May 31, 2019

Women fear taking cabs in Halifax as driver sex assault cases rise

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

Young white women in Halifax have had a tough go of it lately. Getting into a taxi is not what it used to be. Instead, they are playing a game of “Halifax Roulette,” where they could have a two per cent chance that their cabbie is a rapist.

The Rebel was at the Halifax Provincial Court yesterday, live tweeting the case of cab driver Bassam Al-Rawi, who has been charged with sexually assaulting a young Halifax girl. We don’t know at press time whether the judge will find Al-Rawi guilty or innocent, but in Canada's clown world of a justice system, Al-Rawi has a passport and is free to leave the country. As he left the courthouse, I asked Al-Rawi if he would remain in Canada for the verdict, or if he will leave the country. Al-Rawi would not answer. 

Of course, in Canada one is not charged with “rape,” instead the catch all term “sexual assault” is used. Phrasing is important here, not just in the charges, but in the descriptions of the suspects. Police have a duty to protect vulnerable Canadians. Instead, they look like they are capitulating to Islamist lobby groups in the interests of political correctness. 

“There's no such thing as a Middle-Eastern-looking person,” the Arab Institute told Canada’s state broadcaster, hoping the police would quit describing suspects. The young women of Halifax might beg to differ when they are making a decision whether or not to get in a cab late at night.

There are currently 610 taxis in the “Halifax Zone” and in 2016 the Halifax Regional Police said that there were at least 14 cases of sexual assault involving cab drivers (which we know is an under-reported crime). By these numbers, you have a whopping two per cent chance that any individual taxi driver in Halifax has a history of sexual assault.

Halifax's municipal council may add several hundred more cabs and update rules mandating GPS systems in the coming months. The percentage of dangerous cab drivers might go down, but not necessarily the number of victims.

Would you take those odds?

Would you let your wife, husband, daughter, or sister take those odds? 

I hit the local entertainment districts of Grafton and Argyle Street in downtown Halifax to find out.

Comments
You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2019-06-05 20:25:43 -0400
Ok James Risdon….my criteria of proof for you have a legitamit claim to take on the role of Elijah rebuking the Baalim is that you cause six cords of soaking wet wood to catch on fire without resorting to the use of naptha (Hebrew for “strange fire”…the stuff Aaron’s nephews got in trouble for pranking the Levite incense censors with) to do the soaking…..as I strongly suspect Elijah did…

Siddhartha Gautama chose his successor in this manner….he gathered all the candidates together and by prestodigitation (slight of hand) rolled up his sleeves and caused a lotus to spontaneously appear in his hand….everyone witnessing that gasped in amazement….except one…who just gave a wry cynical smile….guess who he picked.
commented 2019-06-05 13:54:18 -0400
GLENN CRAIG – I don’t always get away with questioning how the CBC has conducted itself in every single news article on which I comment. In fact, many of my comments in which I criticize either them or their favourite causes are “disabled”, ie. censored. In many other cases, the CBC simply does not allow commenting on stories, presumably because they don’t want the feedback about that particular topic.

So, yes, the CBC is not exactly the paragon of transparency or free speech.

What constitutes “proof” really depends on the claim. If the claim is that Bob Smith is saying he is God then the only proof required is a video of Bob saying, “I am God.” If, on the other hand, the claim is that everyone in the community things Bob is God, then only asking everyone in the community if Bob is God would constitute “proof” although a statistically-representative sampling of the population where everyone in the same says Bob is God would constitute good “evidence”. If the claim is that Bob is indeed God, well, then the criteria for what God is would have to be precisely determined and if Bob meets all of those criteria then he could said to be God as defined by those criteria.

(My apologies in advance to anyone who may be offended at the idea that a guy called Bob could be God or be thought of being God. This is only a hypothetical example. I am not stating that any of the above claims about my make-believe Bob are true – or false. No disrespect to your religious beliefs is implied or should be inferred.)
commented 2019-06-04 17:12:41 -0400
JAMES RISDON….what..if anything….would qualify as proof? And I am not being closed minded about this….why is the Glenn Quagmire approach to courtship even considered a bad thing? After all you are never more candid about your true feelings than when you are drunk.

The left just doesn’t like it’s own protected grievance groups being held to the same standards as “old white men” when it comes to #METOO.

BTW …I was declared persona non grata on the CBC over things I said about them ink on paper before the days of electronic forum and I always figured CTV and GLOBAL were just echo chambers (I know this because I used to service the equipment used by the Broadcast News Network)…so lucky you if you get away with questioning any of their premisses.
commented 2019-06-04 13:14:40 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – You’re absolutely right. I do not at all understand your comments and how they relate to my original post. One of us definitely suffers from a problem of comprehension.
commented 2019-06-04 12:42:29 -0400
Bad comprehension is not a trait that will take you very far as a journalist. You have exposed your weaknesses as a journalist. Good to know.
commented 2019-06-04 09:31:29 -0400
GLENN CRAIG – I read The Rebel Media and comment here for the same reasons as you do – and for the same reasons I read articles on other news websites, including the CBC and Global News and the CTV, and comment there as well.

I read the news to stay informed and comment on articles when I have something to say.

It is worth noting neither you nor anyone else in this discussion has so much as tried and much less succeeded in proving anything I’ve said in my original comment factually wrong. None of you have countered any of the facts I’ve presented with alternative explanations or additional facts or a sounder argument to show that what I’ve said is in error in any way.

As American conservative Ben Shapiro has said: “Facts don’t care about your feelings.”

If you think I’m wrong in what I’ve said, prove it. Show me facts and / or present a cogent argument to support your point of view and if you are right I will happily change my mind with regards to what I have said.

Attacking the character of the person who is making an argument – which is what you and LIZA ROSIE have repeatedly tried to do – rather than addressing the points a person is making is an error in logic. It is unworthy of consideration in any fair and reasonable discourse.
commented 2019-06-03 23:20:02 -0400
JAMES RISDON commented 15 hours ago
GLENN CRAIG – Your wrote: “Just out of the blue an ordinary civilian finds it compelling to chime in on this discussion …”

To which I answer: Yes.

It is up to the person making a claim to back it up with facts and a cogent argument. In this case, the article is making the claim that there is reason for women in Halifax to fear getting into taxi cabs because of a higher than usual rate of sexual assault. The facts in the story, though, do not bear out that conclusion. The reporter used bad math.

That is the point I am making. I am not making claims about immigration levels or sources of immigration or the immigration process. I am not paid by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or the Liberal Party in some grand conspiracy to influence you.

Have a nice day.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

So you aren’t (directly) a Trudeau schill….a feelance journalist….met quite a few of those troll bouncing on MGTOW forums…notably Bilbo Poynter….apparently the son of a journalism purity evangelist in the states….after we killed his credibility as a part time prof at Mowhawk College in Hamilton he has got a series of temporary gigs as media advisor and spin doctor to various liberals who had no long term future.

Now I know why you chose theREBEL…it is indeed where the action is…and if you “make your bones” here you can reasonably expect Trudeau/and or his funding gate keepers to feel obligated.

Are you going to seek crowd funding in order to grub stake your endevours like Bilbo tried to do?
commented 2019-06-03 21:54:46 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – Any sexual assault is one too many. It’s a serious crime and each allegation needs to be fully and carefully investigated by the police and, if the evidence warrants it, prosecuted in a court of law.

That’s not the issue here.

The issue is that the math used to support the claim made by the reporter that women are afraid for their safety in Halifax taxi cabs because of the high rate of sexual assaults by cabbies in that city simply does not add up. In my original comment, I explained why that is in great detail.

You have never found any of the reasoning in that original post, any of the math I produced, to be erroneous.

Instead, you launched into a series of tangents about Muslims and violence in other parts of the world and cases of violence in Canada involving Muslims. Clearly, your implication is that Islam is a religion of violence or that it has produced followers who are violent in far greater numbers than other faiths or, I suppose, atheism.

That’s your perspective and you’re certainly entitled to it. I’m not discussing that issue because it is outside the scope of the point of my original comment and I am trying to be respectful and stick to the issue at hand, which is the lack of support because of the improper use of figures by the reporter who produced this story.

You also clearly suggested I was not a journalist or not a real journalist and when that was proven wrong you changed tactics, denied ever doing that and instead began to claim that you just hold most journalists in low esteem. And, of course, as a parting shot, you decided to deride my skills as a journalist. That’s all just disingenuous and silly and anyone who has even a bit of common sense and who can read your previous posts can figure that out for themselves.

Basic logic dictates that it is up to the person making a claim to support with facts and a cogent argument. In the absence of evidence, the claim is considered to be without merit.

Now does that mean I’m trying to force you to support your claims? Does it mean that you’re not allowed to think and say whatever you want? Of course not. You can think and say whatever you want about anything.

I’m just pointing out that if you can’t back up those claims with evidence and reasoned arguments, then thinking people are going to dismiss those claims as a bunch of hooey. It’s your call as to how you want to be perceived.
commented 2019-06-03 20:37:50 -0400
For a journalist your comprehension sucks. Not a good look.
I never once doubted your journalism. I told you I googled you the first time you said you were one. I even commented in another post here that I read one of your articles. I said I didn’t have much respect for journalists and that the title doesn’t hold much water with me. I said that I respect a very small handful of journalists and do you know why? Because their comprehension sucks just like yours. Doubting you went to school was never my original position.

You may have missed the point of bringing up Islam in this thread about the taxi driver. That’s okay. You seem to miss a lot. This story is about a Halifax cabbie, a Muslim, and not the only one who has become a little too friendly with their female fares. It isn’t just in Halifax and it isn’t just cab drivers. The common factor, in these cases and in the cases across the country as well as in Europe is badly behaved Muslim men. Its not a side issue. Muslim man pool groper, hotel maid groper, change room pedo groper, mental hospital attendant groper, taxi driver groper etc.

Your point is it doesn’t happen often enough to worry about it. I do not agree that there is nothing to worry about, and as pointed out in the beginning of this conversation by another poster, it is like playing Russian roulette, considering who generally drives taxi these days in Canada and considering their reputation which they came by honestly.. I would not let my daughter get in a taxi alone anymore in Canada. We can agree to disagree. The last word is yours, just don’t misquote me again and I won’t respond.
commented 2019-06-03 12:44:00 -0400 · Flag
DAVE SUTTON – Without getting into the specifics of Islam and Canada’s attitudes, laws and policies towards it, I have to say I agree with you that it is very, very important for a free and democratic society to be able to discuss any subject and bring up any facts, no matter how uncomfortable, which are in the public interest. No facts or discussion should be banned in Canada under the guise of preserving people’s feelings, of making people uncomfortable. I am a Roman Catholic. If anyone wants to discuss the most uncomfortable, embarrassing or illegal aspects of the Catholic church, I will stand up for their right to do so. It is only by allowing free speech in its entirety that we can preserve our democratic institutions and safeguard our other freedoms.
commented 2019-06-03 12:31:39 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – Since I am a heterosexual man and I am not in jail, my chances of being raped by a Halifax cabbie are pretty close to zero. Men only account for eight per cent of rapes in Canada and most rapes against men take place in jail. This is one of those points which feminists actually get more or less right – until they artificially blow up the statistics and claim that no woman ever lies about rape.

When you doubted I was a journalist, I proved that I am one. Faced with that evidence, you decided to move the goalpost and say that most journalists can’t be trusted and you laughed at journalistic credentials. That’s fine. You don’t have to respect journalists, including me. But that’s a different matter than doubting whether or not I am a journalist which was your original position. So, let’s stop playing games here and just be straight with one another.

You seem to take great exception to Islam. Again, that’s fine I’m not arguing the merits – or lack thereof – of Islam or the cultures it has fostered throughout the world. That’s a side issue and I am not going to get drawn into it.

This story is about Halifax cabbies. The article claims there is a danger of sexual assault for women using those taxis. The article’s figures, though, do not support that conclusion. The math is wrong. That and only that is my point. A claim needs to be supported by facts to be taken seriously. This claim isn’t. It is therefore logically without merit. I don’t see why this is so difficult for you to understand. What is it that you do for a living or what is your educational background that you have such a hard time with this?
commented 2019-06-03 11:32:57 -0400
Why should I be politically correct when I can be right? With that being said allow me to share the following with all of you.

The founder of islam, mohammad, held and promoted this belief. “In order to entice his men to war against the Byzantines — who, as the Arab’s nearest European neighbors came to represent ‘white people.’ — Muhammad told them they would be able to sexually enslave the ‘yellow’ women (an apparent reference to their hair color)." Throughout history, the promise of fair-skinned sexual slaves was used by Muslim leaders to encourage young men to jihad, or holy war. According to author M.A. Khan, a former Muslim, it is, “impossible to disconnect Islam from the Viking slave-trade, because the supply was absolutely meant for meeting [the] Islamic world’s unceasing demand for the prized white slaves,” and also for “white sex-slaves.”

Is that what’s going on today? Are many of these Middle-eastern “refugees” merely the first troops in a coming jihad against the West? Are these European grooming gangs merely getting a head start on their new harems full of sex-slaves?

It’s not only in Europe either. These Muslim rape gangs have been reported all over the world. In 2005, in Australia, four young Pakistani men, members of the Islamic faith, raped at least 18 young women and female children as young as 13. Despite the DNA evidence against them, the rapists claimed they were victims of an anti-Muslim conspiracy. In the United States, a gang of Somali men — guess what religion they belonged to? — was guilty of enticing dozens of girls into a sex-trafficking ring that ran from Minneapolis to Nashville to Columbus, Ohio. The youngest victim of the sex ring was 12.

Stop listening to the propaganda being spread by the liberals. If Trudeau gets his way even these facts will be banned in Canada and you could get arrested for simply reading the truth about islam. Muslims groups in Canada don’t even want us to use the term “arab looking…” to describe a suspect. This is how liberalism has caved into Islamophobia and is attempting to force the rest of us to give in. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it must be a duck; and not a zebra.
commented 2019-06-03 11:26:36 -0400
If all you can do is cry religious freedom with no acknowledgement of political Islam or the cultural rather anti-western ‘quirks’, then you have just outed yourself as not up to snuff on the issue. I advise you…to do some more homework.

Journalist credentials, don’t make me laugh. I wonder how many working journalists are out there who have careers without it. Too many to count. Your credentials don’t mean that much to me, considering the caliber of most ‘journalists’ in Canada. I can count the number I trust on one hand easily. I checked you out the first time you mentioned that you were a ‘journalist’.

There have been incidents of ‘improper’ or ‘uncivilized’ behaviour in Halifax(as well as other cities) in the past. Its not just taxi drivers. (there is at least one other in Halifax that was in 2017, I’m sure you could find it if you wanted to). There are numerous incidents of sexual assault in Canada by those from Islamic cultures. It is there to find if you look. If you want lists and lists of links to articles, then no I will give you no ‘proof’. I don’t really care if that bothers you. Do your own homework. As Glenn pointed out, Islam has a PR problem. It makes it harder for the minority moderates who just want to mind their own business.

Not all Muslim taxi drivers are going to rape you. But you are more likely to be raped by one than raped by a European driver in Canada. That’s my opinion, based on and understanding of Middle Eastern culture past and present and what I can see right before my eyes. Not all Muslims are the same. Ask one. Better still ask an apostate.
commented 2019-06-03 10:29:22 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – I agree we have a problem in Canada with immigration. Several problems in fact. I’m not going to get into them here because that is another issue entirely.

I’m quite familiar with the teachings of Islam and how these have been implemented in other parts of the world and the history of Islam. I myself am not a Muslim and do not hold to the tenets of that faith. Again, that is a side issue. People are free in Canada to believe in what they want.

With regards to my credentials as a journalist, please feel free to look up my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesrisdon/ or read any of the many stories I have written for newspapers over a career spanning three decades. Those newspapers and / or their employees do not necessarily share or endorse any or all of my views on politics, religion, etc. Those views are mine and mine alone but they are based in part on years working in the media.

I do not know why there is so much ridiculous blowback on this discussion board when it comes to a comment I made stating that claims about Haligonian cabbies and sexual assault in Halifax need to be supported by evidence – and it would be senseless I suppose for me to speculate.

It is worth noting, perhaps, that I have been completely transparent in terms of who I am, that I have not attacked with insults or insinuations anyone on here, and that I have tried as best as possible despite the numerous tangents introduced into this discussion to stick to the topic of this article. My point has been and continues to be that claims need to be backed up by facts to be taken seriously, to have logical merit.
commented 2019-06-03 10:17:45 -0400
James -
commented 2019-06-03 10:14:39 -0400
LIZA ROSIE -
commented 2019-06-03 10:05:42 -0400
J.R. if you want to learn about Islam and how it relates to us here in Canada, start with Tom Quiggin podcasts. There are dozens and it would be an opportunity for you to educate yourself.
Tarek Fatah’s twitter feed is also informative, he is a moderate our government ignores.
Also there is a recent interview with Candice Owens interviewing Imam Tawhidi that is an alarmingly close description of what all of our politicians (except Bernier) are doing, enabling ‘the wrong kind’ of Muslim in Canada. Including Andrew Scheer and even Jason Kenney and Doug Ford to some degree. Leaders, Opposition, Premiers and Mayor’s, and MP’s. We clearly have a problem in Canada, with our vote hungry – at all costs, politicians. Canadians be damned.
commented 2019-06-03 10:04:18 -0400
With the enormous numbers of immigrants from Muslim countries set to rise in Justin’s next term (if we let him) there is real concern, and not just with taxi drivers. I am sure there are many who don’t rape but some do. ‘Some’ is enough to make woman want to be cautious.
Business owners of some of these companies are recognising the concern, even if our government won’t.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-women-taxi-drivers-licence-expansion-1.4727296

https://globalnews.ca/video/4257796/halifax-business-owner-pushing-for-more-female-taxi-drivers-in-the-city
commented 2019-06-03 09:28:30 -0400
Yes, fishing crosses my mind as well John Galt. He is a ‘journalist’ after all. (how many times has he reminded us) Probably a wannabe looking to upgrade to the big boys. or he could just be stroking his vanity ‘schooling" us ’ignerunts’.
J.R. – "All I can do is assure you that I am not such a person. My interest in this is only to remind people that conclusions need to be based on facts, on evidence. "
Maybe he thinks that we don’t have ‘the google’.
commented 2019-06-03 09:05:23 -0400
Glenn Craig…Liza Rosie….Robert Greeley….Robert Sloane…et al :
Check out(if you haven’t already seen it)…James Risdon comment on the thread regarding the council member tweeting “F**k the Police”. Apparently,when it suits him, conclusions do NOT have to be based on facts,on evidence….rather,on feelings and (who knows…) possibly (male) intuition……
It is(indeed) fascinating that an “ordinary civilian” has taken such a verbose interest in this thread and is entirely subjective and vague on another thread.It is almost as if……as if he were fishing.I am likely mistaken…..
commented 2019-06-03 09:00:04 -0400
“If you don’t want to believe that, then, well, that’s up to you. You can hold whatever worldview you want.”

Hey thanks J. R.
commented 2019-06-03 08:14:34 -0400
GLENN CRAIG – Your wrote: “Just out of the blue an ordinary civilian finds it compelling to chime in on this discussion …”

To which I answer: Yes.

It is up to the person making a claim to back it up with facts and a cogent argument. In this case, the article is making the claim that there is reason for women in Halifax to fear getting into taxi cabs because of a higher than usual rate of sexual assault. The facts in the story, though, do not bear out that conclusion. The reporter used bad math.

That is the point I am making. I am not making claims about immigration levels or sources of immigration or the immigration process. I am not paid by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or the Liberal Party in some grand conspiracy to influence you.

Have a nice day.
commented 2019-06-03 03:09:53 -0400
The Liberals want to make Crimes easier!
commented 2019-06-03 00:31:10 -0400
And what is more my lawyer/or lawyer advised friend….in matters of immigration policy….it is incumbent on the immigrant to present themselves harmless…it is not incumbent on the host to accomodate harm….therefore burden of proof lies with the applicant….go back to law school.
commented 2019-06-03 00:03:49 -0400
“All I can do is assure you that I am not such a person. My interest in this is only to remind people that conclusions need to be based on facts, on evidence. "

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Just out of the blue an ordinary civilian finds it compelling to chime in on this discussion and assert burden of proof in lawyer speak….duz yo really think us ignerunt unedgebucated hillbillys iz gunna fall fur thet? You iz a gall dang carbon tax reveneur…and you better not chase this here hillbilly up Copperhead Road…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvaEJzoaYZk

…..;-)
commented 2019-06-02 22:41:09 -0400
ROBERT SLOANE – Nova Scotia did indeed vote overwhelmingly Liberal in the last federal election and, to a lesser extent, in the last provincial election.

It’s worth noting, though, that this was something of an anomaly. In every election since 1993, with the exception of the last federal election, the results from Nova Scotia were mixed with Liberals, Conservatives and NDPers usually getting elected. In 1997, no Liberals were elected federally in that province, with the left of centre vote going to the NDP, and the right of centre vote going to the Conservatives.

The province seems to swing back and forth between right and left, usually the Conservatives and the Liberals, every two to three of elections at the provincial level. It is now in its second term under the Liberals after the NDP came into power in 2009. Based purely on traditional voting patterns, it would seem that the Conservatives in that province could reasonably expect the next provincial election to be their turn at bat.
commented 2019-06-02 22:15:46 -0400
GLENN CRAIG – It is laughable that you think I am on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s payroll. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes.

I don’t know if there are people who are out to get you and your friends on this discussion board. Maybe there are such people. Who knows?

All I can do is assure you that I am not such a person. My interest in this is only to remind people that conclusions need to be based on facts, on evidence.

There is nothing in this story that supports the idea that women in Halifax are at a greater risk of sexual assault in taxi cabs in that city than they are on the street and the rest of society. The math done by the reporter for this story doesn’t make sense. It’s a bad use of facts and figures. I know this because I am a journalist and have had to analyze and use facts and figures every day for years while reporting for various news organizations across Canada.

At best, this reporter made a mistake in his use of the numbers and what they mean. At worst, he deliberately stoked your distrust of a certain group of people in order to get clicks online.

I responded to this story because I like to think that the former is true and it was just a mistake and that with proper information the situation would be rectified.

If you don’t want to believe that, then, well, that’s up to you. You can hold whatever worldview you want.
commented 2019-06-02 22:04:44 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – It is not up to me – not my “homework” – to dig up facts and cogent arguments to support your claims. If you can support your claims with facts, I am willing to listen.

It’s that simple.
commented 2019-06-02 22:02:31 -0400
ROBERT GREELEY – I understand my own words. I don’t understand the additional comments you grafted onto them which seemed to be completely disconnected from the topic.

You can either explain what you were trying to say or obfuscate. The choice is, of course, yours.

It all comes down to whether or not you want to be rational and reasonable or not.
commented 2019-06-02 21:37:13 -0400
Robert Greeley : Glad to see others picking up on James Risdon’s juvenile posting techniques……..