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Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

CP Holiday Train
The CP Holiday Train travels across Canada encouraging support for food banks.

The CP Holiday Train was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canadian Pacific will hold a virtual holiday-themed concert in place of the annual tour.

“This difficult decision is necessary to protect the health and safety of our neighbours and employees given the ongoing global health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mike LoVecchio of Canadian Pacific wrote in a letter to Fort Macleod council.

LoVecchio’s letter was in the consent agenda of council’s Oct. 13 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.

Canadian Pacific expects the Holiday Train to be back on the tracks in 2021.

“This year CP will donate to all communities that the program benefits, including communities that typically received the CP Holiday Train in alternating years,” LoVecchio told council.

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Country singer Terri Clark performed during the Holiday Train’s stop in Fort Macleod in 2019.

The CP Holiday Train has made several stops in Fort Macleod over the years.

Launched in 1999, the CP Holiday Train travels across Canada and the northern U.S. to raise money, collect food and promote the work of food banks.

LoVecchio told council that in its first 21 years the Holiday Train raised $17.8-million and collected 4.8-million pounds of food.

The Holiday Train has a portable stage on which well-known musicians and singers perform in brief concerts at stops along the way.

LoVecchio told council details of the virtual concert will be announced in coming weeks.

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