Show support by attending Sault City Council Meeting Mon. Jan 22

Show support by attending Sault City Council Meeting Mon. Jan 22:  4:30 pm

 

CAPT will be making a presentation to Sault Ste. Marie Mayor and City Council at 4:30 pm about the urgency of restoring passenger train service to Sault Ste. Marie.

Please pass the word and encourage your contacts to be in the Council Chambers at 4:30 pm.

Latest media coverage:

Ontario Northland rolls into the Sault | Sault Star by Elaine Della Mattia – Jan 16, 2018
http://www.saultstar.com/2018/01/16/ontario-northland-rolls-into-the-sault

ONR ‘poised’ to restart train | North Bay Nugget – Jan. 13, 2018
http://www.nugget.ca/2018/01/13/but-northlanders-return-would-require-rebuilding-from-the-ground-up

Presentation to SSM City Council: Mon. Jan. 22; Calendars & Petition at Station Mall—Tues Jan 16 &19 and Latest Media Coverage

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Presentation to SSM City Council–Monday January 22 at 4:30 pm

 

Please plan to attend the SSM city council meeting on Monday, January 22 at 4:30 pm when CAPT will be making a presentation to City Council about the need for their ongoing support to have Transport Canada fund the Bear Train between the Sault and Hearst.

Note:The presentation will also include efforts to have passenger rail service reinstated on the existing rail beds from the Sault to North Bay and from Toronto to North Bay, Cochrane and Hearst to connect with the Bear Train from Hearst to the Sault.

NOTE: 2018 CAPT Calendars for sale and new petition at Station Mall Tues Jan 16 and Fri Jan 19

If you wish to purchase a CAPT calendar and sign the new Bear Train petition CAPT will have a table at the Station Mall on Tues. Jan 16 and Fri Jan 19 from 10am to 3pm.

Latest Media Coverage

200 new hires and counting | North Bay Nugget
http://www.nugget.ca/2018/01/12/future-looks-bright-for-ontario-northland-official-says

Northern Ontario highways pose distinct safety concerns traffic expert says–4 fatalities from 3 crashes on provincial highways in northeast during first week of new year  By Robin De Angelis, CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2018  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/northern-ontario-highways-pose-distinct-safety-concerns-traffic-expert-says-1.4475716

Queen takes the train for Christmas www.msn.com
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Norfolk by train for their Christmas break.
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/video/news/queen-takes-the-train-for-christmas/vi-BBHjNqt

CP Holiday Train brings joy – by Nadine Robinson
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
http://www.saultstar.com/2017/12/12/cp-holiday-train-brings-joy—robinson

New Location added to buy CAPT’S Calendars and Recent Media

Note: The two New Locations.

 

The 2018 CAPT calendars with the theme of “Children and the Train…for generations to come” can be purchased for $13 each.

 

Our CAPT calendars are now available at:

 

Heyden Fuels and The Twisted Sister Restaurant located at the corner of Hwy. 556 (to Searchmont) and Hwy. 17 north.

 

They Continue to be sold at the following Locations:

 

  • Shabby Motley (356 Queen)

  • Algoma University Bookstore

  • Model Railroad store front in Wellington Square Mall

  • If you are out of the Sault area, you can order them from us by email, send a cheque and we will mail them to you.

  • e-mail: Linda.Savory- Gordon @algomau.ca

Visit CAPT’S  “MERCHANDISE” page to see other items for sale.
Click on  captrains.ca which will take you right to the merchandise page.

 

All proceeds go to support the work of CAPT.

Recent Media

 

BayToday.ca    Dec. 30, 2017  “Groups keeping pressure on government for rail service: Now four advocacy groups working on returning passenger rail service to northeastern Ontario “
https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/groups-keeping-pressure-on-government-for-rail-service-800874

NEORN Media Release and Latest Media Coverage

1 NEORN Media Release

NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO RAIL NETWORK

 

 

 

December 19, 2017
Contacts: Lucille Frith – lakeofbays.lucille@gmail.com
Howie Wilcox – wwilcox@shaw.ca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Now 4 advocacy groups working on returning passenger rail service to Northeastern Ontario – a louder voice!!!

The Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) is delighted that the government has announced that bus service will be improved in Northern Ontario. However, reinstatement of passenger rail should also be a priority. An integrated transportation system means a truly multimodal strategy, where travel by road, rail, and air all have their role. What we have in the north is almost entirely dependent on road travel, specifically through car ownership.

The voice for rail renewal in northern Ontario has become much louder, as there are now four groups advocating for reinstatement of passenger rail transportation in the region. These groups are the Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN), the Committee Promoting Muskoka Rail Travel (CPMRT), the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT), and All Aboard Northern Ontario.

All these advocacy groups are working towards the same goal: the establishment of a modern rail transportation system that is a truly innovative Northeastern Ontario initiative, that utilizes existing rail infrastructure to move people. In order to encourage professionals, students, and tourists to come and stay in our Northern Ontario communities, we have to upscale our transportation. Our reliance solely on road travel, when all other jurisdictions are moving toward fast passenger train service, is seriously impeding our economic development and prosperity, to the point that our towns and cities are at risk of dramatic population decline and becoming ghost towns. The municipalities, businesses, students, and so many others that we have talked with want an integrated and accessible passenger rail service that provides transportation in addition to the retention and expansion of business opportunities in Northeastern Ontario that promote sustainability in the long-term.

Three political parties, the New Democratic Party (NDP), the Progressive Conservatives (PC), and the Northern Ontario Party (NOP) have endorsed the need for passenger rail service in their policy statements going forward into the next election. The municipalities along the Toronto – Cochrane – Hearst rail line as well as the municipalities along the Sault Ste Marie – Hearst rail line have signed resolutions endorsing the return of passenger rail for the benefit of their communities. There is an election in the spring – get on board. Support the return of passenger rail service in Northeastern Ontario.

For further information on this initiative, please contact NEORN Spokespeople:

Lucille Frith at lakeofbays.lucille@gmail.com or Howie Wilcox wwilcox@shaw.ca

Here are the weblinks for each of the advocacy groups:

Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)                      www.captrains.ca

Committee Promoting Muskoka Rail Travel (CPMRT            www.gorailnorth.ca

North-Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN                       www.neorn.ca

All Aboard Northern Ontario                                               www.allaboardnorthernontario.com

2.Latest Media Coverage:

Sault Star “CP Holiday Train brings joy” – by  Nadine Robinson, December 12, 2017
http://www.saultstar.com/2017/12/12/cp-holiday-train-brings-joy—robinson

PC platform includes promises for the North

 

Image of Vic Fideli

Promises things for the North

North Bay Nugget,

By Gord Young

Sunday November 26, 2017

http://www.nugget.ca/2017/11/26/pc-platform-includes-promises-for-the-north


Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives would bring back passenger rail service to Northern Ontario, establish resource revenue-sharing agreements with local communities and ensure that the North is considered in every decision made at Queen’s Park.

The pledges are among the many that are included in the party’s 80-page campaign platform – the People’s Guarantee – unveiled Saturday at a policy convention in Toronto.

The plan focuses on five key promises, including tax cuts for the middle class, a refund for childcare expenses, a further 12 per cent cut to hydro bills, new funding for mental health and legislation to address integrity and accountability at Queen’s Park.

But it also includes dozens of other promised measures, some specifically tailored for the North.

That includes requiring every cabinet submission to be subject to a Northern Ontario assessment, as well as the return of passenger rail service by the end of the party’s mandate.

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, who called the Tory plan a “tremendous platform” says a Northern Ontario light would be shone on every government decision if the PCs are elected next year.

“There could be two versions of every bill,” he said, noting the impact on the North would be assessed with each decision and changes made accordingly.

He said the return of the Northlander passenger train wouldn’t happen overnight, although the Tories would get started on the process.

“There’s a lot of work that has to get done,” said Fedeli, noting the process would require rebuilding from the ground up now that passenger rail service has been gone for a number of years.

He said environmental assessment work would be required, along with the purchase and upgrading of cars and equipment.

The Tory plan also calls for a portion of the provincial revenues collected from aggregate licenses, stumpage fees and the mining profits tax to be redistributed to local host municipalities or indigenous communities to help fund specific community projects and improvements.

In addition, the PCs would invest in a mobile PET scanner for Northern Ontario and ensure that the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is not only fully allocated or rolled over to the next year, but increased annually according to inflation.

The Tories have also promised to reverse a 148 per cent increase to the aviation fuel tax for all Northern airports and ensure all hunting and fishing license fees are spent on wildlife conservation.

“Patrick Brown knocked it out of the park with his speech,” said Fedeli, of the party leader’s address to 1,500 PC delegates during Saturday’s convention.

Although some pledges focus entirely on the North, he said the key pillars of the party platform are universal for all of Ontario.

The plan to spend $1.9 billion over the next decade to address mental health-care, for instance, will be “hugely important” to the Nipissing riding, said Fedeli, noting often he sees through his office the gaps in treatment and people slipping though the cracks.

He said dental care for low income seniors in another plank in the platform that will make a big difference in people’s lives.

The platform includes more nearly 150 promises covering a wide range of issues from transit to health care. The plan will also keep many of the Liberal’s biggest spending plans including free pharma care for anyone under the age of 24 years olds, all-day kindergarten and the free tuition plan for post-secondary students.

The platform projects that a PC government would fall into deficit of $2.8 billion in its first year, while posting progressive surpluses that range from $8 million in 2019-2020 to $767 million in 2021-2022.

With file from the Canadian Press.