Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a freelance reporter based in Hamilton. Her writing has appeared in CBC News, the Toronto Star, Voice of San Diego and elsewhere. She can be reached at

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Hamilton police tested controversial facial recognition technology Clearview AI

The company has built a bank of billions of photos from web sources including Instagram and Facebook and provided that bank of images for use by hundreds of law enforcement agencies.

Niagara financier facing more fraud charges 

Peter Corbière, a Niagara-on-the-Lake man at the centre of a 2018 CBC News investigation, was arrested on Thursday by Niagara police.

Lawsuit claims disgraced Hamilton cop planted gun that sent man to prison for 4 years

While he awaits a second criminal trial, disgraced former Hamilton police officer Craig Ruthowsky is named in a civil lawsuit claiming he devised a gun-planting scheme that sent a man to jail for four years.

Amazon's need for speed creating safety risks, delivery drivers say

Delivering Amazon packages to doorsteps as quickly as promised is no easy feat. Delivery drivers tell CBC News the hustle required to meet the demands of Amazon pushes them to prioritize speed, sometimes at the expense of safety.

Union leaders still have hope Hamilton steel company can be saved

Even though a Hamilton steel mill has been officially transferred to a liquidator, union leaders at Hamilton Specialty Bar still think there's a chance their company won't be sold for scrap.
CBC Investigates

Niagara financier's big money propositions leave entrepreneurs with ruined dreams

CBC News has learned of at least nine small business owners around Ontario and the U.S. who have collectively given more than $650,000 to a Niagara businessman in exchange for investment loans and deals. But the loans never materialized, and most didn’t get a cent of their money back.

Ontario PCs 'set aside' nomination for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

The Ontario PC party 'set aside' the result of the nomination contest for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas.

Hamilton steel company gets 12 more days to try to stay alive

A judge granted a 12-day extension on Wednesday to get a deal on the table to keep Hamilton Specialty Bar going.

A last, last-ditch effort to save Hamilton Specialty Bar

Steelworker union leaders will be making a last-ditch effort over the weekend to work out a deal with a bidder that would keep Hamilton Specialty Bar operating.

Hamilton 'breathing a little bit easier' after Canada exempted from steel tariffs

Steeltown was relieved Thursday to hear U.S. President Donald Trump say Canada and Mexico would be exempted from his 25 per cent tariff on steel – for now, at least.

Hamilton, Burlington home listings hit lowest level in 15 years

The number of homes put up for sale last month was the lowest number of listings for any February in 15 years, according to data released by the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington.

How Hamilton's steel industry may escape the brunt of tariffs

The outcome of Trump's tariff announcement may not be as bleak for Hamilton steel as first envisioned, analysts said,

City grapples with worst potholes in recent memory

The city has received a record number of claims that the pockmarked roads have caused damage to private vehicles, and it's not even spring yet, when the complaints usually roll in.

Teen girl who tried to rob man before he was stabbed to death sentenced to jail time

An 18-year-old girl was given a 15-month sentence after she pleaded guilty to robbery in connection with the death of a man who staggered into a Stoney Creek Mountain gas station covered in blood around 2:30 a.m. one morning last April.

After historic ice jam flood in Brantford, scientists study what can be done

"We hate to see these disasters occur. And what we quickly transition to is, how can we prepare better in the future?" conservation engineer says.