Three top stories from around the ice-bound North Country.
1.Fired French Waiter Says Rudeness is His Culture
Guillaume Rey, a French waiter who was fired from a top Vancouver restaurant for being “aggressive, rude and disrespectful” is now claiming he wasn’t rude, he’s just French. He is now suing his former employer via the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal for “discrimination against my culture.”
The restaurant says he violated their code of conduct despite repeated warning. Rey and the restaurant will now face a hearing.
“Mr Rey will have to explain what it is about his French heritage that would result in behaviour that people misinterpret as a violation of workplace standards of acceptable conduct,” Human Rights Tribunal member Devyn Cousineau wrote in her decision accepting the case.
The Guardian has the full story.
2.Toronto Restauranteur Goads Vegan Protesters
The co-owner of The Antler, a restaurant in Toronto which serves deer, bison and other meat from animals native to Canada, got sick of vegan protesters demonstrating outside the window of his restaurant.
So he took an animal leg, took it to a table right by the window, and began chopping and preparing it right in front of the demonstrators.
Activists were incensed that he had deliberately brought the deer leg to “taunt” them.
BlogTo has the tape.
3.’Sweet Jesus’ Ice Cream Slammed as ‘Hate Speech’
The Toronto chain ice cream store ‘Sweet Jesus’ is currently expanding operations into the United States. But it has met stiff opposition there from Christian groups who consider its brand blasphemous and are planning a boycott campaign.
“Choosing the name of our Lord for a brand of soft-serve ice cream is totally offensive and revolting,” a petition demanding a name change read on CitizenGo.org.
But Sweet Jesus is not backing down.
“After a lot of thought, we have decided that we will not make a change,” the owners of the chain told CBC News. “Sweet Jesus is an honest reflection of our experiences and that of our customers and how they react when they try our product. In our experience, the majority of people understand that we’re not trying to make a statement about religion.”
CBC has the details.