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In this issue:

  • Tuesday November 15: Metrolinx Open House Event
  • Saturday November 19: Rail Safety and Emergency Preparedness Community Workshop

We hope this email finds you well!

This is a quick update to let you know about two important rail-related events happening in the community this week. Both events are free and open to the general public; Saturday's event requires registration.

Learn more below!

With best wishes,
The Options for Davenport Team
 

Tuesday November 15: Metrolinx Open House Event

Here in Davenport, the Metrolinx issue that has most of our attention is the Davenport Diamond overpass; but we should remember that expanded service on the corridor will have big impacts for communities north and south of the overpass, too (e.g. doubling/tripling of the tracks, electrification of the corridor). 

This month, Metrolinx is hosting a series of Community Open House events across the GTHA to talk about their plans for expanding rail service. Details of the Davenport event are as follows:

When: Tuesday November 15, 6:30pm-9:00pm (Presentation starts at 7:00pm)
Where: Loretto College School, 151 Rosemount Avenue, Toronto (near Dufferin and St Clair W)
What: Review of what's happening and what to expect in the near future, including information about electrification and adding extra tracks/more train service to local rail corridors

Come out to hear their latest presentation, ask your questions about what to expect in the coming months/years, and help us press for the best solutions to outstanding community concerns.
Metrolinx's flyer advertising their latest series of community Open House events. The nearest event is at Loretto College this Tuesday evening, kicking off at 6:30pm.

To see additional Open House dates/locations, visit http://www.metrolinx.com/en/news/announcements/201610_Regional_Open_Houses.aspx 
Saturday November 19: Rail Safety and Emergency Preparedness Community Workshop

After the surprising August 21st collision of two trains carrying dangerous goods in the heart of the west end of Toronto, many residents reached out to us to ask for support in preparing for a rail accident or disaster. 

Do you know what to do in the event of a rail accident?  Where could you get up-to- the-second information?  Where could you go?  Should you leave your home?

In response to all of these questions and more, Safe Rail Communities and Christie Dupont Rail Safety Group are pleased to invite you to a Community Workshop on Rail Safety And Emergency Preparedness on Saturday November 19th from 1 pm to 5 pm. This event will be held in the auditorium of Christie Gardens at 600 Melita Crescent, Toronto, ON, and will include:

  Presentations from Toronto Fire Services, City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management, and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). 

 An update on efforts at City Hall from Sarah Doucette, Toronto City Coucillor, Ward 13

 A summary by rail policy consultant, Greg Gormick, of the recent Toronto derailment and what can be done to mitigate the risks of future derailments

 An interactive workshop in which all participants will have the opportunity to discuss and identify gaps in the emergency preparedness of their local community

 Launch of the MySafeRailApp, to be used by residents in emergency preparedness for railway emergencies (accidents or derailments).


This FREE event is open to individuals and those representing resident associations or other community groups. You may register for this workshop here.

Please also take a moment to share your thoughts on rail safety by completing our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSVZK8Y 

Light refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Helen or Patricia at infosaferail@gmail.com.

For more information, visit http://www.saferail.ca/

Options For Davenport is a grassroots organization run 100% by volunteers. Our mandate is to engage our community around proposed local developments, including the Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Rail Overpass. We welcome your thoughts and ideas- and we are always looking for volunteers to join us!
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