Hazel who? Its Bonnie Crombies Mississauga


It’s a bright morning in November and Bonnie Crombie is meeting a seniors group in a historic Mississauga inn. The mood seems light as she’s handing out hugs and posing for pictures.But a major news story is weighing on her. She learned — only the day before and only from the newspaper — that a City of Toronto staff report suggestedMississauga and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority should pay $470 million toward building the Eglinton West LRT into Mississauga and to Pearson.The incident epitomized the challenge of living in the shadow of big brother Toronto, and the total absence of consultation put her off. “That’s not how you do business,” she tells the audience, “not in Mississauga.”This is, after all, Bonnie Crombie’s Mississauga.Article Continued BelowForty years ago it was farmland and trees as far as the eye could see.Canada’s sixth-largest city plans to build a $1.4-billion LRT along its main downtown street, Hurontario, by 2022. Business is booming with 86,000 firms, among them more than 70 Fortune 500 companies and 1,400 multinationals. Plans include a  $1.5-billion, 10-tower development by the Rogers family; a $56-million R&D centre headed by a Brazilian pharmaceutical firm; and the massive “Inspiration Lakeview” project that envisions housing for 20,000 residents, trails, restaurants and boardwalks, all on reclaimed Lakeshore-area industrial property.The city of 766,000, especially its downtown, now has a sense of hustle and bustle, with heavy traffic approaching Toronto-like levels.

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