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Via Rail announced on Thursday afternoon that they are suspending all train travel across Canada as a result of the ongoing anti-pipeline protests and blockades.
CTV reports that “the nationwide shutdown [of Via Rail] comes as CN Rail says it is being forced to progressively shut down its operations in Eastern Canada ‘until the illegal blockades end.’ The company said that also means stopping all transcontinental trains across its Canadian network.”
“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 protestors,” CN Rail CEO JJ Ruest said.
The protests and blockades are a response to the raid of an anti-pipeline camp in Northern British Columbia that was fighting against the building of a pipeline on Wet’suwet’en territory.
The Wet’suwet’en Tribal Council supports the pipeline project.