Message from the Executives
Recognizing frontline workers at Leafs home opener
This month, the TTC cheered on the Toronto Maple Leafs with a few special initiatives. We were honoured to have Bus Operator Rana DeBaissi represent the organization at the Leafs’ home opener on Wednesday. As a dedicated frontline worker and hockey mom, Rana participated in the ceremonial puck drop. I'd like to believe that she even played a small part in the Leafs’ win. As an essential service, TTC employees have been on the front lines throughout the pandemic – and it is always nice when other organizations recognize this commitment.
Earlier this month, our Diversity and Culture department and TTC staff also helped to bring 200 youth to the Maple Leaf’s Blue and White pre-season game by coordinating free TTC rides on October 1. This is one of so many ways we are building connections in our communities. I’ve said it before – transit is so much more than just moving people from point A to B. Together, we help to create a better Toronto.
Sealing the McNicoll time capsule
As you may recall, in March, we welcomed the TTC’s ninth garage with the opening of McNicoll Complex – a historic moment in a year the TTC marks its 100th year in service. To continue with our opening celebrations, the official time capsule will be sealed at McNicoll on October 18, which is not to be opened for another 30 years.
Lots of interesting items are being placed in the capsule, including 100th anniversary memorabilia, such as transfers, a centennial pin and a 100th anniversary book, as well as a transfer punch, postcards from McNicoll employees, facemasks and a COVID-19 form. McNicoll is a symbol of all the modernization underway at the TTC – it will be interesting to see how we have grown and evolved when we open the time capsule in 2051.
Protect yourself and others – get vaccinated!
Getting vaccinated remains one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family. Over the last few months, we’ve teamed up with health partners to make getting your vaccine as easy as possible. Thanks to these clinics over 8,000 shots have been administered so far.
If you or a family member are still looking to get vaccinated, we have many vaccination clinics coming up in the next few weeks across TTC properties. Next week, Toronto Public Health will hold clinics at Wheel-Trans Division, Hillcrest Complex, Wilson Division and Malvern Division. Check out myttc.ttc.ca for more dates and times.
Be vigilant and stay safe.
Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer