5 of the most read Hamilton news stories of 2017

Hamilton church volunteers denied entry to U.S. so they wouldn‘t ‘steal American jobs‘

No good deed goes unpunished.

A group of Hamilton church volunteers were ready to lend a hand back in March, heading south to do relief during their March Break, cleaning up and rehabilitating neighbourhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy.

But the 12-person crew were to the U.S. for fear they would take American construction jobs, said a spokesperson for the church. They came from Hamilton‘s Rehoboth United Reformed Church but were turned away at the border on March 11.

Erik Hoeksema, the church‘s outreach director said “It‘s not a new thing that groups are going down there and helping out. In the past, our groups would go down and help in impoverished neighbourhoods and maybe they would even do some light construction. I think everybody knows that‘s what groups are doing down there when they‘re volunteering. Common sense has it that we‘re not going down there to steal American jobs. We‘re helping people.”

Marineland faces animal cruelty charges

Marineland Canada Inc. is facing charges of animal cruelty after OSPCA investigators investigate treatment of the zoo‘s peacocks, guinea hens and American black bears. (Scott Dunlop/Canadian Press)

Marineland Canada started the year facing six new animal cruelty-related charges, 11 in total, laid by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. . The new charges against the park involved treatment of elk, red deer and fallow deer — and include permitting the animals to be in distress and failing to comply with the prescribed standards of care.  

By August all of those by the Crown citing no reasonable chance of conviction. The OSPCA disagreed with the Crown‘s decision, saying in a statement to CBC News that it was not informed of the decision until after the court proceedings.

“We are extremely disappointed in this outcome and feel that this matter is of public interest as all animals rely on humans for appropriate care for their general welfare and the public demands this,” said Alison Cross, spokesperson for the OSPCA.

By the end of October, against the OSPCA, alleging the organization maliciously targeted the theme park in order to curry favour with animal rights activists and boost fundraising. The lawsuit alleges the OSPCA launched a criminal investigation against Marineland last year for “improper purposes” and with the intention of harming the Niagara Falls amusement park‘s reputation.

Brantford home listing is a nightmare for people who are afraid of clowns


A home for sale in Brantford in May offered a two-bedroom house with one-bathroom and a detached cedar garage plus a shed with lots of parking and a well-kept lawn for $239,900.

In a previous interview with Vice News, Michael McMannis, the son of one of the owners, said that his mother and stepfather started buying the clowns in an effort to keep McMannis‘ stepfather from drinking.

“My stepdad had a drinking issue as perceived by my mother,” McMannis told Vice. “Every clown represents a bottle of beer that he would have bought.”

How Devin Scullion, Hamilton man with rare rapid aging disorder, is being remembered

Devin Scullion and his mom Jamie Madley have been through a lot in the last 18 years. The Hamiltonian teen just celebrated his 18th birthday, which is much longer than anyone expected him to live. Scullion has progeria, a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid aging. (Adam Carter/CBC)

Devin Scullion‘s doctors didn‘t think he would live past 13.

In an interview with CBC News shortly after his 18th birthday, Scullion said: “I just don‘t think about all of that.” He loved aviation and his mother, Jamie Madley, surprised him with a day of flying for that big birthday. He wasn‘t expected to live long enough to graduate from high school but he did that too.


“Forever in my heart. Tomorrow will not be the same without you, thank you for allowing me to be your mother,” Madley wrote. “I love you so much RIP my beautiful baby boy xoxo ❤ Lord please give me the strength to get thru this.”

‘I just want justice‘: Yosif Al-Hasnawi‘s mother speaks at vigil

Yosif Al-Hasnawi, 19, was shot and killed in Hamilton Saturday. (Al-Mostafa Islamic Centre)

a 19-year-old man who, in early December, was trying to help an older man who police say was being accosted, was shot to death.

Al-Hasnawi came out of the Al Mostafa Islamic Centre with his little brother around 9 p.m. and saw the incident, police say. The case has drawn widespread attention, in part because of the criticism of local paramedics. 

It took paramedics 38 minutes to transport Al-Hasnawi to hospital, police say. Witnesses say paramedics told Al-Hasnawi he was acting, and that he was shot with a pellet gun. The province and the paramedic service are investigating.

His mother, Amal Alzuruf said “He had a beautiful life ahead of him, it was just taken away like this.”

of the older man being accosted when Al-Hasnawi intervened.

Police want to speak to the man as part of their investigation. Investigators say he was last seen Dec. 2 just before Al-Hasnawi was shot around Main Street East and Sanford Avenue.

Then on Dec. 27, Hamilton police announced there would be into the on-scene medicaal care.

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