HBRA meeting moved after availability issue

A planned railway-related meeting in Flin Flon will be delayed until this summer.

The Hudson Bay Route Association’s (HBRA) annual meeting, initially scheduled to be held this week in Flin Flon, has been postponed until Aug. 7.

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HBRA president Elden Boon confirmed the move, saying that a number of key figures relating to the Hudson Bay Railway, including representatives from owners Arctic Gateway Group, could not attend.

“We had some conflicting dates there that we were unaware of when we first set this up. It was important that we could have them there, so that was the main reason,” said Boon.

“Also, there was a couple of government people we wanted to have there. We thought we had better change it because it would be counterproductive to carry things on without having them there.”

Boon added there are no plans to relocate the meeting, emphasizing that the event will continue in Flin Flon as planned.

“It’s still going to be in Flin Flon, still going to be in the community hall. The only thing that’s changed is the date,” he said.

The HBRA is a group advocating for use and expansion of the Hudson Bay Railway. The route, which stretches through northern Manitoba to Churchill, allows grain producers and other industries to transport items to the Port of Churchill for shipment. After parts of the line were destroyed due to overland flooding, Arctic Gateway Group bought and repaired the line and Port of Churchill properties, restoring service and encouraging business.

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