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NBA All-Star Weekend May See Toronto Taxi Strike

Car Rental & Rail | Gabe Zaldivar | February 10, 2016

NBA All-Star Weekend May See Toronto Taxi Strike

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It’s absolutely frigid out there at the moment, and we aren’t talking about the weather.

We are talking about drivers’ reception to ongoing Uber policies, leading to a rash of strikes and protests, which may soon affect the NBA All-Star weekend festivities planned in Toronto.

The Toronto Sun reports the United Taxi Workers Association has plans to usurp the frivolity with a protest it hopes will bring a spotlight to cab drivers’ plight in their battle against the onslaught of Uber.

UTWA’s Paul Sekhon spoke with the Toronto Sun and explains that the weekend poses that perfect window to bring attention to a transportation cause: “There will be media here (for the NBA All-Star Game) from all over. We will show that we are doing the right thing. We are struggling and dying. We are losing everything day by day because of these illegals. The city is trying to push down an industry that has been serving the public since World War II.”

READ MORE: The Rocky Rise of Uber

As mentioned in the report, at the heart of the grievance is Uber’s seeming ability to draw a great deal of fares from travelers that would have previously utilized the city’s taxi system.

It’s something we have seen play out aplenty in cities around the world, most notably in Paris last June and more recently in New York City.

Now the major difference, of course, is the protests in New York City taking place earlier in the month were by Uber drivers upset with the company’s own practice of slashing its fares this winter.

It seems Uber is taking a great deal of anger from all sides. Meanwhile, passengers benefit, for the moment, from inexpensive and highly accessible travel throughout town.

Now the major hiccup for the weekend is that big ball of sports entertainment from the NBA’s elite, which will start with a celebrity game on Friday, a three-point and slam dunk contest on Saturday and an all-star game on Sunday.

The area around the Air Canada Centre, essentially, will be congested.

Prepare your itineraries accordingly, because you may have quite the layover around the arena thanks to ongoing grumbles from taxi drivers.

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