We’ve been keeping busy since our last newsletter in November, and we hope you have a moment to catch up with us on our exciting projects.
1. We are pleased to share that we were successful in our January application for a grant from Transport Canada through its Rail Safety Improvement Program. This grant will fund up to about $12K, half the cost of our proposed projects. These projects include work initiated as a result of community concerns after urban derailments in 2016:
- Creation of a rail emergency preparedness toolkit, including MySafeRailApp
- Creation of a rail emergency preparedness toolkit for First Nations, based on their input and needs
If you would like to learn more about this project and how you can contribute, please contact us.
2. Our annual Family Fun Fair in June was again successful in helping us secure enough funding to continue providing everyone with critical information via our website. Thank you to everyone who came out with their families to enjoy the activities, and support our work.
3. Posted on our website is the final report from the Transportation Safety Board on the train derailment in Gogama in 2015.
Transportation Safety Board Recommendation and Report on Gogama Derailment (Feb. 14, 2015)
TSB Calls on Ottawa to Toughen Rules for Oil Trains (The Globe and Mail)
4. Also posted on our blog is a piece about one of our recent elementary school presentations. If you are interested in having us share our experience as a community not-for-profit advocating for safer communities across Canada, please let us know. We’d be happy to come out and speak to more students.
Let's steam ahead!
The Rail Safety Act is under review this year, and we encourage everyone to make a submission or join the conversation. The deadline is fast approaching (September 22).
And finally, if you would like to share your concerns regarding rail safety with your MP, please have a look at our template MP letter and other ways you can get involved.
Want to Take Action and support all Canadians living along rail lines across the country? Make a donation to support Safe Rail Communities in our unwavering commitment to hold our government accountable on the issue of public safety.
We are looking forward to a very active fall and winter, and hope to hear from you as we move forward with our work to keep Canadians safe.
You can find our last newsletter here.
Thank you, and please be in touch if you have any questions.
Keep it safe,
Safe Rail Communities' Team