B.C.'ers Should Support Ontario Man in Helmet Fight, says Sikh Leader

March 6, 2008

Author: Andy Ivens

Source: The Vancouver Province/Canwest News Service

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=3b63f5cf-129e-401c-89ba-78525b67a1ca&k=76933

B.C. Sikhs should get behind an Ontario man in his fight against that province's motorcycle helmet law, a local Sikh leader said Thursday.

An Ontario judge on Thursday dismissed Baljinder Badesha's argument that he should not be required to wear a helmet because it violates the Sikh religion's requirement to wear a turban at all times.

A 1996 B.C. case similar to Badesha's went in favour of baptized Sikh Avtar Singh Dhillon, who successfully argued his religious rights trumped the Motor Vehicle Act helmet law.