Hurricane hazel ripped through toronto 62 years ago, on oct. Nov 20, 2014 she fancies it so much she uses it as the title of her longawaited memoir, hurricane hazel. Oct 27, 2014 mississauga after almost four decades mississauga, torontos upstart neighbour, is emerging from under the eye of hurricane hazel. At age 96, hazel mccallion remains a hurricane the star. She was mayor of mississauga since december 1, 1978. Timeline of toronto history development of toronto. Race to replace mississauga mayor hurricane hazel begins. Toronto hazel mccallion honoured at emotional final mississauga council meeting. Jim crawford was a 23 year old offduty police officer the night hurricane hazel hit toronto. She is the first and current chancellor of sheridan college mccallion was first elected in november 1978, and is the longestserving mayor in the citys history, having served for 36 years at the time of her retirement in 2014. The history of toronto begins approximately 12,500 years ago at the end of the ice age with the. The trimmers still had many of their possessions in a shipping container when hurricane hazel struck and. Archival film footage and old photos reveal the tragedy unfolding as. Former mississauga mayor hazel mccallion just turned 98.
Steve russell toronto star via getty images today marks the 98 th birthday of one hazel mccallion, a quintessential retail politician whose colourful style, straightforward manner and uncanny ability to get things done made her one of canadas most. While mississauga turned into a massive city of immigrants, hazel mccallion remained the same stubborn, pennypinching mayor. This is the third post detailing major events reported in the daily newspapers in toronto during the 1950s. Mississauga after almost four decades mississauga, toronto s upstart neighbour, is emerging from under the eye of hurricane hazel. Oct 27, 2014 mayor hazel mccallion, 93, stepping back from politics after 12 terms in office, earned that moniker by overseeing the citys transformation into one of canadas largest municipalities. Using jones 25horsepower boat they headed out into the river and ended up saving 50 lives. George smitherman promises candour in new book toronto sun. Heavy rains of up to 11 inches occurred as far northward as toronto, canada resulting in severe flooding. She is the first and current chancellor of sheridan college mccallion was first elected in november 1978, and is the longestserving mayor in the citys history, having served for 36 years at the time of her. Hurricane hazel was one of the most devastating and unpredictable tropical storms of the 20th century. Nov 07, 2012 in october 1954 disaster struck the humber valley in toronto when hurricane hazel came inland 960 km from the carolina coast. And rob ford became internationally famous after gawker published a video that appeared to show the then mayor smoking crack.
More information on the effects of hurricane hazel. When hurricane hazel struck the city in october 1954, i was a teenager. Before and after his term as mayor, ford was a city councillor representing ward 2 of etobicoke north. Exontario mayor hazel mccallion casually climbs a rock.
A video showing rob ford, the late former mayor of toronto, smoking crack has been made public for the first time, some three years after it engulfed the city in scandal and earned ford. Hurricane hazel retires as mayor of mississauga at 93, but. Today, hazel mccallion turned in her chain of office. Hurricane hazel was projected to dissipate, but instead reintensified unexpectedly and rapidly, pounding the toronto region with winds that reached 110 kilometres per hour 68 mph and 285 millimetres 11. Mississauga after almost four decades mississauga, torontos upstart. Toronto marks 60 years since hurricane hazel destruction.
The life and times of canadas favourite mayor tells, in mccallions own words, the story of her life growing up in gaspe, where she played hockey as a girl, and moving to ontario with her family. After days of rainy weather, toronto residents seemed to be unaware that the rain pouring down on them was part of a huge storm and that danger was headed their way. Unveiling of a provincial plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of hurricane hazel. Oct 10, 2017 hurricane hazel struck the toronto area on 1516 october 1954, with devastating results. The 93yearold has served 12 consecutive terms as mayor a remarkable feat she. Now, in her final term, her legacy is threatened by allegations of. Hurricane hazel retires as mayor of mississauga at 93, but says she wont slow down hazel mccallion, the outgoing 93 year old mayor of mississauga, ontario on politics, longevity and confounding. Toronto has experience dealing with major storms and their aftermath most notably hurricane hazel. Inside uncle toms cabin, february 2005 ontario heritage trust. Many assumed the 92yearold hurricane hazel would never retire, but she has said this term, her 12th, is her. Mississauga mayor hazel mccallion leaves office after 36. Toronto police crack down on texting while driving, york region averts bus strike, mayor hazel turns 90, arcade fire wins best album of the year and students dissatisfied with.
Mississauga mayor hazel mccallion, 92, arrives at the a. Now age 91, and in her 12th term, she has presided over decades of explosive growth that transformed mississauga from a sleepy bedroom community into an economic dynamo. Nov 05, 20 toronto toronto mayor rob ford said tuesday he smoked crack probably a year ago when he was in a drunken stupor, an admission that follows months of accusations during which he has refused to. Hurricane hazel 50 years after i the heritage of faith i gifts of nature. Hurricane hazel was the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 hurricane season figure 1 and is the strongest and only category 4 hurricane to ever hit the north carolina coast. The reformer william lyon mackenzie became torontos first mayor. Torontos first mayor william lyon mackenzie, a reformer, persisted in his efforts to reform upper canada, culminating in. In 1978, hazel mccallion defeated a popular incumbent to win election as mayor of mississauga, a rising city outside of toronto.
Mississauga mayor hurricane hazel mccallion turns 90. Oct 15, 2014 it was 60 years ago on this date that remnants of hurricane hazel slammed into southern ontario, including the gta, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Hurricane hazel mccallion easily wins 12th term as mississauga mayor. Former mayor of mississauga hazel mccallion will turn 99 years old on friday and celebrated with dozens who came out to honour mccallion, affectionately known as hurricane hazel. Hurricane hazel was a disaster, but a benefit that came out of the experience was the creation of toronto and region conservation trca and flood warning systems.
Mississauga mayor was courted by liberal rivals in ontario. Hurricane hazel mccallion the longest serving mayor in canada has kept the. Former mayor hazel mccallion, 97, to become special. W5 followed around the longtime mississauga mayor during her final months. Mccallion earned the nickname hurricane hazel for her outspokenness and her longevity in politics. Readers may remember that the building was known as st matthias anglican church in 1954 and served as an operations centre during the rescue and relief efforts following the event.
We remember the power of mother nature, 60 years later, and the tragedy that followed, claiming 81 lives and leaving 4,000 families homeless. In 1954, hurricane hazel swept through toronto, causing significant flooding. Its been 60 years since hurricane hazel unleashed her wrath upon southern ontario. Hurricane hazel october 15, 1954 hurricane hazel was a disaster of international proportions that left scars on three countries.
Mayor mccallion celebrated her first mayoral election victory in 1978 and. Footage of late toronto mayor rob ford smoking crack. Mississauga mayor was courted by liberal rivals in ontario race open this photo in gallery. Battle of york wikipedia april 27, 18 during the war of 1812, a fleet of american ships arrives, captures fort york, loots and burns the town, and leaves three days later. Jan 17, 2014 race to replace mississauga mayor hurricane hazel begins without key rival. The storm struck toronto on october 15 with winds of 124 kmh and record rainfall. During the storm, winds reached 124 kmh and over 200 millimetres of rain fell in just 24 hours.
Race for toronto mayor closely watched as ontario voters. Thursday, october 14, to midnight on friday, october 15, 1954, an estimated 210 millimetres of rain fell on the watersheds of the don and humber rivers and the etobicoke and mimico creeks. When hurricane hazel hit us, i had just turned 14 a few days prior. Happy 98th birthday to hurricane hazel mccallion, a. National bestsellerthroughout her groundbreaking career in business and politics, hurricane hazel mccallion saw it all. Perhaps the most towering figure in canadian municipal political history, in more than 36 years as mayor, she oversaw the transformation of mississauga from a comatose commuter town west of toronto. In my experience, the crackcocaine high is unrivalled in its euphoria. It was first identified on october 5, 1954, in the caribbean, where it smashed into haiti and then battered the carolinas. Slideshow with archival and news photos showing canadas worst natural disaster of the twentieth century. We run our city like a business by tann vom hove, editor. Hurricane hazel mccallion understands crisis better than anybody. Even though cancer forced the disgraced, scandalplagued mayor from the race for toronto s top job, ford was still running for election as a councillor in his westend ward, leaving his brother, coun. Mar 22, 2016 rob ford, the pugnacious former mayor of toronto who gained international notoriety after he admitted smoking crack while in office, died on tuesday after an 18month battle with cancer.
In november 2003, at the age of 82, hazel mccallion started her 10th term of mayor of mississauga, a city of some 680,000 people just to the southwest of toronto. Classical music, lyrics, and videos from toronto, on, ca on reverbnation. In october 1954 disaster struck the humber valley in toronto when hurricane hazel came inland 960 km from the carolina coast. The book is the story of hazel s political and business life, with all. No one would have foreseen that the indomitable mccallion would become so wildly popular she would remain mayor until 2014. Hazel mccallion, the long serving mayor of the city of. Hurricane hazel changed policy tune, which allowed mississauga to grow. On october 12, 1954, it hit haiti, killing as many as 1,000 people before moving to the united states where an additional 95 people died across the carolinas, new york and virginia. Hurricane hazel was torontos perfect storm the star. Mayor hazel mccallion describes the more rural nature.
Though a separate municipal concern, the canadian city of mississauga has long had to exist within the shadow of its larger neighbour toronto and has since been absorbed into its metropolitan sprawl. Hazel for many, a time to remember the 81 lives lost to the most destructive storm in torontos history. Hurricane hazel rages across toronto toronto in time. It was probably in one of my drunken stupors, he said. Hurricane hazel forever changes toronto s landscape. Aug 11, 2016 a video showing rob ford, the late former mayor of toronto, smoking crack has been made public for the first time, some three years after it engulfed the city in scandal and earned ford. I have absolutely no memory of a time before hazel mccallion was mayor of our neighbour to the west. The only mayor many mississaugans have ever known, hurricane hazel is legendary for her nononsense manner and relentless drive. It peaked as a category 4 storm, but by the time it reached canada, it was an extratropical category 1 storm after merging with an existing. Mccallion, 99, remembers the 1979 mississauga train derailment, which prompted the evacuation of. It was canadas worst hurricane and torontos worst natural disaster.
It seems fitting that hazel mccallion turns 90 years old on valentines day considering the love affair her community has had with the mayor since 1978. Hurricane hazel struck the toronto area on 1516 october 1954, with devastating results. Hurricane hazel mccallion, winner of 12 consecutive mayoral. In its wake, hurricane hazel left the toronto area devastated. Toronto mayor rob ford admits smoking crack cbs news. Jul 11, 2017 the mayor of toronto has finally admitted smoking crack cocaine but he attempted to explain it away by claiming he was drunk at the time. Mccallion dubbed hurricane hazel by supporters and the queen of sprawl by some detractors. May 16 gawker reports a cellphone video that appears to show toronto mayor rob ford smoking crack cocaine and commenting on political issues. Rob ford vows comeback as brother loses mayoral race to john tory.
Fords admissions of smoking crack cocaine in a drunken stupor, his. Toronto former mayor hazel mccallion, 97, to become special adviser to ford government. Mississaugas 93yearold hurricane hazel readies her exit. After causing 95 deaths in the us, hazel struck canada as an extratropical storm, raising the death toll by 81 people, mostly in toronto. Even though cancer forced the disgraced, scandalplagued mayor from the race for toronto s top job, ford was still running for election as a councillor in. Meanwhile, mississaugas 93yearold mayor hurricane hazel mccallion, winner of 12 consecutive mayoral elections before opting against running again, was replaced by the woman she supported. Mississaugas mayor hurricane hazel readies her exit. Mayor hazel mccallion, 93, stepping back from politics after 12 terms in office, earned that moniker by overseeing the citys transformation into one of canada. A total of 81 people are killed when the remnants of hurricane hazel hit toronto. Crawford met herb jones, a contractor on fairglen crescent. Hurricane hazel mitigation archived environment and. Hurricane hazel, october 15, 1954 national weather service. Mississauga has a new mayor for the first time in nearly four decades, with bonnie crombie taking over from the citys beloved matriarch, hazel mccallion.
It was canadas worst hurricane and toronto s worst natural disaster. O n october 15, 1954, the most famous hurricane in canadian history struck southern ontario. The first indication that a tropical cyclone had formed came on october 5, 1954 about 50 miles east of the island of grenada in the windward islands. Hazel mccallion celebrates her 98th birthday with rock climbing. Toronto a weakened but still defiant rob ford conceded little monday even. The remnants of hurricane sandy and a cold front are expected to merge to create a wet, cold, blustery and potentially severe storm thats expected to hit the gta on monday night. Hazel mccallion retired as mayor of mississauga in 2014 but keeps busy on boards and preaching a life of purpose.
Between october 5 and october 16, 1954, hurricane hazel formed in the tropics, tracked through the interior of the united states and across the great lakes where it merged with a cold front and dropped record rainfall amounts in the greater toronto area. Apr 05, 2011 while mississauga turned into a massive city of immigrants, hazel mccallion remained the same stubborn, pennypinching mayor. Hurricane hazel mccallion, who did not want to see doug ford become mayor of toronto four years ago, now evidently believes he should be ontarios next premier. Hurricane hazel still going strong in torontos history. Former mississauga mayor hazel mccallion, 97, recently stopped by the citys newly opened hub climbing to take a crack at scaling a route. Feb 12, 2016 the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 atlantic hurricane season. Sep 22, 2019 the toronto bell cote will be hosting a remembrance of hurricane hazels impact on toronto some 65 years ago. Hazel mccallion mayor of mississauga, canada by andrew stevens, political editor. Hurricane hazel was the deadliest, costliest, and most intense hurricane of the 1954 atlantic hurricane season.
What an interesting chapter in the city of toronto. She gave an impromptu speech, voice cracking with emotion while thanking everyone. Now, in her final term, her 975,467 torontonians cant be wrong. Oct 15, 2016 leaving death and wreckage in its wake, the worst storm ever to slam toronto heralded a new approach to urban planning in the city.
Mayor hazel mccallion, 93, stepping back from politics after 12 terms in. Mayor hazel mccallion, 93, stepping back from politics after 12 terms in office, earned that moniker by overseeing the citys transformation into one of canadas largest municipalities. Mississaugas 93yearold hurricane hazel readies her. Anthony haines, ceo of toronto hydro, said the power grid is operating beyond its capacity and asked for people to limit power use especially tuesday afternoon. Not long after i moved to toronto a couple of years ago, a w5. Footage of late toronto mayor rob ford smoking crack released. Exontario mayor hazel mccallion casually climbs a rock wall days shy of 98th birthday. Basing their decisions on past flood experiences, many residents did not evacuate, despite warnings to do so.
Hazel mccallion, the legendary mayor of mississauga, turned 98 on feb. For its savagery, hurricane hazel was honoured by having its name retired, joining those names such as andrew, donna, mitch and carla that will never be used again. Hurricane hazel hits toronto, canada october 1954 youtube. The lowest point in the 2010 mayoral campaign, aside. Oct 19, 2012 in october of 1954, hurricane hazel roared through toronto, leaving mangled homes and businesses in its wake. By the time the waters hit, it was too late for many people, as helpless onlookers watched homes tumbling into the river and heard their neighbours screams for.
Bryan mitchell, volunteer and paid duty fire fighter on duty the night of hurricane hazel. The trca was created out of several smaller conservation authorities to manage the regions floodplains and rivers. Toronto toronto mayor rob ford denied friday that he smokes crack cocaine and said he is not an addict after a video purported to show him using the. The storm killed at least 469 people in haiti before striking the united states near the border between north and south carolina as a category 4 hurricane.
Robert bruce ford may 28, 1969 march 22, 2016 was a canadian politician and businessman who served as the 64th mayor of toronto from 2010 to 2014. Hurricane hazel endorses doug ford to become peoples. Hurricane hazel serves as a director on several boards and is an adviser with the university of toronto s. Hazel, the deadliest and costliest storm of the 1954 atlantic hurricane season, reached toronto, ontario by the evening of october 15, 1954. Hurricane hazel mccallion easily wins 12th term as. Capturing hazel mccallions very public persona has never been difficult. Upper canada rebellion wikipedia december 4, 1837 fed up with. The etobicoke guardian, october 9, 2014 by the etobicoke. It was the worst natural disaster the city ever endured. Jan 09, 20 hurricane hazel rages across toronto this text is from the free toronto in time app, which was created by the canadian encyclopedia. Were hanging on by a thread, toronto mayor rob ford said, and he made a plea for residents to ease off on their power usage. Sep, 2017 slideshow with archival and news photos showing canadas worst natural disaster of the twentieth century.176 373 566 189 256 242 675 1116 817 456 952 570 772 628 1435 396 305 568 766 276 180 742 552 1290 1392 169 1255 90 975