This is a Human Rights Tribunal operated as part of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Here is the legislation which empowers the tribunal. A choice selection, which actually lets them do this under Canadian law.
No complaints to be considered in certain cases
The Canadian media has been full of Human Rights Tribunal crap for the past few years. These people are a bunch of politically correct flunkies who would happily restrict all personal freedoms just to avoid taking the risk that someones feelings might be hurt.
(5) No complaint in relation to a discriminatory practice may be dealt with by the Commission under this Part unless the act or omission that constitutes the practice
(a) occurred in Canada and the victim of the practice was at the time of the act or omission either lawfully present in Canada or, if temporarily absent from Canada, entitled to return to Canada;
(b) occurred in Canada and was a discriminatory practice within the meaning of section 5, 8, 10, 12 or 13 in respect of which no particular individual is identifiable as the victim; or
(c) occurred outside Canada and the victim of the practice was at the time of the act or omission a Canadian citizen or an individual lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence.
My favourite involved a mayor in BC who refused to sign a proclaimation as worded by a particular group. He could not sign it as originally written for personal reasons, and a proclaimation is viewed as an endorsement by many. He did not personally support the group, as is his personal right and freedom.
I belive that significant legal fees were spent to defend him. Note that the above example is under slightly different legislation (provincial, rather than federal law). If you scroll to the end, you will see the options available - some appointed hack can order a duly elected mayor to issue proclaimations, pay monetary fines, and, most frighteningly, force him to attend the Big Brotherish Educational session. That last option does not leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling, although it was not required in this case. Here is the entire sorry list of the year 2000 BC decisions. I am sure that some of them are legitimate, but I would rather they were heard before a real judge, with a well understood and legitimate appeal process.
I am not even certain whether you can appeal these decisions - the entire infrastructure of these commissions is akin to a formalized witch hunt.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Rom 1:16