Samantha Craggs


Samantha Craggs is a CBC News reporter based in Hamilton, Ont. She has a particular interest in politics and social justice stories, and tweets live from Hamilton city hall. Follow her on Twitter at @SamCraggsCBC, or email her at

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Hamilton labour leader faces trial next month on charge of assaulting anti-Pride protester

Barry Conway, 34, is charged with assaulting the leader of a group of a group of self-appointed "street preachers" that crashed the Pride festival.

New $75M lawsuit claims city conspired to dump contaminated soil on land with mob ties

The city says it's checked and can't find evidence that this happened.

LRT is back on the table in Hamilton — but depends on the feds, province says

The province is reviving Hamilton's light-rail transit system (LRT) with a renewed $1 billion commitment to get the project going again — but it'll be drastically reduced, and is contingent on the feds stepping up too.

Public shouldn't be blocked from strolling Burlington Canal piers, mayor says

Transport Canada plans to install metal gates on the piers this spring. Both Hamilton and Burlington's mayors say it's a bad idea.

Former Hamilton medic says he couldn't sleep after Yosif Al-Hasnawi died on his watch

Steven Snively says he had a hard time sleeping the night Yosif Al-Hasnawi died. But he went to work the next day because he didn't want Hamilton to have one less ambulance on the road.

Hamilton police chief will retire as of February 2021

Hamilton's police chief, Eric Girt, is retiring as of February 2021.

City facing provincial charges over Chedoke Creek sewage and stormwater leak

The province is charging the City of Hamilton in relation to four years of sewage and stormwater leaking into Chedoke Creek.

Hamilton was misled on LRT costs, which have been steadily creeping upward: Lysyk

A new auditor general report says the cost of Hamilton light-trail transit (LRT) was creeping upward as far back as 2018, and that the provincial PC estimate of $5.5 billion when the project was cancelled in December actually wasn't far off.

Police officer tried to reason with Al-Hasnawi as he lay on the sidewalk, court hears

A Hamilton police officer says she tried to reason with Yosif Al-Hasnawi as he lay dying on the sidewalk from a bullet wound that emergency responders around him thought was a BB gun injury.

Paramedics restrained Yosif Al-Hasnawi in back of ambulance, officer tells court

Sgt. Nesreen Shawihat climbed into the back of the ambulance with the paramedics that night. Al-Hasnawi was flailing, she says, but it was "minimal."