Posts Tagged ‘railway safety’

Globe and Mail & Railway Safety

March 11, 2015

by Jack Locke

I am sorry, but The Globe and Mail’s editorial, Lac-Mégantic: By no means the last explosion of its kind, contained a serious factual error.

The editorial applauds the federal government, when they should be condemned.

“The federal government can’t be charged with inaction – Ms. Raitt and her department have worked diligently – but that doesn’t mean there has been sufficient action,” stated the editorial.

In 2012, the federal government amended the Railway Safety Act by taking out a basic, and fundamental principle of corporate responsibility. They removed the following objective:

“To recognize the responsibility of railway companies in ensuring the safety of their operations.”

In its place came a milquetoast replacement.

On the subject of milquetoast, I have written letters to three successive ministers of Transport calling for an inquiry into railway safety, following the deaths of three Montreal-area teens killed by a VIA Rail train in 2010. All the replies are pasty, and deliberate denials that there exists a problem.

Thus, to hear the Globe and Mail express platitudes over the “diligent” actions of Raitt, I strongly beg to differ.

Diligence would require fixing the Railway Safety Act, amongst other things.

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Canada: The Global Train Wreck Capital

March 7, 2015

AET7TrainWreck1CLICK HERE for story, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt Should Resign

Explaining the Lac Megantic Tragedy

April 5, 2014

The Railway Safety Act was changed in 2012. Can you see why the Lac Megantic tragedy occurred?

CURRENT RAILWAY SAFETY ACT

Objectives

3. The objectives of this Act are to

  • (a) promote and provide for the safety and security of the public and personnel, and the protection of property and the environment, in railway operations;

  • (b) encourage the collaboration and participation of interested parties in improving railway safety and security;

  • (c) recognize the responsibility of companies to demonstrate, by using safety management systems and other means at their disposal, that they continuously manage risks related to safety matters; and

  • (d) facilitate a modern, flexible and efficient regulatory scheme that will ensure the continuing enhancement of railway safety and security.

PREVIOUS RAILWAY SAFETY ACT

Objectives

3. The objectives of this Act are to

  • (a) promote and provide for the safety of the public and personnel, and the protection of property and the environment, in the operation of railways;

  • (b) encourage the collaboration and participation of interested parties in improving railway safety;

  • (c) recognize the responsibility of railway companies in ensuring the safety of their operations; and

  • (d) facilitate a modern, flexible and efficient regulatory scheme that will ensure the continuing enhancement of railway safety.