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Opening comments: 

    The following is my second effort at getting action regarding this complaint.  There is progress as - A request was made to address City Council regarding the fact the City has no complaints process regarding its security guards and that there are many who would wish to express their feels about how they were treated by City Security.  And Denise Peternell, AMCT, Committee Coordinator for Council has confirmed "Your letter will be placed on the Council agenda of December 12, 2007 under Correspondence and I will place your name and the nature of your deputation before Council under Deputations."

    Return to the index of this complaint.

Mississauga City hall
ATTN: Mayor - Hazel McCallion
ATTN: Councillor - Carmen Corbasson - Ward 1
ATTN: Councillor - Patricia Mullin - Ward 2
ATTN: Councillor - Maja L.A. Prentice - Ward 3
ATTN: Councillor - Frank Dale - Ward 4
ATTN: Councillor - Eve Adams - Ward 5
ATTN: Councillor - Carolyn Parrish - Ward 6
ATTN: Councillor - Nando Iannicca - Ward 7
ATTN: Councillor - Katie Mahoney - Ward 8
ATTN: Councillor - Pat Saito - Ward 9
ATTN: Councillor - Sue McFadden - Ward 10
ATTN: Councillor - George Carlson - Ward 11
ATTN: City Manager - Janice Baker
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3C1

RE:   Formal Complaint regarding the conduct of City security staff June 7th, 2006 and the City of Mississauga for its lack of
         a complaints system to deal with the public’s complaints about City security as well as the lack of record keeping by City
         security to ensure quality and accountability to Mississauga’s taxpayers.

Dear Councillors:                                                                                                     Nov. 27, 2007

    It has been confirmed by Councillor Carolyn Parrish’s office that the City of Mississauga lacks a complaints system to deal with the public’s complaints about City security and that complaints about severe offences can be forwarded to the Mayor & Councillors. This letter is just to start the process and more details of the complaint are to follow after a process and structure has been defined for how this complaint is to be handled. When dealing with the second element of this complaint - the City of Mississauga (6th largest city in Canada), for its lack of a complaints system to deal with the public’s complaints about City security as well as the lack of adequate record keeping by City security to ensure quality and accountability to Mississauga’s taxpayers - other members of the public may wish to address this issue and in the name of fairness to all, it is requested that it be announced that any who feel that have been wronged by City security now have a chance to speak.

    As the charges involving the events in City Council chambers on June the 7th have been withdrawn there is no reason they can’t be dealt with as they are not before the courts. It is asked that in order that this complaint be as just as it can be, that the City of Mississauga provide a copy of the its surveillance videos that recorded my entrance into City hall that day,

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all events in the Council chamber from when I first entered, left and to the end of the meeting.

    When considering how to deal with this matter the key issues are these;

  • The most important element of Democracy is the right of taxpayers to address and participate in their governments processes and not be fearful to try and do so.
  • That the item I was going to address that day was part of the planning process and the public is by law, invited to address and 
     participate in it.
  • The right of the public / taxpayers to address their local municipal or City Council is well noted in law or legislation, just as it is noted that only the Chair or Mayor can remove that right and / or expel a member of the public / taxpayer. This according to the Municipal Act, 2001- PART VI - PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES - Municipal Organization and Administration - Role of council,
  • 224. It is the role of council,

    (a) to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;

        (d.1) to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior
                management of the municipality;

    Role of head of council

    225. It is the role of the head of council,

        (b) to preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;

        (c) to provide leadership to the council;

    Head of council as chief executive officer

    226.1 As chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of council shall,

        (a) uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality;

        (b) promote public involvement in the municipality’s activities;

    Meetings open to public

    239. (1) Except as provided in this section, all meetings shall be open to the public.  2001, c. 25, s. 239 (1).

    Head of council

    241. (1) The head of council, except where otherwise provided, shall preside at all meetings of the council. 2001, c. 25, s. 241 (1).

    Power to expel

    (2) The head of council or other presiding officer may expel any person for improper conduct at a meeting. 2001, c. 25, s. 241 (2).

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    From the City of Mississauga’s own Council Procedure By-Law, 2003 - 421-03


    24. Members of the public present in the Council Chamber shall maintain order and quiet and shall not address Council except with the
          permission of Council.

    29. Any person, not being a member of Council, who contravenes any provision of this section may be expelled from the Meeting by
          the Chair.

        In regard to the above noted items, I asked to address City Council on the date in question and was recognized by the Mayor to speak and did step aside so Mr. Willis could speak. I was not ordered to leave by the Mayor or even warned by her. Therefore - the actions of the City security were unlawful and wrong. That I was arrested because of their actions makes this a very serious matter that needs to be fully investigated by members of Council and not by members of City staff who may be biased, easily influenced or otherwise not impartial.

    I am willing to discuss my letter with you. My phone number is (905) ***-**** & e-mail

    Sincerely yours

    Donald Barber, President, FCB & Chair, CRRA.

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