Police raided the Canadian offices of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway on Thursday as part of their investigation into a train crash earlier this month that destroyed the center of the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killed 47 people.“We are executing a search warrant,” Sergeant Benoit Richard of the provincial police, Sûréte du Québec, told Reuters. “We are searching the offices now.”Richard said officers were combing through the railway’s office in Farnham, Quebec, about 65 kms (40 miles) east of Montreal, in search of evidence that could help with their investigation into the July 6 tragedy.Montreal Maine & Atlantic (MMA), a unit of Chicago-based Rail World Inc, operated the train that crashed into Lac-Mégantic.The train, which was hauling 72 tanker cars full of crude oil, and was operated by a single engineer, had been parked for the night on a main line uphill from the lakeside town. After the engineer left, it started rolling downhill, derailed in the center of Lac-Mégantic and exploded into a wall of fire.MMA Chairman Ed Burkhardt was not immediately available for comment on Thursday. In the days after the crash, he publicly questioned whether the engineer had set enough brakes to hold the train in place before he left for the night.Investigators are still searching the center of Lac-Mégantic for clues on the cause of crash. They have said the train’s hand brakes are one focus of their probe.© Thomson Reuters 2013
Goodman graduate Deborah Rosati (BAdmin ’84) believes in the power of entrepreneurship and founded the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurial Scholarship which provides two Brock students per year with $10,000 over the course of one semester to work on a business idea. Co-op students can use this semester towards one of their co-op work terms. Applications are currently open for this funding opportunity until Feb. 25.BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program has caught the attention of enterprising young entrepreneurs in the Niagara region who understand the importance of professional development and mentorship. In its second year, the program selects a cohort of Niagara youth and provides them with training, mentoring and access to business experts throughout the year.BBA student Johnathan Holland, a graduate of the first BioLinc Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship cohort and a two-time recipient of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurial Scholarship, recently landed a spot in The Next 36, one of Canada’s most sought-after entrepreneurship programs.In addition to these two programs, BioLinc hosts several events on campus for students, including the Blueprint competition, which is coming up next month. At this event, finalists will pitch their business ideas to judges for a chance to win up to $10,000 for their businesses. A survey by the website UniversityHub.ca has ranked Brock University in fourth place among the Top 10 Canadian universities for future entrepreneurs.In a list posted to the Huffington Post, the business incubator BioLinc — run by Brock’s Goodman School of Business — is highlighted as an inviting element of the University’s attractiveness to entrepreneurial future students.BioLinc provides students with access to resources such as collaborative space, training, mentorship and networking opportunities with programming made available through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, part of the Government of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Part of Innovate Niagara’s network, BioLinc collaborates with community partners to facilitate opportunities for students and positively impact the Niagara region.Students from various disciplines have taken advantage of BioLinc since it opened on campus three years ago. Business ideas ranging from health sciences, finance technology and mobile app development have taken root in the Niagara region thanks to the support Brock students receive.