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May 11, 2005 11:26 ET

CN announces Safe Community Fund winners


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AND SAFE COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION

MAY 11, 2005 - 11:26 ET

CN announces Safe Community Fund winners

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 11, 2005) - The CN Safe Community
Fund has awarded grants totalling $25,000 to ten safe communities across
Canada to implement rail safety initiatives. The Fund is administered by
the Safe Communities Foundation on behalf of CN.

The initiatives range from staging mock train-vehicle collisions at
local high schools and conducting safety blitzes at highway/railway
crossings to safety presentations by CN Police to students at all levels
and media messaging through public service announcements, newspaper ads,
billboards and web sites.

First-time winners receive $3,400 and include the Annapolis Valley Safe
Communities Coalition in Nova Scotia, St. Thomas-Elgin Safe Community
Committee in Ontario, the Strathcona County Safe Communities Coalition
in Alberta, and the Kamloops Injury Prevention Network in British
Columbia.

Previous winners receive $1,900 and include Safe Communities of the Hill
Country (Dufferin County), Greater Belleville Safe Community Committee,
Chatham-Kent Safe Communities Coalition, Kingston Partners for a Safe
Community, Hamilton Safe Communities Council, and the Rainy River Safety
Coalition; all located in Ontario.

John Dalzell, CN's vice-president of risk management, said: "CN applauds
the recipients for the positive safety messages their initiatives will
deliver in their communities.

"Thanks to the work of communities like these and CN's constant focus on
safety, injuries and fatalities at highway/railway crossings have
dropped to their lowest level in a decade - by 22 per cent and 54 per
cent, respectively."

Paul Kells, founder of the Safe Communities Foundation, adds: "Rail
injuries are preventable. Through the CN Safe Community Fund,
communities have implemented more than 100 rail safety initiatives.
Congratulations to all of this year's winners and to CN for implementing
programs that reduce the toll of injuries in our communities."

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of
Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and
Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit,
Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points
in North America.

The Safe Communities Foundation is dedicated to making Canada the safest
country in the world, and CN has been a major supporter of it since
2000. The CN Safe Community Fund accounts for $25,000 of the $100,000
the company contributes annually to the Foundation, and was established
to encourage communities across Canada to incorporate rail safety
initiatives in the business plans they submit to the Foundation.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    CN
    Ian Thomson
    (905) 669-3128
    or
    Safe Communities Foundation
    Pat Coursey
    (416) 964-2529
    www.cn.ca