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Council plans to join other cities in pressuring feds on rail safety

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A proposal to request Ottawa to compel railroads to disclose to municipalities the contents of their rail cars will be discussed at the February council meeting.

Coun. Dan Vandal served notice of motion at today’s meeting, explaining to a reporter that municipalities need to know when hazardous materials are being transported through their communities.

The motion also calls on Ottawa to update rail-safety rules by including crude oil and other flammable liquids be added to the list of substances deemed to be high-risk for transportation.

Vandal said Ottawa can’t be forced to make the changes, but he added he wants Winnipeg to join other municipalities in pressuring the federal government on the issue.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

 

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