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Ontario Human Rights Commission Fines Printer for Discrimination
 
ONLINE:  FRIDAY MARCH 3, 5:55 PM EST (GMT-5).

A Toronto printing business has been fined $5000 for refusing to provide services to a gay organization, the Toronto Sun reported today.

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Printer Scott Brockie had argued that his turning down of the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives in 1996 as a potential customer had been within his rights based on religious beliefs.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission disagreed.  A Board of Inquiry ruled that it was not within reasonable limits for the printer to discriminate in such a way.

The Chief of the Commission, Keith Norton, released a statement yesterday saying "It is important for every business in Ontario to know that when they offer services to the general public, they cannot exclude some clients ... the [Ontario Human Rights] Code clearly prohibits discrimination in the provision of services and this decision simply recognizes this important reality."

The Archives had requested Mr. Brockie print letterhead for them.

Mr. Brockie will reportedly be appealing the decision to the courts.