650 Parliament Updates

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650 Parliament: Update July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019

This update provides some more information from Toronto Building on active building permits. It provides some rough information about work that has occurred within 650 Parliament. We continue to receive a lot of requests about what is occurring inside, and continue to push Toronto Building and the Landlord for as much information as they can provide.

We do not have any update regarding the class action lawsuit, specifically the request to transfer items from apartments to the basement. According the media reports, the Landlord and representatives for 650 Parliament tenants have not come to terms. Should our office hear that an agreement has been reached before the courts we will provide that information. 

We also do not have any update from Toronto Fire Services with regards to the recent fire at 650 Parliament beyond what has been provided in previous updates. We are still in contact with Toronto Fire Services and will provide more information if it becomes available.

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650 Parliament: Update July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019

As reported in several media outlets, the fire that occurred at 650 Parliament on June 10 was the result of a stove being left on following the evacuation last year, that caught combustible material on the stove on fire when the unit was being re-energized. A press release from Toronto Fire Services is included this update. 

The landlord has commented in the media that while the damage is unfortunate, it "likely won’t affect the plan to return residents to the building."

If our office receives any further information we will provide it during our planned update for July 15, 2019.

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650 Parliament: Update July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019

This morning, Toronto Fire Services (TFS) attended a fire that broke out in a unit on the 15th floor of 650 Parliament Street. Contractors working on the restoration of the building noticed smoke, and immediately flipped the fire alarm. TFS was on the scene within 3 minutes, and had the fire extinguished within 20 minutes.

TFS responded to the report of a fire at 650 Parliament Street. The fire was contained to the unit of origin and there were no injuries. The TFS Investigations Division is on scene with the Electrical Safety Authority conducting an investigation into the origin, cause and circumstances of the fire.

It is too early to speculate what the total damage this fire did, or if this incident may impact the move-in dates for tenants. We will continue to request updates from TFS, the Electrical Safety Authority and the Landlord and will provide any information we can as it becomes available.

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650 Parliament: Update July 2, 2019

Update July 2, 2019

There is a small update from the landlord. We continue to ask questions of both 650 Parliament Inc. and Toronto Building, as requested by tenants, and will continue to push for more information. 

Our understanding is that the Landlord and Counsel for 650 Parliament Street continue to finalise the details regarding the Landlord's request to move items from apartments to the garage to facilitate unit repairs. As before, tenants are being represented by 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. 

Tenants have asked us if there are any changes to the estimated return date. At this point, the most up-to-date information was provided in our June 16 update suggests that repairs will be completed in September, with residents cycling into the building over the next two months. This scenario would require the courts to grant the landlord the ability to move items into the garage. We have reached out to class counsel again and we will provide any updates as appropriate.

We have heard a number of concerns about tenants living at hotels and AirBnB units being asked to move from their current lodgings into units owned by WPSQ in St. James Town, such as 240, 260 and 280 Wellesley Street East. Individuals who choose not to move into a unit that is provided are being told they assistance levels may be reduced or eliminated if they choose to stay in their current unit, as warned by the Landlord in their May 16, 2019 update

These cases unfortunately are likely landlord-tenant issues that are under the provincial Residential Tenancies Act, and therefore outside the city's purview, and would instead be adjudicated through the Landlord Tenant Board as required. Our office is happy to advocate to your landlord for accommodation if requested. 

Tenants who are being affected and do not wish to move are highly encouraged to seek legal advice. If you cannot afford a lawyer, please contact a legal aid clinic such as Neighbourhood Legal Services at 416-861-0677. 

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650 Parliament: Update June 16, 2019

June 16, 2019

On June 11, our office hosted a meeting for 650 Parliament tenants to meet with counsel for the 650 Parliament class action lawsuit. The meeting was well attended, and focused on the request from the landlord to move tenant belongs from their apartments downstairs to facilitate repairs. A summary of that meeting is provided this update.

A court hearing was held on June 14 on the request to relocate tenant belongings. The judge, Justice Belobaba, has agreed in principle to allow the items to be moved, although details are still going to be worked out. An order is expected to be issued by the court on June 19, 2019.

In addition, following from a previous update regarding asbestos concerns that some 650 Parliament tenants had, Toronto Public Health has confirmed that tenants are at a very low-risk of themselves or their belongings being impacted.

Residents have provided numerous questions to our office for Toronto Building and the landlord. We will do our best to get answers to these questions for our July 1 update.

 

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650 Parliament: Fire Class Action Information Session

June 7, 2019

Our office has helped coordinate a meeting between 650 Parliament Tenants and Strosberg Sasso Sutts and Charney Lawyers on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 .p.m.

Please read the following update for more information.

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650 Parliament: Update June 1, 2019

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.

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650 Parliament: Update May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

650 Parliament Inc. management has posted an update on the Wellesley Parliament Square website.

The update is to notify tenants that the building owners are seeking permission from the courts to remove tenant belongings from apartments to facilitate quicker reconstruction of 650 Parliament Street. This request will likely be heard in the courts by mid-June.

When our office asked for a scheduled update on May 15, the draft statement provided by the 650 Parliament Inc. management spokesperson was confusing and unclear. We asked them to:

  1. Communicate directly with 650 Parliament tenants on their website;
  2. Clarify what the ownership intends to propose to the courts;
  3. Have the ownership confirm that it is providing relevant materials on this matter will be provided to class action counsel that is acting on behalf of 650 Parliament tenants in the class proceedings; and
  4. Hold a tenant meeting with 650 Parliament tenants to help communicate what the ownership is requesting and to answer questions.

We are pleased that management is taking action on items #1 to #3 following our request, and look forward to a positive response on #4. We have also offered to assist them with holding a tenant meeting. Should 650 Parliament tenants themselves wish to hold a tenant meeting with management on this complicated matter, Councillor Wong-Tam would be supportive.

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.

The property owner's update notifies the remaining tenants in short-term rental, hotel, or other arrangements that property management is attempting to secure local apartment accommodations for them. We have requested your landlord to provide as much notification as possible, and supports for individuals who may require additional time and assistance.

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650 Parliament: Update May 2, 2019

Update May 2, 2019

There are absolutely no changes to announce regarding the ongoing tenant assistance packages currently being provided. 

There is also no update to provide at this time regarding the reconstruction efforts.

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650 Parliament: Update April 16, 2019

Updated April 16, 2019

There have been many questions about Toronto Building's role in the restoration of 650 Parliament Street. We asked Toronto and East York Manager of Building Inspections, Andrew Wild, to more fulsomely comment.

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