Tree-lined Lincoln Road is a nondescript quiet street in Windsor, Ontario. Peppered with well-kept duplexes and bungalows, it’s not much different from other residential streets, except for the home at 747 Lincoln Road which has been illegally converted into a mosque.
Apparently, several years ago, the house suddenly became something called the Noor E-Islam Madrassah and Cultural Centre, even though Lincoln Road is not zoned for places of worship.
So why is this makeshift mosque being tolerated?
I posed that question and others to Windsor’s chief building official, John Revell.
Watch as I fill you in on the answers I received when I pressed to understand what was behind the city’s timid approach in laying down the law.
Do they fear being labelled “Islamophobic”?
Are they concerned that the mosque owners will file a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission alleging that Windsor’s zoning bylaws are anti-Islamic?
When Day 30 of this “investigation” has come and gone, I’ll be following up with the City to see what their final decision is.
Either everybody is expected to abide by the same set of zoning rules which means the mosque must relocate or the city will turn a blind eye to the illegal mosque in the double-standard spirit of “reasonable accommodation.”