Groups waved banners and pounded drums in the “Idle No More” movement over what they perceive is an erosion of their treaty and environmental land rights.
The largest mid-week protest involved hundreds at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario that backed up truck traffic headed into Detroit for more than a mile.
The protest lasted several hours and was similar to others earlier at border crossings elsewhere across Canada.
Natives again blockaded the Canadian National rail line near Belleville, Ontario, that stopped Via Rail passenger and freight trains between Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa.
The protests also moved to the highway between Calgary and Edmonton while about 100 people sang and played drums in a march in downtown Toronto.
Five people were arrested after a group disrupted a hearing in Vancouver into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
Frank Brown of the Heiltsuk First Nation said the pipeline would result in oil tankers passing through his nation’s traditional waters.
Other road and rail blockades happened near Victoria, Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg, Miramichi, Fredericton and in western Quebec and northern Alberta.
A study shows residents of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick receive better value from their public health care systems than other Canadians.
The Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank, compared the per-capita cost of health care to the availability and quality of medical goods and services.
Providing the least value for money spent were Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan, the report said.
“This study allows policy-makers and taxpayers to judge whether they receive good value for their health care dollars,” said Nadeem Esmail, a Fraser Institute director.
News in brief
Facts and figures
The Canadian dollar is down slightly at $1.0149 in U.S. funds while the U.S. dollar returns 98.53 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 mixed, with the Toronto exchange index up at 12,652 points and the TSX Venture index lower at 1,230 points.
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