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

November 25th, 2011  

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

A couple of other things.

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

Who waits three months?

And I just don’t get that.

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

[pointing to Mississauga City Hall in background]

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

But it’s so much worse now.

Anyway. I have something else for the record.

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

October 2010, I already found it grim.

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

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

This Empire of Illusion.

About the malfeasance and the corruption in here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That was for me, The Signal.

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, October 12, 2011

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

Music: Living in the Past by Jethro Tull

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

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

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

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

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

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

But I have to say it’s a relief.

Oh God, it’s a relief.

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

 

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

 

Signed,

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

Or misses these chances?!

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

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

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

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

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

September 23rd, 2011  

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

And this is the picture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what happened between the Advanced Polls and Voting Day?

Can you say “last day robocall”?…

Bonnie Crombie
Bonnie_Crombie

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

19 Sep

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

Bonnie Crombie
Bonnie_Crombie

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

22 Sep

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

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

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

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

May 12th, 2011  

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

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So you—

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But smear campaigns happen often in politics.

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

Pardon?

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

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

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

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

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

But—

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

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

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

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

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

—That’s an estimate—

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

—an estimate. Right.

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

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

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

Right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes.

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

Ya, thank you.

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

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

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

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

—Yeah.

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

And so they’re seeing—

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right. Thank you very much.

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

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

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

In 60 days you said?

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

Pardon?

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

60 days we’ll know for sure?

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

Pardon?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay?

Any other questions?

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

Thank you very much.

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

Yeah. Thank you.

Okay?

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

Don’t crash the ambulance, whatever you do…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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

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

Mississauga to hold by-election to replace Adams

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

Residents laud departing Mississauga councillor Eve Adams

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

Mayor wants by-election

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

Council votes for Ward 5 by-election

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

McCallion offers faint praise for new Tory MP

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

Skeptics question by-election cost

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

Mississauga estimate for byelection cost almost triple that of Toronto

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

Mississauga Ward 5 percentages showing support for incumbents Mayor Hazel McCallion and Councillor Eve Adams by polling stations

November 19th, 2010  

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

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

Today’s Blog focuses only on Ward 5 polling station results showing the percentage support for both incumbents Mayor Hazel McCallion and Councillor Eve Adams. We decided to report on Ward 5 first because Malton Community Centre is one of our primary Roots of Youth Violence research sites.

Here’s the latest spreadsheet. Ward 5.

I’ve taken the liberty of highlighting polling stations of low or relatively low incumbent support defined as less than 60%.

Voter Support for Hazel McCallion according to polling station
NOTE: For context Hazel McCallion won with
76.40%. Councillor Eve Adams won with 66.75%.

(“HM” is Hazel McCallion. “EA” is  Eve Adams)

Polling Locations                      Total      Hazel      Total     Eve       Total      % for HM  % for EA
                                      Ballots   McCALLION   for Mayor  ADAMS   Councillor
                                        Cast                                   Ballots Cast
0084 5 ChamplainTrail Public School     1307        977       1281     977       1290        76.27%    75.74%
0085 5 St.Gertrude Separate School       963        732        940     682        942        77.87%    72.40%
0086 5 Fairwind Senior PublicSchool     1035        756       1020     761       1023        74.12%    74.39%
0087 5 StHilary Catholic School          746        564        731     543        724        77.15%    75.00%
0088 5 San Lorenzo Ruiz School          1067        834       1053     832       1063        79.20%    78.27%
0089 5 Frank McKechnie C.C.             1861       1423       1815    1509       1840        78.40%    82.01%
0090 5 Ridgewood Public School           725        512        698     483        715        73.35%    67.55%
0091 5 Morning Star Middle School        547        356        534     320        541        66.67%    59.15%
0092 5 Marvin Heights Public School      763        490        737     426        754        66.49%    56.50%
0093 5 St Raphael Catholic School        635        378        585     351        606        64.62%    57.92%
0094 5 Brandon Gate Public School        551        387        529     308        524        73.16%    58.78%
0095 5 Darcel Ave Senior School          779        530        768     447        764        69.01%    58.51%
0096 5 Malton C.C.                       564        353        545     335        556        64.77%    60.25%
0097 5 Dunrankin Dr Public School        975        621        939     571        955        66.13%    59.79%
0098 5 Rec Room- 3580 Etude Dr            42         22         39      27         38        56.41%   71.05%
0099 5 Malton Village Long Term           18         12         18      12         18        66.67%    66.67%
0100 5 Ridgewood Court                    69         45         62      29         65        72.58%    44.62%
0101 5 Villa Forum Long Term             113         69        105      71         94        65.71%    75.53%
0102 5 Advance Poll Day 1                 45         34         44      29         45        77.27%    64.44%
0103 5 Advance Poll Day 2                 58         46         57      39         57        80.70%    68.42%
0104 5 Ridgewood PS - Day 3              547        240        514     195        538        46.69%   36.25%
0105 5 Ridgewood PS - Day 4              592        215        544     175        589        39.52%   29.71%
0106 5 Frank McKechnie CC-Day3           404        316        397     285        400        79.60%    71.25%
0107 5 Frank McKechnie CC-Day4           537        412        529     388        533        77.88%    72.80%


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR CONTEXT

VIDEO ONE

Dedicated to Malton –MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA (non) mayoral address (Lincoln Alexander Secondary School) 7:34 min

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

SCRIPT OF THE MALTON/LINCOLN ALEXANDER SPEECH

Hi. I’m unique among the people here because I am *not* running, I’m simply registered. I registered as part of my research into municipal governance and the City of Mississauga in particular. Since January 2007 I’ve spent over $2,000 on Freedom of Information to investigate Mississauga.

The McMurtry/Curling Report on The Roots of Youth Violence states:

“Community Centres and programs run by mainstream social service providers that have facilities are not “youth-friendly” or accessible to youth, particularly Black youth.

“Not youth-friendly”—that’s what I see too.

I have a moral obligation to tell you something.

In 2008 I attended four Mississauga Youth Plan meetings, one of which was held across the street at Malton Community Centre on March 3, 2008. I witnessed a City of Mississauga security guard deny a half dozen black youths entrance into that meeting. A couple of the kids peered through the window to friends inside and gestured that the guard wasn’t letting them in! I’ve got a photograph to prove that.

At this meeting, youth were asked to write up a wish list. Of the four Youth meetings I attended throughout the city, Malton kids were the only ones to write “DON’T KICK US OUT” as a wish.

However, you won’t see “DON’T KICK US OUT” recorded in the City’s official version of the Mississauga Youth Plan!

Here are the City’s Security records for Malton Community Centre January 1, 2006 until September 26, 2008. During that time, City security guards issued 200 bans and arrests!

By contrast, the combined stats for Cawthra, Meadowvale, Clarkson and River Grove show only 22 bans representing more than twice the foot traffic of Malton Community Centre. And no arrests.

People might respond with, “Well, you know, this is Malton –isn’t 200 what you expect?”

So I investigated the City’s bans for the nearby Westwood Mall Transit Terminal during the same period. NO bans—or arrests. Zero.

I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure more people go through that transit terminal in a day than Malton Community Centre.

From what I can figure, of the 200 Malton Community Centre bans/arrests, 48% of them are youth and minors.

Contrary to its own guidelines, the City does not inform parents when a child is banned. Over the entire City there are hundreds of parents and guardians with no clue of the City’s bans to their kids.

That’s deadly because if a kid returns to property before a ban’s expiry, he is ARRESTED. Freedom of Information retrieved this direct quote from the Director of Corporate Security about the Arrest policy: “…no exceptions. Let them tell it to the judge”.

And that’s still not the worst part.

It’s what Staff and security guards write about you or your kid into their computer system that you have to worry about. The vast majority of people written into City Security’s “occurrence narratives” simply cannot imagine what’s written about them!

And that computer database with stuff written about your kid rides in the front seat console of every one of the City’s Security RESPONSE UNITS.

And how would you like to be the parent of this kid?

Or this one?

If your kid goes to Malton Community Centre I urge you to file Freedom of Information on any records that the City of Mississauga might have on your youngster.

If nothing comes up, great.

If it does? Do not try to fix things up by dealing directly with City Security. They are highly-accomplished liars and I have proof of this. Besides, you can’t remove what these security guards wrote about your kid. But you CAN enter into the records your youngster’s side of the story.

And you can file a complaint—even if it was something that happened back in 2006.

Go to www.mississaugawatch.ca. I will help!

Thanks for listening.

VIDEO TWO

Malton residents suckered by Hazel McCallion (STOP BENDING OVER MALTON!)

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

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

Well, I’m offering myself again for four years. I’m going to continue to give you value for tax dollar.

There are financial challenges no question today. All municipalities are facing increase [sic] —in the operational costs of this city [sic]. And of course as well as the capital costs.

Fortunately the Federal and Provincial government gave us ninety-six (96) million this year in the stimulus program. We had to add one-third to that and I can assure you, Malton is benefiting —you’re going to get a new swimming pool, indoor swimming pool. Here in Malton.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Thank you for mentioning the Malton Arena redevelopment design in light of the comments expressed earlier today down by Lakeshore. When you look at the costs, and this is an unfunded project, you’re estimating the Malton Arena redevelopment at about $2.8 million dollars. And the ones that we are funding, the Vic Johnson Arena is about $6.9 million and the Port Credit Arena is at $6.3 million.

So I’m sure those two arenas are larger than the one in Malton and that explains from of the differential but —this is part of the challenge that in Malton that the standard, even as we’re redeveloping, it just doesn’t look the way it looks in the rest of the city.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH ((November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting whispers):

That’s right.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

It certainly doesn’t look the way it looks down by the Living Arts Centre. And I’m sure that it’s your concern that you care for every part of Mississauga. It’s certainly not the standard that you see down at the waterfront with all the flagstone and so on. It’s just beautiful. It’s stunning. And hats off to your team that’s put this together down at the waterfront, it is beautiful!

But I look at that and I just have some concerns that I look forward to working with you on that.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—and I can assure you, Malton is benefiting —you’re going to get a new swimming pool, indoor swimming pool. Here in Malton. There has been one in the high school.

High school pools are not working out that well.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

The other one that’s unfunded is the indoor school pools. And I know we’ve had some meetings on that and we’re looking at the study.

But, you know, to speak up on Malton’s behalf yet again, that indoor pool is in, you know, an older high school. And the pool is not something I think any of us would be proud to go to. It’s just —it’s old, it’s a little tired. I also receive comments from different cultural groups saying that it’s not culturally sensitive. For instance, to the Muslim Community, if they’d like to go and swim they need to go by teenage boys and so I have a great appreciation and concern for that.

So I’m looking forward to that study.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

In addition to that just a couple of years ago we renovated your community centre and library. Up-to-date, modern etcetera. And I know how much the people of Malton have enjoyed it. We have a Strategic Plan for the future of this great city of Mississauga. Over one hundred thousand people were involved.

And our staff was up here and the consultants in Malton getting your opinion.

You know you folks have Canada’s largest airport in your municipality. A very expanded airport that is considered one of the most modern in the world at the present time. So Malton has —used to be the Malton Airport, and then it became the Toronto International Airport and then it was named Lester B. Pearson. Some day it will go back to being called the Malton Airport. And it should have been from Day One.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

COMMISSION COUNSEL WILLIAM MCDOWELL (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

—you have an efficient city government, those are things that cause those companies to locate here, I take it?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

Yes, and I think the Mississauga International Airport helps, as well.

COMMISSION COUNSEL WILLIAM MCDOWELL (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

Pearson Airport.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

To me it’s the Mississauga International Airport.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We have a cycling program that is going to connect Malton to the rest of Mississauga because Malton is divided with that long, large expanse of industrial land. And so we try everything —all our programs are directed to bring Malton in. I know you look to Brampton for some of your services as well as to the Etobicoke Hospital because your doctors here are usually attached to the Etobicoke Hospital.

The location of Malton. But we give it every attention possible.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Similar to Councillor Prentice’s question, I’m looking at the 2009 highlights and the Port Credit Arena is budgeted at almost $12 million dollars. And while I have no doubt that it’s needed I’m looking at unfunded items and the Malton Arena is unfunded at $3 million. Could you perhaps provide some information on the different scope of work that the one arena would be almost four times the cost?

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

The location of Malton. But we give it every attention possible.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

I’m looking at the Capital Budget down in the south by the waterfront and it’s already stunning.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting whispers):

Yep, that’s right.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

And this is I guess a question that I keep receiving. It’s Fusion Park. It’s, you know, the waterfront trails and Saddington Park and so on. They are already stunning and I just look around—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND WRECK, JOHN LOHUIS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Sorry, are you leaping ahead to this to the other piece, sorry—

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Yes. The one that we just about to—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND WRECK, JOHN LOHUIS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

I’m dealing with Recreation. And Susan Burke will come on later on all of the park development-related capital projects so—

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Perhaps, sure John, perhaps it’s a comment though that you can take back with Staff as you’re developing the capital plan into the future. The comment that we often hear, and I’m sure that other Councillors are hearing it is that the waterfront is stunning, beautiful. Everybody enjoys it.

It’s just that we’d like to see a little bit of that in each of our communities.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—congratulate you on your festival that is starting to come back. I remember when Councillor Frank McKechnie was your councillor up here. There was a Malton Festival every year. And then unfortunately, it disappeared.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (May 14, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Thank you. I’ve just got a quick comment to indicate how delighted I am to see the funding for the Malton Community Festival. It is a very humble amount –$3,100.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

It’s coming back with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of young people participating in it. And so Malton has a great future in the City of Mississauga.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

Cargo flights actually are the ones that aren’t restricted. The passenger planes are restricted. So the cargo flights are the ones that can continue flying through the night.

Yes, I receive the complaints. Those are the residents though that have been putting up with the airport now for over forty years. And so they’re just used to it, fed up by it, but to place complaints that really goes nowhere. I mean, they’ve done it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting whispers):

Yee-up.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

You’re limited to the number of complaints you can put in in a single day. Let’s say it’s your day off and you’d like to put in complaints about planes going off their flight tracks. Well, you’re limited to putting in one complaint every 24 hours.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We realize the separation that exists and we’re doing everything possible to bring Malton into this city in regard to our city core etcetera.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MODERATOR (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

We have a question down here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

Hi, it’s just a really, really quick question. How many people here are from —live in Malton?

Thank you.

[laughter from the audience. One person applauds.]

MODERATOR (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

We have a question down here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core whispers):

There was nobody. No hand up.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We hope that you will take advantage of the renovated city core —our Civic Centre that is going to be open next year. With all modern, up-to-date facilities for festivals etcetera.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

I also think there’s —you know this, you know, I don’t want to sound harsh here. But there’s this issue of ridiculousness where we’ve paid to build a library, we’ve paid for the shelves in the library, we’ve paid to stock the library. But now the doors are closed and people can press their noses against the wall and look at what they paid for. They just can’t access them.

So there’s an issue there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

But I think very much we need to have access to our libraries. Certainly in Malton. Certainly at the McKechnie Centre.

This is a priority for our community.

You know the request earlier on, or the recommendation earlier on that saved a hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to centralize our ordering and our purchasing. That’s something that I think we could have done years ago! And I frankly begrudge the fact that we haven’t tapped into those savings for the last four or ten years.

Had we had that ten years ago, we would have saved an aggregate of $1.5 million dollars.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

But that’s the type of savings that I’d really like to find that doesn’t affect front line services to residents. Especially seniors, especially young moms. Especially kids that are going to read. You want to encourage reading.

So that would be my recommendation as you’re looking to come up with some hours —changing the hours around to make sure that we don’t have a day that’s closed. Especially in communities—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF LIBRARIES, DON MILLS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

Exactly.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

—I could point out Malton. It’s over an hour by bus to come down to the central part of the city. And that’s really just not feasible.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—and especially for the cultural makeup of our city.

You know there’s the Pakistani Festival. There’s the Indian Festival. There’s the Polish Festival. All those festivals now —Ukranian Festival, are coming to our city core. Because the makeup of our municipality now is 48% of our population now is ethnic background.

You have one of the most —one of the most efficient cricket boxes in Mississauga right here in Wildwood Park. And I’ve been up here to a number of tournaments that have been held there. We’re so proud of that, in fact it is such a good cricket box that tournaments, province-wide and Canada-wide can be held here in Malton.

So, we —I promise you that Malton will not be neglected in any way. That we will provide all the services that we provide to any other part of Mississauga.

Your arena. We are looking at it. How can it be converted to what it needed in Malton? And our Staff will be consulting with you to know what you want your arena to be.

So, let’s on October the 25th, I look forward again to serving Malton for the next four years.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

If your kid goes or has gone to Malton Community Centre I urge you to file Freedom of Information on any records that the City of Mississauga might have on your youngster.

If nothing comes up, great.

If it does? Do not try to fix things up by dealing directly with City Security. They are highly-accomplished liars and I have proof of this. Besides, you can’t remove what these security guards wrote about your kid. But you CAN enter into the records your youngster’s side of the story.

Go to www.mississaugawatch.ca. I will help!

Thanks for listening.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
[MUSIC with first drive to Malton in March 2007]

MALTON, ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN, first research drive through Malton, March 2007

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MALTON March 3, 2008 Mississauga Youth Plan Meeting Mississauga Corporate Security RESPONSE UNIT Welcome Wagon. HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC, WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY?

E MALAMA KAKOU. To care for All.

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

Spreadsheet into percentage of Hazel McCallion’s votes by Mississauga polling stations provides unique insights

November 18th, 2010  

Want to know the breakdown of Percentage Support for Hazel McCallion by polling station? Well we did!

As regular readers know, I, The Mississauga Muse, registered for the office of mayor back on January 4, 2010 as part of my research into City of Mississauga municipal governance and how it relates to the Roots of Youth Violence.

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

It was crucial then to create another spreadsheet showing McCallion’s support by polling station based on the simple equation “Votes for Hazel McCallion” divided by “Total Ballots Cast for Mayor”.  Example. There are 10 ballets cast for Mayor. 8 were for Hazel McCallion. 8/10 or 80% support at that polling station. These data would provide true insight into McCallion support “strongholds” and also pinpoint areas of dissatisfaction with the Mayor.

And that’s what we did here. This table is presented from strongest support (100% of votes at Meadowcroft Constitution, a retirement home) to lowest (39.52% at Ridgeview Public School Day 4). While 100% of 10 ballots cast for Mayor isn’t such a big deal, receiving only 39.52% out of 554 ballots cast for mayor at Ridgeview Public School is.  At first we assumed the 39.52% reflected dissatisfaction with Hazel McCallion. But examining Ridgeview Public School Day 4 polling station results for both McCallion and Councillor Eve Adams confirms something quite different is afoot.

And we’ll leave it at that!

As part of my research into the Roots of Youth Violence we’ll also create polling station breakdowns like this for all Wards. (More commentary after the table.) So. Here’s the spreadsheet.

Voter Support for Hazel McCallion according to polling station
NOTE: For context Hazel McCallion won with
76.40%

Polling Locations                    Total      Total for   Total for    % for
                                    Ballots       Hazel       Mayor      Hazel
                                      Cast       McCALLION              McCALLION
0054 3 Meadowcroft Constitution         15          10           10      100.00%
0121 6 Leisureworld-Streetsville        29          28           29       96.55%
0173 8 Advance Poll Day 1               94          88           94       93.62%
0191 9 Advance Poll Day 1               47          44           47       93.62%
0209 10 Advance Poll Day 1              35          32           35       91.43%
0174 8 Advance Poll Day 2               65          57           63       90.48%
0229 11 Ray Underhill PS-Day4          295         260          291       89.35%
0048 3 Westminster Court               123         106          120       88.33%
0076 4 Cawthra Gardens Long Term        25          22           25       88.00%
0165 8 Living Waters Residence          84          73           83       87.95%
0123 6 Advance Poll Day 2               98          85           97       87.63%
0172 8 University of Toronto             8           7            8       87.50%
0189 9 Village of Erin Meadows          23          20           23       86.96%
0227 11 Advance Poll Day 2              38          33           38       86.84%
0030 2 Wawel Villa                      37          32           37       86.49%
0120 6 Yee Hong Centre                  43          32           37       86.49%
0175 8 South Common CC - Day 3         414         348          403       86.35%
0194 9 Erin Meadows CC - Day 4         282         239          277       86.28%
0034 2 Clarkson CC - Day 4             215         185          215       86.05%
0035 2 Lorne Park SS - Day 3           372         318          370       85.95%
0196 9 Meadowvale CC - Day 4           259         220          256       85.94%
0195 9 Meadowvale CC - Day 3           301         256          298       85.91%
0050 3 Beechwood Place                  77          66           77       85.71%
0143 7 Heritage House                   22          18           21       85.71%
0192 9 Advance Poll Day 2               42          36           42       85.71%
0225 11 Extendicare Mississauga         28          24           28       85.71%
0167 8 Carmel Heights                   42          35           41       85.37%
0210 10 Advance Poll Day 2              34          29           34       85.29%
0032 2 Advance Poll Day 2               33          28           33       84.85%
0171 8 Sunrise Senior Living            13          11           13       84.62%
0056 3 Advance Poll Day 2               60          49           58       84.48%
0072 4 The Mansion                     201         165          196       84.18%
0148 7 Huron Park CC - Day 3           188         156          186       83.87%
0140 7 Leisureworld-Mississauga         37          31           37       83.78%
0188 9 Heritage Glen                   155         122          146       83.56%
0177 8 Pheasant Run PS - Day 3         230         192          230       83.48%
0206 10 St.Therese Catholic School    1040         859         1030       83.40%
0010 1 Miss Long Term Care               7           5            6       83.33%
0033 2 Clarkson CC - Day 3             279         230          276       83.33%
0168 8 Ivan Franko Home                 54          44           53       83.02%
0183 9 Settler's Green PublicSchool   1459        1203         1452       82.85%
0219 11 Ray Underhill Public School   1331        1088         1315       82.74%
0176 8 South Common CC - Day 4         323         263          318       82.70%
0079 4 Advance Poll Day 2              138         114          138       82.61%
0187 9 StRichard Separate School      1388        1137         1377       82.57%
0023 2 Clarkson C.C.                  1167         952         1153       82.57%
0036 2 Lorne Park SS - Day 4           337         275          334       82.34%
0182 9 Miller's Grove Public School   1139         928         1129       82.20%
0185 9 Meadowvale C.C.                1164         950         1156       82.18%
0058 3 Burnhamthorpe CC-Day4           261         212          258       82.17%
0055 3 Advance Poll Day 1               68          55           67       82.09%
0116 6 St.Dunstan Catholic School      915         743          906       82.01%
0066 4 StCharles Garnier School       1096         872         1067       81.72%
0193 9 Erin Meadows CC - Day 3         346         275          337       81.60%
0149 7 Huron Park CC - Day 4           211         172          211       81.52%
0158 8 Pheasant Run Public School     1422        1147         1411       81.29%
0051 3 Meadowcroft Bough Beeches        17          13           16       81.25%
0067 4 StsPeter & Paul School         1140         901         1110       81.17%
0078 4 Advance Poll Day 1              148         120          148       81.08%
0217 11 Streetsville SecSchool         977         772          955       80.84%
0186 9 Shelter Bay Public School      1166         931         1152       80.82%
0047 3 John Cabot SecSchool           1024         815         1009       80.77%
0103 5 Advance Poll Day 2               58          46           57       80.70%
0024 2 StHelen Separate School         902         723          896       80.69%
0203 10 St.Edith Stein School         1368        1085         1347       80.55%
0112 6 Edenrose Public School         1154         906         1125       80.53%
0214 10 Lisgar Middle School-Day4      470         368          457       80.53%
0228 11 Ray Underhill PS-Day3          263         209          260       80.38%
0160 8 All Saints Separate School     1064         840         1048       80.15%
0108 6 McBride Ave Public School      1198         942         1176       80.10%
0080 4 Mississauga Valley CC-Day3      381         296          370       80.00%
0170 8 Specialty Care-Mississauga       21          16           20       80.00%
0016 1 Port Credit SS - Day 3          246         194          243       79.84%
0057 3 Burnhamthorpe CC-Day3           290         224          281       79.72%
0204 10 StSimon Stock School           811         640          803       79.70%
0118 6 Whitehorn Public School        1258         992         1246       79.61%
0106 5 Frank McKechnie CC-Day3         404         316          397       79.60%
0184 9 St.John of the Cross School    1096         865         1087       79.58%
0181 9 Our Lady of Mercy School        593         464          584       79.45%
0110 6 Queenston Drive Pub School      866         668          841       79.43%
0205 10 Lisgar Middle School          1213         946         1191       79.43%
0115 6 StHerbert Catholic School      1079         847         1068       79.31%
0137 7 Bishop Scalabrini School        994         769          970       79.28%
0077 4 Amica at City Centre            309         240          303       79.21%
0088 5 San Lorenzo Ruiz School        1067         834         1053       79.20%
0031 2 Advance Poll Day 1               48          38           48       79.17%
0070 4 StMatthew Catholic School       804         626          791       79.14%
0180 9 Castlebridge Public School      924         725          917       79.06%
0126 6 River Grove CC - Day 3          405         317          401       79.05%
0153 8 St.Margaret of Scotland         635         498          630       79.05%
0001 1 Riverside Public School         722         558          706       79.04%
0061 4 Silver Creek Public School      984         769          975       78.87%
0216 11 Rec Room-4 Caroline Street     289         215          273       78.75%
0053 3 Summerville Pines               287         218          277       78.70%
0017 1 Port Credit SS - Day 4          262         203          258       78.68%
0207 10 StAlbert of Jerusalem          994         766          975       78.56%
0162 8 Credit Valley Public School     962         747          951       78.55%
0146 7 St Timothy SS - Day 3           187         146          186       78.49%
0131 7 St.Catherine ofSienna School    872         675          860       78.49%
0089 5 Frank McKechnie C.C.           1861        1423         1815       78.40%
0059 3 Teresa of Calcutta-Day3         320         243          310       78.39%
0218 11 Vista Heights Public School    712         550          702       78.35%
0071 4 St.Pio of Peitrelcina School   1463        1106         1412       78.33%
0213 10 Lisgar Middle School-Day3      395         303          387       78.29%
0159 8 Ashgrove Public School          828         640          818       78.24%
0133 7 Mary Fix Catholic School        815         626          801       78.15%
0156 8 South Common C.C.              1286         997         1276       78.13%
0063 4 Thornwood Public School         719         553          708       78.11%
0025 2 St Francis of Assisi           1104         854         1094       78.06%
0111 6 StDavid of Wales School        1614        1229         1576       77.98%
0198 10 StBernard of Clairvaux         925         710          911       77.94%
0223 11 Levi Creek Public School      1061         814         1045       77.89%
0166 8 South Common Court              109          81          104       77.88%
0107 5 Frank McKechnie CC-Day4         537         412          529       77.88%
0085 5 St.Gertrude Separate School     963         732          940       77.87%
0049 3 Sunrise Senior Living            18          14           18       77.78%
0041 3 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta      604         457          588       77.72%
0046 3 St Basil Catholic School       1394        1039         1339       77.60%
0136 7 StPhilip Catholic School       1188         909         1172       77.56%
0190 9 Edenwood Seniors Village         52          38           49       77.55%
0208 10 Kindree Public School          879         676          872       77.52%
0006 1 Queen of Heaven Sep School     1664        1256         1621       77.48%
0065 4 Briarwood Public School         784         593          766       77.42%
0018 2 Clarkson Public School         1315        1011         1307       77.35%
0102 5 Advance Poll Day 1               45          34           44       77.27%
0154 8 King's Masting Public School    792         606          785       77.20%
0201 10 StFaustina CatholicSchool     1075         815         1056       77.18%
0087 5 StHilary Catholic School        746         564          731       77.15%
0015 1 Miss Sr Centre - Day 4          247         189          245       77.14%
0029 2 Sheridan Villa                   71          54           70       77.14%
0052 3 Tyndall Nursing Home             49          37           48       77.08%
0151 8 Holy Name of Mary College       610         464          603       76.95%
0144 7 Advance Poll Day 1              125          93          121       76.86%
0231 11 David Leeder MS-Day4           278         209          272       76.84%
0127 6 River Grove CC - Day 4          475         361          470       76.81%
0117 6 River Grove C.C.               1465        1116         1453       76.81%
0220 11 Britannia Public School       1709        1291         1681       76.80%
0128 7 Munden Park Public School       883         663          864       76.74%
0040 3 Silverthorn Public School       746         550          718       76.60%
0045 3 StsMartha & Mary School        1473        1099         1437       76.48%
0081 4 Mississauga Valley CC-Day4      307         230          301       76.41%
0230 11 David Leeder MS-Day3           219         165          216       76.39%
0060 3 Teresa of Calcutta-Day4         275         200          262       76.34%
0074 4 Park Mansion                    171         129          169       76.33%
0084 5 ChamplainTrail Public School   1307         977         1281       76.27%
0179 9 Erin Meadows C.C.              1248         945         1241       76.15%
0028 2 The Wenleigh                     25          19           25       76.00%
0222 11 David Leeder Middle School    1277         959         1263       75.93%
0215 11 Vic Johnston C.C.              813         614          809       75.90%
0068 4 Corpus Christi School           994         746          983       75.89%
0026 2 Sheridan Park Public School     794         600          792       75.76%
0020 2 StLuke Catholic School         1104         831         1097       75.75%
0113 6 StBernadette School            1493        1101         1456       75.62%
0005 1 Mississauga SrCentre           1048         780         1032       75.58%
0138 7 Fairview Public School          515         385          511       75.34%
0157 8 StMark Separate School         1545        1148         1526       75.23%
0039 3 St Thomas More School          1137         823         1095       75.16%
0134 7 Huron Park C.C.                1636        1212         1613       75.14%
0145 7 Advance Poll Day 2              183         136          181       75.14%
0200 10 Ruth Thompson Middle Schoo     930         687          917       74.92%
0155 8 Christ the King School         1307         964         1287       74.90%
0062 4 Metropolitan Andrei School      755         550          735       74.83%
0044 3 Forest Glen Public School      1046         761         1020       74.61%
0122 6 Advance Poll Day 1              151         111          149       74.50%
0161 8 Artesian Drive Public School    775         569          764       74.48%
0163 8 StRose of Lima School           765         560          752       74.47%
0221 11 StVeronica CatholicSchool      845         622          837       74.31%
0022 2 Lorne Park Public School       1013         740          997       74.22%
0086 5 Fairwind Senior PublicSchool   1035         756         1020       74.12%
0226 11 Advance Poll Day 1              55          40           54       74.07%
0152 8 StJean Baptiste School         1107         811         1096       74.00%
0130 7 St.Timothy Separate School      429         313          423       74.00%
0027 2 Erin Mills Lodge                 69          51           69       73.91%
0073 4 Skymark West Phase 2            242         175          237       73.84%
0147 7 St Timothy SS - Day 4           150         110          149       73.83%
0178 8 Pheasant Run PS - Day 4         169         124          168       73.81%
0135 7 FrDaniel Zanon School          1382        1001         1357       73.77%
0169 8 Amica - Erin Mills               81          56           76       73.68%
0202 10 Churchill Meadows School       973         704          959       73.41%
0019 2 Owenwood Public School         1111         810         1104       73.37%
0090 5 Ridgewood Public School         725         512          698       73.35%
0008 1 ISNA Elementary School          815         588          802       73.32%
0043 3 Burnhamthorpe C.C.             1012         726          992       73.19%
0094 5 Brandon Gate Public School      551         387          529       73.16%
0082 4 Huntington Ridge PS-Day3        122          87          119       73.11%
0150 8 Oakridge Public School          584         422          578       73.01%
0004 1 Forest Ave Public School       1039         747         1026       72.81%
0042 3 Burnhamthorpe Public School    1056         745         1024       72.75%
0069 4 Huntington Ridge School        1061         761         1046       72.75%
0199 10 McKinnon Public School         654         471          648       72.69%
0064 4 Mississauga Valley C.C.        1117         797         1097       72.65%
0114 6 Fallingbrook Middle School      946         678          934       72.59%
0100 5 Ridgewood Court                  69          45           62       72.58%
0125 6 McBride Avenue PS-Day4          390         275          379       72.56%
0129 7 Clifton Public School           908         646          891       72.50%
0197 10 Oscar Peterson PublicSchool    735         524          730       71.78%
0037 3 Brian W Fleming                1111         774         1085       71.34%
0119 6 St.Valentine Catholic School   1301         912         1280       71.25%
0075 4 Aspen Grove                     125          84          118       71.19%
0109 6 Springfield Public School      1241         865         1221       70.84%
0007 1 Lakeview Golf Course           1129         784         1108       70.76%
0132 7 Floradale Public School         971         659          934       70.56%
0003 1 Port Credit SecSchool          1331         929         1320       70.38%
0212 10 Ruth Thompson MS-Day4          693         471          672       70.09%
0124 6 McBride Avenue PS-Day3          433         290          414       70.05%
0038 3 Dixie Public School             968         653          938       69.62%
0224 11 Derry West Village School     1052         708         1020       69.41%
0012 1 Advance Poll Day 1               52          36           52       69.23%
0142 7 Extendicare                      13           9           13       69.23%
0139 7 King Garden Retirement          107          74          107       69.16%
0095 5 Darcel Ave Senior School        779         530          768       69.01%
0014 1 Miss Sr Centre - Day 3          305         200          296       67.57%
0021 2 Lorne Park SecSchool            795         529          786       67.30%
0091 5 Morning Star Middle School      547         356          534       66.67%
0099 5 Malton Village Long Term         18          12           18       66.67%
0141 7 Trillium Health Centre            6           4            6       66.67%
0092 5 Marvin Heights Public School    763         490          737       66.49%
0009 1 Westacres Public School         959         628          946       66.38%
0097 5 Dunrankin Dr Public School      975         621          939       66.13%
0101 5 Villa Forum Long Term           113          69          105       65.71%
0002 1 Kenollie Public School          877         559          855       65.38%
0211 10 Ruth Thompson MS-Day3          432         273          419       65.16%
0096 5 Malton C.C.                     564         353          545       64.77%
0093 5 StRaphael Catholic School       635         378          585       64.62%
0011 1 Regency Retirement Res           39          24           38       63.16%
0083 4 Huntington Ridge PS-Day4        127          76          125       60.80%
0098 5 Rec Room- 3580 Etude Dr          42          22           39       56.41%
0164 8 Credit Valley Hospital            2           1            2       50.00%
0104 5 Ridgewood PS - Day 3            547         240          514       46.69%
0013 1 Advance Poll Day 2               32          14           30       46.67%
0105 5 Ridgewood PS - Day 4            592         215          544       39.52%

Also, check out the Mississauga News article, “Szabo calls for end to ‘damaging’ statements” and Mississauga South MP Paul Szabo tabling Bill 596 in the House of Commons, “calling for ethical criteria for politicians regarding their privileges, immunities and powers.”

I for one, have lost faith and agree fully with the 19-year old youth who emailed me stating “The System is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it”. Freedom of Information and four years of audio/videotaping “The Best City in Canada” whose mayor claimed they “lead Canada in management” has convinced me that our lying public institutions are morally beyond redemption.

The only thing citizens can do is inform themselves in order to protect themselves from their own Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments.

UPDATE: November 18, 2010, 9:10 pm. This morning I received an email from the City of Mississauga insisting that I remove the YouTube video “Mississauga mayoral candidate, “The Mississauga Muse” videotapes casting her vote” stating:

Please note that this is a violation of Section 49 (3) of the Municipal Elections Act which states:

No elector shall show his or her marked ballot to any person so as to reveal how he or she has voted, except in connection with obtaining assistance in voting under paragraph 4 of subsection 52 (1).

I respectfully request that you arrange to remove this video from all public sources immediately.

As a result I was forced to rework the video in order to comply with the Act. Since I was going through this trouble, I decided to provide the entire raw video from camera off to camera on in order to prove that the scrutineers knew that I had a camera, helped me find a marker and at no time informed me I was in any kind of violation. To comply with the Act in the replacement video, I BLACKED OUT my marking of the ballot and used the audio track only.

I’m quite happy about this replacement video if for no other reason than it removes all doubt that I did anything covert. So. Onto the video.

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

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

E MALAMA KAKOU. To care for All.

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

MYTHissauga’s Hazel McCallion “could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!”

October 22nd, 2010  

This is my last Blog before Monday’s election. I registered for the office of Mayor to give voice to people who don’t have one. And really, they don’t. Neither do I. And once you know the truth, there’s really just one “appropriate” response. A single defiant middle finger raised in contempt for those who lie as effortlessly and convincingly as our own city hall.

A reminder that a Promise is a Promise, Lieutenant Dan. And I promised two youth that I’d give them the voice that government denied them.  And I delivered on that promise in spades. I’ll even make sure their words get into the Peel Archives as part of my campaign platform.

And so I’m turning this Blog over to the two youth who’ve helped me understand. To see government as they do. And then I’ll cut-and-paste comments from two Malton residents over to here as part of this Blog as well.

First, the youth who told me this in an interview he granted me back in February 2008 (“Our Future Mississauga” Community Visioning Charrette).

I’m speaking for a community of people right now. I’m not representing Youth. I’m representing a whole genre of people. So the basic thing would be —RESPECT us, help us, help us to be self-sufficient and we’ll help you. You just gotta give and take. If you want us to be self-sufficient, you gotta help us.

You gotta come out of your comfort zone, come from your office, come from your desks, put down your job titles…

Please do that. Like literally. Come off that way of thinking and actually come into the streets and talk to the people that you claim to represent. You must! There’s not even an option no more!

Next, the 19-year old who wrote this to me via YouTube:

…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!

Last, two comments from Malton cut-and-pasted from my October 19th, 2010 Blog, “Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector”, including my answers.

2 Responses to “Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector”

  1. christine RN CDE (new to Malton 11/2 years) on October 20th, 2010 7:15 pmHi
    I was asked by a new neighbour when i moved here, “Why did YOU move here?” I responded that it was a working class neighbourhood which is my type and close to clairville conservation area so I can get some needed sanity. I work in a CHC (soon to be in the needed malton satellite) and am very aware of the problems in malton. Who is most going to pay attention to it out of the candidates? The industry and airport provide huge tax dollars to Mythissauga, but Malton recieves the least in assistance. What is that about and how to change it?

And my response:

Hi there christine. Thanks for your note.

Your assessment of Malton, specifically, “The industry and airport provide huge tax dollars to Mythissauga, but Malton recieves the least in assistance.” is exactly how I see it. I once asked at Mississauga Council if the City had ever done a tax-flow analysis for Malton because like you, I figure Malton’s suffering from a negative-flow. Meaning bringing in considerable revenue to the City who then funnels that money into the already “stunning” amenities of the powerful, affluent South MYTHissauga. The City Manager responded that no, no such monitoring is done but assured me that every part of the city gets its fair share. The City brass say a lot of things…

So that’s what that’s about.

As for how to change it? MALTON HAS TO WAKE THE HELL UP! You have. You know. You need to tell your neighbours. I’m trying here but a Blog hasn’t got much in the way of legs. So my strategy is to wake up one slumbering victim of MYTHissauga at a time. One at a time. Malton residents have to have each others’ back and not take any wooden nickels from Hazel McCallion!

Send Maltonians to this video. It says it all.

ROGERS CABLE 10 MISSISSAUGA REFUSES TO AIR MALTON VIDEO BY MAYORAL CANDIDATE (5:00 min)

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

Also. I’ve watched Malton’s councillor, Eve Adams since June 2006 and she’s grown a Voice. Man I had zero use for her back in 2006 but now?… She’s good for Malton so vote for her. She’s smart. She does her homework. She cares!

That’s about it and thanks again for your comment!

The other Malton comment:

  1. Me on October 21st, 2010 12:22 am

    Hi,

    Note: I was the one who walked up to you and said “I read your blog” (so enthusiastically), without any introduction I must add.

    First off, I’d like to say kudos to you on speaking out at the “so called” debate at Lincoln Alexander. If I knew that you were registered as a candidate for mayor, I would have stayed for longer. I guess I’m not reading your blog as close enough. Honestly, I was thinking of running for a seat just to ensure that democracy was served in this election. I feel that candidates never really defend their views or provide real answers for their residents. Especially for Malton, you only see candidates come to the area once every four years to talk to the residents. One of the most basic questions submitted to the Malton Mirror for the debate was “Will there be periodic town hall meetings to engage the residents of Malton”. It looks like all the candidates chose not to take this question for their pre-prepared speeches.

    Now for the Mayor race, I hope that the residents of Mythissauga (like the way you coined that term) really listen to what being offered and make their vote count this term. The one thing that I REALLY disagree with is the overall theme of this election for all wards. The message seems to be, either you are with the mayor or you are not. This is going back to the inquiry and the costs associated. The common message being given is that it was a waste of money, it was only done for mud slinging, and whoever voted for it should pay at the ballot box. I am of the opinion that this message has been cleverly delivered from the top (how many times have you heard that we need a council that “works”).

    I’ve always been a advocate of transparent government. In recent years (or to my recollection), I am seeing how this transparency is being stripped away or where it seems non-existent (motion passed to stop residents from addressing council (not sure if they brought that back), attempting to get minutes for sub-committee meetings, etc). I even went to the effort of reading council minutes from the city website, but in light of the recent doctoring, how can we see exactly what’s going on in our city?

    With this in mind, all residents in our city should have been glad and encouraged an inquiry into those land dealings. I hope that people don’t support the status quo and really think about their next city council. Unless you REALLY know what’s going on, things in this city may not be as good as it seems.

    That’s my rant for the day. Keep up the good work.

    - The person that reads your blog :)

My reply:

Hi “Me” and so good for you to take the time to write! Reading what you wrote, I’ve nothing to add. You *get* it. Now like me, who also *gets* it, you have a moral obligation. You must now help other Maltonians to get it. Please. Just like me. One person at a time. Help other Maltonians to get it!

And for the record, even though I gave this speech in Ward 3, it too was meant for Malton (and the people of Dixie/Bloor)

Mississauga Mayoral Candidates stand up for the Ontario Ombudsman (literally) 3:48 min

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

Zero doubt. Monday, Hazel McCallion will win. Why?

A comment to “Inquiry report unlikely before vote” explains perfectly.

“Justanopinion Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM

Face reality

Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!”

I don’t call this company town MYTHissauga for nothing!

"The TRIIUMPH of MYTHissauga" "Justanopinion  Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM       Face reality  Our mayor could be caught, in the library, with the candlestick in her hand, over the dead body, and she would still win by a landslide!  MISSISSAUGA NEWS READERS COMME

And with this, a Promise is Kept.

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into Municipalities and MUSH Sector

October 19th, 2010  

What follows is a video interview I did with Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter in Malton —followed by the transcript.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH asks Mississauga residents, does your candidate support extending the investigative powers of the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities?

Mississauga Mayoral Candidate, George Winter calls for Ontario Ombudsman into MUSH Sector (3:20 min)



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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 reporting from bus shelter at Kinsmen Town Hall, Streetsville/Mississauga):

It is Wednesday, October the 13th, 2010 and I’m here in front of the Streetsville Kinsmen Town Hall —this is where Hazel McCallion announced that she was going to be running again for 2010.

[DIP TO WHITE]

This morning I met with George Winter, a mayoral candidate, in Malton. Actually in the parking lot of Lincoln Alexander Secondary School

[DIP TO WHITE]

I asked him the most important question about whether he supports extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman into municipalities and he said yes.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Now, I decided that you’re my candidate for Mayor.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Oh, thank you very much.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay? So I’m gonna ask you right now, sir, do you support extending the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities?

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Absolutely, and I really appreciate your support. And I didn’t know that you were going to ask me this question. But I think it’s time. I think it’s time for the Ombudsman to look at not just municipalities but the entire MUSH sector. The universities, the schools and the hospitals.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I think if you have Hazel McCallion versus Andre Marin —now there’s a fight that you could sell tickets.

There’s a person that I think could go after anything that’s going on in MYTHissauga —sounds like we’re in SYHPain.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

I agree. I think it’s time for Andre Marin to take over.

[PUSH]

One of the things I’ve found in the last month, walking around, running around in the campaign is the Hazel McCallion that you see that has the public persona is not the Hazel McCallion that I’ve met. And yet the perception is that, you know, why are others being nasty to somebody’s grandmother? I believe that she uses this myth of who she is to her advantage and no one dares to ask questions, to look very closely at what’s being done.

There are many things that I believe that Andre Marin, as the Ombudsman could take a look at —in Mississauga, especially. But also in other municipalities and find that there are a lot of ways that he can make corrections and suggestions.

You look at how he stood up to Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals and that’s the kind of thing I’d like to see him do with Hazel McCallion. Because it takes somebody like Andre Marin to stand up to Hazel McCallion. It won’t be somebody who’s appointed by Council. That person will try to do as good a job as he or she can but I don’t think it’s a very fair fight.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Yeah, but the other thing I find is the perception. There’s zero doubt that Andre Marin is on the side of the citizens of Ontario.

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Exactly.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay?

MISSISSAUGA MAYORAL CANDIDATE, GEORGE WINTER (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

And that is very important that you don’t worry whether this person is maybe been influenced a municipality or anybody like that. He is definitely his own person and that’s who you need for the job.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 13, 2010 Malton Community Centre, Malton/Mississauga):

Okay, thank you very much.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

If you need to know why authentic, independent Ontario-Ombudsman-oversight is crucial in the City of MYTHissauga, check out Head MYTHtress, Hazel McCallion’s own words —as she dupes the residents of Malton during her October 7, 2010 speech at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School. For a transcript of this video, click here.

ROGERS CABLE 10 MISSISSAUGA REFUSES TO AIR MALTON VIDEO BY MAYORAL CANDIDATE (5:00 min)

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Muse (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

MALTON: Will Hazel McCallion and rich/influential South MYTHissauga once again be successful in duping Malton?

October 12th, 2010  

Video of Hazel McCallion’s speech to Malton residents. Frankly I couldn’t stomach uploading the Mayor’s lies and half-truths to YouTube without serving up the Real Story. And what better way than through video of that Truth?

I admit that the title, “STOP BENDING OVER MALTON!” isn’t exactly mother’s milk, but I’ve been watching this Mayor’s Great Lie now for over four years. You reach a point…

This Blog is dedicated to Malton. And especially to “Justice”, as promised.

Malton residents suckered by Hazel McCallion (STOP BENDING OVER MALTON!)

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

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

Well, I’m offering myself again for four years. I’m going to continue to give you value for tax dollar.

There are financial challenges no question today. All municipalities are facing increase [sic] —in the operational costs of this city [sic]. And of course as well as the capital costs.

Fortunately the Federal and Provincial government gave us ninety-six (96) million this year in the stimulus program. We had to add one-third to that and I can assure you, Malton is benefiting —you’re going to get a new swimming pool, indoor swimming pool. Here in Malton.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Thank you for mentioning the Malton Arena redevelopment design in light of the comments expressed earlier today down by Lakeshore. When you look at the costs, and this is an unfunded project, you’re estimating the Malton Arena redevelopment at about $2.8 million dollars. And the ones that we are funding, the Vic Johnson Arena is about $6.9 million and the Port Credit Arena is at $6.3 million.

So I’m sure those two arenas are larger than the one in Malton and that explains from of the differential but —this is part of the challenge that in Malton that the standard, even as we’re redeveloping, it just doesn’t look the way it looks in the rest of the city.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH ((November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting whispers):

That’s right.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

It certainly doesn’t look the way it looks down by the Living Arts Centre. And I’m sure that it’s your concern that you care for every part of Mississauga. It’s certainly not the standard that you see down at the waterfront with all the flagstone and so on. It’s just beautiful. It’s stunning. And hats off to your team that’s put this together down at the waterfront, it is beautiful!

But I look at that and I just have some concerns that I look forward to working with you on that.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—and I can assure you, Malton is benefiting —you’re going to get a new swimming pool, indoor swimming pool. Here in Malton. There has been one in the high school.

High school pools are not working out that well.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (November 14, 2007 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

The other one that’s unfunded is the indoor school pools. And I know we’ve had some meetings on that and we’re looking at the study.

But, you know, to speak up on Malton’s behalf yet again, that indoor pool is in, you know, an older high school. And the pool is not something I think any of us would be proud to go to. It’s just —it’s old, it’s a little tired. I also receive comments from different cultural groups saying that it’s not culturally sensitive. For instance, to the Muslim Community, if they’d like to go and swim they need to go by teenage boys and so I have a great appreciation and concern for that.

So I’m looking forward to that study.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

In addition to that just a couple of years ago we renovated your community centre and library. Up-to-date, modern etcetera. And I know how much the people of Malton have enjoyed it. We have a Strategic Plan for the future of this great city of Mississauga. Over one hundred thousand people were involved.

And our staff was up here and the consultants in Malton getting your opinion.

You know you folks have Canada’s largest airport in your municipality. A very expanded airport that is considered one of the most modern in the world at the present time. So Malton has —used to be the Malton Airport, and then it became the Toronto International Airport and then it was named Lester B. Pearson. Some day it will go back to being called the Malton Airport. And it should have been from Day One.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

COMMISSION COUNSEL WILLIAM MCDOWELL  (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

—you have an efficient city government, those are things  that cause those companies to locate here, I take it?

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

Yes, and I think the Mississauga  International Airport helps, as well.

COMMISSION COUNSEL WILLIAM MCDOWELL  (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

Pearson Airport.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (September 21, 2010 Mississauga Judicial Inquiry. Hazel McCallion testifying):

To me it’s the Mississauga International Airport.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We have a cycling program that is going to connect Malton to the rest of Mississauga because Malton is divided with that long, large expanse of industrial land. And so we try everything —all our programs are directed to bring Malton in. I know you look to Brampton for some of your services as well as to the Etobicoke Hospital because your doctors here are usually attached to the Etobicoke Hospital.

The location of Malton. But we give it every attention possible.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Similar to Councillor Prentice’s question, I’m looking at the 2009 highlights and the Port Credit Arena is budgeted at almost $12 million dollars. And while I have no doubt that it’s needed I’m looking at unfunded items and the Malton Arena is unfunded at $3 million. Could you perhaps provide some information on the different scope of work that the one arena would be almost four times the cost?

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

The location of Malton. But we give it every attention possible.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

I’m looking at the Capital Budget down in the south by the waterfront and it’s already stunning.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting whispers):

Yep, that’s right.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

And this is I guess a question that I keep receiving. It’s Fusion Park. It’s, you know, the waterfront trails and Saddington Park and so on. They are already stunning and I just look around—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND WRECK, JOHN LOHUIS  (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Sorry, are you leaping ahead to this to the other piece, sorry—

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Yes. The one that we just about to—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND WRECK, JOHN LOHUIS  (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

I’m dealing with Recreation. And Susan Burke will come on later on all of the park development-related capital projects so—

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (December 2, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Perhaps, sure John, perhaps it’s a comment though that you can take back with Staff as you’re developing the capital plan into the future. The comment that we often hear, and I’m sure that other Councillors are hearing it is that the waterfront is stunning, beautiful. Everybody enjoys it.

It’s just that we’d like to see a little bit of that in each of our communities.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—congratulate you on your festival that is starting to come back. I remember when Councillor Frank McKechnie was your councillor up here. There was a Malton Festival every year. And then unfortunately, it disappeared.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (May 14, 2008 Mississauga Budget Committee meeting):

Thank you. I’ve just got a quick comment to indicate how delighted I am to see the funding for the Malton Community Festival. It is a very humble amount –$3,100.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

It’s coming back with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of young people participating in it. And so Malton has a great future in the City of Mississauga.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

Cargo flights actually are the ones that aren’t restricted. The passenger planes are restricted. So the cargo flights are the ones that can continue flying through the night.

Yes, I receive the complaints. Those are the residents though that have been putting up with the airport now for over forty years. And so they’re just used to it, fed up by it, but to place complaints that really goes nowhere. I mean, they’ve done it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting whispers):

Yee-up.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (June 25, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

You’re limited to the number of complaints you can put in in a single day. Let’s say it’s your day off and you’d like to put in complaints about planes going off their flight tracks. Well, you’re limited to putting in one complaint every 24 hours.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We realize the separation that exists and we’re doing everything possible to bring Malton into this city in regard to our city core etcetera.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MODERATOR (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

We have a question down here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

Hi, it’s just a really, really quick question. How many people here are from —live in Malton?

Thank you.

[laughter from the audience. One person applauds.]

MODERATOR (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core):

We have a question down here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (February 28, 2008 “OUR FUTURE MISSISSAUGA Conversation for the 21st Century” public input meeting, Living Arts Centre, city core whispers):

There was nobody. No hand up.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

We hope that you will take advantage of the renovated city core —our Civic Centre that is going to be open next year. With all modern, up-to-date facilities for festivals etcetera.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

I also think there’s  —you know this, you know, I don’t want to sound harsh here. But there’s this issue of ridiculousness where we’ve paid to build a library, we’ve paid for the shelves in the library, we’ve paid to stock the library. But now the doors are closed and people can press their noses against the wall and look at what they paid for. They just can’t access them.

So there’s an issue there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

But I think very much we need to have access to our libraries. Certainly in Malton. Certainly at the McKechnie Centre.

This is a priority for our community.

You know the request earlier on, or the recommendation earlier on that saved a hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to centralize our ordering and our purchasing. That’s something that I think we could have done years ago! And I frankly begrudge the fact that we haven’t tapped into those savings for the last four or ten years.

Had we had that ten years ago, we would have saved an aggregate of $1.5 million dollars.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

But that’s the type of savings that I’d really like to find that doesn’t affect front line services to residents. Especially seniors, especially young moms. Especially kids that are going to read. You want to encourage reading.

So that would be my recommendation as you’re looking to come up with some hours —changing the hours around to make sure that we don’t have a day that’s closed. Especially in communities—

MISSISSAUGA DIRECTOR OF LIBRARIES, DON MILLS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

Exactly.

MISSISSAUGA WARD 5 COUNCILLOR EVE ADAMS (September 17, 2008 Mississauga General Committee meeting):

—I could point out Malton. It’s over an hour by bus to come down to the central part of the city. And that’s really just not feasible.

[CLOCKWIPE]

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

—and especially for the cultural makeup of our city.

You know there’s the Pakistani Festival. There’s the Indian Festival. There’s the Polish Festival. All those festivals now —Ukranian Festival, are coming to our city core. Because the makeup of our municipality now is 48% of our population now is ethnic background.

You have one of the most —one of the most efficient cricket boxes in Mississauga right here in Wildwood Park. And I’ve been up here to a number of tournaments that have been held there. We’re so proud of that, in fact it is such a good cricket box that tournaments, province-wide and Canada-wide can be held here in Malton.

So, we —I promise you that Malton will not be neglected in any way. That we will provide all the services that we provide to any other part of Mississauga.

Your arena. We are looking at it. How can it be converted to what it needed in Malton? And our Staff will be consulting with you to know what you want your arena to be.

So, let’s on October the 25th, I look forward again to serving Malton for the next four years.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (October 7, 2010 MALTON All Candidates Meeting, Lincoln Alexander Secondary School):

If your kid goes or has gone to Malton Community Centre I urge you to file Freedom of Information on any records that the City of Mississauga might have on your youngster.

If nothing comes up, great.

If it does? Do not try to fix things up by dealing directly with City Security. They are highly-accomplished liars and I have proof of this. Besides, you can’t remove what these security guards wrote about your kid. But you CAN enter into the records your youngster’s side of the story.

Go to www.mississaugawatch.ca. I will help!

Thanks for listening.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
[MUSIC with first drive to Malton in March 2007]

MALTON, ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN, first research drive through Malton, March 2007

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MALTON March 3, 2008 Mississauga Youth Plan Meeting Mississauga Corporate Security RESPONSE UNIT Welcome Wagon. HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC, WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY?

Dedicated to Malton –MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA (non) mayoral address (Lincoln Alexander Secondary School)

October 9th, 2010  

Lots to do so I’m going to make this fast.

What follows is my experience trying to get my mayoral (non) campaign speech across to the audience still hanging tough inside the cafeteria at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School on October 7, 2010 when my turn finally came.

As a strategy I waited until Mayor Hazel McCallion gave her talk—which everyone assumed was the last of the evening. Nope.

I’d been waiting a very long time to talk to the good folks in Malton and especially Lincoln Alexander. And it was Show Time.

I won’t be providing a transcript of the video (they cut the microphone on me because they didn’t know that I was a mayoral candidate and—well, you’ll have to watch). So instead, along with the video, I’ll just cut-and-paste my script.

Dedicated to Malton –MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA (non) mayoral address (Lincoln Alexander Secondary School)  7:34 min

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

SCRIPT OF THE MALTON/LINCOLN ALEXANDER SPEECH

Hi. I’m unique among the people here because I am *not* running, I’m simply registered. I registered as part of my research into municipal governance and the City of Mississauga in particular. Since January 2007 I’ve spent over $2,000 on Freedom of Information to investigate Mississauga.

The McMurtry/Curling Report on The Roots of Youth Violence states:

“Community Centres and programs run by mainstream social service providers that have facilities are not “youth-friendly” or accessible to youth, particularly Black youth.

“Not youth-friendly”—that’s what I see too.

I have a moral obligation to tell you something.

In 2008 I attended four Mississauga Youth Plan meetings, one of which was held across the street at Malton Community Centre on March 3, 2008. I witnessed a City of Mississauga security guard deny a half dozen black youths entrance into that meeting. A couple of the kids peered through the window to friends inside and gestured that the guard wasn’t letting them in! I’ve got a photograph to prove that.

At this meeting, youth were asked to write up a wish list. Of the four Youth meetings I attended throughout the city, Malton kids were the only ones to write “DON’T KICK US OUT” as a wish.

However, you won’t see “DON’T KICK US OUT” recorded in the City’s official version of the Mississauga Youth Plan!

Here are the City’s Security records for Malton Community Centre January 1, 2006 until September 26, 2008. During that time, City security guards issued 200 bans and arrests!

By contrast, the combined stats for Cawthra, Meadowvale, Clarkson and River Grove show only 22 bans representing more than twice the foot traffic of Malton Community Centre. And no arrests.

People might respond with, “Well, you know, this is Malton –isn’t 200 what you expect?”

So I investigated the City’s bans for the nearby Westwood Mall Transit Terminal during the same period. NO bans—or arrests. Zero.

I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure more people go through that transit terminal in a day than Malton Community Centre.

From what I can figure, of the 200 Malton Community Centre bans/arrests, 48% of them are youth and minors.

Contrary to its own guidelines, the City does not inform parents when a child is banned.  Over the entire City there are hundreds of parents and guardians with no clue of the City’s bans to their kids.

That’s deadly because if a kid returns to property before a ban’s expiry, he is ARRESTED. Freedom of Information retrieved this direct quote from the Director of Corporate Security about the Arrest policy: “…no exceptions. Let them tell it to the judge”.

And that’s still not the worst part.

It’s what Staff and security guards write about you or your kid into their computer system that you have to worry about. The vast majority of people written into City Security’s “occurrence narratives” simply cannot imagine what’s written about them!

And that computer database with stuff written about your kid rides in the front seat console of every one of the City’s Security RESPONSE UNITS.

And how would you like to be the parent of this kid?

Or this one?

If your kid goes to Malton Community Centre I urge you to file Freedom of Information on any records that the City of Mississauga might have on your youngster.

If nothing comes up, great.

If it does? Do not try to fix things up by dealing directly with City Security. They are highly-accomplished liars and I have proof of this. Besides, you can’t remove what these security guards wrote about your kid. But you CAN enter into the records your youngster’s side of the story.

And you can file a complaint—even if it was something that happened back in 2006.

Go to www.mississaugawatch.ca. I will help!

Thanks for listening.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Pic from City of Mississauga Youth Plan meeting held at Malton Community Centre on March 3, 2008. Mississauga Corporate Security guard prevents (black) youth from entering the building.

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

Video: features Mississauga Council’s announcement of the St. Joseph Secondary School lockdown and –After the Storm

June 18th, 2009  

I’m thoroughly spent. Bare bones blog today.

Just going to rely on a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words (and presumably a YouTube video is worth a Million).

So. Here’s video of yesterday’s Mississauga Council announcement (delivered by Councillor Carolyn Parrish) of the St. Joseph Secondary School stabbing incident and lockdown. The rest of the video shows the calm after the storm. Anyone expecting video of police arriving with sirens blaring and lights flashing followed by ambulances will be disappointed.

I stayed for the entire General Committee meeting and so showed up at the school well after our Peelers had restored calm.

I’ll also re-run video of the October 30, 2008 Peel Regional Council announcement of the lockdown at Lincoln Alexander Secondary as well.

Followed by video of me asking Roots of Youth Violence co-author, Dr. Alvin Curling whether the Roots of Youth Violence authors had researched their report using Freedom of Information (Answer: No).

For the record.

LOCKDOWN LIFTED: St. Joseph Secondary School calm restored (features City Council’s announcement)  3:27 min

UPDATE: June 18, 2009. The original video was replaced for the sake of brevity (seems some people didn’t like the extra 90 seconds worth of police cruisers).

(Please click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

MALTON HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN: MESSAGE TO PEEL POLITICIANS 4:36 min

(Please click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

“ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author, DR. ALVIN CURLING interviewed by MISSISSAUGAWATCH (4:40 min)

(Please click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

That’s it.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

UNACCOUNTABLE ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A major Root of Youth Violence

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI RESEARCH leads to “VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” (for All of Us “losers” with Nothing Better to do who need to “Get a Life”)

April 20th, 2009  

Just tons happening right here in MYTHissauga.

What I’d only observed and duly documented was confirmed last week. Anyone who is serious about trying to understand Youth isn’t going to get the goods from your government —whether that’s your local crime prevention association or the latest “youth study” funded by your provincial politicos.

Since March 2007, I’ve witnessed for myself that what Youth say to “intermediaries” is not relayed to elected officials or to the Public. At each step in the communication channel, a Youth’s message is filtered, modified, manicured and as I’ve personally experienced, BLOCKED altogether.

What’s left? Primary research. Watching videos that Mississauga/Peel Youth have produced and posted to YouTube. Reading Youth comments to other Youth —no matter how racist or repulsive. Following up on some of those comments.  Getting f**** ***s back and emailing them back again. Persevering, and sometimes being rewarded by a Youth who actually opens up.

Yesterday, I followed up on a Youth’s tip through YouTube and toured Brampton and Mississauga in search of graffiti. I can tell you this. The kid was right.

Just a reminder. Defniition of graffiti from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

graffiti

 

3 entries found. 1graffiti (transitive verb) 2graffiti (noun) graffito

 

 

 

 

Main Entry: 2graffiti Function: noun Etymology: Italian, plural of graffito Date: 1945

 

 

 

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

The functional word here is “unauthorized”.

Didn’t take long to find some.

I knew I was on the right track right off the start. I’d settled into the back of Westwood Mall, set up my camera and tripod to compose a shot of “HELLRAZORS” when three kids (Grade 3 age) approached on bikes.

“You photographing graffiti?”

“Yeah,” I smiled.

Big grin back and— “COOL!”

and that was it.

Needless to say, there’s graffiti that I can’t share —no matter how artistically the F-word is sprayed to a surface.  I offer the results of yesterday’s foray presented by order the photos were taken.

GRAFFITI WALL BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

Being a bit of an artist myself, I’d sure love to have my say on a highly-visible slab of concrete but I’m not even capable of littering, let alone “unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface“.

So I’ve decided to try VIRTUAL GRAFFITI! And sooooooooooooo….

VIRTUAL GRAFFIT MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL

And because, I have a lot of time on my hands and nothing better to do and haven’t got a life…

VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY SECURITY KNOBUNIT

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

Hazel McCallion saves Sheridan Library: “…please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing!”

April 17th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Apologies for not having a fresh Blog since April 14th but there’s just been so much to document/research that there’s simply been no time to report on what’s happening.

To give you an idea of what MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been up to in the data collection department since Monday’s Blog here’s a list.

Data collection, researching through Freedom of Information and bearing witness to what needs to be witnessed are far more important than regular Blogging.

You’d think that would go without saying. But no.

The Internet is thoroughly polluted with Blogs spouting opinion —the situation made worse by comments to opinion-focussed Blogs spouting opinion from readers spouting their opinions.   Far too many Blogs assault readers with hundreds of words before actual supporting documents/data are presented.

The very worst Blogs are 100% opinion.

I can tell you this —consider it a reader alert. As of this week, one more Blog (already toxic with unsubstantiated opinion) has joined our virtual world.

As for MISSISSAUGAWATCH.CA,  all I can say is Freedom of Information research continues…

Next. Today’s Blog.

SHERIDAN LIBRARY PUBLIC MEETING April 15, 2009

I’ve been observing Mississauga Council since June 2006 and I can’t tell you the number of times Budget deliberations have threatened the Sheridan Library. Cut hours. Cut hours. Cut hours.

Cut hours so much that here’s what Sheridan Library service looks like today (from the mississauga.ca website). Hint: When you scan the hours, think of when kids are in school and parents at work.

NEW! Hours – Winter 2009

Mon 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thurs 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun CLOSED

There’s a worrisome trend at the City of Mississauga that I’ve already mentioned in previous Blogs. Two years worth of Freedom of Information documents reveal that City of Mississauga Staff aren’t strong on social issues.

Cut-and-pasting from a previous Blog that dealt with cuts to hours of library service, Councilor Saito said it best.

PAT SAITO: They are probably the four libraries that are in the area of most need.”

“I guess when I look at the, the hours, or sorry, the libraries that are suggested to be closed for the saving on the Friday evenings and the Sundays.. You know (small chuckle) they’re the four libraries —four of them, Meadowvale, Burnhamthorpe, Malton and South Common. They are probably the four libraries that are in the area of most need.” —Mississauga Councillor Pat Saito (October 15, 2008 Budget Meeting)

Now speaking of areas with most need, we have Sheridan Library. And I have to say I found the presentation by the Mississauga consultant fascinating. For one thing, she used 2004 data. For those who need the Obvious spelled out for them 2004 was five years ago!

The other odd item was the difference of opinion about the needs of the community in the immediate area. The City of Mississauga consultant downplayed the need —that there were other parts of Mississauga more “at-risk”. Then the E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) teacher for the nearby Oakridge Public School, who attended to support his kids, provided data showing that the Peel District School Board identified his school —Oakridge, as Number One in terms of  need.

Two studies. Two very different findings. Something is very wrong here.

I suppose that this is as good a place as any to tell readers that in my former life, I taught at Oakridge Public School back in the mid 70′s. Many youngsters were needy back then!

A lot of people attended this meeting to defend the Sheridan Library. But I have to congratulate that Oakridge E.S.L. teacher because he served up data. Facts.

As a result of the information he provided, he’s made it possible for me to file Freedom of Information on various aspects of the Sheridan Library. (I won’t reveal more because I know the minions of evil empire move their lips to this Blog.)

Enough.

Here’s the bottomline.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion  has the following message.

“Please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing. “

And I’m only too happy to.

HEY EVERYBODY! SHERIDAN LIBRARY IS NOT CLOSING!

And not only that but just from examining the Mayor’s face during her speech and afterwards, it’s a pretty good guess that she’s going to see that this needy community’s largely new immigrants (and the Oakridge kids) get a library reflective of those needs.

Ward Councillor Katie Mahoney has defended Sheridan Library every single time it was threatened. Afterwards, I even stood in line to speak with her and thank her for the resolute defence she played on behalf of these people. Mahoney squawked every single time. And her last Council squawk made it clear to Mississauga Staff not to bring up the topic of closing again.

Still, a Councillor has surprising little power.

What has guaranteed a brighter future for Sheridan Library is McCallion herself.  I’m convinced that the Mississauga Mayor did not know the embarrassing conditions at Sheridan Library. Frankly I had my eyes opened too Wednesday evening as well.

The cramped conditions and aging books sure turned the mississauga.ca News Release,  “Service Options Review for the Sheridan Community” into an Orwellian joke.

Down at the very bottom of the City’s News Release. it states:

Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada’s safest city.

“state of the art facilities”?! STICK IT YOU SPINMEISTERS IN COMMUNICATIONS!

Well, I certainly feel better now…

So here is video of Mayor McCallion’s wonderful address to the Sheridan Library Community Wednesday evening.  And the transcript of the video. All for the record.

HAZEL MCCALLION SAVES MISSISSAUGA’S SHERIDAN LIBRARY 090315  (4:16 min)

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

TRANSCRIPT  Mayor Hazel McCallion Sheridan Library April 15, 2009 public meeting:

Thank you very much and I came to listen. And there are some excellent suggestions put forward.

And I want you to know that your Councillor has protected this library.

And I want you to know that myself and the Councillor and even Councillor Mullin, is concerned about reducing the library hours.

Because I really believe the library, in many years, is the community centre as much as it is, especially for the students.

And you know, today, in order for Canada to be competitive, it is so important that our children get every opportunity to learn more because that’s the only way will remain competitive.

[Apologies, battery change]

The services, by the way, Paul, [Ed: Commissioner of Community Services, Paul Mitcham] that we provide in this library obviously is not adequate. I hate to hear that there’s not enough computers. Today, the children, when they’re doing their research, the computer is such a key to it.

So I heard two things tonight –how the library is stocked. Is it that same as others libraries in the area? I don’t mean all libraries. We DO have the Central Library. And we DO have a district library. And we have a [inaudible] library and therefore they should be all equal, whether the neighbourhood is here or in Streetsville or Erin Mills or wherever it is.

So we heard tonight, there is a need. As I say, your Councillor has protected the library. There was a movement to close it and she stood up and made sure it wasn’t closed.

Now we’re here tonight and Councillor Mullin has joined us.

The library, you know, years ago, when there weren’t community centres and there weren’t arenas and there weren’t all those things, there were libraries. Think about that. There were libraries because that was the key to a community.

And so the library is an extremely important facility in the community.

In regard, I agree with Councillor Mahoney as well, that the library should be located in the right location and that is important as well –to be able to be available to as many people as possible.

Not all –we can’t have a library on every corner –we can’t have a library right next to your house, I wish we could, but we can’t. So we have to choose a good location. And I think your Councillor is well aware of where the library should be.

We will attempt –I will try to negotiate with the owner of this plaza as well. And I would think that the economic downturn and the fact that plazas are not doing as well –and this one, I understand is not doing as well as others and I think that there’s a pretty good negotiating opportunity.

Secondly, we will look at land within this area that Councillor has clearly defined to see if there is. It’s tough to purchase land these days, you know. You can’t force people to sell it to you but we will make every effort.

I know that Paul, our Commissioner here tonight, will bring me up to date on the negotiations that are taking place with the owner of this plaza and I will get involved.

So tonight you gave us some ideas –I think they’re great– I want you to know that we are here to serve you and to serve this community as we try– [McCallion cut off by applause]

So thank you for coming and please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing!

[TRANSCIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

HAZEL MCCALLION: READ "TRANSCRIPT Mayor Hazel McCallion Sheridan Library April 15, 2009 public meeting: ...and please, spread the news that this library is NOT closing"

Addtional resources.

I was unaware that the young man sitting in the chair to my right was Peter, the person who left an announcement about the Sheridan Library meeting in “About the Mississaugas Muse”.  I Googled him and found his excellent summary of the Sheridan Library meeting.

Peter Browne describes himself as a “Peter Browne student. nerd. politics activist” and I encourage you to read his “Sheridan Branch Library Meeting” summary. Clearly Peter is a Blogger committed to informing his readers. He’s actually posted an audiotape of the  meeting as an mp3!  Audio and video cut through the He Saids and She Saids of differing opinions of what actually happened.

Also please visit Peter’s Flickr site for his photographs of the information slides presented at that meeting.

Last. Here is the Mississauga News article, “Neighbourhood needs its library, residents say”.

MALTON: MISSISSAUGA TWO LAWS –THE TRUTH ABOUT MALTON…

January 7th, 2009  

MALTON: MISSISSAUGA TWO LAWS -THE TRUTH ABOUT MALTON

(HIGH QUALITY VIEWING at Westwood Mall Transit Terminal:  2:39 min)

CAUTION: Video contains scenes with (implied) coarse language and real asterisks!

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

Yes. That’s it for today.

Signed,

The (Allow the Ontario Ombudsman into the MUSH Sector) Mississauga Muse


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

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




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