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Vaccine pop-ups for TTC employees

As announced by the Province, as of May 11, all frontline transit workers who cannot work from home were eligible for their first vaccination. Although at the time, almost 90 per cent of our employees already qualified for vaccination because of age or address, the change accelerated the opportunity for our employees to receive a shot.

To further help our employees get vaccinated, the TTC has teamed up with hospitals and health partners to organize six first-dose vaccine clinics at our work locations. The first pop-up clinic on TTC property was held at our new McNicoll Division on May 13, with another two clinics held at Mount Dennis on May 14 and 15. This week, we held three clinics: a drop-in at Lakeshore Division for Wheel-Trans, Russell and Leslie Barns employees, and two clinics at Wilson and Malvern, open to all TTC employees, contract workers and consultants. We’re working with our health partners to add more pop-up clinics on TTC properties throughout the city. Employees are participating during their breaks or before or after their shift.

The TTC sends out a big thank you to:
> Scarborough Health Network
> Women’s College Hospital
> North York General Hospital
> North York Toronto Health Partners
> Michael Garron Hospital

Thanks to these clinics, over 1,600 employees have received their shot. Getting as many people vaccinated as soon as possible is an important piece of putting this pandemic behind us and having our lives return to normal. Until then, please remember to continue following all workplace safety protocols and public health guidance outside of the workplace.

COMTO Recognizes Asian Heritage Month
As you know, May is Asian Heritage Month, and this year, the official theme for the month is Recognition, Resilience and Resolve. The theme is fitting for many reasons – it pays respect to the diverse stories of our colleagues and our customers who are of Asian descent and allows us to recognize the many achievements and contributions of these individuals. It also represents a call to action to all of us to speak out and end all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination.

On Tuesday, May 25, the Toronto and Region Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is holding an important panel discussion, Perspectives for addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

The panelists are: Avvy Go, Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic; Kate Shao, Labour and Employment Lawyer and Board Member of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Chinese National Council; as well as Leslie Woo, CEO of CivicAction. I am looking forward to listening and learning what we can do, as individuals, to create a most just and inclusive transit system and society. To find out more about the event or to register, click here.

Have a safe, sunny long weekend
As we head into a long weekend, I thought I’d share a news story that will no doubt leave a smile on your face  – the world could always use more of those.

This week, TTC rider, Ian Welsman, accomplished his lifelong goal of riding every TTC bus route  – just a week before his thirteenth birthday. That’s 147 routes in total. Global News helped share this remarkable story.

Please enjoy the long weekend in whatever way makes you smile. And as always, stay safe and vigilant.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
May 21, 2021

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