March 22, 2016 9:08 am
Updated: March 22, 2016 10:33 am

Security heightened at Toronto’s Union Station after Brussels attacks

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Security has been bolstered at Toronto’s Union Station following the terror attacks in Brussels that claimed the lives of at least 26 people on Tuesday.

Metrolinx, the provincial transportation agency, said they are pooling their security guards at the downtown Toronto train hub as a precaution.

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Spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said security personnel are usually scattered across several train stations but officials decided to centralize their efforts following the deadly attacks in Belgium.

Union Station is considered Canada’s busiest transportation hub with a quarter-million people flowing through the area each day.

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Meanwhile, operations at Toronto Pearson International Airport is “running normally” with one flight from Brussels already cancelled in the morning.

“We continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and continue to work with CATSA, Peel police and Transport Canada to ensure continued safety of passengers at Toronto Pearson,” said the Greater Toronto Airport Authority in a statement.

The Toronto Transit Commission is also asking its commuters to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to authorities.

“We take our lead from law enforcement agencies, but ask our customers that if they see or hear anything suspicious, to report it to a TTC employee or police: see something, say something,” said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross.

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Separate explosions were reported at the Brussels airport and a subway station Tuesday morning causing the nation to raise its terror alert to the highest level.

A spokesman for the Brussels Metro said at least 15 people were killed and 55 injured in an explosion on a train at Maalbeek subway station and at least 11 more were killed at the Brussels airport following two explosions.

A number of European airports also saw increased security following the attacks.

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