Lac-Mégantic; Rail company attempts to hide behind bankruptcy

In the latest chapter of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, I’ve lost count but it would appropriately be Chapter 11, Montreal Maine and Atlantic Ltd. (MMA) has filed for bankruptcy protection in both Canada and the United States. You may recall that on July 6 of this year a MMA train carrying fuel oil broke loose and rolledContinue reading “Lac-Mégantic; Rail company attempts to hide behind bankruptcy”

Lac-Mégantic: Is railway’s CEO for real? Passes buck to insurance company

The death toll from the recent train derailment in Lac-Mégantic stands at 47. The downtown core is still a shambles. The entire small close-knit community is in mourning. And Ed Burkhardt the Chairman of the company responsible, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, sums it up by saying in an interview with CBC’s As it Happens: I think fundamentallyContinue reading “Lac-Mégantic: Is railway’s CEO for real? Passes buck to insurance company”

Summer weekend rerun: Lac-Mégantic and Asiana Airlines: Public Relations 101

Originally posted July 11, 2013 We have recently seen two tragic transportation events unfold and two very different ways the companies in question reacted. On July 6th Asiana Airlines flight 214, while attempting to land at San Francisco International airport, clipped the ground causing the tail to become dislodged. According to witnesses the Boeing 777Continue reading “Summer weekend rerun: Lac-Mégantic and Asiana Airlines: Public Relations 101”

Lac-Mégantic and Asiana Airlines: Public Relations 101

We have recently seen two tragic transportation events unfold and two very different ways the companies in question reacted. On July 6th Asiana Airlines flight 214, while attempting to land at San Francisco International airport, clipped the ground causing the tail to become dislodged. According to witnesses the Boeing 777 cartwheeled and burst into flames.Continue reading “Lac-Mégantic and Asiana Airlines: Public Relations 101”

Chairman of railway company to visit Lac Megantic; make it short then start signing checks

Apparently no longer fearing for his life, Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway Inc. (MMA) Chairman Edward Burkhardt is on his way to Lac Megantic to see the devastation there after one of his company’s trains exploded in the downtown area. If he’s wise he’ll take a car and not one of his trains. The oil-car fueledContinue reading “Chairman of railway company to visit Lac Megantic; make it short then start signing checks”

Lac Megantic: CBCNEWS leads with Toronto rainstorm

The railroad built this city, a train almost killed it The heart-wrenching tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec has taken a backseat on CBCNEWS to Toronto’s morning commute after yesterday’s floods. God forbid the trek to work should be hampered. Never mind that dozens of people are still missing in the aftermath of the huge trainContinue reading “Lac Megantic: CBCNEWS leads with Toronto rainstorm”