Protesters in downtown Toronto condemn proposed pipeline through Wet'suwet'en territory

  • Protesters in downtown Toronto condemn proposed pipeline through Wet'suwet'en territory

Protesters in downtown Toronto condemn proposed pipeline through Wet'suwet'en territory

The announcement came as CN said they would shutdown their entire eastern Canadian network.

VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transported over 5 million passengers in 2019.

CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis confirmed Friday morning the New Hazelton blockade had been lifted.

CN Rail says it has tried to adjust its operations to serve customers but it is now left with the only remaining responsible option: progressively shutting down eastern Canadian operations.

Thousands of Windsor students and other travellers will have to regroup after Via Rail suspended national service Thursday in the fallout of anti-pipeline protests disrupting rail freight and passenger service across the country. There were no more departures as of 4 p.m. A shuttle bus service is in effect for affected rail stations.

"Quite frankly this is getting ridiculous. radical activists many of whom have no connection to the Wetsuweten people are holding our country's economy hostage. meanwhile, our Prime Minister has been on a vanity project to get a vote in the United Nations, neglecting his duties here at home", said Scheer on Friday morning.

Garneau, who was meeting his provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as representatives of national Indigenous organizations, stressed that he hopes there will be peaceful resolutions to the blockade disputes.

Protesters in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to the LNG pipeline in northern British Columbia block an Ottawa intersection Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. He spoke with B.C. Premier John Horgan on Thursday, and the two agreed to work together to end this ongoing dispute. "It needs to be dealt with by co-operation, by consultation, by discussion so that we can all move forward".

"The issues going on right now, these days, in Canada are pitting Indigenous Peoples and concerns about the environment against economic development", Trudeau said. "They just need to want to see this being done in the right way, and in a way that is respectful and partnership".

The Antifa website "North Shore Counter-Info" has not only called on supporters to sabotage rail lines "in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en" but has also made several posts taking credit for rail sabotage in Hamilton, Guelph, Burlington, and elsewhere in Ontario, claiming at least a dozen acts of sabotage.

Teamsters Canada, the country's largest union in the transportation sector, called on the federal government to intervene.

More than 150 routes had been cancelled previously amid protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline. The Wet'suwet'en hereditary governance system predates confederation and they are still here today.

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