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Via Rail to layoff almost 1,000 workers as blockades continue in Canada

PortandTerminal.com, February 19, 2020

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Via Rail says it will be temporarily laying off up to 1,000 people as rail blockades in B.C. and Ontario have brought the passenger rail services network to a virtual standstill.

As of Tuesday, Via said the rail blockades have led to the cancellation of 532 regularly scheduled passenger trains

CN Rail in Canada has also announced that due to rail blockades in Eastern Canada, they will be temporarily laying off close to 450 workers until the situation is resolved.

READ: Canada grinding to a halt as rail shut-down and protests intensify. What’s going on?

Canada’s economy risks grinding slowly to a halt as its all-important rail lines remain largely shut in strategic points across the country.

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