Saturday, February 8, 2020

VIA Rail cancels trains between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa because of First Nation protest

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OTTAWA -- A protest over a natural gas pipeline in B.C. is causing problems for VIA Rail service in Ontario.

The protesters are blocking tracks east of Belleville in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, where the RCMP recently enforced an injunction against the Nation’s hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who are opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

VIA Rail says train service between Ottawa and Toronto is interrupted in both directions. Service between Montreal and Ottawa continues as normal.

In a statement, VIA Rail said, “While all other trains between Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto are prepared to leave on schedule should we achieve line clearance, your departure may be delayed or may not operate due to circumstances beyond our control.”  (more...)

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