Limits need to be placed on Condo Directors

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

QUESTION:  The president of our corporation is also the vice-president. secretary and treasurer. He is impossible to work with and is making poor decisions. How do we remove him? Our problem is that no other owner wants the difficult job. Can we hire a property manager to deal with bookkeeping and other matters?

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Toronto’s old Articulated Streetcars are Retired

September 2nd, 2019 marked the final day of service for the Toronto Transit Commission’s Articulated Light Rail Vehicle (ALRV.)

The cars, based on the shorted Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV), were longer and could therefore hold more passengers.  They entered service in 1988, nine years after the CLRV. Continue reading

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Last Day of Service for the CLRV on the 501 Queen

Today, August 31st 2019, marks the end of an era for the Toronto Transit Commission’s Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV) streetcars:

Today marks the last fay of scheduled service for the CLRV along the western portion of their 501 Queen line, which is the former 507 Long Branch car. Continue reading

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Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light Exhibit

The 2019 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has an interesting exhibit at the Coca-Cola Coliseum entitled Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light.

The exhibit consists of 17 different silk lanterns that are lit up, with some that move.  Continue reading

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98th Warriors’ Day Parade at the CNE

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is celebrating the 98th Warriors’ Day Parade on August 17th, 2019.

This year’s parade celebrated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasions and the 76th anniversary of the beginning of the Italian Campaign.

The parade started at the Princes’ Gates through the Midway to the parking lot west of Stanley Barracks. Continue reading

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Canada Succeeds at 2019 Pan Am Games

With the XVIII Pan Am Games coming to a close today, Team Canada has shown that we yet again have a lot to be proud of.

Team Canada showed up with 477 athletes ready to compete in 35 sports.  They are bringing home 152 medals with them (35 Gold, 64 Silver, and 53 Bronze), good for 3rd place overall. Continue reading

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Condominium Directors Need to Address Conflicts of Interest

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

QUESTION:  Our board wants to move our energy services from Toronto Hydro to another energy company that provides services to our building. The president of the new energy company is the president of our corporation. He says he will recuse himself from any decision related to this issue. Can we requisition an owners’ meeting so that questions and concerns may be addressed?

ANSWER:  A corporation may, by resolution and without notice to the unit owners, make a change in a service that is provided to the owners in certain circumstances Those circumstances include services where the cost of the change is no more than the greater of $1,000 or one per cent of the annual budgeted common expenses for the current fiscal year. Continue reading

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Happy Simcoe Day 2019

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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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Professional Property Management Services are Well Advised

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

QUESTION:  Is it legal for a small condominium of 24 units not to have a condominium manager?

ANSWER:  Yes. A condominium corporation of any size may be self-managed and not have a professional manager.

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Happy 152nd Birthday, Canada

The Maple Leaf

Happy Dominion Day to everyone in Canada!  July 1st, 2018 marks the 152nd 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, now Ontario and Quebec.)

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 152nd Birthday, Canada!

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

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