March Book Sale

March Book Sale

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Working Group Media Release, Media Coverage, Video

1. Media Release

Missanabie Cree First Nation 174B Hwy 17B Phone: (705)-254-2702 Garden River
Fax: (705)-254-3292 Ontario P6A 6Z1

The Algoma Passenger Train Working Group, under the leadership of Chief Jason Gauthier (Missanabie Cree First Nation), is optimistic about the return of passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst on the Algoma Central line. Here is why:

  1. 1. A few days before Christmas, Chief Gauthier and Al Errington traveled to Ottawa for a progressive joint meeting with Transport Canada (TC) and Ministry of Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) senior officials, as promised earlier in 2016.
  2. 2. BDO Canada Ltd. has been hired using INAC funding received before Christmas to develop a new business plan.
  3. 3. Chief Gauthier met with CN in Toronto the first week of this month to discuss important information required for the business plan.

After the detailed discussions with TC, INAC and CN, we are much clearer as to what has to be done to get the train back in service. The relationship with Transport Canada and CN Rail has progressed to being open and even collaborative with regard to supporting a First Nation solution and operation of the Algoma passenger train. The relationship with INAC has been supportive of the Missanabie Cree First Nation exploring this opportunity from the beginning.

We understand how very upsetting and difficult this long process is for hundreds of train passengers and businesses. We hope you will continue to have patience and optimism as we are definitely making progress. Chief Gauthier states: "I continue my commitment to leading the process of restoring passenger service through the new 'Mask-wa Oo-ta-ban (Bear Train)'. This economic development project for our First Nation fits totally within the stated priorities of the federal government: reconciliation through First Nation economic development/job creation; reduction of carbon emissions to fight climate change; and regional economic development.

Chief Gauthier and the working group thank everyone for their support through signing petitions, making donations, volunteering their time and attending town hall meetings. We also thank INAC for their critical support of the business plan development, and we thank both CN Rail and Transport Canada for the changes in dialogue to exploring Missanabie Cree First Nation's Mask-wa Oo-ta-ban Algoma passenger train initiative to support economic and employment opportunities for First Nations and the regional communities, businesses, residents and stakeholders.

Although much of the information from meetings is confidential, we will provide ongoing updates of public information as we progress toward our goal of having service restored by this summer.

Media contacts: Chief Jason Gauthier 705 975 2954,
Al Errington 705 255 2400

2. Media Coverage:

2017 off to encouraging start for Algoma Passenger train supporters​ Passenger Train Service Restoration Looking Hopeful

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Friend of CAPT; CAPT calendars & Painted Land DVDs; Happy Holidays

  1. Friend of CAPT--  Bob Diotte-- passes

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Diotte, a wonderful journalist who was very supportive of our efforts to save the Algoma passenger train and the Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event.  He often wrote about CAPT in his column “Take Seven” in the Sault This Week.  For more information about this wonderful person, read the article by David Helwig in The Sootoday:

Bob Diotte: Last ambassador of charm -

  1. CAPT Calendars and Painted Land DVDs

Looking for a last minute holiday gift? CAPT 2017 calendars and Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven DVDs are available at:

  • Shabby Motley  356 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie (705 575-9276)
  • Algoma University Bookstore
  • Sault Model Railroad Club  625 Trunk Road Sault Sainte Marie open to the public every Wednesday 1-4pm and on Saturday 11am-4pm.
  • If you are out of town, email Linda at to arrange for them to be mailed to you.

Calendars are $12 and DVDs are $20.

  1. Happy Holidays everyone.  In 2017 we look forward to continuing to ensure that our passenger train is brought back.  It is essential to our regional economy as well as to all the remote communities that rely on it as their only transportation.  The return of the train from the Sault to Hearst under the leadership of Missanabie Cree First Nation will be an excellent way to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary and the federal government’s commitment to Reconciliation, reducing climate change and supporting economic development and job creation.
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Painted Land DVD pre-orders

Since the Painted Land DVDs have finally arrived, would those of you who left your name at the Town Hall Meeting on Nov 1 for pre-orders please contact us so we can arrange to get them to you.

Just email or call Linda Savory Gordon at  or 705 949 2301 ext 4320.

Those who did not pre-order the DVDs may purchase the remaining ones (limited number) ($20 each) at the Station Mall on Dec. 12, 13 or 14 from 10 am to 4 pm

We will also be selling:

  • CAPT 2017 calendars ($12 each),
  • CAPT t-shirts ($15 for all youth and adult sizes except XL and XXL which are $20) and
  • CDs by Britta Wolfert and Jeff Hinich ($20 each).

Money from all of these purchases will go to our efforts to restore passenger service.

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1. CAPT 2017 calendars, Painted Land DVDs, CAPT t-shirts and Britta Wolfert & Jeff Hinich CDs at Station Mall Dec. 12, 13 & 14

On Dec. 12, 13 and 14 from 10 am to 4 pm CAPT volunteers will be at a table at the Station Mall to sell:

  • the CAPT 2017 Calendars,
  • Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven DVDs,
  • CAPT t-shirts
  • Britta Wolfert & Jeff Hinich CDs.

Funds from all of these items will go to CAPT’s efforts to restore passenger train service in Algoma.
Please pass the word around.  Great opportunity to buy your holiday gifts.

2. Latest media coverage:

MPs Carol Hughes and Charlie Angus have been presenting the ACR petitions in the House of Commons in Ottawa.  Here is a video clip of Charlie Angus’s comments in the House:

Charlie Angus presents petition on Algoma passenger rail service in House of Commons

Accident on Hwy. 11 cuts off Northern Ontario
Mr. John Vanthof: I would like to take this opportunity to inform the House that there was a major accident on Highway 11 just south of Temagami this morning...

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“Network battling to restore passenger rail in northeastern Ontario” By PJ WILSON, The Nugget  November 23, 2016

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Local Musicians donate part of CD sales to CAPT; House of Commons Petition; Media Update


1.     Local musicians donate part of CD sales to CAPT

Britta Wolfert and Jeff Hinich are generously contributing $5 with the sale of 2 of their CDs Magician by Jeff and Moonstone by Britta. 

  • They can be purchased on line at:
  • The price is $20 for each CD.  The prince includes the $5 donation to CAPT. 
  • Thank you, Britta and Jeff.

2.     House of Commons Petition for Algoma Passenger Train

If you have not already signed this petition, please do so. We now have 475 names and need 500 before Dec. 14 to be certified and presented in Parliament. Please share with your contacts. Thanks for your help.

Petition to Minister of Transport to put Algoma passenger train back in service

 3.     Media Update

 ·         Train people leaf through transportation document . . . -

 ·         Bring back passenger rail services to Ontario’s northeast urges Vanthof  by Frank Giorno

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Government continues to ignore need for rail passenger services


Government continues to ignore need for rail passenger service. Media Release :

Turnout good at transportation open house

Bring Back passenger rail, province told

Bring back passenger rail services to Ontario's northeast urges Vanthof

The wheels are in motion

Strength in Numbers. Bring Back Our Train!

Mothballed 16 months ago, the passenger train gets some funding. Sort of.

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Would you like to have to travel on these roads to reach your camp, lodge or for a day of fishing, canoeing, or kapicture1yaking? Take time to click on "Bad Roads" here or on the menu to see a short video depicting a few of the impassable roads people are now having to use if they must get to their property.

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Report from Town Hall Meeting; Ont. government multi-modal transportation strategy public info session

Ont. government multi-modal transportation strategy public info session Nov 16

To voice your support for a restoration of passenger train service in Northern Ontario be sure to attend: the Ont. Government Northern Ontario Multi-modal Transportation Strategy Public Information Session in Sault Ste. Marie on November 16 at the Bushplane Heritage Centre 50 Pim Street  4-8 p.m.   Join others from the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Train (CAPT) and the Northern and Eastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) who have been trying to have the Ontario government catch up to all other developed countries who see the urgent need for passenger rail for economic, social and environmental reasons.  Encourage your contacts to attend as well.

This is a story about the consultations that was written in The Chronicle Journal in Northwestern Ontario:  “Passenger rail key issue in transport study” by Jeff Labine



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