railway Traffic blocked, railway builder sold, the canadian railway is to the sentence.
This week, attach your tuque with the spindle as it comes off the sheaves dry in Canada. Judge for yourself.
For fifteen days the rail traffic is blocked in several provinces of the country : dams have been erected on the rails by the indigenous peoples in solidarity with a first nation in British Columbia which opposes the construction of a gas pipeline on their ancestral territory. This type of conflict between multinational corporations determined to exploit the country's natural resources and indigenous people aggrieved in their rights is not new. But the extent of this lock-rail is a new one - the company Via Rail has had to lay-off a thousand employees. The crisis also reminds us that the famous reconciliation with the Indians, called his wishes by Justin Trudeau during his first term, is still far from being reached, while the Prime minister starts his second term. Still, he had promised to revise the Indian act in 1876.
Not only the Canadians, unaccustomed to the conflict, are worried about their trains remain stationary, but they also had to cash out this week to the announcement of the imminent disappearance of one of their flagship industrial, a specialist in the railway construction : the group Bombardier has decided to sell its branch railway to the French Alstom. Consolation, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec will become the largest shareholder of the new set. It is the end of a long history of almost a hundred years old who had seen the quebec Joseph-Armand Bombardier, inventor of the auto snow in the 1930s, laying the foundations of a specialized group in the transport, with the snowmobile and then the trains and then planes. A group that has seen its expansion through the second generation ... but as the dreams of the third - to compete with Airbus and Boeing - has led to his loss. Bombardier had to give Airbus its aircraft program with more than 100 spaces (C-Series and Alstom its trains. Holy reversal of fortune for this symbol of Quebec Inc.
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in A derailment, and it is also the starting point of tragic the astonishing story of Marie Guilbaud, the only woman driver on board the mining train which connects Schefferville to Sept-Iles on Quebec's North Shore. Mary is the character at the same time bright and brave of the novel Daughter of iron, written by Isabelle Grégoire, the correspondent of The Express in Montreal. A character inspired by a woman for real, the first to be awarded in 2011 for the diploma to lead this famous train. But a true novel that takes you right on the rails of the great north of quebec, from Sept-Iles, in the edge of the St. Lawrence, up to Schefferville, 500 km to the north : the city has witnessed an intense mining activity until 1982, and then was deserted before new mining operations, in the years 2010, bring new life to this territory occupied by two indigenous peoples, the Innu and the Naskapi. The ore train has no less than 240 cars, and a single conductor on board... It passes through stunning scenery, sometimes magical, sometimes hostile. The story of Mary is at once that of a job that has nothing to envy to The human animal, that of a woman who brave the forbidden, a territory disputed by the mining companies, aboriginal people, wild animals,... and where, finally, men are not as stowaways. A story that combines the ancestral beliefs, insanity, media, and feelings of love. A story to read, on a train leading to the great canadian north.