October 17, 2019
On Thursday October 10, 2019, I attended the meeting held by Strosberg Sasso Sutts and Charney Lawyers. The event was well attended by residents who asked many questions and Class Counsel did their best to answer. Despite all claims to the contrary, it is still unclear when residents will be able to return to their units.
On October 15, 2019, there was a motion heard in the Ontario Superior Court where the lawyers for the tenants and the lawyers for the landlords all agreed on a new protocol for tenant access to contents. This new protocol allows for tenants to decide which of their contents they want to dispose of, and which they wish to have moved back up to their units or elsewhere. Under this new protocol, you are being asked to make an appointment to inspect your contents and advise Access Restoration Services (ARS) as to what you want to do with them, so that ARS can finish clearing out and repairing the building.
The new court-approved protocol gives tenants two (2) weeks to make an appointment to show ARS staff what they want to dispose of and what they want to have moved back into their units, or to another location within the GTA. The new protocol also involves a Caution for tenants to sign due to the risk of their property having been contaminated during and after the fire and the emergency response, as well as a new offer for replacement furniture. Your lawyers have reviewed and approved of the Caution.
The appointment process is largely the same as it was this summer. Please review the Updated Notice of Relocation of Unit Contents for appointment protocol and times.
For further information, please contact your Class Counsel from Strosberg Sasso Sutts and Charney Lawyers.
From 650 Parliament Inc. management:
No update to provide.
From Toronto Fire Services:
No update to provide.
From Toronto Building:
Toronto Building will be arranging to meet on site over the next 2 weeks with the engineering consultant to go through occupancy requirements once they confirm their readiness to do so. These will be preliminary occupancy discussions. Toronto Building will be conducting preliminary inspections of sample units, but not necessarily testing the life safety systems until they have been fully tested and commissioned by the relevant mechanical and electrical consultants.
Next update: November 1, 2019