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In Ontario, Canada is it legal to record a

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In Ontario, Canada is it legal to record a conversation provided all parties involved are made aware of the redcording?

Yes it is legal. Ontario is a one party jurisdiction which means only one party needs to consent. However businesses are required to notify the other parties that the conversation is being recorded.

If this helps please let me know. If you need more info please feel free to ask.

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Ok a little bit more on the situation, I'm confused. I'm an unionized employee of the Toronto Transit Commission and earlier today I was relieved of my duties because I would not meet with my boss unless it was being recorded. As I stated before everyone involved was informed of the recording. My union president seems to think I'm not allowed. Could they have me on some technicality?

Did you demand that the meeting be recorded?

have you been in touch with your union rep?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Flagbridge-CDN's Post: I informed everyone in the room I was going to record the meeting, I then placed the recorder on the table in plain view and they told me to leave the room. They called me back in a second time and I did the same thing they asked me to leave again. The third time they called me into the room I repeated the same actions as the previous two times, and was promptly relieved of duties. My union rep says I am wrong although I'm almost positive I'm right.

Your employer does not have to allow themselves to be recorded if they do not want. Had the recorder been hidden that would have been fine. They are within their rights to refuse being recorded.

Are you on temporary leave or have you been fired?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Flagbridge-CDN's Post: I was fired. I know that it is their option to decline being recorded. This is why I told them they had the option of cancelling the meeting. At which point they relieved me of duties.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Might it also be useful that the TTC regularly records phone conversations between employees, to be used as a disciplinary means when protocol is not followed.
I definitely think you have a case to talk to a lawyer about wrongful termination.

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