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Thursday, May 15, 2003

Press Release

Pierre Berton Inducted into Canadian Railway Hall of Fame  

Canadian author Pierre Berton was inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame for popularizing the construction and history of Canada’s first transcontinental railway today during ceremonies at the Toronto Railway Club.

Mr. Berton works in all branches of communication, but his books on building the Canadian Pacific — The National Dream (1970) and The Last Spike (1972) — were later adapted as a television series. The Last Spike earned him a third Governor-General’s Award in 1972. Mr. Berton is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Canadian News Hall of Fame, and has written 48 books.

Bill Rowat, President and Chief Executive Officer of the 60-member Railway Association of Canada, presented the special plaque to Mr. Berton on behalf of the Railway Hall of Fame.

He described the awards as an excellent opportunity to inform Canadians, particularly young Canadians, what the freight and passenger railways have done, and are capable of doing to reduce congestion and pollution.

“The railways move six million carloads and containers of freight, and 60 million people, every year in Canada. That will grow because society wants and needs sustainable transportation,” said Mr. Rowat.

Deadline for this year’s entries to the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is June 1. Nominations can be made for Leaders, Heroes, Communities and Technologies. Further details are available on the RAC’s Web site.

Contact Information:

Roger Cameron
Telephone: +1 613 564 8097


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