Transport Canada responds to wildlife board

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In response to the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board calling for a shutdown of Northwest Passage routes between October and July to protect caribou, Transport Canada is reiterating its commitment to “engaging” with various agencies, organizations and governments to minimize the risk for caribou, according to Julie Leroux, communications adviser with Transport Canada.

“For example, the department is providing marine transportation expertise to its Nunavut partners and other stakeholders to develop a balanced Nunavut Land Use Plan that represents the vision and values of Nunavummiut,” Leroux stated.

She also noted that, generally, vessels are free to operate in the Arctic provided they comply with Canadian regulatory requirements.

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Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North, NWT & Nunavut Mining, Construction and Degrees of Success. Derek's passion lies in human interest stories and he's indebted to those who share their struggles and triumphs. He has won more than a dozen journalism awards and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of King's College.

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