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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Highway 6 closed in both directions north of Caledonia, Ont., due to tanker spill

A tanker-truck spill has shut down Highway 6 between Hamilton and Caledonia on Wednesday morning, Ontario Provincial Police say. 

Mayor defends Hamilton police budget while experts weigh in on board's power to change it

Requesting Hamilton police trim their spending on office supplies, the mounted unit or cable TV interferes with their operations and runs afoul of provincial legislation, says Mayor Andrea Horwath.

Family doctor says 'it hurts' that red tape is preventing him from seeing 1,500 patients in Ontario

Dr. Ivan Escudero finished his residency in the U.S. and is eager to practise in his home province of Ontario, but says Canada’s medical licensing labyrinth is standing in his way. It's taken seven months and counting for the multi-agency, multi-step bureaucracy to process his application.

12 Ontario men, 1 American arrested in Niagara for trafficking young people: police

The suspects, ranging from ages 20 to 60, face charges related to child luring, obtaining sexual services and inviting sexual exploitation of a young person, Niagara, Ont., police say. The local YWCA says the Niagara Region is an "epicentre" for trafficking in the province.

Hamilton councillor can vote on police budget even though her son is an officer: integrity commissioner

Coun. Esther Pauls was reprimanded last year for not declaring a conflict of interest, but Hamilton's new integrity commissioner says that decision wasn't correct.
CBC Investigates

Private jets, yachts and parties: Ontario landlords flaunted lavish lifestyle as business began to crumble

In a 2022 promotional video, Robby Clark stands at the bow of a yacht, arms raised to the sky as a camera circles overhead. "You can stick me in the desert with nothing and I’m going to come out owning the desert," he says. Less than two years later, his Ontario real estate empire is under bankruptcy protection, owing hundreds of lenders tens of millions of dollars.

Hamilton tenant living with 'disgusting' bed bugs for months says city bylaw system not working

After living with bed bugs for months, Esther Stam says it isn’t only the persistent bites and sleepless nights that are 'horrendous' but also how difficult it is to get help.
CBC Investigates

3 landlords among largest real estate holders in Ontario owe $144M, under bankruptcy protection: documents

A small group of landlords who own hundreds of rental properties across the province have run out of money, owe over $144 million in unpaid loans and face dozens of lawsuits from creditors, according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Hamilton council sends $213M police budget back for review as it looks to cut 7.9% tax hike

In a rare move, Hamilton council has sent back the police service's proposed $213 million budget — up 10.24 per cent from last year and the largest component in the city's budget.

This Ontario farmer says he's cutting emissions one cow belch at a time

On a cold winter’s day, the brown and white cattle munching on hay in the pasture stare, moo and poop like any other. But it’s their burps that make them special, says Dave Braden, a small beef farmer in Puslinch, Ont., between Hamilton and Guelph.