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Homicide Categories


As noted in About This Site, there are two main criteria for including cases in Canadian Taxi Driver Homicides:

  • The victim was on duty as a taxi driver at the time of the homicide, or
  • The victim's occupation put him or her in harm's way.

    Within these two criteria cases have been grouped into four categories (A to D):

    The intent of the categories is to help researchers identify and select the cases that fit their own purposes and requirements.

    Category A: Random

    This is by far the largest category. The drivers in this category have apparently been the random victims of opportunistic crime -- robberies, sexual assault, or attacks arising from other personal motives.

    Category B: Personal

    The victims in this category were, judging by evidence or circumstances, targeted for personal motives such as revenge. The following cases fall into this category:

    Thualfikar AlattiyaWindsor, ON2004
    Conrad BardSt. Jean Sur Richelieu, QC1971
    Donald BothwellKapuskasing, ON2009
    Anthony CodispodiHamilton, ON1954
    Alireza EbrahimianOttawa, ON1987
    Marc GauthierVal-d'Or,QC2002
    Lawrence "Dick" HewittKitchener, ON1937
    Donald LanthierSault Ste. Marie, ON1978
    Mohammadullah SaighaniToronto, ON1999
    Gurmeet Singh WaraichCalgary, AB1982
    Brian Russell WheldonWhitehorse, YT2004

    Category C: Other

    The drivers in this category were on duty as drivers but were victims of crimes that were not directly related to taxi driving. Nevertheless, their role as taxi drivers contributed to putting them in harm's way.

    Richard CotéQuébec, QC1994
    Augustin GagnierMontréal, QC1956
    Fred GeneseeHamilton, ON1924
    Leo HenninghamToronto ON1990
    Jacques LabossièreOttawa, ON1985
    Lucien LambertMontréal, QC1979
    Keith Edward McCallumDartmouth, NS1975
    Mohamad (Mo) Nakib-ArbajiToronto ON2003
    Yves Pigeon Montréal, QC1975
    Hugh J. ScottWinnipeg, MB1948
  • Cabs in the funeral procession of Gurnam Singh Dhaliwal
    (Winnipeg Free Press, April 11, 1986, p. 1)


    Category D: Unknown

    Not enough information is yet available to determine that a homicide is occupational, or to place it in categories A to C:

    Elwin Arlington FosterWindsor, ON1950
    Emile GirardMontréal, QC1938

    To the Unknown category can be added several so far unidentified homicides that are referred to in Data Sources:

    Occupational Mortality in British Columbia, 1950 to 1978 lists three possible homicides that are not recorded in Canadian Taxi Driver Homicides, two from the period 1960 to 1969 and one from the period 1950 to 1959.

    Occupational Mortality in British Columbia, 1985 to 1994 lists one possible unrecorded homicide from the period 1985 to 1994.

    A 1951 Maclean's Magazine article by John Rowland refers to three Toronto cab drivers being murdered in one year, suggesting that at least one of the homicides is not recorded,