Mayor, councillor suspect smashed window linked to Uber vote – Ontario News

Mayor, councillor suspect smashed window linked to Uber vote – Ontario News


Ward 2 Coun. John Elliott inspects the damage after someone threw a rock through the window of his Windsor home.
Jason Kryk / Windsor Star

Police are investigating a smashed window at the home of Coun. John Elliott, who thinks the vandalism was a message sent to intimidate him over his vote to allow Uber in town.

After a contentious five-hour debate on Monday — when city chambers overflowed with taxi drivers who say Uber represents unfair competition — councillors voted to allow the ride-sharing service to legally operate in Windsor.

A little more than 30 hours later, around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, a rock smashed the front picture window of Elliott’s west-end home.

The loud crash woke Elliott, his wife and their two teenage daughters. The family ran downstairs to investigate. But only the next day when the sun was up did they realize that the first pane of their front window was busted, though the rock did not come through the second pane.

“That strikes a bad nerve,” Elliott said. “Now you’re messing with my family.

“My wife and two daughters were pretty shook up. That’s never happened to us before.”

Elliott said he doesn’t know who the vandal is but can’t help but wonder if the incident stems from the Uber vote.

“After that meeting Monday, as contentious as it was, I think it had something to do with that,” he said. “I didn’t catch the person so I can’t be sure, but I’ve been upset ever since.

“They didn’t intimidate me. They made me mad. But I have to keep a controlled head.”

John Toth, first vice-president of Unifor Local 195 which represents more than 320 Veteran Cab drivers, angrily dismissed the…



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