From: FAIR (Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform) <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 5:50 PM
Subject: [FAIR Newsletter] Industry Observers Rain Criticism On Transport Canada
Industry Observers Rain Criticism On Transport Canada
The government's oversight of Canadian aviation has come under intense scrutiny this week, as the concerns of industry critics and whistleblowers were aired in the media. Two investigative reports dealt body blows to the repeated reassurances about safety that have been given by Transport Canada and by Transport Minister John Baird.
The Fifth Estate
The first blow was the Fifth Estate documentary "Riding On Risk", an investigation of several cases that exemplify the government's lax oversight of the industry. The broadcast featured air safety campaigner Kirsten Stevens and whistleblower Hugh Danford, as well as several participants in the Air Safety Roundtable: whistleblowers Ian Bron, Kevin Gauther and Kirsten Brazier; and Greg Holbrook, former National Chairman of the Canadian Federal Pilots Association.
Some memorable quotes:
Watch the full documentary on CBC's website: Riding on Risk
The second blow was a 9-page exposé in the Walrus, which lays out clearly the story of how the government, apparently in an attempt to save money and avoid liability, has progressively handed over its oversight responsibilities to industry. The author, Carol Shaben, has good reason to be interested in air safety: her father, cabinet minister Larry Shaben was one of three survivors of a 1984 plane crash that killed six people, including Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley.
Some memorable quotes:
Read the complete article: Fly At Your Own Risk
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