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Crystal Lavigne upset to be excluded

By Andrew Dreschel SEE MORE by this author As the municipal election gathers steam, the issue of who should and shouldn’t be treated seriously as a mayoral candidate is once again rearing its head. Political rookie Crystal Lavigne makes no bones she’s upset to be excluded from an upcoming mayoral forum organized by Hamilton business […]

OPINION: What is Brad Clark thinking?

By Margaret Shkimba SEE MORE by this author It was with heartfelt dismay that I read the comments recently made by city councillor and mayoral candidate Brad Clark dismissing the need for LRT in the Greater Hamilton Area as wanted but not needed. Not only that, he has filed a freedom of information request with […]

Myrie: Non-citizens should get to vote

By Evelyn Myrie SEE MOREarticles by this author Another opportunity to participate in the civic life of the city will soon be upon us with the municipal elections set for Oct. 27. But not everyone who lives here will have the opportunity to have a say. Those who are not citizens of Canada are disenfranchised. […]

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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 […]

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Mayoral race gets down to business

By Andrew Dreschel SEE MORE  from this author Labour Day is over. People are back from vacation. And the real municipal election period has now begun. Among the 10 nominees running for mayor of Hamilton, the big names on the slate remain fixed at three — Councillor Brian McHattie, Councillor Brad Clark, and former mayor […]

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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 […]

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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, democravise.com, is “a platform for voters to share information” about […]

Municipal Politics: A New Approach

Commentary: By Louie Milojevic Achieving transformational change of a renaissance calibre in Hamilton requires that Hamiltonians elect leaders of no ordinary ability. This expectation is of course popularly voiced every election. However, encouraging greater voter participation and candidate diversity, initiatives historically heralded as the surest way of improving democratic government, gives voters only a partial […]

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McHattie gets labour endorsement

 By Andrew Dreschel The Hamilton and District Labour Council is endorsing Brian McHattie for mayor. McHattie was chosen based on a questionnaire of “priority issues” and a membership vote at a special Labour Council meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 13. Geoff Roman, acting Labour Council president, said McHattie was deemed the strongest candidate because of his […]

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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 […]

Judith Bishop not running as trustee

Longtime school board trustee Judith Bishop has announced she will not seek re-election in the Oct. 27  municipal election. She served as a Hamilton-Wentworth District school trustee for Ward 1 since 1988 and trustee for Ward 1/2 since 1998.  She served as chair of the board five times. In a statement, she said she was […]

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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 […]

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