SLASTO Speaks at Ontario Bar Association

Tribunals: Animal Care Review Board (ACRB), Fire Safety Commission (FSC), License Appeal Tribunal (LAT), Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC), Ontario Parole Board (OPB), Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO)

Transparency, Open Courts and Administrative Tribunals: Implications of Toronto Star v. AG Ontario – OBA Administrative Law


Left: Lorissa Sciarra, Registrar of Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (SJTO), Middle: Jonathan Batty, Associate Chair of Licence Appeal Tribunal (SLASTO), Right: Matthew Peachey, Legal Counsel (SLASTO).

OBA’s Speaking Event

On October 17, 2018, representatives of SLASTO were invited to speak at an Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) administrative law program entitled, “Transparency, Open Courts and Administrative Tribunals: Implications of Toronto Star v. AG Ontario”.

SLASTO was represented by Jonathan Batty, Associate Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) and Matthew Peachey, Legal Counsel who discussed what the Toronto Star decision means to administrative tribunals.

SLASTO’s Direction

SLASTO led an informative discussion about its practices for handling information requests.

Moving forward, SLASTO continues to balance significant privacy interests with the importance of transparency and will continue to review how the decision itself and the spirit of the decision applies across the organization with respect to adjudicative records.

Background Information

  • The Toronto Star challenged how the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) applies to adjudicative records.
  • Generally speaking, the Toronto Star argued that FIPPA’s application violated the ‘open courts’ principle.
  • The Toronto Star decision was released on April 27, 2018 which specifically dealt with adjudicative records.
  • Prior to the decision, SLASTO generally provided access to its adjudicative records without requiring a formal access request. The court generally endorsed SLASTO’s existing practice.
  • To access the decision, click here.