• Village of Telkwa

Council Declares Support for Rail Safety Week

September 20-26, 2021 marks National Rail Safety Week (RSW) across Canada. Since 2017, RSW has saved lives by educating and empowering the public to make safe decisions around trains and tracks and raising awareness of the need for rail safety education. Operation Lifesaver Canada works in partnership with the rail industry, government, police, unions and many public organizations and community groups to highlight safe practices around railway property. Although safety awareness is ongoing, this week raises that importance even further.

Every year, more than 2300 people in North America are seriously injured or killed at railway crossing and trespassing incidents. Last year, 187 incidents occurred in Canada alone, 57 of them fatal and 31 resulting in serious injuries.

At the September 7, 2021 Regular Meeting of Council, Deputy Mayor noted the great importance of rail safety for our community. The Village of Telkwa Council has made the following resolution in support of Rail Safety Week:

RM Res. 21-9-200 Councillor Meerdink/Councillor Livesey

THAT Ltr 1026 regarding a resolution in support of Rail Safety Week, be received;

AND THAT Whereas Rail Safety Week is to be held across Canada from September 20 to 26, 2021;

Whereas it is in the public's interest to raise citizens' awareness of the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at level crossings and trespassing on rail property to reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and damage caused by incidents involving trains and citizens;

Whereas "Operation Lifesaver" is a public/private partnership whose aim is to work with the public, rail industry, governments, police services, media and others to raise rail safety awareness; and

Whereas CN has requested that Council adopt this resolution in support of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness, save lives and prevent injuries in communities, including our municipality; it is hereby resolved by Council to support National Rail Safety Week to be held from September 20 to 26, 2021. CARRIED

Learn more about Rail Safety Week:

Rail Safety Week: https://www.cn.ca/en/safety/neighbours/rail-safety/

Rail Safety Tips:

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Info for Kids/CN Fortune Teller:

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