rail blockades

SARM annual meeting opens Monday in Regina

Mar 9, 2020 | 4:28am

Grain movement backlog and the carbon tax will be among the issues raised at the SARM annual meeting, which opens Monday in Regina. SARM president Ray Orb remains hopeful the federal government will provide some form of support for farmers who faced a tough harvest and a costly carbon tax on fuel used for drying […]

Majority of Canadians unhappy with Trudeau’s handling of blockade crisis: poll

Mar 4, 2020 | 8:54am

A new poll suggests Canadians weren’t happy with Justin Trudeau’s handling of the natural-gas pipeline dispute in British Columbia that led to nationwide rail and road blockades mounted in solidarity with Indigenous leaders who oppose the project. According to the Leger Marketing survey, 61 per cent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the way […]

Wet’suwet’en chiefs, ministers reach proposed agreement in pipeline dispute

Mar 1, 2020 | 2:30pm

A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief and senior government ministers say they have reached a proposed arrangement in a pipeline dispute that has prompted solidarity protests across Canada in recent weeks. Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and British Columbia Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser would not give details on the proposal, saying it first has to […]

Trudeau to meet provincial, territorial leaders next month amid rising tensions

Feb 27, 2020 | 7:47pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down with provincial and territorial leaders on March 13 to wrestle with some of the thorny issues that are dividing the nation. The first ministers’ meeting, to be held in Ottawa, is to cover climate change, the economy, health care, infrastructure and equalization. The announcement of the meeting comes […]

Prime Minister Trudeau says rail blockades need to come down

Feb 21, 2020 | 3:21pm

The barricades must come down. Those are the words uttered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday afternoon when speaking to the media in Ottawa regarding rail blockades in the country. In his statement, Trudeau said the barricades are paralyzing key infrastructure across the country which hurts all Canadians. He added that the federal government […]

SARM President calls for action on carbon tax for grain drying and rail blockades

Feb 20, 2020 | 10:38pm

There are many topics to cover in a limited amount of time for Ray Orb, president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. The rail blockades are dominating national media coverage and are impacting grain exports as well. “The grain movement is reported about every two days, so we can see the unloads at the […]

Debate on rail blockades heats up question period

Feb 20, 2020 | 3:54pm

It was another heated question period in the House of Commons on Thursday with the on-going rail blockades that have popped up across the country including the one near Belleville, Ontario. Conservative MP Leonna Alleslev accused the Trudeau government of holding the economy hostage. She went on to say quote “That the blockades are another […]

Moe and fellow Premiers looking to speak with Trudeau over blockades

Feb 19, 2020 | 8:00pm

After speaking with his counterparts via conference call on Wednesday, Saskatchewan’s premier wants another conference call  with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joining them. Moe says Wednesday’s conference call resulted in an agreement that another call is needed with Trudeau to discuss paths to a peaceful resolution and an end to the illegal blockades.   He would […]