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.