The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. My bathroom is not much bigger than the ones you find on airplanes. But one redeeming feature is the skylight. It’s blue. "What color is your bathroom?" was the query from a CRTC spokesperson when asked about the oath commissioners had to swear upon taking their positions. The question was tied to CCR’s look into the recent leak to the media of the digital channels, two weeks ahead of schedule. In all fairness, the oath was eventually provided. But the initial implication was that the color of my bathroom was about as publicly relevant as the workings of the commission. And that, according to some former CRTC staff members, is a problem with the commission of late – it has forgotten it is a quasi-judicial organization that should be open and fully accountable. Yet at a time when the CRTC has pledged to be more responsive to the public and taken steps to explain its mandate and processes, instead of seeing the leak as an opportunity to educate people on its workings, it decided to clamp up. It wouldn’t even confirm if there was an internal investigation underway. CCR verified it elsewhere. It’s no secret that morale is low at the commission. A lack of cohesiveness, combined with a heavy workload, has led to high turnover in senior staff, and waning loyalties among many that remain. Some insiders say privately that a review of the CRTC’s mandate and its operations may be a healthy exercise. Its role as a quasi-judicial agency also needs to be clarified. Even communications lawyers who deal with the CRTC on a daily basis don’t agree on how far its powers as a quasi-judicial body extend. Others suggest that it should become more like its U.S. counterpart. The five commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission are bound by very strict codes of conduct. Most people would agree the CRTC shouldn’t become a "regulatory Fort Knox" as one insider feared. However, it should be made more accountable to both the public, and the companies it regulates.