Winter road network behind schedule: warm weather to blame
The Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation says establishing the winter road network this winter is behind schedule.
Relatively warm temperatures in the northwest and a lack of snow to the east have hampered efforts to build the seasonal routes in NAN territory, Alvin Fiddler told CBC News.
Winter roads are essential for transporting fuel, building materials and other supplies into remote northern communities.
"At this point, we're just crossing our fingers that there'll be a cold spell and that winter roads will start to open up middle of the month."
Getting the necessary supplies to the north requires the network to be open for about two months, starting in mid-January. Shorter seasons mean transporting things by air, which is more expensive, he said.