Hasselriis is a lifelong Winnipegger and earned a sociology degree from the University of Manitoba in 1995 as well as a journalism degree from Toronto's Ryerson University in 1997. From 1997 to 2002, Hasselriis worked as a reporter and producer for CBC Television. Most recently, Hasselriis created an English-language monthly in Lima, Peru called Limazine.
As a political organizer, Hasselriis served as the Manitoba campaign manager for Jack Layton's leadership bid in 2002. He also played a key role as a member of Toronto mayor David Miller's 2003 campaign team.
In 2004, Hasselriis gained prominence in Winnipeg by leading the fight to keep Winnipeg's Bus Rapid Transit system. The City of Winnipeg eventually cancelled the program, to the dismay of public transit activists.
On election day, October 25, 2006, Hasselriis received 22,401 votes, or 13.22 of the total count. He placed third to Katz, who was reelected, and Marianne Cerilli, a former NDP MLA in the Manitoba Legislature.
- ↑ Marchildon, Gilles (2006-08-17). The queering of municipal politics. Egale Canada. Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
- ↑ Third Anniversary of Equal Marriage - over 10,000 married same-sex couples. Canadians for Equal Marriage (2006-06-09). Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
- ↑ Mayoral Race: Kaj Hasselriis. CBC.ca. Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
- ↑ Mayoral Race, Final Results. CBC.ca (2006-10-26). Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
- ↑ McCann, Marcus (2007-01-03). Egale appoints interim ED. Xtra West. Retrieved on 2007-08-11.