• FRINGE FESTIVAL

    Shakespeare, swords & other election notes

    By Matthew Van Dongen Mayoralty Candidates in tights Some election candidates aren’t afraid of the “Fringe” label. Four would-be councillors and three mayoral candidates fundraised for a chance to hit the stage Wednesday for the kick-off of Hamilton’s Fringe Festival. Aspiring mayoral thespian Michael Baldasaro earned the loudest acclaim for parading around the stage in […]

  • PHIL RYERSON-CROPPED

    Longshot candidate wants 2-term limit

    Phil Ryerson doesn’t care that he’s a longshot to become the city’s next mayor. “Life is a longshot,” says the 49-year-old single parent, “and I’m a fighter.” Ryerson is a stay-at-home dad caring for his 11-year-old handicapped son. The former doorman and cab driver sees himself as an outsider and an “in-your-face guy,” who won’t […]

  • Russ Powers, councillor

    Powers not running again

    Longtime Dundas Councillor Russ Powers will not run in the municipal election this fall. Powers has served as a Dundas representative for 27 years at various levels of government, but announced in a June 26 letter he will retire from municipal politics. Powers’ letter didn’t address rumours he would run for the  Liberals in the […]

  • Art Gallery of Hamilton AGHJohn Rennison The Hamilton Spectator2/26/14

    Issues: Arts funding battle brews

    To what degree is arts funding an issue for this fall’s municipal election? A fight over scarce arts funding looms with a planned overhaul of the city’s hodgepodge of community grants. The public will have the month of July to comment on a new “city enrichment fund” designed to swallow all other city grant programs […]

  • VOTING

    Focus Turns to Municipal Election & Voter Turnout

      With the Ontario general election over, the focus returns  to the municipal vote in October – and also to voter turnout, which went up slightly in the poll that gave Premier Kathleen Wynne a majority June 12. * * * Voters in municipal elections traditionally are the least likely to vote, with only 49 […]

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Judith Bishop not running as trustee

Longtime school board trustee Judith Bishop has announced she will not seek re-election in the Oct. 27  municipal election. She served as a Hamilton-Wentworth District school trustee for Ward 1 since 1988 and trustee for Ward 1/2 since 1998.  She served as chair of the board five times. In a statement, she said she was […]

DEMOCRACY CAFE

Democracy: Straight to Hamiltonians

By Steve Buist / Hamilton Spectator Here’s a novel concept for you. What if Hamilton residents came up with their own ideas for how the city could run and then presented those ideas to the politicians who might one day run the city? “It sounds a bit idealistic, doesn’t it?” said Norman Kearney, campaign director […]

CHANDLER

Twitter fight like a scene from Chandler

Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel invokes 1930s detective fiction writer Raymond Chandler in this piece about a Twitter cat fight. It’s a great read and a good tutorial on the burgeoning Hamilton mayoral campaign. (Image: Spectator Archives) * * * Perhaps it was the muggy weather that provoked it. Or maybe it’s just the overall political […]

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