Translation by Michael Laudahn:
The presence of numerous immigrants in certain quarters of Montreal has incited kindergarden services to take this option.
At the pavillon Henri-Bourassa of the CPE Ste-Gertrude, north Montreal, one in two children belongs to the moslem faith. The administrative council has adopted directives with regard to nutrition.
‘Unless there is a religious prohibition, the CPE can offer to all children halal or kosher food’, we can read in the internal guideline document, adopted last spring.
According to the cases, all children eat a halal meal, explains Jean-Claude Lavergne, CPE directeur general [there’s also a directrice, further down], reminding that catholics, for their part, do not have any prohibitions. They can eat halal as well as kosher meals.
The basic idea behind this directive is integration, explains M Lavergne. ‘We cannot put any community member into a ghetto. We cannot invite them to make themselves distinct kindergardens. We want to integrate them, we want to put them into contact, we want to walk with all of our children, and in order to achieve this, we need to respect the limitations imposed by the exercise of a religion.’
Several years ago, the CPE charged an additional 1 dollar per day to those who wished to have a halal meal. Since the family ministry has sharpened its policy on overbilling, this is no longer permitted.
So since 2007, a halal meal is offered, without extra charge, since 10 or more percent of CPE clients demand it.
As we presently talk about 50 % of the children, it is more economical to serve one single meal – halal – to all children. When pork is on the menue, two different meals are prepared, specifies the directeur general.
One step further, the north Montreal CPE, on its part, has offered since 2004 an exclusively vegetarian menue.
‘The decision has not been taken in the wake of religious prohibitions, but rather motivated by a desire to discover an unknown nutrition’, specifies the directrice general, Claire Kanaan. She, however, acknowledges that this directive facilitates the task with moslem children, who wish to eat halal.
At the ministry, nothing limits nutritional directives connected to religious prohibitions, explains speaker Nadia Caron. The meals simply need to respect the canadian nutritional guide.
A ministerial policy prohibits any activity having as an objective the teaching of a belief, a dogma or a religion. ‘A CPE or a subsidised private kindergarden offering halal meat does not necessarily mean that it teaches a religious commandment’, indicates Mme Caron.
Since 2010, the ministry has received five complaints from parents who wished a reasonable arrangement permitting their children to eat halal meals at the kindergardens. On the contrary, no complaint was written for the reason of getting halal meals served.
This subject can raise passions. The important thing is to inform the clients in those cases where exclusively halal meals are being served, according to StÈphane Papi, jurist and researcher at the Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman, Aix-en-Provence.
‘What is really at stake is, according to my impression, the ‘management’ of cultural diversity by finding pragmatic solutions, legally based, and not to erase it, by either refusing cultural, religious, or where they appear nutritional habits, which do not correspond to those of the majority, or to enforce these habits even more on the majority if they are not informed about it’, believes M Papi.
Halal food respects the directives of islam, dictated by the koran. The term halal means ‘allowed, authorised or permitted’. The slaughtering of the meat is to be done according to strict rules. Especially noteworthy, the animal is slaughtered in a halal-certified centre, by a moslem who pronounces a sharia phrase at the moment of the slaughtering. Other kinds of food, like pork and related products, alcohol and meat-eating animals – others than those conforming to halal slaughtering – are forbidden. Gelatine, enzymes and emulsifying agents are seen as dubious.
Why do countries like Canada insist on repeating all the same things which Europe already has found out are costly errors? This degree of madness is not easy to beat.
I found this website on the north Montreal CPEs: http://www.cpemn.com/personnel.html
Their phone and fax number can be found at http://www.cpemn.com/coordonnes.html .
At http://www.zoneparents.com/Recherche-SDG.aspx?r=Montr%E9al-Nord&t=2 , I found this email address: cpem (a) qc.aira.com
Michael Laudahn http://pro-mobile-internet.net/
Giving in to the most intolerant minority based on superstition and provocation is a recipe for disaster. And in fact, this halal food thing being forced upon the majority is indeed nothing more than a provocation intended to establish dominance by Islam. after all, even the damn koran says any food good enough for Christians and Jews is good enough for Muslims.