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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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