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Mississauga mayor to chair last meeting before successor elected

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion at the Ontario legislature in March 2013. 680NEWS/Charlene Close

Canada’s longest-serving mayor will be chairing her last council meeting on Wednesday, before a successor is elected in the upcoming municipal election.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, 93, has been the city’s mayor for 36 years, but won’t be running for re-election on Oct. 27.

“Hurricane Hazel” was elected mayor of Mississauga in November 1978, and won her 12th term in 2010.

She faced her first municipal crisis following the Mississauga train derailment in November 1979.

Under her leadership, Mississauga became the third-largest city in Ontario and the sixth largest in Canada, with a population of 713,443.

In 2012, Mississauga announced it would upgrade all traffic lights to LED lights in a $38-million project.

Her last council meeting as mayor is Nov. 26, where she will be honoured with a ceremony. She officially sits as mayor until Nov. 30.


CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of the story said McCallion was chairing her last council meeting as mayor.