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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zingers: Graeme MacKay’s election cartoons

Hamilton Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay knows all about the opportunities an election brings. From Rae Days to Common Sense politics;  faith-based school funding to the political longing for buck a beer, he’s seen – and drawn – it all. “As Ontarians we all need to ask ourselves the old election question: are we better […]

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