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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Rules can be overturned in Condominiums

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

QUESTION:  Our board has implemented a rule that bans smoking on the common elements and in the units. The ban will take effect shortly. Can the owners seek an owners’ vote to cancel the rule? If so, will tenants get to vote or only unit owners? And what percentage of the voting owners is required to cancel the rule? Continue reading

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Famed Bass Baritone Theo Adam Passes Away at 92

Famed German bass-baritone Theo Adam has passed away in his hometown of Dresden on Thursday January 10th, 2019.  He was 92.

Mr Adam’s career spanned over four decades, starting with a performance of Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Staatsoper Dresden in 1949.  He would regularly sing with the Berlin State Opera and would also appear at many of the leading opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera. Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2019

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I hope everyone has a prosperous new year.

2018 has flown by.  I recently recapped 2018 in this previous post.

Happy New Year, everyone!


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2018 In Review


As we are counting down the hours until 2018 begins, I would like to thank you for visiting my site this year.

I would also like to highlight the past year for this site: Continue reading

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