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First Look: Anti-Verizon Protest Underway in Downtown Toronto [PICS]

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Yesterday we told you about the anti-Verizon rally taking place today in Toronto, organized by the The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), soon to be known as Unifor, a case when two becomes one (Spice Girls line).

The protest is to make noise against a “takeover” from Verizon, which would apparently put Canadian jobs at stake. It also looks like a great way for Unifor to get some media attention via the controversial wireless debate, since it’s a brand new union, Canada’s largest.

https://twitter.com/machepikachu/status/373477137899991040

Here are some of the first pictures of the protest and as you can see, Unifor members are out in strong numbers wearing red shirts:

https://twitter.com/MonicaCHEK/status/373471513984659456

https://twitter.com/dmshaikh/status/373484223060905984

Image below via Instagram user vlad_che:

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Yesterday, Prime Minister Harper denied the government has created loopholes favouring Verizon.

What do you think about the protest? Do you support it or not?

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  • websnap

    Corporate Shills… Work paid field day.

  • Hamez

    this is so lame..

  • FragilityG4

    How many of these protesters are being paid?

    What a waste of money these Stupid telecoms could have put towards making one of their customers happy so they wouldn’t want to leave them. Children in the playground. Pathetic.

  • WestCoastStar

    The only reason I see to support Verizon is if they promise not to outsource any job outside of Canada. I don’t expect them to be that much more competitive since they have practically zero towers in Canada.

  • If only the Big 3 also promised not to outsource jobs.

  • WestCoastStar

    If Verizon does, others might follow.

  • Al

    It pisses me off to no end that the big 3 are trying to place blame on the government that, with Verizon, Canadian jobs would be lost. As is obvious to most, the possibility of Canadian job loss is purely a result of the big 3 failing the consumer. They’ve even got time to at least “attempt” to correct it, but instead, they are being bullheaded and continue to demonstrate just how unworthy they are of consumer support.

  • It’s Me

    Yeah, great idea. Impose more regulations and reasons for companies not to come here so we can continue to take it in the @$$ from Robellus.

    If Verizon did promise that, then Robellus would just look on and laugh…and charge you even more.

  • wuju

    So sad, I would not support this.

  • HelloCDN

    Protesters: “No to Verizon! Our employers will have to cut down our wireless discounts and we’ll have to be like like all others!”

  • K3

    Dont forget the Christmas bonus. ????????????????????????

  • Corey Hoffarth

    You know I’ve been pretty happy with my services for many years and was intending to stay with fido regardless of weather Verizon comes of not. But all this time and money the three are putting into this infuriates me to no end. Ill be first to jump ship when the life raft comes

  • K3

    HEY Gary, so I’ve heard tale of Apple providing there own wireless services and they’re even considering Canada as the test market.

    ????????????
    ( just trying to pass an aneurism around the offices of the big 3. )

  • K3

    Museum and the arcade are next.

  • websnap

    it’s a false argument, as Canadian jobs we lost years ago when the Big three outsourced so many of them. Oddly enough, it wasn’t Verizon’s fault then either.

  • websnap

    The others started years ago. Rogers Service calls go to India.

  • Jonathan

    Hilarious on so many levels… Are these unions just trying to make fun of themselves??

  • Noel

    You know, most of the people marching in the parade were outsourced from Buffalo.

  • Arcsvibe

    This is just pathetic….really where were these people when Call Center jobs, planners jobs etc were outsourced years ago? Paid protesters… wow guys if you thought the ads were stupid this “protest” kicks it up a few notches…

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Everyone who marched in that “protest” are all a bunch of misinformed troglodytes. Where were CEP and CAW when offshore outsourcing began back in the early 21st century? Hypocrites & troglodytes.

  • Rogue

    You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. While Verizon sets up their own towers, they will be allowed to “piggyback” off of Robellus’ towers. By “piggyback” I mean, pay the Big 3 a fair price to use their towers. So the coverage will be identical.

    Also, Bell and Telus share towers; they don’t even have their own separate networks!

  • johnnygoodface

    Man! People are not well informed! I don’t envy them to be sooooo naive… u..n..less they received a big fat check to participate … Just sayin’….

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