Money Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as blockades drag on
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.
TORONTO — Via Rail says it is temporarily laying off 1,000 employees due to blockades that continue to halt service on CN tracks in Eastern Canada.
The 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.
Via says it commends the ongoing dialogue efforts between the government and demonstrators at the rail blockades in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia.
Via says it's proceeding with the temporary suspensions of the unionized employees "with sincere regret."
The company, which is set to resume service in southwestern Ontario and between Ottawa and Quebec City on Thursday, has cancelled more than 530 trains since blockades began on Feb. 6.
Earlier this week, Canadian National Railway Co. laid off about 450 workers in its operations in Eastern Canada after cancelling more than 400 trains in the past week over a rail blockade protesting an LNG pipeline in British Columbia.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 19, 2020.
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Via Rail to resume partial service on Eastern Canada routes starting Tuesday .
All routes across Canada affected by the Wet'suwet'en solidarity protests could be up and running again by next Friday, the company says.The company announced Friday that partial service will resume on the popular Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes Tuesday — closing the last major gaps in the regional network that was brought to a halt by protests in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.
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