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Notice to employees on incidents of hate

As you are all aware we have recently been informed of incidents of hate in our workplaces. The TTC condemns all acts of hate and wants to ensure that all employees know how to respond to hate-motivated incidents so they can be addressed immediately.

Acts of hate are committed to intimidate, harm or terrify individuals on the sole basis of who they are and/or the communities to which they belong – for example, being Black, Indigenous, Jewish, Muslim, Transgender, etc.

Hate activity can take the form of:
> Acts of violence;
> Verbal slurs and threats;
> Vandalism with messages of hate and intolerance;
> Intimidation and harassment; and
> Public messages of hate and intolerance implying that members of an identifiable group are to be despised, denied respect and made subject to ill-treatment on the basis of group affiliation.

Such messages may include symbols, slogans or nicknames transmitted in many ways (e.g. graffiti, posters, flyers, hate mail, over the telephone, website and e-mail content, and all other community groups).

These acts are motivated by hatred, bias and prejudice and will be investigated as criminal offences. They must be taken seriously and cannot be ignored. They threaten our safety at work and should immediately trigger a workplace violence response in accordance with the TTC’s Workplace Violence Policy and Program.

If you see or hear of any hate activity, you must report it immediately by:
> Calling Transit Control;
> Reporting the incident to management immediately, and management will promptly notify TTC Special Constable Service;
> If there is immediate danger or an emergency, call the police; and
> Always making sure you protect your safety, the safety of your colleagues and our customers.

If you see something, say something. Please.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
June 29, 2020

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