Rich in working class roots, Belleville’s Foster Ward, popularly known as “The Wharf,” has a diverse and storied past. Perhaps one of its best known icons was the Wharf Street Debating Club. Dockside Democracy, authored by master story-teller C.W. (Bill) Hunt, spins us a tale of folk, some famous, some infamous, who walked the planks of the club. What began as a refuge for the working man is perhaps best remembered for its pre-election “bun feeds”, where those who thought to govern the city were grilled and roasted. In these pages, we are treated to stories of some of the most colourful characters in Belleville’s history and we are spell-bound by their exploits.