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TSB releases investigation into Kingston train collision

Derailed tanker cars caused a side-swipe collision of a VIA rail passenger train on route from Toronto to Ottawa, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). The collision occurred just after 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. No passengers or crew were injured. The following information was

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Tyendinaga Mohawks, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs lay out ‘path to peace’

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller meeting with the Tyendinaga Mohawk group at the blockade just outside of Shannonville. Photo courtesy of Real Peoples Media. The Tyendinaga Mohawk people and Hereditary Chiefs of Wet’suwet’en held a conference this afternoon and have released a unified statement following their meeting today. The two

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VIA Rail announces temporary employee suspensions

VIA Rail has announced the continuation of the cancellation of its services on a large part of the CN Rail network, and with it, temporary employee suspensions. In a press release at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, VIA said that, until CN Rail opens the remaining tracks

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CN, VIA Rail announce shutdown of services

Both CN and VIA Rail have announced shutdowns of services on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 citing the blockades – particularly in Ontario – as reason for the decision. CN said it has “been forced to initiate a disciplined and progressive shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada,” which will include

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CN forced to shut down parts of rail network, obtained injunctions

The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has announced that it will be “forced to shut down significant parts of its Canadian network imminently” unless the blockades on its rail lines are removed. The announcement came from CN on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, and notes that the individuals blocking the lines

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VIA advises travellers to use other modes of transportation in coming days

As day six of the demonstration in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en territory continues just outside of Shannonville, VIA Rail has cancelled another day of train activity in the area. “Due to the blockade near Belleville (Ontario), VIA Rail wants to inform its passengers that all departures today, February 11 are cancelled

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Slow Down for Wet’suwet’en demonstrations continue

Sunday, February 9th marked the fourth day of protests and rallies in the Kingston area, with local Indigenous and non-Indigenous people publicly demonstrating solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people in British Columbia. Despite a court-ordered injunction, train delays and cancellations continued along the Toronto-Ottawa routes, with protests near Belleville preventing trains

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Via Rail halts trains due to Wet’suwet’en demonstration near Shannonville

As demonstrations in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en territory continue for a second day near Shannonville, Via Rail has announced the stoppage of trains along both the Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto corridor. “Due to the protesters currently blocking tracks near Belleville, Ontario, train service between Montreal and Toronto and between Ottawa and

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Trains stopped locally due to demonstration in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Trains along the Belleville-Kingston corridor came to a standstill as a demonstration is being staged on the CN Rail in the late afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Via Rail confirmed that trains stopped moving in both Kingston and Belleville due to the demonstration, and posts on social media state

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Kingston-to-Toronto GO Train Expansion

Mayor Gerretsen’s recent decision to seek the soon-to-be-vacant federal Liberal nomination caught a lot of people by surprise, including city councilors and prospective mayoral candidates.  One such councilor, Rick Downes, saw the announcement as an opportunity to launch his third bid for the city’s mayoralty.  While Downes has served as

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VIA Rail Ads Feature City Hall

The current economic climate has has made day trips, and stay-cations increasingly popular options for tourists. Most Kingstonians are now, more than ever, trying to save a buck. With local attractions including Fort Henry, museums focusing on everything from penitentiaries to the Great Lakes, as well as the nearby Wolfe

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Friday Foto

This week I spent a few days away from the Limestone City, with a business trip to Ottawa, and a day of rest and relaxation in Toronto.  Needless to say, I am happy to be home, and looking forward to a weekend full of occasional showers and thunderstorms.  I’m not

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