Online taxi survey surveys YK residents

Louise Elder, executive director of the Status of Women Council NWT. (Supplied by Status of Women Council.)
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The Status of Women Council has launched an online survey, asking Yellowknife residents to report incidents of harassment in taxis throughout the territory.

The survey was started after several women raised concerns about taxi safety in Yellowknife. 

A Yellowknife Cab taxi. (Photo by MyTrueNorthNow.com staff.)

Multiple women shared stories of unwanted sexual advances from taxi drivers in a Yellowknife Classifieds Facebook page on February 7.

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Louise Elder, the executive director of the Status of Women Council said it was an issue her organization had heard raised multiple times in the past.

“It wasn’t specific to one cab service, and it wasn’t specific to one community, but we knew that the fact that women aren’t feeling safe And being pressured to exchange sex for a ride is unacceptable and we’ve heard other instances that are even more concerning.”

Louise Elder, Executive director of the Status of Women Council

Elder says she hopes the survey will help  them learn more about people’s experiences and connect people to support services.

“When people reach out for support, mental health support, in particular, they don’t necessarily get an immediate response, or it’s a revolving door of responses.”

Louise Elder, Executive director of the Status of Women Council

Elder said it’s too early to say what changes they’ll be recommending to the city.

“They know what’s happening. We know they know what’s happening. They’re welcome to participate in the survey, as are taxicab drivers. So as we say, it’s open to everyone.”

Louise Elder, Executive director of the Status of Women Council

The plan is to compile the response into a final report that will be made public.

The survey is set to run for three weeks until March 5, and can be completed online.

There’s a link on our website.

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