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Northeastern Ontario Passenger Rail Summit:

Thursday, April 19, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE 

 The Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN), Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) and the Committee Promoting Muskoka Rail Travel (CPMRT) invite you to participate in a Passenger Rail Summit for Northeastern Ontario in Sault Ste. Marie. The purpose of the summit is to provide an opportunity for representatives from First Nations, municipalities, post-secondary institutions, health care organizations, organizations for people with disabilities, businesses, tourism organizations, environmental organizations, rail advocates, provincial and federal officials and politicians to plan how to have modern passenger rail service provided on existing rail beds in Northeastern Ontario. The summit will address the WHY and HOW of getting passenger service back on the tracks in our region.
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location:  Sault Ste. Marie (meeting place to be sent to you very soon)

Guest speakers and agenda details will be sent to you shortly.  In the meantime, please SAVE THE DATE as we very much hope you will be attending.
Yours truly,

Lucille Frith
lakeofbays.lucille@gmail.com
705-789-8903
NEORN/CPMRT

Linda Savory Gordon
linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca
705-949-2301 ext. 4320
NEORN/CAPT

Bear Train Interview CBC Radio; Terry Sheehan Seniors Strategy Consultation; interesting article

  1. Bear Train Interview on CBC Radio:

This interview on CBC radio provides an excellent update on progress being made on efforts to get the Bear Train up and running:

CBC Morning North October 30, 2017 Missanabie Cree FN wants to restore Algoma's passenger train service “Funding for Algoma's passenger rail service was cut off three years ago. Now, Missanabie Cree First Nation is leading the way to bring it back. We heard more from Riley Smith who's assisting the First Nation.” http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1084342851678

  1. Image of Terry SheehanMP Terry Sheehan Seniors Strategy Consultation:

We encourage CAPT supporters to attend a consultation organized by Terry Sheehan on Friday, Nov. 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Seniors Drop-In Centre at 619 Bay St. in the Main Hall, to express the need for good passenger train service to be included in any National Seniors Strategy. Seniors, professionals, caregivers, and members of the public, are welcome to participate.

Sootoday  Oct 30, 2017  “Terry wants to hear from you on our National Senior Strategy, Seniors, professionals, caregivers, and members of the public, are welcome to participate”  https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/terry-wants-to-hear-from-you-on-our-national-senior-strategy-752576

  1. Here is a very interesting article that looks at the prediction that fewer people will be owning cars in the future.  Northern Ontario towns and cities will turn into ghost towns if they don’t have passenger train service connecting them to Southern Ontario where they do.

“Owning a car will soon be a thing of the past” | John Harris Monday 23 October 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/23/owning-car-thing-of-the-past-cities-utopian-vision?CMP=fb_gu

CAPT board member, Dorothy Macnaughton, given national CNIB award

CAPT board member, Dorothy Macnaughton, given national CNIB award

Image of Dorothy Macnaughton

Dorothy Macnaughton joined the CAPT board several years ago to help with our efforts to have passenger rail restored in Northeastern Ontario, with a particularly because of its importance for people with disabilities. She recently became a co-chair of CAPT, with Howie Wilcox as the other co-chair.  Last week Dorothy received a prestigious national CNIB award for her amazing volunteer work over the past 30 years.  Here is an excellent interview with Dorothy on CBC radio as well as a summary of it on their website:

CNIB honouring northeastern Ontario woman for volunteer work CBC News  Oct 20, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/cnib-volunteer-award-dorothy-macnaughton-1.4362490

 

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