I HAVE BEEN TOLD I DESERVE
“A FULL LIFE THAT ISN’T JUST ABOUT FIGHTING FOR THINGS”

The TTC union head whose actual head you would never actually want to pat if you somehow thought he did a good job, Bob Kinnear, has lambasted the petulance and stalking of TTC management and riders, to use his terms. He has also promised to hold “town-hall meetings” with riders.

Union members continually lie to the public by claiming that photography is banned on the TTC. (It isn’t. Only commercial photography without a permit is prohibited.) The union has to adjust to the fact that, in the 21st century, it borders on impossible to buy a phone that doesn’t also include a camera. Most people carry phones. Many carry actual cameras. People are going to use them; it’s allowed. The union must adapt to the 21st century.

All the other issues are dodges. This isn’t about washroom breaks or management interference. It’s all about getting filmed committing a misdeed. Rarely, it is also about being falsely accused of committing a misdeed. I stepped in and corrected such a claim over the weekend.

Let’s reuse an early-Aughties buzzword and call all these people with cameras citizen journalists. They – we – aren’t going away. We will continue to take pictures, sometimes for purposes unrelated to union members. (I have 3,000 TTC photographs. Barely any of them contain any employees whatsoever.)

I am offering to convene a group of what we will continue to call citizen journalists to meet Kinnear and anyone else from the union. We’d do this in advance of the town-hall meetings and in private. (Off the record, if they want.) Who would attend? Everyone I can find who has published what the union would call a stalking or harassing or gotcha! photograph or video, plus a few others. But no hacks from the mainstream media; they’re irrelevant.

We would have an honest discussion, quite possibly with raised voices and a great deal of swearing, about the reasons people take pictures. Only some of those reasons pertain to the union. Then the union could go into these town-hall meetings having been briefed by the actual people they’re really complaining about.

Ball’s in your court, Bob.

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