We are less than a week away from our time before the Ontario Highway Transportation Board (OHTB). The hearing will commence at 10:00 a.m. on October 15th. at the offices of the OHTB (9th. Floor, 151 Bloor Street West, Toronto). I have been informed that this is a Public Hearing and anyone can attend - however seating seems to be limited to approximately 20 people. No doubt this will be a full house as I have chatted with reporters who said that since our hearing is the day after the Federal Election that this will be a topical issue.
So the question a lot of people have been asking me is what do I think is going to happen? Well I have never been to or in front of one of these hearings before and all I know is that we have the support of thousands of residents of Ontario, the Press and even the Ministry of Transportation. What has been interesting throughout this entire experience is that I have witnessed the power of getting people together to speak up for their rights. What has been encouraging is to see the Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley step up to the plate and agree with us that it is time that the laws change, (CBC Article).
We have faith in the OHTB and believe that given the clear support that PickupPal has it is time to stop shutting down Ridesharing sites and do the right thing. As for who will be at the hearing, John Stewart and Myself (Eric Dewhirst) will be there. Our legal counsel representing PickupPal will be our awesome lawyers at Heenan Blaikie, (George J. Karayannides and Matthew Diskin). Representing Trentway-Wagar will be the law firm of WeirFoulds LLP, (I believe Robert B. Warren and possibly others but I don’t know). I am hopeful that the Chair of the OHTB, Gary Stanley will be there. I have reviewed many of his past decisions and he appears to be a fair and honorable man so I look forward to his review.
Cheers - Eric