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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 42 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 11, 1974 Rash of assaults causing grave concern among cab companies Harassed taxi drivers call Regina 'Little Chicago9 REGINA (CP) Taxi drivers call this city of "Little Chicago" and many lock their car doors before go- ing out on the street. A rash of assaults against city taxi drivers in the last two years is causing grave concern among cab com- panies, police officials, and native organizations. Two weeks ago, an 18 year old driver on his first shift as a cab driver was abducted, beaten, and held at knifepoint during a six hour period. Just two weeks before, a taxi driver was held at knifepoint and his car burned after he picked up two female passengers in the downtown area. Two 16 year old girls are charged with armed robbery in connection with the incident. HELD AT KNIFEPOINT In another, more brutal case 18 months ago, police dis- covered the beaten body of a 56 year old taxi driver in the Katepwa district about 45 miles east of Regina. Frederick Allan Louison, 26, of Broadview, Sask., was later found guilty of non capital murder after testifying that The best to you from Palm. Old Fashioned Ice Cream. PALM DAIRIES LIMITED he had held the driver at knifepoint, locked him the trunk, and driven him outside the city where the murder was committed. Taxi companies agree that while driver harassment is common in many cities, the situation m Regina is unique because in most cases, native people are involved. Cab- companies, wary of reprisals from human rights organizations, refer only to a "certain segment of society" responsible for driver harass- ment here. However, one Capital Cab Ltd. driver, who asked to be unnamed, es- timated that in 95 per cent of such cases, Indian and Metis people are the offenders. Linda Finlayson, director of YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used r COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 communications for the Metis Society of Saskatchewan, acknowledges that the city's. native people "are often involved in this kind of offence." Moreover, unlike cases in other cities, robbery is seldom the motive in cases of driver harassment. "I don't know what the motive is, but I'm certain alcohol is at the root of says Peter Stratychuk, manager of Capital Cabs. He says that harassment of drivers by native people "parallels other problems in society." "At one time or another, most of our drivers have ex- perienced he says. "Knifes are the most common weapon used." Alcoholism and disrespect for the law are responsible for such incidents, says Ms. Finlayson. "Socially deprived persons are usually the ones involved, and they are social problems themselves." She views the problem as part of a much larger social maliase confronting native people, and says no solutions will be forthcoming until native people participate fully in formulating answers for their own social problems. "If I were drunk and without a penny, I wouldn't put it past myself to act in the same she says. PICKING ON DRIVERS John Hubelit, a part time United Cab driver who was robbed in 1972 and mugged in 1973, says native people have been retaliating in other ways against society. "But for some reason they seem to pick on cab drivers here.1' Part of the problem may simply be that many lative people do not own cars and therefore use taxis mon; than any other group, Ms. Finlayson says. Then too, it is difficult not to launch into a dialogue with a taxi driver, and racial at- titudes are often displayed in conversations with native she says. "Racial attitudes show themselves in different ways in various parts of the country. In Regina they are most prominent in the street life. "But drivers in other cities, such as Winnipeg, have in- stituted protective measures without pointing their finger at one segment in society. "In Regina, this sort of situation always has racial overtones." NOT JUST NATIVES She says there may be cases where passengers provoke taxi drivers, "but that doesn't only apply to native people." Taxi companies are a quandary about how to protect their drivers. One method often suggested that of refusing to pick up abusive or intoxicated persons is "open to Mr Stratychuk says. One company was reprimanded by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission recently for doing just that. Another protective measure, involving the use of partitions between the driver and the passenger, failed when it was tried on an ex- perimental basis here "because people said they didn't want to ride in a Mr. Stratychuk says. Representatives of three Regina taxi companies and the police met last week to New director MONTREAL (CP) Hartland M. MacDougall, ex: ecutive vice-president of the Bank of Montreal, has been appointed to the board of directors, Fred H. McNeil, the bank's president, announc- ed Tuesday. Mr. MacDougall will also assume the post of general manager, central operations, which includes Ontario, said a bank statement. He will move to Toronto from Montreal in June. discuss .methods of curtailing increasing attacks on city cab drivers. Although companies are remaining close lipped about their recommendations, Police Chief Al Huget said more frequent checks on city taxis is one measure being discussed. Meanwhile, drivers con- tinue to institute their own protective measures, and many of them advocate karate training for all drivers. "If I were driving today, I'd certainly lock all my doors, Mr. Stratychuk says. EXONERATES MOUNTIE MONTREAL (CP) An RCMP officer was exonerated Tuesday in connection with the shooting death last November of Bryan Remy, 21, during a drug arrest. A cor- oner's inquest was told that Constable Richard Beaudoin fatally wounded Remy after the victim had pointed a luger pistol two feet from the con- stable's chest. DAILY UNT DEC. I TOP VALUE FROZEN CONCENTRATE ORAN JUICE 6 oz. tin................ TABLEFRESH PRODUCE ORANGES GENUINE JAPANESE MANDARIN 8% Ib. box CUCUMBERS CANADA NO. 1 FLORIDA CORN on COB CANADA NO. 1 FLORIDA................................W R I POTATOES 1Q 69C CANADA NO. 2 ALBERTA NETTED GEM I W D39 WV GREEN PEPPERS CANADANO. 1 CALIFORNIA FRESH !b......... W Apples Canada Fancy B.C. Mac 3lb.bag 79 0 CANADA NO. 1 CALIFORNIA Lettuce FANCY PEAS SNOWCREST2lb.pkg..................... MIXED VEGETABLES SNQWCRESTFANCY2lb. pkg.................. PEAS CARROTS SNOWCHEST FANCY 2 Ib. pkg.................. FRUIT PIES SARA LEE APPLE, BLUEBERRY OR CHERRY 24 oz. pkg. 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