RCMP stops us­ing ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate’ screen­ing doc­u­ment aimed at Mus­lims

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

A spokesman for Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Ralph Goodale says an RCMP ques­tion­naire that sin­gled out Mus­lim asy­lum seek­ers has been deemed in­ap­pro­pri­ate and taken out of cir­cu­la­tion.

The ques­tion­naire was used at the Quebec border cross­ing that saw an in­flux of thou­sands of asy­lum seek­ers from the U.S. this sum­mer.

Among other things, the ques­tion­naire asked opin­ions about free­dom of re­li­gious prac­tice, head cov­er­ings as­so­ci­ated with Mus­lim women and ter­ror­ist groups with mainly Mus­lim mem­bers.

A copy of the ques­tion­naire was given to The Cana­dian Press by Toronto lawyer Clifford McCarten.

Pub­lic Safety Spokesman Scott Bard­s­ley says the depart­ment was im­me­di­ately con­cerned when it learned of the doc­u­ment be­cause some ques­tions were in­ap­pro­pri­ate and not con­sis­tent with govern­ment pol­icy.

Bard­s­ley says the RCMP has sus­pended use of the ques­tion­naire.

MON­TREAL En­vi­ron­men­tal groups say what is be­lieved to be the first ship­ment of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied salmon in Canada likely ended up on the plates of Quebec con­sumers.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by three groups found that 4.5 met­ric tonnes of the ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied fil­lets were shipped from Panama to Quebec.

They used fed­eral govern­ment im­port sta­tis­tics to match claims by U.S.-based com­pany AquaBounty Tech­nolo­gies it sold the prod­uct between April and June of this year.

Panama is the only place the com­pany pro­duces ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied salmon.

Thibault Rehn of Mon­treal group Vig­i­lance OGM says it’s un­clear who ended up pur­chas­ing the salmon as most ma­jor gro­cery stores told the groups they weren’t sell­ing the fil­lets at their seafood coun­ters.

En­vi­ron­men­tal groups say con­sumers have a right to know what they are eat­ing.

Health Canada doesn’t re­quire la­belling on ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied food, say­ing the items have been as­sessed for safety and nu­tri­tional stan­dards.

AquaBounty, which has a pro­duc­tion plant in P.E.I., has not said where the salmon was sold.

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