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A key objective of the Proximity Issues initiative is to promote greater dialogue and understanding between Canadian rail sector and a variety of stakeholders aimed at fostering an environment of mutual benefit in the development and implementation of effective solutions to proximity issues.


North Central Local Government Association Conference - May 5 - Dawson Creek


Cynthia Lulham addressing the delegates at the North Central Local Government Association Conference, May 5th in Dawson Creek on the FCM- RAC Proximity Initiative.



Southern Interior Local Government Association convention - April 19-22, Kelowna, BC


Mike LoVecchio, CP with Mayor Rick Berrigan, Chase BC at the SILGA Convention in Kelowna BC


Union of British Columbia municipalities - Vancouver, September 2015


Mike LoVecchio, Director Government Affairs, CP and Councillor Rick Glumac, Port Moody at the FCM-RAC Proximity Booth.


Clark Somerville - First Vice President of the FCM Board, Local/Regional Councillor for the Town of Halton Hills and Halton Region, Ontario

Members of the FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative hosted at booth at the UBCM Annual Conference to promote and discuss the Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations with municipal delegates from British Columbia.


Metro Vancouver Regional Board, September 2015


The FCM-RAC Proximity Steering Committee has made the promotion of the guidelines in British Columbia, a priority for outreach activities in 2015/2016. Our research last year demonstrated that there is a lack of awareness of the guidelines in British Columbia. Cynthia Lulham, FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative Project Manager gave a presentation to the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors on the Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations.


July 2014 – Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) – People Matter Conference – Fredericton, NB

Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations

The horrific tragedy in Lac-Mégantic has raised the awareness of municipalities across Canada of the need to change how they develop land in proximity to rail corridors. How can we build better today to avoid proximity safety issues inherent when urban development and railways are in close proximity? The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) have created the FCM-RAC Proximity initiative to build common approaches to the prevention and resolution of issues that may arise when people live in close proximity to railway operations, including new Guidelines for Development in Proximity to Railway Operations (June 2013) to address land use issues. The session will include an overview of the following areas: set-backs, noise and vibration impact studies, sound barriers, berm and crash wall construction and the development viability assessment model.

Presenters

Raymond Beshro MICU, Urbaniste, Planification et développement communautaires, CN, Montreal, QC

Cynthia Lulham, Councillor, Project Manager, FCM/RAC Proximity Initiative, Montreal, QC

Mike Lowenger, Vice President, Railway Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON


June 2014 – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Winner of the VIA Travel Voucher!

Mike Lowenger presents Mayor Carl Zehr (Kitchener, Ontario) with the VIA Travel Voucher at the FCM Municipal Expo draw.

Members of the FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative hosted at booth at the FCM Annual Conference to promote and discuss the Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations with municipal delegates from across Canada.


May 2014 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA)

Over 250 city administrators and senior municipal staff from across the country attended the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrator’s (CAMA’s) National Conference in Niagara Falls, ON from May 26-28, 2014. Members of the FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative hosted at booth at the Conference to promote and discuss the Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operation.


May 2014 Union of Quebec Municipalities

Since its founding in 1919, the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ) has represented municipalities of every size and in every region of Quebec. The UMQ mission is to promote the fundamental role of municipalities in social and economic progress in every part of Quebec and to support its members in building dynamic, innovative and competitive communities. The FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative booth was a very successful outreach activity – delegates were very interested in the new guidelines.


2013 Canadian Institute of Planners Conference - Vancouver. B.C.


The FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative participated at the Canadian Institute of Planners Conference in Vancouver (July). Rick Poznikoff, Director, CP Community Relations, discusses the Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations with a delegate.


2013 FCM Conference - Vancouver, B.C.
The FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative hosted a booth at the FCM Conference in Vancouver where the new Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations were launched. Members of the Proximity Initiative welcomed municipal delegates from communities across the country.


Mike Lowenger – Railway Association of Canada, Vice President Operations & Regulatory Affairs & Mike Regimbal, National Director, Operations Lifesaver discuss the Proximity Initiative with a delegate.


Mike Lowenger, Mike Regimbal and Proximity Project Manger Cynthia Lulham host the FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative Booth


Daniel Rubenstein - Research Officer, FCM, Mike Lowenger, Cynthia Lulham & Mayor Doug Reycraft of Southwest Middlesex, Ontario who is the Co-Chair of the FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative.


Mayor Doug Reycraft ( FCM – RAC Proximity Co-chair), Mike Lowenger, Sean Finn, CN Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer ( FCM-RAC Proximity Initiative Co-chair) and Heath Slee, Past President of the UBCM.