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I started this blog both to document the difficulties a tenant faces trying to enforce the law. It had become very clear to me over the previous decade that there were some fundamental inequities in the landlord tenant relationship (to put it mildly) in downtown Hamilton. Along the way I’ve some to a few conclusions about the effectiveness of the Landlord and Tenant Board (both as an adjudicative body and as an effective means for a tenant to enforce rights under the law) the effectiveness of Municipal Law Enforcement at curbing landlord misbehavior, the contributions made to the current housing crisis in Hamilton by the ineffectiveness of the LTB and MLE, and the ongoing gong-show (shitshow? bullying douchebaggery? neo-facist sellouts? It’s hard to find the right label…) that passes for city government in Hamilton.

Chapter 51 – Wednesday August 7, 2019-Thursday August 8, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - On the evening of August 6, 2019, I'd sent an email to Joseph Kazubek asking about his representation of John Cerino/Richard Pollington in the various ongoing matters (Doc 300). He hadn't answered, and there was another hearing for Pollington's private complaint on August 12, 2019. So I gave him a [...]

Chapter 50 – Tuesday August 6, 2019

To this point there have been at least fifteen complaints to police (at least 8 from our landlord and his crew) resulting in 14 responses, and charges being laid in two cases (against Jeremy Stamper). The tally is at 19 hours 0 minutes of hearing time at the LTB, in 15 hearings, two by telephone, thirteen in person (counting the Case Management Hearing and mediation session of May 19, 2017 as hearings). It has also used up 9 hours and 51 minutes of a mediator’s time. On the criminal side, it has used up whatever time the pre-enquete hearing used when process was issued on Pollington’s private complaint, and ne short appearance. Call it two hearings, 50 minutes of a judge's time.

Chapter 48 – Sunday July 29, 2019 to Sunday August 4, 2019

This is a placeholder post. I will fill in some specific incidents at a future date but for the most part the Pollingtons, Stampers and our landlords continued their harassment without any major changes in tactics. Noise, shouted insults, spitting, loud provocative conversations we were intended to overhear (mostly between John and/or Agostino and Christine) [...]

Chapter 47 – Monday July 15, 2019 – Saturday July 28, 2019

The harassment escalates. The Stampers and Pollingtons begin involving other people not known to Marie or myself. To this point there have been at least fifteen complaints to police (at least 8 from our landlord and his crew) resulting in 14 responses, and charges being laid in two cases (against Jeremy Stamper). The tally is at 18 hours 45 minutes of hearing time at the LTB, in 14 hearings, two by telephone, eleven in person (counting the Case Management Hearing and mediation session of May 19, 2017 as hearings). It has also used up 9 hours and 51 minutes of a mediator’s time. On the criminal side, it has used up whatever time the pre-enquete hearing used when process was issued on Pollington’s private complaint, and ne short appearance. Call it two hearings, 50 minutes of a judge's time. The cops are increasingly hostile.

Saturday, August 15, 2020 – “It’s getting nazi out there.”

I read with some interest Councilor Terry Whitehead's opinion piece in the Hamilton Spectator on August 10, 2020 and the reply by two front line social workers. I'll post a copy of the text here, with commentary added in red: Communities should have their say on camps Hamilton provides comprehensive programming for housing and social [...]

Chapter 46 – Friday July 12, 2019 to Sunday July 14, 2019

To this point there have been at least thirteen complaints to police (at least 7 from our landlord and his crew) resulting in 12 responses, and charges being laid in two cases (against Jeremy Stamper).