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#1 9 years ago
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EMC News - A case currently before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will proceed, but it will only be against The Corporation of the Town of Arnprior and mayor Terry Gibeau.

Other members of town council and town staff were dismissed from the process by adjudicator David A. Wright in an interim decision he handed down May 28. Igor Alexander Winter and James McIntyre, a local gay couple, brought the case to the Human Rights Tribunal. Under the Human Rights Code, s. 34, they allege "discrimination in goods, services and facility on the basis of sexual orientation and marital status and reprisals against the applicants."

In their application, Winter and McIntyre say when they purchased their property in Arnprior (the Gillies House), there was a trail that ran through it. In 2006, the town agreed to stop promoting the trail but the "applicants allege that despite the fact that they have posted 'no trespassing' signs and installed a security fence, members of the Arnprior community continue to trespass on their property. Moreover, they allege, they have been subject to homophobic harassment and vandalism by trespassers and others near the property," White wrote.

The principal allegations in the application are that "the respondents took the following actions, which they allege were 'fuelled by an underlying homophobia'":

- The respondents acted with undue delay in removing references to the property in the trail descriptions.

- The Town has not been helpful in dealing with the alleged trespassing and criminal harassment. Members of council did not actively oppose "hate crimes and hate motivated activities" despite the applicants' request to do so.

- The Town failed to respond to a request by the applicants to fly the rainbow flag for Pride Week.

- The Town has refused to service a hydrant in front of the house and threatened to disconnect it.

- The respondents directed the Arnprior detachment of the OPP not to deal with the applicants and required that they obtain service from the Renfrew detachment.

- The Mayor wrote a letter to the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide which led to further homophobic harassment, and also made statements to the media denying that the Town's actions were motivated by homophobia.

In making his decision regarding the town employees - CAO Larry Donaldson, clerk Monique Ouellett and Public Works director Janet Collins, White said there was no "compelling reason" to include them in the proceeding and that their actions "were clearly within the scope of their employment and their actions are not central to the applicants' case of discrimination."

With respect to reeve Walter Stack and councillors Nancy Black, Jack Lammert, Mark Willmer, Tom Peckett and Eric Burton, White wrote "there is no compelling reason to include the members of council on the basis of their mere participation in decisions made on behalf of the town...there are no specific actions alleged other than their collective decisions."

But, when it came to the mayor, White felt his alleged role in events must be investigated further.

"However, in view of the centrality of Mayor Gibeau's role in the alleged discrimination to the applicants' theory of the case, I find that it would not be appropriate to dismiss the Application as against him at this stage of the proceedings. I appreciate that there will be various arguments, based on both facts and law, about whether anything he did violated the Code. I also make no comment at this stage about whether any of the Mayor's actions should be viewed as taken as an individual or on behalf of the Town. In view of his particular role in the events, it would not be appropriate to remove him as a party before hearing any evidence," White wrote.

The order clearly states that "Larry Donaldson, Janet Collins, Walter Stack, Nancy Black, Jack Lammert, Mark Willmer, Tom Peckett, Eric Burton and Monique Ouellet are removed as parties to this proceeding and the style of cause is amended accordingly."

When contacted by the EMC, Gibeau said that on the advice of his lawyer, he could not comment on the case at this time.

No date has been set for the hearing to be held. Arnprior mayor to face Human Rights Tribunal over alleged discrimination, interim decision removes town staff, councillors from application - News - By Theresa Fritz Arnprior EMC

Ha yeah this is my little hick town...this is the only thing that is interesting that has happened in a bit.


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#2 9 years ago

GAY PEOPLE! AAAAHHHH!!!!!

Seems that's what the town is doing.




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#3 9 years ago

yeah, small town sorta like Cheers everybody know your name. I usually see these guys walking down the street holding hands you should see the looks and glares they get. I hope they take our mayor to Court and get Justice.


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#4 9 years ago

When it comes to homosexuality, part of me wants to empathize with carpet muncher’s and cock suckers, but another part of me, the part that win’s, denies that impulse.

I suppose it comes down too “does one’s sexual orientation really need to be the topic of public discussion?” The practice of wearing your sexuality as a badge, is in principle along the same lines as white pride groups or something similar. In the end, overly expressed personal pride and self promotion are among the shallowest of experiences.

As for the town, and it's actions. Nothing new there, just more of the same old same.




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#5 9 years ago

The law isn't something people can be allowed to go around shitting on just because they happen to dislike the people it protects. It's not about whether they're gay or straight, it's about how much of the law's for protection, and how much of it is just a way of keeping people down.




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#6 9 years ago

just form the past Articles our mayor didn't use to much tack when writing the article, and well the OPP in my town are beyond slow to react to anything other then a break-in at Tim Horton's.. (Donuts and Coffee shop).


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#7 9 years ago
Nemmerle;4928520It's not about whether they're gay or straight, it's about how much of the law's for protection, and how much of it is just a way of keeping people down.

Laws keeping people down, never. Justice may be blind, but those who apply it are not.