Hello Everyone,
After the surprising August 21st collision of two trains carrying dangerous goods in the heart of the west end of Toronto, many residents reached out to us to ask for support in preparing for a rail accident or disaster. 
Do you know what to do in the event of a rail accident?  Where could you get up-to-the-second information?  Where could you go?  Should you leave your home?
In response to all of these questions and more, Safe Rail Communities and Christie Dupont Rail Safety Group are pleased to invite you to a Community Workshop on Rail Safety And Emergency Preparedness on Saturday November 19th from 1 pm to 5 pm.  This event will be held in the auditorium of Christie Gardens at 600 Melita Crescent, Toronto, ON, and will include:


  • A 30-minute presentation by Boris Rosolak from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management
  • An update from Sheila Murray of CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). 
  • An update on efforts at City Hall from Sarah Doucette, Toronto City Coucillor, Ward 13
  • A summary by rail policy consultant, Greg Gormick, of the recent Toronto derailment and what can be done to mitigate the risks of future derailments
  • An interactive workshop in which all participants will have the opportunity to discuss and identify gaps in the emergency preparedness of their local community

The primary goal of this community workshop is to create an informed and collaborative environment in which participants can create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhoods.
Light refreshments will be served.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at infosaferail@gmail.com

Thank you. 

We look forward to seeing you on November 19th!
Patricia, Helen, and the Safe Rail Communities Team 


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From: Safe Rail <infosaferail@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 9:47 AM
Subject: CALL TO ACTION: SRC online federal petition is ready! Please read, sign and share!
To: Safe Rail <infosaferail@gmail.com>

Hello everyone.

Safe Rail Communties’ online e-petition for rail safety is ready.
Every day, the movement of dangerous goods by rail through our communities puts thousands of Canadians at risk. In 2014, there were about 140,000 tank cars carrying crude oil across Canada. This is 280 times the number of tanks that travelled in 2009. The projected number for 2016 is 510,000 tank cars. Safe Rail Communities (SRC) is a non-partisan initiative that advocates for safe, transparent, and regulated rail. It is our Federal Government’s responsibility to regulate the transportation of dangerous goods by rail. They must set the standards for industry to follow in order to mitigate the risks to rail communities across Canada.
Over the past couple of years SRC has worked with experts to develop the list of recommendations in our petition.
With the federal government’s recent implementation of online e-petitions, we have created an online rail safety e-petition. Many of you have already signed our paper petition, and for that we thank you. Signing our paper petition doesn’t preclude you from signing this new online petition. It is a completely new petition. In order for an e-petition to be presented in the House of Commons, it must receive 500 signatories within 120 days of being posted on the government website. Given this deadline, we would very much appreciated your support in promoting our e-petition by sharing it with you family, friends and any other contacts you think may be interested.
To view and sign the e-petition, please click https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details…
Pour le francais cliquez https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/fr/Petition/Details…
As always, please let us know if you would like to be removed from this mailing list.  
Thank you.
Helen Vassilakos & Patricia Lai
Safe Rail Communities