West wants federal support for rail, transport of goods

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By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Western municipalities want Ottawa to better support the transportation of goods across the country, and rail safety, according to a recent report released by local leaders.
The group wants to see improvement in how local impacts of federal decision making are assessed and better supports for local communities as the world transitions to net-zero emissions.
The Canadian Federation of Municipalities Western Economic Solutions Taskforce (WEST) released a report created by local leaders to advocate to the federal government for recognition and support of municipal priorities.
The task force was created to address western issues felt at the federation's table, and to try to find common ground between western communities and the federal government, said WEST co-chair Paul McLauchlin.
“We need to find a way to bridge these issues and try to find common ground for discussions at the federal level as it relates to this western angst,” McLauchlin said.
The group plans to encourage the federal...continued

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