Wednesday January 2, 2019 – There were several loud crashes heard throughout the building, at random intervals throughout the day. They were loud enough to be noticeable, but not really loud enough to cause a disturbance. As far as I could tell, the noises were coming from the Stamper’s unit on the other side of the building, but it was impossible to tell. Sound travels in strange and unexpected ways in an old building.
Richard Pollington had popped out of the front door of his unit once, screaming incoherently. I think he was complaining about the noise. It was hard to make out any meaning in his screaming. By the time I got my phone out of my pocket to record the encounter, Richard went back into his unit.
Thursday January 3, 2019 – was a repeat of January 2, 2019. There were loud crashes heard at random intervals. When I left the building around 10 am, Richard came out of his unit and screamed “Stop slamming the door, you fucking cunt”, I told him to “Fuck off”. He then slammed his door behind him as he went into his unit. Richard’s vocabulary is a bit limited, it seems. Around 3 pm, when I returned to the building, Richard shoved his way past me while going in the front door saying “get out of the way, welfare bum”.
I was still trying to get the door painted after it had been vandalized, so I called Greenway.
I was hoping for some results, but not expecting any. Life met my expectations in this instance.
Richard also made a complaint to police. I have submitted an FoI request for all Occurrence Reports for 2017-July 2019 for 99 East Ave S. Hamilton and none was included for this date. The video of my interview with police is (Vid 65).
Update, June 21, 2020 – Apparently neither of “Badge 268 & 807” thought it worthwhile to create any paperwork about this incident, as none was forthcoming as a result of my FoI request. Given the history of complaints made by the people involved, this is surprising to me.
This brings the total tally to at least ten complaints to police (at least 6 from our landlord and his crew) resulting in 9 responses, and charges being laid in one case.
Both my roomate and I expressed the opinion that Richard Pollington and the Stampers were using police to harass us by making one unjustified complaint after another. This was (as far as we knew) the sixth complaint by building staff/landlord’s agents.
I didn’t think it would do much good, but I called Agostino to complain. I was right. It didn’t do any good.
Richard Pollington’s statement regarding these events from his private information (Doc 257) is below:
Richard Pollington’s statement regarding these events from his Section 810 complaint (Doc 258) is below:
It may be of interest to the reader to note that John made other accusations about our conduct on January 3, 2019. An N5 served in October of 2019 (Doc 323) would accuse Marie of slamming a window on John’s hand on January 3, 2018, and another N5 (Doc 263) served in January 2019 (which would become the basis of one of John’s vexatious eviction applications, SOL-01323-19, Doc 269) accused one of us of making death threats against John to Agostino on January 3, 2018. We had a busy day, if you can believe John and his crew.
Wednesday January 9, 2019 – We received the Notice of Hearing for the T2 application I’d filed on December 10, 2018 (Doc 261). Since I’d filed it with the related applications listed on the form it was scheduled to be heard with our other applications on March 7, 2019, which was the second anniversary of our first merits hearing. It seems justice is very slow in the LTB these days. I believe Richard Pollington received the Hearing Notice the same day (It would have a copy of the application attached). A copy of the application was included in the disclosure for Pollington’s private information. That would explain his statement dated January 9, 2019 (Doc 259) below:
Pollington’s statement regarding these events from his Section 810 complaint (Doc 260) is below:
The tenant from 97 East Ave #2 is Cora Mitchell, who isn’t mentioned in the Hearing Notice. I suspect he meant 97 East Ave South #1.
Thursday January 10, 2019 – Saturday January 12, 2019 – I’m fairly certain that Richard Pollington got his Notice of Hearing on the same day or the next, because on the 10, 11 and 12th of January 2019 both Pollington and the Stampers (Christine and Ron) were hostile and antagonistic almost every time I’d enter or leave the building. Jeremy was nowhere to be seen. Larry Norman joined the fun by throwing rocks at me on Jan 12. He doesn’t have much of an arm.
Things quieted down for a week or so after that. There was just the usual nasty comments as I’d enter or leave the building, and a few provocations directed at us by building staff (Richard Pollington and Larry Norman). Like this, for instance (Vid 66).
Both security doors were left open again on both days (Jan 11 & 12).
Monday January 21, 2019 – A complaint to Agostino about the front door lock being broken led to him being evasive about when/if the repair would be done.
So, I called the paralegal, Jennifer Greenway (AR 148) and I thought we’d made progress in the conversation. But nothing got done.
Thursday January 24, 2019 – I sent Greenway an email (Doc 262), asking for the repair to be done and including a photo of the broken lock (Fig 77). She replied with instructions to slide the request under Pollington’s door. I replied that I wouldn’t do that, based on past history.
There were no other results, unless you count this N5 eviction notice (Doc 263).
Please note the termination date (February 2, 2019) and the date Jennifer Greenway (supposedly) signed the N5 Notice (February 18, 2019). This was delivered by sliding it under our door on January 24, 2019. The termination date is nine days after the Notice was served. I suspect this is a clerical error, and that it was actually signed on January 18, 2019.
Again, the notice is vague and (mostly) repeats the allegations from the first N5 notice. It was clear to me that John had filed another vexatious L2 Application.
June 2018 – present – Harassing and videotaping other tenants and the landlord every time the landlord is doing work on the residential premises.
Neither John nor any of his agents had done any work on the property between December 28, 2018 (the date the first N5 Notice was served) and January 24, 2019 (the date this N5 was served), at least not that we’d noticed. We hadn’t had a chance to lens our landlord’s behavior in our unit, or anywhere else. I would have, given the opportunity, but there was no opportunity, other than a few shouted profanities and provocations that seemed designed to avoid the camera.
June 2018-present – Constantly calling the landlord from various phones and Bell Payphones to harass him.
John is still stuck in the 1980’s. See my commentary from the previous chapter. I’d still like to know where all these Bell pay phones are hiding in the city.
June 2018 – Stalking the landlord at his home address and calling Property Standards on the landlord at his own address. Standing outside the landlord’s home and watching him.
I hadn’t been there for months, but this reminded me to call the Property Standards “Officer” in charge of the “enforcement” at 6 Acorn (Lee Rynar; there’s good reason for the quotes in that sentence) to bust his stones over the lack of enforcement. The excuses, which were thin to start, got thinner. I hadn’t called Property Standards with a complaint for over a year at this point, but I did follow up on my original complaint against 6 Acorn, made more than a year previously.
It’s be nice if John would include a few dates and times, so that I could prove I was somewhere else for at least some of them. But John likes to keep his accusations as vague as possible.
December 2018 – You continue to be rude and vulgar to other tenants in the building interfering with their reasonable enjoyment of the rental premises. They are scared of you and want to move.
I still don’t know what John means by “rude and vulgar”. If the other “tenants” (meaning building staff and the Stampers) were scared of me (or my roomate) they didn’t show it in their interactions with us. As a general rule, if you’re frightened of someone, you don’t usually aggressively confront them without provocation. The Stampers and Richard Pollington had done just that, repeatedly.
December/January 2019 -The police were called because Paul Peter Bosch assaulted Richard Pollington. Paul Peter Bosch shoved Richard Pollington into his doorway and slammed the door on him. The Police were called and the incident number is 18807326, Badge #454 Robert Centurione. Paul Peter Bosch originally told Richard Pollington to fix his door bell which had nothing wrong with it and it escalated to assault. Police Report has been ordered.
It’s hard to tell from this if John meant the incident on December 6, 2018 (video is posted on the blog) or the incident on January 3, 2019. I believe Richard Pollington did complain about the incident on Dec 6, 2018 when he called police on January 3, 2019 but I don’t have the General Report yet. And, if you’ll recall, I told Agostino about the doorbell, not Richard (the phone call on December 6, 2018 is included). The Occurrence number given in the N5 differs by one digit (18807326) from the report created on December 8, 2018 (18801326), so I suspect this is intended to refer to December 6, 2017.
January 3, 2019 – You told Agostino Cerino (landlord’s brother) that you were going to kill the landlord, John Cerino.
I had spoken to Agostino several times by telephone on January 3, 2019. The conversations were recorded, and there were no threats made against John or anyone else. I now believe John just made it up, and didn’t bother telling Agostino. That last sentence will make more sense to you when you’ve heard the phone call I recorded with Agostino on March 28, 2019 (AR 149).
I’m not a legal professional, but these N5’s struck me as so vague they weren’t valid. An N5 Notice must be specific (otherwise the tenant has no idea what behavior to “correct”, as in this case). I doubted this application would go anywhere, even if John had been telling the truth.
This would be John’s second L2 Application, his first L1 Application and his third attempt to evict us. Each of John Cerino’s applications to the LTB was filed as a separate application, with the file number for related applications (which were legion at this point) left blank. So, rather than have the applications joined to ours (which makes perfect sense since they cover the same events, and should be heard together) John was simply trying to generate more hearing dates as close to simultaneously as possible, and his representative, Greenway, would admit in a later hearing that was done intentionally (to hurry along the eviction process, or as she put it, ‘to protect the landlord’s interests’). This is quite easy to do, and I’ve watched other sleazy paralegals do the same thing to tenants (and one self-represented tenant doing it to a landlord). I think it’s responsible for a lot of the crowded dockets and general “zoo” atmosphere at LTB merit hearings.
Thursday January 31, 2019 – I sent another email to Greenway (Doc 262), notifying her that the apartment was cold. I included some photos of a thermometer to document the temperature (Fig 78 and Fig 79).