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Mississauga News - Oct 6, 2009 - Letter by Irene Wojcik Gabon
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Think About It Oct 8, 2009 12:20 PM
Been there done that. The Integrity Commissioner only handles complaints by politicians lodged by other politicians, not us citizens. The regional FOI Act was being whitewashed over long periods of time while the former $56 billion Employment surplus was being transferred into a different General Revenues fund. The delemma is the regional costs for Public Relations consultants are over spending like drunken sailors after Mrs. McCallions January 29, 2002 letter on entreprenuerships were busted for fraud
The Mississauga Muse Oct 8, 2009 11:48 AM
Canadians wrote, "Does this mean the Muse has no use for Ontario's Integrity Commissioner, given the conditions and limitations under which he/she works?" No! It'd be GREAT if the Ontario Integrity Commissioner were given authority to investigate Municipalities. What Iím VEHEMENTLY opposed to is Municipalities hiring their own "Integrity Commissioners". I've been documenting Mississauga's Internal/External Auditors --they're the ones who approved two incestuous and bogus public complaints policies in 2008. Both those sham policies are worse than none at all. You wrote, "The bigger picture is that the judiciary must be allowed to do it's job in these situations so that democracy stops bleeding, as voter turn-out continues to convulse, corset and contract on its way to 'revulsion'... then what?" Here's the problem. Even if we had massive voter turnout, the voters arenít an INFORMED electorate! Theyíre spun at. And that's why Democracy isnít just bleeding, itís DYING.
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Canadians Oct 8, 2009 9:41 AM
Does this mean the Muse has no use for Ontario's Integrity Commissioner, given the conditions and limitations underwhich he/she works? I wonder how much money we toss into Ontario's 'Integrity' operation? For most of us looking at the political news we might be forgiven for concluding that 'politicans' and 'integrity ' don't belong in the same sentence. It's more like a greek tragedy playing out on the streets of Canada. It seems the judicial wing of governance has the most power and impartiality to 'dust and clean' these situations, anyway. The bigger picture is that the judicary must be allowed to do it's job in these situations so that democracy stops bleeding, as voter turn-out continues to convulse, corset and contract on its way to 'revulsion'... then what?
The Mississauga Muse Oct 7, 2009 5:21 PM
Irene Wojcik Gabon suggests that one way of dealing with the Conflict of Issue issue (heh heh) is to "have an integrity commissioner look into the matter". Wouldn't help a bit to resolve anything. An integrity commissioner is no different than the outside lawyers that the City hired for a legal opinion. Outside hired lawyers, hired Integrity Commissioner. Same Same. Hired by the City to investigate the City. On the City's payroll. Incestuous as it is absurd. What? Anyone here think that the solution to a corrupt municipality is to allow that municipality to hire its own integrity commissioner? Anyone believing that, please give a 24 hour notice and I'll whittle up a bushel basket of wooden nickels for you.
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