Former mayor Hazel McCallion lies in repose at Mississauga City Hall

By The Canadian Press

People have begun paying tribute to former longtime Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion as she lies in state for two days before her funeral on what would have been her 102nd birthday.

McCallion will lie in repose at Mississauga City Hall on Sunday and Monday before her funeral at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Toronto Mayor John Tory were among the first dignitaries to pay their respects on Sunday. Tory was making his first public appearance since his abrupt resignation late Friday.

Known affectionately as “Hurricane Hazel,” McCallion developed a legacy of feisty advocacy during more than three decades as mayor of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities.

She is remembered as an outspoken political powerhouse who earned respect from fellow politicians across the spectrum.

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McCallion died peacefully at her home in the early morning hours of Jan. 29 at the age of 101.

Family friend Jim Murray confirmed McCallion died of pancreatic cancer, which she was diagnosed with around Christmas.

Ford’s office has said flags will be flown at half-mast across the province on the day of her funeral.

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