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Tracks of RAIL ~ Chronology of the Intermodal Proposal

Tuesday, February 20, 2001  -  CN meets with Mayor Krantz and Town CAO Belvedere to explain the Intermodal Terminal


Friday, February 23, 2001  -  Canadian Champion carries the Intermodal announcement


Monday, February 26, 2001  -  VP Heller of CN makes presentation to the Town of Milton Council


Wednesday, February 28, 2001  -  CN meets with Halton Regional Council


Monday, March 05, 2001  -  VP Heller of CN makes presentation to the Regional Councillors.


Thursday, March 29, 2001  -  Inaugural meeting of residents at Deonarine home.  General discussion of needs and actions of the group. Some Executive appointments made and action decided


Thursday, April 5, 2001  -  Second meeting of residents at Deonarine home.  Updating for first time attendees.  Appointment of Executive.  RAIL (Residents Affected by Intermodal Lines) chosen as name of group.


Monday, April 9, 2001  -  Executive meets.  


Saturday - Monday, April 9, 10 & 11, 2001  -  Flyers Delivered by some members


Thursday, April 12, 2001  -  Meeting at the Police Station in Milton.  Updating for new people and reports. Sign-up sheets.  Presentation


Wednesday, April 18, 2001  -  Presentation at the Region Regional Centre Chaired by Chairman Savoline and Mayor Krantz.  Arranged by CN.


Thursday, April 26, 2001  -  RAIL applies for Community Funds.


April 16 to 24  -  Flyers Delivered


April 26, 2001  -  2nd meeting at Police Station.  Continuing process of information sharing and discussion of current reports.


Thursday, May 10, 2001  -  Executive Meeting


Monday, May 14, 2001  -  Executive Meeting


Monday, May 21, 2001  -  RAIL has website.


Thursday, May 24, 2001  -  Executive Meeting


Monday, May 28, 2001  -  Executive Meeting   


May 14 to 30, 2001  -  Flyers Delivered


Thursday, May 31/01  -  Tour of CN’s Brampton Intermodal  Terminal.  Participants not impressed with visit, which was cut short.  Not all questions were answered.  Inside an air-conditioned bus it was impossible to be aware of the noise of the terminal.   May is a slow time according to CN representatives.


Thursday, May 31, 2001  -  Meeting by RAIL at the Senior’s Centre


Friday through Sunday, June 1, 2 & 3, 2001  -  Information booth at the Milton Mall


Monday, June 4, 2001  -  RAIL presentation to Town Council.


Tuesday, June 5, 2001  -  Visit by Co-chairs to the CTA in Ottawa.  (Canadian Transportation Agency)


Thursday, June 7, 2001  -  Meeting with the builders from east of Milton at the Police Station


Saturday - Wednesday, June 4-8, 2001  -  Co-Chairs and 2 other members meet at Landfill Site to look at Environmental Information they had on that site.


Saturday & Sunday, June 9 & 10, 2001  -  Oakville Ecofest booth


Sunday, June 10, 2001  -  Sign painting party


Saturday, June 16, 2001  -  Milton Mall Display & Information Booth  


Thursday, June 28, 2001  -  General meeting at Senior’s Centre


Saturday, July 7, 2001  -   Milton Mall Display & Information Booth


Wednesday, July 11, 2001  -  Second Trip to CTA in Ottawa: (Rita, Jim & Jack)


July 14 through July 24, 2001  -  Flyers Delivered


Tuesday, July 24, 2001  -  Press release sent to newspapers on Air Quality and Fuel Qualities by RAIL member.


Thursday, July 26, 2001  -  General Meeting Senior’s Centre


Saturday, July 28, 2001  -  Milton Mall Display & Information Booth 


Friday, August 3, 2001  -  Review, for those interested, of a report outlining the procedure to be followed by CN to build an Intermodal facility.


Tuesday, August 7, 2001  -  The report on the proposal by CN to build an Intermodal Facility in Milton was discussed at the Council meeting.


Saturday, August 18, 2001  -  Mall presentation cancelled. No one was available to attend the display.


Monday, August 20, 2001  -  Beginning on Monday RAIL members spent in excess of 40 hours reworking the third draft of a letter to the CTA outlining the concerns that members have with the proposed intermodal site.  The letter is based on the concerns of our members as expressed to the committee.  It is now at 22 pages and is not yet finished.


Tuesday, August 28, 2001  -  Co-chair, Rita Post, talked again with Bill Aird, Chief Environment Officer for the CTA.


Thursday, August 30, 2001  -  General meeting at the Senior’s Centre.


Tuesday, September 4, 2001  -  Start of review of data from Landfill Site.


Tuesday, September 4, 2001  -  Short letter sent to CTA.


Saturday, September 8, 2001  -  Display at Milton Mall.


Saturday, September 15, 2001  -  Display at Milton Mall’s Volunteers’ Day.


Friday-Sunday, September 21-23, 2001  -   Display at Milton Fall Fair.


Monday, September 24, 2001  -  Individual property assessments underway.


Saturday, September 29, 2001  -  Milton Mall display at the Community Open House.


September, 2001  -  Presentation at Parent Night at Our Lady of Victory School.


Thursday, October 11, 2001  -  General meeting at the Senior’s Centre.


Monday, October 17, 2001  -  Correspondence sent to the appropriate teachers at the four Town secondary schools.


Wednesday, October 24, 2001  -  Regional Council Strategic Plan Meeting attended by members of RAIL. They had the opportunity to give information.


Monday, October 29, 2001  -  Milton Town Council meeting at which RAIL made a presentation seeking funds to help in our campaign.  The motion before Council was defeated and no money was forthcoming.  Council re-affirmed its opposition to the proposed intermodal site.


Tuesday, October 30, 2001  -  Some members attended  a transportation and transit planning meeting at the Lions’ Memorial Hall.   There was a favourable opportunity to give some information to all in attendance.


Tuesday, November 20, 2001  -  The Chair and other members attended a Burlington Ward 3 and 6 ratepayers and Councillors meeting to give information to these residents.


Wednesday, November 21, 2001  -  The Chair attended a meeting at the Region to discuss Safety and Emergency Services Planning and Infrastructure. RAIL was commended for their high degree of professionalism. 


Friday, November 23, 2001  -  Some members attended a meeting with interested parties to discuss aims and objectives of RAIL.


Thursday, November 29, 2001  -  Regular meeting of RAIL at the Seniors’ Centre.


Friday, December 7, 2001  -  Region and the Town of Milton issue a Public Information Package on the Proposed CN Intermodal Facility.  We should be heartened by the stand as it is explained within the package.


Saturday, December 8, 2001  -  A newspaper report on the Proposed Intermodal Terminal appeared in the New Homes Section of the Toronto Star.  This was good coverage of the situation.  The Hamilton Spectator also had a report on the proposal.


Friday, December 28, 2001  -  RAIL in Globe and Mail “Fighting For Rural Life in Milton” Great coverage in with photo of our Chair and the CN crossing at Lower Base Line.


Saturday, Decemeber 29, 2001  -  CN’s Proposed Intermodal second only to Chris Hadfield’s space walk in The Canadian Champion’s “2001 in Review” of significant events.


Thursday, January 10, 2002  -  Executive Meeting


Monday, January 14, 2002  -  Letter to the Honourable David Collenette, Minister of Transport regarding hours of work and related safety issues.


Monday, January 28, 2002  -  Chair attends Oakville Planning Meeting

-  Chair, Rita Post, talked again with Bill Aird, Chief Environment Officer for the CTA.


Tuesday, January 29, 2002  -  Some RAIL Executive meet with some interested parties to discuss new issues concerning RAIL.


Wednesday, January 30, 2002  -  Some RAIL Executive meets with Richard Vivian of the Canadian Champion.


Thursday, January 31, 2002  -  Regular meeting of RAIL at the Seniors’ Centre. (Cancelled due to Storm with appropriate notices carried over radio and television)


Tuesday, February 5, 2002  -  Chair Rita Post attends OPA 198 at the Region.


Week of February 4, 2002  -  Some RAIL Executive meet with some interested parties to discuss new issues concerning RAIL.


Week of February 11, 2002  -  Some RAIL Executive meet with some interested parties to discuss new issues concerning RAIL.


Wednesday, February, 20, 2002  -  1 Year Anniversary

CN informed Town of Milton Officials of their Proposed Intermodal Terminal


Monday, February 25, 2002  -  RAIL executive attended OPA 198 meeting at Region with an excellent reception by those in attendance.


Week of February 18, 2002  -  Reply from Julian Reed, MP for Peel-Halton enquiring as to a response from Honourable David Collenette about our letter concerning “hours of work”.


Thursday, February 28, 2002  -  Regular monthly meeting of RAIL at the Senior’s Centre.


Week of March 18, 2002  -  Chair meets with interested party.


Tuesday, March 12, 2002  -  Letter to the Honourable David Colonette, Minister of Transport in the Milton Champion


Friday, March 15, 2002  -  Letter to MP Julian Reed in Milton Champion.


Saturday, March 23, 2002  -  Display at Milton Mall


Tuesday, March 26, 2002  -  Sherwood Survey meeting and presentation for Phase 2 aligned along the east side of Tremaine Rd. as far south as Louis St. Laurent Blvd..  Louis St. Laurent runs from Highway 25 to Tremaine Rd. about halfway between Derry Rd. and Britannia.


Thursday, March 28, 2002  -   RAIL meeting at the Senior’s Centre.


Saturday, April 20, 2002  -  Display at Milton Mall


April, 2002   -  Chair in contact with concerned citizens


Wednesday & Thursday, May 8 & 9, 2002 -  Rita, Jack and Nan invited to participate at a conference in Ottawa concerning the railway hours of work/rest.


Tuesday, May 21, 2002  -  Members attend Town Council meeting where The Region presents their findings to this time.


Wednesday, May 22, 2002  -  Chair attends meeting.


Thursday, May 30, 2002  -  RAIL meeting at Seniors’ Centre


June 2002  -  Chair attends Mid Peninsula Highway Meeting


July 2002  -  Chair and another member attend Mid Peninsula Meeting


July 25, 2002  -  Meeting of RAIL at Seniors’ Centre – guest speaker Buzz Currie. Ian Thompson, Communications Officer for CN was in attendance along with his wife and secretary at the JULY 25 meeting.  He answered questions as forthcoming as he wished to be.  A few days later the Champion carried news that the Environmental Study was complete.  News to us.


August 16, 2002  -  Some members were invited to attend an Alliance Party of Canada luncheon for a question and answer session with MP Diane Alonczy, of Calgary-Nose Hill.  RAIL was represented in good numbers and had ample opportunity to present our case.

  -  Some members were present at the CN/Britannia Road crossing with Mayor Krantz and MP Ablonczy.


August and September  -  Members of RAIL have attended a number of meetings concerned with the mid-peninsula highway which will pass through the middle of Burlington to join 407.


September 28, 2002  -  Meeting of RAIL at Seniors’ Centre

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