Alberta to punish damages to rail, energy assets By | Feb. 26, 2020, 6:20 a.m. | Share:
- Alberta, seeking to head off blockades that have paralyzed parts of the country’s rail network in recent weeks, introduced legislation to increase penalties for protesters who damage or interfere with infrastructure.The bill proposed Tuesday by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney would add penalties of as much as C$25,000 ($19,000) and six months of prison time for those who interfere with “essential infrastructure,” including pipelines, refineries, railways and mines. It also would create legal offenses for entering infrastructure facilities under false pretenses, interfering with their construction and aiding others with committing those offenses.Environmental and indigenous-rights activists have obstructed rail lines across Canada to protest the construction of TC Energy Corporation’s C$6.6 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia. On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged his government’s efforts to negotiate a solution had failed and signalled he would be open to police intervention. Some blockades came down thanks to injunctions obtained by Canadian National Railway Company, including one near Edmonton.After disruptions to shipments of agricultural products, oil and propane, the latest focus has been commuter trains to Toronto.Commuter train services are resuming in Milton with a detour in place, GO Transit said in a tweet.Commuter trains heading to Canada’s financial capital were snarled by an indigenous protest on Tuesday, a day after police cleared a blockade east of Toronto that was taking a nationwide economic toll.The new blockade went up Monday night near Hamilton, along the Chicago-to-Toronto corridor. It prompted the cancellation of at least three GO Transit trains in southwestern Ontario that connect commuters into Toronto, according a notice on the passenger carrier’s website .Ontario Provincial Police cleared the blockade in Tyendinaga, near Belleville, on Monday, enforcing an injunction obtained by Canadian National Railway Co. after protesters ignored a midnight Sunday deadline.Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told reporters after police moved in that he was concerned about the potential for blowback. Other top Trudeau officials stressed the need to restart talks with indigenous groups to prevent any further interruption of rail service.The federal government worked behind the scenes during the crisis to arrange a track-sharing deal between CN and rival freight carrier Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., according a report Tuesday by the CBC.Via Rail Canada Inc., the main intercity passenger service, was forced to cancel almost all of its trains because of the Tyendinaga and British Columbia protests. Via said on Monday that almost all routes would be operational again by Friday.© 2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Feb 26, 2020
Alberta to punish damages to rail, energy assets
By Bloomberg |Feb. 26, 2020, 6:20 a.m. |Share:
Alberta, seeking to head off blockades that
Alberta to punish damages to rail, energy assets By Bloomberg |Feb. 26, 2020, 6:20 a.m. |Share: Alberta, seeking to head off blockades that