Hamilton, Ontario
  • Grants have Conservative bias
    Aug 03, 2015

    Five city wards – all part of Conservative ridings – got seven of the eight federal grants last week as part of the Canada 150 infrastructure funding announced on the eve of the election call.  Three of those went to the only Hamilton riding that might change hands on October 19.

  • Excessive election donations
    Jul 28, 2015

    Councillors insist they can’t be influenced by campaign donations, but that didn’t stop numerous contributors from pouring large amounts of money into last fall’s municipal elections. That included as many as five donors who may have exceeded the legal limit of $5000, but it is unclear whether they or the candidates who benefitted from their largesse will face any penalties.

  • More compliance audit revelations
    Jul 20, 2015

    Complaints about campaign financial irregularities have forced councillors to release more information on their spending and fundraising activities. Complainant Viv Saunders says these confirm many of her allegations and generate some additional ones which she has now submitted to the compliance audit committee.

  • How they voted in June
    Jul 17, 2015

    This is a regular CATCH summary of votes at committee and council meetings. This report covers the month of June 2015. The first line of each entry identifies the issue, followed by a brief description. This is followed by the location of the vote. Multiple votes on the same issue are reported together. Absentees are only listed where reported in the minutes and where the missing councillors are members of that committee or decision-making body. Links are provided to source documents.  Note that the vast majority of council decisions are unanimous and the votes are not officially recorded.

  • Illegal donations ignored
    Jul 13, 2015

    Dealing with illegal corporate donations is “beyond our mandate” says the chair of the city’s election compliance audit committee. The oversight committee also appears to be confused about the Municipal Elections Act it is supposed to be enforcing and unwilling to pursue any of the multiple allegations of questionable financial reporting of both elected and defeated candidates.

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