Mississauga mayor denies wrongdoing

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion joined at least two private meetingslast year involving her son’s company and a $14.4 million land deal,though zoning for a hotel he hoped to build near city hall was underactive consideration by council.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion joined at least two private meetings last year involving her son’s company and a $14.4 million land deal, though zoning for a hotel he hoped to build near city hall was under active consideration by council.

Though the mayor declared a conflict of interest when the hotel project came before council for a vote in April 2008, court documents show McCallion participated in discussions between city staff, the developer and a prospective hotel operator just over a month before the council was to vote on the application.

She was involved again at a critical Dec. 15 meeting with the owner of the vacant property Peter McCallion’s company, World Class Developments, was trying to buy — when the deal was clearly unravelling.

“You cannot absolve yourself completely from major issues involving the city,” McCallion said this week, defending her involvement.

She added that she’d always had a vision for a hotel-convention centre in the vacant space adjacent to the present Living Arts Centre.

The meetings, both before and after the mayor’s public declarations of a conflict of interest, are described in documents lodged in court by Tony DeCicco, the company’s general manager, to support a countersuit against the landowner after the deal fell through.

 
 
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