Ontario Chamber’s report hard to take seriously

Media release: Toronto Taxi Alliance

TORONTO (August 26, 2015) -- “Whether you call it a ‘sharing economy’ or an ‘underground economy,’ it’s difficult to take the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s new report seriously when not a single tax-paying, law abiding business service sector was part of the Working Group,” says Sam Moini, spokesperson for the Toronto Taxi Alliance.

“In fact, the individual the report identifies as representing PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ted Graham, told the group he is an Uber driver. OCC is not being transparent.”

The OCC’s report “Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy” lists Air BnB and Uber as committee members, but no one from the ground transportation or other service industries.

“The revenue figures and job creation statistics the report throws around are happy fiction,” says Moini. “Perhaps the sharing economy globally will do $15 billion worth of business in 2015; however, no new demand has been created. This is $15 billion removed from hotels and transportation services that employ full time staff, pay taxes, and are fully regulated.”

Moini notes that the OCC’s first recommendation is to “establish a cross-jurisdictional taskforce.”

“It is unfortunate OCC did not practice what they preach in writing this report,” he notes. “I am sure representatives of the ground transportation and other service industries would have been eager to be part of the Working Group, as we remain eager to have input in regulating the underground economy moving forward.”

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99 Uber drivers charged – TTA statement

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August 12, 2015

TTA Statement

Taxi Alliance commends Council on decision to enforce the law

And regulate Uber

August 12, 2015 (Toronto) – Toronto City Council’s unanimous vote on July 8th to review the existing regulatory by-laws and to recommend changes which will ensure that the taxi industry and Uber are on a level playing field is a step in the right direction, says Sam Moini, spokesperson for the Toronto Taxi Alliance.

"We are very pleased that City Council overwhelmingly recognized that public safety is paramount, and they were clear in their intent to enforce Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and city by-laws to protect the riding public from uninsured and illegal taxis and limos.

“Now, we are pleased to see evidence of the fact that through the efforts of the City by-law office these laws are being enforced. We believe the Toronto Police Services should also be enforcing Section 39 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act.”

Moini also pointed out that members of the insurance industry, including Pete Karageorgos of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, conducted a technical briefing on July 28th to ensure that all Toronto City Councillors are fully aware of the fact that Uber drivers are not covered by their personal insurance policies in Ontario.

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CP24 interview with Kristine Hubbard, here