L’Isle-Verte: Another Quebec Town Seeks Answers

Once again a small Quebec town is in international headlines for a very sad reason. First the tragic train wreck in Lac Mègantic and now the horrific fire at a seniors’ residence in L’Isle-Verte. Ironically, in response to the Lac Mègantic oil explosion,  the Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations for future fuel transportation on theContinue reading “L’Isle-Verte: Another Quebec Town Seeks Answers”

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”

Santiago de Compostela and Lac-Mégantic: Train crash tragedies – human error vs stupidity

In the last few months we have seen two airplane incidents that have taken, thankfully yet sadly, only two lives. Both the Asiana crash in San Francisco and the recent nose cone mishap in New York could have been much worse. Air travel is still a safe bet, even if it isn’t everyone’s preference. WhichContinue reading “Santiago de Compostela and Lac-Mégantic: Train crash tragedies – human error vs stupidity”

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”