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Local advocacy group confident Uber will still come to HRM

Stephen Parker says the CAO's comments at last council meeting on Uber not being ready to come to Halifax were taken out of context

A local man that's part of a group spearheading efforts to bring services like Uber to Halifax is confident it's going to happen despite some confusion last week about whether the ride-sharing service wants to come to HRM at all. 

Last week, District 13 councillor Matt Whitman was blaming city staff for talks with Uber apparently falling apart. But District 6 Councillor Tony Mancini disagreed, saying Uber had made the decision to step away for the time being. 

Stephen Parker with HRM Ride Hail says that's not the case.

"There were some comments made at council by the CAO that I do want to address on that," he said. "He made the indication that Uber is not ready and not willing to have the conversation on that. We did reach out to the contact at Uber that met with city council and that is not correct. That was taken out of context." 

Parker says Uber is the company at the centre of the current discussion, but his group is focused on getting any ride sharing company in Halifax. 

Last week, it was announced a staff report on Uber set to come before council in November is no longer happening so it remains a unclear if or when it's going to happen. 

Mark Hodgins

About the Author: Mark Hodgins

Mark Hodgins is an Ontario-born Haligonian. A graduate of the Loyalist College journalism program, he’s been with NEWS 95.7 since 2016. Mark is a lover of sports, politics and video games.
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