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The Milton Story

The Milton Story

It was supposed to be a safe, affordable home for Ontarians with nowhere else to go. But inside, it was horrifying. “They were living in filth,” one family member said, recalling the home in Milton, Ont. The provincial government eventually sold the home to a group of charities, and after two years some of the residents moved into subsidized suites at the hotel. But that was only after months of public protest and a lawsuit by one of the residents.

The story of the Milton story is an ugly one. It starts with a report on the house by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “A man and his wife, who live in the two-storey house which is in the middle of a subdivision near the Hamilton, Ont., airport, were killed on Oct. 11, 2007, when the house caught fire,” it stated. The CBC also reported that the man was a retired school administrator. It mentioned that another family member who lived in the home was shocked by the lack of safety features in the house. But the CBC made no mention of the man’s wife and child.

The Globe and Mail reported that the house was built in 1951 as a rental. The owner’s son, who was not involved in the home’s construction, told the newspaper that he was approached for the job by a real estate company “to get rid of houses in the area and keep this one.” The son says he told the company he didn’t need the work, and in any case, “they said, ‘It is a nice neighborhood.’ ” The Globe also reported the family rented the house until 1992, when the CBC quoted them estimating it was worth $350,000 at the time. That was low for the neighborhood, and they never brought the price up to the market price. In other words, it was a rental but sold for a profit.

The CBC reported a fire at the house. The next day, the provincial coroner concluded that the fire was accidental and that the death was the result of an “accident or a homicide.” Some residents of the neighbourhood protested. The Globe and Mail reported that the coroner’s report did not mention the two-storey house, but the CBC reported that the house was not a problem any more. The Globe and Mail concluded, “There are conflicting versions of when the home was bought and

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