CN kicks off Target Zero campaign with goal of reducing railway crossing and trespassing accidents to zero in Canada - Rail Safety Week starts today



    MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE:   CNI) today marked
the launch of Rail Safety Week, from April 27 to May 3, 2009, by announcing
intensive efforts to prevent trespassing and railway crossing accidents with
the ultimate goal of reducing them to zero. The railway's Target Zero public
awareness campaign kicks off this week with CN Police officers out in full
force, conducting their annual safety blitz operations at railway crossings
and commuter stations in about 180 locations across Canada and the United
States. They will alert motorists and pedestrians to the importance of safety
at crossings and warn them about the dangers of trespassing.
    In 2008, there were 287 accidents that resulted in 56 serious injuries
and 73 fatalities in Canada in railway grade crossing and trespassing
incidents(*). CN is relentless and will not be satisfied until the numbers of
injuries and fatalities are at zero. Target Zero has a clear objective: Zero
accidents, Zero injuries and Zero fatalities.
    CN Police Chief Serge Meloche said: "CN Police will continue educating
adults and children about safety at railway crossings and tracks and will
aggressively enforce the law. There are still too many accidents and an
unacceptable number of injuries and deaths. Target Zero is our goal and we
will not tolerate people disobeying crossing signals/gates or trespassing on
railway property. Our goal is to use education, prevention and enforcement
until the numbers of accidents, serious injuries and fatalities reach zero."
    There are approximately 55,000 public, private and pedestrian railway
crossings in Canada. Close to 50 per cent of collisions between vehicles and
trains occur at crossings with active warning devices (gates, lights and/or
bells). In 2008, there were 214 accidents at railway crossings that resulted
in 22 serious injuries and 26 fatalities.
    Trespassing includes walking, playing or running on or beside railway
tracks; driving a bike, a car, an ATV, a snowmobile or any other vehicle on or
beside railway tracks; taking a shortcut across railway tracks or property;
and entering railway yards at any time. In 2008, there were 73 trespassing
accidents that resulted in 20 serious injuries and 47 fatalities. The
consequences of trespassing incidents are extremely worrisome since more than
90 per cent of them result in serious injuries or fatalities.

    CN Police asks the public to contact them immediately at 1-800-465-9239
if they see someone disobeying the signals at a railway crossing or
trespassing on tracks or railway property.

    Rail Safety Week was created in 2003 by Operation Lifesaver and its
partners to raise public awareness of the potential dangers at highway/railway
crossings and from trespassing on railway property.

    CN has been promoting railway safety for more than 25 years through its
All Aboard for Safety community education program. Every year, CN Police
officers make hundreds of All Aboard for Safety presentations and talk to more
than 300,000 children and adults at schools and community events in Canada and
the United States about the importance of safety and the dangers of walking
and playing on or near railway tracks. Part of the strength of this program is
the collaborative relationship with major community safety partners: Operation
Lifesaver, Safe Kids Canada, Safe Communities Canada, SMARTRISK and Mothers
Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

    CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway
subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific
oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert,
B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key
metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth,
Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St.
Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.
For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.

    
    Links to photos and video here
   
http://www.newscanada.com/default.asp?pagename=media&content=getcontent&type=p
r&articleID=cn_images2009

   
http://www.newscanada.com/default.asp?pagename=media&content=getcontent&type=p
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    Link to video: http://easylink.playstream.com/newscanada/TV/nc2618.wmv


    See the list for the locations of the CN Police safety blitzes
    in your area.

    Available on satellite:
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     Monday, April 27, 2009
     10:00 - 10:30 Eastern, and again at 14:00 - 14:30 firm, Eastern
     Anik F2C/3B @ 111.1 West
     Vertical Polarization, D/L Freq. 3820 MHz.
     Audio subcarriers 6.8 left, 6.2 right



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    (*) Statistics: Transportation Safety Board of Canada


                           Safety Blitz Locations
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        City                    Location               Date        Time
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    NOVA SCOTIA
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    Dartmouth          Princess Margaret Blvd.        May  1   13:00 - 15:00
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    Fall River         Fall River Road                Apr. 30  13:30 - 15:30
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    Truro              Willow Street                  Apr  30  09:00 - 11:00
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        City                    Location               Date        Time
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    NEW BRUNSWICK
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    Edmundston         Victoria Street                Apr  28  09:00 - 11:00
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    Moncton            Mill Road                      Apr  29  14:00 - 15:30
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    Saint John         Ashburn Lake Road              Apr  29  09:00 - 11:00
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        City                    Location               Date        Time
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    QUEBEC
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    Charny             Avenue de l'Eglise             Apr. 28  14:00 - 15:00
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    Deux-Montagnes     Boul. Deux-Montagnes           Apr. 28  06:30 - 08:30
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    Drummondville      Rue Lindsay                    Apr. 27  11:00 - 12:00
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    Hervé Junction     VIA Rail Station               Apr. 29  12:30 - 12:45
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    Joliette           VIA Rail Station               May  1   09:00 -  9:15
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    Joliette           Rue Baby and boul. Firestone   May  1   11:00 - 12:00
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    La Prairie         Rue Saint-Jean                 Apr. 28  11:30 - 13:00
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    La Tuque           Rue Saint-Joseph               Apr. 28  09:00 - 10:30
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    La Tuque           Rue Saint-François             Apr. 28  11:30 - 12:30
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    Montreal           Central Station                Apr. 29  16:00 - 18:00
                       895 rue de La
                       Gauchetière Street West
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    Montreal           Rue De Courcelle               Apr. 27  07:00 - 08:30
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    Saint-Bruno        Boul. Seigneurial West         Apr. 28  16:00 - 18:00
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    Saint-Lambert      Rue Saint-Georges              Apr. 29  07:00 - 09:00
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    Shawinigan         VIA Rail Station               Apr. 29  11:30 - 11:45
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    Valleyfield        Rue Alexandre                  Apr. 27  10:00 - 12:00
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    Valleyfield        Rue Madden                     Apr. 30  09:00 - 11:00
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    Vanier             Avenue Plante                  Apr. 28  11:30 - 12:30
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    Vanier             Avenue Plante                  May  2   11:00 - 12:00
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    Ville              Rue O'Brien                    Apr. 27  15:00 - 16:30
    Saint-Laurent
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        City                    Location               Date        Time
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    ONTARIO
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    Belleville         Elmwood Drive                  Apr. 27  08:00 - 10:00
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    Belleville         East Moira Street              Apr. 28  08:00 - 10:00
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    Brampton           76 Intermodal Drive            Apr. 27  11:30 - 12:30
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    Brampton           76 Intermodal Drive            Apr. 28  11:30 - 12:30
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    Brampton           James Street and               Apr. 27  12:00 - 15:00
                       John Street
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    Brampton           Goreway Road                   Apr. 28  11:00 - 14:00
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    Brampton           Torbram Road                   Apr. 29  08:00 - 10:00
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    Brampton           GO Station                     Apr. 27  16:30 - 19:30
                       Mill Street
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    Brampton           GO Station                     Apr. 28  06:30 - 10:00
                       Mill Street
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    Brampton           GO Station                     Apr. 30  08:00 - 11:00
                       Mill Street
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    Brantford          Powerline Road                 Apr. 27  10:00 - 12:00
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    Brighton           Prince Edward Street           Apr. 29  08:00 - 10:00
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    Brockville         Perth Street                   Apr. 27  09:00 - 11:00
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    Brockville         Ormond Street                  Apr. 30  09:00 - 11:00
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    Chatham            Park Avenue                    Apr. 28  09:00 - 15:00
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    Cobourg            Darcy Street                   Apr. 30  08:00 - 10:00
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    Cobourg            Ontario Street                 May 1    08:00 - 10:00
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    Coniston           Government Road                May 1    12:00 - 14:00
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    Cornwall           Boundary Road                  May 1    09:00 - 10:00
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    Emo                Florence Street                May 1    10:00 - 11:00
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    Fort Erie          Pettit Road                    Apr. 30  08:30 - 10:30
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    Fort Erie          Stevensville Road              Apr. 30  14:30 - 16:30
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    Fort Frances       Couchiching First Nation -     Apr. 28  10:00 - 11:00
                       Highway 11
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    Georgetown         17th Side Road                 Apr. 30  13:00 - 16:00
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    Gravenhurst        Muskoka Road South             Apr. 27  10:00 - 12:00
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    Hornepayne         5th Avenue                     Apr. 28  08:00 - 10:00
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    Lansdowne          Reynolds Road                  Apr. 28  13:00 - 14:00
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    London             Hale Street                    Apr. 28  09:00 - 11:00
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    London             William Street                 Apr. 28  13:00 - 15:00
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    Lynden             Main Street                    Apr. 28  10:00 - 12:00
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    Mallorytown        County Road 5                  Apr. 28  10:00 - 11:00
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    Markham            GO Station                     Apr. 30  16:30 - 19:30
                       Main Streeet
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    Mississauga        Clarkson Road                  May 2    10:00 - 12:00
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    Mississauga        Haig Boulevard                 May 3    15:00 - 16:00
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    Mississauga        Ogden Avenue                   May 3    17:00 - 18:00
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    Mississauga        Lorne Park Road                May 3    10:00 - 12:00
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    Niagara Falls      Lundy's Lane                   May 1    08:30 - 10:30
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    Niagara Falls      Drummond Road                  May 1    14:30 - 16:30
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    North Bay          Franklin Street                Apr. 29  10:00 - 12:00
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    Oakville           Kerr Street                    Apr. 27  08:00 - 10:00
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    Oakville           4th Line                       Apr. 29  14:00 - 15:00
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    Oakville           Kerr Street                    Apr. 30  14:00 - 15:00
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    Oakville           4th Line                       May 2    19:00 - 20:00
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    Oshawa             Wilson Road (south of Bloor    Apr. 28  14:00 - 16:00
                       Street)
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    Parry Sound        Church Street                  May 1    10:00 - 12:00
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    Richmond Hill      Weldrick Road                  Apr. 29  14:00 - 16:00
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    Richmond Hill      GO Station                     Apr. 29  08:00 - 11:00
                       Langstaff Road East
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    Richmond Hill      Weldrick Road                  Apr. 29  13:00 - 16:00
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    Sarnia             Mandaumin Road                 Apr. 28  08:00 - 10:00
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    Sarnia             Mandaumin Road                 Apr. 29  19:00 - 21:00
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    Sarnia             Mandaumin Road                 Apr. 30  19:00 - 21:00
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    Sault Ste. Marie   4th Line                       Apr. 29  09:00 - 11:00
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    St. Catharines     Glendale Avenue                Apr. 28  09:00 - 11:00
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    St. Catharines     Louth Street                   Apr. 29  08:30 - 10:30
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    Thunder Bay        Walsh Street West              Apr. 27  09:00 - 10:00
                       and Neebing Avenue
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    Thunder Bay        James Street and               Apr. 29  09:00 - 10:00
                       Montreal Street
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    Thunder Bay        James Street South and City    May 1    09:00 - 10:00
                       Road
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    Toronto            Pottery Road                   Apr. 27  14:00 - 16:00
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    Toronto            Weston GO Station              Apr. 28  16:30 - 19:30
                       John Street
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    Toronto            Strachan Avenue                Apr. 29  09:00 - 10:00
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    Toronto            Union Station                  Apr. 29  10:00 - 13:00
                       65 Front Street
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    Toronto            Galloway Road                  Apr. 30  09:00 - 10:00
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    Toronto            Pottery Road                   May 1    13:00 - 14:00
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    Windsor            Lauzon Parkway                 Apr. 27  09:00 - 15:00
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        City                    Location               Date        Time
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    MANITOBA
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    Brandon            First Street                   Apr. 29  13:00 - 14:00
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    Dauphin            2nd Street                     May  1   12:00 - 13:00
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    Portage            3rd Street NE                  Apr. 29  11:00 - 12:00
    La Prairie
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    Rural              Highway 204, Lorette           Apr. 28  13:00 - 14:00
    Municipality
    of Springfield
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    Winnipeg           Grandmont Boulevard            Apr. 27  08:00 - 09:00
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    Winnipeg           Rue des Trappistes             Apr. 27  13:00 - 14:00
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    Winnipeg           Chevrier Boulevard             Apr. 28  08:00 - 09:00
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    Winnipeg           Shaftesbury Boulevard          Apr. 30  10:00 - 11:00
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        City                    Location               Date        Time
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    SASKATCHEWAN
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    Kindersley         Ditson Drive                   Apr. 28  10:00 - 13:30
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    Regina             2300 Block Dewdney Avenue      Apr. 27  20:00 - 22:00
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    Regina             Co-Op Refinery                 Apr. 28  09:00 - 11:00
                       9th Avenue North
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    Regina             Yorkton and King Streets       Apr. 30  13:00 - 15:00
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    Saskatoon          Valley and Burma Roads         Apr. 27  09:00 - 11:00
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    Saskatoon          Chappel Drive and Burma Road   Apr. 30  08:30 - 10:30
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        City                    Location               Date        Time
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    ALBERTA
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    Calgary            27th Street and 54th Avenue    Apr. 27  10:00 - 12:00
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    Edmonton           Clareview LRT Station
                       50th Street and 137th Avenue   Apr. 27  07:00 - 09:00
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    Edmonton           Belvedere LRT Station
                       129th Avenue and Fort Road     Apr. 30  07:00 - 09:00
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    Fort Saskatchewan  Scotford, Highway 15 and       May  1   09:00 - 11:00
                       Secondary Highway 861
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    Spruce Grove       Campsite Road and              Apr. 29  10:00 - 12:00
                       Highway 16
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    St. Albert         Ray Gibbon Drive and           Apr. 27  15:00 - 17:00
                       Giroux Road
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    St. Albert         McKenney Avenue and            Apr. 28  15:00 - 17:00
                       Morgan Crescent
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    St. Albert         Meadowview Drive               Apr. 29  15:00 - 17:00
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    BRITISH COLUMBIA
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    100 Mile House     Exeter Station Road            Apr. 30  10:30 - 11:30
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    100 Mile House     Exeter Station Road            Apr. 30  13:00 - 14:00
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    Chilliwack         Prest Road at 1st Avenue       May  1   08:30 - 10:30
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    Chilliwack         Ford Road                      May  1   12:30 - 13:30
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    Fort Langley       Glover Road (Albion Ferry)     Apr. 29  09:00 - 11:00
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    Kamloops           Puett Ranch Road               Apr. 28  15:30 - 16:30
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    Kamloops           Singh Street                   Apr. 29  15:30 - 16:30
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    Kamloops           Chilcotin Street               May  1   15:30 - 16:30
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    Lillooet           Station Hill Road              Apr. 30  15:00 - 18:00
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    Mount Currie/      Portage Road                   May  1   15:00 - 18:00
    Pemberton
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    North Vancouver    Bewicke Avenue                 Apr. 27  08:00 - 10:00
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    North Vancouver    Chesterfield Avenue            Apr. 27  11:00 - 12:00
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    Prince George      Boundary and Sintich Roads     Apr. 27  10:00 - 12:00
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    Prince Rupert      Ferry Crossing                 May  1   13:00 - 15:00
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    Quesnel            Legion Drive                   Apr. 28  09:00 - 11:00
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    Richmond           5th Road, South                Apr. 28  08:00 - 09:30
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    Richmond           7th Road                       Apr. 28  10:30 - 12:30
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    Richmond           8th Road (Coast 2000)          Apr. 28  13:30 - 15:00
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    Squamish           Government Road                Apr. 29  15:00 - 18:00
                       (next to CN Yard)
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    Surrey             Telegraph Trail                Apr. 30  10:00 - 12:00
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    Terrace            Kenney Street                  Apr. 28  12:00 - 14:00
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    Vancouver          Rupert Street                  Apr. 29  10:00 - 11:00
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    Vernon             28th Avenue                    Apr. 27  11:00 - 12:00
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    Vernon             27th Avenue                    Apr. 27  13:00 - 14:00
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    West Vancouver     Ambleside Park                 Apr. 27  13:00 - 14:30
                       13th Street and Bellevue
                       Avenue
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    White Rock         Crescent Beach                 Apr. 30  13:00 - 14:30
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