TLAB Adopts Sub-Rule 2.6

In response to concerns regarding direct communications between Toronto Local Appeal Body (“TLAB”) Members and those involved in the TLAB hearing event, at the Q2 TLAB Public Business Meeting, the TLAB adopted Sub-Rule 2.6 to the TLAB’s Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Sub-Rule 2.6 requires that all communications with the TLAB concerning TLAB hearing events, excluding those that are strictly administrative in nature, must be made in the presence of, or copied to, all other parties to the hearing event. The effect of this rule is to ensure transparency in communications between all parties. The Members emphasized that the purpose of adopting this rule is to “reinforce the norm” to the public that, throughout the hearing process, all parties have a right to be privy to communications with TLAB Members.