News Agencies – December 8, 2010
Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. will pay $319,000 CAD in damages to a Canadian of Pakistani origin after he was denied pilot training because he had been identified as a “threat to aviation or national security” by U.S. authorities. The Quebec Human Rights Commission announced details of the recent ruling by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal in favour of Javed Latif.
Latif was denied training under Canadian licence by Bombardier in 2004 because he had been identified as a “threat to aviation or national security” by U.S. authorities. The penalty was for material, moral and punitive damages. A $50,000 assessment for punitive damages is the highest amount ever awarded by the tribunal.
The tribunal found that Latif had been discriminated against based on his ethnic and national origin and that his right to the safeguard of his dignity had been compromised.”The ruling by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal is without precedent,” commission president Gaetan Cousineau said in a release.
A Muslim couple’s complaint over the salami at a B. C. grocery store has been dismissed by the B. C. Human Rights Tribunal. William and Micheline Issa filed a complaint with the tribunal on behalf of themselves and their three children, saying the Real Canadian Superstore in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam served them salami containing pork a year ago. The couple said consuming pork would violate their religious beliefs. The tribunal heard the couple were told by deli workers of the pork before receiving the meat. The Issas said in the complaint that they were concerned they had previously been served salami containing pork. Loblaws, which owns the store, had offered to settle the complaint by paying the couple $5,000 for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect, and giving another $5,000 to a charity of the couple’s choice.
A Muslim man of Arab descent was awarded $11,000 by the British Colombia Human Rights Tribunal to compensate for his co-workers’ paranoia that he helped organize the 9/11 attacks. Ghassan Asad was questioned by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after co-workers at a high-tech firm reported that he’d visited New York and Washington a few weeks before the attacks, and his boss claimed he resembled the terrorists known to be involved in the attacks. The police spent three days questioning Asad, but no charges were laid. He is of Saudi Arabian origin but received Canadian citizenship one month before 9/11. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal concluded that the management engaged in improper conduct that had a serious and substantial impact on Asad. The second part of his claim – that he was unfairly fired in March 2003 – was dismissed by the tribunal.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has dismissed a complaint against Maclean’s weekly news magazine over a controversial article on the future of Islam. The Canadian Islamic Council launched a dual complaint of Islamophobia to the Canadian Commission as well as the provincial British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal over a article, The Future Belongs to Islam, written by Mark Steyn, appearing in October 2006. The decision by the B.C. Human Rights commission is not expected for several months.