Surrey, B.C. M.P. Announces Railway Noise Town Hall Meeting
We were recently contacted by Jasbir Sandhu, the Member of Parliament for Surrey North, B.C., asking if we could post a notice about an upcoming opportunity for people in his community to come together for a railway noise town hall meeting. B.C.’s Lower Mainland has been one of the country’s hot spots in terms of problems with railway noise and vibration. Also in attendance will be M.P. Peter Julian, who has for years now assisted residents in his own nearby constituency of New Westminster, B.C., another flash point for a serious, longstanding problems with railway noise, vibration, diesel emissions from idling locomotives, and late-night whistling. In Julian’s community, the issue is further compounded by the presence of high-density residential development adjacent the area where four separate railways operate: CN, CP, Southern Railway, and BNSF. We’re happy to help out, and post the following notice on behalf of the Surrey M.P.’s request:
In Other News, to the Opposite Coast of Canada:
Going to the opposite coast of the country, to Atlantic Canada, the Nova Scotia residents of Dartmouth have had it with railway whistling affecting their sleep. So, on January 13, Dartmouth City Councillor Gloria McCluskey plans to ask council for a motion to support an investigation into banning late-night whistling in her city’s downtown core. We sincerely wish Councillor McCluskey every success in what we think will be a very uphill battle in helping local residents there simply get a good night’s rest.
Ignoring Railway-Related Problems Not an Option:
The problem of railway noise, vibration, and concerns about diesel emissions from locomotives is increasing becoming a mainstream public issue that is simply not going to be ignored by the railways. It’s literally Canada-wide. XXX Sources for this post include: -Notice received from the office of Jasbir Sandhu. M.P., Surrey North, B.C. -The Halifax Journal, online edition (with thanks to my favourite Cape Bretoners!)