Canada Via Rail and Exo announce re-opening of train lines starting Monday
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.
Via Rail and Exo announced service is scheduled to resume on the Mont-Saint-Hilare and Quebec-Montreal lines following an injunction that forced anti-colonialism and pipeline protesters to dismantle their blockade.
A spokesperson for Exo told Global News train service will resume on Monday at 5:45 a.m., "unless there is another event beyond our control."
Quebecers scramble to find alternatives as rail travel in eastern Canada shuts down over blockades
Quebecers are facing train cancellations on commuter rail lines Friday morning as blockades in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs in B.C. 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.
"Before being able to resume train service on the Exo Mont-Saint-Hilaire line, several actions will need to be taken, including track inspection, restarting of locomotives and safety tests on trains," they said.
Via Rail announced the scheduled re-opening of its Quebec-Montreal line as of Monday, on Twitter Friday night.
1/2 21Fév.-17H01: Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer la reprise complète du service entre MTL-OTT à partir du 24fév. Nous planifions un retour complet de ce service pour la fin de semaine à compter de demain. Depuis hier, notre service dans le sud-ouest de l’ON a repris complètement.
— VIA_Rail (@VIA_Rail)
Since Wednesday, a group of protesters known at MTL Wet'suwet'en Solidarity had a blockade set up, forcing Exo, the regional transit authority for trains, to cancel its service.
Wet’suwet’en solidarity rail blockade setup in Toronto, Milton GO train service suspended
On the Toronto Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Facebook page, protest organizers said the rail tracks behind Lambton Arena -- near Scarlett Road and Dundas Street West.On the Toronto Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Facebook page, protest organizers said the rail tracks behind Lambton Arena -- near Scarlett Road and Dundas Street West -- were being blocked in support of the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, who oppose the construction of a massive natural gas pipeline on their territory in B.C. and protesters in Tyendinaga.
As a result, Via Rail was also forced to suspended service on its corridor between Montreal and Quebec City.
Friday night, demonstrators left their Saint-Lambert blockade following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's call for an end to the rail blockades across Canada.
After being served with an injunction on Thursday, protesters continued to obstruct the tracks on Friday as local police officers blocked off the surrounding area to traffic.
Protesters have rallied in solidarity with select Indigenous peoples of Wet’suwet’en, who ask that police officers leave the territory where protests continue against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C.
Nationwide blockades began two weeks ago after the RCMP arrested protesters following an injunction in December that required workers be given unobstructed access to the worksite.
Rail line cleared, 3 arrests made after protest in Toronto's west end: police
Rail line cleared, 3 arrests made after protest in Toronto's west end: policePolice say in a tweet this morning that officers provided protesters with an injunction and began moving them from rail tracks.
Mohawks protesting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs told Global News last week they planned to stay for as long it takes in order to protect the land and future generations.
In Kahnawake, an ongoing blockade has lasted nearly two weeks and forced the cancellation of the Candiac train line since Feb. 10. However, Quebec Premier François Legault said on Thursday it is difficult to dismantle a blockade on the Mohawk territory since it has its own police force.
According to Exo, there are no plans of re-opening the Candiac train line as the situation has yet to change.
On Saturday, Wet'suwet'en heriditary chiefs were scheduled to meet with chiefs in Kanawake, both traditional and elected, to discuss the situation.
-- With files from Global's Alessia Simona Maratta and Kalina Laframboise
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