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    Canada Transportation Act review finds avenues for improving Northern access

    When it comes to access and infrastructure, the Canadian North is falling behind other Arctic nations, according to the government-appointed review of the Canada Transportation Act. While natural resources – the economic driver of the three territories and, not to mention, the country as a whole – continue to be explored and developed, access is becoming increasingly important.

    Federal leadership is required to ensure that, as the resource potential of the North is further unlocked, development occurs in such a way as to respect and benefit Northerners, while minimizing environmental impacts,” states the review report, tabled on Feb. 25, 2016.

    Transportation will continue to be a major development catalyst, and because many of the decisions that affect Northern transportation systems are made in the south, it is of utmost importance that these decisions be informed by Northern realities and made in partnership with Northerners.”

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