York University's Jewish holidays called discriminatory

March 31, 2008

An investigator for the Ontario Human Rights Commission has concluded that York University's policy of cancelling classes on Jewish holidays discriminates against students of other religions.  For the past 34 years, York has cancelled 3 days of classes each year for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  A postal-code analysis suggests that 5.8% of York's student population is Jewish, 4.8% Muslim, 34.9% Catholic and 22.1% Protestant.  The Toronto Star | Maclean's

Correction: April 3, 2008
No Human Rights ruling as yet on Jewish holidays: On Tuesday, we noted stories in the Toronto Star and Maclean's that suggested an Ontario Human Rights Commission investigator had made a "ruling" finding York University's observance of Jewish holidays discriminatory. The Commission is correcting these reports, indicating that the case has not yet come before the Commissioners for a decision. The parties have received a case report prepared by Commission staff, which summarizes the results of an investigation, and makes no recommendation one way or the other. CNW