Halifax bar must pay damages, undergo education after racial profiling case

Metro Halifax thebuzz@tc.tc
Published on June 3, 2014


Staff and managers at one of Halifax’s best-known bars have been ordered to undergo education on racial profiling after calling police on a customer in February 2010.

Halifax Alehouse staff refused to serve Dino Gilpin on Feb. 20 because they wouldn’t accept his Canadian citizenship card as photo ID.

A manager called police to have Gilpin – who was drinking a glass of water – removed from the premises when he refused to leave after that.

A Human Rights Commission ruling last July stated that the Alehouse staff discriminated against Gilpin, based on his race, by calling police to have him removed.

A news release from the Commission issued June 3 states that the Alehouse must now pay Gilpin more than $6,800 in damages, and have all management and staff undergo education on racial profiling and cultural competencies.

The release also notes that Alehouse management, staff, and Gilpin worked together with a Commission facilitator in a restorative process to determine the remedies.

“When the people involved in instances of discrimination come together to discuss their experience, their take on what happened, there is an opportunity for constructive conversations to take place that help to understand what broke down, what happened and how we all can do our part to treat others with dignity and respect,” said Commission chief executive officer Tracey Williams.