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Toronto Star Rosie DiManno “Who’s the tweeting twit on Durham’s police force?” –and his actual tweets.

September 2nd, 2013  

This is an update on our previous blog “Will Durham Regional Police pull a City of Mississauga on the Ontario Ombudsman –and protect “Joe Mayo”?

I just want to alert readers to the Toronto Star column “Who’s the tweeting twit on Durham’s police force?” by Rosie DiManno.

I’ll reproduce the most important part of DiManno here.

Who’s the tweeting twit on Durham’s police force?: DiManno

By: Rosie DiManno Columnist, Published on Sun Sep 01 2013

An impulsive ombudsman who called out the wrong twitter troll is unfortunate.

A municipal police force that hides the identity of the alleged true culprit whilst demanding apologies — from the victim — is unhinged.

Durham Regional Chief Mike Ewles has bigger problems than a rogue cop going off the social media reservation with contemptible yips sent to Andre Marin. To wit: Calling him a “douche-bag’’, describing him as a “card-carrying member of al-Qaeda’’ and snarling “Why don’t you stick your big French nose up you’re a– instead of business it doesn’t belong’’, which is both crude and ungrammatical.

What Ewles has in the bosom of his police department is an asp, a venomous cop, who betrayed a colleague before ever going on the twit prowl against Marin, appropriating that individual’s name to set up a dummy Twitter account from which to spew his bile, under the handle “Joe Mayo.’’

So much for the solidarity of that famous thin blue line. I can only imagine what this disclosure has done for morale at the Durham cop-shop. We’ve heard lots about the public’s deteriorating confidence in law enforcement. Up in Durham Region, they can’t even trust each other. Stab you in the back rather than I got your back.

DiManno gets it! The real problem isn’t the names someone tweeted the Ontario Ombudsman. Good Lord, there’s far worse festering on that cesspool of a law-enforcement-hate-site blueline.ca! (Seriously. If you really want to see what police officers, municipal security and private security personnel, hiding in anonymity, think about oversight and the public, feast your eyes there.)

The problem was not the “Joe Mayo” Twitter account but the one impersonating the victim-officer. DiManno reports:

No-name copper — Ewles-the-sock-puppet won’t say who-done-it — is, sources told the Star’s Tony Van Alphen, a top detective in a supervisory role in the same major crimes-unit as Dennis.

Let’s repeat that. The “no-name” Joe Mayo is “a top detective in a supervisory role in the same major crimes-unit as Dennis.”

A simple Google search shows that back in 2011 that “same major crimes-unit” would be Durham Regional Police Services East Criminal Investigative Bureau.

That’s all I’m going to say for now.

I do think it’s important to provide a support document, for the record, to support Rosie DiManno’s statement, that this top Durham Regional Police detective in a supervisory role “betrayed a colleague before ever going on the twit prowl against Marin”.

“No-name copper” opened a Twitter account using the victim-officer’s real name and ID —a subordinate colleague that was his duty to “supervise”.

Durham Police detective "Joe Mayo" who trolled Ontario Ombudsman and impersonated officer-colleague protected by Police Brass.

Now read these tweets in this new light –as tweets generated by a Durham Regional Police “top  detective in a supervisory roll” making it appear as though his victim-subordinate wrote them…

Tweets

  1. Lunch taken care of. Now a 2 hr nap sitting at my desk pretending to be looking at my computer screen. Then home time. #leavingearlyagain

  2. Woot its Friday! Wait…its only Thursday. Doesn’t matter really cause I don’t do much on Fridays at work. Maybe I won’t even go in.

  3. Think anyone will notice if I close my eyes for a few mins before lunch?

  4. Did not sleep well! Guess it’ll be an unproductive day at the office again. What should I do for lunch hmmmm…. #priorities

  5. Welp its past my bed time gotta big day at the office tomorrow, gonna tuck myself in!

  6. End of another day already? I’m outta here. Don’t tell the boss I left at 4:10 ;)

  7. Hmmmm still hungry…missed the breakfast meeting….maybe Ill head to Boston Pizza if anyone is interested

  8. Its almost 9am. Time to start thinking about what to eat for lunch #myday

Rosie DiManno’s “No-name copper — Ewles-the-sock-puppet won’t say who-done-it” reminds me of all the “No-name” City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards that Security Bosses Jamie Hillis and Ken Owen have shielded from accountability over the years.

And Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles’ “That officer will be held to account” is just so-City-of-Mississauga echoing Ken Owen’s “The incident to which you refer in your email has been addressed and appropriately handled and, as such, we consider the matter closed.”

Us-Schmuck-Public will have to admit though that Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin got further along the No-name Copper’s Police Blue Wall than you or I ever could…

Last. Found this only yesterday…  Toronto Star, April 26, 2013, “Durham police officer accused of making child pornography back on job, sources say”

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Ontario Ombudsman ‏@Ont_Ombudsman "You will not find a greater fan of good policing than me. Ever. But I abhor situations of police abuse. So do Courts."

"Joe Mayo" Durham Regional Police. Twitter For the Record "It's not because that @DRPS detective-supervisor went after the Ontario Ombudsman. It's what he did to his victim-colleague..."

Will Durham Regional Police pull a City of Mississauga on the Ontario Ombudsman –and protect “Joe Mayo”?

August 30th, 2013  

All this drama about Durham Regional Police’s “Joe Mayo” reminds me of my unsuccessful efforts to get the City of Mississauga to hold its “Joe Mayo” accountable —someone using the alias “HyJynx”.

City of Mississauga Security Director Ken Owen confirmed the person responsible for the posts and issue “has been addressed and appropriately handled” so it’s not like he denied that “HyJynx” wasn’t one of the City’s own. The City claimed that they couldn’t identify “HyJynx” to a single individual security guard.

So I filed Freedom of Information on a unique Christmas 2005 incident that “HyJynx” bragged about and up popped a single name. I then shared that with Director Owen with the expectation that he’d now continue his “investigation”.  Silly me…

The City’s “Joe Mayo” has never been held into account.

The similarities between Durham Regional Police’s “Joe Mayo” and my own experiences with City of Mississauga Security’s “HyJynx” are so similar. For that reason I’m eager to see whether Durham Regional Police will also twist itself into a pretzel to protect its Detective-supervisor responsible for the anonymous Twitter account(s).

An aside: I’ve always found that one of the funniest things about the City of Mississauga’s “Joe Mayo” is that its Security bosses bragged about their guards being trained by —and having trained with— Peel Police!

I do owe City of Mississauga’s “HyJynx” a huge thank you however. He provided key insight into why he and his Corporate Security colleagues are so free to abuse (and that includes physical abuse). In an Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:13 am post, “HyJynx “served up some surprising honesty and simply admitted “beacuse [sic] I can.”

Why do police and security guards lie? Easy answer. Because they can!

Because they can.

And for the record…

Why do municipal security guards (and police) get away with abuses? City of Mississauga's "HyJynx" explains "beacuse [sic] I can"

The text:

Postby HyJynx » Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:36 pm

A few PP’s I absolutley hate:

#1: SUCKING YOUR TEETH: If you want to keep your teeth don’t suck them at any LEO.

#2: SPITTING: no respect

#3: calling me “boss”: I ain’t your boss or your Bag Of Shit.

#4: Can I see your ID Please: why my taxes pay your salary, you know who I am…..Yes your one of the hundreds of assholes that think thats funny. So when I give you the ticket you know where your moneys going.

#5: While sitting in a Park on my break citizen says :you know your wasting my tax dollars right now. Me :twisted: Your absolutley right sir, I didn’t realize that I was not allowed to take a break and have some food, are you allowed a break at your work, CTZN: why yes, ME: So should I complain to your boss everytime you take a break?? How about this sir, I’ll finish my lunch since I’ve been working for 8hr’s with out any break, then when I’m done eating I’ll tow your car so you can feel satisfied that your tax dollars are well spent, or maybe I’ll watch you while you use the park and give you a ticket beacuse I can :twisted:

#6: Last one promise… My Taxes Pay your salary: Good, does that mean if you pay them on time this year I’ll get a raise :D

SIC VIC PACUM PARA BELLUM
———————————-
IF YOU WANT PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR
Source: http://forums.blueline.ca/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=1486&start=75
and

Introducing HyJynx, City of Mississauga protected its "Joe Mayo" and swept his abuses under the rug.

The relevant text:

HyJynx » Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:59 am

“Once we explained that they had each committed 4 offences for a grand total of $3K, well she quit her babbling and left :D

Source: http://forums.blueline.ca/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6572&start=15

And:

HyJynx » Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:27 am

Actually with out letting on where I work, I have done this before because the client was rapidly become hostile and was going to get violent. So I let him walk beacuse no back up was arriving in time. And wouldn’t you know, the next weekend I ran into him again, same bat time same bat channel. Only this time there were 3 of us vs. him. Lets just say that the Administration of Justice was not the one dragged through the cement :twisted: …er rather mud… yeah the soft squishy stuff :roll:

Never had someone apologize to me so many times for doing something illegal…..ya think maybe the 1K in tags helped :twisted:

Honestly I would never jack someone for that much in one sitting… actually wait I would :twisted:

Source: http://forums.blueline.ca/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3676&start=195

Last. See HyJynx’s “Actually with out letting on where I work”?

Fact is, HyJynx’s Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:13 am post where he wrote, “I have over 500 parks, 11 community centres, 12 areans, 2 marinas and a transit system” instantly identified where he worked!

So. Will Durham Regional Police pull a City of Mississauga on the Ontario Ombudsman and protect “Joe Mayo”?…

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

City of Mississauga bosses, Jamie Hillis and Cathie Evans lie --and cover up for each other. (And protect their guards from accountability)

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

December 14th, 2012  

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

Who hasn’t heard of the Ikea Monkey?

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

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

So here is the MISSISSAUGAWATCH PhotoShopped….

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford victimized by IKEA Monkey

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford victimized by IKEA Monkey.

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

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

My cat just tweeted the Ontario Ombudsman!

Yep. That’s the blog for today.

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Ah what the heck, one more cat picture.

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

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

June 16th, 2012  

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

Complete with transcript.

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, introducing the video deputation June 10, 2012

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

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

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

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

So why do I show this?

Photographs — speak to History.

As for video? That’s how History speaks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the one.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Councillor Mullin? Thank you.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

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

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

Use the Ontario Ombudsman.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah, yeah.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Yuh.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, narrating the video deputation June 10, 2012

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

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

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

Good morning and welcome.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

Good morning Councillor Adams and Council.

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

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

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

You can’t just switch, can you?

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

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

But I was hoping that —this is really important.

If people remember, it was Councillor Mullin who had said that there were issues that are chronically coming up regarding —and she was mentioning Donald Barber as an example.

And she had recommended that, you know, once and for all, to deal with it. And this is how, I think, the idea of the integrity commissioner came up.

And I also recall I had urged Councillor —I think Councillor Saito was going to lead the charge on this.

And I asked her to invite the Ontario Ombudsman in to address Council to give them some idea as to how to set up an integrity commissioner.

This is —you know, I’ve been observing Mississauga Council since June 14, 2006. And I’m talking about audiotape, videotape and stuff like that.

This has got to be the most important Corporate Report and direction. Certainly from the view of treatment of citizens and Ethical Infrastructure. And this thing did not go through Audit Committee, for example.

It just kind of showed up here and Staff is recommending that you accept it.

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

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

Because if they’re not —and I’m saying they’re not, and I’ve got Freedom of Information saying it, so, you know, the fact that, the fact that —well, okay, it’s not a fact because it’s based on evidence but it’s sort of ultimately my conclusions. And somebody else could look at the evidence and see it differently.

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

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

And this [Corporate Report] just came up and could be rubber-stamped today and that’s it.

So I would hope that Council might look at this and say, “You know this is really important. Let’s put some —let the public look at this and talk about it.”

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

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

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

 MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting April 14, 2012

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

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

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

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

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

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

It’s under Rule 12.

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

That was under Rule 12.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

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

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

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

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

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

Okay, hang on a second, Ursula.

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

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

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

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

So thank you for coming.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga Governance Committee meeting, April 16, 2012

Thank you.

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, narrating the video deputation June 11, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

—you know I would think that first you’d check to see the validity of the public complaints system that you already have in place.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, narrating the video deputation June 11, 2012

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

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

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, Mississauga General Committee meeting, May 19, 2010

—you know I would think that first you’d check to see the validity of the public complaints system that you already have in place.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

Mississauga Council Code of Conduct takes investigations away from Integrity Commissioner (Governance Committee deputation)

April 20th, 2012  

Today’s blog, our previous entry, Mississauga blogger to City of Mississauga Director of Corporate Security, “CITY STAFF LIE.” and the related Additional Resources will be sent to the City of Mississauga as Correspondence for inclusion in both the Governance Committee minutes as well as a future Council meeting agenda.

As is our custom, our video, complete with transcript.

For the record, this video was presented as a deputation at the April 16, 2012 Governance Committee meeting.

Mississauga Council Code of Conduct takes investigations away from Integrity Commissioner  (16:39 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

R-5, I think it is.

R-4. Motion to receive them? Second?

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

This is the one.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Councillor Mullin? Thank you.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

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

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

Use the Ontario Ombudsman.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah, yeah.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Yuh.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting April 14, 2012

Now regarding “never a satisfaction at the end of the day” and “putting more and more money into this”, I want to talk a little bit about the Integrity Commissioner and public complaints against elected officials.

And to do that, I need to refer to the February 17, 2012 Corporate Report and its first recommendation with respect to the mandate of the Integrity Commissioner.

That report states, quote:

 That the Governance Committee reaffirm that the mandate of the Integrity Commissioner shall be to act as an advisor to Members of Council on matters relating to ethics and the Council Code of Conduct,

That’s one. And

to act as an educational resource to Members of Council in this respect, and to independently receive and investigate complaints regarding a possible breach of the Council Code of Conduct by a Member of Council;

Now the previous clip was video of the May 21, 2008 Council meeting.

And Councillor Mullin, when she was referring to “never a satisfaction at the end of the day” —it had to do with several complaints that Donald Barber had filed against, specifically, City Security.

And it’s now, what? April 14, 2012 and those issues still have not been resolved.

So the “never a satisfaction at the end of the day” continues.

And so for Donald Barber, for me, for all citizens, the quote, “to independently receive and investigate complaints ” is the Integrity Commissioner’s most crucial role. I really believe that.

Receive the complaint. And investigate the complaint.

Now the Integrity Commissioner’s mandate to investigate complaints is clearly a major theme throughout several corporate reports —either relating to the Integrity Commissioner of the Council Code of Conduct.

“Investigate complaints” is echoed in the February 17, 2012 report in the “Integrity Commissioner – Request for Proposals” too.

submitted to Council at its meeting of March 26, 2008

[scanning Corporate Report]

We go on. And there’s plenty of information here.

There’s some of the —extensive list of complaints that he’s got.

And what’s interesting is, there’s Step 1, “The City should engage an independent and impartial person or entity
to carry out the investigation and prepare a report.”

“Screening and Acknowledgement of Complaint”.

Essentially what they’re doing here, is a lot of this, you can recognize in the Code of Conduct regarding investigations and so on.

But what’s really astonishing is down here, this comment. “Financial Impact”.

Fees would be based on the amount of time spent to conduct such an investigation and an initial estimate is that this could easily exceed $50,000.00.

Just on Mr. Barber’s complaint alone.

And it says the financial impact:

Cannot be determined with certainty and will depend on the scope of the investigation, the number of witnesses to be interviewed and the volume of the material to be reviewed. Anticipated to exceed $50,000.00.

So with that you’re almost looking here at an integrity commissioner. For one person.

So with that context, we’ll now here what Councillor Mullin has to say.

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

You’re looking at $50,000. Plus. And I’m not sure how much money has been put into looking at some of these complaints so far.

But I see it as possibly an ongoing scenario that might never really come to a satisfactory conclusion. So, I guess I’m looking for some direction.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Councillor Mullin, I met with the City Manager this morning. I have not see the report.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH commenting on the Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008 on April 14, 2012

Now the Mayor mentions an ombudsman twice. Listen.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

And I was going to ask, I was a little slow in asking, that this report be referred back to look at a process.

I think we should look at —we talked about an ombudsman like the City of Toronto has appointed.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH commenting on the Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008 on April 14, 2012

Like Toronto has an ombudsman.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

Because we’ve already had one which cost us close to $50,000 and there’s another one that might be— And I, when you read the report it also says that not all the information has been provided to be investigated. In addition to that, so I would ask Council to refer it back to Staff

Councillor Pat Mullin, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

I’ll be happy to—

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

And the City Manager to further the investigation on it. And to come up with a policy and a process.

Whether we look at an ombudsman—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH commenting on the Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008 on April 14, 2012

Again, “ombudsman”. A specific person to deal with public complaints against Staff.

Mayor Hazel McCallion, Mississauga Council meeting, May 21 2008

—is something we should look at. Or what other opportunities —or what other options there are for us to consider before we proceed with this one.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting April 14, 2012

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

May 15, 2008 Corporate Report, SUBJECT: Complaints filed against City staff by Donald Barber at the Council Meeting of March 26, 2008

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

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

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

ANDRE MARIN, ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN QUOTES from "Sharpen Your Teeth III" course
“You can always find an expert ready to be bought off” —Ontario Ombudsman’s Sharpen Your Teeth III course 2009.

At the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry, citizens were more likely to hear the two words, “Fuck Off” than “Ontario Ombudsman”.

March 6th, 2011  

This Blog is meant to be a companion piece to the Mississauga News’ March 1, 2011 editorial, “Probe a costly mistake”.

Regarding the City of Mississauga’s new $625.00 an hour integrity commissioner, the editorial states:

“The situation is ludicrous. The previous council rushed Rust-D’Eye’s interim appointment through at the last minute and now we’re paying the price. Literally.
Where’s the integrity in that?

By acting rashly, they eliminated the necessary competition for this key position. Surely there must be a qualified candidate out there who is willing to sort out sticky ethical questions at City Hall for half the fee we’re paying Rust-D’Eye.”

“rushed”, “acting rashly” —true and then some. But you have to ask why. Why did City Staff recommend $625.00 an hour George Rust-D’Eye? And above all, why did the previous Council bulldoze-rush installing an integrity commissioner?

It turns out an obscure item in the City’s Budget Agenda last week provides the answer. Damage Control!

Watch and learn, junior. Watch and learn.

The video, followed by the transcript.

At the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry we were more likely to hear “Fuck Off” than “Ontario Ombudsman” (3:46 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reading from the Budget Agenda while Mississauga Council is in-camera, March 2, 2011)

Office of the Integrity Commissioner. But let’s read it because this is a lot of fun!

“The integrity commissioner is not a mandatory position and the Municipal Act 2001 even allows this role to be performed by a staff person.”

That’s right. Mike Harris’ 2001 Municipal Act even allows the integrity commissioner of a municipality to be the municipality’s own employee. Think about it!

“There are too many pitfalls and potential to putting staff in this position, assuming you could find someone who would do it.”

I can think of four people already who would do it. The Security Bosses around here.

Next. (laughs) You know, you gotta laugh because this place is like so absurd!

Okay.

“The expert panel that testified at the Judicial Inquiry praised the work we had done in putting a Council Code of Conduct and Integrity Commissioner in place.”

That’s right. The panel of experts at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry —and the entire time they were in a panel discussion, not once did you hear the two words that were really important —”Ontario Ombudsman”. In fact we were more likely to hear at the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry the two words, “Fuck Off” than “Ontario Ombudsman”.

And then it says:

“If the City was to now to delete it—”

Meaning The Office,

“—the Commissioner would likely be very critical when he reports his findings, as would the media, and the public. In addition, if there was enough criticism, there is potential for the Province to come in and make the position mandatory, as it is in Toronto.”

—meaning if the City doesn’t have a pretend integrity commissioner in, there’s a real danger that the Province will butt in.

What you’re dealing with here is a Stage 2 Moral Development.

“They could quickly enact an amendment to the Municipal Act to apply specifically to Mississauga if they wanted to, and they could justify it based on the findings of the Judicial Inquiry and the Commissioner’s report. This is a worse case scenario.”

Actually, notice it’s “worse case”? A “worse case” scenario?

Cuz the worst case scenario for the City of Mississauga is for the Province to say “Enough’s enough. We are going to extend the Ontario Ombudsman’s investigative authority into Municipalities.”

But I’d have to say that the greatest horror that the City of Mississauga would have is if Andre Marin were to come in here, kick down the doors with his subpoena powers and say, “I’m investigating you people.”

Boy would I love to see that! God would I love to see that! But it isn’t going to happen.

In the meantime we’re going to have a lot of Pretend. OH! And something else! Just for the record.

Where it says:

“If the City was to now to delete it, the Commissioner would likely be very critical when he reports his findings, as would the media, and the public.”

I wouldn’t be critical at all. I don’t support that use of an integrity commissioner at the City of Mississauga. I think that that’s $100,000 flushed when you could have the Ontario Ombudsman dealing with all 440 municipalities.

So I’m opposed to allowing municipalities to hire their own integrity commissioner.

Or that said, yes, hire one, but also have the Ontario Ombudsman come in because you can’t trust Ontario municipalities to even hire their own integrity commissioners. And worse is now to have some kind of a structure being developed by AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) again to create the illusion of accountability. It’s Local Authority Services all over again.

Bad.

BadBadBad.

Bad.

Worse than Bad.

[LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Another MYTHissauga Motivation question.

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“What goes on in Peel stays in Peel.” Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga’s Culture of Secrecy. (Ontario Ombudsman, HELP!)

March 2nd, 2011  

Yesterday’s Mississauga News editorial, “Probe a costly mistake” really nails it with the statement, “The previous council rushed Rust-D’Eye’s interim appointment through at the last minute and now we’re paying the price.” True. In fact the entire Code of Conduct/Integrity Commissioner debacle was a rush job to create the appearance of creating the appearance of caring about accountability.

This is the picture.

Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga and Peel cannot and should not be trusted hiring their own integrity commissioners. With MYTHissauga budgeting $100,000 and Brampton poised at $150,000 that’s a lot of Pretend just to avoid authentic scrutiny.

Related topic. Yesterday I also stumbled upon a January 2011 Mayor’s Report “Caledon council works hard to make sure it’s transparent and accountable” in the Caledon Citizen. Written by Caledon Mayor Marolyn Morrison, the communication is rife with Failure to Mention.

Morrison’s assertion that “For anyone to suggest Caledon council operates secretly simply demonstrates their lack of understanding of the laws of the Province of Ontario” is simply insulting! In my one experience with Caledon Council I can say that it’s even more secretive than MYTHissauga!

Watch and learn, junior. Watch and learn.

The video, followed by the transcript.

“What goes on in Peel stays in Peel.” Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga’s Culture of Secrecy (4:15 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting, March 1, 2011)

It is Monday, March 1, 2011 and this is the Caledon Citizen Mayor’s Report and the title is “Caledon Council works hard to make sure it’s transparent and accountable”.

Oh reeeeeeally?

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I’m not directing to you. Behind you there’s a member of the audience who’s taking two types of pictures and I’d simply like to know for what purpose? Understanding completely that this is an open forum. I can understand —I’m not really sure why someone would want to take my picture but the still photos, I don’t understand what purpose they eventually have.

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Um I guess the question is—

Someone, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

She wants to answer you.

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Would you like to answer?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Oh, absolutely!

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Are you doing a research project or can you give us the reason for your interest in taking these pictures.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Um. I sat in on the Bill 130 deliberations back about this time last year –December 6 to 11th, 2006 at Queen’s Park when they are talking about Accountability and the appointment of an investigator. Whether to go by the Provincial Ombudsman or how municipalities will make their decision.

And then I was also at the luncheon —the Right to Know luncheon at the Dominion Club on October 31st.

The Ontario Ombudsman there made a point of saying that, you know, citizens should become involved in things.

And I’m not just a Mississauga resident, I’m a resident —proud resident of Peel, Peel Region, and that’s why this is as important to me what happens here in Caledon and in Brampton as it is in Mississauga.

And I really would like this to be a record —this is history, I really believe this is history happening. And I’d like it to be because citizens now have the technology, that I’d like to use that technology instead of minutes or even my own notes, which is essentially “He Said She Said.”

Whereas this is real. What you say today is recorded and stuff like that.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Well I appreciate your interest in what I have to say and the rest of Council—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Well, not just you, sir but—

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I do have to say that what goes on in Peel stays in Peel. And I would like it known to the Chair that if there’s any further use of these photos on my particular part, I would need to be informed prior to their being shown.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Uh, they’re not photos.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

I understand that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

So video. I’ll be happy to delete you.

Caledon Councillor who-objected-to-having-his-image-used, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Thank you.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Yeah.

[chuckling/mirth from Councillors and the audience]

Mayor Marolyn Morrison, (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Thank you.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH speaking into camera (Caledon Council meeting on Bill 130 Closed Meeting Investigator, December 4, 2007)

Wow. Ew…

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting on the Caledon Citizen Mayor’s Report, March 1, 2011)

Then there’s a lot of specifics here. Blah Blah Blah. And then the Caledon Mayor writes, “Moreover, the Town has retained Local Authority Services to provide “Closed Meeting Investigations”—

As with so many other mayors, the Brampton Mayor, the Caledon Mayor, the Mississauga Mayor, it is this. It is what they don’t tell you that you need to know. Local Authority Services is a subsidiary corporation of AMO —the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Which essentially is, municipalities investigating themselves.

That’s one thing. But the most important thing that the Mayor doesn’t mention is that Bill 130, the “applicable act”, allows, or has provisions for a free investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman!

So what you’ve got is “Moreover, the Town has retained Local Authority Services to provide ‘Closed Meeting Investigations’— TRANSLATION: “We denied Caledon residents access to a free investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman!” That’s the reality!

[DIP TO WHITE]

To the Mayor of Caledon, I have this for you.

[hand gesture, LOGO]
[Music:“Don’t Crash the Ambulance” by Mark Knopfler]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

FACT. On December 4, 2007, when a Caledon Councillor objected to photos being taken of him and denied use of his image, the Town of Caledon had two video surveillance cameras inside Council Chambers violating the privacy rights of citizens.

By failing to provide signage informing people of the existence of video surveillance cameras, the Town of Caledon violated Ontario’s Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places (Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.)

"Well I appreciate your interest in what I have to say and the rest of Council, I do have to say that what goes on in Peel stays in Peel." —Caledon Councillor Doug Beffort (Caledon Council December 12, 2007 Bill 130 Closed Meeting presentation)"

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

October 22nd, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And my response:

Hi there christine. Thanks for your note.

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

So that’s what that’s about.

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

Send Maltonians to this video. It says it all.

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

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

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

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

The other Malton comment:

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

    Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    – The person that reads your blog :)

My reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Justanopinion Aug 12, 2010 6:12 PM

Face reality

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

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

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

And with this, a Promise is Kept.

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

October 19th, 2010  

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

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

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



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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

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

Oh, thank you very much.

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

Yeah.

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

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

[PUSH]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exactly.

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

Okay?

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

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

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

Okay, thank you very much.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Muse (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

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

October 12th, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

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

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

That’s right.

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

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

High school pools are not working out that well.

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

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

So I’m looking forward to that study.

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

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

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

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

Pearson Airport.

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

To me it’s the Mississauga International Airport.

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

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

Yep, that’s right.

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

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

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

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

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

Yes. The one that we just about to—

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

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

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

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

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

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

Yee-up.

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

We have a question down here.

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

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

Thank you.

[laughter from the audience. One person applauds.]

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

We have a question down here.

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

There was nobody. No hand up.

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE: REVERSE]

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

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

So there’s an issue there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

This is a priority for our community.

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

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

Exactly.

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

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

[CLOCKWIPE]

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

—and especially for the cultural makeup of our city.

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

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

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

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

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

[CROSS ZOOM]

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

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

If nothing comes up, great.

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

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

Thanks for listening.

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

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

September 29th, 2010  

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

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

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

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

Quote.

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

Quote.

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

Quote.

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

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

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

Quote.

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

—Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin 2007

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

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

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

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

There is no simple fix—

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

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

Ask your candidate:

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

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

Giddy-yap!

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]


MISSISSAUGAWATCH REQUESTS LIMITED STANDING AT MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY

Mississauga Council okays $250,000 more for Hazel McCallion’s lawyers fees. (Video of debate highlights)

August 5th, 2010  

Thanks to the Toronto Star and Mississauga News for the following.

Torstar Network
Aug 04, 2010 – 5:46 PM

Council okays $250,000 more for mayor

More for the Mayor. Mississauga councillors voted today to give another $250,000 to Mayor Hazel McCallion to cover her legal bills during the judicial inquiry. File photo

After a 40-minute debate, Mississauga city councillors voted today to give another $250,000 of taxpayers’ money to Mayor Hazel McCallion to cover her legal bills during the ongoing judicial inquiry.

The motion was tabled by Councillor Sue McFadden and passed unanimously by Council. The mayor excused herself from the vote just ahead of the motion.

Ward 6 Councillor Carolyn Parrish, a vocal critic of the mayor, raised some vital questions about soaring costs at the inquiry, but acknowledged that “we have no choice but to accept it.”

She said councillors are caught between a rock and hard place, “but the mayor will have to explain it to the taxpayers.”… the rest, please see Council okays $250,000 more for mayor

Now for video of this discussion.

What follows is an excerpt of today’s Mississauga Council debate on covering the Mayor’s legal bills. We highlight the words of Councillor Nando Iannicca and his exchange with City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench. And of course, the transcript.

Video: Mississauga Council debates lawyers’ fees for Mayor Hazel McCallion (Judicial Inquiry)  (3:55 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

COUNCILLOR CARMEN CORBASSON (Acting Mayor):

Councillor Iannicca.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

Thank you. I have just a couple of quick thoughts. Councillor Parrish touched upon it. I am concerned the extent to which, you know, we might need $400,000 more. And then she said that immediately becomes a target waiting at the finish line. It’s not an [inaudible] limit. So you know you’re in. And that concerns me.

And the fact that it wasn’t articulated or demonstrated in a little bit more fulsome manner. But be that as it may.

The other part as it relates to the costs. Certainly on my behalf and on behalf of my constituents, you know it’s the classic “It Is What It Is”. I mean when I supported the Inquiry, I said to myself, I’m not asking for a fixed amount of justice. We’re asking for justice and a proper inquiry.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Yes..

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

It’s very tough under that circumstance to say we rolled up and said give me twenty bucks worth of gas. You’ve got to say Fill it Up. Wherever that journey takes you.

And so I’m a little disappointed in the sense that we look at these reports and this is what it costs and it’s costing you 40 hours of work. What is somebody thinking? That if you come back and say that we’ve reached five million, we’re going to say Stop?

I mean, and especially in the circumstances that we’re describing, where it’s to seek justice where politicians are involved. And one of us has the courage to say here “stop now”? You know, I think our public deserves better than that.

This is justice and it doesn’t matter where it takes you and who’s involved. And the last thing I’d want to do is stop if we’re trying to seek the truth and politicians are involved. That’s just not right. So, it’s not even an academic argument. It’s an argument you shouldn’t be having in society. It costs what it costs to get to the truth under the circumstances and I’m not going to deviate from that at all.

I think in that regard as well, I think the costs are what they are and I think this needs to be said —because we’ve bent over backwards as a Council to be fair to everybody involved. I would think. I don’t what else we could have done to all of the participants, recognizing and respecting their rights, and to be represented appropriately and I fully support that as well.

The only other point that I will raise and I do want to give the Commissioner and the Counsel the chance to work through the process, because it’s by far the most common question being asked of me is, if Mr. McCallion, whether he knew it or not had certain assets and he was given certain funds thinking he did not have assets for legal fees, what is the recourse, can that come back and the Commissioner —the Justice can revisit it. And perhaps you could speak to that or whether that’s something that the Justice has the right to revisit at a later date or at some appropriate time.

CITY SOLICITOR MARY ELLEN BENCH:

The purpose of the Inquiry will be to —for the Commissioner to make certain findings as to fact and he will make recommendations but you have to remember, it’s not a court of law. So he will not have the power sitting in this forum, to require repayment or anything of that nature.

I think at the end of this process, when we do have his recommendations, it’s appropriate to look at them and assess the evidence and determine what actions City needs to take moving forward.

And based on previous inquiries in Waterloo and in Toronto, legal action was taken where it was appropriate. In other cases, like the bulk of the changes were administrative process changes and the Commissioner in this case will do the same.

He will make recommendations that he thinks are appropriate based on the totality of the evidence he has. And right now we’re at that awkward spot where we’ve got part of the evidence but there’s still at least two more weeks to go.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

Yeah, thank you. What I take from that —and not as eloquently as you but I hope I’m saying what you’re saying in different words. What I’ve told any constituent is, let’s let the process run its course. Let’s let the reasons that we’re here be answered. Let’s let the Justice do his work and we will revisit those or visit those afterwards.

That’s a fair way of putting it.

CITY SOLICITOR MARY ELLEN BENCH:

That’s correct.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA:

And I don’t know where that takes us but I think people want some indication that there’s more to play out on that front. Certainly that’s what I’m telling them. Thank you Madam Chair.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS

ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN BALL CAP MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL

The Mississauga News has provided a terrific resource so I’ll just cut-and-paste with special thanks to them for making my job easier.

Judicial inquiry coverage

Faces of the inquiry. From left, businessman Peter McCallion and his powerful mother, Mayor Hazel McCallion, are in the spotlight as the historic Mississauga judicial inquiry continues to unfold in the Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. courthouse. Justice Douglas Cunningham (right) is probing the extent of the mayor’s involvement in a major land deal that was being brokered by her son, and whether she had a conflict of interest.

Related Stories

The Mississauga News
Aug 04, 2010 – 8:36 PM

Did Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion have a conflict of interest when she got involved in her son’s business dealings? Or, was she just working on behalf the City of Mississauga by helping to being a major hotel and convention centre to the City Centre?

That’s what Justice Douglas Cunningham is trying to determine at the ongoing Mississauga judicial inquiry.

It’s also a hot topic of conversation for many city residents.

The City of Mississauga Judicial Inquiry was established under Section 274 of the Municipal Act by a vote of City Council on Nov. 11, 2009.

It has been conducted in two sessions. The first half, which began May 25 and ran through June 15, examined a controversial Enersource Shareholders Agreement that gave unusual veto powers to the utility’s minority owner, the giant OMERS pension fund.

The second part of the inquiry, which got underway July 8, is examining the mayor’s role in a bid by a development company fronted by her son to buy a package of City Centre land from OMERS for a hotel and convention centre.

Below is our coverage of the judicial inquiry to date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter McCallion endures Mississauga Judicial Inquiry media frenzy photo-op

July 27th, 2010  

UPDATE  Wednesday July 28, 2010 I retract what I said in yesterday’s video about feeling sorry for Peter McCallion. My sympathies were both stupid and misplaced.

Video: Peter McCallion endures Mississauga Judicial Inquiry media frenzy photo-op (1:54 sec)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry pre-hearing photo-op  July 27, 2010):

It is Tuesday, July 27, 2010 and look at this. I’m beginning to feel sorry for Peter McCallion. It’s a media frenzy starting, look at this. Look at them all.

And it’s all because of this guy right here. And I’m starting to feel sorry for him.

Look at this.

Yup.

And if I were him I’d sit passively. Actually I’d wear a balaclava and dress like Black Bloc if I were allowed to.

DAVID CULHAM, former Councillor (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry pre-hearing photo-op  July 27, 2010):

When’s enough enough, eh?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Mississauga Judicial Inquiry pre-hearing photo-op  July 27, 2010):

And just for the record that’s William McDowell. He’s counsel for the Judicial Inquiry.

And uh like the sounds of this one right here. BangBangBangBangBang.

Okay. Anyway and that’s what [sic] Peter McCallion —if I were him I’d just sit there and hate everybody.

Anyway, turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

UPDATE  July 27, 2010   9:58 pm. Definitely a relevant announcement.




Announcement – Sharpening Your Teeth

CANADA: Ontario Ombudsman announces the 4th annual course for administrative watchdogs – SHARPENING YOUR TEETH Advanced Investigative Training for Administrative Watchdogs – taking place in Toronto November 29th through December 1st, 2010.

The 4th edition of this popular course, featuring the expertise of the Ombudsman of Ontario’s Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT), will be held November 29th through December 1st, 2010, in Toronto.

The course usually fills up quickly. Interested? Contact Sue Mason at smason@ombudsman.on.ca or 416-586-3453 as soon as possible.

Annonce – Sharpening Your Teeth / Aiguisez-vous les dents*

CANADA : L’Ombudsman de l’Ontario annonce son 4e cours annuel pour les chiens de garde de l’administration – SHARPENING YOUR TEETH / AIGUISEZ-VOUS LES DENTS, formation avancée aux enquêtes administratives. Cette formation sera donnée à Toronto du 29 novembre au 1er décembre 2010.

La 4e édition de ce cours très populaire, axé sur le savoir expert de l’Équipe d’intervention spéciale de l’Ombudsman de l’Ontario (EISO), se tiendra du 29 novembre au 1er décembre 2010 à Toronto.

Le cours est généralement très vite complet. Il vous intéresse? Communiquez dès que possible avec Sue Mason à smason@ombudsman.on.ca ou au 416-586-3453.

*Uniquement offert en anglais actuellement.

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

Uncivil Civil Protesters. Or why we won’t be attending any more G20 Civil Liberties rallies (WARNING! HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT!)

July 14th, 2010  

WARNING! LANGUAGE (AND MESSAGE) WILL BE HIGHLY OFFENSIVE TO SOME VIEWERS. (It sure was to me!)”

YouTube Video, “G20 PROTESTERS’ “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY”, “FUCK CANADA” AND “FASCIST COWARDS” NOT HELPING CAUSE” 3:29 min

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

I admit that maybe it’s just me. And I admit I support our Police. But I also know that police reviewing police actions during G20 is (almost) as bogus and (almost) as contemptuous of the public as City of Mississauga Corporate Security investigating itself. I support a full independent inquiry into what happened during G20.

That’s why I went to the G20 Canada Day Rally at Queen’s Park and why we marched the following Saturday during the Canadian Civil Liberties, Day of Action Rally.

The problem with these public rallies is that the public shows up. It’s clear that no matter how offensive the protest sign (“MY CANADA INCLUDES THE CHARTER YOU FASCIST COWARDS!”, “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY”) or how offensive the chant (“FUCK CANADA” during the singing of Oh Canada at the Canada Day Rally) all is accepted under “Freedom of Expression” by rally organizers.

Fact is, if I wanted to make moderate rally participants look like extremist hooligans, I can’t think of a better way than to infiltrate with a highly-offensive, highly-visible sign complete with highly-offensive chants. Were these three protesters real? Or plants to discourage moderate Canadians from joining? I don’t know. But I suspect the former—real protesters.

I was also annoyed by the chant, “HEY HEY! HO HO! BILL BLAIR’S GOT TO GO!” What? The great defenders of the Canadian Charter of Rights calling for a police chief’s resignation before results of any inquiry are in?

Then there was “HEY HEY! HO HO! STEPHEN HARPER HAS GOT TO GO!” Too True! But throughout Sunday I never heard a single “HEY HEY! HO HO!” chant crapping on Dalton (Mr. Secret Law) McGuinty!

By far the worst thing for me was discovering that I had followed someone waving a “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY” sign to any and all for much of the route.

Canadian Civil Liberties (G20) "Day of Action for Civil Liberties Rally" July 10, 2010

That’s all I have to say about those rallies. I’m still too indignant and crabby to write about much else.

So. Let’s see what I was doing exactly a year ago today…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH OPPOSES THE MISSISSAUGA YOUTH PLAN from Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, July 14, 2009

Hmmm… Filing a video report opposing The Mississauga Youth Plan at a Maui skateboard park…

That certainly puts things in perspective. The City of Mississauga lying to kids and their parents is far more offensive than a sign saying “FUCK POLICE BRUTALITY!”

Signed,

The (HEY HEY MISSCORPSEC WHAT DO YOU SAY? HOW MANY YOUTH DID YOU BAN TODAY?) Mississauga Muse

G20 –IN COMES THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN! And National Day of Action for Civil Liberties G20 Rally (Queen’s Park Saturday, July 10)

July 9th, 2010  

No time for anything but two important developments as they relate to G20. First, because it’s time sensitive, a press release from the The Canadian Civil Liberties Association website.

CCLA endorses National Day of Action for Civil Liberties on Saturday, July 10

July 8th, 2010

For a PDF version of this press release, click here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Day of Action for Civil Liberties on Saturday July 10

Toronto, ON, July 8, 2010 — On Saturday July 10, a Day of Action for Civil Liberties will take place in towns and cities across Canada to demand an independent public inquiry into police conduct during the G20 Summit.. In Toronto, a mass rally and march will take place at Queen’s Park starting at 1pm. CCLA General Counsel Nathalie Des Rosiers will be offering remarks at that time.

More than $1.2 billion was spent on hosting the G20 summit, with a large majority of these funds going towards the development of an unprecedented security apparatus. Prior to the summit, CCLA expressed concern regarding a range of issues, including the use of long-range acoustic devices, the implementation of “designated protest areas” as well as the expanded powers granted to law enforcement authorities.

All security measures must be planned and executed in the context of respect for and protection of individuals’ right to privacy, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Any government actions that restrict these basic human rights must be necessary, minimally intrusive, proportionate, and use the least force possible. In CCLA’s view, these standards were not upheld during the G20, and the summit and police conduct was unfortunately tainted by the violations of civil liberties that occurred. Over its history and again during the G20 Summit, CCLA has always denounced vandalism and acts of violence.  However, we believe that the disregard for the constitutional rights of thousands is unacceptable.

CCLA General Counsel Nathalie Des Rosiers is calling on Canadians across the country to participate in this Day of Action for Civil Liberties. “Citizens concerned about the arbitrary detentions and the necessity to protect civil rights and democratic freedoms should come out on Saturday July 10. This is an opportunity to ask for accountability, answers and action in the aftermath of the G20.”

Join the Day of Action for Civil Liberties in towns and cities across Canada on July 10, 2010.

About CCLA: The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a national organization that was constituted in 1964 to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties. Our work, which includes research, public education, and advocacy aims to defend and ensure the protection and full exercise of those rights and liberties.

Contact :
Penelope Chester
Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Phone: (416) 363-0321/ (647) 822-8764
Fax Number: (416) 861-1291
pchester@ccla.org
www.ccla.org

And some very very very good news!

Press Release

Ontario Ombudsman to investigate G20 security regulation

TORONTO (Friday, July 9, 2010) – Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today announced he is launching an investigation into the origin and subsequent communication of the controversial security regulation passed by the province prior to the June 26-27 G20 summit.

The investigation, to be conducted by the Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT), will examine the involvement of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in the origin of Regulation 233/10, made last month under the Public Works Protection Act to apply to parts of downtown Toronto near the summit meeting site – and the subsequent communication about it to stakeholders, including police, media and the public.

The Ombudsman’s office has received 22 complaints relating to the G20, including several alleging that a lack of transparency and public communication about the regulation led to an atmosphere of secrecy and confusion and contributed to violations of civil liberties.  “The complaints we’ve received so far raise serious concerns about this regulation and the way it was communicated, and I think there is a very strong public interest in finding out exactly what happened and how that affected the rest of the events of the G20 weekend,” Mr. Marin said.

The investigation is expected to be completed within 90 days, Mr. Marin said.  Anyone who has a complaint or relevant information is asked to call 1-800-263-1830 during business hours or complete an online complaint form at www.ombudsman.on.ca .

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Aussi disponible en français

Notice to media: Mr. Marin will be available for interviews by telephone today between 11 a.m. and noon only.  To arrange to speak to him, please contact:

Linda Williamson
Director of Communications
Tel: 416-586-3426
lwilliamson@ombudsman.on.ca

Elena Yunusov
Communications Officer
Tel: 416-586-3521
eyunusov@ombudsman.on.ca

Signed,

The (And hope to see you at tomorrow’s rally!) Mississauga Muse

Also worth showing again. HFand4DTV‘s song is primal and delivers TRUEth for YOUTH! Pure. Raw. Cut-to-the-bone honesty. (If you went to G20, this relentless blast of rage is for you.)

Images/Video by MISSISSAUGAWATCH. Lyrics from the original, “Whose Streets, Our Streets” by HFand4DTV.

WARNING! LANGUAGE (AND MESSAGE) WILL BE HIGHLY OFFENSIVE TO SOME VIEWERS”

YouTube Video, “G20 TORONTO –ARRESTS/ABUSES Protest Anthem: “WHOSE STREETS? OUR STREETS”” 3:59 min

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


THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

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

May 20th, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

Good morning, Councillor Adams and Council.

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

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

But you can’t just switch, can you?

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[CROSS ZOOM]

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (May 19, 2010 General Committee Deputation):

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

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

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

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

[CROSS ZOOM]

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

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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


“Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.” MISSISSAUGAWATCH deputation to MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL

November 26th, 2009  

We’re up for air and back online.

Only purpose for this Blog is to document, for the record, a video that MISSISSAUGAWATCH showed at yesterday’s Mississauga Council meeting to oppose Mississauga Council hiring an Integrity Commissioner. MISSISSAUGAWATCH made it clear to Mississauga Council that “Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers.”

"ONTARIANS NEED THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN LOOKING INTO MUNICIPALITIES. FULL INVESTIGATIVE POWERS." MISSISSAUGAWATCH to MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL, NOVEMBER 25, 2009

Our good friend (and sometimes colleague), citizen-activist Donald Barber also called for Mississauga Council to determine how the Ontario Ombudsman might play the (invited) role of Integrity Commissioner for the City until such time as the Province Gets Real and expands the Ombudsman’s Office jurisdiction into the MUSH sector ([M] of MUSH is “Municipalities).

So here is the video we showed —video weaving clips of the December 6, 2006 Bill 130 Standing Committee Queen’s Park deliberations with “The Mississauga Muse” inside Council Chambers, four years later —on November 11, 2009.

Followed by the transcript.

Video: “INVITE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN IN AS YOUR INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER” MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL URGED” (5:51 min)

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Video taped at Queen’s Park regarding Bill 130 Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act Standing Deliberations,  December 6, 2006.

It includes debate between Brad Duguid, (Liberal) MPP, Scarborough Centre, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Ernie Hardeman (PC) MPP Oxford.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

Mr. Duguid: —this is in keeping with some of the recommendations that came forward from the Ombudsman in discussing the need that these duties be carried out in an independent manner. And that’s what this particular motion is designed to do. It clarifies that the ombudsman is to function in an independent manner.

The Chair: Very good. Any speakers to this? Mr. Hardeman?

Mr. Hardeman: I guess I say it in a kind of negative way but, it seems to me from the government’s side  —saying it doesn’t make it so. And from having an amendment that says we’re changing nothing about how it’s done but the Ombudsman says we should have an independent ombudsman or investigator —to just put that in and say they should be independent — unless it gives some direction of what independence means, I don’t know how anyone would take comfort from this being sure it’s going to be  independent.

If it still allows that independent person, that’s doing it now independently, to be an employee of council, I don’t know how the public could see that as independence.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: I really would like to think that most citizens aren’t stupid enough to accept an Integrity Commissioner that a municipality itself decides to hire. I mean there are 440 municipalities in Ontario. Some of them have to be corrupt!

And you’re gonna somehow say that we’re going to deal with this corruption by hiring our own Integrity Commissioner? What?!

Mr. Hardeman: Of course because of the whole nature of the bill, there will be no avenue for the public to be involved in whether it’s independent or not, because the very fact that the individual is appointed prohibits that person from going to the Ontario Ombudsman to ask for an independent review.

So, [inaudible] just saying it, to me, just doesn’t cut it.

There needs to be more direction as to how independent they must be, that they must be appointed separately from council, that it can’t be, as was suggested on a very negative note by the Ombudsman, it can’t be just hiring a lawyer who’s — no disrespect to lawyers — who is in fact, obligated to work for the people who hire them.

So obviously, an independent investigation by a lawyer hired is not going to suffice for the public—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And here’s something else. If these people had done a minimum amount of homework, as far as checking the Code of Conduct and complaints system that they have passed in April 2008—if they have looked into that, and had examined what’s been happening since that one was implemented, they’d realize how important it is to get substantial complaints away from municipalities and into the Provincial realm.

Mr. Duguid: —There are a variety of interpretations to the wording in this motion that could provide some degree of difficulty for municipalities down the road, and we’d rather not complicate that. We have confidence that municipalities will — in fact, when we had AMO before us during the hearings, Mr. Reycraft made it very, very clear municipalities are not going to appoint somebody as an ombudsman who is not independent, and would not get an employee of the company, or of the corporation or the city or town or village or region to do that.

But there are issues in terms of definitions of “employee” that I think we’d rather not get into.

Mr. Hardeman: I recognize that the president of AMO, on behalf of all the member municipalities of AMO, was making a presentation and suggested that he would never, nor would any municipality, do anything that would be contrary to the best interests of the people who were being impacted by their decisions.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And then the other thing about this report, it doesn’t deal with prior problems and any complaint —you’re only allowed six months.

Most people don’t know how badly they’ve been screwed over —for years! It took me about two years to figure out about Freedom of Information!

Mr. Hardeman: At the same time, I think, if you’re going to have a third party review for decisions that they make, I think the public would expect that third party review to be by an impartial third party. I think if we don’t do something like this, we’re going to have the old adage about “You can’t fight city hall” is going to be true, because the judge is going to be somebody at city hall, and I don’t think that’s an appropriate way.

So I think this is one that should be passed, and I do request a recorded vote on it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Most people don’t have the resources that I have here or the time that it’s taken me to really understand why you can’t have an Integrity Commissioner. You need —Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.

They need help. You need something else, because everything else is just —pretense. Absolute pretense.

End slide: “saying it doesn’t make it so” Ernie Hardeman (PC) MPP Oxford, December 6, 2006.

NOTE: This video transcript differs from the official Hansard records and I have no idea why.

Signed,

The (Ontarians need the Ontario Ombudsman looking into municipalities. Full investigative powers. And it’s not just Mississauga. This is for all Ontario municipalities.) Mississauga Muse

"MISSISSAUGA CITIZEN-ACTIVIST" "DONALD BARBER" "CALLS UPON MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL TO INVITE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN IN AS INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER"

MISSISSAUGA JUDICIAL INQUIRY VIDEO VIGNETTE: Councillor Frank Dale, “I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.”

November 4th, 2009  

[The BACKGROUND (all in dark blue font) is a repeat from a previous blog. You may just want to scroll down directly to the video and transcript.]

BACKGROUND

The October 28, 2009 Mississauga Council meeting will always be remembered as the Judicial Inquiry Meeting.

Facing blistering criticism from angry Hazel McCallion supporters and even dire threats of defeat from “When-Our-Hazel-Dies-I-Want-Her-Here-In-This-Hall” Mega-builder Harold Shipp, seven Councillors held their ground —and put their political futures directly on the line.

HERE COMES THE SUN

In his October 31, 2009 article, Mississauga melee gets ugly, Toronto Sun, columnist Ted Woloshyn telegraphs the 2010 pro-McCallion strategy.

He writes:

So expect Hurricane Hazel, who’s facing a tornado of trouble right now including a judicial inquiry into her actions and the inability to win key votes at council, to fight back hard.

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

The other seven incumbents are now seen as anti-Hazel. If even two of those went down in defeat, control of Mississauga’s council chamber would shift dramatically, and in the end control of council equals control of the city.

An endorsement from a mayor who continuously garners in excess of 90% of the vote would carry a ton of weight. Would a politician who runs as part of Team Hazel get a little more attention and maybe a few more lawn signs?

I suspect an endorsement from Mississauga Mega-builder Harold Shipp is worth a mega-ton as well. Not to mention a mega-ton of lawn signs!

Having researched City of Mississauga governance (videotaping, Freedom of Information etc) and documenting “citizen input” over the years, this is the Picture…

The vast majority of Mississaugans do not know what’s going on. Second, of those who don’t know what’s going on, I’ve concluded that sadly, few would care if a judicial inquiry confirmed widespread malfeasance and corruption. Voters clearly vote with their wallets and wallets don’t care about ethical governments.

During his deputation in support of a judicial inquiry, Donald Barber stated:

“I’m not here to discuss anything about Hazel. We all know that, you know, even if she was dead and buried, her name was on the ballot sheet, she’d be elected  That’s fine.”

To which Mr. Barber received strong applause and cheers.

I’d go so far as to say that even if headlines confirmed that she routinely stuffs cats and political opponents into a wood-chipper, Mississaugans would re-elect Hazel McCallion. Such is the Pathology of MYTHissauga.

Over the next while, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will post videos of the October 28, 2009 Council meeting onto YouTube for posterity. Regardless of who is speaking, all videos will begin the same way —with Harold Shipp and his $$$threat$$$ of political oblivion to any Councillor who’d stand up during a recorded vote in support of a judicial inquiry.

Video: “Mega-builder” Harold Shipp warns MISSISSAUGA Councillors. Councillor Frank Dale responds (1:58 min)

So. First video of  Ward 4 Councillor Frank Dale and why he supported the judicial review, followed by a transcript from the video. All transcripts will be sent to the City Clerk for inclusion into the Council minutes for this meeting.

We begin.

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS:

VIDEO INTRODUCTION speaking AGAINST a judicial inquiry. “Mega-builder” HAROLD SHIPP:

If I were sitting there among you, Ladies and Gentlemen, who serve on our Council today, I would be wondering what my position would be one year from now when an election is held and how many of you might have a chance for re-election —IF you proceed with the action you are contemplating now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH whispers into camera:

Now that’s a threat. Isn’t that interesting..

DIP TO BLACK (to signify later in the meeting).

COUNCILLOR FRANK DALE:

Thank you Mr. Acting Mayor. I certainly just wanted to make a point, that I want to be clear as a member of Council that I always examine the facts that are before me and weigh them in any decisions that I make as the Councillor. And taking into, of course, the consideration, uh, taking into consideration, the best interests of this great city as well as the community in which I represent.

And I stand behind the position that that I took with respect to the inquiry primarily for the same reasons that Councillor Corbasson eloquently described.

And I do want to make it clear that this was not personal to the Mayor. This was just based on the facts that was presented before us and the recommendations that were before us by outside legal counsel —and reviewing that, and examining that, made that decision. And I stand by, and will support the recommendations that are before us today, with respect to the terms of reference.

I want to be clear though that the decision I  make,  the decision then—the decision I make today is for no one’s political gain.

Jeer from audience

I make this decision because I truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

COUNCILLOR NANDO IANNICCA (Acting Mayor):

Thank you Councillor Dale. Councillor Saito…

—VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS—

For serious students of municipal governance, there’s a timely article in the November/December 2009 issue of the Municpal Monitor.  Written by Gregory J. Levine, (Lawyer, Southampton and London, Ontario), you can find “Ethics in Municipal Government: The Law in Ontario” online at:

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/MCTS0609/index.php#/6

Signed,

The (“Big Brother has his hand firmly planted in our back pocket – government revenues his lifeline; unaccountability his refuge.” —Andre Marin, Ontario Ombudsman, June 27, 2007) Mississauga Muse

“This isn’t about Mayor Hazel McCallion. This is about Governance, how do we improve it. Not only for this municipality, but across the Province. And I don’t know what price tag you put on that. Is it ten thousand? Is it one million? Is it ten million? I don’t know.”

—Mississauga Councillor Carmen Corbasson regarding the judicial review, October 28, 2009

"ETHICS IN MUNIICIPAL GOVERNMENT: THE LAW IN ONTARIO" online at the MUNICPAL MONITOR" BY GREGORY J. LEVINE

AL GOSLING DESERVES THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATING the Toronto Community Housing Corporation

October 18th, 2009  

On  September 19, 2009 the Toronto Star carried the article, Al Gosling is now homeless at 82.  Written by City Columnist Joe Fiorito , we learned how the Toronto Community Housing Corporation evicted the 82-year old and he’d been without a place to live since June.

Quote:

“He said, ‘I came home one day. They’d changed the locks. When I couldn’t get in, I looked around for a place to stay. I found a place under the stairway.'”

Since September 19th, Torstar’s Joe Fiorito detailed Al Gosling’s plight in a series of articles.

We read that Gosling got sick. Gosling got hospitalized. Gosling got worse.

We read how Gosling died over Thanksgiving.

COURTESY TORONTO STAR: Al Gosling is seen Sept. 17, 2009 after his eviction from community housing.

And then the Toronto Star carried this October 15, 2009 editorial.

Al Gosling’s tragic end

Published On Thu Oct 15 2009

They were too late. On finding himself locked out, Gosling had lived for a week in a stairwell of the building that held his old apartment. He was then taken to a homeless shelter, became gravely ill, and ended up at Toronto General Hospital, where he died of an infection over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Officials at the Toronto Community Housing Corp. eventually sorted out Gosling’s status, found a new place for him, and issued a statement saying: “We hope he is able to come home soon.”

The final months of Al Gosling’s life were grim – full of hardships made all the more difficult because they were so unnecessary. The 82-year-old was evicted from his subsidized bachelor apartment in June after failing to keep up with paperwork verifying his low-income status. He never made it back.

See that reference to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation?

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation first drew my attention back in November 2008 as part of the McMurtry/Curling Review of the Roots of Youth Violence Report.

The McMurtry/Curling Report record consultations with the following Toronto Community Housing employees in Volume 3: Community Perspectives Report Section 2: Neighbourhood Insight Sessions — Appendix: Participant List page 101.

Toronto Community Housing (Orton Park), Property Manager
Toronto Community Housing, Community Worker
Toronto Community Housing, Head of Security
Toronto Community Housing, Health Promotion Officer
Toronto Community Housing, Manager
Toronto Community Housing, Recreation Coordinator

Of course my interest was in their Security operations.

This morning I decided to check out the Toronto Community Housing Corporation website just for a surf-around.

Get this.

On October 9, 2009 while 82-year old Al Gosling, the former tenant that they kicked out into the streets was in hospital on life support, the  Toronto Community Housing Corporation trumpeted this Brag-release onto their website:

Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010

October 9, 2009
Top 100 Employer 2010 award

On October 8, 2009, Toronto Community Housing was publicly recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2010. Maclean’s magazine This is the second year in a row that we have been recognized for our commitment to a safe and healthy workplace.

This award reaffirms that we continue to be on the right track to attract and retain the quality people we need to help continue building great neighbourhoods. But our work is not done. Through the tireless efforts of the Healthy Workplace and the Joint Health and Safety teams, we continue to improve the health and well-being of our staff each and every day.

Well, their employees sure are superbly taken care of…

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation website continues (a direct cut-and-paste):

Here are some of the benefits that were part of the reason why Toronto Community Housing was selected at a Top 100 Employer for 2010:

  • provides excellent parental leave top-up benefits to adoptive and new mothers (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as new fathers (to 93% of salary for 37 weeks)
  • offers employees generous compassionate care leave top-up benefits (to 93% of salary for 8 weeks)
  • recently introduced a new healthy workplace plan, whose initiatives include an employee walking club, free health clinics, and lunch and learn sessions on a variety of wellness topics
  • starts new employees at three weeks vacation
  • offers a variety of in-house training initiatives and supports continuing education through tuition subsidies (to $1,000) for courses at outside institutions

How often has MISSISSAUGAWATCH  been saying that the interests, comfort and convenience of municipal employees come first, last and everything in-between?

For the record the fact  that the  Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010 press release was posted October 9, 2009  while Al Gosling was on life support fighting an infection even surpasses the obscene callousness that I’ve documented at City of Mississauga to date.

And check out the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s latest press release:

Toronto Community Housing announces independent review of tenant death

October 13, 2009

Acting CEO Keiko Nakamura expresses sadness at death of tenant, announces independent third-party review of the organization’s response and broader factors that put vulnerable tenancies at risk.

See that reference to “independent third-party review”? Time to read more… interspersed with my commentary:

Toronto Community Housing Acting CEO Keiko Nakamura today responded to the death of tenant Al Gosling.

“It is with great sadness that Toronto Community Housing has learned about the death of Al Gosling. Mr. Gosling had a home to return to at Toronto Community Housing, and we regret he wasn’t able to come home. On behalf of Toronto Community Housing, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Mr. Gosling’s family and friends for this loss,” Nakamura said.

Nakamura announced that the organization will hold an independent third-party review of the organization’s response and the broader factors that can put vulnerable tenancies in jeopardy.

If Nakamura is really serious, why isn’t she immediately inviting the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office to conduct that independent third-party review into Al Gosling’s death?

The press release continues:

“Social housing plays a crucial role, providing quality housing for low- and moderate-income households and creating conditions that maximize resiliency and reduce risk. For that reason, it is absolutely crucial that the public have confidence in the integrity of the system and have confidence in housing providers like us,” Nakamura said.

Nakamura’s “it is absolutely crucial that the public have confidence in the integrity of the system” is standard public sector “we care” noise.

“Toronto Community Housing is an open, transparent organization. We have made a commitment to review this sad situation to ensure this organization is doing everything it can to make every tenancy a successful tenancy, especially for vulnerable tenants. It is my hope that the independent, third-party review will shed a light on the response to Mr. Gosling’s situation as well as the broader policy, legislative and regulatory factors that need to be considered,” she said.

And if the Toronto Community Housing Corporation is as open, transparent and committed to make every tenancy as successful tenancy, they’ll have the circumstances surrounding Al Gosling’s death investigated by the Ontario Ombudsman.

The leader of the review will be announced in the near future

Either way, that’ll be one of the books…

When you read the October 16, 2009 article, “Fiorito: Coroner to investigate Al Gosling’s sad death” you soon realize it isn’t just Al Gosling.  Joe Fiorito lists more Toronto Community Housing Corporation victims of neglect and despair.

He writes:

Now let me take the long view of such sadness: It is sad that Janos Buda died in his TCHC apartment and was not found for six months. It is sad that Dirty George lived for years in filth before he also died.

It is sad that no one helped that poor woman who, for months, wandered the halls of her apartment building covered in her own waste. It is sad that the woman whose apartment was flooded with several inches of raw sewage did not get immediate help. And yes, it is sad that Lorraine Misurka was handed a notice of eviction not long before Al died.

Finally, it is enduringly sad that many TCHC buildings are falling apart, and many of those buildings are infested with bedbugs, rats, roaches and mice.

Yes, but on the bright side, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation employees are flourishing two years in a row as Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010!

Al Gosling deserves the Ontario Ombudsman

So I sent off an email to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation cc’d to Toronto Star’s Joe Fiorito. I reproduce it here for the record.

From: MISSISSAUGA WATCH <mississauga_watch@yahoo.com>
Subject: Toronto Community Housing announces independent review of tenant death
To: Jeffrey.ferrier@torontohousing.ca
Cc: jfiorito@thestar.ca, mississauga_watch@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2009, 8:21 AM

Hi there,First of all, congratulations for your October 9, 2009 press release, Toronto Community Housing wins Canada’s Top 100 Employer Award for 2010, –your second win in a row, as you (quote) “continue to improve the health and well-being of our staff each and every day.”

I’m writing about your October 13, 2009 press release, Toronto Community Housing announces independent review of tenant death It states that Toronto Community Housing “will hold an independent third-party review of the organization’s response and the broader factors that can put vulnerable tenancies in jeopardy.”

The press release then goes on to state that, “Toronto Community Housing is an open, transparent organization. We have made a commitment to review this sad situation to ensure this organization is doing everything it can to make every tenancy a successful tenancy, especially for vulnerable tenants.”

It even quotes Acting CEO Keiko Nakamura as saying “It is my hope that the independent, third-party review will shed a light on the response to Mr. Gosling’s situation as well as the broader policy, legislative and regulatory factors that need to be considered.”

It’s quite the let-down then that the press release ends with the statement, “The leader of the review will be announced in the near future”.

I’m thoroughly disappointed not to read what to me is the obvious. Something like, “To demonstrate our commitment to openness and transparency we’ve invited the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate and shed a light on the response to Mr. Gosling’s situation as well as the broader policy, legislative and regulatory factors that need to be considered.”

Al Gosling deserves the Ontario Ombudsman and I’ve confirmed that Mr. Marin’s team of SORT investigators respond to requests/invitations for independent, third-party review by MUSH sector agencies.

Best wishes,

Ursula Bennett
The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Signed,
The (GIVE THE ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN FULL INVESTIGATIVE AUTHORITY INTO THE MUSH SECTOR!) Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGA MUSE, MISSISSAUGAWATCH "Conducting Administrative, Oversight & Ombudsman Investigations" GARETH JONES

“THERE SEEMS TO BE A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR POLICY.” (Hazel McCallion –May 11, 2009 Audit Committee)

May 17th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

INSTITUTIONS NON-COMPLIANCE TO POLICIES, GUIDELINES AND BY-LAWS: A MAJOR ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

As some readers know, I’ve been observing/videotaping Mississauga Council since June 2006, researching all manner of its Corporate practices and malpractices through Freedom of Information since February 2007.

I’ve acquired a vast stash of video/photos (hard-drives bursting and backed up left, right and centre) as well as agendas, minutes and other City documents.   I’d love to continue research but by necessity, I’ve got to curtail my data collection process and turn to reporting what I’ve uncovered about the City of Mississauga style of municipal governance.

My research focus revolved primarily around Corporate Policies pertaining to treatment of citizens, and youth in particular.

Since alerting Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion back in December 2006 to deliberate staff non-compliance/violations of numerous City policies, procedures, and guidelines (as well as provincial legislation), I’ve met with repeated refusal to admit that any problem exists. Rather, I got repeated assurances that the City’s “dedicated, professional” staff  “conducted appropriate investigations” and took the “appropriate steps”.

Until Monday.

After almost three years of being alerted, Hazel McCallion finally admits that "There seems to be a complete disregard for policy" by City of Mississauga employees.

That was the day the Mississauga Mayor finally acknowledged that audits confirmed major problems with staff (ie:  the City’s Facilities and Property Management) following policies —and to McCallion’s credit, she was honest enough to admit that staff’s “complete disregard for policy” might be only the tip of the policy iceberg.

Yep. And I can name a few violated policies that Mayor McCallion hasn’t even investigated yet—but I have, through Freedom of Information:

  • Violence and Vandalism Policy
  • Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy
  • Video Surveillance Policy
  • Respectful Workplace Policy
  • Employee Standard of Behaviour Policy
  • Guidelines to Working with  the Trespass Act

and ironically, (approved at the March 13, 2008 Audit Committee meeting)

  • Public Complaints Policy regarding Security Staff

Yep. Haven’t even bothered reporting on the last three policy violations. After all, no one believed me on violations of the first ones —or no one gave a s***. (I  suspect the latter.)

We’ll see if there’s a change in Corporate Ethical Behaviour as a result of McCallion’s policies “discovery” this week. (I suspect there won’t be.) Still. Have to admit that a certain smug feeling washed over me on Monday.

I heard McCallion ponder the same question that I once had, “I don’t know why there’s such a disregard for policy.”

APRIL 17, 2006 VIOLENCE/VANDALISM POLICY THAT MISSISSAUGA CITY STAFF DISREGARD/VIOLATE

I’ll be reporting on staff violations of policies and procedures. And I shall take my “‘duty to report” seriously over the next few months.

Now in 2009, with revelations from Freedom of Information and direct observation of meetings, I have the answer even if Hazel McCallion doesn’t.  Believe it or not but I know why City of Mississauga staff have “such a disregard for policy.”

Part of the answer is right here  in this video of a portion of the March 17, 2008 (yes, 2008)  Audit Committee meeting. A transcript follows.

MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEE (regarding oversight, followup and assessment) March 17, 2008 (3:48 min)

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

March 17, 2008 Audit Committee transcript.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

I remember asking —because you know, for us to have a real handle on what’s happening, as the effectiveness of auditing, which I think is the best thing since sliced bread that’s internal auditing. I was always very pleased when we brought it in a number of years ago.

It’s not only auditing but it’s also looking at systems —improving them. I think that this is one of the key committees of the City, I have to tell you.

We learn a lot as well as Councillors and Mayor as to how the City operates and the challenges, etc. So it’s a key committee.

But we need to know that if you audited this department in 2006 maybe, definitely 2007 and now 2008 and we’re finding that the same things haven’t been done —we want to know about it. In other words, are the recommendations that are made, have not been followed through then we can say well why not?

You know, this is the opportunity as members of Council.

I’m sure that there will be explanations for it but the point is we have the opportunity to raise the question on it. And so you will do that when you go through the check —we’ve done the check. We certainly did that the Transit coin room. We’ve done it once the years I’ve been —ever since we’ve had an auditing committee, I think we’ve been doing it every year. Because it is handling a lot of money and there’s always —there’s always been problems.

Always been problems in approvals and control of the room where the money goes and all that. I mean we got to watch that like a hawk. Right?

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

And we have the [inaudible] of doing that, actually. We’re working on the coin room again.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Yup, there you are.

Janice Baker, City Manager

Well, we’d always bring forward —Sally will bring forward as part of every Audit report if there are Audit recommendations—

[inaudible  —several speakers at once]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

—what was recommended in 2007 and what we found in 2008 and whether 2007 has been—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

—one of our standard objectives is to follow on Audit recommendations made in the past—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Yeah oh—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

And report on the status. On top of that every year in the October/November meeting we bring forward the status of all outstanding recommendations to the Audit Committee—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Good. Excellent

Janice Baker, City Manager

Plus Sally reports to me twice a year as well—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

—quarterly…

Janice Baker, City Manager

—quarterly on the out [sic] so I have, actually have the March report here that shows the progress being made on all Audit recommendations. So there is follow up on all Audit Recommendations.

LATER ON (at 9:45 am) IN THE SAME MARCH 17, 2008 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING transcript

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

By the way, congratulations to the Audit Committee staff. They’re doing a great job. We really appreciate all the work you do. And the way in which you work so well with department heads and the department heads that work so well with you.

Because auditing sometimes can cause a lot of controversy but as I see from the report —the many reports,  that there’s really cooperation between the Auditing Committee and the department heads and I’m hoping that’s extremely important.

Janice Baker, City Manager

And that’s in large part due to Sally’s approach. I mean, it’s not that she backs off on anything but you know she’s certainly, I think willing to sit down and discuss issues and come to a resolution on it… so…

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

From my perspective I think if we’re trying to get things better, the confrontational approach is not going to work, it’s just going to get worse. So that’s the way we —but we do call a spade a spade every time. In a nice way.

Signed,

The (how nice…) Mississauga Muse

PAT CRAIGMILE ON THE VIOLENCE/VANDALISM POLICY THAT MISSISSAUGA CITY STAFF DISREGARD/VIOLATE, DECEMBER 13, 2006

Councillor Carolyn Parrish slams City’s $731,485.00 “goof up” that “flew through” Mississauga Council with ZERO discussion.

April 2nd, 2009  

Just thought I’d share video of yesterday’s $731,485.00 General Committee meeting.

Long story short, regarding Mississauga’s transit revenue loss of $731,485.00 , I was advised (thanks to the tipster) that the Ottawa Citizen first broke the story of Infoplace Ticket Centre woes on January 27, 2009 but didn’t name Mississauga as a creditor.

Money woes shut lottery kiosks

Five area booths affected; company owes $9.7M

By Tony Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen January 27, 2009

OTTAWA — Five lottery kiosks in Ottawa and others across the country closed on the weekend, and threw close to 800 people out of work.

The kiosks, owned by Infoplace Ticket Centres Ltd. and located in Carlingwood Mall, Billings Bridge Plaza, Place d’Orléans, Lincoln Fields and Hazeldean Mall and 180 other locations across Canada, shut down Friday night. The kiosks sold lottery tickets, bus passes and postage stamps and were franchise operations with five or six employees at each location.

“We disabled the terminals so that lottery business could no longer be conducted, given their situation. We had no alternative,” Don Pister, a spokesman for the Ontario Lottery Corp., said Monday.

He said the Infoplace Ticket Centres Ltd. represented “less than one per cent” of retailers that sold lottery tickets across the province. In Ontario, more than 10,000 outlets sell tickets on behalf of the lottery corporation, he said.

“It’s too soon to say what happened, but the company ran out of money,” said Hassan Jaffer, a trustee with Grant Thornton Ltd. Trustees in Toronto. He said the Toronto-based company owes 40 creditors about $9.7 million…

By February 11, 2009, The Ottawa Citizen listed Mississauga out by $600,000.

Bankrupt ticket firm owes city $1.9M

Ottawa officials to attend upcoming court hearing in hopes of getting money back

By Jake Rupert, The Ottawa Citizen February 11, 2009

The city’s 2009 financial outlook has taken a potential $1.9-million hit with the bankruptcy of a kiosk company that used to sell bus tickets and passes, and one councillor is angry the municipality was doing business in a manner that left it exposed to that high of a loss.

Infoplace Ticket Centres Ltd. had five kiosks in Ottawa shopping malls. The company largely sold lottery tickets and bus passes and tickets near major transit stations. It filed for bankruptcy at the end of January.

According to the trustee appointed to oversee the bankruptcy process, the company owes $9.7 million and the City of Ottawa is its largest unsecured creditor. Infoplace Ticket Centres operated 180 kiosks across Canada.

The list of creditors includes several other municipalities including:

  • Hamilton, owed $91,000-
  • Mississauga, owed $600,000…

Yet it took the Toronto Star (and Mississauga News) until March 25, 2009 to pick up the story. Why?

Mississauga mayor calls for audit after city fails to collect $731,000 owed by bus ticket firm

Mar 25, 2009 04:30 AM

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Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion has ordered a city-wide audit of money owed to the municipality after she learned her city could be out $731,485 in transit ticket revenues with the collapse of a kiosk chain.

Why did it take two months after the story appeared in the Ottawa Citizen for it to break in Toronto/Mississauga?

And it seems that I’m not the only one asking for details.

The $731,485 revenue-loss appeared as Item 29 on yesterday’s General Committee “additional” agenda.

Zero discussion, just “flew through” and it was moved for receipt in 19 seconds then neatly swept behind the secrecy of closed doors.

However Council did talk for over ten minutes on whether to spend $15,000 to remove a wall that was ordered built by just one councillor who wanted a wall where one originally wasn’t (you’re getting all this down, right?). I managed to videotape eight minutes of wall-discussion but there was actually more that didn’t get documented (perilously low battery).

To Councillor Carolyn Parrish’s credit, she’d finally had enough. Here is the transcript.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish:

I find it fascinating that we’re spending this much time on it [talking about $15,000 on a wall] and the report where we lost $750,000 on bankrupting [inaudible because I said, “Exactly” into the camera] just flew through. And I’m going to tell you the reason it flew through without my asking the questions that I want to ask is that I think it involves personnel.And I want to know why —and it’s coming up again in-camera, and I want to know why it took four months for us to be informed and I want to know who goofed up when it says in the policy, “Cash or cheque on delivery arrangements for tickets”. But I don’t want the audience or the people watching on television to think we spend all our time on a $15,000 wall and we’re ignoring the $750,000 mess up on tickets that we’ll never get back plus the other amounts —the outstanding tickets that we won’t get back.”

Then they went behind closed doors (called “in-camera”) came back to make their announcements. All except for Parrish. Her seat was empty (the lady’s not good with pretending)…

Called out the Item then —nothing. “Flew through” again and adjourned.

Here is video.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR CAROLYN PARRISH SLAMS $731,485 COUNCIL “FLEW THROUGH”

(1:37 min: 8 minutes of which was compressed into 5 seconds)

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

Ask yourself why Mississauga Council  “flew through” Item 29 without a word, whisked it behind closed doors ( in-camera) and then “flew through” again once out from behind closed doors.

Control the Message.

If Rick Mercer is reading this, that’s how you “stay in power for 31 years.”

And that’s why citizens need The Province to grant  the Ontario Ombudsman  full investigative powers into municipalities as well as the rest of the MUSH sector.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

UPDATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009 11:30 pm Special thank you to the YouTuber who emailed me and requested that I cut down the wall-discussion even further. So now the 8-minute wall-discussion is compressed down to 5 seconds. And I’ve replaced the original vid. Thanks again to the viewer for the comment. You made the video much better.

Mississauga Muse at April 1, 2009 General Committee meeting (splitting headache in need of caffeine)

“But I don’t want the audience or the people watching on television to think we spend all our time on a $15,000 wall and we’re ignoring the $750,000 mess up on tickets that we’ll never get back plus the other amounts —the outstanding tickets that we won’t get back.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH to “ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author DR. ALVIN CURLING… “Municipalities are a MAJOR Root of Youth Violence”

March 12th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Dr. Alvin Curling, co-author of "Roots of Youth Violence" March 10 ,2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH VIDEO INTERVIEW with Dr. Alvin Curling, co-author of The Roots of Youth Violence.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: I have some questions regarding “The Roots of Youth Violence”

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Yes.

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Yeah.

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: OK, the next question. Are you aware that the 2001 Municipal Act doesn’t require Ontario municipalities to have a public complaints process in place?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Don’t have to have a what?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: They don’t —The 2001 Municipal Act doesn’t require municipalities to have a public complaints system in place.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, a—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: —which means that there’s no framework for accountability within municipalities.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: The municipalities do have accountabality, of course. But I presume that in their own way they do. But I’m not quite familiar with what it hasn’t got and what it has—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well, for example, The City of Mississauga, in the 30 years, never had a public complaints system, let alone a formal one.

Video shifts to the MAY 21, 2008 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING..

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT MULLIN: But I guess that I’m looking for some direction from possibly Staff if there is something that we could put in place which would be, I guess, a complaint procedure against Staff. And maybe somebody could respond. Or if there’s another way in terms of looking at it.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION: Councillor Mullin, I met with the City Manager this morning. I’ve not seen the report. And I was going to ask  —and I was a little slow in asking, that this report be referred back. To look at the process.

Video returns to March 10, 2009 interview with DR. ALVIN CURLING.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And I’ve been filing Freedom of Information for two years on Peel, Brampton, and so on and I can’t find a framework for accountability. And just one more thing? I just want to show you..

This is a 1994 document by Peel Regional Police and it made a recommendation regarding Crime Prevention that said, “Delegates recommend that crime prevention initiatives be unique and tailored to local communities.”

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Yes.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: That’s 1994. Then it says, “It is recognized that the two existing Crime Prevention Associations are the best vehicle for program development and implementation.” And we can agree with that too.

Then it says, “A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness.” I haven’t found any.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Is that right?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: No. So, this is really the question that I have. Do you support, or what are your feelings towards allowing The Ontario Ombudsman full investigative powers into the MUSH sector —Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, actually, I can’t comment on that really because the fact that you say to give The Ombudsman full investigative authority to investigate a municipality…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Right now he doesn’t have that. You know that, right?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: No because he —actually The Ombudsman is The Province, not The Municipality. [inaudible] to the Parliament itself not to the mayor. So that—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Oh I know, but I mean… That’s why I’m saying. A municpality that doesn’t want to held accountable?.. you can’t make it accountable. And that’s what I believe to be a major Root of Youth Violence.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well… well that’s a view. That’s your view.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well, actually, I’ve got Freedom of Information that shows that municpalities here —they don’t know what each other are doing. They don’t even know share the information with police.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, we talked about sharing that. And lots of that. We talked about each municipality, each community, could share some of their experiences because one municipality is different than the other. You can’t use the solution of one community to solve the other’s problem. So they have their own unique way.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well basically, what I see happening is that they are trumpeting their successes, sometimes inventing their successes and the authentic accountability —and I suspect that’s why you don’t see Youth here?… Because they don’t think this is real.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Is that right? Well they have to come out even if they don’t think it’s real and come and say it, you know…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Yeah.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Thanks very much.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: OK. Thank you, sir.

VIDEO INTERVIEW ENDS and here’s the video…

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

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

Last, Dr. Alvin Curling will be speaking this evening at the Jamaican Canadian Association from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 995 Arrow Road (Arrow & Finch)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: MAJOR ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE


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