Samantha Beattie

Samantha Beattie is a reporter for CBC Hamilton. She has also worked for CBC Toronto and as a Senior Reporter at HuffPost Canada. Before that, she dived into local politics as a Toronto Star reporter covering city hall.

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City cyber attackers were 'well-funded, organized,' it will take years to recover, experts say

A sophisticated criminal organization hacked into the City of Hamilton's IT systems at twice the average speed of similar ransomware attacks, locking staff out of online systems and demanding a ransom within 20 days, cybersecurity experts told councillors.

Man who set tent on fire wasn't motivated by anti-encampment sentiment, Hamilton police says

Police have also located the stolen black pickup truck the suspect was driving but are still searching for him and looking to speak to the owner of the tent.
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City of Hamilton awards $1.4M contract to company tied to security firm banned from public contracts in Quebec

The City of Hamilton has awarded a four-year contract to EuroWorld — a company connected to now-bankrupt Neptune Security, which was banned from bidding on public contracts in Quebec because of questionable business practices. 

Hamilton spent $5.7 million recovering from February ransomware attack: report

In the first report made public about the cybersecurity incident, city staff detail the extent of the impacts and costs since it happened Feb. 25. In it, the city said it plans to spend another $33.6 million between 2025 to 2033 to strengthen its cybersecurity.

Health-care system is 'broken,' Niagara woman says after dad dies suddenly in emergency room

Ann-Marie Zammit doesn't know what caused her father's death but pointed to the lack of resources at the hospital as significant factors. The Ontario Health Coalition is hearing from people like Zammit about issues in rural hospitals and will be preparing a report for the province with recommendations on how to make it better.

Ontario landlords who owe investors $144M 'misappropriated' funds for 'extravagant' expenses: court report

A group of Ontario landlords spent millions of dollars of investors' money on expenses ranging from renting a luxury vacation home in Hawaii, to footing a $5,000 Miami strip club bill to flying on private jets, according to the findings of a court-appointed monitor given special powers by Superior Court.

Hamilton councillor violated code of conduct for criticism of YWCA award winners: integrity commissioner

Hamilton Coun. John-Paul Danko violated the city's code of conduct when he insulted two Women of Distinction award recipients for criticizing police in their acceptance speeches in March, says the city's integrity commissioner.

Niagara police urge witnesses to 2022 homicide in St. Catharines to come forward

A 33-year-old man was shot and killed in the area of Pleasant Avenue and Lake Street around 3:40 a.m. on June 12, 2022, police say. Detectives continue to investigate.

Advocates pitch new councillor seat for Indigenous representation in Hamilton

Members of Indigenous consultation group Circle of Beads say they'll make the formal ask at a council meeting next week. If position is created, it would be the first of its kind in Canada, says advocate NaWalka Geeshy Meegwun.

Hamilton woman waits in pain for hip replacement, saying health-care system failing patients

The 55-year-old Hamilton woman has waited over five months since her family doctor determined her hip, plagued by 'severe' osteoarthritis, would likely require surgery.