Friday, February 28, 2014
This development is significant for several reasons. Firstly, it marks the first real cooperation between management and the unions, parties which until now have been kept separate by the government. Also, it adds weight to the claims that transformation is the preferred way forward, rather than divestment.
It is expected that the government will decide whether to act on the plan within the next few weeks.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains Media Release | Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains
Saturday, February 22, 2014
It's true! The December 2013 Auditor General's report was a turning point and divestment appears to have become transformation. As the various stakeholders and interested parties are holding more open and transparent discussions towards a sensible end to the ONTC saga, my work on the divestment is nearing an end. I am now starting into the gruelling editing, formatting and proofing for publication.
What's next? For those of you waiting for the book, here are a few important dates and points to bear in mind:
- In order to meet the planned fall release date, I will not be accepting any material or information for inclusion after April 1st. If you have information that you think might help the project, PLEASE contact me before then.
- If you sell books, or things related to northern Ontario, I would like to hear from you! It's hard for people to read a book if they can't buy a copy. Dealer enquiries are always welcome. The book will be available for purchase online, but I would love to support local book stores too.
- No new developments will be included in the book after April 1, but I will continue to post updates on this website.
Back to the editing...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
>>>"All Aboard ---Save ACR Passenger Train" series of town hall meetings<<<
Saturday, February 08, 2014
>>>Management plan a 'template' | North Bay Nugget<<<
Friday, February 07, 2014
Mallard on the Main Line / Mallard sur la voie principale, a photo by Thomas Blampied on Flickr.
Heading for Shildon, Mallard is towed on the East Coast Main Line at York, 5 February 2014. / En direction de Shildon, Mallard est remorquée sur la ligne principale de la côte est à York, le 5 février 2014.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
>>>Wynne discusses ONTC | North Bay Nugget<<<
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Now, Toronto City Council is looking to rename Union Station after Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. This would be done to commemorate "one of his greatest accomplishments," the Canadian Pacific Railway. Let us not forget that the Canadian Pacific actually toppled Macdonald's government and brought large-scale political corruption to Canada with the Pacific Scandal. There is no doubt that the construction of the Canadian Pacific was crucial to resisting American territorial expansion, even if NAFTA let the US dominate Canada anyway, and the transcontinental railway continues to play an important role in the Canadian psyche, even if most Canadians never actually interact with passenger trains.
Those in favour of the plan suggest that the station should be renamed to honour Sir John and erase the current name, which is shared by countless stations across North America. While Canada's first prime minister (and a very colourful character to boot) deserves recognition, I do not believe that the station should be renamed. Anyone familiar with public transport in North America will immediately recognise the union station as being the main hub for travelling and renaming it would lead to confusion. As long as GO, the TTC and VIA share Union Station, the name is appropriate. Perhaps more importantly, while Canadian Pacific's name continued to adorn the frontage of Union Station, CP hasn't operated passenger trains since VIA Rail was established in the 1970s. Further, CP do not even have a stake in the Union Station Rail Corridor (oh, you'd need to rename that too) anymore and CP trains haven't used the tracks for the better part of a decade. Once again, it would seem that renaming the station is just another lieux de mémoire commemorating a chapter in Canadian transportation history which no longer exists.
>>>Union Station should be renamed after first PM, councillor says - CBC News<<<
Correction Feb. 5: The original version of this post stated that CP was a co-owner of the Union Station Rail Corridor, the Corridor has been purchased by GO Transit/Metrolinx, so CP and CN are no longer co-owners.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
A Scarborough-bound train crosses the River Ouse at York, February 1, 2014. / Un train vers Scarborough traverse la rivière Ouse à York, le 1er février 2014.