Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Petition for new rails to trails

There is a petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cnr_trail/index.html to ask that the abandoned CN rail line be converted to a trail. Please sign it if you think this is a good idea!

Here's the email I received regarding it:

Hello Friends & Neighbours,

As you may know CN Rail is abandoning its railway line from Joseph Howe Drive to Lakeside. HRM Council now has the option to purchase this land, but must do so by March 6, 2008. Please see the newsletter recently sent out by MLA Graham Steele.

This is an amazing opportunity for us to make a really positive change in our community. This is an opportunity to convert rails to trails! You can walk, run, cycle or get out in a wheelchair or mobility scooter to enjoy the eight kilometres of proposed trails. Part of the trail will run adjacent to beautiful Long Lake Provincial Park and will link to existing trails all the way to St. Margaret's Bay. A quality recreational trail will add value to our community and be a great asset for generations to come.

In order for a rails to trails conversion to be considered, City Council needs to know people support this opportunity. Please, please take the time to consider supporting this positive change for our community. To communicate your support to City Council, all you need to do is go to the iPetitions website to sign the on-line petition (www.ipetitions.com/petition/cnr_trail/). Your address, phone number, and email address will not be shared or made public in any way except to HRM Council. Please sign the iPetition asap as a decision will be made by March 6th and we need to show them that there is support for a new recreational trail. Every signature counts so please ask everyone in your household to sign!

Please forward this email and attached information along to anyone you know living in the Springvale, Fairmount, Fairview, West End, Chocolate Lake, or Timberlea areas or to anyone in Halifax you think may support the addition of a new recreational trail. Once people get the chance to sign the iPetition a door-to-door petition will be started in the neighbouring communities listed above. The purpose of the door-to-door visit will be to fill in any gaps left by the those who have not signed the iPetition on-line. If you support the addition of a recreational trail in our community please sign the iPetition asap. If you would like to help spread the word please forward this email along to all your neighbours nd friends who you think may support rails to trials as well. If you would like to help fill in the gaps of the iPetition by doing some door-to-door canvassing in your community please let me know asap. Don't forget to put in your calendar the open house information session organized by HRM staff and their consultants for Mon Feb 18th, 6:00pm - 8:45pm at St. Lawrence Church Hall, 3473 Dutch Village Road (behind the new Shoppers Drug Mart).

In closing, lets seize this opportunity to make a positive change in our community, for now and for future generations.

Kind regards,

Bruce Lusby


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