Kelowna seniors surprised by eviction notices, say they paid rent


An Okanagan senior who says she’s never missed a month of rent in her life received an eviction notice this holiday season.

“I got a 10-day eviction notice,” said Edna Pichler, who has been calling the apartment building on Kelowna’s Lawrence Avenue her home for the last seven years.

“I’ve been on my own since I was 17. I’ve never missed rent. I can go without food, I can go without car insurance, but I can’t go without rent,” Pichler said.

Pichler isn’t the only resident of Legacy Tower who might have to move. Multiple seniors in Legacy Towers are being threatened with eviction notices, warning they have to be out of their apartments by December 12th.

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Associated Property Management manages the building but did not respond to request for comment.

“They’re saying I owe two months’ rent, and I don’t,” Pichler said, adding that she has the paperwork showing her cashed rent cheques from the last 12 months.

Pichler said she received the eviction notice via registered mail.

“And you have five days from the date of that being delivered to you, or you going and retrieving it, to come up with the amount of money they’re saying you owe them.”

Pichler said her immediate reaction was anger.

“When you’ve never had an eviction notice and all of a sudden you get one at 65, it’s not a happy time. And especially [at] Christmas,” she said.

“I don’t know where they’re coming up with this idea that I owe them money, and they won’t answer. They say I owe for [this past] January and November,” she added.

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Picher said her rent is $623 a month but Associated Property Management is asking for $948.

“That’s not adding up,” she said.

Pichler said November’s rent was in the company’s hands on October 28th. Her cheque wasn’t cashed until November 30th, yet she received an eviction notice on November 27th, she said.

“Something shady is going on,” Pichler said. “I’m not happy.”

Possibly being evicted during the holiday season is stressful, she added.

“I’m not sleeping, not eating. Migraines, my eczema has kicked up, my blood pressure is up . . . it’s not good.”

Bernie Gautron, who is closing in on eight years in his apartment, said he’s in limbo. He brought his eviction notice to the property manager, but was told not to worry about it.

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“The first thing was [being] curious,” Gautron said of receiving an eviction notice. “And after that, I got all uptight because where am I going to be? Where am I going to go? And so I had four days of being uptight like hell.”

Gautron said he showed the property manager his rent receipts, and the response was “it’s all being taken care of. That was the whole conversation. I don’t know [if I have to move out in a few days]. I know nothing.”

Tenant Dennis Branson has not received an eviction notice but said he’s been flooded with worries from his neighbours.

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‘Holy crap, it is me’: Woman surprised by photo of herself at a rock concert – taken 40 years ago


It’s a photo that hung on Norm Foster’s wall for decades.

A young woman at a rock concert proudly holds up her Canadian flag, using a crutch as a flag pole.

More recently, the framed photo taken by his friend at the concert they both attended in 1978 had been relegated to the back of a closet. But he pulled it out and felt the woman in the photo needed to see it.

‘It’s a shame to have this sitting in a closet’

« I thought, it’s a shame to have this sitting in a closet, » he said in a phone interview from his home in Fredericton, N.B.

« I thought I should give it to the woman if she’s still alive and if she’s not, let her family have it. »

Foster took to Facebook, hoping someone might know the patriotic mystery woman who attended the Canada Jam rock concert in August 1978.

A few days later, in Meaford, Ontario, Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk received an unusual message from an old friend who was in her Grade 7 class.

Foster’s Facebook message was there, with her friend asking: « Is this you? »

« I said, ‘Holy crap, that is me. I can’t believe it,' » she told CBC Toronto.. 

« I was just beside myself. » 

Norm Foster had the photo for 40 years. It now hangs on Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk’s wall, a memory of her as a 22-year-old. (Submitted by Norm Foster and Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk)

McCallum-Fedoriuk says she was 22 at the time.

She still remembers seeing the band Triumph that day. The all-day outdoor festival at Mosport, a race track near Toronto, also featured the Commodores. 

McCallum-Fedoriuk had snuck in her crutch by hobbling past the gates, pretending she needed it, since sticks were banned.

Once she was in, her « bad leg » suddenly healed. 

« I ran like hell, » she laughed. 

All along, she’d planned to use the crutch to wave her flag.

« I was rebellious, definitely rebellious. A party person, » said the now-62-year-old.

« Loud and proud Canadian. »

Now 40 years later, she emailed Foster to tell him his search was over.

It was just four days after he’d first posted to Facebook. By that time, more than 4,000 people had shared his post.

« I was amazed, » Foster said.

« It took four days to track her down, a woman I didn’t even know from 40 years ago just by using social media. »

So he wrapped up the framed photo and sent it off in the mail.

McCallum-Fedoriuk had a little fun when she received it, posing to recreate the old photo, this time using a cane, because she couldn’t find her crutch. 

The photo now hangs in a corner in her living room.

She says her husband likes it so much, he wants her to move it so it’s front-and-centre when he’s sitting in his favourite chair.

Photographer Les Judson saw a historical connection to his photo of the flag waving Canadian woman. (Submitted by Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk)

Foster’s friend, the photographer, had signed it all those years ago and named the photo Joan d’Arc du Canada, 1978.

« His friends…  are saying it’s an [iconic] picture, » said McCallum-Fedoriuk, though she doesn’t really see that same meaning. « Me, it’s just me partying. »

The two strangers decided to meet in person.

Connected by a photo: Norm Foster and Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk recently met, 40 years after the rock concert they both attended. (Submitted by Norm Foster)

A couple of weeks ago, Foster’s latest play was showing in Ontario, so they met for coffee.

Her initial doubts were put at ease.

« You might think this guy might be a weirdo. Why did this guy have my picture for 40 years? It’s kind of a weird thought. »

Playwright wanted to honour his friend, the photographer

There was a deeper reason Foster wanted the photo taken by his long-time friend to be appreciated.

He’d known Les Judson since elementary school, but he died years ago.

« I just thought the photo should find the woman, » Foster says. « Les’s art would be worth something. »

Foster, who tells stories for a living, sees this as a good one that just might make it onto a stage one day.

For McCallum-Fedoriuk, the whole experience has been a welcome piece of good news that’s put a smile on her face.

As for her, 40 years later?

« I am still the same, » she laughed. « I am still out there waving the flag and partyin’ hardy as much as I can. »


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Kingston doctor surprised when World Medical Association’s new president used his words in inaugural speech


Dr. Chris Simpson was sitting in a conference room in Reykjavik, Iceland listening to the inaugural speech of the World Medical Association’s new president, when the words started sounding a little too familiar.

Simpson is a past president of the Canadian Medical Association and said he knows the importance of a president’s first address, after giving deep, personal reflection to the inaugural speech he wrote as CMA president in 2014. Last Friday, it was Dr. Leonid Eidelman’s turn to deliver his talk before members of the international association, created in 1947 to uphold the medical ethics of physicians around the world.

Ultimately, Dr. Eidelman’s speech led to the CMA’s resignation from the World Medical Association. Last weekend, the Canadian delegation discovered Eidelman’s speech plagiarized Simpson’s CMA speech and an official call for Eidelman’s resignation was voted down.

“Part of this is in hindsight, but throughout a lot of the speech he was delivering there were some themes that he was talking about that I remember thinking, well that sounds kind of familiar,” said Simpson, a cardiologist and vice dean of the Queen’s University School of Medicine.

“He talked about the ‘social contract’ which is a very Canadian term and I used that frequently in my speech as well, but I didn’t think anything of it other than it was just generally familiar,” he said, in a telephone interview from Iceland.

“But when he began a series of sentences, I knew two sentences in. I said, ‘That’s my speech.’ I said it out loud to people sitting beside me. And then I started citing it along with him as he was reading it. I was talking out loud, the same words.”

A spokesperson for the World Medical Association said Eidelman later apologized before the assembly. In an email, the spokesperson said Eidelman told the association that his speech was translated from Hebrew with “help from English speechwriters. I was totally unaware if any English phrases were taken from other sources. And I am really sorry.”

CMA President Dr. Gigi Osler said the group resigned over the issue of integrity — particularly when the conference theme focused on medical ethics.

“We strongly believe that as physicians at the CMA and as leaders, we have to uphold a high level of integrity and honesty,” Osler said.

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On Friday, while the other international delegates left for a bus tour of Reykjavik, the Canadians went back to their hotel and started researching. They got a copy of Simpson’s 2014 speech and compared it to the text of the speech that Eidelman had just delivered.

“It was word for word,” Simpson said, “with a semi colon in the same place and commas in the same place.”

According to the CMA, both speeches used the same text. It was found near the end of the speech, as Simpson built to his conclusion.

“Every day, we are given the great privilege of being invited into our patients’ lives. We are with patients when they are born and when they die; we provide advice and comfort; we prevent illness and treat and manage disease. Our patients trust us, and we have always taken our advocacy role very seriously. It is part of the essence of our professionalism…” the text of Simpson’s speech said.

Osler said once the group found that passage, they decided to look for other instances of plagiarism.

“Just by doing a simple Google search we were able to identify other sources which were also taken,” from blogs and websites, she said.

“That’s when it sunk in,” Osler said. “It wasn’t one line. It wasn’t two lines. It was obvious.”

The decision to demand Eidelman’s resignation was made with Osler, the CMA president, along with the association’s CEO, its board chair and other delegates, he said.

On Saturday, back in the conference room, Simpson said he rose on a point of personal privilege, provided the documentation showing plagiarism and asked for Eidelman’s resignation.

“The council went into a private session. They emerged, saying that they agreed those words had been taken. They also agreed that there were other parts of the speech that had been from other sources that were unattributed. The vote was moved and seconded that Dr. Eidelman resign. The vote was not successful,” Simpson said.

The Canadians officially resigned and did not hear Eidelman’s apology, Simpson said.

For now, Osler said the CMA will seek connections with new organizations that will allow it to continue its work on international projects.

“This is a new beginning for us,” she said.

Simpson said he believes the CMA made the right decision.

“How could I go back to my students who I would hold to a higher standard for doing the same thing and let the president of the WMA off the hook? That would be very hypocritical of me.”

Moira Welsh is a Toronto-based investigative reporter. Follow her on Twitter: @moirawelsh


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