Driving with a suspended licence: Quebec Judge refuses to hear Rania El-Alloul unless she removes her headscarf

El-Alloul was in court to apply to get her car back after it was seized by Quebec’s automobile insurance board, the SAAQ. ‘The car was seized after police stopped El-Alloul for driving with a suspended licence.

Judge Eliana Marengo is heard telling Rania El-Alloul courtroom is a secular place in audio obtained by CBC

By Steve Rukavina, CBC News Posted: Feb 26, 2015 4:28 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 26, 2015 10:15 PM ET

A Quebec judge told a woman appearing in her Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her hijab.

In an audio recording of the proceedings obtained by CBC News, Judge Eliana Marengo is heard telling Rania El-Alloul on Tuesday that the courtroom is a secular place and that she is not suitably dressed.

“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed.  And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,” Marengo says in the recording.  

 RAW: Court audio of Quebec judge ordering woman to remove hijab3:26

“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing a scarf on your head, just as I would not allow a person to appear before me wearing a hat or sunglasses on his or her head, or any other garment not suitable for a court proceeding.”

El-Alloul was in court to apply to get her car back after it was seized by Quebec’s automobile insurance board, the SAAQ.

‘The judge should have known better. It’s not the first time somebody walks into a courtroom with a religious dress’- Sameer Zuberi, Canadian Muslim Forum’

The car was seized after police stopped El-Alloul’sson for driving with a suspended licence. In such cases, the board keeps the car for a month. If someone wants it back sooner, they have to appear before a Court of Quebec judge to make a request. That’s what El-Alloul was trying to do Tuesday afternoon.

When El-Alloul first appeared before Marengo, the judge asked her why she had a scarf on her head. El-Alloul replied that it was because she is a Muslim. The judge then said she would take a 30-minute recess.  

VANCOUVER: Terry Dai Yee Ma charged in 2012 hit-and-run

By  Global News

Vancouver Police have made an arrest in a two year old hit-and-run that left a woman seriously injured.

Police say the 38-year-old woman is still suffering from injuries described as life-altering. She has had to undergo several surgeries as a result of the accident.

On November 8, 2012 at 1:00 a.m., the woman was struck in the intersection of Renfrew Street and Adanac Street by a car traveling south on Renfrew.

The driver fled the scene.

Police say they followed up relentlessly on leads, locating the vehicle and driver and gathering enough evidence to support recommending criminal charges.

“Our investigators never stop looking for those that fail to take responsibility for their actions,” says Inspector Les Yeo of the Vancouver Police Traffic Section.

29-year-old Terry Dai Yee Ma of Richmond has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.

Vancouver Police say they are still looking for the person responsible for the deadly hit-and-run of 43-year-old Leonida Tumanda. She was struck and killed on December 2nd 2012 as she crossed the intersection at East 43rd Avenue and Prince Edward Street.

“If you happen to be a driver that made the regrettable decision at the time to leave the scene of a collision you can still do the right thing” says Inspector Yeo. “This latest arrest shows that while these investigations are complex and take time, our officers will not give up. If your conscience is bothering you, contact us before we come knocking on your door.”

MISSISSAUGA: Jeong Moon Youn clocks 230km/h on highway

Ontario News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Police say a 22-year-old man has been charged with stunt driving after his BMW clocked at nearly 230 kilometres an hour on a 100 km/h highway in Mississauga, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police say Songmao Li, of Mississauga, was stopped by an officer conducting speed enforcement on Highway 403 near Ellington Avenue early Thursday.

In a separate incident, police say a Mercedes-Benz was observed travelling at more than 200 km/h on Highway 400 near Finch Avenue in Toronto.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jeong Moon Youn of North York has been charged with stunt driving in that case.Police say both drivers had their licences suspended and their vehicles were impounded for seven days.

The OPP said earlier this week that speed was a factor in 51 deaths on Ontario’s roads this year.

The force says it is joining other police services across the country to launch Operation Impact — a road safety enforcement and education campaign — ahead of the Thanksgiving long weekend.

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Hat tip to Spirit Wolf

EDMONTON: Tam Van Ho charged with hit-and-run

Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:51PM MDT

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Officials said Tam Van Ho, 28, has now been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The incident happened on July 20 at 100 Avenue and 117 Street.

Surveillance video of the suspect showed him entering Steamworks Bathhouse around 2 a.m. that morning and leaving around 4:24 a.m.

He then entered a BMW Z6 parked behind the Jewish Seniors Centre.

The victim was sleeping on the ground in the area when he was pushed and dragged along the ground by the vehicle.

He sustained non-life threatening injures.

Police said Ho turned himself in on Aug. 15.

He has since been released on a promise to appear.

With files from Julia Parrish

Read more: http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/hit-and-run-driver-turns-himself-in-1.1963097#ixzz3AfMOxBDt

Witness sought in Surrey crash that killed Amarpreet Sivia

Police want to speak to driver who passed by motorcycle moments before collision

CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2013 6:26 AM PT Last Updated: Sep 19, 2013 6:35 PM PT

Surrey RCMP are looking for a driver who may have witnessed a fatal crash between a motorcycle and three teenage girls just before noon Wednesday on 128 Street near 68 Avenue.

Amarpreet Sivia, 16, was killed in the collision. The two other girls, whose names have not been released, were seriously injured, along with the rider on the motorcycle, when the bike struck the teens as they were crossing the street.

Investigators are specifically looking to speak with the driver of an unidentified vehicle that passed by the motorcyclist leading up to the collision, said Cpl. Bert Paquet.

Surrey: Second-generation RCMP member Const. Adrian Oliver killed in crash with transport truck

UPDATE: Surrey officer killed in crash was second-generation Mountie

By Staff Writer – Surrey North Delta Leader Published: November 13, 2012 8:00 AM Updated: November 13, 2012 3:22 PM The Mountie killed early Tuesday morning in a crash with a transport truck had been a police officer in Surrey for three-and-a-half years and was a second-generation RCMP member. Const. Adrian Oliver, 28, was on duty when his unmarked police vehicle and a semi-trailer collided in the intersection of 64 Avenue and 148 Street in Newton.