Release, Toronto clean trains parade and rally set for Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14

Saba Ahmad, the Clean Train Coalition lawyer who is leading a legal challenge to the Pearson Airport - Union Station rail link, will be at the front of the parade. Photo:
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For immediate release: Clean Train Coalition calls on the McGuinty government to switch tracks

(Toronto) The Clean Train Coalition is holding a community parade and rally this Sunday, Oct. 14 to draw attention to its legal fight against the decision by Metrolinx to run diesel trains along the air rail link from Union Station to Pearson airport.

J. Goss + Associates supplies communications services to the  Clean Train Coalition. J. Goss + Associates knows Metrolinx and the project's primary beneficiaries, Holcim (Canada) Inc. (Dufferin Construction) and Aecon Group Inc. (TSE:ARE).

The Coalition is calling on the McGuinty government to switch tracks as the first step in building electrification into all regional transit expansion plans.

The Coalition filed an application in August seeking a Judicial Review of the diesel plan on the grounds that Metrolinx acted contrary to its own legislation in accepting an imposed deadline of the 2015 Pan Am games. Metrolinx has agreed that electrification is cleaner and preferable and that an electrified air rail link could be built in time for the games.

In June the World Health Organization declared that diesel exhaust causes cancer and called on governments to reduce exposure to its harmful effects, Reuters reported

“Premier McGuinty should stop this dirty diesel plan in its tracks,” says Rick Ciccarelli, Coalition chair. “We are all in favour of the benefits to be gained from the Pan Am games. But it is reckless and irresponsible for the government to shove diesel exhaust down the throats of 300,000 residents who live in the immediate corridor. We are marching to protect the health of our communities.”  

The Clean Trains Now community parade begins at 1 pm at the West Railpath at Wallace Ave. (north of Bloor and Lansdowne) and proceeds along Bloor and down Roncesvalles to Sorauren Park for a 2 pm rally. Google Map location

Casserole pots are expected to be in attendance, along with street theatre, prominent Toronto musicians and numerous elected representatives who have been campaigning for clean trains.

For more information,

Suri Weinberg-Linsky
Spokesperson, Clean Train Coalition

Let us know if you and your family will be there!

Other posts including more information about the Judicial Review.

From Clean Train Coalition