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DEMOCRACY CAFE

Democracy: Straight to Hamiltonians

By Steve Buist / Hamilton Spectator Here’s a novel concept for you. What if Hamilton residents came up with their own ideas for how the city could run and then presented those ideas to the politicians who might one day run the city? “It sounds a bit idealistic, doesn’t it?” said Norman Kearney, campaign director […]

PHIL RYERSON-CROPPED

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 […]

CHANDLER

Twitter fight like a scene from Chandler

Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel invokes 1930s detective fiction writer Raymond Chandler in this piece about a Twitter cat fight. It’s a great read and a good tutorial on the burgeoning Hamilton mayoral campaign. (Image: Spectator Archives) * * * Perhaps it was the muggy weather that provoked it. Or maybe it’s just the overall political […]

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McHattie and the 100-day tour

By Teri Pecoskie / The Hamilton Spectator Brian McHattie has a lot of walking ahead of him. The mayoral candidate and Ward 1 councillor has launched a 100-day tour of Hamilton’s nearly 200 neighbourhoods. His plan is visit at least one neighbourhood a day leading up to the Oct. 27  municipal election to meet residents […]

Russ Powers, councillor

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 […]

Rick Mercer on the municipal election

You probably don’t think of Rick Mercer in the same breath as the municipal election taking place in Ontario this fall. But the City of Burlington does. They’re showcasing this video of Mercer encouraging voters to find out if they’re on the list of registered voters.  The video explains a provincewide check-in system called voterlookup.ca, […]

Art Gallery of Hamilton AGHJohn Rennison The Hamilton Spectator2/26/14

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 […]

VOTER TURNOUT

What will it take to bring out voters?

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 […]

VOTING

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 […]

PARADELA

Candidates: Show concern for the common good

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 […]

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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 […]

Brian McHattie__John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator__3/17/14

Mayor’s race still in active campaign mode

The race for chief executive of Hamilton is still in active campaign mode, despite the provincial election that’s swallowing up public attention. In fact there was a double-barrelled development Tuesday for the Oct. 27 municipal election, with mayoralty candidate Brian McHattie offering a three-part plan to deal with school closings and opponent Fred Eisenberger campaigning […]

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