by Robert Metz – August 1994
(The following essay is an edited version of my final (and successful!) argument before an Ontario Human Rights Commission Board of Inquiry. The board was investigating an alleged “racist” comment made by London landlord Elijah Elieff in reference to Asian tenants occupying his buildings on Cheyenne Avenue. An official complaint against the landlord was filed with the Human Rights Commission by Chippeng Hom, one of his Asian tenants who was recruited for the task. She was represented by Geraldine Sanson who was appointed by the Human Rights Commission at taxpayer expense. Since the respondent, Mr. Elieff, was not accorded the same privilege, I volunteered to represent the landlord after the fourth day of hearings by the board.