Sunday, November 12, 2006

New Case on Taxi Discrimination in Canada

The always reliable Ravi Malhotra passes along this article, which begins:

A Winnipeg man was recently awarded $2,500 in compensation by a Saskatchewan human-rights tribunal for being refused a taxi ride during a visit to Regina.

Retired pastor Mark Scott, 72, has limited mobility and uses a combination of a wheelchair and crutches to move around. However, he can walk short distances and can get in and out of cars without any problem.

In January 2003, Scott flew to Regina on a visit and tried to get a taxi from the airport, but the first two drivers did not want his fare.

"The guy gets out of his cab and he says, 'No wheelchairs, no wheelchairs, I got a sore back,' and drove away," Scott told CBC News.


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