Saltfleet Storm over Highland

Senior boys basketball playoffs have started in Hamilton this week on a number of fronts. At Saltfleet high school, the Storm rolled over an undermanned Highland Secondary School, 76-61. The boys from Saltfleet proved too much for Highland, with only one sub on their bench. Here is a look at the action. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet's Kingsley Olsen takes a shot over Highland's Chris Maby. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet’s Kingsley Olsen takes a shot over Highland’s Chris Maby. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Ssltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action.  Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet's Nick Pett is guarded by Highland's Rowan Fisher.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Ssltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet’s Nick Pett is guarded by Highland’s Rowan Fisher. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10 ,2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action.  Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland's Nick Leslie is closely guarded by Saltfleet's Woods Brown. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10 ,2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland’s Nick Leslie is closely guarded by Saltfleet’s Woods Brown. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action.  Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet's Nicola Djolo slams one in the second half. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet’s Nicola Djolo slams one in the second half. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action.  Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet's Kelvin Van drives up court with the ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Saltfleet’s Kelvin Van drives up court with the ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action.  Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland's Chris Maby plays defense under the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland’s Chris Maby plays defense under the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -SAltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet's Foster Brown guards Highland's Jeff Liptrot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -SAltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet’s Foster Brown guards Highland’s Jeff Liptrot. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action.  Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland's Jeff Liptrot drives through a trio of Saltfleet defenders.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland’s Jeff Liptrot drives through a trio of Saltfleet defenders. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action.  Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland's Nick Leslie takes a shot during first half action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 10, 2014 -Saltfleet vs. Highland in senior boys basketball quarter final action. Saltfleet moves on, defeating Highland 76-61. Highland’s Nick Leslie takes a shot during first half action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

HWCDSB Swim Meet

Over 200 swimmers from 7 schools in Hamilton took to the water at McMaster University Friday for their annual swimming meet. 54 events were held during the day-long meet. Here’s a look at some of the action. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Mark Castillanes from St. Thomas More competes in a backstroke event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Mark Castillanes from St. Thomas More competes in a backstroke event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. DeLenn Burrows from St. Thomas More competes in the 50m freestyle event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. DeLenn Burrows from St. Thomas More competes in the 50m freestyle event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. St. Jean de Brebeuf coach Daniela Castaldi encourages one of the school's swimmers. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. St. Jean de Brebeuf coach Daniela Castaldi encourages one of the school’s swimmers. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. St. Thomas More's Emma Curtis swims the 200m freestyle while other swimmers wait their turn against the side of the pool. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. St. Thomas More’s Emma Curtis swims the 200m freestyle while other swimmers wait their turn against the side of the pool. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Chris Pappin from Bishop Tonnos does the breast stroke in the 100m I.M. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Chris Pappin from Bishop Tonnos does the breast stroke in the 100m I.M. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. A video interview on the sidelines following an event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. A video interview on the sidelines following an event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Phoebe Pozega from St. Thomas More competes in freestyle event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Phoebe Pozega from St. Thomas More competes in freestyle event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Christina Letourneau from St. Jean de Brebeuf does the butterfly in the 100m I.M. event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Christina Letourneau from St. Jean de Brebeuf does the butterfly in the 100m I.M. event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Meet referee Fran Fairley keeps a close eye on the swimmers during each event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Meet referee Fran Fairley keeps a close eye on the swimmers during each event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Bishop Tonnos swimmer Matthew Camazzola does the breast stroke during an event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Bishop Tonnos swimmer Matthew Camazzola does the breast stroke during an event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Cardinal Newman's Filip Arezina, left, watches Brenden Bartolozzi finish his race. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. Cardinal Newman’s Filip Arezina, left, watches Brenden Bartolozzi finish his race. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. St. Thomas More's Aga Jaskot competes in the 100m backstroke event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 7, 2014 -Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board held their annual city swimming meet at McMaster Friday. over 200 swimmers from 7 school in the city competed in 54 events at the day long competition. St. Thomas More’s Aga Jaskot competes in the 100m backstroke event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

A High School Hockey Clash

With the high school hockey playoffs just around the corner, the action is heating up as teams jockey to move up the standings. Thursday, the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors took to the ice at the Morgan Firestone Arena in Ancaster. The fourth place Royals capitalized on virtually every Warrior miscue, got scoring from 4 different players, and skated away with a 4-0 win. Here’s a look at the action.  – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster's Owen Norton heads up ice with the puck.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Owen Norton heads up ice with the puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Royals Owen Norton breaks through the Warriors defence. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Royals Owen Norton breaks through the Warriors defence. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Ancaster's Ray Thompson looks to make a pass. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Ray Thompson looks to make a pass. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Ancaster's Bryce Robertson flies over a Waterdown player. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Bryce Robertson flies over a Waterdown player. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Ancaster's Ryann Irving tries to stuff the puck past Waterdown goalie Jason Winks.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Ryann Irving tries to stuff the puck past Waterdown goalie Jason Winks.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Ancaster's Lucas Ojero breaks in alone on Warriors goalie Jason Winks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Lucas Ojero breaks in alone on Warriors goalie Jason Winks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Ancaster's Connor Russell tries to jam the puck past Waterdown goalie Jason Winks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Connor Russell tries to jam the puck past Waterdown goalie Jason Winks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Ancaster's Sam Stafford fights off a pair of Warriors for the puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Sam Stafford fights off a pair of Warriors for the puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Waterdown's Liam Stevens is pursued by Ancaster's Lucas Ojero. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Waterdown’s Liam Stevens is pursued by Ancaster’s Lucas Ojero. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Waterdown's Liam Stevens keeps his head up as he breaks into the offensive zone.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Waterdown’s Liam Stevens keeps his head up as he breaks into the offensive zone. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0.  Ancaster's Owen Norton fires the puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, February 6, 2014 -High School hockey game between the Ancaster Royals and the Waterdown Warriors. Ancaster defeated the first place squad from Waterdown, 4-0. Ancaster’s Owen Norton fires the puck. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Spec’s Photos of the Year

For the past 11 years, the Spectator photo department has recognized their best work with an ‘in-house’ photo contest. Again this year, we asked our colleagues in the newsroom to help us choose the winners. After the votes were counted, here is what was decided. We gathered at the Westown on Locke St. last night to hand out some hardware and look forward to another year – thousands of images yet to be taken.   -Barry Gray

NEWS winner (tie): John Rennison and Barry Gray

A woman reacts as a firefighter hands her her cat the family could not find when fire broke out in the house.  I just like the look of joy and relief on her face. John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

A woman reacts as a firefighter hands her her cat the family could not find when fire broke out in the house. Photo by: John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, June 7, 2013 - Memorial service for ORNGE paramedic Chris Snowball, who was killed in a helicopter crash last week. Chris' wife, Allie Scott, holding their 2 year old daughter Danica, listens to the service. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, June 7, 2013 – Memorial service for ORNGE paramedic Chris Snowball, who was killed in a helicopter crash last week. Chris’ wife, Allie Scott, holding their 2 year old daughter Danica, listens to the service. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

FEATURE Winner, and PHOTO OF THE YEAR: John Rennison

Denis Crispin's hand has medication applied to it buy nurse Tiffany Thomson. John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

Denis Crispin’s hand has medication applied to it buy nurse Tiffany Thomson.
John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator

SPORTS Winner: Cathie Coward

Hamilton, Ontario, Feb, 22,2013, Randolf Bonzie of Father Henry Carr causes quit a stir as he races past some of the female members of the school's team during the senior boys 300 meter races at the Hamilton Spectator Indoor Games. Cathie Coward Photo/Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton, Ontario, Feb, 22,2013, Randolf Bonzie of Father Henry Carr causes quit a stir as he races past some of the female members of the school’s team during the senior boys 300 meter races at the Hamilton Spectator Indoor Games. Cathie Coward Photo/Hamilton Spectator

They’re moving!

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.

Ricahrd outside the Cannon Street home

Stephen outside the Cannon Street home

A rat infested couch outside their units

A rat infested couch outside their units

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Theresa with her buddy Silver in her unit where she was afraid to go to sleep for fear of rats running across her face.

Theresa with her buddy Silver in her unit where she was afraid to go to sleep for fear of rats running across her face.

Ricahrd and Violet

Richard and Violet

Violet and Stephen with her cat.

Violet and Stephen with her cat.

Stephen in their single main room with what they were using as kitchen cupboards after the wall behind him was erected and cut them off from their kitchen.

Stephen in their single main room with what they were using as kitchen cupboards after the wall behind him was erected and cut them off from their kitchen.

Stephen slept across these chairs for an entire winter in the front porch of the unit.

Stephen slept across these chairs for an entire winter in the front porch of the unit.

Stephen, Violet and Richard seen in our first story.

Stephen, Violet and Richard seen in our first story.

Stephen stands in the basement near what is sup[posed to be their kitchen sink

Stephen stands in the basement near what is sup[posed to be their kitchen sink

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Theresa with the laundry facilities.  A washer on a porch closed in by aluminum door.

Theresa with the laundry facilities. A washer on a porch closed in by aluminum door.

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The basement washroom

The basement washroom

A dead rat Theresa killed in her unit.

A dead rat Theresa killed in her unit.

The trio after our first story with new hair cuts and a bed for Stephen and a new kitchen table amongst the things donated by readers.

The trio after our first story with new hair cuts and a bed for Stephen and a new kitchen table amongst the things donated by readers.

Stephen and Richard with their proud possession, a sign reading "Two old crows live here."

Stephen and Richard with their proud possession, a sign reading “Two old crows live here.”

 

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