Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Burlington restaurateur offered Morton’s Fork by Ontario Human Rights Commission

Ted Kindos faces two choices: Continue to be called a bigot or break the law. A classical Morton’s Fork—that is, he’s caught between a rock and a hard place.

Four years ago, Mr. Kindos, who owns Gator Ted’s Tap & Grill here in Burlington, asked a marijuana smoker, Steve Gibson, to step away from his front door. The medically licensed Mr. Gibson complained to the Ontario Human Rights Commission of bias against a disabled person, and he won.

Now here’s Mr. Gibson’s dilemma as reported by thestar.com:

quote-left-red-beige-bgKindos was about to pay the fine and post obligatory signs saying, ‘We accommodate medicinal marijuana smokers,’ when a different government agency told him he could lose his liquor licence. Serving anybody possessing a controlled substance—prescribed or not—is against the law.quote-right-red-beige-bg [My emphasis added]

By what sort of damned silly-ass rules are we being governed?

Apparently Mr. Kindos’s legal costs have already amounted to some $40,000 and will likely go higher—the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal will hear the case this summer.

Not surprisingly, the one-term, ex-mayor of Toronto, Barbara Hall, is the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. This OHRC decision stinks, and is just about what one has come to expect from any organization headed by Ms. Hall. Her ultra-liberal social agenda is fine with me so long as it is not imposed upon the rest of us by this sort of coercion.

Unless one has very deep pockets, the OHRC is almost impossible to fight. As Mr. Kindos is reported to have said about the OHRC’s decision, “Heads I win, tails you lose.” Unfortunately for Mr. Kindos, he’s on the losing side of that coin toss.

Ms. Hall was appointed Chief Commissioner in November 2005—let’s hope this is not a lifetime appointment.smleaf


  1. The whole racket is a joke. Clearly they are just making it up as they go along and undermining society's sense of justice as they go.

  2. The owner has one more choice: join the John Galt strike. Closing the business and letting all his employees go, canceling all the various contracts for service and supplies, no longer purchasing water and electricity from the municipal and provincial monopolies....

    Others who may be targeted by capricious laws and regulations should also consider going "on strike" and literally starving the local and provincial government of tax revenues needed to cary on with these travesties.

  3. Combine this insanity with the increasing fascistic behavior on our universities and what do have?

    A bleak future for free thought and speech.