Timmins is helping to lobby the upper levels of government to reinstate funding to the Algoma Central Railway. The original motion comes from Hearst, who is asking the government to resume regularly scheduled services for passengers.

Mayor Steve Black says our local council signed off to support this motion, calling it an important service in the north. He says it’s a passenger train service that council feels is crucial, since it provides access to a lot of rural areas on its route between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. He also notes it’s the only point of access for many hunting camps along that route.

That motion is being signed by municipalities in the north, and will then go onto both Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for consideration. Black says council will sign resolutions like this when they don’t agree with decisions made by the upper levels of government. He says a single municipality will pass a resolution and then forward it on to others for support.

The motion will then go to the government and other regional organizations, like FONOM or AMO, to add another level of support when pushing for a change.