Calgary: March 26, 2022 

Consumers vs taxis—a contest between the rising  taxi operating costs that push fares to unaffordable levels for most riders, particularly the disabled and elderly is a source of angst for everyone.

City politicians notably Ward 7 Councillor Terry Wong, Ward 5 Councillor Raj Dhaliwal with Calgary McCall MLA Irfan Sabir and Minister of Transportation RajanJSaw.

Several oral presentations were given by drivers and Jeff Garland GM of Associated Cabs .

The general consensus among all of them the severe market fragmentation caused by the invasion of TNCs in 2016 and rising operating costs particularly fuel and insurance.

The forgoing led to my presentation as shown below:

RajanJSaw Transportation Minister

Several oral presentations were given by drivers and Jeff Garland GM of Associated Cabs .

The general consensus among all of them the severe market fragmentation caused by the invasion of TNCs in 2016 and rising operating costs particularly fuel and insurance.

The forgoing led to my presentation as shown below:

March 25, 2022

 Good afternoon, everyone.  My name is John Bliss whom many of you may remember from the course of my taxi driving career over the past 45 years here in Calgary.  I also drove taxis in Sault Ste. Marie and Winnipeg during the 1970s.  I retired in 2015 and took up journalism in an effort to dispel myths and disinformation flowing from the propaganda of UBER and the taxi brokers themselves.

A review of the ongoing taxi debate and current existences, particularly fuel, insurance, usurious stand rents, and customer concerns, I am now convinced that taxis, ride share operators, and consumers are better off with the city itself being solely responsible for the overall management and operation of the industry.

In other words, put all the taxi brokers right out to pasture and make Calgary Transit the only legal taxi-rideshare broker in the city.  And here’s why.

  • Drivers would become city employees receiving all benefits flowing from being a government employee, such as pensions, paid sick leave and income security and better pay.
  • New technology such as digital dispatching (ProCabby)  and voice dispatching (RedRoute) make the traditional brokers obsolete.
  • Overall stand rents, high license fees, and broker abuse would become a thing of the past. A small tax on each trip would finance Calgary Transit’s taxi-limousine operating budget and such a tax could even cover insurance costs.
  • The city would have better control over fleet sizing and vehicle demography as to wheelie vans, sedans, and luxury corporate sedans etc.
  • Cab fares can more easily be set to a level that accurately reflects the operating cost of a cab which unfortunately well over 50% for the riding public such as myself, cannot afford.                                                                       
  • The city can however subsidize each trip by issuing a taxi pass which would automatically calculating the customer’s share of the fare based on line 150 of his tax return.
  • Enhanced professionalism—an absolute must for the industry would be greatly improved by the City’s training program, particularly with geography and violence prevention as opposed to the dummed down training that put in its appearance with the onset of UBER who insisted on promoting the myth that drivers need no training since all they do is drive cars and GPS navigation makes city knowledge unnecessary.

UBER even has the temerity to say UBER driving is perfectly safe since you’d not be carrying any cash.  Would they please explain that to the grieving family of 30-year-old Kasif Hirani who was found dead not far from the Springbank Airport just couple of days after New Year’s Eve 2019.

UBER’s propaganda fails to mention that 90% of all cab violence is the result of other issue such as fare disputes, or targeting the car itself or sexual assault with money taken as an afterthought.

The truth is taxi and rideshare operators are more likely to die from occupational homicide than any other occupational group in the economy including peace officers and prison guards.

A city training program will offer knowledge on crime, violence prevention and how to handle criminals when they encounter them.

The forgoing points are many and too elaborate to discuss in detail, but the bottom line is to put the brokers right out to pasture once and for all with drivers making a real living with enhanced customer satisfaction.  The city must be the only legal broker in Calgary.




To offer your two cents worth on the subject read The Livery Transportation Service bulletin below.

To make democracy work it’s critical that all citizens participate in all ongoing public debates.  Apathy means enslavement.

Livery Transport Services – Meter Rate Engagement 


Meter Rate Discussions

2022 March 21

The City of Calgary is looking for feedback on what improvements can be made to support taxi drivers and ensure safety, service quality and consumer protection for all livery participants.

Livery Transport Services is holding in-person meetings with taxi drivers (at the LTS office) to discuss a possible taxi meter rate increase. If you would like to attend a session, please send an email to LTSEngagement@caIgary.ca and an appointment will be arranged.

A translated version is available in the following languages:

Amharic  Arabic   Hindi

Punjabi   Somali Urdu

Abdul Rafih



Calgary:  It’s now official.  Abdul Rafih, Calgary’s chief livery inspector, has announced that a much awaited new livery bylaw is now ready for presentation to the City’s Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services (SPC) next week on Wednesday, March 10.

The new proposed bylaw  is now released.  To view it click HERE.

To review the agenda and administration’s attachments click HERE and scroll to 7.1 on the agenda.

A copy of bulletin 004 is shown below.

Readers would do well to review the “What We Heard” report by clicking HERE

Watch for my commentaries on the new bylaw this coming weekend.


Livery Transport Bylaw Review 

Standing Policy Committee Report and Stakeholder Report Back:  What We Heard
March 1, 2021

This bulletin is to inform industry stakeholders of the upcoming publication of the Livery Transport Bylaw Review report to be posted on March 5, 2021. The report, which includes a proposed Livery Transport Bylaw and proposed fee schedule, will be presented to the Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Community and Protective Services (CPS) Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

On March 5th the Committee meeting agenda, Livery Transport Bylaw Review report and attachments will be available to access through the following link:

Presenting to the Standing Policy Committee
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing the public with options to participate remotely in Committee and Council meetings. If you would like to participate in this meeting you may:

  • Follow the Committee meeting using the live stream http://video.isilive.ca/calgary/live.html​.
  • Make a written submission using the public submission form​.
  • Contact the City Clerk’s office by email at publicsubmissions@calgary.ca​ to register to speak at the committee meeting. Please note, the public may present to the Committee during the public hearing portion of an agenda item for five minutes. If you wish to speak, please limit your comments to matters contained in the report and the recommended actions being discussed.

Stakeholder Report Back: What We Heard

The Q4 2020 phase 2 stakeholder engagement process to support the Livery Transport Bylaw Review is now complete. A summary of the engagement process and the feedback collected from industry stakeholders is included in the stakeholder What we Heard Report.

For additional information regarding the Livery Transport Bylaw review, please visit Calgary.ca.

This bulletin is also available in Amharic, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu at Calgary.ca

If you have any further questions regarding the Livery Transport Bylaw Review, please contact ltsengagement@calgary.ca

Thank you for your participation and input into the Livery Transport Bylaw Review.



Abdul Rafih
Chief Livery Inspector
Calgary Community Standards