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Island mayors working together to get the ear of the federal gov't

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There’s strength in numbers.

That’s the idea behind a new working group created by Vancouver Island mayors, including Nanaimo’s John Ruttan and Parksville’s Chris Burger.

Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas says they’re planning to lobby for some major projects on the Island; and it’s the federal government’s attention they’re after.  Douglas says Island projects don’t get the same treatment as projects on the Lower Mainland.

 

Douglas says transportation is one of the areas requiring more support, including the push to restore passenger rail service on the Island.

The passenger rail question is going to be in the spotlight Tuesday

The Regional District of Nanaimo Board is being asked to ratify an earlier vote of non-confidence in the Island Corridor Foundation.

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Nanaimo’s directors at the RDN have opposed the idea, saying they’re worried it could disrupt negotiations with VIA rail.

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