Near the Top in Road Safety

first_imgNova Scotia has one of the safest driving records in the countryaccording to national traffic collision statistics. The province has the third lowest rate of injuries, and thefourth lowest rate of fatalities compared to other provincial andterritorial roads. The data is reported in the 2002 CanadianMotor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics publication. “Our road safety record is improving, but collision rates arestill too high,” said Transportation and Public Works MinisterRon Russell. “We will work to reduce these rates even more overthe coming years.” Nova Scotia is working with police, industry, and otherorganizations to reach benchmarks set by Road Safety Vision 2010,a national plan that aims to reduce the number of road userskilled and seriously injured by 2010. The province’s Road SafetyAdvisory Committee assists government in developing road safetypriorities and programs. In 2002, Nova Scotia had 912.4 injuries and 13.5 fatalities per100,000 licensed drivers. The rates in Canada are 1076.3 and 13.9respectively. The 2002 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic CollisionStatistics also show that Nova Scotia had the third lowest rateon the basis of traffic deaths per billion vehicle kilometrestravelled. Deaths and hospitalizations due to motor vehicle collisions havenoticeably declined across Canada in recent decades. For example,since 1982 the road traffic death rate has declined by almost 50per cent in Canada, and almost 60 per cent in Nova Scotia. Thisdecrease has occurred despite increasing numbers of vehicles andlicensed drivers on our roads. More information on the 2002 Canadian Motor Vehicle TrafficCollision Statistics can be found on the website atwww.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp3322/2002/menu.htm .last_img read more

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway ending longrunning dispute

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway, ending long-running dispute VANCOUVER – A long-running dispute between Vancouver and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) over an old rail corridor through the centre of the city has been settled.The city has agreed to pay $55 million for the railway route, which stretches nine kilometres and consists of almost 17 hectares of open space.Mayor Gregor Robertson said Monday the agreement means the city will be able to transform the area into a greenway that connects neighbourhoods from False Creek near downtown to Marpole on the Fraser River on the south side.Part of the corridor is also slated for use as a light-rail, rapid transit system, which Robertson said would operate alongside the public greenway that will be available for walking and cycling.Residents have been growing gardens and planting trees on the land for over a decade.Talks on the sale had broken off. Then in 2014, the city said CP planned to start clearing the Arbutus corridor for railway use again.Robertson said there was a change in heart by both parties late last fall that led to the deal.Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief operating officer, said the agreement is positive for the city and the railway.“This has been a very contentious issue for Canadian Pacific and the City of Vancouver, probably for the last decade,” Creel said. “With that said, the history of CP in Vancouver dates back to its origins, over 130 years. It’s a been a positive relationship. It’s one that we valued.”CP stopped running trains on the line about 14 years ago.Robertson compared the development to a revitalized part of New York City that has seen an old rail line turned into a park.“This is a historic agreement and a one-in-a-generation opportunity for our city,” he said. “This is really Vancouver’s chance to have a New York-style High Line, repurposing of what was freight railroad.”He said the city will establish an office to oversee the design of the greenway and it will make improvements to the railway corridor before the long-term plan is finalized.Under the agreement, CP will remove existing rails and ties within two years. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 11:41 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more