Landlords face no punishment for discrimination in online ads
Sarah Boesveld Oct 6, 2011 – 6:30 AM ET | Last Updated: Oct 5, 2011 7:03 PM
There’s a two bedroom basement apartment for rent in Toronto’s northwest end —one bathroom, newly painted and renovated with a side entrance. The ad, posted on popular classified site Kijiji.ca, comes with the typical caveats —no pets allowed, no smokers. And then, a less common request: Only Muslims need apply.
It’s the exact kind of specifications the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently warned landlords against putting in their online classified ads —any denial of a prospective tenant due to race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability, among other things, is grounds for discrimination according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s housing policy and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
But for all its condemnation of the practice, the commission this week said they can’t police these online ads, that it’s out of their hands.
Instead, a person would have to call up the prospective landlord and file a complaint if it is clear they were not considered for the apartment because they weren’t Muslim, for example, or Chinese, Korean or Japanese as one other Craigslist Vancouver ad said it would prefer the successful tenants to be.
“If you say ‘Muslim only,’ in the law, you’d be discriminating against Buddhists, against Christians. That could be grounds for an application of the human rights code,” said Geordie Dent, executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations. Complaints about landlord discrimination regularly trickle into his office and other legal clinics in Toronto, but few are pursued because of the momentous financial and time commitment costs that come with hiring a lawyer and seeing a lengthy tribunal case.
Many such ads appear on sites specifically geared toward one community. But a search Wednesday brought up 32 results for “Muslim only” requests under the real estate category on Kijiji.ca. When contacted by the National Post, one landlord looking to rent a one bedroom apartment in Brampton, Ont., said he “does not want to give the apartment to any other people,” besides Indians or Muslims, as his ad requires. He did not have a specific reason for only wanting to rent to Indians or Muslims, nor did he deny knowing about the Ontario Human Rights Code implications. Another landlord who said in his ad for a two bedroom basement apartment in Mississauga that he would welcome Muslim families said he would also accept other tenants who were not of that faith, so long as they did not drink. The ad says nothing about prohibiting alcohol. Yet another, on Torontomuslims.com, advertises a spacious 1 bedroom apartment for a Muslim bachelor.
Despite the provisions in the Ontario Human Rights Code that say every person has a right to seek housing without discrimination and that no one should announce intention to discriminate against people, ethnicity-specific ads are indeed common enough that the Commission issued guidelines this June about how to write a fair housing ad, said Rosemary Bennett, a spokesperson for the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Steve Jobs Was an Arab American
New America Media, News Feature, Shirin Sadeghi, Posted: Oct 05, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- Abdul Fattah Jandali, a young Syrian Muslim immigrant in Wisconsin, never met his son Steve Jobs. When a baby was born to the 23-year-old Jandali -- now known as John -- and his 23-year-old German-American girlfriend, Joanne Schieble, in 1955, there was no chance he'd be able to grow up with his biological parents.
Joanne, who belonged to a white, conservative Christian family could not convince her parents to allow her to marry an Arab, a Muslim, according to Jandali, who called her father "a tyrant" in a New York Post interview in August 2011. In fact, according to Jandali, she secreted off from Wisconsin to liberal San Francisco to sort out the birth and adoption without letting either him or her parents know.
Jandali says it was his "Syrian pride" that kept him from reaching out to his famous son. In a September 2011 interview with the Reno Gazette -- Reno, Nevada being the city the 80-year-old Jandali lives and where, having never retired, he is the Vice President of a casino. "The Syrian pride in me does not want him ever to think I am after his fortune. I am not. I have my own money. What I don’t have is my son...and that saddens me."
Anti-Muslim Fliers At Schools Spark Debate
Defend Christians Group Handing Out Fliers At Local Schools
POSTED: 6:32 pm PDT October 6, 2011
The organization Defend Christians has been passing out fliers to students at some local high schools, including Clairemont High School. But some say teenagers should not be the ones receiving the fliers.
Zac Patchett recently saw a flier sitting in his Clairemont home. The two-page paper shows a headline which reads "Ayatollah Khomeini had sex with a 4-year-old girl" and is critical of Islam for its beliefs.
Patchett learned someone passed it out to his younger sister, a sophomore at Clairemont High School. When he saw what was on it, he said, "I was just personally offended. It goes against being an American."
When asked whether the fliers are a form of racism, Gary Cass of Defend Christians said, "This isn't racist at all. All it's doing is telling the truth about a group of people that are organized around a religious ideology. It transcends race."
The group passes out the fliers on public property just outside of the high schools. They have gone to Clairemont High School and Kearny High School, as well as other schools in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
The fliers say as Islam grows "Muslims become increasingly more aggressive" and "We must defend students from being recruited and radicalized into Islam."
Anti-Semitic incidents increase
Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 11:06 am
The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased for the first time since 2004, according to the Anti-Defamation League's annual audit.
OCTOBER 7, 2011 · 9:23 AM
Member Of United Aryan Brotherhood Pleads Guilty To Hate Motivated Assault Of Jewish Inmate In Texas
OCTOBER 8, 2011 · 11:09 AM
Former Heathrow Airport Official Says Terror Checks Were ‘Racial’, Passengers With Non-White Names Targeted
Terror checks at Britain’s Heathrow airport were ‘racial,’ and the counter-terrorism officials regularly put passengers with Arabic and African names on a security database, an official who worked with the airport authorities has claimed.
Former Detective Constable Kevin Maxwell said Metropolitan Police detectives would routinely sift through landing cards of foreign nationals and randomly type their details into a police database, without ever seeing the passengers, the Telegraph reports.
OCTOBER 8, 2011 · 11:08 AM
Canadian Black Firefighters Get Inquiry Over Racism Allegations
OCTOBER 7, 2011 · 9:25 AM
Former Texas Cop Says Lack Of Racial Profiling Cost Him His Job
Mexicans are the target of pressure into making cash payments to a Mt. Enterprise City Marshal, according to former City Marshal Deputy Mark Johnson.
Johnson is suing the small town for wrongful termination, claiming he was fired for not going along with the alleged illicit activity.
Mt. Enterprise City Marshal David Collins “for the last 20 years has been taking cash on the side of the road, but only from Hispanics. He would tell me, ‘ Mexicans won’t pay their bills,’ so he would make them do it on the side of the road,” Johnson said.
“He would threaten them with jail if they didn’t pay. I said, ‘What if they didn’t have the money?’ He said to make them call their friends or relatives to bring them the money on the side of the road and he would take the cash in,” Johnson said.
Collins “had a special setting on his squad car where he could activate his overhead lights without turning on the video camera,” Johnson said.
This setting ensures there would be no video record of his traffic stops or roadside fines of Hispanics.
Johnson would not comply with orders, was fired and now travels 86 miles to a law enforcement job. He’s asking for back pay and his job back. He also wants change for Mt. Enterprise.
October 6, 2011
Allstate using racist nursery rhyme in ad campaign
That line comes from an old children's counting rhyme, according to Wikipedia. It goes this way: "Eeny, meeny, miney, moe; catch a n_____by the toe; if he squeals let him go; eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Nowadays in more racially sensitive times the N word has been replaced by the word "tiger." However, anyone who is of a certain age remembers hearing the old version and probably squirms when he or she sees that tv commercial today. Furthermore, one wonders whether the African American actor knew the origins of the line and if he did why he would be so comfortable saying it.
ini mini mainy moe
I'm wondering which one I should choose... / どちらにしようかな？
Eeny, meeny, miny, moeなっているが、ちょっと前までは、Tigerのところがnigger だったそうな。
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Cops: Ore. teen's death linked to white supremacists
David Joseph Pedersen, Holly Grigsby accused of killing teen after fleeing a different murder scene
By DON THOMPSON, NIGEL DUARA
updated 10/6/2011 6:51:02 AM ET
Cody Myers: A tender gentleman who was passionate about music and a giver of hugs
Published: Saturday, October 08, 2011
Saturday, 8th October 2011
Woman chased Asian cricket players around pitch in racist rampage
Published Date: 06 October 2011
A WOMAN went on a racist rampage at a cricket match, chasing Asian players around the pitch in the middle of a game.
Lisa Notman was part of a group who hurled abuse at the players in Edinburgh, demanding to know: "Where are your visas?"
Mixed race Leeds fan shouted racial abuse at Manchester United fan
By SPORTSMAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 11:33 PM on 7th October 2011