Ottawa will legalize Uber despite looming taxi lawsuit
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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, August 15, 2016

The city won’t delay making Uber legal, even though taxi plate owners are making a potentially precedent-setting claim that they’re owed millions because of a major change in municipal licensing.

“We’re proceeding full-steam ahead,” Mayor Jim Watson said Monday.

“We think the public certainly want choice when it comes to transportation in the City of Ottawa. The taxi industry has really had a monopoly for decades. I’m very comfortable with where we are legally and procedurally to move forward with alternative forms of transportation, like Uber and other ride-sharing companies, on a go-forward basis.”