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Letter to Mayor Hazel McCallion sets up meeting to discuss “relationship between City of Mississauga and its ‘lesser’ citizens”.

June 24th, 2014  

Yesterday, June 23, 2014, MISSISSAUGAWATCH sent this email to City of Mississauga City Manager Janice Baker, CC’d to Mayor Hazel McCallion; Councillor Bonnie Crombie; Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services; Raj Sheth, Director of Facilities and Property Management; and Jason Keddy, Manager City of Mississauga Corporate Security. It’s self-explanatory…

[LETTER BEGINS]

Hi Ms Baker,

I’m writing to confirm that I’m finally ready to meet with Madam Mayor any time after October 4, 2014.

Back in April 2011 Madam Mayor challenged, “To prove to me—that you, that you, what you—the allegations you made to me are either True or Untrue.”

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

The purpose of this Oct-Nov 2014 meeting is to prove through irrefutable evidence (video or Freedom of Information) that the allegations I made are True.

I’ve also drawn Councillor Crombie into this conversation because I really believe that she’ll be next Mayor of Mississauga. There’s another reason—and it’s the same reason I want to meet with Madam Mayor. I care what the two of them think and it’s time to set the record straight.

To be clear, my meeting with the Mayor and the Councillor won’t be to make a complaint. Rather, it will be Relational. That is, I’ll be presenting the results of my own investigations into the relationship between City of Mississauga and its “lesser” citizens.

And as you so correctly point out, the data and documents I’ll present will prove to be either True or Untrue.

Hazel McCallion on City of Mississauga's numerous public complaints --Toronto Star/San Grewal interview

Hazel McCallion on complaints: City Staff investigates then "finds out there's no problem."

Today being June 22, 2014 means that I’ve had 8 years (7 with Freedom of Information) to prepare for this meeting. Time has helped synthesize the confusing, often contradictory puzzle-pieces comprising City of Mississauga municipal governance.

Also, to assist with closure, this week Madam Mayor served up one of the greatest gifts she could have bestowed people across this country. Only Toronto Star Urban Reporter San Grewal and I witnessed his actual interview with her and only I videotaped it.

Here’s the video “Hazel McCallion: Implement Public Complaints Policy ‘with tender, loving care’”

This is what Madam Mayor said regarding “nuisance” public complaints in the interview with Mr. Grewal, June 18, 2014.

Video transcript:

“I think this policy is long overdue. It’s got to be administered with tender, loving care—there’s no question about it. You gotta—and I’m sure the Staff will do that, as well as the Councillors—will deal with it too.

But, I mean, you got a policy like that has to be—well-monitored. And very special care has to be applied to it.

Very special care.

Because nobody wants to cut off a citizen from complaining.”

In the course of 81 words, Madam Mayor said “very special care” twice. And then there’s that beautiful evidence-based reference to “well-monitored”. What is “well-monitored” “very special care” except Relational?

Thank you for your time, and Staff requested to attend to follow.

Ursula
MISSISSAUGAWATCH.

Hazel McCallion's MOST EPIC Quotes on Public Service **EVER**

[LETTER ENDS]

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…

Mississauga Governance Committee’s deceptive minutes approved unanimously thanks to Bonnie “Can’t Move Them” Crombie.

October 1st, 2012  

Back in June, the City of Mississauga announced that it had hired Robert J. Swayze as its first full time Integrity Commissioner.

In its June 20, 2012 press release City of Mississauga Appoints Integrity Commissioner the City states:

“Staff will work with Mr. Swayze over the summer and report back to Council in the fall concerning recommendations to amend the Code of Conduct for Mayor and Members of Council.”

Very few people are aware that back in 2009-2010 Mississauga Staff simply took the City of Vaughan’s Council Code of Conduct, made a few minor changes, replaced instances of “Vaughan” with “Mississauga” and then announced “City of Mississauga’s Draft Code of Conduct Available to Residents for Review  Jul 09, 2010”.

Put another way, had a journalist, you, me or any student in the province done what City of Mississauga Staff did, it’d be called Plagiarism.

That City of Mississauga Staff worked with the Integrity Commissioner “concerning recommendations” is obvious right from the Get-Go in Mr. Swayze’s  “First Report of the Integrity Commissioner”.

He writes:

RECOMMENDATIONS:

That the mandate of the Integrity Commissioner not be expanded to
include investigations of members of City staff;

It seems that over the summer, City of Mississauga staff worked with the new Integrity Commissioner to ensure that they still get to “investigate” themselves! And oversee themselves!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has repeatedly gone on record warning the public that:

And think about it. Is it appropriate for City of Mississauga Staff to work with the Integrity Commissioner on investigation-related recommendations concerning them?

How is that not conflict of interest?

Next.

Page 4 of Mr. Swayze’s “First Report of the Integrity Commissioner” states:

Expanding the role of the Integrity Commissioner to conduct
investigations of staff

I have reviewed minutes of Council meetings which recorded hearing
presentations urging that the role of the Integrity Commissioner be
expanded to include investigations of members of staff.

Given that the Integrity Commissioner’s report defines staff as:

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

I, for the life of me, can’t imagine what “minutes of Council meetings” he actually reviewed!

So I sent Mr. Swayze an email requesting clarification. I cc’d to Councillor Jim Tovey, Chair of the City of Mississauga Governance Committee as well. (For those who care more about Money than Accountability I will be contributing $250.00 to the Governance Committee for an hour of Mr. Swayze’s time.)

Here is my email for the record.

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
To: “robert.swayze@sympatico.ca” <robert.swayze@sympatico.ca>
Cc: Jim Tovey <Jim.Tovey@mississauga.ca>; MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:07 AM
Subject:Requesting a list of all meetings which you reviewed that “recorded hearing presentations urging that the role of the Integrity Commissioner be expanded to include investigations of members of staff”Hello Mr. Swayze,In your First Report of the Integrity Commissioner dated September 7, 2012, under the heading, Expanding the role of the Integrity Commissioner to conduct investigations of staff you wrote:”I have reviewed minutes of Council meetings which recorded hearing presentations urging that the role of the Integrity Commissioner be expanded to include investigations of members of staff.”I am preparing a Governance Committee deputation and need a list of minutes of all meetings that you reviewed so that I can as well.Thank you,[name]MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Also for the record, this week I discovered that the minutes of the Governance Committee meeting do not remotely reflect what was actually said by Councillor Pat Saito after my  deputation at the April 16, 2012 Governance Committee meeting.

This part:

Councillor Pat Saito clarified that complaints made about a Member of Council would
not be referred by the Integrity Commissioner to the Human Resources Division for an
investigation. She noted that it is anticipated that an Integrity Commissioner would be
hired by the end of June 2012 and the Governance Committee would work with them
on the revisions to the Council Code of Conduct. She further spoke to the matter of the
Integrity Commissioner not reviewing complaints against City staff.

So I checked the Governance Committee’s May 14, 2012 minutes to examine how anyone could approve that Councillor-Pat-Saito-clarified paragraph.

Ready?

MATTERS CONSIDERED:1. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting

Minutes of the Governance Committee meeting held on April 16, 2012.
Approved
(Councillor P. Saito)

Councillor Pat Saito approved minutes that state she “clarified that complaints made about a Member of Council would not be referred by the Integrity Commissioner to the Human Resources Division for an investigation.” FALSE.

Councillor Saito approved minutes stating that she “further spoke to the matter of the Integrity Commissioner not reviewing complaints against City staff.” SHAMEFUL FAILURE-TO-MENTION.

Here for the record, is a transcript of what Councillor Saito actually said during that meeting.

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.

I keep saying. You can not trust City of Mississauga minutes. Can not.

My greatest question here is did Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze base his recommendation “that the role of the Integrity Commissioner be expanded to include investigations of members of staff” on those deceptive minutes?

Next. Reviewing video of the May 14, 2012 approval of previous minutes delivered quite the surprise!

It shows Chair Jim Tovey 1. requesting approval of minutes, 2. turning to Councillor Bonnie Crombie who appears to be saying “I can’t move it” 3. Tovey looking to his left and 4. accepting Councillor Pat Saito’s move to approve.

So why couldn’t Bonnie Crombie move the minutes? She was absent that April meeting.

But here’s the remarkable part. When it came time to vote on approving the minutes, Crombie raised her hand in agreement. And thus the bogus, deliberately-deceptive April 16, 2012 Governance Committee minutes were approved unanimously!

Here’s that video.

Bonnie Crombie, Jim Tovey, Pat Saito and George Carlson approve bogus Governance minutes (40 sec)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

[ NOTE Camera: medium close on Councillors Jim Tovey and Bonnie Crombie (who was absent the previous meeting).]

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

Uh, okay. Is there anyone else Question —Public Question Period?

Okay. Great. Seeing none?

Then approval of the minutes of the previous meeting?

[Turns to Councillor Bonnie Crombie whose lips appear to say “I can’t move them.” Then Tovey looks to his left.]

Okay. Councillor Saito moved that. All in favour?

[ Councillor Bonnie Crombie raises her right hand.]

Approved.

[REPLAY of above: with magnification]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Councillor Bonnie Crombie absent at April 16, 2012 Governance Committee meeting APPROVES meeting's minutes

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Here’s the closest Mississauga got to crediting the City of Vaughan’s Code of Ethical Conduct for Members of Council in a press release.

“Bench explained the report and code, based on the Municipal Act, 2001 outline various elements found in other codes of conduct from other Ontario cities. Ward 5 Councillor Eve Adams, Ward 8 Councillor Katie Mahoney and Ward 11 George Carlson served on the committee to develop the draft code.”

—Press Release: City of Mississauga’s Draft Code of Conduct Available to Residents for Review  Jul 09, 2010

And for those who actually want to watch the relevant Pat Saito portion of the April 16, 2012 Governance Committee meeting…

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)

To City of Mississauga Corporate Security: HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC! WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW MANY LIES DID YOU LIE TODAY?

August 2nd, 2012  

CANADIAN SECURITY MAGAZINE provides City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses opportunity to lie

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

CANADIAN SECURITY MAGAZINE provides City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses opportunity to lie

HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC!
WHAT DO YOU SAY?
HOW MANY REPORTS
DID YOU FABRICATE TODAY?

CANADIAN SECURITY MAGAZINE provides City of Mississauga Corporate Security bosses opportunity to lie

HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC!
WHAT DO YOU SAY?
HOW MANY YOUTH
DID YOU BAN TODAY?

 Ooops! Never mind. (What am I thinking?) You’d lie about that too.

 

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

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

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

April 14th, 2012  

What follows is a video —not because it will change how the City of Mississauga does business, it’s just for the record.

The video 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) wherein I proclaim, “City Staff lie.”

My one regret about this interview is that I couldn’t muster the courage to also tell Ken Owen that his Security Staff are abusive hacks that

1. fabricate evidence

and:

2. conduct biased, fraudulent investigations.

I’ll leave those two for another time….

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)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
Music: Baloney Again by Mark Knopfler

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

So, what can I do for you today?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Okay, just some things.

As you know I’m researching Security and stuff like that, okay, through Freedom of Information. And I just want to talk about some of the incident reports and also the public complaints system.

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

Okay.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 201

I have a video camera here. Would you be comfortable if I videotaped myself doi— okay. Would I, could I at least use this video sur- video camera as a second—

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

No. Is that a tape recorder going there?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Yeah.

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

That’s fine.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Yeah, but I mean I can use this as a tape recorder by not having the lens on. Just as a back-up.

[permission denied]

No? Okay. That’s fine.

[fast forward]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Remember, I’m asking you for an interview. And I’d actually wanted to discuss the Council Code of Conduct and Staff investigating people.

I completely was blown away by realizing that there’s [sic] informal investigations that can go on. If—

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

I don’t know why keep saying that. Like it’s some nefarious thing.

If somebody brings to my—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Okay—

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

—attention, an allegation of misconduct on the part of my Staff, whether it’s a formal complaint or not, then I’m going to make inquiries about what went on. I want to know the details.

I want to know the other side of the story.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

And I don’t blame you.

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

If you call that an investigation then, I, you know, it’s an investigation. I call—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Actually you called it an investigation.

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

I call it informal inquiries into the details of a matter.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

Okay, but what happens though is that the public is not privy to what the people say. I —right?

Like you actually do informal queries to the people who are being complained about. And don’t contact, or the public may not know at all that this has happened. And—

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

I’m not sure why that matters, but, okay.

[long pause as I summon the courage to tell it like it is.]

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.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Hi there.

Could I speak to you for a second?

Cathie Evans, Security Area Manager, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

[inaudible affirmation]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Oh. I thought I heard you say to me that . Could you confirm that?

Cathie Evans, Security Area Manager, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

I don’t think so.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Don’t think so? Okay. Thank you.

Cathie Evans, Security Area Manager, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

No, I don’t think so. You must have been hearing something.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Yeah, well, thank you. Just wanted to be sure.

[And then speaking into camera] Okay, she said that that was not the case, but we’ll see whether the camera picks that up or not.

Ohhhh, the camera picked it up all right…

 

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 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 interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

City Staff lie!

[Cross-fade]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Hi there.

Could I speak to you for a second?

Cathie Evans, Security Area Manager, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

[inaudible affirmation]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Oh. I thought I heard you say to me that , Could you confirm that?

Cathie Evans, Security Area Manager, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

I don’t think so.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Don’t think so? Okay. Thank you.

Cathie Evans, Security Area Manager, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

No, I don’t think so. You must have been hearing something.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH videotaping camera held down, October 25, 2010 Mississauga election night inside Great Hall

Yeah, well, thank you. Just wanted to be sure.

[Push]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

City Staff lie!

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

[Push]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

City Staff lie!

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

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

[Dip to White]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

City Staff lie!

[Push]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting for the record, April 12 2012

And, not only do City Staff lie, they also fabricate evidence! Thank you Freedom of Information!

And, fortunately, I took the precaution of photographing the real evidence and storing it here on my computer.

 

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

City Staff lie!

[Video clip of March 17, 2008 City of Mississauga Audit Committee meeting]

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Audit Committee, March  17, 2008

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.

Jamie Hillis, Mississauga Corporate Security Manager, Audit Committee, March  17, 2008

Yes. Absolutely.

[Dip to White]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting for the record, April 12 2012

And. What was the biggest lie ever uttered?

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Judicial Inquiry testimony, September 20, 2010

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.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH interview with Ken Owen, March 26, 2012

City Staff lie!

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

[Video Clip insert. May 11, 2009 Audit Committee meeting]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, Audit Committee, May 11, 2009

I’m getting a little frustrated as Mayor as we set up policies and then they’re not followed. And that’s what bothers me.

[fast forward]

You know, I don’t know why there’s such a disregard for policy.

[logo]

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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.

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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.

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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.

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[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

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 11) Employment of Council Relatives/Family Members.

January 26th, 2012  

 

MISSISSAUGA GOOD GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE   January 23 2012
This blog is a continuation of the following blog entries:

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 1) Line by line, word by word. Pages 1 through 5 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 2) “upholding both the letter of the law and the spirit of the laws and policies” Page 6 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 3) Beware “community events”, “volunteer services”, “arm’s length”… Pages 7 through 10 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 4) “providing persons…with an understanding and appreciation of the City of Mississauga or the workings of its municipal government” Pages 11 through 13 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 5) WTF?! “information deemed to be ‘personal information’ under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act”?! Pages 14 through 15 of the Code.

City of Mississauga’s Elected Officials’ Records policy now online as a companion piece to the City’s Council Code of Conduct.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 6) Use of City Staff, Property, Services etc –and Election Campaigns Pages 16 through 18 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 7) Improper Use of Influence and Business Relations. Pages 19 through 20 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 8) Conduct at Meetings/When Representing the City and Media Communications. Pages 21 through 22 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 9) CITIZEN ALERT! Avoid Kafkaesque Rule 12′s Respectful Workplace Policy. Pages 22 through 24 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 10) Conduct Respecting Staff and the HUGE hidey-hole loophole. Pages 25 through 26 of the Code.

Again, for the record, my goal is to go through The City of Mississauga Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word as preparation for future Council deputations. Once again, I will cut-and-paste the City of Mississauga Code of Conduct directly into this blog entry and offer comment/criticism [bold italics square brackets] when the need arises. Those interested in accessing the full version of City of Mississauga Council Code of Conduct April 2011 please click here.

The City of Mississauga Council Code of Conduct

Council Code of Conduct April, 2011 (Page 27 begins)

Rule No. 14

Employment of Council Relatives/Family Members

1. No Member shall attempt to influence the outcome, or to influence any City employee to
hire or promote a Family Member.

[File a complaint under Item 1 and good luck with that! And if you suspect something rotten happening with hiring, you certainly can’t build a case using Freedom of Information. Hiring practices and employee relations are beyond the reach of the province’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

2. No Members shall make any decision or participate in the process to hire, transfer,
promote, demote, discipline or terminate any Family Member.

[Notice how Item 2 left out,”No Members shall make any decision or participate in the process of salary negotiations.”

And same criticism can be leveled in Item 1. If you suspect something rotten happening with hiring, you certainly can’t build a case using Freedom of Information. Employment issues and employee relations are beyond the reach of Freedom of Information. Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

3. No Member shall supervise a Family Member, or be placed in a position of influence over
a Family Member.

4. No Member shall attempt to use a family relationship for his or her personal benefit or
gain.

[Like Items 3 and 4 are enforceable… Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

5. Every Member shall adhere to the City’s Candidate Selection Process policy.

[Before reading this I had no idea the City had a Candidate Selection Process policy. I discover any new Corporate policy like this and I’m reminded of the City’s chronic disregard for compliance and its corporate culture of looking the other way.  Back to Page 27 of the Code.]

Commentary

If a Family Member of a Councillor is an applicant for employment with the City or is a
candidate for promotion or transfer, the Family Member will proceed through the usual
selection process pursuant to the City’s hiring policies, with no special consideration.

[So what do you think your chances are if you’re competing for the same City position as (say) Ron Starr’s daughter or for the same Peel Police job as (say) Hazel McCallion’s son?]

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Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

HAZEL MCCALLION'S LIE AT THE MISSISSAUGA INQUIRY. City Staff are "very professional and they follow the policies very, very, very diligently. "

City of Mississauga’s Elected Officials’ Records policy now online as a companion piece to the City’s Council Code of Conduct.

January 11th, 2012  

Yesterday’s blog, Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 5) WTF?! “information deemed to be ‘personal information’ under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act”?! dealt with Rule No 4 of the City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct.

Rule No 4, Item 2 of the Code made reference to a Corporate Policy that I’d never heard of before —the City of Mississauga’s Elected Officials’ Records policy.

The City of Mississauga’s Elected Officials’ Records policy appears nowhere online, so we figured that we needed to make it accessible to the public before going on to Rule No 5.

We offer the Policy here in its entirety —making it searchable and “cut-and-pastable”.  Please click here for the City of Mississauga’s Elected Officials’ Records policy pdf file kindly provided by the City Clerk’s office.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Corporate
Policy and
Procedure
[Logo of Corporation of City Of Mississauga] Policy No. 03-02-09
Page 1 of 3
Effective Date  2008 02 13
Supersedes

 TAB:  CORPORATE ADMINISTRATION
 SECTION:  RECORDS MANAGEMENT
 SUBJECT:  ELECTED OFFICIALS’ RECORDS

POLICY STATEMENT Records held by City of Mississauga elected officials will be identified and dealt with in accordance with this policy.
PURPOSE The City of Mississauga differentiates between official civic records held by elected officials and constituency records. The purpose of this policy is to define “official” and “constituency” records and to outline the procedures for dealing with these records.
SCOPE This policy applies to all records held by City of Mississauga elected officials.
DEFINITIONS “Constituency Record” means a Record which relates to a member of Council acting in the capacity of an elected representative of a constituent and relates to the member’s mandate and function as an elected representative only.”Non-Record Material” means material that is not included in the scope of Official Records and that has no documentary value to the City (e.g. convenience copies, reference material, publications).”Official Record” means an original Record which is either created or received by a department, division or officer of the City, related to a business function of the City.”Record” means any record of information regardless of format (i.e. paper, microfilm, electronic mail, documents or systems).

Corporate
Policy and
Procedure
[Logo of Corporation of City Of Mississauga] Policy No. 03-02-09
Page 2 of 3
Effective Date 2008 02 13
Supersedes

OFFICIAL RECORDS Official Records generally relate to a business function of the City, and include:
•    any Record received or created by an elected official for inclusion in committee meeting agendas;
•    any Record received or created by an elected official acting in the capacity as a Committee Chair, including correspondence;
•    any Record received or created by an elected official acting in the capacity of a representative of the City;
•    the Mayor’s records that relate to mayoral duties, since the Mayor, as Head of Council is considered an “officer” of the City;
•    any Record regarding office space allocation, supplies, equipment, and services;
•    any Record related to expenses paid by the City, including reimbursements to the elected official;
•    any Record related to the elected official’s staff, if kept by the particular elected official;
•    operating procedures-and manuals; and
•    any Constituency Records that have been transmitted to City staff for action by the business unit or for information purposes.

Official Records will be deemed to be within the City’s custody or control.

 CONSTITUENCY RECORDS  Constituency Records relate to issues the elected official is dealing with involving one or more members of the public and may include:
•    personal papers;
•    mailing lists;
•    the elected official’s own records on any Committee or Board;
•    subject files;
•    Non-Record Material.

Corporate
Policy and
Procedure
[Logo of Corporation of City Of Mississauga] Policy No. 03-02-09
Page 3 of 3
Effective Date 2008 02 13
Supersedes

Constituency Records are generally deemed not to be within the City’s custody or control and may be dealt with by each elected official as he or she chooses. However, any Constituency Record that is transmitted to City staff for action by a business unit, or for information purposes, is deemed to be within the City’s custody or control and will be treated as an Official Record.
REFERENCE: GC-0059-2008 – 2008 02 13
LAST REVIEW DATE: May, 2011
CONTACT: For more information, contact the Office of the City Clerk, Corporate Services Department.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 4) “providing persons…with an understanding and appreciation of the City of Mississauga or the workings of its municipal government”

January 9th, 2012  

This blog is a continuation of the following blog entries:

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 1) Line by line, word by word. Pages 1 through 5 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 2) “upholding both the letter of the law and the spirit of the laws and policies” Page 6 of the Code.

Examining The City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct. (Part 3) Beware “community events”, “volunteer services”, “arm’s length”… Pages 7 through 10 of the Code.

Just a reminder that my goal is to go through The City of Mississauga Code of Conduct, line by line, word by word as preparation for future Council deputations.

Once again, I will cut-and-paste the City of Mississauga Code of Conduct directly into this blog entry and offer comment/criticism [bold italics square brackets] when the need arises.

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


The City of Mississauga Council Code of Conduct.

Council Code of Conduct April, 2011 (Page 11 begins)


Rule No. 3

Councillor Expenses:

There are a range of expenses that support a Member’s role in community development and
engagement activities within their ward. For federal and provincial elected officials, these
expenses are often paid for by Riding Association funds. Municipal elected officials do not
have this benefit. Subject to the Elected Officials’ Expenses policy, this section of the Council
Code of Conduct deals with community expense-events, will indicate allowable expenses for
reimbursement and provide guidelines for Members of Council respecting community
expenses related to a Member’s role in community development, and reflecting which
expenses are eligible for reimbursement from a Member’s office expense budget.

1. Raffle tickets, table prize tickets and other gaming tickets are not eligible for
reimbursement.

2. Sponsorship of teams or individuals, such as the provision of uniforms or equipment, are
not eligible for reimbursement.

3. Expenses incurred by Members working during normal meal periods serve a legitimate
public duty purpose, provided that the expenses incurred are reasonable and appropriate in
the circumstances. Reasonable and appropriate expenses are those that are incurred for an
official duty or function; are modest and represent the prudent use of public funds; and do
not involve the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

4. Official duties or functions include those activities that are reasonably related to a
Member’s office, and must take into consideration the different interests, the diverse
profiles of their wards, their different roles on committees, agencies, boards and
commissions. Municipal elected officials will be expected or required to extend hospitality
to external parties as part of their official duties and functions, and it is legitimate for
expenses to be incurred for this purpose. It is legitimate for Members to incur hospitality
expenses for meetings that include:

a. engaging representatives of other levels of government, international delegations or
visitors, the broader public sector, business contacts and other third parties in
discussions on official matters;

b. providing persons from national, international and charitable organizations with an
understanding and appreciation of the City of Mississauga or the workings of its
municipal government;

[With me having so much video, Freedom of Information and “workings” from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, I can only interpret Item b two ways. Either Item b is a lie and the City really doesn’t provide “persons from national, international and charitable organizations with an understanding and appreciation of the City of Mississauga or the workings of its municipal government” —or (horrid thought) the City of Mississauga does inform “persons from national, international and charitable organizations” about the City’s unethical corporate landscape of Fudge, Fabricate, Lie, Deny, Stonewall and that the “persons from national, international and charitable organizations” are okay with that!  Back to Page 11 of the Code.]

c. honouring persons from the City of Mississauga in recognition of exceptional public
service and staff appreciation events;

[Re: “honouring persons from the City of Mississauga in recognition of exceptional public service ” Here’s a fun way to spend a weekend. Scribble down the names of all the City of Mississauga’s “Citizens of the Year” hanging up in the gallery outside Council Chambers of City Hall’s second floor. (Say from 1980 to current) Google them, then examine all “Team Hazel” councillors’ election financial statements for 2006 and 2010.

Only then will you gain some insight into the deliberately deceptive silliness of the Code‘s references to “volunteers”, “volunteer services” and “campaign contributions”. Back to Page 11 of the Code.]

d. recognition events for various agencies, boards and commissions of the City;

[In yesterday’s blog, I alerted readers to the true meaning of “community events” —that the majority are simply political campaign events in non-election years. In Item d, the Code introduces the concept of “recognition events”.  The City of Mississauga’s “recognition events” are just like “community events” meaning “political campaign events in non-election years” except more lavish.

The best example of a City “recognition event” is the Mayor’s $350.00 90th Birthday Bash back in February 2011. Another would be the City of Mississauga’s Tribute Dinner to McCallion-Starr-Mahoney-Crombie-Team-Hazel supporter, Victor Oh.  Back to Page 11 of the Code.]

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e. ratepayers associations, minor league sports associations and other community groups.

5. Hospitality expenses may be incurred while extending hospitality in the course of
travelling on a duty or function or as a Member of Council, provided the expenses are
reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances.

6. As community leaders, Members may lend their support to and encourage community
donations to registered charitable, not-for-profit and other community-based groups
monies raised through fundraising efforts shall go directly to the groups or volunteers or
chapters acting as local organizers of the group and Members of Council should not handle
any funds on behalf of such organizations.

Members of Council routinely perform important work in supporting charitable causes and
in so doing, there is a need for transparency respecting the Member’s involvement. The
following guidelines shall apply:

a. Members of Council should not directly or indirectly manage or control any monies
received relating to community or charitable organizations fundraising;

[Notice how Item 6 deals only with money to community donations to registered charitable, not-for-profit and other community-based groups, and not moneys/contributions that could potentially slip unnoticed into the Mayor/councillors’s war chests through (say) as the Code puts it so well, “services provided without compensation by persons volunteering their time”? Back to Page 12 of the Code.]

b. Members of Council or persons acting on behalf of a Member shall not solicit or accept
support in any form from an individual, group or corporation, with any pending
significant planning, conversion or demolition variance application or procurement
proposal before City Council, which the Member knew or ought to have known about.

[Oh MY! “ought to have known about”! HAHAHAHAhahahah! Sorry, can’t help it. “ought to have known about”? You mean like how Hazel McCallion “ought to have known about” common law?… Back to Page 12 of the Code.]

c. With reference to member-organized community events, Members of Council must
report to the Integrity Commissioner, the names of all donors and the value of their
donation that supplement the event.

[Reminder from yesterday’s blog and the Code‘s Rule 2 d. “services provided without compensation by persons volunteering their time”.  The Power of Team Hazel’s Incumbency comes not so much from money donated, but her “Friends of Hazel” and their incalculable “services provided without compensation by persons volunteering their time”.  Back to Page 12 of the Code.]

d. Where a Member of Council sponsors and/or lends support to a community or
charitable event, this Code recognizes that all donations are subject to the Elected
Officials’ Expenses policy.

[Oooo, We can all feel so much better nowwwww. Back to Page 12 of the Code.]

e. No donation cheques should be made payable to a Member of Council or to the City of
Mississauga. Members of Council may only accept donation cheques made payable to
a Business Improvement Association, charity or community group and only for the
purpose of passing the cheques on to such group.

[CITIZEN ALERT! Making “cheques made payable to a Business Improvement Association, charity or community group” ensures they’re tucked safely from scrutiny of any kind. Exempt from Freedom of Information. Example, any cheques written to the annual Mayor’s Gala spring immediately to mind. Back to Page 12 of the Code.]

f. Members of Council should not handle any cash on behalf of any charitable
organization, not-for-profit or community group, and should always remain at arm’s
length from the financial aspects of these community and external events. If a Member
of Council agrees to fundraise on behalf of a charity or community group, the Member
should ensure that payment is received by a means that does not involve cash,
including bank draft, money order, credit card or cheque made payable to the
applicable group or organization.

[See previous comments regarding the non-unit of measure “at arm’s length”. The only thing that Item f accomplishes is to remind Mayor/councillors to have someone else handle the money. Perfect example. Councillor Ron Starr’s annual, Starr’s on the Credit annual fundraiser. Now Starr doesn’t touch the money but his daughter’s company, Elegance on the Move does! So now you know what the City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct means by “arm’s length”! Back to Page 12 of the Code.]

7. Nothing included herein affects the entitlement of a Member of Council to:

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i) use the Member’s office expense budget to run or support community events subject to
the terms of the Elected Officials’ Expenses policy section relating to Community
Expense events;

[By now when you see “community events” you should automatically think “campaign events in non-election years”. Back to Page 13 of the Code.]

ii) urge constituents, businesses or other groups to support community events and advance
the needs of a charitable organization put on by others in the Member’s ward or
elsewhere in the City;

[Repeat. By now, when you see “community events” you should automatically think “campaign events in non-election years”. Back to Page 13 of the Code.]

iii) play an advisory ex officio, honorary or membership role in any charitable or nonprofit
organization that holds community events in the Members’ ward; and

[Again, translate “community events” into “campaign events in non-election years”. Back to Page 13 of the Code.]

iv) collaborate with the City of Mississauga and its agencies, boards or commissions to
hold community events.

[HAHAHAHAAhahaha. Who’d have thought reading the City of Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct would be such entertainment! “(C)ollaborate with the City of Mississauga and its agencies, boards or commissions to hold community events.” That’s MYTHissaugaspeak for “conspire with the ‘Friends of Hazel to hold campaign events in non-election years, all in the best interests of the City (of course). Back to Page 13 of the Code.]


Commentary

By virtue of the office, Members of Council will be called upon to assist various charities,
service clubs and other non-profits as well as community associations, by accepting an
honourary role in the organization, lending their name or support to it or assisting in
fundraising. Transparency and accountability are best achieved in today’s era by encouraging
contributors to make donations to such organizations on-line through a website or where that is
not possible through a cheque made payable directly to the organization. Cash should never
be accepted.

[Regarding, the Code’s assertion that “Transparency and accountability are best achieved in today’s era by encouraging contributors to make donations to such organizations on-line through a website.” So how was making donations on-line directly to Michele Starr’s Elegance on the Move website going to best achieve transparency and accountability? Back to Page 13 of the Code.]

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Next blog deals with the Code’s Rule No. 4, Confidential Information.

As “homework” for the Code’s Rule No. 4, Confidential Information and evaluating the Code’s reference to “ought to have known about”, here’s video of an April 14, 2010 scrum where Mayor Hazel McCallion tells the Traditional Media Snoozers, “Well, I don’t think there’s —today, I don’t think there’s nothing confidential. There’s absolutely nothing confidential. Freedom of Information —you can get anything you want.

I created that title back in April 2010 and for the most part, I still think that Traditional Media SUCKS!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION / CAROLYN PARRISH “BAD TO THE BONE” CATFIGHT! (plus Traditional Media SUCKS!) (5:45 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

1. The City of Mississauga Code of Conduct April 2011

2. Canada in the Making Common Law and Civil Law

Canada has inherited two systems of law: civil law from the French and common law from the English. This page will describe and give the history of each system as it relates to Canada

Related essays on this site:
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
The Sources of Law in Canada
The Written and Unwritten Constitution
Representative Government
Responsible Government
Canada’s Constitutional History
British Common Law

3. Video of MISSISSAUGAWATCH’s first (meandering and unsuccessful) attempt to merge the Mississauga’s Council Code of Conduct with the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry’s “Ethical Infrastructure” report.

As I watched it today, I winced at how unfocussed this video is —just all over the map. But it introduces the vital concept of “sanitized” reports. Sanitized reports/documents/communication is the Key to Mississauga’s success. It was the City of Mississauga’s sanitization efforts that prompted me to warn people today with:

Be it a Corporate Policy, Corporate Report, By-Law, Guideline, those drafting it meticulously weigh every single word. No word makes it on to a City document without Staff’s carefullest of scrutiny. Yes, “carefullest”.

The City of Mississauga’s wordsmiths are especially fond of vague words, like “transparent” and “accountable”. Fact is, words can be so vague as to become meaningless, become atrocities —like “transparent” and “accountable”. Like “appropriate”. Like “subject to confidentiality and disclosure rules”. Like “Trust, Quality, Excellence”.

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)

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

—Ted Woloshyn, Toronto Sun

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!

Only those who file Freedom of Information have a hope of knowing what’s really going on.

September 30th, 2011  

That’s right. Only those who file Freedom of Information have a hope of knowing what’s really going on. Don’t believe? Then ask yourself why the Toronto Star files so many Freedom of Information requests in the course of their investigations.

Answer? Same reason I do!

And now the video, complete with transcript.

Only those who file Freedom of Information have a hope of knowing what’s really going on.

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Mississauga Council Chambers, September 21, 2011

It is Wednesday, September the 21st, 2011 and we’re here at Mississauga Council. I just want to talk a little bit right now about Tom Urbaniak’s book, “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga.”

Tom Urbaniak researched his book, limiting himself to interviews, public documents, minutes of meetings —and we all know how “accurate” Mississauga minutes are— and newspaper articles.

And we’re thinking here specifically of the Missing News, as Donald Barber likes to refer to them —or the MYTHissauga News, which is my preference.

And you just don’t get the true story of what’s really going on. And that’s where Freedom of Information comes in.

And to explain that, Urbaniak limiting himself to interviews, public documents, minutes of meetings, or —horrors— newspaper articles, is something like a snorkeler who’s kind of doing a survey of the ocean. And what it means is that a snorkeler can cover quite a bit of surface area. And perhaps even dive down momentarily to inspect something that’s caught his interest.

But it’s still —he has a very superficial understanding of the ocean or of a particular issue.

By contrast, Freedom of Information is like SCUBA diving. In which case you can explore deeply into a subject. Probe all the nooks and crannies of an environment or of an issue. And it’s just an entirely different view that you get, of, well, in this case, municipal governance.

That is not to sweep away what Tom Urbaniak wrote. “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga” is an important, important book. Superbly researched—given the materials that Urbaniak limited himself to.

And I have the same criticism for Tom Urbaniak’s book that I have for the McMurtry/Curling Report on the “Roots of Youth Violence”. McMurtry/Curling did the same thing: interview people, public documents, newspaper articles. But the $2.7 million dollar report didn’t file a single Freedom of Information request.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Erin Mills United Church, March 10, 2009

When your team worked on “The Roots of Youth Violence” from the initial drafting to the final product, did you do any research using Freedom of Information —and specifically, filing Freedom of Information into Schools, Municipalities and even Police?

DR. ALVIN CURLING Erin Mills United Church, March 10, 2009

Well most of the research that we have done, which we contracted Scott Beaudry (sp?), a renowned criminologist, to do that. We gathered all the documents that were public already.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Erin Mills United Church, March 10, 2009

Yeah.

DR. ALVIN CURLING Erin Mills United Church, March 10, 2009

About Freedom of Information, I don’t think [inaudible} most of it unnecessary —they were all public documents out there. We just pulled all that together—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from Mississauga Council Chambers, September 21, 2011

So again. A lot of surface stuff: He said/She said, newspaper articles, or what politicians and staff and so on have to say. And yet what really was happening? What Freedom of Information could reveal —well, they chose not to file it.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE DR. ALVIN CURLING

"CANADIAN FEDERATION OF MUNICIPALITIES" "HAZEL MCCALLION" OTTAWA, MAY 1, 2010

UPDATE Sunday, October 2, 2011. We replaced the video, “Only those who file Freedom of Information have a hope of knowing what’s really going on” because we found an error in one of our captions. Rather than delete the original it has now been set to Private.

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

August 4th, 2011  

The last two weeks have been a blur.

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

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

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

[cut-and-paste]

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

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

How, I ask. How?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and the email I received from a perceptive youth.

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

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

And so, I suspect, would Tom Urbaniak.

 MYTHissauga’s “media”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signed,

A Voice in the Wilderness

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

Freedom of Information confirms that City of Mississauga kept no records of who signed Mayor’s Gala tax receipts (2005 – 2007) or for how much…

March 30th, 2011  

[UPDATE:  March 31, 2011, 7:50 pm. Have you ever meant to write down one thing and something entirely different and wrong came out instead? I just happened to have re-read my Freedom of Information response letter (below) and to my horror I noticed a huge error in the first part of my request.  I’d written “correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services).”

That should have been “Corporate Services”! And that means I have to file another Freedom of Information request…. Now back to the Blog.]

This just in. Freedom of Information filed on the hunch that the person who played big in both the Enersource and Hotel/Condominium land deal at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry also played his hand at Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Galas.

I filed Freedom of Information on the potential role played in the issuance of tax receipts by former City Manager, David “I don’t remember, I don’t recall” O’Brien and (how could I not?) long-time Mayor’s Gala organizer and devoted, close friend of the Mayor,  Jim Murray.

But (no surprise) it was not to be.

Freedom of Information requesting “a copy of every tax receipt issued so I can see the name/s of the signatores (who signed the tax receipts?)” between 2005 through 2007 confirms the City kept  no copies of the tax receipts issued.

As a result who signed the tax receipts and for how much remains a mystery —and for all we know, the perfect crime on the taxpayers’ dime.

We will now file a follow-up Freedom of Information to confirm that the “Trust Quality Excellence” people never kept a single tax receipt it ever issued going all the way back to the first Mayor’s Gala in 1987.

After all what’s the big deal about Mayor’s Gala tax receipts? It’s only taxpayers’ money.

And after all, who’s to know?

And after all, it’s for Hazel.

And after all, it’s all done in the Best Interests of the City…

Just ask Hazel…

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOI Request 2011-0106
Mayor’s Gala Records

Corporate Services Department
Legislative Services Division
Office of the City Clerk
 

City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
MISSISSAUGA ON L5B 3C1

FAX: 905-615-4181
www.mississauga.ca

[corporate logo] Leading today for tomorrow

March 23, 2011

Name &
address
redacted

Dear Mrs. ————–:

Re: FOI Request 2011-0106
Mayor’s Gala Records

I am writing in response to your request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) for access to the following:

All records (esp. emails) pertaining to the 2006 & 2007 Mayor’s Gala (LAC for Arts). Esp. correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services).

However, bottom line for this 2006 and 2007 stuff is I want a copy of every tax receipt issued so I can see the name/s of the signatores (who signed the tax receipts?) Can you also throw in 2005?

Regarding the first part of your request, “correspondence between/among Jim Murray, David O’Brien, the organizing committee with City Staff (esp. City Manager & Community Services),” a search was made by the City Manager’s office. A review was made of all emails and correspondence files and no responsive records were found.

Regarding the second part of your request, “a copy of every tax receipt issued,” only one copy of the receipt was printed and signed and given to the donor.

Therefore, our decision is that there are no responsive records for this request.

If you have any questions, please contact Peter Meyler, Access and Privacy Officer, at 905-615-3200 ext. 5181.

In accordance with the Act, you may ask for a review of this decision or the fee within 30 days of

…/2


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receiving this letter by writing to: Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario, 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto ON M4W IA8, telephone 416-326-3333. If you decide to request a review of this decision, please provide the Commissioner’s office with the following:

  1. the file number listed at the beginning of this letter;
  2. a copy of this decision letter;
  3. a copy of your original request.

In addition, you must send an appeal fee of $25.00 to the Commissioner’s Office. Please include the fee with your letter of appeal – appeal fees should be in the form of either a cheque or money order, payable to the Minister of Finance.

Pina Mancuso

Acting Manager, Legislative Services/Acting Deputy Clerk
and Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator

 

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA Freedom of Information confirms NO RECORDS of Mayor's Galas tax receipts. ANYone could have issued them --for ANY amount

Please click here for original (1097 x 2315) version

Next we’ll file Freedom of Information on the Mayor’s Gala years prior to 2005 just to confirm that the City kept no records of any tax receipts it issued. With “no one” signing those receipts….

Signed,

MISSISSAUGWATCH

HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL “…without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada.”

March 10th, 2011  

This Blog is a follow-up to our March 8, 2011 Blog, “Toronto Star, “Peel police board spent thousands on mayors’ galas” –complete with VIDEO

Next, please know that a March 10, 2011 article, “Victim cash didn’t buy gala tickets” announced an important correction regarding the Peel Police Services Board.

Reporter Pam Douglas wrote:

A Toronto newspaper has backtracked on a story it printed Monday that accused the Peel Police Services Board of using money intended for victims of crime for other purposes.

The local police board asked for a correction to the story, which was picked up by The News, and a “clarification” was published yesterday.

The board’s Special Fund is not taxpayer money, it is not “proceeds of crime” money, and it is not money intended for crime victims, said Fred Biro, executive director of the Peel Police Services Board.

It is money accumulated through the sale of property when police have been unable to track down the rightful owner. The vast majority of it comes from the auctioning of bicycles found and turned in to police, Biro said.

Next.

At Wednesday’s Mississauga Council meeting, Councillor Sue McFadden continued her investigation into Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Galas and then announced that she would be filing a complaint against the Mayor with the City’s new integrity commissioner. Later, Councillor Nando Iannicca made his views known regarding, in his words, “this grand fete for the City’s elites.” This is a must-see video that also includes a peek into the oh-so-grand “grand fete for the City’s elites.”

So here’s the video complete with transcript.

HAZEL MCCALLION’S MAYOR’S GALA SCANDAL “…you had this grand fete for the City’s elites.” (9:03 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Also there’s another special request. Would someone like to move that for the Mississauga—

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

Oh, I’ll move that. (laughs)

(general laughter)

Emil Kolb, Chair (Peel Police Services Board meeting, October 17, 2008)

All those in favour? Carried.

Item 112.

[NOTE: Mayor Fennell moved the purchase of one table of 10 tickets in the total amount of $6,000 to Hazel McCallion’s annual gala. Video confirms that Jim Murray, organizer of the McCallion’s gala voted in favour.]

[DIP TO BLACK]

Councillor Sue McFadden (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

And I have two questions, if you wouldn’t mind. Question number 1, after reviewing the answers provided on February 24th, 2011 to the gala questions I asked on January the 19th, I’m submitting a series of follow-up questions for further clarification and detail. And I will give a copy to the Clerk and to the City Manager.

And question number 2, after enduring ongoing bullying and verbal abuse from another member of Council, namely the Mayor, to the point of being unable to effectively do my job as a member of  Council and be in public, I will be submitting a request to the integrity commissioner for an investigation under Rules, 10, 11, 12 and 18 in the Code of Conduct.

Thank you.

[DIP TO BLACK]
[Video: clip of Hazel McCallion’s Mayor’s Gala promotional video.]
[Repeat-audio: Peel Police Services Board meeting,
October 17, 2008]

[CUT]

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Councillor Iannicca.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Well, I wanted to follow up on the previous concerns from Councillor McFadden with regards to items she raised. But more important, the information that’s come back from the Staff in regards to the Mayor’s Gala.

And I understand more is to come back.

I just want to be clear on what is coming back and the action we’re taking, that something that to be very candid, just from the media accounts, looks dreadfully appalling. And looks like a whole bunch of people feel cheated.

And so I want some clarity around the issues when they come back, I want it to be very clear, and I want to say it here at Council, that these are the list of concerns. And the one specifically that relates to us as Board of Directors of the Corporation.

But first is, I trust the donors are aware, were aware that when you gave a dollar only six or seven cents went to the entity. And I’m starting to think that they’re not because of how tax receipts were issued. But perhaps that will come back.

I wonder what rapprochement’s been done with the charities when they now know, and I didn’t know, —I don’t think a lot of people knew, that you had this grand fete with the City’s elites. And at the end of the day for every dollar that came in, eighty cents was consumed.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

The donors would have been better off giving them half as much directly and some of the charities are saying exactly that.

So I hope that comes back.

I’m sure a lot of taxpayers feel cheated because if my math is correct, only from the accounts, some of the entities who wholeheartedly and graciously gave money would have got bigger business receipts and charity receipts than the charities got in actual money. I just have a fundamental problem with that.

But the more specific point that I have that relates solely to us and solely to me —I’ll speak to it myself as a member of this Council, in effect the Board of Directors.

My understanding is without question what we’ve done is illegal under the Revenue Act of Canada. I don’t believe you’re allowed to issue charitable receipts if you’re not a charity.

So what I, and a direct question to the City Manager, what I would like is some understanding around what we are doing about that. By “that” what I mean is this.

You know, if you’re in the business of collecting taxes, and you’re in the business of passing laws, you should respect laws. And you should respect other levels of governments’ taxation laws. It appears as though we haven’t.

And before —and this is a fundamental point I’m making, before Revenue Canada comes knocking on our door, and my door as a member of this Board of Directors, I hope we are reaching out to Revenue Canada and saying, “Here’s how we governed our affairs. And if we’ve done something wrong, can someone please tell us. And how do we make this right.”

Because it’s my understanding that Revenue Canada takes a wholly different approach with you when you’re forthcoming and saying perhaps we made a mistake —I don’t know.

But only from the accounts and some of the questions that have been asked, we seemed to have made a rather egregious mistake. And before they come knock on our door and pursue it —and I’m told that CRA makes a habit of pursuing these things as well they should, I’d rather be proactive and conciliatory and say if we’ve done something wrong —on behalf of, speaking for myself as someone who sits on this Board of Directors, because we’re ultimately accountable, I would hope that we’re in the process of reconciling that.

Mr. Chairman, that’s a direct question to the City Manager on that specific aspect of it. What are we doing, relative to the concerns that have been raised that may abridge upon the role of the CRA.

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Madam City Manager, could [sic] you like to respond?

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

I have not —I mean, again, you know, I have not gone back and reviewed that because nobody has made a formal complaint to me. I have been reading comments in the paper. I’ve seen the material that’s come back from the commissioner.

I would reiterate again that the City simply provided a service to the Gala. We were not decision-makers with respect to the format and content of the event —the hiring of the services or the entertainment with respect to the Gala.

If Council wishes me to go back and review that matter, I certainly can do that. But as of now I have received no formal complaint— [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispering into camera (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

I filed Freedom of Information a couple of days ago.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Mr. Chairman, I don’t want to raise it as a complaint. I want to be very —I have a whole host of concerns. I’ve spoken. That’s not what—

I’m asking a very specific question as it relates to what we did, as I understand it, in the issuance of receipts for charitable purposes. And we had no right to do that. As I understand it. And how that might run afoul of what the CRA expects of us. If I should have no concerns in that regard, I have—

City Manager Janice Baker (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Well, I have not reviewed it and if Council wishes for me to review that matter, I can certainly do that.

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Thank you and that’s exactly —maybe to report back to us and say we’ve done nothing wrong relative —great!

But if we have, then yes, and we’re doing what is appropriate under the circumstances to make sure that we’re not in their bad books, so to speak. Because, as I say, I don’t want to be in the business of passing laws for a living and collecting taxes, then breaking the country’s laws. Because we’re the Board of Directors and it’s out Corporation that issued receipts.

I’m only asking on that one point. I want to be very, very clear. Because that is of great concern to me and I’m sure all taxpayers in Canada. So if the City Manager can come back and just clarify that point and do whatever needs to be done in a remedial way, I don’t think, just in terms of the integrity of the Office of this Corporation, we don’t want to be seen as being afoul of Canada Revenue’s laws.

So yeah, I would appreciate that specific point coming back, thank you.

Councillor Frank Dale, Acting Mayor (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Take that as direction?

Councillor Nando Iannicca (Mississauga Council meeting, March 9, 2011)

Please. Thank you.

[IMAGES OF MAYOR’S GALAS with repeat-audio of Councillor Nando Iannicca speaking]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]

[DIP TO WHITE]

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Now in its 25th year, raised millions of dollars to support that arts, culture and heritage of the community—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

Because saying it makes it so.

Mississauga Mayor’s Gala Promotional Video shown at the $350.00-a-ticket Hazel McCallion 90th Birthday Celebration Chair (Mississauga Convention Centre, February 12, 2011)

—North America’s best performers—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

The following images are from the Mayor’s Gala’s website at: http://themayorsgala.ca/

2008 Mayor's Gala - Let the Games Begin Entertainment: Regis Philbin

Regis

2008 Gala performer Regis Philbin delights the audience with a stroll through Hammerson Hall.

The Organizing Committee 2010

Committee_2010

Pictured is the 2010 committee
Back Row: (L to R) Duncan Hobbs, Dave O’Brien, Ron Duquette, Douglas Fowles, Martin Stitt
Middle Row: Nance MacDonald, Joe Watson, Hanne Olesen-Nahman, Frank Giannone
Front Row: Jim Murray, Neena Kanwar, Frankie Valli, Mayor Hazel McCallion, Jake Dheer
Photo by: Amy Tjen  Photo Depot

This is a comment left at the Toronto Sun by a Peel Board trustee who was in the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network Policy and Working Group

[cut-and-paste begins] Valerie Arnold-Judge Report Comment March 10th 2011, 3:12pm. After being a school board trustee with PDSB for 13 years where the school board trustees have been micro managed by the provincial government with their expenses. No galas or functions are allowed on their expense reports unless it pertains to children., I find it appalling that the municipal councillors in the GTA are not questioned as to how many galas, trips and tournaments that they attend without any concerns from the provincial governmentl regarding tax payers money….It is time that they are held accountable for their spending. [end cut-and-paste]

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

September 29th, 2010  

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

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

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

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

Quote.

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

Quote.

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

Quote.

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

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

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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

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

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

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

There is no simple fix—

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

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

Ask your candidate:

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

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

Giddy-yap!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]


MISSISSAUGAWATCH REQUESTS LIMITED STANDING AT MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY

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

August 16th, 2010  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is now in High Definition!

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

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

We begin. The video and the transcript.

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

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

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

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

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

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

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

Could you put the Mission Statement on again?

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

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

And then she said—

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope so.

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

Oh well—

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

I hope so.

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

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

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

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

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

Well our values—

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

Honesty with the citizens.

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

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

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

Our Values are universal.

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

“Our Values are universal.”

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

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

So now we’re gonna set one up. Fine.

Someone:

Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM A (perceptive) YOUTH THROUGH YOUTUBE

Email from a Mississauga graffiti artist: “youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it.”

May 30th, 2010  

Morally beyond redemption. That’s what almost four years of research into Ontario Municipal governance has forced me to conclude.

Morally beyond redemption.

Today I wanted to know how many times I used “morally beyond redemption” and especially when I first coined that phrase. So I GOOGLEd, “morally beyond redemption” together with “MISSISSAUGAWATCH”.

It appears that I may have first reached my “morally beyond redemption” conclusion about a year ago and it first appeared in a comment I wrote to “fthrcast” on YouTube.

  • 1 year ago
    fthrcast, again, not sure what you’re saying but can agree with your last two sentences. That’s Ontario all right. They not only use people, the Ontario government LOOKS THE OTHER FRIKKIN’ WAY as municipalities mis-serve and under-serve people while allowing them to boast of their achievements in public service. Frikkin’ evil.
    I’ve reached a point where I believe not even an army of Ombudsmen can help.
    ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES ARE MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION. (And so is Ontario)
    MISSISSAUGAWATCH 1 year ago

I sometimes surprise myself. In this phrase’s debut, not only did I use full capital “MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION”, I correctly identified why Ontario municipalities are morally beyond redemption with impunity —”the Ontario government LOOKS THE OTHER FRIKKIN’ WAY”. (What a perceptive first dash out the starting gate for me on that one! “MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION” —YouTube says “1 year ago”).

Other appearances include:

  • October 7th, 2009 9:49 pm in the context, “Mississauga Corporate Security is not only totally unaccountable. $2,000 worth of Freedom of Information has forced me to conclude that it is morally beyond redemption. It can’t be fixed.”
  • In a November 13th, 2009 Blog: “Freedom of Information, the Mississauga Audit Committee and of course audio and videotape confirm that these quasi-fascist knob guards and their quasi-fascist knob management have prospered sipping their heady brew of excellent salaries/benefits, zero oversight and zero accountability.  Simply unfixable.  Morally-beyond redemption.”
  • In a February 2nd, 2010 Blog relating to the City’s Internet Surveillance Policy, I used “morally beyond redemption” as follows: “And who’s doing the snooping?… Why the City’s morally-beyond-redemption STAFF that she and Councillors claim they hold accountable!”

“morally beyond redemption. It can’t be fixed”, “Simply unfixable.  Morally-beyond redemption.” Stupid, dull me took to the age of 59 to figure that out. Ontario municipalities, the Province, THE SYSTEM is “morally beyond redemption. It can’t be fixed”.

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, I received an email from a young graffiti artist and we exchanged several messages thereafter. I asked permission to use his first email to me for today’s Blog because I felt what he had to say was too important to be kept just between two people.

One theme here at MISSISSAUGAWATCH is the observation that youth who need a voice the most are also the most-blocked from expressing their voice. That’s the irony and fraud of such initiatives as the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network and Safe City Mississauga —youth don’t have a legitimate say any more than I do.

And Pastor Andrew King simply nailed the reason at Brampton’s November 2008 “Peace to Our Streets” meeting.

On all the panels I sit on? First question’s asked is “Where are the young people? We’re talking about them but they’re not with us.” Young people are very frustrated because there’s a lot of panels. Oh, there’s reports that are written about how much money we’re going to spend! And they’re very frustrated with the system right now.

With that introduction, here are the words of a Mississauga graffiti artist —a youth, called “Anonymous”.  Information that could potentially identify him has been removed. I’ve also cleaned up the few typos he had. We begin.

Hey,

Just checked out your website and appreciate the work you are doing. I really appreciate the graffiti you are documenting being a graffiti artist/writer in Mississauga and would like to share a few words with you.

Graffiti art is not recognized and acknowledged in Mississauga I have been writing since I fell in love with it the first time I ever heard Hip Hop, and hip hop would not be around if it weren’t for Graffiti , I was in Grade 4 when I started scribbling in my notebook my graffiti in the beginning was pretty bad but I never stopped and kept on drawing. I then discovered a whole new world outside of my notebook and black book.

Before moving to Mississauga in Grade 6, in Toronto the streets are filled with tags, throw ups, pieces, burners, murals, even little messages to the police and the government. I didn’t start my graffiti on the streets till just last year, working on my spray techniques and other things, I am only interested in pieces big colorful huge pieces that pop out and attract people’s attention.

Now I do not consider this vandalism as I am an artist simply coloring the streets with a message —a message that can only be seen through graffiti.

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

Young people today sure are a lot smarter than I was their age!

Notice his “the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it”.  That Truth took me three years of intensive observation/research, a couple thousand in Freedom of Information and 59 years of being alive before I coughed up “ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES ARE MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION. (And so is Ontario)” as a YouTube comment.

This video is for the “Anonymous” graffiti artist who’s the subject of this Blog. Just to show him Why he’s right.

To introduce him to (in his words) “the people higher up… sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing.”

Politicians’ Game of PRETEND.

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: WARNING! HIGHLY OFFENSIVE MATERIAL (but not as offensive as the politicians) (3:55 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Last, it was exactly one year ago today that I visited the City of Hamilton for the first time to conduct my first graffiti survey there. I’ll be returning today to document my May 30, 2009 Hamilton Graffiti sites and how they look One Year Later.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI, CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010

GRAFFITI near park. City of Hamilton, May 30, 2009 and again May 30, 2010 (comparative)

GRAFFITI (portion of graffiti wall), CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010

Portion of GRAFFITI WALL near park. City of Hamilton, May 30, 2009 and again May 30, 2010 (comparative)

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

May 20th, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

Good morning, Councillor Adams and Council.

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

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

But you can’t just switch, can you?

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[CROSS ZOOM]

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

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

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

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

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

[CROSS ZOOM]

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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


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

April 2nd, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

Wronnnnnnnnnnnng! They draw over it.

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

The other stuff? Pfffft.

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

Again. It’s just a hypothesis right now.

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

Should be. Well, we’ll see.

[DIP TO WHITE]

[PART 2 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

April 2nd, 2010  

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

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

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

These youth NEVER show. Because they KNOW.

Like I do.

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

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

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

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

OK, enough background.

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

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

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[PART 1 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga 1996 Records Retention By-Law “In most legal situations, keeping electronic records for a longer period of time than that scheduled for paper records will not be to the City’s advantage.”

March 14th, 2010  

Today we will examine the March 12, 2010 testimony regarding the record-keeping at the City of Mississauga Mayor’s Office.

We will take testimony provided by Mayor Hazel McCallion’s executive secretary, Carol Horvat and compare it to City documents secured through Freedom of Information as well as comments made by City of Mississauga Freedom of Information coordinator Barbara McEwan during an April 11, 2007 deputation I made in front of Mississauga Council meeting (complete with video).

The salient point. City of Mississauga 1996 Records Retention By-Law “In most legal situations, keeping electronic records for a longer period of time than that scheduled for paper records will not be to the City’s advantage.”

Giddiyap!

BY-LAW 537-96 RETENTION AND DISPOSITION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS (esp EMAILS)

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS RETENTION BY-LAW 1996 TO 2003 WORD CHANGING CONCEALMENT

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City of Mississauga Records Retention (Destruction) By-Law 1996 version wording

D. RETENTION AND DISPOSITION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS

As a general rule, retention periods of electronic records should be the same as retention periods of their paper counterparts.

At least from a legal perspective, retention periods of electronic records should never be longer than the retention period of their paper counterparts. When paper records containing legal evidence is disposed of at the end of their scheduled life cycle, their electronic counterparts should be disposed of at the same time, since electronic records can also be subject of discovery and seizure and used as evidence in legal proceedings. In most legal situations, keeping electronic records for a longer period of time than that scheduled for paper records will not be to the City’s advantage.

In 2003, City of Mississauga Records Retention (Destruction) By-Law 1996 Section D changed to:

D. RETENTION AND DISPOSITION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS

Appraisal of electronic records for retention scheduling purposed is a complex and multi-faceted task which require the collaboration of Corporate Records, Information Technology, and the Operation Department. Appraisal criteria must include: the purposes and use of the system, the operational needs of the department(s) generating the system, legal retention requirements, and identification of any other systems that may provide input to or extract information from the system being appraised.

This video is an excellent summary of the practices at the City of Mississauga regarding electronic records. Former Freedom of Information coordinator, Barbara McEwan explains City policy. We also provide a transcript.

Video: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS RETENTION (DESTRUCTION) BY-LAW (for the JUDICIAL INQUIRY) (April 11, 2007)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

Thank you Ursula. Are there any questions from Council members? Seeing none, I’m not sure whether Barbara McEwan can answer any of Ursula’s questions this morning. I think she raised a number of points. If not I think it’d be appropriate if you took the time to sit down and meet with Ursula to see if you can answer some of the questions and address her concern but, I’ll give you the opportunity, Barbara if you wish—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH comments into camera (April 11, 2007 Council):

Could I just add one thing about that?

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

Very briefly.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH comments into camera (April 11, 2007 Council):

Yeah.  I went to City Clerk, spoke to Ms. Greer. Then I was sent to Internal Audit, spoke to Ms Eng, Sally Eng. Then I went to Legal Services, spoke to them.

Then I went to —I even talk-spoke to the Director of Information and Technology.

None of them could adequately explain the implications of this By-Law.

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

And I’m suggesting that the appropriate person is our Freedom of Information coordinator, which is Barbara McKewan, and that’s why I suggested that it would be appropriate to meet with her. But go ahead, Barbara.

DEPUTY CLERK, BARBARA MCEWAN (April 11, 2007 Council):

Madam Acting Mayor, through you, I’d be very pleased to meet to review all the background terms —how the By-Law amendments were brought forward. But in terms of the points that were raised this morning, I just want to confirm a few details.

Ms. Keuper-Bennett has correctly noted that email is a record and we recognize it as such in our Records Retention By-Law.

I guess the constraints that we operate under here at the City of Mississauga is that our email is an electronic system and we don’t really have a document management system that allows us to manage the retention of the email records electronically.

In other words, the emails are stored in the system but we don’t have an easy sort of way of taking each email as it’s dealt with and indexing it and applying the correct retention that we are required to do under the Records Retention By-Law.

So the alternative to that, which is practised by most corporations —I mean public and private sector organizations are dealing with this all the time. Our policy at the City of Mississauga is that, if we do receive an email and it is related to the business transaction of the City, it does qualify as a “record” and our Policy states that the email is printed and it is placed in the appropriate file.

And that way we can manage that record effectively in accordance with the retention periods that are in our By-Laws.

So in effect, we are not destroying records, we’re actually taking a pragmatic approach to managing the electronic mail by making sure that a hardcopy is retained and placed in the appropriate file.

Now the amendments that are in the By-Law that refer to retention for 30 days and 90 days and so forth, this refers to the tapes that we have —the backup tapes that we have. And really it’s in terms of a sort of a transitional management.

But the records are kept there depending on when the weekly backup is done.

But as I said, the practice at the City, which is why we practise, is that if it’s related to the business of the City, the email is printed, is placed in a file and we can manage it effectively in terms of retention.

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (ACTING CHAIR April 11, 2007 Council):

Okay, thank you, I think there’s probably much more to what Ms. McEwan had to say this morning and once again, if you’ll contact her, Ursula, and meet with her to see whether you concerns can be addressed.

Next we have….

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

It all comes down to what a pair of eyeballs regards as a “record”.

City business print it out, delete email.

Not City business, delete email.

So.

“Let’s go for lunch today at 1:00 pm. I’ll meet you at the elevator.”
Staff are instructed that this is a NON-RECORD and  DELETE

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS DESTRUCTION POLICY RECORD vs NON-RECORD

And now you’re ready to read Hazel McCallion’s executive secretary’s testimony regarding emails and records —cut-and-paste from the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry website

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  9  Before:        Associate Chief Mr. Justice J. Douglas
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  1                 THE COURT CLERK:   Can you please state
  2  your name and spell it for the record, please?
  3                 THE COURT CLERK:   Can you please state
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  5                 MS. CAROL HORVAT:   It's Carol Horvat; C-
  6  A-R-O-L, H-O-R-V, as in Victor, A-T.
  7                 THE COURT CLERK:   Okay, do you wish to
  8  swear or affirm?
  9                 MS. CAROL HORVAT:   I wish to swear,
 10  please.
 11
 12                    CAROL HORVAT, Sworn
 13
 14                 MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:   Now, as we're
 15  about to hear the first evidence in this Inquiry, we
 16  should file the terms of reference as Exhibit 1.
 17                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Exhibit
 18  1, terms of reference.  Thank you.
 19
 20  --- EXHIBIT NO. 1:         Terms of reference
 21
 22                 MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:   And we'll make
 23  Exhibit 2 certain documents which Mr. Horvat has with her
 24  to assist in giving her evidence on.
 25

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  1  --- EXHIBIT NO. 2:         Carol Horvat's documents
  2
  3                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
  4  you.  You have copies of these, Ms. Horvat, or do you?
  5                 THE WITNESS:    Yes, Commissioner, I do.
  6                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:    All
  7  right.  Thank you.
  8
  9  EXAMINATION-IN-CHIEF BY MR. WILLIAM MCDOWELL:
 10                 Q:   Now, Ms. Horvat, I take it, in fact,
 11  that there is quite an elaborate process of -- of dealing
 12  with correspondence and other documents that come into
 13  the Mayor's office and with retaining those documents.
 14                 A:   Yes, there is.
 15                 Q:   All right.  Now just -- I want to get
 16  some background from you.  You have been with the Mayor's
 17  office since what date?
 18                 A:   March 20th, 1990, so it will be
 19  twenty (20) years this month --
 20                 Q:   All right.
 21                 A:   -- that I've been with her.
 22                 Q:   And before that, you worked in the
 23  planning department?
 24                 A:   Yes, for about two (2) or three (3)
 25  years.

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  1                 Q:   And you are now the Mayor's executive
  2  assistant?
  3                 A:   Yes,
  4                 Q:   Since what date?
  5                 A:   Approximately 2003 I became her
  6  executive assistant.
  7                 Q:   Right.  Now we're going to be talking
  8  about the present system of dealing with correspondence
  9  and other documents in the Mayor's office, but I wanted
 10  to take you back to 2000, because, of course, in 2000
 11  there's the Enersource transaction that's of interest to
 12  this Inquiry.
 13                 What was the -- the computer system in use
 14  in 2000?
 15                 A:   The computer system is relatively
 16  similar to what it is today; it's just a different
 17  technology.  It was simply a -- I recall it being a
 18  WordPerfect document.  It looked very much like what it
 19  looks today; it just wasn't as sophisticated, if you
 20  will.  But the same kind of information was collected and
 21  registered as it is today, and the physicality of the
 22  document resembled what it resembles today.
 23                 Q:   So if we were looking for the Mayor's
 24  agendas from the -- the period 1999 and 2000, would we
 25  have access to those?

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  1                 A:   Yes, they're available
  2  electronically.
  3                 Q:   In what format?
  4                 A:   In WordPerfect still.
  5                 Q:   All right.  And with respect to e-
  6  mails on the Enersource issue, would we have access to
  7  those from 1999 or 2000?
  8                 A:   I would have to check on that.  Any
  9  files on Enersource have been turned over to our City
 10  legal division, which I understand are turning them over
 11  to you --
 12                 Q:   Right.
 13                 A:   -- so that hard copy of any e-mails
 14  that would have been printed at that time would be
 15  contained in those files.
 16                 Q:   What was the practice in relation to
 17  printing e-mails, going back to 2000?
 18                 A:   Generally speaking, the practice in
 19  our office with regard to e-mails has always been that
 20  they are printed, a hard copy is made and registered, and
 21  then the e-mail's deleted.
 22                 Q:   Right.  What -- when you say
 23  "registered," what do you mean?
 24                 A:   Through the mail log system that you
 25  have in the -- the package here.  So, each individual e-

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  1  mail is registered, it's given a number, it's recorded as
  2  to who the e-mail is from, the subject matter of the e-
  3  mail --
  4                 Q:   Right.
  5                 A:   -- the file number, the suggested
  6  action to be taken on that item, and then all e-mails at
  7  the end of the day are given to the Mayor for review; not
  8  just e-mails, but all mail in general that comes in.
  9                 Q:   All right.  Let's just find in the
 10  package what we're talking about.  Do you want to turn up
 11  the example for the -- of the registry process.
 12                 A:   That would be tab 1, I believe.
 13                 Q:   Okay.  So here we've got a couple of
 14  invitations that -- that have come in for the Mayor to be
 15  the keynote speaker at something.  So what happens when
 16  this comes in?
 17                 A:   So what happens in this pa -- using
 18  this as an example, what would happen is this would be
 19  something that would be printed.  It would either be an
 20  e-mail or a piece of actual mail.  It would have come
 21  into the office, been date stamped, given a registry
 22  number, which you'll see on the far left, which, in this
 23  case, is one two six zero (1260).
 24                 Q:   Right.
 25                 A:   That is then physically written on

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  1  the item.  The person's name would have been under the
  2  origin, where it's now been redacted.
  3                 Q:   Mm-hm.
  4                 A:   The subject matter, as you can see,
  5  it was an invitation to the Mayor to be a keynote speaker
  6  at an event.  Then the suggested action is asking the
  7  Mayor whether she wishes to do this, and if so, we can
  8  look at some dates, because in this particular case they
  9  had not given us specific dates; they left it open to the
 10  Mayor.
 11                 What then happens is all of the items for
 12  the day get put into a folder.  The Mayor physically
 13  reads -- personally reads all the mail that comes into
 14  her office.  She would then review that and then return
 15  it either the same day to us or the next business day.
 16                 Q:   Well, that's -- I wanted to ask you
 17  that.  Does she take a big stack of this stuff home and -
 18  - and look at it during the evening, or does she have
 19  time during the day to do it?
 20                 A:   That solely depends on her schedule
 21  for any given day.  If she happens to be in the office
 22  the entire day, then she does try to make an effort to do
 23  it before she leaves so as not to have to bring work
 24  home.  But if, for some reason, her day is an early one,
 25  in terms her official meetings in the office, let's say

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  1  end at noon, and the rest of the afternoon is made up of
  2  external events such as groundbreakings, what have you,
  3  she -- or I would, rather, bring the work home to her.
  4                 Q:   Right.  Now, for 2000, this -- this
  5  registry system, do we still have access to this?
  6                 A:   Yes.  It would be available in
  7  electronic format.
  8                 Q:   Right.  Now, there's some
  9  documentation going back to 2000 and going forward that
 10  you have on floppy disks; what is that?
 11                 A:   That would be from 1999 to
 12  approximately 2004.  We have all of the mail logs, which
 13  is what you see before you, on floppy disks, prior to us
 14  going to the new system, which happened in 2005/2006.
 15                 Q:   Right.  And those have been turned
 16  over to the City now?
 17                 A:   Yes.  I was asked to search through
 18  all of the floppy disks.  I was given a list of key words
 19  to look for.  Any instances where those words appeared on
 20  those documents, that sheet was printed out -- it's quite
 21  a large stack -- and it was turned over to our legal
 22  division.
 23                 Q:   Right.  And -- and what's the volume
 24  of that?  How big is the stack?
 25                 A:   Quite a bit.  It's legal size sheets

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  1  of paper, and I would say it's probably about two (2)
  2  inches thick.
  3                 Q:   All right.  And when -- when was that
  4  turned over?
  5                 A:   Two days ago, I believe.
  6                 Q:   Okay.  Now, going now to the present
  7  system, how does the Mayor create her schedule now?
  8                 A:   It's very similar to how it was
  9  always done.  It's still a WordPerfect document.  So, if
 10  I can use an example, an invitation would come in --
 11                 Q:   Yeah.
 12                 A:   -- it would go to this -- so it's
 13  date stamped.  It's given to the Mayor's scheduler.
 14                 Q:   Right.
 15                 A:   At the end of the day, all of the
 16  invitations that came in that day would be placed in a
 17  blue folder marked "Invitation File."  It's then given to
 18  the Mayor for her personal review.  She decides what
 19  meetings she goes to and what she doesn't go to, because
 20  either she's unavailable or what have you.  Then that
 21  folder of invitations is returned back to the scheduler -
 22  -
 23                 Q:   Right.
 24                 A:   -- to then undertake the necessary
 25  direction given by the Mayor.

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  1                 Q:   Right.  And the Mayor gives that
  2  direction in what form?
  3                 A:   She gives it in handwritten form.
  4                 Q:   Right.
  5                 A:   Just --
  6                 Q:   Now, let's deal with correspondence
  7  and, specifically, let's deal with electronic mail.  If
  8  someone wanted to write to the Mayor about -- yeah, let's
  9  say, in 2009, someone wanted to write to the Mayor about
 10  the WCD proposed transaction, or about the transaction
 11  with OMERS.  An e-mail comes into the Mayor's office.
 12                 First of all, does the Mayor herself have
 13  a computer?
 14                 A:   No, she does not.
 15                 Q:   All right.  What happens to that e-
 16  mail?
 17                 A:   It's received by myself because I
 18  have proxy to the Mayor's e-mail account.  I print the e-
 19  mail, and then once again it's put in the daily mail log
 20  folder for her review.
 21                 Q:   It's put in her daily folder for her
 22  review.
 23                 A:   Mm-hm.
 24                 Q:   And then, at the end of the day, what
 25  becomes of all of those e-mails?

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  1                 A:   Well, along with the actual physical
  2  items being given to the Mayor is the spread sheet that I
  3  previously referred to.
  4                 Q:   Mm-hm.
  5                 A:   On there would be her handwritten
  6  direction on each individual item as to what direction
  7  she wanted undertaken.  That folder then comes back to
  8  me.  I undertake the direction on the items that pertain
  9  to my particular role in the office.
 10                 Q:   Right.
 11                 A:   Then it's distributed to other people
 12  in the office.  For instance, if one of the directions
 13  was to set up a meeting, that item would then be
 14  physically given to the Mayor's scheduler to set the
 15  meeting up.
 16                 Q:   And all of this e-mail is retained in
 17  daily files, is that right?
 18                 A:   Yes, they are placed in subject
 19  files.
 20                 Q:   Placed in subject files.  Now --
 21  well, let's ask this question:  Are the Mayor's
 22  handwritten notations also preserved, or just the -- the
 23  -- the source document?
 24                 A:   What happens is, when we get the mail
 25  log sheet back from the Mayor, at either the end of the

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  1  day or the next day, a record is made of her handwritten
  2  comments on the computer, so that there's an electronic
  3  record of her comments.  We then keep these sheets that
  4  are the physical hard copies of those log sheets for a
  5  period of a year, and then they're thrown out because
  6  there's no need to keep them.  We have an electronic
  7  version.
  8                 Q:   Right.  So the ones for -- for late
  9  2009 would still be available, then?
 10                 A:   The actual sheets or the items?
 11                 Q:   The sheets.
 12                 A:   No, because it would -- they're only
 13  kept for a year.
 14                 Q:   But it's not a year since, for
 15  example, October 2009, so we would still have those.
 16  Within one year we'll have --
 17                 A:   No.  At the end of every calendar
 18  year --
 19                 Q:   Oh, okay.  I have --
 20                 A:   Sorry.  I should be more specific.
 21  At the end of every calendar year -- like in December
 22  generally of every year, before the new files are
 23  created, in order to make space, they would have been
 24  thrown out, on or around December.  It could be sometimes
 25  January.  It depends on how, you know, busy we are.

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  1                 Q:   All right.  Now, with respect to
  2  correspondence or e-mails that the Mayor sends out, how
  3  are those dealt with?
  4                 A:   They're dealt with in two (2) ways.
  5  First of all, we maintain monthly records of every memo
  6  the Mayor sends out.
  7                 Q:   Mm-hm.
  8                 A:   So let's just say we're talking about
  9  2010; for the month of January, there would be a separate
 10  file folder with a hard copy of every memo that the Mayor
 11  sent out that month.
 12                 Q:   Right.
 13                 A:   A duplicate of that memo would then
 14  be also placed in the subject file.
 15                 Q:   Right.
 16                 A:   And the same goes with external
 17  correspondence.  Any letters or e-mails the Mayor sends
 18  out, a hard copy is placed in a reading file, and then
 19  the original is placed in the subject file.
 20                 Q:   Right.  Now, let me ask you this that
 21  -- we're all sort of possessed of, or possessed by our
 22  Blackberries.  We seem to communicate most of the time
 23  with other lawyers and so on by Blackberry.  The Mayor, I
 24  take it, doesn't have a Blackberry.
 25                 A:   She owns a Blackberry.  She has been

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  1  issued one by the corporation, but she --
  2                 Q:   Does she use it?
  3                 A:   Extremely rarely.
  4                 Q:   All right.  If you want to get hold
  5  of the Mayor -- someone writes to the Mayor with a really
  6  urgent matter by e-mail or Blackberry message -- how do
  7  you get hold of the Mayor?
  8                 A:   I would phone her or I would go into
  9  her office if she was in.
 10                 Q:   So she has a cellular phone, I take
 11  it?
 12                 A:   Yes, issued by the City.
 13                 Q:   Right.  And those records are
 14  maintained by somebody, the records of her cellular phone
 15  traffic?
 16                 A:   Yes.  We receive a bill monthly from
 17  the carrier which goes to our accounts payable
 18  department.  They then send the bill down to the Mayor's
 19  office in the inter-office mail.  The Mayor initials the
 20  bill, which in fact authorizes payment.  The bill is then
 21  initialled by our City manager and is returned to the
 22  accounts payable department for processing and payment.
 23                 Q:   Now, this isn't a concern of the
 24  Inquiry, but does she just initial payment for the whole
 25  bill, or does she break out her personal calls, or how's

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  1  that done?
  2                 A:   No, she just initials the whole bill.
  3                 Q:   All right.  Now, just so we're clear
  4  about this, what has the Mayor's office turned over to
  5  the City to date?
  6                 A:   We've turned over many things.  We've
  7  turned over, as I indicated previously, all of the mail
  8  logs from 1999 to 2004 approximately, that mentioned the
  9  key words we were asked to search for.
 10                 Q:   Mm-hm.
 11                 A:   We have turned over phone calls that
 12  we currently maintain electronically on the system, again
 13  citing the specific words we were asked to choose.
 14                 Q:   Mm-hm.
 15                 A:   We have turned over all of our files
 16  pertaining to Enersource that have been in storage, so
 17  we're probably going back eight (8) to ten (10) years.
 18  So those have physically been turned over.  We have also
 19  turned over all of our Enersource files for the years
 20  2009 and '10, because they were physically located at the
 21  time in our office.
 22                 Q:   Enersource or WCD?
 23                 A:   Enersource.
 24                 Q:   All right.
 25                 A:   Anything to do with WCD would have

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  1  been put in the Enersource file, because we use subject
  2  files.
  3                 We also have turned over all working
  4  papers from both myself and the Mayor pertaining to
  5  anything to do with Enersource.
  6                 Q:   All right.  If -- if we're looking
  7  for the resolution of the action between WCD, which is
  8  the company that either is or isn't owned by Peter
  9  McCallion and OMERS, if we're looking for anything having
 10  to do with that, what files would we find it in, do you
 11  think?
 12                 A:   Most likely those would be in the
 13  Enersource files, because our -- our entire history of --
 14  at least since I've been there in the Mayor's office --
 15  has always been subject driven.  So anything relating to
 16  a subject, regardless of who it's from, would be placed
 17  in a subject file.
 18                 Q:   Now, is there a Sheridan College
 19  file?
 20                 A:   Yes.
 21                 Q:   Right.  Having to do with the
 22  proposed -- well, not the proposed -- the new campus
 23  that's going in in the centre of Mississauga; there's a
 24  file --
 25                 A:   We've had a --

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  1                 Q:   -- for that purpose?
  2                 A:   We've had a Sheridan College file for
  3  many years, not specifically for that purpose.  We've
  4  always just had a Sheridan College file.
  5                 Q:   All right.  Now do you know whether
  6  the 2009 Sheridan College files have been turned over to
  7  the City?
  8                 A:   No, because I was not requested to do
  9  so.
 10                 Q:   All right.  Well, I might as well
 11  make that request now, I think.
 12                 A:   Of course.
 13                 Q:   And I take -- my friend to my right
 14  here and I can take it up offline as it were.
 15                 And have you been given any instruction by
 16  the Mayor with respect to cooperation with the Inquiry?
 17                 A:   She has asked me, as always, to be
 18  fully cooperative.
 19                 Q:   All right.  Now, I want to ask this
 20  question:  Given some of the media the last day, has the
 21  Mayor ever given you an instruction to shred anything or
 22  to destroy any document?
 23                 A:   No, she would never do something like
 24  that.  I, on my own, I will acknowledge, have, on
 25  occasion, had to shred something, but it's pertaining,

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  1  you know, with our office.  And if you want, I can give
  2  you an example of that.
  3                 Just within the last couple of days we
  4  were given new confidential phone directories from our
  5  Communications Division on the instruction that we
  6  destroy the old ones.
  7                 Q:   Right.
  8                 A:   And, also, I'm ver --
  9                 Q:   And -- and when -- you've given me an
 10  example, as well, of -- of when you destroy documents in
 11  the ordinary course at the end of a year --
 12                 A:   Mm-hm.
 13                 Q:   -- for example?
 14                 A:   But those aren't shredded.  They're
 15  just simply placed in a recycling bin and thrown out.
 16  They're not shredded.
 17                 Q:   Right.  And since the Inquiry was
 18  announced, has any instruction been given to you to
 19  destroy any documents which had anything to do with the
 20  Inquiry?
 21                 A:   No.
 22                 Q:   All right.  Just a moment.
 23
 24                       (BRIEF PAUSE)
 25

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  1                 Q:   If you know, and you might not, why
  2  is the -- the WCD land transaction and the Sheridan
  3  College land transaction -- we'll deal with first half of
  4  my question.  Why is the WCD transaction placed in the
  5  Enersource file?
  6                 A:   I can only -- I -- my response to you
  7  previously was I can only assume that it would be because
  8  it has come to pass that it was related.
  9                 Q:   Related in the sense that they're
 10  both subject of -- of the Inquiry.
 11                 A:   Right.
 12                 Q:   But without looking, you don't know
 13  whether one was -- was a --
 14                 A:   No, I would have to look through the
 15  files.
 16                 Q:   Okay, just so my question's clear and
 17  your answer's clear; you don't know without looking
 18  whether the WCD documents, in fact, would be in the
 19  Enersource file.
 20                 A:   Right.
 21                 Q:   All right.  Fair enough.  Thank you.
 22  Those are my questions for you.
 23                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
 24  you.  Ms. Wynne, do you have any questions?
 25                 Ms. Kristjanson...?

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  1                 MS. FREYA KRISTJANSON:   No, thank you.
  2                 MS. TRACY WYNNE:   No, Mr. Commissioner,
  3  no, thank you.
  4                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   Thank
  5  you.
  6                 MS. FREYA KRISTJANSON:   Oh, actually, I
  7  did remember one (1) question, sorry.
  8                 COMMISSIONER DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM:   All
  9  right.
 10
 11  CROSS-EXAMINATION BY FREYA KRISTJANSON:
 12                 Q:   I did want to clarify.  Ms. Horvat,
 13  you stated that you've been working with the Mayor for
 14  approximately twenty (20) years.
 15                 A:   Yes.
 16                 Q:   Who are you employed by?
 17                 A:   I'm employed by the Corporation and
 18  the City of Mississauga.
 19                 Q:   So you are not directly or personally
 20  employed by the Mayor's political staff?
 21                 A:   No, the Mayor does not have any
 22  political staff.
 23                 Q:   Thank you.

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA RECORDS DESTRUCTION WEEK APRIL 23-27 2007.

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

February 27th, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

Now these are non-compliance.

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

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

[dip to white]

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

Mississauga is continually looked upon as a municipal leader.

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

Our excellent Staff, our excellent commitment to the taxpayer.

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

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

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

They are Trust, Quality and Excellence.

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

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

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

And Excellence and Excellence and more Excellence.

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

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

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

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

[dip to white]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But on that point—

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

[inaudible]

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

On that point—

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

Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes.

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

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

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

That’s not—

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

Did you find no trace of it?

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

No, it’s not in there.

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

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

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

Well it was set up, I can tell you.

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

I remember the discussion.

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

Do you?

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

I remember the discussions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay.

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

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

[inaudible —several speakers at once]

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

That’s what one of the recommendations is.

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

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

Anyway.

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

Someone:

Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah.

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

Am I right?

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

And the one at the

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

And the one at the

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

That was a bad one.

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

And I’ll be honest with you that’s—

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

Now that was a bad one.

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

I think that’s when it was raised.

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

[inaudible] of this audit, Madam Mayor they, ah,  that contractor again, there was no formal evaluation for those contracts. And that’s why we recommended that that be formalized and documented.

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

There was even an evaluation form used many years ago because of our bad experience with contractors and we’d see their name pop up again being awarded a contract.

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

So, Staff and Council approved a policy that outlined how to go about evaluating a contractor to make sure that the City would be doing this due diligence. And what was interesting is, that was never mentioned to the contractor [sic] sub-contractor who was up there!

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COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (Mississauga Council Corporate Awards of Excellence Meeting February 24, 2010):

I was assured by Staff at that time that when they did due diligence —and you questioned the due diligence on page 3, which is “I 3c” of the report you filed. You questioned the due diligence of the City.

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MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO'S ";And Mayor McCallion and I did discuss that with Staff yesterday and we have been assured by Staff that they went to three of the projects" is an insult of the highest order to both those gentlemen and me!

And Mayor McCallion and I did discuss that with Staff yesterday and we have been assured by Staff that they went to three of the projects —former projects, that this contractor had undertaken —that they’d used as references, and they were similar-sized projects.

And the information that we’ve received from our Facilities Staff, who oversaw the project, is that they received good reviews from two of them. They weren’t able, I guess to get a hold of the third one. But two of them did give good reviews and we have that review.

It doesn’t have a lot of detail in it.

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

So instead McCallion and Councillor Saito said, yes, Staff did do due diligence and check [sic] things out.

And again, once I found out that it was Facilities and Properties [sic] Management, again, because I sat in on the Audit Committee, I know that there have been Audits done of that Department that describe their record-keeping as from adequate to non-existent.

February 24, 2010's Mississauga sub-contractor deputants and MISSISSAUGAWATCH have a LOT in common! Both Victims of City of Mississauga Facilities and Properties Management!

And because I research City of Mississauga Corporate Security, also part of Facilities and Properties [sic] Management, there’s a lot of non-existent as well in terms of record-keeping.

So —what’s interesting is, in front of the cameras, there’s this kind of a non-acknowledgment of what happened in the Audit Committee.

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TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The (If you like how Mississauga Facilities and Property Management bungles Contracts, you should see the cluster****bungleknobfest that passes for Security!)

P.S. Have I an appropriate sign-off pic? Yep!

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEEE JANUARY 24 2000 MINUTES

COMMENT left at the Mississauga News

The Mississauga Muse

Feb 27, 2010 9:07 AM

Really happy this morning…because I finally answered my biggest question

“Does Hazel McCallion know?” Meaning does Hazel McCallion know how Staff operate? Wednesday’s Council meeting CONFIRMS not just that McCallion KNOWS, but that she, like her Staff are Perps. By not telling those sub-contractors on Wednesday, that at the May 11, 2009 Audit Committee she found out that Internal Audit could find no trace of a formal Contractor Evaluation Policy that was passed by Council “10 years ago” she made her Respectful Workplace utterance about “honesty with the citizens both on the Council and on the part of Staff” a lie. First time I ever stepped foot inside Council Chambers (May 5, 2006). Got The Answer to “Does Hazel McCallion know? Wednesday, February 24, 2010. Zero doubt that Mississauga News “knows” too.

2009 MISSISSAUGA VIDEOS: MISSISSAUGAWATCH Shatters the MYTH behind the City of MYTHississauga

January 1st, 2010  

JANUARY 2009 video INSIGHT INTO THE BRANDING (AND FLUFFING) OF MYTHISSAUGA

Last Blog you saw the pics: The first being, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion hugging and congratulating Michael Nobrega fellow Director of the Enersource Board after their successful Enersource public meeting and Cable 10 broadcast. Nobrega is president and chief executive of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) —10% partner with 100% veto power (yes. really!).

Here’s the video uploaded to YouTube on January 25, 2009 of Mississauga Inc and McCallion-Nobrega in action.

Video: GEORGE ORWELL MEETS MISSISSAUGA ENERSOURCE (4:27 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

FEBRUARY 2009 (Uploaded February 10, 2009)

Video of youth/Police interaction on the TTC. Bitter February and the youth was wearing a thin T-shirt —complete with holes.

Video: HOMELESS YOUTH and TORONTO POLICE/SPECIAL CONSTABLES at TTC SUBWAY (Queen St station) 090205 (2:28 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

MARCH 2009 (Uploaded March 12, 2009) FROM THE THIS IS FRIKKIN’ SO-TYPICAL DEPARTMENT

MISSISSAUGAWATCH asks Dr. Alvin Curling if the authors of the Roots of Youth Violence Report had filed any Freedom of Information as part of their research. Nope.

Video: “ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author, DR. ALVIN CURLING interviewed by MISSISSAUGAWATCH (4:40 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

APRIL 2009 (Uploaded April 17, 2009)

HAZEL MCCALLION SAVES MISSISSAUGA’S SHERIDAN LIBRARY (4:16 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

MAY 2009 (Uploaded May 17, 2009) PUT A *STAR* BESIDE THIS ONE!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION: on City Staff’s “complete disregard” for Policies (10:06 min)

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

JUNE 2009 (Uploaded June 5, 2009) MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL SETS A NEW RUBBER-STAMP RECORD!

Video: ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE: MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL FAILS YOUTH: IN 12 SECONDS! (1:00 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

JULY 2009 (Uploaded July 4, 2009)

Video: SKATEBOARDING MAUI, PAIA STONEWAVE SKATE PARK (1:48 min)

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AUGUST 2009 (Uploaded August 5, 2009) NOW HERE’S A PROMISE THAT NEVER DREW ITS FIRST BREATH!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION MAKES PROMISE ABOUT PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD (0:54 min)

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SEPTEMBER 2009 (Uploaded September 10, 2009)

Video: Poor and Invisible in Toronto. Through a (Tim Hortons coffee shop) Window 6:22)

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OCTOBER 2009 (Uploaded October 2, 2009) NOT ONLY WON’T THIS HAPPEN BUT EXPECT RIGOROUS COVER UP

Video: ‘MAKE MISSISSAUGA YOUTH BANS PUBLIC INFORMATION” says COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (3:07 min)

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NOVEMBER 2009 (Uploaded November 1, 2009) WHEREIN WE WITNESSED WHO REALLY RUNS MYTHISSAUGA

Video: “Mega-Builder” Harold Shipp $$$threatens$$$ Seven Mississauga Councillors with $$$DEFEAT$$$ (1:04 min)

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DECEMBER 2009 (Uploaded December 15, 2009)

Video: MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY: Citizen-Blogger MISSISSAUGAWATCH requests limited standing (8:09 min)

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CAROLYN PARRISH VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: “This Inquiry is about things that have been going on —murky things that have been going on around our city for quite some time.”

November 8th, 2009  

Yesterday, we posted video of Councillor Carolyn Parrish’s explanation as to why Mississauga needs a Judicial Inquiry.

By way of introduction to today’s Blog, I will simply repeat what I wrote yesterday. The reader can regard this as my official position on the Judicial Inquiry. Yesterday I wrote:

I’ve filed two years and $2,100 worth of Freedom of Information on City of Mississauga Corporate Security. If the rest of the City of Mississauga is as corrupt and unaccountable as their Security operation, this judicial inquiry is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overdue!

There you have it.

And now, the video, followed by the transcript.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH: JUDICIAL INQUIRY WILL LOOK INTO “MURKY” DEALS AROUND THE CITY (10:04 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

NOTE:  Councillor Parrish really did say “one hundred million” and the City Solicitor also did say “ten million”. Next, regarding OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retiredment System) Councillor Parrish really did say, “They gave us ten percent of Enersource” —this is clearly in error and can’t be what she meant to say based on the rest of her comments.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Councillor Parrish.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

Yes, Mr. Chairman, and I know you’re all going to want to boo. So if you just be patient and wait til I finish speaking and then boo maybe we’ll get through this a little more quickly.

First of all I’d like to tell you, and get on the record that there’s a procedural problem here in that the judicial review was passed four weeks ago. So what Councillor Mullin has done is defer the Terms of Reference. She hasn’t asked us to reverse that decision yet. So the procedure to do that is quite different and we’ll have to discuss it.

Secondly I would like to ask the lawyer, the City’s lawyer, if in fact we can get to a 100-million dollars in your wildest dreams and secondly, can a judge order us to pay the costs of the witnesses that come before the judicial review.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Through the City Solicitor.

CITY SOLICITOR MARY ELLEN BENCH:

In my report, I set out the reasons for why I’ve estimated the costs the way that I have. I don’t think the costs are going to  be anywhere near the range of  10-million dollars. They could definitely go higher than what I’ve estimated because as I’ve said in the report, there are a number of variables depending  on what the investigation turns up and how the Commissioner decides to handle those matters.

In terms of the Third Parties or Corporations or outside parties, the Commissioner does not have jurisdiction to provide funding and I set that out on page 11 of my report. In terms of who has Party status and who can participate fully in the Inquiry, if the Inquiry is held, that is a matter that will be determined by the Commissioner.

The Commissioner establishes the rules for a Judicial Inquiry —Council does not. So they will determine the rules. They will determine the Parties. They make —may make  recommendations on funding if they think it’s appropriate. But they do not have any jurisdiction to make that decision.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

Thank you. And another comment I would like to make is, with the exception of Mr. Shipp who took a direct shot at me, and I will discuss it with you later because I want you  to know what you said about me is not true.

I agree with everything that was  said today about Hazel McCallion. This Inquiry is not about Hazel McCallion. This Inquiry—no—

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Let her finish please.

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

You’ve had your opportunity.

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order.

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order!

[Protests, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order. Please proceed.

[Protests, jeers from audience die down]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

This Inquiry is about things that have been going on —murky things that have been going on around our city for quite some time.

And if you want to talk about money and you want to talk about OMERS, the first thing that was discovered after I was elected, through a very laborious process that cost us over a million dollars, was the Enersource agreement that was signed in 2000 was altered two days before it was signed on direction from the lawyers from OMERS and accepted by then City Manager.

It was altered to give Veto Power —one hundred percent Veto Power to our ten percent partner.

Now you need to understand, that’s OMERS.  They came in. They gave us [sic] ten percent of Enersource and they took one hundred percent control.

They have excuses for doing it but the main excuse was that we have a Put agreement, which is too complex to get in to. If it was a good excuse, why didn’t they bring it to the Councillors of the day in 2000 and say this is why we need this little veto in here. This is why we have to be able to veto one hundred percent of your decisions. You’re ninety percent, we’re ten percent. We have a good reason but you know what? We’re not going to tell you what it is. We’re gonna send a letter from OMERS to the City Manager of the day and to our Lawyer of the day and say, “Just slip that in.”

So that when we were looking into selling Hydro, which we subsequently decided not to, cost us one-hundred-fifty/two-hundred thousand dollars to find that little mistake. And the clock has been ticking ever since.

So OMERS, who sent us a threatening letter last night, saying, “We’ve just spent nine months trying to re-negotiate that deal because we know we shafted you, we’re going to draw the re-negotiation out of the ballpark. We’re taking it back. We don’t like what you’re doing with the Judicial Review. We don’t like being named in it. And by the way, we want you to pay for our lawyers for the last nine months while we were trying to figure out how to fix the mistake that was done without the knowledge of your Councillors or your Mayor!”

The City Manager of the day slipped the papers to her, said go ahead and sign them [inaudible word] the same as the ones Council looked at.

So Number One, I want to look at OMERS, I’m sorry. We’ve have a few deals with those guys.

Secondly, we tried to buy a piece of land to build Sheridan College here in City Centre.  What was discovered was affidavits were sent through the courts where certain persons involved in World Class Development said you have to pay us off. We’ve put in two-point-three-million dollars that we’re not going to get back. So we’re going to take you to court, hold this whole thing up and Sheridan won’t get built because they have to get built by 2011 just like the other infrastructure money.

So if we have to go to court and fight with these guys, W. [sic] World Class Development, Sheridan won’t get built!

So what do we do? World Class Development does all these affidavits, tells us about off-site meetings, tells us this, tells us that. And they say, “But you know what, for a cash settlement from OMERS we’ll withdraw our objection.” In my world, that’s blackmail.

So I want those guys looked at. Because they affect our city and they affect the prices we pay. If OMERS paid them three million to go away, I’m sure we paid them three million more than we should have for that land.

So that’s what I want to look at and that’s what we all wanted to look at.

Mayor McCallion’s Conflict of Interest is a small technicality that is absolutely irrelevant to me.

[Murmurs, groans from audience]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

What is relevant, what is relevant, is the fact that six days after the minutes of the meeting was [sic] taken care of, somebody in this building changed those minutes. And we’ve never had an explanation.

The other thing you need to know, ‘cuz we’ve asked the City Manager in-camera, you know when you Blackberry each other in business —you guys are all in business, you all have those little Blackberrys, this City monitors our PIN to PIN conversations.

That was admitted by the City Manager that the City has the technology to do that…

[MISSISSAUGAWATCH turns video camera to video surveillance camera over Councillor Parrish’s left shoulder.]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

So somebody can find out who instructed the minutes to be changed or go into the minutes and change them. To me that’s an issue!

I’m sure you’d like to know that your minutes, when you read them from a meeting are honest, nobody has the ability to change them, and we’ve never had an explanation as to why they were changed.

So when you look at the Terms of Reference of this, it was a lengthy conversation by all the members of Council —and I didn’t give them something in their drinking water, and I didn’t promise them jobs or Heaven, or anything else.

I merely looked into this because I’m a bit of a ferret and I follow Hazel’s instructions which are “Do Your Homework” and when you keep doing your homework and you keep finding problems that you can’t answer or solve —the rest of your colleagues say, “Hey, we got to look at this.”

Now if there’s a way of doing the Terms of Reference that Hazel McCallion’s Conflict of Interest is taken out of it, I have no problem with that because she’s admitted she had a Conflict of Interest.

I want to find out how the minutes got changed, I want to find out why OMERS took what they paid World Class Development to go away. I want to know what other deals have been going on at the City Centre like that. I want to know why we’ve spent a year-and-a-half trying to fix a deal that was signed by the Mayor without her knowledge or Council’s knowledge slipping in a huge Veto Power in there for a little ten percent partner!

My colleague, Nando, has often said, if that is acceptable in business, he’s going to buy ten percent of every one of your houses—

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

(whispers) And tell you what to do.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

—and then tell you what to do with them. When you can live in them. Who can live in them with you. He’s In Charge.

So please get it out of your heads that I— and by the way I was told by Hazel McCallion when she announced six weeks ago or whenever that she was running again, I was the only one who sent her a note congratulating her. I want her to run again!

[Laughter, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

No, I’m sorry…

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order. Order.

[Laughter, jeers from audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Order.

COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH:

But I also want this judicial review to clear the air.

And I’m also surprised at how little faith you have in the Mayor when you all keep talking about this thing growing like a giant mushroom cloud.

If it’s a little Conflict of Interest, it’ll be over in ten minutes.

If it’s OMERS it might take longer.

If it’s people in this building snooping on all our PINs and changing minutes—might take a little longer. But these are the things that we want to look at.

[MISSISSAUGAWATCH BATTERY CHANGE —SPECIAL THANKS TO ROGERS CABLE 10 BROADCAST for remaining 17 seconds]

And if there’s a way in the Terms of Reference and I’m going to ask our lawyer, if we can take Hazel McCallion’s Conflict of Interest out of it at that meeting on May 21st, I’d be happy to do so. Could I, through you, ask our lawyer?”

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Through the Solicitor.

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

Please note that video ends because YouTube allows a maximum of 10 minutes per video and this video is exactly 10:04 including the MISSISSAUGAWATCH logo.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGA Conflict of Interest Judicial Inquiry VIDEO TRANSCRIPT COMPILATION-1: IN THEIR OWN WORDS, Councillors Corbasson, Dale, Carlson, Iannicca

November 6th, 2009  

At the October 28, 2009 Council meeting, despite blistering opposition from the “Our Hazel Can Do No Wrong” crowd, seven City of Mississauga Councillors voted for a judicial inquiry into the inner “murky” workings of the Trust, Quality, Excellence people.

While the traditional media have taken considerable interest of late, the reader/viewer is limited to reporters’ version of events which in some cases are as ghastly and non-researched as what is churned out by the “Our Hazel Can Do No Wrong” crowd.

Again, to repeat, I’ve been filing Freedom of Information on City of Mississauga Corporate Security conduct, operations and adherence to policies. If there are similar WThuh?! open cesspools like I’ve dredged up with $2,100 worth of Freedom of Information, this judicial inquiry was long overdue.

So MISSISSAUGAWATCH will turn today’s Blog over to a compilation of video transcripts of four Councillors as they explained why they voted for a judicial inquiry.

These transcripts appear in the order presented in previous Blogs: Councillor Carmen Corbasson (Ward 1), Councillor Frank Dale (Ward 4), Councillor George Carlson (Ward 11) and Councillor Nando Iannicca (Ward 7).

The reader who knows a thing or two about Mississauga will notice Councillor Carolyn Parrish (Ward 6) is not among these four and not addressed at all so far.  That’s because Councillor Parrish’s October 28, 2009 comments were extensive and will need more time to work up in video as well as provide transcripts.

The next Blog (and possibly a second) will deal exclusively with Councillor Parrish’s October 28, 2009 comments.

As I’ve said in my previous Blogs, all video and transcripts will be submitted to the Mississauga City Clerk for inclusion in the October 28, 2009 minutes because frankly, I do not want Future Mississauga 30-40 years from now to read only the Corporation’s side of the story (aka manicured minutes). (As a historical record it can’t get better than video and the transcript).

Here we go.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

IN HER OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor and I will be brief. Um, let me first say that this isn’t an easy time for any of us around this table just like it’s not an easy time for you. I don’t think we take comfort in any of the decisions we’ve had to make of late. But notwithstanding, we are elected to make some tough decisions and I think that’s the type of comment you’re gonna hear around this table today.

I am not at all overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up, Councillor Prentice. In fact, I’m surprised there wasn’t more.

And I’ll tell you why I’m surprised because we all know Madam Mayor is loved, admired and respected. And I for one moment am not going to take away that from her. For me, she has been a role model in many many ways. We both started here in the City in 1978 and I’ve learned an awful lot from her.

I— my biggest difficulty is, and I hope you can understand and appreciate that when we have in-camera sessions, we are privy to certain comments and information that the general public is not.

For me, the in-camera session on the judicial inquiry opened up more questions than it answered.

I— that Madam Mayor didn’t declare one Conflict of Interest for a 17-minute or a 17-second, whatever it was, I have no problem with that.

I do have a problem that official government documents got changed with no satisfactory explanation.

I do have difficulty that any member of Council, doesn’t matter if it’s Madam Mayor, or me, or anyone else, can have off-site meetings, with a landowner, who has an interest in the City of Mississauga, that is going to financially benefit a member of any one of our families.

That may not be against the Conflict of Interest Act. But in my opinion, I would hope, and it’s my understanding that a judicial inquiry can —and most probably would, depending on their findings —make some very strong recommendations to have either the Conflict of Interest Act or the Municipal Act changed.

That’s simply put, Ladies and Gentlemen, for me —I’m not going to speak, I’ll let the others speak for themselves.

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

But I would like to see this City in particular, and certainly Madam Mayor come out with credibility, integrity and that we all maintain our dignity.

I do thank you for coming out today, Ladies and Gentlemen and I will turn it back to the Acting Mayor.

Video: Councillor Carmen Corbasson  (3:50 min)

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

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

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

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

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

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

Jeer from audience

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

Video: Councillor Frank Dale (1:58 min)

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

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON:

Thank you very much Mr. Acting Mayor. I appreciate the opportunity just to say a few words that may be a slightly different tone than some of the other comments made. I think it’s sad in a way that it’s looked as a win-lose here today.

This was a process because we really, as a governing body, find ourselves vexed by the issues we’re reading about here today. And they haven’t just started dogging us yesterday at noon. This has been going on for some years.

And we’ve spent a considerable amount of money trying in our own way to get to the bottom of many of these issues. And in my opinion, I don’t think we’ve been all that successful. And it continues to hang over Council .

And when you read of the divisions on Council, you’re mostly talking about Enersource and the issues associated with OMERS and partnerships. So to me, I’m delighted that the motion is to delete Madam Mayor from that minor Conflict of Interest, which she’s already said she accepts responsibility. That is a nothing-issue as far as this inquiry is concerned

And as far as I’m concerned, Explanation Accepted. Forgotten about. That part is a Big Zero to me.

So because it’s so obvious from the heartfelt response from the folks here today that this appears to be a first-class witch hunt —must be Hallowe’en, we’re too much into the witch stuff, that we need— This helps to de-focus that and gets us on the other issues which I’m afraid the media find a lot less interesting than going after dear old Hazel.

The kind of stuff about governance and ownership and shares puts most people to sleep. I have to agree with you. But, it’s Big Bucks and we have never properly settled that issue. And I don’t know how to do it other than this.

But I think another point of view as well too, the fact that we’re going to a judge, that speaks volumes to me as a Canadian. I love that we have a country where we can go to an impartial judiciary and say look, we’ve played with the damn thing for two years and we’re not lawyers, judges.

And as I said to one resident today, if there was anything going on here, I would not want this group, much as I love them all, to be sitting in judgment of me. This is a non-starter —reat group of people to work with but, this is not a court of law.

So I think sometimes when you’re stuck, you’re stuck and you’ve got to get some help from somebody. And for me, that’s all this is about and the speculation about politics and who’s the Mayor—

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’ a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor.

So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor. I’ve known her —I’m trying to think when I first met Hazel, I think I was probably three years old or something. I have no interest in any vexatious action against her.

But by golly, I don’t know what else to do. I guess you could hire a consultant —we’ve done all of the consultants. We’ve done, we’ve asked for outside lawyers and asked for —we need someone who can come in and sort out the stuff and say, here’s what you need to do and what/where you went wrong, if we did go wrong. And here’s how you can improve it for the future.

That’s all I’m voting for and if that’s bad, I guess that’s bad but that’s all I can say about it and I appreciate the opportunity, Mr. Chair

Video: Councillor George Carlson (3:53 min)

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

IN HIS OWN WORDS

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

And if you don’t mind, as Chair, I would like to speak if someone would so move.

[Someone does]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you, I—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH into camera:

Here he goes.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

—have an obligation to my consitituents and I’ll be very very brief but I think Councillor Carmen (Corbasson) hit on the fundamental point that we’re all grappling with. This is not a fun day for us. This is a heart-wrenching decision.

The reason that I was one of the proponents of the Inquiry —the reason I stand by it emphatically needs all of ten seconds to explain.

Number One, I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know where this is going.

I do know that minutes have been altered —there some other things have gone on that I cannot explain to my taxpayers and I owe them an explanation.

Point Number Two, the Lady of Justice is blind for a reason. It matters not who she judges over —whether that’s your Mayor, whether that’s my brother, whether that’s the local parish priest. And I have to hold that close to my thoughts as well.

I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you, I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar manner.

It is not a city that I would want to live in. I’ve never conducted my affairs in that manner.

I’m shocked that anyone in the audience or anyone in this city would put the cost of such an exercise ahead of having to ensure you have Integrity and Accountability in your political system.

[Jeers and protests from the audience]

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

I beg your pardon.

And so to conclude, at the end of the day, I was not elected for my love of the Mayor. I was elected to do the right thing.

This, as difficult as it is on an emotional level —I want you to hear from me directly, from many of you that I’ve known for a long time, on an ethical, moral, and the-right-thing level, this is one of the easiest decisions that I’ve ever had to make though I’ve never regretted a decision more.

With that I now turn to the motions before me, I need the assistance of the Clerk to make sure…

Video: Councillor George Carlson (2:23 min)

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

MISSISSAUGA CONFLICT OF INTEREST JUDICIAL INQUIRY RECORDED VOTE, October 28, 2009

Again, Councillor Parrish’s comments are on-deck and for historical reasons, transcripts and video of the Councillors who opposed the judicial inquiry will also be recorded here for posterity.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

LINKS TO PREVIOUS BLOGS of the October 28, 2009 CONFLICT OF INTEREST/JUDICIAL INQUIRY meeting

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Carmen Corbasson, “This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that”

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Frank Dale, “I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.” November 4, 2009

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor George Carlson, “I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. November 4th, 2009

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Nando Iannicca, “I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar manner. It is not a city that I would want to live in.”

Best quotes for people to Get It.

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

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

I want to be clear though that the decision I make, the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain. (Jeer from audience) I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

I would think, to be honest with you, Carolyn Parrish has lost 20 points in leading this thing because this is not helping her for Mayor at all. And she gettin’ a lot of advice that brought this because for sure this is costing her votes if she ever were to run for Mayor. So you may get your wish in that she’ll never be elected Mayor but we still have to sort out these problems and that’s why I’m supporting — It has nothing to do with the Mayor.

—Mississauga Councillor Frank Dale regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

And I also have a concern to be brutally candid with you of my understanding of some of the conduct that has been outlined —because, to be brutally candid with you, I would have grave concerns if I lived in a city where a Mayor and [inaudible] members of Council conducted their affairs in a somewhat similar matter. It is not a city that I would want to live in.

—Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

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

November 4th, 2009  

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

BACKGROUND

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

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

HERE COMES THE SUN

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

He writes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

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

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

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

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

We begin.

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

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

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

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

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

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

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

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

Jeer from audience

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

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you Councillor Dale. Councillor Saito…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

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

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

Signed,

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

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

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

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

Videos: Inside Peel Regional Police (11 Division) Young Offenders’ Jail Cells –and Hamilton Graffiti Update

September 14th, 2009  

Well, it was quite the weekend. Went to the Peel Police 11 Division Open House and then paid a return visit to Chinguacousy Skateboard Park. I love Chinguacousy Sk8park.

Today, I conducted a graffiti survey in Hamilton and got one major surprise. I don’t know when but someone went through Hamilton’s downtown core and took major action on the graffiti there. Gosh, most of the graffiti that I’d documented back in June is gone. Erased or totally painted over!

The transformation was so complete that it took me several passes to finally locate exactly where this picture was taken back on May 31st. That door and surroundings were completely free of tags and blight.

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE POSES BESIDE AN IRONIC ANTI-GRAFFITI POSTER INSIDE A CITY OF HAMILTON BUS SHELTER (PANORAMIC SHOT) 090531

And it wasn’t just one or two streets. Even major graffiti sites behind buildings have been obliterated. It made getting around difficult for me because in all prior visits, I’d used unique graffiti for navigation —not street names! But still, that’s one impressive clean-up effort!

Don’t get me wrong. once you gravitate to the Beasley Park area, and work its cramped side streets, there’s still plenty of “photo-ops”. More about that in later Blogs.

At yesterday’s 11 Division Open House, a Peeler graffiti-specialist was absolutely generous with his time. He taught me how to recognize gang tags. So imagine following a park wooden fenced walkway and you see your normal “F***” this and “F***” that’s and then you recognize the very symbols your Peeler told you about.

GRAFFITI, HAMILTON (September 13, 2009)

Take your pics. Get out fast —but with dignity.

By far, the most interesting thing I did this weekend was spend quality pondering-time in jail. First a brief visit inside a jail cell for female Young Offenders and then about 20 minutes inside the males’ holding cell. (It took me a long time to decipher and document all the graffiti scratched into the glass —plus file a video report.)

So here we are. Two videos today complete with transcripts. The first, Peel Regional Police 11 Division’s tiny female jail cell, followed by video of the males’ cell.

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

This is September the 12th, 2009. I’m here at Peel Regional [Police] 11 Division. Shooting down on the floor to protect people’s privacy. And what I’ve got here is I’ve asked and received permission to videotape. This is where the Under-18’s… I think it’s Under 18.. Excuse me, Officer? What is this again —the Under-what-age?

PEEL POLICE OFFICER

Ah, Young Offenders [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Young Offenders 18 and under [Ed. ERROR. Young Offenders are Under-18] and this would be female. And this would be their holding cells so to speak. And this is what they get. And what we’ll do is just go here and kind of step… these look like 6-inch tiles. But 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then you got the can.

And there’s where you wash your hands. Although I suspect there’s soap there.And this is what you get to sleep on.

So the actual room you have is 1, 2, 3 steps. And I don’t think I have to tell you that…wow.

Let’s see what we got up here. Light bulb. I’ll tell you something. There’s no way I could fit and try to escape from there.

I wonder if they give you a metal cup that you could bang across here.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION 1:40 min

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

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVSION (MALE) 090912

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

[Sitting inside the male jail cell with video surveillance camera over right shoulder] It’s not quite what I expected. [looks around]

Uh, I guess, I guess it’s something that I needed to see based on the research that I’ve been doing about City [of Mississauga] Security and how they would call in an arrest. And of course that involves Peel Regional Police.

So you’ve got uh, my concern of course, is that ah, there’s no accountability mechanisms in place for City [of Mississauga] Security and then they’re handed over to Peel Regional Police…

And these are the male cells.

We’ve got a video surveillance camera there [inaudible] We’re gonna go here a bit. A place to take a p*** and a dump. And two beds. So I guess if there’s more than that you got a problem.

And what’s interesting is you get the graffiti and the scratching here. OK. Now I can finally —took me a long time to figure out what this says. This right here. OK, even though there’s a video surveillance camera right there somebody (laughs) managed to scrawl in a complaint in glass that reads, “NO TOILET PAPER”. Finally figured out now.

So there’s a complaint there, etched in glass that there was no toilet paper… is that true?

[camera swings over and around the toilet…] There’s gotta be toilet paper.

[Reaches into a toilet-paper sized hole with no toilet paper in it] I suspect it’s there…

Tell ya, if you want to know the truth in society, there it is. NO TOILET PAPER However, there is a video surveillance camera.

I mean it’s bare.  And it’s, I mean you don’t expect posters up. A jail is supposed to be a place where you have nothing to do but to contemplate how you got in there. And the video surveillance camera… at least you know that the video surveillance camera right here, try pointing to it, yah, right here. Um, that is a Peel Police video surveillance camera and you’ve got Police Services manning that thing instead of Mississauga Corporate Security that have no accountability mechanisms in place.

Trust me. This is what Freedom of Information has confirmed. And that’s what I got a problem with.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 3:12 min

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

Signed,

The (Warning to Youth. There’s no INTERNET access in Jail!) Mississauga Muse

Time to lighten things up a bit!

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DODGE CHARGERS (11 DIVISION) CARTOON September 12, 2009

UPDATE: Monday, September 14, 2009. 9:06 am. The video PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 was replaced because I forgot to dampen the audio of a rather crude word regarding the jail cell’s  toilet arrangements. Also, a viewer hated the original enough to give it a 1 out of 5. He/she may wish to go back and click on the 1 again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD TRANSCRIPT (Implications?) MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

August 20th, 2009  

For reasons that one day I’ll be able to relate, I need to share this YouTube video and accompanying transcript for the record today.

The video shows me at Mississauga Council’s June 24, 2009 Public Question Period. If you know just how much Councillor Nando Iannicca helped me during the previous Council meeting and General Committee meeting and then helped me again on the 24th, you’ll understand why I say that Mississauga youth and minors are indebted to him. As am I.

MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

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

Important: The video is an excerpt of my June 24, 2009 Mississauga Council Public Question Period appearance, and begins after I’d been up there for 4:46 minutes, as does the transcript.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

[time 4:46 min]

A draft of the Policy stated this about Trespass:

“Where a ban has been issued against an individual and the individual fails to comply with the ban, the individual may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

That’s what the draft looks like.

Among other things, Freedom of Information secured two emails –the first is Mr. Owen’s January 17, 2005 email where he takes exception to the draft’s qualifier “may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

And you have one of those documents in your possession right now. But I’ll read what he specifically refers to.

[Time: 5:28]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Ursula, I think that we have to come to some conclusion on this issue because I’m at a loss for what you’re referring to or trying to get to. I don’t want to minimize what you’re trying to get to.

I’m going to suggest with the Staff and the Mayor and the City Manager and outline to us exactly what your concerns are. Because I think it’s unfair to Council to have this thing brought to our attention and we’re at a loss to respond. I am, as Mayor.

So I don’t think —I think this issue is getting a little bit out of hand and we’ve got to come to some conclusion on it.

So I’m going to suggest, with Council’s approval, that the Mayor meet with, and the Staff and the City Manager, meet with you, and sit down and go over your concerns and try to find out what you’re after and what we can do about it.

Because I think that’s the only way we can get to the bottom of —and try to help you with getting the answers that you want, you’ve indicated. And we’re not getting it here in your presentation to General Committee or Council.

So I would suggest that Council agrees with that —that that happen.

Councillor Iannicca?…

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I’d be happy to so move. You may recall that we last dealt with it, I asked that it go back to Committee —we spent some time on it. Even with all of that I think we were still trying to fight with understanding the data, the implications, what this in terms—

Madam Mayor, I agree with you entirely. because through to Ursula, I’m still trying to understand at the end of the day what the Ask Is.

So —I think that you’re genuine in your pursuit. I think it relates to violence under reporting of statistics and it means that we may not be getting the outputs from the system that we should.

I think we all respect all of that. But we’re not clear on The Ask.

We referred it back to Committee hoping that we’d get there. I think it’s raised more questions for you. I respect that. But Madam Mayor, I think that your suggestion is a very, very good one (and it’s good of you to make the time) to sit down, to maybe clarify some of the data.

But then when it comes back, I just want to be clear what The Ask is. What it is you’d like us to do to make the system better, because we share in that with you because I think you’re well-intentioned as the Mayor said, in that regard.

So Madam Mayor, I’d be happy to move that suggestion and thank you for it at the appropriate —and you’ll nail down the data and then bring back to us what it is that you’d like us to do to improve on this. I think that’s very helpful.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Councillor Prentice?…

Councillor Maja Prentice:

[inaudible and passes…]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

‘kay.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Um, one thing. When you receive something for information, do you have to receive it? Or can you defer [sic] back?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

We can refer it back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Can I request then that Report 9 ”Requests for Additional Information Security Incidents” not be received for report then?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

But can be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Refer it back? Because I would really like the youth/minor statistics in there? Please?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

The whole matter will be referred –we’ll sit down with you and go over what your concerns are, information you’re seeking, what you want us to do, what you feel Council should be doing in this regard –directions to Staff etc. It will all be looked at. And that’s the only way will get to some consensus,–conclusion of the matter. ok?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Yes. And I have just one unusual request. I’m not sure if you can accommodate, but I’d really like an electronic copy of the Mississauga Corporate Security database be handed over to Mississauga’s community partner, Peel Regional Police? Until such time as I can convince—

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Well that will be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Referred? Okay.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

All, everything will be ref—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

I tried. Thank you. (walks away)

[Total time: 9:25 minutes]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Thank you

(pause. Sound of papers shuffling)

Corporate Reports?…

VIDEO ENDS.

A meeting with Mayor McCallion was set up for August 31st. I replied that I would not be in Canada that day. I also informed the Mississauga Mayor that before meeting with her I still had to do my “homework” —and that I was still waiting on questions that I was invited to send to City Staff back in June about City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) and its dATaBAsE.

It’s now August 20th (two months later) and I’ve still to get the necessary answers from “appropriate” Staff that I need for a meeting with the Mayor.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY MANAGER, JAMIE HILLIS (JANUARY 28, 2005 EMAIL ON BANS/TRESPASS/ARRESTS OF MISSISSAUGA'S CITIZENS/YOUTH)

“Corporate Security will continue the common practise to issue a banning notice at their own discretion, and/or effect a trespass arrest if required. This is done at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee. Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws.”

—Email: Jamie Hillis  2005/01/28 3:50:48 pm (secured through Freedom of Information)

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

IMAGE DETAIL:  City of Mississauga Corporate Security “Special Occurrence Report” secured through Freedom of Information, showing ban of a 9/10 year old girl for 30 days from Mississauga Civic Centre, Central Library and Living Arts Centre. (MISSISSAUGAWATCH has confirmed that two 15/16 year old females were banned 30 days from just the Civic Centre for “Drugs”. Bottomline, less punishment than the 9/10 year old got handed “at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee”.

FACT: There are plenty of Mississauga parents/guardians who haven’t a clue that their kid has received a ban from Mississauga’s City parks, facilities and properties —until their kid returns during their ban and “will be” arrested.


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