Poll rates “likability” of possible Hamilton mayors

A telephone survey asking Hamiltonians to rate the “likability” of seven local politicians set talk ablaze Friday at the water cooler and on social media over who’s doing polling for the mayor’s race. The automated poll asks voter a series of questions to rate or compare Councillors Tom Jackson, Lloyd Ferguson, Terry Whitehead, incumbent mayor […]

Duelling Junos & what music moves Don Ross

By Joan Walters / Hamilton Spectator Two mayoralty candidates are taking credit for their part in bringing the Juno Awards to Hamilton – one for the 2015 show, the other for getting the awards here in the first place. Former city councillor Don Ross – who declared for mayor last month – notes he was […]

Branding Hamilton as a music centre is part of McHattie’s campaign

See update on Hamilton groups nominated for Junos at thespec.com * * * When councillor Brian McHattie held his official mayor’s race campaign launch, it wasn’t a big surprise that rising Hamilton rock & roots group Harlan Pepper was the band. (Above: Harlan Pepper was in the Top 10 for Hockey Night in Canada’s song […]

BACKGROUND: Campaign Finances

Mayor Bob Bratina’s $15,000 presentation on amalgamation this month prompted grumbling about the propriety of using City of Hamilton funds for what some councillors considered straight-up electioneering. Bratina is viewed as a mayoralty candidate who hasn’t yet declared, and opponents objected to the use of his office budget to take care of an unfulfilled 2010 […]

ISSUES: Homelessness

The extreme cold of recent weeks underscores the issue of homelessness in Hamilton, an important topic  in the campaign for the October municipal election.

BACKGROUNDER: Fluoride not on the ballot

From time to time during the 2014 election year, SpecVotes will do quick background briefings on issues that are of interest provincewide.  Fluoride is a logical pick, since so many Ontario communities are currently struggling with this sensitive topic.

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