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UberXploited: Behind the Toronto taxi wars

On Wednesday taxi drivers in Toronto took their battle against Uber to the streets.  The protest was just the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter and seemingly complex war over the future city’s taxi industry. Since Uber rolled into Toronto in 2012 it has dramatically shaken up the city’s taxi industry and taxi drivers have been paying the price. Much of the mainstream press has covered this story as a battle between taxi license holders and Uber; a fight between an old corrupt system and a modern technological innovation. This tale of selfish cabbies versus the future was on full display after the protest as the press denounced protesting taxi drivers as “living in an illusion” and displaying “outrageous behaviour.”  To understand why Toronto taxi drivers have been taking to the streets, lobbying city hall, and even going on hunger strike, we need to understand the industry.

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