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Ontario enters Step 1 and accelerates second doses

Last week, the Province moved into Step 1 of its Reopening Plan. Step 1 focuses on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds and permitting limited indoor gatherings with restrictions. This is exciting news for all of us – and good news for the TTC as we hope to see more customers return.

Several announcements were also made around accelerating eligibility to book a second dose appointment as follows:
> Starting June 14, 2021, people who received their first dose on or before May 9 and who live in Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph or York public health units are eligible to book a second dose of an mRNA vaccine. In addition, those who received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be able to get their second dose of AZ or mRNA vaccine after eight weeks with informed consent.
> As of Monday, June 21, 2021 at 8 a.m., all Ontarians who received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9, 2021 will be eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval.
> As of Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 8 a.m., individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 30, 2021 and who live in the catchment area of one of the 10 public health units identified as Delta hot spots (Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York public health units) will be eligible to book or re-book their second dose appointment at a shortened interval.
> Starting the week of June 28, 2021 (days/sequence to be confirmed), all Ontarians aged 18 and over who have received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to book their second dose appointment. The appointment will be scheduled at least 28 days after the first dose, per the recommended interval.
We’re currently exploring the possibility of holding more pop-up clinics for employees. In the meantime, employees are encouraged to visit the province’s COVID-19 website to see if you qualify to book an appointment now.

I would also encourage you to keep an eye out for pop-up clinics offering first or second doses on www.vaccinehunters.ca or by following @VacHuntersCan on Twitter.

TTC Board Meeting
Earlier this week (June 16), we held our June Board meeting. Board members received the Wheel-Trans Transformation Program 2021 Update, which provided an update on the implementation of the Wheel-Trans 10-Year Strategy and highlights some of the significant achievements since the last update to the TTC Board in July 2020.

TTC staff also provided information on the status of the organization’s SAP program. The overview outlined progress on the modernization of our back-office functions and replacement of decades-old legacy systems and manual processes. Departments that have realized benefits of the digital transformation have included: Finance, Talent Management, Employee Services and Systems, Corporate Communications and the Operations Training Centre.

The TTC Board approved staff recommendations on a near-miss train incident that occurred near Osgoode Station on Line 1 in June 2020 and TTC staff will deliver a presentation on the incident at the July Board meeting.

The next regular scheduled virtual Board meeting is on Wednesday, July 7. You can read more about this month’s Board meeting in the Board Highlights below.

COMTO Recognizes Pride and National Indigenous Heritage Month
This June, to recognize Pride and National Indigenous Heritage Month, the Toronto and Region Chapter of COMTO is hosting two events next week. Please join them to hear from notable speakers on Understanding Basic LGBTQ2S+ Terminologies and Unpacking Identities. Registration is required, and more information about both events is in the Mark your calendars section (My TTC | Weekly), including links to register.

And finally, June 21 is the first day of summer so I’d like to wish everyone a great and safe start to summertime!

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
June 18, 2021

TTC Board Meeting Highlights (June 2021)

TTC Board Meeting June 16, 2021

Osgoode Interlocking Incident Report
The TTC Board approved staff recommendations on a near-miss train incident that occurred near Osgoode Station on Line 1 in June 2020. The following motions were also approved:
> TTC staff deliver a public presentation on the incident at the July 7, 2021 Board meeting.
> The TTC Board direct the TTC CEO to alert the Board when an incident meeting the identified thresholds for escalation occurs and subsequently report to the Board once a comprehensive review or investigation has been completed.

Commissioners authorized that the information contained in the confidential attachment remain confidential until such time as the litigation matters have concluded.

Wheel-Trans Transformation Program 2021 Update
Board members received the Wheel-Trans Transformation Program 2021 Update. The report provides an update on the implementation of the Wheel-Trans 10-Year Strategy and highlights some of the significant achievements since the last update to the TTC Board in July 2020. The report outlines accomplishments, impacts and next steps, including operationalization of Family of Services (FOS), Travel Training, documentation of policies, construction of remaining Access Hubs and rollout of new technology. It also provides an update to the comprehensive review of cross-boundary Wheel-Trans service for riders travelling in and out of Toronto.

Along with the introduction of a new mobile app pilot and significant reductions in customer call wait times, Wheel-Trans is procuring 90 seven-metre Pro Master buses, which are scheduled to begin arriving this fall.

SAP Program Overview and Update
Board members received for information a staff presentation on the status of TTC’s SAP program. The overview outlined progress on the modernization of our back-office functions, benefits realized to date on the replacement of decades-old legacy systems and manual processes.

Departments that have realized benefits of the digital transformation have included: Finance, Talent Management, Employee Services and Systems, Corporate Communications and the Operations Training Centre.

Phase 2 of the program includes the SAP Time and Attendance Project. A report recommending award of a contract for this project will be presented to the TTC Board for its consideration at its July meeting.

Next meeting of the TTC Board
The next scheduled virtual TTC Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, July 7.

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