Film about ACR and famous painters; recent media coverage

1.     Painted Land Film about ACR and Group of Seven (famous Canadian artists)

Don’t be disappointed.  Buy your tickets now to the Algoma Fall Festival screening of the documentary film about the work done by local Group of Seven expert Michael Burtch and adventurers Joanie and Gary McGuffin to locate sites of Group of Seven paintings along the Algoma Central Railway line.  Over the past several years the formidable threesome has taken the train to various locations where the famous Group of Seven artists painted some of their most significant works.  It was while they were living in a box car on the train and in tourist cabins along the line that the Group of Seven is said to have formed as a “group”. (This film by White Pine Productions will be shown on TV Ontario this fall.)   When you see Painted Land you will see how essential it is for the passenger train service on the ACR to continue as that is the only way that people can access the places where some of the Canada’s most iconic works were painted.  This special screening of the film will be an opportunity for you to hear from Michael Burtch, Joanie and Gary McGuffin about their experiences doing their amazing research along the ACR rail corridor.  Click on the link below to find out how to purchase tickets.

Painted Land - The Film and Exhibition
Friday, October 2 to Saturday, October 3

2.     Recent Media Coverage

Dodds: Passenger train service generating interest
By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star Thursday, August 27, 2015

Still Standing:  CBC TV Sept 2, 2015  (in the second half there is a part about the ACR passenger train)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Working Group Press release and latest media coverage

1.    The SSMEDC and BDO, on behalf of the ACR Passenger Service Stakeholders Working Group, have issued a request for proposal for a third party operator.  This is the media release that was sent out:

Sault Ste. Marie, ON (August 18, 2015) – The group vying to retain passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst issued a request for proposal (RFP) on August 14. The ACR Passenger Service Stakeholders Working Group sent the invitation to 25 businesses across North America, asking them to tender proposals to operate the rail service. Proponents have until September 9 to make official submissions.

“With funding available to support the ACR passenger rail service, we’re making every effort to secure a viable third-party rail operator,” said Tom Dodds, interim Chair of the Working Group. “However, given the timing, a new operator is not expected to be in place until at least the fourth quarter of 2015. We’re playing the hand we’ve been dealt and doing our best to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”

It should be noted that the ACR passenger service is separate from the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. The tourist attraction, which takes riders on a one-day wilderness excursion 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, is not impacted by the disruption of the ACR passenger service. CN will continue to operate the Tour Train for the entire current season ending October 12.

2.    Latest Media Coverage

CTV Northern Ontario :  Businesses Unhappy  Jordan Allard

New search starts for rail operator | Sault Star   Brian Kelly  August 19

ACR stakeholders seeking new rail operator | Sault Star

ACR stakeholders formally seeking new rail operator

NDP comments on ACR 'crossed the line,' Hayes says | Sault Star 

Hayes Responds To Skip Morrison on Passenger Train Service

Liberals and Conservatives failed the passenger train, says Skip
Monday, August 17, 2015   by: Kenneth Armstrong

CTV Northern Ontario :  Soo Rail Service  Lincoln Louttit

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Reminder to please attend the Sault City Council meeting today

Please attend the Sault City Council meeting today, June 22, at 4:30 pm

Latest Media Coverage:

No passenger rail service expected before Tuesday. Many stranded

EDC can't recommend signing with Railmark | Sault Star

Posted in De-Railed: The National Dream | Leave a comment

CAPT board member Isadore Day elected new Ontario regional chief and reminder re: Council meeting Monday

1)      CAPT board member Isadore Day elected new Ontario regional chief

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Chief Isadore Day, a member of the CAPT board, on his recent election as Ontario Regional Chief. Here is an article about this:

2)      Please attend the Sault City Council Meeting on Monday, June 22 at 4:30 pm to show your support for the continuation of the Algoma Passenger Train.  Wear your CAPT t-shirt if you have one and if you don’t we will give you one when you arrive.

Recent Media

Don't sign that railway deal, says working group chair (updated)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Please attend Sault Council Meeting: Mon. June 22, 4:30 pm

Please attend and encourage all of your contacts to attend this very important meeting of City Council on Mon. June 22.  We know that many of you have taken the time in the past to attend city council meetings to show your support for the continuation of the ACR Passenger Train.  We ask you to once again take the time to let Sault Ste Marie Mayor Provenzano and all the Councillors  know how much we value their support for the continuation of this important piece of transportation infrastructure.  The passenger service is the only way for people to access the ACR tourism corridor between the Sault and Hearst.  This brings tourists and others to the Sault all year round---snowmobilers, ice-fishers and ice-climbers in the winter, canoeists to remote rivers in the spring summer and fall, customers to lodges all year round and out-of-town family and friends visiting camp-owners—all having a positive impact on our local economy.  Keep this unique rail service going---an essential part of our transportation infrastructure!

  Recent Media coverage:

City still has role to play in rail service | Sault Star

 CTV Northern Ontario: Soo railway issue

 What will happen to that five million bucks?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CAPT Update

I005t is time to provide a quick update about the Algoma Passenger Train.  We continue to be very appreciative of the hard work that the Sault Ste Marie EDC under the leadership of Tom Dodds has been doing to prepare the agreements between Transport Canada and the City of Sault Ste. Marie and between the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the new operator of the passenger train—Railmark.   Sault Ste. Marie City Council approved the agreements in principle at their meeting on April 13, 2015.  When the final wording of the agreements is completed and when Railmark has satisfied the City that it has met all the conditions and provided necessary documentation, the agreements will be presented to Council.  We will let you know the date of that meeting so that you can show your support by attending. As part of the ACR Working Group, CAPT expresses our sincere gratitude to Tom Dodds, the City of Sault Ste Marie and Transport Canada for all that they are doing to maintain passenger service on this amazing, remote rail line.

 Meanwhile the passenger train is running on the same schedule as usual:  northbound on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and southbound on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.   We encourage everyone to take the train to all sorts of destinations: to a lodge or resort, to their camps, to take a canoe on the train to start a canoe trip on one of the many rivers that cross the rail line or to visit Hawk Junction/Wawa, Dubreilville or Hearst.

 And stay tuned for details about the Taste of Hearst/Saveur de Hearst, Sept 11-12, 2015 and the annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event on Sept 18-20, 2015.   Save those dates!!!!!

Here is a link to Radio Canada’s coverage of the visit by two Blind River residents who went to Hearst to practice their French and attend the French book fair called “Le Salon du livre”.  CAPT and the EDC of Hearst plan to organize opportunities for more people to visit the 95% francophone city of Hearst to practice their French or to just experience the warm hospitality of this French-speaking community at the north end of the Algoma passenger train line.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Earth Day from CAPT


When James Howard Kuntsler was asked what would be the first thing to be done to decrease carbon emissions, he answered that the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions right away would be to switch to more rail transportation of people and freight and reduce reliance on road and air travel.  So let’s mark this earth day (April 22) by continuing our efforts to enhance and restore passenger train service on the lines that currently exist in Northern Ontario.  These lines have been there since the early 1900s and could and should still be used for passenger service.  Let’s persuade our governments that we need those passenger services back!


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you, Sault Ste. Marie City Council


CAPT extends our heart-felt thanks to Mayor Christian Provenzano and the Sault City Councillors for their Monday evening approval in principle of a plan that will allow federal funding for the ACR passenger train to flow through the City of Sault Ste. Marie.  As a result of this approval, legal documents between the City and Transport Canada and another agreement between the City and the third-party operator—Railmark Canada—will now be written up and a final city by-law about this will be considered hopefully at the April 27th meeting.   Sault Ste Marie Council and staff have been immensely supportive and hard-working on this issue.  Under the leadership of Joe Fratesi (CAO, City of Sault Ste Marie) and Tom Dodds (CEO, Sault Ste Marie Economic Development Corporation), the City of Sault Ste Marie has been working non-stop over the past 16 months to ensure the continuation of the ACR passenger train and the huge economic benefit that it brings to the Algoma region.

Recent media coverage:

City agrees in principle to funding agreement | Sault Star

 Sault Agrees to Terms of Sault to Hearst Rail Deal

On Your Railmark, Get Set, Go! City of SSM Gets to the Business of Passenger Train Service - Northern Hoot

ONTC now in the hands of northern Ontarians

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

IMPORTANT: attend Sault City Council Meeting at 4:30 pm on Monday


SaultCivicCentreImportant Reminder:  Please tell as many of your contacts and family members that it is very important to attend Sault City Council Meeting at 4:30 pm on Monday.  The Council will be deciding whether the funding from Transport Canada for the ACR will be administered by the City. This decision is crucial for the funding to flow. We want to show Transport Canada how important this is to all who have been working so hard to keep the passenger train between the Sault and Hearst.  Hope to see lots of you there!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Show up in large numbers at Sault City Council Meeting Monday
Apr 13 at 4:30 pm


Council will be asked to approve the principles for the legal agreements needed to ensure the transfer of the funding for approved ACR  costs between the government and the city. An agreement will then be made between the city and Railmark Canada.

For more information click on this link to a Sault Star article.

City awaits legal agreement for ACR train transfer | Sault Star

Author speaking this evening (April 8 ) at Sault College about Climate Change

If you support rail you are no doubt aware that  increasing transportation by train is one of the quickest ways that we can reduce carbon emissions and climate change.

Clean North is sponsoring a speaker about whom you can find more information at this link:

News about rail supporters in Southern Ontario:

Back to the future | The London Free Press

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment