Railways and Municipalities to Discuss Community Issues

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Representatives from the railway industry, the
shipping sector, municipalities and government will meet in Vancouver October
15 and 16 to discuss some of the successes and future challenges of growing
cities and a growing rail industry.
    The conference is part of a two-day event hosted by the Railway
Association of Canada. It will feature their annual general meeting and
committee meetings for members, a tradeshow and the conference on community
    Speakers at the Tuesday session will include Gordon Houston, Vancouver
Port Authority; James Allen, Ottawa Central Railway; Helena Borges, Transport
Canada, and Mayor Sharon Hartwell of Telkwa, B.C. She and conference moderator
John Dalzell of CN are co-chairs of the RAC-Federation of Canadian
Municipalities' project steering committee.
    "We are excited about the quality of the speakers and the topics that
will be discussed during this workshop," said Cliff Mackay, President and CEO
of the Railway Association of Canada. "The participation shows that
cooperation and communication are fundamental to building a solid
relationship. The RAC is very committed to making progress in this area."
    The RAC and FCM have an on-going partnership. Recently, the two
organizations signed a new two-year Memorandum of Understanding to work
together to improve community relations.
    The new agreement will build on previous work by the partners that dates
back to May 2002. They have been working since then to improve municipal
planning, develop new techniques for mitigating noise and vibrations, and
further enhance public safety around railway operations.
    The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), representing
city managers and administrators, has also joined the initiative's steering
committee. For more details, go to www.proximityissues.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Roger Cameron, Railway
Association of Canada, (613) 564-8097, rogerc@railcan.ca

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