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Hazel’s Many Hurrahs.

Wednesday March 30, 2011
Hazel’s Many Hurrahs.
Every year, Toronto Life Magazine puts out their list of the top 10 best places to dine in Toronto. This issue is by far their most popular and most read issue. However, a very long, strongly opinionated article was included in this years issue. The topic of this article was Hazel McCallion, where she was portrayed in a negative light. So, having read this article on Mayor McCallion, we thought it would be appropriate to come to her side by publishing a top 10 list for Hazel McCallion. From honours bestowed upon her, to achievements and more. 10. Hazel was named “Woman of the Year 2001” by Who’s Who of American Women. 9. Made a member of the Order of Canada. Canada’s highest honour. As well, she is one of the only non-Germans to be made a member of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. 8. Within months of being elected, she successfully aided the city in a peaceful evacuation of 200,000 residents when a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Mississauga. 7. Hazel McCallion has taken Mississauga from a small town to being Canada’s 6th largest city with almost 700,000 residents, 9,730 businesses and one of the most popular malls in Canada, Square One. 6. At 33 years in office she is the longest running mayor in the world. 5. At 90 years of age, Hazel McCallion is also the oldest mayor in the world. 4. Talked a distraught man out of committing suicide during a 5 hour police standoff in April 2006. 3. Hazel created a charity, Hazel’s Hope, to help fund health care for children suffering with AIDS and HIV in Africa. 2. Since Hazel McCallion has been mayor, Mississauga has been one of Canada’s cleanest, safest cities, and recognized as the safest city in Canada for five years in a row, between 2000 and 2005. 1. Hazel has kept Mississauga one of the few debt-free major cities in the world. With 2011 marking Hazel McCallion’s final year as mayor, we would like to wish her all the best in the future and we will miss her dearly.