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2014-01-01 at 10:14

Nominations open

By Leith Dunick,
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Thursday will mark opening day for candidates to file nominations for the 2014 municipal election.

Nominations for all seven wards, the five at-large positions, mayor and the school boards will open at 8:30 a.m. at the city clerk’s office at city hall, and close on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.

To be eligible to run in for city council in an Ontario municipality, a potential candidate must be 18 or older on the day the nomination is filed.

A candidate must also be eligible to vote in the municipality, cannot be a municipal employee not on an unpaid leave of absence, a judge of any court, an MP, MPP or a senator or an inmate serving a sentence in a penal or correctional institution.

Ward candidates do not have to live in the ward they choose to run in, but should they choose a ward in which they don’t live, they would not be able to vote for themselves, according to documents provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. They must, however, be a resident of the ward they're running in on nomination day. 

To qualify to run in a school board election a candidate must live within the jurisdiction of the board and be eligible to vote in a school board election, aged 18 or older when nomination papers are filed.

School board employees can only run if they take an unpaid leave of absence and must resign their position if they are elected.

The fee to file a nomination to run for the head of council – in Thunder Bay’s case, for mayor – is $200. It’s $100 for all other positions. This fee must be paid when the nomination is handed in. Fees are refundable if one’s candidacy is withdrawn, if you are elected or if you receive more than two per cent of the votes cast for the office.

Withdrawals must be made in writing no later than the close of nominations.

The muncipal election is scheduled for Oct. 27. 

A complete list of municipal election regulations can be found here.

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tbay99 says:
Vote out Hobbs! A complete failure of a mayor based on his initial campaign platform.
1/1/2014 1:18:47 PM
sky high says:
Best mayor we've ever had! Thunder Bay is coming alive again and the changes we are going to see after he wins re-election are going to be phenomenal. Best that you cane-shakers, who can't stand to see the city change for the better, accept what is happening.
1/1/2014 2:36:21 PM
tbay99 says:
Ya ya we get it sky high everyone who disagrees with you is a "can shaker", your comments are getting old. Sorry but some people in this city show some financial restraint and paying millions upon millions on pet projects and artwork is NOT their idea of necessary changes. Either you do not own a home and pay any property tax or you are just clearly "sky high".
1/1/2014 9:24:35 PM
sky high says:
Sounds like someone else gets a tad antsy when they are disagreed with :) Not only do I own my home and pay a lot of property tax but I support this community by giving a lot of money to charity. I'm just tired of cane-shakers trying to keep this city in a state of torpor, and that is exactly what we'll always be if we don't spend some money on things such as the events centre. This is why we need to re-elect Hobbs, and he WILL win the next election. The people doing all the whining about him are a small seems like a larger group because the people who are happy with the upcoming changes (except for me)don't spend even a fraction of the time jawing like your cane-group does. Just you will be Hobbs.
1/2/2014 8:27:20 AM
tbay99 says:
Sky high it must be nice to be such a well-off individual where clearly money is of no concern to you. Unfortunately this is NOT the case for many people in this city who are already dealing with rising hydro, water and TAX bills. Sorry to break it to you but not everyone is as financially blessed as yourself. It seems like you have lived under a rock for a while, have you not noticed governments around the world have been cutting back spending? Why do you think Thunder Bay should be doing the opposite? Since when were we so well-off that we could afford any multimillion dollar project that is proposed?

Spout off your fake facts and propaganda all you want nobody takes you serious on here.
1/2/2014 1:39:38 PM
sky high says:
If that's true that I'm well off and financially secure, maybe that's because I've worked hard and haven't squandered my income. As for no one taking me seriously, I see I have 53 'agrees' on my first post. Shake your can at that.
1/2/2014 6:10:11 PM
S Duncan says:
but theres 205 above yours.
1/2/2014 7:34:26 PM
sky high says:
Yes but the smaller, more vocal group of protestors always make more noise. It's quite possible that he has agreed with himself more than 200 times. Hobbs will win in a landslide
1/3/2014 7:27:54 AM
S Duncan says:
I find it more likely that you agreed with yourself 53 times. Theres way more people commenting here who apparently dont feel the way you do. Youre all by yourself aside from Hobbs' bootlicker TBDR.
1/3/2014 12:29:17 PM
sky high says:
Oh Tim H, lol. From the one who hits agree on his own comments 100s of times. Not much credibility there gramps! Shake that cane!
1/3/2014 7:04:50 PM
young&concerned says:
This photo says it appears someone has awoken Hobbs from his 3 year nap, to ask him if he is planning on running again.

1/1/2014 1:29:49 PM
young&concerned says:
Hey Thunder bay here is a warming thought...only 300 more days and it's all over!
1/1/2014 1:47:06 PM
young&concerned says:
Hobbs you must have something better you can spend $200 dollars on and besides it's going to cost you a lot more money to have all new campaign posters and videos made up! Because you sure as hell can't use the ones from 2010!
1/1/2014 1:58:21 PM
tsb says:
I hope to see both of you on the ballot in October, then!! I will pay your $200 submission fee, even! Come on, Thunder Bay, let's do it!! If there is someone out there better than Keith Hobbs, run for mayor!!
1/1/2014 2:21:35 PM
cm punk says:
He looks very sleepy
1/1/2014 2:55:01 PM
S Duncan says:
He looks much worse than sleepy :)

In fact, he reminds me of another of the seven dwarfs. The last one... I forget his name..

oh yes now I remember it. Dopey.
1/2/2014 4:07:15 PM
jonthunder says:
I am shocked to learn that a ward candidate does not have to live in the ward they live in or govern from; this defeats the whole concept of ward representation. Clearly our municipal elections act/rules need to change.
1/1/2014 5:12:57 PM
minstrel says:
one may for example work or run a business in a ward they do not live in, and may want to represent the ward for that reason.
1/1/2014 8:08:43 PM
musicferret says:
He's going to need all new campaign materials videos etc because he basically didn't do a single thing he said he would do in his promo stuff from last campaign.

My vote will go to anyone who is actually running on a campaign of fiscal responsibility rather than the status quo of endless tax increases and spending on white elephant projects and raises for police and fire depts.

Hobbs is NOT that person, based on his dismal last few years. He pretty much failed at everything he said he would do.... plus taxes raised well beyond the rate of inflation each and every year he was in. Its not sustainable and shows a lack of basic economic understanding. We can't keep doing this.
1/1/2014 6:49:15 PM
advocate says:
He is not great, but not awful. He is not much better than Peterson, but is much better with communicating with the public than her.

He has basically accomplished very few of his proposed goals. However, his goals were ridiculous and were unattainable. As soon as he realized what the job entails, he learned quickly and gets major props for that.

I am not sure we will find a better candidate and expect him to either be unopposed or opposed only be unrealistic candidates.

1/1/2014 7:13:49 PM
dynamiter says:
If you want to be elected as a mayor - Have the one thing in your arsenal that Mr Hobbs does not have. That is I pledge to push council for a plebiscite on the location of the New Event center. What will the question be? Thunder Bay, Lakehead , The Lakehead - sorry mind was drifting.

Should we have an new event center built? Y N . If one is to be built - what is the best locations - Proposed downtown waterfront _____ Next to the airport _______ Annova Park________
1/1/2014 7:21:49 PM
advocate says:
This whole election will be a big plebiscite on the Event Centre. You will have politicians for and against it, and for the Marina or other areas.

Just like how during the last election, all of the pro-waterfront development candidates got reelected.
1/1/2014 8:52:30 PM
mystified says:
Downtown Waterfront.
The other choices are ridiculous.
1/2/2014 7:09:48 PM
TBDR says:
the funny thing about this is 9 out of the 10 comments against hobbs came from people who posted that they figured he'd get destroyed in the last election. I guess being wrong is habit forming eh guys. He'll get re-elected. Guaranteed.
1/1/2014 9:35:36 PM
S Duncan says:
and probably 8 out of those 9 voted for Hobbs. His vote count came largely because of his campaign that preached fiscal responsibility, tough on crime agenda, and one that promised us no more wild spending sprees.

He flat out lied about every one of those issues, and then some. He has done the exact opposite of what he promised. That alone will ensure his failed re-election attempt.

He also was voted in as a no more Peterson candidate. There were better choices to be made but voting for someone other than Hobbs was just a vote for Peterson.

Next time, who knows? It depends on who runs. I personally am interested and my platform would be based on a simple "NO" No more spending, no more extravagant nonsense. No more welfare, charity, property development, donations, handouts, payouts, buy outs, court cases, in camera meetings, no more art, no more bike lanes, no more arena talk, etc...

just stick to roads, sewers, street lights. reduce taxes reduce staff, reduce council, etc.
1/1/2014 11:33:02 PM
Ringettemom says:
I will bet $200 you, as usual, are all talk and won't put your money where your mouth is and walk the walk. No way will you actually run, insert excuse why not here and then just crotchety complaining til the next election. About right?

Oh, and since when does such a Christian veto all charity? Weird.
1/2/2014 10:57:04 AM
sky high says:
If he won't then I will pay the 200 bones for your top cane-shaker candidate to run for the mayoral position. I promise, I will pay it. I'll even make his or her posters. Bring it on gran.
1/2/2014 1:24:48 PM
S Duncan says:
Im a Muslim. I don't get what my religion has to do with anything I said.

Are you a religophobe? Or do you just hate Christians?
1/2/2014 4:03:53 PM
Thor Odinson says:
Sure Tim H./Delbert Grady/pieislandrefugee. You're Muslim now. Who you trying to BS? We all know who you are. You were a half-decent troll before you started using the same style for every new alias, but anyone can pick up on when one disappears and a new one shows up making the same comments.
1/3/2014 2:35:56 AM
S Duncan says:
So anybody that uses their initial and proper name who disagrees with you is automatically the same person??

I hate to break it to you but not everybody thinks along the narrow pathway that you do, so you shouldnt be surprised and hateful when you come across one.

Its quite childish, arrogant, and unhealthy to try to lump multiple people into one little category so you can hate them collectively.

Your criteria for doing so seems to be just enough to consider the term "paranoia".

What mentally healthy reason is there to focus on the name of the commenter rather than the content of it? I'm anxiously waiting for your answer on that one.

As for those people you mentioned, I wonder why we dont see those names anymore? Perhaps those names arent permitted anymore? Or who knows what happened? Maybe newswatch found those peoples comments contrary to the left wing propaganda they promote?

and what does religion have to do with any of this? just another group to hate on?
1/3/2014 12:24:28 PM
S Duncan says:
So anybody that uses their initial and proper name who disagrees with you is automatically the same person??

I hate to break it to you but not everybody thinks along the narrow pathway that you do, so you shouldnt be surprised and hateful when you come across one.

Its quite childish, arrogant, and unhealthy to try to lump multiple people into one little category so you can hate them collectively.

Your criteria for doing so seems to be just enough to consider the term "paranoia".

What mentally healthy reason is there to focus on the name of the commenter rather than the content of it? I'm anxiously waiting for your answer on that one.

As for those people you mentioned, I wonder why we dont see those names anymore? Perhaps those names arent permitted anymore? Or who knows what happened? Maybe newswatch found those peoples comments contrary to the left wing propaganda they promote?

and what does religion have to do with any of this? just another group to hate on?
1/3/2014 12:24:32 PM
Jeannied says:
Perhaps he doesn't understand why he was barred before. Or how ip addresses work? Love your posts, Thor :)
1/3/2014 4:48:27 PM
Thor Odinson says:
Always nice to meet a fan :)

And as always, Tiny Tim goes off on a rant about the left wing. I'm surprised there were no incorrect uses of the word 'socialism' in there are well. Classic right wing deflection (a long post crying victimhood) to try and draw attention away from me outing him as the same troll who's been on these boards for years, spouting the same BS. Good job, Tim/Delbert/pie. Keep making yourself look like a knob. You aren't helping make your posts credible by doing this. Try changing things up a bit.
1/3/2014 10:50:20 PM
S Duncan says:
When "charity" consists taking peoples municipal tax dollars, then giving them out to special causes that our con-cillors deem worthy, it isn't charity at all.

Its theft.

Nothing more, nothing less.
1/2/2014 7:32:48 PM
nvjgu says:
I personally would like to see the the whole lot of them out of there, or at least Mr Ruberto. But I guess theres not going to be anybody else to vote for is there. Same career politicians that are clueless as to what happin's to people of a typical Thunder Bay wage when rates, taxes go up like they have been. Peoples wage's are just not keeping up especially fixed income. My fixed income mother is going to be out of her house this year because of all the hikes, and they want to keep seniors in there homes. The next round of hikes with just about do it for her living in her own home.
1/1/2014 11:57:38 PM
The Beaver..... says:
I hope he makes it,he is known as a sad sack fool from Thunder Bay. Pretty distinctive I say. He should get Michel the popsicle stick guy to give him a helping hand.
1/2/2014 8:21:43 AM
tex_mex-fry says:
Vote Quimby
1/2/2014 10:51:38 AM
spazz says:
if all the loud grandstanders here actually voted at a polling station instead of in the tbnewswatch comment section we'd all be talking about "Mayor Jimmyboy" right now.

thank glob it's a (very)vocal minority and not a real barometer of public opinion.
1/2/2014 1:35:11 PM
DougMyers says:
My guess is the naysayers are in the minority and Hobbs is re-elected.

Totally my opinion and entirely based on word of mouth. However it seems those against are loud but small.

I guess we will wait and see.

Good luck to all that have the guts to step forward and run for political office. My advice to those that are so negative is to put yourself out there and run against your foes. Then we will see who's opinion lies with the majority.
1/2/2014 3:47:40 PM
Canuckman55 says:
that's what i figure too... someone posted a link to a story that he was running and it garnered a ton of positive feedback. There are like 2500 people in there. The fact that there hasn't been much backlash against him other than by the same 10-15 people on here. My guess is you'll see him get the nod again. One local publication just named him the city's favorite politician (as voted on by readers). That doesn't sound like someone who's doing a terrible job.
1/2/2014 7:11:45 PM
mystified says:
All and I mean all politicians promise the world and don't produce because of other issues that come to light.

I will be voting for Keith as mayor. As much as the chronic whiners who plague this news site dislike him, he is only one vote on councils decisions.
Money sitting in a bank account is wasted money. If you don't invest it you don't get a return.
S Duncans' thinking is why this town was an absolute disgrace as everything fell apart and had to be repaired at extremely higher costs because of inflation.
S Duncan won't be getting my vote if he had the balls to run.
1/2/2014 5:22:42 PM
Fluffy says:
I want to put in for a ward! I promise to oppose every tax and water rate increase!!
1/2/2014 9:07:02 PM
CM Punk says:
Myers wants to act like a high priest with his predictions thinking Hobbs is doing a good job.
He will win, but only because there is not a worthy, educated, for the people type of opponent to run against him and the rest of the city clowns.
Advocate is right, Ruberto needs to go as well as I say pretty much the whole darn lot.
They only look out for their businesses and other secret ventures they are involved in and make sure they pass.

The electorate have run out of patience with the craziness that is happening here in this town and it will get more damper.
Monies spent on lavish pipe dream items and handed out to various groups could have been used for snow removal and other priority items which "me" the taxpayer and many of you pay for as well.
I am enjoying my break and watching some RKtv and the world juniors.
1/2/2014 9:17:59 PM
Eastender says:
Caption for picture of Hobbs? D'OH?!
1/3/2014 9:06:29 AM
truthseeker says:
According to one radio poll, 71% of people voted that keith hobbs will not be re elected. Who to believe the other media in town or dougall media which has become the city of thunder bays propaganda site?

Regarding the news stories of 2013, no mention here of thunder bay named the murder capital of canada once again. The other media in town ran news stories on it.

Back to Hobbs, this guy will go from 18,000 votes last election to be lucky to get 5000 votes this election. His votes will mostly come from the dumb people who are part of his facebook group.

1/3/2014 9:25:28 AM
Leith Dunick says:
It certainly was mentioned in our top 10 for July () and we ran stories about it in January and July. We had seven murders in 2012, six of which allegedly involved people who knew each other and none of which appear to be premeditated.

As for the radio poll, I doubt it was scientific, and it really means nothing until the candidates have all filed. Personally, I think Mayor Hobbs might run unopposed, or face fringe candidates, much like Lynn Peterson did in 2006, taking 84.9 per cent of the vote. I'm actually curious who you'd like to see step up to the plate and put their name forward. Or any of our readers. Who do you think realistically has a chance to beat Keith Hobbs on Oct. 27?
1/3/2014 9:57:00 AM
S Duncan says:
Mr. Dunkick, Is it somehow better in the liberal mind that one knows the person murdering them?

does that lessen the severity of the crime? Does it lessen the sadness the surviving family members will feel? Does it somehow make us safer thinking someone we know may murder us just like somebody who doesnt?

Or is that just police propaganda you and them throw at us?

Somehow I think if I was being murdered the fact that I knew the person wouldnt make it any more enjoyable.
1/3/2014 12:38:25 PM
Leith Dunick says:
You're missing my point. Yes there were seven murders in 2012, yes we were the murder capital of Canada, but in my opinion -- and that's what the Top 10 stories list was -- it wasn't one of the top 10 stories of the year in the city. Nor will it be next year if we lose the dubious title. My main point was that we covered the story thoroughly on two occasions during the year, and for someone to say we ignored it is flat-out wrong. Just because other organizations waited to deliver the news... And please, feel free to share your top 10 stories with us. We'd love to know everyone's thoughts. I'm sure they'll differ with mine, just as mine differ from others in our newsroom. Most people had Bruce Hyer much higher on their lists than I did.
1/3/2014 2:31:32 PM
S Duncan says:
I dont take issue with your top stories at all.

My issue in this case is the attempted downplay of the severity and horror of murder by claiming that the murderer and victim were "known to eachother".

In my opinion it is a deliberate attempt to falsely comfort citizens and somehow think that they are immune to this crime if they dont know any murderers. Follow me??

Im not going to tell you how to do your job but I personally would appreciate the reporting of all the pertinent facts and not the police department's agenda bleeding through.

I miss the days when cops just enforced the written law instead of them trying to politicize the crimes of society. Look no further than the recent "issue tickets story" for evidence of that.
1/3/2014 3:56:49 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Did Hobbbes accomplish EVEN ONE of his promises?
1/3/2014 11:59:24 AM
truthseeker says:
Leith, a Stats Canada report came out around dec.19/2013 naming thunder bay -the murder capital of Canada- which your competing websites(media outlets) in town all ran the news story except for dougall media. Here is a link from one of them:

Who I would like to see run for mayor? Anyone who doesn't talk out of both sides of his mouth and one who holds this inept city administration accountable for their incompetence.
1/3/2014 1:14:24 PM
Leith Dunick says:
Um, we brought you that exact same news in July when we reported that Thunder Bay was the murder capital of Canada for 2012. We also reported this same news, based on our own stats gathered, in January of last year. The report you reference was based on 2012 numbers.

Why would we run the story a third time some five months later?
1/3/2014 2:23:58 PM
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