Powers not running again

Longtime Dundas Councillor Russ Powers will not run in the municipal election this fall. Powers has served as a Dundas representative for 27 years at various levels of government, but announced in a June 26 letter he will retire from municipal politics. Powers’ letter didn’t address rumours he would run for the  Liberals in the […]

Issues: Arts funding battle brews

To what degree is arts funding an issue for this fall’s municipal election? A fight over scarce arts funding looms with a planned overhaul of the city’s hodgepodge of community grants. The public will have the month of July to comment on a new “city enrichment fund” designed to swallow all other city grant programs […]

What will it take to bring out voters?

Even though the June 12 Ontario election produced a slight uptick in voter turnout, it’s still a long road to seeing a significantly higher proportion of the population casting their ballots. Writer Margaret Shkimba produced this commentary on the issue. * * * By Margaret Shkimba I went on TV last week. Cable 14. That’s […]

Focus Turns to Municipal Election & Voter Turnout

  With the Ontario general election over, the focus returns  to the municipal vote in October – and also to voter turnout, which went up slightly in the poll that gave Premier Kathleen Wynne a majority June 12. * * * Voters in municipal elections traditionally are the least likely to vote, with only 49 […]

Candidates: Show concern for the common good

This is the second installment of One Vote, a feature where voters  talk about what it will take to get their support in the June 12 Ontario election / By Teri Pecoskie * * * Christina Paradela’s vote in next month’s provincial election hinges on two C’s: consideration for the community and consideration for the […]

Mayor’s race still in active campaign mode

The race for chief executive of Hamilton is still in active campaign mode, despite the provincial election that’s swallowing up public attention. In fact there was a double-barrelled development Tuesday for the Oct. 27 municipal election, with mayoralty candidate Brian McHattie offering a three-part plan to deal with school closings and opponent Fred Eisenberger campaigning […]

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