Canada: Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab - PressFrom - Canada
  •   
  •   
  •   

CanadaMontreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab

02:22  12 june  2019
02:22  12 june  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

RCMP shooting that left Alberta man partially paralyzed deemed reasonable

RCMP shooting that left Alberta man partially paralyzed deemed reasonable EDMONTON — The executive director of a unit that investigates serious police actions says a shooting that left a 29-year-old man partially paralyzed was reasonable and justified. Susan Hughson of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says an RCMP officer was entitled to use as much force as needed to arrest the man who was a risk to the public and threatening to escape. The man was in a drive-thru at a Lloydminster fast-food restaurant when

Zineb Benrochd was standing at a bus stop in broad daylight last week, wearing her niqab , when a bus whizzed right past her.The 23-year-old Montrealer wondered why. She says she looked the driver up online and discovered a trail of Islamophobic social media posts.In 2010, for instance

Montreal bus drivers are hoping for clarity — and bracing themselves for headaches — after Quebec lawmakers adopted a law today that would require a She says it is a way for her to exercise her beliefs. Zineb Benrochd was standing at a bus stop in broad daylight last week, wearing her niqab

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Verity Stevenson/CBC Zineb Benrochd, 23, has worn the niqab since she was 19. She says it is a way for her to exercise her beliefs.

Zineb Benrochd was standing at a bus stop in broad daylight last week, wearing her niqab, when a bus whizzed right past her.

The 23-year-old Montrealer wondered why. So she looked the driver up online and discovered a trail of Islamophobic social media posts.

In 2010, for instance, the bus driver posted: "I'm so happy and in a good mood today, that I love everybody, except the [expletive] who wear the hijab or the veil. Sorry, but I can't stand them."

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Verity Stevenson/CBC The 128 bus stop at the corner of Muir and Tassé streets is in a residential area across from an elementary school.

But when Benrochd took to Facebook in an attempt to call out the bus driver's behaviour, she was soon bombarded with dozens of messages — some angry, some hateful — from other Montreal transit employees defending their colleague.

Port Coquitlam woman alleges she was taken ‘hostage’ by cab driver

Port Coquitlam woman alleges she was taken ‘hostage’ by cab driver Coquitlam RCMP say they have investigated and that no criminal charges are being pursued. Bel-Air Taxi officials, meanwhile, told Global News they had no comment. READ MORE: Ride refusal: Jillian Harris says cab driver denied her a trip from Port Moody to downtown Vancouver Last year a wheelchair-bound disabled woman was left waiting three hours for a Bel-Air Taxi. "It's incredible frustrating. We've worked with this cab company repeatedly to let them know that's not on. That Coquitam residents won't be treated badly by the monopoly that is our taxi service," said Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart.

Benrochd says the woman bus driver on the 128 line in Montreal 's Saint-Laurent Borough didn ' t stop for her . (Verity Stevenson/CBC). On the bus driver 's profile, she says she found at least 10 posts insulting Muslim women for wearing the veil or criticizing Islam as a whole. In one post from January

But one day, this man — let's call him Michel Jacques, because , well, that's his name — came to a realization: "Gosh darn, I'm starting to hate them," he said to himself, and then later to a Radio-Canada program. Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab .

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Verity Stevenson/CBC A bus driver on the 128 line in Montreal's Saint-Laurent Borough didn't stop for a 23-year-old Montrealer, who believes she was denied service because she wears a niqab.

The Société de transport de Montréal has opened an investigation into the incident. Benrochd has also filed complaints with the Montreal police hate crimes unit and Quebec's human rights commission.

While the driver's motivations are unclear (attempts by CBC News to contact her were unsuccessful), the incident occurred as Quebec politicians are set to vote on a proposed law that restricts where religious symbols can be worn in the province.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Julia Page/CBC Hanadi Saad, founder of Justice Femme, an advocacy group for Muslim women, said there has been increase in Islamophobic incidents since Bill 21 was tabled.

Among other things, the law will require Quebecers to uncover their face in order to receive public services where their identity is in question. The details are still being worked out, but that could include taking the bus.

Toronto Woman Yells Racial Slurs At A Driver In An Intense Road Rage Incident

Toronto Woman Yells Racial Slurs At A Driver In An Intense Road Rage Incident People are trying to identify the woman who yelled racial slurs at a distressed driver.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab . "I'm listening," Jolin-Barrette said Tuesday evening. "I take a step in their direction — I hope they will take a step in my direction," he said . The government wants the bill passed by Friday

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson of Québec Solidaire, the second opposition party, said that didn ' t allow lawmakers enough time to fully explore the ramifications of the proposed legislation. Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab .

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The bill has sparked heated debate, and many Muslim women in the province have reported being the target of an increasing number of Islamophobic incidents since it was tabled in March.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Screenshot/CBC After Benrochd made a Facebook post with videos she took of interactions with the bus driver, several Facebook users identifying themselves as working for the STM began commenting in defence of the driver.

"I'm used to people telling me, 'Go back to you country,'" said Benrochd, who grew up in Montreal.

"But [the bus] is a public service. You do not have a right to discriminate against me. You do not have a right to choose not to give me my right to service."

'Impossible for her not to have seen me'

On Thursday morning, Benrochd was waiting for the 128 bus at the corner of Muir and Tassé streets in Montreal's Saint-Laurent borough. The two streets are wide, relatively quiet and residential.

Toronto woman charged after spitting on passenger on Hamilton bus: police

Toronto woman charged after spitting on passenger on Hamilton bus: police A Toronto woman allegedly uttered threats and spat on a victim on a Hamilton bus . A 32-year-old Toronto woman is facing several charges, including assault and causing a disturbance, after allegedly spitting on another woman on a Hamilton bus. Police say the alleged incident occurred Thursday at around 8 p.m. on a Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) bus at the Go Station on Hunter Street. The victim and her friend were sitting in front of the accused while the Toronto woman was allegedly consuming alcohol, according to police.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab . Fears of 'secularism police' raised by CAQ's last-minute changes to religious symbols bill.

Though Essalama stopped when ordered to, the document says , officers then seized her and handcuffed her hands behind her back. Quebec forced to defend religious symbols law in court for first time. Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab .

"It's impossible for her not to have seen me," Benrochd told CBC News a day after the incident.

The bus stop is next to a stop sign, across the street from an elementary school. As the bus approached, Benrochd noticed the driver was ignoring her.

She started waving her hands to get the driver's attention. Benrochd said the driver glanced at her, then turned away and continued on her route without opening the bus doors.

Benrochd said she felt contempt in the bus driver's actions and decided to try to confront her.

She called a friend, who quickly picked her up in a car and the pair drove to Du Collège Metro station, where they knew the bus would have to make a longer stop.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Benrochd walked up to the driver and, with her cellphone filming, asked why she had not stopped.

"Well, I didn't see you," the driver replied.

"You looked at me," Benrochd said.

"No, no, I didn't see you. I saw that you were there after," the driver said, becoming agitated.

In another video, Benrochd filmed the bus driver flagging down police and complaining to the officers about being filmed.

School bus driver could face child endangerment, impaired driving charges, police says

School bus driver could face child endangerment, impaired driving charges, police says A witness says he saw a school bus drive on the left side of the road. Jasen Courtepatte said he called police and followed it after it hit a street sign and didn't stop.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab . Zineb Benrochd was standing at a bus stop in broad daylight last week, wearing her niqab , when a bus whizzed right past her. The 23-year-old Montrealer wondered why.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab . Protesters in Quebec City say Bill 21 will 'create barriers for future generations'. UN human rights observers warn Quebec about secularism bill.

Backlash online

Benrochd posted the videos on Facebook around noon on Thursday. Soon, several people identifying themselves as STM employees were commenting in the driver's defence.

CBC News was able to identify some as union representatives for STM bus drivers. One of these representative said in a post directed at Benrochd: "A normal Quebecer would have waited for another bus."

Benrochd found the bus driver's profile by searching through the friend lists of the accounts commenting on her videos.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

On the bus driver's profile, she says she found at least 10 posts insulting Muslim women for wearing the veil or criticizing Islam as a whole.

In one post from January 2016, the woman shares an article about the STM's effort to hire more immigrants and calls it "discrimination."

Benrochd shared screengrabs of the posts, which CBC News could not independently verify. They appear to have since been deleted or made private on the bus driver's Facebook profile.

The bus driver changed her profile picture the day after the incident, but other pictures on her profile identify her as the same person in Benrochd's video.

On Sunday evening, the bus driver wrote several messages to Benrochd on Facebook, saying she was on leave, though it's unclear if it is voluntary. She acknowledged the posts Benrochd found were hers, but said she is not racist.

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed: Why was niqab-wearing woman left at a bus stop?

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed: Why was niqab-wearing woman left at a bus stop? A Montreal bus driver failed to pick up a woman last week, allegedly because of the way the woman looked. 

The STM is investigating a complaint filed by a Muslim woman who said a bus driver failed to stop “I had no doubt she didn ’ t stop for me because of the niqab .” They then drove after the bus and Benrochd then posted the video online and filed complaints with Montreal police hate crimes unit, the

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn ' t stop for her because of her niqab . Muslim women report spike in harassment, discrimination since Bill 21 tabled. Hearings on Quebec's secularism bill have little time for religious groups, critics say .

Benrochd shared screengrabs of the exchange with CBC News.

"I am trying to understand your customs and beliefs," the driver said.

"It really was not in bad faith. Even if I looked at you, sometimes we're in our bubble. I'm sorry and if we had a respectful encounter instead of you filming me, I would have been able to give you my version."

She demanded to meet in person, but Benrochd said she preferred dealing through official channels.

The woman also tried to call Benrochd through Facebook Messenger several times and said, "make a woman of yourself and answer."

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In a statement, the STM said, "At all times, even on social media, STM employees are required to respect the values inscribed in our code of ethics."

The transit agency also said that, though regrettable, it does occasionally happen that a bus driver accidentally misses a stop.

"The appropriate measures will be taken based on the conclusions of our inquiry," the agency said.

Troublesome social climate

Hanadi Saad, founder of Justice Femme, an organization that provides moral and legal support to Muslim women who have been harassed, caught wind of the incident after Benrochd posted it on social media.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

To Saad, the driver's actions appeared Islamophobic.

"She did it deliberately because she did not like what Zineb was wearing," Saad said. "She was the only one at the bus stop."

Saad's organization responded to more than 40 cases of Islamophobia directed at Muslim women between March, when the religious symbols bill was tabled, and May.

The bus driver may have held racist beliefs against Muslims for years, Saad said, but she believes Bill 21 has emboldened public displays of intolerance.

"The message people receive from the CAQ [government] now is you can discriminate against people. 'We are normalizing the discrimination,' that's the message," she said.

Saad called Benrochd's move to confront the driver and file the complaints "courageous."

Benrochd says she was motivated by concerns that the Bill 21 debate has created a sense of impunity for those with distorted views of Muslims and other minorities.

"They feel like they're never going to get punished," she said. "It's just going to get worse."

Read more

Teen may have been texting when he slammed into oncoming car, police say.
Officials say it's possible an 18-year-old driver may have been texting when he slammed head-on into an oncoming car in Mercier, Que., Wednesday night, seriously injuring three people — including a child. Because neither driver involved in the crash appears to have been inebriated, police are looking into the possibility that the young driver was distracted by his phone when he crossed the centre line, according to municipal spokesperson Vincent Lanctôt who speaks for local police. The collision happened on Route 138 at around 9 p.m.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 3
This is interesting!