Entries Tagged as ‘CN’

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 8:32 am

CN Strike and Accident Update

With workers in some areas on strike or locked out and others reporting for work, the union side of the CN strike seems to be in chaos, and now the Canadian labour minister announced plans to legislate an end to the strike yesterday. The previous round of strikes had a major impact on Canada’s trade […]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 8:18 am

CN Workers Reject Deal, Begin Rotating Strikes

Oops. Despite their union reaching a tentative deal with CN six weeks ago, CN’s conductors and yard workers overwhelmingly rejected the deal in a ratification vote yesterday. The vote was nearly 80 per cent against. Rotating strikes are now under way, beginning in British Columbia.

Friday, March 23, 2007 at 9:28 am

CN’s St. Patrick’s Day Float

CN’s float in Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. A short while later it hit a pothole and crashed, spilling 15 cars of boric acid into Montreal’s water supply. Photo by Humanoide.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 3:10 pm

VIA Update: No Pelletier Appeal, Tracks Reopened

The government of Canada will not appeal a federal court ruling ordering it to reinstate Jean Pelletier as chairman of VIA Rail. Back in March 2004, Pelletier was fired by then-Prime Minister Paul Martin over comments he made about former VIA employee (and Olympic gold medallist) Myriam B├ędard. (I blogged about it at the time: […]

Monday, March 12, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Grain Shippers File Major Complaint Against CN

A change in the way CN allows grain shippers to book a guaranteed supply of grain hoppers has led an Alberta grain company, Great Northern Grain, to file a complaint against CN with the Canadian Transportation Agency (press release here and as a PDF). The complaint, which is backed by ten other grain companies including […]

Monday, March 12, 2007 at 9:51 am

VIA Rail Accident Roundup

VIA Rail trains in the Corridor have had a spate of bad luck in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, train no. 85 from Toronto to Sarnia clipped a car at a level crossing west of Guelph: a child in the car was killed, and two women were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries; no one on the […]

Monday, March 5, 2007 at 8:14 pm

CN Daily Accident Report

This is getting ridiculous. CN had another derailment in B.C. on Saturday — about one-third of the cars of a 90-car grain train left the tracks on the CN mainline near Blue River. Fortunately, grain is hardly a hazardous material, and it was cleaned up; there were no injuries. And, half a continent away, they […]

Friday, March 2, 2007 at 8:59 pm

CN Safety Audit Released

Remember how the W-Five report on CN’s safety record mentioned a Transport Canada audit done on CN that couldn’t be released without CN’s consent? Well, a funny thing happened: CBC News filed an access to information request, and the audit was released today. It’s available online, in two parts: part one was an inspection of […]

Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Canadian Railway News Roundup

CN’s conductors and yard workers began returning to work earlier this week; CBC News and The Globe and Mail have some of the details of the tentative agreement and some background on the intra-union tensions (the Canadian branch may switch affiliations to the Teamsters). Final vote results due March 26. Let it never be said […]

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 8:27 pm

News Roundup: CN Labour Agreement, English Train Crash, Amtrak Collisions

CN and its striking conductors and yard workers reached a tentative deal yesterday, before the federal government could legislate an end to the strike (previously). The union is urging workers to return to work while the deal’s details are disseminated and voted upon. A train accident in northern England that killed one passenger and injured […]