First Nations ICF board members resign

A cyclist rides across the unused E&N tracks near the Wilson Street crossing. The federal government faces a March 14 deadline to indicate whether it will finance a revival of rail service on the corridor. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

In a major setback for the resumption of rail on the E&N corridor five First Nations members of the Island Corridor Foundation have resigned. The five board members made a motion recommending the foundation tell provincial and federal governments that it was abandoning the idea of restoring rail service on Vancouver Island, the group said in a joint statement. They said that the ICF should state that “the ICF was stepping away from the fantasy of resuming rail activities and move forward in negotiating a new future for the rail line, to explore what else is possible.” The motion failed narrowly by a 6/5 vote. Read more in this TC article.

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