Andrew Dreschel: Use of city logo a no-go

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By Andrew Dreschel

Given the building election fever, it’s no surprise Hamilton has recorded its first alleged Municipal Elections Act violation of the young campaign.

City staff has notified freshly-baked Ward 3 candidate Bob Assadourian that he broke the rules by using the City of Hamilton logo and other municipal images in his campaign material.

According to city elections manager Tony Fallis, under provincial regulations municipalities can’t contribute to a campaign and using the logo can be construed as a contribution.

“Aside from that, the city does not permit the use of its logo except for authorized city uses, so he’s put himself into a bit of a bind here,” said Fallis.

Assadourian, a building contractor , apologized and promised to remove the offending images from his website, social media accounts, and future election material.

“It was a complete honest mistake and it will be pulled off,” Assadourian said.

He’s the latest of six candidates vying for the inner city seat left vacant by the recent death of incumbent Bernie Morelli. City council appointed former mayor Bob Morrow as an interim replacement for Morelli until the Oct. 27 election. Morrow has promised not to seek the seat permanently.

Read the full story by columnist Andrew Dreschel at thespec.com

adreschel@thespec.com 905-526-3495

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