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August 29, 2000
First Taxicab Election Attracts 42 Candidates
Municipal Licensing and Standards, Taxi Industry Unit --- Forty-two candidates
in four categories will be running in the first Taxicab Advisory Committee
Election 2000 on Tuesday, October 10. At stake are eight positions. Four are
open to taxicab drivers, two more are available for taxicab owners, leaving one
each for taxicab brokerages and independent taxicab owners. The single
candidate in the taxicab brokerages category has already been acclaimed.

The groundbreaking election marks the first time that the TAC, one of several
City of Toronto committees, will not only become an elected body, but also
industry-elected. Every taxicab driver and owner who is properly licensed for
the year 2000 is eligible to vote in their respective category.

"The number of confirmed candidates tells us that both drivers and owners have
caught election fever," says Richard Mucha, Manager of Taxi Licensing and Chair
of the TAC Election 2000 Committee. "Once elected, the eight new TAC members
will bring an industry-wide perspective to the City."

The TAC Election Committee is holding a Meet and Greet Candidates Evening on
Tuesday, September 19. Voters can take advantage of the invitation to get to
know the slate of candidates vying to represent them, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
Scarborough Civic Centre.

On Election Day, voting takes place at Toronto City Hall and all five civic
centres - North York, Scarborough, East York, Etobicoke and York - from 10 a.m.
to 10 p.m. There is an Advance Poll on Tuesday, September 26 at Toronto City
Hall from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Official results are scheduled to be available late in the evening of October

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