Why are you assuming they don't have permits? Can we tone down the negativity here please?
Kindly please read up the thread where this exact question has been discussed and explained in great detail, including the Section 37 provisions that must be satisfied before Toronto Building is legally allowed to issue an above-ground permit for this site. The biggest barrier appears to be that Mizrahi must demolish, remediate, and convey 14 Dundonald to the City as parkland dedication prior to any above-ground permit.
In addition, the City's online Building Permit Status portal shows that although Mizrahi has applied for a conditional part permit for above-ground structure (19 106142 STR 00), it has not been granted. Unfortunately I cannot link this directly because of the City's portal format but it is easy to look up using the link above. Just type in 1 Bloor Street West and search.
Furthermore, I contacted Toronto Buildings yesterday asking about this, in case the portal is not updated during the partial shutdown, and they confirmed that no above-ground permit has been issued for this site.
All of which is to say I and others are discussing a known fact: that this site does not have the permits required to continue construction under the emergency order (O. Reg. 82/20, section 30(ii)). This restriction was imposed in the amendment on April 3, which came into effect on April 5. So it is now twelve calendar days or nine business days of illegal work from Mizrahi -- and counting? Is the site still active?
It's been nearly 2 weeks since the province mandated construction must stop on residential projects that don't already have above-ground permits. If this project lacks the necessary permits and construction activities haven't stopped, are the authorities really that incompetent that they overlook this infraction happening at one of the most prominent sites in the entire province (again after 2 weeks)?
It is also shocking to me that Toronto Buildings is so incompetent in enforcing the rules. We have seen this many times across the City. This is the same Toronto Buildings department that allowed almost the entire underground of this building to be constructed without a permit. Others have detailed above in this thread how there was a huge delay between Mizrahi starting the illegal underground work, then the City finally cluing in and issuing a Notice to Comply, which Mizrahi ignored and continued building, until finally in December 2019 a Stop Work Order was issued.
Although with all of that said, it's not clear to me whether it should be Toronto Buildings or some other group such as bylaw enforcement or police that enforce the emergency order (O. Reg. 82/20) in Toronto.
It's true. There was absolutely no obligation to destroy the panels. The building wasn't a heritage building, but there was no reason to destroy the panels. They were attractive works of art that could have been displayed on site to commemorate the site's history or sold to a collector. Preserving them would have assuaged a lot of people's concerns about the demolition of Stollery's.
Councillor Wong-Tam was rushing to get the building designated. Mizrahi legally demolished the building to beat the City to the punch and ensure there was nothing left to designate. While it was legal, it revealed to everyone his attitude and approach on the project. Our suspicions about his unscrupulous nature have been borne out in the repeated violations of permit rules and now illegally ignoring the emergency order.