Welcome to our 35th installment of “Ask a Historian”.

Join Historian Matthew Wilkinson on our YouTube channel for the latest episode of “Ask a Historian” on Thursday February 4, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. for the first installment of our two part series “An Interview on the Life and Times of Hazel McCallion” with guest speaker Dr. Tom Urbaniak.

Matthew and Tom discuss the start of an expansive career, political successes and setbacks, and the train derailment that solidified Hazel McCallion as a leader and a force to be reckoned with in the political arena, and for the future of Mississauga.

Dr. Tom Urbaniak, Professor of Political Science, is Director of CBU’s Tompkins Institute and University Parliamentarian (advisor on procedures for meetings and deliberations). Tom is the author of five books and numerous studies and articles.

He is a recognized expert on Canadian and municipal politics. He has headed several national and local non-profit organizations, and provides positive, energetic leadership to the Polish community of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia.

Tom is respected for his innovative, inclusive approach to community development, working in a multicultural and inter-faith context. Tom is an Administrative Justice of the Peace for the Province of Nova Scotia, a frequent media analyst on public policy (in English, French, and Polish), and prepares well-received educational radio segments that make academic research on leadership accessible to a broad public.

Tom served on the Canadian Election Observation Mission in Ukraine. He is the Vice Chair of the CBU Senate.

#ApartTogether we explore the legend that is Hazel McCallion.

You are invited to email us questions you have about Mississauga and we encourage you to send a short (less than 1 minute) MP4 video of your question, which we may feature in one of our “Ask a Historian” videos.

Any questions not featured in our videos will receive a written response from Matthew.

We would also love to feature questions from young Mississauga residents who are curious about their city and will feature a dedicated video to these inquisitive kids.

Send your questions to us at: [email protected]