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Schedule, 2018

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NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 24, Sunday November 25, Monday, November 26, Tuesday, November 27, Wednesday, November 28, Thursday, November 29

DECEMBER

Saturday December 1, Sunday, December 2, Thursday, December 6, Friday, December 7, Saturday, December 8, Sunday, December 9, Monday, December 10.

Need; 2 people to do 2 1/2-hour shifts

Times for each day include:

11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

MEDIA UPDATES

PROMISING MEDIA COVERAGE

Promising news about the train now in the Sudbury Star. Premier pressed on Northern Rail promise.
https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/premier-pressed-on-northern-rail-promise
This news was on the first page of the Sault Star. Rail Advocates call on Ford to keep election promises.
https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-news/rail-advocates-call-on-ford-to-keep-election-promises
A rail lobby group says it’s time for Ontario’s new Premier to deliver the goods on passenger service.
Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) says during the election campaign Doug Ford promised to restore passenger service if he became Premier.

CAPT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

CAPT Annual General Meeting October 16, 2018

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Attentive people at CAPT meeting at City Hall 2017

you are all invited to the CAPT Annual General Meeting:

-   When:   Tues, Oct 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm
-   Where:   Sault Ste. Marie Civic Centre, Plummer Room
-   What:  the meeting will include the following: a report about what CAPT

has done over the past year, election of new Board members, financial statement

Latest Media Coverage

CBC Radio: Transportation in the future in Northern Ontario:  Erik White Sept 17, 2018
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/next-40-future-transportation-northern-ontario-1.4823457


 

MCFN receives Rail Operating Certificate and Media update

1.     CAPT sends its congratulations to Chief Jason Gauthier and Missanabie Cree First Nation for approval for ROC

CAPT sends a huge congratulations to Chief Jason Gauthier and Missanabie Cree First Nation (MCFN) for successfully being approved for their Rail Operating Certificate (ROC).  They are the very first First Nation in Ontario to receive a Rail Operating Certificate. Thank you, Chief Gauthier, for all of the hard work that you did to make this happen.  This is an important step that was required for MCFN to be able to run the Bear Train between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.  Now that MCFN has provided Transport Canada with a fully completed business plan and their ROC application has been approved, we urge Transport Canada to provide the required operating funding. Considering that the annual $2 million funding would result in over $48 million in regional economic benefits and $6 million in tax revenue, TC will surely see that this passenger train service has to be funded.

 

For more information please listen to this interview:

Interview with Chief Jason Gauthier Regarding MCFN Train Initiative SaultOnline ONNtv   23 Jul 2018

Chief Jason Gauthier of the Missanabie Cree First Nation speaks with Riley Smith about the rail operating certificate and the progress made on the initiative to get the Algoma Passenger Train up and running again.
https://saultonline.com/2018/07/chief-jason-gauthier-shares-update-on-rail-initiative/


2.     Media Update:

CAPT to leverage Greyhound loss By SARA McCLEARY  Monday, July 16, 2018
http://www.saultthisweek.com/2018/07/16/capt-to-leverage-greyhound-loss

Wawa-news.com  Letter – VIA Rail Bosses Not Up to the Job
https://wawa-news.com/index.php/2018/07/24/letter-via-rail-bosses-not-up-to-the-job/

NEORN Media Release and Latest Media Coverage

1.NEORN Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE JUNE 11, 2018
PASSENGER RAIL SUMMIT VIDEOS AVAILABLE ONLINE –
SOON PASSENGER TRAINS ON TRACK?

More than 120 individuals from all walks of life attended the recent Northeastern Ontario Passenger Rail Summit in Sault Ste. Marie sponsored by NEORN (Northeastern Ontario Rail Network), CAPT (Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains) and CPMRT (Committee Promoting Muskoka Rail Travel). The Summit was, from all media indications, declared a huge success. The Summit was held to inform the public of the importance of rail passenger services and introduce the ‘Loop’ concept, that being all the short line railways in the northeast, ONR (Ontario Northland Railway), ACR (Algoma Central Railway div. Canadian National), OVR (Ottawa Valley Railway), HCR (Huron Central Railway) and CNR (Canadian National Railway from North Bay to Toronto) which today form a continuous rail network moving freight. This same rail infrastructure could be utilized to enhance tourism and provide needed passenger services for all communities and First Nations along these lines.

Noted speakers from the rail industry, First Nations, Senior and Disability groups, Politicians, Student, Teacher and Environment Associations and various transportation specialists extolled the virtues of rail passenger services. The videotapes of these presentations can now be viewed at www.neorn.ca. Something as important as the social and economic reasons why the return of passenger rail in northeastern Ontario is needed can now be viewed by everyone - including those who could not attend the Sault Ste. Marie Summit due to the distanced to travel.

As a follow-up to the Sault Ste. Marie gathering for those who couldn’t attend, CAPT, NEORN and CPMRT have conducted RALLY FOR RAIL Town Hall meetings throughout the northeast in communities along the highway 11 corridor from the Muskoka region to Cochrane, along Highway 17E including Blind River and Sudbury and north of Sault Ste. Marie including Wawa, Dubreuilville, Hearst and Searchmont. At one small community there were 114 people present - underscoring the desire to hear about the possibility of passenger trains returning to the north. These pre-election public meetings were to help participants make informed decisions in the provincial election.
Our new government made promises during the campaign to restore passenger train service in northeastern Ontario. NEORN and its sister committees intend to make sure they come good on these promises with constant reminders, meetings and town hall gatherings. Passenger trains are efficient, effective, accessible, affordable, safe, reliable and environmentally responsible transportation all year round. The provincial government must act promptly now to address these needs of the northeast, NOW, FOR THE PEOPLE

For Information and to view videos of the rail summit, visit NEORN at: www.neorn.ca.

‘MOVE PEOPLE, NOT JUST FREIGHT ON EXISTING TRACKS’

2.Latest Media Coverage

Tight race will have Romano working hard By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star

Friday, June 8, 2018

http://www.saultstar.com/2018/06/08/tight-race-will-have-romano-working-hard

VIA Rail tour starts (or ends) in White River By Richard Plaunt, Sault This Week

Monday, June 4, 2018

http://www.saultthisweek.com/2018/06/04/via-rail-tour-starts-or-ends-in-white-river

Candidates take final stab at wooing voters By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star  Wed, June 6, 2018

http://www.saultstar.com/2018/06/05/candidate-talk-final-stab-at-wooing-voters


Latest Media Coverage

Latest Media Coverage:

 

Should Ontario Northland take over Huron Central Railway?

A rail lobby group seems to think so. Here's why by James Hopkin  Sootoday.com

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/should-ontario-northland-take-over-huron-central-railway-942170

 

Let's rally for rail ... again   by Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star June 5, 2018

http://www.saultstar.com/2018/06/05/lets-rally-for-rail--again

 

Northern rail is too important to risk Doug Ford: McCleave-Kennedy

The Sault deserves 'a plan for Huron Central Rail, not more Doug Ford bumper sticker slogans,' the NPD candidate says

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/northern-rail-is-too-important-to-risk-doug-ford-mccleave-kennedy-943756

 

Closure of short-line railway would be “dramatic” for northeastern Ontario sawmill - Northern Ontario Business
https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/transportation/closure-of-short-line-railway-would-be-traumatic-for-northeastern-ontario-sawmill-936641?utm_source=sootoday.com&utm_campaign=sootoday.com&utm_medium=referral

 

Shoemaker: Steel mill needs Huron Central - SooToday.com

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/shoemaker-steel-mill-needs-huron-central-937436

Rally for Rail Testimonial

CBC Radio's Morning North program, hosted by Markus Schwabe, took time to speak to Lucille Frith, spokesperson for the North Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) about the upcoming Rally for Rail town hall meetings in the region.  The Rally for Rail town halls are advocating for the return of passenger rail service in Northeastern Ontario, leading up to the upcoming June election.

You can listen to the interview here:  http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/morning-north/segment/15546115

Upon hearing the Morning North program Wednesday morning one listener, Marianne, emailed Lucille with her own testimonial for the return of passenger rail.  Here's what Marianne had to say:

Hi
 
I caught your interview this morning on CBC with Markus and I think it was ironic that I heard it during my commute from Sudbury to North Bay, a drive I’ve been doing for 6 years!  I’ve often fantasized about how wonderful it would be to merely drive to a station within my area, hop on a bud car, and be deposited in downtown North Bay so I could walk to work, then do it all in reverse at the end of the day.  Sure beats driving all the time, in good weather and bad.
 
I like the way your group is advocating for an increase in service.  It would serve more people than I think many realize.  It may be a case of “if you build it, they will come” but I’m sure they would come.  There are students who travel to universities and colleges in Sudbury and North Bay along this corridor; there are people making the trip by car for specialized doctor appointments, and there would be many more who do it to shop, enjoy the tourism offered by each area… the list goes on and on.  Also consider how we know from the last census that the north has a growing population of elderly who are becoming increasingly less comfortable with any highway drive.
 
Just last week, I was stopped on the highway around Warren for 50 minutes because of an accident.   And any Northerner knows the perils of winter driving.  I would gladly take a train just to avoid delays due to accidents and bad road conditions.  It would have to be affordable, though.  Based on my gas consumption, I would pay $100 a work week ($20 a day) for a roundtrip into North Bay in the morning (arriving before 9:00) and into Sudbury in the evening (leaving NB just after 5:00).  I think this would be welcomed by others, since I certainly recognize some of the same vehicles in my daily trip.  A few strategic stops along the way would certainly benefit others who commute along this corridor, for shorter distances.
 
Another thing I have noticed as well since working in North Bay is that there is really no better option than driving if you’re trying to get to Sault Ste Marie from North Bay.  That’s a 5 hour trip that I’m sure would be more pleasant on the train. 
 
And let’s not forget about the environment!

 

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