Transportation Safety Board ducks investigation

by Jack Locke

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board(TSB) will not conduct an investigation into the deaths of three Montreal area teenagers who were killed by a three-hour-late VIA Rail passenger train on the morning of October 31.

“We’re not going to investigate,” says Julie Leroux, a TSB media officer. She says the TSB decides whether or not to conduct investigations on a “case-by-case basis.”

“We only investigate if we think we’ll learn something new that will affect safety,” adds Leroux.

This is almost verbatim what Leroux is reported to have said in a Canadian Press article in the 2008 airplane crash, piloted by Bare Naked Ladies’ Ed Robertson.

“Spokeswoman Julie Leroux said the TSB will launch a probe ‘only if there is something new to learn from the occurrence – if not, we don’t investigate,’ ” wrote The Canadian Press.

Maybe I miss the whole idea of “investigation.” How can anyone know in advance whether something will be learned prior to an investigation?

Obviously, when three teens die by a VIA Rail train in Montreal, the TSB expects to learn nothing new that will affect safety.

The Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act provides the legal framework that governs TSB activities.

Our (the TSB) mandate is to advance transportation safety in the marine, pipeline, rail and air modes of transportation by:

* conducting independent investigations, including public inquiries when necessary, into selected transportation occurrences in order to make findings as to their causes and contributing factors;
* identifying safety deficiencies, as evidenced by transportation occurrences;
* making recommendations designed to eliminate or reduce any such safety deficiencies; and
* reporting publicly on our investigations and on the findings in relation thereto.

When the TSB ducks their mandate, Lockeblog, for now, will assume that noble mandate to independently review the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Dylan Ford, Mitchell Bracken-Guenet and Ricardo Conesa.


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One Response to “Transportation Safety Board ducks investigation”

  1. publicpoetry Says:

    Reblogged this on Lockeblog and commented:

    I am reposting my series on The Turcot Train Tragedy as it approaches the second anniversary of that horrible event. Alas, with no government accountability. Installment 2.

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