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Canada Quebecers scramble to find alternatives as rail travel in eastern Canada shuts down over blockades

17:05  14 february  2020
17:05  14 february  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

CN Rail: 'significant' parts of Canadian rail network will close if blockades remain

  CN Rail: 'significant' parts of Canadian rail network will close if blockades remain CN Rail: 'significant' parts of Canadian rail network will close if blockades remainCN says more than 150 freight trains have been halted since Thursday evening, when demonstrators set up blockades in British Columbia and Ontario in solidarity with opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that crosses the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia.

Canada 's national rail company is shutting down trans-continental train services amid blockades protesting a pipeline in British Columbia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written to the indigenous leaders at the heart of the rail blockade , and promised to send ministers to help reach an agreement.

All Via Rail train services in Canada are cancelled as CN announced a shutdown of its eastern Canada Shortly after CN’s announcement, Teamsters Canada called on the Canadian government to “intervene to find a solution to the blockades .” Blockades went up last week across Canada

a person riding a snow board in the air: A member of the Mohawk community stands on top of a snow blockade of the commuter rail line Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in Kahnawake, Que.© Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press A member of the Mohawk community stands on top of a snow blockade of the commuter rail line Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in Kahnawake, Que.

Quebecers across the province are facing train cancellations on commuter rail lines Friday morning as blockades in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs in British Columbia continue.

Thousands of commuters on Montreal's south shore are relying on a shuttle bus service as protests in Kahnawake stretch into their fifth day. Since Monday, protesters have blocked the tracks of exo's Candiac line.

"Our main goal is to assure service for our commuters on the Candiac train line," said exo spokesperson Catherine Maurice. "We hope that we will resume the train service as soon as possible.

CN shuts down eastern rail network, Via service due to anti-pipeline blockades

  CN shuts down eastern rail network, Via service due to anti-pipeline blockades OTTAWA — Canadian National Railway Co. says it must shut down its entire train network in Eastern Canada due to protesters blockades. The company says that means stopping all transcontinental trains across its Canadian network and it may lead to temporary layoffs for eastern Canadian staff. Via Rail says that also means shutting all its passenger service in Canada, which mostly uses CN track. CN Rail says in a statement it has sought and obtained court orders and requested the assistance of enforcement agencies for the blockades in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

A rail blockade of the main CN Rail line in northern B.C. has been taken down after the provincial and federal governments agreed to meet with the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Via Rail cancels most trains across the country as CN shuts down rails in eastern Canada . Popular Videos.

The protests by an indigenous community opposing the construction of a gas pipeline project in British Columbia and its supporters have disrupted passenger trains and goods transportation for the seventh straight day. The shutdown will continue until the blockades end and may lead to temporary layoffs.

"We're doing all that we can in the perspective that we're not the owners of the track."

Mohawks protesting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs have told Global News they planned to stay for as long it takes in order to protect the land and future generations.

READ MORE: Via Rail cancels most trains across the country as CN shuts down rails in eastern Canada

Travellers are also scrambling after Canadian National Railway shut down its entire railway network in eastern Canada and Via Rail cancelled most of its services in the area.

The shutdown, which was announced on Thursday by the two companies, has left train passengers stranded and trying to find other options. At Montreal's Central Station, the majority of Via Rail trains have been cancelled.

Rail blockades to lead to shortages of propane and consumer goods, 2 national groups say

  Rail blockades to lead to shortages of propane and consumer goods, 2 national groups say Two national organizations are warning that there could be shortages of propane and consumer goods in Canada if the current rail blockades continue. Spokespeople for the Canadian Propane Association and the Retail Council of Canada said on Sunday that they are concerned and frustrated in particular about the impact of the blockade near Belleville, Ont. on Tyendinaga Mohawk territory that has shut down train service across much of Eastern Canada. The blockade entered in its 11th day on Sunday. CN Rail has obtained a court injunction to end the protest, but the Ontario Provincial Police have not yet enforced it.

The blockade in eastern Ontario caused both CN Rail and Via Rail to suspend all service between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. "With over 400 trains cancelled during the last week and new protests that emerged at strategic locations on our mainline, we have decided that a progressive shutdown of

OTTAWA — Canadian National Railway Co. says it must shut down its entire train network in Eastern Canada due to protesters blockades . The company says that means stopping all transcontinental trains across its Canadian network and it may lead to temporary layoffs for eastern

Quebec Transport Minister François Bonnardel arrived in Toronto on Thursday evening to discuss the situation with his other provincial counterparts.

"I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing blockades and the impact on CN and Via Rail service," he said on social media.

READ MORE: Quebec, Ottawa form committee to address rail line blockades

Over the past week, protests in support of those who oppose a Coastal GasLink pipeline project that crosses unceded Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia have caused rail disruptions across Canada.

The blockades come after the RCMP arrested anti-pipeline demonstrators following a B.C. Supreme Court injunction that required workers be given unobstructed access to a worksite for the project.

Quebec Premier François Legault has repeatedly called on the federal government to intervene. He argues the entire country is dealing with the consequences of commuter rail shutdowns.

He has also expressed concerns that the province will not be able to receive propane if the blockades continue.

— With files from Global News' Maryam Shah and Brayden Jagger Haines and the Canadian Press

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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