COU­PLE FINDS GI­ANT MUSH­ROOM Teach­ers de­cry Que­bec’s pro­posed re­li­gious sym­bol ban

StarMetro Edmonton - - CANADA & WORLD - Mor­gan Lowrie OLYA KUT­SI­U­RUBA/DAVID SWAB Gil­lian Wong

MON­TREAL—Am­rit Kaur’s tur­ban never leaves her body, no mat­ter what she does.

A 27-year-old stu­dent teacher from Vau­dreuil-Do­rion, west of Mon­treal, she’s one of many Que­be­cers who could see her ca­reer choices limited if the prov­ince’s newly elected government goes through with a prom­ise to Olya Kut­si­u­ruba and David Swab of Van­cou­ver burst out laugh­ing on see­ing the gi­ant king bo­lete mush­room. It tipped the scales at 2.92 kilo­grams and mea­sured about 36 cen­time­tres wide. Am­rit Kaur says stu­dents must see di­ver­sity in school.

ban cer­tain state em­ploy­ees — in­clud­ing judges, po­lice of­fi­cers and teach­ers — from wear­ing re­li­gious sym­bols in the work­place.

“To say that you can be dif­fer­ent as a class, but your teach­ers have to be this (cer­tain) way, sets the prece­dent that this is the norm, and it’s not OK to just live your truth,” Kaur said.

Mon­treal teacher Furheen Ahmed said she’d fight for her rights and those of her col­leagues. Rob Green, a fel­low teacher, said many of Ahmed’s col­leagues will be fight­ing right there with her.

In the past, he said teach­ers have held demon­stra­tions, cre­ated vi­ral videos and donned re­li­gious sym­bols en masse as a form of sup­port. VAN­COU­VER—The Trans Moun­tain pipe­line has been shut down as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure af­ter a pos­si­ble oil spill in Surrey.

In a state­ment, the com­pany said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of a “gaso­line-like sub­stance” found in a ditch near the pipe­line.

“At this time, we have found no ev­i­dence that the source of the prod­uct is the pipe­line,” the com­pany said.

Surrey fire de­part­ment as­sis­tant chief Shel­ley Mor­ris said fire crews de­ployed a haz­ardous-ma­te­ri­als team to the scene on Satur­day evening. BEI­JING—Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties scram­bled to con­tain a pub­lic re­la­tions mess over the dis­ap­pear­ance of the for­mer In­ter­pol pres­i­dent dur­ing his trip home to China, say­ing Mon­day that he was be­ing law­fully in­ves­ti­gated for bribery and other crimes.

On Mon­day, the act­ing In­ter­pol pres­i­dent told The As­so­ci­ated Press the agency had not been in­formed in ad­vance of the Chi­nese probe into Meng Hong­wei, who is also China’s vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity. In a sign of the ur­gent and pos­si­bly un­planned na­ture of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity said in an an­nounce­ment that top min­istry of­fi­cials met in the early hours of Mon­day to dis­cuss Meng’s case.

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