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Toronto Sun - Jan. 15, 2010 - By Rob Granatstein, Columnists / Editor -

Why Hazel McCallion should retire

Mississauga mayor built that city, it's time for someone new to take it forward

“I’m waiting for Hazel McCallion to retire.  Then I’ll consider retiring.”   — Toronto Coun. Howard Moscoe

It’s time for Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion to retire.

Not just because it might prompt Moscoe to remove his keester from the faux leather council chair he occupies now, although that would be a positive side benefit.

But, after a fantastic career, after putting Mississauga on the map, after building the sleepy suburb into a big city, after being a bulldog when she needed to be, the old hockey player needs to come to the realization her game is about over.

My respect for Hurricane Hazel is never ending.  She’s an icon, she knows her city better than anyone and she’s still sharp.

In what will be 32 years in power at the next election, she has contributed above and beyond to the city of Mississauga.  The bar is set extremely high.

But it’s time for a new leader to move the city to the next stage of its development.

No one will run while McCallion still wants to hold the title.  As Mississauga Coun. Carolyn Parrish — McCallion’s nemesis — rightly noted:  “We have a mayor who is unbeatable.”

But rather than holding on to her crown like a ruling monarch, the Queen of GTA West should make the honourable move and announce her retirement.  Being unbeatable because you’ve owned the job for 32 years doesn’t make you the best mayor for the future.

This isn’t a call for McCallion to make way for Parrish.  Indeed, from what Parrish has shown in her years as a Liberal MP and now on Mississauga council, she should not be the mayor of one of Canada’s largest cities.  You might question whether she should even be a councillor, but the voters are never wrong, right?

If McCallion did decide to step aside, doing it sooner rather than later would allow other strong candidates to jump into the fray and run a full campaign, showcasing ideas for moving Mississauga forward and solving some of the massive problems coming down the congested road.

Mississauga’s growth exploded under McCallion, but it’s now set to change as the city is out of vacant land to develop and a cash crop to harvest as a result.

Heading for debt

It’s expected that by 2012, debt-free Mississauga will be borrowing as its reserves run dry and it builds a Bus Rapid Transit system, a fire training centre, a Sheridan College campus in downtown Mississauga and renovates the Port Credit Arena.

More bills will come due as Mississauga, like all cities, ages and infrastructure needs to be updated or replaced.

The formerly frozen tax rate in Mississauga will climb again, another 2.2% according to projections, for 2010.  That’s on top of a 3.6% increase likely from the Region of Peel, a council McCallion also serves on.  There was also a 12% increase in the water rate for Mississauaga residents in 2009.

This isn’t about McCallion being 88 years old, although it she wins, she’ll be mayor until she’s 92.  Indeed, if anyone can do it, Hazel can.  But why?

It isn’t about the judicial inquiry into a controversial, $14.4-million land deal involving McCallion’s son, Peter, the company he works for, World Class Developments Ltd., and its relationship with the city.

It isn’t about her questionable secret deal with Borealis that granted it veto power on Enersource, the city’s power company.

But these are all symptoms of a city government that isn’t as healthy as it used to be.

It’s a council the Mississauga News called “hopelessly divided into two camps,” leaving it frequently logjammed.  That alone kneecaps McCallion’s power.

This is about moving Mississauga forward with a fresh, firm, aggressive plan to fix what ails the city.

And problems abound.  One of them is — and this is a failing of McCallion’s leadership — that she hasn’t come up with a succession plan.  There’s no heir apparent.

It’s understandable why she won’t step aside for Parrish, but who has she been grooming?  If none of the councillors are up to the job, isn’t there a great business leader or innovative thinker in the city McCallion could back?  Indeed, an early departure by the mayor could shake some new leaders loose.

While it’s easier to look at the city of Vaughan’s political mud and say a change must happen, in Mississauga it should happen.

McCallion should step aside and let the people of Mississauga decide, based on ideas brought forward by the next generation of politicians, where the city is heading and how it will get there.

Step aside, mayor, and take well-deserved credit for a job incredibly well done.

Comments by others, 80, to this web-page;

Linda McGinnis
May 4th 2010, 11:20am
Having lived in Mississauga for 30 years I have nothing but accolades for our Mayor. Regardless of who takes power, which direction they take us - they will have to go a long way to even come close to the effective leadership this woman has shown. Carolyn parish better get her "skates on" if she thinks her abilities could even come close to those of Hazels.

Three cheers for a dedicated winner in my books.

January 20th 2010, 11:07pm
Rob Ford wanted a garbage incernator in his ward but the city got that sweet deal from the hicks in London for that rubbish dump
The loudest whiners on this board are the 905ers. Maybe they were upset with Rob's article about Hazel. LOL at "taste of Highway 10' !!!

January 20th 2010, 9:41pm
Well if the Eglinton subway had gotten built there would be no need to dig up St. Clair. As far as garbage goes there'll always be someone willing to take money to store other peoples garbage. The answer is to cut back producing garbage. There will always be politicians who want to play the GTA against TO but 905'rs final comment is right.

January 20th 2010, 9:15pm
The TTC is bankrupting the city of Toronto with endless studies and incompetence ...that have made Toronto and undesirable place to live. St. Clair project cost twice as much as projected...many small businesses went out of business...Do not talk to me about those idiots including Giambrone...and the bureacracy at the TTC that operates in the 1950's...They are idiots...incompetent..and have not respect for taxpayers or the businesses that went bankrupt at ST. Clari... You want to throw away or hard earned money go ahead..YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT...YOU MUST WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT THAT HIRES PEOPLE WHO ARE INTELLECTUALLY CHALLLENGED...

January 20th 2010, 6:33pm

The whining you hear fro the 905 is only a reaction to the incessant complaining about what you have just stated from Torontonians. Just remember where all of your garbage is dumped and where the electricity that powers Toronto is produced. Can you imagine the screams coming from the environmentalists and the NIMBY's in Toronto if you where to build a power plant or an incinerator within the 416.

Regardless of your area code Toronto and the GTA is one big city that both depend on each other and we should all try to get along better.

January 20th 2010, 5:51pm
I hope Mississauga grows more prosperous, then they can deal with the Whammy of hundreds of thousands of people coming into town every day earning income for themselves, wearing out the roads producing garbage forcing the residents to pay more property taxes to service them while generating tax revenue that flows out to Ottawa and Queens Park. I wouldn't care except I'm tired of the whining from 905 that Toronto better straighten out its act or they're not coming back. So don't come back then we won't have to pay for fixed links and rapid transit for people who don't want to live here. Just let me know when they're having "taste of Highway 10' Okay that was a cheap shot I spend a lot of time in 905 its great, just the whining is tiresome

January 20th 2010, 1:05pm
We do still have some level of democracy don't we? If Mayor McCallion wishes to run and the people of her city wish her to be Mayor, then thats how it should be. Parrish doesn't stand a chance at being Mayor because she is clearly an idiot, and all have witnessed it. When a strong candidate who has the same level of credibility and accountability comes forward I am certain that the people of Mississauga will vote that person in. You don't need to force the issue. Hazel is 83, she will be gone soon enough, don't rush her.

January 20th 2010, 9:56am
Actually the DRL isnt anywhere near just being about the Danfoth (google it). The DRL, if built correctly WOULD ACTUALLY be the fixed link to the airport, and a better one then just the Blue 22 (google that too). The DRL would offer both express & local service to the airport & through DT TO connecting people to the airport & to their daily transit needs. Blue 22 won't

Egghead you have your views as to what is you consider real companies & I have mine which sees all companies as being real. So without making this more personal then it needs to be, just google the DRL. Its more then what you think. The TTC's own studies show that it can obtain more ridership then B/D line in 5 to 10 years due to its location.
I've said my part, thank you.

January 20th 2010, 9:08am
Darren has male PMS.....He is so stupid that fails to realize there is no land to create and build real companies and manufacturing in Toronto...They left because of Toronto city Bureacratic bullshit and high tax laws....but work bank, insurance, ad agency...downtown...Manufacturing 905 and leaving.......even Asia.

January 20th 2010, 9:06am
Darren is a moron with an iq about the size of my shoe...Has never travelled and eats pizza....I would rather have a great souvlaki...but hey....You are the expert idiot at everything...Insults from ignorant people living in Toronto don't bother me....that is why I recommend my friend family to move to 905 - better quality of life, jobs...and not to worry about ignorant people

January 20th 2010, 9:03am
Darren does not realize that Canada is one of very few countries without a proper fast transit subway rail system to the Airport....He wants to waste valuable taxdollars upgrading the east end of the city - bedroom community of the Danforth...nice place to have a house....with not real jobs or companies located there.....I really do not know what his point is....he rarely makes a point on facts r.. He likes to insult people more informed about the facts. Do you honestly expect Travellors to Toronto to ride a bike Darren. Nobody wants to travel downtown or the east end to avoid traffic....Downtown is a condo community...Not everyone wants to live in Condo..Let Miller live in a concrete jungle of crime, garbage and singles

January 19th 2010, 11:39pm
No Darren,
It is a very common occurence with you.

blue wrote:
@ Darren....what brought that on?....seems like you need a male version of Midol...hungover or just in a bad mood?

Darren you just have to chill out with your bitterness towards everyone else. Then maybe people will listen to you.

January 19th 2010, 11:13pm
Let me see.

That egghead person has been told off by me and probably 4 other people on this one board alone, but ITS ME who is bothering people???

The two cyvertrolls shoud meet up. They would be perfect for eachother.

January 19th 2010, 9:29pm
HAH HAH, ANOTHER FAN OF DARREN in TO. darren do you not see a common theme here. Maybe it is just your arrogant attitude that bothers people.

January 19th 2010, 5:24pm
Actually the Danforth already has a subway line. You completley misunderstood any reference I made to subway expansion. The 50 year history of the need for the DRL relates to residential density and transit pattenrs. Try to look it up. but grab a coffee and a dictionary to comprehend the words.

The responsability is on you to prove the density and job numbers of the so called business centre that you claim M'uaga is.

And your latest user name is quite interesting. You assume everyone who doesnt agree with you is a liberal

I'll take a large hawaiin thank you

anti liberal
January 19th 2010, 4:53pm
This is the dumb bell who wants a subway expansion to nowhere...Danforth....Sorry don't sell a stupid lardass like you. Mississauga has huge numbers of corporations and businesses...what does greek town have? Restaurants idiot

January 19th 2010, 4:44pm
Wow....a lot of time and a lot of different user ID shows a potential person with split personalities. Not worth my effort

You should go back to selling pizza to the people in the great business centre that is M'uaga.

Anti Liberal
January 19th 2010, 1:52pm ain't too bright...what are you qualifications? I deal with unemployed people in Canada and the US everyday...looking for a job....guess what ? Can't find out....The only people hiring are people like Uncle David Moron Miller, McGuinty and their Liberal buddies ... The stats on the internet...? Don't tell me a dumbbell like you does not know what the internet is? Go play with yourself......You are idiot who thinks he knows everything but knows squat.. like this Moron Mayor....forcing all the companies to leave Toronto...Jobs in 905....stupid

January 19th 2010, 10:28am still havent proven with stats detailing density and job numbers how your claim is truth that M'auga is a the bussiness capital of Canada

I thought you were the expert

January 19th 2010, 10:22am
egghead/social activist sure know alot from taking orders for pizzas.

I know nothing about business, eh? Thats why I can afford to work comfortably, own a home, and surf the net to comment to trolls like you.

Ted, my comments about Hazel were towards the growth of M'auaga? What did she do to acheive that other then be a recipient of urban sprawl?

January 18th 2010, 6:54pm
What has Mayor Miller Done? NOTHING ....UNION CHEERLEADER

January 18th 2010, 6:50pm
Mississauga's corporate success due to Toronto's high business tax rates and idiot government bureacracy.... She has proven to be a capable mayor...but.....many of us think its time for new successor and preferably not that idiot Parrish.

January 18th 2010, 2:45pm
Darren asks: "What exactly has she done?"

Compare her actions after the Mississauga train derailment and evacuation to how David Miller handled an explosion in Toronto.

This alone shows she has the mental tools, can use the mental tools and does use the mental tools.
Now look to Miller and see the total opposite.
Look to the On Liberal Gov't to see the opposite of Hazel.

Oh, I have met her, and as a person I care not for her, but as a Mayor; who can you suggest is better for the people?

What great flaws do you see in her past deeds compared to other mayors of large Canuck cities?

Omar K
January 18th 2010, 12:37pm
We are recent immigrants to Missisauga and for the first time this year as new citizens last year , our family will be voting for Hazel McCallion. We feel that others have taken advantage of the ethnic communities by falsifying against worthy candidates and using bullying tactics against any opposition. Since we reside in ward 6, we will take an active interest and thus far see no reason to vote for C. Parrish for whatever position she desires ; as she has no respect for its citizens by constantly acting out some fantasy that she is invincible and better than us.

January 18th 2010, 10:30am
It's better she retire than die in office.
Leave willingly, rather than in a pine box.

B-Towner is a loser
January 18th 2010, 10:21am
B-Towner sounds like an angry racist WASP

Ohhhhh...the GTA is no longer hoo

Mississauga Conservative
January 18th 2010, 9:07am
There has been no other politican that has worked harder for her city and taxpayers than our wonderful mayor. I remember her tireless work during the train derailment and I especially admire how she has kept our great city DEBT FREE ! Taking notice Toronto ?

Frankly, I see no one, ESPECIALLY BIG MOUTH CAROLYN PARRISH, that even comes close to being in a postion to replace our mayor. I hope Parrish gets beated in the next election along with all of the people on concil that support here. Take note, we will find out who you are and you will lose next election.

As long as she wants the job, she's got my vote. And mine, unlike many of your here, actually matters cause I live there. Hazel is still as sharp as a tack !


January 18th 2010, 7:04am
How can you call Toronto a suburb of Mississauga? Which one has been around the longest and which one was formed to compliment the other? Why cause division between people? 416ers vs 905ers? Its obvious which city came first and which one is the suburb

January 17th 2010, 11:18pm
Good column, and right on the money. IT's time to go old timer.

January 17th 2010, 9:03pm
Darren in TO wrote:

"As a SUBURB, Mississauga's growth is attributed to its PROXIMITY to Toronto"


Except for the suburb part, I would have to agree with you on this statement.

We can attribute Mississaga's growth on the fact that people and businesses have been fleeing Toronto in droves to relocate to the 905. Many of Mississaga's top companies once resided in Toronto.

January 17th 2010, 8:21pm
Speaking of suburbs:

"Toronto a suburb? It's begun The city's a nice place to live but it's being eclipsed by economic powerhouses in the 905, Report from April 2009

January 17th 2010, 8:19pm
Apples and oranges. One can say someone is fiscally conservatve and a good mayor and ALSO in the right place at the right time; ie she was there when the demand for sprawl happened. If she was the mayor of Thunder Bay she wouldnt have had as much success

Personal grudges are things cybetrolls are pro at. People are having serious conversations here, and free speech is right we are affored, and a contrarian tries to make an argument where one does not exist.

January 17th 2010, 8:14pm
Darren wrote
"What exactly has she done? She was a bystander and promoter of urban sprawl. It fell on her lap and she welcomed it wholeheartedly. Tax revenue from new subdivisions seemed remarkable at first, but once it whittled down the whole venture came across as one big ponzi-scheme. She has been called "The Queen of Sprawl".

You contradict yourself again Darren. According to your previous posts you seem to have a personal vendetta against Hazel. Do you always change your mind that quickly? As for making arguments....what truly does this article have to do with someone that lives in a squalid East York bungalow.

January 17th 2010, 8:03pm
Only a cybertroll would make an argument where THERE IS NOT ONE. A contrarian by every definition. WE BOTH AGREE that Mississauga is a CITY. We both agree that it has a good fiscal mayor. And we both agree that it manages its finances well.

A city can be a suburb due to its location and the history with which it was created. Being a city and a suburb are not mutually exclusive of each other. Only a pest would make an argument where there isnt one.

January 17th 2010, 7:54pm
Wrong Again DARREN IN TO,

Mississauga is Canadas 6th largest City. In terms of population, economic growth and income the 905 region is far outpacing that rat infested place called Toronto. However if you want to continue bashing Mississauga and Hazel, for whatever reason that is, maybe Toronto should pay to police the airport, look after their own garbage and generate their own electricity. Then maybe you can complain.

Until then why dont you focus on your own municipality because by the looks of it Toronto is not doing so good.

January 17th 2010, 7:41pm
Apples and oranges. Only a cybertroll would be too stupid to know that a suburb can be a city in it in itself. Calgary isnt a suburb of Edmonton, since the 2 are too far removed from each other and both are major job centre. Mississauga is a city and a suburb of TO. Vaughan is a city and a suburb. Ajax is a city and a suburb...etc etc etc.

Source; StatsCan;

"As a SUBURB, Mississauga's growth is attributed to its PROXIMITY to Toronto"

January 17th 2010, 7:30pm
For the sake of Mississauga I truely hope Hazel outlives that idiot Carrolynn Parish

January 17th 2010, 6:39pm
Mr. Granatstein,

You only need to read the comments on here to comprehend how Hazel McCallion became HAZEL MCCALLION. There's no political machine like her MYTHissauga INC.

Add no media, an elite who have made millions and millions and MILLIONS during the City's growth phase and powerfully-motivated overpaid "happy" municipal employees and an incumbent can ride a wave all the way to the beach.

Add the closet-fascists that Hazel attracts like "hazel forever" who wrote, "Can you imagine if Hazel retires. That would open the door for the biggest douchebag in canadian politics Carolyn Parish. She can only get elected in her ward because she sucks up to all the Muslim terrorist filth that litters her riding" and it's puuuuuure MYTHissauga.

January 17th 2010, 6:34pm
I can not believe your article. To even suggest Carolyn Parish in the same breath as Hazel is insulting .aa the very best,Parish's dimeaner is typically classless, punctuated with stupid comments. This women is an idiot at best and should not be concidered for the Mayor of the great City of Mississauga.

January 17th 2010, 5:28pm
I believe, you are not so stupid as this article you wrote.
I believe Mrs. Parrish or somebody else use you for "dirty job" to force Hazel to step aside.
Debt free Mississagua by 2012 is her work! You could be her son or grandson - she builds the city and you only edited calumny column. Why you didn’t write similar article about Toronto’s mayor? Because he is your socialist comrade? You both ruin: He - the city and You the Sun.
I believe in endless circle: all good come back with blessing and all dirt you split out returns as an evil to your soul and body.
P.S. Maybe my English is not as good as yours, but I don’t publish dirty and stupid words.


January 17th 2010, 5:24pm
Mississauga was incorporated in 1974 as a CITY.

What does it matter to you anyway. Fix your own mess in Toronto or get a life man..

January 17th 2010, 5:01pm
Source; StatsCan;

"As a SUBURB, Mississauga's growth is attributed to its PROXIMITY to Toronto"

January 17th 2010, 4:45pm
Mississauga is a City. Check out the term City so that you will understand the word in the future.
Are you posting under different user names again? Your comments are obviously generated from bitterness and anger or a severe drinking problem.

January 17th 2010, 4:28pm
Ganatstein is clueless or ...dishonest.

He writes, "And problems abound. One of them is — and this is a failing of McCallion’s leadership — that she hasn’t come up with a succession plan. There’s no heir apparent."

Get REAL! McCallion and MYTHissauga INC ($$$$$$$$) have been grooming the Mayor-in-Waiting, Steve Mahoney.

Anyone who was observing the 2009 Mayor's New Year's Levee from the Council bleachers AND the December 2, 2009 "Friends of Hazel" We-Oppose-the-Judicial-Inquiry knows McCallion's nod goes to Steve Mahoney.

He'd make certain to keep the MYTH of MYTHissauga safe. Meaning enjoying what MYTHissauga had for 30-plus years. No viable scrutiny.


January 17th 2010, 3:49pm
Blue, you're not the cybertroll. The cybertroll moniker is reserved for that other guy who is a stalking parasite.

Kudos to M'uaga and McCalion. But its due to their relationship with TO

"As a suburb, Mississauga's growth is attributed to its proximity to Toronto"

Source; StatsCan;

January 17th 2010, 2:33pm
You make no firm argument for her retirement, other than "she should retire because she should retire". It all sounds a bit ageist to me...

January 17th 2010, 2:26pm
@ Blue1.....I'm not....just pointed out the obvious and I try to curb my expletives when I'm a " cybertroll"

January 17th 2010, 2:20pm
I'm sorry blue, I didn't know you were so thin-skinned.

January 17th 2010, 2:16pm
granatstein: who ya got lined up?

January 17th 2010, 1:54pm
@ Blue1 and Darren (thanks..I've never been called a cybertroll before)...that crappy village took at least 85,000 jobs out of your sorry assed, under-taxed and union dominated city...all courtesy of an "over the hill mayor" who said "maybe she could have done a better job on public transit". They have less debt, less disruptions and yes, they pay higher taxes but have better infrastructure, better basic services and nobody to whine constantly about how hard done by they are. Here's my bit of free speech...Rob can live in his "cocoon" of the Danforth area....confining..but nice...he does have the right to critique the job done by someone more qualified than himself....I just choose to ignore it as a waste of commentary.

January 17th 2010, 1:53pm
barack HUSSEIN obama II.

January 17th 2010, 1:48pm
Your Redeemer hasn't got any money try the Tooth Fairy.

January 17th 2010, 1:37pm
Hazel McCallion's bowel movements have more integrity that David Miller.

January 17th 2010, 1:32pm
This article only touches the surface for reasons Hazel should retire but the fact is, she has to die in office just to keep the lid on the 50 gal drum of worms of all her years in office. The only way McCallion would not run is if she is physically unable or is blackmailed by way of the Judicial Inquiry, you not run or we hand over the really damning facts. Did you know Hazel was a developer in Mississauga and Peter was involved.
More about this and a ton more at

jerry boyle
January 17th 2010, 1:25pm
I live in Toronto and I wish we had someone like Hazel running our city. Our city council is disfunctional and has no clue how run a city or operate a budget. I also know that Toronto being the sheep that we are will re-elect the same nitwits again.

Hey Rob
January 17th 2010, 1:24pm
I have spent my senior years in the 705 area and have been a long time admirer of Mayor Hazel. Over the years this Lady has done a great job for Mississauga and, I believe that it is her right to decide to continue to run as Mayor. I would suggest that you should devote your inj time to the weird and wild antics at Toronto City Hall. If you need some information of what does and does not function there I would suggest you talk to Sue Ann Levy . Keep on truckin Hazel!


Stephen Wahl
January 17th 2010, 1:17pm
Please show some manners when you comment

In this non moderated internet forum which the media has provided us with; it would be helpful if more people practiced some self control by moderating their own comments. If you cannot be nice and polite while expressing your views on any given topic, just because good manners results in better and more productive communications; then imagine if you will, that your are now alone in an abandoned gravel pit with the person you are communicating with, it is the middle of January, you are in your underwear and the other person has a blanket, a gun and a shovel. Be nice.

Gerald Davies
January 17th 2010, 12:57pm
Possibly you should be more concerned with the way your Toronto has been handled by YOUR MAYORS!! They have done such a great job, haven't they? Think Miller!! Mind your own business and stay and comment about Toronto and stay out of Mississauga. Hazel has been a GREAT GREAT MAYOR and beside Parrish is a stupid PIG!!

January 17th 2010, 12:34pm
Darren in TO

Do you really understand the term free speach. When you stop telling everyone that doesnt live in Toronto to stop commenting on Toronto issues then maybe......... you cant have it both ways.

Hazel may be well past her due date but she has done a much better job than the idiots running Toronto.

January 17th 2010, 12:28pm
Hazel should never retire. on her worse day she is light years ahead of the moronic harlots like Parrish the douchebag that are waiting in the wings. Go hazel Go!

January 17th 2010, 12:24pm
Rob has ever right to speak his mind about M'uaga. When the Toronto Sun isnt sold there, and when M'augans stop commenitng about TO, then ROb will stop commenting about M'uaga.

Keep up the good work Rob. And we in TO will do our part come Nov where we (and only we) can vote in a new fresh crop of councillors

January 17th 2010, 12:19pm
Blue....and to the other comment was about free deal with it and get lost and stop making this an issue of city vs city.

Mcallion admitted exactly what I said about public transit in M'uaga. She was asked point blank by the CBC what her one fault would be and she chose that. Those were not my words.

January 17th 2010, 11:47am
@ Darren....what brought that on?....seems like you need a male version of Midol...hungover or just in a bad mood? The "burbs" were created for people who got tired of living in a birdcage, sprawl was good and public transport wasn't on anyone's agenda. It still isn't and anyone stupid enough to move to the burbs without their own transport should have stayed in that comfort zone that is a downtown anywhere and STFU. That's why most of us outside T.O. don't give a rats-ass of your holier-than-thou B.S., you have enough problems of your own, so keep the opinions and attitudes, otherwise put 'em up where the sun don't shine, we'd appreciate it.

January 17th 2010, 11:35am
Granatstein or more aptly called granatehead is, has bee and always will be a total idiot. Does he write columns just to get controversy? If he actually believes some of the junk he writes then the Toronto Sun has sunk lower than most readers have thought. To Granatehead, Toronto is an island and the world ends at TO's borders, who cares the cost or the reasoning. Hazel is old, so what,she is also brilliant, a lot more brains and foresight than you Granatehead.

John B.
January 17th 2010, 11:31am
So, Rob, you want Parish, the sicko socialist, who cannot discern good from bad, and more often than not, runs her mouth to the destruction of all that is good around her, to be the future of Mississauga?
Please, Hazel live forever, and never ever listen to this mistake for an editor, of what was once a great newspaper, but is now a wanna be socialist rag, just as bad as the Toronto Pravda, also called the Star.
Please, can you at the least try to hide your seemingly overwhelming desire to out socialist the socialists?
If you deny that you are simply trying to clear the path so that disaster can take over, then just who, of the motley crew in the wings, would you want to see win the prize and start to dismantle Canada's the best run city?

John B.
January 17th 2010, 11:23am
Rob, you are simply confirming all the worst attributes of the New Toronto Sun, a paper I am more and more disapointed in. It seems that unless you are absorbed in the promotion of socialism, you are in the Out crowd. Well i am proud to be in the out crowd then! Keep your socialist ideas to yourself, and leave Mississauga to Hazel. Perhaps, all you who would like to diminish her rep forget the train wreck that made her, just like those who like to destroy all that was and still is good about George Bush, and his handling of 911.
Of course, the socialist amoung us want to forget the destructive results of chpping us all down to common status, which is a tenet of socialism.

why Granastein should retire
January 17th 2010, 11:01am
Granstein's liberal views are largely responsible for the Sun's decline in readership and ad revenues.
Granastein likes Miller. He endorsed the city's land transfer taxes, garbage taxes, user fees and every other policy which has ruined Toronto. Granastein is a committed progressive and a boring writer... it's time for him to tender his resignation as editor effective immediately.

January 17th 2010, 10:32am
seems to me everybody else but hazel has been running the mistake by the lake

J Carson
January 17th 2010, 10:25am
You first Rob, you first

January 17th 2010, 10:14am
What exactly has she done? She was a bystander and promoter of urban sprawl. It fell on her lap and she welcomed it wholeheartedly. Tax revenue from new subdivisions seemed remarkable at first, but once it whittled down the whole venture came across as one big ponzi-scheme. She has been called "The Queen of Sprawl". She also has her flaws and has readily admited them over the years. She has admitted that due to poor planning, her city will never have enough density to warrant a transit system more then just a few surface vehicle routes. She encouraged her residents to use another city's transit system.

Sher served her residents well, but lets not over do the accolades.

January 17th 2010, 10:01am
I agree, from a far.. Hazel is Mississauga ! and she will do what ever is right at the righ time for the residents of Mississauga. Some may think that 'the right time is' at a general election. but not always.. especially when you have some vying candidates with no scruples.. the name of 'Parrish' comes to mind. You can be sure if Hazel wasn't running that other someone would be.. and then heaven help the residents of Mississauga. But once Hazel gets back in and shortly thereafter you will see a organized, proper, orderly, smart succession of power..

Joe Jet
January 17th 2010, 9:31am

Who put you up to this bit today? that Parrish lady?? lady Gaga? Or David Susuki? Hazel is Mississ. and so long her brain works and she hires the right people at City Hall under her wing then there is no need for her to move. I can jsut see some of the leftist licking their chops wanting to get a handle on the purse strings if she left. Imagine some of the largest corporations in the world house there. Sorry but ask anyone from Misssis and they will tell you mind your own business and worry about the larget malfunctioned corproation in Ontario and hope thye get someone close like her. That corp is called City of Toronto. They have a bald guy that says you need only 8yrs and then move.. not in Miss 30 yrs of ideas is a charm.

January 17th 2010, 9:22am
Hazel Mccallion has been the best mayor in all of Canada as she has proved. David Miller the worst in all of Canada. We could have a great mayor almost as good as Hazel in John Tory if he had run for mayor.

January 17th 2010, 9:08am
Hazel McCallion on her worst day is far more capable to be mayor when Carolyn Parrish is the alternative! Toronto would be lucky to have someone with Hazel's abilities step forward to run for mayor but that is unlikely.Let the people decide who they want as mayor.

January 17th 2010, 8:43am
@ Wiggler...check your stats first....most elderly people don't cause fatal accidents they're usually the fatality caused by a much younger and irresponsible person speeding, racing or multi-tasking instead of concentrating on the job at hand....which is driving.

January 17th 2010, 8:37am
@ Frank H....using the logic you espouse as to who should give up their careers...let's start at the top of the food chain...politicians should be first and foremost...followed in incremental order of importance...medical professionals of all stripes, judges and should be teachers, nurses, technicians, farmers and the trades...what's turn 65 and you're "Soylent Green"?
I think some of us would object to that argument.

January 17th 2010, 8:25am
Yes there is a time to quit when one get,s older,but there is no one out there to do the job that this grand lady has done, if she wants to quit it,s up to her or the one,s who elect her,,, right,. What
Hazel should be doing is have a good running partner working with her now to sort of pass the torch,,now if you want to help yourself in a possitive way when dealing with our elderly is check
on their ability to drive on our streets, you see to me that is more deadly as you could see the rash
of accidents involving elderly folks killing a few people with their lack of good judgement behind the
wheel,,now if you saw Hazel carry the Olympic torch, the best place for most was on the sidelines
because this lady still has the passion for life.

Frank H
January 17th 2010, 7:40am
Although I live in TO many of my friends live in Mississauga. I have always admired their mayor as she guided the city in its growth and prosperity. However I now see a danger. She may severely tarnish her reputation, name and good works all because of her present age.

A teacher (in his 60s) shared with us that there is a certain point and age in life where one MUST step down and allow younger people to carry on. He noted some persons made serious errors in their advanced age that affect their lives and the lives of others in a negative way. This is common throughout. "There is a time to quit" he says.

I'm not advocating we ban seniors, no, just that they need to be aware that as they get older they may injure they rep because of pride.

January 17th 2010, 7:00am
Rob, you're the Editor of the "Toronto Sun", you live downtown in the Danforth area, commenting on Mississauga politics should not be on your radar. McCallion and Parrish are not your concern, leave that to the voters in Mississauga, better to divert your expertise onto your own local politics and the issues that are pertinent to Torontonians. As a former resident I believe I can say with reasonable assurance that you have a lot more on your plate to worry about than Mississauga politicians and their upcoming elections. Hazel will be alright no matter what she decides, with or without your endorsement.

Carole Davis
January 17th 2010, 5:32am
Coun. Carolyn Parrish is exactly what Mississauga does not need. Her childish temper tantrums should be enough to ensure she never gets the job of Mayor. Why take any chances though.

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