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 […]

Rick Mercer on the municipal election

You probably don’t think of Rick Mercer in the same breath as the municipal election taking place in Ontario this fall. But the City of Burlington does. They’re showcasing this video of Mercer encouraging voters to find out if they’re on the list of registered voters.  The video explains a provincewide check-in system called voterlookup.ca, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Candidates Speak: Fred Eisenberger

The Spectator is inviting all registered municipal candidates  to submit one piece of commentary, to be published in the paper and online.  See below for more information.  This is the first – by Fred Eisenberger * * * I am running to be Hamilton’s next mayor. Why am I doing it? After all, I’ve been […]

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