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Mississauga News - Aug. 20, 2010 - By John Stewart - email@example.com
Inquiry adds new datesMayor Hazel McCallion won't testify at the Mississauga judicial inquiry until after nominations close for the Oct. 25 municipal election.
As testimony concluded yesterday on what was supposed to be the final day of hearing evidence, inquiry officials released a new set of dates for September.
Candidates must register to run for mayor and city council by Friday, Sept. 10.
However, Justice Douglas Cunningham, who is heading the inquiry, has agreed to resume the hearings on Monday, Sept. 13.
More testimony will be heard on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Sept 16. Cunningham has indicated he's also available Friday, Sept. 17 if needed.
The final witnesses are scheduled to appear Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 20-21.
It is expected that lawyers will present their final submissions to the commissioner sometime in October.
Lawyers for the mayor had originally asked that the inquiry wrap up all testimony prior to the election campaign getting underway or suspend hearings once it begins.
The inquiry is probing a failed $14.4-million deal brokered by Mayor McCallion's son Peter, who attempted to buy a parcel of City Centre land from the giant OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) pension fund to build a hotel just north of the Living Arts Centre.
Among other things, the inquiry is investigating conflict of interest allegations against the mayor and her behind-the-scenes involvement in the land deal.
OMERS eventually sold the land to the City last year for nearly $15 million. The City then leased it to Sheridan College for a new campus that's expected to be up and running next year.
A series of witnesses has testified that the mayor was directly involved in negotiations to buy the land and build the hotel, setting up meetings and using her influence to help World Class Developments (WCD), the company owned by her son, in dealings with OMERS.
The mayor's lawyers have insisted that the mayor was simply doing everything she could to secure a five-star hotel for the City Centre.
The only witness confirmed for September is Murray Cook, who was the first principal of WCD. He takes the stand on Sept. 13.
Mayor McCallion has indicated she will run for re-election as mayor, a position she has held since 1978. She has not yet registered to do so.
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Aug 27, 2010 7:16 AM
Italy and other gifts
So In Toronto Ford takes pictures of the $8,000 trough councilors feed on during meetings, while our politican rushes to attend MANY free lunch and booze meetings, free dinners with wine etc, all to discuss a new hotel yet no business was discussed they testify. Who is taking the pictures on the free trip to Italy. Where are the gift, entertainment policies in Mississauga and the repremands?? So ask for ALL the pictures or ALL the truth!
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Aug 22, 2010 5:40 PM
Theresa; Epiphany in Italy?
Or maybe she will cross the Rubicon
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Aug 22, 2010 2:22 PM
Perhaps Hazel will have an epiphany in Italy
And not register again.
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