Highlights / railway

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Canadian railways: Shareholder request to cut emissions

When one thinks of greenhouse gas and pollution railways may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless the locomotives are powered  via huge diesel engines running  generators and as such do emit quantities of soot and pollution, »

International, Internet, Science & Technology

$22-B International railway- Alberta to Alaska, gets approval from Trump

It’s a project costing an estimated $22 Billion . The railway would stretch 2,570 kilometres from Alberta’s oil sands region to an existing junction in Delta Alaska where it connects to ports near Anchorage. U.S President Donald Trump tweeted on »

Society

VIA Rail temporarily lays off about 1,000 workers amid pandemic 

Canada’s national passenger railway service VIA Rail is temporarily laying off about 1,000 union workers due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the travel industry, the company announced in a press release Wednesday. The layoffs will take effect on »

Uncategorized

Lac-Megantic marks seventh anniversary of train disaster with memorial site

A small town in Quebec, Lac-Mégantic, marked the seventh anniversary of the 2013 rail disaster by inaugurating a memorial space.  On July 6, 2013, an unmanned train carrying tanker cars containing crude oil, derailed and exploded in the centre of »

Health, International, Society

Face covering rules are expanded on planes, trains and ships

Travelling in Canada is going to look very different — as of noon today. In an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19, Transport Minister Marc Garneau has announced new requirements on the use of face coverings on planes, trains »

Indigenous, Politics

Trudeau asks for patience as rail blockades continue but offers no clear plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Canadians to remain patient and “show resolve” in finding a peaceful solution to a series of Indigenous protests that have disrupted the country’s railway transport and threaten to undermine the Liberal government’s signature policy of »

Indigenous, Politics

Conservative leader calls on pipeline protesters to ‘check their privilege’

Canada’s outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said protesters, blocking railway traffic across Canada in support of a small group of hereditary Indigenous leaders fighting construction of a natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory, need to “check their privilege” and »

Longform

The Arctic railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?

INARI, Finland – Jussa Seurujarvi, a 23-year-old Indigenous Saami reindeer herder, still remembers the relief he felt when the proposed Arctic railway, a massive infrastructure project that would have stretched across northern Finland into Norway, was nixed by a report »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

The story of the Black Porters on Canadian railways

It was a unique chapter in Canadian history.  The age of rail travel blossomed in the 20th century, and along with it a need for workers aboard the trains to help the passengers, particularly those in the sleeping cars. They »

Society

Rail workers protest jobs going to foreign firms

Employees of the national passenger railway, Via Rail, will be handing out leaflets at stations across the country today protesting the contracting out of work to foreign multinational corporations. Via Rail is a crown corporation and, as such, is wholly »