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Can we swim in the pool too?

Trudeau called for “the respect of individual rights and choices.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday dismissed the idea of a burkini ban in Canada, instead he called for the respect of individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance.

When asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban, Trudeau said, “we should be past tolerance in Canada”.

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Muslim family told they couldn’t swim at Manitoba waterpark due to burkini.

A Muslim mother and her daughters wearing burkinis had not been allowed to swim at a water park in Canada.

Mother Halima Jelloul, her husband and two daughters booked a room at the Lilac Resort in Winnipeg, capital of the southern Manitoba province, on Friday, CTV News reported.

The family was told that they could not enter the pool as they were wearing burkinis. Burkini ; full-body women’s swimsuits covering everything except the hands, face, and feet.

“About 10-15 minutes, the owner approached us. I said that due to the burkini me and my daughter were wearing we aren’t allowed on the waterslide,”Jelloul said.

“My daughters were crying. It wasn’t really a pleasing moment for us. So I had to check in with my daughters to see if they were okay and wanted to stay or leave,” she said.

Jelloul added, “on a daily basis we experience that at the beach. People looking at you not knowing what it is, which is okay, and some education needs to happen.”

“I was very uncomfortable, obviously. I wasn’t shocked it happened,” said Jelloul’s daughter Salma Douida.

“And I think that Muslim women or anyone who dresses modestly should have the right to. And that if this happens to them, they should speak up,” the 14-year-old added.

Lilac Resort’s owner, Dan Manaigre, said he approached the family because he didn’t know what a burkini was and thought it was streetwear — a major public health violation if worn in a pool. 

“I want to apologize to the family because I just didn’t know,” said Manaigre.

Links: TRT World The news Page CTV News

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