Oshawa's impoverished: searching for solutions, breaking stigma and shunning statistics

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"Green pulls on a cigarette and looks at a second set of numbers. A similar statistical profile, but for one of Oshawa’s other areas: downtown. Her eyes widen."


This story was part of my first investigative series for The Oshawa Express. I'd been covering the issues affecting tenants in the southern parts of Oshawa for several months and written many articles. Eventually, the activism got the attention of city hall who sent a collection of bylaw officers to deal with landlords who were leaving their buildings in states of decay. 

This story was part of my collection was named as runner-up for best investigative news series by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association in 2016. 

Published in the December 2, 2015 edition of The Oshawa Express.

FEATUREJoel Wittnebel