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Monday, September 30, 2013

York's Freightliner Yard / Le triage Freightliner à York

Via Flickr:
Back in the UK and here is 66553 pausing for a crew change at the Freightliner yard in York on September 28, 2013. / De retour au Royaume-Uni et voici 66553, arrêtée pour un changement d'équipage au triage Freightliner à York le 28 septembre, 2013.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A solemn anniversary

Here I was, all ready to write a piece on the one year anniversary of the last Northlander, and the North Bay Nugget has summed up most of the points so well! I will, however, add a few of my own thoughts.

A year ago today, I stood on the platform at Toronto's Union Station with a group of ONTC employees waving goodbye to the last Northlander as it left for Cochrane. It was a powerful moment and I felt that I would never see this iconic train again. I still don't think I ever will. When all the dust has settled and there is a resolution to the divestment - one way or the other - I do not believe the Northlander will rise again. In the story of Canadian passenger rail, once a train is gone, it is gone for good.

I blame Dalton McGuinty's government for the events of the past two years. Had he done all the important work currently being done by Michael Gravelle and the Advisory Committee before formally announcing the divestment, the uncertainty and negative consequences for the north would not have happened. There is a lesson here for all of us: do your homework before you speak.

As for me, I continue to write my book, Call of the Northland, which includes a chapter and images on the last day of the Northlander. It is not my full-time occupation, so it is a slow process. I would hope to release it quickly once there is a divestment decision, but I won't rush it for the sake of speed.

To all the people who rode the Northlander and to those who worked on it, I am sorry that the Ontario government caught you in the middle of this mess.

For a detailed look at the consequences of the past year, I suggest reading the North Bay Nugget piece below:
>>>A solemn anniversary | North Bay Nugget<<<

MNDM Minister Gravelle's open letter on the ONTC

Michael Gravelle tells Fedeli to back off and be patient.
>>>MNDM Minister Gravelle's open letter on the ONTC<<<

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Show me the documents???

Recently, Vic Fedeli rejoiced at having won the right to access previously-withheld documents relating to the divestment of the ONTC. Fast forward a few days and it appears his optimism was premature. According to the Liberals, the documents are outside the remit of Fedeli's finance committee, and so must remain hidden. Again, stuck in the middle, are all the people that the divestment process (and the lack of decision surrounding it) are affecting.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fedeli wins release of ONTC documents

A victory for transparency. This, coupled with the upcoming Auditor General's report, should help explain what exactly happened to the ONTC.
Fedeli wins release of ONTC documents | Kapuskasing Times

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fedeli eyes ONTC as finance critic

Queen's Park is back in session and Vic Fedeli has a new job. Under Tim Hudak's shadow cabinet shuffle, Fedeli is now the Conservative finance critic. He is hoping his new role will allow him access to previously-redacted documents surrounding the divestment process.
>>> Fedeli eyes ONTC as finance critic | North Bay Nugget <<<

Sunday, September 08, 2013


Bayview by Thomas Blampied
Bayview, a photo by Thomas Blampied on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
VIA 911 pulls train 70 through Bayview Junction on September 5, 2013. / VIA 911 avec le train 70 à Bayview Junction le 5 septembre, 2013.