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The McCallion Letters: Letter 2. City of Mississauga Security Misstapo “investigated” themselves.

May 24th, 2015  

The McCallion Letters: Letter 2 (dated May 20, 2015)

[This letter plus the previous one dated April 16, 2015 are included, for the record, in the May 27, 2015 Council agenda as Item I-5.]

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

This email care of principal.utm@utoronto.ca and colleen.mccoleman@utoronto.ca is a follow-up to the registered letter I sent you on April 16, 2015. You have now had a month to examine a hard-copy of the City of Mississauga Corporate Security 2006-2012 “CSIS” database, as have Mayor Crombie and all Councillors except Ward 4’s John Kovac.

Please think back, Madam Mayor. How often between 2006 and 2014 did Staff or elected officials say that City Security must be doing an excellent job because otherwise you’d have received more complaints? Does that sound familiar? Things were so excellent that City Security didn’t even have a complaints system!

As late as November 27, 2007, Security Manager Jamie Hillis reassured his boss, Ken Owen, that “complaints against security have never been a historical concern”.

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

“never been a historical concern”.

Well, Madam Mayor, there are reasons for that…

Quite simply, people are reluctant to complain! Oh, they’ll complain about potholes, graffiti, weeds, noise, litter—there’s no end to it actually—but they’re loathe to complain about The Authorities to The Authorities.

Councillor Maja Prentice was wrong back in March 24, 2010 when she defended City Security with “Believe me, people do not hesitate to complain in this day and age.”

Mississauga Councillor Maja Prentice enables City of Mississauga Corporate Security

Well, believe me, when it comes to the conduct of your Security managers and their guards, very very few people will summon the nerve to complain! After all, it’s their word against Mayor Hazel McCallion’s “Best City in Canada” Security Operation, right?

I’ve received about two dozen complaints about your Corporate Security mostly through YouTube. When I offer to help filing Freedom of Information and writing their complaint, they shrink, politely decline, and I never hear from them again.

All except one—a mother. She too declined to file a formal complaint against City of Mississauga Corporate Security. In an email she explained:

“I`ve spoken to my [redacted] about your suggestions, and [redacted] is still very much intimidated by the experience that [redacted] doesn`t want to pursue anything, for fear of some type of bureaucratic retribution.”

That said, this mother did grant me permission to share her original email with you and elected officials, provided I redact enough details that her child couldn’t be identified from Security’s “CSIS” database.

As you read this letter, keep in mind Councillor Prentice’s, “Believe me, people do not hesitate to complain in this day and age.”

Mississauga teen frets a full year before telling mother of City of Mississauga Security ban

Transcript of Mother’s email. (Note: This incident happened prior to Jason Keddy becoming Security Manager in February 2014)

[redacted] does not represent actual length of redactions.

Hello,

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

My [redacted] lived in Mississauga for [redacted] years to attend school. [redacted] was a top-notch student (all [redacted] instructors and school administration would easily vouch for that), and is a conscientious and law-abiding young adult. [redacted] no longer lives in the city, and has no desire to ever go back…due to a lot of reasons…but, this morning (a full year after [redacted] situation arose) [redacted] approached me in tears because of an issue that has been bothering [redacted] the entire time, and which [redacted] has only brought to my attention now. [redacted] would often go to [redacted] to [redacted] after spending several hours on [redacted] schoolwork. It was during one of these times when [redacted] was approached by a belligerent man claiming to be a security person for the city. [redacted]

[redacted]

[redacted]

He demanded [redacted] identification, and being completely naïve and terrified, [redacted] obliged by giving it to him. He told [redacted] was barred from the square for [redacted] days – with no evidence of any wrongdoing whatsoever!!! The very, very unfortunate thing was that I happened to be in Mississauga visiting [redacted] at that exact time, and had [redacted] told me what had just happened to [redacted], I would have [redacted]

[redacted]

[redacted] But, again, [redacted] was terrified of what had just transpired, and was deathly afraid to mention it to anyone.

After seeing that many, many other people have been treated in the same way (by researching anecdotes on the internet, as well as coming upon your website), I regret very much that [redacted] did not tell me immediately about this situation. I would have been in City Hall in no time flat, lodging a formal complaint, but I believe it is futile at this time to bother. My [redacted] as I said, is extremely conscientious about being a model citizen, and it has been bothering [redacted] for an entire year that her reputation as such has been unjustly sullied. [redacted] also is worried that it will leave a permanent record somewhere for [redacted] Because [redacted] lodged no complaint against the false accusation, I am hoping that this will not be the case. I believe it would be futile, or even counterproductive, at this time to complain to the city administration over this as, at this point, [redacted]

[redacted through rest of email]

This is not how parents should find out their kid was banned by “the Best City in Canada”.

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA COPORATE SECURITY, MANAGER JAMIE HILLIS, EMAIL, "WILL BE" CHARGED, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, TRESPASS TO PROPERTY ACT (DETAIL)

Last re: “Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws” No they didn’t.

Best wishes,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Letter 2, May 20, 2015)

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

June 24th, 2014  

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

[LETTER BEGINS]

Hi Ms Baker,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video transcript:

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

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

Very special care.

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

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

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

Ursula
MISSISSAUGAWATCH.

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

[LETTER ENDS]

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

January 9th, 2014  

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

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

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

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

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

She wrote:

“Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.”

Confirmed now as a lie, possibly out of ignorance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Letters to Hazel McCallion: “Urging that the City of Mississauga MUST NOT fill their Manager, Security position internally. ”

December 2nd, 2013  

This document was sent to Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on November 24, 2013 and a corrected version was emailed today. We provide it here for the record.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security LETTERS TO HAZEL MCCALLION logo

Hi Madam Mayor,

I hope that you are well.

Please forgive my haste and know that the supporting evidence (Freedom of Information and audio/video) can be prepared and brought forth in good time, but right now it is more important to bring this urgent request to your attention before a decision is made.

On November 12, 2013, as a result of receiving an email advising me that the City could not reveal the name of a City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) Area Manager, I went to your website at mississauga.ca to see if I could find a name that way.

As is my practice I checked your Jobs and Careers page.

Imagine my SHOCK finding the job, “Manager, Security” posted the very same day!

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

Madam Mayor, you, Council, and the City Manager, MUST NOT fill the Manager, Security position internally.

I remind you of an instruction you gave to Staff (and especially Jamie Hillis) at the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee meeting. Recall that you were reviewing the first-ever Security public complaints procedure and you said how important this document was.

And then, you pointedly told all there, “I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.”

To which Jamie Hillis responded, “Yes. Absolutely.”  It takes the most cursory of looks at City of Mississauga Corporate Security’s “CSIS” database to confirm that “Yes. Absolutely.” was a lie.

Hazel McCallion quote: “I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.” --Mayor Hazel McCallion at the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee
Another lie was that the City does not collect records on Ethnicity.

Your April 16, 2007 email to me states:

“Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.”
I know you didn’t write that Madam Mayor, but someone on Staff turned you into a liar. That’s why I wanted a name. I still want the name of the individual who made that statement. It’s a blatant lie — a lie that extends all the way back to at least January 2006. Corporate Security collected a lot more personal information on citizens than just Age and Ethnicity.

And ready for this? Remember that 9/10 year old girl that Security banned for 30 days from three facilities at once? Turns out she wasn’t the youngest! The MissCorpSec “CSIS” database confirms they banned an 8 year old boy for 30 days as well.

So much for the Peel Youth Charter…

I’m asking that you, Madam Mayor, personally oversee the hiring of the new Manager of City of Mississauga Corporate Security. There is not enough time right now to explain why all MissCorpSec’s SAMs (Security Area Managers) need to be replaced, and for that matter, Supervisors as well.

One step at a time, and the very best thing you can do for youth/citizens is to poach a new Security Manager who is “sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public” and “will give them every understanding possible.”

This implies that the candidate would have a high standard of ethics and would be willing, and ideally eager, to submit to the Province’s public complaints procedure under Bill 159.

Ministry of Community Safety Correctional Services Private Security Investigative Public Complaints
In his book “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga”, author Tom Urbaniak implied that when you go fishing, Madam Mayor, it isn’t just for salmon. You’ve been known to “poach” for City Staff.

On page 4 in his book, Urbaniak states that you have “spared few efforts to recruit seasoned top bureaucrats, sometimes even poaching respected senior provincial public servants.”

Madam Mayor, I urge you to poach and ensure we get a new Security Manager “who is sensitive to the fact that he is dealing with the public and should give them every understanding possible”.

I’ve been documenting City of Toronto Corporate Security during Toronto Council meetings (November 13 and 18, 2013). That might be a good place to start…

Respectfully,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

EXHIBIT 131124 01 “Contrary to your allegations, it is because the City does not discriminate on the basis of age and ethnicity that there are no records to be found based on such categories.”       –Mayor Hazel McCallion, April 16, 2007 email

In an April 16, 2007 email, Hazel McCallion denies that City of Mississauga Corporate Security keeps records on Age and Ethnicity. Who at the City of Mississauga is responsible for the Mayor's VERY false statement?
EXHIBIT 131124 02 Print screen of City of Mississauga Corporate Security “CSIS” database.

Despite heated, chronic denials by the City, Freedom of Information eventually confirmed that City of Mississauga Security also kept records on ethnicity in Column “R” under the heading “Complexion”.

Not only that but since January 1, 2006 the “CSIS” database had Caucasian spelled “Caucasion” and it would seem City of Mississauga Corporate Security also thinks that European is a complexion.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security "CSIS" database classifies European as a complexion

EXHIBIT 131124 03  3/19/2007 -0400,  March 19, 2007 email Our File:  07/030

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

The fact is, the City does NOT treat “residents fairly regardless of language or ethnicity”.

For example, if you are banned or arrested by “Contract Security” on City property (see below), you can file a complaint with the province under Bill 159. Not so if you’re unfortunate enough meet up with a City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard. You are then denied that route and can only “complain” through the City’s Staff-drafted public complaints process –where the Security bosses “investigate” –a Freedom of Information confirmed Road to Nowhere.

City of Mississauga's confirmed use of "Contract Security" turns residents into Haves and Have Nots.

Hazel McCallion quote: “I hope that the people we hire are sensitive to the fact that we are dealing with the public and we should give them every understanding possible.” --Mayor Hazel McCallion at the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee
Cc Jim Tovey; Pat Mullin; Chris Fonseca; Frank Dale; Ron Starr; Nando Iannicca; Katie Mahoney; Pat Saito; Sue McFadden; George Carlson; John Stewart (Mississauga News); Emil Kolb; Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin,

Cc: Crystal Greer; MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

THE McCALLION LETTERS

Email 01 sent October 8, 2013 4:57 PM   Letters to Hazel McCallion: The McCallion Letters, “Request for a Meeting with the Mayor” Factum #1

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

October 4th, 2013  

City of Mississauga Corporate Security LETTERS TO HAZEL MCCALLION logo

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

Dear Madam Mayor,

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

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

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

The Oxford dictionary defines “factum” as:

factum

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

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

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

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

What question?

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

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

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

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

You have my very best wishes,

Ursula
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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


 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My prupose for writing. Question.

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

Thanks.

 

 

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

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

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

 

Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

So why not Burnhamthorpe?

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

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

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

Here’s what she wrote back.

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

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

Thanks



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

Ursula

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

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

905 615 3200 ext. 4206

 

 

 

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

September 23rd, 2013  

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

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


Video transcript of the actual letter.

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

Dear Madam Mayor,

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

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

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

The Oxford dictionary defines “factum” as:

factum

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

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

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

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

What question?

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

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

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

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

You have my very best wishes,

Ursula
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

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

Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Mississauga News online commenter, Mantis. “[My father] was a Toronto police officer”…

June 3rd, 2013  

Last blog, we announced that the Mississauga News changed its website design on May 24, 2013 and deleted all readers comments. In that entry, we introduced Mississauga News online commenter “Prol” who also used the alias “AV8R” until he accidentally outed himself.

I will state again for the record that I have not posted comments at the Mississauga News since Summer 2011. The few exceptions were those times when one of the commenters would claim that I was “ForTheTruth” or some new alias to the site.

We-here can never quite decide who is Mayor Hazel McCallion’s #1 online supporter —Prol or Mantis.

But it’s Mantis who defies the laws of Probability. Here’s why.

Believe it or not, two males exist, both the same age, both growing up in Mississauga, both having a father who was a Toronto Police officer patrolling the streets for looters during the 1979 Mississauga Train Derailment. That’s actually not the tough part to believe —that both hide behind the alias “Mantis” is.

Mantis at the Mississauga News:

Mantis

May 4, 2013 10:05 PM

@katt62

It was a great example. My father was on the scene that night too and his assessment is very different from that of RocketRoger. He was a Toronto police officer – living in Mississauga – who was one of hundreds seconded to Peel Regional Police during the emergency. He was one of those patrolling the deserted streets keeping looters out and he talks about encountering pockets of chlorine gas miles away from the derailment site – clinging to ditches and other low lying areas. There was at least one chlorine tanker that was ruptured and leaked a sizeable cloud of chlorine gas into the air. That gas posed a very serious risk to people and the only sensible decision was the one that was made – the evacuate anyone who could possibly be in the way of that cloud.

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And Mantis at zombiehunters.org

Re: Pulling the Trigger: have you ever bugged out?

Postby mantis » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:17 pm

I did as a child – just over 33 years ago in an event that became known as “The Mississauga Miracle” or the “Mississauga Train Derailment”….

…At the time, my father was a police officer with the Toronto Police Service and he was sent to Mississauga to aid in patrolling for looters (there were none amazingly) and assisting with evacuations. I remember my mother waking us kids up in the middle of the night and getting us dressed and having us throw somes clothes and toys into suitcases. We were a good 20 miles from ground zero but the sky was bright red and there were police vehicles going up and down the streets with bull horns telling people to evacuate the area immediately. We headed north to my grandparents house in Erin, Ontario and spend the next three days watching the disaster unfold on TV. For an 8 year old, it was pretty scary but it was fun having three or four days off school!

The Mississauga News Mantis and the Zombiehunters Mantis --a comparative

That’s not all.  Both these Mantises also made the front page of the 1979 Mississauga News posing with their brother, a string of fish —and Mayor Hazel McCallion!

Here’s Mantis at the Mississauga News with his fish tale.

Mantis

Feb 13, 2011 9:08 PM

Happy Birthday Mayor McCallion!

That was quite the event today and I’m glad to it did such a thorough job of exposing the lies and delusions of that band of idiots around here, one of whom just the other day claimed that there was a massive groundswell against the mayor! I shook hands with the mayor again today and I gave her a copy of an old Mississauga News picture from 1979. It was a franed front page newspaper clipping that showed my younger brother and I posing with the mayor holding a whole stringer of fish caught during the Lake Acquataine fishing derby. My mother had saved the photo and I scanned it, printed it and framed it for her. She was quite pleased with it.

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And then there’s the same two Mantises who both had an altercation with a driver flashing a fake police badge at a Mississauga Tim Hortons!…

And of course there’s more….

Here’s an example of an email that Mike “Mantis” Webster sent me back on Tuesday, September 23, 2008.

Author : Mike Webster (IP: 99.229.10.189 , CPE0080c80bc00d-CM0019474d4a10.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com)
E-mail : webstermr@rogers.com
URL    :
Whois  : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=99.229.10.189
Comment:

You can’t even come up with a cogent reply to my comment – more disjointed rambling nonsense on par with the really hilarious wacky stuff on the Torstar site!

See Mantis’ reference to the Toronto Star?

Mike Mantis Webster also uses the alias “Mantis” at the Toronto Star as well.

And both the Mantises who comment at the Mississauga News and the Toronto Star are 15th generation Canadian! Imagine the odds!

Mike "Mantis" Webster (Toronto Star) "15th generation Canadian" and Mantis Mississauga News 15 generations

Follow the link and you will see Mantis comment on a Mother’s Day letter he wrote as Mike Webster:  www.thestar.com/life/parent/2013/05/09/mothers_day_messages_of_love_for_mom.html

Prol and Mantis are Mayor Hazel McCallion’s most ardent supporters —even as they hide behind their aliases. Both also regard themselves as shining examples of the kind of exemplary citizens that the Mississauga Mayor attracts to her fold.

And once again, here’s Prol (aka AV8R)…

Cheers,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"It was NOT a 'postcard' it was a poster. I would know as I co-designed it and printed it." -- Prol, Mississauga News online commenter

 

Mississauga Graffiti Report: “MEDIA LIES!”, “This is NOT Freedom” —and Gratitude to the Toronto Star

January 6th, 2013  

Last blog I shared video of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion once again dumping on The Mississauga News calling it “the local wrapper for advertising”.

Here, for the record are her exact words.

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

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

So it just shows you how the press tries to mislead the public.”  —Hazel McCallion, January 1, 2013

Hazel McCallion won’t be getting any opposition from me for calling The Mississauga News “the local wrapper for advertising” but I would certainly dispute her generalizing her contempt for all press in the statement “So it just shows you how the press tries to mislead the public.”

Believe me! When it comes to misleading the public, the City of Mississauga really does Lead Today for Tomorrow!

McCallion’s contempt for the Press leads nicely into the topic of today’s blog —Graffiti in Mississauga. Now I can’t be sure but I think that the nature if Mississauga graffiti may be changing. Changing from tags and pieces where you can identify the writer/artist to more message-based graffiti where it’s completely anonymous.

Graffiti Mississauga "This is NOT Freedom" and "MEDIA LIES!"

So here’s video of Mississauga’s latest graffiti “This is NOT Freedom” and “MEDIA LIES!”.

As always, complete with video transcript.

Graffiti Mississauga: “MEDIA LIES!” and “This is NOT Freedom” (2:16 min)

(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH returning to document graffiti at Location 01-12/12/24,  December 24, 2012.

It is Sunday, [sic] December 24, 2012. And I’m parked here by an auto dealer so that I can document the graffiti right there.

I documented it last night but it was quite dark —it was around 5:05 pm. So I just want to make sure that I got a good look at it.

“This is NOT Freedom”.

And my still camera really can’t do that good a job from this far away. You see this video camera can do this.

So I’m going to drive down Erin Mills Parkway and see if I can’t get a photograph the other way.

Here’s something interesting. We got a man walking.

And —that should do.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH returning to document graffiti at Location 02-12/12/24,  December 24, 2012.

It is Sunday, [sic] December 24, 2012 and I’ve pulled over Erin Mills Parkway to document this.

And I have to say that yesterday when I was driving along Erin Mills Parkway and noticing graffiti that said, “This is NOT Freedom”, I don’t recall seeing this —along this wall.

Now I admit it was kind of getting dark. But I really really don’t think that was there yesterday. At 5:05 anyway when I was videotaping “This is NOT Freedom” up in that direction.

So.

“MEDIA LIES!”. Oh yeah. I agree with that. But Government lies so much more.

And then we can always be grateful for Media like the Toronto Star and their investigative reporting. Especially when they file Freedom of Information and get behind the Government Lies and their Government Public Face.

So. I can not disagree with that message.

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

UPDATE: January 10, 2013. Yesterday while driving to the gym, we noticed that both “This is NOT Freedom” and “MEDIA LIES!” have been removed by authorities. Buffing occurred some time between Sunday, January 6th and yesterday.

Removal, is of course, the fate of graffiti. Removal is why we document it! This voice especially, had something important to say.

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

Sounds Of Silence
Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Sounds Of Silence

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "FREEDOM" documented May 27, 2012

“Politics is a nasty, unpleasant, mean-spirited business, which is presumably why some of us are drawn to it. (Many of us are nasty, unpleasant, and mean-spirited people.)” —Warren Kinsella, 2007

 

Super 8 movie of ride with Mississauga Police circa 1970’s proves welcome relief from 2012’s Alzheimer’s World

October 6th, 2012  

It’s October 6, 2012 and I’m so disconnected living so much of my life right now in Alzheimer’s World. It’s a disorienting warped hole of other-Place, other-Time, other-Rules. When I do get relieved to go home, there’s really only enough mental energy to research more on Alzheimer’s because that’s the priority.

To navigate the Dementia and then deal with the Corruption at the City of Mississauga is more than I can handle right now. When it’s not working with Alzheimer’s caregiving and Alzheimer’s research, my brain just wants to sleep —or PLAY!

A few weeks ago I took two old 1970’s films in to be converted to digital format. One of those Kodak cartons had “Peel Police” scribbled on it. So I was surprised to view the final product and find “Mississauga Police” on the officer’s uniform and “Mississauga Police” on the yellow Plymouth Fury as well.

Any help positively dating this Mississauga Police piece of history would be appreciated. Also, if anyone can identify the two officers in this film I’d welcome that too. Last. If anyone can identify any of the locations we drove through, same thing.

For the record, back in the day, you could phone the police, explain you wanted to shoot some film for a teaching aide and next thing you’d know, you’d get a ride about town inside a Police cruiser. Not now!

Viewing the early 1970’s footage you will also see how GREEN the Town of Mississauga was. (Just sayin’.)

Next. It’s unlikely you can get a more belated thank you than my thank you to Mississauga Police for driving me around one afternoon in the 1970’s.

Ride with MISSISSAUGA POLICE circa 1970’s. Super 8. Includes 1970’s Police Plymouth Fury (3:48 min)

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

Last. For the record, here’s the semi-restored 1974 Police Plymouth Fury exhibit at the May 2012 Peel Police Day.

Peel Police Day: 1974 DODGE FURY Police Car (interior) (2:22 min)

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

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
Alzheimer’s caregiver

 

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

—Mayor Hazel McCallion, March 17, 2008 Audit Committee meeting

City of Mississauga’s new Integrity Commissioner, Robert J. Swayze did not perform due diligence –neither did Governance Committee

September 17th, 2012  

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

I’m reminded of what Mayor Hazel McCallion said at the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee meeting.

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

On September 17, 2012 the Mississauga Governance Committee provided Robert J. Swayze with his first opportunity to demonstrate that McCallion had hired an Integrity Commissioner who is sensitive to the fact that he is dealing with the public and will give them every understanding possible.

The June 20, 2012 press release City of Mississauga Appoints Integrity Commissioner at the City’s website announcing states:

“Mr. Swayze possesses significant experience in the practice of municipal law, both in private practice and as previous City Solicitor in two municipalities,” said City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench. “He currently serves as Integrity Commissioner to a number of municipalities including Oakville, Guelph, Brantford, Port Hope and Carleton Place. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in municipal law. Staff will work with Mr. Swayze over the summer and report back to Council in the fall concerning recommendations to amend the Code of Conduct for Mayor and Members of Council.”

Nothing there about Robert J. Swayze being appointed an Integrity Commissioner because in addition to his expertise in municipal law, he is also sensitive to the fact that he is dealing with the public and will give them every understanding possible.

But most certainly Mr. Swayze’s September 7, 2012  “First Report of the Integrity Commissioner” will provide the necessary evidence that Mayor Hazel McCallion ensured that Mississauga residents will be served by an integrity commissioner who is sensitive to the fact that he is dealing with the public and will, over his five year term, give us every understanding possible. Right?

The reality is that the very moment that the reader gets past these headers of Swayze’s report:

DATE: September 7,2012
TO:  Chair and members of the Governance Committee Meeting Date: September 17, 2012
FROM: Robert J. Swayze Integrity Commissioner
SUBJECT: First Report of the Integrity Commissioner

to RECOMMENDATIONS, it is Robert J. Swayze sensitive-FAIL/understanding-FAIL and by extension Hazel McCallion-FAIL.

For part of the reason we just need to go back to the City’s news release and the quote from City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench.

She stated:

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

And what is Robert J. Swayze’s first recommendation?

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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

That’s right. City of Mississauga staff worked with the new Integrity Commissioner over the summer concerning recommendations to amend the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct and apparently recommended that Mr. Swayze not investigate them!

How is City of Mississauga senior staff  working with Integrity Commissioner Swayze on whether to expand his mandate to include investigations of City senior staff not conflict of interest?

And a more troubling question: Why didn’t Robert J. Swayze, (who is also the Integrity Commissioner for Oakville, Guelph, Brantford, Port Hope and Carleton Place) recognize that working with City of Mississauga staff on whether he should investigate them as a conflict of interest?

It’s easy to demonstrate that Robert J. Swayze did not perform due diligence prior to writing his September 7, 2012  “First Report of the Integrity Commissioner” to the Governance Committee.

Neither did Councillor Frank Dale, Ward 4, Councillor Katie Mahoney, Ward 8, and Mayor Hazel McCallion, who all participated in the March 17, 2008 Audit Committee meeting where McCallion said:

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

Last, also for the record —from the Mississauga News June 20, 2012 article, “City appoints integrity commissioner”:

He is being paid a $24,000 annual retainer, which will cover the costs of all inquiries that do not require extensive research (less than one hour), a $1,500 block fee for providing educational sessions of half a day and $280 per hour for services outside the above.

The City has budgeted $100,000 for the role of the integrity commission for each year.

All those bucks and City of Mississauga staff still “investigate” themselves. And to be clear, that’s not allegation but Fact.

 

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Sick of the usual take on Danzig/Scarborough shootings? Here’s the TRUEth about youth violence prevention

July 21st, 2012  

It’s either no one has a memory or there’s just more of the same Pretend going on.

Reminder to readers, since no one else seems willing to do this.

What follows is a partial Youth Violence Prevention chronology.

June 11, 2007 press release:  Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that he has asked former Chief Justice and Attorney General Roy McMurtry and former Speaker of the Legislature Alvin Curling to review what more we can do, together, to ensure Ontario’s young people and our communities are safe. “We’re launching this review because no parent should ever have to worry about losing their child to violence,” said Premier McGuinty.

Yes. That Premier McGuinty. The same McGuinty whose Finance Minister admitted their campaign team decided to scrap the Mississauga power plant when the Liberals trailed in the polls just days before last fall’s election. The $190 million cost to taxpayers has been described as vote-buying at its worst.

It’s also the same Dalton McGuinty whose Ontario’s health minister refuses to take responsibility for the “extravagant, reckless and incompetent” Ornge air ambulance clusterfuckshiteri.

And it’s the same Dalton McGuinty Liberals who lavished $2.7 million on the lame McMurtry/Curling “Review of the Roots of Youth Violence” —a study that relied exclusively on public documents and interviews. “Researchers” didn’t file a single Freedom of Information request to dig up the real story.

Willful blindness.

Here’s Premier Dad’s announcement on video.

Getting To The Roots Of Youth Violence Uploaded by on June 12, 2007 (2:30 min)

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

Four months later, October 25, 2007, Mississauga Councillor, Pat Saito, trumpeted the “phenomenal” success of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee’s less than two years of operation.

The Peel Youth Violence Prevention success was so “phenomenal” that Saito used the word “phenomenal” four times mixed in with two “amazing”s in less than three minutes of pure rancid bullshit.

Here she is!

Mississauga Councillor on Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network’s “phenomenal” success. (3:07 min)

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

Bullshit galloping. I don’t call my city “MYTHissauga” for nothing.

You want to know why so many youth violence prevention programs don’t work?

Look no further than the likes of Mississauga Councillor Pat Saito who absolutely refuses to conduct authentic assessment of program effectiveness (Can you say “Deb Matthews”?). After all, it’s far more efficient just to lie about an entity’s accomplishments (can you spell “Ornge”?).

True story.

I sat in and observed the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network’s “Education and Policy Working Group” meetings. (So many salaries seated around a table once a month). Yet our group made so little progress I decided to sit in on the Steering Committee meetings just to see what our Working Group’s Chair was actually reporting to The Steering Suits.

And oh my! Just as I suspected! She either fabricated or inflated our Group’s “successes”.

And that’s when I knew.

Youth workers, at least in Peel, are hired for their ability sling Positive Bullshit with evangelical zeal. And just like little municipal Deb Matthews, the Politicos accepted each verbal “update” as Truth.

Any doubters out there, I have most of these Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee meetings on audio.

As I said I was part of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network’s “Education and Policy Working Group”. Then it folded.

Steering Committee Chair Gael Miles insisted however that our working group didn’t “fold” but rather “merged” with another group since we completed our mandate of educating and discussing policy!

That was the Fall of 2008.

Finished discussing policy?! Aside from part of one meeting to talk about the Safe Schools Act, that was it on Policy.

And get this.

It was only two weeks ago that I learned THE REGION OF PEEL HAS NO PUBLIC COMPLAINTS POLICY!

So why weren’t we, the Network’s “Education and Policy Working Group” informed of that back in 2007-08?

Deception. Lies. Persistent pretend. Fabricating success. And the funding money wasted! The hallmarks of at-risk youth programs.

And Peel can’t be the only one.

Which brings me to the greatest truth about youth violence prevention initiatives and our Governments of Pretend.

“…all I can say is of all the panels I sit on the first question that is asked is ‘Where are the young people? We are talking about them but they’re not with us.

Young people are very frustrated because there’s a lot of panels. Oh the reports that are written about “all the money we gotta spend!” and they’re very frustrated with the system right now. That’s why they don’t come to a lot of these things because the truth is because they don’t believe in what’s happening.”

—Pastor Andrew King, speaking on Youth Violence, Brampton, November 25, 2008

The Truth about Brampton and Mississauga Youth Anti-Violence Panels. Pastor Andrew King (Etobicoke) (0:47 min)

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

“because the truth is because they don’t believe in what’s happening.”

And you can thank the Pat Saito politicians out there —because they’re the norm.

And “Super Mayor” Hazel McCallion and her  “We should concentrate on the 98 per cent that are good youth.”

Any wonder that the anthem for the 2% “bad youth” is “They don’t give a fuck about us”?

2pac – They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us . (5:37 min)

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

“The truth is that we, as a society—all of us—simply don’t consider children very important. We talk a good game but we don’t think kids are as important as other things, like fixing the roads.”

—a quote by Jim Paul Nevins (Ontario Court Judge October 4, 2001 report)

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

Take it from someone who’s filed close to $4,000 worth of Freedom of Information. “The System is corrupt. There is no way to fix it”.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

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

–email from youth (age 19)

MISSISSAUGAWATCH donates $650.00 to Mississauga Governance Committee for Integrity

July 6th, 2012  

And here’s video of the cheque hand-off complete with video transcript.

Please note that this video has been heavily edited (camera lens on, conversation fast-forwarded) to protect the privacy of Mayor/Councillor personnel.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH donates $650.00 to City of Mississauga Governance Committee (2:54 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, with Mayor/Councillors offices locked, is instructed to go to Security, June 22, 2012

Just for the record, when I’m dealing with Security, I better have a video camera on and —this .

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside City of Mississauga Corporate Security office, June 22, 2012

Hi there. I need to go into Council Chambers [sic]. Apparently it’s locked, yeah. So I was told that someone from Security would have to let me in.

No! Sorry! Not Council Chambers. Third floor. To see the Mayor and Council [sic].  I want to drop off a cheque.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard inside elevator, June 22, 2012

 [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside elevator with City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard, June 22, 2012

Yeah, I can’t get in. Because it’s closed up there. I’ve already been up there. Normally you’re able to go —just walk in. And I was told it’s been closed because of the Peel strike.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard inside elevator, June 22, 2012

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside elevator with City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard, June 22, 2012

And people trying to get in, okay? So what I need is—

City of Mississauga Elevator, June 22, 2012

Third Floor.

City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard inside elevator,, June 22, 2012

Right here.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside elevator with City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard, June 22, 2012

Oh my goodness! Now I know what you mean! Thank you!

City of Mississauga Corporate Security guard inside elevator, June 22, 2012

You’re welcome.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office, June 22, 2012

I want to get a cheque here —give a cheque to the Governance Committee, a donation. And I just don’t know who to give it to.

Councillor Tovey is on it. He’s the Chair.

[Music: Don’t Crash the Ambulance/Mark Knopfler]

Mayor/Councillor receptionist, June 22, 2012

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

I’m going to, for privacy reasons for this person, put the camera [lens] off here. Here we go.

[Camera lens closed for privacy reasons]

Councillor Jim Tovey’s executive assistant, June 22, 2012

[inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

I just wanted to—

[FAST FORWARD for privacy reasons]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

Yeah. Just accept that, okay?

Councillor Jim Tovey’s executive assistant, June 22, 2012

Well, I—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

Because it’s a time-sensitive issue right now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

And I just want to put that in.

[FAST FORWARD for privacy reasons]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

I’d rather it not be sent back.

[FAST FORWARD for privacy reasons]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

Yeah, okay.

Councillor Jim Tovey’s executive assistant, June 22, 2012

—Kay.

\MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

So if you just give me some kind of a receipt that—

Councillor Jim Tovey’s executive assistant, June 22, 2012

Well—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

—doesn’t, doesn’t matter.

[FAST FORWARD for privacy reasons]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

Okay. Thank you very much.

Councillor Jim Tovey’s executive assistant, June 22, 2012

Okay.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

And can I get out this way now?

Councillor Jim Tovey’s executive assistant, June 22, 2012

Yes.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

I understand why this place was locked. I had trouble getting in. And normally it’s very very open.

Councillor Jim Tovey’s executive assistant, June 22, 2012

Yeah. Exactly.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, inside Mayor/Councillors’ office  in waiting area as instructed, June 22, 2012

But now I understand why.

So thank you.

 [Camera lens opened while exiting door]
[Fade to Black]

 

[Epilogue in red letters]

Update: July 5, 2012

Ever do something and only days later you wake up
and realize that you’ve just done something
really, really STUPID?…

I just struck a match to $650.00!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Then again, back on January 4, 2010 I struck a match to $250.00 when I registered to run for Mayor...

MISSISSAUGAWATCH donates $650.00 to City of Mississauga Governance Committee

Expand the investigative authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to include MUSH esp. Municipalities!

And for the record,

From: Crystal Greer
To: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
Cc: Hazel McCallion
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2012 6:01 AM
Subject: Donation to City of Mississauga

Hi Ursula, the donation cheque in the amount of $650 that you provided to Acting Mayor Tovey’s office last week has been forwarded to me.  I have deposited your donation in an appropriate City account and will be mailing a copy of your receipt to you.

I want to stress again to you, that this donation is not required.  All citizens of Mississauga have the right to request an investigation by the City’s Integrity Commissioner, and there is no charge for this.  As Mr. Rust-D’Eye confirmed to you in his email dated June 19, 2012 “The City does not charge complainants for the cost of the time of the Integrity Commissioner and an offer to do so would not be a relevant consideration in the performance by the Integrity Commissioner, (whoever it may be), of the responsibilities conferred on her or him, by the Municipal Act, City Council, an otherwise by law”.

Crystal Greer
Director of Legislative Services and City Clerk
City of Mississauga

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

Carmen Corbasson fought for the Port Credit Library, “made the right decision —and left a wonderful legacy in Port Credit”

March 11th, 2012  

Yesterday’s Blog, Councillor Carmen Corbasson, Mississauga’s Finestkind Councillor –Champion of The Library was written entirely by her friend, Irene Gabon, a Ward 1 resident of the Sherway community for 50 years.

Today it’s my turn —and time to let Councillor Corbasson speak.

What follows is yesterday’s video, complete with transcript. Dedicated to Councillor Corbasson with love and unreserved respect.

Councillor Carmen Corbasson, Mississauga’s Finestkind Councillor –Champion of The Library (8:39 min)

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

Please note. In this video I state that the day is Sunday, March 10, 2012 when it was actually Saturday. Next, the Mississauga News reported Councillor Corbasson’s age as 62 which is correct. I then stated, “And just for context, she was 62, I’m 63.” Apologies once again. Councillor Corbasson was born on December 3rd, 1949. I was born in October 1949 and that also makes me 62! This also means I skipped being 61…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked beside Toronto General Hospital, March 10, 2012

It is Sunday [sic], March the 10th, 2012. [long pause]

And I’m here at [long pause] and I’m here at Toronto General Hospital.

I got an email this morning —that Councillor Carmen Corbasson died after surgery. And —a bit later, the Toronto S-the Mississauga News came out with a —an article.

Can’t believe I’m reading this. But I have to.

Carmen Corbasson dies after surgery

[crying]

By Alex Consiglio

March 12th, 2000-no—

March 10, 2012

Former longtime Ward 1 Councillor Carmen Corbasson has died this morning after complications arose during surgery last night.
Corbasson, 62, lived and worked in Mississauga most of her life and was first elected to City Council in 1994.

And just for context, she was 62, I’m 63.  [long pause]

She has two daughters, Lisa and Julie, and two grandchildren, Summer and Gabriel.

Mississauga-Streetsville MP Brad Butt knew Corbasson well and said everyone is in shock over her death after what was supposed to be routine surgery.

And that’s what I was told too. [long pause] “Routine surgery”. [long pause]

“She was the most giving person,” said Butt. “She always put the community first, she was so selfless.”

Butt said that’s how Corbasson would want to be remembered, as always putting other people, and her community, first.

Judy Imerson, the former Director of the Editorial— try that again.

Judy Imerson, the former Director of Editorial for The Mississauga News who was a close friend of Corbasson, remembers her as the most “wonderful, honest, hard-working person who cared about everybody.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH driving west on Lakeshore to the Port Credit Library, March 10, 2012

I’m right here in Port Credit. Hurontario and Lakeshore Road.

And I’m just going to— redo a drive that I did back in March 2007.

And there was a threat that the Gray House was going down over here. And I was driving this way towards the Port Credit library.

And I’m dedicating this to Councillor Carmen Corbasson.

[2nd video Councillor Carmen Corbasson fighting to save Port Credit Library, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007]

Carmen Corbasson, Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

Thank you, Madam Mayor. Just-just a couple of very brief comments now that I’ve heard from my colleagues. I-I hope that you’re not insinuating that I don’t have the City’s best interests at heart.

And I-I’m sure you’re not. Sure you’re not, because you referred to me as “the Ward Councillor” and how you feel that’s the way I need to vote.

I do have the City’s best interests at heart and I certainly have Port Credit’s best interests at heart.

Again, for all the reasons I’d outlined at the last week’s committee meeting, I feel very very strongly that the Library should remain where it is.

And it’s not just because of the overwhelming support from the community for that decision.

Yes, they are key stakeholders. And they are a very large piece of the puzzle.

But this is a decision that we, as a Council, as a community, as a Ward Councillor are able to make in and of itself. I don’t have to worry about land use, heights, density, the Ontario Municipal Board overruling me.

This is a decision that I strongly believe that I will look back on and know I made the right decision —and left a wonderful legacy in Port Credit, with our branch library being located in Port Credit Memorial Park.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH pulling into the Port Credit Library, Memorial Park, March 10, 2012

Take a look. Take a look at what a beautiful place —for a library.

And there’s actually —I’m going to drive here —right to the corner there. You can actually see people. And I don’t want to get too close cuz you don’t want to invade privacy.

But they’re sitting there in orange sofas. Reading —one’s reading the newspaper. Couple others are talking-story.

And over, maybe you can see it, there’s the Credit River, to the right there.

And isn’t it just beautiful.

Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

[Corbasson signing motion and handing off to Councillor Pat Mullin who hands off to Crystal Greer, City Clerk who hands it to Mayor Hazel McCallion]

Mayor Hazel McCallion Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

I have a motion by Councillor Corbasson, seconded by Councillor Mullin, “that the respective deputations by the following individuals to General Committee at its meeting on March the 21, 2007, expressing their concerns regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library be received for information.

Frank Giannone, President of FRAM
Janis Alton, Resident
Chris Mackie, Resident
Alan Skeoch, Resident
Ian Hodge, Resident
Ian Smith, President, Town of Port Credit Association
Dorothy Tomiuk, Resident
Doug Watson, Chair of the Credit Reserve Association
Hugh Stewart, Resident

That the Corporate Report dated March 12, 2007 from the Commissioner of Community Services regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library, be received for information and a recorded vote is required.

City Clerk, Crystal Greer, Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

So you’re heard the motion. All those in favour of the motion, please stand.

All those opposed, please stand.

The motion carries.

Carmen Corbasson, Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

This is a decision that I strongly believe that I will look back on and know I made the right decision —and left a wonderful legacy in Port Credit, with our branch library being located in Port Credit Memorial Park.

FADE TO BLACK and TRIBUTE

She was a person of integrity who said, ‘if it’s right, it’s right’ and ‘if it’s wrong, it’s wrong,’

She lived by the principles she believed in, She always did her homework, even though
she isn’t one of the outspoken ones on council.

But when she said something, it was meaningful, She was a straight shooter and probably
the best councillor we ever had.

Irene Gabon, a resident of the Sherway community for 50 years

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

With aloha and gratitude,

Ursula Bennett
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

From the MINUTES SESSION 5 

THE COUNCIL OF
THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA
(www.mississauga.ca)
MINUTES SESSION 5  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2007, 9:00 A.M.

(f) Port Credit Branch Library (Ward 1)

Frank Giannone, President of FRAM Building Group appeared before Council to
express appreciation to all those involved in the issue of the relocation of the Port
Credit Branch Library. Mr. Giannone advised that he does not have an alternate
use for the Grey House within the development and would continue to work with
the City regarding the development.

Council – 6 – March 28, 2007

Councillor Frank Dale advised that he had been misquoted in the Mississauga
News as supporting the staff recommendation to relocate the Port Credit Branch
Library when, in fact, he was opposed to the relocation.
Mayor McCallion circulated a copy of her briefing notes on her position regarding
the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library and asked that these notes be
recorded for future reference. She advised that she reviewed the comments from
the residents who are in favour of relocating the library and that she agreed with
many of the reasons. The Mayor advised that she still felt strongly that the library
should be relocated. The Mayor reviewed her briefing notes and touched on the
following reasons for the relocation:

• The new branch would be within comfortable walking distance (800
metres or one-half mile) of 1558 households (50% more than existing.)
• Growth is expected along the Hurontario corridor due to intensification,
providing good access to even more households.
• The new location is closer to 15% more users based on a sample of library
books in circulation.
• Better access to transit. Hurontario is served by over three times as many
buses as Lakeshore. Proximity to the Port Credit GO Train Station.
Future direct access to proposed light rail transit (LRT).
• Four schools are within 800 metres of the new location.
• Linkage to library provides sustainable adaptive reuse of the Gray House.
• Proposal to relocate Lions Hall on second floor above the branch. Use
library staff to manage and program the hall and library meeting rooms.
• Additional parkland to be gratuitously dedicated to the City valued in
excess of $500,000.
• By relocating the Lions Hall, the pool change rooms can be renovated in a
manner that would be “sympathetic” to the park.
• New branch will have a longer life expectancy.
• Direct access to underground parking.
• New branch will have optimum internal layout.

Reasons to avoid renovating the existing branch:

• The branch was constructed almost 50 years ago on a landfill site,
although the methane gas problems are under control.
• Existing branch blocks view to Memorial Park.
• Potential exists to build a parking structure on the municipal parking lot,
creating a physical conflict between the branch and the new structure.

The Ward Councillor Carmen Corbasson reiterated her comments made at
General Committee on March 21, 2007, and the reasons why the library should
remain in its present location. Councillor Corbasson agreed that there are
residents who do support the relocation; however, the majority of the residents in
Port Credit support that the library remain where is it. Members of Council
provided their views regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library.

Council – 7 – March 28, 2007

Councillor Corbasson asked that the General Committee Recommendation GC-
0123-2007 be brought forward. A recorded vote was requested regarding this
issue with the following results:

1. That the respective deputations by the following individuals to General
Committee at its meeting on March 21, 2007, expressing their concerns
regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch library, be received for
information:

– Frank Giannone, President of FRAM Building Group
– Janis Alton, Resident
– Chris Mackie, Resident
– Alan Skeoch, Resident
– Ian Hodge, Resident
– Ian Smith, Resident
– Dorothy Tomiuk, Resident
– Doug Watson, Chair of the Credit Reserve Association
– Hugh Stewart, Resident

2. That the Corporate Report dated March 12, 2007 from the Commissioner
of Community Services regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch
Library, be received for information.

YES NO

Mayor H. McCallion X
Councillor C. Corbasson X
Councillor P. Mullin X
Councillor M. Prentice X
Councillor F. Dale X
Councillor E. Adams X
Councillor C. Parrish X
Councillor N. Iannicca X
Councillor K. Mahoney Absent
Councillor P. Saito Absent
Councillor S. McFadden Absent
Councillor G. Carlson X

Recorded Vote
Carried (7-2 / 3 Absent)
Resolution 0063-2007/GC-0123-2007
PO.04.POR (Ward 1)

Also. For the historical record, this is a very early MISSISSAUGAWATCH video uploaded to Google in March 2007.

Port Credit’s Gray House Down Library Lives On (2:12 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on Google Video

Finally, for those truly interested in the history of Port Credit library and the Gray House, please read and view the March 30th, 2007 MISSISSAUGAWATCH blog, VIDEO—GRAY HOUSE Down. Port Credit Library Up.

This blog is dedicated to Mississauga finestkind Councillor Carmen Corbasson.

 

Mississauga Civic Centre Christmas Eve 2007, “Celebration Square” Christmas Day 2011 and Nando Iannicca’s Lessons of a Beer Fridge

December 26th, 2011  

Today, a bit of history of the Mississauga Civic Centre —including insight (sadly) into the Human Condition.

This YouTube video is a compilation of three separate video clips:

  1. Footage from the Mississauga Civic Centre WebCam showing what the old Mississauga Civic Centre looked on Christmas Eve 2007.
  2. April 29, 2009 video of Councillor Nando Iannicca urging support for the renovation of the DownTown Square and
  3. Footage from the Mississauga Civic Centre WebCam showing yesterday’s Christmas Day 2011 activities at the newly-renovated Mississauga Celebration Square.

Mississauga WebCam: Old Civic Centre Christmas Eve 2007 and “Celebration Square” Christmas Day 2011 (7:28 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Councillor Nanda Iannicca, Mississauga Special Council meeting, April 29, 2009

—because, Madam Mayor, you’ve spoken to it in very stark, correct political terms. And I think you’ve outlined it beautifully.

And I’m going to take a different tack. I’m going to be very abstract with my councillor-colleagues right now. So please indulge me. Because I want to talk about a beer fridge.

Cuz I hope this brings the point across that I want to bring in.

And the beer fridge I’m talking about was the concept that won a professor a Nobel Prize. And you may know the movie that speaks to it. It was “A Beautiful Mind”.

And the professor from the United States, who won an award for Economics from Nobel because he explained the theory of Enlightened Self Interest. We all have Self Interest. But the smart ones in the crowd know what Enlightened Self Interest is.

The analogy he used, and I won’t here today, related to the uh, favours of a lovely woman. We won’t talk about that. We’re going to talk about a different example that social scientists have used. And it was a beer fridge. True story.

What they did was they took a beer fridge and they put it on the dormitory of a university campus. And they took a bunch of folks just like us. Said, you all sleep on this floor. At the end of the hall, here’s a brand new beer fridge. And we, Molson’s, Labatts —pick one, are going to stock it with beer. Every. Day.

And we’ve done a count. We’ve got more beer in there than twelve people could possibly drink in a week!

But we’re going to stock it with that much and there’s only one condition. True story by the way. That at the end of the night when we come to restock the fridge, so long as one bottle is left, we’ll fill it to capacity. You get another thousand bottles.

So if you only drank two hundred, we put two hundred back in. You drank nine hundred, we put the other nine hundred back in. If you drink nine hundred and ninety-nine and there’s one, we’ll put nine ninety-nine in.

But of course if there’s none, the game is over.

Lasted one night.

The fridge was empty at the end of the night.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Special Council meeting, April 29, 2009

[laughs]

Councillor Nanda Iannicca, Mississauga Special Council meeting, April 29, 2009

True story.

Because what people pursued was Self Interest, not Enlightened Self [Interest].

They say, Hell, it’s here now. I’m going to throw it under my bed now. At least I end up with a hundred beers. At the end of the day, nobody got any more beer.

That, dare I say, is exactly what is happening here. For the reason the Mayor touched upon. This is the program we’ve been given. These are the rules of the game. I didn’t say it at Council but I will say it now. Because there’s a fallacy of understanding here.

I don’t want to pick on the noise walls but I will use that as an example. “My residents don’t want the Downtown Square. They prefer noise walls.” Fact of the matter is they don’t. It’s an unassailable fact —if, Councillor Prentice, with the greatest of respect, I were to come in your community and talk to your people who benefit from the noise wall, of course, they’d rather see a noise wall instead of anything in the Downtown Square. Just like they’d rather see a library over there.

My residents don’t want me to support a Downtown Square if it otherwise leads to the improvement of the parkette next door to their home.

But if you walk in and say, “Hold on, hold on. Not everybody’s getting everything. You may not get the parkette next door to you —that person over there might instead get a sound wall.” What are they going to say?

Well, the rest of the city is going to say, to hell with that, build the Downtown Square. At least I benefit from that!

Dare I say in your own wards, if you were putting in sound walls or a parkette, the residents that immediately benefit, will say it’s a great idea. But take me into your wards. Take me in any ward and have me talk to the community that lives furthest away from your sound wall. Say, “Hi, you get a sound wall down there. And those people, “What do I get?” Well you get the privilege of paying for it. “Well do I get my parkette?” Nooo.

Well, what’s Plan B? Well we can do the Town Square for everybody.

Well do the Town Square, what am I, stupid? Do you not all see that? It’s self-evident.

The more fundamental point is the Mayor’s: These are the rules of the game. They’re going to pick a project that ma— And Councillor Prentice —Councillor Saito has just said, “They don’t think that way”. That’s the point —they don’t think that way. They’re thinking in terms of their Self Interest, not Enlightened Self Interest.

If we’re thinking along the line —well, Councillor Saito, I think they hold us to a higher standard. If what we are practising is Enlightened Self Interest in getting some of this pool of funds, what the Mayor has said is absolutely true, I think without question.

Here is your list. What’s the one big sexy one. What’s the one that makes the most sense to us? Because God forbid, I don’t think they’re just thinking of Mississauga. I think they’re thinking of a whole country. And a little bit of pathway lighting, I don’t think it turns their crank. I don’t think they’re terribly excited about something like that.

So at the end of the day, unless you think we’re all going to end up with some “beer”, we’re going to end up with none of it. And at the end of the day the decision will be what will give us more bang for the buck that we think we’ve shared the wealth with an entire community.

It is a project like a town civic square that might do it, or a waterfront project —that makes sense. Or the Chappell property —it’s kind of our High Park.

But if you start divying up into little pieces, and say give us all a six-pack, nobody gets any “beer”. I don’t know how much more self-evident I can make it than that. The Mayor said it better than me.

At the end of the day, Madam Mayor, I don’t know what Plan B is —I think it’s yours. Put them all on the list. Let’s see what shakes down. I don’t want to argue against sound walls. I think Councillor Prentice has said it all along. Sure I’m willing to give them a try.

But at the end of the day you’ve got to look at it from the eyes of the Federal Government. Like it or not, these are their rules. Let’s do something that’s going to meet with success because the last piece of the puzzle is this: under Enlightened Self Interest, if we get the funding for the Town Square —civic rehabilitation and all the other things that relates to it, that are greatly understood I might add, by definition, the life of our 10-year capital budget, it opens up funds for other things.

It’s taken —my example, why would I take my kids to Disneyland next year if my grandparents or their grandparents are going to take them on their own time? I’ll save that money and do something else with it. That’s what will percolate down. Otherwise no one gets any “beer” it seems to me.

So Madam Mayor, it is what it is. It’s going to be a decision out of our hands. Let’s hope we get our fair share. But I think to put something simple, clean and neat before the Federal Government is our greatest chance of doing. This parochialism will kill it for all of us in my opinion.

Thank you, Madam Mayor.

Music: Blue Danube as Civic Centre WebCam feed shows Christmas Day 2011 activity at the newly-renovated “Celebration Square”.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Mississauga city hall  civic centre hockey
Playing hockey after the official tree lighting ceremony at Mississauga Civic Centre on November 24, 2006

 

Mississauga Web Cam – Live!

Larry Taylor, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s “problem child”-councillor dies: a dedication

June 23rd, 2011  

Mississauga News, “Councillor fought for ideals”

Larry Taylor. Former Ward 4 Councillor Larry Taylor died this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mississauga News File photo

By: John Stewart

Former Ward 4 Councillor Larry Taylor, a political idealist who fought for the environment, social housing and inclusive municipal planning policies in an era when those ideas were considered radical, died this morning.

Taylor, 62, was a long-time member of the NDP party who pulled off a stunning upset of incumbent Councillor Caye Killaby in 1976. He died of lung cancer in a hospice in Barrie, where he had lived for many years. Taylor had fought three different types of cancer since 1998.

In a telephone interview from his hospital room last month, Taylor said he had few regrets about a life that revolved predominantly around politics. He was involved in at least 38 different campaigns as candidate, campaign manager or organizer and ran provincially and federally for the NDP several times, most recently in Barrie in 2007…

_________________________________________

I met Larry Taylor —only once, and let’s just say that we compared notes…

Mr. Taylor is a Mississauga finestkind.

I prepared this video reading from two passages about Larry Taylor from Tom Urbaniak’s book, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga.

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

Larry Taylor, Mayor Hazel McCallion’s “problem child”-councillor dies: a dedication. (7:11 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

It is June 22nd 2011 and Council has just adjourned and I want to pay my respects to former councillor Larry Taylor. I only had the privilege of meeting him once but I can tell you —he’s finestkind.

And I want to read from Tom Urbaniak’s book, “Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga”.

He talks about Larry Taylor on page 115 and I want to read it now.

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

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

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

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

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

And it goes on and on.

So Larry Taylor had been a “problem child” councillor to Hazel McCallion.

And then there’s one more that I want to read now. And it’s on page 134-135. Right there.

In 1984, when the mayor’s own property was rezoned to allow for single-family homes (the same property that had been at the centre the conflict-of-interest case), no one appeared at the statutory (public) meeting in order to complain. That property was still surrounded by open fields. (This time, McCallion declared her conflict of interest.)

I mean we’re talking about something that happened in the 80’s here.

As a sign that visible opposition seemed to be draining away, McCallion finally even calculated that she could move on Larry Taylor. Waiting until just a few days before the 1988 election, she sent a letter at city expense and on mayoral letterhead to Taylor’s constituents, accusing the councillor of telling ‘a lie’—

And if you see ‘a lie’ is there in quotes. So clearly it was McCallion using that term.

—’a lie’ when he blamed council for being politically motivated in rejecting his request for a stop sign. The furious and now imperiled councillor charged that this last-minute missive was ‘calculated’ to prevent him from responding, that it was an inappropriate use of public money, and that McCallion had prevailed upon Mississauga News publisher Ron Lenyk to endorse challenger Frank Dale. (Lenyk denied being pressured by the mayor.)

Now, there’s one thing that is very clear and that is the degree to which Ron Lenyk, former publisher of the Mississauga News, is an extremely close friend and supporter of McCallion.

It would be for example, if I were Mayor or any kind of politician and I would want someone to be a publisher of the only newspaper in my city, I’d pick someone like Lenyk.

And the story of Ron Lenyk can be seen in the photographs of the Mayor’s galas going all the way back to 1987, the first Mayor’s gala all the way downward.

And when you see Ron Lenyk in there or if you see video of the “Starr’s on the Credit” 2008 video highlights, Ron Lenyk’s performances on documentaries—

Ron Lenyk, speaking on Mayor’s promotional documentary (shown at Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket birthday bash, February 12, 2011)

Hazel, she’d always was [sic] around the action. She was the action. She was the centre of the action. So Media found her, as you said, a media darling.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

How could you not be mayor for three decades when you’ve got Ron Lenyk in your pocket as the only local newspaper —and on the other side, you’ve got Jake Dheer (laughs) as the only “television station”.

Jake Dheer, speaking on Mayor’s promotional documentary (shown at Hazel McCallion’s $350.00 a ticket birthday bash, February 12, 2011)

“The Mayor’s Hour” is the longest running show on Rogers TV and I think, probably the longest-running that any mayor has ever had.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting inside Mississauga Council Chambers, June 22, 2011)

It is so pathetic! So pathetic, this place.

Mississauga is just a huge company town!

[Mark Knopfler, “Don’t Crash the Ambulance”]

LARRY TAYLOR, FORMER MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR, finestkind.

Toronto Sun columnist Ted Woloshyn at 2003 Mayor's Gala. For "context" when reading Ted Woloshyn's columns on Hazel McCallion, this lapdog pic will put things in perspective!

UPDATE  June 24, 2011  12:06 am.

The Mississauga News created a wonderful editorial “Taylor was an original” honouring former Mississauga Councillor Larry Taylor. It begins:

Former Ward 6 Councillor Carolyn Parrish is a colourful and controversial character who could cause a mighty ruckus at City Hall — but she couldn’t hold a candle to Larry Taylor.
Taylor was an original.

Back in the day (1976-88), the former Ward 4 Councillor sparked (and revelled in) one furious debate after another in Council Chambers — much to Mayor Hazel McCallion’s chagrin. At the time, his revolutionary and often unwelcome ideas about preserving the environment, municipal planning and social policies were considered radical.

Taylor’s flair for dramatic oratory and his frequent criticism of City policies at council meetings and in the press often landed him in trouble with his colleagues.

Notice reference to Taylor’s, “frequent criticism of City policies”… And that was back in the 80’s!

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE ON STAFF NON-COMPLIANCE TO POLICIES (AUDIT COMMITTEE 090511) "There seems to be a complete disregard for policy."

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

February 27th, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

Now these are non-compliance.

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

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

[dip to white]

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

Mississauga is continually looked upon as a municipal leader.

[cross zoom]

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

Our excellent Staff, our excellent commitment to the taxpayer.

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

They are Trust, Quality and Excellence.

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

And Excellence and Excellence and more Excellence.

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[dip to white]

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

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

[dip to white]

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

But on that point—

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

[inaudible]

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

On that point—

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

Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes.

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

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

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

That’s not—

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

Did you find no trace of it?

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

No, it’s not in there.

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

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

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

Well it was set up, I can tell you.

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

I remember the discussion.

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

Do you?

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

I remember the discussions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay.

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

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

[inaudible —several speakers at once]

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

That’s what one of the recommendations is.

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

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

Anyway.

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

Someone:

Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah.

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

Am I right?

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

And the one at the

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

And the one at the

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

That was a bad one.

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

And I’ll be honest with you that’s—

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

Now that was a bad one.

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

I think that’s when it was raised.

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

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

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

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[dip to white]

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

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

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

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

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEEE JANUARY 24 2000 MINUTES

COMMENT left at the Mississauga News

The Mississauga Muse

Feb 27, 2010 9:07 AM

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

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

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

January 1st, 2010  

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

Last Blog you saw the pics: The first being, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion hugging and congratulating Michael Nobrega fellow Director of the Enersource Board after their successful Enersource public meeting and Cable 10 broadcast. Nobrega is president and chief executive of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) —10% partner with 100% veto power (yes. really!).

Here’s the video uploaded to YouTube on January 25, 2009 of Mississauga Inc and McCallion-Nobrega in action.

Video: GEORGE ORWELL MEETS MISSISSAUGA ENERSOURCE (4:27 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

FEBRUARY 2009 (Uploaded February 10, 2009)

Video of youth/Police interaction on the TTC. Bitter February and the youth was wearing a thin T-shirt —complete with holes.

Video: HOMELESS YOUTH and TORONTO POLICE/SPECIAL CONSTABLES at TTC SUBWAY (Queen St station) 090205 (2:28 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

MARCH 2009 (Uploaded March 12, 2009) FROM THE THIS IS FRIKKIN’ SO-TYPICAL DEPARTMENT

MISSISSAUGAWATCH asks Dr. Alvin Curling if the authors of the Roots of Youth Violence Report had filed any Freedom of Information as part of their research. Nope.

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

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

APRIL 2009 (Uploaded April 17, 2009)

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

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MAY 2009 (Uploaded May 17, 2009) PUT A *STAR* BESIDE THIS ONE!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION: on City Staff’s “complete disregard” for Policies (10:06 min)

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

JUNE 2009 (Uploaded June 5, 2009) MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL SETS A NEW RUBBER-STAMP RECORD!

Video: ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE: MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL FAILS YOUTH: IN 12 SECONDS! (1:00 min)

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JULY 2009 (Uploaded July 4, 2009)

Video: SKATEBOARDING MAUI, PAIA STONEWAVE SKATE PARK (1:48 min)

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AUGUST 2009 (Uploaded August 5, 2009) NOW HERE’S A PROMISE THAT NEVER DREW ITS FIRST BREATH!

Video: HAZEL MCCALLION MAKES PROMISE ABOUT PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD (0:54 min)

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SEPTEMBER 2009 (Uploaded September 10, 2009)

Video: Poor and Invisible in Toronto. Through a (Tim Hortons coffee shop) Window 6:22)

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OCTOBER 2009 (Uploaded October 2, 2009) NOT ONLY WON’T THIS HAPPEN BUT EXPECT RIGOROUS COVER UP

Video: ‘MAKE MISSISSAUGA YOUTH BANS PUBLIC INFORMATION” says COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (3:07 min)

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NOVEMBER 2009 (Uploaded November 1, 2009) WHEREIN WE WITNESSED WHO REALLY RUNS MYTHISSAUGA

Video: “Mega-Builder” Harold Shipp $$$threatens$$$ Seven Mississauga Councillors with $$$DEFEAT$$$ (1:04 min)

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DECEMBER 2009 (Uploaded December 15, 2009)

Video: MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY: Citizen-Blogger MISSISSAUGAWATCH requests limited standing (8:09 min)

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