Via Rail

Lobbying Is A Profession In Need Of A Makeover

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there does seem to be a future for the industry. In fact, if we're not careful, B.C. could be overrun by lobbyists. Last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago. Whoever said the B.C. Jobs Plan wasn't working?

TSB Says Deadly Ottawa Bus Crash Caused By Speed, Distractions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada

"Given the same circumstances, this accident could have happened to just about any driver."

VIA Rail's CEO Argues Against High-Speed Rail

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s newly sworn-in government has vowed billions in infrastructure spending, but if the CEO of VIA Rail has his way, tha...

Via Terror Plotters Sentenced To Life In Prison

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were found guilty in March.

Man Convicted In Via Terror Plot Spits At Lawyers Across Courtroom

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada

"Which delusion, which schizophrenia and which mental illness?"

Judge Orders New Mental Health Assessment For Man In Via Terror Case

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada

TORONTO - A Toronto judge has ordered a second mental health assessment for a man found guilty in a plot to derail a passenger train after concluding ...

Via Rail Service To Toronto Resumes After CN Train Derailment

CP | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada

A spokesman said no injuries were reported and no dangerous goods were involved.

Via Rail Service To Toronto Suspended After CN Train Derailment

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada

A CN Railway spokesman said no injuries have been reported and no dangerous goods were involved in the derailment.

Sentencing Hearing Continues In Via Rail Terror Case In Toronto

CP | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada

Raed Jaser and his co-accused, Chiheb Esseghaier, were found guilty in March of a terror-related conspiracy to commit murder, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

'There Is A Renaissance Of A Train Culture In Canada'

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The chief executive of Via Rail says it's a good time to expand passenger rail service in Canada by building dedicated tracks and increasing...

Via Rail Plotters Sentenced Today

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada

TORONTO - Two men found guilty of eight terrorism charges after being accused of plotting to derail a train between Canada and the U.S. aren't likely ...

Via Rail Terror Suspects Wanted To Wait For 'Green Light', Trial Hears

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A rift in the relationship between two terror suspects seemed to appear as they began hammering out the finer details of their alleged plot ...

Safety Board Advises New Reviews One Year After Fatal Ottawa Crash

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - Driver distraction and speed may have been contributing factors in a deadly collision with a Via Rail train last year that killed six people ...

VIA Train Strikes, Kills Trespasser

CBC | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada

A trespasser was struck and killed by a VIA train east of Ottawa on Sunday night. The collision occurred on a stretch of tracks in the Carlsbad Spri...

Via Rail Train Hits Derailed Train In Ontario

CBC | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada

A Via Rail train that left Ottawa Friday afternoon crashed into a derailed CN train near Gananoque, Ont., stopping train service between Toronto and M...

Passengers Brace For More Disruptions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Business

BROCKVILLE, Ont. - Via Rail says service is resuming between Toronto and Montreal, but trains won't be running on the Toronto-Ottawa route until Satur...

Thousands Of Passengers Delayed

CP | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada

BROCKVILLE, Ont. -- Thousands of Via Rail passengers faced hours of delays and bus detours Thursday after the derailment of a CN freight train near Br...

Via Rail Service Blocked By Derailment

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada

BROCKVILLE, Ont. - Via Rail says it expects disruptions on the Toronto-to-Montreal and Toronto-to-Ottawa routes to continue well into Friday morning a...

Get High-Speed Rail Policy On Tracks

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

Clearly the Government of Canada doesn't have an HSR policy, but surely it's time it did the minimum? A basic and badly-needed step would be to lay the policy and political tracks for a future ''blue sky'' proposal regarding high-speed rail.

China Is On Speed. What's Canada On?

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada
Joseph Soares

China has pursued this technology leadership goal for 20 years. Back in the 1990s, it began importing technology from Germany, the Siemens Velaro model; from France, the Alstom New Pendolinos. And, guess what? The Zefiro 250 type, made right here in Canada by Bombardier. In 2008, investment in high-speed rail projects shot up to $88 billion with plans to open 42 new lines.

It's Time Canada Gets a High-Speed Rail

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

When was the last time you heard Canada's Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt mention the words "high-speed rail" or its commonly used acronym "HSR," in any public speech or announcement? Think hard, and keep thinking, but don't hold your breath while you think.

Via Rail Train Hits, Kills Pedestrian

CBC | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada

An Ottawa-bound train hit and killed a pedestrian around 12 p.m., about 20 minutes after leaving the Kingston station, Via Rail confirmed. Trains ar...

2 Dead After Via Rail Train And Car Collide

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada

ST-LIBOIRE, Que. - Quebec police are not excluding the possibility that the driver of a vehicle who died when a Via Rail train rammed into his car at ...

The Reason Canada's Federal Debt Reached $671 Billion

Mark Milke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Ever wonder how Canada's net federal debt reached $671 billion by 2013? Or how net provincial debt among the provinces ended up at $509 billion that same year? Wonder no more.

Baird Gets His Way As New CEO Lands At Via Rail

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Via Rail has named a new chief executive officer a little more than a week after a senior federal cabinet minister called for new leadershi...