Concern for the safety of women riding in Montreal taxis comes in the wake of a rather startling story of an NDG woman who was sexually assaulted by a cabbie in NDG last weekend. The 26-year old woman spoke to CJAD, recounting her sexual assault at the hands of a cab driver, who leaped to the back seat and forcibly kissed her when she was about to get out of the car.
Following this report, four more women in NDG came forward with similar stories of sexual assault, according to CBC. Montreal police stated that there have been 17 other cases of a similar nature reported this year alone, with a total of 29 in NDG last year.
The police are now looking for leads on these recent cases of sexual assault, and note that it could be a single taxi driver who is the perpetrator. All well and good, though it was the Montreal's police force's recommendation to women taking cabs that is quite problematic.
Addressing the women of Montreal, the SPVM said women should try to not take taxis alone, and to “limit their alcohol consumption and stay in control,” as quoted by the Gazette. If you see a problem with this, then congratulations, you are a sensible person.
Telling women to not drink before getting into a cab and "stay in control" is essentially putting the responsibility on women to not be sexually assaulted by a taxi driver, something I don't think any woman is looking for. It's basically the same as saying a woman is "asking for it" simply by wearing a short dress or skirt. Alison Hanes eloquently explains the inherent issues with the SPVM's statement quite well, all of which we agree with.
Instead of giving almost useless advice, the SPVM should be ensuring the safety of taxi passengers, and preventing any future sexual assaults. Background checks for Montreal cab drivers, which aren't a thing, would go a long way in this, and it's about time the city starting making this a requirement, as they already promised.
Montreal police reported seizing 246,000 amphetamine tablets, 23,000 Xanax tablets, 11,500 speed tablets, and 2,500 fentanyl tablets as well various amounts of morphine, crystal meth, cocaine, heroin, hash, cannabis, magic mushrooms and an opioid called Isotonitazene. They even seized some Cialis, an erectile dysfunction medication similar to Viagra.
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To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."
One of Montreal's favourite taco joints, Tacos Frida, was robbed early on the morning of Saturday, September 25.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant told MTL Blog that a breaking and entering call was placed with the Montreal police around 4 a.m. that day.
And the taco spot wasn't shy to expose the person who did it on social media, as they decided to share a photo from the camera footage early that morning showing the robber's face.
MTL Blog spoke with the owner of Tacos Frida, Enrique Chan, who said, "a guy just broke one of the locks and emptied the cash register."
Chan believes around $300 was stolen during this incident.
Brabant explained that "Officers were called on-site concerning a breaking and entering. So far, we don't have any arrests but we've taken all the evidence and the camera footage, which was sent to investigators, so we'll see if we can identify the person who committed the break and entry."