So much for relaxing in retirement.
When Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion ends her tenure as mayor of Mississauga this fall, she will likely be doing the rounds on a book tour.
The 93-year-old’s life story and experiences will be published in October in a book titled Hurricane Hazel: A Life with Purpose, published by HarperCollins.
It will be co-authored by business journalist Robert Brehl, the same writer who helped former Rogers CEO Ted Rogers document his life in his memoir Relentless: The True Story Of The Man Behind Rogers Communications.
McCallion has been the mayor of Mississauga for 36 years and will not be running in the October 2014 municipal election.
In an interview with 680News political affairs specialist John Stall on Tuesday morning, she said the book-writing process has taken a while.
“It started last fall, really, because I’m still mayor and still working seven days a week,” McCallion said.
“I’m just surprised you can remember it all?,” Stall joked to her.
She laughed and replied, “Don’t ever question my memory.”
McCallion was elected mayor of Mississauga in November 1978, and faced her first municipal crisis following the Mississauga train derailment in November 1979.
“Within a year, I was in a major disaster — the derailment in Mississauga — and had to put together an emergency team to deal with it. We had the problem of trying to seal that chlorine tank that was punctured .. and how could be protect out people with such a deadly chemical,” McCallion said.
“So you’re thrown into the midst of a disaster … 230,000 people being evacuated.”
Listen to the full interview with McCallion below: