SRC Newsletter December, 2016

It’s been just over a week since we held our very first Community Workshop on Rail Safety and Emergency Preparedness.  We had a great turnout, and terrific participation.  Find details of the event on our blog post, and watch the event in two parts:

Part 1
Part 2

The following items may also be of interest to you:

1. On Thursday, December 8th, the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa will host an important conference about the lessons of Lac-Mégantic.  There will be a variety of participants in attendance, including residents of Lac-Mégantic, legal experts, and CBC journalists.  Safe Rail Communities will also attend.  The detailed program and registration form can be found here in English, and here in French.

2. More than a year after two explosive derailments of volatile crude oil in Gogama, Ontario, residents remain concerned about visible oil in the nearby Makami River.  Over a million litres of oil was spilled into the river.  In October of this year, more than 100 people gathered on Highway 144 in protest to CN’s cleanup.  David Suzuki was recruited by the Ontario NDP, and recently visited the area.  He called the situation a ‘tragedy’, and asked, “…who is fighting for Mother Nature?”

3. A few updates related to Transport Canada:

  • There will be an accelerated phase out of DOT 111 tank cars.  Transport Minister Marc Garneau said that by 2025, the transport of flammable liquids will not be permitted in these cars.
  • Bruce Campbell, Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law (University of Ottawa), and former Director at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explains why this acceleration is not enough.
  • The Transportation Safety Board recently released its findings regarding the cause of a 2014 fiery derailment in Saskatchewan.

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Contact your federal Member of Parliament (MP), and let them know that you are concerned about rail safety.  Ask them to support the recommendations of Safe Rail Communities.  Find your MP here.

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Thank you, and please be in touch if you have any questions. 

We will be taking a few weeks’ break to enjoy the holidays with our families, and will back at work in the new year.  All the best to you and yours.

Keep it safe,

Helen, Patricia, and the
Safe Rail Communities' Team