She is one of Canada’s longest-serving mayors, and she has overseen the growth of Mississauga from a sleepy suburb to a diverse municipality of more than 700,000. On June 7, Mayor Hazel McCallion received an honorary degree from U of T at Convocation Hall. The 89-year-old – who has confirmed she will run for re-election in October – was honoured for her leadership of Mississauga since 1978 and for her work with Hazel’s Hope, a World Vision charity that helps children affected by HIV-AIDS in Tanzania.
Others who received honorary degrees this spring are artist Charles Pachter; author Lawrence Hill; former opposition leader Preston Manning; former deputy prime minister John Manley; and Mary Anne Chambers, who served as provincial minister of training, colleges and universities and of children and youth services. Philosopher and University Professor Emeritus Ian Hacking; astrophysicist Scott Tremaine; and Richard Alway, president of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, also earned honorary doctorates. Marie Sanderson, the first Canadian woman to become a full professor in geography, received an honorary degree in May.
A U of T lab is working with actors, writers and directors on how they could harness AI and other emerging technologies to generate new ideas and – just maybe – reinvent theatre