Ward 9: New faces, old hat

STONEY CREEK

By Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton Spectator Ward 9 councillors have regularly come and gone over the past five terms and another election means another  new face in Old Stoney Creek. Ward 9, which includes the former city’s downtown and part of Stoney Creek Mountain, will have elected four different councillors over five council terms […]

Ward 3: Many candidates, few votes

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By Matthew Van Dongen The late Bernie Morelli trounced his nearest competitor by more than 1,400 votes in every Ward 3 election since amalgamation. His successor will be lucky to escape Hamilton’s most crowded council race with that many votes in total. Morelli died of cancer in January, spurring a 15-candidate battle for relatively few […]

Ranked ballot a priority for 2018 civic elections, Premier Wynne says

Premier Kathleen Wynne has ordered her municipal affairs minister to give Ontario cities the option of using ranked ballots in the 2018 civic elections. In her mandate letter to Ted McMeekin, Wynne spells out the importance of leading “from the activist centre” with democratic reforms. “We will place emphasis on partnerships with businesses, communities and […]

EXCLUSIVE: Eisenberger leads in mayoral poll

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By Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton Spectator A new poll that gives Fred Eisenberger the early lead in Hamilton’s mayoral race also shows more than a third of voters remain undecided. The random poll of 839 city residents, conducted for the Spectator by Forum Research, shows the former mayor leading with 26 per cent support, […]

McHattie wants to attract skilled workers

Brian McHattieJohn Rennison The Hamilton Spectator4/1/14

Mayoral candidate Brian McHattie says Hamilton’s economic future depends on professional, highly skilled workers lured from Toronto and beyond. “I want our economic development department strategy to be laser-focused on jobs-rich sectors,” McHattie said at a campaign announcement Tuesday morning. As mayor, McHattie said, he’d focus on the medical, professional, and creative industries, as well […]

The Fine Art of Casting a Ballot

Casting ballots in the last municipal election, in 2010. TorStar News Service

By M Adrian Brassington Historically, Hamiltonians have returned incumbent councillors more than 90 per cent of the time. Why? Familiarity? Comfort? Better the devil you know …? Fear of things getting worse than they have been? All of the above? I think if you were to examine election results going back to the 1970s, you’d […]

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