Tonie Beharrell brings hammer down on DVBIA

[ ED NOTE: Jesse Ferreras was kind enough to let me crosspost this item from his blog. You can read the original here.

I spoke a little bit about the Pivot complaint a while back. I wasn’t a fan. Can’t seem to find a working link to the article though…]

Tonie Beharrell of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the same tribunal behind the right to not wash your hands while working in a restaurant, is laying a gavel down on the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association for violating an alleged confidentiality agreement with Pivot Legal Society, the amateur DTES law firm that’s brought a complaint against the Association with no supporting documents.

The Tribunal has laid a fine of $2,000 against the association for revealing the fact that Pivot has no documentary evidence to support its claims that the DVBIA, through its Downtown Ambassadors program, is harassing homeless people and moving them around the downtown area.

Beharrell is worried that the Association’s tactics have undermined the integrity of the Tribunal process.

Personally I’m thankful that the DVBIA has come out with this. Have you ever heard of a trial whose complainant brings no evidence? Beharrell has, and she’s scared that people will find out about it.

Before I was skeptical about the Association’s claims. To me this looks like an admission of guilt on Pivot’s part.

Idiot note: Judy Parrack was the tribunal member who oversaw the McDonald’s case. Tonie Beharrell oversaw the Steyn and Maclean’s case. A previous version said otherwise. Sorry. Beharrell is nevertheless the one behind a ruling that saw a bus company punished for reforming drivers who skipped 118 working days in a year.


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