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 employees DUCT TAPINGS/SPANKINGS = “stern warning, letter of reprimand”. For us? “A MATTER FOR THE POLICE”

June 10th, 2010  

City of Mississauga employees —duct tapings, spankings and Human Resources gives “stern warning, letter of reprimand”?…

In today’s Blog we pull no punches. We make full use of the F-word. If you have problems seeing all four letters of it (appearing once), enjoy your day and we encourage you to return next blog.

Video: Mississauga employees DUCT TAPE? “stern warning, letter of reprimand” For us? “MATTER FOR  POLICE” (5:52 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

I’d like to know what would happen to me if I were caught by City Security standing over two people who were duct taped and lying on the ground lying face-to-face. And I’d like to know what the consequences would be to that. Through you, Madam Mayor, to the Commissioner of Community Services.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

Ah, City Manager, you— If you’re asking if duct taping or whatever it’s called, hazing etc is acceptable, according to the Policy of the City it is not acceptable. Okay? Anyway.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

Uh, Madam Mayor, you know, again, it’s difficult to respond to hypotheticals but, you know, these issues would matters for the police.

[REWIND REPEAT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

I’d like to know what would happen to me if I were caught by City Security standing over two people who were duct taped and lying on the ground lying face-to-face. And I’d like to know what the consequences would be to that.

MISSISSAUGA CITY MANAGER, JANICE BAKER (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

—you know, these issues would matters for the police.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010 prior to appearance Public Question Period):

City employees seem to be under the Respectful Workplace Policy. But if you or I or a kid were caught on City Property standing there in front of two people who were duct taped together lying side by side, this (“Zero Tolerance”) Policy would apply to us. And—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

I guess Staff go under the Respectful Workplace Policy but certainly if I were engaged in that kind of conduct, the Violence, Vandalism and Bullying Policy would apply. And I would be at the minimum be given thirty days.

And I’m just wondering why Staff, why this Policy wasn’t used instead of the Respectful Workplace Policy. Because specifically here, you investigated and there was apparently a stern warning, letter of reprimand, whereas what tends to happen with citizens —and again I do the research, right? Citizens, right away, there is no Option One that I can see. We get straight to Option Two. And we get banned for 30 days.

And that’s for things like loitering, skateboarding and I’m just wondering why the difference in the sort of the Two Rules, or two Policies, one applied to employees and this one applied, by the way, to 9-10 year old girls —immediately banned. And I just want to see what justification there might be for that.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010 prior to appearance Public Question Period):

Here’s the reality. You take a look at that and the number of youth that are banned for 30 days for skateboarding, for loitering and —even arrested.

That’s how these people deal with youth and minors as young as well, as young as nine are banned immediately without parents being notified. Right here in the Mississauga Civic Centre. And they’re not just banned from this one place, they are banned from three facilities at once. The Civic Centre, the Living Arts Centre and Central Library.

But do these guys tell you that?

NO!

In the meantime you get City employees engaging in spankings, kinkfests, duct taping people up, putting them in a truck and sending them through the washbay, what happens? Frikkin’ letter of reprimand!

So City Staff, number one, they have this gentle Respectful Workplace Policy. You get a “stern warning”. You get a letter of reprimand. Life goes on.

In the meantime, you get youth and minors, what happens? They don’t have advocates! They don’t have a union to talk about them. There’s also, the City of Mississauga has something like three different stages to protect employees’ rights.

What does a kid have? A kid whose caught? Immediate banning, that’s it! There’s nothing else.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR, HAZEL MCCALLION (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

Next question.

CBC RADIO CANADA (Public Question Period, Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010):

[inaudible] Radio Canada. I’m just wondering, as I understand it, the base of the decision to review the disciplinary measures that were taken against the supervisor were based on public response and the Council response.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from Mississauga Council, June 9, 2010 prior to appearance Public Question Period):

You want to know the Root of Youth Violence?! It is HYPOCRISY like this! It is hypocrisy and evil like this because the kids I talk to say, “FUCK the System. That’s what’s happening all the time.”

[CROSS ZOOM to MUSIC]

–email from a youth received through YouTube

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


While City of Mississauga employees enjoy all manner of grievance/complaints procedures and protections, citizens, youth and minors received Registered Letters denying them the opportunity to complain

To read more, check out what Google serves up when you search for “Mississauga duct tape Council”

UPDATE: June 11, 2010. Ever wonder why if the City were truly taking Alex Juani’s complaint seriously that City of Mississauga Corporate Security and one of their 300-plus video surveillance cameras weren’t called in covertly?

Canadian Security Magazine (January 2007) says this about City of Mississauga Corporate Security.

With a history of suspicion around security, there’s one issue Hillis really feels strongly about standing his ground on and that is not providing video surveillance footage of employees to human resources unless it is part of a planned investigation.

“If they are stealing time, no we don’t; anything to do with time or labour — nothing like that. It has to be done officially as part of an investigation.

That raises a vital question. Was City Security (and video surveillance) requested by Human Resources to be officially part of an investigation? Or did City Staff go immediately to hiring an independent

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

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)

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

April 2nd, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

Wronnnnnnnnnnnng! They draw over it.

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

The other stuff? Pfffft.

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

Again. It’s just a hypothesis right now.

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

Should be. Well, we’ll see.

[DIP TO WHITE]

[PART 2 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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

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

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

April 2nd, 2010  

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

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

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

These youth NEVER show. Because they KNOW.

Like I do.

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

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

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

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

OK, enough background.

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

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

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[DIP TO WHITE]

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

[PART 1 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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

February 27th, 2010  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

Now these are non-compliance.

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

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

[dip to white]

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

Mississauga is continually looked upon as a municipal leader.

[cross zoom]

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

Our excellent Staff, our excellent commitment to the taxpayer.

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

They are Trust, Quality and Excellence.

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

And Excellence and Excellence and more Excellence.

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[dip to white]

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

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

[dip to white]

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

But on that point—

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

[inaudible]

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

On that point—

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

Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes.

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

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

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

That’s not—

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

Did you find no trace of it?

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

No, it’s not in there.

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

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

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

Well it was set up, I can tell you.

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

I remember the discussion.

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

Do you?

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

I remember the discussions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay.

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

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

[inaudible —several speakers at once]

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

That’s what one of the recommendations is.

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

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

Anyway.

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

Someone:

Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah.

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

Am I right?

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

And the one at the

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

And the one at the

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

That was a bad one.

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

And I’ll be honest with you that’s—

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

Now that was a bad one.

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

I think that’s when it was raised.

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

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

[dip to white]

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

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

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

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

[cross zoom]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

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

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

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEEE JANUARY 24 2000 MINUTES

COMMENT left at the Mississauga News

The Mississauga Muse

Feb 27, 2010 9:07 AM

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

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

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

January 1st, 2010  

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

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

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

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

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

FEBRUARY 2009 (Uploaded February 10, 2009)

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

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

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

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

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

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

APRIL 2009 (Uploaded April 17, 2009)

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

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

JULY 2009 (Uploaded July 4, 2009)

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

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

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

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

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PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD TRANSCRIPT (Implications?) MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

August 20th, 2009  

For reasons that one day I’ll be able to relate, I need to share this YouTube video and accompanying transcript for the record today.

The video shows me at Mississauga Council’s June 24, 2009 Public Question Period. If you know just how much Councillor Nando Iannicca helped me during the previous Council meeting and General Committee meeting and then helped me again on the 24th, you’ll understand why I say that Mississauga youth and minors are indebted to him. As am I.

MISSISSAUGA PARENTS and GUARDIANS UNAWARE THEIR KIDS ARE BANNED FROM CITY FACILITIES

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Important: The video is an excerpt of my June 24, 2009 Mississauga Council Public Question Period appearance, and begins after I’d been up there for 4:46 minutes, as does the transcript.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

[time 4:46 min]

A draft of the Policy stated this about Trespass:

“Where a ban has been issued against an individual and the individual fails to comply with the ban, the individual may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

That’s what the draft looks like.

Among other things, Freedom of Information secured two emails –the first is Mr. Owen’s January 17, 2005 email where he takes exception to the draft’s qualifier “may be charged under the Trespass to Property Act.”

And you have one of those documents in your possession right now. But I’ll read what he specifically refers to.

[Time: 5:28]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Ursula, I think that we have to come to some conclusion on this issue because I’m at a loss for what you’re referring to or trying to get to. I don’t want to minimize what you’re trying to get to.

I’m going to suggest with the Staff and the Mayor and the City Manager and outline to us exactly what your concerns are. Because I think it’s unfair to Council to have this thing brought to our attention and we’re at a loss to respond. I am, as Mayor.

So I don’t think —I think this issue is getting a little bit out of hand and we’ve got to come to some conclusion on it.

So I’m going to suggest, with Council’s approval, that the Mayor meet with, and the Staff and the City Manager, meet with you, and sit down and go over your concerns and try to find out what you’re after and what we can do about it.

Because I think that’s the only way we can get to the bottom of —and try to help you with getting the answers that you want, you’ve indicated. And we’re not getting it here in your presentation to General Committee or Council.

So I would suggest that Council agrees with that —that that happen.

Councillor Iannicca?…

Councillor Nando Iannicca:

I’d be happy to so move. You may recall that we last dealt with it, I asked that it go back to Committee —we spent some time on it. Even with all of that I think we were still trying to fight with understanding the data, the implications, what this in terms—

Madam Mayor, I agree with you entirely. because through to Ursula, I’m still trying to understand at the end of the day what the Ask Is.

So —I think that you’re genuine in your pursuit. I think it relates to violence under reporting of statistics and it means that we may not be getting the outputs from the system that we should.

I think we all respect all of that. But we’re not clear on The Ask.

We referred it back to Committee hoping that we’d get there. I think it’s raised more questions for you. I respect that. But Madam Mayor, I think that your suggestion is a very, very good one (and it’s good of you to make the time) to sit down, to maybe clarify some of the data.

But then when it comes back, I just want to be clear what The Ask is. What it is you’d like us to do to make the system better, because we share in that with you because I think you’re well-intentioned as the Mayor said, in that regard.

So Madam Mayor, I’d be happy to move that suggestion and thank you for it at the appropriate —and you’ll nail down the data and then bring back to us what it is that you’d like us to do to improve on this. I think that’s very helpful.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Councillor Prentice?…

Councillor Maja Prentice:

[inaudible and passes…]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

‘kay.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Um, one thing. When you receive something for information, do you have to receive it? Or can you defer [sic] back?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

We can refer it back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Can I request then that Report 9 ”Requests for Additional Information Security Incidents” not be received for report then?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

But can be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Refer it back? Because I would really like the youth/minor statistics in there? Please?

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

The whole matter will be referred –we’ll sit down with you and go over what your concerns are, information you’re seeking, what you want us to do, what you feel Council should be doing in this regard –directions to Staff etc. It will all be looked at. And that’s the only way will get to some consensus,–conclusion of the matter. ok?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Yes. And I have just one unusual request. I’m not sure if you can accommodate, but I’d really like an electronic copy of the Mississauga Corporate Security database be handed over to Mississauga’s community partner, Peel Regional Police? Until such time as I can convince—

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Well that will be referred back.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

Referred? Okay.

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

All, everything will be ref—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

I tried. Thank you. (walks away)

[Total time: 9:25 minutes]

Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Thank you

(pause. Sound of papers shuffling)

Corporate Reports?…

VIDEO ENDS.

A meeting with Mayor McCallion was set up for August 31st. I replied that I would not be in Canada that day. I also informed the Mississauga Mayor that before meeting with her I still had to do my “homework” —and that I was still waiting on questions that I was invited to send to City Staff back in June about City of Mississauga Corporate Security (MissCorpSec) and its dATaBAsE.

It’s now August 20th (two months later) and I’ve still to get the necessary answers from “appropriate” Staff that I need for a meeting with the Mayor.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY MANAGER, JAMIE HILLIS (JANUARY 28, 2005 EMAIL ON BANS/TRESPASS/ARRESTS OF MISSISSAUGA'S CITIZENS/YOUTH)

“Corporate Security will continue the common practise to issue a banning notice at their own discretion, and/or effect a trespass arrest if required. This is done at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee. Corporate Security will proceed under all existing guidelines and laws.”

—Email: Jamie Hillis  2005/01/28 3:50:48 pm (secured through Freedom of Information)

SHERI-LYNN RUFFO (SLR) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY NOVEMBER 14, 2008 BAN OF 9/10 GIRL (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library) DETAIL

IMAGE DETAIL:  City of Mississauga Corporate Security “Special Occurrence Report” secured through Freedom of Information, showing ban of a 9/10 year old girl for 30 days from Mississauga Civic Centre, Central Library and Living Arts Centre. (MISSISSAUGAWATCH has confirmed that two 15/16 year old females were banned 30 days from just the Civic Centre for “Drugs”. Bottomline, less punishment than the 9/10 year old got handed “at the time of an incident and is thus necessarily independent of any control or oversight from the Violence and Vandalism Committee”.

FACT: There are plenty of Mississauga parents/guardians who haven’t a clue that their kid has received a ban from Mississauga’s City parks, facilities and properties —until their kid returns during their ban and “will be” arrested.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ALL PEEL YOUTH CHARTERS FROM CITY OF MISSISSAUGA FACILITIES

August 7th, 2009  

This Blog is dedicated to the 9/10 year old girl who was banned for 30 days from three major City of Mississauga facilities at once (Mississauga Civic Centre, Mississauga Central Library and Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre). The ban, by City of Mississauga Corporate Security guards, was for “Disturbance”. It was issued on November 14, 2008, the same day that Roy McMurtry and Dr. Alvin Curling released their  Review of the Roots of Youth Violence report. Meanwhile, documents reveal that not much earlier that year (May 9, 2008) two 15/16 year old girls were banned for 30 days from just one facility, the Mississauga Civic Centre, for “Drugs”.  Parents/Guardians were not advised in either case —the only consistency found in these bans.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is currently researching Brampton, Mississauga and Peel municipal governance through Freedom of Information (FOI) on many fronts.  Every query, every FOI filed —indeed every tangent we take, relates to Youth and ultimately what we believe to be a Major Root of Youth Violence, municipalities themselves.

Today we post a transcript of the October 25, 2007 endorsement of the Peel Youth Charter by Peel Regional Council.

The Peel Youth Charter was presented with much ceremony and even former Ontario Premier William G. Davis was there to smile for the Photo Op.

Below is video of Larry Zacher’s presentation of the Peel Youth Charter followed by the transcript: vital, historical, Youth Violence related-material that must be posted now.

Please know that when I was videotaping this, I was not aware that Charter-presenter, Larry Zacher, Executive Director of Safe City Brampton is spouse of City of Brampton Councillor, Gael Miles, who is also Chair of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network. Apparently neither of them thought this was worth mentioning.

To  begin, Google Video uploaded January 5, 2008.

PEEL YOUTH CHARTER endorsed by PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL (Oct 25 2007) – 08:09 min

Please click here to go directly to the clip on Google Video

TRANSCRIPT of Google Video, “PEEL YOUTH CHARTER endorsed by PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL (Oct 25 2007)” (Please advise of any errors in the transcript, thanks)

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

“Good morning, Chairman Kolb and Members of Council.

I have mixed emotions here this morning. I’m very proud to be presenting the Peel Youth Charter but also very intimidated to be following the Honourable William Davis. (laughter)

It’s a hard act to follow before but now that’s he’s bringing children up to his presentations (more laughter) what do you think, Valerie? (more laughter)

I would like to introduce Judge Valerie-Arnold, the Trustee from Brampton in Dufferin-Peel –oh! In the Peel District! -and also a member of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee.

Thank you for having us here today.

First, I would like to congratulate the Honourable William Davis and the Success by Six Committee for the work that they’ve done when creating the Children’s Charter.

The absolute best thing we can do to Youth is provide seamless care for our children, from the day they’re born right though til they become responsible adults.

So it’s very timely that they are here with the Children’s Charter and we’re here with the Peel Youth Charter.

Council supported the development of this document by establishing the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Committee. I guess it was about January 06 and in the following spring we held a Youth Forum because we wanted to get input from the Community.

We had over a hundred and forty agencies represented as well as quite a few young people themselves, came, and we had a full day –it was one of those days where [sic] you’re pretty drained at the end of it, and looking at what are the issues facing Youth, where do we need to go and how can we tackle this as a Community (inaudible).

The outcome of that was the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy, which was published in September of last year –very comprehensive document, a very innovative document, that is probably one of the first that comprehensive an approach anywhere in North America.

I know that for a fact we recently had the World Health Organization in Brampton designating us as an international safe community and one of the programs and one of the issues that they were very very impressed with was the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Strategy and seeing that it was very cutting edge and a very important program for our region.

Out of this Strategy, we’re currently, since it was published in September, we’ve established four working groups that are working comprised of people from all walks of life and all communities and all neighbourhoods in the Region of Peel.

Those working groups are focusing on Youth activities and Youth support and just as importantly, Family support, Community development –these all good ideas take money and resources to put into place, and Educational policies. And they have been working for the last year and a half and will continue to work and develop approaches and programs and strategies as we go forward.

The second very important outcome to come out of the Youth forum and out of the Strategy is the Peel Youth Charter. With that mounted, it’s a big document, I think that some of you have seen it, many of you have seen it and it sets out really how to accomplish two things.

The first is that it’s a statement from all of us that we value Youth and the skills and the energy and everything they bring to our community

And the second part is a –it’s a commitment from all of us to provide a safe and supportive environment for our young people and to do our utmost best to provide Safety initiatives for them and to ensure that they have the opportunities for education, future employment opportunities, that they have a good quality of life in our region and that they have access to the resources and activities they need to develop into happy, healthy, responsible adults.

The Charter has been signed by community leaders throughout the Region and includes the Mayors –Chairman Kolb has already signed it, the Police Chiefs, the Heads of the School Boards, the Community agencies.

We’ve also very strategically left a blank line in there because as we go forward, we want every business, every community agency, every organization that can contribute to Youth to sign on there and become a partner in this.

And by signing it, it’s not just saying, “Hey this is a great thing to hang on the wall”, it is a commitment to do what we can in those key areas –whether it’s Education, Jobs, Safety, any of those areas to support our young people.

So this week our committee has been visiting community leaders, media, going everywhere, presenting the Charter. I’m proud to say also this week the Charters are about to be going up in every school in the Region of Peel.

They’re going up in libraries, recreation centers and wherever other public [sic] –public buildings.

One of the things we’re asking today, Chairman Kolb, is that the Region endorse these Charters going out in Regional buildings, police stations and again where people will see them and wherever we have an organization that can contribute to this Charter.

At this time I would like to ask Chairman Kolb, and he mentioned that there are a number of Regional Councillors who sit on the Peel Violence [sic] Prevention Committee… Councillor Gael Miles, Councillor Katie Mahoney and Councillor Pat Saito and –sorry?

Councillor Gael Miles or Sue McFadden (unsure which) : That’s ok.

Larry Zacher, Executive Director, Safe City Brampton:

So if you can join us at the front, we’ll present —as well, Trustee Tony da Silva, from the Duffeirn-Peel Catholic District Board is here.

(Everyone goes to the front. Mississauga News, Ron Lenyk takes photo. Video ends.)

FACT:  Freedom of Information has confirmed that (at least at the City of Mississauga), the Peel Youth Charter is merely, “Hey this is a great thing to hang on the wall”.

OPINION: As a result, all Peel Youth Charters should be removed from City of Mississauga facilities and properties, ASAP.

To review the Peel Youth Charter, [underlined emphasis mine]


PEEL YOUTH CHARTER (signed March 29, 2007)


We believe that young people are valuable members of the Region of Peel. Young people bring a unique, diverse set of ideas, perspectives and skills, and make a valuable and significant contribution to our community. They deserve the same respect, dignity and human rights as all members of the community.

We believe all Peel youth have the right to:

These rights will apply without discrimination or prejudice to all youth in Peel.

By signing this charter we are committed to use our best efforts to ensure the safety, health, education and future employment of Peel’s youth.

Signed by: (left to right on the original Charter)

Susan Fennell (Mayor-Brampton), Marolyn Morrison (Mayor-Caledon), Hazel McCallion (Mayor-Mississauga) Emil Kolb (Chair Region of Peel), Janet McDougald (Chair Peel District School Board), Bruno Iannicca (Chair, Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board), Andy Karski (Inspector Caledon OPP), Mike Metcalf, (Chief, Peel Regional Police), Jim Bird (Vice-President Brampton Safe City Association), Katie Mahoney (Mississauga Crime Prevention Association), Shelley White, (CEO, United Way)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

WILLIAM G DAVIS AT THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE PEEL YOUTH CHARTER BY PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL OCTOBER 25, 2007

William G. Davis at the endorsement of the Peel Youth Charter (Peel Regional Council) October 25, 2007

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

June 18th, 2009  

I’m thoroughly spent. Bare bones blog today.

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

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

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

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

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

For the record.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s it.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

UNACCOUNTABLE ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A major Root of Youth Violence

Bob Dechert and Hazel McCallion field question, “ACCOUNTABILITY? WHERE?” at Safe City Mississauga town hall meeting

June 14th, 2009  

[UPDATE: June 15, 2009. I’ve just been advised of an error in yesterday’s Blog. I’d used “Progressive Conservative” instead of “Conservative” when referring to Mississauga-Erindale MP Bob Dechert. This means I’ll have to rework the video which made reference to “P.C.” and post the corrected version. So please be patient as I make this fix. Thanks also to the reader who pointed out that I spelled “ostensibly” as “bstensibly”. Apologies especially  to Mr. Dechert for referring to his party as “Progressive”. Now only yesterday’s Blog.]

On  June 11, 2009, the former Mississauga Crime Prevention Assocation, aka Safe City Mississauga, hosted a town hall meeting at Ruth Thompson Middle School to assure the assembled that “The federal government has been working tirelessly in the fight against violent crime”.

Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Rob Nicholson was there as special guest and believe me, there was a lot of toughness going on.

According to the Mississauga News article “Tories tough on crime, residents told”, about 60 people turned out to hear Nicholson outline “his government’s commitment to cracking down on crime.”

I was one of those 60 people and I blew my chance to ask the Justice Minister my question which was basically, “Where do you get off getting tough on youth when you don’t get tough on provincial and municipal governments ostensively there to serve them?” But alas… it was not meant to be.

However, I did get to ask a similar question that both Mississauga-Erindale MP Bob Dechert (Conservative) and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion responded to but predictably didn’t answer as in answer-answer.

Here is the video of that exchange, followed by the  transcript.

Bob Dechert and Hazel McCallion field question, “ACCOUNTABILITY? WHERE?” (3:35 min)

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

TRANSCRIPT.

Brad Butt (Chair: Safe City Mississauga):

Okay, we’ll go to our final question. Ursula, you got a question over here to end us up?

The Mississauga Muse (Witness: MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

Yeah, just regarding Youth programs, I’m just wondering when funding and money is given to various Youth programs (and it really doesn’t matter whether it’s Peel or anywhere else, I’m talking about any municipality specifically in Ontario). I’m interested, what kinds of Accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure that there’s effectiveness in the program.

I know that Peel Regional Police had a summit back in 1994 –94 I think it was. And their first recommendation was to ensure that there was Accountability in place for various programs, for cost-effectiveness and everywhere else.

It still isn’t happening!

And I’m just wondering if there’s going to be any kind of effort on the part of the Federal government to kind of make the Provincial government more accountable, who then might turn the screws on the municipal government? Thank you.

Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale MP (Conservative):

Thanks for the question, Ursula. I think the question as to —how do we monitor the programs, the Federal programs at the Federal level for things like at-risk Youth programs to make sure that they’re effective.

The Federal government doesn’t hold the Provincial government accountable or audit their functions but I know that they

The Mississauga Muse (Witness: MISSISSAUGAWATCH):

I know  i—

Bob Dechert (Mississauga-Erindale MP (Conservative):

But we certainly do and Julius can tell you that the programs that his centre operates, there is a separate function of the Department of Safety and Security and other departments that fund the programs at his centre and on an annual basis. They measure effectiveness of the program that his centre and all these centres are delivering to ensure that they are reaching their goals.

Their goals set [sic] for them when they apply for funding and then there is an audit department of that ministry that at the end of the year audits to see if they’ve met their goals. And if they don’t meet their goals they don’t get continued funding for the next year. And they’re told, you know, what they need to do to improve to meet their goals and objectives.

I’m pretty sure that the same thing happens at the Provincial level and I’m sure (turns to Hazel McCallion) Mayor, the same thing happens at the municipal level as well.

(To Mayor McCallion) I don’t know if you want to say something about that provided it’s short.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

At the local level, our Staff [inaudible] applications for grants very thoroughly. It has to meet certain criteria.  And especially they have to have audited statements of their finances. And if they don’t meet, as you say, Bob, they don’t meet the criteria that we set down, then the next year they don’t get the grant. Simple as that.

It’s a very detailed analysis that’s done on every application. It’s done by the Staff and you know, they don’t monitor the program all year round but when they come back to the application the next year, then they got to show proof how they spent the money. Was it spent the way —the purpose for which it was granted? And we ask for audited statements.

TRANSCRIPT ENDS.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH and a www.connect2endviolence.ca billboard (Britannia Rd, Mississauga)

“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

“THERE SEEMS TO BE A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR POLICY.” (Hazel McCallion –May 11, 2009 Audit Committee)

May 17th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

INSTITUTIONS NON-COMPLIANCE TO POLICIES, GUIDELINES AND BY-LAWS: A MAJOR ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

As some readers know, I’ve been observing/videotaping Mississauga Council since June 2006, researching all manner of its Corporate practices and malpractices through Freedom of Information since February 2007.

I’ve acquired a vast stash of video/photos (hard-drives bursting and backed up left, right and centre) as well as agendas, minutes and other City documents.   I’d love to continue research but by necessity, I’ve got to curtail my data collection process and turn to reporting what I’ve uncovered about the City of Mississauga style of municipal governance.

My research focus revolved primarily around Corporate Policies pertaining to treatment of citizens, and youth in particular.

Since alerting Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion back in December 2006 to deliberate staff non-compliance/violations of numerous City policies, procedures, and guidelines (as well as provincial legislation), I’ve met with repeated refusal to admit that any problem exists. Rather, I got repeated assurances that the City’s “dedicated, professional” staff  “conducted appropriate investigations” and took the “appropriate steps”.

Until Monday.

After almost three years of being alerted, Hazel McCallion finally admits that "There seems to be a complete disregard for policy" by City of Mississauga employees.

That was the day the Mississauga Mayor finally acknowledged that audits confirmed major problems with staff (ie:  the City’s Facilities and Property Management) following policies —and to McCallion’s credit, she was honest enough to admit that staff’s “complete disregard for policy” might be only the tip of the policy iceberg.

Yep. And I can name a few violated policies that Mayor McCallion hasn’t even investigated yet—but I have, through Freedom of Information:

and ironically, (approved at the March 13, 2008 Audit Committee meeting)

Yep. Haven’t even bothered reporting on the last three policy violations. After all, no one believed me on violations of the first ones —or no one gave a s***. (I  suspect the latter.)

We’ll see if there’s a change in Corporate Ethical Behaviour as a result of McCallion’s policies “discovery” this week. (I suspect there won’t be.) Still. Have to admit that a certain smug feeling washed over me on Monday.

I heard McCallion ponder the same question that I once had, “I don’t know why there’s such a disregard for policy.”

APRIL 17, 2006 VIOLENCE/VANDALISM POLICY THAT MISSISSAUGA CITY STAFF DISREGARD/VIOLATE

I’ll be reporting on staff violations of policies and procedures. And I shall take my “‘duty to report” seriously over the next few months.

Now in 2009, with revelations from Freedom of Information and direct observation of meetings, I have the answer even if Hazel McCallion doesn’t.  Believe it or not but I know why City of Mississauga staff have “such a disregard for policy.”

Part of the answer is right here  in this video of a portion of the March 17, 2008 (yes, 2008)  Audit Committee meeting. A transcript follows.

MISSISSAUGA AUDIT COMMITTEE (regarding oversight, followup and assessment) March 17, 2008 (3:48 min)

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

March 17, 2008 Audit Committee transcript.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

I remember asking —because you know, for us to have a real handle on what’s happening, as the effectiveness of auditing, which I think is the best thing since sliced bread that’s internal auditing. I was always very pleased when we brought it in a number of years ago.

It’s not only auditing but it’s also looking at systems —improving them. I think that this is one of the key committees of the City, I have to tell you.

We learn a lot as well as Councillors and Mayor as to how the City operates and the challenges, etc. So it’s a key committee.

But we need to know that if you audited this department in 2006 maybe, definitely 2007 and now 2008 and we’re finding that the same things haven’t been done —we want to know about it. In other words, are the recommendations that are made, have not been followed through then we can say well why not?

You know, this is the opportunity as members of Council.

I’m sure that there will be explanations for it but the point is we have the opportunity to raise the question on it. And so you will do that when you go through the check —we’ve done the check. We certainly did that the Transit coin room. We’ve done it once the years I’ve been —ever since we’ve had an auditing committee, I think we’ve been doing it every year. Because it is handling a lot of money and there’s always —there’s always been problems.

Always been problems in approvals and control of the room where the money goes and all that. I mean we got to watch that like a hawk. Right?

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

And we have the [inaudible] of doing that, actually. We’re working on the coin room again.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Yup, there you are.

Janice Baker, City Manager

Well, we’d always bring forward —Sally will bring forward as part of every Audit report if there are Audit recommendations—

[inaudible  —several speakers at once]

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

—what was recommended in 2007 and what we found in 2008 and whether 2007 has been—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

—one of our standard objectives is to follow on Audit recommendations made in the past—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Yeah oh—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

And report on the status. On top of that every year in the October/November meeting we bring forward the status of all outstanding recommendations to the Audit Committee—

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

Good. Excellent

Janice Baker, City Manager

Plus Sally reports to me twice a year as well—

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

—quarterly…

Janice Baker, City Manager

—quarterly on the out [sic] so I have, actually have the March report here that shows the progress being made on all Audit recommendations. So there is follow up on all Audit Recommendations.

LATER ON (at 9:45 am) IN THE SAME MARCH 17, 2008 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING transcript

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion:

By the way, congratulations to the Audit Committee staff. They’re doing a great job. We really appreciate all the work you do. And the way in which you work so well with department heads and the department heads that work so well with you.

Because auditing sometimes can cause a lot of controversy but as I see from the report —the many reports,  that there’s really cooperation between the Auditing Committee and the department heads and I’m hoping that’s extremely important.

Janice Baker, City Manager

And that’s in large part due to Sally’s approach. I mean, it’s not that she backs off on anything but you know she’s certainly, I think willing to sit down and discuss issues and come to a resolution on it… so…

Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit:

From my perspective I think if we’re trying to get things better, the confrontational approach is not going to work, it’s just going to get worse. So that’s the way we —but we do call a spade a spade every time. In a nice way.

Signed,

The (how nice…) Mississauga Muse

PAT CRAIGMILE ON THE VIOLENCE/VANDALISM POLICY THAT MISSISSAUGA CITY STAFF DISREGARD/VIOLATE, DECEMBER 13, 2006

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

April 17th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

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

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

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

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

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

The very worst Blogs are 100% opinion.

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

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

Next. Today’s Blog.

SHERIDAN LIBRARY PUBLIC MEETING April 15, 2009

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

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

NEW! Hours – Winter 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enough.

Here’s the bottomline.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion  has the following message.

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

And I’m only too happy to.

HEY EVERYBODY! SHERIDAN LIBRARY IS NOT CLOSING!

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

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

Still, a Councillor has surprising little power.

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

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

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

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

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

Well, I certainly feel better now…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Apologies, battery change]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[TRANSCIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

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

Addtional resources.

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

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

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

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

MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL: KEEPING VIDEO RECORDS OF CITIZENS BUT NOT OF THEMSELVES?

April 11th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Today’s Blog is going to be a little different because it will consist entirely of a report I filed inside Mississauga Council Chambers last Wednesday as Council went “in-camera”.

It’s essentially my incredulous and frustrated response to  the chronic blight of citizens being limited to MINUTES of Council meetings. Being limited to reading the accounts of all the He-Saids, She-Saids They-Saids of municipal government meetings through manicured MINUTES.

MINUTES —someone writing stuff down, just like it was done back when papyrus was first invented!

So, crabby, I vented into my video camera my own “Why aren’t we recording all meetings on VIDEO? Or at least AUDIO?” report.

Today’s Blog will be the transcript.

Video: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL:  KEEPING VIDEO RECORDS OF CITIZENS BUT NOT OF THEMSELVES? (8:17 min)

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

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS

I have to say that Council today was really remarkable in the amount of “He-Said She-Said They-Said” that was going on. And they were talking about going back to minutes of meetings.

Well, I mean, I happen to know when you compare the video of the Council and even General Committee meetings –the video that I shoot, and you compare it to what actually makes it in the minutes, we’re talking about Creative Writing here. And that’s a problem that is systemic here at the City of Mississauga.

And what they write down is essentially [a] manicured message of The Corporation and that’s pretty well anybody who’s required to write a report of some kind.

And what was particularly fascinating was reference to what happened at various in-camera meetings. Now in-camera meetings are closed, secret meetings –really, away from the public. In fact the word, “in-camera” means exactly the opposite.

They go off into a special room up there. I guess it’s on the third floor and then away from the public. We don’t know what they’re talking about in there. And there seems to be, no not “seems to be” –certainly, there was considerable debate as to what it is that they actually said in behind closed doors.

And it’s left me to wonder, surely the in-camera meetings aren’t limited to somebody taking notes [whispering into camera] because City of Mississauga is not good at taking notes. You don’t want them to take notes on you.” [whispering ends]

[Pauses to think…]

We’re in the new millennium. 2009 now. And we’re witnessing an entity –indeed, pretty well all municipalities -that they limit the minutes of their meetings to what someone chooses to write down and record.

And just from my own experience and research and two years of Freedom of Information documents –to be able to tell the difference between what they [City of Mississauga] say publicly and what The Reality shows, you know, they do privately…

‘scuse me, telephone.

[cell phone call interrupts. Fade to black. Fade in]

Where was I? Right. We’re in a new millennium where the kind of camera that I’m using right now to record this has seven hours of recording time. [reaches for digital recorder] We have digital audio recorders that can record for days!

And yet we’re limiting things to minutes of meetings –in other words, Pen and Quill Technology, and the public is limited to what someone chooses to record.

And in my own experience, and this is researching and securing documents through Freedom of Information, it’s often what they don’t record that screws you over royally.

And I’m just wondering when the debate between, “well this was said and that was said and this was left out and no, no, no you don’t have all the facts” -what I don’t understand is why they can’t have [points] on that computer screen, because I can do it at home -go to my hard drive, I can go right now and find out what the March 11th meeting said about Enersource or about some corporate policy or what by-law was passed or what wasn’t –and I can’t understand -why we’re limited to someone’s view of what happened!

That’s why I’m recording this! Because I know the inventive Creative Writing that goes on here. Because the selective “memory” [gestures] within these walls is obscene!

[whispers] It’s obscene!

And I uh, just two weeks ago, I secured Freedom of Information on Report Writing for Mississauga Corporate Security and it was a pdf file [Ed: incorrect, I meant “Power Point” files] and there were three documents. And while it didn’t say directly that you should keep stuff out, it did warn the guards that anybody could secure or ask for their records –and by the way, I do.

And they also mention “Freedom of Information” as being one.

So they don’t want to write down something that doesn’t advance the interests of The Corporation.

And you know, you’ve got Parrish and Adams saying one thing. You’ve got Mahoney saying something else and you know [reaches for digital audio recorder] let’s hear it in here! Or better yet, on video.

And I really think, one of the things is, forty or fifty years from now –because I think our democracy is being eroded something horrible, just.

We’re allowing our governments to use technology unfettered and that includes [points to Council Pelco PTZ “Pelco One”] these frikkin’ video surveillance cameras without any oversight!

And they’re using this sophisticated technology and yet citizens forty/fifty years from now, when they’re going to want to know how Mississauga came about. How it responded to the Smart Growth. How it got the transit system it developed. That’s happening right here, right now! This is The History.

And we’re allowing –citizens are allowing the history of this city to be [points to Council] to be written by them!  And, and, it isn’t just that, it’s all Ontarians are allowing that to happen. Whether it’s in Vaughan, in Whitby, in Ajax, in Brampton, in Oakville. All citizens in Ontario –and I’m going to use the word “victimized” -are being victimized by minutes of meetings as opposed to it being recorded and the actual video record of every Council meeting, of every General (Committee) meeting, of every Audit Committee meeting should be part of the record!

And I know why it isn’t. I know why it isn’t. Because a video record cuts through the “He-Said, She-Said”. Cuts through the selective reporting -or even the lies. Because.. [long pause]

I, uh –the thing that happened today with Councillor Parrish and her frustra-I can understand the frustration! I can understand what it’s like to be stonewalled, to have delays, to be treated with disrespect –and by the way, being bullied, intimidated, threatened and [very long pause] I can understand her frustration.

[even longer pause]

They’re coming back (from in-camera). So let me record it this way.

Let’s add “no video records of things” and “selective minutes, selective reporting” as another Root of Youth Violence.

TRANSCRIPT ENDS

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH to “ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE” co-author DR. ALVIN CURLING… “Municipalities are a MAJOR Root of Youth Violence”

March 12th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

Dr. Alvin Curling, co-author of "Roots of Youth Violence" March 10 ,2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH VIDEO INTERVIEW with Dr. Alvin Curling, co-author of The Roots of Youth Violence.

TRANSCRIPT BEGINS…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: I have some questions regarding “The Roots of Youth Violence”

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Yes.

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

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Yeah.

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: OK, the next question. Are you aware that the 2001 Municipal Act doesn’t require Ontario municipalities to have a public complaints process in place?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Don’t have to have a what?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: They don’t —The 2001 Municipal Act doesn’t require municipalities to have a public complaints system in place.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, a—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: —which means that there’s no framework for accountability within municipalities.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: The municipalities do have accountabality, of course. But I presume that in their own way they do. But I’m not quite familiar with what it hasn’t got and what it has—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well, for example, The City of Mississauga, in the 30 years, never had a public complaints system, let alone a formal one.

Video shifts to the MAY 21, 2008 MISSISSAUGA COUNCIL MEETING..

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT MULLIN: But I guess that I’m looking for some direction from possibly Staff if there is something that we could put in place which would be, I guess, a complaint procedure against Staff. And maybe somebody could respond. Or if there’s another way in terms of looking at it.

MISSISSAUGA MAYOR HAZEL MCCALLION: Councillor Mullin, I met with the City Manager this morning. I’ve not seen the report. And I was going to ask  —and I was a little slow in asking, that this report be referred back. To look at the process.

Video returns to March 10, 2009 interview with DR. ALVIN CURLING.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: And I’ve been filing Freedom of Information for two years on Peel, Brampton, and so on and I can’t find a framework for accountability. And just one more thing? I just want to show you..

This is a 1994 document by Peel Regional Police and it made a recommendation regarding Crime Prevention that said, “Delegates recommend that crime prevention initiatives be unique and tailored to local communities.”

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Yes.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: That’s 1994. Then it says, “It is recognized that the two existing Crime Prevention Associations are the best vehicle for program development and implementation.” And we can agree with that too.

Then it says, “A process of accountability and evaluation should be built into programs to ensure achievement of goals and cost-effectiveness.” I haven’t found any.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Is that right?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: No. So, this is really the question that I have. Do you support, or what are your feelings towards allowing The Ontario Ombudsman full investigative powers into the MUSH sector —Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, actually, I can’t comment on that really because the fact that you say to give The Ombudsman full investigative authority to investigate a municipality…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Right now he doesn’t have that. You know that, right?

DR. ALVIN CURLING: No because he —actually The Ombudsman is The Province, not The Municipality. [inaudible] to the Parliament itself not to the mayor. So that—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Oh I know, but I mean… That’s why I’m saying. A municpality that doesn’t want to held accountable?.. you can’t make it accountable. And that’s what I believe to be a major Root of Youth Violence.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well… well that’s a view. That’s your view.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well, actually, I’ve got Freedom of Information that shows that municpalities here —they don’t know what each other are doing. They don’t even know share the information with police.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Well, we talked about sharing that. And lots of that. We talked about each municipality, each community, could share some of their experiences because one municipality is different than the other. You can’t use the solution of one community to solve the other’s problem. So they have their own unique way.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Well basically, what I see happening is that they are trumpeting their successes, sometimes inventing their successes and the authentic accountability —and I suspect that’s why you don’t see Youth here?… Because they don’t think this is real.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Is that right? Well they have to come out even if they don’t think it’s real and come and say it, you know…

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: Yeah.

DR. ALVIN CURLING: Thanks very much.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH: OK. Thank you, sir.

VIDEO INTERVIEW ENDS and here’s the video…

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

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

Last, Dr. Alvin Curling will be speaking this evening at the Jamaican Canadian Association from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 995 Arrow Road (Arrow & Finch)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: MAJOR ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

Youth to Mississauga/Peel institutions/leaders “You gotta come out of your comfort zone, come from your office…”

February 23rd, 2009  

I’ve been planning my 2009 New Year’s Resolutions for almost a year now. In some ways I knew that they’d coincide with those that I was working on for 2008.

Only I didn’t make these resolutions up. They were written for me during a conversation I had with a “street” Youth last February. Since then I’ve tried striking up conversations with other Youth but I’m not often successful. And the Youth who do engage me in conversation aren’t really my “target” group.

I know it’s stupid —counter-intuitive, but I really want to talk to the Youth who are as Unconnected with Institutions as I’ve become.

I want this “YouthSpeak” for the record.

Please remember that this conversation occurred a full year ago —before Peel’s Summer Spike of Homicides, the Market Meltdown, fears of a recession, the release of the McMurtry/Curling “Roots of Youth Violence” and fears of a depression.

Watching the video I made (his image is not shown and both our voices are altered) and reading this transcript might help readers understand why The Mississauga Muse has taken to the buses and transit terminals. Tried to come out of her “comfort zone”…

I know with absolute certainty that I’m not hearing Youth Voices through government summits, agencies, committees (or their “community partners”) and “task forces”. So.

Youth to Mississauga/Peel Politicians: “COME OUT OF YOUR OFFICES AND YOUR COMFORT ZONES!”  (3 min)

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

What follows is a TRANSCRIPT:

YOUTH::

Basically what I wanted to say was we need to develop a more positive relationship between young people and law enforcement. Not even just law enforcement alone but teachers and citizens because I don’t see a good harmonious relationship between The Young and The Old.  There seems to be a split, like there’s a divide or something.

I mean it’s like a cancer going on right now.

Children are not gettin’ educated. You’ve got too much violence on the streets. There’s not enough educational opportunities. There’s not a lot of job opportunities —there’s not opportunities in skills or trades. Like no one’s willing to teach young people nothin’.

So what do you expect them to do?

They’re gonna be in the malls. They’re gonna be on the street corners.  They’re gonna be doin’ these things because nobody gives a ****. You dig?

So. If you as a person, who has children, you’re gonna grow up your children in the world and cater just to your babies alone, when growing up with people just like them who are going through the same **** they’re goin’ through, and you’re not gonna cater to all of them kids, just your own children?

You’re a fraudulent parent then, coz you can’t be a parent to just one child, especially in this day and time. You gotta be involved in your children’s life.

You’re got to be involved, PERIOD.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

If there’s one message you want to give the Mayor and the Councillors and anybody that has power, the Commissioners and stuff like that, for Youth, and to speak for the Youth, and I’m not worried about the Youth at this point, who are more than well-taken care of, but the ones you care about, what would it be?

YOUTH:

The message would be?….

MISSISSAUGAWATCH:

And don’t feel you have to say something right away. I can turn this camera off and you can collect your thoughts.

YOUTH:

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

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

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

Since our conversation, I’ve spent an intense year researching and observing all manner of youth-related committees and thrusts. I can state with 100% confidence that I GET IT.

FREEZE-FRAMES FROM YOUTUBE VIDEO: YOUTH TO MISSISSAUGA/PEEL POLITICIANS "COME OUT OF YOUR OFFICES!"

I get why The Poor are screwed over, are destined to get poorer and why more Poor will join their ranks.

I GET IT why and how so many of our at-riskiest of at-risk Youth are betrayed by the institutions ostensibly there to serve them.

FREEZE-FRAMES FROM YOUTUBE VIDEO: YOUTH TO MISSISSAUGA/PEEL POLITICIANS "COME OUT OF YOUR OFFICES!"

And there’s not a single thing that I can do to change it.

All that I can continue to do is bear witness and document what isn’t happening.

And that’s 2009 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION #2.

Signed,

The (YOUTH: I vow to bear witness and document what isn’t happening) Mississauga Muse

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