CN Rail apologizes for distributing cheques with "standard legal boilerplate" to Lytton residents

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      Canada's largest railway has taken to Twitter to clear up a misconception with its charitable efforts.

      After running out of gift cards for Lytton residents—whose town was demolished by fire on June 30—CN Rail started distributing money.

      According to the Montreal-based company, the cheques mistakenly "contained standard legal boilerplate".

      "This was an honest mistake," CN Rail stated. "To confirm, none of the more than $1.5 million CN has committed so far comes with any strings or conditions. We apologize for the mistake and regret any confusion or anxiety we may have caused."

      On July 12, the RCMP issued a statement updating the investigation into the June 30 fire.

      One area of interest regarding the origin was a one-kilometre radius area near Lytton.

      "The investigation is looking at all movements and actions of any individuals, vehicle traffic and a southbound freight train that were all in the area around 4:30 p.m.," the RCMP said.

      The other area of interest was a two-kilometre radius area near Boston Bar. A train was reported to be on fire in that area not long after the fire broke out in Lytton, which is about 37 kilometres north.

      Meanwhile, the Transportation Safety Board has stated that at 16:50 p.m. on June 30, "smoke was spotted on the nearby hills around the pedestrian bridge which parallels the Canadian National (CN) bridge at Lytton, B.C."

      On July 16, Calgary-based Canadian Pacific issued a statement declaring that to the best of its knowledge, the last train that passed through Lytton on CN's Ashcroft Subdivision before the fire began was a CN train known as CN731L.

      "To clarify, while this train is CP equipment, with CP locomotives and railcars, it was transferred to the care, custody and control of CN at Kamloops in the morning of June 30, 2021, and was being operated by CN, using CP's locomotives, over CN's own tracks on the Ashcroft Subdivision," CP stated on July 16.

      It added that "railways are not a significant cause of wildfires in B.C., contrary to media and government speculation".

      "The vast majority of wildfires are caused by nature when environmental conditions are extremely hot and dry, like those recently experienced in B.C.," CP insisted.

      The Calgary-based company has offered $1 million to assist in Lytton's recovery from the wildfire.