Friday, September 21, 2007

David Toner Urges Transit Riders to Sign a Petition


David Toner urges transit riders to sign a petition for an increase in transit security yesterday. David Toner paced along the bus terminal at Joyce SkyTrain Station yesterday collecting signatures for a petition to increase transit security.

Three short months ago, Toner was on hand for the sentencing of Robert Forslund, 28, and Katherine Quinn, 24, for the brutal July 2005 killing of Toner's 16-year-old son, Matthew Martins, at Surrey Central SkyTrain Station."We need to keep pushing at this and keep bringing this to the forefront of the community to make sure this doesn't become an issue that's forgotten," he said.

Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix authored the petition and has been working since April to collect between 3,000 and 4,000 signatures.Dix is lobbying for at least 60 additional transit police officers to be added to current plans for expansion to keep riders safe.He said officers are effective when focused on security rather than fare evasion.

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