So ‘bout 110 miles, each way, from the closest train station. Buddy might have to jump on STC or a Greyhound Bus if it’s too far to spread out & lessen his Carbon Footprint….if such a thing as STC or a Greyhound Bus existed along that route.
Maybe he should be financially punitively punished if he doesn’t use public transport between those two points?
Or someone else will have to make that round trip, twice, to get him from and back to that closest train station, plus some incidental mileage, so call that 500 miles (800 kms?) assuming he and his Entourage all fit into just one vehicle…& this is a prairie reality that we’re suppose to lesson our carbon footprint from with increasing carbon taxes every April Fools Day? http://forums.canadiancontent.net/threads/april-fools-heres-your-carbon-tax-f-ckers.163090/
But the plan faced challenges from the very start, mainly because five of Canada’s provincial capitals are not served by Via Rail’s passenger rail service and because, in the places it does operate, Via had repeatedly and significantly reduced departures due to the pandemic.I think both STC and Greyhound are figments of our imagination now ... a memory from times gone by.
Guilbeault’s office confirmed Tuesday that the minister’s ambitious early-2022 train tour plan didn’t happen in part because of the sixth COVID-19 wave, but also because Via Rail simply was not offering the required service levels to make it possible.BONOKOSKI: Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault finally forced to choose his poison
Author of the article:Mark Bonokoski
Publishing date:Nov 18, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 3 minute read • 25 Comments
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault speaks during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 4, 2021.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault speaks during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 4, 2021. PHOTO BY PHIL NOBLE /REUTERS
So Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault is going to take the train this winter to preach his gospel on climate change.
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He’s chosen his primary poison.
Before this snapshot, he’s ridden his bike three decades though the winters of Montreal — or so he’s posted on Facebook.
But these are different times.
As Minister of the Environment, he’s entitled to a government-issue car and driver, as well as jet planes.
“I’ve been asked many times over the past few weeks whether I realize just how high expectations are for me given my activist history and whether I’m prepared to make compromises,” said Guilbeault, a former Greenpeace organizer.
“What I’ve said, and I mean it, is I recognize expectations are high as they should be,” he said. “That’s because the stakes are very high, and the mandate that Canadians gave us is an extremely ambitious one.”
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“I am the father of four kids and as I’m sure the parents among you can relate, I never win every single battle at home,” Guilbeault told reporters. “If that’s true of my family, of course it’s going to be true of a society like Canada or on the global stage. But that’s not going to stop me, or Canada, to keep fighting this battle.”
Perhaps he should consider taking those four kids along because a transcontinental train service takes six days to carry passengers from Halifax to Vancouver and there’s a lot of down time, and not just because the railway acknowledges it is often late by as much as a day.
There can be hour upon hours just between stops
And that’s a lot of down time with four kids.
In a Summary Of The 2018-2022 Corporate Plan, VIA management said performance was “terrible” for its transcontinental Canadian service where delays of eight hours or more were routine.
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On-time performance for all VIA Rail trains prior to the pandemic was 68% even after the railway redefined “on time” to mean as much as 15 minutes late on short hauls.
Guilbeault acknowledged VIA has an on-time problem, just as Canada has never met the successive emissions targets “we have been promising since the 1990s.”
Targets are challenging, he said: “I’ve been at this climate fight for a long time. We have our work cut out for us.”
Catherine McKenna in her last act as minister of the environment pulled out her government credit card and logged 22,600 kilometres by air in ten days last July on a climate change tour of Canada.
On various legs of her tour, McKenna was accompanied by as many as nine staff, including two press aides.
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“We need to reduce air pollution,” McKenna said at a July 27 stop in Edmonton. “Consider that the transportation sector represents a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.”
Whether Guilbeault takes a train, boat or plane — as he flew to-and-from the COP26 summit in Glasgow where no agreement on time was again met — he will be doing a lot of polluting.
Flights produce greenhouse gases — mainly carbon dioxide — from burning jet fuel, and obviously contributes to global warming when released into the atmosphere.
An economy-class return flight from London to New York, says the BBC, emits an estimated 0.67 tonnes of CO2 per passenger, according to the calculator from the UN’s civil aviation body.
That’s equivalent to 11% of the average annual emissions for someone living, say, in Canada, over a year.
Two passengers travelling by car from, say, London to Madrid, will put out less pollution than a jam-packed jetliner on the same run.
Just a driver, however, and the jetliner wins.
Guilbeault will constantly be choosing his poison.
So Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault is going to take the train this winter to preach his gospel on climate change.torontosun.com
Guilbeault’s director of communication Oliver Anderson said that Via Rail’s reduced service prevented the office from being “able to bring together something that would be billed as a cross-country tour just because it was not logistically feasible.”Id like to see him try it in June without using any deet.
Via Rail’s limited service from Toronto to Vancouver dropped to once a week during the pandemic. It was then expected to jump to three times as pandemic public health measures dropped across the country, but as of now remains at two weekly departures.Liberals and reality parted ways in 1970.
According to Guilbeault’s office, that meant that as soon as the minister got off the train for a stop, he’d have to wait up to four days for the next train to pick him up.