Russ Powers backs Brad Clark for mayor

Retiring Dundas councillor Russ Powers is endorsing Brad Clark for mayor. At a news conference Sept. 16 in Dundas, Powers said he believes Clark understands how government works and will help Hamilton get the support it needs from senior governments. Read the rest of the story by Elections Editor Nicole MacIntyre at

Off and running for the October vote

In Toronto, the Rob and Doug Ford consumed all final registration day attention with their switch-around at the last minute.  In Hamilton, it was few surprises as the deadline for running in the Oct. 27 election passed.  Here is the local wrap up of the final slate of candidates. By  Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton […]

School trustee candidates band together

By Meredith MacLeod/ Hamilton Spectator Seven public school trustee candidates in the October municipal election have banded together under a platform that includes putting a five-year moratorium on school closures. Experts say the move is highly unusual in a municipal election. It comes at a time when the board will see a big turnover in […]

Clark: Pull the plug on Hamilton LRT

By Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton Spectator Mayoral candidate Brad Clark is officially calling on Hamilton to pull the plug on a contentious bid for an $811-million LRT system in favour of negotiating cheaper bus rapid transit with the province. The Stoney Creek councillor said he will oppose pursuing the 14-kilometre light-rail line from McMaster […]

Hamilton website angers Oakville mayor

By Bill Dunphy / Hamilton Spectator Is Ken Seville a democracy activist, empowering voters? Or a reckless publisher ducking responsibility for errors? The answer, it seems, depends on who you’re talking to. Seville, a serial tech entrepreneur with a political science bent, says his site,, is “a platform for voters to share information” about […]

Ward sizes an election issue

 By Andrew Dreschel Re-drawing Hamilton’s ward boundaries may not be top of mind right now, but that should change when the civic election really gets rolling in a few weeks. Like it or not, the new city council elected in October is going to have to deal with the tension-charged issue of fair representation at […]

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