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On the events of April 23rd

Yesterday, an unthinkable horror unfolded on the streets of Toronto. A man used an automobile to kill 10 people and seriously injure another 15. Flags at the TTC have been lowered to half-staff in honour of the victims.

Many of us work near the scene of this tragedy at North York Centre. We will be forever grateful no TTC employee was injured. Some of our colleagues, however, did witness this carnage. They are in our thoughts and all supports were being offered to them late yesterday, and will again today.

Indeed, EFAP is available to each of us. Self-care is critically important when tragedy strikes so close to home. Counselling services are free to all employees and their families. Call 1-800-572-0039. It is completely confidential.

I would like to take this opportunity and say how proud I am of our Special Constables, some of whom were first on the scene. They assisted paramedics, performing CPR and giving first aid to victims who’d been struck. They also assisted police, ensuring a very large crime scene remained secure. Thank you.

Thank you, as well, to the bus Operator who used the red alarm as he unbelievably witnessed what was happening before him. The entire TTC team, in fact, stepped up, as we always do under trying circumstances. Stations staff were in place to assist customers during the subway closure north of Sheppard Station, and Bus Transportation swung into action, providing shuttles to get our customers up to Finch or down to Sheppard.

While it remains unclear why this individual did what he did, we must remain vigilant, reporting suspicious activities or objects to Transit Control.

Talk to colleagues today; check in on each other. And to all directly affected by this senseless act, our deepest condolences.

Attached (below) is some material that may help you, a co-worker or family member. Your wellness is our first priority.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer (Acting)
April 24, 2018

EFAP - Taking care after a traumatic event

EFAP - How a traumatic event can affect you

EFAP - Tips for helping your child through a traumatic event

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