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CBC News — Leah Gazan, indigenous activist, to be community's voice at Manitoba Taxicab Board

 
Leah Gazan, the newest member of the Manitoba Taxicab Board, says she hopes a fact sheet on how to file a public complaint to the board will be released in the coming weeks. (CBC)

Leah Gazan, the newest member of the Manitoba Taxicab Board, says she hopes a fact sheet on how to file a public complaint to the board will be released in the coming weeks. (CBC)

Gazan calls on Winnipeggers with complaints about taxi drivers to come forward.The Manitoba Taxicab Board has a new voice: Leah Gazan, a University of Winnipeg instructor and Idle No More activist who is offering suggestions on how to improve relations with the indigenous community.

Gazan attended her first meeting as a board member on Wednesday night as she and the taxicab board try to address allegations of Winnipeg cab drivers harassing and making unwanted sexual advances towards indigenous women.

"I know that our community wanted a voice and I think it is great that they decided to appoint an indigenous woman to the board," she said Thursday.

"I think I have a unique perspective as an indigenous woman in terms of unique needs of our community, but I think when we are talking about cab safety, safe cabs are not only good for patrons but also [for] an industry that really suffers when it gets these kinds of negative reports."

The taxicab board says only a handful of complaints of a sexual nature are being investigated at this time, despite numerous claims being made on social media in recent weeks.

 
 

Source

CBC News. (2016, March 04). Indigenous activist Leah Gazan joins Manitoba Taxicab Board | CBC News. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/leah-gazan-manitoba-taxicab-board-1.3475413

 
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