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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Commonwealth Day 2018

Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth r...

Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth realms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today (March 12th, 2018)  is Commonwealth Day in the countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Commonwealth Day, celebrated on the second Monday of March throughout the Commonwealth, as its name suggests celebrates the Commonwealth.

Traditionally, in London, Queen Elizabeth II leads a celebration at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and the Commonwealth High Commissioners.  Her Majesty is the Head of the Commonwealth, and normally reads a speech in honour of the occasion. Continue reading

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Condominium Act Requires More Protection

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  One question raised in his article demonstrates why condominium owners in Ontario still need to insist on more protections in the Condominium Act.

The question raised is as follows: Continue reading

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David Ogden Stiers has Passed Away at 75

The cast of M*A*S*H from Season 8 onwards (clo...

The cast of M*A*S*H from Season 8 onwards (clockwise from left): Mike Farrell, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, David Ogden Stiers, Loretta Swit, Alan Alda, Harry Morgan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been reported that actor David Ogden Stiers has passed away at 75.  He is best remembered for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester on M*A*S*H.

Mr. Stiers was born in 1945 and grew up in Oregon.  He would have a few guest appearances on shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, and Rhoda prior to landing the role he is most famous for, Major Winchester in M*A*S*H in 1977.  He would remain on the show until the end of the series 1983.  He would win two Emmy awards while working on the show. Continue reading

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Team Canada Makes History at Winter Olympics

Team Canada has set a personal best record at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning a total of 29 medals (11 Gold, 8 Silver, and 10 Bronze) for third place overall.  The team would also finish in third place for Gold medal count.  Only Norway and Germany would win more Gold Medals (14 each) and more total medals overall (Norway 39, and Germany 31).  The previous record for total medals won by Team Canada was 26, set at the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver.

The games were held with some controversies as the Russian team was barred from attending the games due to doping allegations (although many athletes from Russia were still allowed to compete as the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” or “OAR”), and for the first time since the 1994 Winter Olympics NHL hockey players were not allowed to compete at the Olympics.

The following teams/individuals are bringing medals home to Canada: Continue reading

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Condo Records are Accessible

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

QUESTION:  Our condominium manager responded to my request — I’m a director on our condo’s board — to examine certain condominium records by advising that I must submit the prescribed Request for Records form.

She advised that the corporation will respond within 30 days to say whether the records will be provided and, if not, then giving the reason and any applicable legislation. Is she correct? Do I as a director need to submit the form? And also, does this not render owners’ meetings useless since owners request all types of information at those meeting?
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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 66 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.

While Her Majesty predominantly lives in the United Kingdom, she has come home to Canada on many occasions, and has personally undertaken many duties in her official capacity as Queen of Canada, both in Canada, and abroad.  When not in Canada, Her Majesty is represented at the Federal level by the Governor General, in each province by a Lieutenant Governor. Continue reading

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Happy 5th Anniversary

February 3rd 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of my blog.  I would like to thank everyone who has stopped by to read my posts.

I have discussed many different topics from operas, stage shows, and movies that I have seen, to condominium issues and reforms, to sports, to the passing of several recognizable people. Continue reading

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