Editorial

Office of the Chief Executive

Commission seal 23 April, 2021

Next Wednesday is National Day of Mourning

Next Wednesday, April 28, is the National Day of Mourning. Every year across Canada on this date, workplaces remember those who were killed or seriously injured on the job. The National Day of Mourning also presents an opportunity to renew our commitment to health and safety in the workplace.

As we continue to experience the third wave of the pandemic, this commitment to health and safety in the workplace takes on new meaning. Please remember to follow all safety protocols and procedures when it comes to COVID-19, and take the time to extend your thoughts and well wishes to those who are currently battling COVID-19.

I would also like to take this moment to thank the dedicated employees who participate in the more than 50 Joint Health and Safety Committees. Both management and worker members are represented in these safety groups. Their efforts are an essential part of the TTC’s internal responsibility system, allowing union and non-union members to work collaboratively to resolve health as well as safety concerns across the organization.

At the TTC, we will be commemorating the National Day of Mourning by lowering flags across the property as a tribute. We also ask everyone to take a moment, if you’re at work or working from home, to acknowledge essential workers.

Extended closure wraps up
On Wednesday (April 21), the TTC completed its third 10-day closure. Regular subway service returned first thing Thursday morning between St George and St Andrew stations on Line 1. Vital state-of-good-repair work was undertaken to repair tunnel liners, remove asbestos, upgrade tracks and clean stations.

This was another seamless undertaking achieved by numerous departments across the TTC. All work was performed safely and in accordance with all environmental regulations. The extended closure proved successful in propelling our infrastructure crews ahead by several years in their work to modernize the system and provide the best possible service to riders.

TTC hosts Instagram Live virtual event
Yesterday (April 22), in recognition of Earth Day, the TTC held a virtual question-and-answer session for the public and media on Instagram Live. Our subject matter experts showcased our many environmental programs, which are points of pride for our organization.

There were many audience questions about our eBus fleet, which is the largest battery-electric fleet in North America. By popular request, Vehicles Chief Engineer Mike Macas gave the audience an impromptu tour of a TTC eBus and charging station, highlighting all the vehicle’s  current features, as well as exciting possibilities for future models. It was amazing to see our community's curiosity and engagement in the work we're doing here to secure an emissions-free fleet by 2040.

Thank you to our subject matter experts, who represented the TTC so well: Vehicle Programs Head Bem Case, Vehicles Chief Engineer Mike Macas and Construction’s Project Manager Jason MacDonald. Thank you also to Senior Communications Advisor Hayley Waldman for organizing this great event and leading the discussion.

I know that these are challenging times and I want to thank you all for the work you do – it does not go unnoticed. Please continue to make every effort to stay vigilant.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
April 23, 2021

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