Bending the Rails

Bending the Rails

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Bending the Rails examines a controversial rail expansion currently underway in west Toronto. On opposing sides of the issue are the Ontario government, seeking to expand the public transit network, and the local communities, who want to protect their health. Events of the film take place in the Junction Triangle, once a notoriously toxic industrial neighbourhood that will now be re-polluted by the province’s eight-fold increase in diesel train traffic. Citizens have mobilized against a plan they don’t want, and against the politicians they elected to represent them. The government is pushing forward with diesel trains for the expansion, citing financial constraints as the main reason. Local residents want clean electric trains used on the line, arguing that the long-term damage to health negates the short-term savings of going diesel. The community keeps on fighting, but time is running out.

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