“Take a time out. Take the TTC”

Oh yes, the relaxing TTC, where I don’t spent every journey wondering whether one of the screaming people walking up and down the subway train is going to stab me.


Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

7 thoughts on ““Take a time out. Take the TTC””

  1. “Since January 20, two drivers on TTC vehicles have been stabbed, a man has been arrested for allegedly trying to push another person onto subway tracks, and a woman fell down a flight of stairs after someone tried to steal her purse.

    During the same period, a TTC employee was attacked by a group of youths in a “swarming attack”, another employee was shot with a bullet from a BB gun and a group of workers were shot through Dundas station by a suspect with a syringe hunted.

    The TTC board of directors earlier this month approved a proposed $2.38 billion TTC budget that includes millions of dollars to hire new special police officers to improve safety for drivers and transit workers. But some advocates have said the budget — which includes a 10-cent fare increase and a nine percent reduction in service compared to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels to address the $366 million budget deficit — raises safety concerns.”

  2. How safe is the TTC? Notwithstanding a media narrative that is solidifying faster than quick drying cement, the quick answer to this question is: very.

    According to the latest CEO’s report, the rate of offences against customers in January was just under two in 1-million boardings, and that number had been more or less the same for much of 2022, with some ups and some downs. The rate was higher early in the pandemic, while in before-times, the figure hovered around .63 per million boardings.


  3. TTC calls for $1M subway-pushing lawsuit to be dismissed; says pusher, victim at fault

    The Toronto Transit Commission is denying any responsibility for injuries to a woman pushed onto the subway tracks at Bloor-Yonge station in April, instead laying blame on the woman charged with pushing her — and on the victim herself.

    In a statement of defence filed last week in response the $1 million lawsuit launched by plaintiff Shamsa Al-Balushi, the TTC called for the proceedings to be dismissed, saying that it is not liable for any damages.

    In its statement, the TTC argues that Al-Balushi “failed to take reasonable steps and precautions for her own safety and protection” because she “chose to stand close to the edge of the platform,” and “failed to pay due care and attention to her surroundings.”

    Lawyers for the TTC also claim the victim shares blame for the incident because “she was travelling alone and unassisted on public transit when she knew or ought to have known that it was unsafe for her to do so.”

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