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Graffiti Mississauga Report: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing?

May 28th, 2012  

What follows is a long long overdue MISSISSAUGA graffiti report.

Graffiti Mississauga: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing? (7:48 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

It is Friday May the 24th or 25th, I forget. And I’m coming back to a site that I had discovered a few days ago. All I can tell you about this site right now is that it is one of my graffiti sites.

And oh, in the Fall, the entire area had been completely buffed and erased. I mean completely obliterated. All the graffiti.

And on a hunch I returned last week and discovered quite a bit of it, including this particular truck. And of particular interest to me at that time was “FTP”. “FTP”. “FTP” —which means “Fuck the Police”.

And I didn’t recognize this tag here, but I think it might now be one that I noticed yesterday in a different location. But I’m not sure.

On this particular truck alone, you’ve got one, two —and I think that’s an “FTP” too. And then an “FTP” here.

So that’s, gosh, just in here alone, quite a few “Fuck the Police”.

And this is something new. Anti-police messages like “FTP” just isn’t part of Mississauga graffiti. And then it just kind of explodes on the scene right here.

Now you’ll recognize this as the side of the truck. But it’s also here with a tag and and an “FTP” right there.

Although just so that you know, I consider this one incident. Even though there might be six “FTP”s there. I consider it one event.

Now I just drove that way to check some of the other buildings where this material had been sprayed. And I swear it was this week —this week that I documented this—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 22, 2012

It is Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 and I’ve returned to one of my graffiti study sites here at the City of Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

—and it’s already erased.

And that’s why I say it’s really important for me to videotape and document graffiti as quickly as I see it because it can be erased as quickly —and it’s happened, as quickly as 24 hours later.

But I want to talk a little bit too about something that I noticed yesterday and I already put up on the Internet. There’s a different tone now to the kind of graffiti that is re-emerging after what I call “The Big Erase” which occurred back in the Summer of 2011.

So it’s taken a long time for example, for this area, to have the graffiti come back.

And what’s interesting and I cannot explain is to have so much “FTP”s —”Fuck the Police” here. Because that’s one of the things that made Mississauga/Peel so extraordinary compared to, for example, the graffiti in the City of Hamilton.

[photograph inserts of anti-police graffiti from the City of Hamilton September 13, 2009]

At the the City of Hamilton, my God, there was [sic] “FTP”s down one entire road, every telephone pole had “FTP”, every utility box.

And not just “FTP” but “FUCK THE POLICE” on sidewalks, on picket fences, it was everywhere!

And by contrast, you just didn’t see that here at the City of Mississauga.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from another undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

Okay. Here’s the other one. Let’s show that to you.

And I’d mentioned there’s the interesting message, “FUCK THE WORLD”. And about the only thing that I will say is this is within a two minute/three minute walk from where we just were, where there were all those “FTP”s for “Fuck the Police”.

There just seems to be at this point, and I’m not sure, but there seems to be right now, a difference in tone, in the kind of graffiti that I am seeing re-emerge after what I call “The Big Erase of Summer 2011”.

So. I guess the only other thing I want to talk about this difference in tone—

—is we’re seeing protests emerging. And I’m looking at the anger that’s still out there for G20 which happened in June 2010.

Here it’s almost June 2012 and people are still upset about police-protester interaction and the arrests and the abuse of authority.

And I’m now following the Quebec student protest and the remarkable footage by CUTV —Concordia University livestreaming. Its fascinating and superb job that they’re doing —pretty much citizen journalism.

Traditional Media —forget about it.

The best commentary and coverage I’m discovering are such things like CUTV or TimCast in Chicago, who is covering the NATO protests.

It’s right on the ground and it’s real. and I can tell you it’s real because—

—I was providing video coverage of the G20 on, I think it was June 26, was it? And it’s real when you’re right there and you’re actually removed from the site and so on.

But I guess what I want to document and report on is: Will the nature of graffiti change as more young people and youth become more restless?

Will you get more messages like “FTP” and “Fuck the World”? I don’t know.

However, there is one site that I haven’t looked at for a while. And it turned out back in April 2009, when I first decided I was going to research graffiti.

It was actually the first site that I had —the first true graffiti wall. And I was so excited about it. That I actually found something. Anyway, let’s go there right now.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from yet another undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

A tree got in the way. It says “ACID”. So that’s new —but again, that could be the name of the tagger.

This is new. “FREEDOM”.

There really does seem to be —look at this. I’ll just take that here. [throws car into Park]

“FREEDOM”.

There really does seem to be —a change.

As I said, we’re starting to get messages.

There’s something different happening.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "FREEDOM" documented May 27, 2012
Additional Resources

A related Mississauga graffiti video —May 24, 2012. Just for the record.

Graffiti Mississauga: “Fuck the World” (undisclosed location, Mississauga)  (0:56 min)

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

“Rick Mercer’s rants damaging anti-graffiti cause: Mississauga councillor” (National Post). “Councillor Katie Mahoney damaging brain cells.” (MISSISSAUGAWATCH)

January 12th, 2012  

Here I was planning on working through the Mississauga Council Code of Conduct and vowing that nothing would distract me from that goal. And what happens?

Yet another stupidity abominated out of Mississauga Council!

(Cut-and-paste, from the National Post)

Rick Mercer’s rants damaging anti-graffiti cause: Mississauga councillor

THE RICK MERCER REPORT/CBC

THE RICK MERCER REPORT/CBC

  Jan 12, 2012 – 12:32 AM ET

Mississauga is grappling with a rise in graffiti on city property, and one councillor blames an unlikely culprit: CBC comedian Rick Mercer.

Councillor Katie Mahoney says Mr. Mercer’s famous rants along Toronto’s graffiti alley, an area specially designated for that use, has damaged the anti-graffiti cause.

“Rick Mercer needs to know that he’s not doing anybody any good with his rants down the graffiti-tagged alley,” Ms. Mahoney fumed during a city council meeting Wednesday, suggesting the Mercer rants may have unintentionally encouraged the spread of graffiti throughout Canada.

“…suggesting the Mercer rants may have unintentionally encouraged the spread of graffiti throughout Canada.” Ahhh yes… Councillor Katie Mahoney —truly a master at avoiding the Science of Governance. And why not? Bullshit Baffles Brains.

The rest of Megan O’Toole’s article on Mississauga Council’s debate on graffiti is just a painful eyeful. Click here to read to read it if you must.

The Mississauga News also reported on Council’s graffiti debate with the article, “Residents want security cameras: Councillor”.

(Cut-and-paste)

During a lengthy discussion today at General Committee about a staff report on vandalism and graffiti in municipal parks, Iannicca said residents and merchants have told him they’d welcome surveillance cameras.

He doesn’t necessarily agree, though, noting the Dundas/Hurontario Sts. area in Cooksville has one of the lowest occurrence rates of graffiti in Mississauga likely due to the number of people frequenting the area.

“I don’t think you can go 10 seconds … without (seeing someone) and people don’t normally commit crimes in the public realm,” said Iannicca. “Maybe there’s a lesson in all that.”

Psst. The fact is, the Dundas/Hurontario Sts. area in Cooksville actually has one of the highest occurrence rates of graffiti in Mississauga! That’s why I made it one of my study sites.

Back to the Mississauga News. (Cut-and-paste)

“The issue of surveillance cameras in the public realm is something I’ve always thought of as rather odious,” said Iannicca. “There’s just something about the state, that’s us, having cameras in the public realm.

Actually,there’s nothing wrong with security cameras —they’re an irreplaceable tool for law enforcement. What’s odious is having unaccountable quasi-fascist lying c**ts like City of Mississauga Corporate Security operating those security cameras and then fabricating Corporate Reports to Council. And that’s not allegation, that’s fact.

Back to the Mississauga News:

“And, yet, you have to hear what your constituents are telling you and many are saying, ‘Nando, wouldn’t Hwy. 5 and 10 be the logical place to put them?'” he continued. “I’m not telling you I agree or disagree with it, but it’s certainly a discussion worth having.”

Psst! There’s been a Pelco PTZ video surveillance camera right at the intersection of 5 and 10 since at least October 2008.

Actually, I’d love to see the City of Mississauga install a dozen Pelco PTZs at 5 and 10. Two dozen! Knock themselves out! Five dozen! It’d be FUN to document how the cams won’t deter graffiti!

Have to laugh at yet more calls for more video surveillance cameras!

Reminder of an August 25, 2009 article, Mississauga News, “Vandals damage golf course”. The article begins:

Peel Regional Police are on the hunt for the vandals who broke into Mississauga’s BraeBen Golf Course last night and trashed the place.

Officers from the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau received a call from golf course staff just after 6:30 a.m. today reporting the crime.

Notice the City of Mississauga reported the vandalism at “6:30 a.m”? Psst! Vandals and taggers do their work at NIGHT!

Next. I followed up on the BraeBen Golf Course vandalism. I videotaped no fewer than three outside Pelco PTZs (Pan Tilt Zoom) on the BraeBen Golf Course and managed to confirm that there were five cams inside the clubhouse!

Far as I know the City never did catch the BraeBen Golf Course vandals who, to quote the Mississauga News, “trashed the place”.

Just for the record, here’s video of the BraeBen Golf Course surveillance cameras back in 2009 violating the Guidelines for the Use of Video Surveillance Cameras in Public Places that City of Mississauga Corporate Security Manager, Jamie Hillis lied about complying with.

Hazel McCallion letter reveals MAJOR Root of Youth Violence –Our lying municipalities (9:29 min)

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

As for how installing more video surveillance cameras will deter vandalism and graffiti?…

Here’s video I posted to YouTube back in May 16, 2010 showing six different video surveillance cameras FAILING to deter graffiti. Including by the way, the sophisticated video surveillance camera installed high atop a utility pole at the corner of Cooksville’s 5 and 10.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL! (GRAFFITI defeats 6 VIDEO SURVEILLANCE cams in Mississauga, Ontario)  (1:37 min)

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

And video uploaded April 23, 2010 to condemn Mississauga Councillor Pat Saito’s proclamation about the “absolutely phenomenal” progress of her Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network.

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

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

And who can forget the June 30, 2009 Mississauga News article, “Youth Plan ready for implementation” that reported:

The mayor also pointed out that only an estimated two per cent of young people frequently get into trouble.

“We should concentrate on the 98 per cent that are good youth,” she said.

Keep stockin’ up on those video surveillance cameras for the 2 per cent you don’t give a shit about, Hazel!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA and the (delusional) PEEL YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION

 

Last. This hour and a half video is the best documentary I’ve ever seen on graffiti. “Bomb It” is at times tough to watch.

The Hate is Shocking. Feral. But I’m convinced that it is a glimpse into the Future.

Bomb It The Movie FULL (1.30 hours)

(Click here to go directly to “BOMB IT” on YouTube)

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

UPDATE: January 13, 2012. The Mississauga Graffiti Debate in the news

MetroNews Canada   Councillor can’t tag this on Mercer

Rick Mercer is seen in a screen grab delivering one of his famous TV
rants filmed in a graffiti-tagged laneway.
TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE
Published: January 13, 2012 5:55 a.m.
Last modified: January 12, 2012 10:19 p.m.

Rick Mercer is firing back at a Mississauga city councillor who says the comedian’s famous rants along Toronto’s Graffiti Alley have hampered the suburb’s anti-graffiti efforts.

“My rants are shot in an artist-friendly laneway. These are fabulous, vibrant, constantly-changing works of art,” Mercer wrote in an email to the Star. “I would wager many of those artists will be remembered long after the good councillor, who’s (sic) name escapes me.”

At a Mississauga city council meeting Wednesday, Councillor Katie Mahoney suggested the graffiti backdrop of Mercer’s “Rant,” a popular segment on his long-running CBC Television program, Rick Mercer Report, glorifies vandalism.

“Rick Mercer needs to know that he’s not doing anybody any good with his rants down the graffiti-tagged alley,” she said. “That’s not helping the cause across the country.”

In an interview with the Star on Thursday, Mahoney said she stands by her original remarks, but emphasized that they were “certainly no knock against Rick Mercer at all.”

“My concern is that this showing of Graffiti Alley … doesn’t help in our efforts to combat illegal graffiti,” she said.

 

Graffiti Alley

  • Mahoney added that she wasn’t aware until after she made her comments that Graffiti Alley, located near Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave., is exempt from any graffiti bylaw and sanctioned as an area of “municipal significance” by Toronto city hall.
  • For his part, Mercer said he doesn’t condone vandalism or tagging.
 Note. Mercer saying, “My rants are shot in an artist-friendly laneway” means the art is not graffiti, but rather graffiti-style permission walls.

Mississauga graffiti research comparative: Burnhamthorpe April 26, 2009 and (ERASED) June 10, 2011

June 11th, 2011  

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

Caveat. I had just begun researching graffiti and viewed this wall as large and extensive for no other reason than I had just begun researching graffiti and didn’t know any better.

Mississauga graffiti research comparative: Burnhamthorpe April 26, 2009 and (ERASED) June 10, 2011 (4:47 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
[Music: Caspian & Grafhic – Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (upon discovering a graffiti wall in the Applewood/Burnhamthorpe area, April 26, 2009)

It’s Sunday, April the 26th,  2009, just to give you an idea —and over here we’ve got some examples here of graffiti. An interesting message right there that says, “JUST THE BEGINNING” although it’s kind of faded.

And interesting symbols.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And we’ve got this here. This is quite the —enterprise. There is something right there.

And I’ve got my camera so I’ll take some photographs too.

“JUST THE BEGINNING” —interesting.

And as a matter of fact, it would be interesting to walk this way and just see what we’ve got on this side. Or the extent, oh yeah. And they’ve extended it.

So this seems to be a real interesting hot spot. All the way across here.

Definitely a youth gathering place.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Huhn.  Seems, yeah, looks like beer cans and stuff.

I think that’s clearly —possibly reference to marijuana. But here looks definitely sexual.

Let’s start photographing it.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[HIGH DEFINITION]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (returning to the graffiti wall in the Applewood/Burnhamthorpe area, June 10, 2011)

It is Friday, June the 9th [sic] 2011 and I’m returning to an area that I first documented the graffiti in this area on April, well let’s say April 2009.

And I can see that this area here has been cleaned up, boards have been replaced. This here had writing on it —has been cleared up. Boards replaced right here.

And in through here, there’s a wall going this way that had a lot of graffiti. It was a rather unique graffiti wall. And I’m just wondering if they replaced that too. Now I haven’t been here since last spring.

And yeah, it’s all been covered up. All of it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I wonder when this happened.

And that’s what it looks like now. Right in through there. Gone.

Anyway, I’m really glad that I documented it. I tell you, there’s a lot more beer cans around than ever before. Anyway. Huhn.

That’s why it’s important to document graffiti because it really is quite temporary. The authorities eventually find it and erase it. In the case over here, erased. Right there, also erased. Or in some cases completely redone.

Let’s get back in. I don’t even think I’m going to bother taking photographs of this.

Anyway…

[DIP TO BLACK/LOGO]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Turns out that I took photographs after all. To me, “document” means “thorough”. And that means video and pics —even if it’s pics of “nothing”.

So here’s a comparative, April 26, 2009 and what I documented yesterday.

Graffiti wall Mississauga (Burnhamthorpe area) comparative April 26, 2009 and June 10. 2011 (ERASED)
Please click here for the Original (3971 x 1526) version

GRAFFITI WALL BURNHAMTHORPE  APRIL 27, 2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH April 27, 2009. Despite its ERASE, this wall will remain a graffiti research site for what should be obvious reasons.

Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall”. MISSISSAUGAWATCH arrives too late…

April 7th, 2011  

Saw the Mississauga News article, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall” and decided to investigate. Unfortunately I took a long nap first. The old saying is too true, “You snooze. You lose.”

MISSISSAUGA NEWS "Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall"  # Joseph Chin # | # Apr 06, 2011 - 12:47 PM

Still. Here’s the video, complete with transcript.

Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall”. MISSISSAUGAWATCH arrives too late… (4:01 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from computer work station, April 6, 2011)

It is April 6, 2011 and this is the article in the Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall” and this is a picture.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And I really did want to go and see the graffiti for myself and you see that the article is posted at 12:47. And it’s really true when they say, “You snooze, you lose” because I showed up significantly later —cuz  I just wanted to check these tags.

Unfortunately by the time I showed up, this had all been erased.

However, there’s nothing that says that I can’t at least file a report on not the graffiti there anymore. So here we go.

[PUSH]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from inside car at Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011  7 pm approx)

It is Wednesday, April 6, 2011 and we’re here at Mississauga City Hall because I read in the Mississauga News that the skateboard plaza, right in there, had graffiti and it even looks like it’s been bombed. So I want to document it before it’s erased.

[DIP TO WHITE]

One of the things that was reported was that there’s a video surveillance camera —despite video surveillance cameras, it still got bombed. And the reality is the skateboard plaza does not have a video surveillance camera at all.

There is one and it’s just been recently installed —right there.

Anyway, what I have done is document the skateboard plaza, I think probably on four or five other occasions. Primarily just to have a look-about because it’s one of my study sites as far as skateboarding study sites is concerned. But I will, if I happen to come upon graffiti, also document it.

So that’s what we’re going to do now.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (walking towards Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

Again the important thing is when we see a person we shoot down because we don’t want to violate anyone’s privacy. And I sure hope that the graffiti is still up so I’ve got something to document.

There’s a knob unit. Right there. Oop, look at this. Oooo. This doesn’t happen often.

676 car.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

Now it looks like —yeah, that is new since I’ve looked.

Okay, unfortunately I’ve arrived too late and it’s already been removed. Dang! Too bad!

Oh well.

Yup. Too bad.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (checking out the OutHouse at the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

The only thing then that I can record that’s new since the last time is that.

And the only other thing is the last time that I was looking at this, gosh, it might have been last year, Fall? Don’t know.

Oh yeah. Okay. So it’s still there.

That’s cuz the knobs’d never think about lookin’ in here.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (checking out the OutHouse at the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, September 9, 2010. Fire/ambulance sirens…)

I’m here at the City of Mississauga —kind of noisy out here but what can you do?

And I was just checking out for graffiti and stuff like this. And I went in here. Take a look at this.

That’s quite the graffiti.

Ewwwwoooh my Gawd!

Oh it stinks in here!

And just imagine the stink.

But.  That ain’t got nothin’ on—

[CUT]

Sheridan College President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky (Hazel McCallion’s 90th Birthday $350.00 a ticket Party, February 12, 2011)

—Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Hazel McCallion Campus!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at Hazel McCallion’s 90th Birthday $350.00 a ticket Party, February 12, 2011. As audience cheers)

Oh my Gawd! Oh my Gawd…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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

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

Mississauga Graffiti High Definition video-report: “The (‘eye-popping’) Cathedral”

August 21st, 2010  

As already reported, I’ve been researching Brampton/Mississauga graffiti since April 19, 2009. Why? Please see our May 13th, 2010 blog, GRAFFITI AND TAGGING IN MISSISSAUGA: INTRODUCING “HACR” (RESTRICTED CONTENT) for a full explanation.

Just over a week ago, a YouTuber tipped me off to the most remarkable graffiti site I’ve ever seen. He told me to prepare for some “eye-popping” graffiti and even that descriptor didn’t prepare me for the —WOW!

I made my first visit on August 12, 2010 and it took all of five minutes experiencing the Feel and I named the place, The Cathedral. This “Cathedral” is so big, its graffiti so extensive, that I couldn’t document everything in just one trip. I returned the next day.

A week passed and then yesterday, I returned with a High Definition camera.

Believe it or not, there were some rather dramatic changes between August 13th and yesterday. I guess with the weekend in between, da graffers had been back at it… Quite the surprise!

That’s enough of an intro. Time to let the videos do the talking. As always, the videos and then the transcripts. And warning, some will find images documented to be offensive.

Video: MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI-CATHEDRAL Part 1: The Privilege of Discovery (3:46 min)

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

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

It is Thursday, August the 12th, 2010 and I’m here following up on a tip. About some really amazing graffiti. And oh my god, it’s all over! It’s all over the place.

And I got the tip through YouTube —there’s somebody coming with their dog so I have to give them privacy. And I was told that I’d have to promise not to harm anything.

Guy with dog (“The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

How you doin’?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

Hi.

And, it’s a privilege seeing this. And I also know just looking at the richness —I mean, I can’t explain it. It’s, it’s incredible!

[DIP TO WHITE]

And the thing is, how do you even go and document something that extends from here, all the way along —to there. And looks like there’s something else over there as well.

(sighs)

Well it’s very clear that I have to be here, come again, and make a day of this.

Look at this, isn’t that a beautiful little C. raptor or something.

“Eye-popping graffiti”, that’s what I was told would be here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look at this. I mean… I feel like it’s discovering a cave with artists like—

And that’s what this is to me, it’s Art, it’s -it’s Voices, it’s —look at this.

Ya. There’s “The Doors”. And somebody who looks like they’ve been listening to The Doors all right.

If you see me shooting down it’s to try to protect the location.

[DIP TO WHITE]

See this? Isn’t this amazing, look at this, watch. You go like this, you go all the way this way, look at this! And you know, in here? Then it’s three-deep. It’s over there.

All of this I get to document. And to document it because you never know when authorities will come and delete all this. Because there is evidence here —I’m assuming that the white patching is done by authorities and not by graffiti artists who want a new canvas, I’m not sure.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look at this.

Like imagine how much more interesting this is than a sterile bridge.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And the question is this, what’s behind those columns on this side? Beautiful.

Turning camera off.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (second trip to “The Cathedral”, August 13, 2010 teaser):

Well I made through the other side as my pants reveal and this is what the other side looks like. It’s amazing.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS. SEE PART 2]

Video: MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI-CATHEDRAL Part 2: DON’T TELL ME THAT GRAFFITI ISN’T ART! (3:44 min)

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

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (second trip to “The Cathedral”, August 13, 2010):

It is Friday, August the 13th, 2010 and I’ve once again returned to the site that I was tipped off to yesterday, graffiti site here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

What I want to do today is see what’s across —over there. So the first thing I’ve got to do is figure out the logistics. So I’m going to do a little bit of exploring but that area, I want to see what’s over there.

Turning camera off.

Well I made through the other side as my pants reveal and this is what the other side looks like. It’s amazing. And now I get to see what the other side that I never got to see —is over here. And it’s remarkable, gonna take me a long time to document.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Just for orientation, before, I was on the opposite side of that wall and I came through this way.

So it was a delight to see “MYOH” also on this side. That’s one of his more elaborate pieces of work. And what’s really interesting is over here, I wonder if I can make this out here. You get the name “MYOH”, “QUEZ” —there’s “HACR”. Likely the OGC graffiti crew. There it is.

And I just want to also point out some things here and along this wall. And just to document further, along here, here —and it starts going into darker recesses.

I mean it’s extensive, huh.

I wonder what it’s like at night. Say with a full moon. I know when you talk to Maui surfers, their favourite time for surfing is, believe it or not, at night, under a full moon. And I wonder what this place must look like at night.

It’s almost cathedral-like. Look at it. And it’s definitely, a night place.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Look what I just found. “MYOH”. And a reminder that he’s got one, a way over on that side —here. He’s got another one right there and one on this opposite wall. So he’s really prominent here. That’s beautiful.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have to say it’s worth coming and looking at every part of this, every square inch. Look what I found. Skeletal fish. But also this. A spray can in their brand of choice. Right there. I’m not going to move it either. I promised that I wasn’t going to touch anything.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I don’t expect this to come out, but take a look at that. Painting of an eye. And then it kind of goes quite nicely into this.

Don’t anybody say that graffiti isn’t Art.

Turning camera off.

STILL PHOTOS
[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And then we get to Trip Three. HIGH DEFINITION.

Video: Mississauga Graffiti HIGH DEFINITION “The Cathedral” Report (9:11 min)

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

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

It is Friday, August the 20th, 2010. We’re back at the Cathedrals —with one difference and that is that this time I have a High Definition camera.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I just want to make sure that I’m documenting every thing I did the other day, but this time in High Definition. And again, it’s just to do this stuff justice. ‘Cuz you never know when the authorities are going to come and erase this.

Just to give you an idea about this, again it goes all the way down here. Along—fortunately this, look at that. I mean, that’s “MYOH” and look what it looks like. It’s almost like —that’s why I said this is such a remarkable place to be, probably at night. And the “MYOH” because it’s in silver, right here looks like it’s sort of shining.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have a friend who’s also interested in graffiti and documenting it, documenting the material over here.

And I’m so glad now that I’ve got the High Definition camera just to show you this. And that must be really something to see if you come here at night. Specially on a full moon. And I’d also mentioned there’s the “MYOH” here. Just shining in the darkness.

And there’s the reason why I call this “The Cathedral”. Take a look. Isn’t this something?

And, I’ll tell you something else that’s different since the last time I was here. That. Right there. It used to just say, “IT’S TIME”. And someone added “TO GET LAID” and added a kind of smiley face there —an emoticon.

Again, the effect of sunlight. Like that. And here’s what the “MYOH” looks like when sunlight is on it. So you can get this kind of effect here. And clearly there’s going to be a photograph taken of the “MYOH”. It’s difficult sometimes getting these things in.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Funny, he had the same reaction that I did. Which is, you first are against graffiti and then once you really start documenting it, then you realize that there’s some remarkable artists. And even if there isn’t just art, maybe if it’s just tagging and stuff like that [“FAG”]  —that’s important to document too.

That and where’s the swastika I found here? Where is it? Oh yeah. Right there. And right there. Because you want to document the occurrences.

Look at this. Look what’s just in the water.

[CROSS ZOOM]

Let’s see if I can make this shot. The Cathedrals. I’m calling this the West Side. “MYOH”.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look what I found. A very very old can. Rusted. And I’m just wondering whether that wasn’t the can used to paint that “KTC” ‘cuz there’s no way that was sprayed. Huh.

[DIP TO WHITE]

It is Friday, August the 20th, 2010 and we’re now on the other side which I call the East Side of the Cathedral. And what I’m doing is going to be documenting this —look at the size of that— with a High Definition camera. And also document any changes since the last time I was here. Which was just three of four days ago [sic. actually it was seven/eight days ago.]

And that’s been confirmed, as has, I’m now going to call this the fourth swastika. Remember how I said that swastikas are of interest to me? So, that makes four. And gosh, it would be awful if I didn’t notice that just a few days ago.

[CLOCK WIPE REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (re-view of first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010 confirms I didn’t notice the prominent swastika the first time!)

It is Thursday, August the 12th, 2010 and I’m here following up on a tip. About some really amazing graffiti. And oh my god, it’s all over!

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

And just documenting. There’s the “OGC” group mentioned the other day. This looks like it might have been painted over. Not sure. We know at least from this thing up here, at least some thing has been surviving since 2008.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So much for my hope to be, for a photograph of me standing besides, “IT’S TIME”. I certainly can’t stand beside that now. But that’s okay. That’s the nature of graffiti. It changes. Boy does it change.

He’s still doing that.

This is a more extensive —site, graffiti site —the largest one that I had documented previous to this was on the Island of Maui, in Kahalui-side. But this —when I asked my friend the first time he saw it, I let him come in here first. I said, what do you think?

And his reaction was, “It’s a good start…”

[DIP TO WHITE]

This for orientation. Here’s where we are. And to point out, I pointed that out last time and I certainly remember “NIRVANA” over here. But this, behind it, I think is new. And it’s quite typical, I think of the way a lot of graffiti artists feel. And that is, it says, “I will never stop. The edge is near.”

But look. Look how far up that guy had to be. Had to maneuver around that one to go there.

That’s one of the things that I say about the graffiti artists that —how, the kind of risk-takers that they are. I mean think about it, look. There it is. And look at what would happen if you miss-stepped. Those are unforgiving rocks.

And yet someone’s been compelled to go that far to say, here’s my message, look how far up I can write it.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

First of all remember, you can take a half-decent photograph with that camera.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Oh, I know I’ve already done it.  Like I did a photograph of that—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

“I will never stop. I edge is near.” But what’s interesting is, just imagine what risk-taking it takes and I don’t remember that—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah. I was thinking about that. How the hell, you know, like—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

He’d have to negoti—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I can see how he can get onto these without too much trouble.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Yeah.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Getting around that pillar to get up there? That’s taking a —I can see how you do it. I wouldn’t do it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

No, and just look, I mean it’s unforgiving. Look at —it’s not like, you know, you’re falling into ten feet of water. That’s rocks and—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Oh, you fall down there and if you’re not dead, you’re gonna be very badly hurt.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Oh yeah. And yet they do that! And you know what that is? It’s just sayin’, look what I can do.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah, oh yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

And not only look what I can do, I know, the edge is near. But I’m going to do it anyway! It’s just fascinating.

Are you sure you’ve documented everything?

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I don’t know, no, definitely not.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Definitely not, yeah, I know.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I’m sure I haven’t documented everything. Absolutely not a chance.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Yeah. Well, you know, always come back.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been studying/documenting graffiti since April 19, 2009 as part of our research into the Roots of Youth Violence.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI, "IT'S TIME TO GET LAID". LOCATION: THE CATHEDRAL" COMPARATIVE (AUGUST 13, 2010 and AUGUST 20, 2010)

YouTuber catches G20 graffiti-taggers in the act and remarkable raw videos of Bay/King torching of police cars surface

July 18th, 2010  

The Power of YouTube, what can I say? I just found video of the guy spraying  “CULTURE OF DEATH” on the Bank of Montreal windows at Bay and King (June 26, 2010).

G20 GRAFFITI TAGGERS IN ACTION "CULTURE OF DEATH" and "POWER 4 PEOPLE" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

But if a picture’s worth a thousand words, then check out the remarkable 8 seconds of video by speedstriker. It shows two youth applying graffiti to the Bank of Montreal at Bay and King just before the rioters torched the police cruisers. The sprayer with the orange paint is not just responsible for “CULTURE OF DEATH” but likely also “MAKE THE RICH PAY”, “CAPITAL KILLS”, “OPPRESOR” [sic] on police cruiser “TAV59” as well as “EXPROPRIATION”.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH video confirms that the tagger in the background was in the act of writing, “POWER 4 PEOPLE”.  Given the fine blue marker, it’s an excellent bet that he was also responsible for “FUCK CORP GREED” (on BMO soccer ball at left) and also the guy who wrote, “FUCK SECURITY CULTURE” on the hood of police cruiser, “TAV58”.

YouTube Video, “G20 Toronto Protest Report: Spray Paint – Culture of Death ” 0:08 min

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

By far my best YouTube find was davegtv who posted three raw videos online. davegtv managed to document the Bay/King intersection before the rioters arrived as well as continued to videotape long after police forced me out at the opposite side of the street.  What this means is that davegtv just might have the most complete raw footage of what happened at Bay and King —period.

What is especially fascinating in reviewing davegtv footage is to examine the police response. davegtv caught superb footage of police actions south of Bay/King as well as east. My video filled in the gap documenting police and horses west of the intersection. A complete picture!

We’re now in the process of sychronizing davegtv’s footage with our own. Very easy to do.

photo

davegtv has absolutely must-watch raw video footage of Bay/King. For those who can’t wait for a sychronized version, check out davegtv‘s YouTube channel and specifically these raw videos.

“G20 police cars set on fire – Raw – 1/3 ” at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOMYlsVNCo

“G20 police cars set on fire – Raw – 2/3” at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMbWTc4pmUo and

“G20 police cars set on fire – Raw – 3/3 “ www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3jfJ8x695g

Last, I want to leave you with one more video. Videotaped by MrJw74 and called, “G20 Police Show Restraint with Protester” it’s another must-view. Truly remarkable —especially when you can see in the background that Toronto firefighters are dousing what’s left of two police cars that rioters had set on fire…

Video shows one police officer gently pulling back a colleague who’s holding a baton, perhaps in his view a bit too close to the protester. As of July 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm MrJw74’s video has only gotten 368 views vs the tens of thousands hits of videos showing violence and confrontation. So it goes.

YouTube Video, “G20 Toronto Protest Report: Spray Paint – Culture of Death ” 0:08 min

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

G20 POLICE HANDSHAKE WITH PROTESTER "Freezeframe from MrJw74's YouTube video G20 Police Show Restraint with Protester (June 26" 2010)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE” (The Black Bloc… certainly had their say!)

June 27th, 2010  

The Black Bloc… certainly had their say!

YouTube Video, G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE”…” 4:34 min

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

G20 TORONTO GRAFFITI "CLASS WAR ALL AROUND"

G20 TORONTO GRAFFITI “CLASS WAR ALL AROUND”

G20 GRAFFITI "FUCK THE BANKS" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “FUCK THE BANKS” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "PEOPLE OVER PROFIT" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “PEOPLE OVER PROFIT” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "CULTURE OF DEATH" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “CULTURE OF DEATH” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "FUCK CORP.  GREED!" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “FUCK CORP. GREED!” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "BOMB THE BANKS" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)
G20 GRAFFITI “BOMB THE BANKS” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "MAKE THE RICH PAY" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “MAKE THE RICH PAY” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

UPDATE  Monday, June 28, 2010. Someone just subscribed to me over at YouTube. When that happens I always check out their channel to see if I want to subscribe back. Found this and several other videos. He shot this video on the front line that was approaching the front lines of police. The video has the subtitle, “Mississauga Truth Movement”. He now has a new subscriber.

You really need to watch this video of what I suspect was the Saturday night protest.  A Mississauga youth on the front lines! Please click here to see all of Mississauga Truth Movement’s channel

YouTube Video, G20 Queen West “Horse Shit!” ” 2:56 min

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

UPDATE  June 29, 2010  Photo from CTV of the graffiti clean up. Yesterday afternoon I returned to Bay and King to see how long it took Toronto to remove the graffiti that I had documented. All gone save ghost images. Except the graffiti on the Bank of Montreal windows. Couldn’t document their removal. No windows!

A Toronto city worker spreads a cleaning solution over a sidewalk spray-painted with 'class war' along Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Sunday, June 27, 2010, following riots the night before during the G20 Summit. (AP / Carolyn Kaster)

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga graffiti wall removed –and graffiti artists/taggers adapt new strategy

June 22nd, 2010  

It’s funny how things work out…

I can’t even count the number of Peel Youth Violence Prevention Working Group and Steering Committee meetings I’ve sat in on since their inaugural March 2007. Then there was observing four (bogus) Mississauga Youth Plan meetings. And sitting in on Peel Regional Council meetings when the Peel Youth Charter or youth issues were on the agenda. And myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy but the adults talked. And talked. And talked.

But the very youth that the politicians and bureaucraPs were entrusted to help just never showed. Indeed, in the case of the City of Mississauga, steps were taken to ensure that “bad youth” had better think twice if they wanted their say. You know, the two percent youth that Hazel McCallion does not consider “good youth”.  The “two percent” youth that our public institutions loathe.

As readers know I began studying Brampton/Mississauga graffiti back in April 2009. Since then I’ve compiled hundreds of photographs and many hours of videotape. I will never post the majority of the material because I know the images can be used as evidence against a graffer or tagger should he ever get caught.

Researching graffiti absolutely catapulted my understanding of the “bad youth” that our public institutions prefer didn’t exist.

Oh, but what a researcher can learn from graffiti and tags! You get this new way of seeing —and you’re richer for it.

I find myself touring Mississauga examining walls and fences and surfaces, thinking, “Now there’s prime real estate for a tag. I wonder why there isn’t one…” Best of all this study of graffiti has taught me to see the City as no middle class muddler can hope to. With such clarity! Graffiti is Real!

I’ve learned a lot about graffiti through the simple act of documenting it. But the true insights into the world of the graffer/tagger come through direct email via YouTube. What I feel blessed about is that graffers took a chance to contact me. To tip me off to graffiti locations.  To explain the symbols, the language. But mostly to teach me the psychology of their sub-culture  —the adrenalin rush of a successful night out with their  graffiti crew.

Which brings us to…

Last week one of our graffiti study sites was obliterated. Some grafs at this location had “08” for dates suggesting they had been up for almost two years. Why the Big Erase now? I suspect it’s got to do with MUNICIPAL ELECTION TIME.  Either way —gone.

As of today we’re starting a new tradition. Whenever one of our graffiti study sites goes down, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will document its demise for the record. We’ll also “resurrect” BEFORE pics/video of what the graffiti and tags had looked like. That way these youth graffiti-voices aren’t completely lost.

So. Here’s the video. Followed by transcript.

YouTube Video, “MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED: Comparative (Before Erase. May 27, 2009. After Erase. June 19, 2010)” 3:11 min

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at our study site after graffiti was removed June 19, 2010):

It is June the 19th, 2010  and this is the —what’s left of the graffiti wall here at the past the .

I had documented the graffiti here. It’s been erased. Gone. As has a lot of the material at the front. And what’s interesting is, this week —say Monday/Tuesday, Councillor Nando Iannicca sent out a Councillor’s Report that had a rather prominent little column on graffiti.

And, gosh, it wasn’t two days after that I noticed the graffiti that had been here for a long, long time had been erased.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Photos and video clips of  what the graffiti looked like back on May 27, 2009.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) 090527

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GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) "HIGH TIL I DIE" 090527

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GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) 090527

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And two Before and Afters.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED location undisclosed (comparison) "HACR" (Before April 13 2010. After June 19 2010.)

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And of course…

"MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED location undisclosed (comparison) Before May 27 2009. Then April 14 2010. And after removal June 19 2010.
Click here for a larger (640 x 960) version.

Funny. The May 2009 footage represents the first record I have of MIOH/MYOH and I only discovered that during the preparation of this video! Note too the few additions between May 2009 and April 2010. That means both HACR and MYOH got nailed at this site!

I can tell you this. Removal in no way discouraged them. On the same day I discovered this graffiti site removed, I noticed HACR and MYOH in several new locations. It’s very very clear that they learned a lesson though —and adapted accordingly!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "After a graffiti wall was removed in June 2010, Mississauga graffiti artists, HACR and MYOH quickly adapt and implement a new strategy"

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL! (GRAFFITI defeats 6 VIDEO SURVEILLANCE cams in Mississauga, Ontario)

May 16th, 2010  

Because sometimes you find yourself gettin’ too serious and you want to have FUN!

Video: VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL! (GRAFFITI defeats 6 VIDEO SURVEILLANCE cams in Mississauga, Ontario)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 1 Meadowvale May 19, 2009):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL. Okay, we got video surveillance camera, right there. We got two, right there.

And then we got this —right here. Including that.

All the way around. All the way around. And.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL, GRAFFITI, MEADOWVALE/MISSISSAUGA   MAY 19, 2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 2 Cooksville/Mississauga October 1, 2008):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

GRAFFITI (with F-WORD implied) MISSISSAUGA VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL 081001

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 3 Lakeshore/Mississauga May 10, 2010):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

Video surveillance camera. Failed!

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 4, Dixie/Mississauga April 22, 2010):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 5, Dixie/Mississauga May 10, 2010):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Example 6, Applewood/Mississauga April 27, 2009):

I got a great example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI 090426


[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

As a followup, yesterday I took a quick tour past Example 6. The video camera has since “disappeared”.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA FAIL (MISSISAUGA, ONTARIO) This FAIL so bad that the camera has "disappeared"

Last the best example of VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL.

Despite three outside sophisticated Pelco PTZ video surveillance cameras and at least two inside —from the MISSISSAUGA NEWS.

Vandals damage golf course

  • Louie Rosella
  • Aug 25, 2009 – 10:15 AM

Peel Regional Police are on the hunt for the vandals who broke into Mississauga’s BraeBen Golf Course last night and trashed the place.

Officers from the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau received a call from golf course staff just after 6:30 a.m. today reporting the crime.

Peel Cst. Wayne Patterson said the intruders cut the locks to gain entry to the Terry Fox Way premises sometime overnight.

Nestled in the centre of Mississauga’s Heartltand community, BraeBen Golf Course was designed more than 30 years ago to be true to the Scottish Highlands. The course includes an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole par-three teaching course as well as full banquet and dining facilities.

lrosella@mississauga.net

And ah, what the heck, might as well toss in my City of Mississauga BraeBen Golf Course video surveillance showing that at the time of the August 25, 2009 break-in Braeben’s video surveillance cams failed to comply to Privacy Guidelines.

Video: Mississauga’s BraeBen Golf Course finally compliant with Video Surveillance guidelines

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

Guess who had to force the City of MYTHissauga to finally be “compliant” at BraeBen?

UPDATE May 16, 2010 12:52 PM. It didn’t take long for YouTubers to comment. Check this beaut out:

thebigbender

video survellance didnt fail there jus there for the real crime ya hurd

2 minutes ago

So MISSISSAUGAWATCH responded with:

@thebigbender Uh, you wrote, “video survellance didnt fail there jus there for the real crime ya hurd”

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE VIEW THAT GRAFFITI ISN’T A CRIME!

UPDATE MAY 16, 2010 7:26 PM. This just in from Twitter. While I’m not sure I agree I thought it would be useful to share.

LossofPrivacy

The Failure of Surveillance Cameras http://reason.com/archives/2010/05/06/the-failure-of-surveillance-ca 42 minutes ago via web

Signed,

The (I tell you, Hazel McCallion is SO RIGHT about public input being a waste!) Mississauga Muse

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL (TTC Subway) September 18, 2009

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “POLICE DAY” videos, photographs —and an update on Mississauga graffiti-tagger “HACR”

May 9th, 2010  

Yesterday was Police Day at the Emil Kolb Centre. While the Mississauga News reports that the Centre is “Mississauga’s Emil Kolb Centre on Derry Rd”, it was only the City of Brampton that saw fit to provide shuttle buses for their citizens to that event. WAY TO GO B-TOWN!

Here is a compilation of videos and photographs from yesterday, with brief descriptions.

Video 1: Drove around the parking lot until I found a great spot right beside a Peel Police white Dodge Charger and behind two Peel Police Impalas. Noticed the Peel Regional Police Tactical Unit perched atop the roof. Realized there was no way to get to the building in time so I documented Tactical Unit’s rappel from the car.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT RAPPEL DOWN EMIL KOLB CENTRE (POLICE DAY May 8, 2010)

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

Video 2: Went to the outdoor displays and wasn’t at the event fifteen minutes before something a Tactical police officer said pissed me off so much I decided to leave —screw that noise. I packed up to cruise the haunts of the “bad guys” and document graffiti instead!

Headed for the car and noticed a band tuning up. The rich sound from their guitars made me decide to stay.

Weather now fell from the sky and police officers retreated inside. But the band hung tough.

They managed just this one song before a blast of wind knocked a guitar stand to the ground. The lead singer unsuccessfully tried to stop the guitar’s fall and then came the roll of thunder. Thus the Music Died.

If you ever have the opportunity to hear this Peel Police Rock Band, go!

Video: PEEL POLICE ROCK BAND play “OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL” on rainy/windy POLICE DAY (May 8, 2010)

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

Video 3: It’s not often that citizens are allowed to videotape inside the Emil Kolb Centre so I grabbed at the chance to document the Centre’s display case on the History of Peel Police.

This video shows the old badges of (now disbanded) Township of Toronto Police, Mississauga Police, Port Credit Police, Streetsville Police and even Chinguacousy Police and Brampton Police.

The display also contains the uniform, keys and wooden head-bopper of former Chief of Police, Andrew Herkes who retired in September 1948.

1948… Different world!

Video: HISTORY of PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DISPLAY (Peel Regional Police Historic Committee)

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

Video 3: I absolutely loved what I saw happening inside the Kolb Centre’s gym. There were all kinds of law enforcement and safety displays, yes. But best of all there were all kinds of people —as in kinds-kind. The ethnicity that should be there, was there.

And as I said before, Brampton made sure that even those who couldn’t afford bus tickets for their brood could attend Police Day. It even occurred to me that Brampton’s poorest families would have this day for free transportation and free food/drinks! (Imagine what it would cost in a fast food place for hamburgers/hotdogs for four or five kids plus drinks.)

And the officers working those indoor displays were just finestkind.

This is video of Peel Police’s “Use of Force” display. Note, brief portions of this video are blurred to protect the privacy of kids interacting with police at the display.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “USE OF FORCE” DISPLAY (POLICE DAY May 8, 2010))

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

Video 4: Also from the “Use of Force” display documenting the target used by Peel Police for shooting practice. I categorized this video on YouTube as “Comedy”.

Hint, to bad guys (and girls) —Bad News. Peel Police don’t just aim for your heart….

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “USE OF FORCE” DISPLAY: SHOOTING TARGET –THE BALLS!

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

And now for some pics.

Use of Force Display

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE "POLICE DAY" USE OF FORCE DISPLAY  (May 8, 2010)

Police Day —the only time it’s legal to pose as a police officer…

PEEL POLICE DAY: the only time when it's legal to "pose" as an officer

And…

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SECRETS OF SUCCESS (PROUDLY AIMING FOR THE BALLS SINCE JANUARY 1, 1974)

That was it. I then decided to continue my research into the ambitious Mississauga graffiti-tagger “HACR”. For the last two weeks I’d been documenting his east-west range. I also knew how far south “HACR” reached. Fascinated by his impressive range, it was time to map how far north “HACR” reached.

Here’s the irony.

It was only because I was at the Peel Police Day Kolb Centre event that my North-question was answered so quickly.

Mississauga's graffiti/tagger "HACR"s most northern range (May 8, 2010)

And my other question, “Is ‘HACR’ exclusively a Mississauga tagger?”. Given that I haven’t documented him (gender presumed) at the Toronto border or into Brampton, the answer appears to be Yes.

Also photographed this yesterday.

"DO YOU UNDERSTAND?" GRAFFITI LAKESHORE AREA, CITY OF MISSISSAUGA (May 8, 2010)

“DO YOU UNDERSTAND?”…  All this research is an attempt to try to.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI in MISSISSAUGA: Preliminary Report (April 19, 2009 – April 19, 2010) baseline

April 20th, 2010  

GRAFFITI in MISSISSAUGA: Preliminary Report (April 19, 2009 – April 19, 2010) baseline

On April 19, 2009, we conducted our first Brampton/Mississauga graffiti survey and documented several study sites many times throughout the year. Since then we’ve photographed and videotaped Brampton/Mississauga graffiti/tagging “expressions” right up to yesterday, April 19, 2010 –the first anniversary of our two-year study.

We will state up front that we have never nor will we ever report graffiti to authorities. For one thing we are documenting how long graffiti stays up. For another, some of the graffiti we’ve seen is, at least in our opinion, Art! As in real Art, Art.

GRAFFITI MAP MISSISSAUGA (PEEL POVERTY, SOCIAL RISK INDEX MAP)

For the larger original (3157 x 2382) version, please click here.

We recognize that there is a “Mississauga graffiti wall” but because of difficulty accessing this area, it is not included in our study.

When we originally started out on this research project, we’d expected to find a strong correlation between high-activity graffiti locations and High Risk Social Index neighbourhoods. While that is true to some extent, it is not always the case. For example, our greatest surprise was the lack of significant graffiti activity in Malton.

Another surprise was the lack of graffiti on Mississauga school walls (Peel and Dufferin-Peel schools were surveyed). A (very) few schools did attract considerable graffiti activity based on the amount of paint patches and scrubbed brick but it’s clear that such events are rare for the majority of Mississauga schools that we examined. We believe that lack of graffiti speaks well for both the students and school faculty.

There have been times when we’ve come upon new graffiti but did not have a camera. We determined to return the next day to photograph it only to find the material already painted over.  And yes, removal can happen that quickly. That said, there were also significant, highly-visible graffiti sites we discovered back in April 2009 that are still around today.

Regarding incidents of graffiti, Mississauga has little! Should you take a drive around Hamilton for your own quick survey, you will see a dramatic difference between graffiti expression in that city compared to here. There’s a startling difference in the nature of graffiti messages as well. Downtown Hamilton has a shocking amount of anti-police graffiti, some of it sprayed in unambiguous one-foot-high “F*** THE POLICE” black letters in that city’s parks.

By contrast, we’ve only managed to document six anti-police graffiti messages since April 19, 2009—one of which was in Brampton. In addition, Peel Regional Police graffiti records (which they generously provided through Freedom of Information with all fees waived) show a couple more anti-police examples and are not included in this report.

GRAFFITI MAP MISSISSAUGA: ANTI-POLICE MESSAGES (PEEL POVERTY, SOCIAL RISK INDEX MAP)

For the larger original (1000 x 1719) version, please click here.

Does anti-police graffiti reflect the relationship between police and the community? We’re beginning to think so.

Here is what one former graffiti artist (Mississauga-based) had to say about police:

“you are absolutely right about graffiti being defined as unauthorized…and i respect the police… i havent gone out painting in a under a year because of the police haha.” [sic]

You will hear more from this young man because he’s consented to an interview. (Seems he has something to say to the politicians…)

Next, this first year graffiti data represents a kind of baseline. We have yet to do the analysis (ie: percentages) but we’re interested in trends of anti-police graffiti messages as well as Hate/Bias motivated. For example we’ve documented considerably more of the latter and fear such under-rumblings promise only to get worse. You know, the predictable consequences of “What happens when nothing happens?”

In the June 30, 2009 article, Youth Plan ready for implementation,  the Mississauga News states that Mayor Hazel McCallion pointed out that only an estimated two per cent of young people frequently get into trouble.

The paper then quoted McCallion as saying, “We should concentrate on the 98 per cent that are good youth,” as part of the City’s new Mississauga Youth Plan. Take it from us, the City of Mississauga’s “new” plan is just like the old one. The 2 per cent who need government most are regarded as nuisances and non-conforming to Corporate objectives of running the city like a business. Given their high-maintenance proclivities, the “bad” 2 per cent youth are not good for business or the City’s Bottom Line.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is concentrating on the “bad” 2 per cent and we believe that graffiti is an alternate voice that must be heeded in order to document what DOESN’T get communicated to local public institutions. The perceptive will appreciate why.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (April 13 2010)

And the signs said the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence

The Sound of Silence: Simon and Garfunkel

For more on graffiti in Mississauga, please check out: www.mississaugawatch.ca/blog/?s=GRAFFITI

Last, a repeat graffiti video shown in yesterday’s Blog containing some of the graffiti shown here in this report.

Again, a reminder. Much of the graffiti in this video is HIGHLY OFFENSIVE to viewers.

Video: GRAFFITI TRUTH: “BURN THAT F***ER TO THE GROUND IF THEY DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE THEY SHOULD” (5:24 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
(April 20, 2010)

UPDATE, April 21, 2010 BEGINS (SUPPORT IMAGES) :

“some of the graffiti we’ve seen is, at least in our opinion, Art! As in real Art, Art.”

"GRAFFITI as ART" "MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE)  GRAFFITI-ARTIST, "WIZER"

“We determined to return the next day to photograph it only to find the material already painted over.  And yes, removal can happen that quickly.” Example. There on April 19, 2010, gone by April 21st.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI: ANTI POLICE MESSAGE ERASED WITHIN 24 HOURS.

* Please note: It has not escaped us that Brampton and Mississauga have an aggressive graffiti removal service whereas City of Hamilton may be cash-strapped or have other priorities. Regardless, it’s important to document the graffiti messages in order to track changes over time. There’s definitely a culture there!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: DOCUMENTING CHANGES "niggahs BLEED"

This graffiti site has remained stable since we first discovered it back on April 27, 2009. We revisited on March 29, 2010 and discovered new tags and since that visit, a green fist appears beside graffiti that had been sprayed over and “niggaz BLEED” has been added as well as some other material.

Thought I’d share this drive-through of this study site on March 29, 2010 and comparative from April 27, 2009 for researchers and graffiti-types.  It’s interesting to compare the video footage to today’s images (above). Again, a reminder, please don’t view this video if you have a problem with Reality (feel free to head off to mississauga.ca instead and Pretend Positive.)

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (Site Comparison: April 27, 2009 and March 29, 2010) RESEARCH (2:40 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

UPDATE ENDS.

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
(April 21, 2010)

Brampton/Mississauga graffiti research: comparative graffiti/tagging photographs (April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010)

April 19th, 2010  

Today is April 19, 2010, and to mark the first anniversary of our two-year comparative study of graffiti and tagging, here is a comparative as promised. I went to my April 19, 2009, graffiti records and then headed out to revisit each location and document the changes, if any.

GRAFFITI and TAGGING MISSISSAUGA and BRAMPTON (comparative photos April 19, 2009 and today, April 19, 2010)


Street sign tagging, Malton (Mississauga). A year gone by and no change.

GRAFFITI, MALTON, MISSISSAUGA "HELLRAZORS"

Again, Malton, Mississauga, “HELLRAZORS”. A year gone by, tagging relatively stable.

GRAFFITI and TAGGING, BRAMPTON, (comparative April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010)

GRAFFITI/TAGGING, Brampton. This wall was cleaned up fairly quickly back in 2009. The tags and graffiti along the railway tracks are faded from sun and weather. This site contained “FTP” which a year ago, I concluded were someone’s initials. Nope. “FTP” is shortform for “F*** the Police”.

MISSISSAUGA bridge Tagging and partial erase (comparison April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010)

Mississauga bridge, shows partial erase of graffiti with this red tagging left untouched. The water levels were low enough this time for me to venture well underneath the bridge and document other examples of graffiti. Unfortunately, a graffiti art piece created by a talented practiced hand was erased along with the junk. All I can say is I’m glad I photographed it prior to it being erased.

I’ve mentioned on several other occasions just how little anti-police graffiti there is in either Brampton or Mississauga. I believe it speaks well of Peel Police. Perhaps readers would be surprised just how many graffiti artists think highly of police.

Just the other day I received an email from a former graffiti artist who said, “you are absolutely right about graffiti being defined as unauthorized…and i respect the police… i havent gone out painting in a under a year because of the police haha.” [sic]

His “haha” cracked me up. I’ve since sought clarification. Seems Peel Police are quite good at frustrating the creative expression of local taggers and graffiti artists. But—in a fair way. (I keep thinking about that Warner Bros cartoon with Wiley E. Coyote and that cool ever-vigilant sheep dog (see MISSISSAUGAWATCH banner at top of this page)

It’s been last June since I’ve seen any new anti-police graffiti but I sure saw a new one today! And photographed it.

No ambiguity in this message sprayed on the window of a Mississauga school.

MISSISSAUGA SCHOOL ANTI-POLICE TAG (APRIL 19, 2010)

OK. So Peel Police aren’t universally appreciated….

Last. Just want to share this graffiti video that features a toxic mix of the Pretend Safe City MYTHissauga, the Pretend of Dalton McGuinty’s announcement of the McMurtry/Curling Roots of Youth Violence report and by far the worst of all —the Pretend of Mississauga Chair of Safe City MYTHissauga Chair Pat Saito gushing up her best “amazing”s and “phenomenal”s as she declares the “phenomenal” success of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network.  There’s even Hazel McCallion and Mississauga Corporate Security! Yes, this video HAS IT ALL!

But mostly there’s graffiti documented in Brampton and Mississauga from April 19, 2009 to January 2010 —some of which appears here. Again, a reminder. Much of the graffiti in this video is HIGHLY OFFENSIVE. But the politicians’ fakery is much, much worse! As in EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE!

Video: GRAFFITI TRUTH: “BURN THAT F***ER TO THE GROUND IF THEY DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE THEY SHOULD” (5:24 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

“I think that we’re all amazed, those of us on the Committee, at the success and how quickly we have been successful over the past two years.”

—Councillor Pat Saito on the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network   (October 25, 2007)

“GET  FRIKKIN’ **REAL** WOMAN!”

—Witness/Observer/Researcher of Mississauga municipal governance and hypocrisy (April 19, 2010)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Video: PEEL POLICE SERVICES BOARD presents 2009 HATE/ BIAS MOTIVATED CRIMES (and GRAFFITI) REPORT

April 2nd, 2010  

Here, as promised, is video of the 2009 Hate/Bias motivated Crime report presented at the Peel Police Services Board meeting on March 26, 2010.

And as usual, the video transcript.

Video: PEEL POLICE SERVICES BOARD presents 2009 HATE/ BIAS MOTIVATED CRIMES (and GRAFFITI) REPORT10:31 min

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: PEEL POLICE SERVICES BOARD presents 2009 HATE/ BIAS MOTIVATED CRIMES (and GRAFFITI) REPORT 10:31 min

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE CHIEF, MICHAEL METCALF:

Mr. Chairman, [inaudible] in charge of our Diversity Unit, so without any further introduction, Chris, welcome. Thank you.

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB:

It’s item #27. Now would you like to make some comments on the report, sir?

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DIVERSITY RELATIONS UNIT:

Yes, Mr. Chairman. Good morning.

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB:

Good morning.

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DIVERSITY RELATIONS UNIT:

I’d just like to take the time to present the details contained within the 2009 Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report.

The Hate/Bias Motivated Crimes are monitored and reviewed by the Diversity Relations Unit. From those occurrences, the Unit has prepared this report for you.

In 2009, there were 95 Hate/Bias Motivated Crimes reported and investigated by Peel Regional Police. This is a significant increase from the 2008 numbers when there were 37 reported crimes.

When the Diversity Relations Unit reviewed the occurrences and analyzed the evidence, it is worth noting that in more than half the occurrences, the victim had no idea why there were the target of the specific Hate-motivated crime.

Their ethnicity, religion, race or sexual persuasion did not coincide with the Hate-motivated crime. During 2009, five investigations resulted in arrests and the occurrence being solved.

The report contains diagrams and graphs to assist in evaluating the information.

The first diagram, located on page 2 of the report identifies the fact that most of the occurrences —66 to be exact, are Mischiefs or damaged property occurrences such as graffiti. This has been consistent over the past four years.

The Hate-motivated crimes are not isolated to specific areas within the region but fairly evenly distributed throughout all of the divisions.

The Diversity Relations Unit have [sic] tracked Hate-motivated crimes since 2006. The occurrences have fluctuated during those four years with 71 occurrences in 2006, 47 in 2007, 37 in 2008 and then for last year we had 95.

Explanations and reasons for the increase have been researched and the occurrences will continue to be closely scrutinized to ensure that they are investigated in great detail.

But we believe that some of the increase can be attributed to the proactive efforts of the Police Service within our diverse community that we serve. The Diversity Relations Unit educates every front line officer on the recognizing and investigating Hate-motivated crime.

They also educate ethnic community agencies —groups on the importance of reporting such crimes.

As we hire officers that reflect the community we believe that it enhances our ability to detect Hate-motivated crime better.

The Diversity Relations Unit is building strong relationships and trust within our communities through events such as The Race Against Racism, the Diversity Basketball Tournament and our participation in the Pride Parade each year.

We have also introduced a Lesbian/Gay hotline to encourage our Gay Community [to] report crime directed at them. Just this year we’ve enhanced that service by adding an email address that the gay community can use to report incidents or seek help from the Diversity Relations Unit or the Police Service.

The Diversity Relations Unit also participates in community programs speaking to newcomers that come to Canada. They distribute material in a variety of different languages and again ensuring that our new residents understand that they can trust policing in Canada.

And that summarizes the contents of the report.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS WITH THANKS TO PEEL POLICE]

And ah, what the heck. Might as well serve this one up.

You know… Just me documenting “What happens if nothing happens?”

WARNING! HIGHLY OFFENSIVE VIDEO! Dedicated to Safe City Mississauga.

Video: GRAFFITI TRUTH: “BURN THAT F***ER TO THE GROUND IF THEY DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE THEY SHOULD” 5:24 min

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI  "MISSISSAUGA CIVIC CENTRE" "HATE/BIAS GRAFFITI  (photographed March 24, 2010)

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

April 2nd, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

Wronnnnnnnnnnnng! They draw over it.

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

The other stuff? Pfffft.

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

Again. It’s just a hypothesis right now.

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

Should be. Well, we’ll see.

[DIP TO WHITE]

[PART 2 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report (March 26, 2010) –and how it matches MISSISSAUGAWATCH graffiti (preliminary) findings

March 27th, 2010  

UPDATE: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Just want to provide a quick update on the “Peel Regional Police – 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report -Memo dated March 11, 2010 that was presented at yesterday’s Peel Police Services Board meeting. First, I need to make this quick because I’d rather work up the actual video of the Hate/Crime Bias presentation. That’s what the next Blog entry will be about.

Just quickly, the observations and comments I made in the two videos I’d posted onto YouTube prior to the Police Services Board meeting turned out to be accurate.

Just last week, I got Freedom of Information results back from Peel Police. I’d requested any data on graffiti incidents for July and August 2009. As I said in my March 25th videos, viewing the Peel Police graffiti samples came as a surprise —that while I did recognize some tags, there was surprisingly little overlap in the graffiti that Peel Police had documented those two months and the kind that I’ve been researching!

I’ve said this before and will repeat it here. What I love about a Peel Police report is the rich DATA. It is PERCENTAGES, GRAPHS, TRENDS. It is ANALYSIS. Bottomline it’s SCIENCE. “SCIENCE.” meaning, that I can replicate Peel Police findings. I should be able to confirm the accuracy/validity of their percentages, graphs and analysis just by walking in their footsteps. This I will do to fill in the gap in my own research —the gap of July/August 2009. So on Monday I will file Freedom of Information on Peel Police’s 2009 Hate/Bias graffiti-material.

Just want to say that several things stuck out in the 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report. I’ll simply list them because as I said, I’m poised to do a more detailed Blog this weekend.

Something else. Man, it’s a good thing that portions of the report and the graffiti that Peel Police provided through Freedom of Information didn’t jive with what I was seeing. I went back to the July/August incident reports and realized that I’d only received City of Mississauga graffiti and none from Brampton. Of course I know why. I didn’t ask! While the Peel Police report mentions that the 95 Hate/Bias incidents were fairly evenly distributed throughout Peel, I find City of Brampton graffiti “different” from that of City of Mississauga and I’m wondering if Peel Police notice that too. And what it means!

Anyway…

Let me show you Hate/Bias graffiti that I photographed again yesterday right after the Peel Police Services Board meeting. City of Brampton —swastikas, as well as “gay” references at this site.

First photographed December 9, 2009 (above) —and after the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). Given how many other Hate/Bias graffiti that I’ve photographed/videotaped back in April/May 2009 that were still up there in the Fall 2009, Hate/Bias graffiti is tolerated by Peel residents! After all, the majority goes unreported. I mean what else can you conclude?

CITY OF BRAMPTON SWASTIKAS GRAFFITI (COMPARATIVE first photographed December 9, 2009 and March 26, 2010) GRAFFITI, HATE CRIME, FASCIST SYMBOLS, NAZI

It was a beautiful day and after confirming the continued existence of graffiti at our Brampton study sites, we headed for Toronto and photographed “JESUS LOVES YOU” graffiti.

Clearly a message of Love.

Or is it?….

GRAFFITI TORONTO "JESUS LOVES YOU" photographed March 26, 2010

Next.

Regarding the two graffiti video reports that I posted to YouTube prior to the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). I know I’d said that I would provide transcripts of both so that we-all can see how closely my preliminary findings matched Peel Police. Sorry. I don’t have that luxury of time. At least not for the next while.

Today I MUST file another video report. Likely two-three hours long, believe it or not. A kind of mega-debriefing session of sorts. And rather than being a “talking-head”, I’m driving around Brampton and Mississauga, the audio is me talking (testifying, actually) while the video portion will document the “habitat” of the “creatures” that I’m studying.

That’s it.

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A REPEAT OF YESTERDAY’S BLOG FYI

Needed to post this prior to tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting and their Hate Crime/Graffiti Report.

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

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

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min
NOTE: I caught a break. YouTube records Part 2 uploaded on March 25, 2010 even though it’s 1:24 am March 26, 2010 Mississauga time.

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Also offering Flickr graffiti pics at:

GRAFFITI RESEARCH (Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, (and for comparative purposes, Maui, Hawaii)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA STREETSVILLE  GUN DETAIL 090501

MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT Parts 1 and 2 For the Record: posted PRIOR to Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report

March 26th, 2010  

Needed to post this prior to tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting and their Hate Crime/Graffiti Report.

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

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

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON  GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min
NOTE: I caught a break. YouTube records Part 2 uploaded on March 25, 2010 even though it’s 1:24 am March 26, 2010 Mississauga time.

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Also offering Flickr graffiti pics at:

GRAFFITI RESEARCH (Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, (and for comparative purposes, Maui, Hawaii)


UPDATE Saturday, March 27, 2010. I’ve provided a follow-up to this draft Blog. So for those genuinely interested in Brampton/Mississauga graffiti and what that “Voice” is telling you, you really should be read these two Blogs together.

So. Please click here to read Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report (March 26, 2010) –and how it matches MISSISSAUGAWATCH graffiti (preliminary) findings”

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA STREETSVILLE  GUN DETAIL 090501

Videos: Inside Peel Regional Police (11 Division) Young Offenders’ Jail Cells –and Hamilton Graffiti Update

September 14th, 2009  

Well, it was quite the weekend. Went to the Peel Police 11 Division Open House and then paid a return visit to Chinguacousy Skateboard Park. I love Chinguacousy Sk8park.

Today, I conducted a graffiti survey in Hamilton and got one major surprise. I don’t know when but someone went through Hamilton’s downtown core and took major action on the graffiti there. Gosh, most of the graffiti that I’d documented back in June is gone. Erased or totally painted over!

The transformation was so complete that it took me several passes to finally locate exactly where this picture was taken back on May 31st. That door and surroundings were completely free of tags and blight.

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE POSES BESIDE AN IRONIC ANTI-GRAFFITI POSTER INSIDE A CITY OF HAMILTON BUS SHELTER (PANORAMIC SHOT) 090531

And it wasn’t just one or two streets. Even major graffiti sites behind buildings have been obliterated. It made getting around difficult for me because in all prior visits, I’d used unique graffiti for navigation —not street names! But still, that’s one impressive clean-up effort!

Don’t get me wrong. once you gravitate to the Beasley Park area, and work its cramped side streets, there’s still plenty of “photo-ops”. More about that in later Blogs.

At yesterday’s 11 Division Open House, a Peeler graffiti-specialist was absolutely generous with his time. He taught me how to recognize gang tags. So imagine following a park wooden fenced walkway and you see your normal “F***” this and “F***” that’s and then you recognize the very symbols your Peeler told you about.

GRAFFITI, HAMILTON (September 13, 2009)

Take your pics. Get out fast —but with dignity.

By far, the most interesting thing I did this weekend was spend quality pondering-time in jail. First a brief visit inside a jail cell for female Young Offenders and then about 20 minutes inside the males’ holding cell. (It took me a long time to decipher and document all the graffiti scratched into the glass —plus file a video report.)

So here we are. Two videos today complete with transcripts. The first, Peel Regional Police 11 Division’s tiny female jail cell, followed by video of the males’ cell.

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

This is September the 12th, 2009. I’m here at Peel Regional [Police] 11 Division. Shooting down on the floor to protect people’s privacy. And what I’ve got here is I’ve asked and received permission to videotape. This is where the Under-18’s… I think it’s Under 18.. Excuse me, Officer? What is this again —the Under-what-age?

PEEL POLICE OFFICER

Ah, Young Offenders [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Young Offenders 18 and under [Ed. ERROR. Young Offenders are Under-18] and this would be female. And this would be their holding cells so to speak. And this is what they get. And what we’ll do is just go here and kind of step… these look like 6-inch tiles. But 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then you got the can.

And there’s where you wash your hands. Although I suspect there’s soap there.And this is what you get to sleep on.

So the actual room you have is 1, 2, 3 steps. And I don’t think I have to tell you that…wow.

Let’s see what we got up here. Light bulb. I’ll tell you something. There’s no way I could fit and try to escape from there.

I wonder if they give you a metal cup that you could bang across here.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION 1:40 min

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

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVSION (MALE) 090912

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

[Sitting inside the male jail cell with video surveillance camera over right shoulder] It’s not quite what I expected. [looks around]

Uh, I guess, I guess it’s something that I needed to see based on the research that I’ve been doing about City [of Mississauga] Security and how they would call in an arrest. And of course that involves Peel Regional Police.

So you’ve got uh, my concern of course, is that ah, there’s no accountability mechanisms in place for City [of Mississauga] Security and then they’re handed over to Peel Regional Police…

And these are the male cells.

We’ve got a video surveillance camera there [inaudible] We’re gonna go here a bit. A place to take a p*** and a dump. And two beds. So I guess if there’s more than that you got a problem.

And what’s interesting is you get the graffiti and the scratching here. OK. Now I can finally —took me a long time to figure out what this says. This right here. OK, even though there’s a video surveillance camera right there somebody (laughs) managed to scrawl in a complaint in glass that reads, “NO TOILET PAPER”. Finally figured out now.

So there’s a complaint there, etched in glass that there was no toilet paper… is that true?

[camera swings over and around the toilet…] There’s gotta be toilet paper.

[Reaches into a toilet-paper sized hole with no toilet paper in it] I suspect it’s there…

Tell ya, if you want to know the truth in society, there it is. NO TOILET PAPER However, there is a video surveillance camera.

I mean it’s bare.  And it’s, I mean you don’t expect posters up. A jail is supposed to be a place where you have nothing to do but to contemplate how you got in there. And the video surveillance camera… at least you know that the video surveillance camera right here, try pointing to it, yah, right here. Um, that is a Peel Police video surveillance camera and you’ve got Police Services manning that thing instead of Mississauga Corporate Security that have no accountability mechanisms in place.

Trust me. This is what Freedom of Information has confirmed. And that’s what I got a problem with.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 3:12 min

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

Signed,

The (Warning to Youth. There’s no INTERNET access in Jail!) Mississauga Muse

Time to lighten things up a bit!

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DODGE CHARGERS (11 DIVISION) CARTOON September 12, 2009

UPDATE: Monday, September 14, 2009. 9:06 am. The video PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 was replaced because I forgot to dampen the audio of a rather crude word regarding the jail cell’s  toilet arrangements. Also, a viewer hated the original enough to give it a 1 out of 5. He/she may wish to go back and click on the 1 again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

“TAGGIN’ A LIFE” –MISSISSAUGAWATCH “BLUE MUSE” EXPLORES GRAFFITI (WARNING! COARSE LANGUAGE ADVISORY!)

May 29th, 2009  

This is a new MISSISSAUGAWATCH feature called  “BLUE MUSE”

Today’s Blog is certain to offend.

It contains photos of Mississauga-based graffiti that are also certain to offend. The pics were selected to offend. The  (BLUE) Mississauga Muse even scribbled a poem (blank verse) laced with the F-word —expressly to offend!

This Blog is dedicated to fellow “scrotes” (aka worthless scumbags) and is called “TAGGIN A LIFE” You’ve been sufficiently warned.

(If you’re still interested in accessing today’s “BLUE MUSE” Blog, just click on the blue box with the + sign.

WARNING! Offensive content, click to view

TAGGIN A LIFE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

Fuck’n had it —FUCK the LIES.

I’m a fuck’n open wound!

As fuck’n bullshit as LIES are,

Their PRETEND is fuck’n worse.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA LAKEVIEW DETAIL 090521

Pretend to fuck’n listen.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL during PUBLIC WORKS DAY 090523

Pretend to fuck’n understand.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE WOLFEDALE 090523

Even pretend to fuck’n care.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

They can’t fuck’n fool me!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

HIGH TIL I DIE!

Make my

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE BRIDGE 090527

NOISE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE HANSON 090527

NOISE!

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI (area: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL) 090416

NOISE!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA POLICE RELATED 090524

FUCK 50!

PEEL POLICE and YOUTH MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE HURONTARIO BRIDGE 090527

I need it fuck’n REAL!

Signed,

SCROTE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI PROPHECY COOKSVILLE HANSON 090527

“The revolution will not be televised”…  At least let’s hope not on (*SNORK*) ROGERS CABLE 10…

This concludes the MISSISSAUGAWATCH feature,“BLUE MUSE”

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: MAJOR ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

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

April 20th, 2009  

Just tons happening right here in MYTHissauga.

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

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

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

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

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

graffiti

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

The functional word here is “unauthorized”.

Didn’t take long to find some.

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

“You photographing graffiti?”

“Yeah,” I smiled.

Big grin back and— “COOL!”

and that was it.

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

GRAFFITI WALL BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

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

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

VIRTUAL GRAFFIT MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL

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

VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY SECURITY KNOBUNIT

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

GRAFFITI update and the Peel Regional Police 2009 Public Opinion Online Survey: express your views on key safety and security issues

April 5th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

I’ve been thinking a lot about graffiti and scribbles on walls quickly wrenched me back to the mid-60’s and the immediate impact that Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Sounds of Silence” had on me.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whispered in the sounds of silence.

Today I want to concentrate on the “And the signs said, the words of the prophets Are written on the subway walls And tenement halls.” part.

You see over the last two years I’ve also been documenting graffiti in the City of Mississauga. Unfortunately many flash the F-word and just as many contain obscene drawings (an expertly drawn fully-erect penis  pencilled onto a ramp at Mississauga City Hall’s Skate Plaza springs immediately to mind. And yes, pun intended.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being moralistic, just bemoaning that it’s difficult to share these sexually-explicit graffiti offerings when it’s my hope to provide MISSISSAUGAWATCH as a resource for Peel Youth currently (to put it charitably) not resourced.

And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

Graffiti. Tagging. Vandalism. What’s it all mean?

And why is there so much of it in Ottawa? And so little in Mississauga —but now it’s growing.

Who even does graffiti?  Why do some sprayers just limit themselves to initials?

Used to be a time when I needed to learn something I’d reach for a book or (scientific) literature on the subject. Now, more and more I turn to YouTube and the primary information that can be found there —videos produced by “the prophets” themselves.

This purpose of today’s Blog is to invite people to send up pics of graffiti in and around Mississauga, Brampton (Peel Region). I’m really interested in documenting the material before it’s sprayed over.

When you go to Flickr and word search “GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” you get 69 results. No surprise that the “graffiti wall” mural at Mississauga City Hall’s Skate Plaza shows up. But I don’t really consider that graffiti. Here’s why.

graffiti

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

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

See why I don’t consider that City Hall Skate Plaza mural to be graffiti?  Bet your boots some Big Yellow “suit” in Communications approved that mural from beginning to end.

Now this is graffiti (found in Newfoundland).

PEACE SIGN GRAFFITI NEWFOUNDLAND

Sure. “Unauthorized” but the gentle message made us smile.

By contrast… graffiti photographed on October 1, 2008 at the Mississauga  Hurontario/Dundas Transit “hub”…

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL --GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, OCTOBER 1, 2008

And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

And then there’s temporary graffiti like this one I documented at the Mississauga Transit Creditview Road bus shelter directly opposite St. Joseph Secondary School back on January 16, 2007.

"temporary" graffiti documented at the Mississauga Transit Creditview Road bus shelter directly opposite St. Joseph Secondary School baclk on January 16, 2007.

I see more of this stuff every day. What’s it mean?

And there’s an entire youth culture that I didn’t want to know existed —how to describe…

I can tell you this. No book, no canned TV documentary delivered the message that watching YouTube graffiti videos did.  Holy jumpin’.  (What police have to deal with!)

I had to struggle with whether to share this here.  It’s video of a subway train “graffiti bombing” in the Paris subway videotaped by the perpetrators (in what I figure to be 1998) . It shows the shocking damage that a half dozen Youth can inflict between stations during  an orchestrated rampage.

I examined the video carefully and could see no video surveillance cameras about. Maybe that’s because it was 1998. Don’t know.

I can’t imagine how scary it was for the female passengers or the lone female transit employee  when two perps tagged the glass of her kiosk.

This YouTube video “Graffiti: Dirty Handz” packs a powerful message especially in light of the McMurtry/Curling Roots of Youth Violence Report and its “we are at a crossroads” warning.

PLEASE do not view this video if you are offended by the F-word, let alone the F-word in offensive song and in every possible offensive variation.

(WARNING: HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT!)

Graffiti: Dirty Handz (4:32 min)

(WARNING: HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT! Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Somewhat related topic… communicating.

Posted this yesterday at Mississauga Blogs and hope all readers living in Brampton and Mississauga help out by filling in this online survey .

Peel Regional Police 2009 Public Opinion Survey online: express your views on key safety and security issues

PEEL POLICE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

PEEL POLICE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY pic 2

Citizens are asked to fill out the survey between MARCH 23 AND APRIL 20, 2009.

Peel Police write that “the survey process is being managed by an independent market research company” and for more details about this survey, (including a message from the police chief) check out: http://www.peelregionalpolicesurvey.com/

This survey is presented in several languages so here we go. To start the Peel Police survey, just click on your preferred language.

English

Punjabi

Chinese

Urdu

Polish

Spanish

Arabic

I filled out mine yesterday.

PEEL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT

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