|Description: A black and white photograph of members of City Council with a group of track runners on a track course. The six track runners are pictured in the foreground in crouched positions as if ready to start running. The gentleman on the farthest right is holding a gun in the air to signal the start of a race. Among the City Council members in the background is Mayor Hazel McCallion who is situated towards the centre. |
In 1968, the townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Dixie, Sheridan, Malton and Meadowvale amalgamated to form the Town of Mississauga. To increase their force within Peel Region, the decision was made to form a larger city, and the City of Mississauga came into being in 1974 with the additions of the towns of Streetsville and Port Credit. Mississauga's first Mayor was Dr. Martin Dobkin, who was in office from 1974-1976, followed by Ron Searle, from 1976-1978. Ultimately, the popular Hazel McCallion was elected to office in 1978 and has remained Mississauga's Mayor ever since. Under the leadership of 'Hurricane Hazel' as she is affectionately known, Mississauga has developed into one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, becoming the sixth largest city in the nation and also one of the most multi-cultural. Mississauga is the home to many business corporations but also maintains a strong cultural dimension, and these are certainly factors that attract the thousands of people who move and travel to Mississauga every year.
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