Dangerous Cargo

May 12, 2015 10:16 am
Trains -- Ottawa Life Magazine

The average number of rail accidents per year in Canada has changed very little over the years. While it’s fair to say that rail transportation is extremely safe, the number of those accidents which have involved dangerous cargo has risen. The new king of that cargo, crude oil, has had […]

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Moving the Crops that Feed the World

March 19, 2015 1:14 pm

One of the romantic visions often held of Canadian railways (and American for that matter) is that of the long lines of hopper cars filled with gleaming golden wheat and other grain and oilseed crops, on their way to feed people all over the world. That vision was challenged in […]

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Teamster Canada Rail Conference: Don Ashley

January 29, 2015 11:37 am
Don Ashley

Don Ashley is the new National Legislative Director for the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and one of his primary concerns is safety for the members of his union and for the public. He has spent his life since college as a railway worker. He started as a trainman, progressed […]

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The Heroes of Rail

January 23, 2015 1:34 pm

Railways in Canada have a high safety record, but trains’ masses and the speeds they travel mean collisions have the potential to be deadly. Whether it’s a person on the tracks, a vehicle in the way, or a derailment, when an accident happens, the first responders at the scene are […]

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Paul Proudlock on Rail Safety

January 15, 2015 9:35 am
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Photo by Frederic Dekkal Paul Proudlock has been a railway man for almost 25 years. For the last several years he has also been an outspoken proponent of increasing rail safety, and one of his biggest concerns is fatigue among railway workers. He is presently an engineer for CP Rail […]

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Fatigue on the Job is a Killer

January 8, 2015 12:00 pm

It has been known for decades, probably centuries, that working while tired can impair productivity, and that working in dangerous occupations like driving, loading or handling heavy equipment should not be done while tired. So why do railway companies seem determined to risk so many of their assets by asking […]

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New Spirit of Cooperation in Rail

October 28, 2014 2:05 pm
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Photo by Frederic Dekkal Everything old is new again, and a new spirit of cooperation in negotiations between the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union and two of Canada’s biggest railways, CN and VIA Rail, has the potential to use old-style sitting down and talking to change a century of […]

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Jean-Michel Hallé

October 21, 2014 1:01 pm
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ABOVE: Teamster Jean-Michel Hallé takes a rest from union matters and recharges on the water. Described as “up and coming” by his colleagues at Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), Jean-Michel Hallé has recently taken over the union position of General Chairman of CN Eastern Lines, which includes negotiations between union […]

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Profiles: Rob Smith

July 30, 2014 10:01 am

Rob Smith is a fourth-generation railroader. Hailing from Perth, Ontario, he started as a brakeman (a position now called a trainman) with CP Rail in nearby Smiths Falls, where he spent much of his career. The legislation of safe working conditions for railway workers and the communities through which railways […]

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July 29, 2014 3:40 pm
Destruction at ground zero in Lac-Megantic

Everyone knows a Montreal Maine and Atlantic (MMA) train without engineer careened into Lac-Mégantic last July, derailed, exploded, killed 47 people, injured many others, destroyed the town’s centre, polluted lake and soil, and tore out the community’s heart. Blame has since been widely laid, from CEO Edward Burkhardt blaming the […]

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Profiles: Kirstin Campbell

June 3, 2014 12:27 pm

Unlike so many of her collegues, Kirstin Campbell didn’t come from a family who worked on the rail. But after being with CP Rail for ten years she now describes herself as a railroader.  She first got hooked while was working as a server in a Merrickville, Ontario pub. She […]

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Profiles: Rex Beatty

May 26, 2014 11:38 am
Portrait of Rex Beatty, President of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference

Like most railway workers Rex Beatty started when he was a young man. Beginning as a brakeman and becoming a conductor he has always been an active union member, and in 2011 he was elected president of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). The TCRC is an autonomous group within […]

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Heal the Rail

May 21, 2014 2:42 pm

photo by Frederic Dekkal When rail charters were first extended in the 1800s, the great gift of expropriated land came with expectations— that far-flung communities would be well-served, that grain would get to ports quickly and affordably, that goods would be moved efficiently for the betterment of the economy, and […]

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CANADIAN RAILWAYS: Assisting Canada’s Environmental Performance

November 23, 2012 10:00 am

Canada’s railways run an average of 1,100 passenger and goods trains every day, often over some of the world’s most rugged terrain and in some of the world’s worst weather conditions. Canada’s railways have the best safety record in North America and provide by far the safest means of ground […]

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Rail on the Rise

October 15, 2012 1:55 pm

GETTING PRODUCTS TO TIDEWATER AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE Energy is a key market for Canadian Pacific (CP) and the increase in traffic has been particularly strong as a result of a targeted growth strategy. Energy-related traffic represented about 45 per cent of this portfolio’s revenue in 2011. With an extensive […]

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Rail on the Rise: Getting Products to Tidewater as Efficiently as Possible

July 16, 2012 9:00 am
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Canadian rail continues to extend and expand its network to encompass the entire world.

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Railway Series: Interview with Michael Bourque

May 17, 2012 8:39 am

Ottawa Life interviewed Michael Bourque, the new President & Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Association of Canada. Read the full interview here.

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