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Nunavut residents wear masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Rural communities hard hit by coronavirus

From Steinbach to Shamattawa and Nunavut, rural and remote communities are suffering COVID’s worst wrath

Reuters – The coronavirus pandemic is racing through Canada’s remote and rural regions, as isolation, a crucial buffer during the first wave, left their limited health-care systems vulnerable once the virus arrived. The latest spread opens a new front for the world’s second-largest country by area as it prepares for a logistically difficult vaccination program

A container terminal in Halifax. (CN.ca)

CN sees eastern network revival on supply chain diversity, ports

Montreal | Reuters — Canadian National Railway, the country’s biggest railroad, is banking on growth in consumer products and supply-chain diversification in Asia, to revive traffic on its underutilized eastern Canadian rail lines, the company’s CEO told Reuters Friday. Coronavirus, which hit China’s industrial production, along with U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, are further leading



An idle CN train is parked next to an empty Via Rail commuter station at Trenton, Ont. on Feb. 25, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Chris Helgren)

CN starts calling back laid-off employees

"Network recovery... will take several weeks"

Montreal | Reuters — Canadian National Railway has started calling back many of the 450 workers it laid off earlier this month in Eastern Canada, when blockades crippled operations on strategic rail lines, according to a company email sent to customers Friday. Earlier this week, police made 10 arrests and cleared a blockade in eastern

(File photo by Dave Bedard)

Teamsters seek charges against CP to cap working hours

Montreal/Toronto | Reuters — A union is taking the unusual step of pursuing contempt of court charges against Canada’s second-largest railroad, in a previously unreported case that escalates the debate over working hours for railroad employees, according to two sources and legal documents. The Teamsters union argued in court filings that Canadian Pacific Railway should



CN employees picket outside the company’s rail yard at North Battleford, Sask. on Nov. 25, 2019. (Canadian Cattlemen photo by Lisa Guenther)

CN, Teamsters reach deal to end strike

Montreal | Reuters — Teamsters Canada and Canadian National Railway on Tuesday said they reached a tentative deal to end a strike at the country’s largest railroad that had entered its eighth day, disrupting supply chains across the country. “We have a deal,” a CN spokesman said. The union said normal operations will resume on

Farmers dump bags of corn grain in front of the Papineau riding office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal, as they protest the lack of propane due to the CN strike, on Nov. 25, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Christinne Muschi)

CN strike drags on, hitting grain exports, fertilizer output

Ottawa/Montreal | Reuters — A prolonged strike at Canadian National Railway, the country’s largest railroad, sent further shocks through the economy on Monday with grain shipments scuttled and layoffs planned at fertilizer producers and an auto shipment terminal. As Canada’s biggest rail strike in a decade entered its seventh day, industry kept pressuring the government


(Dave Bedard photo)

Talks continue toward ending CN strike as factories slow output

Montreal/Winnipeg | Reuters — Talks to end a strike by thousands of workers at Canada’s biggest railroad, Canadian National Railway, continued on Wednesday, as industrial plants slowed output of products cut off from their markets. About 3,000 unionized workers, including conductors and yardmen, hit picket lines on Tuesday after talks with management failed to resolve

Dairy farmer Marie-Pier Vincent feeds her dairy cows at her farm in Saint-Valerien-de-Milton, southeast of Montreal.

Dairy downer

On Canadian dairy farms, fear and frustration as U.S. demands trade concessions

Reuters – Marie-Pier Vincent, a fourth-generation Quebec dairy farmer, worries it will be even harder to make ends meet as Canada allows more tariff-free imports of milk products from the United States under a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement. Vincent, 28, is already looking for a second job to pay back the money she