Thank you, Sault Ste. Marie City Council


CAPT extends our heart-felt thanks to Mayor Christian Provenzano and the Sault City Councillors for their Monday evening approval in principle of a plan that will allow federal funding for the ACR passenger train to flow through the City of Sault Ste. Marie.  As a result of this approval, legal documents between the City and Transport Canada and another agreement between the City and the third-party operator—Railmark Canada—will now be written up and a final city by-law about this will be considered hopefully at the April 27th meeting.   Sault Ste Marie Council and staff have been immensely supportive and hard-working on this issue.  Under the leadership of Joe Fratesi (CAO, City of Sault Ste Marie) and Tom Dodds (CEO, Sault Ste Marie Economic Development Corporation), the City of Sault Ste Marie has been working non-stop over the past 16 months to ensure the continuation of the ACR passenger train and the huge economic benefit that it brings to the Algoma region.

Recent media coverage:

City agrees in principle to funding agreement | Sault Star

 Sault Agrees to Terms of Sault to Hearst Rail Deal

On Your Railmark, Get Set, Go! City of SSM Gets to the Business of Passenger Train Service - Northern Hoot

ONTC now in the hands of northern Ontarians

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IMPORTANT: attend Sault City Council Meeting at 4:30 pm on Monday


SaultCivicCentreImportant Reminder:  Please tell as many of your contacts and family members that it is very important to attend Sault City Council Meeting at 4:30 pm on Monday.  The Council will be deciding whether the funding from Transport Canada for the ACR will be administered by the City. This decision is crucial for the funding to flow. We want to show Transport Canada how important this is to all who have been working so hard to keep the passenger train between the Sault and Hearst.  Hope to see lots of you there!!!!

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Show up in large numbers at Sault City Council Meeting Monday
Apr 13 at 4:30 pm


Council will be asked to approve the principles for the legal agreements needed to ensure the transfer of the funding for approved ACR  costs between the government and the city. An agreement will then be made between the city and Railmark Canada.

For more information click on this link to a Sault Star article.

City awaits legal agreement for ACR train transfer | Sault Star

Author speaking this evening (April 8 ) at Sault College about Climate Change

If you support rail you are no doubt aware that  increasing transportation by train is one of the quickest ways that we can reduce carbon emissions and climate change.

Clean North is sponsoring a speaker about whom you can find more information at this link:

News about rail supporters in Southern Ontario:

Back to the future | The London Free Press

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Latest Media Coverage

Why the wait for rail cash?: MILLS | Sault Star

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latest news coverage: uninterrupted service and Railmark certification


Train service will continue uninterrupted

(interview in French with Sylvie Fontaine, CAPT Board Member) :  Algoma Central Railway : une subvention d'Ottawa suffisante, selon l'exploitant

Funds come through for passenger rail | Sault Star

Railmark gets certified, will restore Snow Train

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ACR passenger train will be funded


CAPT  wishes to thank MP Bryan Hayes and Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt for their decision announced late last night to fund the ACR passenger train.  Please see details in the media stories below.  We also thank MP Carol Hughes, the ACR Stakeholders’ Working Group under the leadership of Tom Dodds and Joe Fratesi for Sault Ste Marie, the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs’ Forum (NSRCF), Hearst, Wawa, Dubreuilville, and all the hundreds of CAPT volunteers who contributed so much time and money to keep the train going.   We look forward to continuing to work together with Railmark to make the ACR passenger train the best passenger service in North America! 

Please click on the links below for the media coverage in past few hours.

Passenger Rail Service from Sault to Hearst Saved!

'It was literally the eleventh hour and fifty-ninth minute'

Northern Ontario: Railway saved | CTV Northern Ontario

Funds come through for passenger rail | Sault Star

Harper government approves funding for ACR Passenger Rail Service under Railmark

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Only 5 more days; latest media coverage

Only 5 more days

In only 5 more days the passenger train service will stop if Transport Canada does not agree to the transition plan funding.  We know that MP Bryan Hayes is working very hard on this and MP Carol Hughes raised it in question period in the House of Commons yesterday  (see the link to Wawa-News coverage below).

Meanwhile the local media has been giving a lot of coverage to this urgent issue with its huge implications for the regional economy.

Please read the following media items:

 Latest Media Coverage

He understands how to run trains'

Future continues to be uncertain for Algoma Central Railway

Answers needed on future of ACR passenger services

Avenir des services voyageurs d”ACR

Wait continues for response on ACR | Sault Star

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7 days to go; media coverage


Once again we are grateful to the City of Sault Ste Marie for passing last evening a resolution of support for the ACR stakeholders’ request for transition funding for the passenger train.

Here are links to the latest media coverage of this urgent matter:

'The eleventh hour'

Council re-confirms support for ACR plan

 Linda is hoping this will be the last time

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Sault City Council Meeting Monday Mar 23; recent media coverage

We are asking ACR Passenger Service supporters to attend the meeting of Sault Ste. Marie City Council this Monday, March 23.  The Councillors will be asked to support a resolution asking the federal government to approve transition funding so that the passenger service will continue after March 31st.  The meeting starts at 4:30 pm.  We do not know the exact time the resolution will be discussed but we expect it will be near the beginning of the meeting.  Hope to see as many of you as possible there.

 Recent Media Coverage

Council makes rail plea | Sault Star

 City looks at calendar. Gets nervous

 Wawa-News: Letter - Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport from Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs' Forum (NSRCF)

 Wawa-News: Letter - Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport

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Letter from Chief Jason Gauthier, Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum Rep and Media Update


Missanabie Cree First Nation
174B Hwy 17B
Garden River
P6A 6Z1

Phone: (705)-254-2702
Fax: (705)-254-3292

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Transportation
House of Commons

Dear Minister Raitt,

Subject: follow-up re: our letter of March 4, 2014 concerning the Algoma Central Railway funding

Once again I have been mandated by the First Nation Chiefs of the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs' Forum (NSRCF) to write to you about the urgent need to continue the Remote Rail Program funding for the Algoma Passenger Train. As stated in our March 4, 2014 letter to you, before announcing cancellation of funding, there was no free, prior and informed consent of our First Nations as required under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples (UNDRIP), and no consultation in support of discharging the need to accommodate Aboriginal rights in cases of infringement, as supported by numerous Supreme Court of Canada rulings. Furthermore, since then you did not respond to our request for your staff to contact the NSRCF Duty-to-Consult Coordinator to set up a meeting with the Chiefs to discuss this issue. This meeting would have included consideration of the NSRCF Conservation Economy research done to date for the Chapleau Game Preserve (CCSP) that includes optimizing railway lines in the region in support of value-added tourism.

Since that letter of March 4, 2014, the NSRCF has played an important leadership role in the ACR Stakeholders Working Group, as myself being the the representative. We have participated actively in the development of a sustainability plan for a renewed and improved Algoma passenger train. In partnership with the municipalities and stakeholders, we have formulated plans for developing train-in Anishinaabe cultural-based tourism products in our traditional territories through which the ACR travels. Tourism research indicates that there is an increasing demand for tourism products based on First Nation cultures and remote wilderness settings that are not road-based. Our traditional territories accessed by the Algoma train are ideally located for the development of these tourism products.

Our First Nations are also in the preparatory stages for participating in forestry and mining projects all on the ACR corridor. Members of our First Nations expect to become employees of these businesses and wish to use the passenger train between their homes and work sites in this remote area that has no road access.

The land on which the ACR was built over 100 years ago was taken without our agreement. Nor did the railway serve us well. Now is the chance for your government to right that wrong by ensuring that the passenger service plays its important role of infrastructure for the regional economic development of the NSRCF First Nations.

By continuing the transition funding for the passenger service, the federal government will be supporting First Nation economic development.

We urge you to provide the transition funding of $7 million for the next 5 years.

Thank you for your kind consideration of this important request.

Chief Jason Gauthier


CTV News Northern Ontario: New Direction | CTV Northern Ontario News

Grand vision for train service | Sault Star

Layoff notices issued to 11 ACR employees, CN confirms

Carol Hughes on ACR passenger service

Joe did a fantastic job

EDC buys time for Searchmont, rail service | Sault This Week (3)





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