STM worker may face assault charge
The STM worker accused of assaulting a passenger may face charges, although this piece says the STM is adamantly against having any of its workers speak anything but French under any circumstances.
Indeed it couldn’t be clearer. The STM does maintain a parallel English-language website in which most features are duplicated and translated from the French side. I was looking up a bus schedule just now and noticed a new contest thing called Faites résonner votre voix dans le métro (ironically, clicking on it leads to a app-based feature on Facebook, an American site operating in English, but let it pass), in which you’re challenged to record yourself speaking encouraging messages to other metro travellers and maybe win an Opus card for life or other prizes.
Nope. The contest is not offered on the English side. (The feature “My Voice My STM” is a different thing, having to do with opting in to focus groups.)
History has shown that if you permit the existence of second-class citizens at the institutional level, one consequence is that people at all levels can feel more justified in acting out their contempt. This is a demonstrable fact, and a dangerous one.
The claim that the STM worker also said to Mina Barak go back to your country is also a serious one that’s been eclipsed by the language politics side of the story. I want to like the STM, but I flinch from thinking about the institutionalized xenophobia that seems to run in its veins.