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For this episode of the Round-Up we examine a disappointing trend in Halton of candidates for public office not showing up for debates.

In the race for Halton Catholic School Board Trustees, a major debate was cancelled due to numerous candidates declining the invitation to attend.  The Regional Chair position isn’t fairing any better.  These elections matter due to the power and influence they can have on the places we live.  What is driving this troubling trend?  What should we do about candidates not wanting to answer our questions?  Democracy depends on proper engagement with the voters.  When candidates don’t show up to answer them, its a dark path we start down.  Roland and Joel get quite heated about this one.

Then, we look at how the Hamilton mayoral race is heating up.  Despite our misgivings that this would be a snooze fest and Andrea Horwath would walk into the mayor’s office without a fight, the race has been quite interesting.  After a well publicized debate between Keanin Loomis and Andrea Horwath on Cable 14, the race has become a bit of a free for all.  Horwath’s campaign has struck out against commentator Laura Babcock for her support of Keanin Loomis, and third place Bob Bratina is resorting to the tried and true law and order tactic.  Both Horwath and Bratina seemingly have their targets set on Loomis.  Does that make him the front runner?  We look at all of it and give you our analysis.

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