Update – May 2018

Stratford Leads Successful Bid to Restore Inter-Regional Transit Service: See the City’s press release.

Update – March 2018

The March federal budget supported the need for VIA fleet renewal in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor.  Requests for funding proposals will soon begin, and will address many of the critical … Read More

Update – Meeting with Mayor Mathieson

CFUW Stratford Vice-President Cambria Ravenhill, Louise McColl, Advocacy Committee Chair, and Sheila Clarke, gettingthere.ca, met with Mayor Mathieson, Rob Horne, CAO, and Stephanie Potter, Research and Policy Analyst. Topics of … Read More

Update – Transport Futures Conference

Cambria Ravenhill represented the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), Stratford, at a transportation conference in Toronto in November 2017 entitled Transport Futures. The conference dealt with intercity public transportation in … Read More

Update – Autumn 2017

Earlier discussions with VIA Rail liaison personnel have indicated that no further movement was possible at this time without federal budget attention to the need for fleet renewal. Aging passenger … Read More

Update – January 2017

Check out this short documentary about Canada’s first First Nations-owned railway for a breathtaking train journey through Northern Quebec and Labrador. Owned by three band councils since December 2005, the train takes … Read More

Update — December 2016

Press Release: Redesigned Website & Recent Meeting with Minister Garneau’s Staff in Ottawa – Still on track for passenger rail, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Stratford transportation advocacy … Read More

Update — November 2016

Do you wonder how many people are using passenger trains in Canada? Ridership is up according to VIA Rail’s latest report. VIA released its 3rd quarter results for 2016 which show continued … Read More

Update — September, 2016

Sheila Clarke from CFUW’s GettingThere.ca project recently met with VIA Rail CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano in London for an update on the new trains in and out of Stratford that were promised last … Read More

Update — July 2016

At the recent Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) National Annual General Meeting held in St. Catherines, Ontario, CFUW Stratford received an Advocacy Award in recognition of their ongoing work to … Read More

Update — February 2016

VIA Rail personnel and leaders in our city and region came together for an update and marketing meeting at the end of February. Following the creation of a marketing plan … Read More

Update — January 16, 2016

A New Year brings with it the culmination of many meetings with stakeholders to determine how our community can support the two new trains, and to further explore the transportation … Read More

Update — June, 2015

VIA Announcement: 6:30 AM Train Boarding in Stratford, en route to Toronto! On June 16, the Stratford Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CFUW welcomed VIA President Yves Desjardins-Siciliano to … Read More

Update — June 2015

> Upcoming June 16th: Stratford and District Chamber of Commerce Round Table and luncheon featuring VIA Rail President Desjardins-Siciliano. This is an opportunity to discuss the critical importance of public transportation needs to the … Read More

Updates — May 2015

> Hats off to the CFUW St. Thomas for a successful Transportation Forum on May 27th in the recently restored Canada Southern Railway Station! Greg Gormick was the speaker, outlining … Read More

Update — April 2015

> The CFUW Transportation project, gettingthere.ca, was a member of the SWOTA (Southwestern Ontario Transportation Alliance) delegation at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon on April 28th in London. The guest … Read More

Update — March, 2015

> Sheila Clarke from CFUW Stratford made a presentation to Stratford City Council on March 23rd seeking support for the NETWORK SOUTHWEST plan to improve and expand passenger train service … Read More

Update — March, 2015

> Following a series of public forums across the region, the Southwestern Ontario Transportation Alliance unveiled its Network Southwest public transportation action plan on March 18, 2015, in St. Marys. Al … Read More

Update — March, 2015

> Via rail president Yves Desardins-Siciliano met with three representatives of CFUW Stratford in Toronto on Wednesday, March 11. Wendy McNaughton, Marianne VandenHeuvel, and Sheila Clarke represented the CFUW transportation project, … Read More

Update – March 7, 2015

> See the Stratford Gazette coverage of the Stratford NETWORK SOUTHWEST (NWSW) Public Forum held February 12th. It was standing room only, as 150 people came in from the cold to hear Transportation … Read More

Update — January 29, 2015

> Upcoming: NETWORK SOUTHWEST public forum events to share a plan for reviving Southwestern Ontario’s public transportation system. Please attend! As NETWORK SOUTHWEST goes from the drawing table to the halls of government and … Read More

Winter Update — January 28, 2015

> United Way Perth Huron Transportation Task Force: As follow-up to the Stakeholders’ meeting in October, the Task Force is exploring the concept of corridor buses, to bring residents of outlying … Read More

Fall Update — November 2, 2014

> Upcoming: CFUW Ontario Standing Committee meeting in January 2015. The theme topic will be Transportation, including a panel discussion and afternoon group sessions, one of which will be chaired … Read More

Spring Update — June 18, 2014

> Upcoming: June 19 – CFUW delegation to meet with Senior Metrolinx (Go Transit) Staff; June 22 – CFUW Stratford project to be presented to CFUW National AGM Business Meeting. > … Read More

Update — April 23, 2014

> Our petition has well over 500 signatures, with online support and also a paper signature campaign in Stratford. Thank you for raising your voice! Please continue to spread the … Read More

Update — March 25, 2014

We launched an online petition! Please sign here. In collaboration with CFUW Ontario Council, CFUW Stratford invites people across the province to urge the Ontario Government to commit to a public … Read More

Update — March 22, 2014

> Artist and environmentalist Robert Bateman recently wrote an open letter to Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, protesting the potential closure of the Algoma Railway passenger services in northern Ontario. > … Read More

Update — January 28, 2014

> CFUW Stratford continues to discuss integrated public transportation with local groups and representatives, recently adding Zonta Club of Stratford, Local 1325 Unifor Retiree Chapter, MP Gary Schellenberger, MPP Randy … Read More

Update — January 28, 2014

> CFUW Stratford recently submitted a brief to the Ontario Government’s pre-budget consultation process. The brief summarized the need for integrated public transportation in Stratford and neighbouring communities in southwestern … Read More

Update — January 9, 2014

> An excellent overview of the steady decline of VIA Rail across Canada, including specific runs and effects. Written to VIA, the Minister of Transport and others in late 2012 by James H. … Read More

Update — January 7, 2014

Sheila Clarke from CFUW will be speaking on a panel at a film screening of “De-Railed: The National Dream”, a documentary look into the state of Canada’s rail infrastructure. Hosted by … Read More

Update — December 5, 2013

> Unifor Policy Statement: Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 300,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy. On Nov. … Read More

Fall Update – December 3, 2013

> Continuing discussion with RAIL and VIA in Sarnia has resulted in the planned reinstatement of an early train linking Sarnia to London, enabling early arrival in Toronto for meetings and appointments. … Read More