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Taxi protest planned this weekend in Toronto


TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto taxi drivers have planned a protest this coming Friday, February 12 in the downtown core.

The protest is in response to Uber’s ride-sharing service, which the taxi industry claims is operating “illegally” in the city. The decision to protest came after representatives from the city’s various taxi associations recently met and voted to strike and launch moving protests designed to create gridlock in downtown Toronto. Their protest plans will affect the trucking industry and commuters on this busy long weekend.

It is not clear yet which areas of the city will be affected though it expected to be a busy weekend with Family Day weekend coming up, along with the NBA All-Star activities as well as the Canadian International Auto Show both kicking off on Friday.

The OTA says the Gardiner, DVP and other major routes in the downtown core are likely to be targeted on the weekend.

More details on the protest are expected in the next few days. City government and business leaders are urging organizers in the taxi industry to reconsider their protest plans.