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650 Parliament: Update October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019

Toronto's Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg has released an update into the fire investigation of 650 Parliament Street. The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal (OFMEM) could not conclusively determine what caused the fire in a year ago on August 21, 2018. However, the Fire Marshall's report has advised that the catastrophic failure was potentially caused by water damage to the building's electrical system, a lack of a neutral bond wire and/or due to the age and maintenance of the building's electrical system.


650 Parliament: Update September 16, 2019

September 16, 2019

Toronto's Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg has released a brief statement about the causes of the fire that struck 650 Parliament on August 21, 2018. As reported in the media, the Ontario Fire Marshall has finished their investigation and determined that what occurred was a "catastrophic failure of the electrical system in the building caused an explosion in the electrical room, and smaller explosions and fires throughout the building."

This Fire Marshall's report is confidential, and therefore Toronto Fire Services cannot release the report. If there is any further information we are able to share, we will provide it to 650 Parliament residents.

In addition, Toronto Building has provided a brief update on work being done at 650 Parliament. Work on building systems is substantially complete, with the remainder of the work largely finishing work (i.e. drywall, painting, etc.).


650 Parliament: Update September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019

There is no news to share with this update. We eagerly await the release of the Ontario Fire Marshall's report, from which we expect to know more about the causes of the August 2018 fire at 650 Parliament Street.

We will provide what information about the Fire Marshall's report that we can when we learn more.


650 Parliament: Update August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

This update provides some recent news about 650 Parliament following the 1-year anniversary of the fire that has pushed tenants out of their homes. The last year has been a difficult year for all 650 Parliament tenants, and our office wants to acknowledge not only the struggle that residents continue to go through, but how incredibly patient and understanding residents have been throughout this harrowing process. 

Included in this update is a statement that Councillor Wong-Tam made on August 14, 2019 to recognise the anniversary. An interview that Councillor Wong-Tam did with CP24 on August 14, 2019 is also included.

The landlord has provided an update through the media which indicates the likely return date is November 2019. The landlord has estimated that approximately 65% of the work required to rehabilitate the building has been completed to date. The landlord has also published a statement on their website which is also linked to in this update.

A recent article by the Toronto Star by Donovan Vincent has provided some information about a soon-to-be-released report by Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal. According to a representative with the Fire Marshal, water got into the building’s electrical room, potentially due to heavy rainfall, which in combination with a decades-old electrical system played a role in the fire. The Fire Marshal's report is expected to be finished next week, and the summary of the causes that led to the fire will be made public. 


650 Parliament: Update August 1, 2019

August 1, 2019

This update provides information about the recent court decision regarding the relocation of contents from apartment units from 650 Parliament. Information about the court order and the notice from the landlord is provided in this update.

The court order, certified on July 17, 2019, can be read here, along with reasons for the decision by Justice Belobaba here. If you are looking for clarification on the order, or if you feel the Landlord is not living up to the agreement, please contact class counsel at Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Charney Lawyers.

Additionally, as a result of the court action, the 650 Parliament Response Office is now required under court order to return all phone calls and e-mails from tenants within two business days.  

While not an update, our office has received questions about whether the Ontario Fire Marshall has finished their investigation into the August 2018 fire. The answer is unfortunately that the investigation is still ongoing.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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