Ontario activist still wants to proceed with Cleveland Indians complaint

first_imgAn Indigenous activist says he’d like to go ahead with human rights complaints against the Cleveland Indians despite a recent announcement that the baseball team would be changing its controversial logo.Douglas Cardinal says the decision to remove the image of the fictional Chief Wahoo from a team logo is a step in the right direction, but argues the team’s name is still racist and demeaning to Indigenous people.The Ontario-based architect has filed human rights complaints both at the federal and provincial level in a bid to prevent the team from using either its name or the Wahoo logo while playing baseball games in Canada.Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians team and Rogers Communications, all of which were named in the initial complaints, have been fighting to get the cases quashed.Cardinal says he still hopes to press ahead with his complaints despite the fact that Chief Wahoo will no longer appear on team caps or shirts starting in 2019.Major League Baseball says the decision to scrap the red-skinned, feather-wearing cartoon image came from the league’s commitment to “building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game.”Cardinal credits the league for making the right decision, but says it’s still important to fight against the Cleveland team’s name.“You have to watch it on TV and go to the sports arena and be demeaned to,” Cardinal said of the team name. “We just want to get rid of the logo, the name and everything, the whole reference.”Law firm Lenczner Slaght, which is shepherding Cardinal’s complaints through various tribunal processes, issued a statement celebrating Major League Baseball’s decision to do away with the Chief Wahoo image.But lawyer Monique Jilesen said the firm is still considering “all the implications” of the decision for their case, adding lawyers will be discussing the situation with Cardinal in the coming days.Cardinal first filed a complaint against the team in October 2016 at the height of a playoff series that pitted the Indians against the Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s sole MLB team.Cardinal alleged the Cleveland team’s name and the Wahoo logo amounted to racial discrimination against Indigenous viewers and violated both provincial and national human rights legislation.He also unsuccessfully sought an injunction that would have barred the team from using its name or logo during playoff games held in Toronto for the duration of the series.His two human rights complaints touched off a round of legal wrangling centred on whether tribunals were the appropriate forum for Cardinal’s concerns.Jilesen said it is still not known whether the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will hear the federal case. But in Ontario, parties named in Cardinal’s complaint contended that the provincial tribunal did not have jurisdiction over the issues at play.An Ontario tribunal decision from last May said MLB and Rogers argued that the application sought to “restrict the use in Ontario of federally-registered trade-marks,” saying the matter should be dealt with as a trademark issue. Even if it did raise human rights issues, they argued, those issues fell under federal rather than provincial jurisdiction.Adjudicator Jo-Anne Pickel ultimately dismissed those arguments and ruled that the provincial tribunal would hear the case. Jilesen said hearing dates have already been set for this July.Word of Chief Wahoo’s demise came on Monday when Major League Baseball issued a statement saying it had reached an agreement with the team to scrap the logo that featured prominently on team caps and jerseys since 1947. The team has been transitioning away from Chief Wahoo in recent years, switching to a block “C” in many areas.The statement said league Commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan agreed that the cartoonish image was “no longer appropriate for on-field use.”But the logo won’t disappear entirely, as the team still has the right to sell merchandise branded with the polarizing image in the Cleveland area. So while Chief Wahoo may not appear on the field, the grinning caricature will likely still be visible in stadium seats.— with files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

A quick rundown of the six leaders meeting with Trudeau at the

first_imgCanada plays host starting Friday to the leaders of the G7 countries. Here are some quick details about the six leaders who will be meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.France: Emmanuel MacronIn current office since: 2017Party: La Republique En Marche!, which Macron founded, has been described as centrist, social democratic and liberal.Age: 40Born in: Amiens, France.Spouse: Brigitte Macron.Pre-politics profession: Civil servant and investment banker.Seniority within the G7: The second-least experienced member, ahead of Italy’s Giuseppe Conte but behind Donald Trump, who assumed office in early 2017.G7 quote: “We must not fall apart. The other six G7 countries are a market that is bigger than the American market.”Fact unrelated to G7: Macron’s dog Nemo, who he brings to work, was once caught on camera urinating on a fireplace in the Elysee Palace while Macron met with some cabinet ministers.___Germany: Angela MerkelIn current office since: 2005Age: 63Party: Christian Democratic Union, a centre-right coalition.Born in: Hamburg, Germany (The city was in West Germany at the time, but Merkel’s family moved to East Germany when she was only a few months old).Spouse: Joachim Sauer.Pre-politics profession: Physicist.Seniority within the G7: Merkel is the longest-tenured leader in the G7, making her the most senior leader of the group.G7 quote: “It is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions.”Fact unrelated to G7: Merkel, who reportedly was bitten by a dog in 1995, quipped that Vladimir Putin’s dog “doesn’t eat journalists, after all,” after the Russian leader said the dog would behave itself upon entering the duo’s first meeting after Merkel became chancellor.___Italy: Giuseppe ConteIn current office since: Last Friday after the two largest parties in the Italian legislature agreed on Conte as a compromise candidate for prime minister, breaking a political deadlock that followed the March 4 national election.Party: Five Star Movement, a populist right-wing party, which joined a coalition with the Lega party to form government.Age: 53Born in: Volturara Appula, Italy.Spouse: He and his wife are separated. They have a 10-year-old son.Pre-politics profession: Professor of law.Seniority within the G7: Having just assumed office, Conte is the most junior member of the group. The G7 is also his first international trip.G7 quote: “Italy’s first position will be to make itself known, the latter to be respected.”Fact unrelated to G7: A law professor, Conte has been accused of embellishing his academic history, including roles at New York University, University of Malta and the Sorbonne in Paris. He has denied all accusations of embellishment.___Japan: Shinzo AbeIn current office since: 2012 (although he also served as Japanese prime minister from 2006 to 2007)Party: Liberal Democratic, which can be described as conservative in its policies. Abe’s maternal grandfather, former Japanese prime minister Nobusuke Kishi, helped form the party in 1955.Age: 63Born in: Tokyo, Japan.Spouse: Akie Abe.Pre-politics profession: Political aide and worker in a steel plant.Seniority within the G7: Abe is second in seniority to Merkel, and is serving his fourth term as Japanese prime minister.G7 quote: “No country benefits from retaliatory trade restrictions…. My message is (the) G7 should play a role in free and fair global economic development.”Fact unrelated to G7: Just last month, Abe delivered Olympic gold medal figure skater Alina Zagitova a three-month-old Akita puppy because the Russian teen requested to get one of the Japanese breed if he brought home a medal.___United States: Donald TrumpIn current office since: 2017Party: Republican.Age: 71Born in: New York City.Spouse: Melania Trump.Pre-politics profession: Real estate developer, businessman and television personality.Seniority within the G7: Trump is the third most junior leader of the G7, ahead of Macron and Conte, but heads the largest economy and is arguably the biggest voice at the table.G7 quote: “Isn’t it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem…But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt!”Fact unrelated to G7: Trump has a few television and movie credits to his name beyond “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” including “Zoolander,” “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” and an episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” where he quipped, “I like keeping a low profile,” and later, “everybody is always blaming me for everything.”___United Kingdom: Theresa MayIn current office since: 2016Party: Conservative.Age: 61Born in: Eastbourne, Sussex, England.Spouse: Philip May.Pre-politics profession: Worked at the Bank of England and the British agency that manages payment systems.Seniority within the G7: May is right in the middle, behind Trudeau and ahead of Trump.G7 quote: A readout of May’s call with Trudeau last month noted, “The leaders had a broad discussion about the upcoming G7, including the importance of G7 action to tackle hostile state activity.”Fact unrelated to G7: May, who had two dogs as a child, introduced new licensing rules for breeders set to come into force this year to crack down on puppy mills and, as she put it, “do everything we can to eradicate animal cruelty from our society.”___last_img read more