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.

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commented 2019-06-01 14:28:03 -0400
JOHN GALT – If you’ll be so kind to tell me what my agenda is, then we’ll both know.
commented 2019-06-01 14:13:47 -0400
James Risdon : Your verbal acrobatics are certainly in play.One last time….I said I had no problem with the police force and our armed forces.(rank and file members)
It matters not at all that “you cannot take seriously,unsubstantiated statements…” or “…to give credence to such comments” because there is no argument stated here.It is my own observation.My own experiences with the system AND numerous people that I have crossed paths with in the last seven decades,who have had (serious) experiences with the system,is the source of my observation.My observation was (and is) that FRUSTRATION with the system is a factor in groups and individuals seeking punishment to exceed the crime.The system is dispensing justice to a lesser and lesser degree….in the opinion of people who have had direct exposure to the system….not a reporter who interviewed a narcotics officer…..
I am not attempting to “win you over”….it does not matter because you have an agenda.

Ron Joseph : I am aware that John Galt appears twice in the posting.I have it there for a reason.
commented 2019-06-01 12:29:50 -0400
FRASER MCBURNEY – Rest assured, things haven’t changed that much. Read my earlier comment and you’ll see the math on which the conclusions are based is rather shaky. Taxi drivers are still generally trustworthy types.
commented 2019-06-01 12:23:13 -0400
commented 2019-06-01 12:00:32 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – These days I tend to not define myself as liberal or conservative as I find people get attached to these labels and then adopt inflexible attitudes and positions that they are unwilling to change even in the face of evidence to the contrary. I have seen people from both liberal and conservative camps engage in what I consider to be extremely unethical behaviour to twist and distort the truth to meet some political expediency or justify their pre-set ideological bias, especially in the media and in politics.

So, my position is to start with what I know, listen to others, and be willing to modify my position or reject it altogether based on the facts and arguments of the people with whom I am discussing things. Unfortunately, people seldom discuss things rationally and reasonably. When people feel their positions are being attacked with a few simple questions, they often resort by trying to pigeonhole the other person into some category and then proceed to an ad hominem attack that is completely devoid of merit.

In this particular case, for example, you are trying to brand me as not a real conservative on a conservative news website and therefore undermine me in the hopes that my position will be considered as folly by other conservatives. It’s a rhetorical technique used in public debates because it is very effective in swaying people to one side or the other with emotion even though it has no logical merit.
commented 2019-06-01 11:49:48 -0400
JOHN GALT – Your personal experiences with the judicial system – while perhaps regrettable – represent a very tiny fragment of the daily goings on of the courts and the police. As such, they cannot be held to be representative of our police forces and judicial systems. You are arguing by anecdote, which is a logical fallacy.

If you eliminate as not credible any experience and information about the judicial system and police other than that experienced by people who have been charged, then, yes, the system will seem unfair because you will then only be accepting as valid the perspective of criminals and suspects in crimes. That’s like evaluating a secondary school on the basis of reports by the hooligans that have been suspended from that school by the principal for vandalism and other unacceptable behaviour. It only stands to reason that they will give a negative report of the school. But no reasonable person would take such a report seriously.

If you want to make a case against the judicial system or the police based on verifiable facts presented by independent experts who have shown flaws in the system, I will be more than happy to stand beside you and denounce those particular failings.

At the start of my journalism career, for example, I interviewed one of the top guys in narcotics with the police force in Montreal who told me there was no way drug dealers could spot the narcotics officers because these were brought in from other jurisdictions. I guess he was right because he himself was later arrested and convicted for skimming drugs off the busts that were made and then selling these drugs back to criminal organizations. That is a verifiable fact showing a weakness in the Montreal police force at the time. I hope it has been corrected.

Canada has some of finest police forces and courts the world has ever known. I have a great deal of respect for our judicial system and the people in it. I am willing to entertain facts and arguments based on them to show how we can further improve our police forces and courts but I am cannot take seriously unsubstantiated statements about the police as a whole based on a few subjective experiences. It just wouldn’t make sense for me to give credence to such comments.
commented 2019-06-01 11:34:28 -0400
ROBERT GREELEY – Even with cases that seem clearcut, there is always a possibility of a wrongful conviction. It’s just the nature of criminal proceedings. To give some idea of the magnitude of the problem, check out the number of people who were exonerated of their crimes after DNA evidence came into use. The stats are troubling, to say the least. Although DNA evidence and improved forensics has helped a lot of the men and women in the police and judicial systems generally do their best, much of the criminal process still involves notoriously unreliable eyewitness testimony. Of course people lie on the stand all the time. But that’s not the most serious issue. The real problem is good, decent people whose minds are playing tricks on them and who swear they are telling the truth when, in fact, they are saying something that didn’t happen that way. Given that unreliability in eyewitness testimony, capital punishment, castration and other such punishments are simply barbaric.
commented 2019-06-01 11:07:49 -0400
Was Al-Rawi one of the “Syrian refugees” we generously took in at the generosity of Canada’s PM? That I do very much want to know.

Still has his passport? The judge should order it surrendered to the court until a decision comes down, and restricting his movements to where he lives (ankle GPS monitoring system). Oh yea, if allowed free movement no working in the taxi or an Über type service.

If he hasn’t already obtained citizenship, and if he does get sentenced to prison, ship him out the day he is released without getting a chance to recover his property.. From prison directly to a plane.
commented 2019-06-01 01:49:14 -0400
JOHN GALT——you can get the second John Galt removed by e-mailing =
commented 2019-06-01 01:21:12 -0400
Did the main stream TV write off the Stabler Character? Because he was too offensive to the perps?
commented 2019-06-01 01:16:26 -0400
commented 2019-06-01 00:45:14 -0400
If it is confirmed rape, DNA proof, etc. Doesn’t matter where you are from, Cut Those Nutties OFF. From that moment on, once the word is out. How many more times in the future do you think it will have to be done? Problem solved. Always an easy solution to a problem.
commented 2019-06-01 00:39:00 -0400
Yes,James Risdon,you were a reporter….as you stated.I am speaking of direct involvement with the legal system.I have no problem with the rank and file aspect of police and other facets of our legal system.I am speaking of the upper echelon factions of the legal system.I do not speak of judges that “I have met”….I am speaking of judges that have directly been involved with cases that affected me…personally.
I think our armed forces and police personnel do an excellent job….especially given the constraints imposed by fraudulent interlopers at higher levels and this includes judges.I said frustration is a common denominator among Canadian citizens and I stand by this.
Our “justice” system is not (in it’s present state) the “finest since the dawn of time”. I do think,however,that you have an agenda with your appearance on this comment board……
commented 2019-06-01 00:35:31 -0400
Castration by shotgun works best with no chance of reversal.
commented 2019-06-01 00:16:48 -0400
Right, no chemical castration in Canada except in men who don’t want their penis anymore, and according to the queer community there seem to be a growing number of those. But as a treatment for sex offenders they use it in the following countries.(same wiki link)

New Zealand
South Korea
United States
commented 2019-06-01 00:05:47 -0400
Maybe you are that new centrist kind of conservative, thinks more like a liberal, not much difference.
commented 2019-06-01 00:03:26 -0400
.. chemically castrated they wouldn’t rape in the first place.
Rather die? Don’t rape.
commented 2019-06-01 00:01:17 -0400
“They are also stupid punishments. A man who knows he is about to be arrested for sexual assault and knows the punishment is castration will probably do just about anything to avoid capture and so become much, much more violent. Every man I know would probably prefer to be killed than to be castrated. So making castration the punishment for sexual assault would only make these criminals all that much more dangerous and lead to more loss of life and property damage. " – JAMES RISDON

I someone knew they would be CHEMICALLY
commented 2019-05-31 23:12:29 -0400
commented 2019-05-31 23:06:19 -0400
And oh.. James Risdon.. Was Bernardo and Homolka worrying about the death sentence or castration? Nope.. there wasn’t that worry was there?.. he and his partner in crime did it anyways…. Several times.
commented 2019-05-31 22:21:45 -0400
This guy was let off the hook in a previous trial, specifically b/c he’s Muslim, same as the Edmonton assaulter and others. He claimed he had ‘prior consent’, as she was passed out in the back seat. Problem is, the SCC had already decided that consent must be ‘on-going’, and we all know a gal can’t consent if she’s that drunk. So no question it was a political ruling.
commented 2019-05-31 22:10:43 -0400
Hey James Risdon.. your reply to Liza Rosie.. “Thanks for the chuckle.” You have some valid points.. But.. What about clear and absolute proof.. such as the goof Paul Bernardo and the other sick thing? Bernardo is kicking back in a private suite watching his favorite flick…. well the other has a family and pretending to be a soccer mom…….
commented 2019-05-31 21:48:06 -0400

Barring the expected jokes, just exempt women – those with clean records – from these useless handgun laws, and even those who don’t buy one will benefit from the chance a woman anywhere, being armed.

I’d like to see some stats on how many women who, not being of the law abiding sort, pack. I bet they never get raped in a cab because, they’ll ever tell the cops, “Hey, this cabbie jerk like, tried something but, once I pulled out ol’ Mr. Smith an’ Wesson, well, he was real polite like. Never even charged me for the ride.”
commented 2019-05-31 21:26:08 -0400
HARLEY MCCARTNEY – Which ones? And what is it about them that you consider to be propaganda?
commented 2019-05-31 21:22:35 -0400
LIZA ROSIE – Thanks for the chuckle. It’s been a long time since someone has insinuated that I’m a leftist.

Since Canada does not castrate criminals, it’s impossible to know with any certainty what particular method they would use should fanatics manage to convince the Canadian government to start castrating rapists. And, yes, I do consider it fanatical – and barbaric – to castrate men or women for any crime.

Canada has thankfully moved beyond the death penalty, beyond castrating rapists and cutting off the hands of thieves, all of which I consider to be barbaric and disgustingly cruel practices.

They are also stupid punishments. A man who knows he is about to be arrested for sexual assault and knows the punishment is castration will probably do just about anything to avoid capture and so become much, much more violent. Every man I know would probably prefer to be killed than to be castrated. So making castration the punishment for sexual assault would only make these criminals all that much more dangerous and lead to more loss of life and property damage.

In addition to this, there’s a simple but uncomfortable fact that’s hard to ignore and it’s this: the courts and police make mistakes. Although I have a great deal of admiration for our judicial system, innocent men and women do get locked up on a fairly regular basis, in large part because of the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. Witnesses did not always see what they think they saw and when they testify erroneously, innocent people suffer.

So, imagine a world in which murderers get the death penalty, rapists get castrated, and thieves have their hands cut off. And then …. ooops …. we find out the verdict was a mistake. To the best of my knowledge, most people cannot be resurrected by the courts, testicles do not grow back, and ditto for hands cut off.

A great deal of thought has gone into the punishments our system of justice metes out. It often does not satisfy the hatred and vengeance of those who have been wronged. I’ll grant that. But that’s not the point of the judicial system. The point is to provide a deterrent that is workable and maintain law and order in our society with a reasonable punishment. And Canadian law and the courts do manage to accomplish this goal. Ours is one of the most peaceful, stable and law-abiding societies in the history of the world.

It ain’t broke. Don’t try to fix it. You might not like what you get.
commented 2019-05-31 21:06:45 -0400
RON JOSEPH – Life is a hit and miss affair. Your sister – or any other woman or man – can be attacked at any time in pretty much any location. I don’t know of any place that’s completely safe. My point was that the article overstated the probability of sexual assault in Halifax cabs and every single fact I mentioned is accurate and verifiable.

Now, to your last point, I agree that race, religion or any other such factor should have no bearing on a determination of guilt or innocence in any criminal case, including sexual assault. I’m Roman Catholic but if Pope Francis himself was visiting Canada and a sexual assault charge was laid against him I would urge the police and courts to treat him exactly the same as every other accused. No better, no worse. Justice should indeed be blind to the type of discrimination outlined in the charter of rights and freedoms.
commented 2019-05-31 20:52:23 -0400
The police are only as good as the higher-ups and there seems to be a lot of politics where it doesn’t belong these days.
commented 2019-05-31 20:48:43 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 37,286 Attacks, 240,566 Killed, 319,998 Injured that we know of