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Seven Hamilton school trustee candidates band to pitch ‘people’s mandate’
Platform vows to put moratorium on closures, provide an educational assistant for every elementary school class, spend more on school maintenance and effectively reverse decisions to shutter Parkview and Mountain vocational schools.
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John Iachelli challenges incumbent Lloyd Ferguson for Ancaster council seat "This guy apparently doesn't understand that when the value of your home doubles so do your property taxes. Doesn't really instill confidence."
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Grade 6 students ‘just fine on basic math,’ Sandals insists "Minister Sandals' contempt for evidence based research in the classroom is astounding. How stupid does she think taxpayers are that we are to believe IPads in the hands of 9 year olds will help them with their multiplication tables? And equally ins"
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Danko wants to fix ‘severely flawed’ school ARCs "She's right in saying the process is severely flawed. It is. But I do not trust that when push comes to shove, she will do what's best for the ward. I fear she will simply circle her wagons around Queensdale and protect it at all costs. Letting wh"
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Are the candidates for Hamilton's council and school boards pretenders or contenders?
As the summer season fades and the kids are sent off to school, municipal politics starts to become serious business for candidates and residents alike. From Sept. 4, the 109 declared candidates for city council and both boards of education have 53 days until the Oct. 27 election to get noticed in what is shaping up to be a changing of the guard in Hamilton municipal politics. But what are these candidates campaigning for?
COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Time to end board’s patronizing attitude
Knowledge, truth and reason were actively shut down by board staff at every opportunity throughout the school review process.
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Beattie hopes to follow in family’s Stoney Creek trustee footsteps
His dad, Stewart, served on the former Wentworth County school board from 1982 to 1994, while his granddad, George Smith, was a trustee in the 1960s.
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Danko wants to fix ‘severely flawed’ school ARCs
Dawn Danko says her bid to become Ward 7’s new public school trustee this fall is inspired by her involvement in the “severely flawed” accommodation review that will close three central Mountain elementary schools next June.
McHattie gets mayoral nod from Hamilton Labour Council
The Hamilton and District Labour Council has endorsed some familiar faces for council in this fall’s municipal election.
COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Pay attention and be sure to mark your X
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Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustee hopeful says Ward 6 deserves better
The mother of three said she and other parents were left on their own when trying to resolve issues at school because they couldn’t reach incumbent Laura Peddle.
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Jessica Brennan joins trustee exodus
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is losing its lead voice – in more ways than one – to music.
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Ancaster-Glanbrook-Winona trustee candidate Serena Samuels sees plenty wrong with Hamilton school board, incumbent Alex Johnstone
Serena Samuels isn’t shying away from criticizing the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board or the trustee she hopes to replace in this fall’s municipal election.
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Brian McHattie column: School closure approach by City Hamilton, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board irresponsible
Ainslie Wood, Westdale and Dundas neighbourhoods have a lot in common - both with vibrant business areas, McMaster University and spectacular geography strongly influenced by Cootes Paradise Marsh and Forest, and the Niagara Escarpment with Dundas Valley to the southwest and the bay to the northeast.
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Judith Bishop sees opportunity in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board's shakeup
Trustee is doing her part to give the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board a big shakeup this fall, one she says is an opportunity for renewal.
Will the 'People's Platform' represent the voice of Hamilton's people?
A group of Hamilton citizens are trying to change the local municipal matrix and get potential politicians to listen to the public’s concerns. The Hamilton Civic League, with support from various social activist groups, such the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and the Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability, are encouraging people from across the city to participate in a series of forums over the next three months to identify the issues and possibly a vision for how they want their city to be governed over the next four years. The idea is to craft a list of issues that will become a “Peoples’ Platform” that candidates can either champion once they become councillors, or reject at their possible peril.
MP David Christopherson says no again to run for Hamilton mayor’s chair
Hamilton Centre NDP MP David Christopherson remains committed to serving in Ottawa rather than taking another shot at becoming the mayor of his beloved city.
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Judith Bishop bows out after 26 years as Hamilton public board trustee
Judith Bishop's 26-year run as a public school board trustee will come to an end this fall.
Mayor Bratina says Hamilton’s next mayor will have an easier time than he did
Mayor Bob Bratina says the next Hamilton mayor will enter the position with few pressing issues facing the person, unlike what was confronting him after the 2010 mayoral race when former mayor Fred Eisenberger was defeated.
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Mayor Bratina looks to Hamilton East-Stoney Creek for federal Liberal nomination
Bratina will be eyeing a Liberal nomination for the 2015 federal election once his mayoral term is finished this November, but it won’t be in Hamilton Centre.
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