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Calgary Stampede 2013: Ramadan Prayer Tent Set Up Downtown For Busy Taxi Drivers

07/11/2013 12:09 EDT | Updated 09/10/2013 05:12 EDT

A pilot program is looking at ways to make it easier for Muslim taxi drivers in Calgary to observe the holy month of Ramadan, which began Tuesday.

There were worries that with as many as 40 per cent of cab drivers in the city identifying as Muslim, there could be an impact on transportation during the hectic Stampede week.

But the city's Taxi and Limousine Advisory Committee instead came up with a plan to make it easy for drivers to pray.

Committee spokesman Johnathan Campbell said that because of input from the drivers, they have set up a prayer tent near Stampede Park.

There will also be suitable food trucks available for drivers at dusk when the daily fast is complete.

Campbell says making these accommodations available will not only show respect, it will also keep drivers downtown and more available for their duties.

Campbell adds that this pilot program will be analysed and re-worked as needed since Ramadan will also overlap dates with next year's Stampede.

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