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PROTESTS – CN initiates ‘orderly shutdown’ of Eastern network

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New release from CN Rail:

MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN announced today that the Company has been forced to initiate a disciplined and progressive shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada. This will include stopping and safely securing all trans-continental trains across its Canadian network and may imminently lead to temporary layoffs within the company’s Eastern Canadian operational staff.

CN sought and obtained court orders and requested the assistance of enforcement agencies for the illegal blockades in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia. While the illegal blockades have come to an end in Manitoba and may be ending imminently in British Columbia, the orders of the court in Ontario have yet to be enforced and continue to be ignored.

The Company has tried to adjust its operations to serve customers in the face of these challenges, it is now left with the only remaining responsible option: progressively shutting down its Eastern Canadian operations until the illegal blockades end.

“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,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN.

“This situation is regrettable for its impact on the economy and on our railroaders as these protests are unrelated to CN’s activities, and beyond our control. Our shutdown will be progressive and methodical to ensure that we are well set up for recovery, which will come when the illegal blockades end completely.”

“Unfortunately, intercity Via Rail service will be discontinued across our Canadian network. However, commuter rail services, such as Metrolinx and Exo, can keep operating so long as they can do so safely. I would like to thank our customers, international supply-chain partners, and industry associations for their support to get this unprecedented ordeal resolved,” concluded Ruest.

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2 Comments on PROTESTS – CN initiates ‘orderly shutdown’ of Eastern network

  1. Ian MacKenzie // February 14, 2020 at 8:01 AM // Reply

    I expect that Horgan, Trudeau and many more of us whities who can’t see past the surface meaning of the words used in Undrip will eventually win our way through to a pipeline carrying fossil fuels fracked in the north by simply repeating the tactics we’ve always used to subjugate indigenous culture on Turtle Island. We’re far too sophisticated now, though, to use the word “gun”, we just use the RCMP backed by colonial phrases like “Rule of law”, “National interest”, “Courts of Appeal” and other verbal artifacts of colonialism to continue the domination of our aboriginal groups by corporate capitalism.
    I, too, will add my accusation of shame at Trudeau who, in a moment of political panic buys the Kinder Morgan pipeline instantaneous with declaring a climate emergency, and at Horgan who brags over his adoption of UNDRIP and betrays the meaning of every phrase of that principled declaration by his actions on the unceded aboriginal homeland in norther B.C.
    Shame on you both.

  2. It seems that promising human rights and justice is not something that can or should be throw out with the bathwater..Taking those promised rights and title away will be painful to those who are collectively complicit in their removal.But it seems that maybe you are lucky that you are not the ones who are having their justice and fairness taken away.Would you like to change places ?
    A dream was born with Delgamuk and not even the white guys can kill a dream. Maybe we will all suffer a little now but wisdom and a little love we can all gain the greatest peace in the end.

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