December 8 Conference (University of Ottawa): Have the Lessons of the Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster Been Learned?

On December 8, 2016 representatives from Safe Rail Communities attended a conference organized by Bruce Campbell, former director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The event was co-hosted by the law schools of the University of Ottawa and York University and was a terrific opportunity to learn more about rail safety and the impacts of Lac Megantic, connect with others and learn about possible strategies moving forward.

In the words of the organizers:

"This conference will address four critically important issues: 1) the impact of the disaster on the Lac-Mégantic community; 2) the ability of the transportation regulatory system to ensure that the transportation of dangerous goods by rail can be done safely; 3) the ability of the Canadian justice system to deal with the consequences of  Lac-Mégantic and other major disasters, as well as the role of local authorities in the Canadian constitutional context; and 4) the implications of the disaster for the future development of energy transportation infrastructure and unconventional oil development."

For more on this important conference, please watch this video of the conference in whole.