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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Board Required to Produce Funding Plan for Reserve Fund

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

QUESTIONIs it illegal for the board to budget less for contributions to the reserve fund than the amounts specified in the reserve fund study?

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Franco Zeffirelli has Passed Away

Renowned opera and movie director Franco Zeffirelli has passed away at the age of 96.

Mr. Zeffirelli was well known for his opera directing, but also directed some movies.  He was born Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli on February 12th 1923 in the outskirts of Florence, Italy.  Continue reading

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Resigning from the Board isn’t the Best Option

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

QUESTION:  What are my options other than resigning from the board in regard to racial slurs — which continue to be made at board meetings? Continue reading

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June 9th 2019 Departure of VIA Rail Train #1 The Canadian

I happened to catch the June 9th 2019 departure of VIA Rail’s flagship train The Canadian from Toronto’s Union Station.

The train was at its full summer’s length – two locomotives and 21 cars.  The consist was as follows: Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

Juno Beac

Juno Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, June 6th 2019, marks the 75th Anniversary of Canada‘s involvement in the D-Day landings in Normandy France.

On June 6th 1944, members of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, with the help of the Royal Canadian Navy and the British Marines, landed on the beach code named JUNO in the early morning.

The Canadians had some of the best results on the first day of fighting – some troops progressed further on the first day of fighting than any other units.  Canadians were dealt with 359 dead, 574 wounded, and 47 captured on the first day of fighting.

Let us not forget the sacrifices made that day, and throughout the war, to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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