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“Free Palestine” Gaza Rally and March, Mississauga Celebration Square –videos and photos (Aug 10, 2014)

August 13th, 2014  

Just, for the record, some video and photographs from the Pro-Palestinian Rally held at Mississauga Celebration Square, August 10, 2014.

“Free Palestine” Gaza Rally and March, Mississauga Celebration Square, August 10, 2014

Palestine Protest Gaza Rally Mississauga Celebration Square Aug 10, 2014

and some photos…

As the rally organizers pointed out, Peel Police did a wonderful job helping keep people safe. That said, Mississauga Celebration Square was not without other uniformed presence.

And so we created…

City of Mississauga Security welcomes Palestine/Gaza Rally! Mississauga Celebration Square
Song “Over the Rainbow” performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Security Arrest exposes video surveillance footage and covert ethnicity records

June 9th, 2014  

Saturday marked the 7th anniversary of Donald Barber’s arrest by City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

To commemorate this, we’ve produced a split-screen video of June 7, 2006 City of Mississauga Security surveillance footage synchronized with RogersTV Mississauga Council telecast leading up to that arrest.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards involved June 7, 2006 include Sherri-Lynn Ruffo, Paul Mercier, Jasbir Raina, and—operating the Council Chambers Pelco PTZ video camera that day and blatantly violating Provincial guidelines—Jay Warburton.

When you watch this, please know that the Province’s Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places state:

The public should be notified, using clearly written signs, prominently displayed at the
perimeter of the video surveillance areas, of video surveillance equipment locations,
so the public has reasonable and adequate warning that surveillance is or may be in
operation before entering any area under video surveillance.

There was no signage anywhere at Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre, and Central Library on June 6, 2006 despite the use of many video surveillance cameras—and despite claims that “Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws” and that signage existed.

City of Mississauga Security Arrest exposes video surveillance footage and covert ethnicity records

Since January 2007, Freedom of Information has revealed the degree to which City of Mississauga Staff lie. Emails and Council video records show the degree to which elected officials look the other way. It is what it is.

Fact is, even if the Mayor or a Councillor wanted to investigate a staffing issue, they can’t. As revealed by Councillor Pat Saito at the April 2012 Governance Committee, investigating Staff is a job of the City Manager—not elected officials.

And that brings us to provincial politics—citizens’ disgust simmering there. Shamelessly trumpeting “world class” service versus the reality of Liberal bungling. Obscene amounts of money wasted, corruption, lies, cover-up, putrid sense of entitlement—and it’s not just the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals….

But the Ontario Liberal base—its Voice, its Ground Zero—is Hazel McCallion and Mississauga. Just examine the evidence, people….

Mississauga City Hall—Liberal Stronghold. Suggesting… that the shit doesn’t roll downhill but rather UP!

This June 7, 2006 “Arrest of Donald Barber” video is something of a metaphor. The last five minutes include the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database from January 1, 2006 through to April 16, 2007.

Why the April 16, 2007 cut-off? That’s when Mayor Hazel McCallion sent MISSISSAUGAWATCH an email denying City of Mississauga Corporate Security kept records on Age and Ethnicity. She wrote:

“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.”

Watch the degree to which City of Mississauga Corporate Security lied about their ethnicity records beginning at 20:58.

Think about it: the RogersTV telecast pumping out Mississauga’s “Best City in Canada” propaganda versus the Security footage covert reality.

So. How many of your MPs or MPPs were once municipal politicians?…

Mayor Hazel McCallion, “The allegations you made to me are either True or Untrue” –and a Thank You

May 13th, 2014  

This correspondence was originally sent to Mayor Hazel McCallion by email, March 17, 2014 at 8:30. It was cc’d to Crystal Greer City Clerk, Janice Baker City Manager, Gary Kent Commissioner of Corporate Services, Raj Sheth Director of Facilities and Property Management, Jason.Keddy Manager City of Mississauga Corporate Security, and Councillors Jim Tovey, Pat Mullin, Chris Fonseca, Frank Dale, Ron Starr, Nando Iannicca, Katie Mahoney, Pat Saito, Sue McFadden and George Carlson.

The complaint below in FACTUM 140317 01 against a City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard, has been used with permission and has been redacted to ensure the author’s anonymity.


 

Dear Madam Mayor,

First, hope you are well.

I already had a feeling about something positive a month ago –February 18th to be exact but I waited until today, March 17, 2014 to write and thank you.

I’ve been researching City of Mississauga municipal governance since May 2006 and I have to say that out of every single day, March 17, 2008 stands as the most important.

As it happened I attended an Audit Committee meeting that day. You, Councillors Dale, Adams and Mahoney were all in attendance.

A matter to be considered was “Proposed Corporate Policy: “Code of Conduct and Complaint Procedure for Security Staff” and part of the minutes read:

“Jamie Hillis, Manager, Security and Operations advised that the process for hiring security officers is stringent and imposes high standards. He described the cross-training provided in all positions and explained that the Training Officer is responsible for identifying training needs, including external training, i.e. police drills and report writing. Mayor McCallion stated that people hired as security officers should be sensitive to the public.”

That’s not a bad summary of the minutes, all things considered: however, Freedom of Information has drawn into question Jamie Hilllis’ claims regarding both the stringency and high standards for City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) guard hiring.

For example, aside from one course with Peel Police attended by some guards, Freedom of Information could find no other evidence of “external training”.

As for MissCorpSec’s training officer being responsible for “identifying training needs” and report writing, this is the individual I’ve identified as having to share significant blame not just for the City of Mississauga Corporate Security Excel database (especially the Ethnicity field) but also for the written content entered into MissCorpSec’s Special Occurrence Reports (SORs).

But I did say that I was writing to thank you. The minutes correctly record that “Mayor McCallion stated that people hired as security officers should be sensitive to the public.”

Today marks the 7th Anniversary of you saying what I feel is the most important thing you ever said. And for that I thank you!

More specifically, video of that March 17, 2008 Audit Committee meeting shows that you turn to MissCorpSec Manager Jamie Hillis and say, “I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible”.

To which Mr. Hillis responded, “Yes. Absolutely.”

Well, between me and the MissCorpSec database there was virtually no evidence of “Yes. Absolutely”.

Then to my surprise on February 18, 2014, I received an email from Raj Sheth, Director of Facilities and Property Management introducing Jason Keddy, MissCorpSec’s new Manager effective February 10, 2014.

Since the name was unfamiliar to me I knew immediately that you listened to me begging for you not to hire a new Security Manager from within. So thank you for that too!

Next. It should be no surprise that I Googled “Jason Keddy” thoroughly. I discovered that among other things he was Security Director at York University when Roy McMurtry (co-author “Roots of Youth Violence”) was appointed York’s 12th Chancellor in March 2008. I took that as a good omen.

I know it’s early but there’s a strong indication that you really did manage to deliver a Security Manager who is “sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible”.

If Mr. Keddy is as real a deal as I hope, he will no more tolerate a goon in his Security ranks any more than I would.  Time will tell…

Last, I’m going to include an email I received just to explain the degree to which City of Mississauga Corporate Security has negatively affected people’s lives. I include it for those Councillors like Maja Prentice who believe that kids today have no problems complaining to their parents about their rights or how they’ve been treated…

FACTUM 140317 01 begins
Received via email December 14, 20…. 3:08 PM

Hello,

Today I feel compelled to email you about a family member’s personal experience in relation to a situation that has only very recently come to my attention.  And, upon performing some very rudimentary research on the subject, it didn’t take me long to find some disturbing and maddening information on the internet regarding what appears to be systemic corruption in what I thought was a first-world city, not a third-world country.  Please allow me to relay what I have learned:

My …… lived in Mississauga for … years to attend school. …… lived …………………… ……………………………… …… was a top-notch student (all instructors and school administration would easily vouch for that), and is a conscientious and law-abiding young adult.  …… no longer lives in the city, and has no desire to ever go back …………………… but, this morning (a full year after …… situation arose) …… approached me in tears because of an issue that has been bothering ……  the entire time, and which …… has only brought to my attention now.  …… would often go to …………… after spending several hours on …… schoolwork.  It was during one of these times when …… was approached by a belligerent man claiming to be a security person for the city.  ………………………… ………………… ……, when ……………  ……  was MORTIFIED.  …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… He demanded …… identification, and being completely naïve and terrified, …… obliged by giving it to him.  He told …………… was barred from …… …… for 30 days – with no evidence of any wrongdoing whatsoever!!!  The very, very unfortunate thing was that I happened to be in Mississauga visiting …… at that exact time, and had …… told me what had just happened to ……,  I would have ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… But, again, …… was terrified of what had just transpired, and was deathly afraid to mention it to anyone.

After seeing that many, many other people have been treated in the same way (by researching anecdotes on the internet, as well as coming upon your website), I regret very much that …… did not tell me immediately about this situation.  I would have been in City Hall in no time flat, lodging a formal complaint, but I believe it is futile at this time to bother.  …………, as I said, is extremely conscientious about being a model citizen, and it has been bothering …… for an entire year that …… reputation as such has been unjustly sullied.  …… also is worried that it will leave a permanent record somewhere for ……  Because …… lodged no complaint against the false accusation, I am hoping that this will not be the case.  I believe it would be futile, or even counterproductive, at this time to complain to the city administration over this as, at this point, I would not doubt that they would doctor the documents to lie even further about whatever this individual documented, just to be spiteful.  This is why I consider Mississauga city administration to be no better than some third-world corrupt establishment, when it doesn’t take rocket science to see that there is a problem with what’s going on on their city property by their employees or contracted services.

I don’t know if your “Mississauga Watch” still exists, or if you are still observing this situation there but, as I said, I felt compelled to convey my …… experience with what I believe to be a serious issue of abuse of authority.  My view of the city had degraded during the time my …… spent there as it was, but this has sealed my disgust with …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… evidence existed to support such an accusation, by third-world wanna-be cops. ………………………

FACTUM 110427: Exchange between Mayor Hazel McCallion and MISSISSAUGAWATCH during April 27, 2011 General Committee meeting. MISSISSAUGAWATCH: white. McCallion: aqua.

Mayor Hazel McCallion to MISSISSAUGAWATCH "the allegations you made to me are either True or Untrue" --April 27, 2011

FACTUM 070507: April 16, 2007 email from Mayor Hazel McCallion states emphatically, “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 those categories. During Emergency Preparedness Week May 2007, MISSISSAUGAWATCH gets first easy access to City of Mississauga Corporate Security vehicles and displays.

Out of curiosity, we went to the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database secured in 2012 to examine the bans/arrests, City guards issued during Emergency Preparedness Week May 2007. The results? Total 6 bans. 5 non-white —4 of which we black. One “black ban” from all facilities was issued for 10 years by a security guard too stupid to spell “harassment” and too lazy to look it up in a dictionary just to be sure. Imagine. A 10-year ban from all facilities, with no legitimate public complaints system to appeal that ban —and you still get to pay taxes…

Emergency Preparedness Week 2007: City of Mississauga's Ethnicity/Age ban stats that week...

FACTUM 051226: City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard “HyJynx” bragged online about physically abusing “a client” along with two other security guards. So not only did City of Mississauga Security bosses lie about keeping race/ethnicity records, they dismissed the MISSISSAUGAWATCH complaint about “HyJynx” as unverifiable. Freedom of Information however, did manage to locate another abusive incident “HyJynx” bragged about and dredged up security guard name, Mike Keter.

Emergency Preparedness Week May 2007. No wonder City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards weren't happy with their first-ever scrutiny!

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Security scuttles Hazel McCallion’s reputation for “running a tight ship” [Freedom of Information]

February 15th, 2014  

Yesterday was February 14, 2014, Hazel McCallion’s 93rd birthday. As expected the Mississauga News is full-flow-gushing this annual event.

Today we’re going back in the day, February 14, 2007 when Rogers Cable 10 telecast a fascinating and so ironic Mississauga Council debate. The Mayor and Councillors were falling all over themselves because of an error made by City Staff in a by-law that potentially caused “hardship” to people. As we know, in Mississauga, “hardship” means Money Matters.

But we challenge you to view this video through a different lens. Imagine if back on February 14, 2007 Mississauga Council took our complaints about City of Mississauga Corporate Security as seriously as Money Matters. Imagine then, instead, that they were talking about “expeditiously” dealing with the lies and denies of their own Security operation. Seven years ago… What a difference that would have made!

So here’s our Mississauga Council Valentine’s Day 2007 dedicated to ALL those at the City who not only did Nothing, but actively engaged in fabrication and cover up. (Complete with video transcript.)

Dedicated to City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses Ken Owen, Jamie Hillis, Cathie Evans and Joe Cairney.

City of Mississauga Security scuttles Hazel McCallion’s reputation for “running a tight ship”

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

My advice to Staff, and I’m going to give some advice –that reports need to be more complete.  And I think we should be aware of discussions that take place on a very important change in the by-law.

It’s not just changing a simple policy, folks. It’s changing a by-law.

Yes. We made a mistake. And obviously we all admit we didn’t do our homework. On it. So I think we should learn from our experiences.

[Dip to White]

Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services, February 14, 2007

Madam Mayor? Madam Mayor, if I might as well request if there are any individual situations where there is hardship, that they be brought to my attention—

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

Very good.

Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services, February 14, 2007

—and I will address them.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

You will.

Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services, February 14, 2007

Ah, secondly, we w-I would appreciate really an opportunity to talk to Staff before we commit to a timeline. But then we will certainly expedite it at your request.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

Thank you.

[Dip to White]

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

There’s nothing underhanded about this.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

No.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

This is simply—

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

I didn’t say that.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

—something that in my view we did not look at carefully. And people are being hit.

It’s important as Councillor Carlson says, is to do the right thing as quickly as possible. So I ask—

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

And we will do the right thing.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

—and I would ask, I would ask that there would not be a delay in this. That this would come forward as quickly as possible.

[Dip to White]

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council, February 14, 2007

We will deal with it expeditiously. And we will make sure that nobody is harmed by it. That, Paul Mitcham, the Commissioner, has assured us. And we will have it back as —uh.

It’s unfortunate it got by us. And we apologize for it. There is nothing underhanded about it. But I really believe that the Council has made the right decision by deferring it for more debate, more understanding.

I think it’s important that the eleven members around this Council understand the implications of any actions we take. And so that is extremely important.

Councillor Parrish….

[Dip to White}

City of Mississauga Corporate Security database scrolls. Sorted by Ethnicity. Asian. Black. Caucasion [sic]
Audio: Hazel McCallion’s February 14, 2007 advice to staff repeated.

“My advice to Staff, and I’m going to give some advice –that reports need to be more complete.”

“Yes. We made a mistake. And obviously we all admit we didn’t do our homework. On it.”

“We will deal with it expeditiously. And we will make sure that nobody is harmed by it.”

“I think it’s important that the eleven members around this Council understand the implications of any actions we take. And so that is extremely important.”

[Fade to Black. Dip to Black. MISSISSAUGAWATCH logo]

Too bad the Mississauga Mayor and Council weren’t this “expeditious” about dealing with their Security force. Freedom of Information confirms there was something “underhanded” about City of Mississauga Corporate Security’s Ken Owen, Jamie Hillis, Cathie Evans, Joe Cairney etc etc.

For easier reading, see larger sizes at: www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/12547706404/sizes/h
 

Signed,

It is what it is. And telling it like it is.
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Rob Ford invades Mississauga (aka Liberal Ground Zero) at GTA Mayors Ice Storm Press Conference. Two Liberals flee!

January 19th, 2014  

Just a quick summary of the GTA Mayors and Regional Chairs Ice Storm Press Conference held at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre on Friday, January 17, 2014.

It was ACTION PACKED!

First the serious stuff. The entire GTA Mayors Press Conference in fascinating split-screen. Cam 2 on Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion speaking at the podium and Cam 1 on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as he listens (and stifles). (Cam 1 audio synchronized to Cam 2)

 Rob Ford and Hazel McCallion Split-Screen GTA Mayor’s Ice Storm Press Conference

Next.

I bet I was the only one who noticed City of Mississauga Corporate Security and former City of Toronto Corporate Security, Rob Ford’s driver, all under one roof —let alone get all excited about that.

Mayor Rob Ford's driver waves at MISSISSAUGAWATCH as City of Mississauga Corporate Security (aka The Misstapo) drives elevator

So I’m videotaping this for posterity and danged if Rob Ford’s security/driver doesn’t wave at me and did he even smile?! Imagine my confusion!

When I replayed the video, sure enough, it was a wave with all four fingers and thumbs and the smile was friendly instead of menacing.

Sure, maybe the Story really was the Ice Storm funding but video suggests the media would have showed up even if Rob Ford were just to park his Cadillac Escalade in the Living Arts Centre underground garage and refuse to pay for parking. Make no mistake the cameras were aimed at him, for him, and not Mayor Hazel McCallion. Certainly I’ve never witnessed a situation where McCallion wasn’t the Centre of the Universe. I did on Friday though.

And here’s the video of Rob Ford’s STAR power.

 Rob Ford’s *S*T*A*R* upstages Hazel McCallion –and Burns “One” Down

Something interesting about this video is that the female City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard, escorting Mayor Rob Ford out, was the Supervisor on duty on November 14, 2008 who thought it appropriate to ban a 10 year old girl from three facilities at once (Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library) for 30 days. Freedom of Information confirmed this little girl to be Asian, despite Security bosses lying that they don’t keep records of Age or Ethnicity. And just yesterday we received a tip that despite hundreds of arrests since January 2006, City of Mississauga Corporate Security has only now adopted its first every Arrest Policy. Effective December 1, 2013.  Except there’s no evidence that the Mayor or any Councillor ever had a peek at it… So this video is dedicated to City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

Another interesting thing about the video is that it was only after producing it and uploading it to YouTube that I replayed the segment that contained Mississauga’s Liberal Mayor-in-Waiting Bonnie Crombie. As videographers know, you’re sometimes too caught up in documenting action that you don’t always know what you have —or its significance.

For example in the video Rob Ford’s *S*T*A*R* upstages Hazel McCallion…” I didn’t notice Mississauga Councillor Chris Fonseca in it! It was only when I analyzed the clip that I noticed that both Liberal Councillors Bonnie Crombie and Chris Fonseca’s odd behaviour.

I’d stood ready for Mayor Rob Ford to leave the Living Arts Centre when Bonnie Crombie rushed past, hair flying and heels clicking. She stopped pointed quickly behind her and retreated into a side door. The photographer rushed and my camera followed and dang if it wasn’t the Rob Ford entourage.

And in the sight-line of my camera was former Mississauga News publisher Ron Lenyk and Liberal Mississauga Councillor Chris Fonseca. Video analysis shows Fonseca turning her head, turning back at Lenyk with eyes bugged and then a split-second later, fleeing lest media cameras record her in the background with Conservative Rob Ford!

The very politicians who do their all to appear in photos with Hazel McCallion couldn’t have moved much faster had GODZILLA-himself stomped down both Marilyn Monroe Towers, laid waste of Square One and was now bearing down on them!

Rob Ford terrorizes Mississauga Liberals Bonnie Crombie and Chris Fonseca who flee FORDZILLA's impending wake.
One last thing and this is to Mayor Rob Ford. You know when Hazel McCallion said

“And by the way, the next thing we’re going to deal with if I have my wish, is the gridlock in the GTA —working together to solve it.”

That’s MYTHISSAUGAspeak for “We-Liberals will do our all to solve You this municipal election!”

Signed,

(the liberal) MISSISSAUGAWATCH

OH! And.

Today, is is an anniversary of sorts. It was January 2007 when I filed my very first Freedom of Information request. And it was seven years ago today, that I got back my very first Freedom of Information response letter from the City of Mississauga!

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION 2007/01/19 (JANUARY 19, 2007)

Of course back then I didn’t know that City of Mississauga Enforcement was a different branch from City of Mississauga Corporate Security. Of course back then I also thought just a word to the Mayor-Who-Runs-A-Tight-Ship and all would be fixed…

Contract Security: City of Mississauga Security “CSIS” database reveals disturbing Failure-to-Mention in Corporate Reports

January 9th, 2014  

Our last blog was December 25th, 2013 which included a December 29, 2013 update. It’s now January 9, 2014… Only three blogs in December, none in November, just one in October.

And yet we are so busy! We continue to analyze the City of Mississauga Corporate Security “CSIS” database and I for one, am finally comfortable enough using Excel to be confident navigating it. What this means is I am now taking over 150 “tags” (Notice Prohibiting Entry) that I secured from the City of Brampton back in 2008 and transferring them into a modified version of the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database. It’s as close to comparing Security-apples with Security-apples as I’m ever going to get.

The thing is this transfer from paper to electronic spreadsheet takes time. And before I even begin any analysis I have to check, double and triple-check to ensure that each entry is correct first.

But the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database has revealed something so troubling that I can’t in good conscience sit on this information until I’m ready. “Ready” defined as all the Freedom of Information that I have yet to file is returned and examined as part of the data. This has to go up now.

I’ve already mentioned the April 16, 2007 email that I received from Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion denying that City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) keep records on Age and Ethnicity.

She wrote:

“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.”

Confirmed now as a lie, possibly out of ignorance.

In a March 19, 2007 email the Mayor also insisted that the City treats all residents fairly. Here are her exact words:

“You have made references to two quotations in the Canadian Security Magazine article, alleging concerns that you have with respect to the new Canadians and the number of security incidents last year.  I cannot see anything that substantiates your concerns.  In any event, please be advised that the City treats all its residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity.”

And so I present the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database —this time severed to include only those incidents involving bans issued by “Contract Security”. Contract Security would be private security guards hired by City of Mississauga Corporate Security on contract.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security's "Contract Security" record of bans and arrests. Why did Hillis-Evans Corporate Reports make no mention of ethnicity or private security?
Original size can be found here:   www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/11820600953/sizes/o

City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses Jamie Hillis and Cathie Evans provided several Corporate Reports to Mississauga Council regarding incidents at City facilities (bans, arrests etc). As I’ve said since early 2008, it’s what City of Mississauga (and Corporate Security) fail to mention that the public needs to know the most. In their Corporate Reports, there was never any mention of ethnicity. Of the degree to which security guards (and even City bosses themselves) fail to record vital information into the Security database. Of the baffling “Complexion” categories and even more bizarre “Age Ranges”…

Both Hillis and Evans failed to mention MissCorpSec’s “Contract Security” records. And also failed to mention:

The next step is compare these data with City of Brampton Primary Response Contract Security…

That’s it, except I’ll leave you with this:

“With respect to your first question, ultimately I am responsible for the design and evaluation of the database.”

—Ken Owen, January 6, 2009 Director, Facilities and Property Management,
   Corporate Services Department, City of Mississauga

 Hazel McCallion quote: “I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.” --Mayor Hazel McCallion at the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee

 

 

Update and Apology: Ghosts of Christmas Past: Bans and Arrests issued by City of Mississauga Corporate Security on Christmas Days 2006 to 2012

December 25th, 2013  

UPDATE: December 29, 2013

Please be advised that I have removed the content of my December 25, 2013  blog, “Ghosts of Christmas Past: Bans and Arrests issued by City of Mississauga Corporate Security on Christmas Days 2006 to 2012″.

While the title and text referred to Bans and Arrests issued by City of Mississauga Corporate Security on Christmas Days —meaning December 25ths, the actual image copied from the City of Mississauga Corporate Security included all Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25th through January 5ths).

Huge error, huge.

That said, there’s a difference between when I make a mistake and the City of Mississauga and City of Mississauga Corporate Security in particular.

1.  I’m committed to Science, that is evidence-based research and reporting.

2.  I don’t need someone to point errors out to me. I eventually find them on my own.

3.  I acknowledge an error as soon as it’s noticed.

4.  I have a conscience.

5.  I always man up to my mistakes.

Last I apologize to the City of Mississauga and City of Mississauga Corporate Security for making the City’s record of bans and arrests appear worse than they actually were during the 2006 through 2012 Christmas holiday season.

That said, I’ll stand by what I wrote in my December 25, 2013 blog —that City of Mississauga Corporate Security “isn’t all that conscientious about accuracy in reporting or recording” and that “Freedom of Information has confirmed that not all bans –or even arrests are recorded in this database”.

That’s it.

 

Wishing all a safe holiday,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security "Response Units" (aka knob units) parked opposite the evil empire, Christmas Eve 2013

“CSIS” database confirms City of Mississauga Corporate Security’s Reign of Error after Error after Error after Error after Error after

December 16th, 2013  

It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog. Wow, last one was December 2, 2013. Right now I’m heavily into analyzing the City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) database and in the process I have to learn Excel. The database is a record of 5,381 incidents of bans and arrests courtesy of City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards, Contract Security guards, City of Mississauga Corporate Security Area Managers (SAMs) as well as those issued by Security Manager, Jamie Hillis.

In an email, Ken Owen, Director of MissCorpSec once referred to the database as “non-robust”. Such classic MYTHissaugaspeak from that individual! “Non-robust”…

Tell you what. YOU decide about “non-robust”. Take a peek at the City of Mississauga Corporate Security “CSIS” database (below). But first, some background.

As a way of familiarizing myself with the MissCorpSec database, I began a colour-coding exercise: Red for failure to record key information like “Complexion” (aka Race/Ethnicity) or omitting two related pieces of information like Date of Birth and AgeRangeID so the person receiving the ban could be an 8 year old —or 88.

8 or 88… Think that’s preposterous? Well City of Mississauga Corporate Security has banned someone as young as 8 and as old at 89!

The difficulty for me is figuring out how to analyze what Director Ken Owen calls a “non-robust” database and what I call a total piece of disgrace-to-public-service-piece-of-shit.

By our count over 1,700 of 5,381 Security incidents contained either errors or omissions. That’s over 30% of all entries for the “Trust Quality Excellence” “Best City in Canada” whose Mayor brags that they “Lead Canada in management”.

Sometimes while the Date of Birth is missing, at least City of Mississauga Security guards entered the AgeRangeID. The problem was there were numerous circumstances where 15 year olds were assigned the 16 – 20 AgeRange. Or a 16 year old was assigned 11 – 15. Or 26 – 30. You get the idea.

So even when the Date of Birth was missing, you could draw little confidence from a MissCorpSec guard filling in the AgeRange. And it isn’t just that. With Date of Birth missing what use is the AgeRange 16 – 20? Was that person a minor or a 19 – 20 year old?

Seriously. How do you go about analyzing such a piece of crap? How could anyone be confident in drawing any conclusions from it? Have Hazel McCallion and her Councillors been lying to us since at least May 2006—or just not paying attention? You can’t look at the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database and believe City of Mississauga Staff are accountable. If the Mayor and Council even remotely expected some oversight and consequences from senior Staff, we would not be wading through the shitterie that is their “CSIS” database.

We will be responding to all Corporate Reports authored by Security Manager Jamie Hillis and Security Area Manager, Cathie Evans from Spring 2010 to current. In these semi-annual reports they summarized bans, arrests and even “trends” of this database…

Imagine. Hillis and Evans provided no caveats about the “non-robust”ness of this database. (Most telling) not one word about “Complexion”!…

I will say this. When I warned Hazel McCallion and Councillors about City of Mississauga Corporate Security —about the lying, about the chronic disregard for Policy, about behaviour that confirmed Security bosses saw themselves as untouchable to any accountability, a rogue force and Law Unto Themselves— the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database still took me by surprise at just how bad it really was….

So here in its Full-Callous-Disregard-for-Policy are the over 1,700 incidents containing errors, omissions or just stinks of plain stupid.

You’re best to click here for the original size version that I uploaded to Flickr:  www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/11405203586/sizes/o

And here’s the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database, FYI, squished into 640 pixels across…

City of Mississauga Corporate Security database: Sample of over 1,700 errors or omissions in entries

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

“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.”

–Mayor Hazel McCallion, April 16, 2007 email

Christmas Mississauga Council meeting 2006: Trying to warn Mississauga Council about City of Mississauga Corporate Security but aborted. December 13, 2006
Christmas Mississauga Council meeting 2006: Trying to warn Mississauga Council about City of Mississauga Corporate Security but aborted. December 13, 2006

 

 

Letters to Hazel McCallion: The McCallion Letters, “Request for a Meeting with the Mayor” Factum #1

October 4th, 2013  

City of Mississauga Corporate Security LETTERS TO HAZEL MCCALLION logo

[I REQUEST THAT THIS COMMUNICATION BE INCLUDED AS CORRESPONDENCE IN THE OCTOBER 9, 2013 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES AND OCTOBER 21, 2013 GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE MINUTES]

Dear Madam Mayor,

I’m sitting on the floor outside the Security Office as Crime Awareness Day 2013 is happening all around me. I can think of no more fitting way to finally deliver on my February 2010 promise to meet with you to discuss my concerns relating to the City’s governance in general, and your Corporate Security “force” in particular.

Please remember that I requested permission to document our meeting on video and you responded with “anything you want”. I also understand that at best, I might be able to get an hour of your time. I propose that we meet on Monday, October 6, 2014 –just over a year from now. I chose this date for three reasons.

First I’ve attended enough court sessions to know that to make the most efficient use of time, lawyers exchange factums. I propose to do that as well –provide you a series of factums over the course of a year, to be included in Council and Governance Committee minutes. These factums will be Freedom of Information documents, and audio/video evidence (ie: Staff
interviews, meetings, speeches etc).

The Oxford dictionary defines “factum” as:

factum

noun (pluralfactums /-təmz/ or facta /-tə/) Law chiefly Canadiana
statement of the facts of a case.

I’m sure you’ll agree that if I state something supported with Freedom of Information, audio, or video evidence, then the factum will indeed be “facts of a case”. Your Staff can review each and respond where they see I might be in error. Or not.

Second, I propose meeting a year from now because by the time of our meeting I will be 65 and officially a senior.

My third and final reason for waiting a year is that I know that nothing I say or do will actually have any effect on anything, other than setting the record straight and finally answering your question.

What question?

You asked it during the October 16, 2008 Peel Police Homicide Information Session at Peel Regional Council. Frustrated by the spike in homicides that year, you’d asked Chief Metcalfe and Peel Regional Council, “We’re spending a lot of money on programs. What is missing?”

You asked “What is missing?” five years ago. I submit that the answer to your “What is missing?” goes a long way to explain what is missing in the McMurtry/Curling Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report.

The City’s 2013 Crime Awareness day is a rainy, gray affair and I’ve taken enough time sitting on the floor of the Great Hall.

So please slot a time for me for Monday, October 6, 2014 (or later). I look forward to a productive hour of your time.

You have my very best wishes,

Ursula
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security boss Jamie Hillis' November 27. 2007 email secured through Freedom of Information


 

[Exhibit 1  Freedom of Information confirms ban of 9-10 year old girl Nov 14, 2008. Next page.]

City of Mississauga Corporate Security, Special Occurrence Report, 9/10 year old girl BANNED and punishment more harsh than many adults

 

 

[Exhibit 2   Email to Freedom of Information coordinator Barbara McEwan asking who at City of Mississauga Corporate Security told her the City's banning database had only two fields. [BOLDED for emphasis. Grayed when less relevant]

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: Barbara McEwan <Barbara.McEwan@mississauga.ca>
Cc: Ken Owen <Ken.Owen@mississauga.ca>; mississauga_watch@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 8:19 AM
Subject: Question regarding my February 2007 FOI request

Hi Ms. McEwan,I’ve just finished an email to Ken Owen clarifying what I would like for an update on the list of bans, trespasses and arrests (BTA’s) that I first requested as in FOI back in February 2007. Back then you may recall I told you that I was concerned about MissCorpSec’s banning practices and wanted to analyze their BTA records especially as it related to facility, ethnicity and age.If you were in Council back in December 2006 (yes, that long ago) it was the first time I tried to give a deputation on MissCorpSec practices.McCallion and Bench intmidated me so much that I chickened out and aborted.It’s been that long that I’ve been emailing The Corporation, trying to get McCallion et al to analyze the bans/trepasses/arrests of MissCorpSec especially as it pertained to “at-risk youth”. The Mayor’s subsequent December 2006 email-refusal to investigate and assurance that the city “treated all citizens fairly” led me to Freedom of Information.I came to you and FOI for MissCorpSec banning records.I know that in our talks about what I wanted in that first ban/trespass/arrest printout, I told you that I was worred about how MissCorpSec dealt with Youth and especially visible minority youth.I also informed you that I wished to analyze any trends based on facilities, age and even ethnicity of those banned, arrested etc. I requested records for a decade.You may recall that when you told me that MissCorpSec only began keeping computer records since January 2006. I hope that you can recall that you also said, that the only data MissCorpSec kept were  “two fields”.I’ve posted that FOI list to the Net long ago and allow me to aim you at just as an example. Please take a look.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/448642308/sizes/o/in/set-72157600092315322/

As you can see Freedom of Information provided me with just two fields. “Date of Issue” and “Cause of Ban”.

You may recall that I was incredulous. I asked you how Mayor McCallion could assure me in email that Mississauga treated citizens fairly if MissCorpSec only kept those two fields and that therefore it was impossible to analyze and back up such an assurance.

You may recall the massive effort I expended to secure the original “tags” in order to snare more details like facility name, age etc even if it were just the arrests. You know that I even headed out to Burnamthorpe Court House for those tags. I even emailed McCallion again asking for an estimate of how much it would cost to find the “shadows” (the people banned, trespass, arrested) and tags.

Yet Brampton Corporate Security gave me the info (date, ban/tresp/arrest, cause, facility, age, ethnicity –even security guard name) right away (first time asking) –including a vast list of other security-related queries for $420. A true bargain (especially a Time bargain).

My prupose for writing. Question.

Who at MissCorpSec back in early 2007 (when I made that first printout request) told you that MissCorpSec only kep records of those two fields and that that would all I would ever be able to get?

Thanks.

 

 

[Exhibit 3    Email to Director Ken Owen asking in her December 2006 email, what data/stats did Madam Mayor use to make the assertion, "In any event, please be advised that the City treats all its residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity."  

Mr. Owen's original email included for context.]

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: Ken Owen <Ken.Owen@mississauga.ca>
Cc: mississauga_watch@yahoo.com
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: MISSCORPSEC FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (personal info) arrived today

 

Hi,

Me again. I’ve just did a quick check and have a new question.

You say that “the incident in question did not show up because it was related to a ban from all facilities while the search criteria that were driven by the FOI request was specific to Burnhamthorpe.”

To be clear, the incident in question was an “all community centres” ban originating from  Burnhamthorpe Archery Group.

I’ve just checked the Malton CC MissCorp/sec database printouts. They’re from the same FOI batch as the Burnhamthorpe one –stats from for all major community centres up to September 20, 2008.

So I’d assume that there’d be a  Burnhamthorpe-specific search, a McKechnie-specific search, a Malton-specific search, a RiverGrove one etc etc.

I’ve confirmed that so far three ”all community centres” and “all facilities” bans show up DO for the Malton-specific FOI search..

So why not Burnhamthorpe?

So who at MissCorpSec confirmed your suspicions that the reason the Youth didn’t show was because the printout was for a facility-specific search. Because that’s simply wrong.

Or, I ask that he explain why “all community centres” “all City facilities” bans do show up in the Malton-specific searches arriving in the same batch as the Burnhamthorpe one.

The question that I have sir is this. Way back in December 2006 I alerted Hazel McCallion about concerns that I had re: treatment of at-risk youth and visible minorities at the nds of MissCorpSec.

Here’s what she wrote back.

“In any event, please be advised that the City treats all its residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity.”

What data/stats did Madam Mayor use to make that assertion? Serious question.

Thanks



From:
Ken Owen <Ken.Owen@mississauga.ca>
To: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
Cc: Peter Meyler <peter.meyler@mississauga.ca>
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 9:35:35 AM
Subject: RE: MISSCORPSEC FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (personal info) arrived today

Ursula

I’ve confirmed my suspicion that the incident in question did not show up because it was related to a ban from all facilities while the search criteria that were driven by the FOI request was specific to Burnhamthorpe.  The list provided to you with the decision letter is complete relative to the requested search criteria.

Ken Owen
Director, Facilities and Property Management
Corporate Services Department
City of Mississauga

905 615 3200 ext. 4206

 

 

 

To Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion “I’m sitting on the floor outside the Security Office as Crime Awareness Day is happening all around me.”

September 23rd, 2013  

For the record, what follows is video of me reading an email written to Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion during Saturday’s Mississauga Crime Awareness Day as well as a transcript of the actual letter.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security, Peel Regional Police: “What is missing?” –Hazel McCallion


Video transcript of the actual letter.

[I REQUEST THAT THIS COMMUNICATION BE INCLUDED AS CORRESPONDENCE IN THE OCTOBER 9, 2013 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES AND OCTOBER 21, 2013 GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE MINUTES]

Dear Madam Mayor,

I’m sitting on the floor outside the Security Office as Crime Awareness Day 2013 is happening all around me. I can think of no more fitting way to finally deliver on my February 2010 promise to meet with you to discuss my concerns relating to the City’s governance in general, and your Corporate Security “force” in particular.

Please remember that I requested permission to document our meeting on video and you responded with “anything you want”. I also understand that at best, I might be able to get an hour of your time. I propose that we meet on Monday, October 6, 2014 –just over a year from now. I chose this date for three reasons.

First I’ve attended enough court sessions to know that to make the most efficient use of time, lawyers exchange factums. I propose to do that as well –provide you a series of factums over the course of a year, to be included in Council and Governance Committee minutes. These factums will be Freedom of Information documents, and audio/video evidence (ie: Staff
interviews, meetings, speeches etc).

The Oxford dictionary defines “factum” as:

factum

noun (pluralfactums /-təmz/ or facta /-tə/) Law chiefly Canadiana
statement of the facts of a case.

I’m sure you’ll agree that if I state something supported with Freedom of Information, audio, or video evidence, then the factum will indeed be “facts of a case”. Your Staff can review each and respond where they see I might be in error. Or not.

Second, I propose meeting a year from now because by the time of our meeting I will be 65 and officially a senior.

My third and final reason for waiting a year is that I know that nothing I say or do will actually have any effect on anything, other than setting the record straight and finally answering your question.

What question?

You asked it during the October 16, 2008 Peel Police Homicide Information Session at Peel Regional Council. Frustrated by the spike in homicides that year, you’d asked Chief Metcalfe and Peel Regional Council, “We’re spending a lot of money on programs. What is missing?”

You asked “What is missing?” five years ago. I submit that the answer to your “What is missing?” goes a long way to explain what is missing in the McMurtry/Curling Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report.

The City’s 2013 Crime Awareness day is a rainy, gray affair and I’ve taken enough time sitting on the floor of the Great Hall.

So please slot a time for me for Monday, October 6, 2014 (or later). I look forward to a productive hour of your time.

You have my very best wishes,

Ursula
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga blogger to City of Mississauga Director of Corporate Security, "CITY STAFF LIE."

Toronto Star "Peel officers who 'lied under oath' won't face charges" October 19, 2012

Hazel McCallion’s Conflict of Interest press conference –and “Hazineh vs McCallion” Summary of Decision pdf files

June 16th, 2013  

What follows is video of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s June 14, 2013 Conflict of Interest press conference. And then Justice John Sproat’s “Hazineh vs McCallion” decision.

Hazel McCallion Conflict-of-interest case dismissed. Her City Hall press conference Jun 14 2013 (24:56 min)


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Justice Sproat’s Decision


MISSISSAUGAWATCH court notes

 

Hazel McCallion Conflict of Interest Press Conference. The Press: Rick Drennan, San Grewal, Louise Rosella

Hazel McCallion Conflict of Interest Press Conference. The Press: Rick Drennan, San Grewal, Louise Rosella

Mayor Hazel McCallion skates New Year’s Day just one month shy of her 92nd birthday at Mississauga Celebration Square

January 3rd, 2013  

Mayor Hazel McCallion, just a month shy of her 92nd birthday welcomed in the New Year with a skate at Mississauga Celebration Square. Now the usual media outlets have plenty of video of this occasion but guaranteed it won’t be anything like the skate that MISSISSAUGAWATCH documented.

As always, the video, complete with video transcript.

Mayor Hazel McCallion skates New Year’s Day just one month shy of her 92nd birthday (1:39 min)

(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH covering the Mayor’s Skate at Mississauga Celebration Square  January 1, 2013

Let’s go on out. Let’s see what we got here.

Apparently Mayor McCallion is going to be skating —or is expected to be skating. So, see what we got here. Thank you.

There’s a knob.

Once you have a knob, that’s all you need. Then you know the Mayor’s around. And there’s Mayor McCallion. And. Let’s see.

There she is.

You know, I got to say, being 91 like that.

Where is she?

Hazel McCallion.

There she is.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, a month shy of her 92nd birthday, skated at Celebration Square after the Meet and Greet portion of her New Year's Levee January 1, 2013

In fact I’m going to go like this. And like this. I was right. Here it goes.

There’s the knob. Right there.

There’s the Mayor.

Mayor Hazel McCallion goes back inside Mississauga City Hall after a New Year's skate at Celebration Square, January 1, 2013


[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And judging by developer Victor Oh (honourary President of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association) and Peter McCallion (World Class Developments) it’s clear that the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry is FORGOTTEN.

Ardent Hazel McCallion supporter, developer Victor Oh celebrates with Mayor's son, Peter McCallion  after New Year's Levee, January 1, 2013

But that’s okay. It’s been forgotten by the City’s Governance Committee as well as its new Integrity Commissioner.

And thus we herald in the New Year…. same as the Old Year.

 

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

MISSISSAUGAWATCH tripped up by Peel Police while covering brief hearing that saw charges dropped against Carolyn Parrish,

December 22nd, 2012  

On November 20, 2012, the Mississauga News reported that “Charges levied against former councillor Carolyn Parrish that she violated the Ontario Municipal Elections Act by overspending during last year’s Ward 5 by-election have been withdrawn by a Crown prosecutor.”

I actually showed up at Burnhamthorpe Courthouse to file a report and hopefully even get an interview with Carolyn Parrish. Turns out the report I actually filed was not the one I expected!

As always, the video, complete with video transcript.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH to Peel Police officer: City of Mississauga Corporate Security LIES (3:26 min)

 (Click here to go directly to YouTube)

 [VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH walking towards Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Courthouse November 20, 2012

It is Tuesday, November the 20th, 2012 and I’m here at the City of Mississauga courthouse. It is my understanding that there’s going to be a court —I’m not sure if it’s an appearance or what.

The problem, of course, is that I forgot an audio-recorder and I’m here on City of Mississauga property. So, this is the only way that I can protect myself. And I have to do this, again for the record, because City of Mississauga Staff lie.

And also there’s no accountability of Staff. So in other words if you complain about lying to the elected officials, they can’t directly investigate whether what you say about City Staff is true.

[VIDEO INSERT]

Councillor Pat Saito, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

That is a Staff responsibility. It’s a Senior Staff —Commissioner/Director-level responsibility, or City-Manager-level responsibility.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH walking towards Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Courthouse November 20, 2012

That is, that the City Manager, Janice Baker provides this impenetrable barrier between City of Mississauga Staff and elected officials.

[At the door of the courthouse] Anyway, I’ll turn this off [close lens cap] and I’ll see. At the very least what I’m going to do is turn the camera off [close lens cap] at this point right here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH following Carolyn Parrish out of Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Courthouse November 20, 2012

So here I’m officially out. And Parrish and Company.

This was very very very very brief. It was my understanding that the Crown dropped the charges.

Actually the most interesting thing that happened was —I was called by police and prosecution lawyer, basically telling me that I couldn’t videotape inside Burnhamthorpe courthouse. And I said I wasn’t.

That I was only using the video camera as an audio-recorder. And then the police officer said I couldn’t do that either.

And I carefully read the rules on the door which said that you can’t audio-record the hearing.

So I told the police officer that I was only protecting myself because of [sic] City of Mississauga Corporate Security are liars.

Here’s the deal.

His response was that I had a personal vendetta —personal vendetta versus a legitimate complaint and that they really are liars. And it’s just so typical  —so typical of law enforcement to stick together.

This kind of Blue Line —oh, they [City of Mississauga Security] can’t possibly be liars, even though Peel Police —what was it, three of four of their police officers were found to the lying in court as part of testimony.   [Note, the Toronto Star reported that it was actually five Peel Police officers lying in court]

Toronto Star "Peel officers who 'lied under oath' won't face charges" October 19, 2012

And as I told the police officer, I have to always always have an audio-recorder going when I’m on City of Mississauga property because City of Mississauga Staff —they lie! And this is a way of protecting myself. End of Story.

Like why is it so difficult that police officers can’t accept the fact that City of Mississauga Staff —and especially their security guards lie? Like, what’s so hard about that, especially given the fact that Peel Police themselves were found to be lying in court?

Like. What the Hell!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses Jamie Hillis and Cathie Evans lie --confirmed through Freedom of Information

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Mississauga blogger to City of Mississauga Director of Corporate Security, “CITY STAFF LIE.” (6:38 min)

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

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford victimized by IKEA Monkey –and my Cat tweeted the Ontario Ombudsman!

December 14th, 2012  

Have to admit that I’ve been too serious lately so it’s time to lighten up.

Who hasn’t heard of the Ikea Monkey?

Well, I tried to resist piling onto the Ikea Monkey internet meme —really, I did. But my brain whispered, “Psst! Rob Ford! Ikea Monkey!”

Now they say that the heart wants what the heart wants, but let me tell you what the brain wants, the brain can make so.

So here is the MISSISSAUGAWATCH PhotoShopped….

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford victimized by IKEA Monkey

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford victimized by IKEA Monkey.

(I’m still working on IKEA Monkey victimized by City of Mississauga Corporate Security…)

In other animal-related news, believe it or not my cat tweeted the Ontario Ombudsman during #OOLive!

My cat just tweeted the Ontario Ombudsman!

Yep. That’s the blog for today.

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Ah what the heck, one more cat picture.

Lucky's first Christmas without Mooch (Feline Chronic Renal Failure)

Alzheimer’s Month, the impending Alzheimer’s Tsunami –and a “salute” for old time’s sake.

September 12th, 2012  

Last blog was August 27th, 2012 —never has so much time gone by between entries.

We’ve had an emergency and are now dealing with the fallout.

My husband and I were supposed to be on Maui until September 6th but were forced to grab a flight back to Canada two weeks early. We were literally ripped from Sun and Ocean without our annual ritual of long-longing last looks and good-byes.

There was absolutely no transition from Maui’s Brilliant Blues and Gentle Greens to Mississauga’s Smog-Browns and Concrete-Grays.

Since arriving in Mississauga my time has been dominated by elder care almost 24/7. And when I do get relieved, my brain either wants to sleep or bugger-off-play. I simply can’t concentrate on one thing for any length of time.

It’s like my brain wants out!

Since 2009 as caregivers, we have had to battle cataracts, glaucoma, prostate cancer, hip replacement, colon cancer, wet macular degeneration (to a point of being legally blind), falls after falls after falls —and that’s just from the top of my head.

Now Alzheimer’s has kicked down both our doors.

And Alzheimer’s is a battle we won’t win.

I recall our family doctor warning us about Alzheimer’s —warned us that we all had to grow a thick skin and steel ourselves— steel ourselves because “in the end there’s only Tragedy.”

“In the end”? There’s fucking Tragedy now!

Over the last year I’ve made it a goal to learn all I can about Alzheimer’s. So let me help you. There is no better Alzheimer’s resource on the Internet than Bob DeMarco’s Alzheimer’s Reading Room at: www.alzheimersreadingroom.com. You need to go.

If you’re a quick study, DeMarco’s Alzheimer’s Reading Room is the website to start your research —and the place to stay! DeMarco isn’t just about conveying Knowledge about Alzheimer’s. He and his late mother Dotty have inspired and touched the hearts of thousands of his reader-caregivers.

I confess that when I’m at a total loss —emotional wreck, I visit Bob DeMarco’s mum, Dotty. I watch videos of her. You know, to remember what’s Important.

95 Year Old Dotty at the Pool March 18 (by Bob DeMarco)
*note: Dotty died just over a month later May 25, 2012 at 5 AM

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

In a recent report a Johns Hopkins psychiatrist stated that Alzheimer’s is now ahead of cancer as the most feared disease. When you are sucked deep into Alzheimer’s World you too will understand why.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. The statistics are grim. The Alzheimer’s Association website states that “worldwide, 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia”.  That’s now.

Just imagine what happens when us-Boomers hit “prime time”…

Last, for readers expecting something political from me, I’ve got nothing.

No. Wait. Have enough energy for this cut-and-paste.

HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC!
WHAT DO YOU SAY?
HOW MANY LIES
DID YOU LIE TODAY?

You know, a cut-and-paste —to remember what’s Important

 

UPDATE 12/09/13  Yesterday I experienced the most intense case of “sundowning” yet.

For those unfamiliar with the term, the Mayo Clinic states that sundowning “refers to a state of confusion at the end of the day and into the night. Sundowning isn’t a disease, but a symptom that often occurs in people with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The cause isn’t known.”

I suspect the sundowning trigger yesterday was a live-broadcast German vs Austria soccer game. It wasn’t long after it finished that my Alzheimer’s Elder called for his shoes and announced he had to go Home. Announce is usually all he does –call for us to pack up and talk about Home.

Usually I’m able to distract and redirect his attentions. Not this time.

Despite a left leg still injured from a fall, he put on his shoes, slowly “walker-ed” to the bedroom, put on a jacket, removed that to put on a nicer jacket, returned to the living-room and called for his cap. Throughout I followed right behind him making sure he was safe from another fall.

Cap on his head, he then sat down and demanded he be driven Home.

I asked if he wanted a chocolate cookie. He waved that off. That’s how bad this sundowning was.

So I turned on TV as a distraction. Flipping channels.

“TV is shit,” he said. I sure wasn’t about to argue that proclamation. Flipping through more I found a face I recognized —the CEO of Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) and she was talking about the merger of CVH with Trillium Health Care Centre.

“Oh, look! It’s Credit Valley Hospital on TV!” I said. “Remember what a terrific hospital it is? Boy are we lucky to live in a place that is so close to Credit Valley Hospital!”

Then there were vignettes featuring Credit Valley and Trillium staff talking about their programs and how they care for people.

“And Trillium Hospital fixed your shoulder when you fell from the tree, remember?” I offered.

“Boy are we lucky to live in a place that’s even closer to Trillium Hospital, huh? Two great hospitals so close together.”

Silence.

The Sundowning Storm had passed.

By dinner, he was still in his shoes and jacket.

I told him he could wear his special jacket at the table because this was his home and he could bloody do whatever he wanted. But just to be careful not to spill anything on it. Without a word he removed it. And of course I assisted…

He had an excellent start this morning. Said he slept “very good” last night. Both are napping now.

For those new to sundowning, I’ve read that Alzheimer’s caregivers even go as far as driving the Sundowner around for a while and then return home.

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MISSISSAUGAWATCH report: Maui Community Correctional Center –barbed wire, surveillance –any way you look at it it’s still a jail

August 8th, 2012  

For the record, there’s lots happening —and just to give you an idea here’s a partial list:

City of Vaughan’s Council Code of Conduct, Mississauga Council Code of Conduct, George Rust-D’Eye, The LIEberals, Warren Kinsella, Rob Trewartha, City of Mississauga Corporate Security, graffiti, skateboarding,

Reading List:

“The War Room” —Warren Kinsella

“Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics” —Warren Kinsella

Publications:

The Municipal Integrity Commissioner in Ontario: Role and Responsibilities  —George Rust-D’Eye, WeirFoulds

Case Law Update: Gagliano v Gomery and the Attorney General (Canada)    —WeirFoulds LLP Litigation

Not Why I Ran for Office – The Perils of a Councillor Facing Allegations of Improper Conduct  —George Rust-D’Eye, WeirFoulds

Municipal Conflict of Interest Law: A Law in Conflict Based on Interest  —Barnet Kussner, WeirFoulds

And believe it or not, all of it is related to the Roots of Youth Violence.

So. Anyway. For a slight change of pace, here’s yesterday’s walk past the Maui Community Correctional Center (aka Wailuku Jail).  I kept to the other side of the street and did my best not to look too interested. Hard to do with a video camera but—

Here’s the video complete with transcript.

Maui Correctional Center –barbed wire, surveillance –any way you look at it it’s still a jail (4:30 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting August 7, 2012

It is Tuesday, August the 7rh, 2012 and I’m over here at Wailuku [Maui, Hawaii] and I’m just going to document here the, well they call it a correctional center.

Barbed wire across the top.

I’m just going to take a bit of a walk here. This is in Wailuku. I looked up the name of this facility but haven’t quite remembered it. Uh, maybe it’s called Wailuku [sic] Correctional Center.

Apparently rehab programs and everything in there. But—

It also says “No Trespassing” on that side so that’s one of the things I’m going to make sure I don’t do. I’m staying on this side.

Having been researching Security in Canada —specifically municipal security, I can see the video surveillance cameras there bristling among the also-bristling barbed wire.

Maui Community Correctional Center video surveillance, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii (aka Jail)

It’s really interesting because on this side of the road is Freedom.

So it’s kind of the contrast of what a street can do. People being on the right side over here with the video surveillance cameras. Look at that. And the barbed wire.

And over on this side, hibiscus and no fence at all. So.

I also went and read what are the rules of the facility including such things as photography. There is nothing against that. But in the process I was also reading about the rules of just Visitation.

And it was really interesting because one of the things that they said was, women who are having their menstrual periods are required to take off their pads and put on new ones when they’re visiting inmates here. Possibly because they might be smuggling something personal in the pads, I’m not sure.

But what was really interesting was —they had to provide their own pads. It wouldn’t be something that the correctional facility would do on its own.

It is my understanding that women are housed here as well as men.

And yeah, it’s quite the video surveillance. Let’s see if I can get that one right there. I’m pretty good at this. Had a lot of practice with the Security hacks in my own municipality. I’m not saying the people here are of the same ilk.

But you can see here just this massive row of barbed wire all the way across. Anyway.

And over on this side. Freedom.

So. We’re parked over here.

[waiting at crosswalk]

[inaudible] That person’s letting me go. This person’s also letting me go. And now of course I’ve got to do a very quick jaywalk across the street.

But again, here’s the Maui  mountains over here. Lush, I guess it’s the Kehalani subdivision. And across the street? You would not want to rent a room on that side!

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

Maui Community Correctional Center, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii (aka Jail)

Female visitors will inform the female Search ACO of their menstrual period. Visitors shall be
required to remove and change sanitary supplies in the presence of a female ACO.
The used sanitary supplies will be discarded and replaced with new supplies.
It is the visitor’s responsibility to provide sanitary supplies for the change.

—MAUI COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER (MCCC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Mississauga Corporate Security: Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Secretive Police Force

June 26th, 2012  

For the record, the following video documents the Digital Ally video event recorder tucked inside each City of Mississauga Corporate Security Response Unit as well as March 18, 2012 footage of two City of Mississauga Response Units parked outside Peel Police 11 Division at Dundas and Erin Mills Parkway.

As usual, we provide a video transcript.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security: Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Secretive Police Force (6:27 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting from inside City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ Response Unit,  June 19, 2012

It is Tuesday, June the 19th, 2012 and you won’t believe this, but I’m leaning against and inside a City of Mississauga “knob unit” —”677″. And I’ve come primarily to check on the Digital Ally that was, that I noticed, I guess it was Friday, when I was videotaping it at Celebration Square.

And I was very fortunate because I’ve had the opportunity to talk to Peel Regional Police as well as the OPP. And both Peel Police and OPP do not use video systems in their cruisers.

In the case of the OPP; however, they said they’d love to have them, but you know the problem with money.

But what we have here are security guards that are using Digital Ally in their Police Package Dodge Chargers!

And what I want to do is I just want to take some pictures here. And especially of this.

And of course, I’m videotaping myself because it’s—

I tell you something. It’s really hot in here too.

[to cute little kid 9/10 years old now sitting in the passenger seat] Thank you. That’s cool.

Cute little kid 9/10 years old seated in the “677″ Response Unit passenger seat

Where did you get that?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, photographing Digital Ally from inside City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ Response Unit,  June 19, 2012

What? My camera? Or the computer?

Cute little kid 9/10 years old seated in the “677″ Response Unit passenger seat

The computer.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, photographing Digital Ally from inside City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ Response Unit,  June 19, 2012

Oh. They have all kinds of interesting stuff on that computer, guy.

Cute little kid 9/10 years old seated in the “677″ Response Unit passenger seat

[regarding Digital Ally] I wanna go on YouTube.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, fiddling –you know, inside a City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ Response Unit,  June 19, 2012

It’s not that kind of camera.

Cute little kid 9/10 years old seated in the “677″ Response Unit passenger seat

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, finished photographing Digital Ally inside City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ Response Unit,  June 19, 2012

I’m not sure you want to push those buttons or not. Okay. Good meeting ya.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[Footage detailing Digital Ally inside City of Mississauga Corporate Security "677" Response Unit]

Includes the following warnings.

Do NOT engage City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards or their bosses without at least an audio-recorder going!

and

Procedure for self-protection following any incident involving Mississauga Corporate Security or City of Mississauga Staff

MOST IMPORTANT!

For your own protection regardless of whether you are in the wrong, as soon as practical after an incident, file a Freedom of Information form requesting:

All records, emails, and any other documents pertaining to [your name].
All records, emails, and any other documents including any video surveillance footage

pertaining to the incident of [date] at [location] involving [your name] and [Mississauga Corporate Security or City staff].

The filing fee is $5.00.

Forms are available at City of Mississauga ONLINE FORM:

Access / Correction Request – Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


[CROSS DISSOLVE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, driving south on Erin Mills Parkway to Peel Regional Police 11 Division,  March 18, 2012

It is Sunday, March the 18th 2012, —day after St. Patrick’s Day.

And it just occurred to me that I need to file a report.

And I’m going to go here at the Peel Police 11 Division because the Response Units —two City of Mississauga Response Units, that I had seen earlier— I’d gone to buy a Subway in Streetsville and noticed one of —the Response Units —were going together along, let me see, Britannia.

And the one that was following actually had its lights going. And I found that suspicious.

And then later on, I’m driving, just because I like to drive my Dodge Charger [turns off car] and was going this way —let me just do this a little bit here on an angle. There we go.

It’s the —can’t see it from here, I think it’s the “677″, “678″ car. It doesn’t matter.

The thing is that I’ll be filing Freedom of Information on what the incident is. And it has to be because like I said, one of those Response Units had their back lights flashing. And now that they’re here I can only assume that —just go back a little bit— that they may have brought a prisoner. And dropped him off here at Peel Police.

And one thing I want, for the record, and it’s important to say —when anybody gets confronted by these security guards, you’re in big trouble. They lie.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[interview with Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 28, 2012

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

City Staff lie!

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 28, 2012

It is your opinion—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

No. This is on video.

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 28, 2012

It is your opinion that City Staff lie and I take exception to that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Okay.

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

City Staff are professional, honest and hard-working and your allegations of lying are completely without foundation.

So stop saying that they lie. They do not lie.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, driving south on Erin Mills Parkway to Peel Regional Police 11 Division,  March 18, 2012

They have nothing! Nothing in the way of Ethics. Or oversight. And I mean the two go hand-in-hand.

So. One thing I do not want is now for [starts car] you know, to be here and having those security guards walk out and see me here.

So. It’s time to bugger off.

 

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Last. Had to laugh when I was working up this video. As I was examining the June 19th footage, the audio picked up a City of Mississauga Security guard refer to the Digital Ally as a “Digital System” rather than a “Video System”. Or more accurately an on-board video event recorder.

Even funnier (and absolutely shameless) was the City of Mississauga Security guard who told the public “We’re a great service”.

HAHAHAHAAHAHA!

Normally I’d file a complaint but I know the City’s Security public complaints process is totally fraudulent! (And yes, I’m laughing as I type this.)

 

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

Who at City of Mississauga authorized purchase and use of City of Mississauga Corporate Security "Digital Ally" video systems in Security cars when neither Peel or Ontario Provincial Police use video recorders in cars?

Click here to access (2797 x 9616) original sized image on Flickr.

Mississauga Council Code of Conduct shields Senior City Staff from Integrity Commissioner —MISSISSAUGAWATCH deputation

June 16th, 2012  

For the record, this video was presented as a deputation at the June 11, 2012 Governance Committee meeting.

Complete with transcript.

Mississauga Council Code of Conduct shields Senior City Staff from Integrity Commissioner  (14:03 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, introducing the video deputation June 10, 2012

I just posted these [photographs] to the internet the other day. And I got an immediate response.

Seems these are photographs of Mississauga’s very first girl’s hockey team –circa 1965/66. Erindale. That’s me.

And that’s me right here playing right wing to Mabel Boyd on left.

And reaching further back, that’s me and my grandfather beside the Miles Lane bridge over the Cooksville Creek circa 1953 before Hurricane Hazel came and washed the entire bridge out.

So why do I show this?

Photographs — speak to History.

As for video? That’s how History speaks!

The video clips span from May 2008 when Councillor Mullin first suggested “an ombudsman” to address complaints against City Staff to the April 16, 2012 Governance Committee meeting discussions.

Listen carefully and see if you can recognize the most important comment ever made by a City of Mississauga elected official regarding authentic accountability.

Meaning –if you were to take this video and cut it into a one minute clip, what would be the all-important take home message?

And that’s a challenge for you. See if you can recognize Real?

[VIDEO INSERT Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008 BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, whispering into camera, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

This is the one.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Councillor Mullin? Thank you.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Yes, I read “R-4″. And I guess my question, and this is regarding the whole complaints issue, with regards to Don Barber at the Council meetings.

And there is an addition to this which talks about the possibility of an investigator. And I guess my concern with that would be, well first of all is that the cost of relatively significant.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, whispering into camera, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Use the Ontario Ombudsman.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

And how many times would an investigator have to come forward to take a look at complaints.

But I guess I’m looking for some direction from possibly Staff if there is something that we can put in place which would be, I guess would be a complaint procedure —against Staff. And maybe somebody could respond.

Or if there’s another way in terms of looking at it.

I talked to Mary Ellen Bench about it and I mean I’m wondering if there is something like maybe the ombudsman that could take a look at something like this.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, whispering into camera, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Yeah, yeah.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

And it just seems to me that it would be an ongoing scenario—

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Yuh.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

—and a continuation. And never a satisfaction at the end of the day. That we would be just putting more and more money into this.

[VIDEO INSERT Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008 ENDS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, narrating the video deputation June 10, 2012

And then May 2010. Me. Unprepared, incoherent —and ineffective in front of Mississauga General Committee.

[VIDEO INSERT Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19 2010 BEGINS]

Councillor Eve Adams, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

Good morning and welcome.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

Good morning Councillor Adams and Council.

I came here to discuss the minutes of meetings and then walked in a saw the —this one here, if I could have this [over head projector] on the [Council] Code of Conduct for integrity commissioner.

And I consider that way more important than anything I have to say about minutes.

So I kind of regret that I didn’t know about this.

You can’t just switch, can you?

Councillor Eve Adams, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

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 are 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 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 asked her to 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 Mississauga 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 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 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 conclusions. And somebody else could look at the evidence and see it differently.

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

—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.

And this [Corporate Report] just came up and could 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 preparing for this at Council. Because I’m better —I’m very scattered [inaudible] I’m sorry.

[VIDEO INSERT Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19 2010 ENDS]

[VIDEO INSERT  MISSISSAUGAWATCH Governance Committee April 16 2010 video deputation BEGINS]

 MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting April 14, 2012

And that was May 21, 2008 and that issue still hasn’t been addressed. It hasn’t.

And while there’s now an integrity commissioner in place to file complaints against elected officials, there still is no consistent person —ombudsman or integrity commissioner, or otherwise, to deal with complaints against City Staff.

And that includes everything right up to the Commissioners and the City Manager.

So it’s interesting to look at the May 21, 2008 video and see that [shakes head and gestures, "WTF"]. And that’s the other thing I would request is for the Governance Committee to perhaps consider expanding the mandate of the Integrity Commissioner to also include complaints against City Staff.

Thanks.

[VIDEO INSERT MISSISSAUGAWATCH Governance Committee April 16 2010 video deputation ENDS]

[VIDEO INSERT Mississauga Governance Committee discussion April 16 2010 BEGINS]

Councillor Pat Saito, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

—with the hiring of the Integrity Commissioner —and the anticipation is that this person would be, hopefully, here by the end of June. And then in the Fall, this committee would sit down with the Integrity Commissioner and work on the amendments to the [Council] Code of Conduct with that person being here to work on it with us.

So there is an opportunity for some of the concerns that you have raised to be reviewed during that process.

They may not all be addressed because —I don’t agree the Integrity Commissioner that we are looking at to deal with the Code of Conduct and the application of the Code of Conduct. That is for Members of Council.

I don’t agree that that person should be handling about all City Staff. That is a Staff responsibility —it’s a senior Staff, Commissioner, Director level responsibility, or City Manager level of responsibility. [* Note. MISSISSAUGAWATCH never suggested that the Integrity Commissioner address complaints regarding "all City Staff". But rather Senior Management —City Manager, Commissioners, Directors.]

Now having said, Councillor Carlson and I were just talking about it there and there may be some validity in taking a look at the Integrity Commissioner dealing with complaints of the Senior Staff —the Commissioner, City Manager level.

But at this point, I don’t think either of us are, you know, that’s just something that was thrown out in discussion. Whether that would happen, whether we would think it’s a good idea after we’ve, you know, we’ve sat down and talked about it or not, I don’t know.

But as far as Staff below that level, that is dealt with by Senior Staff. That is their responsibility.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

Actually that, yeah. I, I —that’s good. I like that.

Councillor Pat Saito, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

But anyway, we’re —thank you. Gee we agree on something—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

I’ve got a question to what you said, Councillor Saito.

At the beginning you said you weren’t sure about that Number 2 thing, “Upon receipt”—

Councillor Pat Saito, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

I just wasn’t sure where it was from. If you could—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

It’s under Rule 12.

Councillor Pat Saito, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

That was under Rule 12.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

Rule 12 deals with the Respectful Workplace Policy. And that is Provision 2 under Rule 12.

So anything that the Integrity Commissioner receives a complaint and he feels that it deals with the Respectful Workplace Policy, then he can’t investigate. He must hand it to Human Resources.

Councillor Pat Saito, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

Then it’s referred. Okay. Thank you. I just lost the context on it so I appreciate that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

And that’s what I’d like you to fix, please. Thank you.

Councillor Jim Tovey (Chair), Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

Okay, hang on a second, Ursula.

Councillor Chris Fonseca, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

I think Councillor Saito’s point, I think for all of us, when we’re looking at this over-review of governance —her point about you get out of it what you put into it, is really important in terms of understanding the process of when a complaint is made.   Whether it be internally amongst councillors— Whether it be from a member of the public towards one of the council-members or from a member of the public towards Staff.

But I’m —Councillor Saito and Councillor Carlson —you just, Councillor Saito, you just spoke for Councillor Carlson, I guess, in saying that you’d be willing to look at —if there’s a way that we can look at including, perhaps, I don’t know, we would have to have more discussion around the Leadership Team.

But I think for all of us, including the Leadership Team and Council, we’re committed to this Governance Committee, specifically because we want to make sure that we move forward for the City of Mississauga —that we have a transparent and clear path when it comes to a complaint process, a Code of Conduct, and also in terms of an independent person who is working to analyze and review that whole process.

So thank you for coming.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

Thank you.

[VIDEO INSERT Mississauga Governance Committee discussion April 16 2010 ENDS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, narrating the video deputation June 11, 2012

So what’s that all-important take home message?

[VIDEO FLASHBACK Mississauga Governance Committee discussion April 16 2010 BEGINS]

Councillor Chris Fonseca, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

I think Councillor Saito’s point, I think for all of us, when we’re looking at this over-review of governance —her point about you get out of it what you put into it, is really important in terms of understanding the process of when a complaint is made.   Whether it be internally amongst councillors— Whether it be from a member of the public towards one of the council-members or from a member of the public towards Staff.

[VIDEO FLASHBACK Mississauga Governance Committee discussion April 16, 2012 ENDS]

[VIDEO FLASHBACK Mississauga General Committee discussion May 19, 2010 BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

—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.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, narrating the video deputation June 11, 2012

And, because you can’t say this often enough!

[BLACK SCREEN TEXT SUMMARIES ALL-IMPORTANT TAKE HOME MESSAGE]

Councillor Chris Fonseca, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

I think Councillor Saito’s point, I think for all of us, when we’re looking at this over-review of governance —her point about you get out of it what you put into it, is really important in terms of understanding the process of when a complaint is made.   Whether it be internally amongst councillors— Whether it be from a member of the public towards one of the council-members or from a member of the public towards Staff.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

—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.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

An old cat came back, Chicago NATO, CUTV Montreal, Freight Train graffiti –and stonewalled –again!

May 23rd, 2012  

I’m painfully aware that I haven’t posted a blog since May 13th, 2012. And things haven’t changed: Energy and spirit low. And I don’t feel like writing.

All I’m interested in is researching.

That said, I do have new videos to share.

My dad’s old cat, “Mooch” made a full recovery from his latest Feline Chronic Renal Failure crash. I learned a lot about euthanasia… like it’s easy to be philosophically for it when you’re not facing that decision!

Feline Chronic Renal/Kidney Failure –Dehydration Crash. Facing Euthanasia –The Cat Came Back!  (28:05 min)

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

Don’t know about you but I’ve been following both the Chicago NATO protests and the student protests in Montreal. Not through traditional media, mind you; via on-the-ground citizen-journalists live streaming events as they happen. Specifically in Chicago, I followed Tim Pool’s TimCast at: www.ustream.tv/user/Timcast and Concordia University’s CUTV Montreal.

Having been to G20 —as in videotaping right at Bay and King when Black Bloc lit up the police cars, I much prefer the real of citizen video versus traditional media.

On May 20th, CUTV took forever to go “en direct”. Were they having technical problems? Camera? Connection? Finally CUTV began live streaming and it became clear that Montreal police had “attacked” the CUTV crew and equipment several times during that evening…

CUTV Montreal to Montreal Police, “Who made the call to target CUTV?” (3:13 min)

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

And last, on May 22nd, I realized just how much I missed doing a graffiti run.  So I parked beside the CPR track and a graffiti-covered freight train trundled by. Set the video to 15% actual speed. Add Music “Sound of Siren (feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal)” by Artist: Major Lazer….

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA. Once Upon a CPR Freight Train: Offeesah! Offeesah!  (3:54 min)

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

Last, on April 30th, I sent a simple email asking a City of Mississauga employee to identify him/herself. I waited a reasonable two weeks for a reply that never came. On May 14th, I repeated my request. Today, four Mondays after my first request, I repeated my request again.

In my interview with Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Corporate Security, I told him directly to his face that “City Staff LIE”. They also stonewall —and hide.

Lie Stonewall Deny: MYTHissauga’s “Brave Bold Future” stays true to its “Lie Stonewall Deny” Past.

UPDATE: May 23, 2012. Just got this tweet:

CUTV News@CUTVnews

SPVM Riot police trying to disconnect our livestream at last night’s #manifencours http://goo.gl/rxQuM #cutv

Retweeted by anonymous

CUTV linked to this video and it’s really quite something.  The CUTV crew is courageous —tenacious. And it’s bound to get them in trouble with police.

May 23rd: Police Attack CUTV’s Journalist & Kettled Protesters (11:22 min)

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

Just want to echo this comment left by ben0976 :

“Merci CUTV pour votre travail exemplaire.”

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"Anarchy" in Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario
“Anarchy” in Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario

Director of City of Mississauga Corporate Security concedes, “Citizens/kids need audio recorders.”

April 1st, 2012  

What follows is a video, complete with transcript. It includes an audio excerpt from a March 26, 2012 interview with Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities and Property Management (aka Director City of Mississauga Corporate Security).

Director of City of Mississauga Corporate Security concedes, “Citizens/kids need audio recorders.”

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
Music: Baloney Again by Mark Knopfler

MISSISSAUGAWATCH in Tim Horton’s lineup with City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ knob unit in the mirror

It is Wednesday, March the 28th, 2012 and guess what we’ve got right behind me.

I’m in a Tim Horton’s lineup here [laughs] and the knob unit, a knob unit, right there.

Just right behind me. Look at that. [laughs] And it’s not like he can disappear because he’s trapped behind another one.

This is too good. Right there. Knob unit. Oops. Better this way.

[sighs] Yeah, you just can —actually, this funny. This is great. I’m having a great time. Let me just see. Can I get a close-up there? ‘Cuz the guy’s trapped.

Let me see. Wrong angle. There it is.

[City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard now calls up my license place on his computer console]

You followed the wrong car, pal.

[text insert 01: Audit Committee, March 17, 2008]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

   So, I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that
   we are dealing with the public and we should give them every
   understanding possible.

Mississauga Corporate Security Manager Jamie Hillis:

   Yes. Absolutely.

[text insert 02]

“I’ll finish my lunch since I’ve been working for 8hr’s [sic] with out [sic] any
break, then when I’m done eating I’ll tow your car so you can feel satisfied
that your tax dollars are well spent, or maybe I’ll watch you while you use
the park and give you a ticket beacuse [sic] I can”

-City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard alias “HyJynx”
blueline.ca    Sat Oct 15, 2005

[text insert 03]

“And wouldn’t you know, the next weekend I ran into him again, same bat time
same bat channel. Only this time there were 3 of us vs. him.

Lets [sic] just say that the Administration of Justice was not the one dragged
through the cement …er rather mud… yeah the soft squishy stuff.”

–City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard alias “HyJynx”
blueline.ca    Mon Dec 26, 2005

MISSISSAUGAWATCH in Tim Horton’s lineup with City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ knob unit in the mirror

Thank you very much.

Tim Horton’s attendant

Thank you. Have a good day.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH in Tim Horton’s lineup with City of Mississauga Corporate Security “677″ knob unit in the mirror

Wait a second. This is hard to do as you can imagine. There he is. Let’s see, go right there.

At least he’s not honking to say get out of the way.

Yep, I really enjoy this. Let’s just get a close-up. There it is. The guy’s getting his coffee.

You’re on video surveillance, pal.

I wonder what knob unit it is.

They have “675″, “676″, “677″, “678″.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Video of City of Mississauga Corporate Security, Election Night, Mississauga City Hall, October 25, 2010.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

   So, I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that
   we are dealing with the public and we should give them every
   understanding possible.

Mississauga Corporate Security Manager Jamie Hillis:

   Yes. Absolutely.

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

Then it’s just your allegation up to this point that [name deleted] said that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Yes.

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

And I’m supposed to take you and your word but I’m not supposed to take my Staff at their word.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Thank you very much. Thank you very much, because that’s been my saying all along is that, and that’s why I have this stuff because when it’s your word against City Staff —a citizen’s word, especially a kid’s word against City Staff, you lose a hundred percent of the time just because of that.

That’s why I’m saying you either have to have something on audio or better yet video because if you get into a situ—

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

I am not sure why this is such a revelation.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

   So, I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that
   we are dealing with the public and we should give them every
   understanding possible.

Mississauga Corporate Security Manager Jamie Hillis:

   Yes. Absolutely.


Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

So that I’m a third party. This person says this and that person says that. And I’m supposed to determine without any evidence one way or another what the right story is.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Yeah. And I guess—

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

I am?!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

No, no, no, no. What I’m saying is, I would say that the majority of complaints are like that, wouldn’t you say? Where the public don’t have an audio-recorder. They don’t have their cellphone ready.

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 28, 2012

And I would also tell you that the majority of complaints, the story that you get is not —able to be substantiated.

It is a person who is in a moment providing their recounting, usually after the fact, of what happened. And there is no evidence that what they say is absolutely true.

It’s their view of events.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 28, 2012

Uh-hm.

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

Often filtered through some other lens.

So to suggest that I should take those stories at face value and act on them is bizarre. It’s just not—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Okay.

So, so basically then —yeah, no, I feel good about that.

Because it’s been something I’ve been saying is that if in a case where you have a problem with City Staff, you should be audio-recording your telephone conversation. You should be having a video-recorder going or something like that.

So that you, you, if you, you can not put yourself in a position of a He-Said/She-Said scenario. Okay? I think we can agree on that.

Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Facilities/Property Management and Corporate Security, March 26, 2012

[silence]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 28, 2012

Okay. Great.

[Video. MISSISSAUGAWATCH (and finger) drives past Mississauga City Hall, March 18, 2012.]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

   So, I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that
   we are dealing with the public and we should give them every
   understanding possible.

Mississauga Corporate Security Manager Jamie Hillis:

   Yes. Absolutely.

 

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

This blog is dedicated to the 9/10 year old girl in this City of Mississauga Corporate Security Special Occurrence Report.

SHERI-LYNN RUFFO (SLR) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY NOVEMBER 14, 2008 BAN OF 9/10 AND 15/16 YEAR OLD FEMALES (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Bonnie Crombie, Cyber-stalking –and the Truth about “ForTheTruth”

March 9th, 2012  

Something really weird happened to me at the February 7, 2012 Mississauga Election Campaign Finances Committee hearing.

What follows is my video report complete with transcript.

It is what it is…

Bonnie Crombie, Cyber-stalking and the Mississauga Elections Finance Committee hearing  (7:51 min)

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


[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked at northern entrance of Mississauga City Hall, February 9, 2012

It is Thursday, February the 9th, 2012.

Just want to file a report. And I just want to talk about what happened on Tuesday, February the 7th.

There was a hearing right here at Mississauga City Hall of the Elections Finance Committee. And it dealt with allegations brought against Councillor Bonnie Crombie by Mark Cashin and Cecil Young.

And I was fortunate enough to witness it and videotape the whole thing. And I mean the whole thing.

Now because I have videotape, I don’t have to give my impressions of the actual hearing.

What I do want to document today is something absolutely bizarre. I mean just Twilight Zoney, that happened during one of the recesses in the hearing.

At one point, Councillor Crombie’s son, Jonathan, just out of the blue, came up to me, smiled, introduced his friend —and then just started to talk me up.

And seemed nice enough.

And I’m not sure what happened. Why it happened. But, smiled at me, said he liked my blog and certainly his demeanor, his smile —the way he looked me in the eyes, was of somebody who genuinely meant what he said!

And for the life of me, it would be like meeting someone at a party over hors d’oeuvres or something. Exchanging the most —the warmest of pleasantries.

And it’s almost like this sort of separation of mind and body because my mind recoiled and was asking, “What’s going on here?”. Because it being February the 7th, it wasn’t even three months before that his mother had accused me of “cyber-stalking” her children —including her youngest daughter!

“Cyber-stalking”!

And cyber-stalking is a criminal offense!

And it wasn’t just that Councillor Crombie accused me of this —out of the blue, she did this in front of Mississauga Council in front of Rogers Cable 10 TV.

Accused me of “cyber-stalking” her kids and her young daughter!

It was devastating! Absolutely devastating!

So imagine, less than three months later, let’s see, November, December, January, February, yeah. Less than three months later one of her children is walking up to me, friendly like none of this ever happened.

That these “cyber-stalking” allegations didn’t make it on Rogers Cable 10 and, in several newspapers across the country.

And, let’s not forget that not only did she accuse me of “cyber-stalking” but also of being “ForTheTruth”.

“ForTheTruth” is an alias that’s used for an online commenter at the Mississauga News. “ForTheTruth” also “FTT” —same thing.

Councillor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga Council, November 9, 2011

Thank you. I don’t know who you’re here [sic] who you are today. Are you Ursula? Are you The Muse? The “FTT”? “ForTheTruth”?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked at northern entrance of Mississauga City Hall, February 9, 2012

I am not “ForTheTruth”! I am not that individual at all.

I only go on as “MISSISSAUGAWATCH” and “The Mississauga Muse”. Both are identifiable individuals —me!

So that was a reckless allegation made by his mother less that three months prior that was devastating!

No one has hurt me as badly as Bonnie Crombie —ever.

And now her son is going up to me as if he was [sic] a fan of mine.

And not just that.

He then asked if he —if I minded having a picture taken with him and his friend. So he wanted me to be in a photograph with him and his friend!

What?!

That’s what I meant by Twilight Zoney. I don’t understand any of it.

You know it’s not the behaviour of somebody who believes that I was cyber-stalking!

And the other thing is, I’m not too bright. It sometimes takes me a while to play something through my head to really understand the implications. And worse, sometimes it takes me years! [laughs] Only, yeah, really, years to understand the implications of something that I witnessed or videotaped.

The other thing that I only think about now is, if he was a regular reader, if he read my blog, why wasn’t he upset at my recent entries about City Security and their fraudulent complaints system? And how they abuse kids.

And how something as simple as, well, sitting in the wrong place gets you threats of being “taken down” and arrested.

Why isn’t Jonathan, a “Liberal” upset about that? Why isn’t he saying, look, you know I read your blog and why doesn’t he take me aside and say, you know, it bothers me that you’ve got this Freedom of Information on City Security, tell me more about it.

No, it was, “Can I have a picture with you?”

What?!

You know when things don’t make sense to me, it’s like my brain just kind of stops, seizes, and ——goes into some kind of —arrest. And doesn’t process information for a while. And there’s this delay.

And it’s part of the reason why I’m not really a good public speaker or good on my feet. Because when-when, something —it’s quite easy to discombobulate me.

And it’s usually something illogical. And this was —illogical. No idea why it happened. No idea.

And I can’t bear Jonathan ill. Because —I can’t rule out, the possibility, that he was genuine.

And I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Believe it or not. Believe it or not.

[Grabs camera and aims it up through the car's sunroof and at Mississauga City Hall's yellow bricks]

Let me see what have I got here. Oops. Forgot you can pull open the windows. Ah yes.

See those bricks?

Each one of those bricks represents a Lie.

How many Lies —lie in those bricks and mortars?

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, The Mississauga Muse —and NOT “ForTheTruth”

 City of Mississauga Corporate Security documents as secured through Freedom of Information

SHERI-LYNN RUFFO (SLR) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY NOVEMBER 14, 2008 BAN OF 9/10 AND 15/16 YEAR OLD FEMALES (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library

13-year-old SKATEBOARDER HARASSED BY CITY OF MISSISSAUGA COPORATE SECURITY GUARDS, PUBLIC COMPLAINT November 3 2011

 

City of Mississauga Security “BULLIED ME WITH THREATS OF ‘TAKING ME DOWN’ THAT HE WAS ‘A POLICE OFFICER’ AND THAT HE WOULD ARREST ME.

February 7th, 2012  

Just working my way through the public complaints filed against City of Mississauga Corporate Security just in from Freedom of Information (FOI).

It takes just a few minutes to confirm there’s plenty missing. For example, love the August 19, 2009 response letter from City of Mississauga Corporate Security Head-Boss, Ken Owen that begins:

“Further to my letter to you of June 22, 2009 regarding your complaint dated June 5, 2009″

and there’s no June 22, 2009 original letter or a public complaint dated June 5, 2009!

Anyway, I’m following up with some more FOI’s and in the meantime, it’s important to share this worrisome public complaint (as incomplete as it is).

Regular readers know how often I’ve said that if you’re ever unfortunate enough to be caught in a You-said/They-said scenario with City of Mississauga staff, you will lose every time! Every. Single. Time.

This poor-sap-complainant lost too.

Regular readers will also know how often I’ve said that should you ever find yourself dealing with City of Mississauga staff, at the very least defend yourself with an audio-recorder! That includes any telephone conversations you have with them. Believe me, the City of Mississauga is recording you! (for “quality control purposes”)

So here’s yet another formal complaint illustrating why I never step a foot on City Property without at least one audio-recorder going and why I’d never turn it off until I’m back safely Off City Property.

Public complaint against City of Mississauga Transit Security guard # 401 secured through Freedom of Information
This public complaint against City of Mississauga Transit Security Guard #401 has been transcribed so that it will be searchable through Google —and easily cut-and-pasted. It is typed exactly as the complainant wrote it:

BADGE # 401 APPROACHED ME ON MAY 5
AT THE SQUARE ONE BUS TERMINAL AT 5:30 PM.
HE CALLED ME STUPID & ILLITERATE MORE THAN
3 TIMES. ALSO BULLIED ME WITH THREATS OF
“TAKING ME DOWN” THAT HE WAS “A POLICE
OFFICER” AND THAT HE WOULD ARREST ME.
I WAS SITTING IN A NO SITTING ZONE. I COMPLIED
WITH THE OFFICER RIGHT AWAY NOT KNOWING THAT
YOU COULD NOT SIT THERE. HE VERBALLY ABUSED
ME AND ALSO HIT ME WITH HIS KNEE. HE CONTINUED
TO THREATEN ME WITH ARREST AND LEAD
ME AWAY FROM THE BUS TERMINAL UNDER
CONSTANT THREAT OF “TAKING ME DOWN” &
ARRESTING ME FOR “SITTING WHERE THERE ARE
SIGN” I DID NOT KNOW. HIS BEHAVIOUR WENT BEYOND
A POSITION OF SECURITY. HE WANTED TO FIGHT ME “FOR
SITTING”.

“BULLIED ME WITH THREATS OF ‘TAKING ME DOWN’ THAT HE WAS “A POLICE OFFICER’ —Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s very own Corporate Security Transit Guard #401 impersonating a police officer. Hard to believe, right?

“HE WANTED TO FIGHT ME ‘FOR SITTING.’” Hard to believe, right?

Believe it or not this is the second complaint about being harassed for “sitting”!

Threats of Arrest are common with City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

Let me resurrect the formal complaint filed by a 13-year-old skateboarder against City of Mississauga Corporate Security from my February 5th blog, Security guards threaten skateboarder at Mississauga Civic Centre’s Skateboard Plaza with arrest: “my son is only 13 yrs old”.

Reminder. While the Mississauga News promoted a “viral” video showing violations of the City’s skateboarding rules at both the Civic Centre and Celebration Square, this 13 year old “harasst” by two City of Mississauga Security guards was skating where he should be —at the designated Civic Centre’s Skateboard Plaza.

Note that the Skateboard Plaza is the only place where skateboarding is allowed in the Civic Centre/Central Library/Living Arts Centre complex.

13-year-old SKATEBOARDER HARASSED BY CITY OF MISSISSAUGA COPORATE SECURITY GUARDS, PUBLIC COMPLAINT November 3 2011
Now compare this complaint with the one above, also typed exactly how the complainant wrote it:

I was skateboarding at the skatepark yesterday when two security gaurds both white. one with short hair skinny no beard or mustache and the other one was large short hair, beard, mustache come up to me and started to harrast me and asking personal questions like my name, number, adress and so on.

“my son is only 13 yrs old.”

They were bringing up something that happend long time ago at BCC (Burnhamthorpe Community Center). I did not do anything and I was walking away when the large man grabbed me and the other man took my board away. The large man was saying I was making the problem worse by not cooperating and was threatening to arrest me, for no reason. I asked him why he was grabbing me by my arm and pulling me back, he did not answer back. I also asked him why he was bringing up something that happend long time ago somewhere else over here and he still did not give me an answer. So I told them “what am I doing wrong? I’m skating at the proper spot, why are you bothering me?” They started to laugh at me and smile. After they harrast me I went home and told my parents. That why where here today to make a formal complaint.

Dated November 4. 2011

I’m reminded of a video clip of the March 17, 2008 City of Mississauga Audit Committee meeting.

Mayor Hazel McCallion turned to Mississauga Corporate Security Boss Jamie Hillis and said, “So, I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.”

Hillis lied, “Yes. Absolutely.”

And the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct promises to be as fraudulent as City’s Security formal Public Complaints process.

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security KNOB UNIT and MISSISSAUGAWATCH 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T
Hey Hey MissCorpSec what do you say?
How many Youth did you ban today?

Security guards threaten skateboarder at Mississauga Civic Centre’s Skateboard Plaza with arrest: “my son is only 13 yrs old.”

February 5th, 2012  

Have to laugh at this Mississauga News article.

Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral

Mississauga scenery. A video shot by Mississauga resident Paul Reid
that features skateboarder Alex Neary has received more than 3,500 views
after only a few days on YouTube.

MISSISSAUGA NEWS Juia Le

Mississauga’s Paul Reid spent two years fine-tuning a video he put together to promote C1RCA footwear and apparel and Toronto skateboarder Alex Neary.

And now that the video has gone viral on YouTube, the 18-year-old Videography and TV Production student at Humber College says he’s glad he took the extra time. In the first week, more than 3,500 viewers clicked on the video to watch Neary show off his flips and tricks — mostly with Mississauga scenery as the backdrop.

Reid, a Glenforest Secondary School graduate, says it’s “pretty exciting” watching his three-and-a-half minute video that is now promoted on skateboarding websites including Skateboard Canada (www.sbcskateboard.com), Concrete Skateboarding (www.concreteskateboarding.com) and Push (Push.ca).

Check it out at (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok2zQ9ZjRa4).

Reid spent countless hours filming and editing the Neary video and says he’s very proud of the end product.

The video shows Neary, who’s part of C1RCA’s Canadian skateboarding team, performing stunts at the Civic Centre and other locations in Mississauga.

 
Skateboarding at Mississauga Civic Centre….

“The large man was saying I was making the problem worse by not cooperating and was threatening to arrest me, for no reason.”

Now read this 13-year-old boy’s experience while skateboarding at the Mississauga Civic Centre Skateboard Plaza. All documents secured through Freedom of Information.

13-year-old SKATEBOARDER HARASSED BY CITY OF MISSISSAUGA COPORATE SECURITY GUARDS, PUBLIC COMPLAINT November 3 2011
This 13-year-old boy’s complaint has been transcribed so that it will be searchable through Google —and easily cut-and-pasted. It is typed exactly how the youngster wrote it:

I was skateboarding at the skatepark yesterday when two security gaurds both white. one with short hair skinny no beard or mustache and the other one was large short hair, beard, mustache come up to me and started to harrast me and asking personal questions like my name, number, adress and so on.

“my son is only 13 yrs old.”

They were bringing up something that happend long time ago at BCC (Burnhamthorpe Community Center). I did not do anything and I was walking away when the large man grabbed me and the other man took my board away. The large man was saying I was making the problem worse by not cooperating and was threatening to arrest me, for no reason. I asked him why he was grabbing me by my arm and pulling me back, he did not answer back. I also asked him why he was bringing up something that happend long time ago somewhere else over here and he still did not give me an answer. So I told them “what am I doing wrong? I’m skating at the proper spot, why are you bothering me?” They started to laugh at me and smile. After they harrast me I went home and told my parents. That why where here today to make a formal complaint.

Dated November 4. 2011

City of Mississauga Staff once again violated Corporate policy (not) dealing with this 13-year-old skateboarder’s formal complaint against two City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards.

In fact, there is no evidence that this boy’s complaint was dealt with at all.

Freedom of Information shows no evidence of the City’s child worker being involved, no evidence of an investigation by Human Resources as required by Corporate Policy and no response letter sent to the child/parent advising them of the results of any “investigation”.

A February 3, 2012 Mississauga News article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral” shows video of Toronto skateboarder, Alex Neary, violating City of Mississauga rules by skateboarding around City of Mississauga Civic Centre and Celebration Square over a period of several days.

In the meantime this 13-year-old boy, skating in the designated Skateboard Plaza was harassed by the City’s Corporate Security guards.

Why?

As City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard, “HyJynx” (aka: Mike Keter) once proclaimed, “beacuse [sic] I can”. It’s true. Because they can!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH once again extends a warning to youth/minors (all “vulnerable” human beings for that matter), that City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards and their bosses are abusive liars. A warning too, that the City of Mississauga’s Security formal public complaints process is fraudulent.

Freedom of Information has confirmed that City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards (and this includes Transit) are accountable to no one but their Security bosses. And these Security bosses are Above the Law and a Law unto Themselves.

Next, and again for the record, I offer these two emails sent to the Mississauga News after their “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral” article appeared online.

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: “jle”
Cc: John Stewart ; Gerry Timbers ; “mississauga_watch@yahoo.com”
Sent: Friday, February 3, 2012 2:54 PM
Subject: Your article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral”

Hello Ms Le,

I’m writing about your Feb 03, 2012 article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral”.

Question.

Prior to writing your article and promoting this video, did you confirm with the City of Mississauga that Paul Reid and Alex Neary got a PERMIT to skateboard in the Mississauga Civic Centre/Celebration Square complex allowing them to skate areas other than at the skateboard plaza at the back of City Hall?

A favour of a reply is requested,

Ursula

Managing Editor Gerry Timbers, replied, “No” and I responded with:

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: “Timbers, Gerry”; “Le, Julia”
Cc: “Stewart, John” ; “mississauga_watch@yahoo.com”
Sent: Friday, February 3, 2012 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: Your article, “Made-in-Mississauga video goes viral”

Thanks Mr. Timbers for your response.

It’s been a while now since I wrote the Mississauga News about the obscene number of bans and arrests issued by City of Mississauga security guards against youth and minors.

I’ve mentioned that City Security issued a ban against two 15/16 year olds and a little girl (9/10 year old) for 30 days from all three complexes at once (Civic Centre, Library and Living Arts Centre).

I informed Mississauga News that despite corporate guidelines requiring the City’s child worker, Karen Morden, to get involved in these bans, she never was. And also parents and guardians were never informed.

I also informed you that should kids be silly enough to return to Property during a ban, they would be immediately arrested –no exceptions.

Here is the edit [sic] from Ken Owen saying just that:   www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/3857571836/

I’ve also mentioned how City of Mississauga Security especially target skateboarders. I even shared these three lists of bans with you back in 2008.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2459/3740370773_60e2362391_b.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2593/3740370753_b1f70c091a_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3482/3740325311_566aee4e1a_b.jpg

Note these only show bans/arrests to December 2008. And this isn’t all arrests –since City Security can successfully bury those by calling in Peel Police to arrest.

Here is a Special Occurrence Report (SOR) that shows City Security banning of four 11/12 year olds (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library.

www.flickr.com/photos/43172810@N00/3694922190/in/photostream/

Three facilities at once. Harsher punishments than adults misbehaving at other facilities and transit!

As a result of City of Mississauga Security abuses (lying, lack of oversight, and now a fraudulent formal public complaints system confirmed through Freedom of Information), I began researching both graffiti and skateboarding.

As it happened I came upon superb skateboarding videos of kids skating all around the Civic Centre and especially Celebration Square. I downloaded and saved them all from YouTube for an eventual report I will write.

I’ve been documenting/videotaping the flagship skateparks at Iceland (Mississauga), Chinguacousy (Brampton) and Turner skatepark (Hamilton). In addition, three on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Watching the YouTube videos that the skaters themselves produced at Mississauga Civic Centre and Celebration Square just blew me away. I watched them all –marveling at this Discovery. The Discovery that the best skatepark of all is Civic Centre/Celebration Square.

Have to say, having researched skateboarders, Civic Centre/Celebration Square is enticing! Can’t see how the best skaters can resist the uninterrupted concrete, the steps, the rails. And the architecture for a video backdrop? Makes Civic Centre/Celebration Square the best place I’ve ever witnessed from which to produce skateboard videos!

Two problems.

1. City rules are skateboarding is limited to the Skateboard Plaza.

2. And you’ve got quasi-fascist unaccountable security hacks patrolling the area. (One of the videos shows an interaction with a City of Mississauga security guard. Another video shows an older woman strolling the Civic Centre and admonishing the skaters. I’ve said nothing since it looks like it’s just three decent kids really into skateboarding.)

I don’t know how much you know about the skateboard culture but there are some sk8rs who view it a badge on honour to brush against a security guard.

The point is City of Mississauga Corporate Security aren’t like the mall guards who are subject to Bill 159 and its provincial complaints system. City of Mississauga Council neatly made their Security exempt from Bill 159 by passing a by-law making them peace officers. Simple as that.

Just last week I got Freedom of Information back on all public complaints under the new “formal” public complaints process. One kid filed a complaint and wrote (2009) about being banned from the bus for being rude to the driver and now having to lose his summer job because he can’t get transportation. He wrote about now being worried that he can’t get to university and needed to appeal. He then wrote saying that Joe Cairney (Security boss) had told him there was no chance to appeal the decision. That’s a lie.

And that was 2009 when the formal public complaints policy was in place that would ensure fairness for the public.

Now back to skateboarding. I just watched the “viral” video. Have you? Because high profile boarder Alex Neary is shown violating Civic Centre skateboard rules over several days (different clothes).

What’s got me concerned after watching all the remarkable Civic Centre/Celebration Square skateboard videos is that this place will get known for what it is. A superb, illicit skatepark right next to Square One.

[DETAILS DELETED]

[DETAILS DELETED] Here’s what one of my YouTube [DELETED] contacts wrote about getting arrested.

“I had a friend who was arrested by peel for [DETAILS DELETED].

As a result he cant get a job with any major corporation or company, because of the charges its almost like your forced into a life of crime to support yourself. I wouldn’t consider any teenager who goes out to paint some walls and express themselves a criminal. Now when he applies for a job he’s put in the same category as a drug dealer, rapist etc.”

City Security arrests skateboarders too and when they [DELETED] apply for a job they’ll be “put in the same category as a drug dealer, rapist etc.”

And City Security LIES about their professionalism, their complaints system and their giving “the public every understanding possible”.

I’m not soft on crime. You-people want “uniforms” that are hard-nosed, hard-lined, so be it. But I do have a problem with law enforcement LYING. Over the summer I read that at least three Peel Police officers lied in court to get a conviction and that Peel Police won’t be investigating them. I’ve got tons of Freedom of Information on City Security lying –and that includes video.

I know you don’t believe me about all this any more than you have in the past. But I have an obligation at least to inform you about what my research/video and Freedom of Information has confirmed regarding treatment of youth/minors on City Property by City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

Thanks,

Ursula

The Lesson Here.

I suspect that by now you’re wondering that if the City of Mississauga’s formal public complaint process is so fraudulent, then why waste your time writing up a complaint that goes nowhere.

Because those citizens filing these complaints, futile as they are, leave a RECORD of how City of Mississauga Corporate Security operates —a paper trail of how the Mayor’s Security force successfully avoids accountability.

Repeat. As far as we know, City of Mississauga Corporate Security are the only municipal security operation not subject to Ontario’s Bill 159 Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 and its provincial public complaints system.

And through Freedom of Information we can confirm that the City Manager never bothers to check up on this quasi-fascist force, and how neither the Mayor or any councillors provide any oversight either —despite Councillor Pat Saito’s utterances to the contrary.

Each unsuccessful formal public complaint against City of Mississauga Corporate Security acts as a warning to others.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security: The Misstapo watch over Mississauga News reporter denied interview with Hazel McCallion (Election Night, October 25, 2010)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Procedure for self-protection following any incident involving Mississauga Corporate Security or Corporation of the City of Mississauga Staff

MOST IMPORTANT! For your own protection regardless of whether you are in the wrong, as soon as practical after an incident, file a Freedom of Information form requesting:

  1. All records, emails, and any other documents pertaining to [your name].
  2. All records, emails, and any other documents including any video surveillance footage pertaining to the incident of [date] at [location] involving [your name] and [Mississauga Corporate Security or City staff].

The filing fee is $5.00. Forms are available here: City of Mississauga ONLINE FORM: Access / Correction Request – Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Why this is important

A Freedom of Information request (FOI) immediately protects the requested documents from deletion based on the City’s official “Records Retention Policy”. Without such a request, video surveillance footage can be erased after only five days.

Do not assume that because you were in the wrong, there is no reason to file your FOI! Your records on file with the City can contain gross errors. In particular, FOI has shown that Mississauga Corporate Security records can be inaccurate and severely biased. You can also use the FOI request form to request a correction of your file. Although you cannot make them correct false information, your side of the story will become part of the official record.

Finally, always keep in mind that the “official record” can make your incident appear far worse than it actually was.

CITZEN/YOUTH ADVISORY: IF YOU ARE BANNED, ISSUED TRESPASS OR ARRESTED BY MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY GUARDS

BEWARE of TRAPS in Mississauga Code of Conduct if filing complaint with integrity commissioner

December 7th, 2011  

Once again, apologies for taking so long to write a new blog.

For the record, currently I’m in a protracted research phase —doing a lot of reading, studying actually. Also doing a lot of videotaping while reviewing five years worth of audio and videotape relating to City of Mississauga municipal government. And throughout all this, I’ve also have to scour Freedom of Information documents going all the way back to January 2007.

Not fun.

Also, I’m preparing a 3-part video on the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry’s recommendations as they relate the City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct, hiring of an integrity commissioner and other MYTHissauga window-dressing “ethics” initiatives.

Today, the Mississauga News came out with article, Politicians to blame for voter apathy: study.

Some highlights:

The politically disengaged are not as apathetic or ignorant of politics as previously thought — they opt out because they feel the political system has failed them, says a survey of Canadians across the country, including a focus group from Mississauga.

• less engaged Canadians overwhelmingly describe themselves as outsiders. They do not feel they have a voice or any ownership stake in the political system
• Canadians’ dislike for politics seems closely related to a perceived gap between the ideals of democracy and the reality of how they are represented politically
• Disengagement is, in fact, a response to people’s personal interaction with politics and government

“A common theme across the focus groups was that the political system has failed many Canadians in clear and tangible ways,” said Alison Loat, Samara’s co-founder and executive director. “Consequently, political disengagement is a learned response — this is a far cry from the conventional wisdom that assumes the disengaged simply do not care.”

Kendall Anderson, Samara’s communications and project manager, says the research shows most disengaged non-voters start off wanting to be part of the system, but a series of unpleasant experiences ultimately turns them into non-voters.

Love that “perceived gap between the ideals of democracy and the reality of how they are represented politically”. Recall how I warn people about the “vast yawning gap between what Mississauga trumpets versus the behind-the-scenes Reality.” The perceptive reader will see that “vast yawning gap between what Mississauga trumpets versus the behind-the-scenes Reality” simply means “lie”.

Quite convenient for the Mississauga News to come out with their citizen-disengagement article today. Leads in quite nicely to the theme of this video: Our Lying, Deceptive Governments. And how integrity commissioners are just a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. A reminder that I truly believe that “The System is CORRUPT, there is no way to fix it.”

So. The video, complete with transcript.

BEWARE of TRAPS in Mississauga Code of Conduct if filing complaint with integrity commissioner (7:34 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Cooksville 5 & 10 intersection. December 5, 2011

It is Monday, December the 5th, 2011 and I’m parked here at Highway 5 and 10. And I just want to report a little bit, to provide a little bit of an update for you regarding what’s been going on in Mississauga.

There’s so many competing issues for me right now that the best way for me to describe what’s happening is that I feel mired in all kinds of conflicting issues. And mired to the point of paralysis.

And it’s not just conflicting and competing but there’s also this important kind of thinking that I have to do.

It isn’t enough just reading this book, “REPORT ON THE MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY Updating the Ethical Infrastructure“. You need to think about it. You need to think what the implications are.

So, one of the things that I’m doing is I’m reading this [Mississauga Council Code of Conduct April 2011]. Not just reading but understanding the rules —almost to the point of committing certain things to memory.

And then I go back and I read in here [REPORT ON THE MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY Updating the Ethical Infrastructure] what Commissioner Cunningham recommended for improving the Mississauga Code of Conduct.

And it’s taken a lot of time, and a lot of pondering —a lot of thinking.

I’m also filing at least one —at least one complaint with the integrity commissioner.

And it’s got to be done right. It’s got to be done right because I got really tripped up in a complaint that I filed against City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

And I need to refer you to the series on nursing homes by the Toronto Star. And they were reporting on some of the horrid abuses at nursing homes including one where a male nurse raped one of the women in his care.

The Toronto Star in that particular article also said that when they reviewed the investigation letters in nursing homes, the actual letter, the resolution letter, was sanitized. And that’s the word that they used: “sanitized“.

And so sanitized that they really couldn’t tell what the complaint was about. Or what they were investigating.

So, they couldn’t for example, determine from the letters whether something dealt with sexual abuse —or physical abuse.

I can tell you the City of Mississauga Corporate Security do the same thing. They sanitize their resolution letters so badly, when you read the resolution letter and then read what the actual public complaint was about, they’re two different things.

And just a little bit of background.

I’d sent an email asking a question through publicinfo@mississauga.ca. And I got a response that I considered rude enough that I asked for the identity of the individual who sent me the comment. And I repeated my request, for that person to identify himself, over a period of three months.

So I gave the person almost three months to come clean, and identify himself. When he didn’t I filed a complaint.

The individual confessed and by “confessing”, this person knew that he could stop the investigation and that was it. Basically I got a resolution letter that said, yes, the person was rude, he had been spoken with and I’m to consider the matter closed.

The point is, that again, when somebody reads the letter, oh, a person was being rude, it’s been taken care of.

No! No. The individual refused to identify himself!

And when I filed Freedom of Information asking them to follow the trail of where my email was sent, up across the top it said, “Jamie Hillis” —who is the Manager of Corporate Security.

So there’s every evidence, that the person who was hiding anonymously in email was actually the Manager, Jamie Hillis, who’s charged, by the way, with implementing the public complaints process! And the policy.

By the way, I fought that all the way to the IPC, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commission. And they sided with allowing this individual his anonymity.

It was a mistake that I made —well, first of all, the biggest mistake was I felt now that they had a formal complaints procedure that it would be somehow legitimate. Clearly it wasn’t.

And I keep saying that the City of Mississauga has infinite capacity to pervert. They have infinite capacity to pervert policies, procedures, guidelines, provincial legislation and anything else.

And it’s the same here [with the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct April 2011]. I know for a fact, just because of prior behaviour, that if I don’t file the complaint with the integrity commissioner absolutely according to this [Mississauga Council Code of Conduct April 2011] document —it too will be perverted.

Also just for the record, I don’t believe for a minute that when I do file the complaint —or complaints, with the integrity commissioner, that it’s even going to matter.

Again. The City of Mississauga has infinite capacity to pervert.

And something else. I’ve been talking about McCallion-backed councillors. Tovey, Mullin, Fonseca, Crombie, Starr, Mahoney and Saito. Seven of them.

And just a reminder that [Councillor] Nando Iannicca basically said to all the councillors —and he stood by this. And he said, if you did not vote for the Inquiry, you’re not fit for public service.

[Video Insert begins]

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

If you did not vote for the Inquiry. If you do not agree with its findings. And if you are not appalled at what happened, you are not fit for public service.

Acting Chair, McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Councillor Iannicca, I am going to cut this deba—

[Video Insert ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Cooksville 5 & 10 intersection. December 5, 2011

So you understand [laughs] that three of the four councillors who are going to be “working” on this Code of Conduct and in possibly hiring and making recommendations for Mississauga’s next integrity commissioner are, according to Nando Iannicca, “not fit for public service”.

So that gives me a lot of confidence here!

[Music: Caspian & Grafhic - Matrix Shit]

This thing here with the integrity commissioner —and preparing a complaint, just believe me when I say, it’s got to be done in the right order. And you have to make sure as a citizen that you don’t fall into the traps that are inherent in this [Mississauga Council Code of Conduct April 2011] document.

And here’s an allegation. They were put here on purpose. On purpose.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

If you did not vote for the Inquiry. If you do not agree with its findings. And if you are not appalled at what happened, you are not fit for public service.

Acting Chair, McCallion-backed loyalist Councillor Katie Mahoney, Mississauga General Committee, November 2, 2011

Councillor Iannicca, I am going to cut—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Example of SANITIZED City of Mississauga Corporate Security resolution letter.

Can you tell what the complaint was about?
Can you tell this complaint was against a Security BOSS?
Can you tell from this letter that contrary to Policy, a Security underling “investigated” a superior —and cleared him?

City Mississauga Corporate Security public complaints resolution letter heavily SANITIZED.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

November 25th, 2011  

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

A couple of other things.

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

Who waits three months?

And I just don’t get that.

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

[pointing to Mississauga City Hall in background]

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

But it’s so much worse now.

Anyway. I have something else for the record.

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

October 2010, I already found it grim.

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

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

This Empire of Illusion.

About the malfeasance and the corruption in here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That was for me, The Signal.

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, October 12, 2011

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

Music: Living in the Past by Jethro Tull

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

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

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

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

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

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

But I have to say it’s a relief.

Oh God, it’s a relief.

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

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

 

Signed,

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

Or misses these chances?!

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

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

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

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

Mississauga’s Brand New CELEBRATION SQUARE: a Walk-about –a Warning.

June 18th, 2011  

Yes, I had a walk-about Mississauga’s CELEBRATION SQUARE today.

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

Mississauga’s Brand New CELEBRATION SQUARE: a Walk-about –a Warning. (6:28 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Civic Centre walking out to Mississauga CELEBRATION SQUARE, June 18, 2011)

It is June the 18th, 2011 and I’m here inside the Mississauga Civic Centre and this is the first time that I’ve stepped on the Mississauga CELEBRATION SQUARE since they closed it down.

And what I want to do —and I’ve done this at numerous other city halls or public buildings, is what I call the Video Surveillance Pop-In Test.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (touring Mississauga CELEBRATION SQUARE, June 18, 2011)

And I’m going to walk here and just take a look at how different it is and just record my first impressions.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And we have the video surveillance camera up here. And that one’s been there since 2006 when I first recorded it.

And this is going to be a war memorial here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I guess this is going to be the skating rink eventually. It’s going to be good for kids. I mean people are using it right now. Already.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Let’s see, the first place to look, are of course, posts. And so far nothing.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I remember one of the things about the old city hall —you know, the way it was structured, in that it had a massive yellow wall right through here.

I always considered it symbolic of the barrier between the Governed versus Those Who Govern.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Looking around some more.

You know, I by now should be able to pick up on the video surveillance cameras. There doesn’t seem to be any.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And just taking a look here. So far the only one is that one right there at the apex of the building.

[DIP TO WHITE]

It’s going to be a massive stage. And zero doubt what will happen on Wednesday, is Council of course is going to sit and share their wisdom from there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Now it’s going to be interesting what these guys are advertising.

So Mississauga has gone all Toronto on us. It’s going to be interesting how much they get. Like in cost per second.

Lady walking her dog.

[DIP TO WHITE]

But I can say right now, and this is with certainty, because I’ve become something of an expert —there is no video surveillance on this site anywhere, except the apex, right there.

So. That’s going to be interesting.

And the other thing that’s interesting is you have here the Civic [sic] Centre Drive. And Councillor Nando Iannicca said it is possible that, you know, they’ll open it up on certain occasions and then keep it closed at other times.

So quite a bit of flexibility there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Oh look at this. There’s a knob right there. Oh yeah. And another knob.

Now these guards are exempt from Bill 159 and have no viable public complaints system. Their security bosses investigate them and all it takes to stop an investigation is for those guards to confess to something —and you can bet that their strategy is to confess to something lesser than what the complainant was complaining about.

Actually in some respects that’s worse than video surveillance because I’ve documented so many examples of guards lying. And their bosses. People who get and run afoul of them aren’t even going to have the benefit of video surveillance to help them out.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Yeah, I wanted to come here because, I think one of the things that I want to do is try and see whether I can get my husband to videotape from there on Wednesday down on what’s happening here. While I’m over there covering the actual Council meeting.

Because it will be historic. No question.

And you can bet the political hacks will be really hacking it up, grinding it out —300%. And sometimes 300% really is possible.

[DIP TO WHITE]

This is different. Before we never had access to this little amphitheater. Now they’re actually putting it to use.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Here’s something else that’s interesting. They’ve put the, I think it’s called “Wisteria” up again. Starting new. So that’s neat.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I can tell you this. Regarding, “don’t be a litterbug”, I’ve seen City Staff tossing cigarette butts right here as they were smoking.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I can confirm for now that that is the only video surveillance camera anywhere in this region for now.

And we have at the door here, two warning signs for automated video surveillance cameras. And that was only because of lobbying by Donald Barber and me.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Despite video surveillance cameras around, there are [sic] no signage at all. And we had a Security Manager lying about it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

And what I’m going to do is show you one of the things, about the only—

ELEVATOR (Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

Going up.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

—truthful thing that’s going on.

ELEVATOR (Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

Parking Level One.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside Mississauga Civic Centre, June 18, 2011)

And magically, it really is Parking Level One.

So this is about the only thing inside City Hall that you can actually trust as not lying to you.

[Mark Knopfler, "Don't Crash the Ambulance"]
[DIP TO BLACK]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Since we’re talking about the history of the Mississauga Civic Centre, I just realized that I have unique Civic Centre material that I videotaped back on November 18, 2007.

On that date I documented every outside perimeter wall of Mississauga’s “Big Yellow” City Hall and shot the tape non-stop. This resulted in a video record 1 hour, 7 minutes, 32 seconds long. The footage confirmed that while City Hall bristled with video surveillance cameras, there was absolutely no signage up advising citizens of their presence.  This ran contrary to the Province’s Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places —and made liars out of the Security bosses.

No Signage didn’t just violate the Provincial guidelines, the same Corporate Security hacks also violated the City’s own Video Surveillance policy —that Security authored!

The Council of the City of Mississauga passed the Video Surveillance policy back on December 12, 2006. The policy states:

“SIGNAGE: A sign will be installed in a clearly visible location at all facilities which are subject to surveillance.”

My own November 2007 video “surveillance” confirmed that Mississauga City Hall, Mississauga Central Library and Mississauga Living Arts Centre had no evidence of a signal sign ANYWHERE.

I know this is difficult to believe but the fact is that MISSISSAUGAWATCH has yet to find a Corporate guideline or policy that City of Mississauga Corporate Security hasn’t violated —and then lied about!

With that intro, here’s a true Oldie —a 1 hour, 7 minutes, 32 seconds on November 18, 2007 video record of the Mississauga Civic Centre compressed into 1 minute 35 seconds —music the William Tell Overture.

I called it “MISSISSAUGA SIGNZ” because the entire purpose of the video was to provide irrefutable proof that there were no Signs!

MISSISSAUGA SIGNZ (Moving FAST Forward) Uploaded: November 29, 2007

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

And what the heck, might as well include irrefutable proof that Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre had no video surveillance signage up despite Security Manager Jamie Hillis’ “SIGNAGE: A sign will be installed in a clearly visible location at all facilities which are subject to surveillance” claims to the contrary.

Note, this video documentation of the Living Arts Centre was conducted on Nov 21, 2007.

SIGNZ -MISSISSAUGA LIVING ARTS CENTRE Uploaded: November 29, 2007

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

Last. Do I have an “appropriate” photo to end with?… Yeah.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security KNOB UNIT and MISSISSAUGAWATCH 2006 Black Dodge Charger R/T
QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?

Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall”. MISSISSAUGAWATCH arrives too late…

April 7th, 2011  

Saw the Mississauga News article, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall” and decided to investigate. Unfortunately I took a long nap first. The old saying is too true, “You snooze. You lose.”

MISSISSAUGA NEWS "Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall"  # Joseph Chin # | # Apr 06, 2011 - 12:47 PM

Still. Here’s the video, complete with transcript.

Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall”. MISSISSAUGAWATCH arrives too late… (4:01 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from computer work station, April 6, 2011)

It is April 6, 2011 and this is the article in the Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall” and this is a picture.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And I really did want to go and see the graffiti for myself and you see that the article is posted at 12:47. And it’s really true when they say, “You snooze, you lose” because I showed up significantly later —cuz  I just wanted to check these tags.

Unfortunately by the time I showed up, this had all been erased.

However, there’s nothing that says that I can’t at least file a report on not the graffiti there anymore. So here we go.

[PUSH]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from inside car at Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011  7 pm approx)

It is Wednesday, April 6, 2011 and we’re here at Mississauga City Hall because I read in the Mississauga News that the skateboard plaza, right in there, had graffiti and it even looks like it’s been bombed. So I want to document it before it’s erased.

[DIP TO WHITE]

One of the things that was reported was that there’s a video surveillance camera —despite video surveillance cameras, it still got bombed. And the reality is the skateboard plaza does not have a video surveillance camera at all.

There is one and it’s just been recently installed —right there.

Anyway, what I have done is document the skateboard plaza, I think probably on four or five other occasions. Primarily just to have a look-about because it’s one of my study sites as far as skateboarding study sites is concerned. But I will, if I happen to come upon graffiti, also document it.

So that’s what we’re going to do now.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (walking towards Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

Again the important thing is when we see a person we shoot down because we don’t want to violate anyone’s privacy. And I sure hope that the graffiti is still up so I’ve got something to document.

There’s a knob unit. Right there. Oop, look at this. Oooo. This doesn’t happen often.

676 car.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

Now it looks like —yeah, that is new since I’ve looked.

Okay, unfortunately I’ve arrived too late and it’s already been removed. Dang! Too bad!

Oh well.

Yup. Too bad.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (checking out the OutHouse at the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

The only thing then that I can record that’s new since the last time is that.

And the only other thing is the last time that I was looking at this, gosh, it might have been last year, Fall? Don’t know.

Oh yeah. Okay. So it’s still there.

That’s cuz the knobs’d never think about lookin’ in here.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (checking out the OutHouse at the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, September 9, 2010. Fire/ambulance sirens…)

I’m here at the City of Mississauga —kind of noisy out here but what can you do?

And I was just checking out for graffiti and stuff like this. And I went in here. Take a look at this.

That’s quite the graffiti.

Ewwwwoooh my Gawd!

Oh it stinks in here!

And just imagine the stink.

But.  That ain’t got nothin’ on—

[CUT]

Sheridan College President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky (Hazel McCallion’s 90th Birthday $350.00 a ticket Party, February 12, 2011)

—Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Hazel McCallion Campus!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at Hazel McCallion’s 90th Birthday $350.00 a ticket Party, February 12, 2011. As audience cheers)

Oh my Gawd! Oh my Gawd…

[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” MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL “BOMBED”
(MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

City of Mississauga’s DIRTIEST secret: What Hazel McCallion, Katie Mahoney and Pat Saito HIDE from the Media

January 22nd, 2011  

Introduction —directly to the point.

Read the January 13, 2011 Mississauga News editorial about the City of Mississauga’s “Culture of secrecy” and take special note of the last two paragraphs.

What is surprising is just how far some — certainly not all — councillors are prepared to go to keep taxpayers’ business out of taxpayers’ sight and to protect their dirty little secrets.

We need real integrity and transparency at City Hall, not the facade we’ve lived with for the past few years.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been saying that for years —and called for the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities for almost as long.

Here’s video of the City of Mississauga’s dirtiest secret as revealed by City staff and the politicians themselves.  As always, followed by the transcript.

Mississauga’s dirty secrets: What Hazel McCallion, Katie Mahoney and Pat Saito HIDE from the Media: (4:15 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

—We sometimes as Council believe we’re above City policies and procedures. So there is no legal recourse on this as I’m understanding. But if it did go to court it would have some —there would be some weight attached because that disclaimer was in place?

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

It would certainly be one of the things that the court would look at if it got into the wrong hands, yes. But again, it’s not something that would be the subject of a charge.

In this case, we do have, for example, the Respectful Workplace Policy.

McCallion-ally Councillor Katie Mahoney (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

Exactly.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Could you put the Mission Statement on again?

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

Deputant (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Our, uh, do you want to speak to that, Janice?

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

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

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

I hope so.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

You know that—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

I hope so.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

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

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

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

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Well our values—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Honesty with the citizens.

City Manager Janice Baker (Respectful Workplace Policy: Mississauga Council meeting, May 23, 2007)

Our Values are universal.

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

In regard, Madam Chairman at [sic] this report, I think this is an extremely important report regarding the Corporate procedures regarding Security Staff that is established. And I think that we’ve been [sic] appreciate that we were a little weak on this in regard to procedures. And I think we should thank, what’s her name —Ursula.

I think she raised the question, didn’t she?

Commissioner of Corporate Services Brenda Breault (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

She certainly raised the issue. So—

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, March 17, 2008)

Yeah. You raised the issue, Ursula. You know, we don’t always complain. We sometimes —we do accept suggestions. And I think this—

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

I’m going to tell you the reason it flew through without my asking questions I want to ask is I think it involves personnel.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

That’s right.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga General Committee meeting, April 1, 2009)

And I want to know why —and it’s coming up again in-camera, and I want to know why it took four months for us to be informed and I want to know who goofed up when it says in the policy, “Cash and cheque on delivery. Arrangements for tickets.”

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

Well, I’m not happy with the report I can tell you. I’m not happy with the contents of the report. There seems to be a complete disregard for policy —following policy.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

A lot of things in here were dealt with years ago and it’s a complete disregard for policy. Following policy, in my opinion.

Why would anybody on a major contract be the one signing officer to approve all payments and all credits and everything?

[CLOCK-WIPE]

City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench (Mississauga General Committee meeting Wednesday, January 12, 2011)

We do have provisions in our Code of Conduct that talks about respect for the City’s by-laws and policies.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, 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.

[CROSS DISSOLVE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Audit Committee meeting, May 11, 2009)

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.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mayor Hazel McCallion (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, September 20, 2010 Testimony)

I pride myself on the staff that we have at the City of Mississauga. They’re very professional —and they follow the policies very, very, very diligently.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

E MALAMA KAKOU. To Care For All.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Video: Did Hazel McCallion deny the Mississauga News an interview on election night as “punishment” for not endorsing her?

October 27th, 2010  

This blog is dedicated to the Mississauga News.

Just quickly. I want to document one of the many things that happened at Mississauga City Hall (Great Hall) during election night as the results came in.

I was reporting into my video camera when Donald Barber interrupted and said that something was up with the Mississauga News. He’d pointed to a gray-haired man with glasses who I immediately recognized as hanging around the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry hearings —essentially making sure he was within camera shot of Hazel McCallion at every opportunity. (I have other insights into this individual. Unfortunately since I have no audiotape of our conversations anything I write languishes in the realm of his word against mine. So I can’t report on it.)

Anyway. As is my custom now, here’s video of what happened, followed by the transcript. Purely for the record. Seems unless you funnel to the public precisely what Hazel McCallion wants you to…

Did this charmer prevent the Mississauga News from getting an interview with Hazel McCallion? (2:26 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Well, if the phone calls are anything—

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

We’ve got a situation brewing over here.

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

A what?

[DIP TO WHITE]

I had Donald Barber saying it looked like there was an altercation and —but I don’t think so. Because we’ve got the knobs standing sort of, rather relaxed looking. But, it’s interesting —they’re like at every corner.

[CAMERA SHIFTED TO RIGHT TO DOCUMENT CROWD INTERACTION]

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

The short, gray-haired guy who’s making the-uh, he’s getting in the face of the Mississauga News. Telling them to get out of the way. Don’t answer questions. Hazel doesn’t want to answer their questions.

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Which one’s that?

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

The guy who’s got the roses. There.

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Oh.

(sees City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard approaching)

Oh, oh. It’s— Don, help ‘em (Mississauga News) out.

Donald Barber (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

What?

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Just watch the knobs here.

[CAMERA ZOOMS IN ON THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS CAMERAMAN, REPORTER AND GRAY-HAIRED GUY.
THE "MISSTAPO" LOOK ON. MISSISSAUGA NEWS CAMERAMAN SMILES IN RESIGNATION TO COLLEAGUE
]

“The Mississauga Muse”/MISSISSAUGAWATCH (covering election results inside Mississauga City Hall, “Great Hall” October 25, 2010):

Hazel’s whores.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Last, it is our intention to upload to YouTube all raw video of what transpired in the Great Hall, the eve of election night, October 25, 2010 as a historical record. After all, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” (George Orwell). Future Mississaugans need their History.

We simply cannot allow Hazel McCallion and her MYTHissauga sycophants to invent Herstory. At least not unopposed.

UPDATE: October 27, 2010 7:44 pm. Just worked up raw video of the moment Hazel McCallion knew she’d defeated Carolyn Parrish. I offer this footage as a historical record of what transpired on October 25, 2010 at Mississauga City Hall (“Great Hall”) for a Future Mississauga.  (video from camera on to camera off. Censored between 3:16 through 3:18 for obvious reasons.)

I hope the Future gets this YouTube history in addition to MYTHissauga’s Herstory.

Historical raw video record. Hazel McCallion the moment Carolyn Parrish’s defeat is confirmed (6:32 min)

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

UPDATE: October 28, 2010 9:24 am. Just worked up raw video footage again from camera on to camera off. Last video of the October 25, 2010 eve. The results were in. Hazel McCallion had left. The media were packing it up. And it was time to summarize what it was like to be a nobody who took seriously Councillor Nando Iannicca’s challenge, “If you don’t like what Council’s doing, run for office” and run against Hazel McCallion. I confirmed that you don’t just run against Hazel McCallion.

Rather you go up against all municipal employees who live in this city, all the $$$$$$$ backing her from Harold Shipp on down, OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) and “reporters” who just funnel what she says directly to the public (ie: that Global guy might as well work for ROGERS television.)

And I also read from from Tom Urbaniak’s book HER WORSHIP HAZEL MCCALLION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MISSISSAUGA (p. 237)

Mississauga City Hall election coverage: Tom Urbaniak’s WARNING when you stand up to Hazel McCallion (7:41 min)

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

UPDATE: October 28, 2010 4:57  pm.

With this next video, I’ve come full circle as a researcher into City of Mississauga municipal government. This video represents closure. Shot with a Canon Powershot SD700 that I still use to this day, the quality isn’t the best.   On November 13, 2006, I covered the Mississauga election returns at the “Great Hall’ Mississauga City Hall knowing very little about municipal government. Not knowing who’s who. Hadn’t even filed my first Freedom of Information yet. Just constantly under the watchful gaze of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses, Joe Cairney and Cathie Evans.

I fell down such a deep dark hole…. and you don’t ever get out!

Hazel McCallion historical record: November 13, 2006 Mississauga City Hall election coverage (5:25 min)

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

Last blog for a while.

Signed,

The (“Willow trees are strong enough to bend. Never like the oak that lives in fear of the wind”) Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga Corporate Security: The Misstapo watch over Mississauga News reporter denied interview with Hazel McCallion

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA SECURITY GUARDS BAN 9/10 YEAR OLD GIRL FROM CITY HALL COMPLEX JUST FIVE DAYS BEFORE HAZEL MCCALLION WELCOMES GRADE 5 CLASS TO CITY HALL

The sovereign can no longer say, “You shall think as I do on pain of death; but he says,
“You are free to think differently from me, and to retain your life, your property,
and all that you possess; but if such be your determination,
you are henceforth an alien among your people …
you will never be chosen by your fellow citizens, if you solicit their suffrages;
and they will affect to scorn you, if you solicit their esteem ….
and those who are mostly persuaded of your innocence
will abandon you too,lest they should be shunned in their turn.

–Alexis de Tocqueville

from Tom Urbaniak’s book HER WORSHIP HAZEL MCCALLION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MISSISSAUGA (p. 237)

Dedicated to Malton –MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA (non) mayoral address (Lincoln Alexander Secondary School)

October 9th, 2010  

Lots to do so I’m going to make this fast.

What follows is my experience trying to get my mayoral (non) campaign speech across to the audience still hanging tough inside the cafeteria at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School on October 7, 2010 when my turn finally came.

As a strategy I waited until Mayor Hazel McCallion gave her talk—which everyone assumed was the last of the evening. Nope.

I’d been waiting a very long time to talk to the good folks in Malton and especially Lincoln Alexander. And it was Show Time.

I won’t be providing a transcript of the video (they cut the microphone on me because they didn’t know that I was a mayoral candidate and—well, you’ll have to watch). So instead, along with the video, I’ll just cut-and-paste my script.

Dedicated to Malton –MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA (non) mayoral address (Lincoln Alexander Secondary School)  7:34 min

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

SCRIPT OF THE MALTON/LINCOLN ALEXANDER SPEECH

Hi. I’m unique among the people here because I am *not* running, I’m simply registered. I registered as part of my research into municipal governance and the City of Mississauga in particular. Since January 2007 I’ve spent over $2,000 on Freedom of Information to investigate Mississauga.

The McMurtry/Curling Report on The Roots of Youth Violence states:

“Community Centres and programs run by mainstream social service providers that have facilities are not “youth-friendly” or accessible to youth, particularly Black youth.

“Not youth-friendly”—that’s what I see too.

I have a moral obligation to tell you something.

In 2008 I attended four Mississauga Youth Plan meetings, one of which was held across the street at Malton Community Centre on March 3, 2008. I witnessed a City of Mississauga security guard deny a half dozen black youths entrance into that meeting. A couple of the kids peered through the window to friends inside and gestured that the guard wasn’t letting them in! I’ve got a photograph to prove that.

At this meeting, youth were asked to write up a wish list. Of the four Youth meetings I attended throughout the city, Malton kids were the only ones to write “DON’T KICK US OUT” as a wish.

However, you won’t see “DON’T KICK US OUT” recorded in the City’s official version of the Mississauga Youth Plan!

Here are the City’s Security records for Malton Community Centre January 1, 2006 until September 26, 2008. During that time, City security guards issued 200 bans and arrests!

By contrast, the combined stats for Cawthra, Meadowvale, Clarkson and River Grove show only 22 bans representing more than twice the foot traffic of Malton Community Centre. And no arrests.

People might respond with, “Well, you know, this is Malton –isn’t 200 what you expect?”

So I investigated the City’s bans for the nearby Westwood Mall Transit Terminal during the same period. NO bans—or arrests. Zero.

I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure more people go through that transit terminal in a day than Malton Community Centre.

From what I can figure, of the 200 Malton Community Centre bans/arrests, 48% of them are youth and minors.

Contrary to its own guidelines, the City does not inform parents when a child is banned.  Over the entire City there are hundreds of parents and guardians with no clue of the City’s bans to their kids.

That’s deadly because if a kid returns to property before a ban’s expiry, he is ARRESTED. Freedom of Information retrieved this direct quote from the Director of Corporate Security about the Arrest policy: “…no exceptions. Let them tell it to the judge”.

And that’s still not the worst part.

It’s what Staff and security guards write about you or your kid into their computer system that you have to worry about. The vast majority of people written into City Security’s “occurrence narratives” simply cannot imagine what’s written about them!

And that computer database with stuff written about your kid rides in the front seat console of every one of the City’s Security RESPONSE UNITS.

And how would you like to be the parent of this kid?

Or this one?

If your kid goes to Malton Community Centre I urge you to file Freedom of Information on any records that the City of Mississauga might have on your youngster.

If nothing comes up, great.

If it does? Do not try to fix things up by dealing directly with City Security. They are highly-accomplished liars and I have proof of this. Besides, you can’t remove what these security guards wrote about your kid. But you CAN enter into the records your youngster’s side of the story.

And you can file a complaint—even if it was something that happened back in 2006.

Go to www.mississaugawatch.ca. I will help!

Thanks for listening.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Pic from City of Mississauga Youth Plan meeting held at Malton Community Centre on March 3, 2008. Mississauga Corporate Security guard prevents (black) youth from entering the building.

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.

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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

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