B.C. Couple’s Complaint About Non-Halal Meat Dismissed by B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

A Muslim couple’s complaint over the salami at a B. C. grocery store has been dismissed by the B. C. Human Rights Tribunal. William and Micheline Issa filed a complaint with the tribunal on behalf of themselves and their three children, saying the Real Canadian Superstore in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam served them salami containing pork a year ago. The couple said consuming pork would violate their religious beliefs. The tribunal heard the couple were told by deli workers of the pork before receiving the meat. The Issas said in the complaint that they were concerned they had previously been served salami containing pork. Loblaws, which owns the store, had offered to settle the complaint by paying the couple $5,000 for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect, and giving another $5,000 to a charity of the couple’s choice.