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The Welland Canal’s navigation season will close at the end of Dec. 26, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. announced. The canal opened for the season on March 22.

Through Oct. 31, total cargo shipped this year on the canal, measured in metric tons, was down 1.5 percent from the same 10-month period a year ago, according to the SLSMC. Combined cargo shipments on the entire St. Lawrence Seaway were up 1.4 percent from a year ago.