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Grant intended to promote diversity in local politics

A campaign is under way to have more women and visible minorities on the ballot for the October municipal election.

The Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion has teamed up with Elect More Women and The Maytree Foundation to organize a boot camp to promote civic inclusion in government relations.

With the help of a $122,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the program is set to launch in April with a roundtable of previously elected minority politicians.

“We want these people to think of civic leadership as an option … we hope this encourages them to become more embedded in their own community,” said Evelyn Myrie, executive director of the Hamilton centre.

And there is also a push by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to help get more women into local politics.  The federation has links and a handbook for women running for municipal office anywhere in Canada.

In Hamilton, the Centre for Civic Inclusion is holding a 10-session workshop series designed to teach interested participants about the political process.

Read more of Rachael Williams’ story at thespec.com

(Image source: Top – Elect More Women conference logo)

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  1. Bonjour and hello to all city of Hamilton members, citizens, residences and visitors. My name is Ricky Tavares and I will be your mayor of Hamilton Ontario Canada in the near future. I was born here in city of Hamilton at St.Josephs hospital. I am here to announce now and to make this statement very public now that I will be the first mayor in Canada willing and proud to work for a minimum wage salary. I love Hamilton and I must protect our city. My colleagues, financial advisors and I have a 5 year plan to implement and generate 1 trillion dollars into the Hamilton city hall building within the next 5 years. I am sorry to announce now that I will only be your mayor for 1 term because this city is too small for me to lead and guide into a productive population. I will be moving to Ottawa to be your Prime Minister of Canada after 1 term here in the city of Hamilton as your mayor. Thank you for voting me Ricky Tavares as mayor of Hamilton on Oct 27.

    The reason why I am avoiding verbal physical communication with you and the other media outlets is because I do not want to give away my secret “5 year plan” on how I will and am very capable of generating 1 trillion dollars into Hamilton cityhall building. If I am not elected this year then all the idiots, unproductive, dumbasses that did not vote for me will have to wait another 4 years for next election before I start turning Hamilton into NEW YORK city. I want to make Hamilton the richest city in the world but these stupid, selfish, whitehaired, dinosaur, cavemen mayor candidates and the media are trying to stop me and getting in my way. Why will you wait until next election to vote me as mayor of Hamilton when you can vote me as mayor of Hamilton NOW so that Hamilton gives me the platform and exposure to be able to spread my wings and aggressively generate 1 trillion dollars of foreign currency into cityhall as fast as I can before other cities start to notice and copy my 5 year business plan.

    Right now my hands are tied because I am not mayor of Hamilton. I am not able to make Hamilton the richest city in the world and if I am not mayor then I will not share my secret plan with you or my competitors. Nicole, can you please ask all my mayoral candidate competitors to pullout of this election so that I am guaranteed to win ? If so, then I will appoint and hire some of my current mayoral competitors to work in my office right beside me because I can use their experience and their protection.

    I am serious. This is an emergency for city of Hamilton. You must vote Ricky Tavares for mayor of Hamilton because I will “put Hamilton on the world map” and “run with the big boys”.

    BTW, I do not smoke cigarettes, I do not drink alcohol and I do not smoke marijuana.
    Nicole, are you single ?

    Regards,,,,,,,,,
    Ricky Tavares
    http://www.rickyseeds.com
    905-515-4307

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