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Public hearing to resume April 12

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The Nunavut Impact Review Board has extended the timeline on the proposed expansion of the Mary River iron mine, with the public hearing to resume April 12 and run until April 21 at the Aqsarniit Hotel and Conference Centre in Iqaluit. 

Baffinland wants to build a 110‐kilometre railroad that would carry up to 12 million tonnes of iron ore each year to a port at Milne Inlet, as well as accommodate up to 176 ship transits per year. Opponents of the expansion say it will affect caribou in the area and narwhal in the waters around the port. 

The Board has invited five representatives from each of the seven communities of the North Baffin region: Pond Inlet, Igloolik, Hall Beach, Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord. 

Because of COVID‐19 restrictions, the hearing will be available to the public by teleconference and Zoom, with in‐person attendance by invitation only.