August 2018

TLT entertains unusual request from MLS

By John Q. Duffy

At the request of the City, through the Municipal Licensing and Standards department, a Toronto Licensing Tribunal hearing into the continuation of a taxicab owners license and the owner’s application for a Vehicle for Hire drivers license was held in camera, on July 19, 2018.

This unusual step was approved by a four-person panel comprised of Moira Calderwood (Chair) sitting with Melana Laverty, Daphne Simon and Gary Yee.

Taxi News was not present for this hearing and did not argue against the decision.

This report comes from the official Summary of Decisions posted on the TLT web site.

According to the Summary of Decisions of the TLT, “A motion was filed on behalf of Municipal Licensing and Standards, seeking a sealing order and an order for this matter to be heard in camera. The Tribunal issued an order for this matter to proceed in camera, on consent.”

Apparently legal counsel for the license holder did not oppose the City’s motion.

The summary continues saying, “Additionally, the Tribunal issued an order to seal this matter, which includes all documents filed, all exhibits entered and all court recordings of the matter, including the materials and recordings of the herein motion.”

The licensee, identified only as “K. H.”, was ordered to surrender his no longer valid photo card to MLS by 5:00 pm, July 20, 2018.

Robert Stewart, Paralegal for K. H., brought a motion for adjournment and a motion to have a Pre-Hearing under Rule 15 of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure, the summary states.

The motion for adjournment was denied as the matter was not discussed until late in the day and would not be heard in any event.

The summary says if Stewart wishes to seek a Pre-Hearing “he shall formulate the request for a Pre-Hearing in writing, setting out his grounds, within ten (10) days. After that ten day period, if there is no request for a Pre-Hearing, the matter shall be scheduled for a hearing as expeditiously as possible.”

It is not known when the matter will again come before the tribunal.

In other business this day a taxi license held by the estate of Leo Awin, Ms. Helene Awin, Estate Trustee, was extended until December 13, 2018.

Baldev Singh Sidhu, applying for a Vehicle-For-Hire Driver’s received his license subject to conditions.

He must pay all outstanding fees and submit all outstanding documents to MLS within 30 days of this hearing or the application will be cancelled.

The license was placed on probation for a period of three years and prior to the next three renewals he must provide to MLS an updated driving abstract and if MLS has any concerns this report and any updating material may be brought back before the TLT.

Finally, if he is charged with any alcohol-related offenses he must notify MLS in writing within three business days.

Finally, the outcome of a conference call between TLT members Gary Yee and Moira Caulderwood with Regional Stormwater Management Corporation President Jamie Otis
Atkinson, applying for the Renewal of a Drain Contractor License and renewal of a Drain Layer License was not reported in the TLT summary of decisions.


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TLT entertains unusual request from MLS