Canadian Civil Service Commission Asked to Consider Sabbath Observers

A request that the Canadian Civil Service Commission make some alternative arrangements for examinations scheduled on Saturdays, in cases where applicants have religious scruples against writing on the Sabbath, has been made here by the Canadian Jewish Congress.

In an exchange of letters between Sidney M. Harris, chairman of the CJC’s National Community Relations Committee, and S.H.S. Hughes, chairman of the Civil Service Commission, it was agreed that further discussions are to be held on the subject. Mr. Harris pointed out that, at present, examination officers have “discretionary powers” in the matter, and the rules “give no assurance that the religious rights of an applicant will be given full consideration in every case.”

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