Couple awarded $30,000 in harassment case

A couple that suffered months of racial harassment from a neighbour has been awarded $30,000 by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal.

Aside from making comments referring to the couple's Haitian parentage and sexual practices, Nancy Rioux also made death threats against the couple.

The harassment began shortly after Rioux moved next door to the Ahuntsic couple in 2010.

After just a few months, the couple, which has a young daughter, moved and filed a police complaint.

She was eventually convicted of harassing the couple and served a six-month sentence in the community.

Fo Niemi of the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations helped the couple through the process.

He says Rioux has disappeared. making it unlikely the couple will collect the money.

But he says he is happy with the decision.

"The judgement is a moral victory," says Niemi. "It's basically a statement of principles awarding the couple the money, but it's in theory only because we can't find the woman and order her to pay."

Niemi says Rioux is a native of the Gaspé region.

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  1. Drew posted on 07/17/2014 10:26 PM
    There is the Haitian version Rioux's version and the real version
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