Windsor’s Moose Lodge locked out in dispute with Panther Recycling

Angelica Haggert
By Angelica Haggert February 9, 2018 10:09

By Angelica Haggert

Bailiff notice on the door at Windsor’s Moose Lodge. Photo by Laurie Harrison

The Facebook post advising members that Moose Lodge 1499 would be closed for the weekend seemed normal enough.

Until photos of the notice posted on the door on Feb. 3 got out on social media.

A “Notice of Termination of Tenancy” was posted by an Ontario bailiff, saying the locks had been changed until more than $200,000 was paid.

On Sunday afternoon, Moose Lodge’s administrator Dan Batson posted to Facebook for a second time, calling the situation “temporary.”

Facebook post on Moose Lodge 1499’s page.

“I would like to assure our members that the Moose Lodge is not now, nor has ever been in default of our lease agreement with our landlord,” the post said.

“Unfortunately rumours are causing concern to people who have future events booked at the lodge and our staff are being bombarded with questions. Because this was done on the weekend, we have no option but to wait until Monday to address the untrue allegation. Our lawyer has assured me that this will be straightened out!”

Additional posts from Batson on the Facebook page indicated the landlord on the termination of tenancy notice was not the landlord of the building, according to the knowledge of Moose Lodge staff.

“Panther Recycling Corporation has not been our landlord since 2015. What Mr. Musgrove is doing is to try to put us out of business. We will reopen shortly,” the post said.

“Our lawyers are in contact with the actual landlord, who is not Mr. Musgrove. We are not in breach of our lease.” All posts on the Moose Lodge 1499 Facebook page are signed by Dan Batson.

Comments on the posts from Lodge members expressed concern and care to Batson and his staff.

The situation is unresolved at time of publication.

Angelica Haggert
By Angelica Haggert February 9, 2018 10:09

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