Hallmarks’ not just a greeting card anymore

Hallmarks’ is a greeting card company, right?  Wrong.  Well, sort of wrong.  It is also the title of a blog dedicated to keeping you, the Hamiltonian, up-to-date on the happenings in City Hall.  Written by Emma Reilly, it is a great way to stay involved and comment on the actions of your city councillors.

Not a huge fan of political jargon?

That’s okay!  This blog is written with a no-nonsense tone that is intended to inform you of the issues without all the lingo.

Visit Hall Marks at http://ideas.typepad.com/hall_marks_emma_reilly/

Need a quick refresher?

Hamilton has 15 City Councillor’s plus 1 mayor – all elected by the public.  They serve 5 year terms of office.  City Council meetings are held at the newly renovated City Hall building starting as of June 23, 2010.  Until then, officials are working out the Hamilton City Centre.

In case you didn’t know, the councillor for our ward (Ward 1) is Brian McHattie.  You can find out all about him – http://www.hamilton.ca/YourElectedOfficials/CityCouncillors/Ward1Councillor.htm or contact him yourself – bmchattie@hamilton.ca.

There couldn’t be a better time to get involved in local politics!  As a McMaster student you will most likely live in or have a personal stake in the Hamilton community for multiple years.  That is a lot of time to get involved in your local government and have a voice, and with over 20 000 undergraduate students we have a HUGE one!  To top it all off, there is a municipal election on the horizon – October 25th, 2010, to be specific.

Did you know?
Did you know Brian McHattie won his last election with 5068 votes?  That is equal to about 20% of the McMaster undergraduate population!