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Opinion: The Great Canadian Grain Robbery

If you can’t identify the problem then you can’t provide a solution

Allan Dawson, in the April 12 edition (Putting a price tag on the grain backlog), continues to defend a false narrative of ‘blame the railways.’ The information provided by Ken Larsen in his National Farmer’s Union op-ed on March 22 was confirmed by a highly respected journalist for the Western Producer, Brian Cross, who noted



Port of Churchill.

Opinion: OmniTrax not only ones that derailed Churchill

There’s plenty of other culprits in this sad story


For over 100 years, the Port of Churchill on Hudson Bay was the gateway to northern Manitoba and communities in Nunavut. Served by 820 kilometres of railway line from The Pas, it shipped western grain to European markets until the port was stranded, then closed, and the hundreds of remote northern communities along the railway

Editorial: On a (rail)road to nowhere

The Port of Churchill and the rail link to the south has been much in the public eye of late, most recently with word a Toronto financial group is partnering with local First Nations groups to buy the line. The tantalizing promise of Churchill has always been just over the horizon, it would seem. On


The locks of the Welland Canal, on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

A wave of optimism in advance of seaway opening

The Great Lakes shipping pipeline will be opening for the season later this month

Optimism abounds for the 2017 navigation seasons on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The seaway will open March 20 followed five days later by the American Soo locks between Lakes Superior and Huron and the 2017 navigation season on the Great Lakes will be fully underway. While the seaway finished down by 3.1

While some are calling on the federal government to nationalize the Port of Churchill, others say no matter who owns the facility, its grain shipping days are done.

Whither the Port of Churchill?

Amid calls for a new owner or nationalization, some say no matter who owns the facility, 
companies won’t export grain through Canada’s only deepwater, arctic seaport

Time is running out for the Port of Churchill say its supporters, but according to others it can’t be saved. They say its fate was sealed Aug. 1, 2012, when the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) monopoly died. “It is urgent,” Churchill-Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton said Dec. 15 in an interview after calling for the

Port of Churchill.

North asks AMM to support Port of Churchill

Resolution asks AMM to lobby to ensure port stays open for 2017 shipping season

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities wants the province and federal government to make revitalizing the Port of Churchill and ensuring operations of the rail line to the northern town their top priority. The town of Churchill’s mayor and council asked delegates for support, bringing an emergency resolution to last week’s municipal leaders’ convention in Winnipeg.


CN gets rough ride at Harvest Gala

Canadian National Railway promises producers that it is ready to move this year’s bumper grain crop, 
won’t reacquire Churchill line and port

The Canadian National Railway has no intention of buying OmniTrax’s defunct route or working to reopen the Port of Churchill, despite calls from some Manitoba producers. “We didn’t close the Port of Churchill, somebody else did,” said Sean Finn, CN’s executive vice-president of corporate services and chief legal officer. “We don’t think it’s a viable network

Comment: Port of Churchill is worth saving

Public ownership may be the best and only answer to preserve this national asset

Most of us take for granted that the majority of our roads and highways is publicly funded and built at cost in order to serve the overall public good. There is no clamour asking why those roads are not being given away to private companies to let road barons profit from them. For good reason!