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Opening comments: More at the end. "She sicked the police on me,"
"She sicked the police on me,"
"questioned by Peel police. ... seemed "embarrassed" by their task,"
"It was a subtle form of intimidation," Ritch said.
The Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion - "sicked the police on me," & "Hazel was using the police to do her dirty work." Yes, Hazel McCallion does use the Peel police as her own BULLY BOYS and political tool.
The Mississauga News - Oct. 14, 1998 - By JOHN STEWART Staff.
Mayor objects to 'outsiders'
A Toronto man trying to organize a local campaign by small businesses against current value assessment says he was "confronted" by Mayor Hazel McCallion in Streetsville Friday.
"She sicked the police on me," Dale Ritch of Tax Freeze '98 says. McCallion doesn't see it the same way as Ritch. She says she talked to Ritch in a Main St. travel agency to ask him why he publicized a public meeting sponsored by his group last night by creating the erroneous impression that she and Peel Chair Emil Kolb might attend.
McCallion was upset that a notice for the "Mississauga Small Business Survival Meeting" noted that she and Kolb had been invited. McCallion turned down the invitation for a couple of reasons.
She was also angry Vic Johnston Arena had been booked for the session a couple of weeks before she received a faxed invitation. She also doesn't like Toronto-based organizations coming into Mississauga to organize community sessions and raise funds.
"I was very surprised to see Hazel get the fur up on the back of her neck," says Ritch, who says his non-profit, low-budget group was organized in February when current value assessment hit Toronto hard. The group organized street marches and helped persuade the Ontario government to bring in tax caps for businesses there.
Ritch acknowledges in retrospect that, "maybe we should have phoned her" to issue a more personal invitation to the session. But faxed invitations have been sent to many politicians as the group organizes across the GTA.
"She confronted me and said 'what are you doing here? You have no right to be here.' She, said she'd filed a complaint with the police that we were illegally doing fundraising," Ritch says.
He was particularly upset that he was questioned by Peel police. They were extremely polite and understanding and seemed "embarrassed" by their task, he suggested.
"It was a subtle form of intimidation," Ritch said. "Hazel was using the police to do her dirty work.
McCallion said she called the police to clarify whether a Toronto group could do fundraising here using a Toronto address.
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