December 10, 2015 Let's fight back against the taxi thugs

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I want to talk to you about the misconduct by taxi cartels around Canada, in their attempt to make their competitors illegal, like the popular car service that works on your smartphone, called Uber.

I'll show you video of the insanity in Toronto yesterday, where taxis brought the downtown of the city to a stand-still to protest Uber. Ambulances had trouble getting through.

One cabbie tried to carjack a stranger's vehicle.

Who knows how many laws were broken in Toronto yesterday?

And in Ottawa, where taxi drivers harass passengers and Uber drivers?

The police didn't do a thing.

I’ve drafted a petition to Canada’s police chiefs:

"We demand that Toronto and Ottawa police enforce traffic safety laws and the Criminal Code against taxi drivers illegally harassing Uber drivers and their customers."


(You don’t actually have to love Uber. You just have to love freedom. And hate the idea of carjackings going on, while the police stand by and do nothing.)


Next we'll talk about the arrival of the first Syrian refugees to Canada. The Liberal government is running a propaganda campaign to get you to welcome these people, and the Toronto Star wrote a welcome message on their front page -- in Arabic!

But what about our security? Security expert Ross McLean talks to me about the screening process that Syrian refugees are (supposedly) going through.

(PS: Our own Brian Lilley was told that not a single refugee has been rejected so far!)


Then Dr. Tim Ball and I discuss the nonsense that's going on at the Paris Climate Conference on global warming -- and how China and India might be the nations that really "save the world."


Finally, as always, I read your viewer mail, good and bad. I give out my contact information at the end of every show, and you can also leave a comment below! I want your feedback.

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commented 2015-12-11 17:01:32 -0500
Another great show Ezra!

I almost didn’t watch it. I rarely use taxis so I didn’t think you could interest me with the Uber bit. Then you made many great points regarding the fact that these cab drivers are getting away with protest methods that most wouldn’t while politicians and police standby. Interesting.

I didn’t think there was anymore to be said on the lack of screening of Syrian refugees… then your guest made several very interesting points I never thought of! Identity theft is a breeze in a country with such a horrific death rate and missing people. ISIS owns government equipment for making fake ID. The fact that the San Bernardino terrorist used a fake birth town. Etc. Interesting!

And as for climate change, well I’m just so tired of hearing about it. Nevertheless, always good to hear the counter argument which is only available here on the The Rebel!
commented 2015-12-11 12:55:20 -0500
Taxis suck pretty much all across canada, Most drivers should get close to a bar of soap once in a while. High fares, unreliable service, quite often rude drivers, Uber will bury them and they know it. Good riddance to bad rubbish and poor service go uber.
commented 2015-12-11 12:18:32 -0500
The taxi drivers complain a lot about licensing fees they need to pay.
The vast majority of taxi cab operators do not own a cab nor do they pay licensing fees to the city. They pay “licensing fees” to the plate holders. One of the largest is Mitch Grossman who owns over 100 plates. These plate holders “rent out” the plates to cab drivers for about $100 per shift. Plates are sold for over $100,000.

It is not the city but these “rent seekers” are the real problem in the taxi industry. The taxi drivers are just pawns in a game being played by the rich plate holders that have a lot to lose.

The city should just hand out another 20,000 licenses so that supply comes close to equaling demand.
commented 2015-12-11 12:10:13 -0500
Hi Ezra

I like a lot of what you say but you are on the wrong side of the Uber debate. I am not defending the taxi companies per se. They have huge problems and the all stem from regulations imposed by the government.

Uber is a parasite that lodged itself on the cab companies charging taxi like prices without the taxes and fees the legacy taxis are forced to pay.

uber is a progressive model. that is why progressives like it. it is soooooooo trendy. it is the justin of cabs.
enough. the cab industry has lots of issues that could and need to be solved.
but the system is flawed. uber gets to do commercial work without meeting any standard that the other cab providers need to meet.
I am all for a level playing field but uber isn’t playing by the rules. they want to be cabs without the cost that were and are being paid by regular cabs.
it is the leftists that regulated the sh!t out of everyone then phone for an uber cab.
if they held uber to the same costly regulations that they the socialist/commie/liberals forced on the regular cabs then uber would not be able to compete. uber gets to slide under the regulations and thereby provide an attractive price.
they should drop the regulations for the regular cabs and possibly compensate those who bought licences. but we all know liberal/socialist/commies never pay for the damages they incur.

I don’t know if you read these emails but I really think you should look at some of these things from a wider perspective.

I have a topic that you might want to use.

Recently the NAFTA ruled that Canada and Mexico have won a ruling allowing them to impose 1 billion in tariffs over the US decision to BUY AMERICA regarding labeling of country of origin.

It looks good for canada and free trade. But when you pan back and with the coming of the TPP you will see the sinister backdrop.

I want labeling for country of origin and this ruling will remove that. The end goal of TPP includes China (purposely not included until after the deal is signed by all the other countries). This ruling will make it so you won’t know if your food came from China.

commented 2015-12-11 11:57:02 -0500
Ezra you are getting better every day, waiting to subscribe.
commented 2015-12-11 10:22:56 -0500
Racuous, disorganized, and undercut by technology … I’d have thought you’d side with the taxi drivers. After all, plate owners are nice, wealthy capitalists who have spent a lot of money on their investments.
commented 2015-12-11 10:22:04 -0500
Don Cloud – bend over, the real Nazi is about to violate your rights, and make you pay for it.
commented 2015-12-11 10:15:23 -0500
Why is it, the people that cannot construct a sentence are your biggest adversaries? Are they just plain stupid?
commented 2015-12-11 08:04:34 -0500
Terry. We did have a Nazi regime. The voters rose up and silenced it.
commented 2015-12-11 04:27:08 -0500
Just more of the same SOCIALIST GREED. Higher taxes, big unions, big government, over regulation.

commented 2015-12-11 03:10:23 -0500
Ezra, that was an awesome opening monologue. It was both very informative and entertaining. You are a lawyer, so maybe you can explain this one. Just what are the legal hurdles that Uber is facing? I always here cabbies say that what Uber is doing is against the law , and how Uber does not have to report to the taxi board or pay for a taxi license. Can you please elaborate on it for us? And does the same apply for other sharing economy services, such as the hotels vs Air Bed and Breakfast? Thanks.
commented 2015-12-11 02:16:13 -0500
btw – going after the police – forcing them to do their jobs – is the right tact. Two thumbs up!
commented 2015-12-11 01:47:39 -0500
Great show Ezra.
commented 2015-12-11 01:03:14 -0500
Not a single refugee disqualified from entry. Not one. Not too surprised, but the confirmation of it, heightens my concern, that’s for sure. The whole thing is a sham, I don’t know why they even bother to go through the motions.
Good show, as usual Ezra.
commented 2015-12-10 23:02:45 -0500
And that’s why we keep coming back to THEREBEL
commented 2015-12-10 22:46:41 -0500
Want to get a crowd of taxi drivers in most big cities. Burn a Quran.
commented 2015-12-10 22:05:42 -0500
Typo: Meant in the comment below to say: Thanks for opening some eyes and yes minds…. Ezra….
commented 2015-12-10 22:03:32 -0500
Great show – Thanks for opening some yes and minds Ezra to show Canadians – just how serious the trouble is that we are in!
When officials try to use other methods than legal courts to push their Agenda – this shows we all must stand up and push back drastically or YES, Canada is going to change for the worse in a real bad way – we are about 3 steps away from an old Nazi Regime called Global Dictatorship Government!
commented 2015-12-10 21:23:24 -0500
Another great show Ezra. I knew little about Uber, and what you covered informed me as to what they really are. I have to say that my opinion of Uber was not good, but I also have to say that it was based on information that sadly came from the MSM. I should have known better.
commented 2015-12-10 20:50:34 -0500 …. if you dig deep enough you’ll find one of the Uber driver who attacked a woman was East Indian. That would be enough for the Rebel to slam them like they do in any other article about East Indians.
commented 2015-12-10 20:10:45 -0500
My son and some friends went bar hopping in Toronto a couple of years ago. When they tried to get back to the suburbs, it took them 3 hours to find a taxi driver who would agree to take them here. Lots of cabs stopped but when they found out where they wanted go, they refused to take them. This past summer, they went back there again. Only this time, they called Uber for the ride back and a car picked them up within about 10 minutes. Needless to say, Uber is the first call he and his friends make now when they need taxi service.