NATIONAL BESTSELLERThroughout her groundbreaking career in business and politics Hurricane Hazel McCallion saw it all In 1978 she defeated a popular incumbent to win election as mayor of Mississauga a rising city near Toronto that was until then a collection of towns villages and farms No one foresaw that the indomitable Hurricane Hazel would become so wildly popular that she would remain mayor until 2014 retiring at age 93Within months of taking office Mayor McCallion orchestrated the world’s largest peacetime evacuation at the time after a train derailment put almost 250000 Mississauga residents in harm’s way of deadly chlorine gas The incident made her an international media star and cemented her reputation as a plain speaking decisive political leader She’s been courted by federal and provincial parties over the years but has turned them all down declaring “I could never toe the party line I’d wear out the carpet crossing the floor”In Hurricane Hazel A Life with Purpose McCallion writes about her early years as the feisty mayor of a growing city her battles with politicians and business leaders her love of hockey and abhorrence of on ice violence where the feminist movement misses its mark and how she watched and dealt with her beloved husband’s fall into the grip of Alzheimer’s Hazel’s run as the leader of Canada’s sixth largest city has been nothing short of remarkable This book is the story of Hazel’s political personal and business life with all of its bumps and bruises along the way and is as honest bold and straightforward as the woman herself

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