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Meanwhile, at a blood donor clinic near you...


If you can't speak one of Canada's two official languages, chances are you can't donate blood.

If you've ever given blood, you'll know that there is a battery of questions you have to answer. One of those questions is whether the potential donor speaks English or French. If the answer is no, then interview over. The potential donor can't give blood. The reason is that Canadian Blood Services wants to enure that potential donors understand and correctly answer the questions on the screening test. Fair enough.

Now Canadian Blood Services wants to allow translators to assist potential donors  in completing the questionnaires. So far the government hasn't allowed them. 

What do you think? Are they ensuring public safety? Or are they not taking steps to accommodate the language needs of potential donors?

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