Local Children will once again ride the rail to the North Pole on Ontario Northland's Santa Claus Express

    TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Children from across Northeastern Ontario will
once again have an opportunity to ride the rails to the North Pole for a visit
with Santa Claus on Ontario Northland's Santa Claus Express. This special
train runs each year and is made possible by a unique partnership between
Ontario Northland, the Ontario Northland Employees Benefit Association,
employee unions and many community volunteers.
    "Ontario Northland's Santa Claus Express train has become a true symbol
of Christmas in our communities and I'm very proud of our employees and
community partners, who give of themselves each year so that thousands of
children can enjoy this experience," said Steve Carmichael, President and CEO
of Ontario Northland.
    Ontario Northland's Santa Claus Express has operated for more than 20
years. More than 3,000 children in 15 communities across Northeastern Ontario
and Northwestern Quebec will enjoy their train ride to the North Pole and
their visit with Santa Claus, on weekends in November and December.
    The train is operated by Ontario Northland in partnership with local
community groups and volunteers, as well as employee volunteers from the
Canadian Auto Workers Union - Local 103 and the Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference. In addition, the Ontario Northland Employees Benefit Association
has contributed funds towards the operation of the train again this year.

    2007 Schedule: Ontario Northland's Santa Claus Express

    Ontario Northland's Santa Claus Express will be visiting communities on
the following dates. Community organizing groups will advertise details
regarding exact train times and pick-up/drop-off locations, as well as how to
obtain tickets to ride the train, in each of their areas.

    Saturday, November 17 (morning)      Englehart
    Saturday, November 17 (afternoon)    Kirkland Lake, Swastika

    Sunday, November 18 (morning)        New Liskeard, Haileybury
    Sunday, November 18 (afternoon)      Cobalt, Latchford, Temagami

    Saturday, November 24 (morning)      North Bay

    Sunday, November 25 (afternoon)      Rouyn-Noranda

    Saturday, December 1 (morning)       Cochrane

    Sunday, December 2 (morning)         Hearst
    Sunday, December 2 (afternoon)       Kapuskasing

    Saturday, December 8 (afternoon)     Matheson, Iroquois Falls

    Ontario Northland

    The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, an operational
enterprise of the Province of Ontario, was established in 1902 and is a
recognized leader in creating prosperity in the North by providing innovative
transportation and telecommunication solutions.
    Operating primarily in Northeastern Ontario, Ontario Northland's
enterprises include: the Northlander, Polar Bear Express and Dream Catcher
Express passenger trains; rail freight services; motor coach scheduled and
charter services; and Ontera telecommunication services.

For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Beverly Martin, Chief
Communications Officer, Ontario Northland, (705) 472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512
ext. 265

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