Via Rail says it is temporarily laying off 1,000 employees due to blockades that continue to stop service on CN tracks in Eastern Canada.
The Crown corporation has suspended passenger trains on its Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto routes for about two weeks in the wake of protests that have disrupted rail service across the country.
Via says it commends ongoing dialogue efforts between government and demonstrators at rail blockades in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia.
Via says it is proceeding with temporary suspensions of the unionized employees ``with sincere regret.''
The company, which has resumed service in some parts of Ontario, has cancelled more than 530 trains since blockades began on Feb. 6.
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