Tensions between Toronto’s taxi industry and city officials have reached a boiling point, with taxi representatives threatening to “shut down” the city during the Pan Am Games if police and Mayor John Tory don’t do more to enforce against the ride-sharing company.
Rising cabbie anger over lost income to unregulated, and cheaper, UberX drivers could potentially explode during the Pan Am Games, taxi industry representatives warned Thursday.
They were at city hall to voice growing frustration with Mayor John Tory and Toronto police for allowing the unregulated “bandit cabs” to operate in the city. They said the UberX service is “killing” the taxi industry.
Toronto ombudsman Fiona Crean says the stress that paramedics face on a daily basis can affect their health and has launched an investigation into how their bosses are handling such incidents among its staff. Coun. Jim Karygiannis gave his thoughts.
Karygiannis — an opponent of the project in his ward — visited a garage in Oakville for 175 buses that was built in 2011 at a cost of $45 million and questions why it is $136 million cheaper than the TTC’s 250-bus garage that is supposed to be built by 2019.
“One plus one comes out to 11 here,” Karygiannis said.
“It is something that can be done from an engineering perspective,” says Sandro Perruzza, chief executive of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. “But, that close to the lake, you need to go deep into the bedrock, and of course that’s very costly and the city has no money.”