VIA Rail just cancelled all of its trips across Canada

Via Rail suspends passenger service across Canada

Via Rail suspends passenger service across Canada

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

Kenney said members of bands on the route voted in favour of the project to create jobs and improve their prosperity.

"We can not allow a small number of activists to hold our economy hostage", Scheer said.

Tensions were expected to heat up on Friday with the threat of activists planning to shut down government offices in British Columbia's capital.

Meetings are scheduled between Indigenous leaders and federal ministers who are looking to negotiate an end to the rail blockades in Ontario, Quebec and B.C., while premiers and opposition leaders are calling for immediate action to end the disruptions, which have already seen dozens of arrests.

"With over 400 trains cancelled during the last week and new protests that emerged at strategic locations on our mainline, we have decided that a progressive shutdown of our eastern Canadian operations is the responsible approach to take for the safety of our employees and the protesters, " JJ Ruest, CN Rail's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis says the blockade was removed overnight.

Via Rail announced on Thursday that it would have no choice but to shut down services, which mostly utilize CN track, as well.

There is a risk of seeing the stoppages merely as interference with the operations of profit-making companies, yet they affect all Canadians, he told a news conference Friday in Toronto.

The protests have caused problems across the country, as everything from propane to chlorine to food supplies have been impacted.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he would be sitting down with Indigenous leaders and provincial counterparts in Toronto on Friday to try and work through some of the concerns from both sides, with the goal of finding a peaceful solution.

Horgan has rejected calls from the Opposition Liberals to seek immediate injunctions to end blockades and protests in B.C.

The letter was in response to a proposal from Stephens and hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation to meet with provincial and federal ministers to resolve the impasse over the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Trains have been halted along the Toronto to Montreal/Ottawa corridor for almost a week as protesters in support of a B.C. First Nation blocked the tracks near Belleville. "It needs to be dealt with by co-operation, by consultation, by discussion so that we can all move forward".

More than two dozen people have been arrested in the pipeline building area near Houston, B.C., by RCMP enforcing an injunction order.

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