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Canada CN Rail lays off staff as pipeline protests limit deliveries to Maritimes

23:00  16 february  2020
23:00  16 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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 pipeline protests : Where do you stand on the rail blockades happening across The provincial government signed off on the pipeline , as well as five of the six band councils part of The protests have led to train blockades, which have notably halted CN Rail and Via Rail service around

Wet'suwet'en pipeline protests : Where do you stand on the rail blockades happening across The provincial government signed off on the pipeline , as well as five of the six band councils part of The protests have led to train blockades, which have notably halted CN Rail and Via Rail service around

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Jean-Paul Deveau is the CEO of Acadian Seaplants.© CBC Jean-Paul Deveau is the CEO of Acadian Seaplants.

CN Rail announced on Thursday it was shutting down its entire network east of Toronto because protesters near Belleville, Ont., are maintaining their blockade across the main line. Now the company is laying off some of its Eastern Canadian staff.

Railway blockades are being felt across the Maritime provinces as propane runs low and pressure builds on trucking companies to make crucial deliveries.

Demonstrations and blockades have been taking place across the country in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs fighting the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C.

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.

Potential Layoffs . CN Rail said Thursday that it has been forced to start the shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada, which may lead to temporary job “This situation is regrettable for its impact on the economy and on our railroaders as these protests are unrelated to CN ’s activities, and beyond our

EDMONTON — CN rail is shutting down its Eastern Canada operations and VIA is halting passenger services across the country in the face of protests . After several days of grappling with blockaded rail lines in Ontario and British Columbia, CN said the “unprecedented ordeal” was forcing the shutdown.

Alexandre Boulé, who speaks for CN Rail, said temporary layoffs notices were sent to employees working in Eastern Passage, N.S., Moncton, N.B., Charny, Que., and Montreal.

"Our shutdown is progressive and methodical to ensure that we are well set up for recovery, which will come when the illegal blockades end completely," he said in an email.

A spokesperson for the union, Bruce Snow, said there were seven people temporarily laid off in Moncton and three in Halifax.

But he said this is just the beginning.

"We do, however, anticipate a much larger impact should the blockades continue to reduce or shut down the CN eastern network."

Rail cars carry 3 times what trucks do

Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, said they started to see an impact late last week.

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.

CN Rail and Via Rail are shutting down huge sections of their railway systems as Indigenous blockades continue to cripple the country's transportation network. Anti- pipeline protests in B.C. and Ontario have led to a sweeping shutdown of CN and VIA rail services.

Canadian National Railway Co will shut operations in Eastern Canada as its rail lines continue to be blocked by anti- pipeline protesters , the country's biggest “With over 400 trains canceled during the last week and new protests that emerged at strategic locations on our mainline, we have decided that

"Obviously if things keep up, we're going to be even busier," he said, adding that one rail car is the equivalent of three trucks.

"We can't handle all the rail traffic that's sitting there, it would be logistically impossible. But we're certainly doing what we can to alleviate the impact on communities."

Picard said they are prioritizing based on need, but still have to keep up with their regular demands. He also said they can't operate beyond the industry's regulations, which limits how many hours a driver can work within a week.

"People don't realize how crucial it is, transportation to communities. Whether it's medical supplies, food, fuel," he said.

Picard also said, even if the situation is resolved tomorrow, getting out the backlog of supply "will drag on for weeks and weeks."

The president and CEO of the Canadian Propane Association said it's just a matter of days before the Maritime provinces start to see a shortage.

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 few dozen anti pipeline protestors blocking CN rail crossing in east Vancouver this afternoon @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/Krbm4dkYOQ. Protests began escalating outside of northern B.C. last week after RCMP arrested some opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline near Houston for

Protests continue as political leaders look to negotiate solutions, while business leaders, opposition politicians and ordinary people call for immediate action 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

"This is an emergency. People have to understand that, and those that are protesting have to understand that there needs to be resumption of the services," Nathalie St-Pierre said on Sunday.

"We haven't seen any progress in terms of finding solutions now for the issues of getting the transportation to be back to normal. So it's very troublesome."

Acadian Seaplants in Nova Scotia, which manufactures products from seaweed that are shipped all over the world, was forced to switch from propane to oil on Sunday afternoon.

Jean-Paul Deveau, president and CEO of Acadian Seaplants, said that means the cost of operations has increased by 62 per cent.

"It is unacceptable that a small group of citizens may choose to ignore the decisions of our courts and have such an economic impact throughout the country," Deveau said in an email.

St-Pierre said propane companies are rationing their supply and are prioritizing those with the most urgent need.

But she said local governments may need to start preparing for what happens if the rail stoppages continue.

"Some industries can switch back to oil or other sources, but that's also going to run out eventually."

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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