Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FP SASKATOON -

The agree­ment to re­store rail ser­vice to the town of Churchill in north­ern Man­i­toba will in­clude at least $117 mil­lion from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The fed­eral fund­ing con­sists of $74 mil­lion to help re­pair the dam­aged rail line and buy it, along with the town’s port, from Den­ver-based Om­ni­trax. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is also com­mit­ting an­other $43 mil­lion over 10 years to sub­si­dize oper­a­tions of the rail line. The rail line is the only land link to the sub­arc­tic com­mu­nity of 900 peo­ple, known for its po­lar bear tourist sea­son and port on the western shore of Hud­son Bay. The line was washed out by flood­ing in the spring of 2017. Since then, goods and peo­ple have had to be flown in and prices for gro­ceries and fuel have sky­rock­eted. The rail line was once gov­ern­ment-owned, but a former Lib­eral gov­ern­ment sold it to Om­ni­trax in 1997.


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