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Canada No quick fix to pipeline protests, Trudeau says, as rail links severed

17:25  14 february  2020
17:25  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.

The protests against the pipeline have turned into a flashpoint for Indigenous rights demonstrators. Trudeau has said it is a priority for his government to repair relations with First Nations and to champion Indigenous rights. The C.6 billion (.97 billion) pipeline at the heart of the dispute would

Quick Links . News. Watch: Trudeau says protesters must respect the rule of law. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak with his ministers today about Coastal Gaslink protests The Tyendinaga Mohawk protests in southern Ontario have halted freight and passenger rail traffic since Thursday.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there are no easy answers to the dispute over a British Columbia pipeline project that has sparked Indigenous protests at vital rail links across Canada.

In his most extensive public comments since anti-pipeline protests began affecting freight and passenger rail traffic across Canada last week, Trudeau said Friday that the path forward is "fraught with challenges and obstacles to overcome."

"You need to know we have failed our Indigenous peoples over generations, over centuries. And there is no quick fix to it," Trudeau said, adding that all parties must move towards reconciliation.

Trudeau calls for end to protests crippling Canada railways

  Trudeau calls for end to protests crippling Canada railways Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday urged a swift end to indigenous protests disrupting trains in Canada as police readied to clear tracks. Jagmeet Singh, an opposition leader, called on the prime minister to end his overseas trip and meet with the chiefs. "Across the country, the situation is escalating," he said.Police have warned protestors to leave a key rail corridor east of Toronto, or risk arrest. Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Bill Dickson told AFP they are "monitoring the situation" near Belleville, Ontario, while attempting to coax protestors off the tracks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to speak with members of his cabinet Wednesday to discuss "next steps" in the ongoing anti- pipeline protests that have hamstrung the country's rail network."This is an issue that is of concern," Trudeau said during a news conference.

The rail disruptions come amid protests over a controversial pipeline that crosses indigenous land. Blockades against the proposed pipeline , which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's government says invigorate natural gas exports in British Columbia, began last week.

"We also are, obviously, a country of laws. And making sure that those laws are enforced, even as there is, of course, freedom to demonstrate free and to protest," he said.

"Getting that balance right and wrapping it up in the path forward ... is really important."

A member of the Mohawk community stands near the blockade of the commuter rail line Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Kahnawake, Quebec.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz A member of the Mohawk community stands near the blockade of the commuter rail line Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Kahnawake, Quebec. Tensions could heat up today, with the added threat of activists planning to shut down government offices in British Columbia's capital.

Protests continue as political leaders look to negotiate solutions, while business leaders, opposition politicians and ordinary people call for immediate action to end the disruptions, which have already seen more than 80 arrests.

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.

Anti- pipeline protesters near tracks in Ontario, Canada’s most populated province, disrupted passenger trains and goods transportation for a The protests against the pipeline have turned into a flashpoint for Indigenous rights demonstrators. Trudeau has said it is a priority for his government to

Anti- pipeline protesters near tracks in Ontario, Canada’s most populated province, disrupted passenger trains and goods transportation for a The protests against the pipeline have turned into a flashpoint for Indigenous rights demonstrators. Trudeau has said it is a priority for his government to

Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan spoke Thursday about the need to work together to resolve the pipeline tensions that have resulted in solidarity blockades in Ontario, Manitoba and B.C.

Indigenous leaders in B.C.'s northwest have invited federal and provincial politicians to meetings to find solutions, and said they would ensure a blockade of a Canadian National Railway track near New Hazelton, B.C., would come down during talks.

CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis confirmed Friday morning the New Hazelton blockade had been lifted.

The railway said Thursday it was starting a progressive shutdown in the East, while Via Rail cancelled all service on CN tracks in Canada.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said safe and efficient passenger and freight rail service is critical to Canada's well-being.

He is to meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts as well as representatives of national Indigenous organizations to discuss a way forward.

Shutdown of Canadian National Railway lines leads to propane shortages

  Shutdown of Canadian National Railway lines leads to propane shortages HALIFAX — Businesses and homes across the Maritimes are days away from running out of propane as a result of anti-pipeline protests that have severed rail links across Canada. Ian Wilson, president of Halifax-based Wilson Fuel, says his company is already rationing propane by partially filling customers' tanks. Wilson says his company is trying to ship some product into the region by truck, but that won't meet the demand. He says the shortage isIan Wilson, president of Halifax-based Wilson Fuel, says his company is already rationing propane by partially filling customers' tanks.

Canadian National Railway Co. said it will have to shut down “significant” parts of its network as an Indigenous protest against a west coast pipeline In addition to CN Rail , a commuter train service run by Via Rail between Montreal and Toronto and Ottawa and Toronto have been impacted in both

Trudeau says pipeline protests across Canada ‘an issue that is of concern’. If they did, he said they would be impeding on a peaceful protest . Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that while he respects the rights to peaceful protest , the rule of law must also be respected.

The blockades began last week after RCMP enforced an injunction against Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who were blocking construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada export project.

Horgan has rejected calls from the Opposition Liberals to seek immediate injunctions to end the blockades and protests in B.C.

"We can't just use force," he said in the legislature. "It needs to be dealt with by co-operation, by consultation, by discussion so that we can all move forward."

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan was taking an "entirely passive approach in the face of implacable protesters who are intent on shutting down constituency services, shutting down the universities, shutting down our transportation arteries."

"The issues going on right now, these days, in Canada are pitting Indigenous Peoples and concerns about the environment against economic development," Trudeau said.

"But, of course, there are lots of Indigenous Peoples who want economic development. They just need to want to see this being done in the right way, and in a way that is respectful and partnership."

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests

  Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cancelling his planned trip to the Caribbean this week amid criticism over his government's handling of a series of anti-pipeline protests that have disrupted rail service in parts of Canada. The Prime Minister's Office announced the cancellation Sunday evening, less than 24 hours before Trudeau was scheduled to fly to Barbados where he was expected to pitch Caribbean leaders on why Canada should get a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The PMO says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will represent Canada in his stead as Trudeau stays put to deal with the ongoing protests.

CN Rail said Thursday that it has been forced to start the shutdown of its operations in Eastern The protests are putting Trudeau in a bind. He got elected last year partly on a platform to reduce On Thursday, CN Rail spokesman Jonathan Abecassis said by phone that a disruption west of Winnipeg

A pro - pipeline protest of about 60 people took place Tuesday afternoon in Vancouver. Mr. Trudeau acknowledged the dissent. Mr. Trudeau said the government will put in place a variety of programs to address concerns raised in those Indigenous consultations, including better protections for salmon

Groups including Grain Growers of Canada, Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters have said rail delays caused by the blockades are hurting their members and the economy.

Teamsters Canada, the country's largest union in the transportation sector, called on the federal government to intervene.

The union warned the impasse could put up to 6,000 employees at CN and other rail companies out of work.

Protesters have threatened to block government buildings in Victoria on Friday, but late Thursday a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted an injunction against further blockades at the legislature.

Coastal GasLink has signed agreements with all 20 elected band councils along the pipeline route.

However, Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs assert title to a vast 22,000-square-kilometre area and say band councils only have authority over reserve lands.

More than two dozen people have been arrested in the pipeline construction area near Houston, B.C., by RCMP enforcing an injunction order. Vancouver Police arrested more than 50 people this week enforcing an injunction order against people blocking access to Vancouver area ports.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020.

Mia Rabson and Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

New anti-pipeline blockade set up by protesters in west Edmonton .
Protesters have set up a blockade on a CN rail line on Edmonton's western boundary, the latest protest staged by supporters of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs over a contentious pipeline project. A group called Cuzzins for Wet'suwet'en said it is staging the protest "in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en."The demonstrators set up the blockade at about 4 a.m. MT Wednesday in the area of 110th Avenue and Range Road 261. Demonstrators created a large tarp-covered barricade with wooden pallets covered with a spray-painted banners reading "No consent" and "Reconciliation is dead.

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