A 70 year old woman had a bottle of water thrown at her by a man as she stood waiting for the elevator at Carnegie. She said the bottle could have broken her ankle, as it landed near her foot. She reported the incident to Skip Everall, Security Co-ordinator.
Everall spoke to the man who had thrown the bottle and then dropped the entire issue. The woman was puzzled that nothing had been done. She was told by another Carnegie member that Everall has a record of not taking abuse of women seriously.
In fact, the way this case was handled is typical of the sharia law practiced at Carnegie under the the City of Vancouver. The way sharia works is that a man's testimony is given twice the weight of a woman's. And men can decide on the punishment a woman deserves, without any input from her. (Skip Everall and guard Ted Chaing, made a decision about a woman's punishment for raising the issue of sexism, without any input from her.) Physical abuse of a woman is not considered serious, although a woman failing to defer to a man is considered worthy of serious punishment.
Such sharia punishment, when imposed by the City of Vancouver, generally involves barring the woman from City services for an extended period. After she serves her sentence, she has the option of meeting with Everall, a meeting during which she must act meek and deferential, and make no mention of her rights, in order to be considered sufficiently rehabilitated to have access to services funded by her tax dollars reinstated. I'm not exaggerating. We have tapes of these 'sharia court' sessions financed by the City of Vancouver. It's an example of the social degeneration that can occur when City Hall tosses 3 million dollars a year at Carnegie staff, and essentially looks the other way, expecting little or no accountability for how patrons are treated.
I pointed out to a Carnegie member a couple of years ago that what was being practiced at Carnegie was comparable to sharia law. She then pointed this out to Carnegie Director, Ethel Whitty. Ethel "just shrugged", she says.