Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Londono's Disciplanary Hearing Sparks Debate about Heels

The Gazette has prompted debate about whether mentioning Tatiana Londono's fancy Christian Louboutin stilettos in a story about the celebrity broker's disciplinary hearing before the OACIQ (Organisme d'autoreglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec) was sexist or basic reporting.

Here's the Gazette story.

Here's reporter Allison Lampert's Open House blog post on reader reaction.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

(BTW, a pet peeve. Can you think of a name or acronym that is less user-friendly than Organisme d'autoreglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec or OACIQ  ( pronounced wah-SICK)? It's not exactly NASA, WHO or UNICEF, if you get my drift.)


  1. Christian Louboutin means nothing to me. I suppose it adds colour to the description. No worse than "trademark blonde curls." But as for "inscriptions"--yuk!

  2. If your client gives you written permission to forge your signature, is it a forgery? On the other hand, why not give the agent permission to sign on her behalf? Then the agent could sign her own name and it wouldn't be anything like forgery.

  3. Hi Karin,

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm afraid a client can't give you permission to sign his or her name. Only you can sign your name, otherwise you commit fraud and the person signing commits forgery. That it is true when you're signing into study hall in Gr. 7, and it is doubly true when we're talking about a legal document.
    That point is hammered home during the course on the Brokerage Act which every broker must take and pass in order to be licensed to sell real estate.
    You also can't sign on behalf of your client using your own name unless you have been given a power or attorney duly prepared and notarized.


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