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Vote on future of Island rail corridor prompts First Nation board members to resign – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

Mar. 3, 2023

Members sought non-rail uses after provincial report flags First Nations concerns

With under two weeks to go until the federal government must state its intent for a disputed Vancouver Island railway section, several First Nation board members of the group trying to revive the train services have resigned.

The five resigning Island Corridor Foundation board members cited the defeat of their Feb. 28 motion – which was based on a provincial report flagging First Nations’ concerns about reviving rail on the 290 kilometres of tracks.

The foundation, which owns the line, has called for a return of passenger and freight services to address highway-constrained transportation needs on the Island, while also advancing climate and economic goals. However, the most modest price tags it’s put forward to revive rail have been in the hundreds of millions.

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