Chief Mark Saunders
Toronto Police Service
40 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2J3
August 1, 2015
I am writing to you as a City Councillor to ask that the Toronto Police Service uphold the Ontario Highway Traffic Act with respect to the drivers, who are using personal motor vehicles to transport paying passenger(s) in contravention of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
“Uber drivers routinely rely upon personal auto policies, which exclude the commercial activity of carrying paying passengers leaving Uber’s passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, occupants of other vehicles and Uber drivers exposed to uninsured risk in the event of a claim.
The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of the operations of Uber and similar technologies, including the public’s interest in them and their impacts on Toronto’s taxicab and limousine industries.
Based on information from Environment Canada, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a Heat Alert for Toronto today. The Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.
During a Heat Alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Other groups at risk include people with chronic illnesses, individuals with limited mobility or certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications, and those who are homeless.
TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, has written to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) questioning the non-payment of HST by Uber.
“I received a copy of an email between an Uber user and Uber indicating that ‘There is no tax charged on the rides. We also do not charge and [any] HST.’” said Mr. Karygiannis. “I do not understand how any company, operating in Canada, can avoid paying the HST.”
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As Eidul Fitr approaches, marking the end of Ramadan, I would like to offer warm regards to all who are observing this religious holiday.
The right to worship and observe the tenets of one’s faith is a basic right and is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“I want to take this time to welcome visitors to Toronto who are here to enjoy the Pan Am Games as well as all of the other cultural festivals & events occurring in our city.
I am a strong believer in improved passenger safety and consumer protection. My statement today serves to achieve both.
Toronto City Councillor Jim Karygiannis is warning Pan Am Games visitors to be wary of using anything but licensed taxi services while visiting Toronto.
“I want to warn pan am games visitors that they risk being charged and fined up to $20,000 if they use any unlicensed bandit taxis like UBER in Ontario” said Karygiannis in a statement.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to members of the Ismaili community in Canada on the occasion of Imamat Day.
Today, July 11, 2013, Ismaili Muslims in Canada and throughout the world are marking the 58th anniversary of the accession of His Highness the Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims.
TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, is pleased that Toronto City Councillors have voted to recognize Toronto’s 1918 Anti-Greek Riot.
“By passing this Motion, Council has recognized that the riot, which took place between August 2nd and 4th 1918, is an important part of Toronto’s history.” said Councillor Karygiannis. “Most Torontonians don’t know that the Anti-Greek Riot took place.”