Updated Action Item (Original post from Dec. 23, 2020) - December 29, 2020

Milton R.A.I.L. requests your participation in an important yet simple action item.

A sample is below. 

Milton R.A.I.L. requests your participation in an important yet simple action item with focus on putting faces to the issue.

 

Cabinet has all the statistical information in the documentation, but we are more than a statistic. We are real people who will suffer the impacts and we feel Federal Cabinet needs to connect with the community. Our aim in this initiative is to help create that connection. We also feel the 30-day delay is to gauge public response. So, let's respond!

 

On December 21st the Governor in Council has extended the time limit for the issuance of the Decision Statement for the Milton Logistic Hub Project by thirty (30) days. [January 21, 2021]. The Notice of Extension is available on the online Canadian Impact Assessment Registry.

 

February 2021, will mark Milton R.A.I.L.’s 20th anniversary in this effort to stop the proposed CN intermodal. Please know our action in this fight is not over. Milton R.A.I.L. understands Cabinet has NOT made a decision. We also acknowledge there are many rumours, and speculations circulating within the community. 
 

Your engagement in this action item is crucial at this time, PLEASE PARTICIPATE! 

See Email Letter Sample Below: Please visit our website to copy email addresses and the letter. You are welcome to add to this letter or write your own.  https://www.miltonrail.com/email-list-of-cabinet-members

ACTION ITEM STEPS:


1.  Highlight and copy and paste the email addresses below into your distribution list.

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.caChrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.calawrence.macaulay@parl.gc.cacarolyn.bennett@parl.gc.cadominic.leblanc@parl.gc.caNavdeep.Bains@parl.gc.caJean-Yves.Duclos@parl.gc.camarc.garneau@parl.gc.caMarie-Claude.Bibeau@parl.gc.caMelanie.Joly@parl.gc.caDiane.Lebouthillier@parl.gc.caCatherine.McKenna@parl.gc.caHarjit.Sajjan@parl.gc.caMaryam.Monsef@parl.gc.caCarla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.caPatty.Hajdu@parl.gc.caBardish.Chagger@parl.gc.caFrancois-Philippe.Champagne@parl.gc.cakarina.gould@parl.gc.caAhmed.Hussen@parl.gc.caSeamus.ORegan@parl.gc.caPablo.Rodriguez@parl.gc.caBill.Blair@parl.gc.caMary.Ng@parl.gc.caFilomena.Tassi@parl.gc.caJonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.caDavid.Lametti@parl.gc.caBernadette.Jordan@parl.gc.cajoyce.murray@parl.gc.caanita.anand@parl.gc.caMona.Fortier@parl.gc.caSteven.Guilbeault@parl.gc.caMarco.Mendicino@parl.gc.caMarc.Miller@parl.gc.caDeb.Schulte@parl.gc.caDan.Vandal@parl.gc.ca



2.  Complete e-mail subject line: 

 

REJECT Approval of the CN Hub!  Protect our lives and our future! 


3.  Copy and paste the text below into your email body. You are welcome to personalize the message as well. 
* Once you have copied the message below to your email, please be sure to add the date, your name, address, town, postal code as well as your name at the closing of the message. The text areas that require personalizing are in [square brackets]*

To Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and all Cabinet Members,

 

We urgently, and respectfully request the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Cabinet to reject the proposal of the CN Logistic Hub.

 

In Minister Wilkinson’s own words please, “help us build a healthier, fairer, and more resilient future that we can be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren.”

 

As a community, we have stood up to stop the CN proposal for almost 20 years. If the Federal Cabinet decides to approve this proposed truck-rail hub, residents will forever be exposed to significant adverse effects on human health. That is not the future we want for Halton. The Federal Government must put the health and safety of Halton residents first. Milton and Halton's citizens must not become a tragic health statistic due to the environmental impacts of this industrial development. We ask you to protect our health and protect our future.

 

Those who genuinely want to leave a better place for our children, grandchildren and future generations must acknowledge the location specified by CN as inappropriate. Proceeding with the project is the wrong thing to do, as future generations will forever suffer immediate and long-term cumulative impacts. 

 

We ask you, “What future do you picture for your families and that of future families?” The fate of Milton and Halton residents lays in your hands alone. When you decide, know we are not a statistic; we are real people looking for your help and protection for our health and future.

 

For the first time in Canadian history, a Federal Review Panel determined that a project could have significant adverse effects on human health. Now, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and his Cabinet will determine our fate. We will remember, and future generations will remember the decision made for Milton and Halton Region. Your decision will become your legacy. Rejecting approval of the CN Logistic Hub will help create a safe and healthy environment. 

 

We strongly urge the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and his Cabinet colleagues to reject this proposal, and put the health of Canadians first.

 

This is my family, and I want to pass on to them a healthier, fairer and more resilient future, just as you do for your family. We are real people who will suffer severe health impacts from this hub if built. Protect our lives and our future! Reject approval of the CN Hub and put the health of citizens first.

4.  Add a photo of your children or your family into the email.

It would be optimal to add a photo of your family or family members to put faces on the issue or you may share a personal message stating how you love Milton or Halton Region and why you chose it as your home 

 

5.  Close your message with your name, address and postal code.
 


THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATION. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!

You are welcome to share this web page with your friends and family in Halton and invite them to do the same.
We are more 
than just numbers, let's put faces on the issue. 

Sample Letter to All Cabinet Members: 
We have had requests for a form  or sample letter.  You may choose to use the letter sample below and are welcome to personalize it or write you own. We have two sample letters one for residents in Milton or Halton Region and Sample B for those outside of Halton, the GTA or even out of Ontario.

Letter Sample A - For Residents of Milton or Halton Region (incl. Burlington, Halton Hills, Oakville):

 

** Once you have copied the letter below to your email, please be sure to add the date, your name, address, town, postal code as well as your name at the closing of letter. The text areas that require personalizing are in [square brackets]**

[Date]

[Your Name]
[Address]
[Town, Postal Code]


 

Subject: Resident letter regarding C.N. Logistic Hub planned for Milton, Ontario

To the attention of The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., P.Q., Prime Minister of Canada, and The Honourable Members of Cabinet P.C., M.P:

 

Dear Prime Minister and Hon. Ministers, 

I am writing to you today regarding the issue of the proposed C.N. Logistics Hub. We understand Cabinet is currently deciding on this file to determine if it is approved or refused.

 

As a resident of Milton and Halton Region, I am strongly opposed to the location of the intermodal hub as proposed by the Canadian National Railway. Please know we are not opposed to intermodal when placed in an appropriate area; however, in the case of Milton, the proposed location is unsuitable! We ask Cabinet to refuse approval of the C.N. Logistic Hub. 

 

C.N.'s chosen location is not suitable; an intermodal terminal is a Class III industrial amenity and should be located in an industrial-zoned area with immediate access to a major highway and NOT near residential development. The intermodal will bring 1600+ truck trips per day within our community. The activity will have an impact on our health, the environment, air, water; it will increase road damage and safety risks to all travelling through the area. An intermodal terminal does not belong near homes, schools, parks, seniors' homes and care facilities as these are places where families live, work, learn and play.

Global National’s The New Reality aired a report about the proposed C.N. Logistic Hub location in Milton, Ontario. It is an important story, and we ask you to watch it if you have not already.  ( https://globalnews.ca/news/7474393/milton-cn-rail-terminal/ )

 

The decision you make with this hub will not only impact our community but all communities as it sets a precedent for future projects across Canada. There is no doubt that the health and safety of families and residents of all ages must come first.

For the sake of our Town and the health of our community; We ask you to refuse approval of the C.N. Logistic Hub.

Sincerely, 

[Your Name]

Letter Sample B - Residents Outside of Milton/Halton and even outside of Ontario may also send a letter.

 

People who do not live in Milton, Halton Region and even Ontario have reached out, asking how they can get involved and help. You are also invited to send a letter. 

** Once you have copied the letter below to your email, please be sure to add the date, your name, address, town, postal code as well as your name at the closing of letter. The text areas that require personalizing are in [square brackets]**

[Date]

 

[Your Name]

[Address]

[Town, Postal Code]
 

Subject: Resident letter regarding C.N. Logistic Hub planned for Milton, Ontario


Attention of The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., P.Q., Prime Minister of Canada, and The Honourable Members of Cabinet P.C., M.P:


Dear Prime Minister, and Hon. Ministers, 

I am writing to you today regarding the issue of the proposed C.N. Logistics Hub. We understand Cabinet is currently deciding on this file to determine if it is approved or refused.

 

I live outside the project area, however I do recognize this project sets a precedent for future intermodal rail development. I am strongly opposed to the location of the intermodal hub as proposed by the Canadian National Railway. Please know we are not opposed to intermodal when placed in an appropriate area; however, in the case of Milton, the proposed location is unsuitable! We ask Cabinet to refuse approval of the C.N. Logistic Hub. 

 

C.N.'s chosen location is not suitable; an intermodal terminal is a Class III industrial amenity and should be located in an industrial-zoned area with immediate access to a major highway and NOT near residential development. The intermodal will bring 1600+ truck trips per day within our community. The activity will have an impact on our health, the environment, air, water; it will increase road damage and safety risks to all travelling through the area. An intermodal terminal does not belong near homes, schools, parks, seniors' homes and care facilities as these are places where families live, work, learn and play.

Global National’s The New Reality aired a report about the proposed C.N. Logistic Hub location in Milton, Ontario. It is an important story, and we ask you to watch it if you have not already.  ( https://globalnews.ca/news/7474393/milton-cn-rail-terminal/ )

 

The decision you make with this hub will not only impact our community but all communities as it sets a precedent for future projects across Canada. There is no doubt that the health and safety of families and residents of all ages must come first.

For the sake of our Town and the health of our community; We ask you to refuse approval of the C.N. Logistic Hub.

Sincerely, 
 

[Your Name]

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Copy and paste the text below and paste into your social media to share.

 

Please watch Global National’s The New Reality: 
‘Railroading’ a town: The people of Milton versus CN Rail

By Brennan Leffler and Jeff Semple | Global News
https://globalnews.ca/news/7474393/milton-cn-rail-terminal/

 

We invite you to submit and e-mail letter asking the Cabinet Ministers to refuse approval of the CN Logistic Hub planned for Milton. The e-mail list and sample letter are on the Milton R.A.I.L. (Residents Affected by Intermodal Lines) website. 


Everyone may participate and we invite you to share this with your family, neighbours and friends throughout Milton, Halton Region, Ontario and across Canada. 

https://www.miltonrail.com/email-list-of-cabinet-members
 

Your Voice Matters!! This is NOT a Done Deal.

Get involved and share your concerns, Contact Local, Provincial and Federal politicians.

The Voice of Canadian Citizens and Halton Residents Must Be Heard!