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Economy, Indigenous, International

 Huge backlog of goods due to rail blockades in Canada

Now that the rail blockades over an indigenous pipeline dispute have ended, the country is facing a huge backlog of goods waiting to be moved by rail to their destinations. Over 1,000 rail workers who had been temporarily laid off »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous

Police move against main rail blockade at Mohawk reserve

Last week Canada’s Prime Minister said the rail blockades which have been paralysing rail service and seriously compromising the entire economy, must end and the law must be obeyed. The rail blockades have been set up in sympathy with a »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

Blockades continue along with continued calls for dialogue

Rail blockades by indigenous groups and demonstrations in cities across Canada, continue today well into the second week. Both indigenous and non-indigenous protesters have blocked bridges and roadways and rail lines across the country in support of a small group »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Bombardier divestment continues: reports say rail division sold

The once giant Canadian-based multi-national Bombardier continues its sell-off of divisions. Since the final sale of its C-series programme to Airbus, there had been rumours that remaining portions of the company were also up for grabs as the company struggled »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous

Natural gas pipeline protest: potential for violence

Although the elected band councils have approved, the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwets’en in northern British Columbia are against a gas pipeline across their traditional territory Other protests in sympathy continue to take place across the country. In northern B.C. »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Canada rail strike continues, economy suffers

One of Canada’s largest labour strikes has begun to seriously worry many sectors of the economy. Western farmers are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to ship their crops to markets, causing backups, storage issues, and cash-flow problems for them. »

Economy, International

Railway strike, freight slowdown across Canada

The teamsters union of conductors , train personnel and yard workers at Canadian National Railway have gone on strike, Some 3,2OO conductors, and train and yard workers at Canada’s largest railway system walked out at midnight last night, primarily over »

Economy, Politics

Bombardier plans to lay off 550 workers trigger political sniping

Federal Liberals and the Progressive Conservative government of Ontario took pot shots at each other Wednesday over looming layoffs at Bombardier’s railway car plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., that could see nearly half of the employees lose their jobs. The »

Society

Fatigue flagged as major transportation hazard

Employee fatigue has been found to be a risk or contributing factor in more than 90 investigations conducted by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board since 1992 . The problem was flagged in air, marine and rail sectors. The board publishes an »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous

Some hope at last for Arctic port of Churchill, Manitoba

Rail line to be revived. It’s a small community on the shore of Hudson Bay, currently with a population of perhaps 1,000 souls. Washed out in 2017, the town has been without rail access as the owners and government argue »