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Mississauga News - Aug 11, 2009 - By Joseph Chin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 7 councillor Nando Iannicca sticks to his guns and isn't remorseful
for berating Andrew Hamilton-Smith, a University of Toronto Mississauga student in Council
last week.Hamilton-Smith opposes abolishing of public question period at City Council.
Ward 7 councillor Nando Iannicca isn’t backing down from his verbal assault of a deputant who appeared before councillors last week to oppose the proposed abolishing of public question period at City Council.
Iannicca berated Andrew Hamilton-Smith, a University of Toronto Mississauga student and secretary of the Mississauga South NDP association, after his presentation, telling him to “just move along and get an education and learn how things actually work.”
Iannicca remains unrepentant.
In a letter to The News, whose editorial argued City of Mississauga officials owe citizens respect and called for Iannicca’s resignation, the veteran councillor defended his conduct.
Hamilton-Smith, he insisted, presented fair game because he was addressing Council on behalf of the Mississauga South NDP.
Hamilton-Smith’s simple “query” was a two-page position paper submitted on Mississauga South NDP letterhead signed by members of its political executive, Iannicca wrote.
He “broke the unwritten rule that states you never go before a separate level of government’s sacred chamber and tell them how to run the place.
“The reason why what he did on behalf of the NDP is unprecedented and so ill-advised is because the players who understand and respect the game know you quickly go from offence to defence, a dreadful escalation ensues, some ugly history is relived, and voters think worse of all of us.”
Reached by The News, Hamilton-Smith said, in retrospect, he cannot think of anything he would have done differently.
“The reason I appeared before Council was to express the concerns of a group of citizens, and to find out if there would be public consultations on the changes. I was not sure what reaction or answers I would get, but I felt compelled to do whatever I could to try to deter Council from unilaterally removing it from Council meetings.”
Hamilton-Smith said he won’t be deterred from appearing again before Council.
“This was my first time before Council, and although it was not what I expected, I have always believed in the importance of participating in the political process. The foundation of democracy, in my opinion, lies in citizens interacting with their elected representatives and with each other, through a variety of forums, to develop sound public policy. Appearing before Council is part of that, and I will continue to go in order to voice the concerns of my community.”
Hamilton-Smith, a citizen member of the City’s cycling advisory committee, said Iannicca is “confusing ‘riding association’ with ‘political party’ as though they are one and the same despite the fact that there is a very clear definition between these two bodies.”
The decision to have someone speak on this issue, he says, was made exclusively at the riding level.
“Since no federal or provincial party has any policies regarding how municipalities should govern their own affairs, the implication that I was promoting a party ideology or position is disingenuous. The Mississauga South NDP was acting as a group of concerned citizens, not on behalf of the party itself.”
Readers also weighed in on the matter.
“This is much ado about nothing,” said Sebastion Patrizio, in a letter to the editor. “The reason (proponents of continuing the practice) want question period at Council is because Council is televised while committee is not. In switching question period to committee, nothing has changed except that it’s in its rightful place.”
Comments by others, 8, to this web-page;
The Mississauga Muse Aug 18, 2009 11:52 PM
DONALD BARBER'S "Fight for our rights" COMMENTARY A MUST-READ
at: www.mississauga.com/opinion/columns/article/78178--fight-for-our-rights#Comments . And Barber's "Mississaugans should be thankful to Councillor Iannicca for showing the true face of the old guard that rules City Hall" is PERFECTION. "the old guard that rules City Hall" right down to the new guard of hand-selected Trophy Youth to perpetuate the arrogance of the old guard. Love the use of "guard". Thanks MissyNews for printing this. And above all, thanks to Donald Barber who files Freedom of Information. So he KNOWS...
The Mississauga Muse Aug 13, 2009 2:42 AM
To "Think about It" and 48dixie
Yeah, I Googled that out too "Sebastion Patrizio, Chair. Committee of Adjustment. City of Mississauga." Yes, also Facebook. Also "Mayor's Gala Ray Patrick, Sebastion Patrizio and Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion at the 21st Mayor's Gala infocus.mississauga.com/?view=photo&item_id=2363" Don't bother trying to locate the pic. I Googled and found the 21st Mayor's Gala was in November 2007 and the pics don't seem to go that far. "Mayor's Gala" ooooooooooo! That Support the Corporate line Letter to the Editor wasn't written by some dude off the street, that's for sure. NOW we’re informed readers! About a half dozen of us online. Problem is anyone reading the paper version of MissyNews will think Sebastion Patrizio is John Q Mississauga simply expressing his opinion. Thanks gentlemen (I assume…)
Think About It Aug 12, 2009 3:25 PM
I found a Sebastion Patrizio on Facebook , friends with Ron Saito, sharing mutual friends with Sandra Anne Smale and Ellen Timms of Ward 1 but his residence is listed in Iannicca's Ward 7.
48dixie Aug 12, 2009 2:32 PM
It didn't take long to find that Patrizio is the " very good friend " spouse ?? not sure ?? of Councilor Carman Cobason in the Lakeshore ward. He is also head of the Commitee of Adjustments , a council appointment .. any links ??
Think About It Aug 12, 2009 9:43 AM
Public Question Period
Who is Sebastion Patrizio and this unwritten rule that documents associated with links to the Bear Head inquiry are to be destroyed ?
The Mississauga Muse Aug 11, 2009 10:54 PM
Well Missy News, yet ANOTHER LOW! (I think we're up to 80 kabillion now...)
The Mississauga News reports that Councillor Nando Iannicca defended him crapping all over Hamilton-Smith because he “broke the unwritten rule that states you never go before a separate level of government’s sacred chamber and tell them how to run the place." 1: THAT EXPLAINS WHY THERE'S ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY IN ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES! 2: "sacred chamber"??? G'wan Nando! Your Council Chamber's cinder blocks are held in place with a toxic mix of EVASION, STONEWALLING and LIES! And yeah, you read me right --LIES! Signed, The ("sacred"? my wrinkly puckered BUTT!) Mississauga Muse
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The Mississauga Muse Aug 11, 2009 10:45 PM
Sebastion Patrizio? Singin' from the Corporate Song Sheet?
Quote, "'This is much ado about nothing,' said Sebastion Patrizio, in a letter to the editor." It would've been a great service and lot more transparent to provide context to readers and advise them who-the-heck letter-writer, "Sebastion Patrizio" is. Google shows "Page 1 MINUTES MISSISSAUGA CANADA DAY COMMITTEE THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA" membership among others, "Sebastion Patrizio". Trust me. You don't get on ANY of these City committees without demonstrating a willingness to warble the Corporate Line sweet and true in A-major and double-plus harmony. For the record, I wanted PQP in front of the cameras because I believe that what Freedom of Information has revealed about the incompetence, duplicity and abuses of the real UNCANADIAN Mississauga should be archived on the ROGERS Cable 10 stack of Municipal Council meetings! Love, The Mississauga Muse
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Think About It Aug 11, 2009 9:27 PM
Nando Iannicca ‘s willful promotion against the identifiable group known as the Mississauga NDP could turn into provincial/federal offence violation under criminal codes sections 319. Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
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