Toronto protesters block railway tracks in support of Wet’suwet’en First Nation
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Saturday, February 8, 2020 7:18AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 8, 2020 7:31PM EST
Protesters in Toronto disrupted rail traffic in the northwest end of the city to show support for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northern British Columbia.
The group met in Dovercourt Park on Saturday morning and marched north to the tracks near Dupont Street and Bartlett Avenue.
The protestors prevented CP Rail freight trains from coming through the area for the past few hours. The demonstration ended around 5 p.m.
Service on GO Transit’s Barrie Line was briefly interrupted on Saturday due to the protest but service has now resumed.
Police were on scene and officers told CP24 that as long as the protest remains peaceful, they have no intention in intervening.
In B.C., multiple people were recently arrested near a worksite as the RCMP enforced an injunction against the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who are opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The situation has sparked protests outside the province, including one near Belleville that has halted VIA Rail service between Toronto and Ottawa, and Toronto and Montreal.
Ontario Provincial Police said Friday that they are monitoring the protests in Belleville to ensure public safety but no one has been arrested.
On the company’s website, VIA confirmed that while trains will continue to operate between Ottawa and Montreal, trains will not operate between Toronto and Ottawa or Toronto and Montreal until the “issue is resolved.”
Trains 50, 52, 60, 61, 62, 641, 643, and 655 have been cancelled today.
“VIA Rail will be automatically refunding all segments affected by this service disruption,” the company said in its online travel advisory. “We are asking passengers to check our online tools for departures and arrivals updates.”
-With files from The Canadian Press