Digital Letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne

The letter is now in the form of a petition that you can fill out and send on-line by clicking on this link:

Note: This petition is available in 4 languages.
CreeLetterNEORN Click here to get the Cree version

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captlogosmallIMPORTANT CORRECTION: BOOK SALE BEGINS THURSDAY, NOT WED, MARCH 3 with book drop off from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

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CAPT book sale and latest media coverage

CAPT Book Sale: March 3, 4 and 5th

gould (2)Under the leadership of Dorothy and Richard Macnaughton, CAPT is holding a book sale at the Station Mall from Wednesday evening, March 3 (set up) to Saturday, March 5th until mall closing (5:30 p.m.).  We sell books beginning on Wednesday evening.

Books can be picked up ahead of time by Dorothy and Richard (705-759-0733), if that works best, or you can deliver them directly to the mall during the sale, preferably Thursday between 5 and 8.  Donations of books, CDs, or DVDs are much appreciated so that CAPT can raise funds to help cover expenses as we work towards improved and increased passenger service for everyone in the Algoma District.

Set up at the mall will begin at 5 p.m. on March 3rd.  At this time, we will have tables set up at the Centre Court.  As the boxes arrive at the mall, there will be identified categories on the tables where books will be placed.  Boxes are ideally placed on the floor near the appropriate category.  Any unsorted books can be put where they belong quite easily.  Richard and Dorothy and Donna and Mark Cushley can assist people who will be helping so they will know where to put boxes or books.

Assistance is required at the Food Court of the Station Mall from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thurs, Mar 3, Friday Mar 4 from 9 to 9 and Saturday Mar 5 from 9 to 5:30 as well as from 5:30 to 7:00 on Saturday to help pack up the remaining books. Please contact Lauren Doxtater at 705 949 2301 to let her  know when you can help even if it is just for a couple hours.

Any materials that remain will go to the Garden River and Thessalon First Nations Libraries.

Please help CAPT by: (1) donating books, CDs and DVDs, (2) buying books,  and/or (3) volunteering sometime during the sale.

Dorothy and Richard Macnaughton

Latest media coverage

“North 'source of refuge' for Gould” By Brian Kelly, Sault Star   Friday, January 29, 2016

CTV Northern Ontario: Glenn Gould   by Jairus Patterson Jan 30, 2016

 Glenn Gould was the 'strange bird' locked in Wawa Motor Inn room 102 - Jeff Klassen

CBC Radio Up North A look at Glenn Gould's connection to northern Ontario February 9, 2016 Canadian pianist Glenn Gould spent time in northern Ontario. A new book by Sault Ste. Marie author Dale Innes showcases Gould's connections to the region.

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Media release for Glenn Gould book launch; recent media coverage

1.     Media release for book launch for Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations: Saturday, January 30, 2016 2-4 pm.  Hope many of you can attend.

Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains Media Release

     Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON: January 26, 2016): NORDIK Institute and the Coalition gould (2)for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) are pleased to announce a launch and book signing for Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations by Dale Innes on Saturday, January 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Art Gallery of Algoma.  This is a great opportunity to meet the author and hear some excerpts from the book.  This will be accompanied by some visual images of Gould in Northern Ontario and some of his audio recordings of Bach.  Light refreshments made from local foods will be served.  All are welcome and admission is free.

For years, Innes has had a passion for the work of the legendary and eccentric Canadian pianist, and in particular with his interpretations of Bach's "Goldberg Variations". "Glenn Gould was a complex man, never afraid of venturing into uncharted territory, both artistically and geographically" says Innes,   a Sault Ste. Marie musicologist, pianist, piano teacher, and now author.  "In his total disregard for the musical establishment and his originality of thought and musical interpretation, he was able to bring the music of Bach to vast new audiences through his recordings."

  Beginning with Gould's early piano studies with his mother, who as a teenager lived and studied music in Sault Ste. Marie, and with the famous Alberto Guerrero at the Toronto (Royal) Conservatory of Music, Innes takes the reader through Gould's international concert career to his decision to stop concertizing in order to focus on recording and writing. She also examines the influence that Northern Ontario had on his desire for solitude and for artistic inspiration. "During the 1960s and 1970s, his regular trips from Toronto up to the Wawa region provided him with the silence, space, serenity and solitude that he needed to be able to fulfil his musical vision" states Innes.  

From a musicologist's point of view, the book critically evaluates the authenticity of his interpretation of the Goldberg Variations and the dynamics behind audience receptivity of this music. This book is fascinating reading for both a lay audience and musicians alike.

Innes's own career has led her steadily towards this project. She spent years as the music coordinator for Algoma University, as a piano teacher for the Algoma Conservatory of Music, and as a senior piano examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She is currently a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA) and a Research Associate of NORDIK, a research institute affiliated with Algoma University. In 1999, she coordinated the Glenn Gould Northern Tour with the Glenn Gould Foundation, a tour that brought Gould specialists and enthusiasts from around the world to Gould's favorite spots around Wawa and its environs. Since 2008, Innes has been an organizer and presenter for Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)'s annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event.  Linda Savory Gordon, spokesperson for CAPT and research associate at NORDK, states:  "Dale Innes is an exceptional resource for the annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event which has drawn many Gould enthusiasts to the Sault and Algoma District to follow in his footsteps". We are deeply appreciative of the many volunteer hours that this Gould expert has dedicated to the train event and the contribution of her knowledge to culture-based tourism in Algoma. "

The book is now available at the Art Gallery of Algoma, 10 East Street, and Shabby Motley, 356 Queen St. East an Tom Walls School of Music, 505 Albert St E. It is also available from Penumbra Press (

For further information, please contact Dale Innes at 705.942-3016 or email

About CAPT

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of individuals, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and other interests who recognize the significant economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental value of passenger rail servicing and interconnecting the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario's Algoma District to each other, Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world. To accomplish this goal, CAPT has been working with local groups to organize events in the community that utilize the railway as a means of advertising and demonstrating its usefulness in the area

Media Contact

Dr. Linda Savory Gordon

Phone: 705-949-2301, Ext. 4320


 2.     Latest media coverage

Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations -

Maybe I' m just stupid but this doesn' t make sense to me

Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations January 26, 2016


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Great news about new Missanabie Cree First Nation partnerships

Hello CAPT supporters:
There has been some very good news this week about one of the First Nations represented on the ACR Working Group by Chief Jason Gauther, Chief of Missanabie Cree First Nation (MCFN).  MCFN recently signed joint ventures with 7 industry partners (specializing in  fields such as surveying, mineral extraction and blasting).  These partnerships will allow Missanabie Cree First Nation to develop new opportunities in their traditional territories.  The ACR Passenger Train Stakeholders Working Group has already had a very positive experience in partnering with Chief Gauthier who represents both MCFN and the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum (NSRCF) on the ACR working group.  We congratulate Chief Gauthier on the new partnerships formed with the seven northern companies announced in the links to  media coverage below.  We look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with Chief Gauthier on behalf of MCFN and NSRCF as we continue to develop a long-term sustainable passenger train service that will serve our whole region.


 Missanabie Cree First Nation signs important agreements with northern companies | KiSS 100.5 Soo

CTV Northern News: New Partnerships   by Jordan Allard

Missanabie Cree FN Signs Joint Venture Agreements with Seven Partners -

'You have to know where you’re coming from to know where you’re going'  Sootoday   January 19, 2016 by: Kenneth Armstrong

 Missanabie Cree First Nation partners with 7 area companies

 Missanabie Cree makes joint venture arrangements: Northern Ontario Business   January 19, 2016





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Gould Book Launch; latest media coverage

gould (2)1.     Gould Book Launch:

For several years CAPT has organized the annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event.  Participants take the passenger train to Hawk Junction and are shuttled to Wawa where they are led  by musicologist Dale Innes on a tour of the places iconic Canadian pianist Glenn Gould used to visit on his summer vacation.  Dale Innes has written a book about Gould that many CAPT supporters will find very informative.  Here is an invitation to the book launch.  Please pass the word around.

NORDIK Institute and Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) are pleased to invite you Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations

by Dale Innes

Saturday, January 30, 2–4 PM
Art Gallery of Algoma
10 East Street, Sault Ste. Marie

Join us at
Art Gallery of Algoma for the book launch of Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations. The author will give a brief presentation about her work and be available for book signing afterwards. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. We hope to see you there!


About the book:
Glenn Gould's legacy continues to intrigue us; new areas of research emerge every year. In this study, Dale Innes explores the evolution of Glenn Gould's interpretation of the keyboard music of J.S. Bach, with particular emphasis on the contrast between his youthful 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations and his final 1981 recording of the same work.
More information on the book >>

About the author:
Dale Innes is a musicologist, pianist, music teacher and now author from Sault Ste. Marie. For years, Innes has had a passion for the work of the legendary pianist Glenn Gould who, later in life, found refuge and inspiration along the coast of Lake Superior and the Wawa area, Ontario.

2.     Latest Media Coverage:

“Passenger train operator to be chosen soon”  By: Ian Ross  Northern Ontario Business   Published on: 1/5/2016




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1.     Last week to go to the CAPT table at the Station Mall:

 We very much appreciate the many hours that several CAPT volunteers have put in at the CAPT tables at the Station Mall.  The last days that we have scheduled are Wed. Dec. 16 and Thurs. Dec. 17.  So if you haven’t already, please take this opportunity to come by from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to buy a 2016 CAPT calendar, t-shirts for adults and children and/or to sign a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premiere Wynne (that we copy to several ministers and MPs).  The table this week is in front of EB Games store.  The money made on the calendar and t-shirt sales and private donations are all that CAPT brings in to contribute to the ACR Working Group’s efforts to save the passenger train.  Other ways to purchase the calendars are at Shabby Motley, 356 Queen St E, at the Algoma University Bookstore or contact Linda Savory Gordon at or 705 949 2301 ext 4320.  By mailing a cheque for $12 for each calendar to her at NORDIK, Algoma U, 1520 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4 the calendars will be mailed to you.

2.     On-line letters petition

 We are so happy to tell you that at the time of writing this message 696 people have signed the digital letters to the Prime Minister and Premiere with copies to several relevant ministers.  Most of those who have signed have written great comments about why this issue is so important to them and to Northern Ontario and Canada. Please pass the word to your contacts who have not signed to please do so. Here is the link to click on and share by Facebook, Twitter of Email:

 3.     Latest media coverage:

 Search for train operator continues By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star  Thursday, December 10, 2015

 Many thanks to Bob Diotte (who has a column in the Sault This Week) for telling readers about the 2016 CAPT calendars.  Just a tiny correction:  Bob, the price is $12  not $15 each.

"Sky Studio additions, CAPT calendars, Ward 2 vote" by Bob Diotte in  Sault This Week  Tuesday, December 8, 2015


This is a  story written by a former resident of Oba (on the ACR), Glenn Louttit, whose family moved to Oba when he was only 6.

"The Way Things Are"  in The Northern Hoot  by Glen Louttit December 14, 2015

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Digital Letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne

Please note: There is a new petition available for you to sign under Petitions and Post Cards in the menu above.

The Petition begins:
URGENT: restore Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst passenger service and the Northlander.

  • For our local economies
  • To reduce carbon emissions
  • For socio-economic connectivity

Please take time to sign it.

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Digital Letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne; Calendars and T-shirts; Media coverage

1.     Digital Letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne

For those of you who are not able to sign hard copies of the CAPT letter to the Prime Minister and Ontario Premier a digital option for sending the letter is now available. The letter is now in the form of a petition that you can fill out and send on-line by clicking on this link:

 Many people have already stopped by the CAPT table at the Station Mall to sign the letter, buy calendars and T-shirts.  Jeff Hinich joined us yesterday and played his banjo and sang the ACR song.  The music really perked us up.  We love that song.  Thank you, Jeff.

 2.     Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his picture in the 2015 CAPT calendar

Last week CAPT sent the following letter to the Prime Minister:

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

 Dear Prime Minister: 

On behalf of the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) we congratulate you on your recent successful election and appointment as our prime minister.  We are extremely happy that you will be leading our country.  Many of us in the Algoma District who are volunteering non-stop in our efforts to save the Algoma Central Railway passenger train are delighted that you have already traveled on the ACR with your father and brothers. We are sending you a copy of the 2015 calendar that marks the 100th anniversary of the Algoma passenger train.  I have opened it to the month of March which has photos of you on the occasion of your trip on the ACR.

 You will be receiving copies of letters CAPT has sent to Minister Marc Garneau as well as many letters in English, French, Ojibwe and Cree that concerned people are sending to you asking not only to restore passenger service on the ACR but also on the existing tracks connecting us to Sudbury, Toronto and Ottawa.  As in the rest of the country Northern Ontario residents urgently need passenger trains to improve our economic sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. Northern Ontario First Nations, municipalities and businesses would all benefit. Rail as a transportation mode stands alone in its ability to combine energy efficiency with economic and environmental benefits. According to environmental journalist James Howard Kunstler, switching to more rail transportation is the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions.  With your passion for slowing down climate change and at the same time building up our economies and providing opportunities for First Nation community and regional economic development, we know that you will be committed to restoring passenger train service on the Northern Ontario rail lines.

Yours truly

Linda Savory Gordon for Dawne Cunningham and Al Errington, Co-Chairs

3.     Media Coverage

Tracks of my tears | Sault Star Nov. 27, 2015  by Patricia Baker

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Subject line : CAPT in Climate Change March this Sunday; CAPT at Station Mall; media coveCrage

1.     CAPT will be in the Climate Change March this Sunday Nov. 29

2015-03-06CAPTEventMachineShopKA0117Join us in Sault Ste. Marie  for the Global Climate March.  We will be carrying the CAPT banner since more train service is one of the fastest and more effective ways of reducing carbon emissions and reversing climate change.

On November 29th, 2015 at 1pm, residents of Sault Ste. Marie and area will meet at City Hall and march down our waterfront boardwalk to the Mill Market to send a message that the time for action on climate change is now. We will be one voice among thousands marching throughout the world. So bundle up and bring your enthusiasm, voices, musical instruments, and a genuine desire for change! Join us! Everyone

March Guide/Timeline

1 pm - Meet at City Hall

1 pm - 1:30 pm - Welcome, Speakers, Drumming, Group Photo

1:30 pm - 2 pm - March from City Hall to the Mill Market

 All participants are welcome to join us in the Mill Market after the march for a free concert from the bands Tiller and Crossroad Magdalenes.

 This event is part of the Global Climate March. On November 30th, world leaders meet in Paris to start negotiating the next global climate deal. That's why, the day before, people around the world will take to the streets and push leaders at every level of government to commit to reducing carbon emissions.

 2.     CAPT at Station Mall Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 16 and 17 with letters, calendars and t-shirts

CAPT volunteers will be at a table in the Station Mall on Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 16 and 17 from 9 am to 3 pm.    Note that the table will be in different locations depending on the date and the start time is different on Dec. 8.

 Pass the word around to your contacts so they can come to the table to sign letters to the Prime Minister and Premier that will be copied and sent to the appropriate ministers and MPs as well.  And the CAPT calendars with amazing ACR photos by Bob McGauley and CAPT t-shirts for children and adults make terrific gifts at this time of year.

·         Tuesday, December 1/ Table 4 in front of Eclipse 9:00 am to 3:00pm

·         Thursday, December 3/Table 4 in front of Eclipse 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

·         Tuesday, December 8/Table 4 in front of Eclipse 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

·         Thursday, December 10/Table 4 in front of Eclipse 9:00 am to 3:00pm

·         Wednesday, December 16/Table 3 in front of EB Games 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

·         Thursday, December 17/Table 3  in front of EB Games 9:00 am to 3:00pm

 3.     Media Coverage

“Spots that Stirred”  Sault Star  Nov. 21, 2015  by Patricia Baker

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