Friday, October 30


Allergies, Human Rights, Toronto & GTA

MANDEL: A whiff of kindness

At first sniff, it was easy to suggest Ramesses Kane’s complaint didn’t pass the smell test.A web consultant and director of a not-for-profit community organization, Kane had launched a human rights complaint against the use of chemical smells in his Toronto condo building and until his hearing could be held, sought an immediate ban last year on their use.It seemed quite the ask — should the scent police really be able to invade our private living spaces? Even the usually-accommodating tribunal turned him down. An interim remedy can only be done in the “clearest of cases,” it said, and this wasn’t one of them.“The letter from the medical professional does not support any urgency that would warrant granting such an extraordinary request,” vice-chair Laurie Letheren wrote in the No...