Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.