Is it time to celebrate the return of the Northlander train?

Is it time to celebrate the return of the Northlander train?Ford government announces intention to purchase three new state-of-the-art train sets The government of Ontario may have finally taken its first real tangible step forward to make passenger rail service in the northeast a reality. The Associate Minister of Transportation, Stan Cho, and his ministerial colleagues – Victor Fedeli (MPP for Nipissing), George Pirie (Timmins)…

Trudeau’s ‘Just Transition’ to ‘disrupt’ over 2.7 million jobs

Trudeau’s ‘Just Transition’ to ‘disrupt’ over 2.7 million jobsThe building trades, transportation, agriculture, energy, and manufacturing will all be affected A newly public federal document reveals that more than 2.7 million jobs across Canada can expect a “significant disruption” as a result of Ottawa’s Just Transition plan to reduce emissions.  Ironically, it comes at the same time as new analysis showing that world…

Ford needs to end the Metrolinx fiasco

Ford needs to end the Metrolinx fiascoThere's no way Ford should trust Metrolinx with another dollar of taxpayers’ cash Imagine you’ve hired contractors to do a home renovation project. You’ve finally saved enough money to add that second bathroom you’ve always wanted. What would you do if, halfway through the job, the contractors came to you and said that costs had…

Ford carrot-dangling the return of the Northeastern Ontario rail service

But is the government truly committed to getting it done?

Ford carrot-dangling the return of the Northeastern Ontario rail service“To the people of Northeastern Ontario, you have my word. We will bring the Northlander back to Timmins and Cochrane,” said Premier Ford during his swearing-in ceremony at Queen’s Park this summer. Folks, this could only mean one thing; we’re getting our passenger train back … right? Just like when it was promised to us…

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the North

The Trudeau government is out of touch with the issues and deficiencies of intercity transportation in Canada

The politics and precarious nature of travel in the NorthThe familiar sound of a passenger train can once again be heard in areas of Northern Ontario that are served by VIA Rail Canada. The Crown corporation officially restored passenger rail services to pre-pandemic levels after more than two years of on-again, off-again, limited or indefinitely suspended train schedules. Life appears to have returned to…

It’s time to scrap the ArriveCAN app

This useless app has only contributed to the chaos at our major airports

It’s time to scrap the ArriveCAN appDeputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland thinks her government is too humble. At least that’s what she said when a reporter asked her why travellers are still forced to fill out the ArriveCAN app before entering Canada. After extolling the virtues of national humility, Freeland went on to take credit for saving 70,000 lives by enacting…

Airline traffic on the rebound but normal levels not yet in sight

So long as government issues flip-flopping travel policies, people will make plans despite the pandemic

Airline traffic on the rebound but normal levels not yet in sightMost travel chatter focuses on the ‘new norm.’ Whether it is proof of vaccination, masking requirements, travel restrictions or negative PCR tests, are we actually seeing a new norm in terms of travel? Based on the number of airline passengers passing through Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG), it appears air travel…

Via Rail should be shut down or sold by the federal government

Operational and funding costs are huge: $548M in 2019 (before COVID-19) and $597M in 2021

Via Rail should be shut down or sold by the federal governmentInvestment managers and investors should often ask: If I didn’t already own this stock, would I buy it today? By any criteria, Via Rail, a federal Crown corporation, is not a good investment – even under unrealistically favourable assumptions. The federal government should rigorously examine this charitably-designated ‘enterprise,’ then aim it toward one of two…

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planning

You won’t find a city planner anywhere who would be so bold as to publicly argue the case for cars

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planningEDMONTON: There has been much chit-chat among the chatterers of our fair city regarding the future of a two-lane, 109-year-old bridge that is the main route from Edmonton’s fast-growing south side to the downtown. To this day, the iconic, historic High Level Bridge is visually impressive. It’s very long, and very high, crossing the North…

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big cities

Innovation will depend as much on social factors as technological ones

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big citiesIncreasingly, urban dwellers are looking for new and more sustainable ways to move around their cities. Technologies like autonomous vehicles and electric scooters may be top of mind for urban planners, but social and cultural factors may be just as important in helping Canadian cities prepare for the future, according to a co-author of a…
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