Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Comedian Allowed to Appeal Ruling He Must Pay $35,000 to Artist He Mocked

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Comedian Allowed to Appeal Ruling He Must Pay $35,000 to Artist He Mocked

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Quebec comedian allowed to appeal ruling

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MONTREAL - A Quebec comedian is being allowed to appeal a ruling he must pay $35,000 to a young artist for mocking his appearance and singing.

The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ruled in July that Mike Ward made discriminatory comments about Jeremy Gabriel's handicap during shows between 2010 and 2013.

The Quebec Court of Appeal granted the permission to appeal today, although the case is not expected to proceed for a year or so.

Gabriel, who is now 19, has Treacher Collins syndrome, a congenital disorder characterized by craniofacial deformities.

He is well-known in Quebec and sang for the pope in 2006. He has also performed for Celine Dion.

Ward's lawyer, Julius Grey, has alleged the judge at the human rights tribunal made factual and legal errors in his ruling. …

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