James Street Bridge Update – Baby Steps to Progress?

CN Rail James Street Swing Bridge with Mount McKay in the background
CN Rail James Street Swing Bridge with Mount McKay in the background

CN Rail James Street Swing Bridge with Mount McKay in the background
CN Rail James Street Swing Bridge with Mount McKay in the background

THUNDER BAY – Fort William First Nation is reporting Lawyers for Fort William First Nation (“FWFN”) were in court on October 23, 2015 as part of the ongoing dispute over the James Street Bridge.  In its decision delivered on January 20, 2016 that the Court agreed with FWFN and the City of Thunder Bay that a shorter, simpler procedure should be adopted to determine who is responsible for the repairs to the bridge.

FWFN’s members have a pressing interest in using the James Street Bridge again. CN is refusing to repair the bridge.  The longer it takes to decide the case, the longer the bridge will remain closed. CN wanted a longer, more complicated hearing, which would only delay any decision.  This was not in the best interests of FWFN.

This preliminary victory is in the best interests of FWFN’s members.  It ensures that the court will not take as long to hear our case as it otherwise might.  Members of FWFN can contact the Administration Office should they wish to obtain a copy of the decision.