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Canada Exo's Candiac line trains disrupted again as protest drags into 2nd week

13:25  17 february  2020
13:25  17 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

Protesters block rail line near Dupont and Dufferin in support of Coastal GasLink pipeline opponents

  Protesters block rail line near Dupont and Dufferin in support of Coastal GasLink pipeline opponents A Toronto rally held in solidarity with Coastal GasLink pipeline protesters in B.C. on Saturday disrupted freight and passenger train services for several hours.Via Rail says several trains running between Toronto and Ottawa and between Toronto and Montreal will be cancelled Sunday morning. They include routes 40, 42, 45, 52, 53, 62, 63, 64, 65 and 643.

Train service on the Exo Candiac line came to a halt on Monday due to a demonstration on the CP rail tracks on the south shore of Montreal. As Olivia O’Malley reports, the protest over the construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in British Columbia, has left commuters scrambling.

Train service on the Exo Candiac line came to a halt on Monday due to a demonstration on the CP rail tracks on the south shore of Montreal. As Olivia O’Malley reports, the protest over the construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in British Columbia, has left commuters scrambling.

a train covered in snow: The trains departing on the Candiac line continue to be disrupted by protests.© Karine Bastien/Radio-Canada The trains departing on the Candiac line continue to be disrupted by protests.

Commuter trains along Exo's Candiac line on Montreal's South Shore continue to be disrupted Monday due to the presence of protestors close to the Canadian Pacific (CP) tracks.

Mohawks from Kahnawake have been blocking the tracks that run through their territory in a show of solidarity with protesters who are preventing access to a pipeline construction site on traditional Wet'suwet'en land in northern British Columbia.

Exo put out a release Sunday saying that coach buses were being organized to get commuters from the South Shore stations to downtown Montreal.

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.

Exo is again urging those who board the Candiac line at the on-island LaSalle and du Canal stations to take Société de transport de Montréal (STM) buses The protests in Kahnawake are blocking the Canadian Pacific-owned train tracks used by the Candiac line in addition to freight services, which

An Exo spokesperson says it has received the go-ahead to continue operating on CN tracks, so its other commuter lines are unaffected by the protests . A shuttle service is in place for commuters who board at station on the Candiac line on Montreal' s South Shore.

Protests sprang up across the country after the RCMP began raiding blockades set up by Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.

The police are enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction to allow Coastal GasLink workers to continue construction on the pipeline.

The $6-billion, 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline is a key component of a $40-billion project announced by the federal and provincial governments last fall.

'Modest progress' made

Another blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk territory near Belleville, Ont., has stopped Via Rail service between Montreal and Toronto.

Over the weekend, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services and Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs MP Marc Miller met with Tyendinaga protesters.

He said "modest progress" had been made in talks to end the blockade.

Late Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cancelled a planned trip to Barbados in order to meet with an Incident Response Group on Monday.

Train service remains cancelled on Candiac line as blockade in Kahnawake continues .
Trains are still cancelled on a commuter rail line between Montreal and the south shore as a blockade in Kahnawake stretches into its third week. Exo, the regional train authority, said that the service interruption is until "further notice" on the Candiac line as the protest in support with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia continues.

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