Monday, March 07, 2016

TTC "The Bed Bug Way"

By Selwyn A. Pieters, B.A., LL.B., L.E.C.
Lawyer & Notary Public (Ontario, Canada)
Attorney-at-Law (Republic of Guyana, Island of Trinidad)
March 07, 2016

As a frequent user of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in Toronto, I have had my own experience with various pest and insects crawling on the seats, the windows and various parts of the interior of the bus, streetcars and trains. So it was not news to me when CTV Toronto lead story tomight was Documents show 12 confirmed cases of bedbugs on TTC vehicles since 2014

The Transit system is for all residents of the city, whether from the very right, to middle class to the poor to the homeless to those who live in shelters. It is therefore not a stretch that bed-bugs are highly adaptable and can survive and thrive in almost any environment where there exist human blood to feed off of. Bed bugs are a public health hazard and a severe nuisance.

The TTC response to the issue in most cases was to publicly deny the existence to prevent a publicity disaster. However, by not publicly declaring this hazard it probably will lose customers, more out of fear of involuntarily taking these pest home than the inadequate response of the TTC.

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