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Updated on Tuesday, September 29

#21333

OMG: Apparently Feds hosted a debate between Uber and taxi drivers... lol, does Feds really think they can do anything about that? Why do these student "politicians" think they can make any difference about that sort of stuff

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  1. So, just a thought, but maybe Feds' goal here is to provide students who might be interested in this issue with a chance to learn more about both sides of the argument?

    As for what they think they can do, Feds and WLUSU together have a non-trivial amount of lobbying power within our local governments, and the Feds VPED sits on several City and Regional committees with the Mayor, Regional Chair, and our local councillors/MPs. They know who he is, and (regarding this specific issue) they'd be crazy not to recognize that most of the cab use in this city is by students! So yeah, Feds' interest in this is far from irrelevant.

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  2. Uber >> cab. Now what would be totally cool is if there was a Waterloo startup that did something like Uber; then we'd at least be keeping the money and some Engineering jobs in Canada.

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    1. you mean like Waterloo Taxi?

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  3. The cabbies have several good point on their side and have been treated somewhat unfairly.

    If they weren't total scum I might care about that.

    If taxis offered good service uber wouldn't be a thing.

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  4. I've never had an issue with Waterloo Taxi; been using them for years. Doesn't mean Uber is worse or anything, just that I don't have any dislike for the taxi service out here.

    I'd like to see some new municipal regulations that actually allow for companies like Uber; perhaps obliging them to get proper insurance would be a good start.

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  5. I dunno, it's a pretty topical subject if you ask me. Especially considering this school has a strong IT bent including, I presume, people who wil go on to develop apps that might just generate similar controversy.

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  6. who here actually use a taxi while being in waterloo
    I mean seriously the buses are free, FREE

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    1. Depends on how quickly I need to be somewhere.

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    2. If you need to get certain places, it's just more convenient. For example, to get to the train station in Kitchener on time when I head home for the weekend, I take a cab since I'd rather do that then spend an hour on the bus and have to switch buses halfway.

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    3. Aside from cabs being faster and arriving on your schedule, they also operate at times when buses don't (i.e late night after the bar).

      The only time I really take a cab is when I'm drinking and going to or coming from a bar or some party.

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  7. lolz. the buses aren't free. you paid for the service in your student fee.

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    1. Yeah, at roughly 1/4 the cost that everyone outside the university pays.

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