Painted Land DVDs now available; media coverage

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Painted Land : In Search of the Group of Seven DVDs now available

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful documentary film Painted Land : In Search of the Group of Seven can now be purchased as a DVD at the Art Gallery of Algoma or on line at   http://www.whitepinepictures.com/shop/painted-land-in-search-of-the-group-of-seven/?v=3e8d115eb4b3.

A copy of the film was given to Prime Minister Trudeau to impress upon him the importance that the Algoma passenger train has for tourism in our region.  The film depicts the way in which some of the most famous Canadian artists came together as a group (the Group of Seven) on the Algoma passenger train. From a boxcar and tourist cabins along the line, the painters went on day-trips along the rail corridor to paint some of their most important works. Since the research about their painting sites was done by Michael Burtch, Joanie and Gary McGuffin, and the film about that research has been viewed across Canada and parts of the US, there is a huge interest by prospective tourists to take the train to visit some of those sites.  Without the passenger train being restored our region will not benefit from those tourists.  This is just one of so many reasons that we are continuing our collective efforts to bring back the train!  Meanwhile treat yourself and/or your friends and relatives to this great opportunity to see the film by purchasing it at the Art Gallery of Algoma or on line.

  1. Media Coverage :

Support for Restoration of Algoma Passenger Train/ Bear Train Growing  -  MyAlgoma.ca October 20, 2016
http://myalgoma.ca/2016/10/20/support-for-restoration-of-algoma-passenger-train-bear-train-growing/

CTV Northern Ontario News « Missing out on the season » Jordan Allard Oct 20, 2016
http://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=976881&binId=1.1142313&playlistPageNum=1

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Support for Restoration of Algoma Passenger Train/ Bear Train Growing

 

The Algoma Passenger Train Working Group is pleased to announce that support for efforts to bring back the Algoma Passenger Train, or the Bear Train, continues to grow.  The working group recently received a letter of support from the Ontario  Fur Managers Federation (OFMF) (please see below).  Many trappers whose lines are only accessible by the Algoma passenger train are very upset about their inability to manage their trapping territories.  Managing fur-bearing populations is important both for a healthy ecosystem as well as for the economic well-being of the fur managers and related businesses.

The Ontario Fur managers Federation's mission is:

  • To promote the conservation and sustainability of fur bearers and the eco-system.
  • To promote the general welfare of the trappers of Ontario.
  • To promote the humane harvest of fur bearers on a continual basis.
  • To promote and participate in the continuing education of fur harvesters.
  • To promote and participate in public education and awareness.
  • To represent the trappers of Ontario in any and all resource management issues.

Their website is: http://www.furmanagers.com/


This new letter of support is added to the list of resolutions and letters of support already sent by:  The Corporation of the Town of Hearst, The Corporation of the Municipality of Wawa, the Corporation of the Township of Dubreuilville, the Corporation of the Township of Hornpayne, the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the Corporation of the City of Timmins, by the Mask-Wa Residents Association, the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains, Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon, Mushkegwuk Council,  Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, Chiefs of Ontario, Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association, National Aboriginal Caucus of Canadian Federation of Students, Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Famous Canadian Artist Robert Bateman


Ontario Fur Managers Federation

531 Second Line E

Sault Ste Marie, ON     P6B 4K2

Phone:  (705) 254-3338

Fax: (705) 254-3297

Website:  www.furmanagers.com


October 18, 2016

Dear Sir/Madame,

The OFMF Board of Directors discussed the Resolution re: Algoma Passenger Train put forward by the Algoma Passenger Train Working Group at our Board of Directors meeting in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Board of Directors passed a motion to support this Resolution as a whole. This was unanimously passed and supported by the 16 Directors representing 6,000 members across Ontario.

The OFMF Board believes that both the Federal Minister and Provincial Minister of Transportation should work quickly to reinstate Algoma passenger train service to the trappers, stakeholders and communities affected by the cancellation of rail service. This service is vital to the survival of businesses and commercial trapping in this area.

Sincerely on behalf of the OFMF Board of Directors,

Robin Horwath

General Manager

Ontario Fur Managers Federation

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 Contacts

Dr. Linda Savory Gordon

Phone: 705-949-2301, Ext. 4320

Email: linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca or info@captrains.ca 

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Town Hall Meeting Nov. 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

Town Hall Meeting

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Latest media coverage

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
09/16/2016

Group of Seven Tourism Opportunities, says Michael Burtch

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains received this important letter from Michael Burtch, artist and art historian and former Director of the Art Gallery of Algoma:

"The McGuffins and I began doing intensive research in Algoma in 2008 with the expressed purpose of locating, documenting and interpreting Group of Seven painting sites along the ACR corridor. It was that corridor that gave access to these now famous Canadian painters to a landscape that provided inspiration for their iconic works of art. In 2013 White Pine Pictures began to document our search and in October 2015 the documentary film Painted Land, in Search of the Group of Seven premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The Georgia Straight called it a "must-see" film, and an "eye opener". The film has been broadcast repeatedly on TVO with plans for more broadcasts from the Documentary Channel and Yes TV. It has been screened to full houses in cities from Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Yellowknife to Toronto, Oakville, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Kitchener, Montreal and Wolfville, NS, cities in Michigan, and others too numerous to list. The film was selected by the Ontario media Development Corporation to launch its 10th Anniversary celebration at the Bloor St. Cinema in Toronto and on June 22, the Directors Guild of Canada announced that it was one of four nominees, out of 260 submissions, for the prestigious Allan King Award of Excellence in Documentary Film.

This film has shone a spotlight on Algoma and the region's importance in the shaping of a vision of Canada, and our project would have been almost impossible to realize had it not been for the passenger train and the access to these heritage locations. Gary and Joanie and I attend as many of these screening as possible and one of the first questions we get during the Question and Answer sessions is, can visitors bring their canoes and camping gear on the train and have the Group of Seven experience themselves. We sadly have to answer no; not at this point in time! This is a travesty, a travesty made more poignant at a time when the province has launched a new initiative to re-brand the province using the Group of Seven legacy, particularly in Algoma. The cancellation of the passenger train has also had a negative impact on educators who want to follow the lead that Algoma University established by offering art courses on the very locations that are now becoming familiar even to international audiences. The cancellation has also curtailed the Group of Seven/Glenn Gould Train Event, an annual tour that attracted participants from far reaches of this country and the United States. I urge the Federal Government to reconsider its position and provide the funding that is so urgently needed.

Michael Burtch
Art Historian and former Director, Art Gallery of Algoma"

On the eve of the annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event, CAPT is sharing Burtch's letter with the media and the broader public to underline the missed tourism opportunities that the cancellation of the passenger train is causing for businesses in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma district.

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.-30-
Media Contacts
Dr. Linda Savory Gordon
Phone: 705-949-2301, Ext. 4320
Email: linda.savory-gordon@algomau.ca or info@captrains.ca Michael Burtch
Email: michaelburtch@shaw.ca
Phone: 705 942 6009
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Parliament e-petition and successful media conference

Parliament of Canada e-petition ready for signatures

Parliament of Canada e-petition is now posted on the Parliament of Canada website.  We ask you to pass the link below to any people you think would like to sign it.  Please click on the llink and sign it right away.  We have 120 days to collect signatures.

Petition to the Minister of Transport on the Parliament of Canada website
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-501

 Media Conference Very Successful

 Thank you to all those who attended the media conference to voice the horrible impacts they are experiencing since the passenger train ended over a year ago.  And a huge thank you to all of the reporters who attended and had lots of good questions.  Here is the media coverage so far :  (It was also on CBC radio and KISS 100.5 FM)

 ·         Going Off the Rails: Feds Need to Get Back on Track By Steffanie Petroni   Northern Hoot on August 16, 2016
http://www.northernhoot.com/going-off-rails-feds-need-to-get-back-on-track/

 ·         Couple describes gruelling trek to get to camp (3 photos) - SooToday.com  Darren Taylor
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/couple-describes-gruelling-trek-to-get-to-camp-3-photos-356499

 ·         CTV Northern Ontario: Soo to Hearst rail service  Aug 15, 2016   by Jordan Allard
http://bit.ly/2b9ORZR

 ·         Passenger train frustration voiced in gathering  Monday, August 15, 2016  Sault Star by Charlie Pinkerton
http://www.saultstar.com/2016/08/15/passenger-train-frustration-voiced-in-gathering

·         Train boosters in North frustrated  In Sudbury Stary Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Charlie Pinkerton
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2016/08/16/train-boosters-in-north-frustrated

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Parliament of Canada e-petition ready for signatures

Parliament of Canada e-petition is now posted on the Parliament of Canada website.  We ask you to pass the link below to any people you think would like to sign it. 

Please click on the link and sign it right away.  We have 120 days to collect signatures.

Petition to the Minister of Transport on the Parliament of Canada website
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-501

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Latest Media Coverage and Painted Land on TVO Aug 3 9 pm

Latest media coverage:

 ·         NEORN slams federal government over lack of funding for the Algoma Central passenger train   Taylor Ablett  Myalgomamanitoulinnow.com — July 27, 2016
http://www.myalgomamanitoulinnow.com/8978/8978/

·         Province receives an earful | North Bay Nugget
http://www.nugget.ca/2016/07/27/northerners-feel-shortchanged-when-it-comes-to-public-transit

 ·         Concern about the north not being treated fairly  by bob.coles   Country600.com on July 27, 2016, 08:07am. EDT
http://www.country600.com/2016/07/27/concern-north-not-treated-fairly/

 ·         Federal Government Unwilling to Invest in Passenger Rail Service in Northern Ontario (July 27th)
http://www.mykapuskasingnow.com/7961/federal-government-unwilling-invest-passenger-rail-service-northern-ontario/

·         Algoma Passenger Train Situation (July 20th)
http://www.mykapuskasingnow.com/7869/algoma-passenger-train-situation/

·         Timmins Doing its Part for Passenger Rail Restoration (July 5th)
http://www.mykapuskasingnow.com/7626/timmins-part-passenger-rail-restoration/


The film Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven will be shown on TVO on Wed. Aug. 3rd at 9:00 PM. 

This film about the recently discovered Group of Seven painting sites should remind Transport Canada how important it is to restore our passenger service in this remote area where tourists want to visit lodges, go on canoe trips and hiking trips in the locations where the iconic Canadian painters evolved into the Group of Seven. Our region needs this cultural, place-based tourism as an economic diversifier. The 2.2 million that Transport Canada paid per year brought 48 million in economic benefits to Algoma!!!!

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Latest media coverage

Nouvelle embuche pour le train de passagers Algoma Central - Isaac Gauthier| ICI.Radio-Canada.ca
http://ici.radiocanada.ca/regions/ontario/2016/07/21/012-algoma-central-gouvernement-federal-sault-ste-marie-hearst.shtml

Letter to the editor, Saultonline.com: Trudeau Government Shows Incompetence with ACR Train - Chad Beharriell
http://saultonline.com/2016/07/letter-trudeau-government-shows-incompetence-with-acr-tr

Sheehan under pressure as train's future remains unclear: History seems to be repeating itself as Transport Canada, now being run by the Liberal government, is denying the same subsidy the Conservatives did --by: Kenneth Armstrong  Sootoday.com  July 22, 2016
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/sheehan-under-pressure-as-trains-future-remains-unclear-342637

Transport Canada pulls plug on passenger rail subsidy  By: Ian Ross  Northern Ontario Business July 22, 2016

http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/Industry-News/transportation/2016/07/Transport-Canada-pulls-plug-on-passenger-rail-subsidy.aspx

 

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Latest media coverage

Municipality of Wawa Continues Support for Immediate Resumption of Algoma Passenger Train Services | By Brenda Stockton-Grundt - myAlgoma.ca July 21, 2016
http://myalgoma.ca/2016/07/21/municipality-of-wawa-continues-support-for-immediate-resumption-of-algoma-passenger-train-services/

Fed train aid goes off the rails | By Brian Kelly, Sault Star  Wednesday, July 20, 2016
http://www.saultstar.com/2016/07/20/fed-rail-support-off-the-rails

Sault-to-Hearst passenger rail doesn't qualify for Transport Canada funding, says minister.

The file has been shifted to the Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs : by Darren Taylor  Sootoday.com July 20, 2016
https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/sault-to-hearst-passenger-rail-doesnt-qualify-for-transport-canada-funding-says-minister-341052

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