Profiles: Rob Smith

July 30, 2014 10:01 am
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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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Lac-Mégantic

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Rail Trends: The Economic Spin-Offs Benefit all Canadians

May 16, 2012 8:39 am
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Canada’s rail sector has bounced back from the 2009 global economic downturn and is posting solid volume growth. The industry continues to invest significantly in increased capacity and efficiencies.

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Rail: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

March 28, 2012 6:19 pm
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Nothing quite defines pioneering Canada as its railways. Think rail and the image of thousands of miles of steel stretching the length of our great country comes to mind. Ottawa Life begins a look at the railway industry with an overview of the history of rail in Canada and, specifically, a look back at a time when Ottawa had a sophisticated downtown rail service and streetcar network.

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