Tickets to Kindness
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Tickets to Kindness

Amidst a tumultuous week, a new initiative sets out to reward little acts of social good on the TTC.

TTC Chair Karen Stintz and area high school students talk about being nice.

It’s been a high-drama week for the TTC, thanks to Tuesday’s firing of longtime Chief General Manager Gary Webster in a special commission meeting. But, as they say, the show must go on—even if that show is made of gong. At least there is occasionally reason for pause and celebration, this time in the form of Future Aces Positive Ticket program, a new feel-good initiative jointly launched Thursday at North York Central subway station by the Herbert H. Carnegie Foundation and the TTC to recognize random acts of kindness performed while riding the rocket.

The idea is simple: get caught committing a spontaneous nice deed at a subway station, and receive a “positive ticket”—good for a free frozen beverage from a Mac’s convenience store—from one of the program’s participants. In addition to TTC Chair Karen Stintz and new, acting chief general manager, Andy Byford, executive director of Future Aces, Bernice Carnegie, was also present at the event, along with a group of high school students who will be assisting with the campaign.

While Stintz and Byford took advantage of the small media gathering to answer some predictable questions surrounding Tuesday’s decision, that portion of the half hour–long event lasted less than five minutes. Ultimately, the focus was on the do-gooders behind good deed tickets. Stintz noted that the project is a “wonderful initiative for the TTC.”

“It’s really not a big reward,” admits Kourosh Houshmand, an Earl Haig Secondary School student who is helping to bring student volunteers from area schools to get involved in the initiative. “But if we can’t recognize these small deeds, then I don’t know how we expect to see big social change and big acts of good being done in our society. Starting at the base, doing little things first, will ultimately lead to a more socially conscious community.”

Here’s hoping.