Rocked by extreme weather, climate change exposes `infrastructure gap’ in Canadian communities 

By Natasha Bulowski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Canada’s changing climate has rendered a crucial ice bridge to a small municipality near Montreal unreliable, and even studying possible fixes is costly for the small community, the mayor says. Until there is an alternative, residents must take a 50-kilometre detour to see a doctor at the village just across the Richelieu River, said Jonathan Chalifoux, mayor of Quebec municipality Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu. Chalifoux told the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on Thursday that his village can no longer rely on the bridge that connects his community to the village of Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, northeast of Quebec on the Richelieu River, during the winter months. “It’s an art to create an ice bridge. With the changing climate conditions, it’s impossible to create the bridge,” said…

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