Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cliff Asks Federal Government to Repair Rail Line to Churchill

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cliff Asks Federal Government to Repair Rail Line to Churchill

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Bishop William G. Cliff, of the diocese of Brandon, has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on the federal government to make provisions for the repair of a Manitoba rail line.

The line, which runs to the northern Manitoba town of Churchill, was washed out in May by severe flooding. It is the sole transport connection to the south of the province, leaving flight as the only option to import goods and materials.

During a pastoral visit to the parish of St. Paul's Anglican Church, in Churchill, Cliff said he witnessed the stresses faced by communities that depend on the rail line. "There's no way into Churchill other than flying in, and everyone up there has been cut off from family and friends," he said, noting that airfare prices cost as much as $1,200 a ticket. The added cost of transporting goods by plane has made prices of everyday necessities prohibitively high. A can of cola at the Northern Store now costs $2.25, Cliff says. "This is a matter of making the ordinary things of life inaccessible, because of price," he said, adding that the northern area is now "even more isolated."

Contention has swirled around the line since the spring, with OmniTRAX, Inc. …

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