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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.


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 »

Something to think about as you vote


Here is a sampling of news releases received by Ontario media from the two leading parties in the last 48 hours alone: Lib: New Developments Cast Doubt on PC Voter Fraud Denials PC: We are incredibly disturbed by a piece of literature being distributed by Steven Del Duca, the candidate for Vaughan. The piece depicts Tim Hudak laughing and walking ... Read More »

Will Bay Area see any provincial election upsets?


In the 2011 Provincial Election of the 6 Bay Area ridings, only one race could be remotely described as being close—Burlington– where PC Jane McKenna nosed out Liberal challenger Karmel Sakran by just over 2,000 votes. In Ancaster-Flamborough-Flamborough-Westdale, Ted McMeekin defeated TV personality Donna Skelly by a comfortable 4,500 votes. The other races were blowouts—NDPer Monique Taylor delivered the biggest upset, ... Read More »

Ontario’s dilemma: Who do you trust?


When Kim Campbell was running for re-election as Canada’s Prime Minister in 1993, she was mocked for her observation that “campaigns are not the time to discuss important issues.” One wonders what she would think if she has been paying any attention to the Ontario Election. Let’s face it, election campaigns have always been more about the spectacle than substance, ... Read More »

Municipal Challengers: Think for Yourself


Looking at the Hamilton Municipal race at present there is a possibility of the largest number of new faces on council in memory. In addition to a new mayor, we will have new representation in Wards 1, 3 and 9 for sure. In addition there is a likelihood of a new face in Dundas if Russ Powers steps aside. There ... Read More »