The sound of a train in the night... it’s a comforting sound that tells us somebody’s out there in the darkness.
But to the people of Lac-Mégantic in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the sound of a train has very different associations. It’s a reminder of that night -- July 6, 2013 just after 1 am, when a runaway train barrelled into town, killing 47 people and decimating the core of the small town of approximately 6,000 people.
Bruce Campbell has just written a book called The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster – Public Betrayal, Justice Denied, published by James Lorimer and Company. He’s the former Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and is the author of three major reports and a number of media commentaries on the Lac-Mégantic tragedy.
The book is the story of one runaway train and a small town catastrophe. It's also a larger story about how free market ideology of unfettered markets, big oil and deregulation caused the tragedy. Bruce Campbell managed to blend the two aspects of the story – the political issues and the human repercussions, painting a vivid picture of the town and its people and the long term effects of policy failures on individual lives. He speaks to rabble podcast exec producer Victoria Fenner.
Image: Wikipedia - Police Helicopter View of Lac-Mégantic
If you’re in Toronto tomorrow, November 9, 2018, join Bruce Campbell at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst for his Toronto book launch. It’s from 5-7 pm.
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