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Image copyright Getty Images A major Canadian rail company is shutting down trans-continental train services amid blockades protesting a pipeline in British Columbia. CN Rail says it will be forced to shut down its eastern network, which will effectively stop all cross-country freight trains. The stoppage will also affect passenger trains nationwide, which use CN…

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A major Canadian rail company is shutting down trans-continental train services amid blockades protesting a pipeline in British Columbia. CN Rail says it will be forced to shut down its eastern network, which will effectively stop all cross-country freight trains. The stoppage will also affect passenger trains nationwide, which use CN tracks. More than 150 routes had been cancelled previously amid protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Blockades against the proposed pipeline, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government says invigorate natural gas exports in British Columbia, began last week.Its route cuts through indigenous Canadian land.JJ Ruest, CN’s chief executive, called the train stoppage a “regrettable” situation, but said the cancellations were due to circumstances “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,” Mr Ruest said.Some 5 million Canadian commuters use the intercity passenger services of Via Rail on tracks mostly owned by CN. Thousands
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