To the Bhangra Community, Re: Bhangra Idols(Reps.) VS. Sheraton Wall Centre-Vancouver, B.C.-BC Human Rights Case In September of 2008, the representatives for Bhangra Idols tried to book rooms at the above stated hotel, but they were denied the booking due to them having "Bhangra" in their brand name. Sheraton's explanation was that they previously had problems with a group with the same name "Bhangra" in it, and they have policy that states they cannot accept any groups with the name "Bhangra" in it. So, a Bhangra Idols representative asked for this policy, but was not provided one. Therefore the representatives filed a BC Human Rights Case against Sheraton Wall Centre particular to the following code: Discrimination in accommodation, service and facility 8 (1) A person must not, without a bona fide and reasonable justification, (a) deny to a person or class of persons any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public, or (b) discriminate against a person or class of persons regarding any accommodation, service, or facility customarily available to the public because of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age of that person or class of persons. The Bhangra Idols legal team established that- participants in "Bhangra" are associated, overwhelmingly, with Punjab, therefore a protected group under the code. The final decision after the incident (on September 16th 2008, and then a long litigation) came in today, by the BC Human Rights Tribunal Member: "...having found the complaint justified, I must order the respondent (Sheraton) to "cease the contravention and refrain from committing the same or a similar one", and I so order." "I may make a declaratory order that the conduct complained of is discrimination contrary to the Code, and I so order" Please log onto the following link: www.bchrt.bc.ca/decisions/2011/pdf/june/147_C1_and_Sangha_v_Sheraton_Wall_Centre_No_2_2011_BCHRT_147.pdf Thank You Regards, Bhangra Idols Admin.