This note from Paul up north of the border has been moved to the front page because of its urgency. I apologize for not getting on this story quicker, but I have been a student today.
VIA rail engineers on strike – started today. Effectively, all passenger rail shut down in Canada.
“We’re sincerely sorry about what’s going on for the passengers, but we didn’t have any other choice,” said Stephane Lacroix, spokesman for the Teamsters Canada union.
“VIA Rail forced us to go on strike,” he told public broadcaster CBC.
Here are the dramatic effects of ending passenger trains!
Sorry, no cars left
“Well, to rent a car one way from Montreal to Toronto, it’s like $700 in extra fees,” Simoneau said.