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Plan Underway to Supply Churchill with Ice Road as Rail Remains Knocked Out

Plan Underway to Supply Churchill with Ice Road as Rail Remains Knocked Out

By The Canadian Press

Churchill Flooding
Churchill, Manitoba (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OmniTrax)

WINNIPEG – Plans are underway to supply Churchill, Man., with an ice road as the rail link that normally provides a lifeline to the community remains out of commission.

Mark Kohaykewych, president of Polar Industries, said Friday the company has partnered with the Fox Lake Cree Nation and Churchill-based Remote Area Services to carve out an ice road along the 300 kilometres of wilderness between the end of the working rail line at Gillam, Man., and Churchill.

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Ship Brings Propane to Churchill, Will Leave with Stranded Via Rail Train

Ship Brings Propane to Churchill, Will Leave with Stranded Via Rail Train

By The Canadian Press

VIA Rail Churchill
A VIA Rail train sits idle at the train station in Churchill, Man., on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex de Vries)

CHURCHILL, Man. – A ship has arrived in Manitoba’s northern port of Churchill, bringing fuel to heat the town through the winter and also carrying away a train that’s been stranded there since the rail line to the community washed out in the spring.

Churchill mayor Mike Spence says the Nunalik arrived early Sunday and began offloading 2.2 million litres of propane in large cylinders, which were ordered by the Manitoba government.

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Federal Government Issues Ultimatum Over Broken Rail Line to Churchill

Federal Government Issues Ultimatum Over Broken Rail Line to Churchill

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Churchill Flooding
A portion of the Hudson Bay Railway to Churchill, Man., is shown in this 2017 handout photo. The federal government is threatening to sue the owner of a broken rail line that has left people in the northern Manitoba town of Churchill without a land connection to the outside world.The government says Denver-based Omnitrax has 30 days to fix the Hudson Bay Railway to Churchill or face an $18.8-million lawsuit.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OmniTrax)

WINNIPEG – The federal government has issued an ultimatum to the owners of a broken rail line that has cut off the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba — fix it within 30 days or face an $18.8-million lawsuit.

Ottawa says Denver-based Omnitrax, which bought the rail line from the government in 1997, has a legal obligation to repair and maintain the line, which is the only land connection to the subarctic community on the coast of Hudson Bay.

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Still No Rail Service in Northern Manitoba Town as Winter Approaches

Still No Rail Service in Northern Manitoba Town as Winter Approaches

By The Canadian Press

VIA Rail Churchill
A VIA Rail train sits idle at the train station in Churchill, Man., on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex de Vries)

CHURCHILL, Man. – With winter looming and still no sign of a functioning rail line, some people in Churchill, Man., are talking about a blockade to try to force someone — either the federal government or rail line owner Omnitrax — into action.

The subarctic town of 900 people lost its only land connection to the outside world in the spring when severe flooding damaged the rail line. Since then, people and goods have had to be flown in at much higher cost.

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Mural Artists in Churchill Channel Creativity in Spite of Rail Closure

Mural Artists in Churchill Channel Creativity in Spite of Rail Closure

Kal Barteski - Sea Walls
Winnipeg artist Kal Barteski in Churchill, Manitoba for Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans. Since its inception in 2014, the Sea Walls program has created nearly 300 murals in over 12 countries with 200+ artists from 25 different nationalities. (HANDOUT)

Celebrated Winnipeg artist Kal Barteski has assembled a team in Churchill, Manitoba to turn 16 blank canvases into large-scale public murals.

Barteski is the Churchill curator of Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, which has invited artists from around the world to the northern Manitoba community for the 10-day experience in polar bear country.

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