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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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Scotia Rail Development Society Supports Novaporte Campaign

20 September 2020

Scotia Rail Development Society Supports Novaporte Campaign, ‘Cape Breton is Ready for Rail’

The Annual General Meeting of the Scotia Rail Development Society, held 20 September, was a worthwhile event with many salient discussion points arising. Most of the past year has been spent working behind the scenes, meeting with and lobbying elected or appointed representatives, and those vying for some of these positions.

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Rail is Cape Breton’s Lost Infrastructure

Connectivity the key economic contribution of resurrected island rail service

  • Cape Breton Post
  • 22 Jul 2020
  • Dr. Jim Guy is an author and professor emeritus of political science at Cape Breton University. JIM GUY This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. @CapeBretonPost

When the COVID-19 menace finally lifts, where will we be in Cape Breton? The devastating effects of this virus to the island’s economy still have to be calculated and reconciled against whatever resources we have left to muster. Will it be the same ol’, same ol’ for all matters of economic development to move this island forward?

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24 June ’20 / allNovaScotia

Albert Barbusci, CEO, Sydney Harbour Investment Partners writes: 

The team at Novaporte agrees fully with comments made by J. J. Ruest that terminals on Canada’s east coast are not quite modern enough, or on a scale, to participate fully in the key trade routes compared to the west coast. 

The continued growth of the Port of Halifax and CN’s commitment to rail service is great for all of Nova Scotia. But we think a new deep-water mega port is best positioned for Sydney, NS instead of another province.

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New hope for Cape Breton’s rusting rails

Complete grade rail from Truro to Sydney pegged at $130 million

Cape Breton Post / 13 July 2020 / Ted Bartlett, President, Transport Action Atlantic.

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CONTRIBUTED There have been no train whistles heard at the Orangedale station in nearly five years.

It’s now been nearly five years since the final whistle sounded at Orangedale, as the Genesee and Wyoming shortline railway company ran its last freight train over the Sydney Subdivision. The rails have continued to rust, ties are deteriorating, and the roadbed is being compromised by unrepaired washouts – despite monthly maintenance payments by Nova Scotia’s taxpayers.

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Our Mission Is Fourfold:

  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

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