Signing to Receive Correspondence not Required

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

QUESTION:  Our property manager wants all owners to sign for any correspondence received from the board or management. If an owner refuses to give an electronic signature — using a device installed for parcels delivered by Canada Post — the correspondence will not be delivered. There is no rule requiring owners to provide such signatures. Is this valid?

ANSWER:  The correspondence could not include mailed letters as those will be delivered by Canada Post to the owners — management must not interfere with those deliveries.

A decision to withhold correspondence not signed for must be made by the board, and not by management. It would not be in the board’s interest if correspondence, such as a requirement that an owner comply with the rules, is not received by the owner.

If the correspondence is notice of an owners’ meeting, that meeting will not be properly called if some of the owners do not receive notice.

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Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

The Maple Leaf

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!!!

Today, July 1st 2017 marks the 150th 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.)

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 150th Birthday, Canada!  And Happy Dominion Day!

English: International Convention at Quebec of...

English: International Convention at Quebec of Delegates of the Legislatures of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, October 27, 1864, Quebec City, Canada East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Directors can Only be Removed in Specific Situations

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.

I would like to discuss two of the questions raised:

QUESTION: Our condo board recently excluded one of the directors from an executive board meeting at which the other four board members voted to remove the excluded director from the board. Was this proper?

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NHL Hands Out Awards

The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced its awards for players.

The award winners breakdown as follows: Continue reading

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Former CFL Head Coach Don Matthews has Passed Away

It has been announced that long term Canadian Football League (CFL) Head Coach Don Matthews has passed away at 77.

Mr. Matthews was a long time Head Coach in the CFL, earning a record of 231 wins, 132 losses, and one tie.  He would coach teams to five Grey Cup titles.  His 231 wins are the second most wins in CFL history, only behind Wally Buono who is still coaching and enters the 2017 CFL season with 266 wins. Continue reading

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Adam West Passes Away at 88

Adam West, famous for his portraying the title character in the Batman TV series, has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 88.

Mr. West was born September 19th, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington whose father was a farmer and mother an opera singer and concert pianist.  Continue reading

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73rd Anniversary of D-Day Landings

Juno Beac

Juno Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, June 6th 2017, marks the 73rd 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. Continue reading

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Peter Sallis Passes Away at 96

Peter Sallis, the actor famous for his performances in the series Last of the Summer Wine and as the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit, has passed away at the age of 96.

Mr. Sallis died peacefully on Friday June 2nd, 2017 with his passing being announced by his agent on June 5th. Continue reading

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2017 Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup.

Now that the Conference Finals have been completed, the Stanley Cup Finals are now set to start.

In the Finals, the Prince of Wales Trophy winners Pittsburgh Penguins  (Eastern Conference Champions) are set to face off against the Clarence Campbell Bowl winners Nashville Predators (Western Conference Champions.)  Game 1 goes down on May 29th, 2017 in Pittsburgh. Continue reading

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By-law Changes Cannot be Initiated by Owners

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  There were only two questions in this article, and I want to discuss one of them:

QUESTION:  Unit owners in our condominium provided the board with a notice of motion requiring a vote at our upcoming annual meeting for a bylaw amending our current bylaws. The board refused to put the vote on the agenda for the annual meeting. Can the board refuse to hold the vote?

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