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Train tracks in snow with trees

Algoma : la Première Nation de Missanabie pourrait gérer son train | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1064399/algoma-premiere-nation-missanabie-train

Train de passagers dans le Nord de l’Ontario : les partis d’opposition en feront un enjeu électoral  le jeudi 9 novembre 2017
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1066128/train-de-passagers-dans-le-nord-de-lontario-les-partis-dopposition-en-feront-un-enjeu-electoral

NDP vows to bring back Northlander | North Bay Nugget nov 11
http://www.nugget.ca/2017/11/10/ndp-vows-to-bring-back-northlander

Train Woes Jeopardizes Political Careers in the Sault and Algoma  Doug Millroy Nov 11, 2017 Northern Hoot
http://northernhoot.com/train-woes-jeopardizes-political-careers-in-the-sault-and-algoma/

Teamsters issue Statement on failure of OmniTRAX to rebuild the Hudson Bay – Wawa-news.com  Railway Nov 7, 2017
https://wawa-news.com/index.php/2017/11/07/teamsters-issue-statement-on-failure-of-omnitrax-to-rebuild-the-hudson-bay-railway/

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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some media coverage re: our response to NOMTS

Our Response to NOMTS

(Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Strategy)

Sootoday.com “First the feds, now the province is off-track when it comes to passenger rail service group states” by Darren Taylor

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/first-the-feds-now-the-province-is-off-track-when-it-comes-to-passenger-rail-service-group-states-724163

Wawa-news.com “CAPT says Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Strategy Lacks Vision”  Sept. 21, 2017

https://wawa-news.com/index.php/2017/09/21/capt-says-northern-ontario-multimodal-transportation-strategy-lacks-vision/

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“Algoma passenger rail advocate brings Bear Train protest sign to Prime Minister's rally in BC

'I took the opportunity to make a sign in support of the bear train' says former Searchmont resident” -  Sootoday.com  - Aug. 5, 2017 News Release  Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/algoma-passenger-rail-advocate-brings-bear-train-protest-sign-to-prime-minister-rally-in-bc-690158

“Brutal treatment by CN is damaging VIA’s flagship Canadian train all across Canada” -   Wawa-news.com -  News Release TAO and NEORN

Aug 3, 2017

http://wawa-news.com/index.php/2017/08/03/brutal-treatment-by-cn-is-damaging-vias-flagship-canadian-train-all-across-canada/

The Bear Train and the Prime Minister in Revelstoke, BC. Email message:

Trudeau in BC rally

Support for Bear Train in BC at Trudeau rally

 

Passenger train supporter Forrest Hinich  (from Searchmont) sent us this message and photos from Revelstoke, BC.”

I live in Revelstoke and today Justin Trudeau was in town supporting the forest fire evacuees and also celebrating 150 years of train service in Canada. So i took the opportunity to make a sign in support of the bear train. I know a lot of people saw it! A lot of cameras were on! Hopefully Justin took the time to recognize it.
I am hopefull that many people were interested

Forrest.

Support for Bear Train

Media Event Friday, July 28 and Latest Media Coverage

“Not giving up the fight to get this train back on the rails” by Jairus Patterson  CTV Northern Ontario  July 28, 2017

http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1177464

“Stakeholders continue fight for passenger train “ By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star  July 28, 2017

http://www.saultstar.com/2017/07/28/stakeholders-continue-fight-for-passenger-train

“Advocates urge feds to support plan to revive Sault to Hearst passenger rail service” Jul 28, 2017  by: Darren Taylor  Sootoday.com

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/advocates-urge-feds-to-support-plan-to-revive-sault-to-hearst-passenger-rail-service-4-photos-683194

“We need our damn train!” By  Craig Huckerby - July 30, 2017  Saultonline.com

https://saultonline.com/2017/07/we-need-our-damn-train/

CAPT is once again looking for community support. See info and petition

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)

Contacts: Dawne Cunningham 705-759-6195

Linda Savory Gordon 705-943-0971

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   May 9th, 2017

FUND ONTARIO’S 1ST FIRST NATION TRAIN: MASK-WA OO-TA BAN (BEAR TRAIN)

              Urgent: Businesses, Communities and Residents Stranded

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is demanding no more second class treatment by Transport Canada, requesting that they fund the operation of a full-service Algoma Passenger Train under Missanabie Cree First Nation.

CAPT is once again looking for community support for this project.

Government funding of the Missanabie Cree First Nation run train will contribute to reconciliation by creating First Nation employment opportunities. The full operation of the Algoma Passenger Train under Missanabie Cree First Nation would provide:

  • accessible and eco-friendly transportation,
  • support northern small businesses and the regional economy,

while also promoting:

  • eco-tourism,
  • Indigenous tourism,
  • Group of Seven tourism,
  • and Francophone/French Immersion tourism,

all of which are integral elements of Canadian culture and history, as well as current tourism trends. The passenger train initiative is also essential to transporting a significant number of people to and from up-north locations, as it is the only all-season transportation to remote wilderness for residents, recreations, and tourists. In addition to recreationalists and adventurists, the train would also be means for many remote residents to access proper healthcare and post-secondary education.

CAPT has been receiving calls from people all over the United States and Canada who are anxiously asking if and when the passenger train from the Sault to Hearst will be running. These calls are from people who have properties along the rail corridor or who have been vacationing for generations at resorts on the line. The local economy is suffering terribly, and the survival of small businesses has been threatened.

To support this initiative, please sign the petition that CAPT has launched, which can be found here:  https://www.change.org/p/marc-garneau-fund-mask-wa-oo-ta-ban-bear-train-from-sault-ste-marie-to-hearst.

To see how you can help or for more information on this initiative, please visit:

  • www.captrains.ca, or contact Dawne Cunningham at 705-759-6195 or dawne@cunningham@gmail.com
  • or Linda Savory Gordon at 705-943-0971 or linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca.

Mask-wa Oo-Ta-Ban (Bear Train) Fundraiser

Mask-wa Oo-Ta-Ban (Bear Train) Fundraiser Huge Success

We will be sending out further information about the April 6th Fundraiser Event for the Mask-wa Oo-Ta-Ban (Bear Train) attended by about 400 people, but for now we wish to express our deep appreciation to all of those who made it such a big success.  At the risk of forgetting some, many thanks to:

  • Ian Tamblyn who came from near Ottawa to perform a wonderful concert in which he related his high quality music, lyrics and stories to the train and Algoma region
  • The Healing Lodge Singers’ uplifting songs and drumming
  • Chief Jason Gauthier, Missanabie Cree First Nation, for being a super MC
  • Dawne Cunningham, Chair of CAPT, for her gracious introductions and welcome
  • Robin MacIntyre and Enn Poldmaa and Black Fly Jam for their helpful support
  • Political attendees: Carol Hughes (MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), Chelsie Parayko (Missanabie Cree FN Councillor), Joe Krympotich (Sault Ste. Marie City Councillor), Chris Lowe (Teamster Canada Rail Conference)
  • The over 50 individuals and local businesses who generously contributed high quality items for the silent auction
  • The 400 people who paid to attend the event and generously purchased items in the silent auction
  • The many hardworking volunteers who committed so much time and effort over the past 3 months to make the event so wonderful
  • Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association for their partnership
  • Shabby Motley, Missanabie Cree First Nation, Algoma Water Tower Inn & Suites, Model Railroad Club and The Rad Zone for selling tickets

RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE


Bring Back Our Train. Musician Ian Tamblyn Performs to Capacity Crowd

http://saultonline.com/2017/04/bring-back-our-train-musician-ian-tamblyn-performs-to-capacity-crowd/

La remise sur pied d'une liaison ferroviaire dans le Nord : un processus frustrant
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1026934/la-remise-sur-pied-dune-liaison-ferroviaire-dans-le-nord-un-processus-frustrant

Traveling couple with limited mobility unable to ride train together
(Cue at 13:14)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/907956803884/

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