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Toronto, for Friday 29th of June

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070628/action_day_070628/20070628?hub=TopStories

Via Rail shuts down service ahead of protests (aboriginals)

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"Additionally, due to the uncertainty of the situation and anticipated location of a blockage, VIA's late evening and early morning trains between Toronto and Kingston have also been affected as follows:

    * - Train 650 - Toronto to Kingston departing June 28 at 10 p.m. - Replaced by bus
    * - Train 651 - Kingston to Toronto departing June 29 at 05:25 a.m. - Cancelled."

As well, passengers arriving in Montreal on June 29th on board VIA train No.15 from Halifax with connections to Ontario (Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Toronto) will be accommodated by chartered motor coach."

Protest day just the beginning: Mohawk activist

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070626/shawn_brant_070626?s_name=&no_ads=

Québec is apart in a good way (french link ;)

http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/06/27/004-Autochtones-Qc-protestation.shtml

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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetwwen Montréal and Toront
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007, 18:04:29 »
I'm more interested to find out what CN is going to do.

What is the status of the CN police with regards to arrest powers etc.?

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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetwwen Montréal and Toront
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007, 18:08:35 »
Didn't find anything about CN. Good luck.

http://www.cn.ca/en_sitemap.shtml
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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetwwen Montréal and Toront
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007, 18:09:03 »
Too bad you couldn't just "power up" and barge through.............'Scuse Me.      >:( >:( >:( >:(

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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 21:44:57 »
A bit more from Via Rail:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2007/28/c2310.html

Public Service Announcement - National Day of Action Blockages Proposed for Rail and Highway

    - VIA Rail Suspends Service Friday, June 29th, between Montréal-Toronto
    and Ottawa-Toronto -

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise customers that in light of the highly anticipated blockages of rail and highway lands, that could be taken as part of the National Day of Action, it has decided to suspend all services and ticket sales for trains on the following routes tomorrow, Friday, June 29th:

    Toronto-Montréal
    Toronto-Ottawa

    Additionally, due to the uncertainty of the situation and anticipated location of a blockage, VIA's late evening and early morning trains between Toronto and Kingston have also been affected as follows:

    Train 650 - Toronto to Kingston departing June 28 at 10 p.m. - Replaced by bus
    Train 651 - Kingston to Toronto departing June 29 at 05:25 a.m. - Cancelled.

    As well, passengers arriving in Montréal on June 29th on board VIA train No.15 from Halifax with connections to Ontario (Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Toronto) will be accommodated by chartered motor coach.
    VIA will offer a full refund to anyone wishing to return tickets already purchased, and will waive any fees involved in changing tickets. VIA anticipates returning to full service on the above routes on Saturday, June 30th, and will make every effort to accommodate additional passengers.
    "VIA's priority is to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew," said Steve Del Bosco, Chief Customer Officer. "While we recognize the impact this may have on individual travel plans, the decision was taken after careful consideration of the uncertainty of the situation and the potential
risks involved in attempting to operate under such unpredictable conditions."
    VIA sincerely regrets any inconvenience this disruption may cause to its passengers. VIA anticipates call volume will be high at its call centers.  Passengers are encouraged to visit VIA's website viarail.ca which will be updated on a regular basis. Customers holding tickets for these trains or wishing further information may visit viarail.ca or call 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).

For further information: VIA contacts: Malcolm Andrews - Montreal, (514)
871-6604; Catherine Kaloutsky - Toronto, (416) 956-7683
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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007, 22:00:33 »
GRRRR! For once I thought we were apart in a really good way :(!
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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetwwen Montréal and Toront
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2007, 03:56:43 »
I'm more interested to find out what CN is going to do.

What is the status of the CN police with regards to arrest powers etc.?

The CN (and CP) Rail Police have full Police/Peace Officer status on their property and within 1 Km of their property.  Its not a matter of not having the tools to make arrests disperse the agitators, its upper levels of the law enforcement organizations (all of them) just don't have the cajones to actually enforce the laws of land (don't want to make things worse by trying to you know enforce the law, and keep peoples lives from being disrupted ::)). Ergo its not very likely the patrol constable (whether he/she is with the OPP, CN, CP etc.) is going to take things upon themselves without full backing from their supervisors.  (remember **** rolls down hill).

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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2007, 05:55:57 »
CP Police may not be as busy as CN's - shared with the usual disclaimers

CP trains will pause in support of AFN protest
Paul Samyn, CanWest News Service, 29 Jun 07
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OTTAWA -Trains across the country will grind to a halt today in a show of support for the Assembly of First Nations call for a national day of action.

In a show of solidarity, Canadian Pacific Railways has ordered all of its freight trains to stop for one minute at 2 p.m. ET.

Faced with the prospect of native rail blockades, Via Rail will also shut down service on its Toronto-Montreal line, as well as its Ottawa-Toronto route for the day.

The Assembly of First Nations' plea for public support during more than 100 events planned from coast-to-coast has also been endorsed by the country's premiers.

AFN chief Phil Fontaine continued to talk Thursday about the importance of peaceful action even as Mohawks were threatening unsanctioned blockades of the CN's line and the busy 401 Highway near Napanee in eastern Ontario.

"The real story will not be about conflict,'' Fontaine said. "It will be about the many events that are taking place across the country which, combined, make for one of the largest rallies ever held in Canada. The real story here is that we have an unprecedented critical mass of support for justice and fairness for First Nations from coast to coast to coast. We have already received pledges of participation from numerous organizations, corporations, unions, church groups, and ordinary Canadians.''

Via Rail made the decision to shut down service on two of its key routes rather than face the possibility of blockades or other disruptions.

"VIA's priority is to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew," said Via spokesman Steve Del Bosco in a statement. "While we recognize the impact this may have on individual travel plans, the decision was taken after careful consideration of the uncertainty of the situation and the potential risks involved in attempting to operate under such unpredictable conditions."

All other VIA trains will be running as regularly scheduled.

But Canadian Pacific said its decision to stop its trains for one minute was made in support of Fontaine's approach to advancing native concerns.

"Like the AFN, CP is a strong supporter of co-operative approaches to resolving First Nations' grievance across Canada. CP appreciates the importance to First Nations of achieving expeditious and fair resolutions to their outstanding grievances with government and is in favour of the certainty that resolving those grievances would bring to First Nations, government and third parties in Canada,'' CPR president Fred Green wrote in a June 25 letter to Fontaine.

"CP appreciates the AFN's support for lawful, non-confrontational ways to expedite the resolution of outstanding claims and treaties with the government of Canada. ''

CN will not be stopping its trains but has also written a letter of support to Fontaine.

Fontaine will help lead a march past Parliament today which will precede a rally that includes Liberal Leader Stephane Dion and NDP Leader Jack Layton.

However, the AFN says the Harper government has yet to respond to invitations to have cabinet ministers attend.

"We want to reach out to Canadians, we don't want to cause a major disruption in the lives of Canadians, we don't want to impede the Canadian economy, but we want Canadians to pay attention to our issues,'' Fontaine said.
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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2007, 10:47:08 »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6252218.stm

Canada natives in day of protests

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Native blockade on Old Highway 2 near Deseronto, Ontario, Canada - 28/06/2007

Canada's native people face much higher than average poverty
Aboriginal protesters in Canada have caused the closure of several road and rail lines ahead of the country's 1 July national day long weekend.

The protests are part of a day of action to highlight unresolved land claims and the poor living conditions of many of Canada's indigenous people.

Police closed a section of Canada's busiest highway in eastern Ontario. Rail companies have cancelled passenger services between the country's biggest cities, Toronto and Montreal. Police closed a section of Highway 401 - the main road between Toronto and Montreal - early on Friday after native protesters blockaded a nearby secondary highway and a stretch of railway track on Thursday night.


     
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      What should be done about the higher levels of unemployment and the problems with suicide, drugs and alcohol on
      impoverished reserves? Send us your views.
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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2007, 10:50:30 »
OK, I'm confused (it's not really an unusual occurrence), but....
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Police closed a section of Highway 401 - the main road between Toronto and Montreal - early on Friday after native protesters blockaded a nearby secondary highway and a stretch of railway track on Thursday night.
There are three east-west routes through Kingston: rail, and highways 401 and 2. If the natives have blocked rail and 2, why would the police then close 401?

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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2007, 10:51:55 »
If the natives have blocked rail and 2, why would the police then close 401?  ???

To confused you ? It's a conspiracy  :D !
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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2007, 10:52:35 »
I'm a little pissed off about this situation...

Take any "white" or "black" or or any other cultural comunity and block, a road, a bridge, a railroad...It will not take and hour that the police will have remove the blockaid.

Why would it be different for the Native people.

Don't take is as a racist statement...but where is the justice in all of this. VIA and CN will loose money trough this and nothing is made.

So frustrating.
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Re: Via rail cancelled trains inbetween Montréal and Toront
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2007, 11:11:40 »


Perhaps CN has arranged temporary running rights for freight on the CP line.

Just for clarification the CN line is the one right along the St. Lawrence (which VIA runs on) and is threatened , the CP line is further inland (Smith's Falls) and as far as I know hasn't been threatened with blockade.