Halifax Metro Transit investigating allegations of Muslim harassment
PAUL MCLEOD, METRO HALIFAX
Metro Transit said it will “get to the bottom” of allegations that a bus driver harassed a Muslim couple last week.
The Islamic Association of Nova Scotia was among the voices calling for a public apology after the driver allegedly refused to let the couple on the bus because the woman was wearing a head scarf.
Eyewitness Sarah Wilbur told CBC Radio the couple tried to board the number 17 bus on Tuesday morning at the corner of Jubilee and Robie Street. But the driver allegedly refused to let them on and began yelling at the couple because only the woman’s eyes were visible through the headdress.
“The bus driver was standing up, raising his voice,” Wilbur told CBC. “He was saying, ‘I’m not letting you on this bus. That’s the law, that’s the law,’ he kept repeating.”
After about 10 minutes Wilbur said the driver agreed to call Metro Transit for advice and then allowed the couple on board as he continued his route.
On Friday Metro Transit released a statement that avoided any details of what happened, but said they were looking into it.
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