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Graeme MacKay on Bob Bratina

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 […]

Bratina is out: Who’s running for Hamilton mayor?

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, […]

UPDATED: Bratina will he or won’t run again?

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 * * * The Spectator’s Andrew Dreschel reported in Friday’s column that Bob Bratina does not plan to run again as mayor of Hamilton., […]

Why is Brian McHattie running so hard?

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 […]

Dreschel: NDP says the rich should fund LRT

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 […]

Grant intended to promote diversity in local politics

A campaign is under way to have more women and visible minorities on the ballot for the October municipal election. The Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion has teamed up with Elect More Women and The Maytree Foundation to organize a boot camp to promote civic inclusion in government relations. With the help of a $122,500 […]

What Hamilton Hive member Diana Glennie considers the important election issues

Part of a series of Q&A features with Hamilton’s young professionals – members of Hamilton Hive – in the lead-up to the 2014 Municipal Election. Name: Diana Glennie Age: 30 Employed as: Sessional lecturer, PhD candidate (Medical Physics), McMaster University Desired job: Medical Physicist Where do you live? Kirkendall neighborurhood, homeowner Have you ever voted […]

Mayor infuriates some with LRT blog post

By Matthew Van Dongen Attention light-rail fans: Mayor Bob Bratina says he’s always been keen on LRT. Just not along the $800-million east-west route council is asking the province to fund.

Andrew Dreschel: Use of city logo a no-go

Bob Assadourian: ‘passion’ got the best of him / Hamilton Spectator file photo  By Andrew Dreschel Given the building election fever, it’s no surprise Hamilton has recorded its first alleged Municipal Elections Act violation of the young campaign. City staff has notified freshly-baked Ward 3 candidate Bob Assadourian that he broke the rules by using […]

What Hamilton Hive member Ryan Moran looks for in a politician

The first in a series of Q&A features with Hamilton’s young professionals – members of Hamilton Hive – in the lead-up to the 2014 Municipal Election.  Name:  Ryan Moran

Ward 1 candidate looking to relieve pressure from student housing

Ward 1 candidate Ira Rosen has made his support public for a new development on Leland Street, despite some objections by residents. (Above, one of the street perspectives for 71-77 Leland Street) The proposal is for an apartment building geared to students, with 129 furnished bachelor suites in a five-storey complex. Rosen says a purpose-built […]

Poll rates “likability” of possible Hamilton mayors

A telephone survey asking Hamiltonians to rate the “likability” of seven local politicians set talk ablaze Friday at the water cooler and on social media over who’s doing polling for the mayor’s race. The automated poll asks voter a series of questions to rate or compare Councillors Tom Jackson, Lloyd Ferguson, Terry Whitehead, incumbent mayor […]

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