A Chinese restaurant in downtown Toronto called Hong Shing is being accused of committing a human rights violation after asking a group of black customers to prepay for their food. The restaurant was ordered to provide $10,000 in compensation to one of their former customers.
Emile Wickham, the customer who filed the complaint, said that he and his friends went to Hong Shing to celebrate a friend's birthday. They were the only black customers in the restaurant. When they placed their order, the server told them that they'd have to pay for their meal in full immediately. After asking other customers in the restaurant if they had prepaid as well, Wickham realized that he and his group were being unfairly singled out.
Wickham's lawyer says that Wickham's mere presence as a black man in a restaurant was "presumed to be sufficient evidence" of his likeliness to commit a crime. He was treated like a "potential thief in waiting."
According to a study in 2017, privately owned and retail businesses make up 47% of where black respondents say that they experience racial profiling and discrimination. Wickham said that this incident left him feeling disappointed in Toronto, a city that's celebrated for its multiculturalism and diversity.
In their response, Hong Shing restaurant claimed that they only asked customers that they didn't recognize to prepay for their meal in order to prevent dine and dashing. Clearly, their "policy" completely backfired. The incident happened in 2014, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Canada has just now ordered Hong Shing to compensate Emile Wickham with $10,000.
Sunnybrook announced that kids within this age group are now able to book their appointments online if their condition is listed under the hospital's eligibility criteria.
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The hospital posted a list of at-risk, high-risk, and highest risk conditions that are being prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines.
Sunnybrook lists autoimmune disorders, respiratory diseases and heart disease as at-risk conditions, along with many more. High or highest risk health conditions include, but are not limited to, those who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, organ transplant recipients and people with neurological diseases.
The hospital tweeted that appointments are limited due to the vaccine supply and their clinic's capacity, so they suggest checking back the following day if all of the slots fill up. Appointments are required and walk-ins are not accommodated at Sunnybrook.
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