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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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Passenger rail provides “substantial economic benefit”
Passenger rail service in the Algoma district generates between $38 million and $48 million in annual economic activity.BDO Canada has prepared a preliminary socio-economic impact assessment of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), which is in danger of being axed by Canadian National Railway (CN) in 2...
Bearskin reduces airfares
Bearskin Airlines is slashing airfares on its northeastern Ontario routes between  Kapuskasing, Timmins and Sudbury.The Thunder Bay-based regional air carrier said, effectively immediately, regular fares between Kapuskasing and Timmins have been reduced an average of 56 per cent.Regular fares betwe...
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...


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