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April 28 is National Day of Mourning

Today, April 28, is National Day of Mourning. Across Canada, it’s a day that commemorates those who were killed or seriously injured on the job.

The flags at the TTC have been lowered to half-mast as a solemn tribute to those in our workforce who have died or suffered a serious injury or illness.

Whether you are at work or working from home because of the pandemic, we ask that you take a personal moment on this day to honour those co-workers in your heart, and to think deeply about the families who bear the pain of these tragedies. We ask that you also think about our transit colleagues, both near and far, who are recovering from the COVID-19 virus or have succumbed to this dreaded disease.

Then there are the innocent victims in Nova Scotia. Please reflect on the grief being felt on the east coast, and shared across the country, for the senseless loss of life at the hands of a lone gunman over the April 18th weekend.

Our commitment to a safe and secure workplace for our people, and a safe service to the public, is what drives our success. Make every effort to work safely and conscientiously.

It is indeed a privilege to acknowledge and thank everyone who participates on our numerous Joint Health and Safety Committees. JHSCs are made up of dedicated management and worker representatives. These groups are an integral part of the TTC’s internal responsibility system, allowing union and non-union employees to work collaboratively to resolve health and safety concerns, which leads to an enhanced workplace for all.

Now more than ever we are steadfast in our mission to provide safe, reliable and resilient service to our customers and to the vast communities we connect. At the core of it all is workplace safety.

Stay safe,

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
April 28, 2020

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