BC Okays Kirpan In Courtrooms

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BC Okays Kirpan In Courtrooms

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The timing of this is suspect as it looks like a BC Liberal attempt to win votes. 

Meanwhile in Montreal the federal NDP has just passed, as a core principle, an intercultural integration model of Canada that is the antitheses of this type of accommodation of religious beliefs.  I strongly doubt if the BC NDP will be adopting that view of our country anytime soon.

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The World Sikh Organization of Canada has worked with the British Columbia Ministry of Justice as well as the BC Sheriff Service to develop accommodation guidelines for the kirpan in BC courthouses.  The BC courthouse accommodation follows a similar accommodation procedure that was announced last year for Toronto courthouses and earlier this year for Alberta courthouses

Last month, WSO’s general legal counsel Palbinder Kaur Shergill and Executive Director Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning delivered a training seminar on the kirpan for BC Sheriffs.  A training video has been developed in partnership with the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

WSO President Prem Singh Vinning said, “The accommodation of the kirpan in BC courthouses is the result of a proactive dialogue and not the result of litigation.  It flowed from open and productive discussions with the BC Ministry of Justice.  We are pleased that more and more jurisdictions are adopting these kirpan guidelines, and that we also are able to offer the training resources necessary for a smooth roll out.”

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