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Canada split over hijab-style Muslim police uniform
by Ségolène Allemandou
Police in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, this weekend unveiled official hijab-style headscarves approved for use by female Muslim officers, in a move that has revealed a growing split in attitudes towards the wearing of religious symbols across the country.
The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) said in a press release that the the hijab-style headscarf, which covers the hair and neck but not the face, was designed to "reflect the changing diversity in the community, and to facilitate the growing interest in policing careers from Edmonton's Muslim community".
Edmonton city councillor Scott McKeen said the move was a "gesture of inclusion" towards the Muslim community.
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