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Manitoba funds northern marine observatory

The government of Manitoba is providing C$9 million to establish the University of Manitoba’s marine observatory in Churchill, on Hudson Bay in the north of the province.

The observatory will host around 80 academics and students a year, from Manitoba, elsewhere in Canada and internationally. It will be available to industrial partners for about three weeks a year.

“This project is an important part of our vision for a strong, diversified northern economy,” said education and training minister Ian Wishart. “The Churchill Marine Observatory will create up to 21 permanent jobs, boost tourism and transportation in the region and enhance Manitoba and Canada’s reputation as a world leader in Arctic research.”

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