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Friday, September 16, 2016

Ontario Trails News - sign the petition to save the Prescott Russell trail, trail infrastructure funding and more about Ontario Trails!


Save the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail


Save the Prescott Russell Trail. Many people use and love this trail.

The trail is 72 kilometers long and it runs through 8 townships and many towns in eastern Ontario.

The Prescott-Russell Rail Trail is the only outdoor recreational facility of its type in the area. 

The trail enables healthy hiking, active walking, dog walking, safe cycling off-road and winter snowmobiling.

Suddenly and without notice there is discussion of closing the trail. Many people love and rely on the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail. 

This trail is beautiful and a main corridor of travel and recreation for many people

There have been no trespass complaints from landowners. Many local community members have fought for this trail and regularly work to maintain it.

The Ontario Trails Council asks you to sign this petition because we do not believe leaders fully understand the benefits of the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail to peoples health, to tourism and to the environment.

Ontario Supporting Critical Municipal and First Nation Infrastructure Projects
September 7, 2016

Projects Will Help Grow Local Economies and Create Jobs
Ontario and the federal government are investing over $88 million in 35 municipal and First Nation projects to build and repair critical infrastructure, help create jobs, and spur economic growth across the province through the Small Communities Fund.

Patricia A. Hadju, Federal Minister of Status of Women and Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, were in Greenstone today to make the announcement. Greenstone will benefit from federal and provincial support for the second phase of the Geraldton water line rehabilitation. This project will improve the health and safety of area residents by providing clean drinking water.

Projects across Ontario include improving waste management and water treatment facilities, and repairing bridges and highways.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history - about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to

Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education.
The plan is making the largest investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
QUICK FACTSOntario and the federal government are each providing over $44 million for the 35 projects, which have a total cost of more than $141 million. Recipient communities will be responsible for the remaining project costs.

Through the Small Communities Fund, Ontario and the federal government are each providing $272 million over 10 years to support infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000.

In August 2015, the province launched its second SCF intake.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, local services boards, public sector bodies, Indigenous band councils, private sector for-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations.