The City of Toronto will be having a meeting tonight on improving the safety of railcars passing through Toronto. It is a complicated issue that draws together levels of government and billion-dollar companies, but the stakes could hardly be higher.
Right now, many dangerous goods, including explosive crude oil, are transported in secret on dangerous railcars. The Feds in both Canada and the US have made efforts to better insure against disasters and improve the DOT-111 cars, but many people, including MP Mike Sullivan, are unsatisfied.
Sullivan introduced a private member’s bill that would force rail companies to be more public, do more risk assessment, and make Transport Canada use safer routes and speeds. Sullivan will be speaking at tonight’s meeting.
The Safe Rail Communities group will be having a town hall on June 12th to discuss the new regulations. Naomi Klein will be a guest host, and a panel of experts will explain how the new and current rules are ineffective.
If you can’t make it to either of the above meetings, or if you want to also provide written feedback, the City of Toronto is collecting opinions in an online survey of residents.