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.

From Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and Charney Lawyers:

Class counsel has provided information about the recent court order on their website. Key points of the court order include:

1. The contents of the units will be relocated to the storage area in the basement garage of 650 Parliament by Access Restoration Services;

2. A relocation plan will be posted on the www.wpsq.ca website, which will specify which floor(s) contents are planned to be moved at least three business days prior to commencement of the relocation.

3. You will be notified by email, telephone, or regular mail, within two business days of your contents being relocated. You will be advised to notify your insurer of this promptly;

4. Once you have been notified that your contents have been relocated, you may call the Response Office to make an appointment to inspect and retrieve your contents from the basement storage area. You may book only one appointment per day and per call to the Response Office. There is no limit on the total number of appointments you may book. You will not be required to sign a release or waiver to retrieve your contents from the basement storage;

5. The defendants will not inspect your contents and will not access your contents, except to assist you in moving your contents to the unpacking/staging area or removing your contents from the storage facility

6. The defendants will not engage in settlement discussions with you, including while you attend the basement storage facility, and will not request that you sign a full or partial release of any or all of your claims, either at the storage facility or otherwise; and

7. You may make an appointment with the Response Office for access to have your contents moved to an independent off-site storage facility, at your own cost, if you choose. You will not be required to sign a release or waiver. Access will be granted within two business days or as scheduled.

Please read the full decision here.

650 Parliament Inc. management:

The relocation plan for items in apartments units has been posted on the WPSQ website.

Please read the plan carefully as it contains a lot of details about how to make an appointment and what tenants can expect when they arrive.

You will be contacted by the Response Office once your items have been moved to the basement garage, at which point you can make an appointment. Belongings are being moved from the top floor down, so those tenants living on lower floors will be contacted last.


From Toronto Fire Services:

No update to provide, although Toronto Fire Services have confirmed that the investigation into the origin, cause and circumstances of this fire has not been released by the Ontario Fire Marshall.


From Toronto Building:

No update to provide.


Next update: August 15, 2019

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