Canada | Discrimination | News | Real Estate | Toronto

Toronto-Area RE/MAX Real Estate Agent Distributes Homophobic Flyer Promoting 'Traditional' Families


A RE/MAX Real Estate agent in the Toronto-area city of Mississauga is under fire for distributing sales brochures which included an article promoting "traditional families" as the best for the future of children, the Mississauga News reports:

The piece in question is a study conducted by a sociology professor from Texas University that says unemployment is three times higher among offspring of homosexual couples than those of heterosexual couples. The brochure cites the report as having been originally published in Social Research Science.

Lorne Park resident Jon McDonald, a retired elementary school teacher, was outraged by the material and sees no reason for such information to be printed in a real estate brochure.

"It just makes no sense whatsoever," McDonald told The News. "On the inside is information on how to maintain your air conditioner, how to save money, what you should know about air conditioners, all things you need to know if you're looking to purchase a home. The back (of the brochure) just seems so incongruous and offensive."

The Toronto Star adds:

Const. George Tudos said the Criminal Investigation Bureau looked into the incident and spoke to Ciastek about the impact of the literature. No charges will be laid, he said.

Christine Martysiewicz, director of internal and public relations for RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada, said “the views and opinions expressed in this piece do not reflect those of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada or our agents.”

She said Ciastek will issue a public apology and make a donation to a local charity of the company’s choosing.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. I have had several bad experiences with RE/MAX Realtors on one side of the transaction or another. Rude and incompetent. They rent a desk and the supervising broker cares very little about what they do since he/she receives only a very small percentage of their commission. Avoid doing business with them if at all possible.

    Posted by: marcoslb | May 2, 2013 1:31:29 PM

  2. Can't wait to read the "apology" from Ciastek for using the widely discredited UT/Mark Regnerus Gay-Parenting Study to trash gay families. Ciastek's but another bigoted user of pseudo-science to support his skewed view of people he doesn't like. I can't believe the area RE/MAX office gave such a lame defense of their agent. As far as I can determine, they're in the putz category, too.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | May 2, 2013 1:31:51 PM

  3. I intend to contact Remax and offer my opinion that their response is not adequate. The man attached material promoting an inappropriate message with the Remax name attached to it. If they don't terminate the agent's contract they are in effect condoning his opinion.

    Saying he will apologize and make a donation to an LGBT organization is really a slap in the face, implying an empty apology and a token donation is going to make right this mans actions.

    Posted by: BSmart2 | May 2, 2013 1:39:50 PM

  4. I knew this guy when I lived in Toronto. I kind of agree with him. He makes a lot of valid points.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 2, 2013 1:52:53 PM

  5. It's disturbing how many homophobic stories there are coming from Canada the last few years.

    Posted by: Pigs | May 2, 2013 1:54:17 PM

  6. “I didn’t want to offend anybody ... I didn’t have bad intentions,” Ciastek said.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | May 2, 2013 1:59:01 PM

  7. Regnerus...the gift that keeps giving

    Posted by: Steve | May 2, 2013 2:01:53 PM

  8. feel free to contact him via REMAX :-)

    that's what we're doing.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 2, 2013 2:04:15 PM

  9. Care to send a message to the realtoer yourself?

    Posted by: Chris Hodgson | May 2, 2013 2:07:18 PM

  10. @Little Kiwi -- Is that really you? With whom are you agreeing? When you lived in Toronto...according to Grindr you're still here.

    Posted by: Gigi | May 2, 2013 2:07:32 PM

  11. @Gigi - that was the resident troll who's obsessed with me :) it's ok, though. if i had his life i'd be jealous of me, too.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 2, 2013 2:09:05 PM

  12. ps. Say Hi on grindr!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 2, 2013 2:12:08 PM

  13. "I kind of agree with him. He makes a lot of valid points."

    Really Kiwi? Because even the "researcher" is offended how his "findings" have been used and distorted. I was surprised to hear of this homophobia coming from such a civilized area and now, thanks to you, I see that it is a wave. Nice...

    Posted by: Chris Hodgson | May 2, 2013 2:14:46 PM

  14. Thanks for the update Kiwi. We have said hi before. ;)

    Posted by: Gigi | May 2, 2013 2:24:14 PM

  15. oh HEYY!!!! yes, i remember you! werk!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 2, 2013 2:28:52 PM

  16. Chris,


    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 2, 2013 2:31:17 PM

  17. Having the agent make an apology and a contribution to charity is a totally inadequate response, and a totally inadequate punishment. They need to fire the agent on the spot.

    And the company needs to apologize for and cease including articles about things other than real estate in their sales literature.

    Why is should a real estate sale brochure containing anything other than information about the kinds of property being sold, the areas those properties are in and about their sales agents? Even if the brochure werw to contain an article about types of families and job market outcomes of children that was not biased and not discredited I still would be offended by the presumption that I would need to or want to obtain knowledge about this or any other subject from this or any other company's publication.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | May 2, 2013 2:33:46 PM

  18. Andrew Ciastek
    Re/Max Realty One Inc
    102-50 Burnhamthorpe Rd W
    Mississauga, ON L5B 3C2
    Phone: 905-277-0771
    Fax: 905-277-0086

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 2, 2013 2:37:07 PM

  19. I tried to find out more about the journal "Social Research Science". Apparently no such thing exists. I wonder if this "research" is completely fabricated. Regnerus at least did a study even if it was totally stacked against gay people and it didn't prove what people attributed to it.

    Posted by: Charlie | May 2, 2013 3:14:28 PM

  20. I cant wait to hear his non apology. Take him down Remax or be taken down.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 2, 2013 3:20:29 PM

  21. @Charlie -- Yes, the journal "Social Science Research" really exists, but the Regnerus study has been completley discredited. The American Sociological Association has publicly stated in numerous places that there is no negative effect on children of LGBT parents. Here is a link to the Washington Post op-ed saying so.

    Posted by: kit | May 2, 2013 4:40:58 PM

  22. You know a place is trouble when its name contains eleven letters, starting with "Mississ".

    Posted by: Merv | May 2, 2013 6:59:59 PM

  23. amazingly blank profile on Re-Max...

    Looks like his next question he will ask is "would you like to super-size your order?" What a dunce. Good luck with landing a new career, gramps. It's tricky when you are old, fat, bald and bitter.

    Posted by: millerbeach | May 3, 2013 3:22:51 AM

  24. Any advertising that promotes a home as "perfect for families" would be illegal in the US under HUD guidelines.

    This advertisement would likely earn him a suspension of his license.

    I'm surprised that a Canadian office, even as a franchise, would offer such a tepid response.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | May 3, 2013 9:19:19 AM

  25. @Chris Hodgson
    Regerus isn't offended by anything. If he seems to be paddling back that's just show to hide the origins and true intents of the "study". Don't be fooled by it. He knew exactly what he was doing and the "study" is being used exactly the way he and his masters planned it.

    Posted by: Steve | May 3, 2013 11:35:42 AM

  26. 1 2 »

Post a comment


« «Watch LIVE: Rhode Island Final House Vote on Marriage Equality« «