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17 Responses to “Send Us Your Stuff”
  1. Dear Spec Votes Editors,

    Re: “Election Stories on thespec.com”

    I very much appreciate the coverage you’ve given to me and my campaign in this 2014 Municipal Election @ http://thespecgraphics-hamilton.com/electionApp/index.html#/candidates where you invite all Candidates to respond to questions and post a 1 minute video which I did. Thank you.

    HOWEVER, in all your coverage of the Mayor’s Race @ http://specvotes.com/category/mayor/, Spec Votes seems to have inadvertently left any story or picture of me or my Campaign from within its “Election Stories on thespec.com”. Notwithstanding that I came in 4th out of 15 Contenders for Mayor in 2010 and was the 2nd Candidate to be Officially Nominated on day 1 of the New Year, just minutes behind Councillor Brian McHattie, I was barely mentioned in your report of Nominations that day as a “perennial candidate, also running”.

    Spec Votes even published a full story, with picture, of first time Candidate Crystal Lavigne and family. It even has a story and picture of Don Ross withdrawing. I just can’t figure it out? My exclusion must be an OVER-SIGHT. It runs contrary to the integrity I have witnessed personally of the Editorial Spirit of Spec Votes and their interactive ground breaking web based coverage of this 2014 Municipal Election. Bravo Folks!

    I would feel a lot more equal to my peers if Spec Votes would publish a story on my campaign so I may enjoy the same advantage as the other candidates for Mayor have in reaching Hamilton Electorate.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Be well and prosper,
    In peace, bless us all

    Reverend Brother Michael Baldasaro
    2014 Mayoral Candidate

    • SpecVotes says:

      Hello – Comments acknowledged. We will be posting all the candidates’ op-ed pieces that run in the paper and on thespec.com — the feature called “Candidates Speak” as the Ontario election campaign closes in June and the municipal campaign ramps up again. Yours is one of them.

      • @theBaldasaro

        Dear Hello

        I am not talking about future “Candidates Speak” pieces which hasn’t happened yet.

        I posted a 1 minute video along with my answers to SpecVotes Questions under “Find Your Ward and the Candidates” http://specvotes.com/2212-2/ and I was among, if not the first to do so and I can see by looking that only a very few Candidates bothered to respond.

        WHAT I AM SAYING IS the Spectator has not WRITTEN and POSTED a STORY on me or my campaign as it has done with other Candidates in its coverage of the Municipal Election.
        This I see and an inequality and am left to wonder wonder why?

        Thank you.

        Michael Baldasaro, 2014 Mayoral Candidate
        https://www.facebook.com/groups/BaldasaroForMayor/

        • SpecVotes says:

          The articles on http://thespec.com under the elections section are handled by our news desk, where there’s an Elections Editor. SpecVotes carries a selection of stories published on thespec.com or in the newspaper. Sorry if we’ve left you confused about coverage

      • That would be good. Thank you.
        Sped Votes deserves a round of applause for providing this interactive platform which all Candidates, regardless of financial means can be treated equally.
        @TheBaldasaro

        • Please accept my apologies for the mis-spelling of the words “Spec Votes” and “as an equality”.
          The only thing missing here is the ability to edit after posting! LoL “Lots of Love”
          @TheBaldasaro

      • Da! I was aware. Time for bed. Bless us all and thanks again for what you do.
        It’s just that I feel left out regards MY STORY being told by a Reporter, that’s all!

        • Abracadabra! says:

          Hard luck soul.

        • Juliet Boyd says:

          You are a tenaceous man Brother Michael and speak to the issues that matter to me and many other plebians.. Newspapers are owned by the ruling class and will only support that class of people so, you will never recieve the recognition you truly deserve in the public media.

  2. doug adamson says:

    you are too kind brother

  3. stephen stewart says:

    Every one in the election deserves equal treatment and equal coverage of the election, so the Spec should think about that.

  4. Stephanie Ouwehand says:

    I recently received an Ontario PC pamphlet for my riding, in support of Donna Skelly. I noticed that in 2009 she spearheaded keeping CHCH-TV and worked with the horse racing industry-all in effort to save local jobs and “preserve the livelihood of thousands of families and businesses.” What about the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will be lost over the course of the next several years if Tim Hudak is elected as the Ontario Premier? What about all the businesses that will suffer due to these lost jobs? For example, 100,000 people will lose income and benefits. I am a new teacher and I am one of those 100,000. A loss of benefits and wages means purchasing power and contraction of local economies. I won’t be able to go to the chiropractor anymore, which is the only thing that has eliminated my lower back pain. I won’t be going out to eat and supporting local restaurants. I won’t be able to donate to the university I attended, in order to support students on bursaries and scholarships. When I was in university I depended on the support of these extra funds and I may not have completed my degree if it weren’t for the contributions of generous donors.

    I realize that we are in a provincial deficit, but are we not just coming out of a recession? It takes time to bounce back. Also, I noticed Ontario PC wants to reduce taxes. Wait…let me think about that. We need to reduce our deficit. Taxes help pay for essential service. Now we want to cut the money to those services to balance the budget? How will we pay for education, health care, and all the highways that have been devastated by our harsh winters? Okay, so that’s why there is a plan to cut jobs and freeze wages. Yet on the other hand, the Ontario PC party boasts about increasing wages. This doesn’t add up. Furthermore, Tim Hudak is planning to introduce more standardized testing: science. According to the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) website, the math and language standardized testing cost $32 million in 2009. Aside from possibly losing my job, an extended 2% pay freeze in my job means I cannot keep up with rising costs. I want to have children in the next few years and I worry about being able to afford a decent home and providing quality food for my family.

    My Ontario PC candidate brochure also includes a photo of Donna Skelly at a fundraiser for local families with children with autism. While it seems like this political party is supporting something wonderful, they are in fact going to cut services in schools so that students with autism and other communication and/or behavioral issues will not get the support they require. If I were a teacher in a secured job position, I would not want to see what this new classroom model looks like: less support and larger classrooms. It is already challenging enough, as it is right now, to get students the support they require. And now the plan is to make it worse? What about the parents and families of these children who require the necessary support?

    Tim Hudak’s catchy ”million jobs plan” doesn’t fool me. I am curious, Mr. Hudak, will these million jobs be full-time positions and provide good benefits to employees and their families? How long will it be until you impose pay freezes on these future workers? When will you decide those jobs need to be cut as well? How will you make up for all the lost jobs you promise in your platform? One hundred thousand people losing their jobs will devastate the system. After having researched the Ontario PC political party, I am not supporting the Conservative government and I am not supporting Tim Hudak as Ontario’s premier.

    Stephanie Ouwehand
    Teacher
    Hamilton, Ontario

  5. Melissa McQueen says:

    As an interested voter and person wearing several hats within both the young professional and business communities I find it frustrating and frankly, unacceptable that some mayoral candidates’ contact information is essentially non-existent. Those who have not submitted their email addresses at the very least to the SpecVotes page are forcing their potential voters to scour the Internet in vain for a way to get in touch. In my opinion, there is no excuse for serious candidates to not provide a line of open communication.

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