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Via Rail to start running trains in Canada again this week

Via Rail will resume partial service on Thursday, February 20 after cancelling trains over the weekend in response to the Wet'suwet'en blockades.

The Canadian rail service — which regularly operates 500 trains a week from coast-to-coast — was forced to temporarily cancel its services between Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec City.

The blockades have drawn crowds of 400+ people.

However, Via Rail has confirmed that it will now resume some services despite the interruptions.

Via Rail says service from Ottawa on trains 22, 24, 26 and 28 and service from Quebec City on trains 33, 35, 37 and 39 will resume on Thursday morning.

Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau initially refused to force an end to the railway blockades, he later cancelled his meetings in Barbados to meet with government officials regarding the infrastructure disruptions.

During the meeting, Trudeau urged ministers to resolve the situation in a "peaceful manner" and address underlying issues with the spirit of reconciliation.

In contrast, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has openly condemned the blockades, calling any form of tampering with railways "illegal and extremely dangerous" in a statement on Monday.

Via Rail's cancellations affected 83,000+ Canadian passengers. The company has not confirmed when full services will resume.

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