Ottawa threatens suit for Hudson Bay rail line repairs

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal government says the owner of the Hudson Bay Railway has 30 days to get the washed-out line repaired and running or will face a lawsuit for breach of contract. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, the MP for the Manitoba riding of Winnipeg South Centre, said in a statement Friday that U.S. rail operator […] Read more

Feds step in to restore rail service to Churchill

Reading Time: 3 minutes CNS Canada — The federal government says it’s prepared to restore rail service to Hudson Bay at Churchill, Man. The Hudson Bay Railway, running from The Pas to Churchill, was closed in the spring of 2017 after flooding damaged multiple sections of the route to the northern Manitoba community. U.S. rail operator OmniTrax, the line’s […] Read more

Washouts shut Hudson Bay Railway for shipping season

Reading Time: 3 minutes Flooding and rail bed washouts on sections of northern Manitoba’s Hudson Bay Railway have led the line’s owner to suspend its operations indefinitely. The closure of the portion of the line running from Amery, Man., about 50 km northeast of Gillam, north to Hudson Bay at Churchill, all but ensures no Prairie grain, other than […] Read more

Development fund set up for Churchill

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal Western Economic Diversification (WD) department will put up $4.6 million for economic development work at and around Churchill, Man. after grain export operations were suspended at the town’s Hudson Bay port. Navdeep Bains, the federal minister responsible for WD, announced the new fund Friday at Churchill, saying it will back “projects that grow […] Read more

Debate: Sask. ag leaders seek rail response

Reading Time: 2 minutes If there’s one thing all Saskatchewan’s political parties can agree on, it’s that the current rail system isn’t working for grain producers — but there’s less consensus on the solutions. Transportation is the single most important issue facing grain growers in Saskatchewan right now, said Cathy Sproule, the provincial New Democrats’ ag critic, during an […] Read more

Man. First Nations seek to buy Churchill port, rail line

Reading Time: 3 minutes Manitoba’s northern First Nations have responded to the “for sale” notice on the port and rail line that allow Prairie farmers and handlers to ship grain exports through Hudson Bay. The Canadian arm of U.S. shortline firm OmniTrax confirmed Friday it has a letter of intent in hand from a group of First Nations in […] Read more

Churchill to move pulses this fall, consider partnerships

Reading Time: 2 minutes Churchill | CNS Canada –– As its shipping season gets underway, the operators of Manitoba’s Port of Churchill are considering options for keeping the port viable going forward — especially as the end looms for its government subsidy. Churchill has previously relied on the Canadian Wheat Board as its primary supplier of grain, but in […] Read more

Churchill’s first shipment of season now loading

Reading Time: 2 minutes Churchill, Man. | CNS Canada — Grain loading has started on the first vessel of the season to reach Manitoba’s northern Port of Churchill. The Clipper Bettina arrived at the Hudson Bay port Sunday and began receiving grain Wednesday. The vessel is to leave for Africa within days, with 36,000 tonnes of hard red spring […] Read more