Early voters flock to Burlington

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 […]

Assigning Mayoral Profiles

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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.

How they voted

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 […]

Brad Clark calls for “flexible BRT” and a rebrand of the HSR

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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 […]

Transit talk on the campaign trail

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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 […]

What’s considered fair play during an election race?

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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 […]

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