Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith promises immediate sovereignty act

Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith promises immediate sovereignty act

One of the front-runners to replace Jason Kenney as Alberta’s premier says if she wins, legislation would come this fall to ignore federal laws along with steps to create a provincial police force and tax-collection agency. Danielle Smith said the legislature would need to pass an Alberta sovereignty act as soon as possible to allow … Read more

Mask mandate: Travelers to Canada still required to mask 14 days

Mask mandate: Travelers to Canada still required to mask 14 days

Despite provinces and territories having lifted most of their pandemic restrictions, including mask mandates, the federal government still requires that incoming travelers to Canada wear a mask for two weeks. The federal government’s current rules state that travellers, including children aged five and up, coming to Canada must wear a “well-constructed and well-fitting mask” for … Read more

COVID: How safe is it to fly without a mask?

COVID: How safe is it to fly without a mask?

With US airlines now allowing passengers to fly on domestic flights without wearing masks following a ruling from a Florida judge, experts are still urging air travelers to keep their masks on as the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron continues to spread. The airline and travel industries had been calling for the removal of these mandates … Read more

Masks on planes: Transport minister weighs in on US court ruling

Masks on planes: Transport minister weighs in on US court ruling

Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says masking guidelines while traveling still apply, as the US moves to drop its national mandate. Speaking in Calgary on Tuesday, Alghabra said while he won’t comment directly on the US court ruling that impacts plane, train, taxi, and other forms of travel, Canada continues to follow the science on … Read more

COVID: One-quarter in Canada have been infected, poll suggests

COVID: One-quarter in Canada have been infected, poll suggests

OTTAWA — Almost one in four Canadian respondents to a new online survey said they had been infected with COVID-19, while about three in four had not. As the country grapples with its sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and less data is shared with the public, the poll by Leger and the Association for … Read more

COVID: Provinces experience rise in hospitalizations

COVID: Provinces experience rise in hospitalizations

REGINA — Hospitals across Canada are facing a resurgence of patients with COVID-19 that some health officials say will likely continue for another month. Latest data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose about 18 per cent across Canada between April 4 and April 11 — to 6,020 people … Read more

COVID: Cheers, fear as judges voids US mask mandate

COVID: Cheers, fear as judges voids US mask mandate

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — A US federal judge’s decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it’s really time to end one of the most visible vestiges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports rushed to drop … Read more

COVID: Florida judge voids US mask mandate

COVID: Cheers, fear as judges voids US mask mandate

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — A federal judge in Florida has voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of US health officials in the coronavirus pandemic. The decision Monday by US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, also said the … Read more

COVID-19: Third doses didn’t cause increase in serious adverse events

COVID-19: Third doses didn’t cause increase in serious adverse events

A new study looking at data concerning around 48,000 people in the US has found that third doses of mRNA vaccine, such as those from Pfizer or Moderna, are safe and did not cause any increase in reporting of serious adverse events. The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open on Thursday, found that … Read more

COVID: Shanghai targets lockdown turning point, sources say

COVID: Shanghai targets lockdown turning point, sources say

SHANGHAI — Shanghai has set a target to stop the spread of COVID-19 outside of quarantined areas by Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter said, which would allow the city to further ease its lockdown and start returning to normal life as public frustrations grow. The target will require officials to accelerate COVID-19 testing … Read more