Human rights complaint about Mandarin-only strata meetings settled out of court
17 October 2018
Nearly three years after it was filed, a homeowner's human rights
complaint about language used at his former condo building's strata
meetings has been settled.
It marks the end of the dispute between Andreas Kargut and the
Wellington Court strata council, which began when the council switched
to Mandarin-only meetings.
In his initial complaint in 2015, Kargut said Mandarin-only meetings
left English-speaking owners out of strata discussions. He also said it
was a constitutional issue because Canada's official languages are
English and French.
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal agreed to hear the dispute and hearings had been set for later this year.
Both languages to be used
Kargut withdrew his complaint after reaching a "compromise agreement"
with the council, according to a statement from his lawyer on Wednesday.
Details of the agreement aren't being released.
Rose Knight, Kargut's lawyer, said the strata now requires annual and
special meetings to be held in both English and Mandarin. Council
meetings are to be held in both languages if requested.
Agendas and meeting minutes are either in English or in both languages.