Lanaudière man accuses town of harassment, racism
A man from a Lanaudière community 80 km north of Montreal is suing his town for what he calls harassment and racism.
Antonio Scafuro admits he's been in several court scuffles with the town of d'Entrelacs, in files ranging from problems with his septic tank to construction permits to his dog, the 42-year-old businessman saying it's all stemming from issues with his property.
But the resident alleges the town has gone too far by harassing him through all these court battles and going even further with racial insults. Scafuro accuses a city inspector of uttering a racial slur, telling him "they don't need any Ginos around here."
"What does it mean being called a Gino? It means, the last time I checked, they called me Tony, not Gino. There has to be a discrimination problem because I'm Italian?" Scafuro told CJAD 800 News.
Scafuro said on another occasion, another city inspector asked him what gang he was with, after telling the inspector he originally hailed from the borough of St. Michel. Scafuro dismissed claims that he was violating bylaws by operating without the proper construction permits, saying the town is purposefully refusing to give him those permits.
Scafuro is suing for half a million dollars. The mayor of the town is calling the lawsuit frivolous, saying Scafuro owes thousands in fines and back taxes.