Special Assessments are not the only Option for Reserve Fund Repairs

Gerry Hyman has a new article for the Toronto Star today.  In his article he speaks about a condominium that has put in place a Special Assessment in the tune of $51,000 per unit to be paid for over four years.

The specific question is as follows: Continue reading

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Streetcar Action at Kipling Loop

For three consecutive weekends starting on the weekend of February 15, 2020, the TTC was short turning the 501 Queen service west of Humber Loop at Kipling Loop.  This is being done to allow the City of Toronto to do some work on the sidewalk on Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Long Branch Loop.

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World Series Champion Tony Fernández has Passed Away

Darren Oliver pitching in the 7th inning for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Former Toronto Blue Jay shortstopTony Fernández has passed away at the age of 57.  He played for the Blue Jays in four different stints: from 1983-1900, 1993, from 1998-1999, and finally in 2001, winning the World series with the Blue Jays in 1993.

Mr. Fernández was born Octavio Antonio Fernández Castro San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican RepublicContinue reading

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Happy 55th Birthday to the Maple Leaf

February 15th, 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of Canada adopting the Maple Leaf as Canada’s official flag.

Happy Birthday to the Maple Leaf!

The Maple Leaf

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Soprano Mirella Freni passes away at 84

Famed opera Soprano Mirella Freni has passed away at the age of 84.

Ms. Freni was born on February 27th, 1935 in Modena, Italy.  She was born in the same city, just months before, as tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who would be a long time friend and colleague. Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 68 years as Queen of Canada

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Au...

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Australia, and other Commonwealth realms) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today marks the 66th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension as Queen of Canada, the United Kingdom, and 14 other nations.  She is also the head of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne of Canada when her father, King George VI passed away in the early hours of February 6th, 1952.  Prior to this date, she was the Heir Presumptive to the crown. Continue reading

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Kirk Douglas has Passed Away at 103

Famed Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas has passed away at the age of 103 from natural causes.  He was one of the last remaining actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Mr. Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch Demsky on December 9th, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York.  He would change his name just before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He would be medically discharged in 1944 after an accidental dropping of a depth charge, and was a Lieutenant when he was discharged. Continue reading

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Happy 7th Anniversary

#4178 crossing Strachan Ave.

Today, February 3rd, 2020, marks the seventh anniversary of me creating this blog.

I want to thank everyone for joining me along this ride as I discuss many different topics, from reviews of plays and operas, to discussions on condominiums, on sporting events, the passing of several people, etc. Continue reading

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Surpluses Can Occur in Condominiums

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star,  Let’s look at the questions:

QUESTION:  Our board admitted that the corporation overcharged the owners $40,000 in their common expense contributions. The board advised that it has made up for the overcharge by increasing the corporation’s operating account by $40,000. Can the corporation do that or must it refund each owner’s overpayment to that unit owner?
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Condominium President is only One Person

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

QUESTION:  Owners of 12 of the 32 units in our condominium requested — in writing — that there be a meeting to discuss the obligations of the unit owners. The corporation’s president advised: “It’s not going to happen,” and she said that if we insisted, she would disband the board. Can she refuse the requested meeting? And could she disband the board?

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