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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Friend of CAPT; CAPT calendars & Painted Land DVDs; Happy Holidays

  1. Friend of CAPT--  Bob Diotte-- passes

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Diotte, a wonderful journalist who was very supportive of our efforts to save the Algoma passenger train and the Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event.  He often wrote about CAPT in his column “Take Seven” in the Sault This Week.  For more information about this wonderful person, read the article by David Helwig in The Sootoday:

Bob Diotte: Last ambassador of charm - SooToday.com https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/bob-diotte-last-ambassador-of-charm-492934

  1. CAPT Calendars and Painted Land DVDs

Looking for a last minute holiday gift? CAPT 2017 calendars and Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven DVDs are available at:

  • Shabby Motley  356 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie (705 575-9276)
  • Algoma University Bookstore
  • Sault Model Railroad Club  625 Trunk Road Sault Sainte Marie open to the public every Wednesday 1-4pm and on Saturday 11am-4pm.
  • If you are out of town, email Linda at linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca to arrange for them to be mailed to you.

Calendars are $12 and DVDs are $20.

  1. Happy Holidays everyone.  In 2017 we look forward to continuing to ensure that our passenger train is brought back.  It is essential to our regional economy as well as to all the remote communities that rely on it as their only transportation.  The return of the train from the Sault to Hearst under the leadership of Missanabie Cree First Nation will be an excellent way to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary and the federal government’s commitment to Reconciliation, reducing climate change and supporting economic development and job creation.
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Painted Land DVD pre-orders

Since the Painted Land DVDs have finally arrived, would those of you who left your name at the Town Hall Meeting on Nov 1 for pre-orders please contact us so we can arrange to get them to you.

Just email or call Linda Savory Gordon at linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca  or 705 949 2301 ext 4320.

Those who did not pre-order the DVDs may purchase the remaining ones (limited number) ($20 each) at the Station Mall on Dec. 12, 13 or 14 from 10 am to 4 pm

We will also be selling:

  • CAPT 2017 calendars ($12 each),
  • CAPT t-shirts ($15 for all youth and adult sizes except XL and XXL which are $20) and
  • CDs by Britta Wolfert and Jeff Hinich ($20 each).

Money from all of these purchases will go to our efforts to restore passenger service.

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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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