MEDIA ADVISORY: Have the Lessons from the Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster Been Learned?

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

 

It has been more than three years since the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster; which killed 47 people, left 27 children orphaned, spilled six million litres of crude oil and traumatized a community. Have the Lessons from the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster been learned?

The University of Ottawa invites members of the media to attend a conference exploring the impact of the disaster and the future of energy transportation in Canada on December 8, 2016.

WHAT: Have the Lessons from the Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster Been Learned? Conference exploring the impact of the disaster and the future of energy transportation in Canada.

WHEN: December 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Desmarais Building, Room 12102 (55 Laurier Avenue East  Map)

RSVP: Members of the media are asked to confirm their attendance by email to sarah.foster@uottawa.ca

The conference will bring together, for the first time in a public forum, representatives from citizens’ groups from Lac-Mégantic to engage with politicians, legal scholars, rail safety and policy experts. The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion, debate and identification of possible avenues of consensus for moving forward.

The conference will address four critical issues:

  1. The disaster’s impact on the Lac-Mégantic community
  2. The transportation regulatory system’s ability to ensure that the transportation of dangerous goods by rail can be done safely
  3. The Canadian justice system’s ability to deal with the consequences of Lac-Mégantic, other major disasters, and local authorities’ role in the Canadian constitutional context
  4. The disaster’s implications for the future development of energy transportation infrastructure and unconventional oil development.

Panelists will attempt to answer the following questions:

  • Have the fundamental causes of regulatory failure behind Lac-Mégantic been fully brought to light?
  • Has it led to the necessary improvements in the rail safety system?
  • How has the justice system dealt with the consequences of Lac-Mégantic?
  • What does it say about our oil dependence and climate commitments?

Experts available for commentary:

  • Jennifer Quaid, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
  • Lynda Collins, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

View the list of panelists and conference program

Media inquiries

Sarah Foster
Media Relations Officer
613-762-2908
sarah.foster@uOttawa.ca

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