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World Canadian rail system shut over blockade

07:40  14 february  2020
07:40  14 february  2020 Source:   bbc.com

Trudeau says indigenous groups must end crippling rail blockades

  Trudeau says indigenous groups must end crippling rail blockades Crippling blockades of key Canadian rail arteries "must now come down," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday, acknowledging that attempts at dialogue to end two weeks of indigenous protests had failed. Under pressure to end the crisis, Trudeau sought to establish a dialogue with indigenous leaders behind the protests. Federal police, meanwhile, offered to retreat from the site on Wet'suwet'en lands where protesters blocked workers building the Can$6.6 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline.But on Friday, Trudeau said those official overtures had gone unanswered."We can't have dialogue when only one party is coming to the table," he said.

Canada 's national rail company is shutting down trans-continental train services amid blockades protesting a pipeline in British Columbia. Some 5 million Canadian commuters use Via, the passenger rail arm of CN, each year, and thousands have already been forced to find alternative

Canadian National Railway , which owns the tracks, warned it “will be forced to shut down significant parts” of its vast Canadian network, which moves oil CN moves billions of dollars in freight each year, and Canada ’s transport minister Marc Garneau warned that the rail blockade could have grave

Canada's national rail company is shutting down trans-continental train services amid blockades protesting a pipeline in British Columbia.

a man riding on the back of a truck: Protests supporting Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs have taken place across Canada© Reuters Protests supporting Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs have taken place across Canada

CN Rail says it will be forced to shut down its eastern network, which will effectively stop all cross-country freight trains.

The stoppage will also affect passenger trains nationwide, which use CN rails.

More than 150 routes had been cancelled previously amid protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Blockades against the proposed pipeline, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government says invigorate natural gas exports in British Columbia, began last week.

Canada PM calls for peaceful solution to crippling rail blockades

  Canada PM calls for peaceful solution to crippling rail blockades Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Tuesday against the use of force to resolve a rail blockade sparked by indigenous protesters and now in its second week. Passenger and freight traffic has come to a halt in eastern Canada as native Americans protest in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en indigenous people in British Columbia, who are up in arms over a proposed gas pipeline that would go through their traditional lands. "Those who wouldPassenger and freight traffic has come to a halt in eastern Canada as native Americans protest in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en indigenous people in British Columbia, who are up in arms over a proposed gas pipeline that would go through their traditional lands.

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. "With over 400 trains cancelled during the last week and new protests that emerged at strategic locations on our mainline, we have

Canadian industries are bracing for potential shutdowns as anti-pipeline blockades continue in The rail disruptions have stalled shipments of a range of products, including grain, perishable food and CN’s potential shut down comes just days after Garneau issued a Ministerial Order requiring the

Its route cuts through indigenous Canadian land.

JJ Ruest, CN's chief executive, called the train stoppage a "regrettable" situation, but said the cancellations were due to circumstances "beyond our control".

"Our shutdown will be progressive and methodical to ensure that we are well set up for recovery, which will come when the illegal blockades end completely," Mr Ruest said.

Some 5 million Canadian commuters use Via, the passenger rail arm of CN, each year, and 24,000 have already been forced to find alternative means of travel.

CN said the stoppage may also lead to temporary layoffs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written to the indigenous leaders at the heart of the rail blockade, and promised to send ministers to help reach an agreement.

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.

“The rail system affects the entire Canadian economy and Canadians everywhere, including people trying to get to and from work,” the business advocacy organization said in a statement. “They must be allowed to continue to serve the thousands of businesses that depend on them.”

Canada 's biggest railway said the shut down, which would continue until the blockades end, may lead to temporary layoffs within its Eastern Canadian operational staff. Anti-pipeline protesters near tracks in Ontario, Canada 's most populated province, have disrupted passenger trains and goods

"As you know, our government has been clear that there is no more important relationship to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples," Mr Trudeau wrote.

What is the issue?

The Coastal GasLink pipeline is a 670 km (416 miles) pipeline that would ship natural gas from north-eastern part of the province to the coast.

The C$6bn ($4.5bn, £4bn) project in a remote part of the province about a day's drive from Vancouver has been in the works since 2012.

Some 28% of the pipeline route passes through Wet'suwet'en lands.

Coastal GasLink said it has reached deals with 20 elected indigenous councils along the route to move ahead with construction, including some Wet'suwet'en councils.

But Wet'suwet'en chiefs oppose it and say they, not the community's elected officials, hold authority over traditional lands. They have warned that the project will cause pollution and endanger wildlife.

For years, protesters have erected camps have been erected along the proposed pipeline route to prevent access to construction sites.

In February, police enforced a court injunction and cleared the camps, arresting people in the process.

Meanwhile, other blockades have been erected across the country in solidarity, disrupting rail lines and ports.

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