Last day of calendars for sale at Station Mall; latest news items

CALENDARS 
 

CAPT's Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

CAPT’s 2015 Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

 

Friday, Dec. 12  from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (between La Senza and H&M).  They are also on sale at the Art Gallery of Algoma, Shabby Motley and the Algoma University Bookstore.

 

In the news:

  Weekly train service to Searchmont Resort | Sault Star
http://www.saultstar.com/2014/12/03/weekly-train-service-to-searchmont-resort

 New train operator could be announced soon
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=82533

ACR passenger stakeholder group moving forward | Sault Star
http://www.saultstar.com/2014/12/08/acr-passenger-stakeholder-group-moving-forward

Northern Ontario – Political Issues: High Speed Rail – Putting the cart squarely in front of the horse
http://northernontariopoliticalissues.blogspot.ca/2014/12/high-speed-rail-putting-cart-squarely.html?showComment=1418172018866

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Searchmont North Pole Express a sellout; 2015 calendars; news stories …

ploarexpress Searchmont North Pole Express a sellout!

CAPT is pleased to be partnering with Searchmont and the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library to organize the Searchmont North Pole Express again this year.  We realize that many people were not able to purchase tickets last year, as they sold out so quickly.  Although the railway states that we can run as many events as we want with 90 seats available every Thursday/Saturday and Monday, the organizing committee has decided that it can only hold the event on 2 days this December. This is due to the constraints of limited volunteers and resources of our sponsors. These things are out of our control.  The 2 trips were all that the 3 partners were able to organize this year.  Hopefully with more support next year we should be able to run multiples of this event and accommodate 100s of people who want to take part. This shows the tremendous potential for increasing ridership on the train. We recognize that there is a huge demand for this type of train experience. So keep up your support for the efforts to save the ACR passenger train!!!!

 

CAPT's Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

CAPT’s 2015 Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

2015 CAPT Calendars

The 2015 calendars are for sale at Shabby Motley, the Art Gallery of Algoma  and the Algoma University Bookstore.

They will also be on sale at the Station Mall on Fridays, Dec. 5 and 12 from 10 am to 3:00 pm between H & M and La Senza.

If you wish to purchase calendars by mail, please send a cheque for $12 per calendar payable to the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains c/o Linda Savory Gordon, Algoma U, 1520 Queen St. East, Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 2G4.

 News stories
“The clock is ticking” on ACR
http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/columns/unassigned/2014/11/%E2%80%9CThe-clock-is-ticking%E2%80%9D-on-ACR.aspx

Long-planned ONR work goes ahead | North Bay Nugget
http://www.nugget.ca/2014/11/18/long-planned-onr-work-goes-ahead

The Searchmont North Pole Express rolls into town December 20 & 22 | SaultOnline
http://www.saultonline.com/2014/11/the-searchmont-north-pole-express-rolls-into-town-december-20-22/

CN working to clean up diesel spilled in derailment
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=81276

CBC.ca | Morning North | ONTC union meets with Minister Michael Gravelle
http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/11/06/ontc-union-meets-with-minister-michael-gravelle/

Le train de passagers sur la mauvaise voie – lavoixdunord.ca
http://www.lavoixdunord.ca/index.php/component/k2/item/802-le-train-de-passagers-sur-la-mauvaise-voie

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Reminder that De-Railed film is being shown tomorrow night / calendars will also be available to purchase

derailed newThe film De-Railed will be screened and discussed tomorrow night (Thursday, November 20 at 7pm) in Room M1030 at Sault College.  Free admission at 6:30.

 

 

 

 

You will have a chance to purchase CAPT (Coalition For Algoma Passenger Trains) gorgeous 2015 Calendars which will make wonderful holiday gifts/Stocking Stuffers!  Don’t miss out!

 Please Note: CAPT will be at the Station Mall again this Friday, Nov. 21 from 10 to 3 with the 2015 calendars and postcards

CAPT's Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

CAPT’s 2015 Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

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CAPT business meeting: Annual General Meeting

CAPT Business Meeting:  Annual General Meeting  December 17,  12 noon  Algoma U, NW 306

Notice of CAPT AGM:  

For those of you who have CAPT memberships or who would like to become a member (membership fee: $10), the annual general meeting of members will be held on December 17 at 12 noon at Algoma University in room NW 306.

This will be a  very short business meeting.  The proposed agenda is:

  CALL TO ORDER

  1. REVIEW OF AGENDA
  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING –
  3. CHAIR’S REPORT
  4. APPROVAL OF 2013-2014 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS –
  5. APPROVAL OF MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2015
  6. APPOINTMENTS OF ACCOUNTANTS FOR THE ASSOCIATION 

Proposed Motion: “That Algoma University be appointed as accountants of the Association until the next AGM, or until their successors are appointed at a remuneration to be fixed by the Board of Directors.”

  1. SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS
    *No Special Resolutions for 2014 AGM
  2. APPROVAL OF ACTIONS OF DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND CEO
  3. OTHER BUSINESS
  4. ELECTION FOR VACANT SEATS ON THE CAPT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  5. THANK YOU TO CAPT MEMBERS
  6. ADJOURNMENT
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Searchmont North Pole Express set to roll this December

Searchmont%20Resort-woodFollow the link below for details regarding this amazing trip
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=81482

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Calendars on sale; Screening of film De-Railed: the National Dream at Sault College Nov. 20

2015 CAPT Calendars for sale

CAPT's Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

CAPT’s 2015 Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

·         To mark the 100th anniversary of the ACR passenger train from the Sault to Hearst, Valerie Robson and Dan Nystedt have produced a great calendar using vintage photos borrowed from ACR, Harold McQuarrie and Dale Wilson.

·         The calendars will be on sale Friday, Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at the Station Mall and at the Nov. 20 screening of De-Railed at Sault College

·         They are also on sale at Shabby Motley (356 Queen), Art Gallery of Algoma (end of East St.) and Clean North (736 Queen).

·         Price: $12 each

·         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.

 Screening of film De-Railed: the National Dream at Sault College Nov. 20

De-Railed: The National Dream Documentary Film

See how the rails that keep our country together are disappearing.

·        CAPT is partnering with Sault College Peace and Conflict Studies program, Digital Film Production program and Clean North for a screening of the documentary film De-Railed: the National Dream by Dan Nystedt.

·        Introductory comments by Dan Nystedt

·        Time:  7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

·        Location: room 1030 in the new building (Essar Hall) of Sault College on Northern Ave.

·        Admission is free

Media Release

 Collaborative Screening of De-Railed: The National Dream Thurs. Nov. 20

 Several partners are co-sponsoring a screening of De-Railed: the National Dream, a documentary film about the urgency of bringing Canadian rail service back to life in Algoma as well as the rest of the country.

·        Clean North sees reinstating greater use of trains as a way to promote transportation with a lower carbon footprint by reducing the number of cars and transports on roads and highways.

·        Peace and Conflict Studies program at Sault College is participating in the screening because of the program’s interest in social justice issues such as availability of public, accessible transportation.

·        Viewing De-Railed will be a good opportunity for Digital Film Production students at Sault College  who are interested in seeing how social issues can be covered through the medium of film.

·        The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) affiliated with Algoma U’s NORDIK Institute finds this film is an excellent way to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving and enhancing passenger train service in Algoma with connectivity to Toronto, Ottawa and the rest of the country.

 De-railed will be introduced by its director, Dan Nystedt.  Following the screening, there will be opportunity for questions and comments from the audience.

 Admission is free.

 De-Railed: The National Dream is a documentary by independent film-maker, Dan Nystedt, that examines the crumbling state of the Canadian railway system.  Having lost more than 10,000 kilometres of track since 1990, why has Canada allowed its “ribbon of rail” to become so tattered?  This film is an excellent tool for educating the public about the urgency of the current rail situation and the need for action to be taken to prevent the loss of more rail. 

A full-length documentary film, De-Railed looks at the deregulation, struggles, successes, economic and environmental implications, and human stories of short-line passenger rail services across Canada.
Nystedt travelled by train to places throughout Canada (e.g. in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Vancouver Island) where municipalities, First Nations and community organizations are trying to preserve and restore endangered short line rail services. The film explores the factors behind the deregulation of our Nation’s greatest infrastructure—rail—through reflection on the history of short-line passenger rail, the environmental implications of the impending energy crisis and the potential role of rail in Canada’s steps towards environmental sustainability.

In the 1800s tracks were laid across this massive continent. Little more than one hundred years after the completion of the trans-Canada rail-line we are tearing up our tracks for the cost of the steel, and increasingly investing in automobile culture as the entire world is discussing climate change, the energy crisis, and how to implement a ‘green revolution’. This is an urgent concern since communities without passenger rail will find themselves economically, socially, and culturally isolated as flying and long-distance automobile transportation become too costly in dollars and carbon emissions.

Nystedt filmed a wide range of people, including: Robert Bateman (Artist and Environmentalist); Dr. Judith Sayers & Mary Ashley (Co-chairs, Island Corridor Foundation), Graham Bruce (E & N Railway), Harry Gow (Co-founder, Transport Action Canada); Nicholas Heap (Climate Change Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation); Gerald Gauthier (Director, Industry Liaison, Railway Association of Canada); Joseph Boardman (President/CEO Amtrak); Chief Isadore Day (Chief, Serpent River First Nation);  Dr. Barry Wellar (Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa), as well as people in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario who are working passionately to save their local rail lines from being abandoned. These interviews convey the environmental, economic, geographic and social reasons that Canada’s rail system must be returned to being the envy of the world.

De-Railed raises many questions and challenges us to find answers. It also shows us amazing work being done in local communities by dedicated citizens to maintain the rail infrastructure that will keep us connected into the future

 A trailer for the film can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1tdJ6q7jYg.

 For further information please contact:  Linda Savory Gordon at linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca or 705 949 2301 ext 4320, or David Trowbridge at david.trowbridge@saultcollege.ca

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2015 CAPT calendars on sale; Train Dreams panel and reception

CAPT's Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

CAPT’s 2015 Calendar featuring passenger trains of the past

·         2015 calendars on sale at Station Mall today Nov 7 from 10 to 3 near La Senza. Also, postcards to Minister Lisa Raitt will be available.

·         Train Dreams art exhibit reception and panel moderated by CAPT:  this evening, Friday Nov 7 at 7 pm at Art Gallery of Algoma .  Everyone welcome. Admission is free. 2015 CAPT Calendars also for sale.

Here are various links to websites by Chad Beharriell discussing the Train Dreams art exhibit. 

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Sign the petition re-keeping funding for ACR Passenger Trains

Image of post card

Image of one of the post cards to send to the politicians!

Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt: Keep Funding ACR Passenger Trains / Continuer la subvention du train des voyageurs ACR – Sign the petition!

Please join this campaign click here:
http://www.change.org/p/minister-of-transport-lisa-raitt-keep-funding-acr-passenger-trainscontinuer-la-subvention-du-train-des-voyageurs-acr?recruiter=21811088&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

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CAPT receives Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association Award of Excellence; Reminder to attend Train Dreams reception at Art Gallery

CAPT received Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association (AKTA) Award of Excellence

AAlgoma Kinniwabi Awardt the Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association Annual General Meeting on Friday, October 31, the 2014 Award of Excellence was presented to the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains and Tom Dodds. On the award plaque are the following words:  “presented to Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains in grateful appreciation for your dedication and commitment for the preservation and enhancement of the remote passenger train service of Algoma”. This is such an honour that recognizes the work being done by the many CAPT volunteers.  Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this work for which CAPT was recognized by the award. The AKTA AGM was a great opportunity to see many very committed tourism partners from across the Algoma district.  It was very well organized by the executive director, Carol Caputo, and well chaired by AKTA Board Chair, Lori Johnson.

Reminder to attend Train Dreams exhibition reception at Art Gallery of Algoma Friday, Nov. 7 @ 7:00 pm

Everyone is invited to the opening  reception (free admission) of a multi-media exhibition entitled Train Dreams. Thank you to Jasmina Jovanovic, Director of the AGA, who has invited CAPT to organize a panel discussion to take place at the opening on Nov. 7.  Please pass the word around so that we will have a good turnout to show support for CAPT and our efforts to save the passenger train.  Speaking on the panel will be Chief Jason Gauthier, Chief of Missanabie Cree First Nation,  Dan Nystedt, Director of De-Railed: the National Dream,  Carol Caputo, Executive Director, Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association and Linda Savory Gordon, CAPT.

This is an excerpt from the AGA  press release:

The Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) is proud to present the exhibition Train Dreams officially opening on November 7, 2014. This exhibition is produced by Powerline Films in collaboration with four artists: Simon Brothers, Mike Preston, Luke Mistruzzi and Nick Kuepfer.

Train Dreams is an experimental multimedia installation that examines the nature of memory and time by exploring history through railway culture. The exhibition includes animation, regional and international new and archival video footage, and an original sound design. … The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT), a regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing remote passenger train service in the District of Algoma as well as the adjacent districts around Hearst and Sudbury, is collaborating with the AGA to develop programming for the exhibition and further explore current issues of railway systems in the Algoma Region and the impact on the lives of residents in Northern Ontario. A Panel Discussion organized by the CAPT and the AGA will follow the opening reception. Artists will be in attendance. »

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Opening of Train Dreams exhibition at Art Gallery; new on-line petition; latest news coverage

Opening of Train Dreams exhibition at Art Gallery of Algoma: Nov 7  at 7:00 pm.

Please pass the word around that everyone is invited to the opening and reception (free admission) of a multi-media exhibition entitled Train Dreams. Thank you to Jasmina Jovanovic, Director of the AGA, who has invited CAPT to organize a panel discussion to take place at the opening on Nov. 7.  Please pass the word around so that we will have a good turnout to show support for CAPT and our efforts to save the passenger train.  Speaking on the panel will be Chief Jason Gauthier, Chief of Missanabie Cree First Nation,  Dan Nystedt, Director of De-Railed: the National Dream,  and Carol Caputo, Executive Director, Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association and Linda Savory Gordon, CAPT.

New on-line petition to save ACR passenger train

Please sign and encourage your contacts to sign this petition:  http://www.change.org/p/minister-of-transport-lisa-raitt-keep-funding-acr-passenger-trainscontinuer-la-subvention-du-train-des-voyageurs-acr?recruiter=21811088&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

  Latest News Coverage

Sootoday: Then there were three
  http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=80672

Soottoday: Explore history through railway culture: http://www.sootoday.com/content/arts/details.asp?c=80707

Operators interested in ACR service | Sault Star: http://www.saultstar.com/2014/10/29/operators-interested-in-acr-service

Northern Hoot: Chief Isadore Day, Sustainable Development: Land, People, Prosperity: http://www.northernhoot.com/news/economy/chief-isadore-day-sustainable-development-land-people-prosperity/

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