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Nanaimo mayor urges patience on passenger rail

The newest member of the Island Corridor Foundation Board says communication is going to be key as they work to restore passenger rail to the Island.

The wait continues for around 20 million dollars in track upgrades to get started.

In the meantime, most of the publicity the ICF has been getting is around delays, and a defamation suit against a Regional District of Nanaimo Director who’s been critical of a lack of openness.

Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay was appointed to the ICF earlier this month, to represent the RDN.

McKay says rules imposed on the ICF and the RDN by Victoria are putting limits on how open they can be, even with each other. He says they’re hoping for some clarification, and maybe changes.

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He also says the ICF is still waiting for the province and federal government to free up their share of the money, and he’s urging patience.

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