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

17:46  11 february  2020
17:46  11 february  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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.

Via Rail said trains departing from Ottawa and Montreal en route Toronto, and from Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal, have been interrupted “due to protesters blocking the tracks” At least six protesters were arrested. In a statement, RCMP said a “minimal amount of force” was used to make the arrests.

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a car 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.

Via Rail says its passenger rail service between Montreal and Toronto and between Ottawa and Toronto is cancelled on Tuesday, marking the sixth consecutive day of service disruption since protesters began blocking a rail line near Belleville, Ont.

On 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.

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.

Anti- pipeline protesters in Belleville, Ont. have forced VIA Rail to suspend service between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa for the second day in a row . VIA Rail goes on to say that none of the trains on these two routes will operate until the issue is resolved. The Ontario Provincial Police said that they

Passenger and freight rail traffic was stopped Thursday evening in southern Ontario after members from the Tyendinaga Mohawk territory forced the shutdown 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 .

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In an email to Global News on Tuesday morning, a Via Rail spokesperson said that as of 8 a.m., 157 trains had been cancelled since the beginning of the blockade on Thursday night, impacting at least 24,500 passengers.

Similar rail line blockades are taking place in Montreal and New Hazelton, B.C.

The protests are in response to an injunction the RCMP has received to remove demonstrators from a blockade at the pipeline construction site on Wet'suwet'en territory in B.C. So far, 21 people have been arrested.

The OPP said Monday that they are in contact with demonstrators in Tyendinaga and that CN Rail police, who have jurisdiction over the rail lines, have received an injunction to remove protesters from there as well.

Rail services continue to feel brunt of anti-pipeline protests across country

  Rail services continue to feel brunt of anti-pipeline protests across country Rail services continue to feel brunt of anti-pipeline protests across countryPassenger and freight rail services have been hit particularly hard by the protests as demonstrators erect barricades on lines in different parts of the country.

On Saturday, Via Rail had cancelled all trains running between Toronto and Ottawa, as well as trains between Toronto and Montreal, following the third day of Friday and Saturday's cancellations affected 14,000 passengers, it said in a statement. CP Rail also suspended trains along the route due to

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. Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins says people to plan ahead, in the event any of its services are disrupted because of the ongoing protests .

A video on social media appears to show protesters in Tyendinaga burning the injunction.

In an email to Global News on Tuesday morning, the OPP said CN Rail police and the courts are responsible for handling the injunction. Communications officer Bill Dickson said OPP are aware of the video but "cannot speculate on any charges."

"Our provincial liaison team continues to talk with participants in an effort to resolve the situation in a safe and peaceful manner," he said.

Via Rail says its services continue to operate between Ottawa and Montreal, between Montreal and Quebec City and west of Toronto in southwestern Ontario. The company says customers will receive refunds for the service disruption.

More to come.

Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as blockades drag on .
Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as blockades drag onThe Crown corporation has suspended passenger trains on its Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto routes for about two weeks due to the protests that have disrupted rail service across the country.

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