CP, CPPS and the City of Hamilton join Queen Victoria Elementary School students in kicking off Rail Safety Week

CALGARY, April 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific, the CP Police Service (CPPS) and the City of Hamilton joined students from Queen Victoria Elementary School today in unveiling Painting a Safer Community, which, as part of Rail Safety Week, showcases student artwork that highlights the importance of safety.

"Canadian Pacific is proud of the relationship we have with the over 1100 communities we operate in," said Bill Law, CPPS District Inspector - Ontario. "We all have a stake in community safety. Seeing students express themselves through art while teaching the community about rail safety is outstanding."

Each year, CP partners with Operation Lifesaver and other stakeholders for Rail Safety Week, which presents an opportunity to remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that any route that includes illegally crossing railway tracks or using railway tracks as a short cut is the wrong route.

CP partnered with the City and the school to teach children about rail safety through art. As a learning and beautification project, Grade 4/5 students from Queen Victoria Elementary painted rail and community safety themed artwork to be hung on a school fence that backs on to railway tracks.

"Once again, our good friends at CP are demonstrating a commitment to work collaboratively with their neighbours in our downtown," said Jason Farr, City of Hamilton Councillor - Ward 2. "I know that many of us look forward to the Corktown Paint Project and we are grateful to have such a devoted community partner."

During the week of April 25 - May 1, CP and CPPS will conduct rail safety blitzes in communities across our network collaboratively with other police agencies and schools to educate motorists, pedestrians, and the public about the role we each play in staying safe around railway property.

"I would like to recognize the time, effort and care that the teacher, educational assistant and students put into this project," said Biljana Arsovic, Principal, Queen Victoria Elementary School. "These wonderful works of art will enhance the beauty of the rail trail."

People can follow CP's rail safety outreach activities and get safety tips on Facebook and Twitter. Share your rail safety story using #SeeTracksThinkTrain #RSW2016.

More information about Rail Safety Week can be found at operationlifesaver.ca and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

About CP Police Service
The CP Police Service (CPPS) is a fully accredited police agency operating in both Canada and the U.S. created by Federal Statute with full federal, state and provincial powers. CPPS officers are peace officers as defined by the Criminal Code. The CPPS plays an important role by contributing to public safety and enforcement activities in the communities where Canadian Pacific operates. CPPS officers promote public safety through trespasser abatement patrols, enforcement of traffic legislation at and near railway crossings and participation in education activities to raise awareness of community safety issues. The CPPS also help to protect the critical infrastructure of Canada and the U.S. by ensuring supply chain integrity and ensuring the operational efficiency of the transportation network.

SOURCE Canadian Pacific

Image with caption: "Constable Archdekin and Queen Victoria Elementary School student displaying art work. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160425_C8591_PHOTO_EN_674608.jpg



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