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August, September and October 2011, 4 emails

August 11, 2011
From: Clean Train Coalition

Hello CTC friends!

Just letting you know about an upcoming free screening of Bending the Rails, a documentary film about the trains, created by CTC member and Junction Triangle resident Jeff Winch.


Tuesday, August 30
7:00PM (running time 45 mins)
Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles)
Q&A after screening. MP Andrew Cash, MPP Cheri DiNovo, Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão and filmmaker Jeff Winch will be in attendance. Admission free, but a donation of $5 or as more (as much as you can!) would be gratefully accepted to help us in the fight for electric trains.

More info:

The Junction Triangle in Toronto is surrounded by railway lines. Very soon those rails will bring excessive toxic diesel pollution to the neighbourhood, courtesy of the Ontario Government. Citizens all along the rail corridor want clean electric trains, but Premier Dalton McGuinty isn’t listening. With government sorely letting it down, the scrappy Junction Triangle fights on. But the diesel trains are coming closer and time is running out.

For more info, contact jw@jeffwinch.com.

To sign up on facebook, see www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139462129470907

August 16, 2011
The Georgetown South Project

The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. It will also accommodate existing and future VIA Rail and CN freight train service as well as the new Air Rail Link between Union Station and Pearson International Airport.

Air Quality Monitoring Station installed on August 4 near Wallace Avenue. http://gallery.mailchimp.com/a45a8425226ac8f520d8656bf/files/20110816_Wallace_AQMS_1000x750.jpg

On August 4, the second of three Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) stations was installed on the West Toronto Railpath near Wallace Avenue. It will be in operation by the end of August. This AQM station will begin collecting data in the coming months. The locations for the other two stations are:

the relocated Weston station (Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue) between the Georgetown and Lakeshore corridors near the Strachan Avenue crossing (to be installed shortly)

September 27, 2011
From: Clean Train Coalition


Hope you all enjoyed your summer and are ready for the fall!

Two items in this newsletter: 1. Screening of Bending the Rails documentary film about the trains
2. October 6 provincial election

1. Screening of Bending the Rails

Free viewing of "Bending the Rails"
Where: Weston Park Baptist Church, 1871 Weston Road
When: Friday, September 30, 2011 from 7pm-9pm
There will be a Q&A session with MP Mike Sullivan and filmmaker Jeff Winch following the documentary.

The controversial expansion of the Georgetown rail line is a health risk to the residents along the corridor. No one wants diesel trains but so far, they are coming anyway. Bending the Rails looks at the potential impact on a neighbourhood surrounded by the tracks.

2. October 6 provincial election

Thanks to you, the supporters of clean trains, this was a huge issue in the federal election earlier this year. Now we can make it an issue in this provincial election, where it's even more critical, because it is the provincial government that has the power to change this decision and make the trains electric from start of service!

Attached is a flyer to hand out to your friends and neighbours, post in shops, leave on street corners, etc. Wherever you meet your candidates: at debates, at the door, on the street, ask where they stand on the issue. We could also use your help to deliver this message to our neighbours - if you can help, please contact info@cleantrain.ca.

Below is the text of the flyer in case you cannot open the attachment.

Get the facts about the Air Rail Link DIESEL TRAINS before you vote on October 6

FACT: Despite a lot of talk about electric trains, Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government has approved plans to operate 140 diesel trains daily, 20 hours per day on the rail corridor that runs across our neighbourhoods between Union Station and Pearson Airport. FACT: The McGuinty government also approved plans to expand the use of diesel trains by GO Transit commuter services on this same rail corridor. FACT: The McGuinty government is buying its diesel trains from companies outside Ontario. FACT: The McGuinty government has not approved funding to convert their foreign - built diesels to electric operation later just more studies. They dont want you to know this. FACT: The McGuinty government's transit agency, Metrolinx, has spent your tax dollars trying to confuse residents with misleading advertising about the governments diesel plans. Advertising Standards Canada has confirmed this.

The McGuinty governments diesel plans must be scrapped, because:

  • • Diesel trains cause dangerous airborne air pollution.
  • • Diesel trains are so noisy that a 10 kilometre long sound barrier will be required but it still won't spare apartment or condo residents from the noise if they live above the third floor.
  • • Diesel trains are not suited for making frequent stops to serve our neighbourhoods.
  • • Electric trains are green, clean, quiet and fast.
  • • Electric trains can operate like an above-ground subway, making more stops to serve our neighbourhoods, connect with our local transit lines and benefit our local economies.
  • • Electric trains are less expensive to operate and even Metrolinx studies prove this.

The Pan Am Games are no excuse!

The McGuinty government claims it must push ahead with diesel trains so the Airport Rail Link will be ready for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Our communities should not suffer for years with the pollution and noise from more diesel trains because of a two-week sporting event.

Before you vote on October 6, ask your candidates if they support the ARL diesel train plan or if they will commit to building it right!


October 2011

October 3, 2011
A. S. wrote:

Clean Train is mailing you an update as the election date gets closer. We have refreshed our website,and we have an online petition that went live October 2,2011 that appears to be reaching folks outside of Ontario,Canada:) Please sign the online petition for us to show your support for electric trains.

Help us out by adding the petition in our signature to your own Twitter,Facebook,Google + ...

As always, thanks.




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