Mandatory mask laws should include TTC, union prez says after driver assaulted

Bus driver was attacked after she asked passengers to mask up

In the wake of a disturbing assault on a TTC operator in East York by riders who refused to wear face masks, the president of Toronto’s transit union is calling for action.

“We want to see a legal requirement for our customers to wear masks,” said Carlos Santos, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113.

“You can’t go into any stores, or anywhere, without a mask — we don’t understand why it’s allowed to happen on the TTC.”

On Sunday evening, a TTC operator was attacked by passengers who rebuffed her requests to mask up while on her bus near Broadview and Torrens Aves.

Police attended and made two arrests.

Desta Yematawork Haile, 26, and 25-year-old Kaitlyn Richter, both of Toronto, face two counts each of assault. Haile also faces a charge of mischief and failure to comply, and Richter is also charged with theft. Both appeared in court on Monday.

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After the incident, Santos alleges supervisors refused to give the driver a ride back to the garage, and instead she had to wait 15 minutes for a bus.