A Vaughn-based realtor has been fired for posting on social media about the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The post comes from the Facebook, X and Instagram accounts of Vadim Vilensky, CEO of Realtron Vadim Vilensky Realty.
The post was titled, ‘Coming Soon’. Two smiley emojis are given at the end. Pictures of several buildings in Gaza destroyed by the bombing were also included. Later, however, the post was removed and Vilensky’s account was also deleted from the social media. But after reviewing several screenshots of the initial post.
More than 4,000 people have been killed on both sides since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7. In this situation, the United Nations has warned that a humanitarian disaster may occur in Gaza.
Re/Max strongly disagrees with Vilensky’s actions and sentiments, the company said in a statement. Our business is a franchise organization. It consists of hundreds of independently owned real estate offices. Each Re/Max broker and agent is an independent contractor. So is Bilensky.
Re/Max Canada said the franchise owner under whom Vilensky was working is well aware of the issue and is addressing the matter directly. We want to hold our franchisees to the highest standards.
In a later email, Re/Max Realtron said it was suspending Vilensky pending an investigation into the incident.
The Toronto Real Estate Board represents over 73,000 licensed real estate brokers and salespeople in and around the Greater Toronto Area. They said they were aware of the social media post and had launched a formal professional standards investigation.