Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Canadian Government Give $110MM to Metro Transit to Beef Up Security

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Canada's government will give the country's six largest cities C$110 million ($94 million) to improve their transit systems' security to prevent terrorist attacks like those in London and Madrid.
The funding will help Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton upgrade their video-surveillance systems and pay for emergency-preparedness exercises over three years, Transport Minister Jean Lapierre told reporters in Ottawa today.
Fear of an attack on Canada's transit system has risen since the bombings of London subways in July and commuter trains in Madrid in 2004, Lapierre said. Together those attacks killed about 240 people. News reports that a suspect in the Madrid bombings had a file on Montreal's subway system underscore the need to upgrade security quickly, he said. (more)