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TTC employees to participate in Jersey Day

Last Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm EDT

A memorial at the stairs that lead to Elgar Petersen Arena is shown in Humboldt, Sask., on April 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

TTC is permitting all employees to participate in Jersey Day to show their support for all those affected by the Humboldt bus crash tragedy.

Jersey Day is a Canada-wide initiative organized by a group of mothers in British Columbia who are calling on people across the country to wear hockey jerseys on April 12 to let grieving families and the community of Humboldt know that they’re not alone.

A post on their Facebook page says the idea began “a group chat amongst some¬†#lmha¬†(LaSalle Minor Hockey Association) hockey moms Saturday morning discussing what our boys could do within our small community to honour those involved in this tragedy.”

The idea caught on quickly from that initial discussion and gained momentum through social media with the hashtag #JerseysforHumboldt

The TTC says operators and station employees will be allowed to wear team jerseys over their uniforms in support of the initiative. In case of an emergency, employees will have to remove their jerseys so that customers can easily identify them. Special Constables and Fare Inspectors will not be able to participate, but can show their support by wearing green ribbons.

Jersey Day is among the various ways people across Canada have been expressing their grief and support for Humboldt.

#SticksOutForHumboldt has seen Canadians country-wide as well as people around the world place hockey sticks outside their doors in a show of solidarity, including Peel Regional Police.