The words “All-Star Game” and “aggression” don’t typically mix, but Toronto’s taxi drivers are reportedly introducing some road rage just in time for the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend.
The United Taxi Workers Association, frustrated by moves that have allowed the ride-sharing service Uber to continue operating, has said it plans to strike this weekend, just as NBA all-stars and fans descend on the city for three days of parties and events.
Last week, Toronto Mayor John Tory—backed by city council—intervened to ensure Uber would not immediately be subject to an injunction that would halt its operations. In the wake of that action, UTWA head Paul Sekhon indicated his group intends to disrupt Toronto traffic during a showcase weekend.
In early December, taxi drivers choked off downtown streets as part of a protest that offers a likely blueprint for what the city could see in coming days.