Internal security reports unearthed
A death threat by an angry cook, shards of broken glass in the fruit salad and drunk or disorderly passengers are just a few of the notable incidents on Via Rail trains cited in this year’s internal security reports.
The reports, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, offer a glimpse of bizarre and occasionally dangerous happenings on the Crown corporation’s passenger trains.
The incidents range from humorous to tragic.
For instance, Via duty officers were notified on July 30 when a cook became aggressive after a seemingly routine request by a supervisor.
"It was reported by the service co-ordinator that when asked to make club sandwiches, the cook refused, threatened to kill the service co-ordinator and then punched the wall," says one report.
That alleged death threat followed a previous one in April, when an employee working aboard a train "was heard on a few occasions to say, ‘He would like to see someone come in the office at 895 de la Gauchetiere with a rifle and kill them all.’"