June 1, 2019
With regards to the proposed removal of items from 650 Parliament apartments from last update, 650 Parliament Inc. management has posted an update on the Wellesley Parliament Square website. We encourage all tenants to read the material and direct questions to class action counsel.
The court proceedings to ask for the temporary removal of items from apartments is scheduled for June 14, 2019. We continue to ask 650 Parliament Inc. management to hold a meeting to discuss the court proceeding with tenants.
If tenants wish to contact class counsel on this matter, they should contact the law firms of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Charney Lawyers. Please visit their website for information about the class action lawsuit as well as contact information. These are lawyers working on behalf of 650 Parliament tenants, and they will be your best source of information.
Our office has been in touch with class counsel about having them meet with tenants to discuss the court proceedings. If we can arrange a meeting ahead of the June 14, 2019 hearing we will let tenants know as soon as possible.
Our office also received an inquiry about whether there was asbestos discovered during repairs, and if that may post a health risk to tenants through potential contamination of their items. We received updates from Toronto Building and Toronto Public Health on this matter. Asbestos was found several months ago, but confirmatory air sampling was undertaken to ensure there was not the release of asbestos during this work.
From 650 Parliament Inc. management:
There are no changes to the current tenant assistance program since the previous update last update.
The court proceedings to ask for the temporary removal of items from apartments is scheduled for June 14, 2019.
From a factum posted on May 30, 2019 on the WPSQ website:
"The estimated completion date of repairs is now the end of September 2019 at the earliest, if the apartment contents are removed. If the contents remain in the apartment units, the estimated completion of repairs is the end of December 2019."
From Toronto Fire Services:
No update to provide.
In response to a query our office received about whether asbestos was discovered during rehabilitation of 650 Parliament, our office reached out to both Toronto Building and Toronto Public Health with questions. The following are their responses:
From Toronto Building:
As typical for older mechanical systems, piping was wrapped in an asbestos cloth to prevent burns. There is current abatement of asbestos on the pipes at 650 Parliament Street.
There is a process that is undertaken by the Ministry of Labour when asbestos is found. Following a designated Substance Report that is filed with the Ministry of Labour for working with hazardous materials, the level of abatement and containment methods are designed to suit the amount of hazardous materials found. Proper abatement procedures should prevent the spread of any materials into un-abated areas.
For more information, please visit the Ministry of Labour FAQ on asbestos.
From Toronto Public Health:
The investigating staff from Toronto Public Health have inspected the site and at this time staff have not seen any evidence to suggest that there is asbestos contamination throughout the building. It is our understanding that during remediation work, asbestos wrapping around piping ( largely in hallway areas) was discovered.
Following this discovery, TYPE 3 asbestos remediation work was undertaken in accordance with Asbestos Removal Legislation (administered by the Ministry of Labour). Following this, confirmatory air sampling was undertaken to ensure there was not the release of asbestos during this work. This work was undertaken several months ago.
Toronto Public Health is currently awaiting documentation to confirm this and will provide further updates as information becomes available.
Next update: June 15, 2019