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Extra, Extra: Taxi Protest Cancelled, Karygiannis Clarifies Bey Remarks, and Yoga Studio Closure Sparks Twitter Rage

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Taxi driver protests in December 2015  Photo by Ian from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Taxi driver protests in December 2015. Photo by Ian from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Your Friday afternoon commute will not be as hellish as previously planned: Toronto taxi drivers called off their planned protest against Uber, a move that would have slowed traffic throughout the downtown core. The United Taxi Workers Association’s Peter Sekhon said in a news conference that the protest was cancelled following talks with “sympathetic Toronto city councillors,” and that the taxi group recognizes a demonstration could be “a big inconvenience for the public.” Not that it matters much: a taxi industry spokesperson at the same press conference suggested the protest could still happen on a later date.
  • Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) headed to CP24 to clarify comments about banning Beyoncé from Toronto. The comments came on the heels of the artist’s Super Bowl performance, which paid homage to the Black Panthers. Karygiannis, who says he received concerned calls from residents, put the onus on the minister of citizenship and immigration to address the issue. “If people have concerns, I’m not the one to address them,” the councillor told CP24’s Jee-Yun Lee. Meanhile, @norm maintained his 6ix dad rep in light of the issue, tweeting: “Let Bey be.”
  • What do you do when your downtown yoga studio shuts down unexpectedly? Twitter rage, of course. YogaBe, located at Simcoe and Wellington, closed without warning overnight yesterday, leaving patrons to take to social media to air their grievances. The owners are allegedly not issuing refunds, and apparently left equipment stored by members in a pile outside of the studio. Meanwhile, the company responded with a curt message on their website: “YogaBe is closed. Thank you for your business.” Namaste, we guess.

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