Tenant advocacy group calls out “reckless” social media comments on tragic Hamilton homicide

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Published May 31, 2023 at 11:30 am

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In the aftermath of the tragic double homicide of Carissa MacDonald and Aaron Stone in Hamilton, a group that advocates for tenants is criticizing people who came to the defence of the landlord believed to be responsible for the tragedy. The Advocacy Center for Tenants Ontario issued a statement on Wednesday (May 30)  condemning the wave of speculative comments circulating on social media.

“It has come to our attention that, over the past few days, there were many people using this horrific tragedy for their own aims and political agendas over social media about landlord and tenant relationships,” the statement read.

The contentious comments came to light through a tweet shared by David (@dsherwoodb), highlighting the landlords’ reactions within their private Facebook groups after learning about the heinous crime. The tweet sparked widespread discussions and raised questions about the responsibility and accountability of landlords in maintaining safe living environments for their tenants.

Another lobbyist with a landlord advocacy group has apologized and taken down his tweet, claiming a non-functioning Landlord Tenant Board (LTB) led to the homicide.

Calling out comments on social media as “reckless,” the advocacy group said that it strongly condemns speculating about the tragedy without having access to all the facts, as it could potentially fuel more violence.

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