Schein’s Bill passes first reading

Davenport MPP Jonah Schein tabled a private member’s bill in the Ontario Legislature on Thursday May 3rd. The bill amends the Metrolinx Act of 2006 and passed its first reading (this is a formality – the hard part is yet to come). The bill’s wording is interesting as well as brief:

Bill 83 2012

An Act to amend the Metrolinx Act, 2006

Note: This Act amends the Metrolinx Act, 2006. For the legislative history of the Act, see the Table of Consolidated Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History at

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

1. The Metrolinx Act, 2006 is amended by adding the following section:

Passenger railway to airport

5.1 The Corporation shall ensure that any passenger railway system established between downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport is not powered by diesel fuel.


2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

3. The short title of this Act is the Metrolinx Amendment Act, 2012.


Instead of asking for electrification, the bill asks that the Airport Link is not powered by diesel fuel.

As mentioned above, the next stage of the bill is the hard part. In the second stage Jonah Schein will be allowed to speak to the bill for up to ten minutes and then time is given for other parties to respond. Unless the bill passes its second reading unanimously, it will be referred to the ‘Committee of the Whole House’ where the bill is discussed more informally in the legislature and where it can be modified.

Stay tuned!

5 thoughts on “Schein’s Bill passes first reading”

  1. I wrote to Laura Albanese about this bill, and did not hear back.

    Did anyone else? Was she present to vote?

  2. I would like to know why Laura didn’t do this previously? Why do people in this community keep voting for the crappy politicians? Frances over 15 years?? Laura two terms???

  3. In the case of the last provincial election, you couldn’t vote if you could not get to a polling station because they moved them away. Or did not receive your voting card until the morning of the election. Or found out by going to your usual polling station that you had been moved to more than 2km away and there was no way of getting there on time. Not everyone has a car and if you lived on Rectory (for example) and were told to go to Pelmo PS, how were you to get there? Especially seniors? Why were there no advanced polls in Weston? Why were polling stations that had been in use for the last 20 years all of a sudden moved?

    All good questions to ask our Liberal govt, Elections Ontario and our MPP. And we get crappy politicians because people who claim to care don’t bother to vote. And those that are in favour of the crappy politicians make a point of voting to ensure the crappy politicians get back in.

  4. “I have to admit that I was in Weston only once and that I do not know the quantity and qutlaiy of the railway tracks going thru this community.“Nevertheless, I have a BIG question for the proponents of the electrification. Did you see on your own eyes (either being at the place or a photo) the layout of electrified track, two-tracks or multi-track corridor? Are you able and willing to show it at a next meeting of the Weston coalition? If not, then you may get back a huge wave of negative responses from the same citizens, who would like to see the corridor electrified.”Yes Jiri, the photograph is pretty ugly, but that was the whole point of it. It was a shot of track where there are a lot of wires because of multiple crossovers and from a perspective that looked almost straight through the wires to maximize the visual impact. I could shoot another shot of the same corridor where there are no crossovers perpendicular to the track and the impact of the overhead would be minimal.I disagree with Steve’s comment that they make “absolutely no noise.” Electric motors make noise. Anything that runs on steel rails makes noise. Granted that a well designed electric locomotive makes a lot less noise than a diesel locomotive but it also make more than an EMU. The “big advantage” of linear induction motors was that they had no moving parts and thus were silent. My cheque is also in the mail and of course I will respect you in the morning. Nothing is noiseless but some things make a lot less noise than others.Steve: Ok. They don’t make absolutely no noise, but compared to a GO diesel, they’re going to be a lot quieter. I live beside the Prince Edward Viaduct, and the BD subway trains rumble across it all the time. There are two noises wheel-on-rail noise which is not bad at all, and the rumble of the bridge structure (I hear that only on westbound trains which are on my side of the bridge).

  5. How do we get more people to ride dotnwown on GO?Fix some problems first:One jack*** walking stupidly along the train tracks can stop an entire GO line (or more than one) if he’s hit. (Don’t worry though, The Toronto Star will publish a story about this idiot and make us feel bad for him)All of the GO lines that go anywhere useful (Lakeshore West, Milton) are already over-crowded. If you want to cram more people onto the system, you need more trains, and more slots to run them in. I really don’t care one bit who is at fault here (GO, CN, Government) all I care about is that whoever the heck is at fault do something about it.GO stations purposefully have limited parking (to try and force people on to local transit) but that local transit often does not have the slightest clue how to properly move people around *cough*Durham*cough* If you are going to build a successful network, you need to start as close to the doorstep as possible.The TTC is far too arrogant to ever work properly with GO. If you want GO to be successful in our city you will be more than one (Union Station) good connection between the subway and GO Transit. Kipling and Kennedy are good starts, now how about Leslie. You will also need better bus connections (Royal York South VS Mimico GO) which might mean the TTC may have to run *gasp!* GO shuttles.Lastly, with the delays that never seem to end, perhaps they need to rename GO to STOP and replace the O with a red octagon :pSteve: TTC and GO have problems both ways GO thinks its job is to bring people in to dotnwown from the 905, not to serve the 416, and they have no interest in integrating their operations or fare structure with the TTC.

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