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Quebec court says Canadian Pacific Railway not liable in Lac-Megantic train crash

December 22, 2022 Marisela Amador - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A Quebec Superior Court judge has found that Canadian Pacific Railway was not liable in the 2013 railway disaster that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Que. Justice Martin Bureau ruled Wednesday that the actions the railway company was

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Quebec to move ahead with plan to redistribute $39 million to Lac-Megantic victims

October 1, 2021 The Canadian Press

LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. – The Quebec government is moving ahead with plans to redistribute $39 million to those impacted by the 2013 rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que., that killed 47 people. About $20 million will go directly to victims recognized during

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Lac Megantic marks seventh anniversary of 2013 rail disaster with memorial site

July 6, 2020 Stephanie Marin – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Seven years after a rail disaster decimated its downtown, Lac-Megantic sought Monday to honour both its past and future by inaugurating a long-planned memorial space at the site at the heart of the tragedy. On July 6, 2013, a runaway

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How Canada fares on rail risk five years after Lac-Mégantic

July 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

There is room for improvement in managing railway risk, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada suggested in a release marking the fifth anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, tragedy. For years, TSB has been calling for more ways to stop trains,

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What have we learned from Lac-Megantic train derailment?

July 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Nearly five years after a fatal accident in which a runaway freight train caught fire in Lac-Mégantic Quebec, the frequency of uncontrolled train movements is on the rise, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada warned Wednesday. “In 2017, there were

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Lac-Mégantic residents seek economic and moral damages

June 10, 2018 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A new group of mostly Lac-Megantic residents is seeking authorization from Quebec Superior Court to sue for economic and moral damages worth upwards of $5 million relating to the Lac-Megantic rail tragedy in 2013. Train engineer Tom Harding,

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Feds seek input on railroad insurance rules

June 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Should Canada’s rules on railway insurance be changed? If your answer is yes, contact the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) within the next four months explaining why. CTA, which has the power to issue and revoke certificates of fitness for federally-regulated

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Risk management still a concern post-Lac Mégantic

January 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Risk management continues to be an issue for major Canadian railways, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said Wednesday in an investigation report into a freight train collision in Alberta. The report came just days before a jury acquitted

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Defence begins closing arguments at Lac-Mégantic criminal negligence trial

January 4, 2018 The Canadian Press

SHERBROOKE, Que. – The lawyer for one of three men charged with criminal negligence in the Lac-Megantic rail disaster that killed 47 people began his closing arguments today. Gaetan Bourassa says the trial is for his client, Jean Demaitre, and

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Moving dangerous product by rail continues to be popular, despite Lac-Mégantic disaster: speaker

November 6, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Despite the Lac-Mégantic train derailment in July 2013 that claimed the lives of 47 people, destroyed more than 30 buildings and released about 6.3 million litres of oil into the environment, “moving any type of dangerous product by rail continues

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Jury selection to begin in Lac-Mégantic train derailment trial

September 11, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

SHERBOOKE, Que. – Jury selection is set to begin today in the trial of three men charged in the rail disaster that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Que. Three ex-railway employees – train driver Thomas Harding, railway traffic controller Richard

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TSB reiterates call for federal regulator to audit safety management systems of Canada’s railways ‘in sufficient depth and frequency’

July 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite efforts by Transport Canada to audit safety management systems of federally-regulated railways, the risk associated with weak railway safety management systems is sufficient to warrant continued involvement from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the board suggested Tuesday. In