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Hurricane Hazel: The Life and Times of Hazel McCallion, Canada's Favourite Mayor

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In 1978, Hazel McCallion defeated a popular incumbent to win election as Mayor of Mississauga, a rising city outside of Toronto. No one would have foreseen that the indomitable McCallion would become so wildly popular she would remain mayor until 2014. McCallion made Mississauga into a world-class city, and along the way has become one of the best-known and most loved ...more
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Published October 21st 2014 by HarperCollins Canada
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Teena in Toronto
Feb 17, 2015 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
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Hazel McCallion was born on February 14, 1921, on the Gaspé Coast of Quebec. After beginning her career in Montreal with an engineering and contracting company, she was transferred to Toronto in 1942, where she helped set up the local office. She married her husband, Sam McCallion (he passed away in 1997), in 1951 and they had three children.

In 1967, she left the corporate world and devoted her career to politics. ... and what a career that was! She recently retired as the mayor of Mississauga,
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Penny McGill
Feb 09, 2015 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing
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I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it was coming out. I have always been a crazy fan of Hazel McCallion and was thrilled to live in Mississauga and have her as mayor - she is an inspiration on so many levels - and even a glimpse into what makes her tick would have made this book fascinating to me.

She shares details about her life, from her early years in Quebec, to her incredible journey in the business world when women were not welcomed, and her time as mayor of one of Canada's
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Jaclyn
Sep 07, 2015 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
Fascinating glimpse into Mississauga's history and a political icon. (Whatever you feel about her work as mayor, Hazel McCallion did make history as one of, or perhaps THE, longest serving mayor in Canada...and a woman mayor too!)

The writing tends to be pretty bland -- her ghostwriter appears very well-versed in political speak, so the book often reads like a collection of sound bytes polished up for public consumption rather than actual candid reflections. There is little of the mayor whose sh
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Sara
Dec 15, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
Hazel McCallion is such an amazing and inspirational person! It is so hard to grasp that she has been mayor of Mississauga longer than I've been alive, and somehow managed to avoid 'politics' her entire career. Even after such an incredible career, she is quick to acknowledge that she was a part of a team and to thank those close to her profusely, and her humility is very respectable.

This book focuses on the parts of her life that are well known to anyone who lives in Mississauga or follows the
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Wendy
Jan 07, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I've known Hazel since I started teaching in Streetsville in 1967 and had one of her boys in my class. It was fun reading this book as so many people she speaks of are known to us, like Kelli Pritchard's mother Audrey who started the breakfast club at Forest Ridge. Hazel has had a remarkable life, both business and private. Bob Brehl, you've done a great job in putting this book together. Read on my kobo.
Nikita Pchelin
Nov 28, 2014 Nikita Pchelin rated it it was amazing
What can I say - I haveloved Hazel for her energy, straightforwardness, passion, and leadership qualities ever since I moved to Mississauga. If anything, this book gave me another reason to appreciate the magnitude of the work she's done so much more. I am only sad I never got a chance to talk to her in person. If I ever did, I could say "I've done my homework" by reading this book ;)
Joelle
Apr 01, 2016 Joelle added it
I couldn't put this book down. Hazel's life is so inspiring. A must read for anyone, especially those in a leadership role, or those wanting to move forward. Thank you for putting your pen to the paper and sharing your story & advice
Debbie
Jan 08, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this! Covers aspects of city financing and planning without being dry and makes you appreciate how much Hazel contributed to Mississauga. Interesting to read about her family background and corporate career as well as her interest in hockey.
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