Screening of Documentary Film: DE-Railed: The National Dream

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CTV Interview with Chief Jason Gauthier, Al Errington and Linda Savory Gordon

CTV Interview with Chief Jason Gauthier, Al Errington and Linda Savory Gordon Jan. 31 about the ACR passenger service

Here is the link to the interview:
http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=542524&binId=1.1142313&playlistPageNum=1

CTV Northen Ontario :  Rail Service

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Screening of Documentary Film: De-Railed: The National Dream

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Thank you City of Sault Ste Marie and stay tuned for upcoming campaign events and media coverage

1.  Thank you City of Sault Ste Marie and CAPT supporters

CAPT expresses our gratitude to the Councillors and Mayor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie for passing the resolution of support for the request to the Federal Government for funding of the ACR Passenger Service last evening.  We also want to thank the many supporters who came to show their support.  One couple drove 5.5 hours from Lansing, Michigan to attend!  Please find below a suggested wording for any other municipalities and organizations to use if they wish to show support.

2.       Stay tuned:  We are planning a 3 day-media event, including town hall meetings in communities from the Sault to Hearst in February.  We will announce the dates, times and locations as soon as they are finalized.

  3.       Media coverage

  Un S.O.S. pour préserver le service ferroviaire Algoma Central - lavoixdunord.ca
http://lavoixdunord.ca/index.php/component/k2/item/960-un-s-o-s-pour-preserver-le-service-ferroviaire-algoma-central

Northern Hoot- Ghost Train by Jeff Hinich
http://www.northernhoot.com/news/northernvoices/ghostrain/

 Council urges feds to support ACR plan
http://www.saultstar.com/2015/01/26/council-urges-feds-to-support-acr-plan

Fight for the ACR Continues - Presentation to Sault Council & Letter for all to Send
http://www.wawa-news.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21844:fight-for-the-acr-continues-presentation-to-sault-council-a-letter-for-all-to-send&catid=118:district-news&Itemid=78

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Sault Ste Marie City Council Meeting Jan 26; sample letter to Minister Raitt; media coverage

1.     Sault Ste Marie City Council Meeting:  Jan. 26

Please pass the word around that we want to have as many passenger train supporters as possible in attendance at the Sault City Council Meeting on Monday, January 26 when council will be asked to vote on a resolution about the ACR passenger train.  The meeting starts at 4:30 pm and when the agenda is posted we will let you know the approximate time that it is expected to be discussed.

2.     Sample letter to Minister Lisa Raitt

 Below is a sample letter to send to Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt.  Feel free to use it as is or add or change anything that you wish and  insert your own stories about the value of the train to you.

Anyone sending letters or resolutions to Minister  Raitt  (mintc@tc.gc.ca), are encouraged to copy to the following individuals:

 Bryan Hayes, MP, Sault Ste. Marie (Bryan.Hayes.C1A@parl.gc.ca; Bryan.Hayes.P9@parl.gc.ca)

Carol Hughes, MP, Algoma Manitoulin (carol.hughes.a1@parl.gc.ca)

Greg Rickford, Minister for FedNor (greg.rickford@parl.gc.ca)

Robert Muir, Transport Canada (robert.muir@tc.gc.ca)

Jodi Parps, Transport Canada (jodi.parps@tc.gc.ca)

Tania Salamanca (FedNor) (tania.salamanca@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca)

 Florence Bailey  (FedBir) (florence.bailey@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca)

Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) (info@captrains.ca)

ALGOMA CENTRAL RAILWAY PASSENGER SERVICE Generic Letter of Support

The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Tower C - 330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N5

Dear Honourable Lisa Raitt:

RE: ALGOMA CENTRAL RAILWAY REMOTE PASSENGER SERVICE

I am writing this letter in support of the Algoma Central Railway Remote Passenger Service.

The Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service provides a significant return on Transport Canada's investment of $2.2 million, which generates between $38 million and $48 million in annual economic benefits for the region.

The total economic impact of the Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service also includes tax revenue, which annually accrues to all levels of Government, estimated to be between $5.1 million and $6.4 million, as well as generating employment opportunities estimated at approximately 170 to 220 jobs.

Without some form of public investment, this remote passenger line will not operate or have the opportunity to transition to self-sustainability. The discontinuation of the Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service will result in a significant loss of the economic benefits, tax revenue and jobs noted and an additional one-time economic impact on the values of properties located on, or in close proximity to, the rail line in an amount ranging between $60 million and $67 million.  400 km of the 470 km Algoma rail line is not accessible by public road.  Although there are some industrial roads into the rail corridor, they are built and maintained at the discretion of industry and cannot be relied upon for reliable, safe or long-term access. As a result of a discontinuation of the passenger train a number of businesses, communities and residents will be unable to access their properties, homes and cottages via public thoroughfares.

On April 14, 2014, Transport Canada Minister Raitt announced that: “The government is pleased to extend funding for another year to continue operation of ACR’s passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. This funding will give local stakeholders time to explore long-term solutions for passenger rail service in the area.”

In response, there has been a productive and collaborative effort by all affected stakeholders, including municipalities, First Nations, passengers, property owners, tourist operators and CN to develop a thoughtful, sustainable long-term solution for the ACR Passenger Service. Your colleague, MP Bryan Hayes, has been kept fully informed throughout this process, and his co-operation and positive engagement with stakeholders to-date have been greatly appreciated.

This effort included “Expression of Interest” and “Request for Proposals” processes, which resulted in identifying a qualified 3rd party operator, who has signed a letter of intent with CN to operate the Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service. This operator’s business plan states that the operation will be on a self sustaining basis after five years.

There is currently a request by the stakeholders and third party operator sent to you in last month that requests the Government of Canada enter into a five-year, $7 million contribution agreement (maximum) similar in design and structure to the annual contribution agreement Transport Canada has had with CN. This five-year contribution agreement  includes a 45% net subsidy reduction for the agreement period (over the previous five years) and more importantly fully terminates at the conclusion of the agreement.

In closing, I fully support the Government of Canada providing the funding requested toward the Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service initiative on an urgent basis.

Sincerely,

Name of person

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Bryan Hayes, MP, Sault Ste. Marie (Bryan.Hayes.C1A@parl.gc.ca; Bryan.Hayes.P9@parl.gc.ca)

Carol Hughes, MP, Algoma Manitoulin (carol.hughes.a1@parl.gc.ca)

Greg Rickford, Minister for FedNor (greg.rickford@parl.gc.ca)

Robert Muir, Transport Canada (robert.muir@tc.gc.ca)

Jodi Parps, Transport Canada (jodi.parps@tc.gc.ca)

Tania Salamanca (FedNor) (tania.salamanca@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca)

 Florence Bailey  (FedNor) (florence.bailey@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca)

Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) (info@captrains.ca)

 3.     Media coverage

Snow in Canyon
http://www.local2.ca/ssm/viewarticle.php?id=16496

In the Shadows of Giants: The Canyon in Winter.
http://agawagroupofseven.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-canyon-in-winter.html

 Algoma works part of Group of Seven donation
http://www.saultstar.com/2015/01/18/algoma-works-part-of-group-of-seven-donation

 Train group pushes for decision from feds about $7M contribution
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=85578

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Requesting support for next stage of the process to keep ACR passenger train

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In its efforts to communicate clearly to Minister Lisa Raitt and MPs Bryan Hayes and Carol Hughes, the ACR Stakeholder Working Group will be asking the various First Nations, municipalities and stakeholder groups such as CAPT to vote to adopt resolutions of support to be sent to the Federal government about the urgent need to continue funding the passenger service.  Individuals will also be asked to communicate that message in the form of personal letters.  We will be sending out a sample letter very soon.

Please save this date:  Monday, January 26  Sault Ste Marie City Council Meeting:  If you can, show up to show support when the ACR Working Group will be asking SSM City Council to vote in support of its resolution requesting federal funding for the passenger train.  Pass the word around so that there will be a large number of supporters present.  We will let you know more specifics re: the time closer to the 26th.

2.Latest media coverage

Task force on track: task force members
http://www.saultstar.com/2015/01/17/tour-train-on-track-task-force-members?tm_source=addThis&utm_medium=addthis_button_email&utm_campaign=
Tour+train+on+track%3A+task+force+members+%7C+Sault+Star#.VLrT0lhjE4g.email

Interview on Radio-Canada Jan 15, 2015  (en francais)
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/le_matin_du_nord/2012-2013
/archives.asp?date=2015%2F01%2F14&indTime=2361&idmedia=7228428

Shaun Parent climbs to new heights on northeastern Ontario ice - Sudbury - CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/shaun-parent-climbs-to-new-heights-on-northeastern-ontario-ice-1.2899691

 Link to latest post on Westernsreboot.com website:
http://westernsreboot.com/2015/01/17/mystery-train-algoma-central-railway-set-to-be-saved/

 

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Great news: 3rd party operator signs a contract with CN

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CAPT is delighted to let you know that a company committed to running the passenger service between the Sault and Hearst as well as the tour train has signed an agreement with CN.  Along with the rest of the ACR stakeholder working group of representatives from the First Nations, municipalities, businesses, cottagers, CAPT looks forward to working with the third party operator.  Now we must effectively communicate to Minister Lisa Raitt that the funding through the Federal Government Rail Passenger Stewardship and Support program is essential and must NOT end on March 15, 2015.  The ACR working group and CAPT will be announcing the various ways in which this communication will be organized.

 Thank you to all of you who have signed postcards to the Minister and MPs, have purchased CAPT calendars and T-shirts and made donations.  Your purchases and donations have allowed CAPT to pay for the printing of the postcards.

Here are links to the media coverage of this great news:

Mystery rail firm enters negotiations to operate ACR (update)http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/print.asp?c=84970

Feds asked to contribute funds for 5 years | Sault Starhttp://www.saultstar.com/2015/01/09/third-party-rail-operator-found-for-passenger-rail-service

 ACR stakeholders send rail funding proposal to Transport Canadahttp://www.wawa-news.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21768:acr-stakeholders-send-rail-funding-proposal-to-transport-canada&catid=128:weather&Itemid=253

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ACR stakeholders send rail funding proposal to Transport Canadahttp://www.wawa-news.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21768:acr-stakeholders-send-rail-funding-proposal-to-transport-canada&catid=128:weather&Itemid=253

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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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