Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says they have learned that OmniTrax will be cutting back on freight services to Churchill. He says freight services will be cut from two days a week to one. At a news conference at the Legislature he said this is on top of the fact there will be no grain shipped through the Port that he commented on earlier resulting in job cuts. He says it’s going to increase costs and it’s also going to limit their ability to have fresh food delivered on a timely basis. He says if it’s only coming once a week it’s not going to be that fresh when it gets there and less availability will drive costs up.
Lindsey called on the provincial government to show some leadership and let the people know they are taking charge, trying to get some answers and ensuring there is a future for Churchill.
Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke later announced the government will continue to work with their partners to ensure the continued availability of fresh food to northern centers and supports will be made available to impacted workers.