Unequal rules leave Toronto immigrant branded a ‘human rights violator’

Unequal rules leave Toronto immigrant branded a ‘human rights violator’
It seems like such a nice place. Toronto neighborhood. (Image: Screen grab of Lonely Planet video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Perhaps it won’t surprise you whose “rights” he supposedly violated.  If Christian or even just Western tenants tried to sue him over these things, they’d be laughed out of court.]

This poor man came to Canada from Nigeria 22 years ago in hopes of building a better life for his family.

After almost a quarter century of being a law-abiding, hard-working member of society, he never imagined his adopted country would label him a human rights violator and order him to pay $12,000 in compensation to his Muslim tenants.

“I was humiliated, I was made to feel I have no rights, I was made to feel that I’m not wanted in society,” says John Alabi, 52. “I feel powerless. They rented my place for only two months. Two months! It’s just not fair,”

The small landlord came forward to explain his position after the Sun told his shocking story last week: The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found he failed to accommodate the religious needs of Walid Madkour and Heba Ismail by not giving them more than the legal 24-hour notice before showing the apartment and by failing to remove his shoes when he entered the bedroom they used to pray.

Now the travel agent is on the hook for money he doesn’t have to pay tenants who were in his home for only two months. And he doesn’t feel he did anything wrong.

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