Board Can Fire Officers

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

QUESTION:  If a president of a condo board is terminated unanimously by the board members and fails to resign, what is the board’s next step?

ANSWER:  An officer, such as the president, may be removed from office by a vote of the quorum of the board. While the board may remove an officer it can only remove a director in limited circumstances.

The corporation may have a bylaw requiring directors to abide by certain ethical requirements. The bylaw may provide that in the event of a serious or repeated breach of those requirements, the directors may vote to remove the offending director — provided that the director is given the opportunity to present arguments as to why he or she should not be removed.

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Blue Jays Announce Spring Training Schedule

Toronto Skydome (Rogers Centre), NY Yankees vs...

Toronto Skydome (Rogers Centre), NY Yankees vs. Blue Jays (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced their spring training schedule for 2018.

Spring training starts on February 23rd against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The Blue Jays will also play the Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees before taking on Philadelphia again on the 28th.

The Blues Jays’ first spring training game in March is on the 3rd against the Minnesota Twins, and the Blue Jays play a total of 13 spring training games in March – for a total of 17 games over spring training. Continue reading

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2017 World Series

The World Series is now set and will start today, October 24th 2017.  The National League Pennant winners, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will face off against the American League Pennant winners, the Houston Astros.

The Dodgers have home field advantage thanks to having 104 wins vs. the Astros’ 101 wins. Continue reading

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MLB Wild Card Games

The Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season is over, and now the playoffs begin with the wild card games.

In the American League, the Minnesota Twins travel to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees.  The Twins finished in second place in the American League Central Division with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses, while the Yankees finished in second place in the American League East with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses.

In the National League, the Colorado Rockies travel to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Rockies finished with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses, while the Diamondbacks finished with a record of 93 wins and 69 losses.  Both teams represent the National League West Division.

Look for both visiting teams to win their games and move on the the Divisional Series.

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Board Cannot Refuse Communication Between Owners

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

QUESTION:  Owners in my building have placed leaflets on each unit’s door handle, advertising a condominium community website. One of the directors has been seen removing the leaflets. Can he do this?

ANSWER:  The leaflets were obviously placed on the door handles for the benefit of the unit occupants. Removal of the leaflets should only be by the unit occupants or by the director if the board passed a resolution. The resolution would appear to be necessary even if the declaration or rules prohibited the attachment of anything to the door handles.

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Board Could Re-Appoint Resigned Director

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

QUESTION:  One of our directors submitted his resignation and it was accepted by resolution of the board. The resigned director now wants to return and complete his term. I believe that when a director resigns, he is out — unless voted back in by the owners at the annual general meeting. Am I correct?

ANSWER:  Almost. The resigned director could be voted back onto the board by the owners. But the board could also resolve to appoint the director to fill the vacancy created by his resignation until the next AGM. The board, however, could not resolve that the director will complete his original term if that term would extend beyond the next AGM.

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2017 Warriors’ Day at the CNE

Today, August 19th 2017, the Canadian National Exhibition (C.N.E.) celebrated the 96th Warriors’ Day Parade.

The Parade started at 10:30 a.m. at the Princes’ Gate, at the east end of the CNE grounds, and continued past the Direct Energy Centre, before turning south just south BMO Field.

The parade also gave us a chance to thank our veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces.  Thank you for your dedication and service! Continue reading

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Happy Simcoe Day 2017

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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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One Parking Spot = One Vehicle

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

QUESTION:  My unit has one parking spot which is large enough for my car and my motorcycle. The manager advises that I must remove one since the declaration refers to a parking spot for “a” motorized vehicle. The board interprets “a” to mean one. If there’s room, is it not reasonable that I be allowed to park both vehicles?

ANSWER:  You may be correct that parking both vehicles is reasonable. A declaration prohibition, however, need not be reasonable in order to be enforceable. “A” motorized vehicle indicates one vehicle only.

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Robert Hardy Dead at 91

Veteran stage and screen actor Robert Hardy has passed away at 91.

Mr. Hardy was known for his appearance in the television series All Creatures Great and Small, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter movies, and appearing as Sir Winston Churchill in several television series. Continue reading

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