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African community group says Canada’s new travel rules are an example of racism

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EDMONTON – The president of the African Community Association of Calgary says its members feel hurt and believe it is important for the federal government to address what they say is subtle racism behind the new travel rules of the Canada.

EDMONTON – The president of the African Community Association of Calgary says its members feel hurt and believe it is important for the federal government to address what they say is subtle racism behind the new travel rules of the Canada.

Michael Embaie is also a part-time professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and has worked as an immigration consultant for the United Nations and the federal government.

He says he appreciates Canada’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and limit the spread of the new Omicron variant.

But the federal government must explain why certain rules are applied with a different measuring stick for African countries.

Canadians traveling from any of the 10 African countries, including South Africa and Egypt, are required to get a COVID-19 test in the country they are traveling from, to get a second test in transit and obtain a third one after their arrival in Canada prior to quarantine.

Ottawa initially announced a ban preventing foreign nationals from the region from traveling to Canada, but quickly changed those rules so stranded Canadians could return home.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the government exempted the United States from the original ban because it tested travelers leaving the country and had little case of the new variant.

Embaie says South Africa was also carrying out tests, and the country’s refusal to accept test results is an example of how racism is present in politics.

The Canadian Press