Yesterday, the federal government announced that it was extending the passenger rail subsidy for the Sault Ste. Marie-Hearst passenger service until March 2015 in order to allow local groups and the government to better discuss the situation.
In about three months, a satisfactory solution has been reached (at least temporarily) to maintain the service. It took over two years to reach such a resolution with the ONTC!
As usual, I defer to the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains on this issue. They were campaigning before the service was put at risk and they are leading the charge to make sure trains keep rolling.