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Chris Erl, a born and raised Hamiltonian, has wanted to change the world ever since becoming the Westwood Elementary School Chief Returning Officer in Grade 5. After receiving both a B.A. (Honours) and M.A. from McMaster, Chris decided to purse his passion and study urban planning.
In addition to serving on the City of Hamilton’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, Chris is also a registered candidate for Public School Board trustee in Wards 1 & 2.
Community Engagement to Achieve Green Space for Dr Davey Students - The Beasley community is an active, engaged, committee community, and will welcome the opportunities and challenges of finding the best solution. Published February 20, 2014 in Special Report: Education
A Case for Municipal Electoral Reform - Ensuring that our political system is representative means periodically revisiting the method we use to choose representatives, especially after electoral results that undermine the legitimacy of the system. Published August 26, 2010 in Municipal Election 2010
On Preparing to Run for Council (One Day) - I want to run for city council. But first, I need to study the arena, develop platform points of my own, and try to make a difference in my community. Published May 31, 2010 in Opinion
The Youth are Starting to Change - In the face of asinine, narrow-minded, alienating legislation, the youth are starting to mobilize. Published February 27, 2010 in Commentary
Pirate Party Manifesto: Reform Intellectual Property Laws to Protect Freedoms - The Pirates are the kind of party our old guard could take pointers from: new image, in-touch and bluntly honest. Published August 31, 2009 in Commentary
Jacked! Connecting Crime with Poor Planning - Upper James has all the characteristics that attract criminals: poor lighting, fast-moving traffic, wide-open spaces with few permanent residents and a very feeble sense of community. Published August 15, 2009 in Commentary
Term Limits, Municipal Parties and Democratic Reform - Term limits restrict effective politicians and lifers alike, but political parties might end council deadlock and improve municipal politics. Published March 25, 2009 in Opinion
To Believe in Our Cities Again - An ambitious platform calls for the creation of a Ministry of Urban Affairs, the establishment of three new national holidays, and setting clear limits on sprawl. Published September 11, 2008 in Commentary
Letter: Students Want to be Part of this Community, Published July 13, 2011 in Light Rail