Gauthier continues to push for Algoma Central train service

June 21, 2016

By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star

The move to restart passenger train service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst is picking up steam.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

Jason Gauthier, chief of the Missanabie Cree First Nation said last week’s trip to Ottawa netted him meetings with Transport Canada’s remote program and policy advisor officials and a meeting with MP Carol Hughes where the importance of the train to the region’s economy, residents and businesses were discussed.

Gauthier said in addition to the importance of the passenger service, he also stressed the sense of urgency to restart the service quickly.

“We want to get it up and running quickly,” he said. “A rolling stone gathers no moss. It’s important to set it in motion and then make the improvements along the way with input from our stakeholders.”

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The Americans are starting to come back, says Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

By Kenneth Armstrong,

By water and by rail, tourism numbers in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are up, says a local tourism authority.Website Insert Real Numbers copy

Ian McMillan, executive director for Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, said over the last two years the city has been experiencing increases in registrations of American tourists for the first time since 9/11.

Drastically lower bridge crossing numbers may suggest less American tourists crossing to Sault, Ontario — but McMillan said those figures are misleading.

“With the exchange rate not in our favour, the numbers of [Canadian] residents going over has diminished a lot and that affects the bridge traffic,” said McMillan.

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