TTC riders and staff have been shaken by a series of violent incidents recently. Here’s a timeline of some of those events.
March 25, 2023
A 16-year-old boy is fatally stabbed at Keele Station. Police say that the boy was seated on a bench in the lower level of the subway station at the time of the ‘unprovoked’ attack. A 22-year-old homeless man is charged with first-degree murder in connection with his death.
March 9, 2023
A woman wearing a hijab is threatened by a man armed with a knife on the TTC. The National Council of Canadian Muslims says that the woman “ran for her life across several subway cars” before a bystander pulled an emergency alarm to notify authorities.
Feb. 19, 2023
A man is pushed onto the tracks at Bloor-Yonge Station, marking the third attempted push at Toronto’s busiest subway station so far this year. A suspect is later arrested and charged with assault.
Feb. 8. 2023
Police open a hate crime investigation after a suspect allegedly used a racial slur and attacked a girl on a TTC bus near Main Station.
Jan. 26, 2023
City officials announce that 80 police officers will begin patrolling the TTC daily in order to boost security on the system.
Jan. 25, 2023
Old Mill Station
A 16-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times by a suspect on a bus at Old Mill Station. The boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but survived.
Jan. 25, 2023
Amalgamated Transit Union Canada national president John Di Nino said attacks on public transit have reached “crisis levels” and called for a national task force to tackle the issue.
Jan. 25, 2023
Two TTC workers were allegedly chased through the station by a suspect wielding a syringe. They took refuge in a collector’s booth and escaped unharmed.
Jan. 24. 2023
Spadina and Sussex avenues
A woman was stabbed on-board a Spadina streetcar multiple times by a female suspect, leaving her with “life-altering” injuries.
Jan. 23, 2023
A woman was sent sailing down a flight of stairs and across the floor in a violent purse snatching. Police released video of the incident a few days later and a suspect was arrested a short time after that. He has been charged with robbery, failure to comply with a judicial release and failure to comply with a probation order.
Jan. 21, 2023
Markham Road and Progress Avenue
A female TTC employee was shot with a BB gun while waiting to take over a bus. A group of teen suspects then fled the area. The operator was not seriously injured.
Jan. 03, 2023
One man was pushed onto the subway tracks after he got into an argument with another man on the platform. The man who was pushed did not suffer serious injuries.
Dec. 08, 2022
High Park Station
Two women were stabbed by a stranger. Vanessa Kurpiewska, 31, died of her injuries while the other victim, a 37-year-old woman, sustained serious injuries. A suspect has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.
June 17, 2022
Nyima Dolma, 28, was set on fire in an apparently random attack. She died of her injuries. A 33-year-old Toronto man has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.
April 17, 2022
A 39-year-old woman had to roll under the lip of a subway platform to avoid an incoming train after she was allegedly pushed onto the tracks by another woman. She sustained a broken rib, but survived. A 45-year-old Toronto woman has been charged with attempted murder in the investigation.
Nov. 26, 2021
A man was pushed onto the tracks and dragged a short distance by a train. He was seriously injured, but survived.
- Map by Jesse Tahirali