Trudeau will not direct police to break up pipeline protests, sticks to negotiated strategy

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This prompted the country’s largest freight rail carrier, Canadian National Railway Co., to suspend operations on its network east of Toronto Thursday, a move that could lead to as many as 6,000 layoffs, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union said. CN spokesman Alexandre Boulé said in a statement that some workers have already been laid off: “We had to send notices of temporary layoffs to some of our Eastern Canadian operational staff, including employees working at Autoport in Eastern Passage, Moncton, Charny and Montreal. Via Rail also said Thursday that it was cancelling most of its passenger services. “As of tonight, February 14, 299 trains will have been cancelled since the blockades began. The total number of passengers that have been impacted to date is over 63,000,”…