HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL MAY HEAR COMPLAINT OVER CLEVELAND INDIANS NAME, LOGO

Jun 05, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Ontario’s human rights tribunal is contemplating hearing a complaint which seeks to bar Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians from being able to use their team name or wear certain logos at games played in Toronto.
The complaint was filed last October during the playoffs between the Indians and Blue Jays.
Indigenous activist and architect Douglas Cardinal alleged the Indians’ name and logo of ”Chief Wahoo” amounted to racial discrimination.
(Mark Duncan / The Associated Press)
The adjudicator rejected many of the opposing arguments but did not immediately give permission for the tribunal to hear the case.
Jo-Anne Pickel said she wanted more evidence on whether baseball in Toronto can be classified as a service under the Ontario Human Rights Code, as well as a status update on a similar complaint Cardinal filed with the federal human rights commission.
All sides provided an update by May 25.
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