ALL ABOARD NORTHERN ONTARIO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW CITIZENS’ RAIL PASSENGER ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN

New group escalates push to revive Northlander and improve other Northern Ontario passenger trains and feeder buses

“The time for a determined and well-researched campaign to revive the Northlander is now.” – Éric Boutilier, Founder All Aboard Northern Ontario

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO – All Aboard Northern Ontario, a new grassroots advocacy group, today launched its campaign for the restoration of the Northlander passenger train and improvements to other rail and intercity bus services across Northeastern Ontario.

“The time for a determined and well-researched campaign to revive the Northlander is now,” says Éric Boutilier, founder of All Aboard Northern Ontario. “After more than two years of working with other groups to bring this about, it has become apparent that polite meetings with the very politicians and bureaucrats who cancelled the Northlander in 2012 result in nothing.

“Meanwhile, the provincial promise to improve intercity bus service in lieu of reinstating the Northlander has produced a reduction in the frequency of those very buses and endless additional studies by Queen’s Park. This madness needs to stop if Northern Ontarians – especially seniors, students and medical patients – are not to become even more isolated than they are now.”

All Aboard Northern Ontario will be increasing its push for equitable investments in public transportation through the professional development and public presentation of a restoration plan for the Northlander. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have already produced data that throws into question the wisdom of the train’s abandonment by the McGuinty government.

Says Boutilier, “The way forward is the one now being pursued by the All Aboard St. Marys citizens’ committee in Southwestern Ontario. That group has made the future of their region’s rail passenger service a major issue with the public, the media and politicians of all stripes. If there is to be any progress in Northern Ontario, that’s the route to go – and that is the route All Aboard Northern Ontario is going.”

In the weeks ahead, All Aboard Northern Ontario will release its data-based proposal for the restoration of the Northlander. The group will also be investigating and reporting on other northern transportation issues, such as the dismal performance of VIA Rail’s Canadian, which is leaving Ontarians from Sudbury to the Manitoba border in the lurch.

“The time for action is now,” says Boutilier. “With a provincial election on the horizon, the issue of the Northlander needs to be placed before the public and the candidates of all political parties.

“Action also needs to be taken on the inadequate service provided by VIA, which is deteriorating rapidly. We intend to put these and other public transportation issues before the public and our elected officials before the isolation now being experienced by Northern Ontarians grows any worse.”

All Aboard Northern Ontario has today launched its website and social media pages. The website may be accessed at https://allaboardnorthernontario.com/

The public, the media, and politicians are invited to review the data on the Northlander and the state of the region’s precarious transportation network. Northerners are also encouraged to share their story of how the cancellation of the Northlander has affected them personally.

VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA HOSTS ‘HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKETPLACE’

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Get in the holiday spirit with Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood! VAM is pleased to launch the festive season with its annual Holiday Artisan Marketplace. The event will feature the creative works of over 20 artists and artisans, a café by The Social Cupcake, treats and more! All are welcome to the event running Saturday, November 11 through Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 10 am until 4 pm. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga. Admission is free.

“Our Holiday Artisan Marketplace offers an inspired shopping opportunity,” explains Event Coordinator, Eldiana Begovic. “Our event showcases high-quality art and handmade gifts including smaller paintings, fashion items, jewellery, woodwork textiles, sculpture, glass, crafts and more. Freshly baked holiday goodies will be available for purchase to make your visit even more delightful. Attending the event is a great way to support local artisans while getting a head-start on your holiday shopping”.

VAM’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace is one of the first artisan crafters shows (of the 2017 season) presented in the Greater Toronto Area. The event provides an excellent opportunity for the local community to explore VAM’s magnificent art centre, meet local artists “face to face” and to purchase a hand-crafted Made in Canada gift for someone special. You’ll be feeling the holiday spirit by the time you leave.

Please visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details or call 905-277-4313.

City’s Business Plan and Budget Awarded Top Honours for 28th Consecutive Year

For the 28th straight year, the City of Mississauga has won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The award recognizes the City’s 2017-2020 Business Plan and 2017 Budget which outlines the City’s budget priorities in a fiscally responsible way.

The GFOA award is given to municipalities who have met the highest standards of government budgeting.

“It is an honour to receive this award once again. Being recognized as one of the top municipalities nationally by the GFOA, and having achieved the goal of best budgeting practices, highlights our commitment to fiscal responsibility,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Thanks to Council and staff for demonstrating their commitment to excellence in providing information that is clear and accessible for residents.”

The City of Mississauga also holds the distinction of being ranked the top municipality in Canada with the longest active consecutive win streak.

Kent further added, “All the documents we submit are reviewed by professional members of the GFOA and by independent reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.”

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Presentation of the GFOA Award for 2017-2020 Business Plan and 2017 Budget

Background:
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is a non-profit professional association serving more than 19,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The purpose of the GFOA is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments for public benefit. This is achieved by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices through education, training, member networking and leadership. For more information on the awards program, visit gfoa.org.

Interim Executive Director Appointed by Art Gallery of Mississauga

The Art Gallery of Mississauga has appointed Terry Jenkins-Bricel as Interim Executive Director. Terry has assumed her duties and will remain in this role until the AGM’s current Executive Director / Curator Mandy Salter returns from personal leave.
With a multi-disciplinary background of creative sector experience enhanced by extensive business expertise, Terry brings a valuable blend of arts sector insight and leadership to the AGM. She has a Masters in Contemporary Art Histories from OCAD University and has provided development expertise for non-profit arts organizations. Terry has been on the Gallery’s Board of Directors for two terms: 2009-2012 and 2015-2017. Her past experience includes leadership roles in the design field including Director of Development. Terry will be collaborating with partners, supporters and stakeholders to continue AGM’s momentum, building on past successes and promoting excellence into the future.

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