Articles for the Month of January 2010

Sault-Sudbury rail line closer to salvation by

By Staff
Thursday, January 28, 2010



Agreement in Principle reached regarding long-term operation of Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury rail line

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie is pleased to announce that a working committee, consisting of representatives from Essar Steel Algoma Inc., Domtar and the City of Sault Ste. Marie, have developed an Agreement in Principle with Huron Central Railway Inc. that outlines a framework for addressing the long term operation of the short line railway between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.

This line was scheduled for closure in 2009 but with the assistance of the Federal and Provincial governments, the stakeholders were able to arrive at an interim agreement to keep the line operating until August 14, 2010.

The parties believe that by working with the Federal and Provincial governments and Canadian Pacific, the owner of this line, they can reach a final agreement that will ensure the sustainability of this rail line, which is of utmost importance to Northern Ontario.

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Bob Diotte, Sault this Week Columnist

Bob Diotte

Below is a link to an article about Bob Diotte, columnist with The Sault This Week, who is currently on sick leave.

Bob has provided excellent coverage of rail issues and CAPT for many years.  He is an ardent supporter of the revitalization of the Algoma Central Railway. 

We all miss his interesting column entitled “Take Five” and we send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.

 Faces: Bob Diotte

Woman leads charge to bring back train service – The Sault Star – Ontario, CA

Below is a link to an interesting article from the Sault Star about an initiative in Timmins, Ontario, similar to CAPT's.  7,500 petition signatures have been collected by resident Debby Pell, demanding the reinstatement of the Timmins passenger rail service. The rail service was canceled in the 1980's, and many of the rail corridors have been pulled up and converted into hiking trails. Debby is  scheduled to make a presentation to the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission next month.

Click on the link below to read the article.

Woman leads charge to bring back train service - The Sault Star - Ontario, CA

Northern Growth Plan Feedback Write-In

There will be a Northern Growth Plan feedback write-in on Monday January 25th at 1:30pm in the Shingwauk Auditorium at Algoma University.

Community members representing a variety of interests and backgrounds are invited to review the Ontario Government’s Proposed Northern Growth Plan, a 25 year development plan for the north, and share their comments and concerns with others.

The meeting will be an opportunity to complete the feedback discussion guides provided by the government for individuals to send in by February 1st.

*NOTE* The write-in is not a government organized event. It is a collaboration of interested citizens of the North who want to share their concerns about the Growth Plan for others to consider while completing the government issued feedback workbooks.

CAPT Calendar Sale!!


The 2010 CAPT Calendars are now on sale for 50% off - that's $5.00 each! The calendars feature past and present stations and section houses along the ACR.

Pick one up now while quantities last!

Calendars are available at the Art Gallery of Algoma, at our Algoma University office, or through mail-order by contacting Ashleigh Sauvé at,  (705) 949-2301, ext. 4356