Condominiums Required to Maintain Common Elements

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

QUESTION:  We own a unit in a large, old condominium. We have had little or no heat, or hot water, for a long time and have had temperatures inside as low as 61F. Management says they are working on it. But there has been no improvement. The township by-law office says the minimum heat is 68F. The township could issue a non-compliance order but that would probably result in a fine that the unit owners would share and may not ensure that the situation is corrected. Neither would going to the press which would devalue our units. What can we do?
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Sir Andrew Davis Celebrates 75th Birthday with Wagner and the TSO

I attended the February 2nd 2019 concert at the TSO which was advertised as “Sir Andrew Conducts Wagner”.  The concert happened to also fall on Sir Andrew’s 75th birthday.

The concert consisted of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Albert Berg’s Three Pieces of Orchestra, and the first act of Die Walküre.  The first act of Die Walküre featured solorits Lise Davidsen (Sieglinde), Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), and Brindley Sherratt (Hunding).  All three were making their TSO debuts with the concert. Continue reading

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Keeping Up Appearances Star Clive Swift Dies at 82

The family of Clive Swift has announced that the actor has passed away on February 1st 2019, eight days prior to his 83rd birthday.   The actor was best known for his portrayal of Richard Bucket in Keeping up Appearances, alongside Dame Patricia Routledge.

Mr. Swift was born February 9th, 1936 in Liverpool to Abram Sampson and Lily Rebecca Swift.  His older brother, David, was also an actor. Continue reading

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Roy Halladay leads Cooperstown Class of 2019

The Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown) has announced it Class of 2019 inductees.

Those elected to the Hall of Fame are: Continue reading

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Rules can be overturned in Condominiums

Gerry Hyman has a new article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s look at some of the questions raised:

QUESTION:  Our board has implemented a rule that bans smoking on the common elements and in the units. The ban will take effect shortly. Can the owners seek an owners’ vote to cancel the rule? If so, will tenants get to vote or only unit owners? And what percentage of the voting owners is required to cancel the rule? Continue reading

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Famed Bass Baritone Theo Adam Passes Away at 92

Famed German bass-baritone Theo Adam has passed away in his hometown of Dresden on Thursday January 10th, 2019.  He was 92.

Mr Adam’s career spanned over four decades, starting with a performance of Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Staatsoper Dresden in 1949.  He would regularly sing with the Berlin State Opera and would also appear at many of the leading opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera. Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2019

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I hope everyone has a prosperous new year.

2018 has flown by.  I recently recapped 2018 in this previous post.

Happy New Year, everyone!


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2018 In Review


As we are counting down the hours until 2018 begins, I would like to thank you for visiting my site this year.

I would also like to highlight the past year for this site: Continue reading

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Team Canada Set to Defend World Juniors Title

The Maple Leaf

The 2019 edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship opens today in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.  Team Canada is the defending Champions and are looking to retain the title on home ice.

The team plays four round robin games: Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2018

I just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

May you spend your Christmas with family and friends and have a wonderful and enjoyable Christmas.

The year is coming to a close and I would also like to thank everyone who has read my Blog this year for all the support as it is very appreciated.  Thank you. Continue reading

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