CN shuts down "significant portions" of rail lines because of protests

CN Rail has halted trains in two areas of the country, because of protestors blocking tracks.

According to CN, the blockade near Belleville is on CN’s only eastern link between Western Canada and Eastern Canada and between Eastern Canada and the US Mid-West. The second blockage is on CN’s northern mainline in B.C. between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

Both are affecting the movement of goods including food and consumer items, Canadian grain, deicing fluid at airports, construction materials, propane to Quebec and Atlantic Canada, natural resources creating rural jobs across Canada such as lumber, aluminum, coal and propane.

CN says they have obtained court injunctions to have the blockades stopped, and they are working with local authorities to do that.

The federal government says it's up to the provinces to handle the enforcement of the court injunctions.