Automated defibrillator (AED) in the lobby

There is now an AED in the elevator lobby on the ground floor.

This is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

Take a few moments to see how easy it is to use this life-saving device by watching this YouTube video about the AED.

See also
Emergency Procedures

Grew Up in Woodsworth, Live Here But Not a Member?

Did you grow up in the Co-op, live here but aren't a member? The committee will be holding Educational Interviews for Turning 16’s, teenagers who have grown up in Woodsworth and are at least 16 years of age. 

The interview session is being held on Thursday, June 1 in the the  Boardroom starting at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, please let us know by emailing the committee.

The committee has also recently decided to open these interviews to any young people  who have grown up in the Co-op and are currently living in the Co-op, but have not yet become a member. Please email the committee with your name, age, who your parents are, how many years you've lived in the co-op and what unit you are living in, to see if you qualify to attend this session.

Email –

Cooperatively yours,

the Membership Committee

Booking the Penthouse or Board Room

  • To book the penthouse party room or the second floor board / committee room, please contact the co-op office.

    • Penthouse – top floor – your fob will open the room.
    • Board room – 2nd floor – You need to contact On-Call to have the room opened for you.
  • Using the Penthouse party room as a common room:
    If the penthouse room is not reserved for a meeting or for a private event, feel free to use the room as a lounge. Your fob will unlock the room. Be sure to clean up after yourself!
  • Outdoor space: You cannot reserve the roof deck for a private event. It is always available for use by the members even if the room is reserved. Your fob gets you out onto the roof deck.
  • WiFi: both rooms have passworded WiFi. You may find the Penthouse password in the "manuals" three-ring binder on the media bench / TV stand in the penthouse.
  • For more information about using the party room, see the Penthouse Room Use Policy.

Having Trouble Paying Your Housing Charge?

Posted April 15, 2017

If you are having trouble paying your housing charge due to a short term crisis, you may be able to get help to pay the money you owe and keep your housing. 

The City of Toronto and community agencies across the city operate a number of programs designed to help tenants threatened with eviction.

Don’t delay. If you owe money for rent, get assistance as soon as possible – don’t wait until the rental arrears have grown too large. And see the co-op management, consider downsizing, as well as try these resources.

Toronto Rent Bank
For interest-free repayable loan and rental deposit loans. You may be eligible for assistance if 

  • you currently do not receive over 50% of household income through OW/ODSP (social assistance)
  • you meet the income requirements
  • you are paying market rent (not subsidized)
  • and some other rules. Ask!

There are also other funds available that you can find out about through Neighbourhood Information Post. Contact NIP (near Parliament Library), 269 Gerrard Street East 416-924-2543
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

For more information, see this flyer.

For more information on Share the Warmth or the Winter Warmth Fund, contact your nearest Rent Bank Access Centre, Neighbourhood Information Post, 416-924-2543.

To find out about the Emergency Energy Fund, call: (416) 338-3332.

Social Service Funds
There are a variety of funds available to help you meet needs, like winter clothing, children’s back-to-school needs, dental and vision care, special diets approved by a health profiessional, assistance with “up-front” child care costs, employment and training start-up costs, and some travel / transportation costs. 

You should ask your OW or ODSP case-worker about these benefits and funds. You can also contact your local community legal clinic for information. Legal clinics can be found in the telephone book or Yellow Pages under “Legal Aid”.

December 6 Fund
The YWCA December 6 Fund provides interest-free loans to women fleeing abuse. They help women establish themselves in safety. 

Contact Dela Aziavor, Support Worker
416.961.8101 x398

Pay Direct
If you receive ODSB and find managing money a challenge, you can ask your worker about Pay Direct. This means that your housing charge would be paid to Woodsworth before you receive your payment. 

Direct payments may be made to:
• Public or private landlord;
• Utility company; and/or
• Trust account pending the resolution of a landlord and tenant dispute.

Thank you to the pamphlet from Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (November 2010).

For more community resources, see our list of Neighbourhood Resources and the S4S Resources page.

Here is a printable copy of this page.

Ontario’s Apology Act

At a human rights workshop in the co-op, we learned that Ontario has an Apology Act, which came into force in Ontario on April 23, 2009. It allows us to express sorrow or regret without worrying that the comments can later be used against us in a civil lawsuit.

Yes, that means that you can say you are sorry, and this apology can’t be used to prove you are responsible for whatever you apologized for. 
An apology:
    • is not an admission of liability,
    • does not void or impair an insurance contract, and
    • is not taken into account in determining liability

But don’t admit liability. If you run into someone else’s car, you can say you are terribly sorry that this happened, but don’t say it was all your fault.  An admission of liability is still an admission of liability.

An apology is often key to the healing process; it can promote accountability and transparency and shorten or avoid litigation.

Here's the legislation:

Apology Act, S.O. 2009, c3.
Consolidation Period: From April 23, 2009 to the e-Laws currency date. No Amendments.


1. In this Act,

“apology” means an expression of sympathy or regret, a statement that a person is sorry or any other words or actions indicating contrition or commiseration, whether or not the words or actions admit fault or liability or imply an admission of fault or liability in connection with the matter to which the words or actions relate. 2009, c. 3, s. 1.

Effect of apology on liability

2. (1) An apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter,

(a) does not, in law, constitute an express or implied admission of fault or liability by the person in connection with that matter;

(b) does not, despite any wording to the contrary in any contract of insurance or indemnity and despite any other Act or law, void, impair or otherwise affect any insurance or indemnity coverage for any person in connection with that matter; and

(c) shall not be taken into account in any determination of fault or liability in connection with that matter. 2009, c. 3, s. 2 (1).


(2) Clauses (1) (a) and (c) do not apply for the purposes of proceedings under the Provincial Offences Act. 2009, c. 3, s. 2 (2).

Evidence of apology not admissible

(3) Despite any other Act or law, evidence of an apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter is not admissible in any civil proceeding, administrative proceeding or arbitration as evidence of the fault or liability of any person in connection with that matter. 2009, c. 3, s. 2 (3).


(4) However, if a person makes an apology while testifying at a civil proceeding, including while testifying at an out of court examination in the context of the civil proceeding, at an administrative proceeding or at an arbitration, this section does not apply to the apology for the purposes of that proceeding or arbitration. 2009, c. 3, s. 2 (4).

Criminal or provincial offence proceeding or conviction

3. Nothing in this Act affects,

(a) the admissibility of any evidence in, 

(i) a criminal proceeding, including a prosecution for perjury, or

(ii) a proceeding under the Provincial Offences Act; or

(b) the use that may be made in the proceedings referred to in subsection 2 (3) of a conviction for a criminal or provincial offence. 2009, c. 3, s. 3.

Acknowledgment, Limitations Act, 2002

4. For the purposes of section 13 of the Limitations Act, 2002, nothing in this Act,

(a) affects whether an apology constitutes an acknowledgment of liability; or

(b) prevents an apology from being admitted in evidence. 2009, c. 3, s. 4.

5. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act). 2009, c. 3, s. 5.

6. Omitted (enacts short title of this Act). 2009, c. 3, s. 6.


Seniors’ fitness programs in Woodsworth

Updated:  October 21, 2016

Free programs in the co-op! Exercise programs designed for seniors led by a qualified trainer. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays in the penthouse

3:00 -3:45 pm – Fall Prevention program – balance and gentle exercises. This  program includes an evaluation of balance. Maximum number of members will be evaluated but others can participate.

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Exercise. Chair and standing – More vigorous exercise. 

One and two pound weights and therabands are available. No special gear or clothing required. No floor exercises! 

The S4S contact for this program is member Carol Pasten.

No Airbnb, B&B or Vacation Rentals Allowed at Woodsworth

Did You Know? 

It is against our by-laws to use your unit as an Airbnb, Bed and Breakfast or other variations of similarly popular tempting money makers:

Occupancy By-Law, Section 24: Private Residences: "Units shall be used as private residences for members and their households, and for other persons in accordance with this by-law.” 

Section 7.09: 

"No Profit”
(a) Any arrangements for sharing expenses among persons occupying a Unit, must not directly or indirectly permit a profit to any member, 

(b) Members may not profit on surrendering occupancy rights or granting temporary occupancy rights. Any profit which may be realized by members out of their right to occupy a Unit in the Co-op shall be the property of the Co-op.”

If you wish to sublet your unit, see the by-laws online or check with the office. You and your sub-lessee will have to sign an agreement overseen by the office. This applies to all units in our housing co-op – on Wilton Street, George Street South, Frederick Street, and Albert Franck Place.