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An Aerial View Of The Port Of Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill gets another booster

The Port of Churchill is getting a boost from the Manitoba government. Legislation to create Churchill Arctic Port Canada Inc., a non-government agency, to develop economic opportunities, spur job creation and ensure the viability of Churchill, was introduced in the Manitoba legislature Nov. 21. OmniTRAX Canada, which owns the port and the railway that serves

Churchill exports up after longer than usual shipping season

OmniTRAX says exporting crude oil through Churchill would help ensure the port’s viability

The Port of Churchill, which closed for the season Nov. 12, was open almost two weeks later than usual and exported more than 600,000 tonnes of grain. Merv Tweed, president of OmniTRAX Canada, which owns the port and the Hudson Bay Railway that serves it, said that while this year’s performance is encouraging, the port


Northern port forecasts busy season

The head of the Port of Churchill is predicting both grain movement and the number of customers using the facility will increase this year. “It looks like it will be a solid year,” said Jeff McEachern, executive director of the Churchill Gateway Development Corporation. Last year, the first boat didn’t load until early August, but


Farm prosperity will depend on income

Farm Credit Canada’s top economist says if you’re a Canadian farmer, you should really be hoping for the best in the Chinese economy. That’s because while population growth catches all the headlines and is credited for growing food demand, it’s looking increasingly like we’ll be able to feed nine billion by 2050. The question is


Water management, northern development cited in throne speech

Churchill’s role will grow as province pursues initiative to boost northern prosperity, speech says

New research to track phosphorus flow from flood-prone areas will be one component of a comprehensive surface water management strategy coming for Manitoba, the speech from the throne stated November 19. New research looking at the role of wetland conservation and restoration, and risks to watercourses from toxic algae is also promised. “Our government recognizes

El Niño short and weak

Reuters / El Niño weather conditions have emerged but will likely be weak and short lived, New Zealand scientists said Sept. 4. El Niño is a warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific that occurs every four to 12 years. “Borderline El Niño conditions are present in the tropical Pacific, and a weak,

Life’s biggest mystery still has him stumped

When Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s best-known scientists, was asked what he wonders about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unravelling some of the most complex questions in modern physics had his answer ready. “Women. They are a complete mystery,” quipped the author of A Brief History of Time. The wheelchair-bound Hawking, who


Millions For Churchill

The Port of Churchill is getting millions of federal dollars to help it adjust to an open market starting Aug. 1, 2012. Eighty-five per cent of the total traffic, and almost all of the grain exported through Prairie Canada s only seaport, comes from the Canadian Wheat Board. Last year it exported 659,000 tonnes of

Forage Exports Through Churchill Studied

Anew study currently underway into exporting Manitoba forage crops through the Port of Churchill may find sales opportunities somewhat mixed. New overseas markets do exist for locally grown forages. And shipping through Hudson Bay is shorter and cheaper than via Vancouver or the St. Lawrence. But, as always, Churchill has limits as an ocean port