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Policy Briefing: Transportation

Canada looks at behavioural profiling, and to international air safety models

Transport Minister John Baird says full-body scanners are just one more tool in aviation safety.
Bruce Burrows, vice-president of public and corporate affairs for the Railway Association of Canada, says development of high-speed rail can be done in stages of investment. The Obama administration recently committed $8-billion.
If we are going to remain competitive in the world, we need to focus on three main policy areas: high-speed rail, a strengthened gateway strategy, and safe and secure air travel.
As a concept, Safety Management Systems is a good idea, however, it is being used by Transport Canada to shirk its duty and ensure the Canadian aviation industry is safe.
Israeli air safety expert says Canada's decision to purchase body scanners is a 'disaster,' and a mere reactionary measure that will not increase aviation security on its own.
House Transport Committee, the government, and Parliament as a whole will have a central role in determining whether or not Canada embarks on a true high-speed rail initiative.
Looking ahead, the TSB will continue to investigate accidents, striving to find out what happened, and why. We do this, and all our work, because a safe transportation system is vital to all Canadians, whether it be on our waterways, along our pipelines a
We need a third revolution in how we build our cities and in how we travel in them. This means accelerating the conversion of cars from fossil fuels to electricity and using information technology to make road and transit systems more efficient.
The federal government's two-year 'Economic Action Plan' will dole out $17-billion, mostly for infrastructure projects, over the next year, but Canada's municipalities are concerned about what will happen after the stimulus fund ends.

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