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News & Notes 2021
Updated 2021.11.26

On this page we post local information of interest to Wynford Tower residents. If you have any news that would be of interest to our readers, or if you wish to comment on any of the items posted, please email webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca-Subject=News, or contact Bill Lynn, 1807, at 416-441-2134.
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Contents
Steve Konstantelos 2021.11.26 re Windows Replacement Delay
Mary Persaud 2021.11.24 re 805 Sink Overflow
Windows Replacement Progress 2021.11.25
Doug Williams 2021.11.23 re Beepers and Squeaky Wheels
Darcy Gerace 2021.11.19 re Window Replacement Notification
Navo 2021.11.19 re Inga Denzen
Windows Replacement 2021.11.19
Waste Area 2021.11.19
Doug Williams 2021.11.19 re Leaf Blowing
'Tis the Season, already
Lori Boyer 2021.11.15 re Sink Overflow
Mary Persaud 2021.11.06 re Sink Overflow
Randy Daiter Email 2021.11.10 re Window & Balcony Door Replacement
M&R Notice 2021.11.09 re Window & Balcony Door Replacement
Computer Repair Needed
Important Notice 2021.11.09 Not By M&R
Hi-Rise November 2021
Clocks Fall Back Saturday Night 2021.11.06
Green Bins 2021.11.05
Diwali 2021
M&R Letter 2021.11.02 - Update 2021.11.04
Mary Persaud re Windows 2021.11.03
M&R Letter 2021.11.02
2021 Hallowe'en
Sophie re Reply to Posted Statement, 2021.10.30
Isabel Albert re Preparation for Window Replacement, 2021.10.29
Letter to Residents re Preparation for Window Replacement, 2021.10.28
Isabel Albert re Handymen Available, 2021.10.28
Glen re New Hip, 2021.10.27
FMTA Q&A, 2021.10.22
Isabel Albert re News from Rafael, 2021.10.22
Welcome New Superintendents, Liza and Paul Fuertes
Eric Thom, re Henry 2021.10.21
Remembering Henry, 2021.10.17
Regal Aluminum Windows re Apartment Preparation, 2021.10.20
Angelo Tiveron re Window Replacement Concerns, 2021.10.20
Erik Kruka re Window Replacement Concerns, 2021.10.19
Doug Williams re Window Replacement Petition
Matt Mason re Window Replacement Preparation
Jeff Andrew re Window Replacement Preparation, 2021.10.15
Angelo Tiveron re Window Replacement Preparation
Nancy Kitchen re Window Replacement Preparation
Doug Williams re New Windows and Balcony Doors
Isabel Albert re Window Replacement Preparation, 2021.10.16
On-Line Pool Booking Notice
Hi-Rise October 2021
Remembering Henry, 11 AM Wednesday 20 October 2021
Window Replacement Preparation Comments, 2021.10.13
Roosevelt Robinson re Thanks to Garden Committee, 2021.10.08
Doug Williams re New Windows, 2021.10.09
New Window Example, 2021.10.08
Front Canopy, 2021.10.08
Windows and Balcony Doors Replacement Update, 2021.10.08
Heat Is On, 2021.09.30
Rent Increase Effective 1 January 2022
Cecile re Gardening Help, 2021.09.27
Angelo Tiveron re Thanks for the Warm Pool, 2021.09.25
Rafael re Heating 2021.09.24
Roose re Henry "Piano Man" Furman 2021.09.22
Balcony Bird 2021.09.22
LRT Test Train 2021.09.20
Glen Heffron re Vaccine Receipts 2021.09.20
Pool Open 17 September, 2021.09.16
Flower Power, 2021.09.18
Lobby Watch Channel, 2021.09.13
Glen Heffron re Comparative Mortality Data 2021.09.12
Hi-Rise News 2021.09.11
Lobby Watch TV Channel Working? 2021.09.10
Power Outage 2021.09.09
Proposed Concorde Development Plan
Mail-in Ballot Information
Federal Election Voting Booth at Noor Cultural Centre
Pool Closed for Repairs, 2021.09.02
Jean Moulton Needs to Borrow 2 Card Tables
Petition Against Local Hi-Rise Development 2021.08.31
Saunas and Gym Closed Until Further Notice 2021.08.26
Who dat in da Laundry Lounge?, 2021.08.26
Angelo Tiveron re Waiver and Release of Claims, 2021.08.24
Rafael Tablada re Swimming Pool, 2021.08.23
Swimming Pool Open Starting Monday 23 August 2021
Christine Racine Leaving 27 August 2021
New Superintndents Starting at #45 23 August 2021
Front Canopy Work in Progress, 2021.08.20
Zoom Kaffee Klatsch Suspended, 2021.08.14
Front Canopy Repair Started, 2021.08.14
Front Canopy Ready for Repair, 2021.08.06
Hi-Rise Community News
GMail Help Sought
Ralph Fedddema re Garage and Locker Thefts
Laundry to be Closed Wednesday AM 4 August 2021,
Locker Vandalism, Reporting to Police, 2021.07.28
Locker Vandalism, 2021.07.23
Jaqueline re Garage Emergency Exit, 2021.07.25
Cécile re Climate Emergency Unit, 2021.07.25
Front Canopy, 2021.07.24
Pool, 2021.07.24
A/C Off Can Still Flood, 2021.07.23
Lobby Watch TV Channel Update 2021.07.23
Mary Persaud re Car Thefts, 2021.07.23
Danielle Norman re Cockroaches, 2021.07.22
Front Patio Bench
Laundry Lounge No Longer For Donations
Apartments '07 A/C Drain Saga
Front Canopy Repairs Not Yet Started
Pool Open by Appointment
Carpet Cleaning 5-9 July
Mary Persaud re Lobby Watch Channel Work Orders, 2021.06.29
Emergency Calls, 2021.06.28
Cecile re Toronto Environmental Alliance, 2021.06.23
Cecile re Toronto Environmental Alliance, 2021.06.23
#45 Superintendents Leaving, 2021.06.23
Garage Emergency Exit Problem, 2021.06.23
Lobby Watch TV Channel Update, 2021.06.21
Spitting is Not Appreciated, 2021.06.19
Lobby Watch Channel Update 2021.06.16
Dace Veinberga re Lobby Watch on Ignite 2021.06.15
New Windows? 2021.06.10
Front Canopy Repair Revised Schedule 2021.06.10
Lobby Watch Channel Update 2021.06.10
Green Bin Mystery (2021.06.04)
Glen re Hi-Rise News (2021.06.03)
Laundry Closed 7 June (2021.06.01)
Laundry Dryer Lint Tissues 2021.05.28
Cécile re Toronto Environmental Alliance, 2021.05.26
Glen Heffron re Nightly Disturbance, 2021.05.24
Jean Moulton re Nightly Disturbance, 2021.05.22
Door Actuators in the East Hallway, 2021.05.20
Front Patio Roof Repairs, 2021.05.20
Men's Jackets Offered, 2021.05.21
Dryer Lint Removal Tissues, 2021.05.21
Garden Enhancements, 2021.05.21
Garden Enhancement Committee at Work. 2021.05.20
Thanks to Fran and Friends for Patio Work 2021.05.20
Coinamatic Mobile Payment 2021.05.18
Cecile re Garden Enhancement Donations. 2021.05.16
Balcony Wheelchair Accesss 2021.05.15
Pop-up Clinics 2021.05.13
Yellow tulips after red
Light up your life - take the elevator!
Glen re Locker Room Leak 2021.05.05
Hi-Rise News 2021.05
Lobby Watch Channel Update 2021.05.01
Pigeon Spikes 2021.05.01
Pigeon Netting, 2021.04.26
Front Canopy Repairs, 2021.04.18
Superintendents, 2021.04.12
Tulips in Our Back Yard, rec'd from Cecile, 2021.04.13
Ramadan 2021 (2021.04.14)
Area Code 809 Scam, rec'd from Annie, 2021.04.12
After hours, Submit Work Requests by Phone, 2021.04.12
Bye Bye Julius and Elvira, 2021.04.09
Darcy Gerace re Masks Still Required, 2021.04.04
Cecil Boyce Obituary, 2021.03.31
Lobby Watch Channel Update, 2021.03.31
Wynford Tower Vaccination Fiasco, 2021.03.30
Vaccine Registration 2021.03.26
Phishing Emails 2021.03.17
Phone Problems, Carole Smith 2021.03.13
Clocks Spring Forward 13 March 2021
2021 Rent, 2021.03.11
More re Lobby Watch Channel, 2021.03.10
More re Odours, 2021.03.06
Vaccine Pre-Registration and Booking, 2021.03.05
06 Odours 2021.02.27
Lobby Watch Channel 2021.02.23 (Updated 2021.03.06)
Hi-Rise March 2021 Now in Lobby 2021.02.20
Warm Hallways Request 2021.02.19
Gunshots Wednesday Evening 10 February 2021
Social Distancing in 1582 (2021.02.07)
Space Station Tour, rec'd from Annie 2021.02.07
Hallways Frigid Again (2021.02.02)
Two Chairs in Laundry Lounge (2021.02.01)
Committee Meetings Suspended (2021.01.30)
Recent Passings 2021.01.30
Hot Water Problem 2021.01.26
Glen re Hi-Rise Community Newspaper (2021.01.25)
Laundry Lounge Chairs Removed (2021.01.23)
Images Removed 2021.01.15
Tim Horton's Open 2021.01.08
Front Patio Leak 2021.01.04
SB Garage Ceiling 2021.01.02
Lydia C, 2021.01.01
Richard Horgan, 2021.01.01
Front Patio Ceiling Pieces Falling, 2020.12.31
East Canopy Covered, 2020.12.31
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2019 News & Notes(Opens in New Tab)
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Steve Konstantelos 2021.11.26 re Windows Replacement Delay
From: Steve Konstantelos
Sent: Friday, November 26, 2021 6:11 PM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: News Window Replacements
We were scheduled to have our windows replaced (suite 2205) on Wednesday December 1. We were informed on Thursday November 25, that it was cancelled. I reached out to the office today and Marg from M&R holdings informed me that there is a change in the schedule and we are now looking at sometime after January the 10th. Not exactly sure what is going on.
Steve & Dauna
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Mary Persaud 2021.11.24 re 805 Sink Overflow
From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2021 11:54 AM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: Sink overflow
Hi
Did 905 report the issue? (yes)
Plumber came and flushed out my drain. It left an odor which dissipated in a few hours. Now I have to let them know if I hear the drain gurgling and they will investigate further.
So far so good but according to my experience I’ll have to wait another 2-3 weeks when it’s laundry time again. lol.
I’ll keep you posted.

From: Bill Lynn
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 1:01 PM
To: Mary Persaud
Subject: Re: Sink overflow
I certainly agree, especially given that 905 has a similar problem.
I do not have contact information for anyone between 905 and 1605, so I have not been able to narrow down the source.
Bill Lynn

From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 12:28 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: Sink overflow
They are sending a plumber. Waste of money cause there is nothing wrong with my drain Super says if it happens after drain is flushed they will investigate further. If they do find someone is using a washing machine they should have them pay the plumbing cost Words don’t seem to have any effect if they have to pay and get evicted for not adhering to leasing conditions maybe they will stop the illegal activity and use the laundry like they are supposed to.
Just my frustrated opinion.

From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 8:02 AM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: Sink overflow
It is definitely laundry as I can smell the detergent.

On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 7:58 AM Bill Lynn wrote:
Interesting that these events were about two weeks apart, as were the prevous ones. Seems long for dishwashing, perhaps laundry. Let’s keep on keeping track, if possible.
Bill Lynn

From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:09 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: Sink overflow
FYI, Just noticed soapy water in my sink again tonight.

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 9:55 AM Mary Persaud wrote:
It happened Nov 3 around 7pm and it happened a little under two weeks prior I haven’t been bothering with it as it happens sporadically but I will start keeping track as I don’t know when it’s going to happen again.
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Windows Replacement Progress 2021.11.25
The first week of window replacement saw windows replaced in 4½, possibly 5, apartments. This does not include completion of repairs to damage done during the replacement, about which we so far have no information.

Marta advises that two unoccupied apartments are available for use by residents while windows are being replaced. One elevator is out of service on days that windows are being replaced, although all elevators are available each day after old windows have been removed and new windows brought in.

Monday 22 November 2021, Apt 2504
    8:30 AM: Apartment 2504 furniture stacked and covered (probably by work crew) to make large openings for window access. Workmen chiselling out old windows. Security guard Anna standing outside door.
    12:30 PM: (door closed) Old windows removed and new ones stored in hallway. Anna says some have already been taken in. (She now has a chair.)
    4:30: PM: A number of windows still in the hallway.
    6 PM: Still several windows in the hallway.
    7 PM: Left for the day, per Security Guard Anna Tuesday AM.
Tuesday, 23 November 2021, Apt 2505
    8 AM: A lady in 2504 says they finished late last evening, some complications, to finish today. No workers here yet.
    8:30 AM: Workers in apartment 2505, all furniture stacked by them to one side of rooms, covered. Rooms look almost vacant. Not sure how that will be done in my apartment.
    1 PM: Work in progress in 2505. Seems to be progressing faster than yesterday.
    4:30 PM: No work in progress, guard gone. Apparently windows replaced.
Wednesday, 24 November 2021, Apt 2404
    8:30 AM: Work in progress in 2404. New windows being brought up. Anna on guard.
    12 PM: Work in progress.
    4:30 PM: Gone for the day.
Thursday, 25 November 2021, Apt 2404 and 2405
    9 AM: Still two bedrooms to do in 2404. It is not known what the occupants did overnight. New windows in hall for 2404, some for 2405.
    3 PM: All windows removed from hallway.
    4:30 PM: Gone for the day.
    7:40 PM: Email from Darcy says bedroom windows in 2405 not yet done. They stayed in a hotel last night, but will stay home tonight.
Friday, 26 November 2021, Apt 2405 and 2304
    9:30 AM: Still 3 bedrooms to do in 2405. Occupants slept in the apartment last night. Windows in the hallways for 2405 and for 2304. Security guard Anna on duty on 23rd floor.
    4:30 PM: All gone for the day. 2304 probably not finished.
    6 PM: Darcy advised that 2405 was finished "tonight, all of a sudden there were five people here".
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Doug Williams 2021.11.23 re Beepers and Squeaky Wheels
From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:26 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: News
Hello Bill,
As usual with my posts, I'm requesting a small addition. Please add the title Beepers and Squeaky Wheels. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for your help with this.
best regards
Doug Williams
On Mon, 22 Nov 2021 at 15:15, Douglas Williams wrote:
Hello Bill Lynn, Would you please publish this letter on our site? Many thanks, Doug Williams
About a year ago, I grew tired of listening to the Back-Up Beepers on vehicles working on Eglinton Avenue - presumably for the LRT project. I phoned 311 and was given a TEL number for “LRT complaints: Black Creek to Kennedy Rd - East of Yonge Street along the Eglinton corridor.”
I spoke to a man named Carlos who - somewhat to my surprise - managed to get the Beepers turned off. The effect of my successful complaint lasted until a few weeks ago when the Beepers gradually returned. They sounded - not only with legal hours of 7am to 7pm, but - one night, from 11pm to 2am!
I phoned again and left a message and - again to my surprise - the Beepers have been silenced. How long will the silence last?
I think 2 lessons can be drawn from this experience: the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and vigilance and monitoring are required regarding fights that seem never to be decisively won in this culture.
The recent tenants campaign regarding the M&R Holdings-imposed window and patio door installation is another case-in-point.
1) SQUEAKY WHEEL: H&R's assumption that Wynford Towers tenants were an obedient and passive herd, helpless in the face of management’s initial steamrollering plan to disregard our concerns about the timing and accommodation to individual needs, was met with fierce tenant objection and protest. Our defiance resulted in a number of apologetic letters from H&R with assurances that our needs would be addressed in a positive manner.
2) MONITORING: We can now sit back and hope that H&R will follow through with its new-found declaration of concern for our comfort. But words are cheap. We need to be vigilant. I hope that tenants have learned the Squeaky Wheel rule and the resulting lesson about tenant unity. We need to communicate about the work-in-progress and let fellow tenants know the outcome of our installation. Were adequate help and prep received? Were expenses compensated? Were accommodations for elderly, disabled and other special needs met satisfactorily? Were tenants supplied with alternative living space during installation? Was the post-installation clean-up satisfactory?
Let’s keep in touch with each other - via this website, or independently - regarding M&R’s management of the windows project.
Doug Williams, 35 Wynford Heights Crescent
PS The Backup Beeper has an interesting history of public complaints: Wikipedia re Backup Beeper
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Darcy Gerace 2021.11.19 re Window Replacement Notification
From: Darcy Gerace
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2021 11:07 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Windows Replacement Schedule Change
Thanks Bill I recieved it on Wed.
I thought that it would be postponed again till I saw the trailer in the parking lot last night.
Thanks for keeping the tenants in touch.
Darcy 2405

On Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:03:50 p.m. EST, WynfordTower Residents Association wrote:
Hi Darcy,
From the M&R notices, I conclude that your apartment 2405 will be done next Thursday, 25 November.
Have you received a confirmation and info about assistance to prepare your apartment?
Thanks
Bill Lynn
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Navo 2021.11.19 re Inga Denzen
Navo reports that Inga Denzen in 2101 passed away last night. She had lived here since 1997.
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Windows Replacement 2021.11.19

Fencing has been placed around the 04/05 apartment line, and the elevating platform has been placed there,
so it appears that the window and balcony door replacement project is getting ready to go.
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Waste Area 2021.11.19
Friday 19 November 2021 about 11:30 AM, the waste area was filled with a demolition container and a furniture rental truck. Is this a precursor to window replacement?

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Doug Williams 2021.11.19 re Leaf Blowing
From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2021 12:42 AM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Hello Bill, Please publish. Many thanks, Doug Williams
Today, I watched from my balcony as men with two leafblowers cleared leaves from the south grounds around Wynford Tower. Despite science having long-sinced declared that fallen leaves provide nutrients for the trees that shed them and homes for butterflies, worms and beneficial microbes, the comforting blanket was rolled back in defiance of all logic on the orders of people who don’t live here.
The act served only the petroleum industry and the manufacturers of infernal machines, and supplied another irritating mechanical roar to an environment already overloaded with noise pollution and toxic fumes.
See Suzuki re leaf blowing.
Doug Williams, 35 WHC
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'Tis the Season, already

Marta and helper decorating the lobby.


Some of the fruits of their labours.
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Lori Boyer 2021.11.15 re Sink Overflow
From: Boyer, Lori
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2021 1:33 PM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: News
Hi Bill,
Further to Mary Persaud’s post re: sink overflow, I’m on the 02 line and I’ve had this problem since the day I moved in. This occurs in my apartment also every day/night and I have reported it to the Supers many times over the last 5 years. A while ago, Christine had plumbers come in and clean the pipes under my kitchen sink but it didn’t help. She said there was nothing more that could be done.
I do know that 65 Wynford had this issue and to correct it, they go into every unit on the entire line and clean the pipes – not just the affected unit (if the blockage is below your unit, cleaning only your unit will not fix the problem).
It would be nice if tenants would be considerate and stop using these appliances but they just don’t care. They are breaking their tenancy agreement by using these “illegal” appliances, but they have to be caught in the act and that’s much easier said than done.
It is such a hassle for me that as soon as I’m able, I plan to move out and then it can be someone else’s problem - and at the rent increase that new tenants have to pay, I can’t see anyone putting up with it!
Lori Boyer
lboyeronj@gmail.com

Ed Note: Kitchen sink flooding problems are reported in the 02 and 05 columns. It would be interesting to hear of other apartments with similar problems in these or other columns.
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Mary Persaud 2021.11.06 re Sink Overflow

From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Saturday, November 6, 2021 2:10 PM
To: wblynn@wblynn.ca
Subject: Sink overflow
Hi Bill
I’m in apartment 805 and this is what is happening in my kitchen sink. Obviously from someone using a dishwasher or washing machine. (Click on photo for a larger view.)

It would be nice if the pipes allowed us to have this luxury. I would love to have a dishwasher or washing machine in my apartment.

I wish residents could be considerate of their neighbours. I do not appreciate someone else’s dirty soapy water flowing into my kitchen sink. In the past I’ve had to throw out food that I had sitting thawing in my sink.

Please neighbours have consideration.

Ed note: 905 reports simailar problems, 1605 and 2105 have not had the problem.
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Randy Daiter Email 2021.11.10 re Window & Balcony Door Replacement
From: Randy Daiter
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 2:10:02 PM
To: Wynford Circle Tenants
Cc: Rafael Tablada ; Randy Daiter
Subject: Response to Your November 9, 2021 Email
November 10, 2021
Dear Concerned Residents of Wynford Towers,
Thank you for your email of November 9, 2021 in reply to our previous correspondence, and we address your most recent concerns raised as follows:
    We wish to inform you that all workers have confirmed compliance with our mandatory vaccination policy. Furthermore, the workers have advised that they are prepared to show proof of their vaccination before entering a suite where requested.

    Regarding tenants leaving their apartments the day their windows are removed and reinstalled, the team estimates it will be approximately 5 hours, but could be less or more in accordance with our notices. We are making arrangements for an alternate place in the building or at 45 Wynford for these tenants to re-locate to. The relocation spaces will have seating and other appropriate amenities for the brief stay and we will ensure a washroom is available for use.

    As previously explained, it is highly recommended that tenants leave their apartment during the work in their apartment in an effort to avoid noise, dust or other aspects of this sort of project, and to be cautious from a safety perspective. However, where residents are unable to leave their apartments, we will make proper arrangements with the contractor to accommodate them within their suite. In this scenario we expect there will be restricted access within the suite necessary to safely perform the work.

    If residents require assistance in preparing their suite for the work, they have been advised to notify us in advance. This assistance includes moving furniture to create a clear pathway for the window installers and removing window coverings. We do not expect that all residents will need this assistance, but it will be available where needed. These costs are considered as part of the window project and are not invoiced to those residents needing assistance at this time.

    Regarding your comments about management, we believe there is a disconnect. We value all of our residents and have been working hard to ensure that this project runs smoothly and that all appropriate steps are taken. We appreciate that there are questions and challenges that arise with these sorts of projects, but we are committed to working with all residents to successful completion of this needed work with mutual kindness, respect and cooperation.
Yours truly,
WYNFORD TOWER
Randy Daiter
Vice President, Residential Properties
M&R Property Management
3520 Pharmacy Avenue, Unit #1
Toronto, Ontario M1W 2T8
Tel: (416) 342-5457
Fax: (416) 499-5312
Email: rdaiter@mandrholdings.com
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M&R Notice 2021.11.09 re Window & Balcony Door Replacement
Note: November 22 to December 14 gives a maximum of 17 working days before the breaak December 15, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

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Computer Repair Needed
A notice on the laundry notice board a year or two ago advertised a computer repair peson in the building. If you are stil here please contact Bill Lynn at wblynn@wblynn.ca regarding a Dell Vostra on which internet access has stopped working.
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Important Notice 2021.11.09 Not By M&R
An undated IMPORTANT NOTICE was distributed to Wynford Tower apartments 2021.11.09
by the anonymous Wynford Circle.
It is NOT by M&R.


The notice is posted at Wynford Circle Important Notice 2021.11.09
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Hi-Rise November 2021
From: Big Glen
Sent: Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:02 AM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Hi-Rise November 2021 PDF
Hi-Rise November 2021.pdf
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Clocks Fall Back Saturday Night 2021.11.06
Standard time starts at 2 AM Sunday 7 November 2021, so it is suggested that we set our time pieces back one hour before retiring Saturday night 6 November 2021.
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Green Bins 2021.11.05
Friday 5 November, the green bin was found on the outdoor parking lot, around the corner of the pool. The handle is broken on one side, and the door on the other side is broken and not moveable. Meanwhile, a new bin sits locked and unused in the garbage corner.


Green bin handles and door broken


New green bin locked.
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Diwali 2021
Belated good wishes to those who celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Light, Thursday 4 November 2021.
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M&R Letter 2021.11.02 - Update 2021.11.04
Summary of a phone conversation with Randy Daiter, VP Residential of M&R.

The current estimated start date for window and balcony door replacement is 22 November 2021, weather permitting. Replacment will start with one or two apartments per day, increasing to four per day if experience permits.

The 25th floor south side will be done first. The 26th floor will be last, since windows are different there.

Each tenant will be given at least 3-4 days notice, hopefully more, of the replacement date for their apartment.

M&R will provide assistance to any tenants who need it to prepare their apartment.

Bottom line: We do not have to do any preparation until we receive notice for our apartment.

Bill Lynn, 1807
WTRA Publicist

See also M&R letter 2021.11.02, below.
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Mary Persaud re Windows 2021.11.03
From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 12:59 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Replacement windows and doors
I can’t wait for them to come and replace these old clunkers. Apart from covering furniture that I use daily I’m ready for them to do my apartment, and I have mobility issues.
I would also love it if they replace the entire shower structure in the master bedroom and the two thermostats with energy efficient ones I hope that’s possible and they will be working on that soon.
Definitely progress being made.
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M&R Letter 2021.11.02
Below are pages 1 and 2 of an M&R letter delivered to apartments 2 November 2021.
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2021 Hallowe'en
Your unreliable reporter forgot about Hallowe'en until 6:15 PM. When he went to the lobby, Marta had some decorations set up, but there was no trick or treating activity. While there, one mother and child in costume came to the door, but they had to be turned away.




Marta had the lobby decorated, but there was no trick or treat activity.
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Sophie re Reply to Posted Statement, 2021.10.30
From: S. D.
Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:53 AM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: Re: Please Post our Reply to your Posted Statement
Bill, PLEASE INCLUDE OUR REBUTTAL noted below*
YOUR recent POSTING of our flyer dated Oct. 28th 2021. We are replying to your statement published by you this week at the Wynford Tower Residents Association website.
THANK YOU
Listed below is our reply and request to be included in the Wynford Tenant Association weekly posting of the October 30th 2021.
*Wynford Circle Tenants - publish OUR REPLY listed below:
"The Wynford Circle Tenants are still waiting for an ANSWER from M & R Property Management."
"THIS IS NOT OVER!"
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Isabel Albert re Preparation for Window Replacement, 2021.10.29
Hi Isabel,
I have not seen any official notice of a delay, so I am assuming the project will start 8 November 2021, as stated in the M&R Notice. According to your post 2021.10.22 (ref Isabel Albert re News from Rafael), the hope is to do 4 apartments (1 floor) per day, i.e 25 days or 5 work weeks to do the south side of the building.
Bill Lynn

From: ISABEL ALBERT
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2021 5:52 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: Windows Raplacement Preparation
It depends how long the delay is. I am waiting to book foot surgery and will need a quiet place for a 3 month recovery. So if this is pushed back to Spring, I just have to wait longer to get my foot fixed. I would like to get this over with. I highly doubt the landlord will push the date back if he has already purchased the windows.
This whole thing will be a major expense for me. Blinds to Go for un-install and re-install of blinds is $115. Handyman $200 at least, boarding my cats $100+. If my custom blinds don't fit the new window frames, I'll have to get new ones made, another $1800.
I've been pretty stressed over the entire thing.
Isabel Albert
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Letter to Residents re Preparation for Window Replacement, 2021.10.28
A letter to residents from Concerned Tenants of Wynford Tower dated 2021.10.28 re Window Replacement Preparation Concerns, was distributed this week. It says a letter has been sent to M&R, which has been acknowledged. A summary of the contents follows:
  • 1. Timing during winter months, covid 19 pandemic and holiday season.
  • 2. Chemicals to be used.
  • 3. Will workers be bonded and vaccinated?
  • 4. Many tenants will have to hire help to prepare their apartment.
  • 5. Request arrangements be made to allow tenants to stay in their apartment while work is done.
  • 6. What accommodation has been made for those with pets and children?
  • 7. "Fines" for non-compliance constitute a threat, and would have to be approved by the Landlord and Tenant Board.
The letter is posted at Window Preparation Letter

We can express our concerns to wynfordcircle@outlook.com.

Unfortunately, this letter comes only ten days before the scheduled start of window replacement, when a number of tenants have already begun preparation and/or hired help to do so.

Note: according to Isabel's post 2021.10.22 (ref Isabel Albert re News from Rafael), the hope is to do 4 apartments (1 floor) per day, i.e 25 days or 5 work weeks to do the south side of the building.
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Isabel Albert re Handymen Available, 2021.10.28
From: ISABEL ALBERT
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:09 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Handymen for work before and after window installations
Hi Bill.

This is the Handyman info that I think will be helpful to residents for before and after window installations. Please post in the newsletter in the weeks prior to and during window installation.

Both these handymen were recommended to me. They both do work for Jiffy, and are highly rated online. They are reliable and insured. I've communicated with both of them.

The work they can do:
- Remove blinds and tracks or brackets, then re-install after the window changes
- Remove drapes and rods, tracks or brackets, then re-install after
- Move furniture away from windows and glass doors and put it back after
- Roll up rugs and put them back after
- Remove artwork and mirrors from walls, and re-hang after

You will need 2 visits if you want blinds/drapes re-installed and furniture/rugs etc. moved back after the windows are done. Note the new windows and frames are thicker than the old ones, so your blinds and drapes would have to be installed in a slightly different position than they were before.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS WHO ARE NOT ON THIS MAILING LIST.

Joshua Parkins Rate: $40/hour with a 2 hour minimum for each visit. (You could negotiate a flat rate for both visits). 416-475-4415 (call or text), joshuaparkins@gmail.com

Jeff Freedman Rate: $40/hour with a 1.5 hour minimum for each visit; 437-229-2009, jdfreed63@gmail.com

Note: The other 13 handymen I contacted were $75 to $100 per hour!

Regards,
Isabel Albert
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Glen re New Hip, 2021.10.27
From: Big Glen
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:41 PM
Subject: I’m home

Hi….I got home yesterday around 5 but I’m still in a lot of pain. The cab drive home was hard. My right leg is very week but I’m sure that things will improve as I go along.

I see the surgeon next week for post op so I’m hoping that things will be better by then…

Take care and talk soon
Glen
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FMTA Q&A, 2021.10.22
The following Q&A email from the FMTA Hotline (Federation of Municipal Tenants Associations) tells us that landlords can ask tenants to prepare their apartment for announced renovations. If unable to do the work themselves, tenants can ask the landlord to help them deal with such issues. A landlord cannot charge a tenant extra without approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board.

From: FMTA Hotline
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2021 8:36 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Wynfords Tower Windows Replacment -Instructions to Tenants

Hey William,

"Is it within a landlord’s right to ask tenants to do the physical work specified in the instructions?"
Yes. As long as they've a) given reasonable notice and b) provided human rights accommodation (for the elderly or disable for example).
Generally a landlord is supposed to give at least 60 days notice for doing a repair. The landlord mentions a notice period from July, so this might qualify. If folks are able to move things, the courts could see this as adequate time to remove elements from the balconies and exterior walls. if folks are not able to move things they can request human rights accommodation from the landlord to help them set up a plan to deal with these issues.

"If so, how can tenants find people to do the work if they cannot do it themselves?"
If they can't do it themselves for the reasons listed above (or other reasons such as family status), they can request accommodation from the landlord. This would mean the landlord would have to "negotiate" something with them to help accommodate their human rights. There isn't a clear guideline on what the negotiation would have to look like, so there could be some back and forth between what the landlord offers and what the tenant accepts.

"Can a landlord charge tenants immobilization charges, per the notice?"
Anytime a landlord wants to charge anything, it has to be approved by the Landlord and Tenant Board. While pre agreed upon rent will usually always be approved, extra charges such as this are a little more up in the air. If the courts determine the landlord gave adequate notice, acted reasonably and had to pay extra due to tenants not preparing, then they could go to court and ask the Board for this compensation. However they'd have to prove to the court that those elements were accurate (notices, reasonableness, cost, etc).

Thanks,
Geordie
FMTA
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Isabel Albert re News from Rafael, 2021.10.22
From: ISABEL ALBERT
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2021 4:41 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Some info I got from Raphael

Hi Bill,
I sent a bunch of questions to Raphael about the windows change. I need to know timing because I have to book another foot surgery. He said they are starting with 2 units per day and ramping up to 4 units per day. So there must be multiple teams. He estimated 9th floor at end of November or early December. More details will be circulated.
I'm trying to pressure him to tell me where to find a handyman.
Thanks,
Isabel Albert
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Welcome New Superintendents, Liza and Paul Fuertes
Welcome to our new superintendents, Liza and Paul Fuertes. They were previously the superintendents at #45, and acting superintendents for #35 when the #35 superintendents were off duty, so they are familiar with our building.
Liza has promised to send in a photo to post, so we can recognize them when we see them.
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Eric Thom, re Henry 2021.10.21

John and Henry
Pick the photo for a larger view.
From: Eric Thom
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:40 PM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: Re: Remembering Henry
What a wonderful thing to do and you are special people for having celebrated Henry in this way! I sure wish I could have been there but am still hanging in up north until the water has to be shut down. And thanks for the great pictures – which I am sure is your work, Bill.
Henry was a lovely, ageless man. Will never forget the time he took Ruth Ann and I to see his cousin play at some small club out west in the Junction. He drove his land yacht and we had a fantastic time as we were each big music fans. Somewhere I must have a photo I will share if I can find it (he found it - see right). We planned on doing it again but Ruth Ann moved north and I spend as much time as I can a few hundred kms south of her.
Thank you for appreciating and toasting this generous and loving man.
E
Eric Thom
35 Wynford Heights Crescent, #209,
North York, ON
M3C 1K9
(416) 757-7501
wlmailhtml:eric@ericthom.ca
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Remembering Henry, 2021.10.17
At 11 AM Wednesday 20 October 2021, some twenty residents attended a Remembering Henry event on the back lawn. The weather cooperated, with just a few spits of rain as folks repaired to the patio for refreshments.


Brenda and Aubrey found some CDs by Henry the Sunday before the event,
and they set up a system to play his music during the event.


Lorne helped to get the PA system working to be heard.
Roose (Roosevelt Robinson, founder and chair of the Wynford Tower Residents Association), talked about Henry's
always kind and humourous attitude toward life and his broad knowledge of religions and philosopies.


Aubrey said that he and Henry knew each other through their musical backgrounds
(Aubrey was a professional trumpet player until breathing problems put a stop to that.) He said that Henry was a great fellow.
Arnold got a few chuckles as he related Henry's humourous approach to concerns of the Association.


Elizabeth (left, centre) told us the she and Henry had adjacent parking spots,
and Henry always had a kind and humourous comment when they met.
Isabel (right, centre) told of connecting with Henry because he worked as production manager for a
men's clothing manufacturer, and Isabel works in retail sales of men's clothing.



Several shots were required to get everyone in.


Annie and Dieter carried off chairs as folks repaired to the patio for light refreshments.


The skies, so far vey favourable, began to spit just in time to eat.


Refreshments included sandwiches and coffee thanks to Roosevelt and sweets thanks to Elizbeth, coordinated by Linda.


Many thanks to Roosevelt and Elizabeth for the refreshments, and to Linda for coordinating it all.
(corrected 2021.10.23, with apologies to Roose)
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Regal Aluminum Windows re Apartment Preparation, 2021.10.20
A phone call to Regal, the supplier who will be doing the window replacement, tells us that they do not have personnel to help prepare for window replacments.
Bill Lynn, 2021.10.20
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Angelo Tiveron re Window Replacement Concerns, 2021.10.20
From: Bill Lynn
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:44 AM
To: Angelo Tiveron
Subject: Re: question 703
Hi Angelo,
Rafael is not on the update list (there was a concern some time ago that I cannot remember).
The Association emailed him October 13 with our concerns about window preparation . His reply so far was “Stay tuned”.
Bill Lynn

From: Angelo Tiveron
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:36 AM
To: bill lynn
Subject: question 703
good morning Bill
thank you for your up date
I was wandering, do you send your up date to Rafael,and communicate with him?
Is there a followup and exchange between you and Rafael. I never see any feedback from Rafael.
thank you
Angelo
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Erik Kruka re Window Replacement Concerns, 2021.10.19
From: Erik Kruka
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:13 PM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: Window replacement project

Hi Bill,
I just wanted to share my perspective on the window replacement project with the other residents of Wynford Tower.

At least half of the windows in my unit absolutely require replacement. The thermal seals have failed which causes the glass to fog up with condensation and ruins the view. The screens are in poor condition as well as the trim pieces and seals around the windows.

In the summer months the air conditioning in my unit struggles to keep my apartment cool after more than a couple of very hot days. This is in no small part due to the defective windows in my unit.

Attempting to "fix" most of these problems would likely be more time consuming and costly than just replacing them. Frankly, I'm pleased that this project is happening, and I'm looking forward to getting windows that actually keep out the wind and don't look perpetually dirty due to internal condensation.

That being said, I absolutely agree that the tone of M&R's communication regarding the work was unacceptable, and I too have concerns regarding the apparent lack of effort on M&R's part to minimize our inconvenience throughout the project.

Last week I wrote to Rafael and informed him that 24 hours notice is insufficient and that I will require at least 7 days notice to prepare and vacate the premises. I have not yet received a response.

I agree with the others that the amount of work that M&R is expecting us to do is completely unreasonable and that they should be responsible for returning our units to us in the condition that we left them.

I'd also like to echo Matt Mason's comment regarding "accommodation". The landlord has a legal duty to accommodate residents to the point of undue hardship if a disability prevents them from being able to perform any of the work requested. I'd encourage everyone in that position to reach out to M&R and inform them that they require such accommodation immediately.

I'd also encourage anyone else that has any concerns about the project to voice them directly to M&R. Hopefully with enough pressure they will come up with a more reasonable plan.

I'll update you when, and if, I receive a response from M&R.

Regards,
Erik
2507
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Doug Williams re Window Replacement Petition
From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:05 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: POLLING Petition Against New Doors and Windows
Hi Bill,
Would you please publish this announcement:

Anyone who wishes to join me in signing a petition opposing M&R Holdings' plan to replace windows and balcony doors in all apartments at 35 Wynford Heights Crescent can obtain a copy of the petition at dougwilliams1946@gmail.com.
Many thanks,
Doug Williams

Hello Bill,
Please post this. Many thanks, Doug Williams
Dear fellow tenants,
I'm heartened and grateful at the response M&R's scheme has triggered among tenants on this website. I'm drawing up a petition that demands a cessation of this project.
I think it's worth adding that we tenants should feel NO OBLIGATION to M&R to make their life easier - especially regarding the installation of un-needed doors and windows.
M&R makes millions of dollars in profits each year from our rent, the owners of M&R will never live here, and I'm certain they would tolerate no such attack on their lifestyle.
M&R's current window/door installation scheme will inconvenience us enormously, both materially and financially, new windows and doors will not improve our living space in any way - the existing windows have functioned excellently for some 50 years, and simple inexpensive maintenance will suffice. They threaten (illegally!) to impose monetary penalties for failure to comply with their wishes, they purposefully downplay the interruption of our lives that installation would entail.
they offer no compensation for their intrusion.

Please consider signing the petition. There's strength in numbers!

Best regards,
Doug Williams
dougwilliams1946@gmail.com
35 Wynford Heights Crescent

On Tue, 19 Oct 2021 at 13:20, WynfordTower Residents Association wrote:
Hi Doug,
At this late date I would not sign a petition and I would not be involved in preparing one.
If you wish to proceed, you are on your own.
Bil Lynn

From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 11:18 AM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: POLLING Petition Against New Doors and Windows
Hi Bill,
I'm wondering if fellow tenants would sign a petition to M&R Holdings against installation of new doors and windows. The petition would note:
With its current plan to install new windows and balcony doors:
    1) M&R assumes their right to intrude on our lives at the cost to tenants of many lost days of work and massive preparatory inconvenience.
    2) M&R offers no compensation for a missed day of tenant occupation, plus an additional 3 days of preparation and cleanup: 4 days of lost tenancy = $250-$300;
    3) M&R arrogantly threatens "re-mobilization charges" (penalties/fines) of "$500 - $1000 (to which they may not be entitled by law) if our apartment-homes aren't made ready for their intrusion.
    M&R Holdings offers no practical justification for installation of the new windows and doors:
    1) the new smaller windows will be less functional than the present ones, offering a massive reduction in air circulation and an ugly cluttering of the views.
    2) Problems with the present windows can be solved by simple, inexpensive maintenance. The original windows are indeed old, but wholly salvageable: with the application of WD-40 they slide like new. A simple cleaning of the track on which they run makes things even better.
    This replacement project is a money-grab at tenants’ expense:
    1) The new widows are an inferior product replacement - why is it happening?
    2) The project may be a cynical and ecologically-clueless attempt to "justify" the January rent hike. (a rent hike, BTW, which we're being encouraged to augment to the tune of "2021 rent increase notices asked for 3%, starting 1 May 2021. 2022 notices are asking for 4.2%" M&R wants more of our money, even though it's not lawfully justified!).
    M&R HOLDINGS' gleans around $500,000/ month ($6,000,000/year) from our rent. That’s massive profit. Not only do we rent-payers deserve respectful treatment, I believe we must have the right to reject reductions in the environmental standards of our homes.
    My wife and I pay over $26000 / year to live here. Despite this massive expense, we have no voice in management decisions that affect our lives. M&R has not consulted with tenants regarding the Windows & Doors replacement scheme.
    There is no tenant benefit to M&R’s scheme.
    I say NO NEW WINDOWS AND DOORS!

Will you sign a petition?
Doug Williams
35 Wynford Heights Crescent
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Matt Mason re Window Replacement Preparation
From: Matt Mason
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2021 10:55 AM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: re Window Replacement Preparation, 2021.10.15
I am unaware of any legal requirement that we, as tenants, have to perform labour on behalf of our landlord. If they want work to be performed they can either assign it to the superintendent or hire someone to do it and give us the 24hrs notice of when it will occur. Threatening with monetary penalties is completely illegal as only the Landlord and Tenant Board is able to issue fines.

Small tasks, like removing plants from a window ledge, are completely reasonable things to require a tenant to do and I wouldn't fight over them. If a tenant is unable to do something like that because of injury or old age they need to inform the landlord and say they require "accommodation" and the landlord will be required to make alternative arrangements. Saying that we need to move our furniture and protect it with drop cloths is completely unreasonable.

Requiring a waiver to be signed in order to use the pool was a shenanigan I was willing to overlook until the pandemic ended. The contractual relationship between landlord and tenant is formed when the lease is signed and cannot be unilaterally altered. Changes can only be made to the relationship if mutually agreed upon and the legal concept of consideration is satisfied. Their ridiculous signs on the locker areas - attempting to absolve themselves of responsibility - are irrelevant as one cannot simply contract out of their legal responsibility. M&R's behaviour regarding the window replacement has gone too far and requires a strong response from tenants.

The swing stage visible on the north side of the building appears to allow 2 window sections to be worked on at a time. As a corner unit with 2 bedrooms, I believe this would require 3 separate visits from them - if only one swing stage was being used. One for the window on the side of the building, one for the living room and enclosed patio, and another for the bedrooms. Based on the limited information provided I estimate this would result in 8 days of construction for my unit.

I will be writing to M&R, and encourage every other concerned resident to do the same, requiring both a rationale for their apparently baseless claims and a more detailed timeline.

Sincerely,
Matt
1707
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Angelo Tiveron re Window Replacement Preparation
From: Angelo Tiveron
Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:12 AM
To: bill lynn
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.10.16

This is in reply to your latest up date 2021.10.16
I was about to write to rafael until I read the comments made by Nancy Kitchen and Doug william Doug william has written and communicate extremely well what also , my wife and I feel M&R. does not shown any interest, or sign of cooperation with the tenants, as Doug William mentinned Particularly for senior peoples..
The window removal and installation is not consider as a construction site,where you take down walls remove floors etc the work is considered as Renovation work. to be performed in the worst time of the year.

Regardless, no sign of cooperation.if tenants are to leave 1 or 2 days. tell me.where are they to go, nothing is provided By M&R for a local or room to stay during this period,( including coffee ?.) but thrown out of the apartment. subject to penalties'...?

Plastic sheet available in the management office,,, no charge..? or surprise /

I want to thanks Doug WIlliam For his comments, remarks which I agreed, and hopefully M&R management will cooperate.

No building superintendent yet, I see someone seating in the office, you know his name, is he permanent or what?

Ed Note: Apparently there is a Mitch from M&R who occupies the office some of the time while awaiting new superintendents.

Angelo Tiveron
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Nancy Kitchen re Window Replacement Preparation
From: Nancy Kitchen
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:39 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.10.16
Hi WynfordTower,
I was thinking about the window replacement and I have a suggestion. Perhaps the WTRA could put out a request for volunteers to help move furniture, take down blinds etc. If possible, offer community service hours to any high school students (they are required to have at least 40 hours to graduate).
Just a suggestion.
Thanks,
Nancy Kitchen 204

From: WynfordTower Residents Association
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:49 PM
To: Nancy Kitchen
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.10.16
Hi Nancy,
Seems like a good idea, but I think I’ll wait until Rafael replies to our questions before pursuing it.
Thanks,
Bill Lynn
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Doug Williams re New Windows and Balcony Doors
From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2021 4:35 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: NEW WINDOWS AND BALCONY DOORS

TO Bill Lynn, Administrator
Dear Bill, Please post this note for tenants on our website. Many thanks,
Doug Williams
To my fellow tenants at 35 Wynford Heights Crescent,

I've been shocked and offended by landlord M&R Holdings' plan to install new windows and balcony doors without consulting us. While it may be their "legal right" to do almost anything they please, their "ethical right" to disrupt our lives AND lower the quality-of-life in this apartment building are the issues.

Please have a look at my notes regarding my objections to M&R Holdings' window/door replacement project:
    1. My wife and I pay over $22,000 / year to live here. Yet M&R Holdings addresses and treats us like unwelcome guests. How much do we have to pay to actually have TENANTS RIGHTS to have significant control over the management of this building?

    2. M&R's NOTICE TO ALL CURRENT AND POTENTIAL RESIDENTS OF WYNFORD TOWER reads like an authoritarian monarch issuing a command to obedient peasants:
    M&R offers no compensation for a missed day of tenant occupation, plus an additional 3 days of preparation and cleanup: 4 days of lost tenancy = $250-$300;
    M&R arrogantly threatens "re-mobilization charges" (penalties/fines) of "$500 - $1000 (to which they may not be entitled by law) if our apartment-homes aren't made ready for their intrusion.
    M&R Holdings offers no practical justification for installation of the new windows and doors.

    3. The whole window/door replacement project is open to question. As I outlined in an earlier submission, kindly posted by Bill Lynn:
    1) the new smaller windows will be less functional than the present ones, offering a massive reduction in air circulation and an ugly cluttering of the views.
    2) Problems with the present windows can be solved by simple, inexpensive maintenance. The original windows are indeed old, but wholly salvageable: with the application of WD-40 they slide like new. A simple cleaning of the track on which they run makes things even better.
    This replacement project is a waste of money:
    1) The new widows are an inferior product replacement, and ...
    2) The project may be a cynical and ecologically-clueless attempt to "justify" the January rent hike. (a rent hike, BTW, which we're being encouraged to augment to the tune of "2021 rent increase notices asked for 3%, starting 1 May 2021. 2022 notices are asking for 4.2%" M&R wants more of our money, even though it's not lawfully justified.
M&R HOLDINGS' gleans around $500000/ month from our rent. Not only do we rent-payers deserve respect, I believe we must have the right to reject reductions in the environmental standards of our homes.

I see no reason to cooperate in this scheme which completely fails to be of benefit to us tenants.

I say NO NEW WINDOWS AND DOORS!

Doug Williams
Tenant, Wynford Tower
35 Wynford Heights Crescent
Toronto
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Isabel Albert re Window Replacement Preparation, 2021.10.16
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, 01:19:05 p.m. EDT, ISABEL ALBERT wrote:
Hi. Bill,
I'd like more info on why the new windows are supposedly inferior to what we have now. I agree the lower section will junk up the view. But if they are thicker won't they be better insulation against extreme weather?
Why are they said to be inferior to very old windows?
I will not be vacating my unit for 2 days when I have 2 cats that will be terrified of the noise. And there's only so much space I can create by moving furniture around. They will have to pay for anything they break.
Isabel Albert unit 906

From: ISABEL ALBERT
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2021 3:30 PM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.10.16
Hi Bill,
I'm sorry for being such a pest, but this window change has me very stressed out and upset. I have a couple of questions based on the experience of the test unit on the 3rd floor.
If window frames are 2 inches wider (I assume this means deeper), does this mean we will have narrower window sills?
Will the hardware that holds my custom blinds have to be repositioned further in on the walls? Is this what is meant by “tracks will have to be removed and relocated”? I don’t have tracks, but have a fitting that holds the blinds at each end. Will the landlord repair the holes left in the walls where the blinds hardware is removed from?
I have a fair amount of furniture, some of it GLASS tables. I can only move the furniture so far because of limited floor space. I don’t know that I can guarantee 4 feet of clearance from the front door to all windows. Anything that the workers break will have to be paid for by the landlord.
I will pack the smaller breakables (items on my buffet etc) in moving boxes and put them under the dining room table and remove paintings from a couple of walls. I can't move the TV and don't know if it's in a dangerous spot. I hope it doesn't get damaged. This is a lot of work for me to take care of.
I will not likely be able to "vacate the apartment" for 2 days for a few reasons:
- I am recovering from foot reconstruction surgery, so I can't go to a mall and walk around for hours. I'm supposed to keep my foot elevated.
- I have some valuables in the apartment.
- I have 2 cats that will be terrified and likely hiding under the bed. It's impossible to cage them for an entire day, assuming that they cooperate (which they won't). I will not leave them alone in the apartment with workmen and the front door open.
So I will have to be somewhere in the unit while work is done (i.e. kitchen or bathroom) or in the hallway outside my unit.
As far as I'm concerned, if they break anything the landlord will have to pay for it. I plan to take pictures of any damage.
Please let me know when Raphael replies to your questions. If you don't hear back I'm going to write myself to add some pressure.
Thanks,
Isabel Albert

From: WynfordTower Residents Association
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2021 5:17 PM
To: ISABEL ALBERT
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.10.16
Hi Isabel,
Yes, window sills are about 1½ inches narrower (my measurement) with the new windows.
Yes, if anything would impede the installation of the new windows it will have to be removed and re-installed after window replacement.
Removal of the old windows causes damage to walls, so the walls are repaired after replacement. I doubt that they will care what caused the damage.
4 feet floor space cannot be guaranteed. Some of the hallways in the apartment are less than 4 feet wide.
Good idea to pack breakables, especially anything near the windows or the access paths.
The instruction is to leave the apartment during installation. Since all the old windows are removed first, the apartment will probably be uninhatable during replacement, especially if the weather is cold. The third floor tenant said there was dust and odour after the replacement, but leaving the apartment for two days is not necessary.
Since you do not have windows in the kitchen (we do), it might be feasible to stay there during the work. Presumably the bathroom would have to be used at some time if you stay.
Bill Lynn
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Jeff Andrew re Window Replacement Preparation, 2021.10.15
From: JEFF ANDREW
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2021 9:53 AM
To: Bill Lynn ; rooserob1@gmail.com ; arnoldag929@gmail.com
Subject: Re: WynfordTower Window Replacement Preparations
Good morning Bill,

First and foremost.....apologies for a very tardy reply!!

In regards to the google reviews for Regal I noticed that the a good portion of positive ones were anywhere from 2-5 years old. So much has changed in the last 18 months because of covid. Many businesses have lost valuable staff, so it is good to hear that the test unit tenant had a positive experience.
Thank you for compiling these very important/relevant questions!!

For question #1 the recent document we all received specifically requests the removal of tracks. My opinion is that they will have to be removed so there are zero obstructions for the installers. Even just the ability to get a caulking gun at the right angle comes to mind. I hope I am wrong though because it would be nice to only have to deal with the slats.
Ed note: In the test apartment, rods for drapes were located well back from the windows, and were not removed.

I think we need clarification on #2 ASAP. Are we not allowed back in our units the evening of installation? I believe the document does not mention this.
Ed note: All old windows are removed first, so the apartment is effectively uninhabitable during replacement. The test case tenant said the odours and dust were unpleasant, but we are welcome to return the first night.

Number 3 is where I think M&R has failed their their tenants and not done a thorough project planning/assessment. Demographics of our building aside, this component of the job should have been part of the contract with Regal. If for no other reason than to remove the possibility that units are not ready because a tenant could not find someone to remove their blinds etc. For us to be on the hook for up to $1000.00 is unacceptable if, because of covid we can't find anyone to do the job. It should have been up to Regal or M&R to provide the staff to do this or sub-contract it out. If we are legally financially responsible (another question that needs an answer) for this part of the project then so be it. At the very least they should provide a list of people/companies that do this work.

Number 5 is very true. How do they exactly expect us to know when to do the prep work? One day is not enough! I would like to think one weeks notice is reasonable with the understanding that it could be delayed and subsequently our blinds and furniture would have to remain where they were moved to until job is done. M&R needs to accept this reality.

Have a great weekend and please keep me in the loop.

Final thought.....Was this really necessary during the winter of an ongoing pandemic???!!
Thanks,
Jeff
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On-Line Pool Booking Notice
A notice about online booking for the pool is posted at Online Pool Booking Notice.pdf

The email address for the office is rentals@35wynford.com

Ed Note: I emailed the office from my Windows8.1 computer. A reply from Rafael within 15 minutes forwarded an email from AmenityLinc , which gave links to Download for Iphone and for Android, none for Windows. I forwarded the email to my Android phone and when I picked on Download for Android it said "Not available in your country".
Mitch from the office tells me booking can be done via Marta until this issued is solved.

Update 2021.10.16. A resident who has a Samsung Galaxy searched on Google Play Store for AmenityLinc (all one word). It came up as the first item on the list. It was downloaded and installed (takes a few minutes). User email address on file with M&R is needed to open the app, then it works.
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Hi-Rise October 2021
Hi-Rise Community Newspaper is posted at Hi-Rise October 2021.pdf
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Remembering Henry, 11 AM Wednesday 20 October 2021
Pick for larger view
Henry "Piano Man" Furman died Tuesday 12 October 2021, at the Sunnybrook Palliative Care Centre.

Residents are invited to congregate in the back yard at 11 AM Wednesday 20 October 2021, to reminisce about Henry and his warm presence in our lives at Wynford Tower.

Light refreshments will be served.
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Window Replacement Preparation Comments, 2021.10.13
The following comments about window replacement arise from the third floor apartment where windows have been replaced as a test case.

1. Old windows are first removed, and new ones are brought in, via the apartment door, so it is necessary to have a 4 ft wide path to carry the windows in and out, and in front of the windows / balcony doors for installation work.

2. Balcony furrniture must be moved to provide working space outside the balcony door.

3. Pictures and breakable objects in the area of the windows / balcony doors must be removed to prevent damage during the replacement.

4. Curtains, drapes and blinds must be removed. The new windows are thicker than the old ones, so tracks that leave less than 2 inches clearance from the existing windows will have to be removed and re-located after replacement.

5. Damage to walls will occur as old windows are removed. In the test apartment the damage was repaired the second day and everything was put back in place the third day. It is not known whether this will be typical for other apartments.

6. The installer covered the floor, but not the furniture. Plastic is available from the superintendents office to cover furniture if required.

7. M&R have been asked to provide a planned schedule, so we can estimate when our apartment has to be ready.

8. M&R have been asked to advise who can do preparation work, for tenants who cannot do it themselves.

9. Residents must vacate the apartment during installation, and may wish to remain away during the second day as dust and odours dissipate.
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Roosevelt Robinson re Thanks to Garden Committee, 2021.10.08
Re. The Work of the Garden Beautification Sub-committee
On behalf of Committee members and indeed all residents at the Tower, I wish to express appreciation to the Garden Beautification Sub-committee for their indefatigable work this summer. Quite often, through the glass windows, they could be seen toiling away as they beautified the landscape with flowers and a variety of foliage.
Their contribution was especially prized during this confining period of the pandemic. It is to be hoped, therefore, that our three colleagues would be able to "gather lilacs in the Spring again" so that with the termination of COVID-19, our hearts can all "learn to sing again".
Wishing you a colourful Fall,
Roose
From: cjfitzgerald
Sent: October 8, 2021
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Publishing
Hello everyone,
On behalf of Edith, Emma and myself, our thanks for your kind words. Hopefully, members and residents enjoyed the presence of happy, smiling flowers; as well as a hint of therapy we experienced while we had fun doing it.
We are grateful for the financial support, gift of plants and garden tools.
And now, an offer to help plant tulips.
Appreciative comments from strolling visitors were heartwarming.
Next Spring…Stay tuned.
Cecile, Co-ordinator
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Doug Williams re New Windows, 2021.10.09
From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:16 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: New Windows
To fellow tenants at 35 Wynford Heights Crescent:
The "new windows" for apartments at #35 represent a reduction in standards for tenants. The whole project is a waste of money:
    1) the new windows will be less functional than the present ones, offering a massive reduction in air circulation and an ugly cluttering of the views.
    2) Problems with the present windows can be solved by simple, inexpensive maintenance.
    The original windows are indeed old, but wholly salvageable: with the application of a little WD-40 they slide like new. A simple cleaning of the track on which they run makes things even better.
This replacement project is a waste of money:
    1) The new widows are an inferior product replacement, and
    2) The project may be a cynical and ecologically-clueless attempt to "justify" the January rent hike.
I think we should all assert our opposition to this project.
Best regards to fellow tenants,
Doug Williams

On Mon, 11 Oct 2021 at 09:53, WynfordTower Residents Association wrote:
Hi Doug,
Interesting comments, but I think away too late to do anything about it now. I doubt that we can refuse to have them installed, since we do not own the apartments.
Bill Lynn

From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2021 10:06 AM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: New Windows
What about a petition, Bill?
I've lived with this kind of replacement windows - they are garbage. Ours is not to try and figure out the pressures and complexity of a "done deal" between MR and window suppliers. Our task is to assert our own interests in face of a wholly-unnecessary lowering of quality-of-life in the building.
Best,
Doug

On Tue, 12 Oct 2021 at 09:58, WynfordTower Residents Association wrote:
Hi Doug,
The measurements for the windows were made months ago, so the windows are probably already made. With installation due to start in less than a month, I cannot see any benefit in a petition at this late date.
Bill Lynn

From: Douglas Williams
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 11:58 AM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: New Windows
Hi Bill,
I'm unclear about the protocols here: If I request that you publish an "open letter" or petition, are you obligated to do so? I'm certainly opposed to the windows - and the tone of MR's communique about it - with no offer of compensation for a day's exile from our expensive apartment is far from heart-warming!
Best,
Doug

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New Window Example, 2021.10.08

New windows have been installed in a third floor apartment on the north side of the building.
The openings are small sliders at the bottom of the four panes.
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Front Canopy, 2021.10.08

Front canopy work seems to be done


But the ceiling has not yet been re-finished.
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Windows and Balcony Doors Replacement Update, 2021.10.08
A notice delivered to all apartments says windows and balcony doors will be replaced starting the week of 8 November 2021. The work will start on the south side at the top and move down. Presumably the north side will follow. An attached instruction gives details of preparations that must be made.

The notice is posted at Windows & Balcony Door Replacement Update 2021.10.06
The instructions are posted at Windows & Balcony Door Replacement Instructions 2021.10.06

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Heat Is On, 2021.09.30
The heat has been turned on, although it may not be very noticeable, because the hot water temperature varies as a function of outdoor temperature, so when the outdoor temperature is at or above 20C, the water temperature in the heaters is only about room temperature. As the outdoor temperature decreases the heating water temperature increases.
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Rent Increase Effective 1 January 2022
Deb McLeod of M&R advises that rental renewal dates from February to April 2022 are being advanced to 1 January 2022. At first glance this seems to contravene the law of only one rent increase every 12 months, but those tenants paid no rent increase in 2021, so the following article from CLEO.com can be applied:

"Rent freeze in 2021: The government has announced that the guideline for the year 2021 will be zero percent. This means that your landlord cannot raise your rent at all from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 (but AGI changes could still be applied).

Your landlord is allowed to give you a rent increase notice in 2021 but the increase cannot start before January 1, 2022."

Note: In January 2021 M&R submitted a request to the Landlord and Tenant Board for a 3% Above Guideline Increase (AGI) in rent effective 1 May 2021. The 2021 guiideline was 0%. The 2022 guideline increase is 1.2% (ref News.Ontario.ca).

Assuming that the AGI will be granted, 2021 rent increase notices asked for 3%, starting 1 May 2021. 2022 notices are asking for 4.2%. Tenants do not have to pay the 3% AGI, but when the AGI is granted the approved increase will apply from the date of the first renewal after 30 April 2021. If the AGI approved is less than 3%, tenants who paid the AGI from their first increase after 30 April 2021 will be reimbursed for the difference.
Comment: Paying the AGI amount before it is approved avoids a large retoactive payment when approval is received, and may result in a retroactive re-imbursement. On the other hand, not paying it gives the tenant the use of that money until retroactive payment is required, and interest is not charged for the retroactive payment.
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Cecile re Gardening Help, 2021.09.27
From: Cecile Fitzgerald
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2021 10:59 AM
Subject: Garden enhancement

Good morning,
The garden needs help in removing a few hostas roots. Would you know someone interested in doing this?
Perhaps an older teenager willing to earn $20.
Should not take more than an hour.
Please let me know.
Many Thanks
Regards,
Cécile
Garden Enhancement Committee
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Angelo Tiveron re Thanks for the Warm Pool, 2021.09.25
From: Angelo Tiveron
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2021 11:56 AM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.09.25
Hello Bill
My wife and I really enjoy the pool, Particularly the warm water ideal for our body therapy. Thanks to the wynford management for the good control access schedule.
Angelo and Renata
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Rafael re Heating 2021.09.24
From: Rafael Tablada
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2021 2:58 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: RE: Heat needed at #35
Bill,
FYI.
AC is just in process of being shut down, then we will start the heating.
IT is a large system, Heating and AC systems cannot be turned ON easily, it has to be done and scheduled with professional Technician.
Rafael Tablada
Sent from my Galaxy

-------- Original message --------
From: Bill Lynn
Date: 2021-09-24 2:29 p.m. (GMT-05:00)
To: Rafael Tablada
Subject: Heat needed at #35
Hi Rafael,
We need heat at #35.
Bil Lynn, 1807
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Roose re Henry "Piano Man" Furman 2021.09.22
From: Roosevelt Robinson
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:23 PM
To: Wynford Tower Residents

Dear members,

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our colleague Henry Furman is in the Palliative Care Unit at Sunnybrook.
Roose

Ed note: Henry is best known for his piano prowess in leading our joyful pre-covid sing-alongs. He is also a gentleman with a practical, but positive and friendly outlook on life.
Roosevelt Robinson has permission to visit Henry. Cards of support can be left at the door of apartment 1003, or they can be mailed to
    Henry Furman,
    Sunnybrook Palliative Care Unit,
    K1 East, Room 35
    2075 Bayview Avenue,
    Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5
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Balcony Bird 2021.09.22
For the first time since we installed Birds Off pigeon spikes on our balcony railing in May, today there was a white pigeon(?) sitting on our balcony table (perhaps getting out of the rain).

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LRT Test Train 2021.09.20
A test train of the Eglinton LRT went by slowly under overhead power Monday 20 September 2021.

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Glen Heffron re Vaccine Receipts 2021.09.20
From: Big Glen
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2021 11:59 AM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Proof of vaccination
Proof of vaccination. Go here and download your Ontario Proof of Vaccination receipt. It is not the same as the one that was emailed to you post jab. This certificate has a water mark on it and you can print it so you will be able to carry with you.
Ontario Vaccine Receipt
Glen
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Pool Open 17 September, 2021.09.16
A notice posted 16 September 2021 says the pool is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday and 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday, starting Friday 17 September 2021.
Users must sign a waiver before being allowed to use the pool.
Residents planning to use the pool must register with the concierge in advance to book an allotted swim time of 45 minutes maximum.
A maximum of 5 people at a time (50% of capacity) is allowed in the pool.
The notice is posted at Pool Notice 20210916.pdf
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Flower Power, 2021.09.18
Many thanks to Cécile, Edith and Emma for their on-going work in the back flower beds.

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Lobby Watch Channel, 2021.09.13
Of the five responses to last week's question about the lobby watch channel, the channel works in two apartments and does not work in the other three.
Rogers will respond only to calls from an apartment where a problem exists, so it seems that the only way to proceed if you want to see the lobby watch channel is to call Rogers at 1 888 764-3771.
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Glen Heffron re Comparative Mortality Data 2021.09.12
From: Big Glen
Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2021 6:15 PM
Subject: Comparative Mortality Data! (not a joke)

Comparative Mortality Data! (not a joke) make sure you check out both Canada and USA.
NOTE: the picture updates continuously; it’s up to you to pause it with the control at the bottom of the page or move the control to the end so you won’t have to wait to get to current date.
According to this data, the U.S. has had more deaths (cumulative) from Covid than any other disease....and the morons still refuse vaccinations.
In Canada, this is not the case.

Comparative Mortality Data!
The link below shows a running comparison of Covid-19 deaths vs. the usual causes of death by country chosen. It is set to the USA but can be changed to any country that reports this data and has a time span of YTD for 2020.
Pick a country and look at the numbers, very cool & interesting.
World Life Expectancy
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Hi-Rise News 2021.09.11
From: Big Glen
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2021 4:39 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: FHi-Rise September 2021 PDF
Subject: Hi-Rise September 2021 PDF
See attached, at Hi-Rise September 2021.pdf
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Lobby Watch TV Channel Working? 2021.09.10
Apartments 1605 and 1807 report that the lobby watch TV channel is working, with a weak horizontal fog migrating continuously from bottom to top. The fog does not prevent the lobby from being seen.

The lobby watch channel is channel 988 on the Rogers NextBox, possibly other channels on different cable boxes, and not available on Rogers Ignite.

If it is included in your account, please let us know whether it is working for you at webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
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Power Outage 2021.09.09
For the first time since we moved here over nine years ago, there was an unplanned power outage shortly after ten AM Thursday 9 September 2021. The outage lasted less than ten minutes. During the outage the hallway lights worked, but the elevators did not, and laundry machines tripped off, requiring them to be restarted after the outage. Clocks had to be reset also. As of this writing, there has been no explanation for the cause of the outage.
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Proposed Concorde Development Plan
A graphic illustration of the density of the proposed developmnent in our area, compared to the existing density, is posted at Proposed Concorde Development.pdf

If you feel that the proposed developments are inappropriate for our neighbourhood, you are invited to sign a petition, at Wynford Concorde Hi-Rise Petition. Watch for the pop-up ads: don't accept anything that you do not need or want.
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Mail-in Ballot Information
Mail-in ballots do not show a list of the candidates for the riding (see Elections Canada Special Ballot.)

The list of candidates for our Don Valley East riding is posted at Don Valley East Candidates.

The page also says, "Remember: Once you have applied to vote by special ballot, you can't change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day."

Note: Mail-in ballots were received by mail 10 September 2021, two days after registering on-line.
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Federal Election Voting Booth at Noor Cultural Centre
There will be no voting booth in the Wynford Tower lobby for the Federal Election 20 September 2021. Our voting booth will be at the Noor Cultural Centre at 123 Wynford Drive, just east of the DVP overpass, from 9 AM to 9 PM.


Alternatively, we can vote by mail. To get a mail-in ballot phone 1-866-238-4506, before 14 September 2021.
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Pool Closed for Repairs, 2021.09.02
A notice posted in Wynford Tower says the pool is closed until further notice for unexpected mechanical repairs.
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Jean Moulton Needs to Borrow 2 Card Tables
From: jean moulton
Sent: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:00 AM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Needed to borrow
Hello Bill
I am looking to borrow 2 card tables (collapsible, lightweight) for an event to be held Sept 12th.
Asking if any folk in the building have such and would be willing to loan them to me for a couple of days.
Thanks for posting this request.
Jean Moulton
#2106
416 441 9862
ejmoulton@gmail.com
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Petition Against Local Hi-Rise Development 2021.08.31
Lorna Eaton, of 1 Concorde Place (Highgate), has organized a petition against the proposed high density hi-rise development at Concorde Gate and 175 Wynford Drive (across the street). The development is described in the Power Point document at Wynford Concorde Development Plan.

From this presentation, it appears that the plan will make our area look like downtown Toronto rather than its current well-spaced environment.

If you feel that the proposed developments are inappropriate for our neighbourhood, you are invited to sign the petition, at Wynford Concorde Hi-Rise Petition

Watch for the pop-up ads: don't accept anything that you do not need or want.
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Saunas and Gym Closed Until Further Notice 2021.08.26
Notice posted in the B level elevator lobby 2021.08.26.
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Who dat in da Laundry Lounge? 2021.08.26
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Angelo Tiveron re Waiver and Release of Claims, 2021.08.24
From: Angelo Tiveron
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 9:29 AM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.08.21
Thank you for your email.

Regarding the swimming pool opening, it is certainly good news until I read the "waiver and release of claims..." document that we have to sign to have access to the pool.

Indeed item 7 of 16 is understandable. All the other items sound like a contract for some one going to a suicide ward mission.?
As much I would enjoy the pool, should a concrete piece fall from the ceiling (this an extreme condition, however it happen with the entrance canopy)? what about if a floor tile is damaged, and for an unexpected situation someone is injured, still our responsibility?

I am sure the owner would say just too bad, or find another pool.

Anyway, Bill, this is my opinion, writing without prejudice,

Thank you for your excellent reporting
Regards
Angelo Tiveron
703
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Rafael Tablada re Swimming Pool, 2021.08.23
From: Rafael Tablada
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2021 6:41 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Cc: 35 Wynford
Subject: Swimming Pool Notice - August 23 2021
Hi Bill:
Please see attached a copy of the Notice we just posted in the building’s common area today – for your other members and tenants alike.
Regards,
Rafael Tablada
Property Manager
M&R Property Management
3520 Pharmacy Avenue, Unit #1
Toronto, Ontario M1W 2T8
Tel: (416) 342-5459
Fax: (416) 499-5312
Email: rtablada@mandrholdings.com
Notice posted at Pool Notice 2021.08.23.pdf (opens in a new tab)
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Swimming Pool Open Starting Monday 23 August 2021
A notice posted in Wynford Tower says the swimming pool will be open effective Monday 23 August 2021.
Hours will be 8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday and 9 AM to 6 PM Saturdays and Sundays.
Reservations for 45 minute pool use can be made with Marta at the front desk.
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Christine Racine Leaving 27 August 2021
A notice posted in Wynford Tower says that Christine Racine will be leaving #45 effective Friday 27 August 2021. Our thanks to Christine for great service at #35 and #45 over the last few years, and very best wishes for her new career.
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New Superintendents Starting at #45 23 August 2021
A notice posted in Wynford Tower says that effective Monday 23 August 2021 Allabeth and Neil Larrobis will start as superintendents at #45. No news regarding superintendents for #35.
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Front Canopy Work in Progress, 2021.08.20

Work is in progress on the front canopy. Vehicular access is via the east driveway and entrance.
Pedestrians must use the east entrance during work hours, but access to the front door is available during non-work hours via a fenced path.
A buzzer at the east door can be used by non-residents to call Marta at the front desk to open the door.
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Zoom Kaffee Klatsch Suspended, 2021.08.14
A survey of Kaffee Klatschers indicated that most preferred to meet in the back yard rather than on Zoom. Zoom Kaffee Klatsch meetings are therefore suspended, at least until cold weather intercedes.
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Front Canopy Repair Started, 2021.08.14
Repair of the front canopy has begun, so the front door is closed during working hours, which so far have ended mid-afternoon rather than the 6 PM scheduled.
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Front Canopy Ready for Repair, 2021.08.06
At long last scaffolding has been installed for repair of the front canopy, although no work was being done Friday afternoon. The front entrance is still available for pedestrians, but vehicles must use the east entrance for pickup or dropoff.


Scaffolding ready for work.


Scaffolding supports the roof.


Garden destroyed. Probably the reason it was not maintained this spring.
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Hi-Rise Community News
The Hi-Rise community newspaper for August 2021 is posted at Hi-Rise August 2021
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GMail Help Sought
A resident has lost emails while composing in GMail on-line, and seeks help from someone who knows how to prevent that.
If you can help, please contact us by reply to this email.
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Ralph Fedddema re Garage and Locker Thefts
From: Ralph Feddema
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2021 1:52 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Locker vandalism 2021.07.23

fyi - somebody recently tried to steal my motorcycle in B level underground parking. I have a disc lock on the rear wheel. They tried to jimmy it by hammering a screwdriver or similar device into the locking mechanism. The lock foiled them however they destroyed the tumbler mechanism & I now require a locksmith to drill out the lock in order to use my own motorcycle. I don't know precisely when they tried as I haven't ridden the motorcycle for the past few weeks & just found out today.

For what it's worth, this is the second time. Thieves successfully stole one of my motorcycles in 2016. I have also experienced petty theft from my locker before (I'll accept some responsibility for that one as I had not locked it up at that particular time but that doesn't make a thief any less of a thief). Also, I can no longer keep small change, warm jackets etc. in my motorcycle tail bag as I have also experienced petty theft twice in the past with that as well.

I've been in this building for 10 years. The building is in a great location, decent amenities, it's quiet & the residents are friendly. When my first motorcycle was stolen in 2016 I rationalized it as a one off. All incidences of petty theft occurred between 2016 & today & now this second theft attempt on my current motorcycle has me reconsidering that rationalization.

Finally, my experience with the local police services has not been positive. I couldn't even get them to review the security camera footage when my motorcycle was stolen in 2016 & I took it upon myself to go directly to the police station & request it. I was paid lip service & found out later they never even requested the camera footage. My experience has been the only benefit of filing a police report is it is a requirement in order to place an insurance claim. An administrative necessity. Disappointing & truly a shame.

Regards...Ralph

Note: The Residents Association has asked M&R to install surveillance cameras at the garage emergency exits (although that is not the only way thieves can get into the garage), and to review the B level elevator lobby video for Friday night 23 July when the last locker vandalism occurred. No reponse has been received.
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Laundry to be Closed Wednesday AM 4 August 2021
The laundry is scheduled to be closed from 8 AM to 1 PM Wednesday 4 August 2021, for replacement of washer shut-off valves.
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Locker Vandalism, Reporting to Police, 2021.07.28
The following information is from the Toronto Police website at Toronto Police Reporting Theft

Summary:
Locker vandalism is Break and Enter, and should be reported to police at 416-808-2222.
Serial numbers must be reported for stolen items that have serial numbers.
It is suggested that nothing be touched until the police have investigated.

FILING A FALSE POLICE REPORT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE

Theft UNDER $5,000
LOST: An item was accidentally misplaced or left behind somewhere
VS
STOLEN: Someone removed the item from your lawful possession with the intent to steal.
Please provide a detailed description of what actually happened in the incident description section, with the approximate date and time you discovered the theft and the last date and time you saw your property.

When completing the Theft UNDER $5000 report, please;

Provide ALL serial numbers that are visible on any of the property that is being reported as STOLEN,
create a separate property entry for each piece of property that is being reported as STOLEN
The value of the STOLEN item must be less than $5,000. If it is OVER $5,000 in value, please call 416-808-2222.

The accuracy of the information you provide greatly assists the Toronto Police Service in processing your report. Please ensure your report is as COMPLETE AND CONCISE as possible, so as to ensure an officer won’t have to contact you in order to clarify the information and won’t delay the processing of your submission.

THE FOLLOWING CANNOT BE REPORTED THROUGH THE CORE SYSTEM:
Property is taken from you by force or threats; this is a Robbery.
If the robbery just occurred, call 9-1-1.
If the robbery did not just occur and it is a non-emergency incident, please call 416-808-2222.
Someone enters your dwelling or place of business (when it is closed) and takes your property; this is a Break and Enter; please call 416-808-2222.
If you are in possession of your debit or credit card, and someone has used it without your consent, this is considered a Fraud. Please use Fraud UNDER $5,000 page.
If your E-Bike was stolen, please call 416-808-2222.

Terms and Conditions

Check the boxes next to the following statements to indicate that you understand and agree to the following, then click on Start a Report button:

The information provided on this form is correct to the best of my knowledge.

I understand that providing false information could make me subject to prosecution under the Criminal Code of Canada.

If you are ready to begin: Click on START A REPORT. Opens Police Report Form
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Locker Vandalism, 2021.07.23
On Saturday 24 July 2021 it was discovered that locker rooms 2, 3 and 5 in the Wynford Tower laundry hallway had been vandalized. In locker room 2, vandals broke the wood framing that holds the lock hasps. In the other rooms, lock hasps were pried off to open the doors.
The following lockers were broken into: 201, 202, 210, 302, 303, 503, 504, 505.

The locker room doors had been pried open, and some no longer lock because the metal frame is damaged.

There is a surveillance camera in the level B elevator lobby, through which anyone entering the laundry hallway must pass. Management has been asked to review the video of Friday night 23 July in hopes of identifying the vandals.


Locker room 2 Vandalism


Locker Room 3 Vandalism

Locker Room 5 Vandalism
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Jaqueline re SB Garage Emergency Exit, 2021.07.25
From: Jacqueline MacDonald
Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2021 2:15 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: B level Emergency Exit
Hello Bill,
Just to confirm the emergency exit door that has been left opened or propped open that we have brought attention to M&R Properties is the emergency exit in the Sub basement. It is quite possible that entry to the building for theft could have happened through this door.
I have yet get my dash camera as work has been busy but it is in the works.
Thank you,
Jacqueline
Note: In the news item 23 June 2021, it was stated that the emergency exit of concern is in the B level garage. As stated above, it is in the SB level garage.
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Cécile re Climate Emergency Unit, 2021.07.25
Email forwardes by Cécile

Dear friends,
We mobilize to put fires out, but — so far, at least — not to prevent them.
As you all know, we are having a summer of reckoning with the climate emergency. With a jolt to our collective consciousness, most of us now understand the emergency is well and truly upon us.
First it was the extreme heat event that shattered temperature records in my home province of British Columbia, killing about 500 people in less than a week (over a third as many as died in B.C. from COVID since the start of the pandemic), and cooking to death as many as a billion coastal sea creatures. This has been followed by hundreds of wildfires, forcing the evacuation of thousands from their homes and, most dramatically, burning the entire town of Lytton to the ground. Already the province has spent over $95 million fighting the fires. Now the fires and drought have spread across the country, with smoke blanketing much of Canada, and various other places around the world are also experiencing devastating extreme weather events.
It’s been an unsettling and tragic summer, as we emerge from one crisis and stumble into the next — out of the frying pan and into the fire.
And no, this is not the new normal. It is but a taste of things to come.
It’s also a time for political engagement. As I write, the writ has dropped in Nova Scotia, where people there will head to the polls on August 17. And many expect a federal election call within the next few weeks.
It’s time to mobilize. And we’ve got lots of suggestions for you.

Mobilize across Canada
As a federal election approaches, our friends at 350.org have initiated a terrific action that will take place across the country next week. We at the Climate Emergency Unit strongly encourage you to get involved. From the good folks at 350, here’s their plan:

“We plan to hold a massive day of action on Thursday, July 29th, to bring the impacts of the climate crisis right to the doorstep of our federal leaders. We’re inviting people to host an action in their community. The response has been incredible. Dozens of events across the country have filled up our action map.
Will you stand with us as well? We need all hands on deck. Canada is literally on fire and it’s up to us to make sure our politicians start acting like it. Check out the map today to find an action near you or sign up to host one in your community.
On July 29th, we’re going to make sure our political leaders feel the heat by delivering our demands for climate action to Members of Parliament across the country just days before Trudeau is expected to call a snap federal election. Check out our action map now to find one near you. If you don’t see an action in your community, consider signing up to host one. We will support you every step of the way with a toolkit, promotion materials, and 1-1 support if you need it. Visit our website to see all of our resources.”
Join the Day of Action
Start spreading the word!
Friday’s for Future: “On September 24, we will strike to demand intersectional climate justice! Join us! #uprootthesystem."

Learn More
Halifax Climate Strike, September 2019.
Mobilize in Nova Scotia
For those of you in Nova Scotia, in addition to the election on August 17th, the last day for submissions to the climate consultations is Monday July 26! Follow this link for our calls to action for NS. You can sign up to get involved in mobilizing during the election and in future climate emergency events in NS here.

Mobilize in Nova Scotia
Mobilize in BC
Third, for those of you in BC, I’d like to share my latest National Observer column with you: “BC is in a state of climate emergency with no emergency plan.”
The piece compares BC’s current climate plan against the CEU’s 4 markers of emergency action (spoiler alert, it doesn’t hold up well). I’m happy to report that the column has been very widely circulated and shared. Feel free to share it yourself.
And if that leaves you ready to take more action, there are a number of BC campaigns underway:
Tell Horgan to Stop Funding Climate Chaos
From Leadnow: Wildfires are burning across the province, smoke is choking cities, and scorching heat is taking lives. But instead of acting urgently to prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis, Premier Horgan is fueling it. The BC NDP ran on a platform to slash emissions and tackle the climate crisis, but under the radar of the chaos wreaked by COVID-19, Premier Horgan sunk $1.3 billion of public money into fossil fuel subsidies. A flood of pressure right now could shine the spotlight on the Premier and remind him of his election promises. It could force him to act. Add your name now.

Tell Horgan to Stop Funding Climate Chaos

Stop Funding Fracking
From Dogwood: Fracking companies are poisoning B.C.’s water and polluting our air. They’re punching pipelines at gunpoint through unceded Indigenous lands. They’re fuelling a climate emergency that is bringing ever more wildfires, floods and insecurity. Instead of lining the pockets of oil and gas executives, our tax dollars should be going to clean energy, affordable housing and retraining workers. Add your name if you agree that the B.C. government should stop financing the climate crisis.

Sign Fracking Petition

Mobilize in Newfoundland-Labrador
Social Justice Co-op NL has a petition for its government to declare a climate emergency!

Reminder to non-Indigenous people: here are four things you can do right now to support Indigenous people during this difficult time from IndigiNews.
As the federal election approaches, let’s imagine some of the ways our federal government could show us leadership in these tumultuous times. Two of my latest columns with the National Observer do this:

Can Jonathan Wilkinson be our C.D. Howe?
The case for a Youth Climate Corps in Canada
I hope you enjoy these reads and feel compelled to join the mobilizations above!

In solidarity,
Seth and the Climate Emergency Unit
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Front Canopy, 2021.07.24
A notice posted in Wynford Tower says repair of the front canopy will start 26 July 2021 and continue into September. During the repairs, the front door will not be accessible from 8 AM to 6 PM Monday to Friday, so the east entrance will be used.
Electric actuators have been installed on all doors to the east entrance to make it wheelchair accessible.
A buzzer at the east entrance will allow visitors to alert the concierge to buzz the door open. Residents will not see visitors on the lobby watch channel, and will not be able to buzz them in from their phone.
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Pool, 2021.07.24
M&R have given no information about the pool re-opening, and information about indoor pools in apartment and condo buildings has not been found on the Internet, so an email to 311 at Toronto.ca brought the reply posted below. It is assumed that condos includes apartment buildings. It is not clear whether the system implemented for the pool opening last year conforms to all the regulations listed there.

From: 311
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 1:08 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Indoor pools in condos and apartments - re-opening

Hello,
Thank you for contacting 311 Toronto.
Condos can open both their outdoor and indoor (!) sports and recreational fitness amenities provided that they comply with the following.
    Users must be able to maintain a 2-metre distance;
    Capacity must be reduced to:
        Indoors: 50% of the normal capacity (or less to maintain the 2-m distance);
        Outdoors: 75% of the normal capacity (or less to maintain 2-m distance).
    You must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public stating the maximum capacity;
    Participants must be actively screened for COVID;
    Tracing information (such as the name and contact information) of the users must be recorded and kept for a period of at least 1 month. This info can only be disclosed to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and promotion Act.
We hope this is helpful. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you require further information or assistance.
Regards,
Antonella
311 Toronto
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A/C Off Can Still Flood, 2021.07.23
As was discovered last week, having the A/C thermostat turned off turns off the fan, but chilled water still flows through the cooling coils, so humidity in the air condenses and the condensate can overflow the drip pan if the drain is blocked, although not as quickly as with the fan running.
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Lobby Watch TV Channel Update 2021.07.23
Christine advises that the lobby watch camera works fine on her monitor, which does not use Rogers TV, so the problem is in the Rogers system. She has asked a contact at Rogers to investigate.
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Mary Persaud re Car Thefts, 2021.07.23
From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 9:58 AM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Car thefts
Reason why it’s important to keep parking doors locked and for those parking outside always check your car especially if you own a high end car.
A friend in Mississauga sent this message this morning.
“In the past 2 days there have been 2 reports of car theft from driveways. The latest happened this morning at 6:15. It seems the thieves have that device that can unlock a car if the key fob is not secured in a metal box. The stolen car is a Lexus and I assume it’s a keyless ignition so if the fob is not secured the device opens the car and starts the ignition.
The one good thing about my car is that it’s not on the list of vehicles being targeted. I guess no one wants a Subaru. I think number one on the list is the Highlander.”
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Danielle Norman re Cockroaches, 2021.07.22
From: Danielle Norman
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 3:17 PM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: Has anyone been seeing cockroaches?
Good afternoon -
I thought I should let you know that I've just sent off an email to 35 Wynford management advising them that I started to see what I think are cockroaches in our apartment.
We've been here for over two years and have never seen them before. This started about one week ago. I thought you may want to know and maybe others have seen them as well.
You may also want to share this with others.
Thanks
Danielle
#704
From: Danielle Norman
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 8:04 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Has anyone been seeing cockroaches?

I think it has something to do with the work being done in and around the building. It's stirring things up.
Christine was very quick to respond to my email and she's going to get it taken care of.
I just thought I'd bring it to your attention.
Txs
Danielle
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Front Patio Bench
Before the 2019 garage and front patio renovations, there was a bench on the front patio. This bench disappeared during the renovations. Concrete slabs apparently meant to sit on are not very comfortable. A resident therefore placed a new bench on the patio and emailed Rafael for permission to leave it there. The response was that the bench must be removed until approval is obtained from M&R, and because the canopy renovation project is due to start soon.
The bench will therefore be removed until renovations are complete and approval is received, or the original bench is found or replaced by M&R.
Don't hold your breath.


Front patio bench before 2019 renovations

Substitute bench put in place temporarily 2021.07.14
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Laundry Lounge No Longer For Donations
Please do not leave unwanted items at the corner table in the laundry lounge. The Salvation Army pickup service is no longer active.
Note: Reuseable items can be offered in the ReUseIt Mart on this website at ReUseIt Mart
See also Where to Donate Stuff
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Apartments '07 A/C Drain Saga
Monday 5 July 2021
11 AM: Water dripping from ceiling in apt 1807. Placed buckets and pots under drips, called 416-449-2420. Whoever answered said someone would come to look at it.
2 PM: Two Versa-Tech technicians arrived, looked at the ceiling, went up to 1907, ceiling drip stopped, came back, opened up both 1807 A/C units, blew out pipes, said blockage was in down pipe, plumbers required, they would inform management. Left A/C unit covers off, fans off.

Tuesday 6 July 2021 (weather hot and humid)
7 AM: Floor wet at exterior wall of 1807 bedroom 1 (BR1). Found A/C unit in bedroom 2 (BR2) overflowing. Sponged water from drip pans of both A/C units (every two hours, day and night until plumbers arrived Thursday).
4 PM, called 416-449-2420 to see when plumbers could be expected. Christine answered, said she was not aware of the problem, would look into it.

Wednesday 7 July (weather cooler, but very humid)
No plumbers, continued to sponge water from drip trays. Collected a bucket full (15 litres) by Thursday noon. Apparently condensation from floors above was backing up into the 1807 drain pans.

Thursday 8 July 2021
2 PM: Two plumbers arrived. Knocked a hole in the wall between BR2 and living room. Cut a 6 inch piece out of 2 inch galvanized drain pipe. Snaked down until they found a blockage below 1807, cleared it, replaced the pipe piece, put cardboard over the hole in the wall, tidied up very nicely.
10 PM: Water dripping from 1407 living room ceiling. Apparently the material from clearing the 1807 blockage blocked the drain pipe somewhere below. Christine went to 1507, vacuumed water from the floor.

Friday 9 July 2021
1:30 PM: Plumbers (same two as yesterday) opened the 1507 BR2 wall to clear a blockage in the down pipe below 1507. No damage to 1507 floors.

Saturday 10 July 2021
1407 ceiling leakage has stopped, considerable damage to ceiling.

Total damage:
1807, living room ceiling damaged (plaster not falling), BR2 floor many buckled tiles, BR1 floor some buckled tiles.
1407: ceiling plaster falling off.
Repairs will have to wait until all is dry.
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Front Canopy Repairs Not Yet Started
The repairs to the front canopy, re-schduled to start 21 June 2021, have not yet started, so appointments for pickup can continue to be made for the front entrance. No word on a new schedule.
Stay tuned.
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Pool Open by Appointment
A notice by the pool entry says the pool is open for a maximum of ten people, by appointment only. Marta has no information about appointments. She hopes to have more information Monday.

Update 2021.07.10: It seems that the notice mentioned last week is from the last pool opening. It has not been taken down. Sorry about that.
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Carpet Cleaning 5-9 July
Wynford Tower common area carpets will be cleaned Monday to Thursday, 5 to 9 July 2021.
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Mary Persaud re Lobby Watch Channel Work Orders, 2021.06.29
From: Mary Persaud
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:17 AM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Lobby camera and building security

If I understand correctly Rogers has done their part and it is now up to M&R to fix the camera. Maybe all tenants who want the camera working should put in work orders to get it fixed. It is a security measure and the building should be responsible.

They have put up notices that they are not responsible for locker room items but are they not responsible for building security ?
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Emergency Calls, 2021.06.28
Last weekend, three apartments at #35 had floods due to leaking air conditioners.

After trying the superintendent phone number Friday, only to hear that the mailbox was full, one resident was able to contact Christine Saturday morning through Marta, who must have a different phone # for Christine, and some time later Simon showed up to fix the problem.

The second resident called me Saturday evening with the same problem, so I gave her Simon’s phone #. She spent all night mopping up and Simon arrived about 11 AM Sunday to stop the leak. No info about the third one.

In response to a question about Simon, Jules Bedeau replied:

Hi Bill,
Simon is the primary maintenance person for both M&R properties as of June 25th, 2021 based on the knowledge provided to me by Christine. Christine is effectively managing both buildings until further notice. She is our best resource at this time.
Jules

Our superintendent phone number is 416-449-2420, which goes to whomever is on duty. In an emergency, such as a flooding aircon unit, if there is no response at that number, the alternative seems to be to call Simon at 416-303-7645.
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Cecile re Toronto Environmental Alliance, 2021.06.23
From: Cecile Fitzgerald
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:32 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Fwd: UPDATE: How you helped push for action on single-use plastics
Good information.

Begin forwarded message:
From: "Emily Alfred, TEA"
Date: June 22, 2021 at 4:00:30 PM EDT
To: Cjfitzgerald40@gmail.com
Subject: UPDATE: How you helped push for action on single-use plastics

Toronto Environmental Alliance
Friend,
Thank you for taking action and contacting your City Councillor to urge them to act on single-use plastics and other disposables in our city. Recently, we had some big wins!

Together, we pushed Toronto City Council to restart its work on tackling disposables and single-use plastics, and got them to take additional steps!
At its June meeting, City Council approved the first phase of the Single-Use Reduction Strategy, which will kickstart a City-run program to encourage and support businesses like restaurants to shift away from disposable, single-use foodware and towards reusable alternatives.
Thanks to TEA’s recommendations, and the quick action from individuals, groups and businesses to send in letters, City Council supported two important additions to the Phase 1 Strategy. City Council voted to accelerate the first phase of the Single-Use Reduction Strategy and to lead by example in City facilities such as food services in City parks. (Read more in my new blog post). Phase 1 of the Reduction Strategy strategy must be followed with strong, mandatory regulations that will eliminate and restrict disposables and shift our city towards reusable alternatives! In early 2022, Council will vote on Phase 2 of the Single-Use Items Reduction Strategy - which includes mandatory regulations on single-use items.

We’ll be continuing to keep up the pressure for action on disposables and for Toronto to move towards a more sustainable and healthy future.
We’re excited to have you be part of this campaign!

Sincerely,
Emily Alfred
Waste Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Toronto Environmental Alliance · 30 Duncan St, Suite B1, Toronto, ON m5v 2c3, Canada 416-596-0660.
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#45 Superintendents Leaving, 2021.06.23
The following notice appeared on the Wynford HC Tenant Association Facebook page at 5 PM 21 June 2021:

Hello all,
As per Christine, our Resident Superintendent, Paul’s last day is this Friday June 25th and he and Liza will be moving out the following week. As for a replacement, this has not been decided.
If you would like to send your regards, feel free to send an email to rentals@45wynford.com or reach them by some other means.
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Garage Emergency Exit Problem, 2021.06.23
A resident who parks near the south end of the B level garage reports that the emergency exit, which leads to the outside parking lot, is frequently propped open, allowing anyone to enter the garage. From the garage, the building can be accessed by following a resident through the pedestrian door. The resident states that several vehicles, and lockers, have been broken into recently.
Presumably a resident props the door open, but there is no surveillance camera in that area, so the perpetrators cannot be identified.
A request has been submitted to M&R that surveillance equipment be installed at garage emergency exits.
While further measures are investigated, if you notice an emergency exit propped open, please close it.
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Lobby Watch TV Channel Update, 2021.06.21
The Rogers technician who visited today said that the TV camera in the entrance is the property of M&R. The same was told to a resident a couple of months ago, but Rogers continued to say that their Maintenance Department would fix it. A request has now been submitted to building management to have the entry TV camera repaired or replaced.
Don't hold your breath.
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Spitting is Not Appreciated, 2021.06.19
A resident reports that last Friday her cleaning lady was having coffee on the front patio when the #45 superintendent came by and released a large spit on the patio in front of her.
Not only disgusting, but unhealthy, especially in the current pandemic situation.
Hard to believe that anyone can be so gross in this day and age.
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Lobby Watch Channel Update 2021.06.16
In response to a phone call Tuesday 15 June 2021, a Rogers technician arrived about 11 AM Wednesday. He was met in the front entry and he was asked if he could check the signal from the lobby TV camera in the front entry. He said that the Maintenance Department would have to check that. He then checked all the cable connections in my apartment, and asked if others in the building were having problems with the lobby watch channel. I told him that everyone who has that channel has problems. He then said he would contact Maintenance. A while after he left he called to say that he had talked to Maintenance and it should be fixed "soon".
Stay tuned.
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Dace Veinberga re Lobby Watch on Ignite 2021.06.15
From: Dace Veinberga
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:28 AM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Lobby Watch TV Channel
Hi, Bill,
I got through to Rogers Tech Support. They didn't know what I was talking about at first but then contacted "another department" and found out that they had a lot of reports that Ignite customers were not seeing the Lobby Channel. He said that the infrastructure has to be rebuilt and that they are working on the "back-end" to fix this. I ask how long this might take--six months? A year? He said not six months and that there were a lot of changes taking places so we could expect to see it sooner.
Dace
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New Windows? 2021.06.10
Windows were measured in many apartments this week, suggesting that windows may be replaced, although no official notice has been posted. If it is to happen it will take probably some months from measurement to manufacture and installation.
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Front Canopy Repair Revised Schedule 2021.06.10
The front canopy repair scheduled to start 10 May 2021 is now scheduled to take place 21 June to 13 August 2021. From 8 AM to 6 PM Monday to Friday in that time frame, the east entrance will be used instead of the front entrance. A buzzer system will allow visitors to contact the desk.
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Lobby Watch Channel Update 2021.06.10
In late May a phone call to Rogers gave an agent named Holly, who did some sleuthing and reported that the maintenance department had ordered parts and the problem should be fixed within a week.

Monday, 7 June the problem still existed so Rogers was called again. This agent, name not understood, was not interested in the history and ordered a technician who arrived at noon Tuesday 8 June. This technician suspected connection problems (despite the fact that all other channels work fine). He therefore replaced all cables temporarily. When no improvement was found, he said he had to check outside and left.

Wednesday morning the problem still existed, so Rogers was called again. The agent, named Archie, rebooted my Nextbox (I did not know they could do that remotely). The problem persisted, so he said he would report the problem and I will receive a call within 24 hours. Wednesday after lunch I received a recorded message from Rogers saying the problem had been fixed. I checked and found no improvement, so so I called Rogers again. This agent rebooted my Nextbox again (must be a new toy), with no improvement. Therefore she said a technician would come between 2 and 4 PM Thursday.

Thursday 10 June about 3 PM a technician called to say that he could see that in most of the apartments in our building the lobby watch channel is not working, so he will requisition a fix, which should be done within 24-48 hours. I don't know where he was when he made this discovery. Maybe he has another new toy.

If the lobby watch channel (988 on the NextBox) is not working the week of 14 June, perhaps everyone who has this channel should call Rogers at 1-888-764-3771 (note that the lobby watch channel is not available with Rogers Ignite).
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Green Bin Mystery (2021.06.04)
Saturday morning 4 June 2021, one green bin was full to overflowing, with the lid open. The second one was locked, so not useable.
Wonder why.

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Glen re Hi-Rise News (2021.06.03)
There are copies of the Hi-Rise newsletter on the window by the mailboxes and here is the PDF version
Glen
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Laundry Closed 7 June (2021.06.01)
A notice posted in the building says the laundry will be closed from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday 7 June 2021, for machine upgrades.
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Laundry Dryer Lint Tissues 2021.05.28
The following information was sent to Roose, lauding his idea of dryer lint cleaning tissues in the laundry.

Tissue Consumption Arithmetic
If we assume that each of the approximately 200 apartments in the building that use the common laundry do two loads per week (one dyed and one undyed), and use one tissue per load, the consumption is 400 tissues per week. The Scotties tissue boxes available at the Smoke Shop hold 126 2-ply tissues. So the expected consumption is 400/126 = 3.2 boxes per week.
If at least that amount is being used, your idea is hugely successful.
Cheers,
Bill Lynn
Dryer Lint Cleaner Tissues Notice
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Cécile re Toronto Environmental Alliance, 2021.05.26
Hi Bill,
The following article might be of interest to residents.
Cecile

Begin forwarded message:
From: Toronto Environmental Alliance
Date: May 26, 2021 at 11:10:18 AM EDT
To: Cjfitzgerald40@gmail.com
Subject: Latest news: action on single-use plastics, virtual tours of climate-friendly hubs and more!

Latest news from the Toronto Environmental Alliance
May 2021
Friend --
Over the last month, we've been busy advocating for action on single-use plastics, climate change and pollution. In this newsletter, read some of the latest updates on our campaigns and our work as an environmental watchdog at City Hall, and get to know our Community Hubs partner organizations through our Climate-Friendly Hubs Virtual Tour series!
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VICTORY: Plastics are declared toxic under the Canada Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)!
At last, the Federal government has declared plastics as toxic under Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)! This is an important step toward addressing the growing plastic pollution crisis, enabling regulations that would reduce unnecessary single-use plastics, and support a non-toxic, low-carbon circular economy. We’re one step closer towards bans and other regulations to hold companies accountable and turn off the tap on single-use plastics! (Read our joint press release with other environmental organizations).
While this announcement is a big win, we’ll have to keep up the pressure! Already, plastics industry groups have announced their intention to launch a lawsuit challenging the Federal government’s decision.
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AT CITY HALL: Speaking up against incineration
Incineration - often called “energy-from-waste” or “thermal treatment” - is a toxic and harmful way to deal with waste through burning. When a report came to the City’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee, with a recommendation to allow some of Toronto’s waste to be sent for incineration in Ontario communities, we sprang into action to raise the alarm bells.
We won a motion at City Council that will require City Staff to provide detailed information (including naming any incineration facilities and providing detailed environmental and emissions data) before Council votes on sending waste for incineration. While this is a win for creating transparency and ensuring Council hears about the health and environmental impacts of incineration, ultimately, waste should not be incinerated under any circumstances. We’ll continue to monitor and fight against incineration and for real zero waste solutions - and we’ll need your help to speak up for waste solutions that benefit people and the environment.
Read our submission to City Council with five reasons why Toronto should reject incineration.
Read fact sheets about incineration from GAIA.
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IN THE NEWS
CBC NEWS: Ontario's plan to overhaul Blue Box program stalls, leaving sector 'on hold'. (May 11, 2021) The Provincial Government was supposed to announce new regulations to fix the Blue Box program and hold companies fully responsible for the wasteful packaging they create, but continued delays and weak draft regulations are raising concerns for municipalities and environmental groups. Our Waste Campaigner Emily Alfred spoke to CBC News - read the article here.
CBC NEWS: City botches street-sweeping contract, leaving Toronto's roads facing dirtier spring. (April 22, 2021). The City of Toronto awarded a street-sweeping contract worth over $300,000 to a company that can’t do the work because they don’t have the equipment. Our Campaigner Emily Alfred spoke to CBC Toronto to share our concerns about this contract and the impacts this has on our environment and health, as street sweeping is important for maintaining good air quality, preventing flooding, and preventing pollution from ending up in our storm drains and waterways. Read the article here.
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STORIES FROM OUR COMMUNITY: Climate-Friendly Hub Virtual Tours
How can we re-imagine spaces in our city to better serve community needs and environmental goals? We recently published two virtual tours of community hubs in Toronto. These community hubs are spaces that support resilient, connected, healthy and low-carbon neighbourhoods. Check out the virtual tours or read more about our project Accelerating Neighbourhood Climate Action Through Community Hubs.
From a parking lot to a vibrant community space with a sustainable, purpose-built community hub and garden - check out the virtual tour and learn more about the Bathurst-Finch Unison Hub!
From an old police station to an inviting space redesigned by youth with one-of-a-kind green infrastructure - check out the virtual tour and learn more about the East Scarborough Storefront!

VIEW THE TOURS
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Glen Heffron re Nightly Disturbance, 2021.05.24
Hi Bill….
You can tell Jean in 2106 that I have phoned all of our political reps, Metro Police, as well as emails to John Tory and 311 about the racing problems but each time their answer was that during covid, they didn’t have the staff to look into the problems.
I hope that she has better luck than I did because with the ongoing noise from the light rail project as well as cars that think we like to hear this noise, it’s getting harder to keep the windows open at night, especially when we don’t have air conditioning.
Talk soon.
Glen
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Jean Moulton re Nightly Disturbance, 2021.05.22
Bill:
Every night 10-11 p.m. (7 days a week) there seems to be an extremely noisy car rally/race in the area south of us. I have reported this to police division 55. The officer has indicated that they will monitor the area.
At least one other person in the building has been concerned about this.
I provide this for your info. It you feel it helpful it can be added to the weekly bulletin.
Thank you
Jean #2106
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Door Actuators in the East Hallway, 2021.05.20
Electric door actuators have been installed on the two doors in the east hallway. This was requested by the Residents Association in a submission to M&R 20 January 2020. It is understood, however, that the actuators have been installed because the front door may sometimes be unavaiable during repair of the front patio roof (which may take some time at the current rate of progress).
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Front Patio Roof Repairs, 2021.05.20
Two weeks into the front patio roof repair job, and the total accomplished is a ladder surrounded by a fence, with nobody doing any work.
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Men's Jackets Offered, 2021.05.21
Four men's jackets are hung in the laundry lounge with a sign reading "Please Take Me".
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Dryer Lint Removal Tissues, 2021.05.21
The Residents Association has installed a Dryer Lint Removal Tissue box in the laudry on the counter near a sink. Users are invited to use a tissue to remove lint from the dryers they are using, before and / or after use.

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Garden Enhancements, 2021.05.21
The photos below show some results of the labours of the Garden Enhancement Committee.
The first three are behind the lobby, the last three in the planters at the edge of the patio.

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Garden Enhancement Committee at Work. 2021.05.20
The Garden Enhancement Committee was hard at work in the garden behind the lobby Thursday morning 20 May 2021, at least until distracted by the camera.

The Wynford Tower Garden Enhancement Committee - Emma, Cécile and Edith.
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Thanks to Fran and Friends for Patio Work 2021.05.20
It was learned recently that resident Fran has spent considerable time and energy (and garbage bags) in picking up litter from the patio, as well as in sweepiing up winter débris, to make the patio more liveable for all of us.
She has also, with some help from friends, added soil and planted flowers in the garden at the corner of the pool.
On behalf of all residents, and especially the Garden Enhancement Committee, our thanks to Fran and Friends.

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Coinamatic Mobile Payment 2021.05.18
A notice posted in the laundry room says that payment by mobile phone will be available starting Monday evening 7 June 2021. The laundry room will be closed during the day Monday 7 June while the new payment system is installed.
For information about the app, see Coinamatic Mobile App
Note: Coinamtic cards can still be used, in addition to the new mobile payment system.

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Cecile re Garden Enhancement Donations 2021.05.16
Hello, Perhaps you are not aware that a lovely garden is developing in the back area.
We are wondering if you would like to leave your mark by donating a plant or a sturdy planter you have no use for.
Donations can be left at Marta's desk.
Will be much appreciated.
Respectfully yours,
Garden enhancement Committee
Cécile, Edith, Emma
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Balcony Wheelchair Accesss 2021.05.15
A wheelchair-bound resident asked yesterday if there is any way to make the balcony wheelchair accessible. If you know of a way, please contact us by email at webmail@wyfordtowerresidents.ca, or by phone at 416-441-2134.
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Pop-up Clinics 2021.05.13
At 3 PM Thursday 13 May 2021, Arnold phoned to say that there was a pop-up covid19 test clinic (2 TTC busses) parked in the #65 driveway. Investigation revealed that the clinic was open to anyone who wanted a test from noon to 6 PM. Having received no notice of this, an email was sent to Wynford Tower resident to advise them of the clinic. At 4:30 PM yours truly went for a test. There were no customers around, and I was tested immediately. The attendant then told me that I was customer # 26, and gave me 8½x11 notices of the test clinic and of a vaccination clinic open to everyone 18+ at Thorncliffe Park Community Hub until 8 PM the same day. So another email was sent to Wynford Tower residents. No idea how many people took advantage of the unannounced vaccination.

In a catchment area of a dozen high-rise residential buildings with over 5000 residents, it seems wasteful of equipment and personnel to open a clinic for 6 or 8 hours with no prior notice.
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Yellow tulips after red
Our thanks to the Garden Enhancement sub-committee for the yellow tulips that have replaced the red ones in the garden behind the lobby.

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Light up your life - take the elevator!
A recent update to the elevator lighting makes the elevators very bright.
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Glen re Locker Room Leak 2021.05.05
From: Big Glen
Sent: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:36 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Hi Bill
I was just down to my locker in the sub-basement, room 6 and I saw that there is a pipe leaking over the lockers between 6 and 7. I had my daughter phone the office and reported it to whoever answered so hopefully they will look into it. Not sure if they will contact the owners of lockers 709, 710, and 711 because there might be damage. Anyways let hope it isn’t too bad.
Glen
Glen's email was forwarded to Wynford Tower residents, including the superintendent email address. The following morning this reply was received from Christine.
From: 35 Wynford
Sent: Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:40 AM
To: Bill Lynn ; Wynford Tower Residents
Subject: RE: Hi Bill

Morning,
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, I will have someone look into this matter.
Christine Racine
Resident Superintendent from 45 Wynford

Residents report that the problem was fixed and the locker room cleaned up Thursday morning. Amazing response.
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Hi-Rise News 2021.05
The May edition of Hi-Rise News is available in the lobby. The on-line version is at Hi-Rise News May 2021.pdf
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Lobby Watch Channel Update 2021.05.01
In response to a phone call to Rogers in late April, a technician arrived Saturday afternoon 1 May 2021. He checked my TV and cable box connections and the connection coming into the apartment. He concluded that the problem is the Rogers signal, which has to be repaired by the maintenance department (same as they told us 2 months ago). He will report the problem.

Stay tuned.
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Pigeon Spikes 2021.05.01
At last Friday's Kaffee Klatsch, Joyce mentioned that she has pigeon spikes on her balcony, purchased at Canadian Tire. This approach seems to offer the advantage over netting in that there is no impediment to leaning out to take a photo, etc. An internet search of Canadian Tire found the product no longer available, but Birds Off by Bird-X Inc. is available at Home Depot at $49.43 plus HST for a 10 ft length.

The product was purchased and has been installed. The instructions say to use outdoor industrial glue, but I used double-sided tape. We'll see how it stands up. This will probably keep pigeons off the railing, but they can still fly onto the balcony. Time will tell if that becomes a problem. The order with Pigeon Busters for netting will be cancelled.

Birds Off Product Box

Bird Spikes installed on balcony railing.
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Pigeon Netting, 2021.04.26
Two quotations have been received for materials and installation of pigeon netting on the apartment 1807 balcony. Both have given permission to post their quotations here for the information of Wynford Tower residents.

2021.04.28: Pigeon Busters quote accepted. Installation 2 June 2021 (first available date). Payment by cash or direct deposit.

Pigeon Tom

Good morning William,

Thank you for inquiring about our services.

We have a standard cost for our 2” StrongNet which is $260+tax per balcony. This price includes all material and labor costs and also comes with a 6 year warranty.

Please note that the balcony must be in a clean state and cleared of any objects that may interfere with our netting installation in case you choose not to use our cleaning services. All flower planters and balcony railing attachments must be removed prior to our arrival.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Customer Service
Pigeon Tom
'Proudly serving the city of Toronto and the GTA for over 15 years...'
t. 416-840-3689
e. customerservice@pigeontom.ca
w. pigeontom.ca

Pigeon Busters

Good morning William,

Thank you for your request.
Please confirm that your balcony is the same as the one on the attached photo.
Your balcony netting installation would cost $200+HST, including materials and labour using our professional, 2” bird netting. The work also comes with a 6-year warranty.

For health issues, we require the balcony to be fully cleaned before installation.

Please review the attached material/installation specifications and the cleaning requirements.
Balcony Netting Specifications
Balcony Cleaning Requirements

If you are interested, please let us know and we can find an available time that works for both of us.
Our appointments are from Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm.

Regarding the Covid-19 situation, we are taking all the appropriate measures. The technician will be wearing a mask and gloves.

Regards,
Customer Service
Shirley
PIGEON BUSTERS
www.pigeonbusters.ca
(416) 696-7777 work
(647) 657-2554 cell
22525-300 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto Ontario M4L 3B6
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Front Canopy Repairs, 2021.04.18
A notice posted in the building advises that repairs to the front canopy will resume Monday, 10 May 2021, weather permitting. During the repairs it may be necessary to close off access to the front entrance from time to time, requiring access via the rear or east entrances.
If you have any questions please contact your site staff at 416-449-2420.
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Superintendents, 2021.04.12
A notice posted in the building advises that Elvira and Julius Facinabao are no longer the Wyford Tower superintendents, and wishes them the very best in their future endeavours.
M&R are actively in the process of finding a new Superintendent Couple for the building.
In the interim, building coverage will be provided by staff from the other building, and Mitch Vranceanu will assist with paperwork and administration at the rental offices of both buildings.
Please follow regular procedures for tenant service requests (by phone at 416-449-2420, on-line via the website or by work request forms in the lobby), but during the pandemic only emergency work orders will be dealt with.
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Tulips in Our Back Yard, rec'd from Cecile, 2021.04.13
From: Cecile Fitzgerald
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 2:40 PM
To: WynfordTower Webmail
Subject: Breaking news

Tulips have arrived at the entrance to the back garden. They should be ready for viewing this weekend.
Enjoy!

Compliments of Garden Enhancement sub-committee, Cecile, Emma, Edith
Cécile Fitzgerald



The daffodils come up each spring. Hopefully the tulips wiil also.
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Ramadan 2021 (2021.04.14)
In the year 2021, Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims from 5:13 AM Sehri (breakfast) 13 April to 8:34 PM Iftar (dinner) 12 May (ref hamariweb.com. Between these meals, fasting is observed.
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Area Code 809 Scam, rec'd from Annie, 2021.04.12
From: Anna Peschmann
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2021 3:49 PM
Subject: Fwd: Area code scam

I got this warning I don’t know if it’s true, but I pass it on.
Annie

Ed Note: Snopes says this scam is old and is rarely seen anymore. The concern, however, is legitimate, because a number of Caribbean countries have area codes that are in the North America Numbering plan (ref Wikipedia Caribbean Area Codes). They can be dialled without a country code, but do incur long distance charges. The charges can be expensive for long calls. The lesson is to not call anyone in response to a phone or email request, unless you are sure that the request is legitimate.

Begin forwarded message:

Costly NEW AREA CODE: READ AND PASS ALONG

809 Area Code.

We actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. The woman said 'Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.' Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809.

We did not respond. Then this week, we received the following e-mail:

Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 876 from the U.S. or Canada. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T. DON'T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809 This one is being distributed all over the US ... This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call. Be sure you read this and pass it on. They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc.. In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away. Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.

If you call from the U.S. or Canada , you will apparently be charged a minimum of $2425 per-minute. And you'll also get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.
WHY IT WORKS:
The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic . The charges afterward can become a real nightmare. That's because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.
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After Hours, Submit Work Requests by Phone, 2021.04.12
In response to an email about a blocked kitchen sink on the weekend, Christine replied Monday morning as follows:

Please be reminded that there will be limited access to emails due to shortage in staff. In the event this happens again after hours you need to contact us via phone.

Christine Racine
Resident Superintendent from 45 Wynford
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Bye Bye Julius and Elvira, 2021.04.09
It was learned Thursday afternoon 8 April 2021 that it was the last day as our superintendents for Julius and Elvira Facinabao, who are leaving for new positons with another company. No notice has been posted regarding their departure or replacement superintendents.

On behalf of Wynford Tower residents, we wish Good Bye and Good Luck to Julius and Elvira and family.
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Darcy Gerace re Masks Still Required, 2021.04.04
Bill,

Thanks for keeping the tenants informed, it's very much appreciated.

Could you perhaps next week make a note that since the mass vaccinations for seniors in this building have taken place there seems to be people not wearing their masks in the lobby.

Maybe those who were vaccinated don't understand that they are still vunerable for several weeks, also if the postal service observes this, mail delivery may be temporarily suspended.

As Covid 19 drags on, and now we have the new variants to deal with, hopefully everyone understands the continued gravity of the situation, and will pause for a moment and slip on their mask.

The life they save may be their own.

Thank you
Darcy
2405

Ed Note: Also, it is not yet known whether vaccination prevents transmission, another reason to wear masks even if vaccinated.
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Cecil Boyce Obituary, 2021.03.31
The obituary of Cecil Boyce, of Apt 2604, is on line at Cecil Boyce Obituary.
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Lobby Watch Channel Update, 2021.03.31
A Rogers telephone agent said today that the Rogers Maintenance team visited Wynford Tower 26 March, 2021. They need a part or parts to fix the problem.
The agent (the most helpful one to whom I have spoken) said that it should take less than a month to resolve the problem.
Stay tuned.
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Wynford Tower Vaccination Fiasco, 2021.03.30
On Thursday 26 March 2021, Red Cross people came door-to-door in Wynford Tower to register anyone who wished to be vaccinated on Tuesday, 30 March 2021. No appointments were given. Those who did not register that day were invited to give their information to the office by noon Sunday.

On Tuesday 30 March, notices were posted saying that vaccinations would be available only to those 50+. Later another notice was posted saying only those 70+ would be vaccinated. The notices said that vaccinations for #75 would be given in the morning, and for #35 in the afternoon. No location was given, so it was assumed that the clinics would be in each building. People who had registered to be vaccinated in their apartment were vaccinated by people who came to their doors, but others were not contacted. At some point it was discovered that all vaccinations were to be given at #75, but no notice to that effect was posted.

At this writing, it is not known how many people managed to be vaccinated.
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Vaccine Registration 2021.03.26
Residents of Wynford Tower who did not register 25 March for vaccination 30 March 2021 and wish to do so can submit their nformation to the office by 12 PM Sunday 28 March. Details are on the notice posted at Vaccine Notice
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Phishing Emails 2021.03.17
A number of residents received the following email 17 March 2021, saying it was from Roosevelt Robinson. Hovering over the "From" field, however, gave the "From" email address as pgpresident55@gmail.com, which is not Roosevelt's email address.

From: Roosevelt Robinson (Hovering gave pgpresident55@gmail.com)
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 10:32 PM
To: wblynn@wblynn.ca
Subject: Re: HELLO !!!
Hello,
Are you busy or less-busy right now ? Let me know please....
Regards,
Roosevelt
The following reply was sent 18 March 2021, to obtain more information:
Hi Roose,
We are getting ready for lunch, but I’ll check email after lunch.
Billy

The following reply was received shortly thereafter:
From: Roosevelt Robinson (Hovering gave pgpresident55@gmail.com)
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:42 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Re: HELLO !!!

Hi Billy,
I would like to know if you can initiate a PayPal transfer transfer from your personal account and put a request for reimbursement first thing tomorrow morning. Let me know so i can send you necessary details.

Regards,
Roosevelt

No reply was sent to the latter email. These are "phishing" emails, sent to try to get personal information from the recipient. Someone had obtained Roosevelt's email contact list, but the email was not sent from his email address. It would therefore not be helpful to change his gmail address or password.

The email, however, was sent from a gmail address. The most helpful action, therefore, is for recipients with gmail accounts to report it as phishing, which would help the gmail technicians to find the perpetrator, especially if a number of people report it.

To report a phishing email, open Google and pick Gmail from the top menu bar. The list of your received gmail messages appears. Open the suspect message, and pick the menu (3 dots vertically) to the right of the Reply icon (curved arrow). From the menu, select Report phishing.
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Phone Problems, Carole Smith 2021.03.13
From: Carole Smith
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2021 11:35 AM
To: webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca
Subject: Telephone reception

Is anyone having trouble with telephone reception? I am using portable phones and the last 6 months or so I have very bad static. I have had Rogers only once but he did not solve it so I will be calling them again. I bought new phones but that didn’t help. I would be interested in knowing if anyone else is suffering too.
Thanks Bill,
Carole S.
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Clocks Spring Forward 13 March 2021
Clocks spring forward one hour Saturday night 13 March 2021, as Daylight Saving Time comes into effect.
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2021 Rent, 2021.03.11
The Ontario guideline rent increase for 2021 is 0% (ref Ontario.ca/Ontario Residential Rent).

Above Guideline Increases (AGI) of rent, however, are applicable.

M&R applied in January for a 3% AGI, to take effect starting 1 May 2021 (90 days after the application was filed). Thus tenants whose rental year starts before 1 May 2021 will have no increase in rent until 2022. Tenants whose renewal date is 1 May or later in 2021 will be asked to pay a 3% rent increase.

In 2022, assuming that the pandemic is over, rent increases will be whatever the 2022 guideline is plus 3%.

Based on the last AGI event, tenants have the right to refuse an AGI rent change until the application has been approved. Then, the amount approved will be owing from the date of the first renewal on or after 1 May 2021.
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More re Lobby Watch Channel, 2021.03.10
A phone call to Rogers Wednesday 10 March 2021 resulted in a technician calling to say that the maintenance crew can take up to 4 weeks to complete a work order. The maintenance work order was entered about 25 February 2021, so if the lobby watch channel is not working by the end of March we should call Rogers again.
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More re Odours, 2021.03.06
Note: It has been brought to our atention that anonymous posts are not permitted on public media. The names and apartment numbers of the writers in this article will therefore be shown. Any who prefer to remain anyonymous can have their post removed. Please contact webmail at wynfordtowerresidents.ca to state your preference.

2021.03.03, '06 Tenant: 2021.03.15 Anonymous post deleted.


2021.03.06, '06 Tenant: 2021.03.15: Anonymous post deleted.

2021.03.08, '04/02 Tenant: 2021.03.15 Anonymous post deleted.
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Vaccination Pre-Registration & Booking, 2021.03.01
Several local hospitals have vaccination pre-registration websites for eligible candidates.

Michael Garron COVID19 Vaccination Pre-Registration

North York General COVID19 Vaccination Pre-Registration

Sunnybrook COVID19 Vaccination Pre-Registration

2021.03.05. Michael Garron sent out emails today to people 80+ who have pre-registered, for vaccination bookings Monday to Saturday 8 to 13 March.The email includes a registration ID that must be entered to book.
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06 Odours 2021.02.27
2021.03.15: Anonymous post deleted.
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Lobby Watch Channel 2021.02.23 (Updated 2021.03.06)
Yesterday, Monday 22 February 2021, thanks to a reminder from Lori, Rogers was contacted to complain about the lobby watch TV channel (988) not working at Wynford Tower. An appointment was made for a technician to come and check it out. At 3 PM a Rogers technician called to say he was in the building checking on the problem. As of 8:30 AM Tuesday 23 February 2021 the channel is still not working.
Stay tuned.
2 PM 2021.02.23: The lobby channel is now working in some apartments, but with hash in the picture similar to when it started to go bad some months ago. An on-line request has been submitted to Rogers asking that the channel be fixed to the way it was before it began to fail some months ago.
Stay tuned.
2021.02.25: Rogers say that a maintenance technician will be here within the next few days to fix the lobby camera.
2021.03.06: The lobby watch channel is still either black or covered with hash making it useless.
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H-Rise March 2021 Now in Lobby 2021.02.20
From: Big Glen
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 3:18 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Hi Bill

I noticed the March Hi-Rise is in the mail alcove...

Thanks

Glen
Ed Note: The online version is available at Hi-Rise News March 2021
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Warm Hallways Request 2021.02.19
Thursday 18 February 2021, a message was sent to M&R via the Contact Us submission on the Tenant Services page of the M&R website, asking that the hallway temperatures on floors 8 to 26 be at room temperature, the same as those on floors up to 7. No reply has been received, nor is expected.

There might be more action if tenants from all of the affected floors submit a Tenant Service Request on the M&R Tenant Services page at M&R Tenant Services, requesting that the hallway ventilation be at room temperature, the same as in the hallways up to the 7th floor.
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Gunshots Wednesday Evening 2021.02.10
About 9:30 Wednesday evening 10 February 2021 a couple of volleys of gunshots were heard on the south side of Wynford Tower. The CBC news at 7 AM Thursday mentioned gunshots and 2 or 3 cars fleeing the previous evening in the Wynford Heights area. Residents reported seeing activity and cars leaving the parking lot of the hotel across the street. No further details have been discovered.
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Social Distancing in 1582 (2021.02.07)
The following article from BBC.com tells about a social distancing pamphlet published in Sardinia in 1582. Seems we have not learned much in the 4 centuries since then.

BBC article re Social Distancing in 1582
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Space Station Tour, rec'd from Annie 2021.02.07
Space Station, THIS IS A MUST SEE!
I had no idea as to what the Space Station looked like...
Now I do, and it is very impressive.... Link to UTube Space Station Tour
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Hallways Frigid Again (2021.02.02)
After enjoying comfortably warm hallways so far this winter, it was discouraging to find the hallway temperatures frigid since late January.

The superintendents explained as follows, "The Hallways vents are just repaired last week because we received some of the tenants complaining about the vents not working and there’s no air coming out. So now its fully working."

Unfortunately the ventilation air supply to the hallways of floors 8 to 26 is unheated (on the floors up to 7 it is at room temperature). Therefore those of us on floors 8 to 26 must again wear a parka to take garbage to the chute.

The problem has existed as long as any tenant can remember, so is presumably caused by a design fault in the heating and ventilation system.

It is concluded that those who live on floors 8 to 26 must either enjoy comfortable hallway temperatures without ventilation, or live with frigid temperatures in order to have ventilation for those who want it.
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Two Chairs in Laundry Lounge (2021.02.01)
There are now two chairs in the laundry lounge. They are located well apart for social distancing.
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Committee Meetings Suspended (2021.01.30)
In compliance with pandemic restrictions, regularly scheduled monthly meetings of the Wynford Tower Residents committee are suspended until further notice.
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Recent Passings 2021.01.30
It was learned recently that Cecil Boyce of 2604 and Robert Despaties of 2002 passed away recently. No details are available at this time.
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Hot Water Problem 2021.01.26
On Tuesday 26 January 2021 the hot water at Wynford Tower was normal at breakfast, tepid at lunch, cold at supper and bedtime, and hot Wednesday morning.
No information as to what happened, but we are grateful to whoever fixed the problem while we slept.
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Glen re Hi-Rise Community Newspaper (2021.01.25)
From: Big Glen
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2021 4:49 PM
To: Bill Lynn
Subject: Hi-Rise Mag
The Hi-Rise Magazine is down in the mail cubby if anyone is looking for it.
Glen

Note: This publication is also viewable on-line at Hi-Rise News.com
To see monthly editions it is necessary to click on On-Line Newspaper in the top menu. Links to all editions since November 2017 appear at the bottom of the page, most recent at the bottom.
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Laundry Lounge Chairs Removed (2021.01.23)
A resident complained recently that the chairs in the laundry lounge have been removed, making it uncomfortable for residents waiting for their laundry. It is assumed that this was done in response to COVID19 lockdown regulations. At a recent visit to a medical clinic, however, chairs were in place, 2 metres apart. In an effort to determine whether the chair removal is required by lockdown regulations, 311@toronto.ca was contacted. Their reply, received within hours, is below. A brief review of this information did not reveal whether the chair removal is mandated by lockdown regulations, although the requirement for frequent cleaning may be a reason.

Thank you for contacting 311 Toronto

Toronto City Council approved temporary amendments to Chapter 354, Apartment Buildings bylaw in response to COVID-19. The amendments include COVID-19 health and safety measures that need to be taken by apartment building owners and operators, such as providing hand sanitizer in common areas, keeping non-essential common areas closed, cleaning frequently-touched surfaces, and posting Toronto Public Health signage. We have provided the link below for COVID 19 guidance for commercial and residential buildings.

Toronto residential building COVID19 guidelines

We hope this was helpful, please let us know if you require further assistance.

Regards,
Flora
311 Toronto
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Images Removed 2021.01.15
Recently correspondence was received complaining that unlicenced copyrighted images were posted on the Smiles 2020 page of our website. Since it is not feasible to determine which images are copyrighted, all images have been removed.

In future, only images that are known to be not copyrighted will be posted on this site.
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Tim Horton's Open 2021.01.08
Tim Horton's Wynford Heights, which closed a month or two ago due to COVID, has re-opened for takeout only, from 6 AM to 8 PM daily.
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Front Patio Leak 2021.01.04
Monday, 4 January 2021, Glen's daughter took the following photos of water leaking through the recently renovated front patio roof. It is to be hoped that there was a warranty on the roof repairs.

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SB Garage Ceiling 2021.01.02
In response to Lydia C's email, photos were taken of the SB garage ceiling. In the area of parking slots 171 to 176 the ceiling was missed during garage renovations in 2019. Some of the photos are shown below.

The old ceiling remains over parking areas 171-176. One spot is covered with a protective sheet.


Many spots have been patched, but small chunks still fall out.
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Lydia C, 2021.01.01
From: Lydia C.
Sent: Friday, January 1, 2021 12:08 PM
To: WynfordTower Residents Association
Subject: Re: Wynford Tower Residents Update 2021.01.01, and Pfizer vs. Moderna
Hi Bill,

Thanks for these updates. It is interesting about the patio ceiling as we've reported the same issue with pieces of the ceiling in part of the P2 parking months ago. Unfortunately, their solution was only to have us move our car to a different parking spot instead of having the ceiling fix so it remains a safety issue (along with the uneven floor on that level which we also reported and the fix was only to put yellow tape in some areas, tape which is now mostly gone).

It would be great if better attention to general safety hazards was to take place. We've also expressed concerns about the moldy smell in P2 but nothing has been done as far as we know and it still often smells like something died in there...

Lydia
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Richard Horgan, 2021.01.01
It was learned recently that Richard (Rick) Horgan, husband of Mari Horgan, passed away 20 March 2020. His obituary is posted at Richard Horgan Obituary
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Front Patio Ceiling Pieces Falling, 2020.12.31
At supper hour Wednesday 30 December, a piece of the front patio ceiling fell as a resident passed nearby. The piece that fell measured 6x5x1½ inches, so it could cause serious injury were it to fall on someone's head.
The northwest corner of the patio has been cordoned off, until repairs can be effected.


Front patio NW corner cordoned off, and ceiling pieces missing.


Front patio ceiling piece 6x5x1½ inches could cause serious injury.


Another similar piece.
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East Canopy Covered, 2020.12.31
20 August 2020 it was reported that the new canopy over the east entrance had no roof. Since then, a roof has been installed on the canopy. Together with the side slats, considerable protection from the elements is now provided.
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