Stories by Brad Ross, Toronto Transit Commission

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Own It, Wear It, Apologize: How Toronto’s Transit Commission Handles Crises

February 9th, 2018 by

It’s not often we get a close-up look at how communicators handle crises. Brad Ross, executive director of communications for Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), takes us through a difficult week, day by day. In the end, TTC feels that being honest and transparent and apologizing will re-build the reputation hits it absorbs after a difficult week on the rails. It might take a little bit of time, though.

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A Transit Authority Opens Its Playbook on Handling Employee Critics Online

August 8th, 2017 by

With all the good that comes from social media, there also are negatives. One is that employees can criticize their company online and make life even more anxious for communicators. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) encountered such an instance a few months ago when it introduced random drug and alcohol testing of employees. An outcry went up in some quarters over this policy. Here’s how TTC handled the situation.

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H.O.T. Tip: How Toronto’s Transit System Uses Heat to Own Crises

April 17th, 2017 by

Businesses must comply with laws and regulations that demand protective measures for the safety of workers and the public; smart businesses go the extra mile to quickly right customer service wrongs before they become embarrassing public issues; and as sensible, informed adults, we take steps to protect ourselves and those around us, such as ensuring our children are vaccinated.