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Ontario Northland management and unions co-authored a new business plan designed to keep the Crown agency off the province’s auction block.
Ontario Northland restructuring plan in minister’s handsA report to restructure the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) has been delivered to Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle.But one of the union bosses has a sneaking suspicion that Ontera, the ONTC’s telecommunications division, may still be on auction block.Brian Kelly, spokesman for the General Chairperson’s Association (GCA) representing unionized employees, said rumours are spreading that Bell Aliant may be a frontrunner to acquire the assets of Ontera, al...


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Feds extend funding for Algoma passenger rail
The federal government is extending funding for one year so that CN Rail can continue operating the Algoma Central Rail (ACR) passenger line between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt was in Sault Ste. Marie on April 14 to make the announcement.“Today, I’m pleas...
Ontario government will keep Ontario Northland
The Wynne government is tying up a controversial loose end prior to an election call by announcing that the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) will stay in public hands.But its telecommunications division is being sold to Bell Aliant.Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael G...
Bearskin drops flights to Ottawa, K-W
A softening in the mining and southern Ontario high-tech industries can be attributed to Bearskin Airlines dropping service to Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo on April 1, and reducing flights to the major Northern Ontario cities.“Our cost to deliver service has been increasing over the last few years...
Stakeholders rally to save passenger rail
Stakeholders have one month to delay CN Railway’s decision to stop running passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.In January, the company announced that, because $2.2 million in federal funding for passenger service had been cut, the service provided by Algoma Central Railway would h...


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