This weekend at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, ATU Local 113 proudly supported Battle 416, a community festival and tournament that promotes diversity and competitive street culture through celebrating the city’s local basketball talent. Battle 416 is connected to the Mabuhay Philippines Festival, the largest celebration of Philippine heritage culture in Canada. At a booth, Sisters and Brothers explained to the public the importance of protecting Toronto’s public transit systems – and the risks it faces today.
Throughout the two-day tournament, elite men’s, women’s, and youth teams battled it out on the 5-on-5 outdoor full court experience. Keep Transit Public and ATU Local 113 represented members through their two teams, with the Keep Transit Public team even making it to finals. Congratulations to all the players!
On and off the court, ATU Local 113 members were clear: for the sake of our communities, we must protect the public transit system from privatization. This comes as part of continued advocacy for an affordable and fair system that serves the entire city. Bus operator Ryan Gonzalez was featured in the Battle 416 program sharing more of his personal story, and why public transit is essential to moving Toronto forward.Battle 416_Gonzalez_PDF
The festival included a Slam Dunk Battle, 3-Point Competition, tons of great food, and live entertainment. A separate Charity Celebrity Game – which ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos took part in – raised funds for SickKids.
ATU Local 113 looks forward to another successful year of Battle 416! Thank you to all those that made it possible.