An ugly racist incident on a Halifax Transit bus that happened well over a year ago finally reached a conclusion of sorts, today at the courthouse on Spring Garden Road in Halifax.
I went to the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners meeting this afternoon when it recommended that street checks be suspended.. Afterwards I talked to some members of the African Nova Scotian community who think only a ban is good enough.
City bureaucrats have no idea how many Halifax Transit users are subjected to racist attacks. People who call 311 to report a racist incident may well end up dealing with an argumentative operator who raises doubts about the veracity of the caller. Just two things that came to light during a panel discussion on the increase of racist attacks on Halifax Transit users.
PSA: Come and hear how the campaign for racism-free Transit is progressing and how some other cities are dealing with the same issues.
Reporter Rebecca Hussman attended this morning’s court appearance of Stephanie Rogers, who allegedly made racist threats on and off a Halifax Transit bus last October.
News release: A woman charged with several criminal offences in connection with an October 25 racist incident on a Halifax transit bus will be arraigned in Halifax Provincial Court (5250 Spring Garden Rd) Tuesday, January 8 at 10 am.
A newly formed group wants police and Halifax Transit to take verbal and physical incidents of racist violence on buses and in public spaces everywhere much more seriously. The problem isn’t new, but lately it’s been getting worse.