2016-04-14 Thu


The sago(sic) of Taxis versus Uber continues.

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ďBeck TaxiĒ is probably the largest taxi firm in Toronto, maybe the GTA if size is measured by the number of branded green-and-orange cabs roaming the downtown core.

Where, daily, I walk.

My ďbeatĒ stretches from Queens Quay up to north of St Clair Avenue.

On foot.

Hereís what I know: if ever I get run over by a four-wheeler it will probably be a Beck Taxi that does me in.

Yes, there are some idiot drivers trying to kill me as I walk up the east or the west side of Yonge Street.

But the majority of the drivers will be licensed (we hope) drivers of Beck Taxis.

Now it may be just a statistical fact about taxis. For example if Beck runs ninety percent of the taxis in Toronto, then nine out of ten times the taxi nearest to me will probably be a Beck. That is, the higher your profile is, well, the higher your profile is.

I would be unlikely to be run over by the one taxi registered to Greavesís taxis (I made that up).

Taxi drivers spend their working life driving on city streets. That quite naturally increases their perception that the streets belong to them, not to pedestrians.

Despite the fact that every single client of taxis is by definition a pedestrian.



Kristine Hubbard of Beck Taxis is quoted ď... members of the public should care about how well they are protectedĒ.

Quite true.

In my case I care about it enough to pay extra-special attention whenever a green-orange vehicle comes to my attention.

Could be deadly.

And thatís without me even getting into a cab!


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I love/loved the Toronto Starís little sidebar about how-we-got-gender-out-of-nowhere.

A clever little statistical trick.

More importantly, The Toronto Star outlined some of their criteria, for example, setting the cut-off point at seventy-five percent. They could have set it at 80%, or 95%, or 60%, but it counts that we are told what the cutoff point IS.

Telling us the sample size (300,000) is important too. My guess is that restricting the survey to organizations with fifteen or more employees on the Sunshine List culls out firms that might not be representative.

Rather a nice little read this Thursday morning...