Ontario Human Rights Commission intervenes in motorcycle helmet case involving religious accommodation

    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Commission will appear as an intervener at
the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on February 14 and 15, 2008, in the
case of R. v. Badesha.
    Mr. Badesha, a devout Sikh who, in observance of his faith, wears a
turban, was charged with operating a motorcycle on a highway without wearing a
helmet contrary to the Highway Traffic Act. Mr. Badesha is seeking to be
excused from this requirement for religious reasons.
    The Commission is intervening as the case involves the interpretation and
application of Ontario's Human Rights Code and will be taking a position in
support of Mr. Badesha's request for religious accommodation.

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For further information: Jeff Poirier, Manager, Communications, Policy &
Education Branch, (416) 314-4539; Afroze Edwards, Sr. Communications Officer,
Policy & Education Branch, (416) 314-4528

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