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Research program looking for local input

The team's looking into the concept of a Canadian Northern Corridor
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A western Canada university looking into the concept of a northern corridor is reaching for local input. 

The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy is looking for input from Timmins-area residents on the Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program. The virtual event is being held on March 16 from 6-8 p.m.

The concept of the corridor involves a network of trade and transportation pathways connecting communities and development projects and a new approach to large-scale infrastructure planning and development.

"Corridors are emerging as a critical discussion area for northern residents, government, agencies, and industry as prior attempts to implement cross-border infrastructure projects have encountered numerous barriers. The goal is not to build a corridor, but to understand the barriers, constraints, stakeholder and Indigenous involvement, and actions required to realize a northern corridor," reads the news release.

"This type of information did not exist for previous northern corridor proposals. The research produced as a result of the program is a resource for decision-makers at all levels, and we hope they will rely on what we uncover in their decisions about infrastructure development."

The session is open to all local residents.

The announcement says the goal is to hear as many perspectives as possible to get a "balanced picture of how corridor development could create opportunities and challenges for Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents in Timmins."

More information on the session and registration details are available here.