Update on the Metrolinx Demo!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Clean Train demonstration at Metrolinx HQ on November 16. It was a fantastic turnout, especially for a weekday morning! Over 60 people took part in a spirited demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the Metrolinx head offices on Bay at Queens Quay. Following the outdoor demonstration, the crowd moved upstairs to the Metrolinx offices and packed the Metrolinx board meeting with CTC supporters.

The demonstration was yet another affirmation of the strong opposition to diesel trains. There was extensive media coverage. You can visit the CTC web site at www.cleantrain.ca where we have posted links to varied media articles.

Again, a huge thank you to all who contributed to the success of the demonstration.

Where the CTC stands on diesel and the Pan Am Games

The CTC believes that tying the long-term rail transit needs of Toronto to a 2-week event like the Pan Am games is the wrong approach for our city. There is surely a better plan that can be devised to deliver the short-term transportation needs of the 2015 Pan Am Games and also address the long-term rail transit needs of our citizens. Why would a world-class city like Toronto move forward with a 20th century, dirty diesel train solution? It makes no sense.

There is still time to change this stupid plan!

We are now redoubling our efforts to do what we can to stop Metrolinx from ordering the first dirty diesel trains. With your support we can still make a difference. Here’s how you can help.

Mail, email, or phone your local councillor (especially the newly elected ones) and your provincial MPs and voice your continued opposition to the use of diesel trains versus electrification.

Remind your elected officials that dirty diesel is bad for the environment, bad for the health of Torontonians, and that all the available data points to the fact that electrification is more affordable over the long run.

You can find contact information for key politicians by clicking on the Contact Politicians link on the CTC home page. At the bottom of this email, we've also included contact info for Premier McGuinty, Minister Wynne, and MPPs Laura Albanese and Tony Ruprecht.

Continue to spread the word!

Please tell your friends and neighbors that there is still time to make a difference. Direct them to our web site for more information, have them sign up to our newsletter, and if they have the ability, ask them to make a donation to the CTC.

We also want to let you know about a new video that was created by some of folks who are angry about diesel trains. The video gives a good overview of the problem with the diesel train plan. Please view the video and pass it along to as many people as you can: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t1PkBstz1M.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

The Clean Train Coalition

CONTACT INFO FOR PROVINCIAL 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
dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon. KATHLEEN WYNNE
Minister of Transportation
Ferguson Block 3rd Floor
77 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A1Z8
Tel: 416-327-9200
kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

LAURA ALBANESE, MPP
York South--Weston
Unit 102 - 2301 Keele St
Toronto ON M6M 3Z9
Tel: (416) 243-7984 Fax: (416) 243-0327
lalbanese.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

TONY RUPRECHT, MPP
Davenport
1359 Davenport Road
Toronto ON M6H 2H5
Tel: (416) 535-3158 Fax: (416) 325-9961
truprecht.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

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