Third major derailment since federal budget stepped up enforcement measures aimed at protecting public safety



    25 cars hit the ground south of Ottawa only two months after CP Rail's
    maintenance staff cuts

    OTTAWA, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Today's 25-car derailment of a Canadian
Pacific train near Ottawa is on the same track that was reported faulty and in
need of repair earlier this week.
    "Derailments on CP Rail track are spiking this winter just weeks after
the company began cutting track and equipment maintenance staff and today's
accident may have been avoidable because we reported the track in disrepair on
February 3," said William Brehl, President of the Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference, Maintenance of Way Employees Division, and a member of Transport
Canada's Advisory Council on Railway Safety.
    "Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government recognized the importance of
rail safety in the budget by earmarking an unprecedented $44 million of new
money to help Transport Canada make the railroads comply with safety
regulations. But since the budget less than two weeks ago, on CP Rail alone
we've had major derailments in Canmore, Alberta, Thunder Bay, Ontario and now
today in Winchester, just south of Ottawa. There have also been numerous minor
derailments and many of these accidents involved dangerous commodities. We are
urging CP Rail to follow Stephen Harper's lead and put public safety ahead of
profits - or at least put public safety on par with profits," Mr. Brehl added.
    In September, the Transportation Safety Board released numbers stating
there have been 9,960 train collisions and derailments - about three per day -
across Canada on all railways over the last decade, dating back to January 1,
1999.

    About TCRC-MWED

    Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Maintenance of Way Employees Division
(TCRC-MWED), a division of Teamsters Canada, represents more than 4,000
maintenance of way workers at CP Rail and almost two dozen short line
railroads. Its members are involved in inspecting, monitoring and repairing
the tracks, bridges and structures on the network. TCRC-MWED's mission is to
make sure that the railway is safe, in spite of any economic, managerial or
other obstacles.




For further information:

For further information: Lise Cyr, TCRC-MWED, (800) 567-0571,
lcyr@tcrcmwed.ca; Bill Brehl, TCRC-MWED, (613) 889-8620 - cell,
WBrehl@tcrcmwed.ca

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