The Canadian Transportation Agency launches a new pilot project offering mediation services

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OTTAWA - June 2, 2000 - The Canadian Transportation Agency has begun a new project to provide mediation services to parties involved in disputes on transportation matters. The Chairman of the Agency, Marian L. Robson, will officially launch the mediation project in her speech at the opening of the National Transportation Week Conference on Friday June 2, 2000, in Windsor, Ontario.

"In recent years, government tribunals that have introduced innovative mediation programs have seen a huge success rate among their clients," said Mrs. Robson. "We at the Agency are committed to expanding the services we can provide for the effective negotiation and mediation of disputes," she added.

In the initial stage, the project will focus on railway issues. The results of the pilot project will be evaluated after one year.

The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for making decisions on a wide range of matters affecting Canadian transportation. The Agency's mandate extends to issuing licences to rail and air carriers and includes a dispute resolution authority over some transportation rate and service complaints. 

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Information: John Cottreau, (819) 953-9961

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