Even though the June 12 Ontario election produced a slight uptick in voter turnout, it’s still a long road to seeing a significantly higher proportion of the population casting their ballots. Writer Margaret Shkimba produced this commentary on the issue. * * * By Margaret Shkimba I went on TV last week. Cable 14. That’s […]
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 […]
This is the second installment of One Vote, a feature where voters talk about what it will take to get their support in the June 12 Ontario election / By Teri Pecoskie * * * Christina Paradela’s vote in next month’s provincial election hinges on two C’s: consideration for the community and consideration for the […]
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 […]
Two ex-mayors and one mayoralty hopeful came out Wednesday with the first formal hits of the October campaign.
Former Ward 8 alderman Don Ross won’t be running for Hamilton mayor. The 70-year-old retired executive made the announcement that he’s withdrawing from the race to replace Mayor Bob Bratina via a message on Twitter on Monday (April 14). “After many discussions with friends and family and soul searching I have decided to withdraw,” he […]
Former Hamilton mayor Larry Di Ianni (above wtih former mayor Fred Eisenberger) says staying out of the race for the city’s top job has been “in some respects, the hardest decision that I’ve made.” It will be the first time since 1982 that the former school teacher and principal has not been on a political […]
Lloyd Ferguson won’t be jumping into the crowded Hamilton mayoral race. The Ancaster councillor officially quashed long-running rumours about his candidacy for the city’s top job Monday, but did vow to seek re-election in Ward 12. “I agonized over it,” said Ferguson, adding the decision didn’t get any easier after incumbent Bob Bratina announced he […]
By Matthew Van Dongen Hamilton’s latest mayoral candidate is happy to be the butt of jokes on late night U.S. television. Ejaz Butt, seventh candidate to enter the Hamilton mayor’s race, was the focus of a segment in the monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I might make it part of my campaign slogan,” Butt laughed […]
Taxi driver Ejaz Butt is the seventh person to enter the Hamilton mayor’s race, his first foray as a candidate although he’s been active in politics for 25 years. Butt, founding president of the Ontario Taxi Workers Union, he said he’s concerned about the Light Rail Transit proposal and the state of the taxi industry […]
New federal regulations on medical marijuana officially take effect this week (April 1). Health Canada predicts users will balloon from the current 38,000 to as many as 450,000 within a decade. Pot may well be an issue in the 2014 municipal election campaign, since producers are looking for sites to grow in cities like […]
By Matthew Van Dongen / The Hamilton Spectator Fred Eisenberger is officially in the race. The 61-year-old was mayor from 2006 to 2010. He was defeated by Bob Bratina in that 2010 re-election bid and came in third behind another former mayor, Larry Di Ianni. Di Ianni is also rumoured to be mulling another run. […]
Exploring the motivations of mayoralty candidate Crystal Lavigne, who has dreamed of being mayor since childhood. * * * By Jon Wells / Hamilton Spectator The candidate for mayor lacks polish, has no political resumé and no public name recognition. But while veteran politicians running for mayor in the October municipal election may speak of […]
The Word from Young Professionals: Part of a series of Q&A features with members of Hamilton Hive in the lead-up to the 2014 Municipal Election. Name: Toby Tresidder Age: 28 Current job: Administrative Coordinator, Hamilton Conservation Foundation. Desired job: The one I’m in. Fundraising for the environment is very rewarding! Mayor or editor-in-chief of The […]
By Matthew Van Dongen Stoney Creek Councillor Brad Clark is running for mayor. The former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister under Ontario premier Mike Harris registered on Monday, the first working day after Bob Bratina announced he won’t seek re-election.
Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay has had his eye on Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina since before the 2010 municipal vote that saw the former radio broadcaster elected. Here’s a gallery of some of the highlights of Bratina’s term, which ends this fall. Bratina has announced he’s not running again for mayor. See more on MacKay’s […]
By Matthew Van Dongen All of a sudden the race for mayor is wide open. Removing a well-known if controversial incumbent like Bob Bratina from the equation “will no doubt be a game changer,” said pollster Josh Justice, who conducted a confidential phone survey on possible candidates last month. Justice wouldn’t reveal the poll results, […]
In March, Bob Bratina announced he won’t seek re-election, but in July, he opened the door to a possible second run at the job. See that will-he-or-won’t-he story here on thespec.com * * * The Spectator’s Andrew Dreschel reported in Friday’s column that Bob Bratina does not plan to run again as mayor of Hamilton., […]
By Andrew Dreschel For everyone except Brian McHattie, the Hamilton mayor’s race is still very much in the phoney war stage. Mayor Bob Bratina has broadly hinted he intends to seek re-election, but has yet to register and rumours are growing he may step aside. Former mayor Fred Eisenberger says he intends to run but […]
It’s clear that LRT is an election issue. Above: Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay speculates on delays that might occur before Hamilton gets LRT. Below, Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel reports on the funding scenario being promoted by the NDP. * * * By Andrew Dreschel NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Hamilton’s proposed LRT system should […]
The municipal election ended across Ontario on Monday, setting up Hamilton for a new mayor and at least four new councillors. Election results are available on thespec.com
The City of Hamilton has created an interactive locator to help voters find their polling station. Hamiltonians on the voters list can enter their address and find directions to the assigned poll. To confirm that you are on the voters list, and get election day information, go to hamilton.ca.
With the election just days away, Brian McHattie has turned to film to get his message across. In a slick, two and half minute YouTube video using drone visuals of the city, McHattie explains his approach to leadership. He notes he doesn’t like politics, but does it because he loves the city and has a […]
By Matthew Van Dongen Hamilton has advance poll envy. In Burlington, more than 11,000 people cast an advance poll vote – many of them online – representing close to 10 per cent of all eligible voters in the city. Toronto, too, is seeing record advance poll numbers – more than 125,000 – in the midst […]
With exactly one week to Election Day, a new poll suggests Fred Eisenberger is far and away the mayoral frontrunner, making the race his to lose. According to the poll, the former mayor has the support of 37 per cent of decided and leaning voters while Councillors Brad Clark (25 per cent) and Brian McHattie […]
Six of the city’s mayoral candidates will react to elements of the People’s Platform, a civic wish-list created though participants’ votes, at an event Oct. 20, 2014. Brad Clark, Brian McHattie, Ejaz Butt, Fred Eisenberger, Michael Baldasaro and Michael Pattison will be at Volunteer Hamilton (267 King St. E.) at 10 a.m. to present their […]
Ever wonder how important assignment decisions are made? Next week’s special election supplement will include long-form profiles of the three major mayoral candidates: Brad Clark, Fred Eisenberger and Brian McHattie. Watch Election editor Nicole MacIntyre assign profiles to reporters Matthew Van Dongen, Emma Reilly and Meredith MacLeod below.
By Matthew Van Dongen On the surface your city councillors seemed a co-operative bunch over the past four years, even in the face of obvious controversy. City manager Chris Murray noted the trend in a look-back speech last month: a “strong majority” of councillors voted together 75 per cent of the time. That’s quite a […]
The Spectator’s editorial board met with the top three mayoral candidates this week. Here are videos of their interviews.
Mayoral hopeful Brad Clark has laid out an ambitious plan to improve transit in Hamilton over the next eight years – a plan that will cost up to $24 million to operate overall. Clark announced several initiatives he plans to implement if elected: Create a “flexible BRT” system on several corridors across the city, including […]
After the Thanksgiving break, Mayoral candidate Brad Clark has come out swinging on transit. Andrew Dreschel writes: With less than two weeks to Election Day, Brad Clark has dramatically reframed the LRT debate. The Stoney Creek councillor and former Ontario transportation minister initially trumpeted bus rapid transit as a cheaper alternative to light rail, which […]
By Matthew Van Dongen The efforts of purported online hackers to “expose” a Ward 3 candidate as a Freemason just jumped to the top of a list of questionable campaign tactics in Hamilton. It’s getting to be a long list. Alleged mass destruction of Marie Robbins signs in Stoney Creek. An anonymous letter disputing how […]