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Ottawa urged to do more to help northern communities transition from diesel

By Marco Vigliotti      

The Trudeau government announced in this year's budget that it would earmark millions to help wean northern communities off diesel fuel but NDP MP Linda Duncan says it's not nearly enough to precipitate substantial changes.

The Rankin Inlet diesel power station in Nunavut, pictured in 2015. The federal Liberal government announced in this year's budget that it would earmark $21.4-million over four years to curb some northern communities’ reliance on diesel fuel. Photograph courtesy of Janne Wallenius

The Trudeau government’s budget commitment to lessen northern communities' dependency on diesel fuel is a “worthwhile initiative” but more must be done to blunt the harmful impact of the planned carbon price on the North, says the head of an engineering industry group. John Gamble, president and CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies, told The Hill Times that even without considering the impact of climate change, the “remoteness and potential isolation” of many northern communities “magnifies the

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