My BC Human Rights Tribunal complaint against the Nanaimo City Council


I have filed a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal this morning against the Nanaimo City Council based on a May 5, 2014 motion from Councillor Fred Pattje that was passed banning the Leadercast group from using the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (see here).

My complaint is based on:

Discrimination in accommodation, service and facility

(1) A person must not, without a bona fide and reasonable justification,

(a) deny to a person or class of persons any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public, or

(b) discriminate against a person or class of persons regarding any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public

because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age of that person or class of persons. (see here)

My complaint demands:

That the Nanaimo City Council rescind the motion and a publicly issue an apology for passing the original motion.

I will update when I receive a reply from the BCHRT.

Update: My complaint has been received and noted by the BCHRT.


17 Responses to “My BC Human Rights Tribunal complaint against the Nanaimo City Council”

  1. Bubba Brown Says:

    Thank you for this, these people just don’t seem to understand how backwards and embarassing they are.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Great Work ! Thanks for fighting for what’s right !!

  3. ohboy Says:

    Its unfortunate that the one dissenting member of council gets tarred with the same brush as the rest of that self-righteous crowd.
    Accolades to him for not buying into the intolerant progressive sheeple mentality of his fellow councilors.
    Do these fools not see that they are supporting a policy of intolerance no different from the one they are accusing the sponsors of the Leadercast conference of ?

    I won’t be supporting Nanaimo any time soon ’till these fools either smarten up or get removed from office.

  4. Robbie Says:

    For a not so Christian guy, you sure are willing to pick up the Christian’s right to freedom of religion. Your efforts, to challenge secularist intolerance, reminds me of Ezra’s advocacy for religious tolerance of TWU’s bid for a law school. Very much appreciated. Thanks, Dean for sticking up for the right cause..

  5. reelmenfish Says:

    Considering the BCHRT probably shares the same left wing PC views as the Nanaimo Councillors (minus one), I will not be surprised if they refuse to take the case. I do however applaud your initiative. Well done & good luck.

  6. Fat Tony Says:

    In theory, using the BCHRT against the left should work. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  7. andycanuck Says:

    After they refuse to hear the complaint, sue the HRC in a real court using their record of findings against Christians and refusing to hear complaints from Christians as its basis.

  8. Deryk Says:

    The HRT complaint is a good idea but I would have named each of the 8 council members individually as well as referred to section 7 of the Code due to statements of the members in the video which can be argued to come under section 7. If the motion is rescinded by the Council and no apology is given, I encourage you to continue to pursue the complaint.

    • BC Blue Says:

      Thank you, I’ll keep your advice in mind.

      • Deryk Says:

        Tonight the Council rescinded its motion unanimously. However, Councillor Bestwick (the self appointed censor in the May 5 video) gave notice of motion for the matter to deal with again at the next Council meeting. So let’s not assume that this bigoted council has really backed off until we see what they do at their next meeting. The lobbyists that gave rise to the May 5 motion were out in force tonight and they opposed the rescinding.

  9. Deryk Says:

    “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. ”

    Wendell Phillips, 1852

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