Hazel McCallion quote: “What happens if nothing happens?” –Why you document it anyway!

April 1st, 2010  

Tom Urbaniak, author of thebook, Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga (Paperback) sure has some excellent Hazel McCallion quotes.

Today’s Blog is dedicated to just one Hazel McCallion quote —what to my mind, remain the most important words she ever uttered during the time I’ve been researching her.

“What happens if nothing happens?”

"HAZEL MCCALLION  QUOTE "What happens if nothing happens?"

Yes. That’s it. “What happens if nothing happens?” Those five words have defined my research. After all, what does a researcher do when Nothing happens?

Video: Hazel McCallion quotes: “What happens if nothing happens?” –Why you document it anyway! (2:31 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

REPORT FILED INSIDE CAR TOOLING ABOUT MISSISSAUGA  MARCH 30, 2010

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (driving through Ward 8, March 30, 2010):

So the question is out of all the things that I’ve videotaped Hazel McCallion saying, what is the most important thing?

And the irony, is that what I consider to be the most important thing happened very early on in 2007. And that’s actually a good thing.

Because by because of what she said there, it woke me up in 2007

[DIP TO WHITE]

—I don’t remember what the discussion was about. Could’ve been the “Cities Now”, it could’ve been any number of issues relating to Peel. But at one point, Hazel McCallion offers up comment and then this wonderful —which I still consider the most important thing that was ever uttered by anyone.

And it was simply a question. “What happens if nothing happens?”

“What happens if nothing happens?”

And really, that has been the defining moment and the defining way that I conduct my research. Because I’m forever documenting, “What happens if nothing happens?”

[DIP TO WHITE]

So either nothing happens or the pretense of something happens.

But by gosh, I have documented very few real things happening. So since these people have been elected in November 2006, four years have gone by and I’ve got to say, “What happens if nothing happens?”

Just a lot more of the same.

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (driving through Ward 7, March 30, 2010):

Between Iannicca and McCallion, their two comments were the focus of my research in that they helped me see how I was going to research and document The Corporation of the City of Mississauga.

Hazel McCallion’s “What happens if nothing happens?”, well you record it anyway! That’s the point about research, is that you can record something happening, but you can also record when you’re researching a MYTHissauga, you’re actually documenting a lot, a lot of nothing happening.

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

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