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Canada Train travel between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa halted by protest supporting Wet’suwet’en anti-pipeline activists

09:10  08 february  2020
09:10  08 february  2020 Source:   nationalpost.com

Via Rail passenger train service cancelled between Montreal and Toronto

  Via Rail passenger train service cancelled between Montreal and Toronto Members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory have been blocking the line near Belleville, Ont., as a show of support for the Wet'suwet'en Nation in British Columbia, which has been blocking construction of a natural gas pipeline. Via Rail has cancelled dozens of departures since the demonstrations started on Thursday.CN Rail obtained a court injunction to end the demonstrations. The injunction, which does not name any individual, was issued by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on Friday.

High-volume passenger and freight train travel between Toronto , Montreal and Ottawa is at a standstill Friday during a solidarity protest for opponents of a natural gas pipeline being built through Wet ’ suwet ’ en territory in northern British Columbia.

of rail lines in support of the Wet ' suwet ' en who faced raids earlier in the day from the RCMP on camps set up to stop a natural gas pipeline . a "group of protesters are currently blocking the tracks" and that passenger train services between Montreal and Toronto and Ottawa and Toronto had

a large truck covered in snow: Members of the Mohawk Tyendinaga territory block the CN tracks in Tyendinaga, Ont. on Friday, Feb.7, 2020 in support of the Wet'suwet'en blockade of a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg Members of the Mohawk Tyendinaga territory block the CN tracks in Tyendinaga, Ont. on Friday, Feb.7, 2020 in support of the Wet'suwet'en blockade of a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.

High-volume passenger and freight train travel between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa is at a standstill Friday during a solidarity protest for opponents of a natural gas pipeline being built through Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia.

A protest at CN Rail line near Wyman’s Road along the Tyendinaga Mohawk territory started Thursday afternoon and continued into Friday afternoon.

Protesters block rail line near Dupont and Dufferin in support of Coastal GasLink pipeline opponents

  Protesters block rail line near Dupont and Dufferin in support of Coastal GasLink pipeline opponents A Toronto rally held in solidarity with Coastal GasLink pipeline protesters in B.C. on Saturday disrupted freight and passenger train services for several hours.Via Rail says several trains running between Toronto and Ottawa and between Toronto and Montreal will be cancelled Sunday morning. They include routes 40, 42, 45, 52, 53, 62, 63, 64, 65 and 643.

Trains travelling between Ottawa and Montreal are not affected. However, the Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs say those band councils are only responsible for the territory within their individual reserves Trains stopped in Ontario by protest in support of Wet ' suwet ' en pipeline opponents.

Passenger trains were delayed Thursday in southern Ontario after a small group from the Tyendinaga Mohawk territory blocked rail lines in support of Wet ' suwet ' en camps set up to stop a Carolle Dionne said the group gathered around the tracks in support of the Wet ' suwet ' en anti - pipeline camps.

The protest is based where a road intersects with rail tracks about 20 kilometres east of Belleville and 60 kilometres west of Kingston.

VIA passenger service on the Ottawa/Montreal to Toronto and Toronto to Ottawa/Montreal routes have been cancelled. Passengers on board any of the trains blocked en route Thursday were offered to either get off at the station where the train stopped or return to their station of origin.

a man standing near snow and a sign:  A member of the Mohawk Tyendinaga walks past a sign as they block the CN tracks in Tyendinaga, Ont. on Friday, Feb.7, 2020 in support of the Wet’suwet’en blockade of a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg A member of the Mohawk Tyendinaga walks past a sign as they block the CN tracks in Tyendinaga, Ont. on Friday, Feb.7, 2020 in support of the Wet’suwet’en blockade of a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.

“Our trains are prepared to leave on schedule should we achieve line clearance,” Karl-Philip Marchand Giguere, a spokesman for VIA Rail Canada said midday Friday.

Montreal commuter train line blocked in solidarity with B.C. pipeline protest

  Montreal commuter train line blocked in solidarity with B.C. pipeline protest Demonstrators south of Montreal are blocking a commuter train line into the city in solidarity with protesters opposed to a pipeline project in northwestern B.C. Service on the Montreal train line was disrupted today by opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that crosses through the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in British Columbia. Protests have cropped up across the country — notably in Belleville, Ont.,  where a blockade has led to the cancellation of Via Rail service between Montreal and Toronto since Friday.

Wet ’ suwet ’ en claim they retain title to the land and as a result, have sole authority to deny or grant access to the territory. Another high-profile pipeline project, Trans Mountain, was halted over the summer after a federal court determined indigenous communities had not been adequately consulted

Trains travelling between Ottawa and Montreal are not affected. The protest is also affecting freight trains . Noon rally in Ottawa . The -billion, 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline has received approval from 5, Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs issued an eviction notice to Coastal GasLink, citing

CN trains are similarly affected.

“CN crews and CN police are responding to a protest near CN tracks between Shannonville and Desoronto. Train movements are currently stopped and we are monitoring the situation,” said Alexandre Boulé.

Photos from the protest site from Thursday night on social media show a large dump truck equipped with a plough blocking tracks at a rail crossing. The distinctive red-backed flag of the Mohawk Warrior Society had been affixed to the top of a long, upright crossing barrier and a hand-painted sign reads: “#RCMP get out”.

By Friday, the vehicles were not on the tracks but had been pulled back to the tracks’ edge. There was a report of a sofa being on the tracks Friday morning.

Pipeline protests disrupt Ontario Via Rail service for 6th day in a row

  Pipeline protests disrupt Ontario Via Rail service for 6th day in a row Pipeline protests disrupt Ontario Via Rail service for 6th day in a rowOn its website, the company said none of its trains will operate until a blockade at a level rail crossing in Tyendinaga Township is resolved. A small group of protesters have blocked the rail line in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, whose members are protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in northern British Columbia.

Travelers looking to go to Ottawa or Montreal from Toronto today will unfortunately not be able to This comes a day after six activists were arrested by RCMP officers near a key pipeline work site Anti - pipeline rallies in solidarity with Wet ’ suwet ’ en and their constitutional right to manage their land

Trains are expected to still operate between Ottawa and Montreal , between Montreal and Quebec City, and Passenger and freight rail traffic was stopped at Marysville, which is just east of Belleville, last night after protestors forced the shutdown of rail lines in support of the Wet ’ suwet ’ en , who

Facebook messages associated with the protest said the tracks will reopen when the RCMP leave Wet’suwet’en territory.

Messages left for members of the protest group were not returned prior to deadline.

Officers with both the Ontario Provincial Police and the Tyendinaga Police Service are on site monitoring the situation.

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“It started Thursday afternoon and the OPP has been monitoring since that time,” said OPP spokesman Bill Dickson. He declined to estimate the size of the protest or detail the protest activities.

Messages for the Tyendinaga police were not returned prior to deadline.

Chief R. Donald Maracle of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte said he has had no communication with the protesters. The protest is an action by individuals in the community and is not a band council action or stemming from a council decision, he said.

a piece of cake covered in snow:  Members of the Mohawk Tyendinaga territory block the CN tracks in Tyendinaga, Ont. on Friday, Feb.7, 2020 in support of the Wet’suwet’en blockade of a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg Members of the Mohawk Tyendinaga territory block the CN tracks in Tyendinaga, Ont. on Friday, Feb.7, 2020 in support of the Wet’suwet’en blockade of a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.

“It is my understanding they are protesting the RCMP actions in relations to the protesters (at Wet’suwet’en),” he said.

Several people have been contacting the council office about the protest, most of them expressing support, said Robert Dorey, assistant to the chief.

The rail protest coincides with protests in other locations in Canada in support of the pipeline opponents in their bitter dispute over a natural gas pipeline.

Several people were arrested Thursday on the First Nation’s traditional territory near Houston, B.C, as RCMP officers enforced a court injunction.

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Halted train travel along 2 of Via Rail's busiest routes 'a bit of a disaster' for disrupted passengers .
With train travel along two of Via Rail’s busiest routes halted by protesters for a second straight day on Sunday, passengers say they have found themselves in a quandary as they try to leave Toronto to head back home for work and school. Via Rail says 18 of its trains were cancelled Sunday, affecting service between Toronto and Montreal, as well as Toronto and Ottawa in both directions."It's been a bit of a disaster," would-be passenger Kyle Kirkup told CBC News."I'm in solidarity with the protests that are going on, but it's obviously complicated to get home.

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