Spectator Reporters Stacey Escott and Steve Buist and I brought you the story of a couple of characters who looked liked they just stepped off the set of Duck Dynasty and onto Cannon Street in Hamilton. (They enjoyed the comparison to the popular television show rest assured)Stephen Hoyland and his brother Richard Lichty were separated at birth, raised in different homes, and only when their birth mother was near to her end did she tell them about each other.
Together with Richard’s wife Violet they moved into a building on Cannon Street owned by an absent landlord. The trio face several challenges and the landlord took advantage of them, including coming in one day and separating their unit into two, cutting them off from their washroom and kitchen. A sink designed to be a kitchen and a bathroom were added in the building’s rubble basement.
Upstairs neighbor Theresa Chase, who faced her own challenges with her unit, took up their cause. Following the articles in The Spectator there was an outpouring of support from the community and city officials where suddenly invoking bylaw infractions.
Now all four are moving out of the building. All four should be out of the building by the first of March. Theresa is moving near Gage Park and the trio to a new location on Burlington Street.
After the story ran, a Hamilton police officer said “Now you have some idea of the kind of dumps were are in on a nightly basis!”
This story for now has an improving ending.