So, as the work to fix Moose Jaw's High Street continues, we're learning we're not alone.

The CFIB, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, estimates 65,000 businesses have been "seriously affected by infrastructure projects in the past 6 years with many having to borrow, relocate or close down altogether."

The CFIB is calling for municipalities to start compensating small businesses impacted by construction.

They point to Seattle where businesses affected by the construction of a new rail line are being compensated and offered property tax deferrals.

The CFIB is saying too many businesses are "seriously affected by poor planning" and we're driving some of them out, "with their neighbourhoods in turn suffering the consequences."

On the surface, it sounds good to me but I'll assume they want the compensation to come from municipal coffers.  I'm not so sure I'd agree with that.  How about you?

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