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Globe and Mail - Jul. 4, 2010 - By Ann Hui
Mississauga judicial inquiry costs jump to $5-million
The Mississauga judicial inquiry tasked with investigating a number of controversial council decisions by Mayor Hazel McCallion is expected to cost up to $5-million, according to a city report.
The inquiry has already cost the City of Mississauga more than $2.3-million, an expense report from City Solicitor Mary Ellen Bench states, and city council is now being asked to approve an additional $2.5-million in funding. That decision will be made Wednesday.
“City Council had previously approved funding for the judicial inquiry based upon a preliminary budget estimate of up to $2.5 million,” the report says. “Based on the costs incurred to the end of May, this figure has already been exceeded.”
Legal expenses and other staff salaries have been two of the highest costs for the inquiry since hearings began in late May.
The probe, expected to run until mid-August, is looking into allegations of conflict of interest involving the mayor, after a failed land deal between her son Peter McCallion’s company World Class Development, and OMERS, the municipal employee pension plan.
Ms. McCallion is accused of failing to declare a conflict of interest during a council meeting when the issue of re-zoning came up for that particular piece of land. She is also accused of violating conflict-of-interest rules by attending two private meetings about the deal.
Hearings were set to continue Monday, but were stalled after Ms. McCallion and her lawyer requested clarification on the term “conflict of interest.” As a result, the inquiry will not hear evidence until commissioner Douglas Cunningham makes a ruling in response to her request.
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7/5/2010 6:39:43 AM
Darren in TO
7/5/2010 8:11:07 AM
7/5/2010 9:34:57 AM
Ms Parrish is the driving force behind this absurdity. Ms McCallion had announced her conflict of interest repeatedly in previous meetings. The failure to do so was a procedural oversight and nothing more. Ms Parrish, however, desperately wants to be mayor and figures if she can topple "Hurricane Hazel" she'll get her chance.
Hazel McCallion is hardly without her faults but the suggestion that she is somehow profiting from city business is absurd in the extreme.
7/5/2010 10:06:51 AM
7/5/2010 1:02:55 PM
7/5/2010 2:58:57 PM
7/5/2010 5:23:36 PM
1) The inquiry costs MORE than the issue being inquired
2) No money is every repaid (Deschenes Commission, Investigation into Toronto's computer leasing scandal, and about 10,000 other examples).
These BS "judicial inquiries" are one holdover from the British legal system that we can do without, thank you very much!
Darren in TO
7/5/2010 10:53:33 PM
Do you even know which city this article is about?
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