Abandoned Stairs in Colonel Samuel Smith Park

One of my pass times is walking.  One enjoyment of walking is the ability to add in the ability to do some amateur photography and to learn about different areas, especially historical sites and locations.

One a recent walk through Colonel Samuel Smith Park, located on the site of what was the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, I discovered an abandoned staircase near the old powerhouse. Continue reading

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Happy Commonwealth Day 2019!

Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth r...

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

Today (March 11th, 2019) 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.

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

Queen Elizabeth II(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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Boards Will Not Limit Their Right to Collect Proxies

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  I wish to discuss two of the questions raised:

QUESTION:  In a recent column relating to proxies, you wrote: “The purpose would not appear to be to enable someone to collect proxies from numerous owners in order to secure the election of one or more candidates for the board.” What if that was exactly someone’s intention — to ensure the election of certain candidates? Continue reading

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Adriana Lecouvreur: Met Opera HD Broadcast

I saw the February 27th, 2019 encore performance of Francesco Cilea‘s Adriana Lecouvreur from the Met Opera at the cinema.

The performance starred Anna Netrebko as Adriana Lecouvreur, Piotr Beczała as Maurizio, and Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess de Bouillon.  This was a new production by David McVicar and the opera was conducted by Gianandrea Noseda Continue reading

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Board Minutes Should be Vetted

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

QUESTION:  Our board posts minutes of directors meetings on a publicly viewed bulletin board. At a recent meeting, the board discussed our garage roof that is leaking on top of parked cars. The posted minutes included my name and stated that I was the main complainant. Should not a complainant’s names be confidential?

ANSWER:  The Condominium Act specifies that an owner is entitled to examine the corporation’s records, except for certain records including those relating to specific unit owners. Your complaint is a record of the condominium.

If the condominium cannot allow a requesting owner to examine a record relating to a particular owner, it is obvious that the corporation has no right to make available on a publicly viewed bulletin board information in regard to an owner forming part of a record.

What the Board should be doing at their meetings is to approve two sets of the Minutes of their meetings.  One set is the official record of the meeting, which must be retained for legal purposes.  The second set should be an identical copy, but with specific information blacked out for privacy reasons such as the names of owners who wrote into the Board.  Although, from the sounds of what the questioner stated it sounds like the Board may unintentionally made the error and the owner should simply request that the posted Minutes be corrected to black out his/her name.  Failing that, the owners should speak with a lawyer or the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO).

The other question I wish to discuss is the following:

QUESTION:  What is the procedure for owners to get rid of a board member?

ANSWER:  Owners of at least 15 per cent of the condominium units may requisition an owners meeting to hold a vote for the removal of one or more of the directors from the board. The requisition must state the name of each director who is proposed to be removed, the reasons for removal and whether the director occupies a position on the board reserved for voting by owners of owner-occupied units.

If more than one director is named in the requisition, there must be a separate vote for each named director. Removal requires a vote of more than 50 per cent of the unit owners in favour of removal.

A vote for a director who occupies a position which is reserved for voting by owners of owner-occupied units, may only be cast by the occupants of owner-occupied units.

I have spoken about this issue before and still shows why the recent changes to the Condominium Act do not go far enough.  As I have stated before, owners should be able to remove directors by a 2/3 majority of votes cast at a meeting.  This holds the directors accountable to the people they represent: the owners!  I am not sure why the Government insists on refusing to protect the owners who spend large amounts of money to live in a condominium.  It’s time that the directors be held accountable to the owners, and if that means making it easier for owners to replace directors than that is a good thing in my humble opinion.

Come on Ontario, let’s bring some real accountability to condominiums and put the owners in charge of their home.

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TTC Streetcar Action at Humber Loop and Kipling Loop

Here are two videos I took on Family Day (February 18th, 2019).

The first is of some streetcar action at Humber Loop: Continue reading

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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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