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By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press

Canadian railways call for infrastructure spending despite large grain shipments

MONTREAL — The country’s two largest railways are calling for federal investments to boost the rail capacity of Vancouver’s North Shore,despite moving large quantities of grain last year.

Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) transported 21.8 million tonnes of the 2016-2017 Western Canadian grain crop, beating its record from two years earlier by two per cent.

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments up 18 per cent in first half of season

MONTREAL — The St. Lawrence Seaway is recovering from the worst cargo season in years with an unexpected resurgence in exports of iron ore and grain in the first half of the shipping year.

Cargo shipments increased 18 per cent between March 20 and July 31 from a year ago to 16 million tonnes, according to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

Air Transat to test new taxiing system next year

MONTREAL — Air Transat is planning to test and deploy a new system next year that would allow an aircraft to taxi from the runway to the gate without having to use a plane’s engine, thereby cutting operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Montreal-based carrier would be the world’s first airline to use the WheelTug system, according to the company that developed it.

Montreal company begins sales of smart technology sports bra that coaches runners

MONTREAL — A Montreal company is entering the competitive sports bra market by launching a smart technology product specifically targeting female runners.

OMbra contains sensors that read biometric signals such as heart rate, movement and breathing rhythms, which are streamed to an app that coaches runners to obtain optimal results.

Bombardier wins $1.7B British railway deal

MONTREAL — Bombardier’s railway division has won a $1.7-billion order to build 660 railway cars that will secure 1,000 jobs at its Derby facility in England.

Britain’s Department for Transport said the contract, awarded by government-selected railway operator Abellio, is part of a broader $2.4-billion effort to improve rail service in the region of East Anglia.

Resolute to close Georgia newsprint machine despite better demand environment

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products is permanently shutting one of its U.S. newsprint machines even though demand is showing signs of stabilizing after years of dramatic decreases.

The Montreal-based pulp, paper and lumber producer said a machine at its mill in Augusta, Ga., isn’t competitive because of the high U.S. dollar. About 100 jobs will be affected by the closure.

CP Rail accuses rivals of colluding to fight merger with Norfolk Southern

MONTREAL Canadian Pacific Railway has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to get involved in its battle to acquire Norfolk Southern.

The Calgary-based railway wants U.S. antitrust authorities to conduct a review of what it alleges is an illegal co-ordinated effort by major U.S. railroads to block industry consolidation, including its proposed takeover of the Virginia rail company.