AIM of Michigan helped shut down the bridge from Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, MI for 3 hours and created 50 miles of traffic. Photo via AIM of Twin Cities and AIM Patrol Minneapolis
Wall Street Journal
By PAUL VIEIRA
TORONTO—Canadian native groups staged protests across Canada Wednesday, disrupting traffic on the main bridge to Detroit and blocking passenger rail service between Toronto and Montreal—the most extensive and coordinated disruptions so far amid weeks of aboriginal protests.
Police in Windsor, Ontario, estimate roughly 400 to 600 natives marched along the Ambassador Bridge, the span connecting the Canadian city of Windsor with Detroit, and one of the world's busiest international trade corridors. The demonstration lasted over an hour, forcing law-enforcement officials to temporarily block access to the bridge.
That caused "significant" delays for travellers and shippers looking to enter the U.S., said Sgt. Matthew D'Asti of the Windsor police. Cross-border traffic was restored by midafternoon.
VIA Rail, the country's main passenger train operator, said its service on the key Toronto-Montreal line was disrupted due to a native-groups blockade in the Kingston, Ontario, area, forcing the company to transport passengers by other means, such as bus. VIA Rails continued to warn passengers of possible delays late Wednesday.
Quebec's provincial police also reported some native groups disrupted traffic during the afternoon rush hour on Montreal's Mercier bridge, which connects the island of Montreal to suburbs south of the St. Lawrence River.