BC Green party exerts pressure on riding sharing promises legislation

VANCOUVER — The Green party in British Columbia is planning to keep up the pressure to bring ride sharing to the province by reintroducing legislation to enable the services.The former Liberal government had backed ride-hailing services such as Uber to operate in the province by the end of this year, while introducing initiatives to help the taxi industry remain competitive.Green Leader Andrew Weaver says all three parties support the services, but the province’s minority NDP government has not put a timeline on bringing ride sharing to the province.Before they were defeated, the Liberals promised $1 million to help the taxi industry create an app that would allow the public to order and pay for cabs the same way they would with a ride-hailing service.They would also have given taxis exclusive rights to street hailing and wanted to work with municipal governments to reduce red tape and address shortages of taxis and vehicles for hire.The Vancouver Taxi Association opposed the plan.But Weaver said Monday there is an economic imperative to allowing ride-sharing companies to operate in the province.“The government cannot stick its head in the sand when it comes to new technology,” he said in a news release.“All parties want to see B.C. be a leader in the emerging economy. To do so, government must take a proactive, responsive approach that considers the wide-ranging impacts of technological innovation. Vancouver is the largest city in North America without ride sharing. It is time we finally made this service accessible to British Columbians.”Geoff Meggs, Premier John Horgan’s chief of staff, expressed his disappointment with the Liberal party’s plan in March when he was a member of Vancouver’s city council.At the time, Horgan promised a deeper consultation with the taxi industry to ensure local businesses are protected.The Greens have agreed to support the NDP in the legislature, and Weaver invited the other parties to work with him before he brings in legislation.“In this new minority government, we have an opportunity to work together to advance good public policy,” he said.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said there’s an urgent need to overhaul B.C.’s regulations to open the way for ride sharing that meets consumers’ needs while creating a level playing field for all service providers.“I’m looking forward to working with Green party Leader Andrew Weaver and a full range of stakeholders as we develop a made-in-B.C. plan that protects jobs that currently exist while ensuring British Columbians have access to the modern ride-sharing services they expect,” Trevena said in a statement. read more

Bloated pooch steals Christmas dinner and crashes out

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bubba The way Bubba should lookCredit:Deadline David Barrett, the dog’s owner from Prestwick, Ayrshire, wrote: “No chance has my dog just scranned (eaten) the whole turkey for tomorrow? There’s the culprit she can’t move.”He said that Bubba had suffered no ill effects, but was about to be put on a strict New Year diet.He added: ”It was a turkey breast and mum cooked everything and sat it on the bottom tier of a two tier table and put tin foil and a dish cloth over it. She just couldn’t move. It was pretty big, a whole turkey breast.”The turkey was meant to feed three people. Luckily, Mr Barrett’s aunt had two turkeys and was able to deliver one to the family to save Christmas dinner.  Bubbacenter_img All that was left for Christmas dinnerCredit:Deadline The social media post of the gluttonous pooch has since attracted almost 10,000 retweets and 24,000 likes on Twitter.Aimei Melvin wrote: “She’s the same shape as the turkey, oh my god.”Jamie Connolly said: “Oh my god I am screaming. I actually have tears you must be so mad.” Another Twitter user said Bubba “looks like she’s about to burst.” It’s not unusual after tucking into Christmas dinner to feel bloated and barely able to move. Sometimes a quick lie down and a nap can help after all that excess.It certainly seemed to help Bubba, the dog that stole her family’s turkey before collapsing on the floor.The five-year-old Chi Apso found the meat on Christmas Eve, wrapped in tin foil under a tea towel, and had left only a tiny fragment by the time she finished.Her owners found their bloated pet lying on her side and posted an image on Twitter that has been re-tweeted thousands of times.last_img read more