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Another Big Uber vs Taxi Debate At City Hall. ETFO Gets Back To Negotiations With Province. Airlines Urged To Stop Separating Parents From Children. Province Delays Funding Announcement For In-Vitro Fertilization Treatments. Rob Ford Has Film Role in Mockumentary ”Toronah.”+**Blue Jays Clinch Tie For AL East Title.**
Another Uber vs Taxi Debate At City Hall
You can expect another heated debate this week at City Hall as councillors debate the future of the ride share, Uber, in Toronto. Councillors are to decide if the ride share will be regulated in the city, although local cabbies have been pushing for some time now to give them the boot. Cab companies say Uber has put a major dent in their business because they don’t adhere to the same rules they do. A recent survey done by a Toronto-based management consultancy firm, Satov Consultants found usage of Uber is growing in all major cities where it’s currently operating and overall, Uber usage is already 28% higher than traditional taxis. And those who have used the service say they will stick with it. A second survey/report was commissioned by Beck Taxi and it finds a 2-tiered taxi system will not only increase congestion and vehicle emissions, but it could also lead to the ride share upping it’s rates, so it wouldn’t necessarily always be the less expensive option. Taxi drivers in Toronto have long complained about the operation of Uber, saying it has an unfair advantage and is taking away their business. Recent polls show that majority of Torontonians want Uber regulated and to continue operating in the city.
ETFO Gets Back To Negotiations
The Elementary Teachers Federation Of Ontario is returning to the bargaining table with the province. Union President Sam Hammond accepted an offer from the province to resume talks. Hammond says Education Minister Sandals “has called upon ETFO to return to the bargaining table. ETFO has been ready to return to the table for two weeks to bargain a fair and reasonable collective agreement specific to ETFO members. He says “We accept this invitation and we look to the Minister to confirm where and when negotiations will resume.”
Airlines Urged To Stop Separating Parents From Children
The push is on to stop the practice of airlines seating young kids separately from their parents on flights. The transportation minister has reportedly written to all Canadian carriers saying logic should prevail here, it only makes sense they would sit together. No legislation is being proposed here, she says she wants to see an industry led solution.
Province Delays Funding Announcement For In-Vitro Fertilization Treatments
Want-to-be parents will have to wait a bit longer to get details about the provincial in-vitro fertilization funding program. Those details will were supposed to be released today but Health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins says they’re still in consultations. Hoskins wouldn’t comment on if the province will accept the recommendations of an expert panel that suggest excluding women over the age of 42 from the funding program or those who are morbidly obese. Many others say any woman who wants the treatments should be eligible, regardless of age or size.
Rob Ford Has Film Role in Mockumentary ”Toronah”
The former mayor of Toronto is heading to the big screen. Rob Ford has a cameo in a film called “Toronah,” which is being described as a dysfunctional comedy-mockumentary that follows the ups and downs of a middle aged entrepreneur. The film is being screened tonight inside the Manulife Centre and premiers in December.
Blue Jays Clinch Tie For AL East Title
Last night’s Blue Jays game in Baltimore was rained out so they’ll play a double header today, with Marcus Stroman to pitch the first game and R.A. Dickey the second. The Red Sox did the Jays a solid last night by beating the Yankees, meaning Toronto has clinched at least a tie for the American League East title but can wrap up on top with a win. Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitski says he’s feeling pretty confident that he’ll make it back to the team before the regular season wraps up. Tulowitski has been out with a shoulder injury.