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John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

Tim McCabe on the record

CBC Hamilton staged a live mayoralty debate on October 15th at which there was some discussion about an interview Tim McCabe the former General Manager of Planning and Economic Development gave to the Bay Observer last fall. In it, McCabe talked about his role in landing the Canada Bread and Maple Leaf foods plants and his relations with the mayors and ... Read More »

Hamilton Public and Catholic School Board Races

Change in the air for Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Two Vacant seats and two acclamations on Catholic School Board Regardless of who is elected to serve as Trustee for the 11 seats on the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, there will be significant change when the new board first meets. Seven of the current trustees have decided not to ... Read More »

Lloyd Ferguson Candidate Council Ward 12 Ancaster

Ferguson CBC

“I care about Ancaster!”   Thank you to the Bay Observer for providing this forum to share with voters in Ancaster my record of achievement over the past eight years as the elected Councillor for Ward 12 and, for my vision of the next term of City Council. I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the residents of ... Read More »

Marie Robbins, Hamilton Ward 9 Council Candidate

As a first-time candidate for City Council, but a long-time community advocate, Rotarian, businessperson and volunteer, I feel that my lifetime of experience has given me a keen awareness of the issues that are facing our city. I spent most of the summer going around Ward 9 (Heritage Stoney Creek) in order to find out from residents what they felt ... Read More »


I entered the 2014 G.H.A. “Greater Hamilton Area”, Municipal Election Mayoral Race because of what my fellow Plebeians/Common Folk, advise me they want accomplished: austerity. As Mayor I’ll cut my salary by 1/3. Hamilton has a 6 million infrastructure deficit. CAD $1.2 trillion across federal and provincial governments. We’re broke! Plebiscites on the Ballot on issues such as Fluoride, LRT; ... Read More »

Eric Monterroza Ward 3 English Public School Board


How to boost school enrollment: think outside-the-box By: Erick Monterroza The public school board in Hamilton is facing tough times these days.  While there have been many foolish decisions made by the board lately, I want to remain positive.  Having put my name forward as a candidate for Trustee in Ward 3, my campaign motto is “Change the Board!” For ... Read More »

Labour Council endorses candidates in municipal elections

HAMILTON – The Hamilton and District Labour Council has endorsed the following candidates for election to Hamilton City Council and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board: Mayor: Brian McHattie City Councillors: Ward 1: Sandy Shaw Ward 2: Jason Farr Ward 3: Matthew Green Ward 4: Sam Merulla Ward 6: Tom Jackson Ward 7: Scott Duvall Ward 8: Terry Whitehead Ward 9: ... Read More »

Preliminary Schedule of Mayoralty Debates

(Schedule as of August 18, 2014 – will be updated) SEPTEMBER   September 9TH  (Tuesday) From 7pm to 9pm Freeway Cafe All Candidate Discussion Location: On the North West Corner of Wellington St., N., at King St. E. September 22nd   (Monday) From 4pm to pm? The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic & The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction Mayoral Candidates Roundtable ... Read More »

Hamilton Lancaster wowing UK audiences


The Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster is in the middle of a busy schedule of appearances in the UK and the British media are all over it. Click  here for pictures and video.       Read More »

It takes courage

Ferguson CBC

To hear Coun. Chad Collins, you’d think the politicization of the appointment of the Chief of Police was something new. As if. Make no mistake—this isn’t about the distasteful practice of string-pulling to decide who should be Hamilton’s Police Chief–the only real issue here is WHO is pulling the strings. Coun. Lloyd Ferguson showed guts in casting the deciding vote ... Read More »