Monday, May 12, 2014

TTC police shut down Tim Hudak's photo-op on Toronto subway

Tim Hudak unveiled his Toronto transit plan during a campaign stop on Sunday, but not before his team was given a rough ride by TTC police while attempting a subway photo-op.
Around noon on Sunday, TTC police confronted Mr. Hudak and his campaign team on a TTC subway car at Wellesley Station — where the media had gathered for a planned ride with the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader — because they did not have the proper permits to film on TTC property.
Video of the incident posted online shows police officers pulling a camera person off the subway car while Mr. Hudak stands in the background, smiling.
“In order to film on the TTC you need to have authorization. We’re trying to see if you guys have that authorization,” said a transit police officer.
During the 10-minute train delay, TTC passengers became irritated, with one person bellowing, “Come on.” Mr. Hudak, who kept his composure, eventually hopped off with the media.
Will Stewart, Mr. Hudak’s director of media, said the team hadn’t applied for a permit because they weren’t aware they needed one. He apologized to TTC passengers who were inconvenienced by the delay.

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