Strengthening Rail Safety in Canada



    OTTAWA, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - With Canada's 73,047 kilometres of
railway tracks across the country, it is no surprise rail safety is top of
mind for Canadians. Recent derailments and rail accidents in communities
across the country have highlighted a need to examine this situation with a
view to improving rail safety in Canada.
    This is largely why, last December, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities heard your call and
announced a full review of the Railway Safety Act. While the review will
examine the working and overall efficiency of existing rules and regulations,
an Advisory Panel will also look to generate new ideas about rail safety in
Canada.
    "Our goal is to further promote a safety culture within the railway
industry, while preserving and strengthening the essential role this industry
plays in the Canadian economy," said the Honourable Doug Lewis, Chair of the
Railway Safety Act Review Advisory Panel. "Ultimately, we hope this review
contributes to a safer environment for passengers, for employees of railways,
for people who live near the railways and for shippers who depend on them."
    The review of the Railway Safety Act will provide an opportunity to
modernize the framework for railway safety so that Canadians can continue to
be provided with a high level of rail safety. The Advisory Panel will be
submitting a report to the Minister of Transport that includes recommendations
and observations to improve railway safety.
    As part of the review, public consultations will be held in communities
across Canada, including PROVINCE, to consult a wide range of stakeholders,
such as the public, railway companies and their industry associations, railway
company employees and their unions, railway customers, municipalities,
provinces and territories, aboriginal and environmental groups and other
federal government departments and agencies.
    "We want to conduct a review that brings all the players together," said
Mr. Lewis. "The input of Canadians is important to our work, and we hope
interested organizations and people will share their views freely with us."
    A strong and safe railway industry is vital to communities in all parts
of Canada. The Railway Safety Act Review Advisory Panel looks forward to
meeting with Canadians throughout the consultation process to discuss how to
continue to provide a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly rail
transportation system.

    For more information on how to participate in the Railway Safety Act
    Review public consultation process, visit
    http://www.tc.gc.ca/tcss/RSA_Review-Examen_LSF/, or call 613-998-6462.

    
    Railway Safety Act Review
    Calendar of Public Consultations

    April 2007

    Calgary, Alberta
    Date: April 23, 2007
    Location: The Westin Calgary - 320 4thAvenue SW, Calgary
    Deadline for written submissions: April 9, 2007

    Edmonton, Alberta
    Date: April 26, 2007
    Location: Crowne Plaza Château Lacombe - 10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton
    Deadline for written submissions: April 12, 2007

    May 2007

    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Date: May 14, 2007
    Location: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown -
              1128 West Hastings Street
    Deadline for written submissions: April 30, 2007

    Kamloops, British Columbia
    Date: May 16, 2007
    Location: The Coast Canadian Inn - 339 St. Paul Street, Kamloops
    Deadline for written submissions: May 2, 2007

    Prince George, British Columbia
    Date: May 18, 2007
    Location: Coast Inn of the North - 770 Brunswick Street, Prince George
    Deadline for written submissions: May 4, 2007

    June 2007

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    Date: June 4, 2007
    Location: Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Saskatoon - 612 Spadina Crescent E.,
              Saskatoon
    Deadline for written submissions: May 18, 2007

    Regina, Saskatchewan
    Date: June 6, 2007
    Location: Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre - 1818 Victoria Avenue,
              Regina
    Deadline for written submissions: May 23, 2007

    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Date: June 8, 2007
    Location: The Fairmont, Winnipeg - Two Lombard Place, Winnipeg
    Deadline for written submissions: May 25, 2007

    Montreal, Quebec
    Date: June 27, 2007
    Location: Hôtel Delta Centre-Ville, 777 University Street, Montréal
    Deadline for written submissions: June 13, 2007

    Quebec City, Quebec
    Date: June 29, 2007
    Location: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac - 1, rue des Carrières,
              Quebec City
    Deadline for written submissions: June 15, 2007

    July 2007

    Moncton, New Brunswick
    Date: July 17, 2007
    Location: Delta Beauséjour - 750 Main Street, Moncton
    Deadline for written submissions: July 3, 2007

    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Date: July 19, 2007
    Location: The Westin Nova Scotian - 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax
    Deadline for written submissions: July 5, 2007

    August 2007

    Thunder Bay, Ontario
    Date: August 8, 2007
    Location: Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay
    Deadline for written submissions: July 25, 2007

    Toronto, Ontario
    Date: week of August 7-10, 2007
    Location: to be confirmed
    Deadline for written submissions: to be confirmed

    Ottawa, Ontario
    Date: August 21, 2007
    Location: to be confirmed
    Deadline for written submissions: August 7, 2007

    Final deadline for all written submissions:  to be confirmed.
    Public consultations will begin at 9:30 a.m. and presentations will
    continue throughout the day.
    




For further information:

For further information: Railway Safety Act Review Secretariat: General
Inquiries: (613) 998-6462, RailwaySafetyActReview@tc.gc.ca;
http://www.tc.gc.ca/tcss/RSA_Review-Examen_LSF/toc_e.htm


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