Hazel McCallion inducted into FCM honour roll

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There is a university named after former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, every other month another honour is bestowed upon what current Mayor Bonnie Crombie calls ‘a force of nature; a larger than life individual; an accomplished municipal leader.”

The former mayor has been inducted into the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) roll of honour. The roll of honour pays tribute to FCM officers and officials of member municipalities and municipal associations who have made an outstanding contribution to FCM and to municipal government in Canada.

And McCallion is “quite simply, a legend on the municipal scene,” said former FCM president Clark Somerville during the Annual Conference and Trade Show on June 4.

McCallion is seen as a pioneer who has inspired generations of women to achieve and aspire for better things in all spheres of life.

Ms McCallion is also credited for transforming Mississauga although her critics dubbed her the Queen of Sprawl, approving development that made owning a car a necessity. The city some say would have grown regardless who was the mayor given its proximity to the airport and Toronto. As the population increased, it was inevitable that population would grow outward. It is unlikely mayors of small towns like Guelph, Hamilton and beyond would receive such accolades decades from now for ‘transforming’ former farmland into thriving cities. There are other factors at play and population growth and least of all housing affordability. At one time many new immigrants and people looking to buy a home opted for Mississauga after finding Toronto affordable. Today cities like Guelph aren’t growing because of their dynamic mayor’s policies but rather its affordability. A city’s fortunes initially are tied to affordability, public transit and the cost of housing. – CINEWS

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