On June 13th, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal released an important decision in the Peel Law Association vs Selwyn Pieters Case about racial profiling. The decision by the Court of Appeal of Ontario upheld the original Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision.
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations 2007 Race Relations Awards Winner Selwyn Pieters has won an important decision that sets a new standard on racial profiling in the province of Ontario, Canada and perhaps around the world.
By way of background, Lawyer Selwyn Pieters, along with his legal colleague Brian Noble and law student Paul Walrond were at the Peel Law Association Lounge on May 16th, 2008. At the Peel Law Association lounge, they were singled out and demanded to produce identification to verify that they were lawyers while at the Brampton Courthouse.
The two lawyers and their law student were over-scrutinized, unfairly targeted, racialized and subjected to racial profiling. The case was taken to the Human Rights Tribunal where they won. Peel Law Association took the case to the Lower Court and the Human Rights Tribunal Decision was overturned. The case was then taken to the court of appeal which correctly upheld the decision of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
To read about the decision first hand from Lawyer Selwyn Pieters, please visit his blog at http://selwynpieters.blogspot.ca/2013/06/peel-law-association-v-pieters-2013.html
Also read the court decision which is available online at
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations believes that the court decision is an important step in preserving and protecting the right to be free from discrimination, harassment, social exclusion in all areas of life in Ontario.
Thanks to these courageous lawyers for taking back their rights from those who sought to racially profile them.