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Why is Cape Breton having to wait?

Sustainability and good business go hand-in-hand

Cape Breton Post 11 Aug 2021
MARY C. SENECAL-MACPHERSON This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When we hear candidates or elected officials make cliched remarks such as they want assurance of a return for the investment, it’s a clue that they are not paying attention. They can’t possibly be aware of the federal government’s response to the Climate Change accord, with unprecedented funding for infrastructure which includes the short-line funding that supports a green economy and economic development.

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Cape Breton rail issue requires action

The Scotia Rail Development Society (SRDS) is inviting the Liberal leadership candidates along with Conservative and NDP party leaders to take a position on the Cape Breton rail issue as it relates to:

  • regional economic development
  • public safety
  • savings for taxpayers
  • Cape Breton's concern for the environment.

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Re: ‘National dream abandoned’

Cape Breton Post Re: ‘National dream abandoned,’ Jim Guy column, Cape Breton Post, Dec. 14, 2020

I want to compliment Jim Guy on his excellent transportation column that recently appeared in the Cape Breton Post. It is right on.

I was born in Cape Breton and eventually had to leave in the search for work. Having retired a few years ago, I spend a lot of time here and, since the pandemic began, do not see returning to Ontario for many, many months (if at all).

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National Dream Abandoned

Cape Breton’s rail disconnect

Cape Breton Post, 14 Dec 2020, by Jim Guy

One of the most famous photographs in Canadian history was taken of Donald Smith, wearing his top hat and poised to drive in the "last" spike for Canada's transcontinental railway in 1885.

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Scotia Rail Supports Novaporte's Campaign: Cape Breton is Ready for Rail

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Hon. Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport 
Hon. Katherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure & Communities
Hon. Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, the Canadian Coast Guard
Jaime Battiste, MP, Sydney-Victoria
Mike Kelloway, MP, Cape Breton-Canso
Hon. Geoff MacLellan, MLA, Glace Bay, Minister of Business
Kendra Coombes, MLA, Cape Breton Centre
Murray Ryan, MLA, Northside-Westmount
Derek Mombourquette, MLA. Sydney-Whitney Pier
Allan MacMaster, MLA, Inverness
Alana Paon, MLA, Cape Breton-Richmond
Brian Comer, MLA, Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg
Keith Bain, MLA, Victoria-The Lakes

Dear Representatives:

Re: Cape Breton is Ready for Rail - Initiative of Novaporte

The Scotia Rail Development Society (SRDS) is seeking your support concerning the restoration of rail service in Cape Breton, specifically, the CBNS Railway portion that has been in discontinuance since 2015, St. Peters Junction to Sydney. 

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Our Mission Is Fivefold:

  1. Explore various options for continuation of the rail service to Sydney, Cape Breton
  2. Demonstrate the vital importance regionally in order to support the continuation of the rail link to Sydney, Cape Breton
  3. Support efforts to ensure continuation of the rail link to Sydney, Cape Breton
  4. Secure in perpetuity the right of way of the line
  5. Demonstrate that rail transport is the most affordable and environmentally friendly land transport for climate change

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