CAPT Supports Transport Action Canada’s Letter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12/18/2015

Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains Media Release     

CAPT Supports Transport Action Canada's Letter

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) supports Transport Action Canada's concerns outlined in the letter below about the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) review which recommends considering the elimination of subsidies for the Toronto to Vancouver passenger train known as The Canadian.  This train is one of the few remaining passenger train services in Northern Ontario. It travels through remote First Nations and communities in Northern Ontario and crosses the Algoma Central Railway at Oba. The connection of The Canadian and the Algoma passenger train is one that those working to save and improve the Algoma passenger service plans to make more functional so that passengers from all over Canada can access the Algoma passenger train at Oba by transferring to and fromThe Canadian.  The recommendation in the CTA review was made without respecting the duty to consult First Nations as well as Northern Ontario communities that would be affected.  We call on local media to cover this matter that would further reduce Northern Ontario's already dysfunctional transportation system. 

 

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TRANSPORT ACTION CANADA


308 - 211 Bronson Ave.

OTTAWA, ON  K1R 6H5

Tel. 613 - 594 - 3290

 March 2nd 2016

 To: Linda Savory-Gordon, Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)

Subject: Review of Transportation Act suggests de-funding Northern Ontario VIA passenger train

 The report of the Canada Transportation Act review chaired by the Honourable David Emerson contains a number of recommendations, for Passenger Rail including:

 that the Government of Canada increase the use of private sector approaches for federally-operated passenger rail services including by:

a. considering the elimination of subsidies for the Toronto-Vancouver service;

b. supporting the on-going feasibility of a dedicated corridor from Montréal to Toronto;

c. continuing the federal subsidy for the regional and remote, and the Montréal- Halifax services, in partnership with, and with contributions from, the provinces and communities concerned; etc. ...

 Transport Action Canada has met with Ministry of Transport staff in Ottawa and discussed the Review, and will comment to the Ministry on a number of recommendations after analysing the report in depth.  Meanwhile, a letter to the Minister following the meeting contained the following remarks:

 "Although we haven't yet had opportunity to examine the document in detail, it would appear at first glance that the CTA review contains some ...  valid reflections on the true cost of highway transportation which have traditionally not been clearly identified at all levels of government.  ...

 "There is one clause in the report, however, which we immediately viewed as highly contentious and based on extremely dubious rationale.  Recommendation 2(a) in Section 8.3 suggests that the Government of Canada consider the elimination of federal government support for the Toronto-Vancouver passenger rail service, currently provided by VIA's flagship train The Canadian

 "At the same time, the report endorses continued subsidies for remote services, while appearing to ignore the reality that the major contributor to the Canadian's operating deficit is that it runs through some 1500 kilometres of sparsely-populated northern Ontario, making it very much a mandated remote service to communities along the line - while at the same time fulfilling its flagship role as Canada's sole surviving coast-to-coast passenger train.

 "There have been allegations that the Canadian represents unfair taxpayer-supported competition for the privately-owned tour company Rocky Mountaineer.  This is not correct.  The two operations are vastly different.  The Rocky Mountaineer train is an award-winning upscale tourism product, but it does not provide a basic transportation service for Canadians.  Unlike the Canadian, it offers only package tours; it is not possible to purchase an economy-class seat between any two points on its route.  It does not operate on a year-round basis, nor does it run east of the Rockies.

 "While the VIA-operated train offers its own upscale product, it is one quite different from that of Rocky Mountaineer, and furthermore is priced to achieve full cost recovery.  In fact, its revenues help support the basic transportation service that this train also provides in the course of its cross-Canada run.  We believe it is vitally important that these realities be kept in mind, and that any efforts to reduce public expenditures for the Canadian be focused on maximizing revenues and ensuring that it operates in the most cost-effective manner - without compromising the unique experience and excellent service for which it has achieved an outstanding worldwide reputation. ... "

 Transport Action Canada wishes to alert the communities served by the Canadian between Winnipeg to Capreol to this potential threat to access and mobility in Northern Ontario.  They include Minaki, Sioux Lookout, Armstrong, Nakina, Longlac, Hornepayne, Oba, Gogama, and Sudbury Junction. The train provides through travel south to Toronto and west to Winnipeg and Vancouver.

 For further information, please contact Harry Gow, President, Transport Action Canada;

tel.  450-787-3719.

About CAPT

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of individuals, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and other interests who recognize the significant economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental value of passenger rail servicing and interconnecting the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario's Algoma District to each other, Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world. To accomplish this goal, CAPT has been working with local groups to organize events in the community that utilize the railway as a means of advertising and demonstrating its usefulness in the area.

Media Contact

Dr. Linda Savory Gordon

Phone: 705-949-2301, Ext. 4320

Email: linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca

 

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Book sale, Film screening, Board member receives award

CAPT Book Sale

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is holding a book sale near the Food Court at the Station Mall in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The book sale will take place on:

  • Friday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and
  • Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We are looking for volunteers to help with this sale and books. 

If you have books to donate please take them to the tables we will have at the Station Mall near the food court on Thurs. evening (Mar 3) from 5 to 8 pm. or any time that the sale is on.  

Please contact Lauren at Lauren.Doxtater@algomau.ca to let her know if you can help out, even if it is for just a couple of hours, on Thurs evening, Friday or Saturday

Come to the Mall and check out the variety of books available at reasonable prices and help support CAPT at the same time.

Film Painted Land :  Change of Date: March 23rd not March 3 :

Screening of Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven at the Grand Theatre, Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday March 23rd  from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM at The Grand Theatre - 641 Queen St E Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A6 CA.

The screening is hosted by NORDIK  and will be followed by a panel: Connecting Land, Art and People: Multiple Perspectives moderated by Shirley Horn, Chancellor of Algoma University.

Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults.  They can be purchased at Shabby Motley, Café Natura or online at www.nordikinstitute.com.

 AWARD

CAPT Board Member, Dorothy Macnaughton, receives prestigious award, the Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award, for her activism in defence of people with disabilities. She is legally blind and has been a passionate volunteer with the CNIB for decades. Click on this link to hear an interview with her on CBC Radio: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2683938288

Sault Ste. Marie accessibility activist recognized. On CBC Radio Up North February 16, 2016

 

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Volunteers Needed!

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is holding a book sale near the Food Court at the Station Mall in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

The book sale will take place on:

  • Friday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and
  • Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We are looking for volunteers to help with this sale!  

Please contact Lauren at Lauren.Doxtater@algomau.ca to let her know when you can offer your time, even if it is for just a couple of hours. 

Come to the Mall and check out the variety of books available at reasonable prices and help support CAPT at the same time.

Save the date :

Screening of Painted Land :  In Search of the Group of Seven at the Grand Theatre, SSM on March 3 at 7p.m.  More information to follow.

Latest Media Coverage:

CTV Northern Ontario:  Searchmont Station
http://bit.ly/20Ww46y

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captlogosmallIMPORTANT CORRECTION: BOOK SALE BEGINS THURSDAY, NOT WED, MARCH 3 with book drop off from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

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CAPT book sale and latest media coverage

CAPT Book Sale: March 4 and 5th

Under the leadership of Dorothy and Richard Macnaughton, CAPT is holding a book sale at the Station Mall from Friday March 4 (set up) to Saturday, March 5th until mall closing (5:30 p.m.).  We sell books beginning on Wednesday evening.

Books can be picked up ahead of time by Dorothy and Richard (705-759-0733), if that works best, or you can deliver them directly to the mall during the sale, preferably Friday between 5 and 8.  Donations of books, CDs, or DVDs are much appreciated so that CAPT can raise funds to help cover expenses as we work towards improved and increased passenger service for everyone in the Algoma District.

Set up at the mall will begin at 5 p.m. on March 4.  At this time, we will have tables set up at the Centre Court.  As the boxes arrive at the mall, there will be identified categories on the tables where books will be placed.  Boxes are ideally placed on the floor near the appropriate category.  Any unsorted books can be put where they belong quite easily.  Richard and Dorothy and Donna and Mark Cushley can assist people who will be helping so they will know where to put boxes or books.

Assistance is required at the Food Court of the Station Mall from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday  Mar 4 from 9 to 9 and Saturday Mar 5 from 9 to 5:30 as well as from 5:30 to 7:00 on Saturday to help pack up the remaining books. Please contact Lauren Doxtater at 705 949 2301 lauren.doxtater@algomau.ca to let her  know when you can help even if it is just for a couple hours.

Any materials that remain will go to the Garden River and Thessalon First Nations Libraries.

Please help CAPT by: (1) donating books, CDs and DVDs, (2) buying books,  and/or (3) volunteering sometime during the sale.

Dorothy and Richard Macnaughton

Latest media coverage

“North gould (2)'source of refuge' for Gould” By Brian Kelly, Sault Star   Friday, January 29, 2016
 http://www.saultstar.com/2016/01/29/north-source-of-refuge-for-gould

CTV Northern Ontario: Glenn Gould   by Jairus Patterson Jan 30, 2016
bit.ly/1KO8H5y

 Glenn Gould was the 'strange bird' locked in Wawa Motor Inn room 102 - SooToday.com Jeff Klassen
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/glen-gould-was-the-strange-bird-locked-in-wawa-motor-inn-room-102-191691

CBC Radio Up North A look at Glenn Gould's connection to northern Ontario February 9, 2016 Canadian pianist Glenn Gould spent time in northern Ontario. A new book by Sault Ste. Marie author Dale Innes showcases Gould's connections to the region.
http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2683286712

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Media release for Glenn Gould book launch; recent media coverage

1.     Media release for book launch for Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations: Saturday, January 30, 2016 2-4 pm.  Hope many of you can attend.


Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains Media Release

     Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON: January 26, 2016): NORDIK Institute and the Coalition gould (2)for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) are pleased to announce a launch and book signing for Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations by Dale Innes on Saturday, January 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Art Gallery of Algoma.  This is a great opportunity to meet the author and hear some excerpts from the book.  This will be accompanied by some visual images of Gould in Northern Ontario and some of his audio recordings of Bach.  Light refreshments made from local foods will be served.  All are welcome and admission is free.

For years, Innes has had a passion for the work of the legendary and eccentric Canadian pianist, and in particular with his interpretations of Bach's "Goldberg Variations". "Glenn Gould was a complex man, never afraid of venturing into uncharted territory, both artistically and geographically" says Innes,   a Sault Ste. Marie musicologist, pianist, piano teacher, and now author.  "In his total disregard for the musical establishment and his originality of thought and musical interpretation, he was able to bring the music of Bach to vast new audiences through his recordings."

  Beginning with Gould's early piano studies with his mother, who as a teenager lived and studied music in Sault Ste. Marie, and with the famous Alberto Guerrero at the Toronto (Royal) Conservatory of Music, Innes takes the reader through Gould's international concert career to his decision to stop concertizing in order to focus on recording and writing. She also examines the influence that Northern Ontario had on his desire for solitude and for artistic inspiration. "During the 1960s and 1970s, his regular trips from Toronto up to the Wawa region provided him with the silence, space, serenity and solitude that he needed to be able to fulfil his musical vision" states Innes.  

From a musicologist's point of view, the book critically evaluates the authenticity of his interpretation of the Goldberg Variations and the dynamics behind audience receptivity of this music. This book is fascinating reading for both a lay audience and musicians alike.

Innes's own career has led her steadily towards this project. She spent years as the music coordinator for Algoma University, as a piano teacher for the Algoma Conservatory of Music, and as a senior piano examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She is currently a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA) and a Research Associate of NORDIK, a research institute affiliated with Algoma University. In 1999, she coordinated the Glenn Gould Northern Tour with the Glenn Gould Foundation, a tour that brought Gould specialists and enthusiasts from around the world to Gould's favorite spots around Wawa and its environs. Since 2008, Innes has been an organizer and presenter for Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)'s annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event.  Linda Savory Gordon, spokesperson for CAPT and research associate at NORDK, states:  "Dale Innes is an exceptional resource for the annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event which has drawn many Gould enthusiasts to the Sault and Algoma District to follow in his footsteps". We are deeply appreciative of the many volunteer hours that this Gould expert has dedicated to the train event and the contribution of her knowledge to culture-based tourism in Algoma. "

The book is now available at the Art Gallery of Algoma, 10 East Street, and Shabby Motley, 356 Queen St. East an Tom Walls School of Music, 505 Albert St E. It is also available from Penumbra Press (www.penumbrapress.com).

For further information, please contact Dale Innes at 705.942-3016 or email daleinnes@shaw.ca.

About CAPT

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of individuals, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and other interests who recognize the significant economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental value of passenger rail servicing and interconnecting the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario's Algoma District to each other, Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world. To accomplish this goal, CAPT has been working with local groups to organize events in the community that utilize the railway as a means of advertising and demonstrating its usefulness in the area

Media Contact

Dr. Linda Savory Gordon

Phone: 705-949-2301, Ext. 4320

Email: linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca


 2.     Latest media coverage

Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations - wawa-news.com

http://wawa-news.com/2016/01/26/seeking-solitude-glenn-gould-and-the-goldberg-variations
http://wawa-news.com/2016/01/26/seeking-solitude-glenn-gould-and-the-goldberg-variations/

Maybe I' m just stupid but this doesn' t make sense to me
http://www.northernlife.ca/mobile/displayarticle.aspx?id=103278

Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations   Saultonline.com January 26, 2016
http://saultonline.com/2016/01/seeking-solitude-glenn-gould-and-the-goldberg-variations-2/

 

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Great news about new Missanabie Cree First Nation partnerships

Hello CAPT supporters:
Missanabilogo
There has been some very good news this week about one of the First Nations represented on the ACR Working Group by Chief Jason Gauther, Chief of Missanabie Cree First Nation (MCFN).  MCFN recently signed joint ventures with 7 industry partners (specializing in  fields such as surveying, mineral extraction and blasting).  These partnerships will allow Missanabie Cree First Nation to develop new opportunities in their traditional territories.  The ACR Passenger Train Stakeholders Working Group has already had a very positive experience in partnering with Chief Gauthier who represents both MCFN and the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum (NSRCF) on the ACR working group.  We congratulate Chief Gauthier on the new partnerships formed with the seven northern companies announced in the links to  media coverage below.  We look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with Chief Gauthier on behalf of MCFN and NSRCF as we continue to develop a long-term sustainable passenger train service that will serve our whole region.

Media

 Missanabie Cree First Nation signs important agreements with northern companies | KiSS 100.5 Soo
http://www.kisssoo.com/2016/01/19/missanabie-cree-first-nation-signs-important-agreements-with-northern-companies/

CTV Northern News: New Partnerships   by Jordan Allard
http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=791498&binId=1.1142313&playlistPageNum=1

Missanabie Cree FN Signs Joint Venture Agreements with Seven Partners - wawa-news.com
http://wawa-news.com/2016/01/19/missanabie-cree-fn-signs-joint-venture-agreements-with-seven-partners/

'You have to know where you’re coming from to know where you’re going'  Sootoday   January 19, 2016 by: Kenneth Armstrong
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/you-have-to-
know-where-youre-coming-from-to-know-where-youre-going-187470

 Missanabie Cree First Nation partners with 7 area companies
http://www.sault-canada.com/en/NewsModule/index.aspx?corpId=bcTKpWSE7Op9PiMXuaTQLQeQuAleQuAl&newsId
=1adPlUsshqrF9mIrWnPlUsJ1eUPAeQuAleQuAl.

 Missanabie Cree makes joint venture arrangements: Northern Ontario Business   January 19, 2016
http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/Industry-News/aboriginal-businesses/2016/01/Missanabie-Cree-make-joint-venture-arrangements.aspx

 

 

 

 

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Digital Letters to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne

The letter is now in the form of a petition that you can fill out and send on-line by clicking on this link:

https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-kathleen-wynne-marc-garneau-carolyn-bennett-catherine-mckenna-terry-sheehan-carol-hughes-steven-del-duca-michael-gravelle-david-zimmer-glen-r-murray-northern-ontario-needs-passenger-trains-too?recruiter=438018678&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Note: This petition is available in 4 languages.
1.English
2.French
3.Anishinabemowin
4.Cree
CreeLetterNEORN Click here to get the Cree version

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Gould Book Launch; latest media coverage

gould (2)1.     Gould Book Launch:

For several years CAPT has organized the annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event.  Participants take the passenger train to Hawk Junction and are shuttled to Wawa where they are led  by musicologist Dale Innes on a tour of the places iconic Canadian pianist Glenn Gould used to visit on his summer vacation.  Dale Innes has written a book about Gould that many CAPT supporters will find very informative.  Here is an invitation to the book launch.  Please pass the word around.


NORDIK Institute and Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) are pleased to invite you Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations

by Dale Innes


Saturday, January 30, 2–4 PM
Art Gallery of Algoma
10 East Street, Sault Ste. Marie


Join us at
Art Gallery of Algoma for the book launch of Seeking Solitude: Glenn Gould and the Goldberg Variations. The author will give a brief presentation about her work and be available for book signing afterwards. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. We hope to see you there!

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About the book:
Glenn Gould's legacy continues to intrigue us; new areas of research emerge every year. In this study, Dale Innes explores the evolution of Glenn Gould's interpretation of the keyboard music of J.S. Bach, with particular emphasis on the contrast between his youthful 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations and his final 1981 recording of the same work.
More information on the book >>

About the author:
Dale Innes is a musicologist, pianist, music teacher and now author from Sault Ste. Marie. For years, Innes has had a passion for the work of the legendary pianist Glenn Gould who, later in life, found refuge and inspiration along the coast of Lake Superior and the Wawa area, Ontario.

2.     Latest Media Coverage:

“Passenger train operator to be chosen soon”  By: Ian Ross  Northern Ontario Business   Published on: 1/5/2016
http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/Industry-News/transportation/2016/01/Passenger-train-operator-to-be-chosen-soon.aspx

 

 

 

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capt email message(2)

1.     Last week to go to the CAPT table at the Station Mall:

 We very much appreciate the many hours that several CAPT volunteers have put in at the CAPT tables at the Station Mall.  The last days that we have scheduled are Wed. Dec. 16 and Thurs. Dec. 17.  So if you haven’t already, please take this opportunity to come by from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to buy a 2016 CAPT calendar, t-shirts for adults and children and/or to sign a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premiere Wynne (that we copy to several ministers and MPs).  The table this week is in front of EB Games store.  The money made on the calendar and t-shirt sales and private donations are all that CAPT brings in to contribute to the ACR Working Group’s efforts to save the passenger train.  Other ways to purchase the calendars are at Shabby Motley, 356 Queen St E, at the Algoma University Bookstore or contact Linda Savory Gordon at linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca or 705 949 2301 ext 4320.  By mailing a cheque for $12 for each calendar to her at NORDIK, Algoma U, 1520 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4 the calendars will be mailed to you.

2.     On-line letters petition

 We are so happy to tell you that at the time of writing this message 696 people have signed the digital letters to the Prime Minister and Premiere with copies to several relevant ministers.  Most of those who have signed have written great comments about why this issue is so important to them and to Northern Ontario and Canada. Please pass the word to your contacts who have not signed to please do so. Here is the link to click on and share by Facebook, Twitter of Email: https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-kathleen-wynne-marc-garneau-carolyn-bennett-catherine-mckenna-terry-sheehan-carol-hughes-steven-del-duca-michael-gravelle-david-zimmer-glen-r-murray-northern-ontario-needs-passenger-trains-too?recruiter=438018678&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

 3.     Latest media coverage:

 Search for train operator continues By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star  Thursday, December 10, 2015
http://www.saultstar.com/2015/12/10/search-for-train-operator-continues

 Many thanks to Bob Diotte (who has a column in the Sault This Week) for telling readers about the 2016 CAPT calendars.  Just a tiny correction:  Bob, the price is $12  not $15 each.

"Sky Studio additions, CAPT calendars, Ward 2 vote" by Bob Diotte in  Sault This Week  Tuesday, December 8, 2015
http://www.saultthisweek.com/2015/12/08/sky-studio-additions-capt-calendars-ward-2-vote

 

This is a  story written by a former resident of Oba (on the ACR), Glenn Louttit, whose family moved to Oba when he was only 6.

"The Way Things Are"  in The Northern Hoot  by Glen Louttit December 14, 2015
http://northernhoot.com/the-way-things-are/

More Transportation Options to the North | Ontario.ca
https://talks.ontario.ca/idea/more-transportation-options-north

 

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