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UPDATE: Lac-Megantic marks anniversary of deadly derailment

It was on July 6th of last year, that an unmanned train loaded with oil rolled into the centre of town, derailed and exploded.

More than 1,000 people marched in solemn silence early this morning along the edge of Lac-Megantic's railroad as they remembered last year's deadly train disaster.
    
They began the walk after observing a moment of silence at 1:15 a.m. - the exact moment on this day last year when a runaway train derailed in the centre of the Quebec town and exploded in a series of cataclysmic fireballs killing 47 people.
    
Though a year has passed, the emotional scars in the community remain as deep as the physical damage that's still so apparent on the local landscape.
    
The walk followed a midnight mass and a moving speech by Mayor Colette Roy Laroche.
    
Roy Laroche urged townsfolk to turn the page on the tragedy and look to the future - but to never forget.
    
The Lac-Megantic church will hold another Roman Catholic mass later this morning - a service expected to attract dignitaries including Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

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  1. Ron posted on 07/05/2014 10:02 AM
    The Lac-Megantic topic was discussed on Friday (July 4) evening's live drive show, in which a civil engineer (I didn't catch her name) discussed the safety aspects of the disaster and how every method of transporting petroleum has its risks. During the interview, the engineer used the term "tar sands" to which co-host Adrian Batra took great offence -- she, apparently prefers the term "oil sands" and went on stating how important this resource is to Canada's economy, etc. This comment by Ms Batra demonstrated her gross ignorance on the topic.

    For the record, the form of petroleum captured in Alberta's "sands" is "bitumen". It is defined as follows:

    bitumen (bĭty`mən) a generic term referring to flammable, brown or black mixtures of tarlike hydrocarbons, derived naturally or by distillation from petroleum. It can be in the form of a viscous oil to a brittle solid, including asphalt, tars, and natural mineral waxes. Substances containing bitumens are called bituminous, e.g., bituminous coal, tar, or pitch.
    The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia® Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

    And just because Canada's economy does (and in the future will) rely on this natural resource doesn't make it clean or good - any more than the US South's former reliance on slavery was essential to their economy made slavery "good".

    If a host on this program is to be a credit to NewsTalk1010 their opinions should be informed - otherwise they should keep their mouths shut.
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