School trustee candidates band together

By Meredith MacLeod/ Hamilton Spectator Seven public school trustee candidates in the October municipal election have banded together under a platform that includes putting a five-year moratorium on school closures. Experts say the move is highly unusual in a municipal election. It comes at a time when the board will see a big turnover in […]

Mayoral race gets down to business

By Andrew Dreschel SEE MORE  from this author Labour Day is over. People are back from vacation. And the real municipal election period has now begun. Among the 10 nominees running for mayor of Hamilton, the big names on the slate remain fixed at three — Councillor Brian McHattie, Councillor Brad Clark, and former mayor […]

Clark: Pull the plug on Hamilton LRT

By Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton Spectator Mayoral candidate Brad Clark is officially calling on Hamilton to pull the plug on a contentious bid for an $811-million LRT system in favour of negotiating cheaper bus rapid transit with the province. The Stoney Creek councillor said he will oppose pursuing the 14-kilometre light-rail line from McMaster […]

Hamilton website angers Oakville mayor

By Bill Dunphy / Hamilton Spectator Is Ken Seville a democracy activist, empowering voters? Or a reckless publisher ducking responsibility for errors? The answer, it seems, depends on who you’re talking to. Seville, a serial tech entrepreneur with a political science bent, says his site, democravise.com, is “a platform for voters to share information” about […]

Municipal Politics: A New Approach

Commentary: By Louie Milojevic Achieving transformational change of a renaissance calibre in Hamilton requires that Hamiltonians elect leaders of no ordinary ability. This expectation is of course popularly voiced every election. However, encouraging greater voter participation and candidate diversity, initiatives historically heralded as the surest way of improving democratic government, gives voters only a partial […]

McHattie gets labour endorsement

 By Andrew Dreschel The Hamilton and District Labour Council is endorsing Brian McHattie for mayor. McHattie was chosen based on a questionnaire of “priority issues” and a membership vote at a special Labour Council meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 13. Geoff Roman, acting Labour Council president, said McHattie was deemed the strongest candidate because of his […]

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