- 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
- MP 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
- 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
CAPT board member, Dorothy Macnaughton, given national CNIB award
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
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
Wawa-news.com “CAPT says Northern Ontario Multimodal Transportation Strategy Lacks Vision” Sept. 21, 2017
“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
“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
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
“Not giving up the fight to get this train back on the rails” by Jairus Patterson CTV Northern Ontario July 28, 2017
“Stakeholders continue fight for passenger train “ By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star July 28, 2017
“Advocates urge feds to support plan to revive Sault to Hearst passenger rail service” Jul 28, 2017 by: Darren Taylor Sootoday.com
“We need our damn train!” By Craig Huckerby - July 30, 2017 Saultonline.com
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:
- 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@email@example.com
- or Linda Savory Gordon at 705-943-0971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
La remise sur pied d'une liaison ferroviaire dans le Nord : un processus frustrant
Traveling couple with limited mobility unable to ride train together
(Cue at 13:14)