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Vandal calls for feds to modernize rail-safety rules

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Winnipeg city council wants Ottawa to compel railroads to divulge more information about hazardous cargo.

Council approved a motion this morning that says Ottawa need to modernize rail-safety rules, following last year’s tragedy in Lac-Megantic.

The move was prompted by St. Boniface councillor Dan Vandal, who said municipalities need to the nature and volume of the dangerous materials passing through their neighbourhoods.

The motion also calls on Ottawa to include crude oil and other flammable liquids be added to a list of substances deemed to be high-risk for transportation.

The motion is symbolic, because council cannot compel the federal government or the railroads to release that information.

But Vandal said Winnipeg needs to add its voice to other municipalities also calling for the same changes.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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