MOOSE in the Media / dans les Medias
Moose in the Media in 2018
OTTAWA REGION, ONTARIO and THE OUTAOUAIS, QUÉBEC — 17 OCTOBER 2018 (Media Release below)
A team of six civil engineering students from University of Ottawa will invest much of their 2018/19 academic year advancing MOOSE Consortium’s plan to adapt the Prince of Wales Bridge between Ottawa and Gatineau. Their student project design will accommodate combined operations of full-sized bi-level regional trains and smaller LRT trains, respecting federal regulatory and safety management conditions. It will include cantilevered cycling and pedestrian trails, a pedestrian bridge over the tracks on the Lemieux Island, and iconic views of Parliament Hill.
A second engineering student team project will advance the plan for the rapid design and deployment of the innovative modular start-up station “kit” that MOOSE would lease to independent station franchisees. Where existing tracks are in service, this concept would enable property investors to commence train service at low cost within just months of obtaining basic permits. This will provide developers and municipalities the time required within each unique locality to undertake all the public consultation, negotiation and planning that permanent stations and surrounding facilities require.
EN - October 2018 - Inside Ottawa Valley- Both Candidates in Smiths Falls Mayoralty Race Support Regional Rail
Question: How would you pledge town resources to a proposed commuter rail line, like Go Transit in the Greater Toronto Area, brought up by a mayoral candidate in Ottawa?
Pankow: Via Rail has a major expansion plan in front of the minister of transportation. We expect an answer by the end of this year. It’s a $3.5 billion investment from the federal government that would enable Via to expand service in the Quebec-Windsor corridor, which would mean improved service from Smiths Falls to Ottawa and Brockville. It’s a strong initiative and has a lot of merit. Secondly, the Moose initiative – a regional transit system that would be spoking out from Ottawa into Gatineau and into the Ottawa Valley. They are working with the City of Ottawa and the federal government. I would be surprised if we don’t see some enhanced rail service over the next four years.
Gallipeau: Since I’ve been on council for four years, I’ve been an advocate of getting a rail service to Ottawa from Smiths Falls to at least multiple times a day. It would allow students and workers a way to get back and forth with ease. The future of our community depends on efficient transportation – we all know our roads aren’t that great. We don’t have four lane highways like Carleton Place. We do have rails
EN - September 2018 - Edmonton Sun- After council OK'd 65-storey project, Moose Consortium requested railway protection
EN - September 2018 - Ottawa Citizen- Moose Consortium requested railway protection after council OK'd 65-storey project
September 2018 - 580 CFRA- Interview with Joseph Potvin, Director General of Moose Consortium
Candidate Clive Doucet's "Capital Regional Rail" jives with MOOSE's plan!
EN - September 2018 - Ottawa Citizen- Doucet: How regional rail could get Ottawa moving
EN - September 2018 - The koz Post- Clive Doucet promises a regional train from the capital
EN - September 2018 - Ottawa Matters- Healthy Transportation Coalition backing aspects of Doucet transit plan
EN - September 2018 - Ottawa Citizen- Editorial: Hop aboard the transit debate
EN - September 2018 - 580 CFRA - Clive Doucet launches mayoral campaign with promise of regional rail service, lower transit fares
EN - September 2018 - Ottawa Citizen - Reevely: If Ottawa wants a big shift to transit, Clive Doucet has a plan for it
EN - September 2018 - Ottawa Matters - Mayoral candidate Doucet announces rival public transportation plan
In 2016 Moose Consortium Considered LeMine, But Signed a More Experienced Firm
"Outside of real estate, LeMine’s other undelivered promises include a billion-dollar trade deal to send Canadian canola to China and a commitment to invest in a private rail project in Ottawa. ... The director of the Ottawa rail project said he and his staff declined to work with Liu after reviewing his company."
Article in Toronto Star - September 2018: https://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/2018/09/27/this-condo-developer-collected-millions-in-deposits-and-hasnt-built-anything.html
In 2017 Moose signed with a well-placed investment firm. Potential Investors may contact: Charles Ivey +1-416-520-0957.
The London Free Press: MOOSE in the News 5 Years Ago
EN - June 2018 - Video from James O'Grady - Green Party Nepean- This campaign video touches on local policy issues I’m highlighting in this campaign. While it was originally done for the Bells Corners Rocks Facebook page, the policy discussed applies to all of Nepean. (Mention of Moose at the 6:00 min timestamp)
EN - May 2018 - Ottawa Construction News - Ottawa wins hold on mandatory Prince of Wales bridge rehabilitation with Federal Court leave to appeal
EN - May 2018 - Ottawa Citizen - Court will hear the city's side of the story about the Prince of Wales Bridge
EN - April 2018 - Ottawa Citizen - Agency gives city more time to decide on fate of Prince of Wales Bridge
EN - April 2018 - CBC - City gets more time to figure out future of Prince of Wales Bridge
EN - March 2018 - Ottawa Construction News - Ottawa fights to stall Prince of Wales bridge railway work as private consortium pushes forward with interprovincial rail/real estate development initiative
EN - March 2018 - Ottawa Citizen - Don't let the city off the hook over Prince of Wales Bridge, group tells transport minister
EN - March 2018 - Unpublished Ottawa - Federal Regulator Issues Order To City Of Ottawa: Maintain Inter-Provincial Railway Bridge To Within 12 Months Of Operation, Or Sell It
EN - March 2018 - Centretown news - Regulator’s ruling forces City of Ottawa to act on Prince of Wales Bridge
EN - March 2018 - Ottawa Citizen - Mayor Watson appeals to federal cabinet to reverse Prince of Wales Bridge order
EN - March 2018 - CBC - City to appeal agency's order to replace ripped-up rail
FR - OTTAWA, ONTARIO et l'OUTAOUAIS, QUÉBEC — 20 FEVRIER 2018
COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE: L’Office des transports du Canada ordonne à la ville d’Ottawa : vous devez maintenir votre pont ferroviaire interprovincial en état de fonctionnement dans les 12 mois suivant une commande, ou le vendre
- L’organisme de réglementation fédéral émet une ordonnance d’exécution de sa décision de 2012.
- L’organisme fédéral affirme son autorité pour accorder des droits de circulation à d’autres
- Il n’est pas normal de laisser ce chemin de fer se détériorer, de supprimer des infrastructures
et de bloquer le corridor.
- Le Consortium MOOSE souhaite financer une restauration de 75 M$ qui comprend des pistes
cyclables et des sentiers de randonnée.
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EN - OTTAWA, ONTARIO and THE OUTAOUAIS, QUÉBEC — 20 FEBRUARY 2018
MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Regulator Issues Order to City of Ottawa: Maintain Inter-Provincial Railway Bridge to Within 12 Months of Operation, or Sell It
- Canadian Transportation Agency issues enforcement order of its 2012 Decision
- Federal agency asserts authority to grant running rights to other railway companies
- Wrong to let railway fall into disrepair, remove infrastructure, and obstruct corridor
- MOOSE Consortium seeks to finance $75M restoration incl. cycling/walking trail
Download the Press Release
EN - February 2018 - Ottawa Life Magazine - CTA: Repair Prince of Wales Bridge or Sell It
FR - Février 2018 - Le Droit - Pont Prince-de-Galles: la décision de l’OTC jugée «bizarre»
EN - February 2018 - Apt 613 - Future of Prince of Wales Bridge must be decided
EN - February 2018 - Ottawa Sun - Editorial: A bridge too far gone?
EN - February 2018 - Ottawa Construction News - MOOSE interprovincial bridge, real estate development project wins legal victory
EN - February 2018 - CBC - Regulator sparks questions about future of Prince of Wales Bridge
FR - Février 2018 - Radio Canada - Les rails menant au pont Prince-de-Galles au coeur d'un litige
EN - February 2018 - Kitchissippi Ward - CTA orders City to clarify future of Prince of Wales bridge
EN - February 2018 - CTV News - CTA orders City to make Prince of Wales Bridge train-ready by next year
EN - February 2018 - Ottawa Citizen - City told it needs to repair Prince of Wales Bridge within 12 months
EN - February 2018 - CBC News - Transportation agency orders city to restore rail line
Moose in the Media in 2017
FR - Octobre 2017 - Radio Canada - Une vision d'avenir commune sur le transport en commun à Ottawa et à Gatineau
FR - Octobre 2017 - Le Droit - Un rêve de 200 millions $
EN - September 2017 - Ontario Construction Report - MOOSE plans rail terminal, $200 million development in Morrison’s Quarry between La Pêche and Chelsea
EN - OTTAWA, ONTARIO and THE OUTAOUAIS, QUÉBEC — 22 SEPTEMBER 2017
MEDIA RELEASE: Morrison’s Quarry Owner Envisions MOOSE Railway Terminus
Moose Consortium Inc. (Mobilité Outaouais-Ottawa: Systèmes & Enterprises) has exchanged letters of intent with the President of Morrison’s Quarry, relating to development of a prominent 200-acre property spanning the border of La Pêche and Chelsea, Québec. The companies envision a $200 million commercial—residential—recreational development that would also serve as the northern terminus of MOOSE’s planned 400 km metropolitan-scale passenger rail network.
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FR - OTTAWA (ONTARIO) ET OUTAOUAIS (QUÉBEC) — LE 22 SEPTEMBRE 2017
COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE: Le propriétaire de la carrière Morrison envisage un terminus ferroviaire avec MOOSE
Le Consortium Moose inc. (Mobilité Outaouais Ottawa: systèmes & entreprises) a échangé des lettres d’intention avec le président de la carrière Morrison, en ce qui concerne le développement d’un terrain important de 200 acres chevauchant les communes de La Pêche et Chelsea au Québec. Les entreprises envisagent un développement commercial, résidentiel et récréatif de 200 millions $ qui servirait également de terminus nord pour le réseau ferroviaire de passagers à échelle métropolitaine de 400 km prévu par MOOSE.
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FR - September 2017 - Le Droit - Train léger à Gatineau : l'étape « 3-B », dit Watson
EN - September 2017 - Metro News Ottawa - "Our bridge is going to be for our train", says Watson
EN - September 2017 - Ontario Construction Report - Ottawa’s mayor pours cold water on city’s co-operation with MOOSE Prince of Wales Bridge rehabilitation - http://ontarioconstructionreport.com/powmoose/
EN - June 2017 - The Beachburg Sub - The Prince of Wales Bridge: Oh, no, not again
EN - January 2017 - Ontario Construction Report - Ottawa LRT makes progress, but mayor’s long-range vision clashes with Prince of Wales bridge private commuter rail proposal - http://ontarioconstructionreport.com/ottawa-lrt-makes-progress-but-mayors-long-range-vision-clashes-with-prince-of-wales-bridge-private-commuter-rail-proposal/
EN - September 2017 - Metro News Ottawa - Three years to repair Prince of Wales Bridge, says city
- The 8 September 2017 letter sent by Rick O'Connor, City Clerk and Solicitor for the City of Ottawa, to the Canadian Transportation Agency, in response to the Agency's email of August 14, 2017.
- The 8 September 2017 letter sent by John Manconi, General Manager of the Transportation Services Department to the Mayor and Members of Council and Transit Commissioners.
1. A Coordinated and Consultative Approach
2. Service through Bayview Station on the O-Train Trillium Line
(a) take possession of, use or occupy any land belonging to any other railway company;
(b) use the whole or any portion of the right-of-way, tracks, terminals, stations or station grounds of any other railway company; and
(c) run and operate its trains over and on any portion of the railway of any other railway company.
(2) The Agency may grant the right and may make any order and impose any conditions on either railway company respecting the exercise or restriction of the rights as appear just or desirable to the Agency, having regard to the public interest.
(3) The railway company shall pay compensation to the other railway company for the right granted and, if they do not agree on the compensation, the Agency may, by order, fix the amount to be paid.
The 8 September letter to the Agency states that:
3. Passage of Trains at Bayview Station
Full-sized trains had been passing for more than a century through the Bayview Station sector, under the existing bridges, via the original track which was built in 1878 during the second term of John A. Macdonald. As recently as 2001 the new ballast for the new O-Train track enhancements was carried by freight train from Quebec across the Prince of Wales Bridge, traversing under the Albert Street and other bridges. Here are a couple of photos:
The 8 September 2017 memo to Mayor and Council states that "staff have had a design prepared for the future alignment of the track extension from Bayview Station to the south end of the Prince of Wales Bridge", acknowledging that "the original main north-south line is obstructed by the ground level of the new station building at Bayview Station". But Mr. Manconi's suggested design which would send all trains to the track east of the station is physically unworkable without major changes to the brand new station. The problem is that the Bayview spur used as the terminus of the O-Train was constructed with a grade, so that the distance between the top of the track and bottom of the Albert Street and OLRT bridges is significantly less than the 22 feet required in Transport Canada's "Standards Respecting Railway Clearances" (diagram 2, page 6). That's to say, due to the City's design decisions, typical North American style passenger or freight trains cannot get through, meaning that trains such as used for the GO-Train in Toronto or AMT in Montreal cannot service the new Bayview Station. Up until summer 2016, such equipment was easily accommodated on the original track.
4. Prince of Wales Bridge Rehabilitation
Mr. Manconi's memo to Mayor and Council refers to "Long-Term Plans", explaining that:
- This "Preliminary rehabilitation plan for the Prince of Wales Bridge and Lemieux Island sections of the Chaudière Extension" by REMISZ Consulting Engineers, is available online here: https://www.letsgomoose.ca/wp-
content/uploads/AnnexH_Moose_P rinceOfWalesBridgeRehabilitati on_2015-09-01a_PDF.pdf
5. General Context
EN - August 2017 - Lake88 "In Focus" - Radio Producer, Bob Perreault, Interviews MOOSE Director General, Joseph Potvin. Listen the podcast
EN - August 2017 - Ottawa Business Journal - Full steam ahead for privately owned passenger railway
EN - August 2017 - Metro News Ottawa - The battle over 20 kilometres of rail in rural Quebec
EN - July 2017 - Metro News Ottawa - Ambitious Moose rail plan builds support, both inside and outside Ottawa
EN - July 2017 - Ottawa Sun - Editorial: Sometimes, privatization is exactly the right track (PDF version)
EN - July 2017 - Ottawa Citizen - Ambitious regional railway plan attracts investor attention
EN - July 2017 - Article re-posted by Ottawa SUN - Ambitious regional railway plan attracts investor attention
EN - July 2017 - International Railway Journal - Private investors plan metro-Ottawa passenger rail
EN - July 2017 - Metro News Ottawa - Study underway to examine feasibility of privately owned transit network
EN - July 2017 - The Globe & Mail - Forget nationality: It's what foreign investors do in Canada that matters.
EN - July 2017 - The Globe & Mail - China-focused firm invests in Ottawa-area commuter rail plan - Scanned version
Joint Companies Announcement: LeMine-Consortia N.A. and MOOSE Consortium Inc.
TORONTO, CANADA. 1 JULY 2017 — LeMine Investment Group and Consortia N.A. Ltd. (LeMine-Consortia N.A.) and MOOSE Consortium Inc. exchanged letters of intent today, the 1st of July 2017, on Canada's 150th Anniversary, to create a fully private-sector 400 km metropolitan-scale passenger rail service for Canada's Greater National Capital Region.
TORONTO, Canada, le 1er juillet 2017 — LeMine Investment Group et Consortia N.A. Ltd. (LeMine - Consortia N.A.) et le Consortium MOOSE inc. ont échangé des lettres d'intention aujourd'hui, en ce 1er juillet 2017, à l'occasion du 150e anniversaire du Canada, en vue de créer un service ferroviaire de passagers entièrement privé de 400 km qui desservirait la grande région de la capitale nationale du Canada.
EN - June 2017 - CBC - City's top lawyer says ripping up some tracks doesn't mean they are discontinuing line
EN - June 2017 - The Bulldog Ottawa - City Makes Grim Rail Mistake
EN - June 2017 - Canadian Design & Construction report - Ottawa outlines timeline/process for restoring rail link across the city-owned interprovincial Prince of Wales Bridge
EN - June 2017 - Ottawa Construction News - CTA tells city to explain why it has dismantled Prince of Wales bridge link
FR - June 2017 - Le Droit - Trudeau confirme 1,09 milliard $ et ouvre la porte vers Gatineau
EN - June 2017 - The Low Down - Moose initiates legal action against removal of rails. (PDF file)
EN - June 2017 - West Quebec Post - Moose Consortium lodges complaint with competition bureau... (PDF file)
EN - June 2017 - CBC - City questioned over rail line removal for LRT work
EN - June 2017 - CTV News - Construction near Prince of Wales Bridge lands City in hot water with rail authority
FR - Juin 2017 - Radio Canada - La Ville d'Ottawa devra s'expliquer devant l'Office des transports du Canada
EN - June 2017 - Ottawa Citizen - Transportation agency demands explanation on removal of rail near Prince of Wales Bridge: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/
EN - June 2017 - CTV News - Construction near Prince of Wales Bridge lands City in hot water with rail authority: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/
EN - June 2017 - CBC - City called out for ripping up rail line near Bayview Station: http://www.cbc.ca/
EN - June 2017 - Ottawa Life - Canada’s Earliest and Most Recent Railway Scandals: http://www.ottawalife.com/
EN - May 2017 - Ottawa Life - Get to Know Gatineau: http://www.ottawalife.com/
FR - Mai 2017 - Ottawa Life - Découvrer Gatineau: Lire le reportage
EN - February 2017 - Ottawa Construction News - MOOSE prepares legal challenges if CTA fails to respond to complaint about railway dismantling: http://ottawaconstructionnews.com/
Moose in the Media in 2016
EN - June 2016 - Green Party of Ontario - Support for Passenger Rail in National Capital Region Read the press release
EN - March 2016 - Ottawa Life - Set The Moose Free: http://www.ottawalife.com/
EN - November 2016 - Ottawa Life - The Building Blocks of a Capital: http://www.ottawalife.com/
EN - Septembre 2016 - Ottawa Construction News - Private/public infrastructure conflict: MOOSE appeals to CTA for Prince of Wales bridge track access: http://ottawaconstructionnews.com/
EN - Septembre 2016 - Ottawa Metro News - Citizens fight for the bridge - View PDF here
EN - Septembre 2016 - Ottawa Life, Autumn Edition - Download the PDF version here. Online version - Check cover, page 22 and 42-43: https://issuu.com/ottawalifers/docs/fall2016_final_web
FR - 26 août 2016 - Le Droit - Perçu au départ par plusieurs comme un rêveur un peu fou, Joseph Potvin continue d'avancer lentement vers son objectif de mettre en place un service ferroviaire privé de 400 km reliant les secteurs ruraux de la grande région d'Ottawa-Gatineau au coeur de la capitale fédérale. Voir le PDF ici
FR - 24 août 2016 - Le Droit - Le député fédéral de Hull-Aylmer, Greg Fergus, ne cache pas son parti pris pour le transport en commun sur rail. En ce sens, il dit voir d'un «bon oeil» et «favorablement» le projet MOOSE. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/actualites/actualites-regionales/201608/24/01-5013741-le-depute-fergus-voit-moose-dun-bon-oeil.php
EN - August, 17th 2016 - Ottawa Metro News - Don't block the bridge, local residents say - View PDF here
EN - August, 9th 2016 - TVO - Can a private company profit from commuter rail service in the Ottawa-Gatineau region? http://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/the-next-ontario/can-a-private-company-profit-from-commuter-rail-service-in-the-ottawa-gatineau-region
EN - August 2016 - Ottawa Construction News - MOOSE: Ambitious initiative would create privately owned 35 to 50 station metropolitan passenger rail system serving eastern Ontario and western Quebec - http://ontarioconstructionreport.com/PageFlips/2016/ocnaug2016/ - (PDF version here)
EN - July, 27th 2016 - Ottawa Metro News - Full steam ahead for privately owned commuter rail in Ottawa - View PDF here
EN - July, 20th 2016 - Ottawa Business Journal - Full steam ahead for privately owned passenger railway - http://www.obj.ca/Local/2016-07-20/article-4593170/Full-steam-ahead-for-privately-owned-passenger-railway/1
EN - July, 12th 2016 - Inside Ottawa Valley - Moose commuter train in Smiths Falls threatened by track issues in Ottawa - http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/6763308-moose-commuter-train-in-smiths-falls-threatened-by-track-issues-in-ottawa/
EN - July, 7th 2016 - Ottawa Start - Private consortium applies to feds to build 400km passenger rail service - http://ottawastart.com/private-consortium-applies-to-feds-to-build-400km-passenger-rail-service/
EN - July, 4th 2016 - Railway technology - Moose consortium seeks CTA authorisation for rail service development - http://www.railway-technology.com/news/newsmoose-consortium-seeks-cta-authorisation-rail-service-development-4940107
EN - March, 16th 2016 - The Low Down - Moose lawyers will fight destruction of railbed - View PDF here
Moose in the Media / Past
EN - October, 16th 2015 - Inside Ottawa Valley - Agreement formally signed to launch Moose commuter train consortium - http://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/5964418-agreement-formally-signed-to-launch-moose-commuter-train-consortium/
FR - 10 février 2015 - Le Droit - Une entreprise d'Ottawa croit avoir en main le projet qui permettra d'arrimer les réseaux de transport en commun de Gatineau et d'Ottawa - http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/actualites/ville-de-gatineau/201502/09/01-4842766-un-projet-de-train-prive.php
EN - June 2012 - Canadian Transportation Agency - Decision No. 210-R-2012 - COMPLAINT by Mobility Ottawa-Outaouais: Systems & Enterprises Inc. pursuant to Part III, Division V of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended.
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