The Algoma Passenger Train Working Group is pleased to announce that support for efforts to bring back the Algoma Passenger Train, or the Bear Train, continues to grow. The working group recently received a letter of support from the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF) (please see below). Many trappers whose lines are only accessible by the Algoma passenger train are very upset about their inability to manage their trapping territories. Managing fur-bearing populations is important both for a healthy ecosystem as well as for the economic well-being of the fur managers and related businesses.
The Ontario Fur Managers Federation’s mission is:
- To promote the conservation and sustainability of fur bearers and the eco-system.
- To promote the general welfare of the trappers of Ontario.
- To promote the humane harvest of fur bearers on a continual basis.
- To promote and participate in the continuing education of fur harvesters.
- To promote and participate in public education and awareness.
- To represent the trappers of Ontario in any and all resource management issues.
Their website is: http://www.furmanagers.com/
This new letter of support is added to the list of resolutions and letters of support already sent by: The Corporation of the Town of Hearst, The Corporation of the Municipality of Wawa, the Corporation of the Township of Dubreuilville, the Corporation of the Township of Hornpayne, the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the Corporation of the City of Timmins, by the Mask-Wa Residents Association, the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains, Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon, Mushkegwuk Council, Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, Chiefs of Ontario, Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association, National Aboriginal Caucus of Canadian Federation of Students, Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Famous Canadian Artist Robert Bateman
Ontario Fur Managers Federation
531 Second Line E
Sault Ste Marie, ON P6B 4K2
Phone: (705) 254-3338
Fax: (705) 254-3297
October 18, 2016
The OFMF Board of Directors discussed the Resolution re: Algoma Passenger Train put forward by the Algoma Passenger Train Working Group at our Board of Directors meeting in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Board of Directors passed a motion to support this Resolution as a whole. This was unanimously passed and supported by the 16 Directors representing 6,000 members across Ontario.
The OFMF Board believes that both the Federal Minister and Provincial Minister of Transportation should work quickly to reinstate Algoma passenger train service to the trappers, stakeholders and communities affected by the cancellation of rail service. This service is vital to the survival of businesses and commercial trapping in this area.
Sincerely on behalf of the OFMF Board of Directors,
Ontario Fur Managers Federation
The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of individuals, businesses, First Nations, municipalities and other interests who recognize the significant economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental value of passenger rail servicing and interconnecting the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario’s Algoma District to each other, Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world. To accomplish this goal, CAPT has been working with local groups to organize events in the community that utilize the railway as a means of advertising and demonstrating its usefulness in the area.