Parliament of Canada e-petition ready for signatures

Parliament of Canada e-petition is now posted on the Parliament of Canada website.  We ask you to pass the link below to any people you think would like to sign it. 

Please click on the link and sign it right away.  We have 120 days to collect signatures.

Petition to the Minister of Transport on the Parliament of Canada website
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-501

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Digital Letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne

The letter is now in the form of a petition that you can fill out and send on-line by clicking on this link:

https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-kathleen-wynne-marc-garneau-carolyn-bennett-catherine-mckenna-terry-sheehan-carol-hughes-steven-del-duca-michael-gravelle-david-zimmer-glen-r-murray-northern-ontario-needs-passenger-trains-too?recruiter=438018678&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Note: This petition is available in 4 languages.
1.English
2.French
3.Anishinabemowin
4.Cree
CreeLetterNEORN Click here to get the Cree version

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1. CAPT 2017 calendars, Painted Land DVDs, CAPT t-shirts and Britta Wolfert & Jeff Hinich CDs at Station Mall Dec. 12, 13 & 14

On Dec. 12, 13 and 14 from 10 am to 4 pm CAPT volunteers will be at a table at the Station Mall to sell:

  • the CAPT 2017 Calendars,
  • Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven DVDs,
  • CAPT t-shirts
  • Britta Wolfert & Jeff Hinich CDs.

Funds from all of these items will go to CAPT’s efforts to restore passenger train service in Algoma.
Please pass the word around.  Great opportunity to buy your holiday gifts.

2. Latest media coverage:

MPs Carol Hughes and Charlie Angus have been presenting the ACR petitions in the House of Commons in Ottawa.  Here is a video clip of Charlie Angus’s comments in the House:

Charlie Angus presents petition on Algoma passenger rail service in House of Commons
https://youtu.be/S6Yd-pIQXUw

Accident on Hwy. 11 cuts off Northern Ontario
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJb9bTqQkbw
Mr. John Vanthof: I would like to take this opportunity to inform the House that there was a major accident on Highway 11 just south of Temagami this morning...

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LATEST MEDIA COVERAGE

“Network battling to restore passenger rail in northeastern Ontario” By PJ WILSON, The Nugget  November 23, 2016

http://www.nugget.ca/2016/11/23/network-battling-to-restore-passenger-rail-in-northeastern-ontario

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Local Musicians donate part of CD sales to CAPT; House of Commons Petition; Media Update

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1.     Local musicians donate part of CD sales to CAPT

Britta Wolfert and Jeff Hinich are generously contributing $5 with the sale of 2 of their CDs Magician by Jeff and Moonstone by Britta. 

  • They can be purchased on line at:http://brittawolfert.com/store
  • The price is $20 for each CD.  The prince includes the $5 donation to CAPT. 
  • Thank you, Britta and Jeff.

2.     House of Commons Petition for Algoma Passenger Train

If you have not already signed this petition, please do so. We now have 475 names and need 500 before Dec. 14 to be certified and presented in Parliament. Please share with your contacts. Thanks for your help.

Petition to Minister of Transport to put Algoma passenger train back in service
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-501

 3.     Media Update

 ·         Train people leaf through transportation document . . . - SooToday.com
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/train-people-leaf-through-transportation-document--469414

 ·         Bring back passenger rail services to Ontario’s northeast urges Vanthof    Baytoday.com  by Frank Giorno
https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/bring-back-passenger-rail-services-to-ontarios-northeast-urges-vanthof-466952

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Government continues to ignore need for rail passenger services

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Government continues to ignore need for rail passenger service. Media Release : http://neorn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016-11-18-Media-Release-NEORN.pdf

NORTHERN ONTARIO MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY COVERAGE
Turnout good at transportation open house
http://www.saultstar.com/2016/11/17/turnout-good-at-transportation-open-house

Bring Back passenger rail, province toldhttp://www.nugget.ca/2016/11/16/ministries-collecting-input-for-multimodal-transportation-strategy-for-northern-ontario

Bring back passenger rail services to Ontario's northeast urges Vanthof
https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/bring-back-passenger-rail-services-to-ontarios-northeast-urges-vanthof-466952

The wheels are in motion
http://www.nugget.ca/2016/11/10/tuesday-could-be-our-last-chance-to-speak-up-about-the-provinces-25-year-transportation-strategy-for-northern-ontario

Strength in Numbers. Bring Back Our Train!
http://saultonline.com/2016/11/strength-in-numbers-bring-back-our-train/

Mothballed 16 months ago, the passenger train gets some funding. Sort of.
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/mothballed-16-months-ago-the-passenger-train-gets-some-funding-sort-of-453353

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BAD ROADS

Would you like to have to travel on these roads to reach your camp, lodge or for a day of fishing, canoeing, or kapicture1yaking? Take time to click on "Bad Roads" here or on the menu to see a short video depicting a few of the impassable roads people are now having to use if they must get to their property.

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Report from Town Hall Meeting; Ont. government multi-modal transportation strategy public info session

Ont. government multi-modal transportation strategy public info session Nov 16

To voice your support for a restoration of passenger train service in Northern Ontario be sure to attend: the Ont. Government Northern Ontario Multi-modal Transportation Strategy Public Information Session in Sault Ste. Marie on November 16 at the Bushplane Heritage Centre 50 Pim Street  4-8 p.m. https://nomts.ca/how-can-i-get-involved/#PICs.   Join others from the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Train (CAPT) and the Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) who have been trying to have the Ontario government catch up to all other developed countries who see the urgent need for passenger rail for economic, social and environmental reasons.  Encourage your contacts to attend as well.

This is a story about the consultations that was written in The Chronicle Journal in Northwestern Ontario:  “Passenger rail key issue in transport study” by Jeff Labine  http://www.chroniclejournal.com/news/local/passenger-rail-key-issue-in-transport-study/article_ae12f7b2-a570-11e6-80d4-df85d5c35b1f.html

 

 

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Report from Town Hall Meeting; Ont. government multi-modal transportation strategy public info session

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Thank you to all of the enthusiastic passenger train supporters who attended the town hall meeting on Nov. 1.   The expanded Russ Ramsay Room was so jam-packed with people that we ran out of chairs leaving many people standing.

Thank you to the Healing Lodge Singers who inspired us with their drumming and singing, including a song about the bear spirit.  Chi miigwetch.

20161101_192225-300x169Thank you to Britta Wolfert and Jeff Hinich for rousing us with their ACR song and other rail-themed pieces.

And thank you to Dawne Cunningham for being a great MC.

 

dsc00176-300x225Chief Jason Gauthier and Al Errington provided an update on their recent meetings in Ottawa with Transport Canada and Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Development Canada (INAC). They announced that according to a media story, MP Terry Sheehan said that:“the Missinabie Cree First Nation will receive almost $200,000 in support of getting the passenger rail service back up and running….The funding is intended to go toward the creation of a business plan for the  Bear Train and to assist in ongoing negotiations with CN, which owns the line and have final say over who operates the service on it. …The funding will allow the First Nation… to position themselves for both public and private sector financing.” (Sootoday).  MP Carol Hughes, sent a statement in which she outlined the ways in which she has been put our case forward to the Federal Government.

20161101_192546-696x392Those present were encouraged to complete the complaint forms and return them to Missanabie Cree First Nation office at 559 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A3 or to the Sault Model Railroad Club at 625 Trunk Road, Sault Ste Marie, ON  P6A 3T1  which is open Thursday 1-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. or email them to linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca.

train.pngOther excellent speakers included: Carol Caputo, Michael Burtch, Dean Andersson, Len Piccolo, Neil Conway.

In addition to many residents from the remote communities along the rail corridor, there were business owners from as far away as Oba Lake and many trappers and representatives from the Ontario Fur Managers Federation.

For more information about the Town Hall Meeting, here is some media coverage:

Strength in Numbers. Bring Back Our Train! By Lynne Brown -  November 3, 2016 Saultonline.com.
http://saultonline.com/2016/11/strength-in-numbers-bring-back-our-train/

Mothballed 16 months ago, the passenger train gets some funding. Sort of.    Sootoday.com  Kenneth Armstrong  Nov 1, 2016
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/mothballed-16-months-ago-the-passenger-train-gets-some-funding-sort-of-453353

  1. Ont. government multi-modal transportation strategy public info session

To voice your support for a restoration of passenger train service in Northern Ontario be sure to attend:

Ont. Government Northern Ontario Multi-modal Transportation Strategy Public Information Session in Sault Ste. Marie on November 16at the Bushplane Heritage Centre 50 Pim Street  4-8 p.m.

https://nomts.ca/how-can-i-get-involved/#PICs   Join others from the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Train (CAPT) and the Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) who have been trying to have the Ontario government catch up to all other developed countries who see the urgent need for passenger rail for economic, social and environmental reasons.

lynne-brownAll photos were from Sault on Line

Photographer Lynne Brown

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Media Release: Town Hall Meeting Nov 1, 7:00 pm Sault City Hall

Media Release

‘Bring Back Algoma’s Passenger Train’
Town Hall Meeting
Algoma Passenger Train Working Group’s Town Hall Meeting
Tues. Nov 1,  7:00 pm  SSM City Hall (Russ Ramsay Room)

The Algoma Passenger Train Working Group, led by Chief Jason Gauthier of Missanabie Cree First Nation, is holding a Town Hall Meeting on Tues., Nov. 1 at 7:00 pm to provide an opportunity for the many people concerned about the absence of the passenger train to come together to show how urgently the train is needed. Businesses, residents, trappers and others will be describing the impact that the loss of the passenger train over the past year and a half has had on them.

Chief Jason Gauthier of Missanabie Cree First Nation, who is leading the efforts to reinstate the passenger train, will give an update about recent meetings he and Al Errington had with officials at Transport Canada and the Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.  Chief Gauthier will also discuss his letters to the Prime Minster asking for a meeting to discuss:

  • First Nations’ inability to access their traditional territories
  • residents of remote communities inability  to access their places
  • loss of $38-48 million annually to our regional economy
  • loss of 170-220 jobs in our district
  • loss of $5.1-6.4 million in tax generation

resulting from the loss of the passenger train.

Representatives from the remote communities along the line will tell us why Transport Canada is so wrong in claiming their communities do not exist.   These are well organized year-round communities which have NO safe, reliable, publicly accessible forms of land transportation other than the train.

Most importantly we look forward to discussing next steps to bring back the train.

The meeting will begin with a First Nation drumming by  Maggie Maracle and Christine Kay as well as some train tunes performed by Britta Wolfert and Jeff Hinich to boost our spirits and keep us determined to get back our train.

MPs Terry Sheehan and Carol Hughes have been invited.  We are counting on MP Sheehan to dramatically increase his efforts to convince his own Liberal Government, particularly Transport Minister Garneau, that the passenger train is essential for our local economy at this time of huge economic downturn, and to access remote communities.  We expect him to take on this struggle as he stated he would when he ran for office. In the press release that he issued a year ago on Sept. 21, 2015 he states:

“We have seen the economic impacts of the service shutdown. We have property owners that are not able to access their properties or properly winterize them. The Sault and area has suffered without this important service…

As MP, it is one’s job to lobby on behalf of the constituents that you represent….. As your MP, I can guarantee you that I will be working my hardest and doing my best to represent and fight for your interests.” (posted on Saultonline.com)

And a Q104.3 reporter quoted Mr. Sheehan speaking at a Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains Meeting in Sept. 2015:

“Sheehan mentioned his awareness of the train issue more than a year ago as Acting Mayor.  Sheehan told those in attendance at City Hall that a decision to take away the 2.2 million subsidy from the ACR passenger rail service ‘made no sense’. He suggested that the funding was taken away to balance the books while saying that there is a need to sustain and expand rail across Canada.”

Everyone is encouraged to attend this important town hall meeting.

Light refreshments will be available and Painted Land DVDs and CAPT t-shirts will be for sale.

Media contacts: 

Chief Jason Gauthier  jgauthier@missanabiecree.com ,

Al Errington al@wildernessisland.com

Linda Savory Gordon linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca  705 943 0971

November 1, 2016

Town Hall Meeting

 

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Painted Land DVDs now available; media coverage

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Painted Land : In Search of the Group of Seven DVDs now available

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful documentary film Painted Land : In Search of the Group of Seven can now be purchased as a DVD at the Art Gallery of Algoma or on line at   http://www.whitepinepictures.com/shop/painted-land-in-search-of-the-group-of-seven/?v=3e8d115eb4b3.

A copy of the film was given to Prime Minister Trudeau to impress upon him the importance that the Algoma passenger train has for tourism in our region.  The film depicts the way in which some of the most famous Canadian artists came together as a group (the Group of Seven) on the Algoma passenger train. From a boxcar and tourist cabins along the line, the painters went on day-trips along the rail corridor to paint some of their most important works. Since the research about their painting sites was done by Michael Burtch, Joanie and Gary McGuffin, and the film about that research has been viewed across Canada and parts of the US, there is a huge interest by prospective tourists to take the train to visit some of those sites.  Without the passenger train being restored our region will not benefit from those tourists.  This is just one of so many reasons that we are continuing our collective efforts to bring back the train!  Meanwhile treat yourself and/or your friends and relatives to this great opportunity to see the film by purchasing it at the Art Gallery of Algoma or on line.

  1. Media Coverage :

Support for Restoration of Algoma Passenger Train/ Bear Train Growing  -  MyAlgoma.ca October 20, 2016
http://myalgoma.ca/2016/10/20/support-for-restoration-of-algoma-passenger-train-bear-train-growing/

CTV Northern Ontario News « Missing out on the season » Jordan Allard Oct 20, 2016
http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=976881&binId=1.1142313&playlistPageNum=1

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Support for Restoration of Algoma Passenger Train/ Bear Train Growing

 

The Algoma Passenger Train Working Group is pleased to announce that support for efforts to bring back the Algoma Passenger Train, or the Bear Train, continues to grow.  The working group recently received a letter of support from the Ontario  Fur Managers Federation (OFMF) (please see below).  Many trappers whose lines are only accessible by the Algoma passenger train are very upset about their inability to manage their trapping territories.  Managing fur-bearing populations is important both for a healthy ecosystem as well as for the economic well-being of the fur managers and related businesses.

The Ontario Fur managers Federation's mission is:

  • To promote the conservation and sustainability of fur bearers and the eco-system.
  • To promote the general welfare of the trappers of Ontario.
  • To promote the humane harvest of fur bearers on a continual basis.
  • To promote and participate in the continuing education of fur harvesters.
  • To promote and participate in public education and awareness.
  • To represent the trappers of Ontario in any and all resource management issues.

Their website is: http://www.furmanagers.com/


This new letter of support is added to the list of resolutions and letters of support already sent by:  The Corporation of the Town of Hearst, The Corporation of the Municipality of Wawa, the Corporation of the Township of Dubreuilville, the Corporation of the Township of Hornpayne, the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the Corporation of the City of Timmins, by the Mask-Wa Residents Association, the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains, Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon, Mushkegwuk Council,  Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, Chiefs of Ontario, Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association, National Aboriginal Caucus of Canadian Federation of Students, Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Famous Canadian Artist Robert Bateman


Ontario Fur Managers Federation

531 Second Line E

Sault Ste Marie, ON     P6B 4K2

Phone:  (705) 254-3338

Fax: (705) 254-3297

Website:  www.furmanagers.com


October 18, 2016

Dear Sir/Madame,

The OFMF Board of Directors discussed the Resolution re: Algoma Passenger Train put forward by the Algoma Passenger Train Working Group at our Board of Directors meeting in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Board of Directors passed a motion to support this Resolution as a whole. This was unanimously passed and supported by the 16 Directors representing 6,000 members across Ontario.

The OFMF Board believes that both the Federal Minister and Provincial Minister of Transportation should work quickly to reinstate Algoma passenger train service to the trappers, stakeholders and communities affected by the cancellation of rail service. This service is vital to the survival of businesses and commercial trapping in this area.

Sincerely on behalf of the OFMF Board of Directors,

Robin Horwath

General Manager

Ontario Fur Managers Federation

About CAPT

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of individuals, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and other interests who recognize the significant economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental value of passenger rail servicing and interconnecting the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario's Algoma District to each other, Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world. To accomplish this goal, CAPT has been working with local groups to organize events in the community that utilize the railway as a means of advertising and demonstrating its usefulness in the area.

 

Media Contacts

Dr. Linda Savory Gordon

Phone: 705-949-2301, Ext. 4320

Email: linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca or info@captrains.ca 

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