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WATCH: Winnipeg woman’s ride of terror as she’s dragged by cab

When Hill refused and tried to grab her phone, he sped off with her clinging to the passenger side of the vehicle screaming for help. 




A Winnipeg taxi driver who allegedly dragged a woman behind his cab as she tried to retrieve the cell phone she left in it faces numerous charges, including extortion.

Carrie Hill, 23, left her phone in the cab Tuesday night and reported it missing. When the 51-year-old driver came back Wednesday morning, he allegedly demanded payment to return the device.

When Hill refused and tried to grab her phone, he sped off with her clinging to the passenger side of the vehicle screaming for help. 

Hill, who suffered scrapes and bruises, clung to the vehicle for about a block before letting go when it slowed down to turn.

A friend captured the incident on camera, showing a woman standing by a Duffy’s Taxi talking to the driver.

“I saw my phone right in the centre console, and I saw my phone right there and I was like ‘can you just hand me the phone and he’s like ‘no, give me money,” Hill told CTV News Winnipeg.

“And I was like ‘I don’t have any money. I’m sorry, but I see my phone right there.’”

Hill called Winnipeg Police Service. The cabbie was arrested that night.

Winnipeg police say the unidentified driver is facing numerous charges including extortion, dangerous operation of a vehicle, careless driving, and failing to exercise due care for a pedestrian. 

The charges have not been proven in court.

The cabbie has been released on his own undertaking, according to the Criminal Code.

The cab company has suspended him.

This is the second recent serious incident involving indigenous women and charges against Winnipeg taxi drivers.

Calls for safe alternatives to taxis escalated after charges were laid October 6 against a cabbie over a September 26 incident.

Ikwe Safe Ride was started by four indigenous women in 2106 in response to numerous reports of inappropriately behaving and abusive taxi drivers.

The safe-ride alternative can’t keep up with requests for transportation.

“We hear stories like this all the time … constantly we hear stories about abuse and mistreatment from taxi drivers to women, indigenous women and all women,” said Ikwe co-director Christine Brouzes,

Ikwe means woman in the Anishinaabemowin language.

On October 6, Winnipeg police charged a 44-year-old cabbie with forcible confinement and assault involving a 19-year-old woman. The charges have not been proven in court.

Serenity Morrisseau alleges she was assaulted when she and two friends were in a Unicity taxi.

Morrisseau said the driver tried to convince them to go with another cab driver offering to take them to a party.

According to Morrisseau she was uncomfortable, so she videotaped the encounter.

She said the driver slammed on the brakes and stopped the cab. Her friends exited, but Morriseau said the cabbie got out and punched her four times through a window. He then got back in the driver’s seat and drove off with her hanging halfway out as her feet burned from being dragged on the pavement.

Morrisseau said she pushed her arms between the plastic shield and ceiling, suffering bruised arms and broken nails, to grab his eyes and forehead, forcing his to stop driving.

Witnesses came to her aid when the driver did stop and pulled her out of the cab.

Both the passenger and cabbie reported being assaulted and suffered visible injuries.

Satwinder Shani, Unicity’s general manager, alleged the driver was the victim and suffered bruised eyes and had his shirt ripped when first attacked.

Shani claims the driver initially stopped the cab and got out when an “aggressive and drunk” Morrisseau cracked open a beer and refused to wear a mask.

Police have audio and video from inside the cab.

Both Hill and Morrriseau are indigenous.

Meanwhile, in March 2020, taxi driver Balivir Toor, 44, was killed in what police described as a violent and unprovoked attack.

Okoth Obeing, 20, was charged with second-degree murder for the stabbing death.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard


Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com


Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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