January 14, 2017

Toronto Hindu plays “religion card” in fight with City Hall — and wins

David MenziesMission Specialist

The saying, “You can’t fight city hall” was clearly coined before Human Rights Commissions existed because based on a recent precedent set by someone who played the “cultural/religious insensitivity” card, it turns out some can get away with not abiding by municipal bylaws.

According to a Toronto Star story, Toronto resident Sanjeev Joshi wanted to get rid of a tree that occupies the front lawn of his property but it’s rare for the city to allow residents to chop trees down.

The city rejected his request and for over a year, he tried and failed to get the city to reverse its decision until eventually deciding to play his trump card.

Being Hindu, Joshi argued that the tree’s position in front of the main door of his house violated his belief in Vastu, which is “the architectural science of harnessing nature’s energy for well-being of family.”

How do you prove this? It doesn’t really matter, does it.

This was no longer a tree issue but rather, a religious/cultural issue.

Watch as I show you what happened next.

Remember this if you’re a citizen of Toronto and don’t want to go through the hassle of going through proper channels at city hall -- just come up with some mumbo-jumbo cultural/religious reason why you can’t follow the rules like everyone else, and you’ll get your way.

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commented 2017-01-15 03:22:22 -0500
I am going to eat both Pork and Beef this week—— yummmm
commented 2017-01-15 03:18:39 -0500
I would vote for any Politician— that had the balls to say to you Brown ,Black ,and Yellow people— that you are in CANADA now— Now here are the RULES—- ……. And if you don’t like the our rules --then get to fuck out !
commented 2017-01-15 01:32:18 -0500
Looks like a Hindu ain’t much better than a Muslim.
Welcome to Canada .
commented 2017-01-15 01:16:42 -0500
Karan Singh, yes we are governed by idiots. (voted in by idiot voters)…. at all levels of Gov’t.
They are not making it easy for many of us to accept new immigrants.
commented 2017-01-15 00:14:48 -0500
How come the Jews never lower themselves—— to level of Hindus and Muslims ? I guess they must have Pride—- and they don’t need to beg.
commented 2017-01-15 00:03:47 -0500
So— now the Hindus are going to use their Religion to subjugate US. Nice! So now we we got the Hindus , Sikhs and the Muslims fucking us up the ass.
commented 2017-01-14 22:03:13 -0500
I hope that you are wrong —-Karan
You are a very honest LADY.
commented 2017-01-14 21:30:19 -0500
I know for a fact that even in his native India ‘vastu’ is NOT considered a valid reason to alter landscape.
It makes me wonder if Canadian govt. (i.e. all 3 levels of the govt.) is being run by idiots??
commented 2017-01-14 20:56:59 -0500
Now that a precedence have been set, there will be no dearth of more demands & claims on the basis of individual religion & cultures. ‘Vastu’ is not even a part of hindu religion or culture. If not religiously at least culturally hindus & sikkhs are as retarded as mohammedans. Judging from his last name the said individual ‘Sanjeev Joshi’ sounds from the ‘Brahmin’ class (priests) of hindus. In hindu religion brahmins are specifically forbidden from cutting down any green tree. It’s considered equivalent to murder in their religion, they are allowed to take out a dead tree/dry wood but not green tree.
It’s not the question of whether city hall was wrong in denying his request to remove the said tree & the home owner was right. The question here is how new immigrants can bend or circumvent the established rules & laws of the land by citing some frivolous cultural/religious practices which should never trump over the established laws & rules of the land in the first place. If he had some genuine grievance he should have gone to the court & presented some rational reasons against flaws of those rules, not take cover behind his religion/culture to evade those rules & dupe the govt.
Slowly, but surely, under multiculturalism Canada is slipping towards anarchy, the end would be each culture/ethnicity vying for their part out of this country.
commented 2017-01-14 20:46:06 -0500
Maybe, we should put in writing some words that these sun-baked new Canadians can comprehend.
Something Christian—-
commented 2017-01-14 20:25:18 -0500
This is a real crock. When did this guy buy the house and when was the tree planted? If the tree was there first, he loses.
Vastu is a ‘philosophy’ of architectural considerations when building, designing or buying a house for Hindus, same as Feng Shui is for Asians. But Asians usually look for houses that are feng shui friendly, then buy them.
As the above article stated, this will now set a “precedent for somebody wanting to do the same thing”.
commented 2017-01-14 20:15:06 -0500
The saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” This guy really wanted to be rid of that tree, so he used whatever avenue was at his disposal and the religion card worked.
commented 2017-01-14 17:50:11 -0500
True. Most Hindus are good folk. They don’t usually lower themselves to the Islam level. Enjoy you Just reward – Joshi. Maybe someday you will be Man.
commented 2017-01-14 17:42:19 -0500
Better Hinduism than worshiping the State.
commented 2017-01-14 17:38:35 -0500
OFTW—- My skin colour is White .
I am Christian.
If Heaven is all about fucking Virginal prepubescent children —
You are EVIL.
commented 2017-01-14 17:34:00 -0500
I don’t give a damn about the tree. I care about the FEAR that Political Correctness inspires .
commented 2017-01-14 15:54:56 -0500
Ya but it doesn’t work for Christians
commented 2017-01-14 15:09:22 -0500
If it’s on my property that I legally own I can do whatever I want to without interference from the “State” PERIOD.
commented 2017-01-14 15:02:37 -0500
Toronto, thank you for taking more than your share of Refugees. Now if you could just leave Canada, many dreams would be fulfilled.
commented 2017-01-14 11:33:36 -0500
Is TO.still part of Canada???
commented 2017-01-14 11:17:27 -0500
Reason, and certainly justice, do not exist in these quasi-judicial tribunals – they are the closest thing we have to the old soviet era star chamber political trials.

Reasonableness, empathy, equality and most important, truth, are left at the doorstep of these echo-chambers of political dogmatism – they produce no legitimate verdict because justice is not their output, their output is the entrenchment of errant political ideologies – the track record shows it.
commented 2017-01-14 11:12:17 -0500
The tree doesn’t strike me as being of significance (as opposed to a 500yo oak, or 200yo cedar) and Mr. Joshi should have the right to remove it.
However, the city dropped the ball by creating a precedent in that cultural reasons will now and forever trump municipal bylaws. They should have seen this coming and changed their minds allowing the cutting permit based on the tree being “insignificant”.
commented 2017-01-14 10:56:40 -0500
Note it was Papa Doc that stole our property rights in 1982. Baby Doc wants to steal our right to cheap, accessible basic needs through the carbon tax.
commented 2017-01-14 10:14:04 -0500
If this Guy had been a Muslim, He would have gone to City Hall and stated ‘Your heads or my Tree, Your choice’

Instant approval.
commented 2017-01-14 09:49:08 -0500
To me what Mr. Joshi proved was you can only have property rights in Canada if you are part of a cultural religious minority.

If I own a piece of property, I own improvements attached to it as part of my property: buildings, soil, garden, trees, shrubs. Because I own those improvements, I should be able to dispose of them as I see fit, which includes pruning or felling an undesirable tree.

So I say, “Good on Mr. Joshi!” He figured a method to regain his personal property rights, which is all that he wanted in the first place. Sadly, the method will not work for the vast majority, but I am willing to convert to Hinduism or Bhudism if that’s what it takes to regain the basic right of property ownership.
commented 2017-01-14 09:33:31 -0500
Smart move by Sanjeev Joshi. He should have told the city council to go piss up a rope and cut down the tree.
commented 2017-01-14 08:53:45 -0500
Well for once I side with the multi-cultis. Cut the friggin’ tree already.
commented 2017-01-14 08:51:08 -0500
Hey Menzoid, can I go off topic for a minute?
Marilyn Monsef has become minister for status of women.
Next time you are in Ottawa, can you take your camera, and find who the minister for the status of men is? After all, we all have to support equality, right?