Commuter rail traffic is back to normal in and around Toronto for now after police made arrests at a protest that began Tuesday as part of ongoing rail blockades across the country.
Metrolinx, the agency responsible for the GO Transit network, says it’s not expecting any of the delays and cancellations that brought parts of the southern Ontario network to a standstill during the afternoon rush hour.
Toronto police say they arrested three people at the demonstrations in the city’s west end that were in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose a natural gas pipeline cutting across their traditional territory.
The blockade threatened to delay morning commutes west of the city, but police say the rail line has been cleared and most commuter rail lines were running on time or with minor delays.
Police say they were called to the demonstration Tuesday to keep the peace and limit disruption to “critical infrastructure.”
A protest at a Hamilton GO Transit station caused numerous cancellations and delays since Monday evening, but local police said protesters left the blockade site in the city peacefully at around 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Protesters also setup a rail blockade in Toronto’s west end in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, which forced a two-hour suspension on part of the Milton GO Transit train line.
Other disruptions that surfaced Tuesday include a blockade along a highway near the site of an ongoing land dispute in Caledonia, Ont., and one along a stretch of rail in Sherbrooke, Que., about 150 kilometres east of Montreal.
Several high-profile blockades were dismantled by police in BC and Ontario earlier this week. -CINEWS