Canada Pipeline protesters stop blockade of rail line west of Winnipeg

02:50  14 february  2020
02:50  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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.

Earlier in the day, demonstrators protesting police enforcement of an injunction in northern British Columbia tied up rail traffic on two lines west of Winnipeg . Pallister said if the rail blockade in Manitoba spreads to other lines , the government is prepared to apply for more injunctions.

Indigenous protestors plan to erect a blockade on CN rail track roughly 25 kilometres outside The protestors plan to shut down movement on the rail track for all of today — if not longer — in the During the past week, the Wet'suwet'en blockade has served as a rallying cry for protesters around

Brian Pallister standing in front of a curtain© Provided by The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — An anti-pipeline blockade of a major rail line west of Winnipeg has come down.

Protesters have dismantled barriers they set up one day earlier on an east-west Canadian National rail line, but the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition says more action is coming.

The blockade was one of many protests across the country against construction of a Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia that would cross the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister had said he would seek an injunction against the blockade, but says it wasn't necessary because CN obtained its own court order injunction that was served on Wednesday.

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.

Winnipeg blockade is stopping trains in both directions on a main CN Rail line . The Manitoba government is going to seek a court injunction to end a rail - line blockade west of Winnipeg . Protesters uploaded video on social media showing the Winnipeg blockade stopping trains in both

The protesters , lending support to an Indigenous campaign against a natural gas pipeline , brought rail service and ports to a halt. The first blockade appeared on Thursday night and led to the shutdown of all rail passenger trains between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, as well as some freight trains.

Pallister is hinting the province may seek injunctions if any new blockades spring up.

He says the protests are illegal and are hurting the economy.

"If activities are illegal, they need to be shut down because there are consequences," Pallister said Thursday.

"I would say to those who would block the transport of goods and services: Remember you have friends who need jobs. Remember you have elders who need health care. You have children who need education. These things aren't free. They're paid for by the functioning economy."

Pallister also said he will ask fellow premiers for a conference call in the coming days. He wants them to reiterate a demand that the federal government clear up approvals for pipelines and other resource projects.

"We've been communicating to the federal government repeatedly the need for a less onerous, less confusing, less frustrating and, clearly, a less divisive process than the one we have now."

Blockades in other provinces have cancelled more than 150 Via Rail passenger trains and forced a similar number of freight trains to sit idle.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 12, 2020

Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Protest that blocked Canada-U.S. bridge ends .
The anti-pipeline protest that closed the Thousands Island Bridge near the Ontario-New York border on Highway 37 early Monday afternoon ended about two and a half hours later.Around 40 people began demonstrating around noon Monday, according to the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.

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