"Why Protesters Are Shutting Down Canada’s Rail Service"

"TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for "dialogue and mutual respect" Tuesday as the anti-pipeline protests and blockades that have paralyzed the nation's rail system entered their 12th day.

Demonstrators across the country have joined the blockades in support of the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia, who oppose the construction of a natural gas pipeline through their territory. They’ve brought most freight and passenger rail service to a standstill.

“We are not asking that you stop standing up for your communities, your rights and for what you believe,” Trudeau said in Parliament during a speech that was interrupted by heckling. “We only ask that you be willing to work with the federal government as a partner in finding solutions.”"

Amanda Coletta reports for the Washington Post February 18, 2020.


"CN Rail Laying Off About 450 Workers After Shutting Down Eastern Canada Network" (Canadian Press)

"Canada Seeks Peaceful End To Rail Blockade As Pressure Builds" (Reuters)

"Canada Rocked By Anti-Pipeline Protests" (OilPrice)

"A Protest Over A Pipeline Is Shutting Down Train Service Across Much Of Canada" (CNN)

Source: Washington Post, 02/19/2020