Only ‘Routine Issues’ may be discussed at Annual General Meetings

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  I want to discuss three of the questions that were raised:

First, this question: Continue reading

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Sondra Radvanovsky owns Anna Bolena at the COC

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), composer -

Gaetano Donizetti, composer – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I attended the last performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Canadian Opera Company on May 26th, 2018.  The opera stars Sondra Radvanovsky, who owns the title role of Anna Bolena.

The performance stars Ms. Radvanovsky, and also features Christian Van Horn as Enrico (King Henry VIII), Allyson McHardy as Smeton, Keri Alkema as Giovanna Seymour (Jane Seymour), and Bruce Sledge as Richard Percy.  The performance was directed by Stephen Lawless, and was conducted by Corrado Rovaris. Continue reading

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Happy Victoria Day

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George ...

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George Hayter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, May 21st 2018, is Victoria Day in Canada.  I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day.

Today marks the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first monarch, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 and was Monarch when four British colonies – Canada West (Ontario), Canada East (Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia – were combined together to create the Dominion of Canada.

Today, May 21st 2018, is Victoria Day in Canada. I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day. Continue reading

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Spring 2018

Spring is now in full bloom.

Here are some pictures I have taken recently:

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Etobicoke Point Damaged by Storm

Etobicoke Point in Humber Bay Park West suffered a fair amount of damage due to bad weather in mid-April of this year.

Here are some pictures of the damage, which shows us all how dangerous Mother Nature can be: Continue reading

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Spring Finally Arrives

Spring has finally started to arrive with the appearance of some crocuses:

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Electric Vehicles Coming to Condominiums

Queen’s Park

The Ontario Government has announced that electric vehicle charging stations are coming to condominiums in the province.

The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) has an article about this which gives you a lot of information about the issue. Continue reading

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Luisa Miller: Live in HD

I attended the April 14 2018 Metropolitan Opera‘s Live in HD Broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi‘s Luisa Miller.  This is the first time since 2006 that the opera has been performed by the Met, but it was worth the wait.

The performance stars Sonya Yoncheva (Luisa Miller), Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Plácido Domingo (Miller), Olesya Petrova (Federica), Alexander Vinogradov (Count Walter), and Dmitry Belosselskiy (Wurm.)  The production is conducted by Bertrand de Billy, in a production by Elijah Moshinsky, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, and lighting by Duane Schuler.  The revival director is Gregory Keller. Continue reading

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NHL 2018 Playoffs First Round

The Stanley Cup.

The quest for the Stanley Cup officially starts tonight.

The Nashville Predators enter the playoffs as the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners after recording a record of 53 wins, 18 losses, and 11 overtime/shootout losses, good for 117 points.

The Pittsburgh Penguins earned their 12th straight playoff appearance and are looking to become the first team since the 1980-1983 New York Islanders to create a dynasty, having won the Stanley Cup the last two years. Continue reading

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Director in Arrears Creates Conflict

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  I want to discuss one of the questions as it is an important issue:

QUESTION:  One of the directors of our corporation was seriously behind in his payment of common-expense contributions for his unit. The board, at the last directors’ meeting, voted to extend the time for payment by a further six months. What can be done to make the board to treat this director in the same manner as any other owner who doesn’t pay common expense contributions?

ANSWER:  Your condo corporation has the option of a lien against the unit of an owner who defaults in the payment of his common expense contributions. The lien, however, expires three months after the default which created it. The lien, if not registered within the three months for each default in your situation, will expire three months after each default — notwithstanding the six-month extension for payment that’s been allowed by the board.

The corporation may still sue for the amount of the defaulted common expense contributions, notwithstanding the loss of the lien. But the directors should be made aware that a court may hold them individually responsible for any loss, or increased cost, incurred by the corporation as the result of the loss of the lien due to the board’s failure to register a lien within the required time frame.

Should the court rule that the directors’ failures constitute a failure to act honestly and in good faith, the directors under the Condominium Act will not be entitled to be indemnified in accordance with an indemnification bylaw of the corporation or pursuant to the corporation’s directors and officers liability insurance.

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