Windsor Via Rail service suspended

Via Rail suspends passenger service across Canada

VIA Rail just cancelled all of its trips across Canada

"Due to the current inability to move railcars of propane to supply our branches in Central and Eastern Canada, we predict that in the coming days we will begin to experience supply shortages to many areas of the country that rely on propane to heat and power their homes and businesses, including many essential services such as hospitals and retirement homes", said Greg McCamus, Superior Propane president.

However, Garneau noted he's encouraged that peaceful talks have led to the lifting of some blockades in B.C. and Manitoba.

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

Thousands of Windsor students and other travellers will have to regroup after Via Rail suspended national service Thursday in the fallout of anti-pipeline protests disrupting rail freight and passenger service across the country. Upon infrastructure owner instructions, all VIA Rail trains now en route will be brought to the closest major train station.

Evidenced by the tweets above, VIA Rail staff are already making suggestions for land-based travel alternatives by way of various bus services.

Garneau, who was meeting his provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as representatives of national Indigenous organizations, stressed that he hopes there will be peaceful resolutions to the blockade disputes.

Blockade organizers across Canada have said they are acting in solidarity with those opposed to a pipeline project that crosses the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation near Houston, British Columbia.

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

"We can't just use force", he said in the legislature. "They just need to want to see this being done in the right way, and in a way that is respectful and partnership".

Groups including the Grain Growers of Canada, the Forest Products Association of Canada and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters have said rail delays are hurting members and the economy.

The union warned the impasse could put up to 6,000 employees at CN and other rail companies out of work.

The last trains left Windsor Thursday night.

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

All parties have agreed to that meeting, although a date must still be arranged.

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

In February, police enforced a court injunction and cleared the camps, arresting people in the process.

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