The city’s legal department argues the challenge is outside the scope of the tribunal because, unlike many typical complaints, a bylaw isn’t a service or housing provider who is discriminating against an individual. In fact, it says, no individuals have been affected in this case at all.Which is a not-terribly-well-veiled way of saying "why are you challenging me?"
And they responded by email that the tribunal doesn’t have the “statutory authority” to hear a challenge to legislation.
“This is a landmark case,” said Hall. “Human rights arguments are being used in a way that they haven’t been in the past.”
But she says bylaws are not outside the scope of the Ontario Human Rights Code. “It’s not unusual in the area of human rights to have people say, ‘we’ve always done things this way. Why are you challenging us now?’”
Er, because no one died and made you queen? Because, despite what you may think, you're not the boss of us? Because you're shockingly delusional and more than a tad power-crazed?
Shall I go on?