Friday August 11, 2017 – Richard Pollington and/or Larry Norman threw a couple of small pebbles (one each) in my direction as I walked across the lawn to the front deck. Neither came very close.

Saturday August 12, 2017 & Sunday, August 13, 2017 – Pollington held a loud, drunken “family barbecue” all day and evening. A couple of requests to Richard Pollington to hold the noise down resulted in some verbal abuse (“Fuck off, looser. We can make as much noise as we want. It’s daytime. Only fucking welfare bums sleep all day, asshole.”) directed my way, but nothing else. It was pointless to call bylaw or the police, since the noise couldn’t be heard much beyond the driveway of the building, and those calls receive a very low priority on a hot summer evening in downtown Hamilton. The party continued the next day, August 13, 2017 starting late morning and broke up in the early evening.

Saturday August 26, 2017 and Sunday August 27, 2017 – The same pattern repeated, except the drunken arguments on Saturday evening were accompanied by some loud crashes around 3 am in the stairwell leading up to our front door. By the time I got dressed and checked the hallway, no one was there. I complained to Agostino about the noise on August 27, 2017 when he stopped by the building for something. I didn’t have a camera with me at the time; I wasn’t expecting to see him. He said he would speak to Richard about the noise. When I made my complaint to Agostino, the party had ended about an hour before.

Saturday, September 2, 2017 – I had a severe headache, a migraine precursor. The usual party at the Pollington’s was louder than usual. I went downstairs and asked Richard to hold the noise down, and was told “Fuck off, you’re being evicted anyway.” Ironically, after his complaints of the odour of marijuana making him sick (Doc 77) he was holding a lit joint at the time. An hour later I had enough and opened a living room window to shout down “Hold the noise down, please.” Someone below responded “We’ll try”, then turned up the volume of the music.

So, I took a camera downstairs to record the party in the driveway. Here’s what happened:

Vid 26 – 2017-09-02 (1) Party Vids and Pollingtons Call Police – with subs

A bit later, the police arrived. The video doesn’t quite capture it, but the officer (I believe it was Richardson) who did most of the talking was displaying extremely hostile body language when I opened the door.

When he asked me to view the videos I’d made, I considered saying no, just on principle. I was free to refuse. But, despite the hostile body language, and the fact that his stated reason for wanting to see the videos was a blatant lie, I said yes. It was obvious that the screaming women from the first video (Jennifer Pollington/Christina Stamper) had told him he was chasing a pedophile. He looked like he half believed it at least. Once he saw the videos, things got a lot less frosty.

Vid 27 – 2017-09-02 (2) – MAH00304

This incident was the basis for Ron Stamper’s later accusations that I was a pedophile, and Christina Stamper’s claims on February 25, 2020 in a Section 810 hearing that I frequently recorded the children. The next video I would record (outside of our apartment) would be on November 23, 2017, when I was recording a crime.

So I took the officer’s advise and made a few recordings of the noise inside our unit.

Vid 28 – 2017-09-02 (3) Party Vids from Inside Unit

Jennifer Pollington’s statement is here in two versions. The first was disclosed to me by Vidywattie Yahkni, John’s paralegal, as disclosure for SOL-84312-17 (John’s L2 eviction application):

Doc 160 – 2017-09-02 – Statement by Jennifer Pollington – SOL-84312-17

It’s very clear to me from the video that Jennifer Pollington knew that HPS will respond to any complaint involving children. Otherwise I doubt they would have responded to this complaint as a priority.

Richard Pollington’s unsigned statement about these events from his private information is here:

Doc 162 – 2017-09-02 – Statement from Unsigned (R Pollington) – Disclosure – 4711-998-19-1055

“Becky”, (Richard’s grand-daughter?) can be seen in the video saying “I don’t want to”, when told to get inside the house by Richard Pollington Jr.

Vid 26a – 2017-09-02 – 1 – with subs

I don’t think the sight of a man holding a video camera for a few seconds (outside, in public) is traumatizing to a child. The Pollingtons continued their family parties the next summer, 2018 and for the first part of the summer of 2019 (until Jeremy Stamper was arrested the second time on July 13, 2019), so it doesn’t seem that anyone was afraid to come back to the building. In fact, Christina Stamper (also clearly visible and audible in the video) moved into the building on January 1, 2018.

Richard’s statement disclosed for his peace bond complaint (filed in September of 2019 and dismissed on February 25, 2020 after three hearings) adds a few words, and is signed.

Doc 161 – 2017-09-02 – Statement by Richard Pollington – Section 810 Hearing Disclosure

The General Report from Hamilton Police Services is below.

Doc 157 – 2017-09-02 – General Report No17708866 – Disclosure – 4711-998-19-1055

The Occurrence Details Report can be found below.

Doc 158 – 2017-09-02 – Occurence Details General Report and Officers Notes #17708866 – 0001

About a half hour after I recorded the videos in my unit, I called Agostino and told him if the noise continued there would be a complaint to bylaw and the police. He said he would talk to them. Ten minutes later, the music stopped, and the party moved to the yard around the vacant unit on the other side of the building (which would later be the Stampers’ unit). The noise from there was tolerable.

Christina Stamper’s sworn testimony of February 25, 2020 about these events follows:

RP: Uh, go back to September, uh, the long holiday weekend. What happened that day?
CS: We were having a family barbecue celebrating my granddaughter’s birthday, Mr Bosch continuously {indistict} filming the kids under the age of thirteen, which we called the police.
RP: What happened then?
CS: He had verbal argument with you. And the landlord. Again.He called the landlord, sorry. He called the landlord but he verbally had an argument with you in the driveway.
RP: What was the response from the police officer?
CS: They went up and spoke to Mr Bosch and Mr Bosch again was filming the officers.
RP: Uh, I think that’s about it for you I think.

So far, this disagreement with our landlord has resulted in five responses by HPS to a complaint (two by the tenants, two by our landlord and his agents, and one by a family member of our landlord’s agent Richard Pollington). I’ll keep a running tally.

Monday September 4, 2017 – Richard Pollington Jr was outside his father’s door in the driveway as I approached the building. He said to me as I approached “Don’t be such a fuckin’ rat”. I did not reply.

The next LTB hearing was for September 25, 2017. The pattern of escalating harassment and provocation before a hearing continued as that date approached. John was in and around the building several times in the period 5-20 September, and his voice was frequently audible over our television in the living room. September 22, 2017 – I received two emails from John’s paralegal, Vidywattie Yahkni. The first (Doc 163) disclosed Jennifer Pollington’s statement (Doc 160) about the events of September 2, 107 (although it is dated the third of September). The second email (Doc 164), disclosed eight documents, shown below.

Doc 165 – 2017-09-21 – email to John from Property Standards

The first was an email to John from Steven Woods, the MLE officer who had replaced Donna May Lord (above). It confirmed that “the order for the windows (17-123887) has been complied with.” That was the Compliance Order written by Steve Woods for John to repair the cracked windows in Unit 1 of the 97 side of the building (Doc 153). It also mentions that there have been six complaints in 2017 and, as near as I can tell, those were all our complaints, resulting in six compliance orders (two on January 5, 2017 (Doc 42) and (Doc 43), one on February 21, 2017 (Doc 60) for Cora’s deck, two as a result of the inspection on June 30, 2017 (Doc 131) and (Doc 132)and one more on August 30, 2017 for 97 East Ave Unit 1 (cracked windows) (Doc 153)). The remaining complaint was the heat complaint Marie had made on January 5, 2017. That one had been closed. In short, the complaints all resulted in enforcement action, meaning they were justified.

The next document was an invoice for a service call to John’s boiler, from an outfit I’d never heard of before, Direct Air. I’m not sure why this was disclosed (Doc 166).

Doc 166 – 2017-09-11 – Invoice for boiler

And another boiler invoice, also dated September 11, 2017 (Doc 167):

Doc 167 – 2017-09-11 – Invoice for boiler

I don’t know why this was disclosed either, or why the two invoices (dated the same day) weren’t simply written up as one.

The next document was an invoice for the polycarbonate replacement (AKA ‘lexane’) for the window glass (Doc 168). The date of the invoice, May 16, 2017, shows that John did not purchase the materials needed for the windows until 16 days after the original deadline for the job.

Doc 168 – 2017-05-16 – Invoice for Polycarbonate

The next document was another invoice for polycarbonate, this time dated May 4, 2017 (Doc 169). John purchased a single pane four days after the original deadline of April 30, 2017.

Doc 169 – 2017-05-04 – Invoice for Polycarbonate

And one more piece of polycarbonate purchased on August 14, 2017(Doc 170):

Doc 170 – 2017-08-14 – Invoice for Polycarbonate

There was also an invoice for the storm windows, dated June 1, 2017 (Doc 171). Those storm windows were originally supposed to be installed by April 30, 2017. An extension was given to May 31, 2017 (either by Donna May Lord, or Lynne Shewfelt. I never did get the details). John did not purchase the windows until the day after his second deadline, when it became apparent that he would not be getting another extension. He was hoping we’d be out of the unit, and he could ignore the rest of the work.

Doc 171 – 2017-06-01 – Invoice for Storm Windows

Finally, there was this (Doc 172):

Doc 172 – 2017-07-18 – Invoice for Sand

John had mixed some of this sand with the paint on the front deck to provide traction. It wasn’t very effective but it was better than nothing, and more than John had to do.

Sunday September 24, 2017 – I took a few pictures of the maintenance deficiencies to use in the hearing. Most were taken inside our apartment, but I took a few of the back stairs and fire escapes. I’d planned to use the one below to explain to an adjudicator why Mr Pollington’s concerns about us “walking by and peeking in his window” were ridiculous. His window is right next to the stairs.

Fig 52 – 2017-09-24 – rear stairs – IMG_4624

Richard called me a “Fucking fag cunt” about five seconds after this photograph was taken. He walked around the corner from beside the building (to the right in the photo), looked up the stairs and saw me standing there with a camera. He stopped for a second, shouted it up the stairs, then went behind the building.

During the night of September 24, 2017, there was a lot of noise coming from Richard’s unit.

There was an LTB hearing the next day (Doc 173).

Doc 173 – 2017-09-25 – Hearing Notice – SOT-77620-16

and (Doc 174):

Doc 174 – 2017-09-25 – Hearing Notice – SOT-80393-17

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