Happy Simcoe Day 2017

English: Sir John Graves Simcoe, first Lieuten...

Sir John Graves Simcoe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As today is Sir John Graves Simcoe Day in Ontario, I would like to discuss the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1796.  Of course Upper Canada would later become the Province of Ontario.

Born in Cotterstock England in 1752, Simcoe would be educated at Eton and spent one year at Oxford.  He joined the 35th Regiment of Foot, as an ensign, in 1770.  He purchased a captaincy in the 40th Regiment of Foot and was injured in battle during the American Revolution.  He was responsible for a successful battle in the battle of Crooked Billet.

He became Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada in 1791 when the British Government created the Province of Upper Canada out of land around the Great Lakes that stayed part of the British Empire after the American Revolution.  Simcoe would see to the building of two major roads:  Yonge Street (named after Sir George Yonge then the Minister of War), and Dundas Street (named after Henry Dundas, later the 1st Viscount Melville.)  Originally built for defensive purposes, later both streets served to help settlement Upper Canada, and as trading routes. Continue reading

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One Parking Spot = One Vehicle

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s discuss some of the questions:

QUESTION:  My unit has one parking spot which is large enough for my car and my motorcycle. The manager advises that I must remove one since the declaration refers to a parking spot for “a” motorized vehicle. The board interprets “a” to mean one. If there’s room, is it not reasonable that I be allowed to park both vehicles?

ANSWER:  You may be correct that parking both vehicles is reasonable. A declaration prohibition, however, need not be reasonable in order to be enforceable. “A” motorized vehicle indicates one vehicle only.

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Robert Hardy Dead at 91

Veteran stage and screen actor Robert Hardy has passed away at 91.

Mr. Hardy was known for his appearance in the television series All Creatures Great and Small, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, and appearing as Sir Winston Churchill in several television series. Continue reading

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Signing to Receive Correspondence not Required

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s discuss a couple of the questions:

QUESTION:  Our property manager wants all owners to sign for any correspondence received from the board or management. If an owner refuses to give an electronic signature — using a device installed for parcels delivered by Canada Post — the correspondence will not be delivered. There is no rule requiring owners to provide such signatures. Is this valid?

ANSWER:  The correspondence could not include mailed letters as those will be delivered by Canada Post to the owners — management must not interfere with those deliveries.

A decision to withhold correspondence not signed for must be made by the board, and not by management. It would not be in the board’s interest if correspondence, such as a requirement that an owner comply with the rules, is not received by the owner.

If the correspondence is notice of an owners’ meeting, that meeting will not be properly called if some of the owners do not receive notice.

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Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

The Maple Leaf

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!!!

Today, July 1st 2017 marks the 150th birthday for the Dominion of Canada since Confederation on July 1st, 1867.

Confederation was created thanks to the hard work of many people, and helped to create the Canada we know today.

On July 1st, 1867, three British colonies: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (the combined colonies of Upper and Lower Canada.)

Other provinces and territories were added over the years: Manitoba (1870), Northwest Territories (1870), British Columbia (1871), Prince Edward Island (1873), Yukon Territory (1898), Alberta (1905), Saskatchewan (1905), Newfoundland and Labrador (1949), and Nunavut (1999.)

So, Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!  And Happy Dominion Day!

English: International Convention at Quebec of...

English: International Convention at Quebec of Delegates of the Legislatures of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, October 27, 1864, Quebec City, Canada East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Directors can Only be Removed in Specific Situations

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.

I would like to discuss two of the questions raised:

QUESTION: Our condo board recently excluded one of the directors from an executive board meeting at which the other four board members voted to remove the excluded director from the board. Was this proper?

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NHL Hands Out Awards

The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced its awards for players.

The award winners breakdown as follows: Continue reading

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Former CFL Head Coach Don Matthews has Passed Away

It has been announced that long term Canadian Football League (CFL) Head Coach Don Matthews has passed away at 77.

Mr. Matthews was a long time Head Coach in the CFL, earning a record of 231 wins, 132 losses, and one tie.  He would coach teams to five Grey Cup titles.  His 231 wins are the second most wins in CFL history, only behind Wally Buono who is still coaching and enters the 2017 CFL season with 266 wins. Continue reading

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Adam West Passes Away at 88

Adam West, famous for his portraying the title character in the Batman TV series, has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 88.

Mr. West was born September 19th, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington whose father was a farmer and mother an opera singer and concert pianist.  Continue reading

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73rd Anniversary of D-Day Landings

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Juno Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, June 6th 2017, marks the 73rd Anniversary of Canada‘s involvement in the D-Day landings in Normandy France.

On June 6th 1944, members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, with the help of the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Marines, landed on the beach code named JUNO in the early morning. Continue reading

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