Installation of safety barriers in TTC subway stations

Installation of safety barriers in TTC subway stations

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Since 2015, transit suicides by TTC subway have been on the rise, with the a record number of suicides (49 attempts, 19 fatal) occurring in 2017 (Watson) and an average of 24 suicides/year (Postmedia). This crisis has been linked to the lack of physical barriers in Toronto's subway stations, making it easy for subway-related accidents and suicides to happen. Comparatively, other countries facing alarming transit suicide rates, such as Japan, have installed floor-to-ceiling barriers in almost all subway stations, thus allowing no room for the possibility of suicide.

However, inadequate safety measures and subsequent suicides do not only impact suicidal individuals in Ontario—bystanders and TTC employees are exposed to these traumatic events, and subway employees have attributed witnessing these suicides to 6% of their lost-time injuries, or absences (Moore). Combined with Ontario's limited access to mental health care (Kurdyak and Sockalingam), the scope of this problem reaches far beyond suicide victims and has the potential to affect all Ontarians.

Despite the fact that the lack of barriers is a direct and major cause of transit suicides, John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, is awaiting a study conducted by the TTC on the practicality of safety barriers before taking action, which is predicted to be completed some time in 2020 (Maharaj). Moreover, Toronto Public Health is refusing to investigate the suicide rate increase because they believe it is not their responsibility. With subway suicides spiking up, it is critical that citizens remind the municipal government and TTC of the severity of this crisis. Sign this petition to let them know this issue is important to Ontarians and cannot be overlooked further.

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