), Chinguacousy skatepark (Brampton) and Iceland skatepark (Mississauga)

September 7th, 2009  

Yesterday as part of a MISSISSAUGAWATCH Skateboard Sunday survey, I visited three major “flagship” municipal skateboard facilities, Turner in Hamilton, Chinguacousy in Brampton, and Iceland, Mississauga. The Sunday before (August 30, 2009) we wrapped up our summer’s observation of Maui’s three skateboard parks.

We’ve already reported on the Maui skateboard scene in previous Blogs and especially in “MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)”.

Once back in Mississauga, it became clear that it would be absurd to now compare the Maui Three with the skateparks we’d been observing and reporting on back in May and June. For example, while observing Beasley Park in City of Hamilton, we were not aware that the new $500,000 Turner Skatepark had opened. (Plus back in May/June I preferred neighbourhood skate plazas to observing a larger City-wide facility.)

No more. The Maui Three forced me to turn my attention to local Flagship Parks.

Yesterday, as part of back-to-back Skateboard Sundays, I first visited Turner Skatepark in Hamilton. (I’d been tipped to the existence of this new facility by a commenter here.)

I ran a quick check of City of Hamilton Council’s decisions as to how Turner Skatepark got located where it did, and surfed a tour of what Google Maps suggested was an affluent surrounding neighbourhood (it was).

TURNER SKATEPARK CITY OF HAMILTON

By far the most surprising thing about Turner Skatepark came from a conversation with one of several parents sitting around watching their kids skateboarding. This mother enthused about how the skatepark was right next to the police station (and I mean right-next-right-next).

I responded that such close presence of police must make parents feel comfortable letting their kids skate there.

Her response was, “Oh no, I’d never leave him here by himself!”

That made Turner Skatepark the most fascinating park in our 6-facility study.

After Turner, I traced out the Upper James route that a kid living around Beasley Skatepark would have to take to reach the flagship Turner. There were only three kids skateboarding that day at Beasley and only one had an actual skateboard. A pervert waxed poetic into my video camera about the number and quality of his testicles while three other suspicious characters were sitting on a park bench watching me videotape graffiti.

Now with two months of Maui skatepark observation behind me, I see Beasley Skatepark for what it is. One ramp. One small depression for a “bowl” and some concrete to smear a board across —that’s Beasley.

BEASLEY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF HAMILTON) 090906

Two small girls were on swings unsupervised and I was reminded of the Turner Park mother’s comment, “Oh no, I’d never leave him here by himself!”… Hamilton: A Tale of Two Cities.

I then set off for Chinguacousy Park, City of Brampton. I heard more F-words in my observation time there than at all Maui skateboard parks the months of July and August combined, plus Turner that morning. Not a good start…

However, Chinguacousy surprised me the most of the three local skateparks I visited yesterday. And surprised me in a good way.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) panoramic shot 090906

(Click here for larger version)

Chinguacousy reminded me of Kahalui’s Keopuolani Skatepark.  More about all this in later Blog entries.

It was getting deep into afternoon and I reluctantly headed for Iceland in Mississauga. I say “reluctantly” because 1: I have the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database printout of all the bans and arrests issued at that City Property, plus 2: I’d visited the skatepark there on several other occasions.

ICELAND SKATEPARK (CITY OF MISSISSAUGA) 090906

On this visit, there were perhaps 20 boys, with about an even split of bikes and boarders. Being just fresh from Chinguacousy, I found Iceland the bore. I videotaped a bit, narrating into the camera and then once I was done, a parent supervising his two kids talked me up.

“You mentioned a skatepark in Brampton?”

“Yeah, Chinguacousy. I just came from there.”

I mentioned Chinguacousy’s attributes (like that it was in a park and not beside the 403) and then provided directions. He gathered his two kids and B-lined it for B-Town.

I saw Chinguacousy as a cool mix between Maui’s Keopuolani and Kalama skateboard parks.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) TRUE TO THE SPORT 090906

Even a Chinguacousy conversation between a kid and a BMXer reminded me of the New York Times article “The End of Falling” in memory of Skateboard pioneer, Andy Kessler.

The BMXer rested his bike on a ramp ledge.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) close-up BMX BIKE 090906

The kid asked, “How did you get so good?”

“I fall down a lot,” and he sped away.

Having observed all six skateparks now, I’m confident in rating them as if I were a Middle School kid committed to skateboarding. But I recognize that what this almost-60 year old white female might look for isn’t the same thing as a real skateboarder (or for that matter a male!).

For me, the Skatepark Rankings were based on architecture, respect and supervision. Did the parks have the kind of ramps and bowls to attract the serious big-boy skaters? Was there a culture of respect among the park users?  If two parks’ architecture and respect rated equal then the ranking came down to a skatepark’s supervision.

I hope you’ll agree that a skatepark where kids are respectful of others and is unsupervised, is infinitely preferable to a supervised park. Unsupervised means it’s the kids’ skatepark where they are free to be respectful, inclusive and solve inevitable conflicts —on their own.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD TRANSCRIPT (Implications?) MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

August 20th, 2009  

For reasons that one day I’ll be able to relate, I need to share this YouTube video and accompanying transcript for the record today.

The video shows me at Mississauga Council’s June 24, 2009 Public Question Period. If you know just how much Councillor Nando Iannicca helped me during the previous Council meeting and General Committee meeting and then helped me again on the 24th, you’ll understand why I say that Mississauga youth and minors are indebted to him. As am I.

MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

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

Important: The video is an excerpt of my June 24, 2009 Mississauga Council Public Question Period appearance, and begins after I’d been up there for 4:46 minutes, as does the transcript.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

[time 4:46 min]

A draft of the Policy stated this about Trespass:

“Where a ban has been issued against an individual and the individual fails to comply with the ban, the individual may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

That’s what the draft looks like.

Among other things, Freedom of Information secured two emails –the first is Mr. Owen’s January 17, 2005 email where he takes exception to the draft’s qualifier “may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

And you have one of those documents in your possession right now. But I’ll read what he specifically refers to.

[Time: 5:28]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Ursula, I think that we have to come to some conclusion on this issue because I’m at a loss for what you’re referring to or trying to get to. I don’t want to minimize what you’re trying to get to.

I’m going to suggest with the Staff and the Mayor and the City Manager and outline to us exactly what your concerns are. Because I think it’s unfair to Council to have this thing brought to our attention and we’re at a loss to respond. I am, as Mayor.

So I don’t think —I think this issue is getting a little bit out of hand and we’ve got to come to some conclusion on it.

So I’m going to suggest, with Council’s approval, that the Mayor meet with, and the Staff and the City Manager, meet with you, and sit down and go over your concerns and try to find out what you’re after and what we can do about it.

Because I think that’s the only way we can get to the bottom of —and try to help you with getting the answers that you want, you’ve indicated. And we’re not getting it here in your presentation to General Committee or Council.

So I would suggest that Council agrees with that —that that happen.

Councillor Iannicca?…

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I’d be happy to so move. You may recall that we last dealt with it, I asked that it go back to Committee —we spent some time on it. Even with all of that I think we were still trying to fight with understanding the data, the implications, what this in terms—

Madam Mayor, I agree with you entirely. because through to Ursula, I’m still trying to understand at the end of the day what the Ask Is.

So —I think that you’re genuine in your pursuit. I think it relates to violence under reporting of statistics and it means that we may not be getting the outputs from the system that we should.

I think we all respect all of that. But we’re not clear on The Ask.

We referred it back to Committee hoping that we’d get there. I think it’s raised more questions for you. I respect that. But Madam Mayor, I think that your suggestion is a very, very good one (and it’s good of you to make the time) to sit down, to maybe clarify some of the data.

But then when it comes back, I just want to be clear what The Ask is. What it is you’d like us to do to make the system better, because we share in that with you because I think you’re well-intentioned as the Mayor said, in that regard.

So Madam Mayor, I’d be happy to move that suggestion and thank you for it at the appropriate —and you’ll nail down the data and then bring back to us what it is that you’d like us to do to improve on this. I think that’s very helpful.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Councillor Prentice?…

Councillor Maja Prentice:

[inaudible and passes…]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

‘kay.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Um, one thing. When you receive something for information, do you have to receive it? Or can you defer [sic] back?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

We can refer it back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Can I request then that Report 9 ”Requests for Additional Information Security Incidents” not be received for report then?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

But can be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Refer it back? Because I would really like the youth/minor statistics in there? Please?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

The whole matter will be referred –we’ll sit down with you and go over what your concerns are, information you’re seeking, what you want us to do, what you feel Council should be doing in this regard –directions to Staff etc. It will all be looked at. And that’s the only way will get to some consensus,–conclusion of the matter. ok?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Yes. And I have just one unusual request. I’m not sure if you can accommodate, but I’d really like an electronic copy of the Mississauga Corporate Security database be handed over to Mississauga’s community partner, Peel Regional Police? Until such time as I can convince—

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Well that will be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Referred? Okay.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

All, everything will be ref—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

I tried. Thank you. (walks away)

[Total time: 9:25 minutes]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Thank you

(pause. Sound of papers shuffling)

Corporate Reports?…

VIDEO ENDS.

A meeting with Mayor McCallion was set up for August 31st. I replied that I would not be in Canada that day. I also informed the Mississauga Mayor that before meeting with her I still had to do my “homework” —and that I was still waiting on questions that I was invited to send to City Staff back in June about City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) and its dATaBAsE.

It’s now August 20th (two months later) and I’ve still to get the necessary answers from “appropriate” Staff that I need for a meeting with the Mayor.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY MANAGER, JAMIE HILLIS (JANUARY 28, 2005 EMAIL ON BANS/TRESPASS/ARRESTS OF MISSISSAUGA'S CITIZENS/YOUTH)

“Corporate Security will continue the common practise to issue a banning notice at their own discretion, and/or effect a trespass arrest if required. This is done at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee. Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws.”

—Email: Jamie Hillis  2005/01/28 3:50:48 pm (secured through Freedom of Information)

SHERI-LYNN RUFFO (SLR) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY NOVEMBER 14, 2008 BAN OF 9/10 GIRL (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library) DETAIL

IMAGE DETAIL:  City of Mississauga Corporate Security “Special Occurrence Report” secured through Freedom of Information, showing ban of a 9/10 year old girl for 30 days from Mississauga Civic Centre, Central Library and Living Arts Centre. (MISSISSAUGAWATCH has confirmed that two 15/16 year old females were banned 30 days from just the Civic Centre for “Drugs”. Bottomline, less punishment than the 9/10 year old got handed “at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee”.

FACT: There are plenty of Mississauga parents/guardians who haven’t a clue that their kid has received a ban from Mississauga’s City parks, facilities and properties —until their kid returns during their ban and “will be” arrested.

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

August 7th, 2009  

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

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

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

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

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

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

To  begin, Google Video uploaded January 5, 2008.

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

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

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

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

“Good morning, Chairman Kolb and Members of Council.

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

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

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

Thank you for having us here today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

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

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

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

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

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


PEEL YOUTH CHARTER (signed March 29, 2007)


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

We believe all Peel youth have the right to:

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

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

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

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

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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

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

MISSISSAUGA PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD: MISSISSAUGAWATCH says HAZEL MCCALLION IS RIGHT!

August 5th, 2009  

Forget what the newspapers say. Forget what anyone says. Here’s the only thing that matters.

What Hazel McCallion says!  …And I’m willing to believe her!

MAYOR MCCALLION’S TAKE-HOME BOTTOMLINE MESSAGE ON PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD

Regarding changes to Public Question Period…

TRANSCRIPT from Rogers Cable 10 TV, Mississauga Council Meeting August 5, 2009:

“We’ve dealt with this as a Mayor all these years–I look at it as an improvement in the administration of the business of the City. It really is.

I think today we need to look at efficiency and improvement of the administration of the business. This is one item that I think is going to do that. You know what? In my opinion citizens that are really sincere and dedicated, are going to benefit from this system in a major way. They’re going to see it’s dealing with their questions more professionally in more depth and with more facts and data to answer the question. And I believe we have to do that, and this is the way, in my opinion, it can be done much better than it has in the past.”

UPDATE AUGUST 5, 2009, 22:59  Hawaiian Standard Time. Special thanks to Rogers Cable 10 for providing the webcast of today’s City of Mississauga Council meeting. What follows is the video match for the transcipt above. For the public record.

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION MAKES PROMISE ABOUT PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD (August 5, 2009)  54 sec.

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

Signed,

The “sincere and dedicated” Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGA MUSE, MISSISSAUGAWATCH "Conducting Administrative, Oversight & Ombudsman Investigations" GARETH JONES

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)

July 7th, 2009  

Over the weekend, MISSISSAUGAWATCH visited StoneWave Skateboard Park in Paia, as well as Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Kalahui’s Keopuolani Skateboard Park (Maui, Hawaii).

Having conducted “Skateboard Sundays” at various City of Mississauga skateboard plazas as well as City of Hamilton’s Beasley Park, we were immediately struck by the huge difference between Mississauga/Hamilton skateboard facilities and those on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Fact is, Maui sk8rz would find both Hamilton’s Beasley Park and Mississauga’s Iceland, pretty “lame”.

As for MISSISSAUGAWATCH, both my husband and I were gob-smacked by the huge difference in skill levels between our local skateboarders and the Maui breed. And we’re talking even the youngest keiki (kids).

It quickly became clear to us that the more challenging the skatepark, the more skilled and daring the kids. And MY what accomplished, dedicated skaters! Get this. At Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei, we witnessed one 13-14 year old skateboarding with his left arm in a cast! We were enthralled.

We thought we’d share what Maui/US skateboarders were doing during their Independence Day weekend holiday.

First, here are some photos of StoneWave Sk8 Park, Paia, Maui.

STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, MAUI, HAWAII

The stone waves form deep bowls at beautiful StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

The stone waves form deep bowls at StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii, July 5, 2009

There was surprisingly little talking during our two and a half hour observation period. Skateboarders were intent on skateboarding.

Not once did we hear a swear word of any kind.

YOUNG SKATEBOARDERS AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Young skateboarders observe and learn from elders. The most daring sk8rz —referred to as “crazy” are the most admired.

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This young man was by no means the smallest skateboarder. He brought his little brother!

ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG SKATEBOARDER POISED TO DROP AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

For fun, we encourage you to watch our video of this small young skateboarder and his little brother co-exist peacefully and respectfully among the Paia Sk8 Big Boyz.

SKATEBOARDING MAUI, PAIA STONEWAVE SKATE PARK  (1:47 min)

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

Yesterday, we visited Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Holy Jumpin’! WHAT A FACILITY!

The Ramps! The sheer drops! (and yes, The Graffiti!)

HIGHEST RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Kids in all sizes came and went and again, very little talking. They had important skills to practise and practise and practise.

RAMPS AT KIDS AND KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And kids barely in their teens took up the challenge of The Intermediate Ramps

YOUNG MAN DRAGS SCOOTER UP AN INTERMEDIATE RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

scooting over them grabbing the highest air they could as a friend measured just how high! Crazy!

YOUNG MAN FLIES A SCOOTER OVER A RAMP WHILE A FRIEND MEASURES HOW MUCH AIR HE GRABBED AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

We were delighted to spot our first girl. This is the only girl we saw skateboarding at any of the three Maui sk8 facilities we are currently observing.

FIRST SK8R GIRL WE'VE SEEN AT ANY FACILITY HERE AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And then we visited what we immediately proclaimed the “tamer” Keopuolani Skateboard Park in Kahalui, Maui.

While this skate park featured the highest ramp we’ve seen anywhere (one and a half story with a measuring stick to mark jumps higher), certainly none of the skateboarders (all in their late teens) that we observed went anywhere near it.  We found Keopuolani quite a letdown.

For one thing, unlike the Paia and Kihei skate parks, Keopuolani has the unfortunate feature of not being right by the beach. Surrounded by buildings and constant reminders of almost-urban sprawl, the Keopuolani/Kahalui  site reminds us somewhat of Mississauga with palm trees. (Yes, we know. We’re jaded.)

We have to give credit to the Kahalui graffiti types though. They sprayed the challenge, “Try grind dis brah” (Try and grind your board along this post, brother) into the concrete and then…

KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

sprayed the outline of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if he wasn”t successful in “grind dis brah”.

*SPLAT*!

Graffiti: Sprayed outline (police style) of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if they weren't successful negotiating a challenging maneuver. KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Photo Credits:  Peter Bennett  ( Kalama Skateboard Park, Kihei and Keopuolani Skatepark, Kahalui )

Hazel McCallion saves Sheridan Library: “…please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing!”

April 17th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Apologies for not having a fresh Blog since April 14th but there’s just been so much to document/research that there’s simply been no time to report on what’s happening.

To give you an idea of what MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been up to in the data collection department since Monday’s Blog here’s a list.

Data collection, researching through Freedom of Information and bearing witness to what needs to be witnessed are far more important than regular Blogging.

You’d think that would go without saying. But no.

The Internet is thoroughly polluted with Blogs spouting opinion —the situation made worse by comments to opinion-focussed Blogs spouting opinion from readers spouting their opinions.   Far too many Blogs assault readers with hundreds of words before actual supporting documents/data are presented.

The very worst Blogs are 100% opinion.

I can tell you this —consider it a reader alert. As of this week, one more Blog (already toxic with unsubstantiated opinion) has joined our virtual world.

As for MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA,  all I can say is Freedom of Information research continues…

Next. Today’s Blog.

SHERIDAN LIBRARY PUBLIC MEETING April 15, 2009

I’ve been observing Mississauga Council since June 2006 and I can’t tell you the number of times Budget deliberations have threatened the Sheridan Library. Cut hours. Cut hours. Cut hours.

Cut hours so much that here’s what Sheridan Library service looks like today (from the mississauga.ca website). Hint: When you scan the hours, think of when kids are in school and parents at work.

NEW! Hours – Winter 2009

Mon 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thurs 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun CLOSED

There’s a worrisome trend at the City of Mississauga that I’ve already mentioned in previous Blogs. Two years worth of Freedom of Information documents reveal that City of Mississauga Staff aren’t strong on social issues.

Cut-and-pasting from a previous Blog that dealt with cuts to hours of library service, Councilor Saito said it best.

PAT SAITO: They are probably the four libraries that are in the area of most need.”

“I guess when I look at the, the hours, or sorry, the libraries that are suggested to be closed for the saving on the Friday evenings and the Sundays.. You know (small chuckle) they’re the four libraries —four of them, Meadowvale, Burnhamthorpe, Malton and South Common. They are probably the four libraries that are in the area of most need.” —Mississauga Councillor Pat Saito (October 15, 2008 Budget Meeting)

Now speaking of areas with most need, we have Sheridan Library. And I have to say I found the presentation by the Mississauga consultant fascinating. For one thing, she used 2004 data. For those who need the Obvious spelled out for them 2004 was five years ago!

The other odd item was the difference of opinion about the needs of the community in the immediate area. The City of Mississauga consultant downplayed the need —that there were other parts of Mississauga more “at-risk”. Then the E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) teacher for the nearby Oakridge Public School, who attended to support his kids, provided data showing that the Peel District School Board identified his school —Oakridge, as Number One in terms of  need.

Two studies. Two very different findings. Something is very wrong here.

I suppose that this is as good a place as any to tell readers that in my former life, I taught at Oakridge Public School back in the mid 70’s. Many youngsters were needy back then!

A lot of people attended this meeting to defend the Sheridan Library. But I have to congratulate that Oakridge E.S.L. teacher because he served up data. Facts.

As a result of the information he provided, he’s made it possible for me to file Freedom of Information on various aspects of the Sheridan Library. (I won’t reveal more because I know the minions of evil empire move their lips to this Blog.)

Enough.

Here’s the bottomline.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion  has the following message.

“Please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing. “

And I’m only too happy to.

HEY EVERYBODY! SHERIDAN LIBRARY IS NOT CLOSING!

And not only that but just from examining the Mayor’s face during her speech and afterwards, it’s a pretty good guess that she’s going to see that this needy community’s largely new immigrants (and the Oakridge kids) get a library reflective of those needs.

Ward Councillor Katie Mahoney has defended Sheridan Library every single time it was threatened. Afterwards, I even stood in line to speak with her and thank her for the resolute defence she played on behalf of these people. Mahoney squawked every single time. And her last Council squawk made it clear to Mississauga Staff not to bring up the topic of closing again.

Still, a Councillor has surprising little power.

What has guaranteed a brighter future for Sheridan Library is McCallion herself.  I’m convinced that the Mississauga Mayor did not know the embarrassing conditions at Sheridan Library. Frankly I had my eyes opened too Wednesday evening as well.

The cramped conditions and aging books sure turned the mississauga.ca News Release,  “Service Options Review for the Sheridan Community” into an Orwellian joke.

Down at the very bottom of the City’s News Release. it states:

Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada’s safest city.

“state of the art facilities”?! STICK IT YOU SPINMEISTERS IN COMMUNICATIONS!

Well, I certainly feel better now…

So here is video of Mayor McCallion’s wonderful address to the Sheridan Library Community Wednesday evening.  And the transcript of the video. All for the record.

HAZEL MCCALLION SAVES MISSISSAUGA’S SHERIDAN LIBRARY 090315  (4:16 min)

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

TRANSCRIPT  Mayor Hazel McCallion Sheridan Library April 15, 2009 public meeting:

Thank you very much and I came to listen. And there are some excellent suggestions put forward.

And I want you to know that your Councillor has protected this library.

And I want you to know that myself and the Councillor and even Councillor Mullin, is concerned about reducing the library hours.

Because I really believe the library, in many years, is the community centre as much as it is, especially for the students.

And you know, today, in order for Canada to be competitive, it is so important that our children get every opportunity to learn more because that’s the only way will remain competitive.

[Apologies, battery change]

The services, by the way, Paul, [Ed: Commissioner of Community Services, Paul Mitcham] that we provide in this library obviously is not adequate. I hate to hear that there’s not enough computers. Today, the children, when they’re doing their research, the computer is such a key to it.

So I heard two things tonight –how the library is stocked. Is it that same as others libraries in the area? I don’t mean all libraries. We DO have the Central Library. And we DO have a district library. And we have a [inaudible] library and therefore they should be all equal, whether the neighbourhood is here or in Streetsville or Erin Mills or wherever it is.

So we heard tonight, there is a need. As I say, your Councillor has protected the library. There was a movement to close it and she stood up and made sure it wasn’t closed.

Now we’re here tonight and Councillor Mullin has joined us.

The library, you know, years ago, when there weren’t community centres and there weren’t arenas and there weren’t all those things, there were libraries. Think about that. There were libraries because that was the key to a community.

And so the library is an extremely important facility in the community.

In regard, I agree with Councillor Mahoney as well, that the library should be located in the right location and that is important as well –to be able to be available to as many people as possible.

Not all –we can’t have a library on every corner –we can’t have a library right next to your house, I wish we could, but we can’t. So we have to choose a good location. And I think your Councillor is well aware of where the library should be.

We will attempt –I will try to negotiate with the owner of this plaza as well. And I would think that the economic downturn and the fact that plazas are not doing as well –and this one, I understand is not doing as well as others and I think that there’s a pretty good negotiating opportunity.

Secondly, we will look at land within this area that Councillor has clearly defined to see if there is. It’s tough to purchase land these days, you know. You can’t force people to sell it to you but we will make every effort.

I know that Paul, our Commissioner here tonight, will bring me up to date on the negotiations that are taking place with the owner of this plaza and I will get involved.

So tonight you gave us some ideas –I think they’re great– I want you to know that we are here to serve you and to serve this community as we try– [McCallion cut off by applause]

So thank you for coming and please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing!

[TRANSCIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

HAZEL MCCALLION: READ "TRANSCRIPT Mayor Hazel McCallion Sheridan Library April 15, 2009 public meeting: ...and please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing"

Addtional resources.

I was unaware that the young man sitting in the chair to my right was Peter, the person who left an announcement about the Sheridan Library meeting in “About the Mississaugas Muse”.  I Googled him and found his excellent summary of the Sheridan Library meeting.

Peter Browne describes himself as a “Peter Browne student. nerd. politics activist” and I encourage you to read his “Sheridan Branch Library Meeting” summary. Clearly Peter is a Blogger committed to informing his readers. He’s actually posted an audiotape of the  meeting as an mp3!  Audio and video cut through the He Saids and She Saids of differing opinions of what actually happened.

Also please visit Peter’s Flickr site for his photographs of the information slides presented at that meeting.

Last. Here is the Mississauga News article, “Neighbourhood needs its library, residents say”.

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

April 11th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

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

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

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

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

Today’s Blog will be the transcript.

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

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

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Pauses to think…]

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

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

‘scuse me, telephone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

[whispers] It’s obscene!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[even longer pause]

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

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

TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH to “ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author DR. ALVIN CURLING… “Municipalities are a MAJOR Root of Youth Violence”

March 12th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Dr. Alvin Curling, co-author of "Roots of Youth Violence" March 10 ,2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH VIDEO INTERVIEW with Dr. Alvin Curling, co-author of The Roots of Youth Violence.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: I have some questions regarding “The Roots of Youth Violence”

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Yes.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: —and  one of the questions I have is: When your team worked on “The Roots of Youth Violence” from the initial drafting to the final product, did you do any research using Freedom of Information —and specifically, filing Freedom of Information into Schools, Municipalities and even Police?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well most of the research that we have done, which we contracted Scott Beaudry (sp?), a renowned criminologist, to do that. We gathered all the documents that were public already.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Yeah.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: About Freedom of Information, I don’t think [inaudible} most of it unnecessary —they were all public documents out there. We just pulled all that together and then presented it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: OK, the next question. Are you aware that the 2001 Municipal Act doesn’t require Ontario municipalities to have a public complaints process in place?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Don’t have to have a what?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: They don’t —The 2001 Municipal Act doesn’t require municipalities to have a public complaints system in place.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, a—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: —which means that there’s no framework for accountability within municipalities.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: The municipalities do have accountabality, of course. But I presume that in their own way they do. But I’m not quite familiar with what it hasn’t got and what it has—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well, for example, The City of Mississauga, in the 30 years, never had a public complaints system, let alone a formal one.

Video shifts to the MAY 21, 2008 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING..

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT MULLIN: But I guess that I’m looking for some direction from possibly Staff if there is something that we could put in place which would be, I guess, a complaint procedure against Staff. And maybe somebody could respond. Or if there’s another way in terms of looking at it.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION: Councillor Mullin, I met with the City Manager this morning. I’ve not seen the report. And I was going to ask  —and I was a little slow in asking, that this report be referred back. To look at the process.

Video returns to March 10, 2009 interview with DR. ALVIN CURLING.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And I’ve been filing Freedom of Information for two years on Peel, Brampton, and so on and I can’t find a framework for accountability. And just one more thing? I just want to show you..

This is a 1994 document by Peel Regional Police and it made a recommendation regarding Crime Prevention that said, “Delegates recommend that crime prevention initiatives be unique and tailored to local communities.”

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Yes.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: That’s 1994. Then it says, “It is recognized that the two existing Crime Prevention Associations are the best vehicle for program development and implementation.” And we can agree with that too.

Then it says, “A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness.” I haven’t found any.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Is that right?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: No. So, this is really the question that I have. Do you support, or what are your feelings towards allowing The Ontario Ombudsman full investigative powers into the MUSH sector —Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, actually, I can’t comment on that really because the fact that you say to give The Ombudsman full investigative authority to investigate a municipality…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Right now he doesn’t have that. You know that, right?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: No because he —actually The Ombudsman is The Province, not The Municipality. [inaudible] to the Parliament itself not to the mayor. So that—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Oh I know, but I mean… That’s why I’m saying. A municpality that doesn’t want to held accountable?.. you can’t make it accountable. And that’s what I believe to be a major Root of Youth Violence.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well… well that’s a view. That’s your view.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well, actually, I’ve got Freedom of Information that shows that municpalities here —they don’t know what each other are doing. They don’t even know share the information with police.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, we talked about sharing that. And lots of that. We talked about each municipality, each community, could share some of their experiences because one municipality is different than the other. You can’t use the solution of one community to solve the other’s problem. So they have their own unique way.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well basically, what I see happening is that they are trumpeting their successes, sometimes inventing their successes and the authentic accountability —and I suspect that’s why you don’t see Youth here?… Because they don’t think this is real.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Is that right? Well they have to come out even if they don’t think it’s real and come and say it, you know…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Yeah.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Thanks very much.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: OK. Thank you, sir.

VIDEO INTERVIEW ENDS and here’s the video…

“ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author, DR. ALVIN CURLING interviewed by MISSISSAUGAWATCH (4:40 min)

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

Last, Dr. Alvin Curling will be speaking this evening at the Jamaican Canadian Association from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 995 Arrow Road (Arrow & Finch)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: MAJOR ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE


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