SEPT 3, 2018, 5:30 PM UPDATED

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO VISIT YOUR APARTMENT TO RETRIEVE PERSONAL ITEMS

This is a reminder that as of 8:00 p.m. TONIGHT, Monday, September 3, 650 Parliament will be closed to tenants, so that tomorrow, September 4, the renovation crew can begin work that can’t be done while tenants are in the building.  


IF YOU WANT TO ENTER YOUR APARTMENT TODAY, PLEASE BE AT 650 PARLIAMENT BY 7:30 P.M. AT THE LATEST, IN CASE THERE IS A LINE-UP.

THE WELLESLEY PARLIAMENT RESPONSE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 7:00 THIS EVENING. REMEMBER TO REGISTER THERE BEFORE GOING TO 650 PARLIAMENT TO ACCESS YOUR APARTMENT.


Doug Sartell

Property Manager

Wellesley Parliament Square

ATTENTION: TENANTS WHO HAVE NOT VISITED THEIR APARTMENTS

By now, you have heard about the fire that occurred at 650 Parliament on August 21, which forced all tenants to leave the building. Smoke damage was substantial, and our work crews will start the heavy restoration work on Tuesday, September 4. 


Tenants are now being escorted back into their suites to retrieve possessions daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through the evening of Monday, September 3.   


IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ENTER YOUR APARTMENT BECAUSE YOU ARE OUT OF TOWN OR HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES … 


• Call the 650 Parliament Help Line at 647-760-7339 or send an email to 650helpline@wpsq.ca and inform us of your situation. Please provide your name, phone number, apartment number and the number of people who live in your apartment. You will be asked a security question for your protection. 

• Designate someone to act for you. 

• Inform that person that he/she will have to register and sign the waiver form at the Wellesley Park Square Response Office at the back of 260 Wellesley before entering 650 Parliament. 

• Let that person know that he/she will have to produce photo ID at the Response Office. 

• Your designate should enter your apartment no later than 7:30 p.m. on the day chosen, as the building will be closed by 8:00 p.m.  


We will do all we can to help you manage your possession retrieval. Again, the phone number for the 650 Parliament Help Line is 647-760-7339. You can also access updates on everything we are doing to help tenants at www.wpsq.ca  


Doug Sartell 

Property Manager 

Wellesley Parliament Square

updates for 650 Parliament tenants

NEW, SHORTER WAIVER FORM FOR TENANT ACCESS

 In response to requests made by tenants today, August 27, the waiver form required for accessing apartments has been revised and will be available Tuesday. Remember that it covers only the one day on which it is signed. If tenants return on a second date, they will have to sign a new copy. 

Access waiver

SHORT-TERM LIVING ARRANGEMENTS FOR TENANTS OF 650 PARLIAMENT

  

Since August 21, when tenants of 650 Parliament had to leave your apartments, we have been working on helping you cope with this unforeseen situation. In addition to setting up the 650 Parliament Response Office at the back of 260 Wellesley and arranging for escorted access to your apartments within specified hours, we are in contact with other agencies in Toronto who are willing to help. Following are some important letters of correspondence you will want to read.  

Read The letter
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ENTRY TO 650 PARLIAMENT AVAILABLE THROUGH LABOUR DAY

Tenants of 650 Parliament, you can obtain access to your apartments from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Monday, September 3 (Labour Day). 


As of September 4, the building will be closed to tenants for an indeterminate amount of time so that we can begin the building restoration.


Please arrive at 650 Parliament by 7:30 p.m. at the latest, as the Fire Marshal has ordered the building to be closed at 8:00. 


To obtain access to your suite at 650 Parliament, follow these steps:

1. Register at the Response Office – bring ID if you can.

2. Starting Monday, go to 650 Parliament, where you will need to sign a waiver and a Security staff person will accompany you to your suite. PLEASE TAKE ONLY WHAT IS URGENT, AND SPEND AS LITTLE TIME THERE AS POSSIBLE so that your neighbours can have their turn.  

3. As you leave 650 Parliament, sign out with the Security Guard.

All of these requirements are in place to protect the safety of everyone who enters the building. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Access waiver

Notice For Tenants Accessing The Building

August 27, we know there will be a number of tenants who are anxious to get into 650 Parliament to gather personal belongings. We have arranged for more than 20 security guards to be on hand to escort you to your suites. In preparation for your visit, the ground floor and stairwells will be illuminated, and we are working on having one elevator operational, to speed up the process and make it easier for security guards to help elderly tenants or those with special needs. In addition, quality air testing will be ongoing to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone in the building.  

For the convenience of tenants, we will provide washroom facilities, drink stations and tents for shade while people are waiting. During the first part of the week, when demand will be highest, we ask that you retrieve only essentials. For additional items, you can return later this week or next. 

Remember that all tenants wishing to access their suites will have to register and sign a waiver form at the Wellesley Parliament Square Response Office. The waiver relates only to building entry for the retrieval of necessary items, and for no other purpose. At the Response Office, a Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) representative will be available to discuss further subsidies to those in need, as well as someone from the Red Cross to help deal with temporary housing and other social services needs. There will also be a representative on hand from the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The Response Office is located at the back of 260 Wellesley and will be open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

As we move toward restoring 650 Parliament to live-ready conditions, we are making every effort to help you adjust to this temporary displacement. Thank you for your cooperation. 


access waiver

650 PARLIAMENT BEING PRIMED FOR RECONSTRUCTION

The Toronto Fire Service gave the Management access to begin the restoration process on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 22:15. 

  

You will have noticed a lot of activity going on at 650 Parliament, as workers have been on the scene prepping for the reconstruction that will begin on September 4. 

Equipment such as power dryers, cider box air purifiers and air scrubbers have been dropped off to aid in the drying out of the water resulting in Fire Service’s efforts on August 21, as well as removing residue from the smoke that permeated the inside of the building. 

Reestablishing good air quality is a top priority, along with getting lighting, elevators and fire protection services up and running again.

Our crews are already working diligently so that when they are able to have exclusive access to the building, the heavy restoration can begin.

Prior Notices Continued

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Sept 12, 2018 3 pm

REMINDER TO TENANTS OF 650 PARLIAMENT:

Your mail is now available for pick-up at 663 Yonge Street, M4Y 2T0, Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sept 17, 2018 6 pm

New FAQs

Q: Will units be painted in addition to  being cleaned? 

A: Once the building skeleton and key areas are repaired, we can address individual apartments. Depending on the amount of smoke damage, some units will need to be painted. The restoration team will use a low V.O.C (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, to ensure good air quality for the workers and the tenants who move back in.


Q: What types of cleaning products are being used in the restoration?

A: For restoration, an environmentally friendly plant-based degreaser will be used. For some units, a sealant paint specifically designed to seal in smoke damage might be necessary. In these instances, the restoration team will use a low V.O.C (Volatile Organic Compound) paint to help ensure good air quality for the workers and the tenants who move back in.


Q: Will insurance adjusters be let into the building before restoration begins on units?

A: Insurance adjustors will be let into the building to assess damage before restoration procedures begin in the units.


Q: How is security being handled for the restoration?

A: There are security guards on site at all times, overseeing the perimeter and interior of the building. There are also guards on stand-by to accompany contract workers through the building, relieve each other to go on breaks, etc. 


Q: Can tenants opt out of restoration?

A: All parts of the building must be fully restored before the building can be reoccupied.


Q: Has anything in the units been touched, altered or moved?

A: Floors where there was heavy smoke damage required the team to move air conditioners from windows, and sometimes furniture, in order to allow ventilation of the floors. Otherwise, contents in the unit, including furniture, clothing and possessions, will not be touched.


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Sept 26, 2018 11 pm

650 PARLIAMENT MOVE-IN DATES DELAYED TO EARLY 2019

  

RESPONSE OFFICE OFFERS MULTIPLE ACCOMMODATIONS STRATEGIES AND MORE STAFF 


After beginning restoration work and conducting extensive testing, we have learned that you will likely not be able to move back into your apartment until sometime early in the new year.


The Response Office is here to help…


The Wellesley Parliament Square Response Office has been enhanced with a call centre, and we have sourced additional available accommodations. We also have more staff on hand to meet with displaced residents to discuss the option that best suits your individual needs. 


To find out about your choices, you must: 


1. Fill out the tenant information form, link above.


a. Access it online at www.WPSQ.ca. Print it, fill it out and bring with you to save time. 

OR

b. Fill out the form at the Response Office.


2. Come into the Response Office in person, and bring acceptable photo ID with you. If you cannot visit in person, call.


RESPONSE OFFICE:

ADDRESS: 260 Wellesley (at the back)

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

PHONE: 416-929-3532 Ext. 9  

October 3, 2018 6 pm

UPDATE ON TENANT ACCESS TO 650 PARLIAMENT

  

We have had numerous requests from tenants wishing to be allowed back into their apartments at 650 Parliament to retrieve more essential items. We are working on a program to make this happen on an appointment basis, but with the restoration underway and not all elevators operating, it is difficult. In addition, we have to follow safety guidelines for everyone on site. Safety is, and has been since the beginning, our number-one concern. Within the next few weeks, we hope that tenants will be able to return for limited periods of time to retrieve items. We will keep you posted. Watch the website and social media for updates. 

October 8, 2018 6 pm

Allowance Cheques

When a cheque arrives at the response office for a resident, the office will call the resident and let them know it is available for pick up.

October 9, 2018 2 pm

Insurance Policy

Residents who have tenant insurance, please bring your insurance policy with you when you visit the Response Office.

October 12, 2018 5 pm

TENANT RE-ENTRY TO RETRIEVE WINTER CLOTHING

With winter just around the corner, we understand that you are anxious to get into your apartment at 650 Parliament to retrieve cold-weather clothing and possibly other small items you still need. We have made arrangements for you to do so during the following dates and times:


Monday October, 22nd – Sunday October, 28th

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The process will be similar to last time. Come to the building entrance at 650 Parliament to sign a waiver and verify your Identity as a tenant PHOTO ID REQUIRED. You can make as many trips as you feel necessary, but as before, the waiver covers only one day, so a new one has to be signed every time you enter. 


You will also be required to follow the safety guidelines outlined below. PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOUR VISIT.


Entry Protocol Development for Fire Restoration 

Tenant Access 

650 Parliament Street 

Toronto Ontario 


All tenants before entry must follow the correct protocol: 

1. Each visitor must have the proper personal protective equipment before entering the building and must be kept on at all times inside the building under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation for Construction Projects section 20. Required PPE: 

     A. Headwear shall be a hard hat 

     B. Respiratory protection shall be a face mask that is fit tested by a certified certificate holder and has no medical limitations involving the proper use of a respirator 

     C. Footwear that is capable of 125 joules impact and capable of resisting penetration load of 1.2 kilonewtons 

     D. Eye protection shall be used in appropriate circumstances 


Note: Please wear closed toe footwear for proper use of safety toe covers on site ie. sneakers, flatboots, tennis shoes. No opened toed shoes, platform shoes/heels. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation for construction Project section 21. (I) shall wear such protective clothing ie. must wear pants and long sleeve shirt. No shorts or sleeveless shirts are permitted on site. 


2. Each visitor must sign in with assigned security (ESM) at the front gate before entering restoration site. 

Note: families must sign in individually as their own person. 


3. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulation for Construction Projects section 16. At a project, no person younger than 16 years of age shall (b) permitted to be present in or about the workplace while work is being performed O. Reg. 145/00, s.II. 


4. Each visitor must have a full orientation with a health and safety consultant and/or advisor and be properly fit tasted with a certified fit testing certificate holder before entering the building


5. Each visitor must be accompanied with an escort assigned to the family before entering the building to avoid issues 


6. If any concerns about your health and safety on construction site please do not hesitate to ask 

October 16, 2018 7 pm

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS CHOOSING TO NOT USE THEIR RENTERS INSURANCE

The leases require tenants to have insurance. Recently, some tenants have refused to provide a copy of their insurance policy, or insisted that they would not make claims on the policy for various reasons. 


Going forward, tenants who refuse to cooperate and provide a copy of their policy and make claims will be refused financial assistance by the landlord. Tenants were required by their lease to have insurance. Evidence of insurance was not demanded during the emergency immediately after the fire. Many persons were provided assistance by the Red Cross and the City of Toronto, during which time evidence of insurance was not requested. The landlords’ focus was on providing shelter to all those who requested and required assistance. 


However, evidence of insurance and claims on the policies will now be required. Insurance was a requirement of the lease for the protection of everyone affected by the fire.


As of today, the tenants who refuse to co-operate, this is your 7 days’ notice that financial assistance will no longer be provided in whatever circumstance you are in.


Again, thank you for your cooperation. We want our tenants to be as comfortable as possible until we can welcome you back home to 650 Parliament.

October 16, 2018 7 pm

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS

  

650 PARLIAMENT TENANTS STAYING IN HOTELS, UNFURNISHED OR FURNISHED ACCOMMODATIONS and RECEIVING ASSISTANCE.


One of the biggest challenges since the fire at 650 Parliament has been helping our tenants find temporary housing, while at the same time, working to restore the building to a habitable state. We appreciate your patience and efforts in securing accommodations.


Starting November 1, 2018, all 650 Parliament tenants staying in hotels, unfurnished or furnished units and receiving assistance, will be required to pay the same amount of monthly rent you were paying at your apartment toward your temporary accommodation.


Those of you staying in hotel rooms should be aware that as of November 1, the room you are staying in may not be available. We will continue to support you to seek furnished or unfurnished apartments. If the hotel room is your last option for shelter and is available, we will use your monthly rent toward it and cover the difference. If you find comparable accommodation, the same holds true.


Please come to the Response Office with proposals, as we are ready to discuss the options open to you.


Your method of payment would be the same as you had been providing before the fire, by cheque made out to 650 Parliament Residence Inc.


REMEMBER that your agreement for any short-term accommodations is only until January 31, 2019. (NOTE: that date may have to be extended depending on how the restoration goes).


Again, thank you for your cooperation. We want our tenants to be as comfortable as possible until we can welcome you back home to 650 Parliament.