Schedule 27 in Ontario’s new Bill 276, which if passed, if passed, will punish Ontarians who record and share proceedings at tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal and the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB). Those who do will now face fines of up to $25,000.
Recordings by tenants have helped inform the public the LTB is conducting a dangerous eviction blitz in the middle of a pandemic. They have also provided evidence of breaches of procedural fairness.
On Thursday, May 13 from 6-7 P.M please join me and MPP Jessica Bell, Nina Hill of Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services to talk about what these changes mean for tenants and how to fight for a fair LTB.
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I have also introduced a motion to address this issue.
That, in the opinion of this House, the Ford government should, as part of an effort to protect the rights of tenants, withdraw the proposed amendments to the Statutory Powers Procedure Act from Bill 276, including the punitive fines for recording proceedings, and instead develop procedures to ensure broadcasts and recordings of such hearings adhere to the core open courts principle as part of an effort to ensure transparency and accountability of the tribunal process.