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Week of February 14, 2005
Commission rules town discriminated against pastor
Canadian Catholic News
A Nova Scotia human rights tribunal has ruled that the Town of Pictou discriminated against a pastor when it refused to give him a permit to use the town's waterfront stage for a religious play two years ago.
The tribunal ordered the town to pay the Rev. Ken Gilliard $6,000 in general damages, plus interest for the time prior to the tribunal's decision, as well as $3,000 towards Gilliard's costs.
The tribunal also ordered the town to provide sensitivity training for administrative employees and gave it six months to file an anti-discriminatory policy with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.
Gilliard, an ordained minister, went ahead with a dramatization of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ after the town denied him a permit to use the Marina Stage.
The town had him charged under the town's public places bylaw, but he was acquitted.
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