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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.



You may have heard a collective sigh of relief on October 27th as 11 incumbent members of Hamilton city council found themselves returned to office, along with former councillor and mayor Fred Eisenberger. Buoyed, some would say, by a combination of name recognition and voter apathy, and, to be fair, in some cases by the merits of their service; as ... Read More »

As he prepares to leave office, Bob Bratina offers some final thoughts on his term as mayor


Last Month Fred Eisenberger was elected mayor of Hamilton for a second term. Joining the new mayor will be four new councillors– Aiden Johnson, Matthew Green,  Doug Conley and Arlene Vanderbeek. Also last month, outgoing mayor Bob Bratina was acclaimed the candidate in Hamilton East Stoney Creek for the federal Liberal party. The Bay Observer sat down with Bob Bratina ... Read More »

An Array of unfinished business awaits the New Hamilton Council


As is often the case in an election year, as the election approaches, key political decisions are often punted to the new council. Sometimes it is done to avoid having to deal with a controversial topic at a time when the electorate is supposed to be paying close attention. But sometimes it is done because the measure being proposed requires ... Read More »

Memo reveals over-hyped LRT prospects for Hamilton

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Public and council were unaware of behind the scenes skepticism at Queens Park A February 2010 staff memo to then Mayor Fred Eisenberger suggests that contrary to what the public was being told, senior Queen’s Park officials were far from enthusiastic about committing funds for LRT in Hamilton. In fact they were not even prepared to commit to the Light ... Read More »

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

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“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 »