(Andrew Duffy – Postmedia News)
The Federal Court of Appeal has weighed in on the issue of racial profiling, saying customs officers can use their on-the-job experience to inform decisions about who to stop and search at Canada’s airports.
“Officers on the front line, such as the officer herein, cannot be expected to leave their experience - acquired usually after many years of observing people from different countries entering Canada - at home,” Justice Marc Nadon said, writing on behalf of a three-person appeal panel.
Nadon made the comment in overturning a tribunal decision that quashed an $800 fine imposed against an Ottawa woman, Ting Ting Tam, who failed to declare some pork rolls in her luggage. Read more here.