CANADA'S FIRST EVER RANDOM DRUG TESTING OF TRANSIT EMPLOYEES CATCHES 2 WORKERS ON FIRST DAY

May 11, 2017

By Jane Brown

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After two TTC workers failed random drug and alcohol tests on the first day of screening this week, the program is being hailed by some as necessary to keep riders safe.

TTC Chair Josh Colle says he thinks Toronto will be an example for other transit agencies across the country.

“We’re the leader in Canada on this,” Colle explained, “No other transit agencies in Canada are doing this. We’re the leader. We’re now setting what the best practice should be. I think it’s been done in other jurisdictions around the world for a long time, but for whatever reason, in Canada, transit agencies have been slow to adopt.”

The first worker to be tested was found to be under the influence of alcohol, while the other was found to be under the influence of drugs. TTC Spokesperson Brad Ross says the employee who tested positive for alcohol was not an operator, but blew more than .04 on a breathalyzer test. Both workers have been suspended with pay pending an investigation.

Ross will be a guest on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer after the noon news.

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