Ward sizes an election issue

 By Andrew Dreschel Re-drawing Hamilton’s ward boundaries may not be top of mind right now, but that should change when the civic election really gets rolling in a few weeks. Like it or not, the new city council elected in October is going to have to deal with the tension-charged issue of fair representation at […]

Shakespeare, swords & other election notes

By Matthew Van Dongen Mayoralty Candidates in tights Some election candidates aren’t afraid of the “Fringe” label. Four would-be councillors and three mayoral candidates fundraised for a chance to hit the stage Wednesday for the kick-off of Hamilton’s Fringe Festival. Aspiring mayoral thespian Michael Baldasaro earned the loudest acclaim for parading around the stage in […]

Democracy: Straight to Hamiltonians

By Steve Buist / Hamilton Spectator Here’s a novel concept for you. What if Hamilton residents came up with their own ideas for how the city could run and then presented those ideas to the politicians who might one day run the city? “It sounds a bit idealistic, doesn’t it?” said Norman Kearney, campaign director […]

Longshot candidate wants 2-term limit

Phil Ryerson doesn’t care that he’s a longshot to become the city’s next mayor. “Life is a longshot,” says the 49-year-old single parent, “and I’m a fighter.” Ryerson is a stay-at-home dad caring for his 11-year-old handicapped son. The former doorman and cab driver sees himself as an outsider and an “in-your-face guy,” who won’t […]

Twitter fight like a scene from Chandler

Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel invokes 1930s detective fiction writer Raymond Chandler in this piece about a Twitter cat fight. It’s a great read and a good tutorial on the burgeoning Hamilton mayoral campaign. (Image: Spectator Archives) * * * Perhaps it was the muggy weather that provoked it. Or maybe it’s just the overall political […]

McHattie and the 100-day tour

By Teri Pecoskie / The Hamilton Spectator Brian McHattie has a lot of walking ahead of him. The mayoral candidate and Ward 1 councillor has launched a 100-day tour of Hamilton’s nearly 200 neighbourhoods. His plan is visit at least one neighbourhood a day leading up to the Oct. 27  municipal election to meet residents […]

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