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Public Question Period
- PQP -

The History and Media Coverage the DEATH
of a Democratic Tradition in Mississauga.

Public Question Period,
A Mississauga Democratic Tradition Lost
The History of Mississauga's Council Procedure By-Law(s).

The above history was written in 2006 and deals mostly with the City By-laws.
This page is about efforts since then by the City of Mississauga in its renewed efforts to eliminate Public Question Period.
It is being done in such away as to make it appear I am the responsible - blame the victim.
While making sure questions by taxpayers can't be asked about things like the dear old Mayor's Conflict of Interest, Judicial Inquiry and
other important issues leading up to the 2010 election.

Under Construction

Chronology of dates & events    -    The changes - what are they, what do they mean and general questions?

News Articles    -    BLOGs    -    Videos    -    Players - Donald Barber - Ursula Keuper-Bennett

Other Notes    -    Town Hall Test

Lists of Elected Officials - over the years for the;

Streetsville                                        Township  of  Toronto

Town of Mississauga                              City of Mississauga

Election Results in the City of Mississauga

The Political Players

Chronology of dates & events;

Agendas and minutes for recent City meetings can be found here;

For 30 + years Public Question Period has been a proud Democratic tradition that Mayor Hazel McCallion has spoke of as an example of leadership in freedoms in Mississauga, in that Mississaugans could address Council on matters not on the Agenda.

Mar. 29, 2000 - Council
Councillor Nando Iannicca is videoed getting very upset as I was asking questions not on the Agenda. The Mayor explains that I have the right to do so and asks if any members of Council would want to put forward a motion to remove that right and no one did - not even Nando.  He stormed off noting he was going to do more important things for his constituency than attend City Council.

Apr. 26, 2006 - an election year
I presented the Mayor with a bottle of what I was told was her favorite alcoholic drink and that very night she had a car accident that could have killed her or others. 

June 7, 2006 - Council
I was entrapped by Council when they changed PQP, without public notice or change to Agenda as a warning (that only appeared after I was arrested), to allow only questions on the Agenda. They hoped to bait me into a fight but I did not respond as they expected, labeled or profiled me. However City security followed the script that said I was to ordered out of Council but the Mayor did not do so before they acted, therefore their actions were unlawful. On the web-page of my Council visits are the Agendas and minutes as well as notes, including a transcript of what was actually said.

June 21, 2006 - Council
Hazel goes on about how the media got it wrong, Council has not changed anything regarding PQP.
The wording on the Agendas regarding PQP is greatly changed. The Council Agenda no longer just says PQP but now states full the section of the City By-law about how issues should be on the Agenda but do not have to be.

Aug. 6, 2008 - Council
During PQP but listed by related items. Ironically addressing R-9, Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, the report was sent back to be reworded, as I suggested. In the Minutes, Page 12 to 14 are the details, on page 13 it notes the following - “Councillor Carolyn Parrish expressed her objection to Mr. Barber’s comments with respect to a staff member who authored the report.  She requested that he refrain from such comments about staff but speak to the issues at hand. Councillor Parrish asked staff to review the rules governing question period, who can speak, how often they can speak. She felt that considerable time is spent at every meeting on question period and that the same individuals took up most of that time. Councillor Parrish also asked staff to bring back a cost per minute to run a Council meeting as she felt it might help to make those who come to the podium aware of the time and costs.” The changes to PQP by Councillor Carolyn Parrish, it appears it is in protection of staff as well as politicians.

Mayor McCallion responded that this was democracy at the local level and there is a rule that the public can speak on any matter on the agenda and this Council would not want to interfere with the public input process.”, “Mr. Barber also suggested that an office be put in place for people to be better informed in how they can speak before Council.” John Stewart reported - “Mayor Hazel McCallion came to the defence of Barber, noting that there is a price to be paid for political accessibility. Politicians, "are paid well to sit there and to give citizens the opportunity to be heard," said the mayor.”

Dec. 3, 2008 - General Committee
Has PQP on the agenda so it would have been called for before this and I recall it was asked for right after I addressed Council by Parrish.

Dec. 10, 2008 - Council
Addressing the changes proposed regarding PQP.  Mislabeled minutes -

June 10-09 - Council - Related
Deputation regarding Jefferson Salamanders on City property, including the chance they could be at the Riverwood site and the Ontario Draft recovery plan for them. City admitted knowing nothing of this. Asked for a fence at the Cawthra Bush to be fixed and path moved, a better fence & Ont., to help pay for it.  Also to support my efforts at breeding Jefferson’s to Ont. Media would not cover any of this.

June 24-09 - Council - Related
Deputation regarding Jefferson Salamanders on City property, noted that they were not at the Riverwood site as I was led to believe. The City found its notice about the Ontario Draft recovery plan and noted I was the lead person on the Jefferson issue. Media would not cover it.

June 30, 2009 - General Committee
The printed Agenda has the report and details of PQP. The two page motion that has the six clauses is voted on regarding a making changes to PQP. Importantly, the idea of changes because of cost is not supported by staff who do not present the called for analysis of cost and states - “Financial Impact: Not applicable.” The reasons are now solely political and the claim is that it is to be more “efficient, effective”, by eliminating our rights, is a red herring. The changes are such you have to be lawyer to know exactly how to get before Council with questions. Set-up so all your questions will be addressed by staff before Council - addressed not necessarily answered and if staff say they have dealt with the issue Council will likely believe staff not you. Agenda only -

July 8, 2009 - Council
Addressed Council during PQP regarding, City security editing and destroying, video evidence in matters that were before the Courts, conduct of City lawyer, the passing of PQP and Roy Ivor’s property.

General Committee Recommendation GC – 0486-2009, which was changes to PQP, was unanimously rubber stamp by Council, so those who watch would not know what is really going on.  Agenda only -

The City posts its public notice of the changes on its web-site where most people would not look and not in paper.

The changes - what are they, what do they mean and general questions?

Going from a simple easy to understand, by just about anyone, method to a far more complicated one that almost requires a lawyer means most people will not even try. Those that do will need to ask staff who know it is designed to stop people from being involved, will likely give people responses to misdirect and frustrating them into giving up.

The City will often claim that people are not following the rules to just get rid or them or to start a fight to blame on them (a standard bullying tactic), the more rules the greater this can be done and the greater the barriers for authentic public input. Remember the City has proven it is willing to have false charges laid against those who only tried to play by the rules and ask the questions it did not want asked in Council.

“Question Period shall be removed from Council meetings” - how does removing PQP from Council align with Conversation for the 21st Century and the city's Strategic Goals. And especially having an informed electorate?

The suggestion of putting a question to Council by way of delegation or deputation is a false hope as that is not the purpose of either and access to Council for either is controlled by staff and Councillors, who will look for any reason to say you were dealt with at the Committee level or that is where you should go.

Sinking to the same level as all those other municipalities that we use to say we were better than, in regards to not having a PQP or a greatly limited one. Leadership is not catching up to those at the bottom.

Council already has the power to limit people addressing Council, why does Council want power & control? Or is it that Council doesn't want to be seen censoring people in public, in the very seat of Democracy, in Mississauga? That it is easier to simply eliminate everyone's Democratic rights - than to have politicians look bad in voters’ eyes when embarrassing questions are asked or efforts are make to inform them of inconvenient facts they don’t want to aware of? Is it, ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies?

To suggest the reason for the changes is because of one person is clearly an effort to defame them and not a valid reason to any intelligent and reasonable person. A simple check of Council minutes shows PQP is more often not used.

Councillor Carolyn Parrish, is on the record in her letter saying - “Question Period is merely a soapbox, it serves no real purpose other than a “showbiz moment” on Cable 10”. The issues City politicians being on TV and not being able to deal with intelligence and well researched questions about what is they job to know about is the real issue - image management for the election next year. Someone who is thinking of running for Mayor’s office would not want to have embarrassing questions asked? Or worse, taxpayers wondering about questions that are being avoided.

The Mayor is on the record in her letter saying - “By ensuring Council meetings are conducted in an efficient, effective and respectful manner, it allows for a more focused discussion, maintains an orderly flow of the agenda and ensures that at the end of the day, the business of Council is accomplished.” Translation, “efficient, effective”, are code words for business people of which most taxpayers are not, so get rid of their access to Council. “the business of Council”, means what they think is important, not what informed taxpayers do.

Many people do not become aware of issues until they are past the Committee level.

“Question Period will be moved to the last item on each agenda” - most people don’t stay for whole meetings to begin with and hard enough to get people to attend but now the City shows a lack of respect for their time that it forces them to sit through a whole meeting just to be heard. How will that encourage people to participant? Our politicians know this and are using human nature against us.

In the past many people had not made their minds up to speak till actually in Council chambers, no more. You have to be as organized with your issues as a lobbyist are. The empowering those who can use more expensive methods and just another way the City is showing bias against the regular folks.

PQP is removed totally from the Council Agenda and it should not be. Council and staff can make errors and public can catch them, as I have many times, resulting reports being sent back to be redone. Is this just another way to say Mississauga Councillors does not make mistakes?
The committees often do not have all the Councillors or even yours, which in some cases matters in how you & your questions are handled.

“Question Period will be limited to questions rather than presentations, with preambles limited to one or two statements sufficient to establish context for a question.”, as it is a known fact that asking a quick question gives politicians or staff the chance to misinterpret it and give an answer that will not respond to what the questioner wants addressed, people have to frame the question so it can’t be misinterpreted. Mississauga’s politicians will not admit they will act like they are politicians (and we all know that politicians nothing but ...), or that they could make an error in interpreting the question. This is more of we are so special and better then you we don’t make mistakes or have political agendas. Also, is this just another way Councillors are saying they can’t handle detailed questions about their job?

“When answers are readily available, they can be delivered verbally at the time of the meeting.”, Councillors are paid to know their jobs and what is going on and too often they will claim they can’t deal with a mater that was dealt with the week before in General Committee. So as they have not got the paper work before them, go away. Another reason for this is that their computer screens in front of them at Council do not link into their offices, what a waste!

A “Timely fashion” for a response from staff is not defined as to what the maximum time is and it should be.

“Question Period shall be limited to a total of 15 minutes.”, this appears to be for everyone and means that in matters with great public interest not all taxpayers will be allowed to participate. Plus political games or shenanigans are often played in City hall, such as what if politicians stack the deck with rambling City friendly questioners - exhausting the 15 minute window. What is the mechanism for extending at the meeting, who decides who gets to speak in what order? How long each? It should be noted I have addressed Toronto Committees and there is a count down clock on the wall to pace yourself with and if more time is required, the Chair asks the committee and if one other person agrees you get some.

“An extension of that time can be put to a motion, requiring a vote in the affirmative by a simple
majority of Council.”, interesting as there is no PQP at Council any more so just what are they talking about? Are we to believe that if you were in a Committee and wanted more time, the matter would need to referred to the next Council meeting? What role do citizen members of Committees play?

Were citizen members of Committees asked to comment on these changes or were their responses too predictable?  No, later it sound ed like they were but in fact they were asked how make them work but still some said no and their comments were all ingored.

No proper public notice about the changes was made.

News Articles;

The media coverage is broken into two parts - 2006 when the City changed the rules with out notice and starting 2008 the City formally tries to change the rules.  In the same time frame as the Mayor Mississauga is involved in her very serious Conflict of Interest.

No known coverage by Toronto Sun - Globe & Mail - Nation Post

Half of this list is listing articles that can only be found on my web-site - Click here;

You can fight (at) city hall
Mississauga News                                            By Torstar Network                                                        June 7, 2007
"McCallion suggested Parrish was ... grandstanding."  Councillor Parrish who does like the answers that City staff give says "
So if I ask questions in open session on (cable) television, I have a right to do so,"  What a great article not only does it document how "Simmering tensions between Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and newbie Councillor Carolyn Parrish erupted at council", as it has often been said that Councillor Parrish "a former MP rumoured to have ambitions for her {the Mayor's}seat." but also notes the way the Mayor has kept a lid on how business is done at City hall AND that the TV cameras play role in Council power plays.  Who says I make these things up?

Public voice denied
Mississauga News                                            Editorial                                                                        June 9, 2006
City of Mississauga changed its own rules to entrap and lay false changes to remove a community representative who asked the hard questions City politicians and the Mayor did not want to have asked in an election year.  In a Editorial the Mississauga News denounced the City,
a rare action.

Activist charged with assault
Mississauga News                                             By                                                                                June 9, 2006

Mississauga speaker's corner ends as citizens ejected from Council
Toronto Star                                                     By                                                                                June 8, 2006

Activist charged in assault
Toronto Star                                                     By                                                                                June 15, 2006

Council Conflict
Mississauga (Missing) News                                By Donald Barber                                                        June 16, 2006
My guest column submitted, to help tell some of my side of the story - not published.

Voice Denied
Mississauga News                                             By Ursula Keuper-Bennett - letter                                  June 23, 2006
She was a Candidate for Ward 1, at the time, later dropped out of election.

If you can't beat'em...
Mississauga News,                                             By Joseph Chin                                                            July 16, 2006
Internet coverage by Mississauga News after point out they not write about my entrance into the Mayor's race.

He can fight city hall, if he plays nice
Toronto Star                                                     By Mike Funston                                                             July 31, 2006
Yes, I have to play by the rules they change without notice and even makeup as required to serve their political masters.

My letter of THANK YOU to Mike Funston for his article.                                       July 31, 2006 - not published.

Mayor lectures critic on excessive e-mails
Mississauga News                                              By Joseph Chin                                                                 Apr. 24, 2008
Related - Ursula Keuper-Bennett (aka the Mississauga Muse, Mississauga Watch), tries to find out the factual answers to questions Mississauga staff repeatedly avoided addressing and has to go to Council for them.

Democracy's doorstep   By John Stewart - reporter Mississauga (Missing), News - Random Access    Aug. 8, 2008
“Barely had those words emerged from the Ward 6 councillor's throat than none other than Mayor Hazel McCallion came to the defense of Barber, noting that there is a price to be paid for political accessibility. Politicians, "are paid well to sit there and to give citizens the opportunity to be heard," said the mayor.  Barber could barely believe it, I'm sure. The thought of the mayor he loves to castigate rushing to Barber's defense on a point of democratic principle must have made him weak at the knees.” 

Stewart’s right, right, right        
Mississauga News                                              By Ursula Keuper-Bennett - letter                                       Sept. 2, 2008

Public question period is not rambling matter        
Mississauga News                                              By Radhika Panjwani                                                         Dec. 5, 2008
““We have in our city a shining example of the public question period,” Parrish said.”

A grand excuse
Mississauga News                                             Letter by Donald Barber                                                     June 12, 2009
As usual the Mississauga new rewrote my letter but of greatest interest should be that they added in Ursula's full name where I had not noted any part of it !!!!  Why would they do that ???  This letter was to note yet another example of how City staff & Council would do all they could to avoid questions during Public Question Period.

Council gets tough with public questions
Mississauga News                                              By Joseph Chin                                                                 July 2, 2009
Notes in comments MISSISSAUGA WATCH was just about ask questions

Mississauga council outlaws public question period 
Toronto Star                                                    By Mike Funston                                                                July 9, 2009

Council quashes queries  
Mississauga News                                            By                                                                                      July 9, 2009

Council kills question period
Mississauga News - Torstar Network                By Mike Funston                                                                 July 9, 2009
Same as Toronto Star article

Change for the better
Mississauga News                                              By Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga - letter                July 14, 2009                                        

More than a soapbox
Mississauga News                                              By Carolyn Parrish, Councillor, Ward 6 - letter                      July 14, 2009

Sock puppets
Mississauga News                                              By Ursula Keuper-Bennett - letter                                        July 16, 2009
Related - Staff not do as told by politicians.

Crossing the line
Mississauga News                                             BLOG by Bucky1 - Running On Empty                            July 16, 2009  

In office too long
Mississauga News                                              By Umbrine Fatima, Mississauga - letter                               July 21, 2009

No questions, please
Mississauga News                                              By Kelly Marshall, Mississauga - letter                                July 21, 2009

In praise of the gadfly
eye Weekly                                                     By Chris Bilton                                                                    July 22, 2009
They put my head on the body of a fly - made a monster of me, like 50's horror film!

You should comment on PQP being changed
Mississauga News                                             BLOG - DeValera's Perspective                                         Aug. 3, 2009

City of Mississauga Council - a very eventful meeting.                             Aug. 5, 2009


Councillor Nando (the ranter) Iannicca, is seen here attacking a member of the Mississauga South New Democratic Party Association, addressing the changes to Public Question Period.  To be fair Nando was following Hazel McCallion's lead but Nando really does go off the deep end.

Step down, Nando
Mississauga News                                             Editorial                                                                        Aug. 7, 2009

Questions stall end of City tradition
Mississauga News                                             By Joseph Chin                                                                 Aug. 7, 2009

Just plain nasty
Mississauga News                                             BLOG by Bucky1 - Running On Empty                          Aug. 7. 2009

Councillor unloads on speaker
Mississauga News                                             By Joe Chin                                                                      Aug. 7, 2009

Nando unrepentant
Mississauga News                                             By Joseph Chin                                                                 Aug. 11, 2009

Rules of engagement
Mississauga News                                             Letter by Nando Iannicca, Councillor, Ward 7               Aug. 11, 2009

Final act
Mississauga News                                             Letter by Larry Taylor                                                    Aug. 11, 2009
A Former City of Mississauga Councillor, now in Barrie.

The right place
Mississauga News                                            Letter by Sebastion Patrizio                                            Aug. 11, 2009

Citizens issues merit attention
Mississauga News                                            Editorial                                                                          Aug. 12, 2009

Politician’s nightmare
Mississauga News                                            Letter by Ian L. Smith                                                     Aug. 13, 2009

Edna Toth's - letter of the week
Mississauga News                                             Letter of the Week, Edna Toth                                        Aug. 14, 2009

We need Nando
Mississauga News                                            Letter  by Donna Cook                                                     Aug. 14, 2009

Nando's the word
Mississauga News                                            BLOG by Bucky1 - Running On Empty                           Aug. 14. 2009

Fight for our rights
Mississauga News                                             Gust Column, Donald Barber                                         Aug. 18, 2009

City Council Cowards
Mississauga News
                                            Letter of Week - Ursula Keuper-Bennet and Paul Bennett   Aug. 21, 2009

Mississauga News                                            Letter by Jason Martins                                                   Aug. 18, 2009

Nando lost me
Mississauga News                                            Letter by Peter Nazwaski                                                    Aug. 25, 2009

Change for the better
Mississauga News                                           Letter by Councillor Carolyn Parrish                                  Aug. 25, 2009

Public Question Period, Questions
Mississauga News                                            Letter of the Week By Andrew Hamilton-Smith, Mississauga South NDP
      Aug 28, 2009

MAN OF SALVOS - Mississauga pulls green thorn from its paw
Toronto Star                                                     By Mike Funston                                                               Sept. 9, 2009
Finally a story about me and what is going on in Mississauga that gets close to the truth
and includes comments from community supporters, as if there were none I would not be doing what I am doing.

Activist has many sides
Mississauga News                                            By Torstar Network                                                            Sept. 9, 2009

Crucial vote on question period
Mississauga News                                            By Radhika Panjwani                                                           Sept. 29, 2009

City of Mississauga Council - another very eventful meeting.                  Sept. 30, 2009

Councillor Carolyn Parrish
Stomps on me!  My Democratic Rights.  On Public Question Period!

Not only that but she then jokes around while doing City business.
This is the way she wants Public Question period to be
This is the way she wants to clowns around in the Mayor's chair.
Which is worse - a Mayor who dresses like a clown or a Mayor who clowns around?

Question period lives
Mississauga News                                             By Radhika Panjwani                                                         Sept. 30, 2009

ouncillor apologizes to speaker
Mississauga News                                            By Radhika Panjwani                                                          Oct. 1, 2009

Council votes to keep question period alive
Mississauga News                                            By ? Radhika Panjwani                                                       Oct. 2, 2009
This story is very much like the "Question period lives" story above but it never appeared in the on-line version of the Missing News, so it is presented here.


At Pointe-Claire;

Free speech taking beating in Pointe Claire                                                                         Apr. 7, 2009


Questions still linger over Pointe Claire question-period bylaw                                    Apr. 23, 2009



On Mississauga News web-site;

By John Stewart - reporter Mississauga (Missing), News - Random Access;

Aug. 8, 2008 - Democracy's doorstep
“Barely had those words emerged from the Ward 6 councillor's throat than none other than Mayor Hazel McCallion came to the defense of Barber, noting that there is a price to be paid for political accessibility. Politicians, "are paid well to sit there and to give citizens the opportunity to be heard," said the mayor.  Barber could barely believe it, I'm sure. The thought of the mayor he loves to castigate rushing to Barber's defense on a point of democratic principle must have made him weak at the knees.”  His web-site Democracy's doorstep and there are other BLOGs on this subject.

By Gerry Timbers (?) - Bucky1 - The Managing Editor of The Mississauga News;
Crossing the line    -    Just plain nasty    -   

By Ursula Keuper-Bennett - Mississauga Musings;

Many her Mississauga Muse site.
Mississauga Watch at her web-site.


By     - DeValera's Perspective


Donald Barber - the Watcher0I0 - my YouTube site -

Hazel McCallion gets her Bottle of Booze.
I would say the real reason Hazel ended PQP.  April 26, 2006 -- Hazel McCallion almost dies after being presented a bottle of booze as a belated birthday gift, that was also to note I had discovered a family insider who had gone on the record regarding her drinking, partying & driving habits.  On the very same day this 85 year old was presented the bottle in the morning, she had a major traffic accident in the evening.

Security Video City of Mississauga Jun 7-06.
The City of Mississauga Security video, sped up a bit and added sound as it had none.   

Cable 10 censorship with comments.
June 7-06 -- the Rogers, Cable 10 cover up or censorship of statements made by Hazel McCallion, Mayor of the City of Mississauga by blanking the tape. The missing part is her joking about how long they have been running their City Council meetings the wrong way -- 30 years -- with Councillor Nando, who has hated Public Question Period in the past.   

June 7-06 - Mississauga Council - Roy Willis walk about.
At the Council meeting where they changed the rules regarding PQP without public notice, Mr. Willis talks to Councillor members before the meeting and was told nothing?   

June 7-06 - Mississauga Council - Part-1 - Cable 10, coverage.

June 7-06 - Mississauga Council - Part-2 - Cable 10, coverage.  

There are other related videos & Monarch butterfly videos.


Ursula Keuper-Bennett
- Mississauga Watch - YouTube - PQP related videos:   

Shows Donald Barber for roughly 17 minutes. What about the three hours of security footage showing Barber arriving and his presence in the audience?

Regarding the hypocrisy of the claim that, "The goals of the policy are to stress accountability" --so they say. "

Actual Mississauga Corporate Security security-footage from the actual Pelco installed high above Mississauga Mayor Hazel McAllen's left shoulder ...


In both cases (below), it was regular folk who stepped up to do what have never done before in Mississauga, in both dealing with government and environment and were very successful. What more can people ask for? Remember this comes at great personal cost and sacrifice and can end up in jail for just trying to play by the rules !!!!!  But we are poor and can't BUY justice in Mississauga.

Donald Barber

A few more background details - far more has not been posted.

Nice picture of Hazel and me.

More details here - The Donald Barber Defense Fund.

The big one discovery - Natalie Helferty Amphibians Habitats Study.

Some other discoveries - IMPORTANT Discovery During a School Outing.


One of the many academic letters in support.

How they come after me - more in FOI;

The out to get Barber memo, in book I wrote.

More here;

How the City would not allow our Ratepayers group. "Susan Amring, Communications Director clearly states in her July 2/99, letter that she can't grant us "affiliate status with the City". She then goes on to question the goals of our group and quotes the City's Volunteer Group Liaison Policy. The section of the policy she quotes is for groups that wish to be affiliated with the City and the policy does clearly state their goals and activities must not be in opposition to or in conflict with the City's."

FOI Abuses;

I ran against Hazel for the first time as she shut down the FOI Act unlawfully, regrading my requests.  Got two IPC rules against City regarding that;

IPC secret trial - not posted, City got file a report about me and I was not allowed to know about, even after the IPC promised full disclosure, how can anyone defend against what you don’t know about?

Canadian Environmental Law Association tried to come to our aid.
"We submit that this claim, on the part of the City,
lacks credibility." - How sweet it is to have the written opinion of a lawyer regarding the claims (or as I would say lies!), by the City of Mississauga. This is not the only time a lawyer has explained why the City was in the wrong or the Information and Privacy Commissioner Office but it is in writing. None-the-less the IPC sided with the City.

The FOI request made by the Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Frank de Jong, that the City of Mississauga denied because the claimed
GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION with the President of the Friends of the Cawthra Bush!

More about hard ball in Mississauga - right after I ran for Mayor as well.

Other items;

Flowers with Wings are Butterflies.
Keeping busy getting ready for raising
Monarch Butterflies, again this year.  Last year was over 400 and this year a big push on to plant more Butterfly Bushes for them to feed on.  Not just at my home but all around Mississauga - if you are interested let me know.

Cawthra Bush orphans -
While driving by the Cawthra Bush, always on the look-out for things different and boy was I surprised to see 4 little baby skunks walking along the sidewalk. Some of which you can see on the Cable 10 news coverage. Knowing that mother skunk would never let her babies wander so far in the open as they were, I gathered them up so no harm would come to them. In only a couple days they were sent off to those who will raise them properly and return them to the wild.

The local media has covered this and they are so CUTE.        Mississauga News about skunks.


Ursula Keuper-Bennett

She and her husband have recently published a book on sea turtles, that they have been studying in Hawaii.  A regular person now making a special contribution for the community.

This lady has also has done work to discover the changes that happened regarding PQP and supplied a sound bit.  She is very interested in City security and the City's youth programs & knows her stuff, even if uses strong wording.

Ursula Keuper-Bennett



Other Notes;

The Town Hall test
“Can a person walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm?  If he can, then that person is living in a free society.  If not, it's a fear society.”

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