Taxi Drivers Clog Downtown Toronto as City Pushes to Shut Uber Down

Roughly 500 taxi drivers staged a protest in Toronto this morning.

The protest, which clogged the streets outside Toronto City Hall, was timed with the start of a court hearing into the city’s request for a permanent injunction that would block Uber’s operations in Toronto.

Uber operations in Toronto began in 2012. The Silicon Valley giant refuses to be licensed as a taxi brokerage, claiming it is just a technology app connecting drivers to passengers. That line, as evidenced by Uber-related controversies worldwide, is a blurry one.

The hearing is slated to last three days. The outcome could set a precedent for other cities in Canada as they relate to Uber, including Montreal and Vancouver, where Uber has found itself in hostile territory.