OTTAWA Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has issued an edict to top bureaucrats to improve rail safety after a new report uncovered “significant weaknesses” in Ottawa’s oversight of the country’s railways.

According to <auditor general Michael> Ferguson, there are many areas that need improvement after his audit team cited a lack of training for inspectors, bad management of the audit process, and poor record-keeping that failed to highlight areas of greatest risk.

“The department’s level of oversight was not sufficient to obtain assurance that federal railways have implemented adequate and effective safety management systems,” he noted.

Read more: The sepc.com, November

 

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