Hundreds of protesters marched and blocked the entrance to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office before his meeting Friday with First Nations’ leaders.
The peaceful protest with singing, dancing, banging of drums and waving flags and placards was similar to rallies last weekend.
Protesters stopped traffic for several hours at border bridges in Cornwall, Sarnia, Fort Erie and Queenston, Ontario as well as Surrey, British Columbia.
They also blocked a Canadian National rail line in Sarnia and the main line between Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal for several hours near Belleville disrupting 1,000VIA Rail passengers and freight traffic.
Protesters say government bills will encroach on their historic treaty rights and the environmental protection of native land.
“We shared our lands all these years and we never got anything from it – all the benefits are going to Canadian citizens,” Spence said.
Her comments followed the release of a federal audit showing a “lack of documentation” for $104 million given to aid the reserve from 2005 to 2011.
They’re having a “heat wave” in southern Ontario, freezing in British Columbia and digging out in Newfoundland and the Prairies.
A blizzard lashed Newfoundland with about two feet of snow while up to a foot covered the area from Alberta to Saskatchewan on Friday.
Toronto and southern Ontario have had record-breaking high temperatures the past few days, reaching into the 50sF this weekend and melted what little snow had fallen earlier.
There’s an “extreme-weather alert” in Metro Vancouver throughout this weekend with homeless shelters making additional beds and heated facilities available to those at risk as temperatures plunged into the mid-20s F at night.
News in brief
Facts and figures
The Canadian dollar is higher at $1.0168 in U.S. funds while the U.S. dollar returns 98.34 cents Canadian, before bank exchange fees.
The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate is steady at 1 percent while the prime-lending rate is 3 percent.
Stock markets are higher, with the Toronto exchange index at 12,564 points and the TSX Venture index at 1,239 points.
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