Archive for February, 2012

Testing of Fire Alarm Systems (FRG Winnipeg)

The fire alarm systems at the Fort Rouge Garage facilities have been scheduled for
inspection/testing.
As a result, testing of the fire alarm bells and horns will be conducted on:
February 29th between the hours of 07:00 ? 16:00
During this period of testing, everyone is to disregard all audible fire alarm devices
as they will frequently operate without warning.
845 – Fire Alarm System Testing

Toronto transit worker shot in apparent robbery at subway station

TORONTO – Police are investigating after a Toronto transit worker was shot on the job.

Staff Sergeant Ralph Brooks says the shooting took place at Dupont subway station at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.

A TTC collector was shot in the neck during an attempted robbery.

He was rushed to St. Michael’s hospital.

Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Brad Ross says he believes the man’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Police say a search is underway for one or more suspects.

TTC acting general manager Andy Byford says there will be an emergency meeting on Monday to review all safety measures.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he’s “deeply saddened” by the incident.

Dupont Station was closed until the end of service Sunday night with trains bypassing the station, but service was expected to resume Monday morning.

Courtesy of ?News talk 610 CKTB

http://www.610cktb.com/OntarioCP/Article.aspx?id=323694

Canada: End the lockout at Acadian Coach Lines

In partnership with?Amalgamated Transit Union, the largest labor organization representing transit workers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1892, the ATU today is comprised of over 190,000 members in 264 local unions spread across 44 states and nine provinces

 

The 3-month long lockout, affecting the areas of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, began in December 2011 when Acadian Coach Lines, a subsidiary of French multinational Keolis, locked out their employees because of a labour dispute. This has resulted in no intercity bus service in these provinces of Canada leaving many who rely on buses to get to and from cities in these provinces stranded.

The dispute began in late November 2011 when Acadian presented a concessionary contact to the workers, members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229. The bus drivers, mechanics and sales agents had been working without a contract for months. The insulting contract was overwhelmingly rejected by 88% and workers gave their 72-hour strike notice to the company. Acadian then decided to lock out the workers.

The union has made numerous offers, most recently on February 12, 2012, to go back to the table with the help of a federally appointed mediator and return to work immediately, but Acadian has rejected all offers. The ITF (International Transport Workers? Federation) and French transportation unions in CGT, CFDT and FO federations have expressed their solidarity with the ATU and its locked out workers.

The Amalgamated Transit Union has been waging a campaign working to build coalitions with transit advocates, labour organizations and other groups to bring attention to the corporate greed at Acadian and bring and end this lock out that has a major impact on working people and their families throughout New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Teen arrested after bus driver choked, rider stabbed (British Columbia)

Mounties have arrested a 19-year-old believed to be responsible for two separate assaults on Fraser Valley buses over the past few days.

The first incident occurred Saturday morning when a suspect described as a young, emotionless Caucasian man choked a bus driver as he pulled up to King George Boulevard and 76 Avenue in Surrey.

On Wednesday, a rider was stabbed in the back near the Aldergrove Centre Mall by a man of a similar description. The victim was airlifted to hospital, and is expected to survive.

Gavin Davies of the Canadian Auto Workers Union told CTV News before the arrest drivers were “legitimately scared.”

We’re alone. We work in a precarious position where we’re all by ourselves, especially out in the urban areas,” Davies said.

Langley RCMP say they identified the suspect Wednesday using surveillance footage provided by TransLink, and arrested him without incident shortly after midnight.

Members of the Langley and Surrey RCMP brought him into custody with assistance from the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.

The Surrey resident remains in custody and has a court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120223/bc_bus_assaults_fraser_valley_120223/20120223?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

SUPERVISORY STAFF APPOINTMENT (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

 

It is with great?pleasure?to inform that?Sushil Soni has been promoted as a?full-time Transit Inspector, and we wish him the best on his new career.

839 – Supervisory Staff Appointment

BUS OPERATOR ASSAULT CONVICTIONS

The following people have recently been convicted of assaulting Bus Operators.
? Vincent Prince was convicted of striking a Bus Operator on August 2, 2011. He was
sentenced to 85 days and one year probation. The probation order also included a
requirement to receive counseling.
? Johnny Okemow was convicted of striking a Bus Operator on August 22, 2011. He
was sentenced to 39 days (time served) and six months probation. His probation
order also required that he participate in a mediation program.
In the event of an assault, employees are encouraged to pursue charges and to cooperate
with the Crown in any way possible. Victim participation in the court process does have a
strong impact on the sentence that is applied.
838 – Bus Operator Assault Convictions

Bus driver beat up, spit on (Winnipeg)

A passenger spit at and beat up a bus driver Wednesday.

Right after getting on a bus near St. Mary?s Road and Riel Avenue around 3:30 p.m., the young man began verbally harassing passengers.

And he apparently didn?t like it when the driver asked him to knock it off.

When the bus stopped near Main Street and Broadway, the suspect walked up to the driver and spit on him, Winnipeg police said.

He dragged the driver off the bus and on to the street, and began hitting him in the upper body, police said.

The bus driver was able to push the suspect off and get back on the bus. The suspect then took off.

The 41-year-old bus driver was treated in hospital and released.

The suspect is described in his 20s, about 170 to 180 pounds, and approximately 5-foot-10. He was clean shaven and had black, collar-length hair.

Anyone who might have information on the suspect or incident is asked to call cops at 986-6668 or Crime Stoppers at 786-TIPS (8477).

Courtesy of Winnipeg Sun

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/02/10/bus-driver-beat-up-spit-on

Clean your plates or pay

Just a little reminder that some of our fella?brothers, got a ticket for not cleaning his licence plate, but in the meantime another brother got away with a warning only.

Winnipeg drivers, you might want to watch it ? or wash it, more accurately, when it comes to your licence plate.

More than a dozen drivers have been nabbed so far this year for having an obstructed tag – a ticket can set you back upwards of $200.

Police will stop drivers for various reasons, from a dirty, unreadable plate to one that is covered with snow. Some drivers – in particular those with Winnipeg Jets, Blue Bomber or other specialty plates – use plastic covers to protect the metal, which aren’t allowed.

“You can’t obstruct the plate – ever. If someone is in an accident, you want to be able to identify the car,” said Sgt. Doug Safioles of the Winnipeg police central traffic unit.

Police addressed questions about the law Thursday after at least one radio station suggested officers were on a special blitz searching for licence plate infractions. A police spokesman said is not the case, although officers can ticket for obstructed licence plates – and will.

“It’s part of traditional traffic enforcement. It’s an obligation that motorists have, it must be clear and free of debris,” said Const. Jason Michalyshen.

More officers are out on traffic duty for the month of February after Manitoba Public Insurance gave $120,000 to RCMP as well as Winnipeg and Brandon police to cover the cost of dedicating extra cops to cracking down on drivers chatting on their cells or texting behind the wheel.

Police aren’t stopping at cellphone ban scofflaws – officers will hand out tickets for other infractions, too.

So far this year, Winnipeg police have issued a total of 16 tickets for licence plate infractions. In 2011, 157 tickets were issued.

Exactly how much drivers must pay for a ticket depends on the exact infraction.

One section of the Highway Traffic Act appears to have more to do with photo radar. It cities failure to “operate vehicle with a number plate obstructed

in a manner capable of preventing accurate image,” such as having a plastic cover over the plate, which might cause glare for a mobile photo radar vehicle or red light camera.

The ticket for that offence is $199.80 (incidentally the same amount as a ticket for talking on a cellphone behind the wheel).

Another different provincial law, the Drivers and Vehicles Act, deals with obstructions like snow or dirt on a licence plate. The fine is $111.10

Courtesy of Winnipeg Sun

BUSES WITH LOW COOLANT

Please be advised that buses are no longer required to check the water/antifreeze level, more instructions to follow.

837 – Buses With Low Coolant

 

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