A Richmond man is in a fight with his strata corporation over what he’s calling racism and discrimination because he doesn’t speak Mandarin.
Now he’s taking the case to the Human Rights Tribunal.
Andreas Kargut lives with his family in the Wellington Court development in Richmond and sat on the neighbourhood’s strata council from 2003 to 2014.
Since that time, he says the council has moved their meetings to fully be conducted in Mandarin.
He says he and another owner asked to be included in the most recent strata meeting, the council agreed, but the meeting would be in Mandarin.
“I felt really discriminated against and the other person who was supposed to also felt that way. He had actually sent an email to the president saying I feel we’re being discriminated against. I went one step further, I filed a human rights complaint.”
Kargut says the new strata council fired the previous property management company, and has gotten little done since.
He says the strata was offered a solution for their last AGM by the previous property managers.
“First Service actually recommended that we get an independent translator, and I think they run at about 100-dollars an hour, but it would’ve been a small price to pay. A lot of the really good ones, they actually know how to moderate a meeting to make sure everybody has their turn to speak.”
But he says they instead hired another translator who was ill-equipped to handle the meeting.
Karbut says he wants to be able to work with the strata council, but this was his last resort.
The president of the strata council was reached, but he refused to comment.