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April 2014

Operation Lifesaver launches Public-Rail Safety Week 2014 under theme ‘See Tracks? Think Train!’

Operation Lifesaver (OL), Canada’s national rail safety awareness program, is reminding everyone to See Tracks? Think Train! during its annual Public-Rail Safety Week (PRSW), April 28 – May 4. “Railways operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 … Continue reading

28 April 2014 | Posted in Operation Lifesaver | Leave a comment

Canadian Pacific says reducing rail speeds not the solution

CEO Harrison critical of one aspect of new safety regulations By Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald April 24, 2014 CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway is commending the federal government’s decision to order old tank cars off the rails, but CEO Hunter … Continue reading

25 April 2014 | Posted in Railways | Tagged with | Leave a comment

Hoffa: Remembering our Brothers and Sisters on Workers’ Memorial Day 2014

(Source: Statement by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, April 23, 2014) WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Each year we mark Workers’ Memorial Day as a time to remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the labor movement. In the … Continue reading

25 April 2014 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment

Ottawa to propose new pension scheme, but not budging on CPP

Shared-risk plans to be sold as proposal for ‘affordable and sustainable’ lifetime pensions The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 24, 2014 7:38 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 24, 2014 11:56 AM ET Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson is expected … Continue reading

24 April 2014 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment

Statement by Wendy A. Tadros, Chair, Transportation Safety Board of Canada:

I am encouraged by the Minister of Transport’s strong response to the Board’s recommendations. It is my hope these measures will reduce the risks identified in the Lac-Mégantic investigation and improve the safety of Canada’s rail system. In the coming … Continue reading

23 April 2014 | Posted in TSB | Leave a comment

Transport Canada takes action in response to TSB’s initial Lac-Mégantic recommendations

Improving the safety of Canada’s railway and transportation of dangerous goods systems April 23, 2014 – Ottawa – Transport Canada The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced decisive actions to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s initial recommendations regarding the … Continue reading

23 April 2014 | Posted in Transport Canada | Leave a comment

Ottawa to strengthen rail-safety rules

Ottawa will require railways to prepare for catastrophic explosions and other disasters by making emergency response plans mandatory for all crude-oil shipments that pass through Canada, The Globe and Mail has learned. The federal government will also require a rapid … Continue reading

23 April 2014 | Posted in Transport Canada | Leave a comment

The legal quagmire of Lac-Megantic

(Source: Montreal Gazette, April 20, 2014) MONTREAL — Nine months after a runaway oil train derailed in Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people and destroying a large chunk of the town, a plan for financially compensating disaster victims is taking shape. Full … Continue reading

21 April 2014 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment

After ‘end of the world’ explosion, Lac-Megantic tries to find hope

(Source: Bangor Daily News, April 17, 2014) (Second of two parts) LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — Eight months ago, the people of Lac-Megantic thought the world was ending. A runaway 72-car train carrying a volatile variety of crude oil derailed and exploded … Continue reading

19 April 2014 | Posted in Railways | Leave a comment