Clean Train Coalition Update
GO ELECTRIC a success!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Go Electric Music Festival on September 26th. The weather held out, the acts were fantastic, and over 400 letters were signed to Premier McGuinty and other key Ministers advocating for electrification!
On top of the letters, community members decorated squares on the "Go Electic Quilt" which was featured alongside other pro-electrification works as part of Nuit Blanche. Very cool.
We'd like to extend a special thanks to all the musicians and volunteers. Without you, it simply could not have happened.
CTC to take part in YIMBY Toronto - Saturday, October 16
Come down to the Gladstone Hotel to meet members of the CTC at The YIMBY (Yes, In My Backyard) Festival. Why YIMBY? Because we want electric trains in our communities!
YIMBY provides a social space for community groups and citizen's organizations to gather and exchange ideas and strategies. YIMBY provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, citizens to meet politicians and politicians to meet community groups, in the spirit of people coming together to say YES to positive change in their neighbourhoods.
Check out the event page: http://www.gladstonehotel.com/events/exhibitions/yimby
Time to focus on the Province
With the municipal elections coming to a head, it may seem early to focus our attention on the province, but it's time to apply pressure directly on the decision makers who are going to make this call. Our advocacy work at the municipal level has been enormously effective and every mayoral candidate, save one, has signed the Clean Train Pledge. Most candidates for City Councillor in wards along the corridor have also taken strong positions in favour of electrification.
It's clear that Toronto politicians know they have to be on the right side of this issue if they hope to win in an
election. Now it's time to make sure our provincial leaders understand this reality.
The CTC has met with some provincial politicians, including the new Minister of Transportation. We will continue to make our case with the province and demonstrate that electrification is the best political, economic, and environmental choice. Add your voice to this effort.
Phone, email and write the Minister of Transportation, Premier McGuinty and your MPP (especially if they are a Liberal). Let them know that your vote is one for electrification!
Metrolinx's Electrification Study is set to report out in December. We expect a decision on this project shortly after. It's important that we're heard from in the lead up to this decision.
We will likely draft up some standard letters which can be personalized but, for now, we encourage you write your own letter or email and to express your views. Studies have shown that personal letters have the greatest effect on politicians.
Hon. DALTON MCGUINTY
Premier, Province of Ontario
Rm 281,Legislative Building, Queens Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
Tel: (416) 325-1941 Fax: 416-325-3745
Hon. KATHLEEN WYNNE
Minister of Transportation
Ferguson Block 3rd Floor
77 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A1Z8
LAURA ALBANESE, MPP
Unit 102 - 2301 Keele St
Toronto ON M6M 3Z9
Tel: (416) 243-7984 Fax: (416) 243-0327
TONY RUPRECHT, MPP
1359 Davenport Road
Toronto ON M6H 2H5
Tel: (416) 535-3158 Fax: (416) 325-9961
Help get the word out - get your neighbours to sign up to www.cleantrain.ca