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Toronto Sun - Feb. 14, 2009 - By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Hurricane Hazel turns 88
Feisty Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is celebrating her 88th birthday today with plenty of heart.
McCallion, a Valentine’s Day baby who has run the city for three decades, will unveil signage at an advanced cardiac care facility.
She’ll then be serenaded by “Heart and Soulz” choir from a city public school named after her.
McCallion, who has served as mayor since 1978, is also known as Hurricane Hazel for her vibrant style of no-nonsense politics.
She’s often remembered for overseeing the orderly evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents after a train derailment sent chlorine into the air early in her career.
In lieu of birthday gifts, she asks that donations be made to the I Heart Hazel campaign in support of the Hazel McCallion Centre for Heart Health.
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